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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

No dog problem – really?!

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

Roller derby rocks the Cavanbah Centre

The local roller derby season got underway for the year with local teams hosting the Northern Rivers Revolt earlier...

No chance of change

Sadly, David Heilpern’s well-written missive regarding non-compliant dog owners in Byron Shire will achieve absolutely nothing. The fact is,...

Tamara Smith returned to Ballina’s Greens seat

Last night a packed Suffolk Park Hotel exploded with cheers at around 8pm when the ABC broadcast computer popped up a Green result for Ballina and the return of Tamara Smith to the seat she has held for the last eight years.

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.

Dispatches from the polling booths

The political pendulum always swings, sometimes quite savagely, knocking out MPs. The late swing to Labor was detected a few days before the election by Newspoll.

September 7, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.13 – September 7, 2022

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In this Issue:

Get ready and prepare for fires

While the rain can make us feel safe from the threat of fire, and floods are the more recent disaster in our memories, it is important to prepare your home and property for the fire season. 


Demand management is key to our future water

Rous County Council’s new Demand Management Plan (RDMP) 2023–26 is extraordinary. Parts of it could have been written by WATER Northern Rivers; the lobby group that advocates for genuinely diverse water options and the permanent shelving of the proposed Dunoon Dam.


The unholy trinity

Flooding, drainage, construction – the unholy trinity. Mr Holloway declined to answer questions by The Echo regarding drain maintenance, then diverted onto commenting about the unprecedented natural disaster. That’s a separate issue. We experience floods on a regular basis. Notably 2017...


Get ready for the run and walk up Mount Chincogan

Spaces are filling quickly for the Chinny Charge that will be running for the first time since  the COVID pandemic started.


Youth production Our Home Holiday Town screens

A thought-provoking, ‘poignant social action’ theatrical production called Our Home Holiday Town will be screened on September 29 at the YAC.


Controlled markets

Our country’s economic problems ie the cost of living! Is because we have an open, competitive capitalist economy. The people with the capital, the assets and the money control everything, even the cost of basic essentials – food, housing, clothing,...


TOOT. Trains Of Optional Thoughts.

I appreciate Louise Doran’s (31 August) and anyone else’s passion for getting trains back on the 1894 Murwillumbah to Casino line. But it’s time to move on. Historically, ALP’s Bob Carr was in political trouble over railway strikes and...


West Byron floods

During the recent floods, hard evidence was revealed. Physical observation and photos de-mystified the trope that West Byron does not flood. Evidence reveals that the West Byron proposed development area does flood!  Furthermore, there now exists a positive guarantee that...


Feminism & festival

Recently, a friend and I were chatting with ‘Joe’ (white bloke, late 40s) about what we (white women, late 60s) considered some of the more egregious behaviours and attitudes of former PM, Scott Morrison. Among our grievances, we cited...


Fake Gov.com.au

It’s a shame more people didn’t vote for the Greens. While the holier-than-thou, ‘mature’ Labor Party are pumping their chests about economic management, The Commonwealth Bank has notched up a record nine billion dollar profit and, thanks to the privatisation...


Drain clearing: a new focus for Lismore residents

Lismore residents have formed a group to put pressure on their council around drainage maintenance.


West Byron developer starts clearing land

Land clearing has begun on one of the West Byron land parcels on Ewingsdale Road, owned by Tower Holdings.


Third time lucky

Remember those ugly plastic bollards Council put up at the Stuart St/Burringbar St intersection that got knit-bombed immediately by some kind-hearted soul? I was so pleased when they were removed – that is, until cycling along, I hit the...


A time to remember

This weekend we’ll commemorate the 49th anniversary of September 11, 1973, when a fascist military coup d’etat, backed by the Nixon administration, was conducted on a democratically elected government on the other side of the world, Chile.


Another affordable housing site proposed in Byron?

Could an area of land opposite Habitat in Byron Bay become the site of the next Council-owned affordable housing development in Byron Bay?


Lilac house saga revisited  – Mullum

The $3,000 fine imposed on a Mullumbimby homeowner for giving her home a purple paint job could be revoked and the colour rules applying to heritage houses reviewed, under a motion being considered by Byron Council.


Bruns parking

Concerning the underground car parking issue in Brunswick Heads, the wording of the development control plan (DCP) says in plain English that underground car parking at the proposed site is not allowed. So where do some on Council, and...


Comment – Flood recovery roadmap missing

James Hacker of BBC TV’s Yes Prime Minister once said, ‘(there are) three articles of civil service faith: It takes longer to do things quickly; it’s more expensive to do them cheaply; it’s more democratic to do them in secret.’


Union mute over bureaucrats acting as political mouthpieces for governments

The NSW Public Service Association have refused to comment on whether it is appropriate for government policy to be defended by government bureaucrats


Electric vehicle Expo in Bangalow, Sept 11

Zero Emissions Byron is holding an Electric Vehicle Expo at Bangalow Showgrounds between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, September 11.


Cartoon of the week – 7 September, 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.


Holiday letting regulations on exhibition – Byron Shire

Byron Shire Council’s amendments to NSW State regulations around short-term rental accommodation are now before the public until October 31. 


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A very sober noodle 

It’s almost 6pm. I’ve been checking the clock. At 6pm I have a glass of wine. I start looking forward to it around 4pm. There’s a warm fuzzy glow knowing that at 6pm I get to open a bottle and pour a fresh red.


Robo justice

How good is it to see our new Labor government delivering on yet another election promise, and what a massive difference compared to previous Coalition deceit?  The announcement of a Royal Commission into the disastrous and potentially life-threatening Robodebt fiasco...


Brunswick Heads bowlers celebrate 70th birthday

The Brunswick Heads Women’s Bowling Club recently celebrated their 70th birthday with a gala day of bowls action that included 28 visiting teams.


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.