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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Wonderful Council

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I went for a swim at Belongil Beach the other day and was shocked to...

Cult Covid

John Scrivener, Main Arm A careful analysis of Cult Covid must clearly distinguish between four separate and distinct yet interconnected...

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

PM’s vaccine

Martin Bail, Federal On 4 February, 2021 ABC News reported, albeit briefly, that the PM will ‘for the record’ be...

February 10, 2021

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In this Issue:

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

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Confusion over pump track’s purpose

Confusion over which age group will use the proposed pump track at Suffolk Park has raised further questions over whether community consultation for the track was adequate

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Resilience & diversity

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby Magnificent Mandy’s passionate denunciation of real estate profiteering at the expense of a diverse community, and feeding on the magic pudding of perpetual growth, had me humming a medley of ‘Allons enfants… and Kumbaya’. But the blue-sky-dreaming...

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Poetic justice

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Since the inglorious downfall of that traitor Trump, the outrage and crackpot conspiracy theories belching from headline Sky News presenters, (we all know who these right-wing clowns are), has become hysterical; they’re even having psychotic episodes on...

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A ‘fair go’?

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay We are indeed fortunate in having Kerry O’Brien as one of our ‘local elders’ – a man of unquestioned talent, integrity and professionalism. The same cannot be said of all our sporting ‘heroes’ and politicians. Margaret...

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Steps toward peace

Deborah & Mick Stacey, Ballina  The anti-war/anti-nuclear movement may not be what it has been in the past, (millions of people marching, and direct action taking place all over the world), nevertheless, it certainly hasn’t gone away. On 22 January 2021...

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Police double standard on show at Eat Street

Eat Street Bangalow was a resounding success – so much so that if Lisa Hunt, who has been running SummerStage, had been organising it, the cops would have been down there handing out fines like confetti.

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Byron Council staff enjoy complete immunity

Is it in the public interest for Council compliance staff to hassle Matthew Hartley over his caravan?

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Council critic ‘targeted’ by compliance staff

A long-time resident – and Council critic – is accusing Council staff of unfairly targetting him for having a caravan at his home, which he says is legal.

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What if the trucks stop coming? Renew Fest kicks off Saturday

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow, hosted by Renew Fest and Resilient Byron, is kicking off on February 13 with a series of neighbourhood events, tackling the question: How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?

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Surf lifesavers Phoebe and Ethan vie for statewide honours

Phoebe Link, from Byron Bay SLSC, and Ethan Bayly from Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC, have been awarded the junior lifesavers of the year for the Far North Coast Branch.

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Who represents you?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell The Echo reported last week that Mayor Simon Richardson and senior staff again refused to comment on recent the loss in the Land and Environment Court (L&EC).  You’d reckon that between Council’s four lawyers and four media spin-doctors they...

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Beach shades

Geneth Harrington, Byron Bay Conspiracy theories do abound. Politicians putting boss foxes in charge of the environmental hen houses. And now ‘our Council’ are planning to evict a devout and selfless long-time local man, Jaimini, from the Belongil beach sands....

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Activism 2021 – an act of love

Conservationists – true conservatives – have gifted special places to their descendants for generations.

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Getting the creative and biz balance right

Local creatives have successfully achieved a number of places in the Graduate Certificate in Creative Business as they look at how they can scale their businesses.

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Car mania clogs Mullumbimby

It was a fatal error – driving half a kilometre into Mullumbimby to pick up a carton of milk. My partner drove while I conducted reconnaissance for that elusive parking spot. 

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Vagina, vagina, vagina

Zenith Virago, Brunswick Heads I would just like to thank everyone for your loving messages of congratulations. It was overwhelming to be nominated and to become the 2021 Byron Citizen of the Year. Thank you everyone. It was so unexpected,...

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The tipping point

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra It's been obvious for some time that the primary concern for our species is whether or not we will have a future. It's equally obvious that our do or die transition to a sustainable future has...

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Work together?

Lydia Kindred, Rosebank Responding to letters written recently to The Echo, some stated that it is the preference of many in the Shire to build the bike path beside the rails and, I believe, this is indeed true. Our ‘deficit of...

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Cartoon of the week – 10 February, 2021

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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Sharing the local love

As the day nears when we are reminded to celebrate love, we think about what’s important and what we truly value. Often it’s the simple things in life that matter most.

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Fortunate life for Red Earth Farmers

Belinda and Neil Fortune turned their passion for food and seasonal eating into a living when they started their own market garden in the Byron hinterland five years ago.

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Loft loving the post-summer return of locals

It's a magical time in Byron – the peak of summer is over, the water is sparkling and warm, and town has simmered down to a more pleasant level for locals.

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Flickerfest 2021

Flickerfest is celebrating 30 Years With the theme ‘Great Short Film Never Dies’, Flickerfest is celebrating 30 years and heading home to Mullumbimby. Fresh from its 10 day Bondi event late January, Flickerfest, Australia’s largest short film festival returns to...

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 Feb,...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 Feb, 2021

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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.