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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.

Other News

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.

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.

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

Storylines: Growing hope

Hope is a fragile thing in 2021. With the current pandemic and the uncertainty in so many aspects of life, our hope is being shadowed by fear. It is profoundly affecting our humanity.

Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

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,...

July 7, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.04 – July 7, 2021

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In this Issue:

Minute a Question!

Sher Roberts, South Golden Beach In the past two months I have issued the Byron Shire Council (BSC) three times with a Question on Notice (QON). Last week, I submitted a QON to Council with ample time and was given a...


Work buys freedom?

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores What happens to people who reject the pursuit of wealth as the primary focus of adult life? Does anyone have a choice? Are we free or able to exist outside the mainstream or must we sell our...



Boyd Kellner, Newrybar Helena Norberg Hodge’s regurgitation of the merits and otherwise of her beloved ‘localisation’ reveals a paucity of real-world political and social economic knowledge, in her rebuttal of my Echo letter (16 June). More disturbingly is the citation of Via...


‘Good News’ paper

Trude Helm, Myocum Many years down the track and still we fight on… on so many levels. Looking back at what now seem idyllic, positive times, I recall a local newspaper started by a Buddhist woman back in the ’90s... a ‘Good...


Electric cars

David Gilet, Byron Bay It is true that for a small country like Norway distance and recharging of vehicles is not an issue as it is in Australia. Some time ago I saw on television a car design that I think could...


Power to change

Iris Kojeve, Main Arm I have a dream. I dream of a community where individuals hold the power of change. Where people are engaged with each other and the world around them. Where politics is within each individual. I have a dream...


Bruns foreshores benefits from NSW budget

Public funds have been allocated for projects in Brunswick Heads, earmarked in the recent NSW Budget.


DA for supermarket, retail, office and car parking expansion next to...

A DA to expand and change the use of the former Wicked Weasel warehouse and surrounding land south of Byron’s CBD is on public exhibition at Council’s website.


Political opportunism

Tom Tabart, Victoria When I saw that mayoral aspirant Mark Swivel was hosting a post-Buck$ AVO seminar I was struck by what appeared to be political opportunism. Noting a current AVO plaintiff was the keynote speaker did nothing to dispel this...


A cheery new report!

A report that examined the loss of ‘woody vegetation’ across NSW in 2019 was released by Department of Planning, Industry & Environment last week.


A little control?

Luke Baggs, South Golden Beach Dog controls – is there any chance Byron Council could start properly funding and enforcing animal control across the Shire? I am out in the community every day and the last time I saw one...


Right to choice

Wil Ash, Mullumbimby In response to Dean’s letter re the right to choice in the vaccine matter, he said exactly what I have been thinking but wouldn’t have put it as well as Dean did. I am amazed at how pro-vaccine The...


Coastal erosion in Byron Bay – a solution?

Erosion in Byron Bay appears out of control and may have the potential to threaten the welfare of the town.


Planning Panel rejects 14-townhouse DA on Paterson Street

A proposal to build 14 townhouses and eight swimming pools on constrained land at 103 Paterson Street, Byron Bay, has been refused.


From little sculpture, big sculpture grows

Monument to the Wet Season by Hannah Massey was the winner of the Ingenuity Maquette Exhibition, held last weekend at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.


Councils abused

Michael McDonald, Bairnsdale VIC I sympathise with Ballina councillor Ben Smith’s outburst at the NSW government, as repᵒrted by David Lowe in last week’s Echo. Cr Smith described the relationship between councils and the government as ‘abusive’, with councils expected...


I Love Mullum

Mick Malloy, Suffolk Park When the vaccine passport kicks in I hope all you anti-vaxxers really love Mullum.


Cartoon of the week – 7 July, 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.


Interview with Mandy Nolan, the Authentic You

Mandy Nolan is a comedian of more than 30 years, who has taught in excess of 2,000 people how to perform standup. Her most successful student won an Emmy. George Catsi is a comedic character performer and AWGIE-winning writer and academic who teaches character and script development at UTS to animators and filmmakers. Together they present an exciting new class: Elephant in the Room.


‘Listening to Truth Telling’: First Nations stories highlighted at Byron Writers...

Treat yourself to some new reads this winter! Get your bedside stack sorted with these six books by authors coming to Byron Writers Festival 6–8 August.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the

There's still lots of amazing things going on in the Shire.


The annoying vegan – Iron salad

The two challenges for me as a vegan are my B12 and iron levels. I’ll save the B12 conversation for another time and talk about iron. There are two types of iron – haem and non-haem; the latter is iron not found in animal tissue and is found in many plant foods.


Wok This Way from the Yulli’s crew

Kyle Maxwell is a real dyed-in-the-sarong local – he went to both Byron Public and High Schools, and he managed The Northern before the amazing Wok This Way.


A touch of Heart and Halo from Tusta Das

Fair citizens of the Byron Shire… there is good news afoot. And it’s tasty!


From Paris to a leafy corner in Bruns

There are not many things more romantic than meeting your life partner in the ‘city of love’ and that’s exactly what happened for husband-and-wife team Anna Mortimer and Aymeric Albores when they met in Paris, where Anna trained and worked as a chef and Aymeric was managing restaurants.


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.