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10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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White poles

In amongst the various existential threats that we are confronted with today, we now have the white poles debacle...

Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

New COVID – casual contact location – BP Chinderah Southbound

NNSWLHD has been notified of a new casual contact venue visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 who travelled between Sydney and Brisbane for work.

Byron’s CBD heights limits pushed – again 

The developer behind a new, multi-storey motel to be built in central Byron Bay has applied to further increase the height of the building, despite having already been allowed to exceed the maximum height limit for that part of town.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Mandatory mask

Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a...

August 11, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.09 – August 11, 2021

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In this Issue:

The unmasked

Victoria Duignan, Billinudgel How funny you think this way! I just mentioned to close friends that I had felt condescending vibes towards my mask wearing self from those not donning the mask! We don’t necessarily believe we are reducing transmission, and...


Appreciating Byron Council

Bobbi Allan, Mullumbimby Last Thursday morning I spoke at the Byron Council Meeting, during the Public Access time, about a small but complex and important neighbourhood issue – a pedestrian crossing for Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby. First, the outcome could not have been...


More on Assange

Roy Drew, Mullumbimby Just to let Echo readers know that the agonizing, long drawn out and cruel persecution of Julian Assange continues. The US Government has been given limited permission to appeal the ruling by the British court that prevented Julian from being...


Editorial: More planning staff needed to assess even more DAs

It was another full Council agenda last week, with not just DAs being determined, but policies and reports a-plenty.


Leadership vacuum

Paul Cholakos, Montecollum David Lovejoy’s column ‘Local Leadership Vacuum’ in last week’s paper was spot on. I read it just before heading into Council to speak against a development on the corner of Jonson St and Browning Street in Byron...


Political ambition

Stephen McIllhatton, Skennars Head In many ways it is refreshing to see a candidate like Mandy Nolan nominated for public office. She will never leave you wondering where she stands on most matters and appears to have the best interests...


Bangalow Hotel open mic nights

Malcolm Smith, Kelmscott WA Thanks for the heads-up from Barry Ferrier (Dr Baz) letting me know of the closure of the infamous Bangalow Brackets Open Mic, held on Tuesday nights for the past 25 years. Personally, I don’t get down there that...


Time to tell the truth about the militarisation of our economy

Since the successful disruption in the first week of June of the huge arms expo ‘Landforces’ in Brisbane, there has been increasing interest in the Australian Government’s defence policies and budget.


Byron markets stay put as DA prepared

Byron Council has sought to limit the impact of Byron’s Community Market on the town’s fragile foreshore park by imposing new restrictions on stallholder parking there.


Nimbin focus of debut novel

Dr Katherine Hamilton has published her debut novel, An Unholy Alliance, which she says is centred on Nimbin.


Love letter

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm Fretting over the Belongil system is a complete waste of precious time and human resources. Don’t we yet understand that the carbon dioxide we have already added to the atmosphere is sufficient to result in many metres...


Pimlico dirt

Bill Ashford, East Ballina That serial left-wing fool obviously dislikes Morrison but sings the praises of Kevin Rudd as having approached Pfizer for a supply increase. If he is intending to throw shit, then he should have had actual facts to hand. Anything...


Suffolk Park pump track

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park What a wonderful facility the pump track in Suffolk Park has turned out to be. Every time I go past I see the hive of activity – all ages and all cooperating in joyous harmony. Lots of...


The 3 Rs of council

Max and Beverly Joffe, Wilsons Creek Each week, there are articles and letters in The Echo, in which community members express disappointment in Council for allowing or enabling inappropriate development in the Byron Shire. So, it’s fair to pose a question to...


This war going on

Benjamin Gilmour, Federal I’ve travelled to several active conflict zones in my time, and what I see right now in Australia are some of the characteristics of wars I’ve witnessed. I see anger, confrontation, division, othering and vilification. I see a...


Child sponsorship and the decolonising aid debate

Having worked in the international aid and development sector for thirty years, it is good to see CEOs and their senior staff are finally engaging in discussions to end racist and paternalistic practices.


Developer gets more concessions from Council, despite strong neighbourhood opposition

Outrageous overdevelopment or swimming pool in a teacup? That was the question facing Byron Council last week, when an application to build a rooftop pool came before its monthly planning meeting.


Cartoon of the week – 11 August, 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.


Push to help Byron’s homeless

A fundraising campaign by Byron Community Centre and Creative Capital has launched to assist in the reopening of Fletcher Street Cottage for Byron’s homeless community.


Bioenergy facility – Byron

David Dixon, Byron Bay The development application (DA) for the bioenergy facility contained over 400 pages of documents but no rigorous economic assessment. The financial information on Council’s Your Say website does not inspire confidence. First, $15–20 million is being spent to...


Finals football on the cards for Byron’s top men’s teams

Ross Kendall Byron Bay Football Club’s division two men’s team continued their undefeated run for the season with a 2–0 win against the Uki Pythons playing away last Saturday. The team sit on top of the competition ladder ahead of Tumbulgum,...


Golden golfers win gold at Byron Bay

Ross Kendall Donna O’Reilly won her first Byron Bay Ladies golf championships earlier this month after three days of tight competition. Runner up, Gabby Brown, won the first round by a stroke from Donna, but streaked away in the second round...


Senior AFL on hold pending COVID-19

Ross Kendall Senior AFL players from the Byron Bay Magpies, tweed Coast Tigers and the Ballina Bombers will get another few weeks off as the Queensland government continues to impose a ban on community sport, despite the general lockdown in...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Entitled to COVID

As of this morning we have found out that a man has tested positive to COVID-19. He was taken to Lismore Hospital by the police. He was active in the community, as were his two teenage sons, for five days. He went to places in Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Casino.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 11 August,...

Phil and Tilley Phil and Tilley started playing music together in 2008 in the form of a five piece folk/rock outfit, and in the autumn of 2012, decided to part ways with the project and start writing together as a...


A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.