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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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Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

Did Reflections hire police to shut down the drum circle?

Locals gathered at the regular drumming circle at Torakina Park in Brunswick Heads on January 3 were disappointed but not surprised when the police arrived.

Global pandemic changes attitudes to food

COVID-19 and lockdown have changed attitudes towards food consumption and waste, according to recent research – a finding echoed by local community gardens groups who experienced a spike in participation and awareness during the first months of the pandemic.

Mullum gravity mains

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

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

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...

September 23, 2020

Issue 35.15

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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...


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.


Looking after the health and wellbeing of women

Janella has been in the Byron area for 12 years, servicing her clinics and facilitating one-on-one retreats helping people achieve better health.


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,...