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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

New gallery and studio breathes life into old church and graveyard

Was it divine intervention or western democracy that changed the fate of a former country church on the Northern Rivers last week?

Saddle Road land snapped up for $10m

A picturesque property in Brunswick Heads that was once slated to become an eco-village may become a light industrial precinct after the owners sold it to a developer for $10 million. 

I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Can you help save 74 million lives?

Killer carbon – a new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at the ‘mortality cost of carbon’.

Cartoon of the week – 28 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.

$10k fine for man who flew to Ballina while COVID infected, as govt takes Pfizer vaccine from regions

A young man who left COVID lockdown in Sydney and flew to Ballina while infected with the virus has been fined nearly $10,000 for numerous health order breaches in NSW and Queensland.

July 14, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.05 – July 14, 2021

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In this Issue:


Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Danny Wakil you are wrong to claim that people do not have a ‘balanced view’ of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The problem is that they do, and it is not ‘like every conflict... nuanced and complicated’. Terrorism...


Byron Shire look out

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Michael Lyon has formed a Council candidates ticket with a couple of now ex-Greens, himself being an ex-Greens. Doesn’t take much to use The Greens party as a platform to further your political career, does it? The current...


Ballina Hospital

Virginia Black, Byron Bay On calling my friend in Ballina recently, I discovered she was having an asthma attack. Living on her own, with no family in the area, I rang an ambulance for her. It was sent from Lismore,...


Think BIG – the Byron Independent Group

Peter Westheimer, Myocum The upcoming Byron Shire Council election is a great opportunity to elect a majority of diverse, progressive, independent councillors and break the party hold on Council. It’s good to see how many people and groups are putting their hands...


Call to reject Alidenes Road development

We’re writing to add our voice to the views of those opposed to Byron Council’s decision to support the planning proposal to permit a rural community title subdivision of 15 x 3,000m2 neighbourhood lots at 31 Alidenes Road (Echo,...


Cycling to break the cycle

Why not turn a fun adventure into a way to raise money for a good cause? That’s the conclusion that Sam Lewis came to when she decided to ride to Uluru to raise money for the SHIFT Project.


Transparency key

Duncan Dey, Greens mayoral candidate I’m standing for election as the next Mayor of Byron Council and wish to respond on one of the matters raised in The Echo’s editorial Comment of 30 June: the mayoral diary. Making Council transparent is the...


Editorial – One big, greasy SLAPP

Move over Julian Assange, Bernard Collaery and Witness K, there’s another name to add to the list of human rights and environmental activists who are being persecuted by merged corporate and government interests. 


Tavern raises funds for Bruns Nippers

The team at Ocean Shores Tavern have raised $500 for the Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club’s Nippers program. 


Launch of the ex-Greens

Paul Brecht, Evans Head Michael Lyon has formed a Council candidates ticket with a couple of now ex-Greens, himself being an ex-Greens. Doesn’t take much to use The Greens party as a platform to further your political career, does it? The current...


Diverse community comment

Neal Bowhay, Myocum I have lived in the Shire for over 20 years and from the beginning enjoyed reading the independent and alternative local Echo. That appreciation has dramatically declined. The Echo now seems stuck in the past, arguing ‘left wing’...


Road v rail

Chris Abraham, Mullum Creek As far as I am aware, feasibility studies are rarely undertaken to justify the construction of a new road, or for upgrading an existing road. However, for new or upgrading railways, governments will not proceed unless a...


Disabled Mullum residents call for improved traffic safety

Around 50 residents with varying levels of physical ability gathered on Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby, on Tuesday to protest against proposed road changes that they say will make it impossible for them to cross safely.


Byron Greens ticket announced for Sept elections

The Byron Greens say they are running an experienced team for this Council election, to be held September 4. 


Ridiculous Airbnb enclave?

Kate Murphy, Ocean Shores In reference to the ridiculous development proposal at 31 Alidenes Road, Wilsons Creek: Without talking about the potential increase in unsafe car and people movements along Alidenes Road or the destruction of wildlife habitat or the polluting...


Future possibilities

Matthew Lambourne, Main Arm The idea of interchangeable batteries for electric cars (David Gilet, last week) is an excellent one, but there is one difficulty – those batteries weigh several hundred kilos. Not really feasible to carry a spare or...


Alleged mask exemptions

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores Following recent interactions with some locals and some local businesses, please allow me to provide some facts regarding so-called ‘mask exemptions’ as provided by NSW Health: ‘There is very little exemption.’ ‘Possible allowance may be for religious reasons,...


Unnatural disasters

Sandra Heilpern, Byron Greens How confusing to be a voter in these Council elections. Every team is concerned about climate change, social housing, responsible planning. All are diligently listening to the needs of the community. How to choose? How to check...


Cartoon of the week – 13 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.


Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning...

What's still on in the Byron Shire and nearby, this week...


Interview with JK-47

When I was younger and started rapping other rappers called me a weapon and I thought, like the AK-47. But now it’s changed, because now I feel it’s a spiritual warfare about what’s in your mind.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Pain in the Arts

The arts sector is bleeding out – COVID-19 is killing us. We are the most significantly affected industry, first to close, last to go back. It’s harder and sometimes impossible for us to adapt, and the federal government clearly couldn’t give a shit.


Winning karkalla

We often talk in these pages about the high standard of local produce, and we mentioned on 16 June in these pages that Pocket Herbs & Produce of Billnudgel were state winners of the Delicious Produce Awards for their...


The only whey is up!

Fifth-generation dairy farmers and now award-winning cheesemakers, Paul and Kerry Wilson have come a long way since they started Nimbin Valley Dairy back in 2007. Building a business from scratch is no mean feat, let alone when it’s in...


Lunchbox ideas

  Need a little inspiration in those first weeks back at school when we’re all desperately trying to get back into a routine? Wondering what to put in the kids’ lunchboxes that’s healthy enough to sustain their brains and bodies...


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.