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Mud benda rant

Regarding last week’s Splendour Festival and all the ‘haters’ out there. I took along a few seriously fun-deprived teenage...

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Comment: Time for another Police Royal Commission? 

It might be time for another investigation into the NSW Police Force, but this time, the police conduct under the microscope would be alleged overreach in the application of certain powers.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: For Sale: Moral compass

Some weeks it’s hard to navigate the big feelings I have around injustice; the kind of injustice that occurs every day, everywhere, underwritten by the privilege of some at the expense of the many. The shit stuff people get away with! The shit stuff no one notices. Shit stuff always happens to people who don’t have much to start with. I sometimes wonder how you can hear story after story and not realise the system is broken. Capitalism sucks. Let’s go break stuff – like, the dominant paradigm! We haven’t managed to subvert it – so can we smash it into tiny pieces? Please?


​​An undeniable purpose in living is enjoyment, due to the fact that we have the capability to enjoy. What...

Council acknowledges desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps

Last night Lismore Council looked at House Relocations, Land swaps and Buy Backs when Councillor Adam Guise’s moved a motion that “Council acknowledges flood impacted ratepayers' desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps."

No letup in the struggle for climate justice

The 43 per cent emissions target passed last week in the House of Representatives lacks the ambition needed to radically diminish Australia’s contribution to global warming. It’s too little, too late.

Car park housing

In recent weeks the idea by Council to develop the existing car park in Station Street has dropped out...

June 15, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.01 – June 15, 2022

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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.


Autocracy or democracy for Byron Shire?

The New Yorker Magazine recently wrote a quote from Mr Rupert Murdoch ‘The truth is authoritarian governments do work!’ Hold that thought. It has been...

Criminalising protest

In another Sstate government descent into criminalising protest, to protect their own government’s sabotage of a liveable planet, last Thursday new laws were passed...

Mullum pods

First, Hans Lovejoy’s article ‘emergency wedged’ was educational, factual and provided valuable information to the community. Michele Grant’s letter (27 July) was emotive overgeneralisations...

Flood residents get $650 from Lismore Council

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg today announced that 1,558 residents will receive a grant of $650 from the Lismore Flood Appeal.