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Be CaféSmart about a cuppa donation for homelessness charities

Most people would be shocked to know how close to homelessness some people in the community are – some people might be very shocked to know how close they themselves are to homelessness. It doesn’t take much.

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Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part...

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

The Block mute over its plans for Byron TV show

Plans by reality television TV show, The Block (Nine), to base an upcoming series on  Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise, Byron Bay, has upset an elderly neighbour.

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

Bruns North Arm

Jillian Spring, BillinudgelRegarding your article ‘A positive change to bring back the Bruns’, (Echo, 14 July). Since 2013/14 submissions to Council,...

SE Queensland’s lockdown and local schools

The South East Queensland three day lockdown, from 4pm Saturday 31 July to 4pm Tuesday 3 August 2021, will...

June 23, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.02 – June 23, 2021

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In this Issue:

Chinny Charge back for 2021!

Your chance to run or walk up Mt Chincogan is on again for Saturday September 18.


Infiltration facts

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads I have asked numerous questions as to why the inflow infiltration problem has not been solved in Mullumbimby. You have to wonder why the clause 45 moratorium was lifted without the inflow infiltration problem being solved....


5G negotiations?

Mike Stav, Mullumbimby Dear police, it’s time we had a chat. The police are made up of some of the most intelligent and talented folks around. I’m sure there are things you feel we just don’t understand. We all know that...


My vaccine choice

Dean Jefferys, Mullumbimby In response to recent comments. Firstly, it’s important for people to remember that getting the covid vaccine, doesn’t stop you getting covid or from passing it on, it just lessens the symptoms. I believe that means, those who choose...


Helpful plod

Tom Tabart, Victoria The diligence of the police to ‘attend’ to Fast Buck$ over his alleged breach of an AVO, with a late night arrest, handcuffs, paddy wagon, jailing/bailing, would amaze many who could only dream of such service. It brings to...


Thank you Echo

Janelle Stanford, Mullumbimby I would like to say a big thank you to The Byron Shire Echo for presenting me with a community award for The Echo Business Heart Award at The Echo Awards night at the Bowling Club in Bangalow. It...


Secondary dwellings on multiple occupancies examined

The issue of secondary dwellings on multiple occupancy and community title lots is still unresolved following a recent attempt by Byron Shire Council to prohibit such dwellings across the board.


West Byron developer seeks to reduce staging, timeframe

One of the developers behind the West Byron suburb opposite the Arts & Industry Estate is asking Council to reduce the number of construction stages from seven to three


In defence of Tom Tabart

Angela Dunlop, Ocean Shores I feel impelled to defend Tom Tabart in light of Cr Sarah Ndiaye’s damning character assessment of him (Letters, 9 June). Some years ago, as a volunteer on a S355 hall management committee, I was subjected to a...


Council staff back Wilsons Ck CT plans, despite flood, fire prone...

A 15 lot Community Title (CT) subdivision on 12.27 ha of low lying, flood prone, degraded farmlands at the bottom of Wilsons Creek is before the public, which, if approved, would be allowed to straddle RU2 zoned land.


Byron market relocation proposal divides opinion

Community opinion appears to be starkly divided over the proposed relocation of the Byron Community Markets from the foreshore at Main Beach to Railway Park, which Byron councillors will vote on this Thursday.


Michael Lyon announces Byron Shire Council ticket

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, has announced a group of candidates to run for the upcoming Council elections in September.


Old Byron Hospital future before Council

A significant decision about the future of the old Byron Hospital site will be made this week, with Byron Council choosing an organisation to manage the new community hub that will be created there.


Disrupt fossil fuels

Duncan Dey, Main Arm I disrupt coal in a few ways, including by living and working off-grid (solar panels and big battery). A second way was by driving through Queensland in 2019 with Bob Brown on the Adani Convoy. Apparently we...


Water diversity

John Revington, The Channon A big thank you to Rous County Council (RCC) for acting quickly on the preliminary planning and implementation of the diverse water options in its revised Future Water 2060 plan. With this new plan, and further uptake of...


The knives are out

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Reading the letters section of The Echo I came across the two councillor’s Martin and Ndiaye and also Kate Coxall who is a Greens council candidate and their letters concerning the behaviour of John Anderson...


Community Byron announces Council ticket

Sitting independent Councillor, Cate Coorey, has announced her ticket for the 2021 Byron Shire Council elections, to be held September 4.


Tom Tabart and Sarah Ndiaye

Jenny Coman, Former Byron Shire Councillor, Bangalow I fail to see what part of Tom Tabart’s recent letter (2 June) to The Echo regarding Sarah Ndiaye’s AVO against Fast Buck$ is sufficiently provocative or hurtful to merit the extraordinarily vitriolic response from Sarah...


Linda Vidler Memorial Park Masterplan

Linda Vidler Park The Masterplan for the Linda Vidler Memorial Park, Suffolk Park, is currently on display with submissions closing in the first week of July. After the community unrest that occurred when the pump track was approved before the Masterplan...


MusicNSW appoints Nino for regional representation

MusicNSW is endeavouring to support regional music and musicians by appointing seven Regional Music Officers (RMOs) across the state.


Cartoon of the week – 23 June, 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...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Climate Change, Coal and the Flushing Toilet

Sometimes I wonder why people seem to have stopped caring about climate change. Is it because it’s too big? Is it because we have a Prime Minister who is in a dirty love triangle with coal and gas? Or is it the convenience of the flushing toilet?


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the Week Begining 23 June,...

A dazzling array of talent to be seen live, in and around the Byron Shire


The Sourdough Chick rises to the occasion!

When you talk to Susann Wiedermann, her passion for sourdough is clearly evident. She describes the world of sourdough as like ‘falling down a rabbit hole with lots of interesting twists and turns’. The self-taught baker grew up in...


Frida’s Field winter menu

  If you’re thinking of a long lunch on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, out in the country with a beautiful outlook across the fields, then hunt back through the stories on our Echo website if you want some more information...


Railway and rail trail working together

Chris Abraham, Mullumbimby Creek The rail service between Casino and Murwillumbah was suspended by the NSW Government without any public consultation. A contract was issued...

Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Pennings and Adani to continue court battle

The Supreme Court has formalised orders agreed out of court by both Adani and Ben Pennings in relation to a decision handed down on 25 June 2021.