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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Marvell Hall’s ‘Dangerously Poetic’ fundraiser

This Sunday Marvell Hall will host a tribute to some of the street-named fellows with poetry, music and portraits as a fundraiser for the hall.

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

September 23, 2020

Issue 35.15

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In this Issue:

Weaponising health

J Rose, Mullumbimby Who could have believed it would ever happen? But it has – the weaponisation of health to try to win an election! I for one can’t imagine a lower form of heartless, immoral bastardry. Let’s hope it’s an...


Free speech or liable?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell When you attend a Council meeting there is a sign attached to the entry door, which warns the public that they may be personally liable for any defamatory remarks they make inside. When the meeting starts the chair provides...


Worth the sacrifice?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry 102,888 Australians have given their lives in wars: for liberty. Now every Australian has sacrificed their liberty, for a virus, which has killed less than 1,000 Australians. 1,255 Australians died from influenza in 2017 and no freedoms were...


Speak up, Julia

Martin Bail, Federal I remember in 2012 cheering when Julia Gillard rose in parliament to tell her opposite number ‘I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man’. She’s less well remembered for throwing Australian citizen and journalist,...


Where the law fails children

Name withheld Thank you, Mandy, (Soapbox, 16 September) for shining a light on an all-too-common issue that affects every community around the world. As the parents of two young children who were abused in all-too-common circumstances (by the partner of a...


The Kollective impact on Byron

Jeff Harrison, Byron Bay Residents of Brunswick Heads can visit Sunrise Beach Estate to see a visible negative effect of The Kollective’s developments on our neighbourhoods – our streets are now cluttered with parked cars. This developer exploits the unrealistic, and woefully...


COVID thoughts

Frank Lynch, Wilsons Creek I’ve been reflecting on recent news reports about some people’s negative reactions to COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures. I do feel that some people act as if everything is known about COVID by those in charge, i.e. the...


EDO on saving koalas

Jo Faith, Newtown The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) have submitted the best analysis on the state of koalas and their habitat.


Byron bashing

Sue Lennox, Byron Bay Our family have lived in Byron Bay for 18 years and are considered newcomers, not locals, and we’re fine with that. Why? Because we chose to live here for the eclectic environment, energy of the youth, festivals,...


School P&C calls for govt to ‘turn the taps on’

The NSW Education Department are refusing to explain why a new recycled grey water system at the Byron Bay Public School won’t be authorised for use.


JobKeeper cuts to impact 33,000 local workers, says Labor MP

Local MP Justine Elliot has optimistically called on local National Party branch members to resign in disgust over the party’s cuts to JobKeeper payments, and their ‘chaotic NSW government infighting and koala killer agenda’.


Fate of former Byron Hospital up this week

Responsibility for the management of the old Byron Hospital site is set to be handed over to an incorporated not-for-profit company, which will have the power to decide who will be part of the new community services hub being set up there.


Kollectively unaffordable

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads Here in Bayside Brunswick Heads, we have The Kollective developers pushing to develop a parcel of land. The Kollective have in the past, and continue to, use a scheme under the Affordable Housing SEPP. The Kollective wish...


Special rate arrangements should continue: staff

At this Thursday’s meeting, Byron councillors will vote upon extending special payment arrangements for ratepayers affected by COVID-19 to the end of the year.


Byron/Suffolk Park cycleway works to be voted on

Byron Council will this week (Thursday, 24 September) vote on much-needed works to ensure that local school students using the Byron to Suffolk Park cycleway can complete the journey to class safely.


Secret Mullum development report upsets residents

Byron Council has produced a ‘secret’ report on potential development sites in Mullumbimby, including Council-owned land near the Community Gardens, the Mullumbimby Residents Association says.


Mullums flood secrets

Sonia Laverty, Convener, MRA We have a right to know. It is well known that the committee for the North Byron Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (FRMS&P) has been hard at work for several months. The final report will be...


Koala death divide

Paul Gannon, Coopers Shoot The changes to the SEPP in NSW will not save koalas. The minor changes are a deliberate distraction from the neglect of public parklands by the present state and federal governments. The continual ‘efficiency dividends’ targeting state...


West Byron raises its ugly head again

Jennifer Gray, Myocum Although Villa World’s Byron development application for its half of the West Byron subdivision was rejected by the planning panel and the Byron Shire community, another DA has been dropped on us this week for the same site...


Cartoon of the week – 23 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.


Lennox Head Trojans win rugby final

Ross Kendall  Far North Coast Rugby came to an end for 2020 on the weekend, with Lennox Head claiming the first-grade premiership with a dominating finals run that included a commanding 32-0 grand final victory over last year’s champions, Alstonville...


Byron Rams reach grand final

Ross Kendall The Byron Bay Services Club Rams are into their fourth FFNC Premier League grand final, after defeating Alstonville FC 3-2 in the semi-final. It was a knockout final, where the second-placed Rams took on third-placed Alstonville. With Alstonville winning the...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Please Hate Me

Online hate is poisoning our brains. Online hate can have real physical consequences. Constant exposure can send your body into survival mode; causing anxiety, insomnia and depression. Hate is making us sick.


Interview with Simon Greaves and Gyan of Safe Sets

Playing it Safe with Simon & Gyan It’s been 30 years since musician Gyan released her debut self-titled studio album Gyan that saw her take out the ARIA that year for best new talent. In this interview she talks to...


The taste of the Mediterranean in Byron Bay

Antoine Quezel’s range of olives, sweet pickled garlic, antipasti, tapenades and cheeses at the Byron Bay Olive Co, brings the taste of France to the Northern Rivers, using as many local and organic ingredients as they can.


Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.