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Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

They got the Dojo Rise

Adam Blesing, Sean Dedrick and Anthony Sherwood are Dojo Rise – forging their own unique footprint in the music industry, with their uplifting south coast sound; an eclectic fusion of reggae/dub, pop and indie soul.

Non-alcohol options

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for a period, or just managing your consumption, the better your non-alcoholic drink tastes, the more likely you are to stick to your strategy. While I’m not a big beer drinker, at my local pub I’ll always grab a beer, and the other night I found the Hiatus Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale, with its classic tropical aromas, but a little bitterness, perfect for the warm summer evening.

NSW Aboriginal Land Councils elections this weekend

Elections for members of NSW Aboriginal Land Councils (NSWALC) are on this weekend and NSWALC CEO Yuseph Deen stresses the critical significance of active participation in shaping the future of Aboriginal communities in New South Wales.

Friday arvo beers

Stone & Wood’s Byron HQ has a 31-tank brewery, so locals and visitors can have both their Stone &...

Breaking bad promises

It’s so hard to introduce urgently-needed reforms in today’s fevered media climate that governments tiptoe around problems and hardly dare to act.

November 16, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.23 – November 16, 2022

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Suppressed energy

Some computer whiz kid needs to track down the suppressed free energy invention that came to my attention long ago. It has the potential to save our government, and eliminate the need for all electricity infrastructures vulnerable to climatic...


To bee or not to bee – the important question

Without bees we’re in a bit of trouble – actually, a lot of trouble. Yes, there are other earthlings that pollinate, like wasps, ants and even March flies, but no buzzy body does it better than bees and if we lose them, we’re cactus.


Mullum’s Meadows Medical Centre hacked

Some patients at Meadows Medical Centre in Mullumbimby received an email in the last week stating that Meadows ‘email addresses have been compromised’. 


Resilience NSW

Can there possibly be any straightforward solution to this debacle? Does anybody know why there is no straight talk? I attended a meeting with Resilience NSW and was told that there would be no private land leases, that Resilience...

The parallels between Higgins and Assange

In attempting to draw a parallel between the Brittany Higgins and Julian Assange situations, John Donnellan (Echo 2/11) demonstrates a catastrophic ignorance of the Assange case. The Swedish charges Mr Assange was originally held on have long been withdrawn. They related...


Tweed MP saves koalas from logging – for now

The NSW governments Private Native Forestry (PNF) bill, put forward by the Nationals, was withdrawn on Monday by agriculture minister, Dugald Saunder, after several coalition MPs said they would cross the floor rather than support the bill. 


Critters cartoon

A wonderful cartoon in The Echo by Antoinette Ensby (2 November) highlighting the need to be aware that there are many furry, feathery, shiny, spikey, adorable wild animals out and about at the moment. One notable particular animal I thought...


Editorial: Building flood resilience

Resilience is a word bandied about a lot these days. From fires to floods we are being told to build ‘resilient communities’, but it is not just the human aspect that needs resilience. It is also the infrastructure.


The warm and fuzzies

So, while I try hard to share the warm fuzzy feelings that many Mullum cul-de-sac and short-road residents must be feeling by getting yet another shiny asphalt fix up of their street. It really hits hard for those of...


Linnaeus goes to ICAC

Byron Council expresses a commitment to  ‘open and transparent’ government in its Community Strategic Plan, but do they mean it? Council refuses to admit that the procedural fairness and transparency that’s required for a zone change wasn’t followed for Linnaeus....


Rockinghorse gets ‘rural function centre’ approval

Byron’s Rockinghorse Studios has been given permission to run weddings and functions on its sprawling Coorabell property, becoming the first land owner to successfully navigate Council’s new planning controls for rural events.


Bangalow Bowlo voted

Sunday saw 450 to 500 members of the Bangalow Bowlo come out and voice their opinion on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the board of Bangalow Bowlo had negotiated to join Norths Collective. 


A terrible dog experience

I refer to the letter ‘Dog owners’ (Echo, 9 November). What a terrible experience for a six-year-old seeing the mutilated wallaby in the surf. Some ignore, others encourage their dogs’ natural predatory behaviour. We have caring humans in Maggie...


What’s missing from the Mullum Pod Flood Report?

The Resilience NSW (ResNSW) Flood Report on the impact of the fill at the emergency housing site at Mullumbimby was finally released to the public on 7 November.


Coles and Woolies

Well-intentioned Coles and Woolworths shoppers doing the right thing. Warehouses full of plastic with nowhere to go. Last century we phased out CFCs. Today we could phase out supermarket plastic. Let’s just stop making the stuff. Sandra Heilpern, Bangalow


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: High Rent Low Life

One third of all Australians rent their homes. But when it comes to protecting their rights, they’re ignored. There is not much political will around strengthening and improving tenancy rights. The latest census data reveals that there is a...


She Said

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, An Education) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke one of the most important stories in a...


Encore Unravelling 

Acclaimed local director, Darius Devas, is holding an encore screening following the sold out Byron premiere of his new feature film, Unravelling. He is using the funds to take the film to European and US festival circuits over the...


The strides of Priestess Lubitz

Very few artists can cradle your heart in their hands while they kick your ass, but musician and mother of three, Emily Lubitz is striding out on her own and is excited to share her debut solo endeavour Begin Again EP that was released on 4 November.


Bangalow Film Festival 2023 

Bangalow Film Festival is thrilled to announce its third annual festival program, set to take place in multiple locations across beautiful Bangalow from 12–21 January 2023.


The Soul and Spirit of Spanish Flamenco

Bringing the soul and spirit of Spanish flamenco to regional audiences in a tour through NSW and around Australia from November 2022, acclaimed Spanish guitarist Paco Lara will inspire and capture the imagination of Australian audiences.


A musical reflection 

Acclaimed guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan have created a suite of music inspired by objects personally selected from the National Museum of Australia’s vast collection tracing Australia’s diverse and complex history; This Is Us: A Musical Reflection of Australia.


What’s news in the Blues for The Cat Empire

Bluesfest 2022 was the stage for the end of an era for The Cat Empire. Two of the original three founding members of the group, Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill will continue their legacy and have created a fresh, new era for the band. With boundless creative possibilities, a collaborative process, and musical curiosity, the new project will showcase a wonderful collective of rotating musicians who will still maintain the musical DNA of The Cat Empire. 


Northern Rivers ricochet croquet championships decided at Byron Bay

Noelene Barnes won the singles handicap ricochet croquet Northern Rivers Championships played at Byron Bay two weeks ago. Noelene Barnes defeated Penny Scott 12–11 in the final. Noelene was playing off 11 and Penny off eight. Penny went out hard and had...


Pairs champions decided at Brunswick Heads Women’s Bowling Club

The Brunswick Heads Women’s Bowling Club Championships are underway and have delivered the Open Pairs winners. The final was a great and hard fought game according to BHWBC publicity officer, Kerry Dexter. Runners up were newish bowlers Julie Quigley and Jenny...



There is a justice problem in criminal assault cases if a person who claims to have been assaulted makes a formal complaint, such that...

Lighthouse Road

The section from the bus stop on Lighthouse Road to the divide of the road to Byron Bay, is totally unacceptable. It’s putrid for...

4,000 failed

I attended the flood forum held at the Ballina RSL last Monday and was aghast to hear some of the facts presented. 4,000 people...

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 basecamp of the Save Wallum...