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Infrastructure for east end of Mullum

Mullumbimby was founded 135 years ago. In the 1960s sewerage was introduced, as was I suppose drainage infrastructure. Are...

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The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.


It is, at best, amusing, but mostly disappointing, to see The Echo reporting on the mayoral minute to Council...

Statement of faith leaders following attack in Sydney

NSW Premier Chris Minns and Minister for Multiculturalism Steve Kamper have released a joint statement from a diverse group of NSW faith leaders, in an effort to calm tensions following the recent knife attack at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in south western Sydney.

Byron U/18 girls basketballers undefeated in regional competition

The Byron Bay Beez girls U/18 squad are undefeated and sit on top of the North Eastern Junior League (NEJL) after two of four rounds.

Woodburn: ute hits, kills pedestrian

A 30-year-old woman walking in Woodburn died on Sunday morning when a teenager driving a ute crashed into her, police said.

WATER Northern Rivers says Rous County Council is wrong

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance says despite decades of objection, Rous County Council have just commissioned yet another heritage and biodiversity study in the Rocky Creek valley, between Dunoon and The Channon, in the heart of the Northern Rivers.

February 15, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.36 – February 15, 2023

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In this Issue:

Bundjalung voice at heart of Regeneration festival

An Indigenous panel of Bundjalung voices will be at the heart of the Regeneration festival, held on Saturday March 4 at the Mullumbimby Community Garden.


Flood-prone ‘affordable housing’ development in Mullum pushed by Byron Council

Buckle in Mullum, councillors bulldozed ahead at last Thursday’s meeting to ‘note’ a concept plan to develop the disused, and very valuable, rail corridor. 


International Women’s Day lunch to focus on equity

The SHIFT Project’s annual International Women’s Day lunch is the major fundraiser for the women’s support service.


Activism saves

It’s been an inspiring week for activists on the north coast. Bob Brown was in Lennox Head to provide an update on the critical situation in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforest. Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek is about to determine whether a...


Camphor clearing

In a recent article about Craig Huff he spoke about commercialising the harvest of camphor laurel trees using commercial operators to remove the trees, creating economic activity etc.  However, if camphor was to be eradicated in Burringbar there would be...


The North Coast Regional Plan 2041 – a blueprint for developers

The NSW government has just recently released its 124 page North Coast Regional Plan 2041. The government describes it as a ‘strategic plan that sets the framework, vision and direction for land-use planning on the North Coast...


Highway or floodway

Let’s not pretend that abnormal flooding of Feb–Mar 2022 would have been less severe had the Tintenbar/Woodburn M1 highway and its inadequate viaduct system, that dammed the flow all the way north to the Tintenbar village, not existed. No longer...


Capitalism rape

Our current financial crisis of rising interest rates and overall cost of living increase demonstrates the way capitalism is out of control. Many statistics are revealing the rich are getting richer (and the super-rich are ruling the world) and...


Why vote for the Voice

Warren Mundine, representing Advance Australia, and the ‘No’ case, recently proposed that instead of having a First Nations peoples’ body constitutionally established, there should be a change to the preamble to the Constitution to symbolically acknowledge both First Nations...


90-day cap 

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) have read all submissions that have been posted for the inquiry by the Independent Planning Commission into Byron Shire’s proposal to institute a 90-day cap for short-term rental accommodation (STRA). One submission is less than...


Gambling reform

Recent media coverage has ensured gambling reform is an election issue in NSW. One concern is around gambling on electronic gaming machines (EGMs) or ‘pokies’, and whether to introduce a cashless gaming card. EGMs enable money gained via illegal means...


Last hurrah for STRA

STRA (Sydney-based organisation) and Airbnb say that the majority of people in Byron Shire object to the Council’s proposal to reduce the number of days for holiday letting. They also say: ‘the town should be grateful that they are...


NSW Labor to stop floodplain development if elected  

With the NSW Liberal-Nationals government still allowing developments on floodplains, NSW Labor candidate Andrew Broadley told The Echo ‘Labor would not allow new housing for anyone to be developed in the floodplain’.


Editorial: It’s a deflatable political wrecking ball challenge!

The mayor and his compliant and unquestioning councillors were desperate to limit debate on what flooding effects would occur from developing the Mullum rail corridor.


Affordable housing proposed in Myocum

Philanthropists Christopher and Linda Dean, with help from architect David Brown, have lodged a DA for 1247 Myocum Road, for what they say is an attempt to address the chronic shortage of affordable housing.


The chilling effect of anti-climate action laws

The last 12 months have been marked by a new tactic taken towards nonviolent direct actions carried out in the defence of climate and the environment, which has seen jurisdictions, such as NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, dramatically escalate the punishments that apply to such protests.


Byron Council’s involvement in large soil dump next to creek ‘noted’

A senior Council staff member told councillors at last Thursday’s meeting that his employees didn’t follow the proper process when organising the removal of a large amount of soil for infrastructure works, which ended up later being dumped along Marshalls Creek in The Pocket.


Uluru Statement from the Heart

Firstly, I would like to say I will be voting ‘Yes’ in the Voice referendum, this is why: I am 53 years old and was around at the time of Eddie Mabo in his struggle to pursue native title, or...


Fix our roads

Phil (Holloway) you’re still saying that Council has a $180M bill to fix our roads, and you must organise funding first. If Council is only at the point of putting funding applications together, what on Earth has it been...


NSW Labor to stop floodplain development if elected 

With the NSW Liberal-Nationals government still allowing developments on floodplains, NSW Labor candidate Andrew Broadley told The Echo ‘Labor would not allow new housing for anyone to be developed in the floodplain’.


Commission hands down damning Feros report

Residents at the Feros Village aged care facility in Byron Bay were subjected to substandard care across every aspect of the service, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has found.


Richard Moloney

I read with sadness your recent tribute to Richard Moloney and I am writing to pay my respects and to add to his long list of contributions to the local community. Richard was chair of The Buttery Board of Management...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Speaking to children about death

Today I happened upon an episode of This American Life, which interviewed kids who attended a program called The Sharing Place, a kind of peer support for kids who have lost a close family member like a parent or a sibling. It was 5.30am and I was driving to the beach for my walk. I went to change it to something less intense, but then that voice in my head said, ‘Listen’. 


Cartoon of the week – 15 February 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.


Cinema: Magic Mike does it again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBIGdw-BRxw   Reprising his role for the third time, a buffed-up Channing Tatum returns to the screen in Magic Mike’s Last Dance. The original ‘Magic Mike’ episode was a 2012 film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer,...


Save Wallum now

The Save Wallum campaign has been ongoing and a strong presence of concerned conservationists are on site at Brunswick Heads. How the state planning...

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in parliament on March 20, said,...

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.