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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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Drill Hall / Fun / Repeat

Experienced Director and theatre worker, Susan Melhuish, is bringing Mark Ravenhill’s politically charged Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat to the Drill Hall Theatre for three nights as part of the Company’s free Member Nights. Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007 co-produced by The National Theatre, Gate Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

Regulation essential

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

Ballina council contractor debt waived after company goes bust

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to write off debt owed by a failed private company initially hired to develop six industrial lots six years ago.

Adam’s second bite at the Lismore apple

The Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore, Adam Guise has run this race once before in 2015, where he gained a notable swing toward the Greens in the primary vote.

Fools for the nUdGe

No fooling – with this epic lineup at nUdGe nUdGe WiNk WiNk! You’d be a fool to miss International...

No dog problem – really?!

David Heilpern was recently roasted here by P. Lawrence, who sees ‘no problem’ with the issue of dogs on...

August 3, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.08 – August 3, 2022

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Family – Issue Three

Get the most out of family life on the North Coast Issue #3, Winter/Spring 2022

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Revoke Splendour consent

The legislation that gave Splendour consent has been revoked. Splendour’s consent should also now be revoked.  Originally Byron Council gave Splendour consent, but the residents took that to the Land and Environment Court and had Byron’s consent overturned (on two...

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Recognising history

I arrived in Mullum from Sydney in 1976 – I loved the town and the people and felt like I belonged. In about 2010-ish I was told, and shown paperwork, that I had family history here. In 1879 my...

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Tragedy of the commons

The tragedy of the commons refers to a situation in which individuals with access to a public resource (also called a common) act in their own interest and in so doing, ultimately deplete the resource. Over exploitation of the world’s...

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Revenge

The Fischer–Spassky 1992 Twentieth Anniversary Rematch was in fact Russia and Spassky’s revenge. Russia knew that Bobby Fischer was unstable, radical, anti-authoritaarian, malleable, and penniless. By enticing him to break the US sanctions against the then-Yugoslavia they knew that Fischer...

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Domestic v Wild

Tragically so much of our natural wildlife is at risk. ‘Dead’ zones along New Brighton Road, Old New Brighton Road, beachfront (no dog beach), South Golden Beach(SGB) to New Brighton is an abundant bush area with roaming domestic animals....

Israel Junkets

According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report federal parliamentarians received 139 sponsored trips of which 25 went to Israel, 17 to Taiwan and 15 to the USA between 2018 and 2022.  The largest sponsor of all non-Australian- government-funded trips...

Julian Assange 

Thanks to everyone who signed the petition to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese asking him to speak to the UK and USA governments on behalf of our fellow Australian citizen, Julian Assange. Northern Rivers NSW 4Assange (FB) collected over 500 signatures...

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Backlash

Last week’s Backlash asked why the disused rail corridor couldn’t be utilised to prevent another ‘shemozzle’ at Splendour, suggesting the problem related to global corporations and the fact that local decisions have been taken away from councils.  In fact, this...

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Splendour cash disbursed

Schools and community groups have shared in community grants worth  $50,000 from Splendour in the Grass. 

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Response times remain strong: Ambulance Service

The NSW Ambulance Service has responded to criticisms of its operations in the Northern Rivers, stating that paramedics continue to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.

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Splendour in chaos

As a local resident of Wooyung I have watched North Byron Parklands (NBP) increasing their patronage to the maximum of 50,000 patrons on site, which is not sustainable for a number of reasons. 1) Access roads are not made to...

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Santos garden

I walked into the open gate at the Santos community garden space with my three-year-old and was asked very politely to leave. Apparently the space is no longer open to the public. Staff mentioned that they are most likely...

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Plan for floods

Some stories have been told and the full story of the 2022 floods is still unfolding. Society is realising that historic poor planning and active ignorance of flood as an issue led to our living, working and investing in...

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Radical Hope: Byron Writers Festival keynote event

How can we approach our current moment with radical hope? When curating this keynote event, artistic director Zoe Pollock reflected on the theme of the festival ‘Radical hope imagines a future goodness that transcends our current reality.

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Byron Writers Festival: How can we farm better?

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will see a number of critical conversations take place around how we can farm better. ‘A key aspect that we need to address in tackling climate change is the approach we take to growing and distributing our food, while caring for land and country,’ said Zoe Pollock, artistic director of Byron Writers Festival.

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A Green New Day – at the Byron Writers Festival

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will bring a fresh focus to the conversation on the environment with a wide range of sessions that will explore the real-world solutions we have available to us to address the climate crisis.

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Mullum residents: ‘defeat and distress’ over pod housing

Many residents are concerned about the high-speed construction of the Emergency Housing Development along the railway corridor in Prince Street, Mullumbimby. 

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Rainbow Temple custodian seeks heritage listing to avert demolition orders

The custodian of the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank will seek heritage listing for the sacred structure in a bid to save it from demolition.

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Speed cameras

When can we expect fixed speed cameras on the Butler Street Byron Bay drag strip? PJ Prideaux, Byron Bay

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Editorial – It was the best of happy times…

The start of the new federal Labor age saw advances in one short week that the previous government had failed to achieve in nine years. 

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Couple lose everything to house fire

A house on Mill Road, Huonbrook, went up in flames last Friday and thankfully no-one was injured. Police, the fire brigade and emergency services attended.

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Update on Enova’s voluntary administration

Creditors for Enova Community Energy and Enova Energy say they have voted in favour of Deeds of Company Arrangement (DOCA) for each company, ‘that will see the entities avoid liquidation and facilitate a better return for creditors’.

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Mullum residents bulldozed over pod homes

Mullumbimby residents are growing increasingly angry and are still waiting for answers over the construction of temporary pod accommodation works on Prince Street, next to the disused railway on flood-prone land. 

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Splendour sinks

It’s a case of ‘Told you so!’ Splendour establishing itself at the present site drew huge resistance from locals. It cuts across the last remaining wildlife corridor from the caldera to the coast. It damages rare and endangered species of...

Vale Byron Bay

Have you been to Byron Bay lately? Byron is fast becoming a low-rise Gold Coast, or any other nondescript tourist town. Mullum is fast becoming Byron.  If you dare to briefly take your fingers from your eyes, check out the...

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.