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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

Protecting remnant Gondwana species at Grandpa’s Scrub today

Community and experts are uniting this afternoon to protect what they say is remnant Gondwana species at Grandpa’s Scrub.

Space is the place

Space is the Place is committed to bringing some of the world’s most forward-thinking electronic artists and DJs to an accessible space for all to celebrate this summer.

Editorial – Quick! Tax the wich and tax them, vewy wuffly

Oxfam delivered a stark message in its current annual report, Survival of the Richest, which focuses on global wealth distribution and inequality.

Survival/Australia Day celebration – Byron Shire

There are events being held across the Byron Shire on January 26 to celebrate both Survival and Australia Day.

Missing woman, Elanora

Police have charged a 30-year-old man with multiple domestic violence offences as the search continues for 61-year-old Wendy Sleeman,...

Stories about "rock walls":

The man whose house fell into the sea

Meet Dr Garry Egger. When his neighbours built a rock wall, his house fell into the sea. Coincidentally Dr Egger was in town last week when Council voted in favour of constructing the disputed wall.

Rail lines and rock piles

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores. It's great to see the Greens are proposing the aerial survey of the disused Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

Sol’s ‘folly’ will cost community

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay Sol Ibrahim intends to make ratepayers pay to construct rock walls at Belongil to protect private houses. This means diverting our rates from roads and public infrastructure into works that will rob us of our public beach. There is no public benefit from Ibrahim’s walls.

‘Green Dream’ an expensive experiment

Byron Shire councillor Di Woods, Brunswick Heads. I have read on a couple of occasions now that the Belongil landowners funded the pro-business group who voted for the rock walls.

Cr Wanchap defends use of rock walls

Cr Rose Wanchap. I would like to respond to the comments made on the way I voted in council to continue the process towards replacing present geo bags with rock revetment protection works in order to repair and protect beach accesses and three public roads which are now in urgent need of repairs at Belongil.

Rock walls superior to bags

Rose Wanchap, Byron Shire Councillor. I do have a difference of opinion with my fellow Green councillors on a couple of key issues but the majority of the time we are in agreement.

Belongil con

Jan Hackett, Byron Bay. Re your article 'Belongil rock wall to go ahead', (Echonetdaily December 24), what an appalling Christmas gift for Byron Bay.

Belongil pro

John Vaughan, Belongil. For the Echo to describe Cr Rose Wanchap as a ‘renegade Greens councillor’ for so called ‘voting against party lines’ to approve the interim rock works at Belongil is quite extraordinary.

Planned retreat the only solution

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. The only way to restore the beach at Belongil, and save what is left of it at the end of the wall, as well as the shorebird nesting area, is to implement planned retreat.

Byron’s long history of rock walls

John Vaughan, Belongil Beach. Commenting on Cr Duncan Dey’s trip to the beach two weeks ago: I can see the rose-tinted glasses are firmly on here but allow me to disturb the nirvana.

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.