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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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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.

Ducking Gladys

 Alan Veacock, Cumbalum Gladys Berejiklian, our premier, finished an horrendous 2020, ducking and weaving serious claims of entrenched corruption within...

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...

Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Foolish guestimates

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

Growing underclass

Jo Faith, Newtown According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every single human has a right to be housed....

October 7, 2020

Issue 35.17

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Yulli’s; everything awesome, from brews to yum cha

Eve Jeffery Karl Cooney and Dannielle Gleeson opened their first Yulli’s venue in Surry Hills in 2008. Karl says that James Harvey started working at the restaurant as a dishy and ended up the beverage manager looking after the beer...


Footpath Main Beach

V Subramanya, Suffolk Park Our beloved Council is not renowned for being pedestrian friendly. On the Main Beach, the small footpath side of the Fishheads cafe, about 60m long and 1m wide gets a lot of pedestrian traffic, including wheelchairs and perambulators. If...


Double standards

P Havyatt, Byron Bay There are double standards locally regarding the number limits and social distancing at events. I refer to the heavy police presence and arrests at a recent ‘Freedom’ rally in Byron. By contrast, I witnessed several hundred people...


Armed and immune

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Warren Kennedy (Letters, 30 September) writes that over 15,000 Australians would have lost their lives without the lockdowns. But he ignores the increased mortality that lockdowns cause that the Victorian medical specialists and registrars referred to. If he could...


Virus v GFC

Helen Cust, Ballina What a turnaround from the pre-election hyperbole peddled by the marketing guru-cum-Prime Minister (Morrison) and his struggling Treasurer (Frydenberg)! ‘Back in the Black’ mugs were being rolled out to commemorate ‘a return to surplus, guaranteed, no matter what’....


A Main Arm Marseillaise

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby I am appalled by Council’s arrogant invasion of Main Arm. Do they not realise Council’s writ stops short of the vociferously defended Coopers Lane Line? So to help stiffen the sinews of the hill tribe sans-culottes, I offer...


Our national Echo

Darell Norley, Angaston Greetings from the Barossa Valley in South Australia. I have been receiving your informative newspaper for many years. I very much enjoy the weekly contributions from Mungo MacCallum – he has an impressive perspective of politics. I was...


Waste of money

Ruth Dare, Bangalow So Council has spent $380,000 on the fabled return of trains to our region, and they’re planning on spending at least another $200,000. What a waste of money! Simon Richardson states, when referring to the rail trail, ‘most...


Spitting the dummy

P Lazer, Bilambil It’s a classic case of major developers spitting the dummy and running to the Land and Environment Court (L&EC) to change tactics and development applications. These are just alterations to encroach another overrated development on the east coast...


Mullum’s riverbank undergoes bush regeneration

A collaboration between Mullumbimby High and Byron Council will soon see bush regeneration along 500m of the Mullumbimby Creek, which meanders behind the school.


Youth theatre recognised for mental health productions

Byron Youth Theatre were thrilled to be up in lights for their contribution to youth mental health when they won the WayAhead, Mental Health Association of NSW, Media and The Arts award for several of their productions including Mind Made Me.


The final insult

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Anyone thinking the train-wreck – as best describes the energy policy of the federal coalition government – couldn’t possibly get worse, think again, it just did. Scotty from marketing and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor (I know, it’s...


At COVID speed

J Rose, Mullumbimby I don’t know what speed a road map can attain, but I know it is variable. As John Ferguson told us (The Australian, 21 September), ‘Daniel Andrews has left open the option of an accelerated road map out...


Still has hope

Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek I am so sad to see the loss of our heritage railway line this week in the NSW parliament. I believe the people of the North Coast deserve decent public services and I thought that was the...


Future of the Belongil and the stealthy increase in sewage capacity

Many of Byron Bay’s problems involve water and are closely connected, whether acid sulfate fish kills, or stormwater flooding in the central business district (CBD), or management of the sewage treatment plant (STP) effluent.


Arakwal cemetery in Byron moves closer

It’s a project of great cultural significance that has quietly meandered along beneath the radar.


Unauthorised development – what is Council’s liability and where is the...

Further to Council’s aggressive plans to pursue unauthorised development in the Shire’s hinterland, The Echo spoke to Professor John Sheehan, a leading expert on property rights, who explained the issues that both Council and landowners face with regards to development and compliance.


Through the lens of young local filmmakers

Three young Mullumbimby filmmakers have been shortlisted for the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 2020 Byron Bay Film Festival.


Tawdry development vs Byron

Suzanne Arnold, Byron Bay As Byron’s visitors, residents, and traditional custodians know, the area’s land and seascapes nurture and energise us. Some of the moments that I gather to myself are walking at night and wondering at so many stars shimmering...


Positive results

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry Council is supporting a multi-use of the corridor that includes a walking and cycling trail. The study conducted for Byron Shire Council looking at the corridor from our community’s perspective has rated two multi-use options as having...


Fairytale line

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay Byron Shire’s fairytale ‘The Byron Line’ is the ‘Rail Trail’ everywhere else! It became even clearer to me, after reading the notes from the recent Council meeting about ‘The Byron Line’, that this project is completely unrealistic. We now...


Kollective madness

Dave Carnovale, Brunswick Heads I write to inform you of significant community opposition to ‘The Corso’, a development proposal by The Kollective in Bayside Brunswick Heads. It is way over-the-top in scale and density for the area and should be...


Social housing needs

Janene Jelfs, President, Bangalow CWA Thank you to Mandy Nolan for her compassionate article outlining the rental stress issues for those in vulnerable housing circumstances in our Shire. Older women and homelessness is an issue dear to the hearts of the CWA...


The Great Aussie Bluesfest of 2021 – Covid Safe and...

With COVID restrictions slowly starting to ease and event numbers now at 50 per cent of capacity, Festival Director Peter Noble is feeling positive about Bluesfest 2021, stating ‘this is what a great Australian lineup looks like!’ Just this week Bluesfest Central released their lineup, which takes into account that, although acts like Patti Smith and George Benson said they will return after this year’s cancellation, it’s unlikely.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 7 October...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 7 October 2020


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,...