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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.

Other News

Corrie’s Frock Shop safe in family hands

Fifty-four years is a long time to be in the workforce let alone in the one business in the one town, but that is how Corrie van Dommele has spent most of her adult life – at Corrie's Frock Shop in Ballina, but now she is about to call it quits.

Apples and pears

by Victoria Cosford These long hot golden days are lulling us into the belief that summer will go on forever...

It’s Sunset and it’s Loooooong

If there’s one thing that indie music fans can all agree on, it’s The Long Sunset – the wanderlust music and camping festival set in the lush surrounds of the Canungra, Queensland hinterland on 29 April.

And Still I Sing

Ballina Region for Refugees is holding a fundraising screening at Byron Theatre next Wednesday to raise urgently needed funds for their community resettlement program. The film is And Still I Sing, an extraordinary documentary by Afghan filmmaker, Fazila Amiri. 

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.

August 31, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.12 – August 31, 2022

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In this Issue:

Moving forward

Matt Eggleston’s interpretation of the Chinese Ambassador’s address at the National Press Club demonstrates an ignorance of Chinese culture and policy. Far from inflammatory, his comments were actually conciliatory. He, and the Chinese government, are aware of our change...


Israel and Gaza

Gareth Smith yet again posts two anti-Israel letters (3 and 17 August) and his wild statements can be easily disproven by looking at the facts. He calls the latest tragic hostilities that lasted three days a ‘killing spree in...


Local government rate peg to be reviewed

The announcement by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that it will undertake a long-awaited review of the local government rate peg has been welcomed by Local Government NSW, the peak body representing councils.


Biodiversity Offsets inadequate: NSW Auditor General

One of the key planning mechanisms that enabled the Byron Bay Butler Street Bypass has been found to be lacking in integrity, transparency, and sustainability by the NSW Auditor General.



Today I saw a terrible photo of a calf covered in faeces, drowning, blinded by the strong ammonia on those ships of death of Australia’s live export trade. This horror, this abomination, this cruelty has to stop now! Dear Prime...


Splendour GM defends washed out event

The serious traffic safety issues at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival were not a result of increased patron numbers, but a confluence of unforeseen circumstances, festival organisers say.


Reviving the Big Scrub, one tree at a time

Local not-for-profit reforestation group, ReForest Now, has celebrated the planting of 311,000 in just three years, and say they have 58 hectares of bush regeneration underway.


Drugs bad, alcohol good

Reading David Heilpern’s satirical article (24 August) I remembered the huge sign over Ewingsdale Road near the hospital with dramatic words to the effect of: ‘RBT. You won’t get away with driving and drugs.’ No mention of which drugs....


Council housing project moves forward, despite consultation concerns

Plans to build around 30 affordable housing units above a car park in central Mullumbimby have taken another step forward with councillors voting to put the project to tender for a community housing provider to help run the project.


Supporting building on floodplains

It seems Dom Perrottet has issued a request for the flood study to support the disaster arranged by Steph Cooke and Michael Lyon. Instead of issuing a stop work order to support his public statement, ‘no building on floodplains’.  A...


Gerontocracy rules, okay?

The American president displays the unmistakable signs of old age. He shows a frailty in his movements, and a tendency to forget names.


Bernard Collaery to speak in Ballina, Oct 15

Activist lawyer, Bernard Collaery, will be guest speaker at an upcoming Australian Bravery Association function, to be held at the Ballina RSL Club on October 15. 


Pointless planning

I recently completed a bathroom addition, and had initially decided to install a bidet. During the building process, I decided to omit the bidet. When it came to applying for the final occupation certificate, I discovered that I had to...


Odd row of lights

Please explain the row of 46 lights I saw track steadily across the sky at 5.25am in a SE-NW direction, west of Mullum, on Wednesday the 13 July. They were at about plane/helicopter height. Then the lights went out....


Health professionals strike over patient ratios

The continued refusal by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government to mandate more reasonable nursing/midwifery patient ratios has prompted a 24 hour strike by health professionals on September 1 from 7am. 


Rail trail option to be explored for disused railway 

Byron Council will investigate building a bike and pedestrian path beside the rail line between Mullumbimby and Wooyung, in a bid to make use of the currently unused track.


Trees away

Last week my breakfast reverie was interrupted by the sound of chainsaws close by. Looking out I saw a team of men in hi-vis jackets, two of whom had jumped the boundary fence to access my paddock and were...


Cartoon of the week – 31 August, 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.


Matt Hall Racing supporting flood recovery

The Northern Rivers Aero Club is raising money to rebuild after a 1-in-500 year flood earlier this year devastated the facilities, planes, equipment and their historic memorabilia. Courtesy of QBE, the Northern Rivers region will be treated to an aerobatic...


Eight gigs of hardcore porn

The Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby presents Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – before the censorship police come storming into Mullum, the director of this new production, Liz Chance, is quick to allay concerns. ‘Sorry guys, there is no actual pornography in...


Interview with Lauren Bos and Damien Cole from Varuna Surf

Stoked Woodsniffers, Bos & Cole  Partners in business and in life, Lauren Bos and Damien Cole from Varuna Surf are stoked to be part of the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival. Co-founder Damien, and Director of Marketing, Lauren, run the...


The art of stand-up

Mandy Nolan knows what it takes to be funny. She’s been doing it for decades. She knows the power humour has to connect. The power it has to transform complex ideas into something accessible. ‘Comedy has always been my super...


Love For One Night

NORPA, one of Australia’s leading regionally-based theatre companies, may have lost their Lismore performing arts centre in the devastating floods but it hasn’t stopped the company from creating something beautiful, powerful and joyous with its new major work Love for One...


Spring pulls you onto the dance floor 

Spring is ‘Pullen’ you onto the dance floor at September’s Nudge Nudge Wink Wink! Internationally lauded Australian DJ Scott Pullen, and locally-based DJ LustR join our beloved Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut & Dale Stephen who always bring...


Community market at Crabbes Creek

The Crabbes Creek Community will be welcoming bargain hunters to their community market and garage sale. This spring event will be held at the Crabbes Creek Community Hall on Crabbes Creek Road. If you have not visited before, then come...


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.