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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

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Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

Nice try Anastasia!

Graham Mathews, Possum Creek  I read with interest Anastasia’s insistence that the recent Qld outbreak of the new ‘super strain’...

Mullum gravity mains

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The Water & Waste Sewer Advisory Committee (WWSAC) submitted to the elected council that a five-year...

Is the failing state of the planet causing our youth to be stressed?

Poor mental health in youth is an ever increasing problem. It is often flagged at by the media and various organisations, and whilst there are often brilliant resources that can be found, when it comes down to the cause of the increase in mental illness in Gen Z, parents and caregivers tend to put it (somewhat jokingly) down to our phones.

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

In other words

Jason van Tol, Myocum I’m partially sympathetic to Patricia Warren’s letter (Echo 6/1/21). People at the drum circle should follow regulations...

August 5, 2020

Issue 35.08

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Boycott Hewlett-Packard

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay In 1898 Herman Hollerith invented the Hollerith punch card and sorting machine and founded IBM in Germany. This machine could process 24,000 cards per hour bringing unprecedented organisational efficiency which the Nazis exploited. The machines...


ABC funding cuts

Lyle Clarke, East Ballina J Rose, (Letters, 29 July), states that I missed the point he made about cuts to ABC funding. I think perhaps his figures must be wrong. If the funding has been increased, why would the ABC reduce its...


Informed consent and vaccinations

Nina Woods, Ocean Shores In response to Asren Pugh (Letters, 24 July) you can’t question vaccines without throwing medical sense out the window. You can question vaccines and still be discerning about the source and its scientific literacy. However, when your...


Community voice?

Greg Cooper, Lennox Head Me think it a bit rich that you decry the Murdoch influence and at the same time espouse The Echo as ‘the voice for our whole community’. As editor, and I assume the arbiter of final comment taken...


Nothing’s changed with Mullum’s gravity mains….

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads On 30 July, the Water, Waste & Sewer Advisory Committee will meet. The agenda contains a report from the System Planning Officer (SPO) on the remediation work that has been carried out by a contractor in Mullumbimby...


Answer: love

John Youdan, Ocean Shores Mick and Deborah Stacey believe love is the answer, (Letters, 22 July). To love and be loved is sublime. To physically and mentally abuse and express hatred to control others is bullying and evil. We are reminded that...


Tales of urbanisation in rural landscapes

A development planned for Eureka has some of the locals pretty upset at what they see as Byron Shire Council breaking their own rules to accommodate the construction of 15 ‘rural living lots’ on what is currently farmland.


Conditions made public on controversial Sunrise townhouse DA

The Land and Environment Court has rubber stamped an agreement between a developer and Byron Council regarding a controversial ‘affordable housing’ proposal, leaving residents greatly disappointed about the outcome, and the process by which it was achieved.


Investing in people will rebuild the economy

Eight hundred people were considered homeless in each of the federal government electorates of Richmond and Page, according to the census data from 2016. That was before the impact of Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Editorial – The rewards of being uncompromised

Happy birthday, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987). As one of the more obscure figures who championed human rights, his activism spanned race, sexuality, and class, which contributed to major political movements of the ’60s.


How to avoid pirates and make the long journey home

To sail or to stay? That was the decision that Craig Plummer and Claudia Schick from Bangalow had to make when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and they sailed into an Indonesian port, from Thailand.


Skeletal remains

David Henry, Suffolk Park The headline on the front page of The Echo on July 22 ‘Skeletal remains not believed to be Theo Hayez’ introduces an unfortunate, if unintentional, bias. We would all like closure on the tragic story of the...


Black Lives Matter address for Byron Writers Fest

One of Australia’s most eminent Indigenous academics and advocates, Prof Marcia Langton, will deliver the Byron Writers Festival 2020 Thea Astley address.


Bruns park op licence refused over insufficient information: Council

Reflections Holiday Parks (RHP) has hit back at suggestions that its legal dispute with Byron Council over the Terrace Reserve caravan park relates to an attempt to expand the park’s boundaries.


The future of the world

John Kersten, Mullumbimby I can’t control most events in my life,/ but I can choose how I react to them./ More than any outward event,/ my focus dictates my future. The neck turns the head to view an object,/ just as your...


All you need is LOVE?

You can’t really miss it – it’s right there, in the middle of a paddock just as you approach Mullumbimby from the east: the word LOVE, displayed in enormous white capitalised letters.


Loan refusal

Mac Nicolson, Mullumbimby After 33 years as a member of Southern Cross Credit Union without a single month of debt or overdraft, I applied for, and was refused a home loan by them. Even though I owned a debt free house...


Wear masks

Dr John Langford-Smith, West Ballina With an Australian case fatality rate of 1.1 per cent for COVID-19, it is tempting to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is not that serious, and that the actions of politicians are disproportionate to the threat the virus...


Sealing our fate

J Mitchell, Tyagarah Could Byron Shire Council (BSC) councillors clarify how $2.2 million is adequate to upgrade Grays Lane, Tyagarah and Seven Mile Head Road, Broken Head? Grays Lane runs through a vast floodplain that floods up to 1m high. How much...


Cartoon of the week – 5 August, 2020

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.


TV chef Miguel showcases Byron Farmers Market

The effervescent Miguel Maestre, chef extraordinaire from The Living Room, recently visited Byron Farmers Market with his film crew, seeking ingredient inspiration – and he wasn’t left disappointed!


Our world has changed dramatically in the last few months…

When COVID-19 hit, Harvest in Newrybar decided to focus on what they thought was appropriate, and their strength: food. 


Everything is alive and wild for Vicki Veranese

It was after doing a clay cleanse and fasting that Alive and Wild’s Vicki Veranese found herself scouring raw food porn and getting excited about a new way of ‘doing’ food, and the possibilities of making the flavour match the presentation.


Interview with Aine Tyrrell

Aines new song and the clip will be released 14 August and the launch will be celebrated with music, dance, art, visual projections and fire ceremony at the Brunswick Picture House with Áine Tyrrell and the Bunyarra Culture Collective on 21  August. Doors open 7pm.


Arts and Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the...

Arts and Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 4 August, 2020


Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling case for a rail trail,...

Interview with Phil Manning of Chain

Phil Manning picked up the guitar at 15. He’s been playing now for nearly 58 years. This year, Chain play the Byron Blues Festival.

Interview with Laura Bloom

Writer Laura Bloom has just released The Women and The Girls her latest novel with Allen & Unwin. Set in the inner west of Sydney in the mid ‘70s the book details the story of three women who have left their husbands, taken their children (mainly girls) and set up a share house.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.