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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.

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Helping our elders on April Falls Day

April Falls Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice fall prevention strategies. The overall campaign goal is to get active and improve balance for fall prevention.

Rethinking the tourism paradigm

The past three years have been a fairly challenging time for the Byron tourism Industry, after fires, floods, and a pandemic. According to local tourism organisation, Destination Byron, now seems the right time to rethink the tourism paradigm for Byron.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A fluid God

Why is the ultra-right targeting trans kids? Opportunistic neo-Nazis are using transphobia as their PR exercise. Like abortion, trans issues, and in particular issues around schools and the rights of trans kids, are emotionally charged. For those who have chosen bigotry and fear over acceptance and inclusion, polarised viewpoints create ignition points for hate and violence.

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.

Drill Hall / Fun / Repeat

Experienced Director and theatre worker, Susan Melhuish, is bringing Mark Ravenhill’s politically charged Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat to the Drill Hall Theatre for three nights as part of the Company’s free Member Nights. Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007 co-produced by The National Theatre, Gate Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

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.

October 26, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.20 – October 26, 2022

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Eco resort approved by planning panel

An exclusive eco-resort on a large tract of some of the last remaining littoral rainforest on the northern NSW coastline was approved last week


Fact or fiction

The stipulation by the EPA (Environment Protection Agency) to allow Byron Shire Council to take the South Byron Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) offline and deliver the sewage to West Byron WWTP was that close to one hundred per...


Byron’s town spirit

When Byron’s Woolworths put out the decorations for Christmas it gets me thinking. Woolworths was about the only retail site that decorated for the festive season in the last few years. Historically there were big banners greeting visitors hung over Shirley...


Editorial – Council’s top brass seeks renewed contract based on secret...

Council’s general manger, Mark Arnold, is seeking to renew his contract from July 1, 2023, presumably for another five years. 


Gladden your heart with local art exhibition

Turyia Bruce has been exhibiting and educating in art for over 25 years in the Northern Rivers and is currently exhibiting her work at The Stokers Siding Gallery until 5 November.


Ballina Council calling for community input on housing

Ballina Shire Council say they are preparing a new housing strategy to help meet the demands of future growth.


Name changes

Can someone explain to me why a company would have so many name changes?


Mullum pod village fiasco deepens

Mayor Michael Lyon has sided with Resilience NSW over flood-affected residents by sitting on a draft flood report for the Mullum ‘pod’ village. 


Byron deserves better – Byron Shire Mayor and Echo editor…

The heading refers to the editor of our local paper, who once again attempts to discredit Council staff with his uninformed piece last week about Linnaeus. To set the record straight and provide background, there was a court-imposed ‘private...

Concerns as coercive control bill passes NSW Lower House

The NSW Lower House passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022 on Wednesday 20 October; yet many who work in the field of DV are calling for greater consultation and financial investment before it is brought into law.


Mullum welcomes new chamber prez

Jenelle Stanford passed on the baton of President of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce to Paul Prior, from First National Real Estate, at last Tuesday’s AGM.


Future Mullum

I have two issues. The most important to me is infrastructure re flooding at the east end of Mullumbimby. I moved from Wilsons Creek into town in 2009 to Ann Street. Just after arriving the drains were cleared including the waterway at the end of the street.


State govt overrules councils to push agritourism on rural land

The state government is ramming through an ‘agritourism’ policy which effectively removes restrictions on tourism development on rural lands, ignoring the objections of local councils and the impact on surrounding landowners.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Fear and Loathing in the Metaverse

‘When we are all in the metaverse’… this is a statement I have been hearing a lot lately. I honestly don’t really know what it means. People say it like they know, but I don’t think they do. I...


Cartoon of the week – 26 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.


Movies under the stars

For a long time the Brunswick Picture House have wanted to throw an event for the community with broad family appeal and now they feel the time is right as we all try to continue on after the curveballs...


Ticket to paradise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkP4tVTdsz8   In a well-worn Hollywood trope, long-time divorced couple David and Georgia Cotton feel the need to step in when their daughter decides to get married. It seems that their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) couldn’t possibly know what she is...


Marcus King of Bluesfest

Grammy-nominated artist, performer, and songwriter Marcus King was destined to play music. By eight years of age, the fourth-generation Greenville, South Carolina, native had performed alongside pops, grandpa, and his uncles for the first time. Logging thousands of miles...


 Byron Latin Fiesta

The 17th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta is on from November 3 till 6 in Byron Bay. Start with the pre-party on Thursday 3. Join in for an inspiring weekend of festivities with an All-Australian artist lineup making the most of...


The Chinese trio and Youth Orchestra

Next for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium is a collaboration with Musica Viva Australia – a public performance in the Concert Room. On November 12 they will be hosting Chinese trio San Ureshi – the name means ‘joy of the trio’...


Pianos for the People

There will be a celebration of the arrival of 12 recycled pianos for flood victims of the Northern Rivers with a free concert launching the public installation of a Piano for the People in the streets of Mullumbimby. The event...


Catch some fire

Katchafire return to Australia for their Rolling Hills and Island Vibe festival shows next month. Fellow New Zealanders Masaya will also be bringing their soothing tunes on the national tour with their mash of Indie/Groove/Soul/Roots. Katchafire will be celebrating with a new single Always...


Xavier Rudd to open Bluesfest’s Green Room

Xavier Rudd has made the most of a post-Covid world by doing what he loves most: touring. To support his latest album Jan Juc Moon, Xavier will have performed live on no fewer than 88 occasions in 2022. First up was the sold-out 37-date...


Maureen is still teeing off at 91

Maureen Parker is 91 and a legend at the Byron Bay Golf Club where she continues to enjoy the sport and play in team events. ‘Her experience, knowledge and encouraging attitude have come to the fore as a mentor to...


Outstanding run of results for Mullumbimby High Futsal team

The Mullumbimby High School U/16 girls Futsal team narrowly lost the semi-final of the National Scholastic Titles held at the Nissan Arena in Brisbane last September. The strong result was just one achievement from a team that first competed at...


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.