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Rains, drains, floods

The ABC news and Guardian recently published reports of the potential return of La Niña in 2024 bringing similar...

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Has the state government responded effectively to the 2022 flood and other disasters? 

The NSW Reconstruction Authority (NSW RA) is under examination to look at how it has managed the response to the 2022 floods and other disasters.

New remote-controlled rescue device for Bruns

Marine Rescue Brunswick says its rescue capability has been bolstered thanks to a new state-of-the-art life-saving device.

Amber alert for blue green algae at Lake Ainsworth

Blue green algae status in Lake Ainsworth currently is Amber level and investigations into the causes and increased sampling will be in place.

Local triathletes triumph at Kingscliff

After a strong showing at the Kingscliff triathlon in late March the Byron Tri Club has extended its lead in the north coast triathlon league with just two races to go for the season.

Tiny homes taken to next level

The Brunswick Heads Post Office Fairy was very happy when they moved into their own, first home, in a post office box in 2018. It was a terrible tragedy for them to come home one morning last September and find that while they had been visiting children, someone had stolen all their fairy stuff.

Success for Queensland’s first drug testing at Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival

The sun was peeking through the clouds as festival-goers arrived at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival in Queensland over the Easter weekend.

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.



Elimination by people-power voting is necessary to remove dictators from Russia, Israel, China, Iran, wannabe (again!) North Korea, to avoid what is heading toward...

Itching for a Mullum flea market?

A new flea market will launch this Saturday, April 13 from 8am until 2pm at the Mullum Community College campus.

Bangalow Chamber Music Festival relocates to Qld 

After two decades, Bangalow Chamber Music Festival organisers have announced they will be moving the event to Mount Tamborine, Qld, after ‘increased costs and lower than average ticket sales’.

Success for Queensland’s first drug testing at Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival

The sun was peeking through the clouds as festival-goers arrived at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival in Queensland over the Easter weekend.