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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.

Other News

Byron Bay NRMA to close March 31

According to owners, Warren and Dennise Simmons, NRMA does not consider the agency financially viable, with the increasing volumes of online sales and transactions.

Byron Shire has 200 road projects in waiting

The incoming NSW Labor government says it will spend billions on the state’s roads, but will some of the cash find its way to the hundreds of flood-ravaged roads in the Byron Shire?

Goodbye to an inspiring scientist, activist and friend

Mary’s influence on me as a local activist, and later councillor, was profound – she opened my eyes to how water courses through and shapes this place.

Closing the Gap on Aboriginal health in the Byron Shire

Close the Gap aims to reduce disadvantage experienced by Indigenous peoples with respect to child mortality, childhood education, life expectancy and health.

Share flood stories at Mullum Farmers Market

To mark the anniversary of the 28 February 2022 flooding of Mullumbimby, which was followed by continued flooding throughout...

Interview with Guy Maddison from Mudhoney

Seminal Seattle four-piece, Mudhoney, are returning to Australia marking nine years since their last local shows. A mammoth odyssey spanning April and May will see them playing headline shows across six states. Next week they will also release their new album, Plastic Eternity.

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...


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.