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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.

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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.

Rail trail debate

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

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

December 16, 2020

Issue 35.27

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...