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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

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Regulation essential

I would like to sincerely thank the nearly 6,000 people in our community who signed the ‘Byron Deserves Balance’...

$15,000 fine and warnings over illegal logging in Kyogle Shire

Urbenville-based logging company Rojech Pty Ltd were fined $15,000 earlier this month over logging operations near the entrance to the Border Ranges National Park in Kyogle Shire.

Feros stolen

The Feros board have failed to explain why the existing buildings cannot be redeveloped as a purpose-built, top-of-the-range, aged-care...

Byron Council staff push for Mullum’s water supply to become part of Rous

A committee that makes recommendations to Council around water and sewage management in the Shire is calling for Mullum’s water supply to remain at Lavertys Gap weir in Wilsons Creek.

Call for Labor government to reinstate logging moratorium – now

North East Forest Alliance’s Dailan Pugh has pointed out that a Minns NSW Labor government has given no commitment to quick and decisive action on behalf of our forests – but we need action 'now' he says.

Monthly market

Congratulations to all concerned on the successful relaunch of the Byron market held on the first Sunday of the...

July 13, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.05 – July 13, 2022

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Vindictive and bad faith prosecutions?

As Bernard Collaery’s friends and supporters celebrate the dropping of the prosecution against him, it is still relevant to ask, why were Witness K and his lawyer Collaery put on trial in the first place?


Real estate push

Addressing the recent real estate push, aided by the NSW Planning Department to up-re-market ‘the cost of housing in Byron Shire to ‘high-end’ crisp beige ‘jooshy’ standards, there is not one aspect of life that has not been negatively...



A major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia is threatening to spread to Australian animals, with authorities warning, ‘the threat level has rapidly dramatically increased’. Indonesia had been free of the disease for thirty years until this May,...

Trans athletes

The impact of elite female trans athletes in sport needs some perspective (Letters, 6 July). New Zealander, Laurel Hubbard, failed to finish in her weightlifting division at the 2020 Summer Olympics. US BMX freestyler Chelsea Wolfe was an alternative...


Oh those developers

‘Developer fees and charges cut’ 6 July cites industry representatives informing Council it ‘entirely unviable to invest in Byron (and Suffolk)’. Doesn’t appear that way with houses being demolished for units or double storey houses, and proposed larger devolpments...


Storylines – Returning to old ways of housing

Kinship and Country obligations for mob resulted in bands, or groups of families living together and sharing everyday life, prior to colonisation.


Collaery, Timor-Leste, apologies

What joy, to hear Bernard Collaery is finally free from prosecution by my government for conspiracy. Witness K wanted to blow the whistle on my government for bugging the governmental offices we were building for our fledgling neighbour Timor-Leste. Collaery...


The uninformed

A person was criticised by the uninformed for writing several prescient, Echo Letters around 1998, predicting future problems from a new neuro-degenerative disease, that began in cattle in Britain. Subsequently neuro-degenerative disease went from the fourth leading cause of death...


Byron’s future ‘reading’ for tourism and visitation

Destination Byron’s 2022 Tourism Symposium hosted at Elements of Byron 29 July had some ominous predictions. Board member and host, David Jones certainly shuffled the cards well.


National Circus Festival heads to Mullum

A wild circus week is coming to Mulumbimby that will include The Wheel of Death and The Famous Spiegeltent between 26 September and 2 October.


Confusion about dogs

David Gilet, in his 6 July letter, brought up the issue of beach signage regarding public confusion about dog exercise areas. I’ve been warning people with dogs away from the Belongil estuary for more than 15 years now – to...


Byron Writers Festival 2022 ticket guide

Wondering which Byron Writers Festival ticket is right for you? Read on for our quick guide.


Byron Writers Festival 2022 explores ‘radical hope’

How can we approach our current moment with radical hope? This is the question that will reverberate through Byron Writers Festival this year.


Editorial – Protect our whistleblowers

It can be hard to know when to be a ‘dobber’. But there are times when the actions of others require us to take a stand.


Rental housing not permanent housing being built by developers

Two weeks ago, a group of developers came before Byron Council claiming that fees and charges had made investing here ‘entirely unviable’. But new figures show that the building and construction industry has had a field day in Byron over the past three years.


Enova customers shocked being transferred to Origin and EA 

Many Enova Energy customers have been shocked by the fact that they have found themselves now customers of Origin Energy or Energy Austalia.


Ocean Shores DA seeking increase in units riles neighbours

In 2020 Adam Mangleson from Chincogan Real Estate applied to develop the 1,075m2 site at 8 Kumbellin Glen, Ocean Shores, with seven units. This drew around 20 objections from local residents who said that this was an overdevelopment of the site, which is in a low-density zoned area. 


Old Man Shouts At Cloud #2: What robots really want

The anthropocentric among us believe that robots, which we created, are here to serve us or destroy us.


Byron Writers Festival takes on climate challenge

We are seeing the impacts of climate change around us daily. The upcoming Byron Writers Festival is taking the opportunity to imagine ways to create a future where we can look for and drive positive change.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Feel the Pain

Around 20 per cent of Australians live with chronic pain. It’s consistent with worldwide stats that indicate one in five people suffer from chronic pain (CP) with prevalence increasing with age. I woke at 1am and started thinking about this. And then I woke again at 1.30am and 2am and then I lay there until after 3am. I might have drifted but woke at about 4.30am to roll over. I am in pain.


Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 13 July,...

In 2020 a new show burst onto the NSW and Qld entertainment scenes. Dubbed Cirkus Maximas by its creators, the show had all the energy and excitement of a sold-out rock concert.


Junior golf champs crowned in Byron

Coby Carruthers and Sarah Hammett have won the 2022 NSW Junior Championships played in Ocean Shores and Byron Bay to secure their spots in the 2023 NSW Open. Coby Carruthers maintained his two-shot lead in the boy’s division ahead of...


NSW Championships coming to town

The area’s croquet clubs are joining forces to host this year’s Croquet NSW division two Golf Croquet championships this weekend. With a forecast of fine weather,  the event is co-hosted by Ballina Cherry Street Croquet Club, Ballina Croquet Inc. and...

Some of Australia’s best and most competitive junior surfers got their chance to shine in one-metre conditions at Lennox Head over the weekend for the opening rounds of the WSL Pro Junior event getting underway.

Elite junior surfers compete at Lennox

Some of Australia’s best and most competitive junior surfers got their chance to shine in one-metre conditions at Lennox Head over the weekend for the opening rounds of the WSL Pro Junior event getting underway. The early heats in the...

Mullum footballers collect second win of the season

Mullum footballers collect second win of the season

The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC opened the second half of the Far North Coast premier league with a riveting 3–2, home game win over the Lismore Thistles. The crowd were treated to a game that was both entertaining and dramatic...


Appeal to locate man last seen at Casino on way to Tweed

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man from Grafton missing from the North Coast area.

Do you still need help to get two rooms fixed after the 2022 flood?

More than 80 Lismore residents have had help getting a few rooms in their flood-impacted homes re-sheeted and habitable following the devastating 2022 floods.  The...

$15,000 fine and warnings over illegal logging in Kyogle Shire

Urbenville-based logging company Rojech Pty Ltd were fined $15,000 earlier this month over logging operations near the entrance to the Border Ranges National Park in Kyogle Shire.

No street gathering policy for Ballina Shire

A majority of Ballina Shire councillors have voted against a Greens-led motion for a new policy enabling resident-led street closures for gatherings and play.