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Alternate facts?

According to David Shoebridge of the Greens in a recent sitting in the senate, the UN has named Australia...

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Weighing in on Gaza and Israel

I’ve hesitated to weigh in on the ongoing debate about Gaza and Israel, but Michal Schiff’s pain over the...

More children suffer

It is hoped that Byron Council have a local policy that addresses Closing the Gap. This addresses the ongoing...

Tiny homes taken to next level

The Brunswick Heads Post Office Fairy was very happy when they moved into their own, first home, in a post office box in 2018. It was a terrible tragedy for them to come home one morning last September and find that while they had been visiting children, someone had stolen all their fairy stuff.

How should the rules around ‘zombie’ developments be improved?

For the North Coast ‘legacy’ or ‘zombie developments’ have been an ongoing issue with many locals aware of, and part of, community opposition to developments like Iron Gates at Evans Head which the community has been fighting against for more than 30 years. 

Mayor’s Wallum negotiations unsupported

An update on closed-door deals around the controversial Wallum development by Mayor Michael Lyon has been criticised as not providing any commitment, trading one endangered species for another, while also ignoring the input from the Save Wallum group.

Peace

Elimination by people-power voting is necessary to remove dictators from Russia, Israel, China, Iran, wannabe (again!) North Korea, to...

Stories about "Mark Swivel":

Mark Swivel Q&A over his not so secret letter to the planning minister

Let’s dive into Cr Mark Swivel’s political manoeuvring and unpack his views – and logic – around Council’s policy on short-term rental accommodation (STRA),...

Mayor says Cr Swivel’s populist flip-flopping on STRA ‘astounding’

Mayor Michael Lyon has told The Echo that Cr Mark Swivel’s letter to the planning minister, which was sent as an attachment to A Perfect Stay CEO Colin Hussey’s submission on Council’s STRA policy, ‘raises serious questions’.

Parts of Byron Bay, Suffolk Park and Bruns excluded from proposed 90-day holiday cap limit

The Byron Shire Council says it’s ‘one step closer’ to receiving government permission for a 90-day annual limit on short-term rental accommodation [STRA] in parts of the shire.

First Nations Voice proposal heads to Local Govt Conference

Could local government provide an opportunity for Indigenous Australians to have the kind of active, meaningful voice in government that is envisaged in the Uluru Statement from the Heart?

Fresh faces for Council elections

A very distinct, black flat-cap has just been thrown into the ring for the upcoming Byron Council elections, pegged for September 4.

Making a difference together: time to get elected

Who owns government? According to Mark Swivel, comedian and soon to be federal senate candidate, it is you and it's up to you to take control.

Mullumbimby comedian makes pitch for federal senate

Not having been jailed, local comedian Mark Swivel has had to take another, more radical route to get our attention. That’s right, he’s planning to become a politician!

Interview with alternative PM: Mark Swivel

Catch Mark Swivel at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Friday, 7.30pm and Sunday 5pm Alternative Prime Minister Mark Swivel’s national campaign to get elected got off...

Culture Roundup – April 5

Rich @ Brewery Unconventional South African comedian Dusty Rich is a master of crowd interaction, moving spontaneous ideas around the room faster than his yoga-like...

Mark Swivel is… Dad. Joke.

Lawyer. Micro-finance enthusiast. Writer. And now comedian. Is there nothing a dad can’t do?  Mark Swivel launches his new show Dad. Joke. at the...

Antisemitic racism

It takes the death of an Aussie, Zomi Frankcom, to remind Prime Minister Albanese that murdering aid workers is not kosher. After all, in...

Transgender rights

Mandy Nolan might be surprised to discover how many women of all political persuasions, feminists or not, are alarmed at what we see as...

Bangalow retaining wall damage

The wall supporting the western end of Deacon Street has failed – opposite the Roman Catholic Church. Fortunately, this type of wall usually collapses...

We wonder why

Living in Byron Shire the majority of people continue to ask why is this organisation continuously letting this community down as far as representing...