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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.

Other News

New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

The Greens and Ballina Council

With the Greens announcing their intention to contest the Ballina Shire local government election to be held in December...

Democracy under strain as pandemic continues

With the NSW government now openly threatening that the public will not be able to participate in social activities, work in the public sector or travel interstate unless they are vaccinated for COVID-19, The Echo asked local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) what her party is doing about protecting civic rights and freedoms.

Cartoon of the week – 15 September, 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.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student...

September 15, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.14 – September 15, 2021

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In this Issue:

Mandatory mask

Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a young couple with two children not complying with this, there is nothing the supermarket can do about it. The couple...

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The year 2000

I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong? Why not again, now? All it requires is a monolithic media focused on hourly ratings, a political...

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Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

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A moment of your life?

Six questions for Jehovah’s Witness doorknockers: 1. Are you aware that the 2016 Royal Commission into Institutional Handling of Child Sexual Abuse investigated 1006 alleged perpetrators of abuse within your church, over the last six decades? 2. Are you aware that...

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Hue and cry

Seeing and hearing all the kicking and screaming about our right to choose to not put on masks takes me back to the ‘70s and ‘80s when a similar hue and cry arose from the laws that imposed the...

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Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

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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.

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Excessive onanism

Former coroner David Heilpern’s confession last week that he mistakenly recorded a death as from ‘onanism’ rather than aneurism (damn you, autocorrect!) is hilarious. There would be worse ways to go, I would think, including from the COVID Delta...

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

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Democracy under strain as pandemic continues

With the NSW government now openly threatening that the public will not be able to participate in social activities, work in the public sector or travel interstate unless they are vaccinated for COVID-19, The Echo asked local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) what her party is doing about protecting civic rights and freedoms.

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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 in Burringbar Street Mullumbimby. These pedestrian safety/traffic control poles are probably necessary but are an eyesore nevertheless. Plans for crochet...

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‘A quick buck’

Did you know there is a fortune to be made in Federal? Forget Airbnb it is far too labour intensive with a poor financial return. What is $2,000 to $6,000 a night when you can make a million or...

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Cartoon of the week – 15 September, 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.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Will COVID Lose the Government their Next Erection...

We are hearing about long covid and the many complex health issues that people are facing, long after the virus has passed through their system. I knew about that, but what I didn’t know about was that men who get covid are six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 15 September,...

Inception – Byron Theatre’s first post-lockdown live event Cancelled twice owing to the local lockdown, Three Lords’ Inception and AV show is Byron Theatre’s first event after reopening. The Three Lords, Hano Kotevski and Thomas Zachary are collaborating with visionary projection...

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Cabarita Spirits – home of Soltera Rum

S Haslam How small-scale and personal do you need to get before you can be called a truly artisanal and independent distiller? In a week in which the owners of leading independent brewer Stone & Wood surprised the industry and...

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Berry bright future

At 25, Sarah Montgomery has her feet planted firmly on the ground and her hands deep in the soil. The third-generation farmer works alongside her father, David, and grandfather, Kerry, growing strawberries on the family farm at Eungella. Sarah’s passion...

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Bangalow’s modern baker

S Haslam Being a baker in a modern town like Bangalow these days involves a lot more than getting up super early in the morning and banging out a range of white bread wonders – if owners (since 2019) Tyson...

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New Mullum Indian

S Haslam Mullumbimby now has its own Indian restaurant at the Mullumbimby Golf Club. Mullum Indian Restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday from 4–8.30pm and whilst they serve takeaway, now that restrictions have lifted you can enjoy not only the...

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Always full of surprises

Mullumbimby-born farmer, Glenyce Creighton, has been on her property in Myocum for 40 years. Originally the farm was a piggery, until Glenyce and her family began trialling many varied vegetables, becoming certified organic over 10 years ago.  ‘I have been...

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Banned bunnies

Did you know that pet bunnies are banned in Queensland? But not in New South Wales! We’ve all seen the sign at Tugun and, probably, laughed. Given that, according to police, border closures massively reduce the flow of both drugs...

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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.