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What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

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Baby forcibly removed from parents in Byron Shire

Significant community concern has been raised over the forcible removal of an infant under one from its parents in Byron Shire in the last few weeks.

Lismore marks Invasion/Survival Day

Hundreds of First Nations people and supporters gathered at Lismore Environment Centre this morning to mark Invasion/Survival Day.

Foolish guestimates

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores The article in The Echo titled A short history of our rail line debate is anything...

Water in short supply for Alstonville on 27 January

Around 185 properties in Alstonville will be without water on 27 January wile the Ballina Shire Council installs a new water main. The outage will be from 9am to 3pm.

Call to extend Job Keeper for live music industry

Blues Festival organiser Peter Noble has joined calls for the government to step forward and Save our Stages and support musicians and workers in the live music industry as they struggle to make ends meet.

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

September 16, 2020

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In this Issue:

Yes, Commissioner – again

Simon Alderton, Murwillumbah We continue the trials and tribulations of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner. This week, the commissioner investigates a mysterious multi-coloured bubble growing on the border with Queensland. Commissioner: Mavis… that was Gladys on the phone and she wants...


Kollective overdevelopment

Annette Radermacher, Brunswick Heads The Kollective group of developers have purchased a parcel of land behind the Lilly Pilly Preschool at Bayside, Brunswick Heads. The land size in 2018 would have allowed approximately six house lots. Today, apparently it is able...


Mount Chincogan: the father of Mullumbimby’s twin peaks

Did you know that Mt Chincogan was the Byron Shire’s original phallic symbol, well before any sculptures were constructed, and decommissioned, by the local Council.


Skills offered in disruption management

In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented disruption. Bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic and global protests against racial injustice all point to a pressing need for societal renewal. How will we lead ourselves to a sustainable future? 


Rams finish regular season with strong win ahead of semi-final 

Byron Bay FC have completed the regular season with a strong win over rivals Richmond Rovers to finish in second places heading into the semi-finals.


Atttacking hippies

Name withheld In the 1970s Byron Council made their first attack on the alternative (hippy) newcomers to Main Arm who had built dwellings with little money. They were saved by hippy-friendly Councillor Frank Mills who, whilst agreeing to Council’s policy...



David Pont, Indonesia It’s no secret to Echo readers that Alan Dickens has been a thorn in Council’s side for a while, but while thorns can be irritating, well-argued criticisms and probing questions are a bulwark of democracy. In the current...


Mullum Masterplan projects to roll out

$660,000 worth of reconstruction and resurfacing work is set to commence March/April next year for a ‘green spine’, which will run the length of Stuart Street, Mullumbimby.


Cartoon of the week – 9 September, 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.


Local netball survives COVID-19

A restricted, but nonetheless successful, 2020 netball season is coming to an end – but without a finals series for the Byron Brunswick Netball Association Incorporated.


NSW govt splashes cash at food tourism

The Minister for Tourism, Stuart Ayres MP (Liberal Party), met with local food producers to announce a $240,000 Destination NSW Funding package.


Sailing is back on at Ballina

Ballina’s Richmond River club opened its season on Sunday, 6 September in a perfect 12-knot sou-easter.


Byron ShireGreens councillor goes independent

Failing to gain enough support from the Byron Greens membership at their May 2020 preselection vote, Cr Michael Lyon says he will now continue as an independent councillor.


Catastrophic US Assange trial continues at London’s Old Bailey

‘It’s becoming catastrophic. I’m fighting for his life.’ So said lawyer Stella Morris as she tried to deliver a freedom petition for her 49-year-old partner, and father of their two young sons, Gabriel and Max


Local netball survives COVID-19

A restricted, but nonetheless successful, 2020 netball season is coming to an end – but without a finals series for the Byron Brunswick Netball Association Incorporated. ‘Owing to COVID-19 restrictions we will not have the traditional award ceremony, or be...


Sailing is back on at Ballina

Duncan Dey Ballina’s Richmond River club opened its season on Sunday, 6 September in a perfect 12-knot sou-easter. Four fleets started their hour-plus races, with each fleet containing a variety of boat types, so race times are adjusted to achieve results...


Rams finish regular season with strong win

Christian Layland Byron Bay FC have completed the regular season with a strong win over rivals Richmond Rovers to finish in second place heading into the semi-finals. The Rams were in the hunt for first place and a second-straight Pointscore Championship...


Lennox Lions Club prepares for annual charity golf day

Ross Kendall This year the John Mitchell annual charity golf day, which attracts up to 110 players, will be raising funds for Orange Sky Australia. ‘This year has been a very hard year for our fundraising efforts, but the need for...


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

It’s been a tough time for musicians with very few live gigs happening, and when they do, they are to much smaller and more intimate rooms. While many performers have gone online, there is nothing like the thrill of a live show. With COVID regulations expected to be a feature in the industry for some time, performers have had to adapt and innovate how they step out. And so Safe Sets was born.


Interview with Jennifer Parenteau of The Loveys

Local band The Loveys have been rehearsing their newest and most ambitious show to date – Loveys Actually; Stories and Confessions. Taking a step from one-off gigs to a more theatrically styled show is something the band has been contemplating for a while, but have never really had time to develop.  And then came the strange era of COVID-19. With all gigs cancelled, like every other performer, the band now had some time to work on new ideas, songs and stories. Jennifer Parenteau spoke with Seven…


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Monsters are Real

Earlier this year some legislation slipped through in Victoria making it a crime for victims of a sexual assault or rape to speak to the media, publish autobiographies or do any advocacy work, under their real identities, once a guilty verdict is in place. So who does this protect? And why are we silencing the important stories of victims?


Sisters are doing it for the markets

While the agricultural industry has been dominated by men for decades, women, who have traditionally not been the face of farming, are slowly changing the way we see farmers. At Byron Farmers Market alone, there is a new generation of young...


Twenty years at markets for the love of coffee

Story & photo Kate O’Neill He may be 70, but local coffee grower Bob James isn’t thinking of retirement any time soon. The Myocum farmer, who has been part of the local farmers markets for almost 20 years, says he looks...


A sweet love affair in Byron Bay

In a match made in chocolate, two of Byron Bay’s much loved treat shops have combined forces to create a superpower of sweet treats. David Tetu of L’ultime French Patisserie was born in Poitiers France, and after many adventures in...


Taj records debut single at Byron recording studio

Eleven-year old Australian guitar prodigy Taj Farrant recorded his debut single last month at Lucky Boy studios, based in Byron Bay.


Hand-picked beans make the best brew for Bangalow Coffee

Story & photo Melissa Butters Andy and Michelle have been serving up great coffee at farmers markets for 18 years. Andy, an exploration geologist, and...

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or bangers and mash. Food in clubs...

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.

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,...