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High risk vehicles to be stopped and checked for fire ants at NSW Qld border

The detection of Red Imported Fire Ants at South Murwillumbah has seen a quick response from the Department of Primary Industries who have now started their next wave of operation in response. 

Other News

Bangalow walking footballers collect win over Ballina in their first tournament

The newly formed Bangalow ‘Bluedogs’ Walking Football Group recently played its first competitive games in the invitational walking football tournament held on astroturf at the Ballina Hockey Club.

Pottsville mobile tower approved despite concerns over the environment

A failure to provide the requested ecological assessment for the site of a potential telecommunications pole at Pottsville, following a previous refusal, has not proved a hindrance to the majority of Tweed Shire councillors now approving the proposal.

Lismore City Council struggles to maintain staff and understand the Local Government Act

The most contentious items on Lismore Council’s agenda for the November meeting were a development application (DA) for the...

Ballina takes lead with anti-DV rally

More than five hundred people have rallied on the Northern Rivers along with thousands across the country calling for an end to domestic and family violence.

Direct action – antidote to despair

The truth about climate change is alarming to say the least. But I was heartened over the weekend of November 25 and 26 to hear it discussed with great clarity and nuance at the Rising blockade of the Newcastle's coal port.

Can’t help myself

Heard while passing a young couple anxiously looking east from top of the lighthouse walk: Where are they? There...

June 15, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.01 – June 15, 2022

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In this Issue:

Next step for Byron Shire coastal management

Byron Shire Council will move to the next step of their Coastal Management Program (CMP) that will cover the Shire’s southern coastline and Belongil estuary, after an ongoing grant was approved by the NSW government


Energy policy a priority, says Elliot

Reflecting on the recent win for federal Labor, local MP, Justine Elliot, says that without a doubt, Australians wanted change.


Byron Shire rip-off

How many of us in the Shire can see that our rates are being used in our own residential areas? At least if we go into the Bay we see connecting footpaths – a very, very long connecting cycle...

Fairness in IR

The righteous outrage emanating from the western political class and its mass media over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine might suggest the collective West is fundamentally opposed to big strong countries attacking smaller weaker ones. But recent history proves the...


Byron High’s Winter Fest, June 23

To celebrate the creative and artistic talents of students, Byron Bay High School is holding its annual Winter Arts Festival Showcase Evening (aka the WAF) on Thursday June 23. 


‘Affordable housing’ Lot 22 kiboshed

Despite considerable staff time spent in preparing plans to develop low-lying open space in Mullumbimby for ‘affordable housing’, councillors last week decided to ‘Not progress the Planning Proposal for Lot 22’.


South Golden Beach drainage to get attention

All councillors supported a motion at last week’s planning meeting to clarify drainage projects and available funding that would alleviate flooding in South Golden Beach


Future gazing…

It is wise that the public, communities, civil society, businesses and Council pause to seriously research the future of Byron Bay. Astounding research is now being revealed about the proposed development of the Bioenergy Facility to be situated in the...


Vests or peace?

Gareth Smith makes a valid point in his letter (June 8) stating that Israel has signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Israel willingly signed and ratified because she believes that ALL children have...


Chill – not warships

Peter Walters can relax. There are no Chinese warships in Darwin. A Chinese company operates the port in Darwin loading and unloading cargo from merchant ships. Chinese warships do not use the port in Darwin. Warren Kennedy, Mullumbimby

Suffolk Park dogs

Thank you so much Guy Hull for lifting the lid on the behaviour of dog owners, particularly in Suffolk Park. Everything Guy describes, I have also witnessed, including abuse, pretended naivety or ignorance of the rules and the delusion...


Arrogance of power

I read that Chris Bowen’s approach to climate change mitigation is to stand firmly behind the election commitment for a 43 per cent reduction on 2005 emissions by 2030, and net zero by 2050 and that there would be...

Stone & Wood raises $20k for homeless

Byron Bay’s homelessness and disadvantaged support service, Fletcher Street Cottage, is set to be boosted by funds.


Meet the new Writers Festival Director, Zoë Pollock

On the phone from her NSW south coast home, new Artistic Director of the Byron Writers Festival, Zoë Pollock, says she can’t wait to move her young family up and continue preparing for the 2022 event, to be held August 26–28.


Byron Shire Housing Forum, June 17

Byron Shire Council will be hosting a housing forum on June 17 from 9.30am to 12pm at the Byron Theatre.


Bangalow Bowling Club mulls over its future

Ten years ago, the Bangalow Bowling Club was saved from administration by the local community. Now, the club may be amalgamating with a large Brisbane-based group of clubs...


Suffolk ‘Mega-Development’

The mega-scale development application (DA 10.2022.137.1) proposed for Clifford Street, Suffolk Park, raises significant concerns. It is comprised of two buildings with a height of nine metres and 23 residential units, plus retail and hospitality outlets. Clearly, there will be...

NSW government ‘irresponsible’ in extending logging

The NSW government extended the agreements to supply wood from NSW State Forests which North East Forest Alliance has called ‘an act of gross irresponsibility'.


Free Julian Assange

Thank you for publishing Mandy’s recent article re: the abuse of process and inaction regarding Julian Assange. I can’t wait to see how long it takes for the Greens to initiate a serious nationwide protest to end this ten year...


Large mixed use Suffolk DA on public exhibition

A DA for 23 residential units, plus retail and hospitality outlets in Suffolk Park, is before the public until June 28.


Time to ‘hold the line’

Recent discussion about community concerns over inappropriate development and overdevelopment in the town of Byron Bay has been heartening. Not everyone has given up, and some of us are more than willing to add our voices to ‘hold the...

90-day cap on holiday letting moves closer

The Byron Shire Council says it’s ‘one step closer’ to receiving government permission for a 90-day annual limit on short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in parts of the Shire.



For some years now I have been advocating for a system that would protect swimmers and surfers from sharks but would leave all forms of marine life unharmed. What I envisage is a series of buoys set up along...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Bring them ALL Home

This weekend the country watched the Nadesalingam family return to Bilo. They saw Tharnica, a little girl born in this country who had spent four years in detention celebrate her fifth birthday. After four years this family of Tamil asylum seekers have gone home to the central Queensland town of Biloela. The love of a small town for this family tells a very clear story; that there is a place in this country for resettling refugees. 


Letters to the editor

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.


Kingscliff hosts largest triathlon since covid

Over 1,600 athletes were in Kingscliff over the weekend to participate in the largest triathlon since covid.

Vale Pam Sonia

Very sadly, local treasure Pam Sonia passed away in Ewingsdale, last Wednesday, December 6. 

Blue-green algae ‘amber alert’ at Lake Ainsworth

As the summer heats up there has been an increase in the blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head and an ‘amber alert' has been flagged by Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore to host National Junior Baseball competition

The biggest junior baseball competition in Australia, which is a feeder into the US World Series will be held in Lismore in May 2024.