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Protections can’t wait another seven years for NSW critical habitat 

Protections are needed now for native habitat in NSW as the state has seen a significant increase in native...

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Lismore skate ramp on the move

Tomorrow the vertical skate ramp from Victoria Street in Lismore will be transported by road to Nimbin, to a private property.

Fire danger period to end early for Northern Rivers

Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley are among the local government areas (LGAs) that will see an early end to  the Bush Fire Danger Period.

SAE Institute now a University College

Creative media educator, SAE, says it is has been reclassified from institute to a University College. 

Silence broken on gender pay gaps

The exposure of the gender pay gaps in large Australian organisations is a turning point for gender equality, but more must be done to hold employers to account, says a University of South Australia researcher.


There is a justice problem in criminal assault cases if a person who claims to have been assaulted makes...

Bangalow Film Festival starts next week!

Bangalow Film Festival is back for its fourth year and the full program is available in all its cinematic glory – and it starts next week. Grab the popcorn and settle in for exclusive world and Australian premieres of critically-acclaimed feature films, award-winning documentaries, beloved classics, plus masterclasses with industry experts, Q&A sessions, special guest encounters and surprise events.

July 20, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.06 – July 20, 2022

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Washed Away – The Planning failures deepening Australia’s Flood Crisis

The recent ABC Four Corners program: Washed Away – The Planning failures deepening Australia’s Flood Crisis was a timely confirmation of the imperative debates surrounding housing for Australian communities on floodplains. It also confirmed facts that had circulated in...


Yami’s –local heroes

There are so many unsung heroes in our Shire and often the most ordinary things get overlooked. Over the past two-and-half traumatic years battling fires, covid and floods the crew at Yami’s cafe in Brunswick Heads have managed to...

Poor site selection

The Byron Council couldn’t have chosen a worse location for affordable housing and apartments than right in the middle of, and overshadowing, Mullum’s only bit of nightlife dining. This will also result in the loss of much-needed public parking...

Taking on the well resourced moneyed class, one story at a...

Noam Chomsky once said, ‘The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know. They don’t even know what’s going on at that remote and secret level of decision making’.


Better land use

Comments by Damian Kassabgi need to be applauded regarding better land use in our region. As an architect I am often confronted with the impossibility of building adequate accommodation for those who live in granny flats, with the currently imposed...


Where is the leadership following Lismore’s floods?

As I have made clear in past letters, I have had concerns about the appointment of John Walker as General Manager based on my knowledge of his past business and local government record.  When reviewing my documents after hearing our...


Residents critical of plans to expand rural dwellings

Main Arm residents are calling for councillors to scrap their plans to expand rural housing on Multiple Occupancies and Rural Community Title, owing to poor process and it being ‘not in keeping with the original ideals of Multiple Occupancy Living’. 


Editorial – Emergency wedges!

Things are looking like they are about to get a bit messy, with Council and the NSW government dipping metaphorical political wedges into big pots of sour cream and tomato sauce, paid for by us, the taxpayer. 


Imagining a new City of Lismore

The City of Lismore is my home town. It was an exceptional place to grow up, nestled within a picturesque valley at the confluence of two rivers; it was proud, sporting, cultural and busy. 


Information and, consultation lacking around Mullum pod homes 

Resilience NSW says it has engaged a team of design experts to ensure that the temporary pod village being built in central Mullumbimby to house flood victims is safe from flooding, and has stated that the pods themselves will be raised above flood levels.


Veet loved life! Loud, colourful and enthusiastic!

Veet was a passionate activist, the ‘feral cat killer of Coonan’, whose message to us all was: ‘I am love. I am loving. I am lovable.’

Bangalow Bowlo proposal faces stiff opposition

With amalgamation plans between the Bangalow Bowlo and large entertainment corporation, Norths Collective, still under discussion, residents have voiced concerns over losing a valued community freehold, control of the club and the potential for the new owners installing more pokie machines to raise revenue.


