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Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

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45 search and rescue missions in June on Northern Rivers

Marine Rescue NSW saw a drop in search and rescue missions this June compared to last year, however, it was still their second-busiest June ever.

Byron’s foreshore future – a closer look

Plans for Byron Bay’s foreshore are on exhibition until July 31 – Council staff propose options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal of the carpark around the pool and Fishheads restaurant. 

A self-hating Jew

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October 19, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.19 – October 19, 2022

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Ongoing large Wategos house builds could cause drainage issues

The Wategos Beach mansion development that breached Byron’s height limit by nearly 10 per cent was just one example of the development issues occurring in the famous suburb, Byron Council has heard.

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National Carers Week 

It’s National Carers Week, focusing on the diversity of primary carers and their caring roles.  Anyone at any time may become an unpaid carer. Their outstanding commitment, made more challenging by Covid, deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.  With no formal...

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Contempt governs West Byron DA

Byron Council has to be held to public account in relation to aspects of the current development approval underlying the West Byron development. Reviewing research reveals how imperative risk and safety processes have been contemptuously dismissed by Byron legal...

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Development policies tweaked

A significant increase in the minimum floor level for all new buildings in flood-affected parts of Byron Shire, and a blanket ban on basement carparks in Brunswick Heads, are among a raft of changes to local planning rules being proposed by Byron Council.

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Byron deserves better than…

The response from a member of Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) to the spurious figures in the third Byron Deserves Better (BDB) full-page advertisement in The Echo (October 12) was ‘pigs can fly too’. The BDB group consists of a...

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Grassroots political party launches

Byron Shire is known as a hotbed of alternative politics, and the next generation is stepping up. 

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Nightcap Action Group celebrates 40th anniversary

A big celebration will be held Saturday night, October 22, at the Nimbin Hall,  to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Nightcap Action Group’s direct actions on Mt. Nardi, which resulted in the cessation of logging and the creation of the Nightcap National Park.

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Federal fire training raises preparedness questions

Last week nine fire brigades come together in Federal to simulate saving the Federal Store and village from a fire. 

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Permanent teachers

Thank you Chris Minns for promising that Labor will convert 10,000 temporary teaching positions to permanent ones. The myth of teacher shortages is a result of the current state government’s staffing policy, not an actual shortage as many principals,...

Storylines – Belonging places

Belonging is a feeling of security and support we experience when we experience a sense of acceptance and inclusion in community. Belonging is a sense of being connected to something greater

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Collaery recognised for bravery

We live in times when exposing crimes has become the crime, and the illegal activities of elected politicians and unelected bureaucrats go largely without punishment.

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Ongoing large Wategos house builds could cause drainage issues

The Wategos Beach mansion development that breached Byron’s height limit by nearly 10 per cent was just one example of the development issues occurring in the famous suburb, Byron Council has heard

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Saving North East NSW’s rainforests, 40 years on

October 26 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Rainforest Decision by the ALP government of Neville Wran, which resulted in 120,000ha of some of our most important rainforests and old-growth forests on public lands across North East NSW being protected from logging in national parks and flora reserves. 

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No ‘real’ parliamentary debate on logging NSW public native forests

Last Thursday, October 13 in Sydney the public gallery in the lower house of NSW parliament was packed with citizens hoping to hear their representatives support the community’s calls for an end to the logging of our public native forests.

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Former Byron mayor recuses himself from large eco-resort DA decision

Former Byron Shire mayor, Simon Richardson, will not be voting on a large eco-resort DA, called the Linnaeus Estate, located in rare littoral rainforest along Broken Head beach frontage. 

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Exclusive beach eco-tourist proposal not so eco-friendly

A locally-based respected ecologist says the developers behind a large exclusive eco village proposal in rare littoral rainforest along Broken Head beach frontage are avoiding environmental scrutiny through loopholes.

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Flood engineering support on offer for Northern Rivers

Are you in the Northern Rivers, and needing engineering support owing to the flood events of February/March 2022? 

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90 day cap will decimate local economy

My wife and I are long-term residents of the Byron Shire. We have both lived in and around this beautiful region for over 50 years. We are locals. My early career revolved around the backpacker industry as travellers from across...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Alleged Rape of Brittany Higgins

In March 2019 a bubbly ambitious 25-year-old Brittany Higgins was allegedly raped in the office of Australia’s Defence minister. Now in October 2022 as she seeks justice, we get to bear witness to the legal system raping her again....

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Interview with John Brewster of The Angels

The Angels are coming to Bluesfest  With their 50th anniversary in the not-too-distant future, The Angels have nothing to prove and everything to give as they prepare to mount the stairs of a Bluesfest stage next Easter. Founding member John...

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Cinema: Amsterdam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLs2xxM0e78   Amsterdam is set in 1918 where Burt Berendsen (Christian Bale) is sent by his estranged wife’s parents to fight in World War I. While stationed in France, Burt meets and befriends African American soldier Harold Woodsman (John David Washington). After they...

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The place where food and culture meet

Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival is infiltrating Brunswick Picture House for three days during the inaugural festival from Friday 11 till Sunday 13 November with dinner and a show by night and Yum Cha restaurant and bar...

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Byron AFL is set for a return in 2023

The Byron Bay Magpies AFL club are holding their AGM next week and are inviting anyone interested in being part of the club to come along. ‘We want to build momentum going into next season,’ Magpie Daniel Tiffin said. ‘We also...

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Byron Beez basketballers take successful leap into season

Byron Bay basket ballers are in full swing after playing  four games at the Cavanbah Centre courts earlier in October as part of the Sunshine Conference.

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The ups and downs of the Queer Family

This year has been quite the journey for local not-for-profit Queer Family, beginning with the Great Covid Outbreak of ’22.  Queer Family responded with Queers on Wheels and delivered hundreds of free meals, fresh juice, meds, and support to isolated...

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Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Tyagarah – changed overnight traffic conditions

From Monday, July 22 there will be changed traffic conditions on Tyagarah Creek Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah to carry out essential maintenance.

45 search and rescue missions in June on Northern Rivers

Marine Rescue NSW saw a drop in search and rescue missions this June compared to last year, however, it was still their second-busiest June ever.

Veterans honoured for their service

On July 11, the Byron Bay RSL sub-branch held an inaugural memorial service to officially recognise the veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian Gulf, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.