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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

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.

Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul...

Byron Shire award winners

Natural Death Care Centre founder and V-Day event co-organiser, Zenith Virago, is the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year. 

Lower the voting age

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was sad, yet heartening (somehow), to read last week’s article from Adel Pheloung, together with the...

December 9, 2020

Issue 35.26

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In this Issue:

Consider the future

Jo Faith, Newtown Many researchers and activists have contributed remarkable research to The Echo since the debate surrounding the health of the Belongil Estuary commenced. This effort creates the conditions for future planning and the integrity of ecological systems in the...


Something rotten…

Richard White, East Ballina My mum used Gladwrap when it first came out to stop strong smells going throughout the fridge. I think today, our Glad, is doing something similar: 1. Her boyfriend (?) Maguire was forced out of the Liberal...


Housing bites

Katherine Tranberg, South Golden Beach The shocking lack of housing options for people who live and work in our shire continues to unfold. The crisis is now bleeding into areas and towns where people on modest incomes, once retreated to find...


Dream for sale

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung Right here in our little Shire a lot of money can be made by conjuring up the mirage of a quaint seaside or tree-change lifestyle. Selling is a dream in the Bay! Take Ewingsdale, for example, which is...


Cr Ndiaye pushes for Tallowood Ridge Reserve to be in public...

A precious slice of bushland adjoining Mullumbimby’s Tallowood housing estate would be put in public hands under a motion to be voted on at next week’s Byron Council meeting.


Wallabies continue to be lost to cars and dogs

Last Saturday, a wallaby had to be put down after being hit by a vehicle on Seven Mile Beach. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident.


Culture clash and danger in paradise

Ian Cohen, Broken Head A family walks on Seven Mile Beach possibly admiring the birdlife. Four-wheel-drive joyriders rip up the beach dangerously close and give the finger in passing – all in the NO VEHICLE zone north of the Byron Shire...


Oh, how we will miss Mungo’s column!

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek One of the unexpected joys of moving to Mullumbimby fifteen years ago was to discover the treasures in our midst. Certainly to have Mungo MacCallum living and working here was a gift. In my opinion, he is one...


Adapting to sea-level rise

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I have been contributing to the discussion over the issue of Byron beach erosion to encourage consideration of the long-term impacts of rising sea-levels owing to global heating, though for my efforts I have been attacked by...


A closer peek at Council’s Main Beach project

While Main and Clarkes Beach continue to erode, Council are exploring ways to protect the headland at Jonson Street.


Pocket forests for Byron High School

A group of year 10 students at Byron Bay High School have begun a Native Australian Planting project in response to the devastation that land clearing, habitat loss, and increasing temperatures are currently having on now depleted ecosystems globally.


A different box this Christmas…

Most Northern Rivers locals were devastated to watch the decimation of native wildlife during the Black Summer bushfires late last year. Brunswick Valley Landcare felt the same, and have begun the fight for rebuilding habitat through the installation of nesting boxes.


‘Overwhelming majority’ object to Dunoon Dam proposal

With public submissions on Rous Council’s proposed Dunoon Dam expected to be released Wednesday December 16, Ballina councillor and Rous chair Keith Williams told The Echo that submissions he has seen so far indicate strong opposition.


The time to act is now

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm Many of us are deeply concerned, thoroughly informed citizens, unwilling to commit to retrograde projects. Now is the time, the only time remaining, for us to put our shoulders to the common and desperate need of humanity....


Important to look at all issues

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby Oliver Dunne’s insistence that the current erosion at Clarkes Beach has nothing to do with rising sea levels is both right and wrong. In the short-term, it is a result of a lack of sand supply around Cape...


Go well Mungo

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry A brief note appended to Mungo’s column last week advised that he was too ill to continue working. His swansong was, as always, sharp, insightful and humorous. On the Pearls and Irritations blog, a final, poignant missive explained:...


Waterways for life

Janine Taranto, Wilsons Creek I have serious concerns about the health of our waterways in general and in particular of Wilsons Creek on which I live. I know we have been in drought and have experienced lower than average rainfall for a...


Thank you Mungo

Kate Ramsay, Goonengerry I was sad to read in last week’s Echo that it contained Mungo’s last ever column. I moved to this region in 1996 and have been a keen reader of his column every week since. His skill at analysing...


Managing Clarkes Beach, sea level rise and science

Giles Parkinson, Montecollum Oliver Dunne (Letters, 2 December) writes a lengthy letter attacking local environmental expert Dailan Pugh and claiming, ‘The Clarkes Beach dune blowout was most definitely not caused by climate change or long-term sea level rise’. Dunne cites an article...


Cartoon of the week – 9 December, 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.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 9 December

Award winning performer Michaela Burger returns to the Brunswick Picture House for an intimate afternoon of song and story.


Interview with Lisa Hunt

Musician and all round powerhouse Lisa Hunt decided that it was an opportunity to innovate the way musicians present, and so she’s come up with a dynamic program for Byron Bay – Summerstage in Byron.


Mikey wins Coffs Harbour Open

Ross Kendall Lennox Head surfer Mikey McDonagh won the inaugural Coffs Harbour Open – stop six of the Australian Open of Surfing series – after a day of exciting action in picturesque two-to-three foot conditions at Diggers Beach in Coffs...


No stopping croquet at Cherry Street

Ross Kendall The Ballina Cherry Street Croquet Club has had a busy and successful membership despite COVID-19 restrictions, as well as a six-week time out for lawn maintenance.  During October, David Scott and Ray Chapman competed at Pine Rivers Club in...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: How to get The Full Mandy

Every week I sit exactly here and wonder what I am going to write. I don’t always know. It’s a constant mild anxiety where my brain filters through the trash to find a little treasure that hasn’t been touched.


Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...