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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’...

Closing the Gap on Aboriginal health in the Byron Shire

Close the Gap aims to reduce disadvantage experienced by Indigenous peoples with respect to child mortality, childhood education, life expectancy and health.

World record holder turns to canvas 

Renowned Australian multidisciplinary artist, Space Cowboy, is showcasing his latest art exhibition at the JEFA Gallery, in his hometown of Byron Bay.

Women of song at The Con

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium (The Con), in association with Musica Viva Australia, is pleased to present a special event in its Concert Room on Friday 28 April – Women of Song.  This innovative new show developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd of Mission Songs Project includes themes of intergenerational practices, singing on, and from, Country, commitment to community, and preserving knowledge in song. It’s an intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture, a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs exploring the modern-day practice and living heart of the world’s oldest living culture.

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.

Byron Shire has 200 road projects in waiting

The incoming NSW Labor government says it will spend billions on the state’s roads, but will some of the cash find its way to the hundreds of flood-ravaged roads in the Byron Shire?

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...


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.