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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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Stolen flag

I was a strong supporter of the ‘Yes’ campaign in the referendum last year and each Australia Day I...

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.

Koala chlamydia and Wildlife Hospital funding boost for Northern Rivers

As the pressure mounts from the NSW Labor state government to increase the amount and density of housing, and as a result increase the population, across the Northern Rivers the impact on wildlife will continue to grow. 

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. 

Wallum vote

Lyon, Swivel, Pugh and Hunter voted on Thursday to let the bulldozers in and destroy Wallum. The Byron electorate...

Farmers managing climate change

New research from Charles Darwin University shows that Australian farmers are becoming climate change innovators by making significant strategic decisions, such as planting crops at different times, to better position their businesses and accommodate climate change uncertainty.

January 18, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.32 – January 18, 2023

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In this Issue:

Largest slaughter of wildlife

The kangaroo is at risk of annihilation. Since European settlement, six Macropodidae species have already become extinct. The roo is an icon of Australia, emblazoned on our coat of arms, used for team insignias, and is the animal that...


Celebrating regeneration on March 4

Planting trees to restore ecosystems is one of the most positive stories of our time, and perhaps the best antidote to climate despair. 


A bone of contention

Along with over 20,000 locals I would like answers from Tweed Shire Council, and the state government, to the following questions we have continuously raised for some years now. As a landholder adjacent to the rail trail, and having spoken...


Voice of the creek

The dangerous ‘fill’ situated beside Marshalls Creek stands as a dangerous and stark metaphor and social reality, defining and depicting the denial of the imperative rights of nature, which is recognised within the legal discipline of ‘Earth Law’. This...


The problem with capitalism

Businesses have at least five stakeholders: shareholders or owners; employees; suppliers; customers; and the community at large that supplies infrastructure necessary for business. The problem with capitalism as it’s practised in English-speaking countries is that profits are not shared...


Parking blitz

I regard the Banksia Drive parking blitz (Letters, 4 January) on the eve of Christmas, as unethical. It must not be left uncorrected. I am contacting furious fellow victims about possible legal action against Council if this issue is...

Mental health in the ‘hood

I read with interest Paul Bibby’s article in this week’s edition of The Echo – ‘Poor mental health still an issue’. As someone who has experienced, first-hand, the impact of the flooding that started on 28 February last year and...

Editorial – Good riddance to George

The Devil pounced on Cardinal Pell last week and dragged him down to the infernal level prepared for him by his own actions.


Stone & Wood DA seeks to hold two festivals a year

Local brewing company, Stone & Wood, is looking to expand the festival activities at its facility in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate.


Mayor says Cr Swivel’s populist flip-flopping on STRA ‘astounding’

Mayor Michael Lyon has told The Echo that Cr Mark Swivel’s letter to the planning minister, which was sent as an attachment to A Perfect Stay CEO Colin Hussey’s submission on Council’s STRA policy, ‘raises serious questions’.


Your future

See if you can read this without becoming defensive or angry. At the moment the death rate resulting from global climate heating of the atmosphere caused by burning fossil fuels is estimated globally at about 10 million people annually....


Existential threat?

Council’s bungled installation of a pedestrian crossing in Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby – involving a draconian ‘No Stopping’ sign – has impacted heavily on Mullumbimby Automotive’s operations, threatening their existence where it’s needed: i.e. within walking distance of the majority...


NSW Labor’s position on holiday letting

Given the broken promise by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government on allowing Council to regulate the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) sector in the Byron Shire, The Echo asked NSW Labor what they would do if elected in March.


Shire’s premier literary event moves

Byron Writers Festival have announced that their 2023 event will be held at Bangalow Showgrounds, from August 11 till 13.


DV death – Ballina

Like Mandy Nolan, I was sick in the pit of my stomach when I heard of the senseless death of Lindy Lucena. Robert Karl Huber, her partner, has been charged by the police. It was a shocking start to...


Cartoon of the week – 18 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: Talking to myself in the mirror

This week I turn 55. It’s a privilege to be getting older.  I have a loving husband. I have a family I adore who, for the most part, adore me back. I live in a modestly beautiful house full of the things I’ve collected, or made, or been given, or ended up with. I live in a community that I value and who values me. That said, my life is not perfect. I have complex challenges that I try to use to enrich, rather than diminish, my life. I try not to compare others or myself. I try to embrace impermanence. I feel others’ pain at an intensity I’ve never felt before. I believe this is the beginning of the long labour of my eldership.


Cinema: Incredibly shrunk

There is a not-to-be missed special film event is happening at the Brunswick Picture House this weekend.


Come you spirits, feel the magic of Shakespeare

Come You Spirits present four plays – with wisdom, heart, energy and healing –  in two Byron venues from 24 January.


Byron’s new village

After a year of hard work, Kirrily Sinclair is ready to open the doors to her newest and most exciting venture: Village, located at 4 Grevillea Street in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate.


Northern Rivers Con – what’s on!

Enrolments for 2023 for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium are now open, with a plethora of musical instruments to choose from, and a number of ensembles to join!


From Lismore to Adelaide

Byron actor, Madeleine West (Neighbours, Underbelly) has joined forces with Banjo shortlisted author Megan Albany and master guitarist Marc Mittag to bring together a theatrical and musical production of Megan’s novel The Very Last List of Vivian Walker.


SAE and Value Imagery – skills for industry

Local Northern Rivers video production company, Value Imagery have been nurturing film students through a partnership with SAE Creative Media Institute. Creative Director, Alexander Sharkey discussed how he supports students, and SAE film graduate Charlotte Morrow-Smith, who now works at the Channel 7 Network in Sydney, explained the importance of industry experience and outlined the skills she learnt at the production compan


Over-65s cricket hits the far north coast

The NSW over 65s cricket tournament, held last December in Lismore, served as a selection opportunity for the inaugural Interstate Invitational due to be played in Port Macquarie in early February. In all, 11 teams made it to Lismore, including...


Women footballers encouraged to play in a World Cup year

Byron Bay Football Club is calling for female players to join the club in the year Australia co-hosts the Women’s World Cup. ‘Women’s football is going from strength to strength and BBFC has teams for all abilities – so come...


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.