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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.

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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.

The dog thing

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

Women of song at The Con

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium (The Con), in association with Musica Viva Australia, is pleased to present a special event in its Concert Room on Friday 28 April – Women of Song.  This innovative new show developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd of Mission Songs Project includes themes of intergenerational practices, singing on, and from, Country, commitment to community, and preserving knowledge in song. It’s an intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture, a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs exploring the modern-day practice and living heart of the world’s oldest living culture.

Ballina council contractor debt waived after company goes bust

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to write off debt owed by a failed private company initially hired to develop six industrial lots six years ago.

Roller derby rocks the Cavanbah Centre

The local roller derby season got underway for the year with local teams hosting the Northern Rivers Revolt earlier...

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...

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...


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.