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The Art of Woman highlights the upcoming Lismore Women’s Festival 

Friday evening saw a bountiful display of art at Lismore’s Serpentine Gallery celebrating the feminine and preluding the 2024 Lismore Women’s Festival. 

Other News

Editorial – Prosecuting publishers

WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen, Julian Assange, will soon face possibly his final court hearing in the UK High Court of Justice over whether he should be extradited to the US to face spying charges. 

Tamara Smith announces new Wollongbar preschool

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Early Learning Spokesperson, has welcomed an announcement from the NSW government to build a new public preschool adjacent to Wollongbar public school.


I am about to undergo knee replacement surgery and have been advised by Tweed Hospital that as this is...

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Housing parasites

Trying to fix the housing crisis in the Byron Shire by building more houses is like trying to put...

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

July 27, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.07 – July 27, 2022

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Many Nolan is valiantly trying to make an important point in her article ‘Vaginas are us’, in the face of the escalating trend in seeking an illusory image of bodily perfection. However, her point would be far more effectively made...

Banned from Council

Thanks mainly to the machinations of the Council’s senior staff and the Department of Public Prosecutions, I haven’t been able to, in person, see the new Council acting at all.  I used to be banned from going within 20m of...


Aged care calamity

We are both in our 80s, have a Home Care Package, but now need to select a home care service provider who requires a Centrelink Fee Advice Letter. As we both receive age pensions we are told on: www.myagedcare.gov.au/income-and-means-assessments/...

Prince St pods

The clamour over the proposed new emergency housing on rail land in Prince Street is to be expected. Resilience NSW is under no obligation to consult with our community in an effort to streamline and fast-track the process of...

Lies, damned lies and statistics

It is the former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who is famously credited with the phrase: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’,


1,000 laptops to the rescue!

A co-ordinated effort by the Byron Bay Business Chamber, Business NSW and NAB has seen the delivery of 1,000 laptops throughout the region.


What a night it was

The program that night included a superb movie River (Tuesday 19 July, ABC), catching up on Tanya Plibersek at the National Press Club with the State of the Environment Report, and Bob Brown sparring with Sarah Ferguson on 7.30.  River,...


The Valley of the Dammed

Less than 2.5 per cent of water on Earth is fresh, and humans have dammed over half of the rivers around the globe. Dams significantly modify landscapes and have immense ecological and social consequences.


Suffolk Park DA given short shrift by Council staff

A large development proposal that would seriously impact two threatened ecological communities in Suffolk Park and diminish the town’s village character, has been given both barrels by Byron Council.


Mandy’s next project – stories of drug injection, as a podcast

A new podcast, The Daily Dose, is the creation of Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi, where they chat with nine people about their lives as people who currently or previously injected drugs.


Splendid for some, not so for others

I’d go back for the music in the kebab shop. I don’t who it was, it was just straight-forward house doof. But I wouldn’t go back for the shin deep toxic mud outside of it.


Editorial – A colourful catalogue of contradictions

Either it’s a nefarious blueprint for ‘Agenda 21’, where governments cede to unelected global bureaucrats pushing for depopulation and ‘The Great Reset’, or it’s an obligatory document to guide north coast councils (and developers) over the next 20 years.


Grammar from days of yore has currency

Once upon a time, I was taught that the use of a heading was important because it set up for the reader an expectation about what was to follow. We had it drilled into us that each paragraph had...

Half-hearted Byron Council approach to beach rehabilitation

Protection, restoration and rehabilitation of Main Beach, Byron Bay, has been ignored by our local authorities for decades. Before I left Council I was assured an application for grant funding to address beach rescue had at last been made.


Mullum Neighbourhood Centre

We all have reason to thank the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre (M&DNC) for their contribution during the flood. In the lull after a crisis it’s easy to forget those whose volunteering is ongoing throughout the year. I am...

Mullumbimby is without ambulance base

Ambulance services in and around Mullumbimby are being compromised by the ongoing closure of the town’s ambulance station and the use of its paramedics as ‘fill-ins’ for towns outside the Shire, a local paramedic says.



By looking at Australia’s history of corruption, I feel that whistleblowers are not appreciated and protected enough and will have their career and life destroyed. Isn’t it in the interest of an open, honest, and fair society that we...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: I went to Sydney for work and ended...

There are three places you don’t want to end up in this country: mandatory detention, jail and a COVID-19 Ward. Ten days ago I lay in a bed in a big Sydney hospital in a glassed-off room with three elderly covid patients, and I wondered, how did I get here? 


Badge of the week – 27 July, 2022

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.


One in The Million

The Million are on tour with the release of their new single ‘No One’s Home’. Ushering in a new era, the release is the rawest and most unreserved we’ve heard them, taking their effortless knack for a pop hook...


Something for everyone at Byron Theatre in August

Antidote Films and Byron Theatre present a special screening of Meet The Wallers with a Q&A with Mark and Nicole Waller, as well as director, Jim Stevens, on Friday 5 August at 7pm. Filmed over 20 years, Meet The Wallers is a remarkable peek through the keyhole into family life – and a meditation on art, mortality, philanthropy and happiness.


Byron dominates NSW croquet State Championships

Local players shone when they took on players from 18 other clubs during the division two golf croquet State Championships jointly hosted by the Byron Bay, Ballina and Cherry Street clubs earlier in July. The singles four-day event was won...


Ben’s at Bruns

Ben Whiting, a native to Byron Bay has authentic and occasionally nostalgic musings on life and love – he has created a fresh take on contemporary indie folk, with a distinctive crowd-pleasing rock edge honed on the streets of...


Three great big bands, two great performances, one time only!

The Royal Australian Navy Veterans Band is the musical arm of the Royal Australian Navy Band Association Incorporated, which is an ex-service organisation receiving no funding from government. 


SCU becomes nine-time national surf comp winner

Southern Cross University (SCU) is the country’s greatest competitive surfing university after claiming its ninth title at the UniSport Nationals Surfing Championships held on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast last week. The result at Coolum Beach puts Southern Cross ahead of closest...


Union joins fundraiser to feed reporters in Gaza

Photos, footage, audio and news reports from the middle east show nearly everyone in the Gaza is struggling to find food and essential medical supplies, including reporters.

Man missing more than two weeks

Tweed Byron police are asking the public for help finding a man reported missing for more than two weeks.

Woman missing from Evans Head

Police are asking the public for help finding a woman reported missing from the Evans Head area but also known to frequent the Ballina area.

Teenager in Tenterfield crash dies in hospital

Police say they’re investigating a crash that killed a teenager in Tenterfield last week.