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Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the...

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Antonovich inquest delayed again, as new witnesses emerge

The inquest into the kambo-related death of Jarrad Antonovich has taken a surprising turn, with new witnesses coming forward to police. As a result, the rest of the planned dates this week have been abruptly cancelled by the state coroner, with the process set to begin again at Byron Bay Courthouse in late May.

Plan for looming battery crisis

Industry-led voluntary schemes will fail to address the environmental risks arising from battery disposal, according to the Total Environment Centre, as they release a plan for urgent regulation to establish an effective, mandatory product stewardship scheme to safely collect and recycle all battery types in Australia.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Editorial – Prosecuting publishers

WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen, Julian Assange, will soon face possibly his final court hearing in the UK High Court of Justice over whether he should be extradited to the US to face spying charges. 

GemLife’s seniors’ housing estate (again) and more Ballina Council 2024 court action

A conciliation conference between the Ballina Shire Council and developers wanting to build a seniors’ resort-style estate in West Ballina is to happen in less than three weeks.

MIA: Balson on Wallum

Dear Cr Balson, I understand that you attended the Byron Council meeting last Thursday very briefly, but absented yourself from...

November 2, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.21 – November 2, 2022

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In this Issue:

Byron Deserves Better – holiday letting and the 90-day cap

e in Byron Shire… we need to consider everyone, not just an invested few. The Byron Deserves Better lobby continues their weekly full-page rave in the Byron Shire Echo (26.10.22), claiming to be part of a community that ‘relies...


Barefaced effrontery

What barefaced effrontery of Michael Lyon to accuse Hans Lovejoy of lacking quality and integrity! Michael’s persistent behaviour regarding the filling of floodplains, and TEMPORARY pods, has yielded nothing but deceptive, evasive information to all who have asked...


Byron community Deserves Better

Mayor, I agree, let’s set the record straight. Here’s a fact: the community was denied the right to know about the Linnaeus Estate rezoning to Mixed Use Development. The 25 August 2016 Council agenda reveals that there was no...

Permanent teachers?

Dear Yvonne Jessup (Letters 19 October), I think you have been greatly misinformed! Not all schools are run by the Department of Education. So increasing their permanent teachers alone is not going to solve the teacher shortage. The independent...


Short-term rental cap

Thank you, Garth and Sonya Brien, for your clear and insightful letter (Letters 19 October). You have worked to achieve success in your business, which is now threatened by Council’s short-term rental cap. The short-term holiday rental issue has indeed...


Higgins – Assange

I read with interest Mandy Nolan’s article on the trial of Brittany Higgins. I noticed a marked difference in the attitudes of people regarding this trial, and the non-trial of another accused rapist. The man I refer to is Julian...


Wearable artworks event this weekend

The major annual event in Shearwater’s performing arts calendar, WAVE (Wearable Arts Vision in Education) is on again, November 2 till 5, at the school on Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby Creek.


Get ya boardies on for a charity putt

The Byron Bay Boardriders are running the 11th annual Skullcandy Byron Bay Boardriders Charity Golf Day on Sunday, November 13. 


Months on…

We were one of the many to have our beautiful home in Mullumbimby wrecked in the devastating February floods and are in temporary accommodation. Even with insurance the psychological effects this event had are inconceivable and affect our family...


Cult Trip begins in Byron Bay

‘People don’t join cults,’ said leading investigative reporter Anke Richter when quizzed about her new book, Cult Trip: Inside the world of coercion and control (out in Australia this week). ‘They join something that has been misrepresented to them’.


Large McAuleys Lane urbanisation proposal moves forward

With a  quickly approaching deadline to decide upon a planning proposal around a large rural to residential land subdivision near a dangerous intersection on the way into Mullum, councillors agreed unanimously on a motion that will see more clarity around its size.


EPA vague over potential lead soil contamination in Mullum

With ‘emergency pod village’ excavation works underway on flood-prone land at Prince Street, Mullumbimby, the NSW EPA, Resilience NSW and Council are yet to supply documents that guarantee the safety of residents.


Editorial – Don ya toga and let’s start this party!

The wheels of commerce and governance, indistinguishable as they perhaps always have been, again cranked into gear at the local level last Thursday. 


Coercive control

In last week’s Echo Aslan Shand covered many of the perceived problems with proposed coercive-control legislation for NSW. Obviously it is high time for effective laws to be introduced to target abuse chiefly used to dominate women and children. Another...

Tweed-Byron hinterland walk masterplan on exhibition

Plans for a multi-day 36km walk from Mount Jerusalem National Park, near Uki, to Minyon Falls are now on public exhibition. 


House buybacks, raising and retrofit on offer

A joint NSW-federal flood resilience package for house buybacks, raising and retrofits for flood-affected homes in the region will commence from November.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Pigeons, bums, and water: How your drugs got...

If you’re going to traffic drugs you have to be creative. You can’t just load 1.8 tonnes of meth in a crate and expect it to arrive at the desired destination. That’s why people started using their bums as...


Filling the Byron Bay wetlands

Anybody else wondering why they are filling in the wetlands at West Byron?  Wetlands are designed to absorb excess water in rain events, to help us if and when we get a cyclone. Filling in the wetlands will dissipate the water...


Cartoon of the week – 2 November 2022

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.


Black Adam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkomfZHG5q4 In ancient Kahndaq, 2,600 BC to be precise, the city of Kahndaq was under the tyrannical rule of king Anh-Kot, who intended to create the Crown of Sabbac, which is known to give the wearer great power. After enslaving...


It’s fiesta time!

Dust off your dancing shoes and ignite your passion for latin – the Byron Latin Fiesta is set to heat up for its 17th year.  Are you a beginner or new to dance? This could be the perfect opportunity for...


Launching Pianos for the People

Featuring Maestro David Helfgott, patron of Pianos for the People, plus Yantra de Vilder and the Northern Rivers Ephemera Choir, Pianos for the People will launch in Mullumbimby this week. The Northern Rivers Ephemera Choir has come together for the...


She shed what?

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink – a party with a conscience – are again presenting a stellar show this Saturday at the Nudge – DJs will be playing treasured sounds for the community, from the team event awarded Community Event...


Do black boys go to heaven

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts, has announced Wani Toaishara as the winner of the 2022 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. One of Australia’s most significant awards for contemporary photographic practice, the Josephine Ulrick and Win...


Messages from the bottle

Have you ever crossed the thin line between ‘handling’ your booze and becoming a boozy handful?  For generations, alcohol represented a rite of passage, a coming of age. Very few paused to consider the other option of adulthood: the option...


NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?