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Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

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Anti-Israel bias

Many locals have approached me to say how shocked they are at the extreme anti-Israel bias that is expressed...

Reclaiming childhood in the ‘device age’

A century and a half ago, the visionary Henry David Thoreau declared people had become ‘the tool of their tools.’  In this device-driven age of smartphones, social media, and artificial intelligence, few observations could be seen as more prescient. 

REDinc’s new Performing Arts Centre is go!

It’s been a long wait, but two years on from the 2022 flood REDinc in Lismore have announced the official opening of a new Performing Arts Centre.

Invitation to get to know the real Nimbin

The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) say Nimbin's annual festival will kick off with the launch of a very special audiovisual book on Friday 3 May, 'Out There: a potted history of a revolution called Nimbin'.

Save Wallum now

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

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...

February 22, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.37 – February 22, 2023

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Clean up Mullum on Sunday, March 5

Organisers for Clean up Mullum are inviting the public to help improve the town on  Sunday, March 5 from 8am till 1pm.


Youth music/video production house gets new digs

After eight years of running youth programs, mentoring and workshops, One Vision Production have relocated their recording studio, office and creative hub to 1/19-21 Centennial Circuit, just around the corner, in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate.


Buggering Byron

Council’s ‘Buggering Byron Policy’ has moved to action, flapping ‘open and transparent community-led governance’ with one hand, while doing secret developer business with the other. Last Thursday’s Council Meeting had seven different attachments of Development Control Plans (DCP) under the...


Meet the Ballina electorate candidates! Byron Theatre, March 15

The Greens, Labor, Independent or The Nationals: who will win your vote for the state seat of Ballina next month? 


Mixed messages on rail trail

Recent statements by Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, in relation to his support for much-needed affordable housing being built along the rail corridor in Mullumbimby seem to be in contradiction to his other recent statements supporting the extension of...

Neighbours of Mullum Hospital site seek up-zoning

Should a handful of properties neighbouring the old Mullumbimby Hospital be included in the rezoning of the site, so that they can share in the benefits of the new R1 zone?


Court appearance #2

Regarding the young man, ‘who cannot be legally named’ who was so abused by ‘the former police officer’. I find it disgusting that the legal system allowed the same judge to retry this case. The system should have assigned...


TPVs for refugees

The Pottsville Refugee Support Group welcomes the Albanese government’s announcement that over 19,000 people who have been living on inhumane temporary protection visas will now have the opportunity to apply for permanent visas and rebuild their lives. The abolition of...

Struggling health sector

Regarding your article NSW Labor states its position on struggling health sector (8 February). Nurses and midwives across NSW are grateful that the NSW Labor and Greens political parties acknowledge the need to increase public sector wages, in order...


Reefer sadness

The crop copters have taken to the skies above the hinterland once again, protecting the helpless New South Welshman from the insidious scourge of cannabis. 2023 and Reefer Madness is still in full swing! That highconic piece of propaganda...


Whitlam’s racism

Frank Kelly writes of Peter Dutton’s racism (Echo 8 February) stating that Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke and Keating were ‘famously’ anti-racist. Close examination of Whitlam’s race record, including the peoples of Timor-Leste, and specifically, to those who identified as...


Flood victims at rental risk as insurance cover expires

February 28, 2023 marks one year since we received a year’s worth of rainfall in one week resulting in catastrophic floods that left thousands without a home.


Tincogan St safety

Pedestrian safety has been negatively affectedd on Tincogan Street by ‘Give Way’ signs on the intersection with Stuart Street being turned around. Traffic has, as a result, sped up and crossing Tincogan Street at Stuart Street is now tricky,...


Bangalow’s Heritage House reopens Saturday

Bangalow’s history celebrated with book launch and Fowler exhibition


‘Sorry’ seems to be the hardest political word

In February last year, we were coping with a flood of water. February this year has brought a flood of political ‘sorries’, and, given the volume, it’s worth thinking about the role of the political apology – when it is acceptable, and when it doesn’t even begin to address the problems that demanded it.


Durrumbul School in ‘recess’ after no enrolments for 2023

With Durrumbul School student enrolments declining to zero for 2023, the NSW Department of Education has told The Echo that the school, located on Main Arm Road, ‘will be placed into recess at the end of Term 1, 2023.


Pods in Bruns

I overheard a conversation in the shops the other day about how the locals don’t want ‘these people’ in the pods here in Brunswick Heads. ‘These people’ are members of your community who were flood-affected and have been homeless with...



I’m wondering when the fashion gurus are going to decree that men should also wander around town and down the supermarket aisles with their bum cheeks on display? Yours in disbelief, Phoebe Havyatt, Byron Bay


International focus

‘Think globally; act locally’. Remember that slogan? Nobody could accuse me of not acting locally, but I’ve always tried to briefly escape the local madness by focussing on the international madness, just to keep things in perspective. I do...


Mullum railway corridor plans become slightly more clear

More details are emerging around plans to develop Mullum’s disused railway corridor for affordable housing and car parks. 


IPC hearings on STRA impacts commence

Byron Shire Council’s plan to impose a 90-day cap on un-hosted short-term holiday letting across much of the Shire will be examined by the Independent Planning Commission during a three-day public hearing this week.


Rainbow Bridge

To Byron Bay Council,  About three weeks ago, mid-January 2023, signs were placed and barricades erected on the Rainbow Bridge / Belongil Creek Bridge, and it appears some work was commenced. The work has still not been completed, and the walkway...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Living in Limbo, Life after the flood.

In Christian theology, Limbo is the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. In our region that’s how many are describing the last 12 months of interactions with the NRRC and insurance companies in their attempts to find not the ‘afterlife’ per se, but life after the flood.


Cartoon of the week – 22 February 2023

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Terror settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a series of punitive steps against the Palestinians, including plans to beef up Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.  Israel has been doing this since 1948 when the terrorists of the Stern...


Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

With this year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closing on March 21, our thoughts are now turned toward to 2024-25 season and Essential Energy has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she implied that it may largely...

Deadly fire ants found in Murray-Darling Basin

The Invasive Species Council has expressed serious concern following the detection of multiple new fire ant nests at Oakey, 29 km west of Toowoomba in Queensland.