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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

Solé’s on a mission to help local dingoes

A local advocate wants to tear down the myths about dingoes, and stop their treatment as wild dogs, which she says they are not.

The dog thing

I have to acknowledge the eloquent detail of David Heilpern’s description concerning the issues around recalcitrant dog ownership in...

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.

Will Provest win the Tweed seat over Elliot?

It appears that Tweed MP Geoff Provest will retain the seat of Tweed but there are still plenty of votes to be counted.

And Still I Sing

Ballina Region for Refugees is holding a fundraising screening at Byron Theatre next Wednesday to raise urgently needed funds for their community resettlement program. The film is And Still I Sing, an extraordinary documentary by Afghan filmmaker, Fazila Amiri. 

Brunswick Heads off-ramp blocked at Gulgan Road by rolled B-double – driver dies at scene

Live Traffic reports that the M1 Pacific Motorway at Gulgan Road off-ramp at Brunswick Heads has been blocked since 6.10am this morning by a crash involving a B-Double where there has been a person trapped.

January 4, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.30 – January 4, 2023

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In this Issue:

Peace squandered

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War three decades ago, many people hoped for a ‘peace dividend’ that would spare the world from the threat of nuclear war. President Bush senior famously...


Byron Bay – the new Shire Rome?

Those who don’t learn their history, they say, are doomed to repeat it. 


Concrete coast

Hello, my name is Percy Concrete and I live in Ballina. In fact, you’ll find me everywhere there. Ballina Council is in love with me, and they’re keen to have more of me. I often hang out with my close...



Regarding the Byron Shire Council flying fox camp management plan. I am sure your committee is fully aware of the enormous problems that plagued Sydney’s Botanical Gardens where the flying fox ‘vandals’ were intent in demolishing the coveted...


Shout out to non-profiteers

This is a shout out to all those people trying to alleviate the affordable housing shortage in the Shire. Firstly, thanks to the owners of properties that have a secondary dwelling or studio that is being used, as intended,...


Poignant reminder

The Echo Christmas edition articles provided a poignant reminder of the issues facing us at both a local and global level.  Are we to retreat into denial, or despair, even if our own self-interest is not threatened, or will we take...


Spaceship Byron Bay

I remember reading a prophetic article in a local newspaper in the Byron Shire in the 1970s in which the correspondent wrote: 'Spaceship Byron Bay – everyone wants to be the last person on board the spaceship, pull up...


Editorial – 2022 in the Echo rearview mirror

Herewith is a brief summary of 2022, as seen through the Echo lens. Given the constrained space, only a few topics can make it in.


The right to criticise

Last week’s Backlash column noted a video circulating online of the Qld Deputy Police Commissioner’s plea to report fellow citizens who express anti-Government/Police/COVID conspiracy views.  Lest this be implicitly construed as intimidation of free speech, it would appear that the...


MP Elliot looks back at a year in government

While parliament takes a break, many politicians don’t get the same opportunity. 


Holiday letting

And you do the ‘Hokey Pokey’ and you shake it all about – Councillors Swivel and Hunter, in compliance with Council’s new Hokey Pokey Policy, both separately wrote to the NSW Government Minister opposing Council’s proposed 90-day holiday letting...


Innovation leaders

Inspired by darling Australian Damen Gameau’s epic documentary 2040, approximately 50 people gathered recently at the not-for-profit Paddock Project. Led by Karen Gross they listened to Tasmania’s celebrity chef, Matthew Evans, the Paddock’s devoted garden manager, Rodrego Pierin, and,...

Helpers support new mums, like Jess

It can be a challenge having a newborn in any circumstance, and harder still if you have no family support where you live.


Meet unsung hero, Rick Duggan

You hear of unsung heroes, but you don’t always know them, or meet them.


NBG’s not dead

While I am bitterly disappointed that Byron Council have now ditched Valances Road as a Natural Burial Ground (NBG), I do understand the reasons.  Still, our local group led by Di Hart, Mayor Michael Lyon and Cr Duncan Dey have...


Marshalls Creek – dumped fill

Lordy lordy, here we go again! A cosy agreement has resulted in poor governance and more questions than answers surrounding the dumped fill near Marshalls Creek, enacted by Byron councillors.  Fill is ecologically dangerous to sentient beings that live in...


Dingo Lane solar project – like other Council projects it doesn’t...

The Dingo Lane Solar Farm development application (DA) has been passed by the Northern Regional Planning Panel.


Bangalow Brackets and jam moves from pub to bowlo

After 25 years of live music performance and jams, the Bangalow Brackets open mic night will move from the Bangalow Hotel to a new venue, the Bangalow Bowling Club, located down the road.


Local tourist levy

It was great to see the turnout at the Xmas Eve rally supporting the 90-day cap on non-hosted STRA. For 2023 and beyond, can all those property owners continuing to profit from using their residential dwellings for STRA consider paying...


A flare

Just been involved recently with the great service our health employees are doing to keep us safe and alive.  I must say, all the staff are so friendly and caring for each of their patients. I didn't meet one greedy...


Death prompts surf safety warnings

Byron Shire beachgoers are being urged to stick to patrolled beaches and to swim between the flags, following the death of a 32-year-old man at New Brighton Beach on Monday.


Govt lobs cash at councils for road repairs

A $500M boost for councils to help metropolitan and regional councils ‘tackle the mammoth task of repairing the state’s road network, following months of extreme weather events’,  has been announced by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government.



It's hard to believe the Byron Council can approve the Social Remedy gym in Byron Bay, with insufficient parking, and then send their parking officers out to fine patrons $283 who are parking on the left of the driveway...


Cartoon of the week – 4 January 2023

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.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: These salad days

Meet Craig. He’s enlightened. He wasn’t born enlightened. And he certainly didn’t go out looking for enlightenment. It found him. And Craig, and Nerang, will never be the same.


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.