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Suffolk pump track

Dr Ray Moynihan, Suffolk Park Thanks to The Echo for ongoing coverage of the debate about the proposed pump track...

Rail trail

Peter Finch, East Lismore At last someone else has put their hand up to question the fluffery and misinformation surrounding...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Stories about "Grab the Rail":

Byron should go back to the future on bypass

Ray Boots, Byron Bay. As a resident of Byron Bay for the last 27 years, and a surfer here since 1966 I am deeply concerned at the position Byron Council has taken since been elected last. We seem to have a council that doesn’t consider the local community’s views on anything.

Bypass plan a destructive deception: residents

Residents of Byron Bay's Butler Street say the council's plans to construct extend their street into bushland will destroy local habitat. But the council says the group's alternative plan appears to stray into a nearby nature reserve.

Butler Street residents weigh into rail trail debate

Despite $50m being splashed at rail trails for the region, the pressure is still being applied by a group of residents advocating for what they claim is a more equitable bypass and transport solution for Byron Bay.

Byron Bay bypass advantages have to be spelt out

Jeff Harrison, Byron Bay, Grab the Rail looks the most effective bypass proposal so far. It’s best at bypassing the town centre and has extra advantages, including less traffic on Shirley Street and a bus station location.

The fact and fiction around Byron rail corridor

Paul Jones, president, Butler Street Community Network. Remarks by Byron Shire Cr Sol Ibrahim as reported in last week declaring the Grab the Rail bypass proposal was 'too late' to be considered in Council’s proceedings towards a bypass EIS is typical of Council’s response to this proposal for over six years, it is simply not factual.

Byron rail group to fight against bypass

Residents of Butler Street in Byron Bay are preparing to fight to save their street from becoming a bypass after a majority of Byron shire councillors voted against a proposal to use the rail corridor instead.


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing...

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...