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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

Call for Labor government to reinstate logging moratorium – now

North East Forest Alliance’s Dailan Pugh has pointed out that a Minns NSW Labor government has given no commitment to quick and decisive action on behalf of our forests – but we need action 'now' he says.

Two to appear in Tweed Court after alleged import of ‘ice’ and cocaine

Two people have been extradited from Queensland and charged following an 18-month investigation into an alleged attempted importation of six kilograms of methylamphetamine and cocaine into NSW.

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,...

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.

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...

Monthly market

Congratulations to all concerned on the successful relaunch of the Byron market held on the first Sunday of the...

October 12, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.18 – October 12, 2022

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Youth leadership training on offer from Rotary

The Mullumbimby Rotary Club say they have been busy raising funds and distributing support to local flood victims in 2022.


Vollies needed for homelessness services

Byron Community Centre has issued an urgent callout for volunteers to help support the hundreds of local people who make use of the homelessness services at Fletcher Street Cottage.


Byron deserves better than Byron Deserves Better

Byron deserves better than Byron Deserves Better (full page ads in recent Echo). A slogan, incidentally, that came directly and – savour the irony – was devised by the community opponents of the West Byron mega-development but has now been...


Byron Shire – a community, not a commodity

Byron Shire – a community, not a commodity. If Airbnb is such a good idea, maybe STRA should come up with their own tagline instead of stealing the Byron Shire community phrase BYRON DESERVES BETTER, which was created to oppose...


The good, the bad, and the ugly

As a mature-aged person, I have spent all of my life in and around music and activism. From the time that I was taken by my mother to concerts by Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Lonnie Donegan and the...


DV empowerment through fashion

We often think of fashion in terms of haute couture, but a 16 Days of Activism event this year will see clothes become the focus of empowerment in the Haus of Armour project.


Fear-mongering ads on Byron

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) members are disappointed to see fear-mongering, full-page advertisements in The Echo that oppose Byron Council’s proposal for a 90-day cap for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in certain residential areas. VOHL challenges the accuracy of...


Look after the planet

Who’s up for looking after this planet? The Byron Environment Centre (BEC) crew are having a Picnic in the Park public networking afternoon, this Sunday 16 October 2–4pm, at the BEC’s Rotunda, in Railway Park, Jonson St, Byron Bay.  Post...


Residents push back against holiday letting interests 

Hundreds of Byron residents have signed a new petition supporting a 90-day cap on un-hosted short-term holiday letting as way of addressing the critical lack of housing in Byron Shire.


Crime and mental health issues impact Mullum

Businesses and locals have been raising their concerns over the increase in abusive and aggressive behaviour and break-ins in Mullumbimby. 


Editorial – Everything seemed to be going just dandy before the...

We survived the awful fires, then a terrible global pandemic, then some dreadful floods. 


Byron certainly deserves better… it deserves to house its community!

The Byron Shire celebrates a diverse range of ideas and beliefs. We consider this to be a good thing. But, when sharing those beliefs with the community, it needs to be done with respect, a commitment to the truth and transparency. These attributes are lacking in the recent advertisements of Byron Deserves Better published.

Catholic Healthcare reaches rental agreement with Council 

The Mullumbimby Hospital Action Group have written an open letter to Catholic Healthcare, on behalf of the ‘concerned people of Mullumbimby’ after a recent Byron Council staff recommendation regarding the Coolamon Villa aged care facility near the old Mullumbimby Hospital.


Wategos mansion breaches height limit

The owner of two neighbouring multi-million-dollar mansions being built at Wategos Beach could be forced to rebuild part of one of the houses, after illegally breaching height regulations for the iconic precinct.


Byron Deserves Better – it deserves balance

The Byron Deserves Better crew are against the 90-day cap on holiday letting in certain areas of Byron proposed by Byron Shire Council. They want to rent their properties for 365 days and have launched a national PR campaign...


Time to pay up

An open letter to Catholic Healthcare on behalf of concerned people of Mullumbimby. Coolamon retirement village in Mullumbimby is a great asset to our community. The vision for Coolamon was provided long ago by Howard Timms and Keith O’Meara. They...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Breast in Show

Every day 57 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer. By the age of 85, one in 15 of us is at risk of being diagnosed. For women, that likelihood is closer to one in eight. In 2022 an estimated 212 males and 20,428 females will receive their breast cancer diagnosis.


Cartoon of the week – 12 October 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.


Plan an event-full time in The Tweed 

There’s always something happening in The Tweed, celebrating the very best of our region, from food and the arts to sports and surfing. Here are some upcoming events across the region not to be missed – mark them in your diary...


Local surfer collects NSW bronze medal

Byron Bay SLSC’s Daniela Berti Carrabs took home the bronze medal in the youth longboard contest at the NSW Board Riding championships on the weekend. The event was held at Merewether Beach near Newcastle and fantastic conditions paved the way...


Don’t Worry Darling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgmnKsED-jU Not everything is what is seems in the life of Alice and Jack Chambers. In Don’t Worry Darling, Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealised community of Victory, the experimental company...


Footballers want your help to build clubhouse

Byron Bay Football Club has 600 registered players and is fundraising to build a new clubhouse. The club was founded with one team in 1963, and now fields almost 40 every week over the season. The BBFC has secured $650,000 in...


What Fools These Mortals Be

Byron Ballet brings to life the humour and love bloopers of Shakespeare’s famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday. If you’ve never seen a ballet before this is one of the easiest to follow with music everyone will recognise. Following...


Holistic Wellness Festival

Conscious Life Events is bringing their best-loved and most successful event, The Conscious Life, Holistic Wellness Festival to Byron Bay in November. Organisers say that this amazing new event in Byron Bay will offer a fantastic, fun-filled, and educational weekend, in some cases – life changing! Joining in will...


Punk-Folk – acoustic music with attitude

What makes the clean-cut son of a Baptist minister growing up in a typical Australian suburb in the 1970s turn into a larrikin musician? Answer: The Ramones, the Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, and The Clash. Most people DeeBee knew when he was...


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.