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New attractions for Mullum2Bruns Paddle

There’s new free activities to enjoy at Banner Park in Brunswick Heads after this year’s Mullum2Bruns Paddle, which will be held this Sunday, May 26, from 9.30am till 2.30pm.

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The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are being silly in a film take of the ‘80s television series: The Fall Guy. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

Trains on roads

Soon we will have electric self-driving cars. The number of cars around the world could drop to ten per...

Final kambo witnesses called, inquest yet to hear from Lore Solaris and Cameron Kite

The Jarrad Antonovich inquest ground inexorably towards its conclusion yesterday, with more evidence from witnesses showing the tragedy could possibly have been avoided, and certainly the ongoing damage lessened, if everyone involved had taken responsibility earlier.

Flood 2022

I congratulate Lismore’s Trinity College work experience student Bella Clay on her article (Echo, April 26), relating her family’s...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef 'greener' are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

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! 


Five hours spent at last Thursday’s Byron Council

If you need a fix of local government decision-making, you could dip into the odd five-hour online recording of what occurred at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Editorial – Optics vs reform

One of the more hyped elements of last week’s federal budget was a $300 handout to every homeowner to alleviate the increase in energy costs.

Final kambo witnesses called, inquest yet to hear from Lore Solaris and Cameron Kite

The Jarrad Antonovich inquest ground inexorably towards its conclusion yesterday, with more evidence from witnesses showing the tragedy could possibly have been avoided, and certainly the ongoing damage lessened, if everyone involved had taken responsibility earlier.

A long story

I see that Israel supporters take exception to the expression ‘from the river to the sea’ as meaning that all Jews should be wiped...