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January 28, 2021

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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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Trusted window

Dave Rastovich, Broken Head As someone who happily does not participate in the woeful communicative medium of social media and...

Bob Stewart appeal date set

The man found guilty of cruelty charges against a pet dog in South Golden Beach will have his fate decided in Lismore in May.

Bypass Blues

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale Those who believe the Byron bypass will relieve Byron’s traffic problems can, I believe, abandon all hope. Those...

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

December 30, 2020

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Business coaching on offer, eBook available

It’s well known that over 90 per cent of businesses fail in the first two years. Though figures for 2020 aren’t yet available, it would not be surprising if this pandemic-filled year sees that figure go even higher.


Water Compliance appointment ‘cronyism’?

The appointment of a former NSW Nationals party leader as Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance is taking ‘cronyism to new heights’, according to Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive, Chris Gambian


Outdoor Sea Shepherd film screening next week

A new initiative by Byron Youth Service (BYS) has launched, which aims to educate and bring together a community of passionate people of all ages.


2021 – the year to reject tyrants

It’s nearly 2021! With a sigh, let’s all acknowledge the year’s trauma so we can move on, right? In the move towards a seismic awakening in 2021 – as well as building resilience for the year ahead – tinpot tyrants and their foot soldiers are on notice.


Plastic Free Boy’s call to action for 2021

By way of an introduction for the people new to the Shire, or who do not know me: I am 14-years-old, born in Byron Bay, have been making films to educate people about the problems of, and solutions, to plastic pollution.


Byron council calls for low key NYE celebrations 

People expecting to head to Byron Bay to celebrate the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 are warned that celebrations this year will be low key and must comply with the COVID-19 protocols set out by the NSW government.


NSW Libs, Nats and Labor ignore experts on drug law reform

By lunchtime on December 2, 2020 word on the street and online was that the Berejiklian government had bitten the bullet and was about to make a ‘big announcement’ on drug law reform in the wake of the Ice Inquiry.


Inflatable fun at Byron’s Cavanbah Centre

The Hultgren family Christmas party featured identical twins (owing to Photoshop misuse) at their large inflatable obstacle course.


Dear wine and beer drinkers…

Is there isinglass in your wine glass or egg white in your red? Did you know that not all alcohol is vegan?


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 23 December

Every year the Starlight Festival in Bangalow transports locals to the celestial plane with soundbaths, shamanic journeys and in-depth everything. Taking attendees through time and space with a sound healing, you can learn to play the singing bowl, browse the market or access ancient knowledge.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Boxing Day Test Match

There is something very nostalgic about backyard cricket. I remember Christmases where the garbage bins were pulled in for wickets and a few drunk mums and dads faced up to spin bowls from their eager kids.


Interview with Ben Alcock, Lyn McCarthy and Christian Pazzaglia

Three Bangalow Creatives, Lyn McCaRthy, Christian Pazzaglia, and Ben Alcock have created the Bangalow Film Festival – with indoor and outdoor screenings planned throughout January. There’s even a drive-in!


Eco Lane

Creative Director Debbie Buck has a passion for the arts and for our collective cultural community coming together in new and interesting ways, and she has created Eco Lane Artisan Walking Tours to cater to like-minded people. Deb has worked...


Pioneering regenerative farming before it was a thing 

Decades before ‘regenerative farming’ and ‘carbon sequestration’ became popular in local farming circles, Bob and Liz Gray were practising these increasingly important farming methods. When the couple, now in their 70s, first moved to the area 42 years ago, they...


Misty Creek Agroforestry; for a stronger and more resilient local economy

Story & photo Melissa Butters Nicole and Tom are the founders of Misty Creek Agroforestry. The young couple are the fresh faces at Mullum Markets with a vision to create agroecology that inspires. On their 28 acre farm they grow...


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...