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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.

Other News

Closing the Gap on Aboriginal health in the Byron Shire

Close the Gap aims to reduce disadvantage experienced by Indigenous peoples with respect to child mortality, childhood education, life expectancy and health.

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.

Missing woman located – Tweed Heads

A woman reported missing from Tweed Heads on Tuesday, 21 March, 2023 has been located safe and well.

Tamara Smith returned to Ballina’s Greens seat

Last night a packed Suffolk Park Hotel exploded with cheers at around 8pm when the ABC broadcast computer popped up a Green result for Ballina and the return of Tamara Smith to the seat she has held for the last eight years.

We’re coming to cycle

Our small cycling group is headed your way (20-24 March) to experience the newly-opened Northern Rivers Rail Trail and...

Will Provest win the Tweed seat over Elliot?

It appears that Tweed MP Geoff Provest will retain the seat of Tweed but there are still plenty of votes to be counted.

March 1, 2023

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.38 – March 1, 2023

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In this Issue:

Albert still tramping

I first came across Albert (sorry if that’s not his name) tramping far and wide in the Byron Shire, in rain and shine, when I lived in Main Arm and The Pocket in the early ’90s. Much more recently,...

The future of Mullum’s railway corridor

The Byron mayor appears to support making the temporary fill in Prince Street, Mullumbimby permanent, so he can fill the ‘fill’ with permanent housing. He said in last week’s Echo that it’s okay to pursue this sort of idea...

No more disinformation on short-term holiday letting

The arguments for restricting short-term holiday rentals are well established but bear repeating in order to negate disinformation spread by the letting industry: • Destruction of local community neighbourhood values of togetherness, sharing, mutual support. • Disruption for local residents,...


Koalas being killed

A tragic loss over the weekend: yet another healthy mum and joey koala from a car hit on Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell. As is often the case, it was not the driver that stopped to give assistance but a caring...


Peter’s shadow

So now it’s the turn of the Deputy Leader of the opposition, Sussan Ley, seeking to sow dissent over the Voice. Perhaps, because Mr Dutton’s messages are not cutting through, she’s coming to his aid. But her defence of...

An ‘ambitious’ 11 th hour pitch to return rail services.

While we all agree that it is good to have ambition, completely ignoring relevant facts turns ambition into fantasy. Tweed, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Ballina Shires have all accepted what successive NSW governments have been saying for the past...


People forced to sell flood-damaged homes as NRRC dithers

One year on and the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Commission (NRRC) still have not progressed spending the $800 million they’ve been granted to purchase the estimated 2,000 homes and land in need of buybacks.


No bright future for all

Building on an unused property like a rail corridor has me thinking there is no bright future for all here. Mullumbimby’s housing crisis is only going away when the people that keep on flocking in, f’ck off. There’s plenty of...


The camphor crisis

I totally disagree with Simon Thompsons’ assessment that clearing camphor would be a shame. Camphor laurel is the number one invasive species threatening the ecology of the Northern Rivers. It’s true that there are many other invasive species to...

In defence of Feros aged care in Byron Bay

Some people would complain if they lived in heaven. As a resident of Feros at Byron Bay for the last five years, I can assure you, we are all cared for very well. As a result of the 2022...


Happily clueless

From last week’s article by Paul Bibby, it appears there are still people that believe a rail service on the remaining non-rail trail section or our corridor is feasible, and that leaving the rusted tracks in situ will enhance...


Who’s your donation daddy?

Has it ever been truer than it is today that,  ‘He who pays the piper, calls the tune’?


Young driver training initiative on offer by BYS

Currently, the NSW government requires L plate drivers to prepare for their P plates with 120 hours of driving, including 20 hours of nighttime driving. 


Feros aged care in Byron Bay – it’s not all bad

I am writing in response to The Echo article, Response Hands Down Damning Feros Report. On reading this report I am sure that many local residents would be disturbed by these findings by the ACQSC, however, may I assure you...


Artificial potholes

Shall I fill a pothole? As an AI language model, I don’t have enough information about your situation to give a definitive answer to your question. However, if you are responsible for maintaining roads or if you are a concerned citizen,...


A light at the end of the tunnel for the rail...

The first section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail opened yesterday on 1 March, a decade after the idea was first floated, and almost two decades after the last train plied the line.


Lismore Council stripped of planning powers 

NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, has removed planning powers from Lismore City Council, after councillors failed, on February 14, to constitute a local planning panel.


Editorial – A solemn anniversary

Ayear ago, on February 28, Byron Shire and the entire north coast was hit by the worst floods and landslides in living memory.


Spag Circus shows its regeneration skills this Sat

The Super Mighties from Spaghetti Circus will perform this Saturday at the Regeneration community festival at Mullum Community Garden.


Frontier wars

Paul Brecht doesn’t pick sides in the Palestine/Israel conflict ‘when it comes to one side shooting or bombing the other’ (Terror Settlements, 22 February 22). However, international law confers the right of oppressed, occupied people to defend themselves by...

Major parties wrong

The people of the Northern Rivers of NSW stopped the unconventional gas industry at Bentley because they knew it was bad for their health and the environment (Planet Watch: the madness and corruption of unconventional gas, The Echo, 14/7/2020)....


Ballina’s River Street upgrade

The residents of Johnson Drive, West Ballina are being directly affected by the upgrade of River Street – which is already a busy, noisy and congested road. I have not received any information about how the Council is going to...


New beginnings for Anaiya after the flames

Two weeks ago, massage therapist, Anaiya Cooper suffered a major setback when her business went up in flames.


IPC hears of holiday letting pros and cons

The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) held its public hearings last week over two days, with commissioners hearing from organisations and residents on the negative and positive impacts from holiday letting.


Grant me this

Let’s examine the grip on NSW councils by the state and federal governments! 


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.