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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Other News

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

Ageism alive and well

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

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

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.


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. 

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to accept the democratic vote at their...