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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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‘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. 

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

False impressions

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

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

October 14, 2020

Issue 35.18

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In this Issue:

COVID spermicide

Peter Olson, Goonengerry A new study conducted by Dr Dan Aderka of the Sheba Medical Centre, published in The Jerusalem Post (7/10/20), says that male COVID-19 sufferers could experience reduced fertility. Dr Aderka reported that there was a 50 per...


Reuse strategy for Byron Shire Council

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The Reuse strategy adopted by Byron Shire Council (BSC) after consultation with community groups was designed to prevent effluent leaving Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) from entering our waterways and oceans. The second intent was to lessen the...


Eureka Hall’s scrap metal drive to raise funds 

Eureka Hall president, Scott Abrahams, says organisers are having a ‘scrap metal drive to raise much needed funds for our little community hall’.


Digital upskill help for seniors, Oct 21

The Byron Community Centre is hosting an event to help local seniors develop their digital skills as part of Get Online Week.


Thank you for the fighting

Jo Faith, Newtown My lungs fully opened when I read The Echo (2 October). I thank David Pont for the educative article on the future of the Belongil and the stealthy increase in sewage capacity. Many questions were raised for the...


Lost council records

Toni Appleton, Goonengerry Bede Cooney's letter is right to question the editor’s claim about the loss of records. It was Lismore Council whose records were lost in a flood, and I can’t comment on whether any North Coast council ever lost...


No joke

Victoria King, Lennox Head I felt ashamed on your behalf for calling COVID-19 the ‘scamdemic’ in Backlash last week, whilst issuing a tongue in cheek salute to ‘Melbournegrad’. Just over one million people have died from this virus globally. Is that a...


1,2,3,4… kids don’t need any more

S McClelland, Byron Bay Thank you for your latest 5G report. Our nine-year-old is already struggling with the current levels of Wi-Fi in our community. In our household we have switched off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, use ethernet cables, a home phone and...


Bringing more gender balance to the tourism sector

Tourism professional and Brunswick Heads resident Holly Galbraith has been recognised by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) with a 2020 World of Difference Award. 


Who’s got the power? It’s all about the lockdown

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores One thing I’m sure of, when I have voted in previous elections, state and federal, it absolutely was not a vote (whatever party) for the current method of government that has been implemented with the use of...


Any simple pleasures left in Bruns?

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores You have to love the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and their selective perception. When ratepayers call for paid parking to finance Council and community development, we get soft and cuddly ‘Simple Pleasures’. When the town is overrun in...


65,000 years of star gazing for Indigenous Australians

Single stars, constellations, and empty spaces in the night sky all contributed to Indigenous astronomy. It had an integral role in ceremony and life in general according to physicist and Wiradjuri woman Kirsten Banks, who spoke via Zoom as part of the Lismore Quad’s Dark Science event last month.


Large Mullum DA amendment seeks to decrease open space, increase car...

The developer behind a major affordable housing project in Mullumbimby has applied to significantly increase the number of parking spaces on the site, despite the fact that this will encroach upon a much-loved mature fig tree located there.


New captain for Mullum RFS brigade

The Mullumbimby Rural Fire Service (RFS) recently welcomed their new Captain Phill Le Marinel who said he is excited about growing the brigade.


Compliance cops for council

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m somewhat bemused by the current attempt by Council staff to scare the people of Main Arm over unauthorised development. Every February staff trot out a document called the ‘Compliance Priorities Programme’ (CPP), a slick but dodgy and...


Rail trail – is it viable?

Anna Molloy, Goonengerry I applaud Council’s approach that the existing rail corridor between Mullumbimby and Byron be a combined train and cycle track. However, can someone please provide a detailed and accurate cross-section as to how this will work safely on...


Breathtaking injustice

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Here we have Morrison on $10,000 a week and a net worth of $48 million, together with Frydenberg on several hundred thousand a year, both condemning the unemployed to $40 a day to exist on. No empathy for...


A little care for the carers

Meg Pickup, Ballina It’s National Carers Week, an opportunity to raise awareness about primary carers and their diverse caring roles. Anyone, at any time, may become a carer. Their outstanding contribution deserves acknowledgement, and to be celebrated. With no formal training...


Lockdown lifesaver

Warren Kennedy, Mullumbimby Sorry Peter Olsen I have not changed my mind regarding the appropriateness of lockdowns and other measures in this pandemic, because the evidence doesn’t support your argument. Data does show there's been a slight increase in deaths in 2020...


Cartoon of the week – 14 October, 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.


Interview with Mark Trevorrow

Mark Trevorrow at the Brunswick Picture House Mark Trevorrow is one of Australia’ most legendary performers. Know his name but can’t place him? That’s because he is the creator of Bob Downe! This month Mark comes to Brunswick Picture...


Charity Golf Day supports Byron Bay Hospital Auxiliary

Ross Kendall The members of the Byron Bay Hospital Auxiliary were thrilled to learn they were beneficiaries of the Byron Bay Golf Club’s (BBGC) recent Charity Day that raised over $4000. The Auxiliary have been holding an annual Charity Golf Day...


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 14 October,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 14 October, 2020


You can’t have too much love for sprouts!

They may be small, but sprouts are little powerhouses of nutrition, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, says local naturopath and sprout grower, Ruth Hanrahan. Ruth grows a variety of legume sprouts for the Sproutlovers stall at the Mullumbimby...


Who’s who in the Foxy Luu’s crew

Eve Jeffery Serving up fresh Asian street food in a hip art haven by day and a playful den by night, Foxy Luu’s has an awesome crew – curated by artist Julia Dvorak. Born in the Ruhr area in Germany, Julia...


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.