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Sailor rescued from ocean in overnight operation

In a dramatic overnight rescue far offshore North-East of Yamba, Marine Rescue IIuka Yamba volunteers were able to bring to safety a woman who fell overboard from a dismasted catamaran in the dark.

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It’s World Oceans Day!

It's World Oceans Day and we just wanted to honour that with a few photos from our library.

Developers aim to double Bayside suburb

Developers seeking to double the size of Bayside, a small suburb on the outskirts of Brunswick Heads, have responded to Echo questions around potential traffic congestion and the lack of open spaces.

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...

Mullumbimby home seriously damaged in fire

A home on Ann Street, Mullumbimby, was badly damaged in a house fire over the weekend.

Shark tracker shines spotlight on wildlife deaths

Humane Society International Australia and the Australian Conservation Marine Society are launching a shark culling impact tracker, which counts the mounting toll of marine animals indiscriminately caught and killed in shark culling equipment.

Developers aim to double Bayside suburb

Developers seeking to double the size of Bayside, a small suburb on the outskirts of Brunswick Heads, have responded to Echo questions around potential traffic congestion and the lack of open spaces. 

June 2, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 35.51 – June 2, 2021

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In this Issue:

Billionaire keeper

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Universally discredited ‘trickledown economics’ theory and anti-worker policies were needed, and arrived with the implementation of JobKeeper, where the lion’s share of $83 billion taxpayer dollars was gifted to many of Australia’s richest businesses earning the biggest profits....


Vaccine passport

David Warth, Byron Bay A line has been drawn in the sand and it is all about vaccine passports being used internally in Australia. We have put up with so many incursions on our freedoms over the last year. As a nation...


Congrats councillors – can you follow through?

Geoffrey Cotton, Clunes Byron Councillors must be congratulated on their newfound concern to protect high-value agricultural land from inappropriate non-farm uses, especially those resulting in residential spread and events-based activities (May 19). Let’s hope our councillors maintain their new stance beyond the...


Open letter to Byron Shire Council

Nada Loiterton, Ewingsdale The Australian housing crisis, most drastically within the Byron Shire, is real. It truly exists, which would be a good reason to tackle it in a practical way now. Instead, a lot of talk about solutions happens,...


Mercato sell off

Virginia Black, Suffolk Park Congratulations to Azzura Investments and Wingate Property who have sold Mercato for $120 million, they must be laughing all the way to the bank. This building was always going to be a white elephant. Having a two-level...


A tribute to Michael Vider, aka Astro Boy

Byron Bay has lost its brightest cosmic body, who blazed across our skies and dancefloors for nearly thirty years: our one and only Astro Boy has left the Earth.


Byron Council reviews protocols on film productions

Byron Council will review its rules around filming in public places in a bid to prevent productions like the docu-soap Byron Baes being filmed here in the future. As filming of the much-loathed Netflix series continues, Council passed a resolution...


Linen SHIFT laundry finds new home

An organisation that aims to ‘disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness’ has found a new home after being recently evicted from their premises.


Vax overseas Aussies

AJ and Y Harper, Coopers Shoot It would make good economic and humanitarian sense for all Australians who are currently overseas to be offered COVID vaccinations by the Australian government. The procedures could be coordinated and distributed through Australian embassies and save...


Byron Shire Councillors fail to ensure directions followed

Nick Buckley, Byron Bay Two weeks ago Byron Shire Councillors agreed unanimously to defer a decision to approve a development application (DA) for ten townhouses at Keats Street, Byron Bay in order to allow time for discussions with Councils ecologist regarding...


Large parking lot proposed for Byron rail corridor

Plans to rezone transport corridor land to private use south of Mitre 10 near the new bypass have stirred neighbours into action, with claims it would set a precedent and has ‘no place in future-proofing Byron Bay’.


Why have Tweed Council failed in their duty of care?

Jeremy Cornford, Kingscliff Tweed Shire Council has completely abrogated its legal duty of care to ratepayers in approving the Gales Holdings truck and fill operation between the Coast Road and Turnock Street in Kingscliff. Local government is held to have a legal...


House prices

L Clarke, Ballina The economic law of supply and demand says: if demand exceeds supply, house prices will increase. By handing out money to help the homebuyer, demand is increased, and up go the prices. I’m sure our politicians know this. So...


Cartoon of the week – 2 June, 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.


Entertainment for the Byron shire and beyond from June 1, 2020

Check out whats on, in and around the Byron shire this week


All Girl Surfriders find good swell at Arrawarra

The swell was on the rise for the event and some fun waves were had by all.


Junior rep rugby Country Championships

Far north coast rugby union teams had a tough first day before winning their final games at the NSW Country Junior Boys Championships played at Nelson Bay earlier this month.


Interview with Bri Lee

Bri Lee speaks with Courtney Miller about her new book Who Gets to be Smart; Privilege, Power and Knowledge. Bri’s new book is a timely investigation into the current discussions around class and privilege in Australia and around the world.


Interview with Gyan

The Long Wait for the Truly Original Gyan It’s 30 years since ARIA recipient Gyan sang her hit Wait from the cliffs of Kiama on Countdown. Since then her career has followed an international trajectory working with the likes of...


What’s in a seed?

If you start to look around where you live, no matter how urban you are, there is evidence of seeds in your life. Most of the food you eat, even if you eat meat, the animal ate food from...


Frida’s Field

Story and photos: S Haslam For a sublime afternoon look no further than a long lunch at Frida’s Field, a local farm to table restaurant set in the idyllic rolling green paddocks of Nashua. Having written about the venue last...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: When Schools Refuse to Change

Schools could become community learning hubs rather than giant cerebral supermarkets for growing brains. What if we created a system that fed and nourished our young, rather than shaming and penalising them?


Don Pedros Cantina

Don Pedros is a contemporary Mexican and Southern Californian-style cantina in the heart of Byron Bay that serves all the famed favourites from these regions, as well as a great range of tequilas. The venue has a welcoming feel, and...


Turning to hope and faith

In an age when our most basic instincts of survival have been tested, and uncertainty is the singular defining characteristic as we struggle to emerge from a pandemic that continues to rage in some parts of the planet, we turn to hope and faith.


Three men stabbed in Goonellabah

Police say a man has been charged and will face court, while three men remain in hospital following an alleged stabbing yesterday.

Running out of time

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock I just returned from the ‘Festival of Resistance’, which happened outside of the weapon expo at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre....

Three stabbed, man arrested – Lismore

Three men remain in hospital and a man’s been arrested following a stabbing in Lismore this afternoon.

Celebrating 35 years of The Echo

The Echo Awards, held every five years, was a great success on Wednesday night as it celebrated 35 years of local independent journalism in the Northern Rivers and the community that have supported it throughout those times.