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Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

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Trains on roads

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Dutton doubles down on nuclear

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New witnesses in long-running kambo inquest

Proceedings reopened in Byron Bay Courthouse yesterday in what is expected to be the final stage of the long-running coronial inquest into the death of Jarrad Antonovich.

Mullum’s Marielou chosen for national tennis team

Mullumbimby High School student Marielou Baudouin is to join the School Sport Australia All-Australian Girls tennis team after impressing selectors in Hobart.

Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

NSW gov’t opens Tweed Valley Hospital

The NSW government is to officially open the $723.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital today after the transferral of patients to the new facility last week.

November 9, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.22 – November 9, 2022

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In this Issue:

Contempt: West Byron

As the development of West Byron currently continues, community members are demanding that a moratorium on this development be immediately addressed. Since the floods in February/March 2022 a new epoch in human consciousness has developed embracing the harsh facts that...


Just a little love

I am waiting with passion in my heart to hear from two gorgeous men – I don’t care which one gets in touch with me first. I’ve never been married but I will absolutely marry whichever one of these lovely...


Zero emissions Byron 

Living in Byron Bay has, for some time, felt rather like inhabiting a home where a party has been thrown and the partygoers have stayed on and on. I take no gratification from seeing my gloomy prognosis for the place...


Three-metre sea level rise

The United Nations has made the call: ‘Restricting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees is unachievable’, which effectively gives eviction notices to Byron Bay, Bruns, Ocean Shores etc, as they are developed at a lower height than the approximately three-metre...


National security

Overpaid, oversexed and over here. I may well be in the absolute minority in expressing these opinions but as an Australian, I feel strongly about this issue. On Monday night I watched in dismay the story on ABC Four Corners...


Fantasy or reality

Greed, militarism, massive overpopulation, and consumerism in general, are major causes of global degradation. And given that the Northern Rivers has, for some years now, been experiencing a population boom, the region certainly has a significant footprint. To deny these facts,...


Gallery: Pooch picnic in Federal

A gallery of Jeff 'Not poached, pooched' doggo photos to make your Friday a happy place.


REDinc art exhibited in Mullum

Local artists who are part of REDinc, a disability support service, will be exhibiting as part of their annual show this Friday November 11 from 6–8pm at 22 Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby. 


$ not the right reason

You state that you are part of the community.  Unfortunately, expecting to make money from the community by using private homes for holiday letting shows no respect for our community. Byron is very small geographically, it was never planned...



Eulogy for all secondhand bookshops of past, present and future as the lights turn off and the door locks for the last time on The Little Second Hand Bookshop of Byron Bay. I write this eulogy with great sorrow at...


Lex Luthor buys Daily Planet

After acquiring Twitter for $44B, the world’s richest individual is now trolling its users, and removing people’s accounts he doesn’t like.


Let’s pretend

Here we go again worrying about littoral rainforest that will be seaweed in a few hundred years if we don’t reverse the climate disaster.  Here we go again turning the global fossil fuel tap on even harder with a one...


Oversize Bangalow tourist proposal before Council

Plans for a $1.3 million rural tourism development in Bangalow that is double the size of what is usually permitted, have angered nearby residents, and drawn a recommendation of refusal from Byron Council staff. 


Resilience NSW increases flood risks for residents

As two locals choked up, there was uncomfortable foot shuffling by Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, a spokesperson for Resilience NSW, and an engineer who worked on the flood report for the Mullumbimby pod site. 


No guarantees with Bangalow Bowlo amalgamation, councillor warns

A local group of residents have warned of ‘Unlimited pokies, Sydney ownership and minimal sporting club support’ if a large entertainment corporation amalgamates with the Bangalow Bowling Club. 


Bike Mullm to Bruns

If you were told your route to work, education, medical appointments etc was to be upgraded to make it safer, you would probably be grateful. Until you discovered the ‘safer’ route would add 15km to your commute in each...


Dog owners

Two weeks ago I took my six-year-old grandson to Tallow Beach. We were strolling through the ‘no dogs’ area and enjoying the sight of so many terns and gulls, when we came upon a wallaby, leaping about in circles...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Empty Journals of Complex Women

‘This is going to be the first of many journal entries’. I read this on the first page of a moleskin diary. It is the only entry. It belongs to my daughter. I am cleaning through boxes of stuff...


Cartoon of the week – 9 November 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.


The ceramic rebuild

Build | Rebuild: Northern Rivers Ceramics, After the Floods is an exhibition bringing together the incredible talent of local ceramic artists in the Northern Rivers, who were all affected by the major flooding events in the region earlier this year. It...


Block 33 book launch

What does a man do when South America’s most bloodthirsty revolutionary threatens to kill him and his loved ones? That question confronts Jake Hunt, who faces a slow, painful death for what he’s done. In a single climactic morning, Hunt,...


$50,00 in Local Sports Grants on offer

Local Sports Grants ranging from $2000 to $10,000 with a total budget of $50,000 are available across all NSW electorates The grants are designed to encourage participation in sport.  Some examples of eligible projects include: come and try days, coach or...


Locals win Byron Bay FC’s big raffle

Byron Bay local Michelle Pullen was delighted to win the Byron Bay Football Club’s major raffle prize worth $20,000. ‘I entered to support the community to build the clubhouse for our young footballers, but to win is just amazing. I...


Local futsal team now north coast champions

The Mullumbimby High U/16 girls Futsal team have won another championship after travelling to Coffs Harbour in late October to contest the Combined High Schools North Coast Title. They qualified for the event after wining the CHS Far North Coast...


Tintenbar East Ballina remain undefeated and dominate local cricket

Tintenbar East Ballina cricket club is sitting on top of the three senior grades of local cricket, and all three sides are undefeated for the season. The first grade LJ Hooker two-day competition has seen TEB take one win for...


New community meeting room in Lismore

A new community meeting room, free for non-profit organisations and community groups to hire, has been launched at the Lismore Library.

New doco explores ‘God molecule’ found in toads

Are you ready to explore the secrets of the universe through the use of the most powerful psychedelic known to humankind?

Knitting Nannas off to Canberra

The prolific anti-fossil fuel campaigners are to meet with Federal Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen to raise concerns over Labor’s Future Gas Strategy.

Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.