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Byron biz digs in for BayFM

The Byron business community gathered at Fishheads for their new menu launch and a fundraiser for Bay FM last week, with $1,360 being raised for the independent radio station.

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St Helena Tunnel, Ewingsdale – changed overnight traffic conditions 

Essential maintenance at the St Helena Tunnel will be carried out overnight on the Pacific Motorway at Ewingsdale from Monday, 27 May.

Shambolic roads

With regards to the Echo article, ‘Let’s dive deep into potholes’ (May 15), I am appalled at the attitude...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Cancer Raffle

‘This is Radiology, we are following up on one of your tests. Please contact our office.’ That’s not the message you want after you’ve had a mammogram. I’m 56, my best friend just went through a year-long ordeal with breast cancer and now is in the clear. I have had many friends get mastectomies. Other beautiful women I know and have loved, have died. Breast cancer is something one in seven women or people with breasts will be diagnosed with. It’s a raffle we all have tickets in but none of us want to win. But one in seven will.

Ballina adopts Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan

After an hour's debate, Ballina Shire Council voted to adopt its own Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan at its last meeting.

Potholes deep dive

While Byron Council tells residents there’s no funding to repair flood-damaged roads and vital access to peoples’ homes, or...

Last Nudge for the season

It’s wrapping up with a grand finale line-up of DJs and performance talent, and they can’t wait!

November 23, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.24 – November 23, 2022

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Unforeseen and unpredicted

I find it very strange that in the New Epoch, 2022, which heralded record-breaking ‘unforeseen, unpredicted floods’, along the east coast of Australia, has puzzled and confused many state bureaucrats and state/local politicians. When addressing predictions for future floods,...

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Tallow wallabies

Further to Maggie Brown’s letter regarding the incident on Tallow Beach of a wallaby having to be shot by WIRES owing to dog-induced stress myopathy: as a daily walker along the trails in the Arakwal National Park at Tallow...

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A community approach to kids’ mental health

Is your local physiotherapist informed about the impacts of natural-disaster-related trauma on 8 to 12-year-olds?

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Avoiding parking fees

I have just discovered the solution to avoid parking fees in Byron Bay. Simply buy a motorcycle and park on the footpath! Works a treat ! And Byron Council parking officers seem to turn a blind eye, even when they’ve...

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Fostering local writing talent

Since 2001, the Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship has been inspiring writers on the path to publication. This year saw four writers spend a week in Possum Creek being mentored by Walkley Award-winning journalist and author, Sarah Armstrong.

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Amazing Grace

Oh, dearest Hannah! (Letters, Hannah Grace, Echo 9 Nov). I am so glad that my very, very good friend Raphael sent me your advertisement from Australia’s Echo Magazine. My dear friend Rupert knows about advertising very, very, very well...

Flogging a petition

In a blatantly political move, the Tweed Chamber of Commerce is flogging an online petition calling for the appointment of an administrator to replace the Tweed Shire Council on the confected charge of delays in processing development applications. They...

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A treasured community asset

The Bowlo, a treasured community asset in Bangalow very popular with young families, is now destined to be part of Norths Collective, a big city franchise with a business model based on property development and gaming machines, a potent...

Curious statements on Assange

The couple of letters under the headline of ‘In Defence of Julian Assange’ contained some curious statements in an attempt to justify the unjustifiable.  Marc Westley brings up the old classic, that of a ‘rarely cited quirk’ in Swedish law...

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Emergency radio tower

An emergency radio tower is proposed for Teales Lookout, Koonyum Range. It is proposed by the telco authority via Catalyst One Pty Ltd, via Amalgamotion Pty Ltd to build a large tower, in a high fire danger area, on top...

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Ballina water supply

A recent Echo article regarding Rous County Council’s plans to access Alstonville ground water through bores for its Future Water Project 2060 via an ‘Alstonville Water Treatment Plant’ should ring alarm bells for the people of Ballina Shire. Just where...

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Piccadilly Circus comes to Mullum

When it comes to the art of complaining, I’m among the best. Ask my friends, my partner, my mum-in-law – the cat…

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Support for the Mullum Show

What a privilege it was as an older resident to be able to participate and enjoy the annual Mullumbimby Show. The grounds are a credit to those who maintain and care for this special facility, the mowing and the planting...

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Targeting journalists

Israel has a long tradition of targeting journalists and since 2000 has killed 45 according to the Palestinian Ministry of Information.  During Israel’s 10 – 21 May blitzkrieg on Gaza in 2021, they killed 260 and bombed the offices of...

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Can you foster a dog?

Dozens of local rescue dogs are ending up at the pound, and some are having to be euthanised, owing to a critical shortage of people willing to adopt or foster them.

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Low density residential

At the Council meeting on 13/10/2022, Council decided to approve a DA in a low-density residential, ‘environmentally sensitive’ zoned area in Ocean Shores (the most protected policy area of Ocean Shores). So apparently, six dwellings of three storeys that...

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From Margaret River to Byron to save veterans

William ‘Will’ Burnett served in the RAAF for ten years in logistics and ended his career as a well-established physical training Instructor. After his discharge, on his return from the Middle East, his mental health declined and he struggled through the clinical health system.

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Where is the love?

Driving past our new-ish Hollywood-inspired ‘LOVE’ sign on the way into Mullum had me reflect on the reality that despite being a fit and healthy, hardworking male, I’ve so far gone six years in this area since I was...

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The need to elaborate

While we certainly share the concerns of Christopher Wright (Echo 9 Nov, 2022), as long time anti-war, peace activists, we feel the need to elaborate on the presence of US war fighting/spy facilities. For a long time now, we have...

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Ruled by fools

What an outrageous scandal that already stressed-out refugees, living for years in limbo after been held in detention centres for years, have received letters telling them that they will not be able to stay here any longer and they...

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Vale Dave Howard ‘builder extraordinaire’

Local identity Dave Howard passed away in the arms of his wife Libby and surrounded by the six children they share on Monday 14 November.

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Vegetation key to minimising landslip risk

The impacts of landslides have been a little lost in the conversations around the devastating floods that took place in the Northern Rivers in February and March this year, but it is essential that we recognise the impact they have had, and will continue to have.

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Editorial – Getting recovery right

The recognition of loss and damage at COP27 is a cause for celebration by those countries, especially developing countries, already experiencing the impacts of climate change.

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Poppy seed tea causes hospitalisations and product recall

People are advised to check the poppy seeds in their kitchens following a nationwide recall of poppy seed products linked to poisoning. 

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Byron Council to ‘draw a line’ under Broken Head development

Byron Shire Council Mayor, Michael Lyon, will attempt to have a large part of the Linnaeus Estate given a new Environmental Living zoning in a bid to prevent further applications for development there.

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Only 7 per cent of sexual assaults reported in NSW result in guilty outcome

The latest study from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), shows that only 7 per cent of sexual assaults reported to NSW Police end up in a guilty verdict in court.

Ballina adopts Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan

After an hour's debate, Ballina Shire Council voted to adopt its own Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan at its last meeting.

Households warned against smoke alarm complacency

Firefighters, NRL stars and other top athletes are urging households across the state to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes, as Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) launches its annual Winter Fire Safety Campaign.

Surf like a woman

Local surfing legend Pauline Menczer has told her remarkable story in a new book, 'Surf Like a Woman', which tells the story of how she overcame sexism, homophobia and rheumatoid arthritis to become World Surfing Champion.