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TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

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Interview with James McMillan, founder of the Byron Surf Festival

With the Byron Bay Surf Festival just days away, founder James McMillan took a few minutes to talk to Seven about the awesome things planned for the coming weekend.

Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

Ballina sludge a mixture of blue-green algae species

A reader has sent Echonetdaily some photos of what he described as 'something nasty and green coming down the Richmond River'.

Lennox Head thrash Ballina at cricket

A century by Jacob Fulwood helped Lennox Head second grade cricket team to a strong win over the Ballina Bears in the Coastal League last Saturday.

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Suffolk pump track

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

Stories about "Ken Gainger":

‘Mushroom’ syndrome continues without Gainger

Fast Buck$, Coorabell. Has anything changed since Ken Gainger walked out of Byron Shire Council a couple of months ago? Not much; certainly the ‘mushroom’...

Gainger’s legacy leaves ratepayers footing the bill

Jo Faith, Newtown. October 2017 is eternally inscribed in my mind. With no public notification large trucks began rapidly removing potentially carcinogenic soil and fill from...

Delegated authority now ‘implied’

Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.

Byron’s departing GM wishy washy on code of conduct complaint

Tom Tabart, Drysdale, Victoria. Once more have I offended the fragile sensibility of our [Byron shire's] departing GM, Ken Gainger, who chosen to be upset by my mention of a Code of Conduct 'assault' on a volunteer.

GM’s delegation powers questioned

A councillor decision at the September 21, 2017 meeting that updated the general manager’s (GM) delegated powers has been questioned by longtime council critic Fast Buck$ aka John Anderson.

Free reign

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I think it was the October Council meeting. I was complaining yet again that staff were concealing important matters by hiding them in...

Significant projects delivered: retiring Byron GM

Road reconstruction, recycling, flood recovery and roundabouts were significant projects delivered in the last financial year, says Byron Shire Council’s outgoing general manager Ken Gainger. 

Byron GM’s farewell

Ken Gainger, BSC General Manager. I recently announced my retirement from the position of general manager with Byron Council to spend more time with my family...

Council’s ‘secret’ campaign against community group fails

Byron Shire Council staff have failed in an attempt to force a Byron Bay residents group to supply membership and donor names and addresses through the courts – all without informing councillors.

Byron council debating BEC eviction Thursday

The eviction notice issued to the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) to remove the rotunda from Railway Park will be debated at the upcoming council meeting this Thursday, November 2. The BEC will be holding a ‘Rotunda Eviction Update’ on December 13.

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes! People went to great efforts...

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of what Ian wrote in his...

Facebook fails

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby American spoilt brat Zuckerberg may have done adults around the world a great favour with his screamy kicky tanty. He’s laid bare...