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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.

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Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to...

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Ageism alive and well

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


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

December 16, 2020

Issue 35.27

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In this Issue:

Campaign targets govt’s inhumane treatment of refugees

Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) has become one of more than a hundred organisations and grassroots groups to sign up to the ‘Time for a Home’ campaign to get refugees and people seeking asylum out of detention and living in the community.


Morrison and his Bully Boys caught with a dodgy credit card

Federal governments – LibNat and Labor – have spent more than $20 million on establishing this Card-of-Shame system, and studying its effects. None of the reports we the taxpayers have funded found the cards are effective


A new policy sausage is made

New to the area? Perhaps you have become Council-curious. If so, here’s a summary of perhaps the most significant item debated and voted upon at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting: the long awaited Residential Strategy.


Jim Beatson and Mary Gardner – a valediction forbidding mourning

Jim and Mary are moving to Queensland. I am pretty sad about it. Even if you don’t know them, they have been your friends too because, separately and together, they have done so much for Byron.


A repair budget?

Susan Melhuish, Ewingsdale The filming of Nine Perfect Strangers has been based in Kennedys Lane over the past few months. Over that time many large trucks have been coming and going; last night 20 trucks went past in a convoy. Mostly,...


Natural burial

Debra Smith, Mullumbimby I live on Vallances Road near the proposed site for the Brunswick Valley natural burial ground. When council purchased the land and proceeded with the STP (sewage treatment plant) the longterm residents of the road sold up. Having...


Just a little politics

Fast Buck$, Coorabell Last week our mayor was out and about again in his black shirt and sunnies, that outfit that says ‘I am one sharp dude’. Probably he was psyching himself up for participating in his first Greens meeting...


Best to be safe

Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic The Japan 2021 Olympics may be a little different from previous ones, or at least the beds the participants will sleep in will be different. The beds will be long at 2.1m but they will...


Open the bypass

Pam Scarborough, Byron Bay There has been a great deal of work done through 2020 to make our roads more usable, and I can foresee that things will, one day, be improved. But, sorry, there is a but – I am...


The truth

Deb & Mick Stacey, Ballina The first victim of war is always the truth, and one must go out of their way to discover this, as some of us have done for a long time now, as Peace/Anti-war activists. Although...


Cartoon of the week – 16 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.


Urban planning

Duncan Dey, Main Arm Councillors last week adopted a Residential Strategy that will convert various bits of the Shire to urban. Urban life involves having services provided to the property boundary (water and sewer services in particular). The urban user pays...


The vexing vax

Helen Thompson, South Golden Beach I am writing in regards to your (The Echo’s) response to Theo Engelaer’s letter Human Gene Therapy (25 November). It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand that The Echo is extremely pro vaccination with regards...


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 16 December

High Ground, starring Jack Thompson, Simon Baker and Jacob Junior Nayinggul is a Northern Rivers’ premiere. Shot in Kakadu National Park by Andrew Commis (Babyteeth) and directed by Stephen Maxwell Johnson (Yolngu Boy), this is a great opportunity to preview the film before it hits our local screens.


Interview with Áine Tyrrell – one half of the Country Witches...

This December Solstice marks one whole year of witching by musician Áine Tyrrell and comedian Mandy Nolan who came together on a whim last year to create the Country Witches Association.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: MANHATER

As a feminist there are many times I have been called a manhater. It’s the go to put down to extinguish or disqualify legitimate rage.


Interview with Reuben Kaye

The obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy, and rib-crackingly funny, cabaret superstar Reuben Kaye is the only way to bring in 2021. He spoke with the Echo ahead of his NYE show at the Bruns Picture House.


Fresh, wild-caught, succulent flavours

Khaled Al Khawaldeh Mullumbimby sits about 8km from the coast, but walking into Hooked and Cooked Seafood gives one the feeling of being sat right by the seaside. The aroma of fresh wild caught seafood on the grill is as...


From kitchen, to their car, to your door 

Eve Jeffery So you’re sitting in your lounge room and pizza or Indian is not the biggest decision to make – you are going to have to play scissors, paper, rock to see who braves this insane weather to go...


It’s all in for the JJ Seafood family

Story & photo Melissa Butter Like a school of fish this hard working family unit sticks together. Each week JJ Seafood delivers the finest, freshest produce from the region straight from their boats to the markets.   With the help of...


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...