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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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Diverse and resilient

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

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

‘Seven and a bit’ stone

Stone & Wood are thrilled to announce the return of Festival of the Stone to their Byron-based Brewery, Saturday...

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.

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. 

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

December 23, 2020

Issue 35.28

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In this Issue:

Strengthening the beginnings of a real local food movement

It’s wonderful to see the flowering of local food initiatives throughout the Shire today. I’d like to do everything I can to help strengthen what is the beginnings of a real local food movement.


A passion for Indigenous rights

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby I would like to pay tribute to Mungo MacCallum and his work and passion for Indigenous rights.  I first met Mungo at one of our very first get togethers as Women for Wik, I would think probably in...


Water dreaming

Clive Quick, Rous For around 20 years my wife and I have tried to protect Marom Creek Weir and groundwater from pollution and destruction. Recent action included stopping the Water Bottling fiasco on the Alstonville Plateau with the help of...


Mung olives and other treats

Richard Hil, Mullumbimby Has six years passed since I rang the Mullum office and in the process, gave rise to St Mungo of Bethany? It’s been too long, but thanks for the hundreds of emails since from you lot, which...


A thank you note to a dead friend

I often go about my life and forget I am going to die. I forget about impermanence. I get caught up in the struggle of maintaining a mortgage, a career, a family. Stuff that feels permanent but of course isn’t.


Traffic light for Byron

Dean Chalker, Mullumbimby Creek I see installation of traffic lights on the western roundabout of the Ewingsdale interchange progresses apace. A little odd, don’t you think, that the Shire’s first traffic lights are on a roundabout which is intended for free-flowing traffic?  The lights...


Is Jim confused?

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby Jim Mangleson seems to be a bit confused about rising sea levels (Letters, 35.27). He is quite right to say the sea level in Sydney has risen around 65mm over the last 100 years, but that is...


Incisive journalist and a decent man

Melissa Lucashenko I have been to writer’s festivals all over the world for the past two decades, and have never met an author less inclined to bullshit than Mungo. He was a great, incisive journalist and a decent man, who...


Scottie’s backhander

Keith Duncan, Pimlico What a thoroughly deserved backhander the UN Climate Summit gave to the marketing guy (PM Morrison), by not allowing him to waste their precious time by peddling his usual marketing spin to world leaders who are actually...



N Browne I am appalled at the use of four-letter words in two large headlines in this week’s edition. Yes, you warn about it on the front page, to draw attention I suppose.  Yes, it is the 21st century, but this...


She was who?

David Gilet, Byron Bay When I was at school there was one teacher who was never permanent because she also worked for the UN as a translator, and was consequently often absent, usually in SE Asia. I remember she caused...


Puffing the bypass

David Morris, Byron Bay I was pleased to see in a recent Echo that it was noted that there had been considerable local opposition to the bypass. When I read the Council’s last emailed media release, it was puffing...


Dark and confusing

Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek It seems our world gets darker and more confusing all the time. Bushfires, floods and extreme weather suggests that climate change is real and yet our governments still hesitate to take real action. In America COVID...


Political insight and experience

Byron Bay Branch ALP  Dear Mungo, our Wednesday Echo will no longer be the same without your column but we would really like to let you how much we in the Byron branch of the ALP have appreciated your brilliant,...


The ‘why’ of Christmas

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel Christmas time is upon us; parties, work parties, gifts – oh the clamour, gifts to buy – the joy, some people say ‘oh the hassle’ others feel they have to give gifts, often costly, and they begrudge...


The small conjunction

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm Some say 2020 is the year Globalisation ended. Yeah because the Globe is now becoming Local. Next year Starship will initiate Planetisation.  Mars really does need a greenhouse effect and, the way emissions are not falling, Earth...


Hysterical to oppose?

Ian Cohen, Broken Head Byron closed its Main Beach testing station as it was under utilised. It didn’t fit our ‘Chill Out’ image. Not a care; sun shining and clean ocean. Recently a similar precinct, the Northern Peninsular in Sydney...


Water everywhere

Richard Swinton, Clunes I took a short walk down to the Clunes cafe this morning and vast quantities of pure clean rainwater was spilling out of every household stormwater pipe into the gutter to be joined with contaminated water from...


Marine Rescue training centre opens in Bruns

A new Marine Rescue Brunswick training and meeting centre opened last week, located beside the town’s boat harbour.


Recalcitrant Reflections denied Bruns operation

Byron Council is holding its ground in the fight to protect a collection of Cypress Pines located in a Brunswick Heads holiday park, refusing an application that would have likely further decimated the endangered ecological community.


A time of loss

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay In recent times Byron Bay has lost Mungo, lost its Main Beach and lost the ability to control a sensible future pathway with the loss in the courts to the developers of West Byron. From that...


Congrats to The Echo

Bill Sokolich, Kuranda A strong congratulation is in order for The Echo in surviving the Murdoch Press assault on local newspapers. It was relentless and captured many of them on the whole east coast some years ago. Content was reduced...


The many aspects of Mungo

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay I suspect that not all of Mungo’s unique contributions to the Byron Community and the Northern Rivers in general, are well known. Over a period of some three years, in the early ‘90s, a small group of...


Councillor renumeration

Cr Sarah Ndiaye, Byron Shire Council Re editorial 16/12/20. While it’s no surprise Mr Lovejoy’s commentary of my comments was completely out of context (I referred to Cr renumeration and conditions when addressing some of the reason Cr Coorey may...


An Echo drudge remembers Mungo

Janet Planet Price – Katikati, New Zealand Mungo was sexy! (If he were in his grave, that remark would surely have him spinning!) Sexy in the way that men of towering intellect, aristocratic bearing, devastating wit and a generous heart...


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...