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Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Other News

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith...

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Over population

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar ‘Over population’ is seen by some as the main destructive driver causing many crises besetting the planet today. From...

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

October 21, 2020

Issue 35.19

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Building Dreams

A guide for first home buyers in the Northern Rivers.

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Rum Corp runs NSW

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores It’s planned to spend $78m of taxpayers’ money to move the traffic congestion, dangerously banking up at the Byron Bay exit of the M1 further up Ewingsdale Road (7 October). Add the $24m cost of the Byron...


Albo’s outstanding

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum In reply to a great letter from Helen Cust (7 October), she must have had an insight into Albo’s budget reply speech, when he highlighted the appalling misrepresentation, (and outright lies) the coalition has been perpetrating about Kevin...


Sewage treatment

Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores I can understand Alan Dickens frustration with the failings of the operations of the multi-million dollar Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs). I suspect that he knows more about how to operate these new STPs effectively than the management...


The Luddites are back

Graham Mathews, Possum Creek The Luddites are back. I read, with a distinct lack of enthusiasm, comments attributed to Richard, Trip A Deal CEO, who points out that ‘our internet already works fine here...’ (14 October). Hardly surprising since, as I...


All together now! 

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Last April a Council event took place that was unapproved at the time. The right-wing, led by the Council staff, tried to take advantage of COVID-19 fears by having Simon Richardson installed as generalissimo. They asked elected councillors to...


5G consultation

Michael Stav, Mullumbimby Doesn’t the word ‘consultation’ imply a two-way street – or is it just a one-way trip to the rubbish bin? No one answers the phone or email when invited to consult re 5G in the Shire. This leaves unanswered...


One sided

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I was mildly amused by The Echo’s front page headline on October 14, ‘Byron’s turn to fight Telstra’s 5G plans.’ What? Everybody in Byron Shire is fighting? I looked for the ‘balanced reporting’ to read comments from...


Secret roads

Gyan Moyes, Tyagarah I was interested to read in The Echo (7 October) about the Council staff approach to Infrastructure Australia for funding to upgrade Ewingsdale Road. I was particularly interested in Cr Basil Cameron’s and State Member Tamara Smith’s comments and opinions...


Why we should spare that tree

Measures to protect koala habitat have been diluted by the NSW government following a National Party campaign backed mainly by developers fearing the impact of tree preservation on their profits.


Luxury Talofa cabins approved by councillors

A holiday cabin development in Talofa will go ahead with half the number of parking spaces the developer requested, after Byron Council granted conditional approval last week.


Byron High Year 12 students speak of studying for exams in...

One group for whom 2020 has presented extraordinary challenges is the current crop of Year 12 students, who are about to sit their HSC examinations.


A little 5G

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry For Helena Norberg-Hodge, rejecting 5G is a ‘no brainer’ (14 October). Apparently, 5G is a technological ‘giant leap’ aimed at speeding things up, taking our jobs, and enhancing the dominance of the one per cent. But what, I wonder,...


Citizen rights

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket You may have caught sight recently of John Anderson’s, (aka Fast Buck$), continuing deterioration in the form of lodging code of conduct complaints against several councillors, myself included. I would ask him to refrain from wasting Council’s...


Stolen money

Ann Carter, Mullumbimby If banking legislation gets the ‘Yes’ vote this November in Australia, the banks will be able to steal your money, legally, out of your account and use your money to prop themselves up, and support their risky financial...


Resident groups split over unauthorised dwelling policy

With Council extending public submissions  by one week for landowners to respond to the draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy, resident groups appear to be divided on the issue.


A secret meeting and that $78m funding application

Answers to questions raised by Cr Basil Cameron regarding a secret meeting and a $78m funding application by staff to a federal agency to upgrade the M1 highway interchange at Byron Bay have been answered by Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway.


Art of 70s and 80s culture captured on film

In the 1970s and 80s, the area around Mullumbimby and the Byron Shire hosted the birth of a multitude of alternative practices and ideals. 


Silence stokes fears

Doug Luke, VOHL More than one month ago Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) made a written query to NSW Planning Minister, Mr Rob Stokes. An extract: ‘It has been more than one year since submissions for the Discussion Paper “Short Term Rental...


Dredging for beaches

Warwick Anderson, Suffolk Park Changes in inshore currents, more water, high tides and rough seas have had a damaging effect on some of our beaches. Beaches have been scoured out, up and down the east coast. The northern sides of points,...


5G consultation

Michael Stav, Mullumbimby Doesn't the word 'consultation' imply a two-way street - or is it just a one-way trip to the rubbish bin? No one answers the phone or email when invited to consult re 5G in the Shire. This leaves unanswered...


Cartoon of the week – 21 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 Choreographer Michael Hennessy

In a world that’s not built for you, can you dare to dream of life, love and a rightful place within it all? Choreographer Michael Hennessy spoke with The Echo about the upcoming show Oh How I Dreamt of Things Impossible at NORPA this week.


Interview with Director Wayne Blair

The Byron Bay Film Festival is one of the first major events to make its way back onto the social calendar, opening on Friday at The Palace with a sold out session of Firestarter. There will be other screenings over the festival, as it is a film that everyone should see. Director Wayne Blair shared some of his story with The Echo.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 20 October,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 20 October, 2020


Jingi Walla – welcome to my country

Eve Jeffery Local Arakwal woman, Delta Kay, is excited to be sharing her culture and her country as she leads Aboriginal tours exploring Cape Byron and Broken Head.  Delta Kay, well known and respected in the Byron Shire, is passionate about...


Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.