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#Bigbadbiomass rally at Condong sugar mill

Around 50 people gathered on Friday morning at the big fig tree near the Condong sugar mill to join the world-wide #Bigbadbiomass protest against the use of biomass to create energy and to emphasise that burning biomass is not ‘environmentally friendly’.

Other News

Biz smashed by new COVID-19 regime

It was proudly trumpeted as ‘Freedom Day’ by the State Government. But for much of the local business community in the Northern Rivers region, October 11 was anything but.

Reclaim Our Future koalas pay a visit to Federal MP

Today Extinction Rebellion Lismore will make sure the federal member for Page hasn’t forgotten about the black summer bushfires and their devastating impact on NSW’s koala population.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Teacher vax

Dear teachers and community members. I have recently received an email from within my school community that asks me...

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

Big Rob: ‘no comment’

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, 04 December, 2021. Candidates have until noon on Wednesday, November 3 to register with the NSW Electoral Commission.

October 6, 2021

Byron Shire Echo issue 36.17 – October 6, 2021

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In this Issue:

Vaxing the community divide

Okay, so this issue is dividing our community into: ‘vaxing is great for our community’ and ‘vaxing is bad’. One side is ‘ill-informed and reckless’ and the other is ‘wise and caring’. But which of these sides is gravely and mistakenly...


Holy pandemonium

Driving around Northern Rivers roads at all but 5kms – it’s a bloody nightmare. The other week I had to replace two tyres, I suspect from all the potholes/portals in the roads. I know two shires are fixing this...


Exhausted nurses

The Nurses Union put out a statement last week: ‘Nurses, midwives and carers are exhausted and frustrated as they watch protestors fight for their right to overwhelm our health system’. It’s happening in hospitals in Sydney, Melbourne and now...


Thanks for your help

During our return walk from the Byron Lighthouse on Monday morning, my wife Inga had a bad fall owing to the partially maintained paved walkway. Around 20 fellow walkers stopped and offered help and assistance, which was very comforting....


Leadership in a pandemic

Presuming the quotes attributed to Cr Michael Lyon in The Echo (27 September 2021) are accurate, he is correct on a number of points. He shouldn’t ‘tell people what to do with their personal medical choices’, or ‘shame them, or...


Going over the zone in Byron

Was the 33 Lawson St motel development, (given consent for a four storey, 12.5 metre high development in a nine metre, two storey zone) the actual reason for the prior, publicly rejected, staff supported Byron Bay Town Centre Planning...


Relative inefficiency of AZ vaccine

I am pleased that I don’t have to depend upon Dr Julia Lowe (29 September). Current figures of 24 September 2021, from the Government of Canada, having in excess of 26.5 million people FULLY vaccinated, reported the following vaccine...


Vaccination rates

Statistics published recently revealed what many of us have feared. That is, our beloved Shire with its diverse population has probably the lowest rate of vaccination in NSW. This is apart from remote, isolated, sparsely populated LGAs out west...

Bruns splashing danger

Gerard Stewart, Ocean Shores


Greedy, foolish Byron

Regarding 33 Lawson Street. Greedy, foolish Byron. Byron Shire Council should be ashamed. They have set an unfortunate precedent in consenting to a 38 per cent increase over the central Byron building height limit for the hotel development at...


Missing in…

Truly refreshing to see the multi-party support from five local members for the protection of the Northern Rivers from the predicted influx of city travellers during the pandemic (Echo, 29 September). But where was the member for Richmond? Tsk,...


Water cops

In her role as a Ballina and Rous County Councillor, Sharon Cadwallader, has played the ‘bad cop’ to Keith Williams’ ‘good cop’ in a way that has alerted the broader community to the importance of our future water supply. Without...


Cats out of the bag

According to a recent study by the ‘Threatened Species Research Hub’ our moggies in urban areas are killing up to 30 times more wildlife than feral cats in the bush. Apparently owners only ever see 15 per cent of...

Local anti-nuclear activists who chose to make a difference…

Following the Nuclear Disarmament Party’s close loss with front man Peter Garrett in 1984, nuclear issues were at the forefront of people’s minds. We extended our influence far beyond our Shire.


Boardriders gear up for charity

As with so many other events since COVID-19 appeared, Byron Bay Boardriders (BBB) is making adjustments and taking a unique approach to sponsorship for the 10th annual Skullcandy Byron Bay Boardriders charity golf day on October 24. Owing to...


Class actions in government sights

New laws proposed by federal Attorney General, Michaelia Cash, will cripple the capacity of everyday Australians to take legal action against corporations and governments, says the peak body for class action law firms.


Editorial: A primer on local power in Byron Shire

There are nine elected councillors (including the mayor), but since the departure of the mayor earlier in the year (just before COVID-19 lockdowns), Council have been operating with eight councillors. Hence, Cr Michael Lyon was appointed mayor by councillors, not the public.


MDMA, psilocybin ‘may show promise’ in disorders

An independent report to the Therapeutic Goods Administration on the benefits/effects of MDMA and psilocybin has been released, which shows they ‘may show promise in highly selected populations.


Crochet project for the streets of Mullum

This week, the community decided to take over those ugly white plastic poles on Burringbar and Stuart Street by covering them with crocheted socks.


Ballina Greens MP urges vaccination

Local MP Tamara Smith (Greens) is urging those unvaccinated to get their shots, warning that while the region has ‘managed to dodge bullets, the most dangerous time will be leading up, to and after, all lockdowns end on October 11’.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: ‘Queer’ (noun) a word used to describe fabulous...

So what does it feel like to live in a hetero-normative world when that is not who you are? How do you feel valued? How do you feel included? How do you get equal access to the same things straight white girls, like me, take for granted? 


Byron Gourmet Pasta

As much as we love Byron Gourmet Pasta year-round, their stall at Mullum Farmers Markets over the next few weeks will also stock their seasonal Napoli sauce. Made from fresh Coopers Shoot tomatoes, this delectable topping is available for...


Turning tradition on its head

Katerina Lazareva has a cult following thanks to the non-traditional fermented food range she produces under the Suria Foods label. And like her kimchi, sauerkraut and broths – which use local seasonal ingredients rather than simply cabbage – her...


Who loves chocolate and why we Love Byron Bay

There’s much to love about Byron Bay – the beaches, the headland walk, the people – and one element visitors enjoy is discovering unique and eclectic businesses, almost a vanishing species in Byron. For seven years, Byron Bay has...


Can businesses ask for your vax status?

Currently, throughout the business community, we are witnessing uncertainty with respect to business owners asking the question – should we ask customers about their...

Tracking the hardening coast

Researchers are watching our shorelines get harder and simpler.

Recycling polystyrene just got easier at Lismore’s Recycling & Recovery Centre

The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre has a new machine that can recycle polystyrene which will help the facility increase the capacity to deal with this earth-wrecking synthetic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-polymer.

4WDs multiplying on Seven Mile Beach?

Beach users in Lennox Head are reporting much higher numbers of 4WDs on Seven Mile Beach recently, along with an increase in hooning behaviour. Since...