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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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Understory: a theatre show connecting kids to nature

Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre, springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays.

Nearly 150 new state emergency services staff

Nearly 150 new trainee paramedics and emergency call takers are to join the state’s ambulance service today.

Community land trust group home approved 

Construction work on the Shire’s first permanent group home for women and children in housing stress could begin within months, after the project was formally approved by Byron Council.

Rains, drains, floods

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

Mayor’s Wallum negotiations unsupported

An update on closed-door deals around the controversial Wallum development by Mayor Michael Lyon has been criticised as not providing any commitment, trading one endangered species for another, while also ignoring the input from the Save Wallum group.

Officer makes arrest by surfboard in Tweed River

An alleged stolen car; three police chases, including a crash that injured another driver; and a failed attempt to swim away from an arresting officer on a surfboard.

September 14, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.14 – September 14, 2022

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GG, Bob Carr, and Morrison

Back page note (7 September) from Bob Carr that the Governor-General (GG) got $18m from Morrison at the same time as the secret signing in by the GG of Morrison’s multiple ministries is intriguing, if shocking.  We need more. Essential...


West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to prepare for flooding. The flooding that just occurred earlier in the year has left social/ecological trauma and homelessness as La...


Odd row of lights

Just following up the letter from Sarah Smith in the August 31 issue. It was a Starlink satellite train. My webcam captured the scene. Michael Bath, McLeans Ridges 


Frustrated train support

I gather Mr Clitheroe (comments on The Echo online: www.echo.net.au/rail-trail-option-to-be-explored) was present at Murwillumbah Railway Station on 24 September taking photos to put on Facebook gloating at how few attended the music function. This is his way of so-called...


Rail trail concerns 

People are astonished that Byron Shire Councillors have voted to spend ratepayers’ resources exploring the rail trail option on the Byron Shire section of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line,  as they believe the State government isn’t going to...


Questioning Council

Regarding Hans Lovejoy’s article regarding Council ‘needing to get a spine and represent the community for a change’ and ‘Shouldn’t councillors question poor policy and intervene in operational matters (in the exercise of Council’s regulatory functions) when it is...


Paying insurance

Across the Shire, landholders of flood-affected premises are reconsidering their future and doing their best to make good on damage to residential and commercial premises. It’s hard work. It may include fighting an insurance company for a correct payout.  There...


Editorial – Just quietly, Govcorp is doing very, very well, at...

Gosh, the one per cent are having a field day, aren’t they?


Brian’s kite surf odyssey gets Guinness listed

Ocean Shores resident, Brian Kiss von Soly, has just been formally recognised by Guinness World Records for completing the longest solo kite surf journey by a male.


Independent review of Splendour sought

Byron Council is calling on the NSW Planning Minister to initiate an independent review of the Splendour in the Grass festival, following the serious issues that occurred at this year’s event.


Betrayed by Byron Council

Regarding short-term holiday rentals – residents of Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park have a right to feel betrayed by Byron Shire Council’s recommendation to allow short-term holiday rentals for 365 days/year. According to their language, we are a ‘precinct...


Short term rental accommodation policy for Byron Council Q&A

With Council’s short term rental accommodation (STRA) policy on exhibition until October 31, The Echo asked how it will work. 


Cute cults and odd isms

Cults are almost as common as potholes, flowing among the Northern Rivers of NSW. They range from the benign to the malignant to the downright silly.


Rural housing rules eased

Those living on rural Community Title properties will be able to use their land for secondary dwellings and dual occupancies, after Byron Council amended the planning rules at its last meeting.


Down the gurgler

Council’s guiding Community/Social/Environment Policy of ‘Going down the Gurgler’ is going well. The hard-fought No Club Med and subsequent Becton campaigns, to retain a socially acceptable, environmentally responsive development on the now Elements land, were given the boot by...


Rupert forever!

Interesting to read David Lovejoy’s editorial Gerontocracy rules, okay? and contemplate the worse than apocalyptic prospect of an immortal Rupert.  For more on the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots and the god-like aspirations of the former I commend...


A time to remember – who’s reality

May I correct Damian Kassabgi’s account of the events of 11 September 1973 when Salvador Allende was overthrown. Allende, while himself not a Communist, was certainly a ‘useful fool’ (in Lenin’s phrase) of his Communist partners in their election...


Rebuilding for the next flood

Mullum Cares founder and president, Sasha Mainsbridge, opened her home last week to demonstrate how to effectively rebuild for future flood events.


Brunswick Heads residents told to expect temp housing

Questions remain unanswered and handballed while secrecy still surrounds Council’s negotiations with Resilience NSW over plans to create housing for 180 people affected by flooding in Brunswick Heads. 


Betrayed by Council Regarding short-term holiday rentals – residents of Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park have a right to feel betrayed by Byron Shire Council’s recommendation to allow short-term holiday rentals for 365 days/year. According to their language, we are...


Cartoon of the week – 14 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.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Last Queen

The Queen is dead. Surprisingly it’s no surprise. She was 96. An age colonised Indigenous women will never reach. The Queen never had to worry about ACAT assessments. Or super. She didn’t have her family choose a nursing home....


The Honey Wagon

Garry Rodgers may be a man of nine lives. He’s already been through two, having died twice, once in the States and the second time doing what he now does best, moving his bees from Lennox Head back to Newrybar and getting stung in the process. ‘I get stung all the time,’ he says with the philosophy of a man who’s stared death in the face. This time, however, he went into anaphylactic shock and was rushed to hospital to be resuscitated.


Three Thousand Years of Longing

A Djinn in a bottle Alithea Binnie is a lonely British scholar who occasionally suffers from bizarre hallucinations of demonic beings. During a trip to Istanbul, Alithea purchases an antique bottle from which she accidentally unleashes a Djinn that was trapped within it. The Djinn offers to...


Native food pioneer: 20 years at Byron Farmers Market

Local farmer Anthony Hotson is considered a pioneer of native food in the Northern Rivers. When the former arts student made a career change back in 1995 and become a farmer, he decided to follow a less trodden path.



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.