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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

Endangered market

Marie Sherd Mullumbimby We’re in danger of losing the charming monthly Mullum Market. Please don’t let this happen. It’s such a...

Australia Day Warning from your local SLSC

Surf Life Saving New South Wales has issued a warning to beachgoers to heed safety advice after a huge weekend on beaches, with heatwave conditions and large swells forecast for today.

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Stories about "DA":

Lennox’s Reservoir Hill development gets green light from Ballina Council

The long DA process for the proposed residential subdivision at 20 North Creek Road Lennox Head came to an end yesterday with a thumbs-up from Ballina Shire Council.

Controversial GemLife DA at West Ballina upgraded

A plan to build a 'manufactured home park' including 300 lots and recreation facilities has been re-submitted to Ballina Shire Council after its budget was upgraded from $30 million to $48 million.

Barrio says updated DA clarifies outside seating numbers

Residents say they lost confidence in the modelling when it said the sound of bottles from commercial dumpsters being emptied less than 50m from bedroom windows early in the morning would comply with EPA standards.

NIMBY Guide

Dear resident, This guide is aimed at providing helpful information to consider should you be facing a large-scale inappropriate development application (DA) in your neighbourhood....

Developer takes Council to court over deemed refusal

Developer Callum Sked has taken his contentious plans to consolidate and develop three large lots with eight townhouses in Ocean Shores to the Land &...

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...