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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program announces 36 projects

Bridge expansions, upgraded pumps, enhanced evacuation routes and nature-based projects are just a few of the 36 projects being...

Jungle Juice – squeezing the most out of life!

Four years ago, Guido and Natalia Annoni decided to swap the rat race for the jungle – heading north...

All those macas and the Festival of Love

This season’s organic nuts have not been harvested so it is a harvest festival where festivalgoers can pick five kilos free as part of their festival entrance fee which is payable in the new paper money being launched at the Off-Grid Macadamia Festival of Love, to be held at Macas Camping Ground where The Elders of Gaia will be discussing how to get back the many freedoms recently lost and get sanity into local, national and global management.

Wallum showdown unfolds in Brunswick Heads

Around eight people have been arrested so far, since almost fifty police arrived at the Wallum development in Brunswick Heads this morning to escort machinery and other work vehicles on to the site. Police include local officers, members of the NSW Public Order and Riot Squad, and Police Rescue.

Northern Rivers rugby league underway for 2024

Senior rugby league got off to a good start for the 2024 season with Byron Bay, Ballina and Mullumbimby teams picking up competition points.

Woodburn: ute hits, kills pedestrian

A 30-year-old woman walking in Woodburn died on Sunday morning when a teenager driving a ute crashed into her, police said.

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...


What’s happening in the rainforest’s Understory?

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

Wallum urban development back in court

The company behind the Wallum housing development in Brunswick Heads is once again taking Byron Council to court, this time for allegedly holding up its planned earthworks at the site in an unlawful manner.

WATER Northern Rivers says Rous County Council is wrong

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance says despite decades of objection, Rous County Council have just commissioned yet another heritage and biodiversity study in the Rocky Creek valley, between Dunoon and The Channon, in the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Musicians and MLC support the save Wallum fight

As the drama unfolded between police and protesters at the Wallum Development in Brunswick Heads yesterday, people were drawn to the site by the red alerts sent out by the Save Wallum organisers.