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December 28, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.29 – December 28, 2022

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Follow the trail 

Was anyone surprised to learn that one of the people who killed the two young police officers and the neighbour in Wieambilla was well known for appalling acts of cruelty to animals? Residents of the town of Camooweal near the...

The illegal rail trail

Whilst our Tweed Council pushes the coming opening of their rail trail, there always were requirements that do not seem to have been complied with. Like, ‘Evidence of a viable and sustainable business model, for developing and maintaining the...


New Year, new you?

We all want to move on and leave 2022 behind. Maybe 2023 will finally be a good year, without a disaster like a bushfire, pandemic, or flood.


Retract applause

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) applauded the unanimous vote by Council for the creation of a 90-day cap for STRA in residential zones and the proposed boundaries for the 365-day precincts. VOHL was appalled that the decision making for...


Dead forced to cross the border

We have followed the progress of a dedicated amazing group of locals who determined that our Shire needed an alternative to cremation and standard burials. Based on a strongly held view that both were, in their own way, environmental catastrophes,...


Strap in for STRAPP, and the govt’s intervention on holiday letting

With the NSW Liberal-Nationals government breaking their promise to allow Council to control short-term rental accommodation (STRA), Byron Shire residents are being asked to ‘engage’ with a process that will lead to the government making a decision on the industry.


Something… or someone’s gotta give

According to data from the most recent census, as reported on local ABC radio, 50 per cent of the people who live in Byron Bay moved there within the last five years.


Mullum Auto loses parking for zebra crossing

Council staff are unrepentant around traffic changes in Mullumbimby that have negatively affected a busy mechanic in the town.


Automotive boot

Council have put the boot into Mullumbimby Automotive by robbing them of vital operating space in front of their business: a ‘No stopping’ sign was installed without consultation. The garage operators have been professional, fair and accommodating to the public...


Pod update for Brunswick Heads residents

Residents to be affected by the roll out of temporary emergency housing in their neighbourhood have been given an update by the opaque government corporation in charge, Resilience NSW.


Editorial – Lessons from 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, there’s a lot to unpack from a year in which the region experienced its worst flood and landslips in living memory.


The ins and outs of Byron Council

I read with interest people raising dog issues in Byron Shire. People are saying Council needs more money to beef up compliance. In days gone by the staffing numbers were around 130 indoor staff and 140 outdoor staff. Since Mr...


Moving forward

So, at this point in our geopolitical climate, it’s very unfortunate that we must proceed with careful consideration as to how we’re going to handle our position in the likely scenario that things escalate (god forbid).  Thankfully we have a...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Same Old Story

It’s horrible getting old. I don’t want to end up in a nursing home. I don’t want to finish this story in a chair looking at the wall.


Vale Tony Barry, actor and activist 

Tributes have been paid after the death of locally-based actor and activist, Tony Barry, who died on December 21, 2022 in Murwillumbah, NSW, after a long illness. 


Here today and gone tomorrow

Congratulations to Byron Shire staff for their excellent report, recommending Councillors vote for a limit of 90 days per year for the short-term holiday industry in most of Byron Shire, while leaving some tourist areas by the coast having...


Cartoon of the week – 28 December 2022

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.


Cinema: Puss In Boots; The Last Wish 

Everyone’s favourite leche-loving, swashbuckling, fear-defying feline returns to cinemas in Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. 


He’s got vinyl – he knows how to use it

Matt the Vinyl Junkie is back with another five-day mega record sale in Brunswick Heads. With close to 30 000 records in stock, the Vinyl Junkie fairs are some of the best you’ll find in Australia; filled with amazing tonnes of wax in every genre. There will be DJs on the decks most days – so come and have a listen and have a dig.


New year Nudge sizzles

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Summer Shed Sizzles with Sydney’s finest selectors playing Nudge Nudge Wink Wink! 2023 launches with a lineup that’s guaranteed to lift you up.


Start how you mean to finish

The Hotel Brunswick is finishing off 2022 on a high and carrying that into 2023 with GoodRich and Pink Zinc.


Why would King Charles want to book The Feramones?

Catch The Feramones on the first day of the new year, Sunday, 1 January, 2023 from 4.30pm at the Byron Services Club.


the Last laugh

You’ll need a good belly laugh to get those extra Christmas calories shaking and there’s no better giggle than The Big Gig Free Live Comedy at the Ballina RSL on Thursday. This month MC Mandy Nolan presents a free comedy night with Chris Radburn and Vanessa Mitchell as support.


Rollin’ on The Rails into 2023

The Rails have two great shows on New Year’s Day to get you rolling into 2023. First up there is the ever-awesome Damien Cooper followed by The Whiskeys.


Cars and other items stolen from Brunswick Heads

Local police are warning residents in the Byron Shire to be diligent in maintaining their home security after personal items and vehicles were stolen from Brunswick Heads yesterday.

Yes, peace is the solution

Both Duncan Shipley-Smith and John Scrivener yet again display the same responses that I talk about over, and over and over again. They do...

Teething problem

I think it’s really stupid and potentially dangerous that the concept of an absorption period of charging a lead acid battery has been transferred...

Rising Tide activists head to Justine Elliot’s office with kayaks

Today saw just over 40 people kayak from John Follent Park in Tweed Heads to Faux Park in South Tweed, before walking close to a one km with their kayaks to the Labor Member for Richmond's Office to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects.