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Fire danger period to end early for Northern Rivers

Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley are among the local government areas (LGAs) that will see an early end to  the Bush Fire Danger Period.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: We Need to Talk about Birth

Birth is magical. It is powerful and wild and beautiful and scary and miraculous. Until it’s not. When things go to shit, it happens fast and when your baby dies, your life is changed forever, but not in the way you were expecting.


I am about to undergo knee replacement surgery and have been advised by Tweed Hospital that as this is...

Natasha Lechner inquest verdict released

State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan was in Byron Bay Courthouse on Friday afternoon to deliver her findings in the inquest into the death of Natasha Lechner, who died after taking kambo in Mullumbimby in 2019.

Coastal hazard assessment study released

The way in which coastlines are managed is moving forward, with a consultant report – Byron Shire Coastal Hazard Assessment (CHA) – being released by Council. 

Seniors Festival returns March 11

The Byron Seniors Festival is back, and will be held from March 11 to 15 at the Byron Community Centre.

Delay on clothes-optional beach decision 

Tyagarah Beach will remain a clothes-optional location until at least June 30, after the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) bowed to a concerted campaign from the local naturist community.

November 18, 2020

Issue 35.23

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One day only exhibition this Friday

For someone that drinks the amount of tea that Saffron Shand does it was no wonder that it ended up becoming part of his artwork.


Koala extinction?

Paul Brecht, Evans Head With the threat of koalas becoming extinct by 2050 it could be a reality – if the same morons aren’t voted out in the next state and federal elections. These people haven’t got a clue what’s...


Bikes not cars, Tamara

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores In the Echonetdaily articles (Part 1, Prat 2), MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, says she sees her job as primarily about helping people and working with the community to stop things that are harming the environment. Sentiments...


Silence him

Bill Ashford, East Balllina The only good thing resulting from the cessation of the local Ballina Weekly was not having to see and read the letters to the editor by that boring left wing @#$@%# Keith Duncan of Pimlico. Much to my...


End fearmongering

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was unbelievable and ridiculous that Peter Olson presented his latest, nutty, fearmongering Letter (14 October) about the impending elimination of ‘90 per cent of the world population over the next three years’ by a ‘very sophisticated...


My essential letters

Peter Olson, Goonengerry If Biden wins, it means war with Russia. Hey Warren, repeated replies with 11 references, to your 495 word Echo letter (14 October), were not published by The Echo. The WHO is the highest authority and they now say:...



Fast Buck$, Coorabell When I read about Council’s ‘Sustainable Visitation Strategy’ and Council’s press release accompanying it, I didn’t know whether to larf or barf. ‘The aim… is to support a visitor economy that cares for and respects local resident, protects the...


Care For Country

Caspar Brace, Mullumbimby I have not lived here too long, maybe 15 years, but as I work at the back of Wilsons Creek every week I have been well positioned to notice a very profound change in the general driving speed...


When numbers get serious…

David Morris, Byron Bay I sometimes think that the tourism groups and some Council beings inhabit a parallel universe (I suppose that can be said of many!). How many actually spend much time in the town, I wonder? I do know of...


Staff tinker with affordable housing village proposal

At this week’s planning meeting, Byron Councillors considered changes to the affordable housing village Council is planning to build in Mullumbimby.


Contentious large multi dwelling DA before court, Nov 26, 27

A massive multi-dwelling proposal that would dwarf the existing density of a quiet area in Ocean Shores is set to be determined in the Land & Environment Court for November 26 and 27.


Oregon is on crack

While the NSW government grapples with perhaps the worst state budget deficit ever this week – along with neverending scandals revolving around their lack of a moral compass, greed and hubris – there’s a bill making its way through Parliament that should concern those interested in the neverending and ridiculous ‘war on drugs’.


Byron Shire Council staff move to limit ‘overdevelopment’ on MOs, CTs

Council planning staff are pushing to prohibit dual occupancies and secondary dwellings on approved multiple occupancies (MO) and community titles (CT) in rural areas.


Sand bypass

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay Oliver Dunne (Letters) generally knows what he’s talking about, but I do not want a permanent pumping station off the Cape and I make so bold as to say it may not be necessary. There are a few...


Outdated traffic reports relied upon by Council and developers

Questions around the use of outdated traffic studies by Council and developers to plan the future of Byron Shire remain unanswered, says a local civil engineer.


Residents address court, opposed to West Byron

A group of locals have addressed the Land and Environment Court (LEC) over the proposed West Byron housing development, raising concerns about the traffic, flooding, residential amenity and environmental impacts of the plan.


HLO responds to victims of holiday letting (VOHL)

The peak local holiday letting industry organisation has refuted claims from residents adversely impacted by the activity, specifically around its legality.


Murder in Byron

Mati Jo Beams, Byron Bay I recently witnessed a murder, a hit and run outside the Links golf course on the road from Suffolk Park to Byron. The baby was struck. The driver drove on, either oblivious or uncaring of the fact...


Byron Council investigates The Pocket Road earthworks as runoff fills Marshalls...

Driving up The Pocket Road from Billinudgel, the veil of green is suddenly ripped aside as you see what appears to be a hillside cleared back to bare earth. The first thought is – ‘disaster coming at next rain’.


Pay to save koalas

David Gilet, Byron Bay Conservation of koala populations would be much enhanced if landholders with koala habitat on their properties were compensated with some sort of concession for retaining it and/or for planting wildlife corridors (subject to yearly inspection, of...


Illusory Mullum

Dianne Canabou, Main Arm The rather large pothole on Main Arm Road near Sherry’s Bridge has created an optical illusion. Driving into town it appears on my right and driving back from town it appears on my right again and yet...


Early bird bookings

Melissa Hirsch, Suffolk Park I’m curious to know if any other locals have had their cars booked for early morning visits to the beach (before 6am)? As a local, I, and everyone I talk to, know the no parking 1–6am is purely...


Trumping the Trump

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum On the fourth day of November 2020 desperately needed change came to the USA. A highly dangerous sociopath and pathological liar was taken down, big time, ending the worst period of political and racial upheaval since the civil...


Mullum’s housing ark

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby The Echo’s report last week on Council’s ‘affordable housing’ proposal contains a significant error. It says the report by WMAwater ‘assesses the potential flood issues’; it doesn’t do this, it only assesses the flooding impact of filling the...


Cartoon of the week – 18 November, 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.


Israel Palestine

Audacious, humane, sensible, permanent. Achieving such a solution to the present Middle East crisis would require persons of state, that, unlike the current ones...

Byron Dog Rescue: 20 years of lifesaving love and dedication

Celebrating two decades of compassion and dedication to our four-legged friends by Byron Dog Rescue.

Stolen ute, ransacked service station and vandalised police cars

Stolen Brunswick Heads ute allegedly taken on wild adventure ransacking service station and being party to vandalising police cars before being abandoned in the bush at Coraki.

Byron Council reduces fossil fuel investment to 56%

Byron Shire Council investments in projects linked to fossil fuel production decreased significantly after the NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) relaxed rules last year.