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Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

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Virtually live music, imaginary shrooms, and happy koalas: welcome to the COVID Splendour

Well, the people behind Splendour in the Grass have finally done it. They’ve organised a music festival that won’t disturb a single koala, rare bird, or noise-sensitive neighbour living in or around the North Byron Parklands.

Lismore Lantern Parade call-out for volunteers

The organisers of the Lismore Lantern Parade (which is happening on Saturday, 19 June) are seeking volunteers to help with the event, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

Pocket Herbs and Indigenous organisation, Currie Country partner to supply native foods

An important ingredient in creating a high-quality, unique dining experience in the Northern Rivers is the diversity and availability...

High school attack

Dan Reade, Ocean Shores Mandy Nolan’s ‘Soapbox’ claim that schools have remained unchanged for the last 200 years, seems only informed...

Gambian: ‘State budget must encourage uptake of electric vehicles’

The Nature Conservation Council has launched a campaign to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in NSW, with a video and a petition.

Forest blockade stops logging at Wild Cattle Creek

A tree-sitter a the Newry Native Forest Blockade has stopped NSW Forestry Corporation (FCNSW) from logging native forest an hour and a half west of Coffs Harbour in Wild Cattle Creek state forest this morning.

May 26, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 35.50 – May 26, 2021

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Dun the dam

Kathryn McConnochie, Byron Bay There is an unfortunate campaign of misinformation circulating about the alternatives to the Dunoon Dam. Beth Trevan’s sudden concern for Tyagarah Nature Reserve is curious (Echo May 19), considering the Our Future NR stance that there are...


Théo still missing – two years on

It's been two years today since Théo Hayez left a nightclub in Byron. It's been two years since anyone saw him, or at least, that what we are led to believe. We don't know, and if anyone does know, they are not telling.


Mousey reactions

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia, Byron Bay There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth from politicians about PETA’s very reasonable observation that the ‘mouse plague’ is a complex and long-term problem that should be addressed through systematic strategies to introduce...


Linnaeus Estate

Ingrid Simson, Stockholm, Sweden My name is Ingrid Simson and house #24 on Linnaeus Estate is my home. The house was acquired by the Simson Family Trust about 20 years ago and I inherited it in 2019. I fully subscribe to the...


Criticism amplified

Cr Basil Cameron, Goonengerry The Echo’s summary, that I was ‘critical of organisers’, is not a fair reflection of my comments in Council about the Byron Music Festival application to use the community market site (Dening Park) for a one-off music event. Regarding...


Byron council staff apologise over childcare service glitch

Families in the Byron Shire have been shocked and upset to find out that Council’s accounting system has had a huge glitch, which is costing some of them thousands of dollars.


TEDxByronBay relaunches June 26

An inspiring lineup of speakers are set to relaunch TEDxByronBay 2021, on June 26 at the Byron Theatre. 


The ghost in the archives #4: Searching for that rainbow at...

The art of the peaceful protest has been a staple of Byron Shire life since the ‘new settlers’ arrived in the 1970s, searching for that rainbow at the end of conformity.


Editorial – What have the Romans ever done for us?

The three Rs – roads, rates and rubbish – are often trotted out by fiscal conservatives to advance a narrative in which councils stick to simple services. But what do the numbers actually tell us?


Homeless drop-in centre returns

For five years, the homeless drop-in centre on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, has remained empty – the victim of funding shortfalls and, more recently, a sea of red tape.


The Farm seeks to approve unauthorised land uses

A planning proposal, now on exhibition on Council’s website, aims to authorise activities at The Farm, located on the corner of Ewingsdale Road and Woodford Lane, Byron Bay.


Reality Check Campaign seeks to assist low cost housing

A sense of frustration and helplessness is being felt by many in the community as they or their friends become homeless as the housing and rental prices continue to increase. But local Liz Friend has decided that it is time to take action.


Labor call for social housing, declines to commit on climate

Labor were out in force in Byron last Friday highlighting that action is needed to tackle the ongoing housing crisis.


Council activist slapped with AVO, banned from building

Local police have taken out an interim Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against former Byron councillor John Anderson, following a series of incidents in which he allegedly intimidated and harassed the current deputy mayor, Sarah Ndiaye (Greens).


Suffolk Park ‘Masterplan’

Kerry Wright, Suffolk Park Now that the Masterplan for the Suffolk Park Parkland is hurriedly due for release, and people can ‘submit comments’ to what has already been organised and planned, and Suffolk Park Progress Association (SPPA) has been the main...


SAE eyes further online collaboration 

With international travel restricted owing to COVID-19, SAE students are collaborating with their peers across the planet, and the results in the print and digital design field are impressive, says senior lecturer, Rachael Shea.


Koala thanks

Pam Hamill, Coorabell This is a long overdue thank you to the lovely people or person who made the beautiful koala at the beginning of our street – it is beautiful. It hasn’t slowed many people down in our street but...


Farmlands at RISK?

Anthony Stante, Coorabell I read with scepticism this week Paul Bibby’s story that Council felt compelled to vote unanimously to express concern with the State government’s proposed Agritourism policy, which will ‘compromise regionally significant farming and food production by stealth’. Talk about...


Lock on or die off

Murray Drechsle, Mullumbimby Now don’t get me wrong I love planting trees, it’s great exercise and very grounding. But if you are planting koala habitat trees thinking that is all that is needed to save koalas, you’re very much wrong. Without...


No Dunoon Dam!

Jen Ireland, The Channon Time is running out to email a submission to Rous County Council on their water strategy stating your preferences for future water options in our area. Rous Water voted against a mega Dunoon Dam at their December 2020...


Cartoon of the week – 26 May, 2021

Letters to the editor 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. The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer...


Oceans 15 triumphant return

Ross Kendal The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month long stint at various State School Swimming competitions. ‘They have all performed well, while enjoying the experience immensely,’ coach Adrian Filipic said. ‘Every swimmer was...


Winter Sailing at its best…

Peter Fell A sunny but cool day greeted keen sailors for the third day of the inter sailing series on the Tweed River at Fingal on Sunday May 16. A shifty and gusty southerly of eight to 15 knots promised some...


Entertainment roundup – May 26, 2021

Entertainment that you can find in the Byron Shire and beyond


Jailer Dutton

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Peter Dutton, top jailer of poor refugees and kids, and now one very sick one, has spent $50 million of your hard...

Is it really an MO? Or just a subdivision?

Ray Goodwin, MARRA Ratepayers and residents are to eat dust, cooked in potholes on Blindmouth Road because of the road conditions and an approval for 12...

Cyclists please

Denise Nagorcka, Byron Bay I am a driver, cyclist, pedestrian: so cyclists for your safety, could you please: 1. Make yourselves visible at night. Wear high visibility...

Connor just wants to finish his HSC in 2021

On March 23 2019 Connor Meldrum’s life changed forever and he has spent much of the last two years trying to regain normality – that is, as much normality as you can with only half a skull.