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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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Tallowood Estate open space deal on hold

Byron Shire Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to accept an offer on a large parcel of forested ridgeline land above the Tallowood Ridge Estate near Mullumbimby.

Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns

Exciting news for the 1,000 or so enthusiastic paddlers who come for competition, the dress-up fun, a family outing or showcasing their individual craft – the Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns !

An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

New programs and plenty of tennis have flowed from tennis court upgrades in Suffolk Park

Suffolk Park Tennis is in full swing after court enhancements and the introduction of a full program since then. The...

Last chance for Julian Assange?

This week the Australian journalist Julian Assange will find out whether he will be extradited from the United Kingdom to the USA, where he faces 175 years in solitary confinement for his role in revealing the truth about war crimes and the inner workings of empire, or conducting 'espionage', as America calls it.

Bob Brown arrested in the Styx

Yesterday Dr Bob Brown was arrested alongside activists Colette Harmsen and Ali Alishah in a logging coupe on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. All three were taken to the Bridgewater Police Station.

January 11, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.31 – January 11, 2023

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Confidential Byron Shire 2022 flood study to finally become public

Locals with a particular interest in future flood risks in the north of Byron Shire are keenly awaiting the release of a flood behaviour analysis report for the Brunswick River.


The new Pompeii

In response to Brian Mollet’s article : Byron Bay – the new Shire Rome? (4 January), I would argue that the ancient Roman resort city of Pompeii is a much more suitable comparison to our Byron Bay. Nestled in the...


Bruns rescue crew equipped with new Zodiac

Marine Rescue Brunswick has become the first service in NSW to receive a new type of inflatable boat designed to undertake flood rescues in difficult conditions.


Railbike operators find success in US

A couple who took their railbike tours to the US have returned for the summer holidays and say that since launching Rail Explorers in 2015, they now operate rail bike tours in five locations



I felt moved to write a response to Mandy’s assertion in the Christmas Echo that says, ‘Capitalism isn’t getting anywhere. Try as we might, we can’t seem to break it. It’s the foundation stone of poverty and exploitation.’  I beg...


Only one

Councillor Dey seems to be the only elected councillor with the intestinal fortitude to ask Byron Shire Council (BSC) directors or middle management for an explanation. Councillor Dey’s request for an urgency motion in relation to the fill placed at...


Move the crossing

A major flaw in the recent road markings along Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby, is that the gargantuan pedestrian crossing which has gobbled up about twenty car-parking spaces is in the wrong place. Even the most casual observation of pedestrian traffic...


Airbnb: Irish decision

Advocates of more affordable housing in Byron Shire should take a leaf from Ireland’s decision to set stronger controls (Airbnb caught off guard by introduction of short-term letting restrictions, correspondence shows – Irish Times (2 January). Ireland’s minister for housing...


Editorial: Democratic circus coming

With the NSW election looming on March 25, there will no doubt soon be a government bonanza of promises to impress, you, the good-looking and articulate voter, into thinking that this or that party will govern with your interests at heart. 


Kim Cheshire eyes Tamworth’s Golden Guitars

Local singer-songwriter, Kim Cheshire, will be in Tamworth on January 21, sitting nervously alongside four other nominees waiting to hear who will win this year’s Golden Guitar for the Best Alternative Country Album.


Fence hoppers

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) have read all the documents provided on the Independent Planning Commission website, for the inquiry into Byron Council’s planning proposal for a 90-day cap in certain residential areas for STRA. Four documents are of particular...


Your vote and your preferences count

In response to Alan Veacock’s Letter (23 December, 2022): There are points Alan makes with which I agree. Chief amongst them is that the incumbent Greens member for Ballina underrepresents and divides us. Can one major piece of local infrastructure the...

Verandah collapses in Palmwoods, Main Arm

Attendees at a family gathering in Main Arm on the weekend were lucky to escape serious injury after the verandah they were standing on collapsed beneath them.


See the proof

There is a world wide web of information, and now is the time to motivate our government to show us the proof debunking some of the untruths that are available on the internet. The fact checkers are only explaining...

RIP koalas

I read that in southwest Sydney there are 140 housing projects up for consideration that are located in known koala habitats. As we know koalas are on the critically endangered list and heading for extinction, and more will be...


STRA public hearings held February 21 to 23

The NSW Independent Planning Commission has announced the public hearings into the Byron Shire Short Term Rental Accommodation Planning Proposal will be February 21 to 23, at a venue that is yet to be confirmed.



I watched the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks display last night. I couldn’t help but think how obscene it is that councils across Australia should spend billions of dollars on fireworks. This money should be spent on homeless families...


Cartoon of the week – 11 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.


Byron Bay beats Tweed-Banora in Coastal League cricket

  A 126-run fifth-wicket partnership helped Byron Bay to a total of 7/252 that proved too much for Tweed-Banora in the second-grade fixture at Dave Burns Field last Saturday. Byron Bay won the toss and elected to bat. Stephen Daniels opened...


Byron Bay FC reaches out for donors to help build a...

Former Byron Bay FC goalkeeper and real estate agent, Damien Smith, along with wife Jodi, have donated $20,000 to help Byron Bay FC move one step closer to the dream of building a new Community Clubhouse. With over 600 registered...


Alstonville Water polo Club’s U/14s win gold at the Queensland Country...

The Alstonville Water pPolo Club juniors had a big finish to 2022 with the U/14 girls winning the Queensland Country Championships and the U/14s boys coming away with third place. The U/14 girls have been playing together for a few...


Bowls winners take home over $25,000 in prizes from the Cherry...

The Ballina Summerland Series bowls singles tournament attracted 64 entrants, including seven of Australia’s top ten bowlers. Preliminary rounds took place on January 4 and 5 before the final's day on January 6. ‘Despite some bad weather on the second day...


A magical supergroup

The biggest names in Australian magic have assembled their next sell-out smash hit, Showmen – The Ultimate Magic Spectacular featuring a supergroup of conjurers, tricksters, comedians, illusionists, and daredevils. Showmen is a jaw-dropping spectacle of live magic, illusions and stunts. 


It’s time to grab the popcorn! 

Get ready for the Bangalow Film Festival – it’s starting next week, when guest of honour Simon Baker will introduce Blaze, the film in which he stars. The festival will host special events, industry talks, films of course, music, art,...


Spice Palace: made from scratch, hand-ground spices

Victoria Cosford ‘Basil pesto is our most popular product,’ Duska tells me, ‘but so is the Pumpkin and Macadamia Dip. Oh, and our harissas have a very loyal following!’ I’m at the stall chatting about Spice Palace’s cornucopia of delicious, exotic...


Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

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.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.