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Ready for the meta-crisis?

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has caused shock waves, but it’s sadly not surprising this would happen, with so much hate and vitriol being expressed in the US presidential race.

Other News

Tyalgum Music Festival will be awesome

An opera, a jazz night, a string quartet, mythical creatures, QCGU talent, a violin and piano recital, a wind quintet from Los Angeles and a harp – what more could you need for a fabulous weekend of music?

Arabs rights

Regarding Heilpern’s article: 1. Not a token of non-Jews serve in the army. By and large the whole Muslim...

Youth crime

Boring as I might seem on this subject, National service is the most applicable method of getting ‘youth crime’...

While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

Valley of Craftsmen at Mullum Farmers Market

Victoria Cosford It’s a pest and a weed, introduced from East Asia and found along most of the east coast,...

Regen Ag program on offer

Farm entrepreneurs in agrifood, agtech or agriwaste who are in start-up, or scale-up mode, are encouraged to apply for a eight-week, fully funded accelerator program at the Byron Community College.

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.


Support Tweed’s rough sleepers in Tweed Heads and join the Community Sleepout

Vinnies and Fred’s Place are asking for the residents of the Tweed Shire to come together for a night and experience what it is like to be homeless.

Cr Dicker calls on Ballina Council to look at future options for Wollongbar pods 

Visiting the Wollongbar pod village over the weekend, after residents were given notice to leave the pods by November, Cr Kiri Dicker said: ‘It’s total waste of taxpayers’ money to tear it down when the shortage of housing is so severe’.

Maintenance work Blackwall Drive, Wardell

Maintenance work is being carried out on Blackwall Drive, Wardell starting Monday 22 July.

Byron’s foreshore future – a closer look

Plans for Byron Bay’s foreshore are on exhibition until July 31 – Council staff propose options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal of the carpark around the pool and Fishheads restaurant.