Prince Street flood

My relative lives in the northern end of Prince Street. They were evacuated, by the SES, in a Rubber Duckie, for the entire length of the street to Argyle Street, where they transferred to a vehicle.  Her elevated house flooded,...


Steve Krieg got in with a large team and an advertising blitz on TV. His mandate was to outnumber the Greens with his councillors and get rampant development; and then the floods hit, ha ha ha. But it just goes...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vaginas Are Us

Your vagina is perfect. Has anyone ever said that to you? A doctor? A friend? A lover? Your mother? Perhaps they should. Vagina dysmorphia has extreme consequence. In fact, it’s become a thriving industry.


Scandinavian Film Festival at Palace, Byron Bay

This week Palace Byron invites you to warm your mid-winter with the Carlsberg Scandinavian Film Festival. The full 2022 programme has been revealed featuring a superb selection of the best new cinema from the Nordic region and will be screening at Palace Cinemas Byron Bay from 22 July to 10 August 2022.


Women Like Us for hometown flood relief

While Mandy Nolan’s not your MP, she’s still your MC, which means she can still do a lot of good work on the ground. Nolan is teaming up with her partner in crime, Ellen Briggs, to present Women Like Us on home turf.


Rebel Rebel

Rebel was originally scheduled at Byron Theatre in early July, but was postponed owing to lead singer, Stewart Reeve, contracting covid while on tour.


It’s Faulty Towers

Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience comes to Mullum straight from London’s West End via the legendary Sydney Opera House. Officially the world’s most sought-after tribute to the BBC sitcom, Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience is simply unmissable – and ‘outrageously funny’ (BroadwayBaby)!


Angus and Pixie

With four critically acclaimed studio albums and five number one radio singles, a Golden Guitar Award, a number one ARIA Australian Country Album, and an ARIA Awards nomination under his belt, Angus Gill is one of the most exciting and prodigious acts on the Australian Country Music scene.


Motown’s Shadows

Dancing in the Shadows of Motown are a ten-piece powerhouse band featuring internationally renowned singers and musicians who faithfully recreate the dynamic live performances of The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha and The Vandellas, The Four Tops, Fontella Bass, The Jackson Five, Junior Walker and many more Motown Legends.


If you love music, this is for you

The Bangalow Music Festival have released the program for the 19th edition in Bangalow across the winter weekend of 12–15 August. Virtuoso soloists will come from as far as New Zealand and from across Australia to celebrate the best of chamber music in the historic A&I Hall, Bangalow.


Auē! Writing from the Long White Cloud

Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu) was born in Nelson, raised in Waimangaroa, and lived in Germany and Italy before returning to the West Coast with her family. Her stunning debut novel Auē was the best-selling New Zealand novel of 2020 and 2021. 


The Burnished Sun

The Burnished Sun, by Mirandi Riwoe is a story collection that includes two prize-winning novellas along with a range of historical and contemporary stories, all written by characters who seek to belong and find acceptance.


Lismore set to host Mini World Cup

More than 2000 people from across NSW and Queensland will converge on Lismore in September to take part in one of the nation’s largest regional football tournaments – The Joeys Mini World Cup. The event will be held between 26...


Appeal following attempted abduction – Tweed Heads

Investigators are appealing for public assistance as investigations continue into an attempted abduction in Tweed Heads at the weekend.

Floodplain fury

With the two-year flood anniversary being recognised this week, Council appears to be pushing on with its plans to seek approval from the state government for floodplain development in Mullumbimby. 

Native title holders defend Wallum DA endorsement

Leweena Williams, representing the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council, told councillors at Thursday’s meeting that her organisation stands by their cultural assessment of the Bruns Wallum site, which is slated for urban development by Clarence Property.

Hijacking feminism, harming women

Surely the success of feminist activism is one of the most positive stories of our times. Just think of the limited options of our mothers, compared to young women today.