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New COVID-19 cases in Byron, Kyogle and Casino

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.

Other News

Covid 19 virus fragments in Ballina Shire and Grafton sewage

The Northern NSW Local Health District says fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in samples taken from the North and South Grafton sewage treatment plants on 24 September.

Council hopeful of sand returning to eroded Byron beaches

The Byron Shire Council reported ‘indications’ late last week that sand was returning to the popular beaches.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 September, 2021

Byron Writers Festival co-presents a special online event with acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen. 

Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow...

Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

Now that Lismore LGA is out of lockdown, the number of acceptable reasons for residents to cross the border into Queensland has increased.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 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 "The Byron Line":

Fast electric tram?

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay.  Peter Finch’s comments last week, titled ‘Rail Trail put to rest’, is an array of perplexing views, as if attempting to emulate...

Rail trail/light rail splits Greens 

Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has publicly stated her support of rail trails and highlighted the cycle tourism potential in the electorate, creating a policy division with the Greens-led council over the disused railway line.

Byron Line heading down the toilet

Tim Shanasy, Byron Bay. Byron mayor Simon Richardson’s The Byron Line, is a $200,000 dream at ratepayers expense. It’s like flushing our $200,000 down the...

Byron Line idea takes off

Peter Finch, proponent, Byron Bay TramLink At the third meeting of Friends of The Byron Line on Monday night the community group led by Byron...

Rail trail a selfish, short-term push

Len Bates Mullumbimby Mr Rail Trailer, its obvious you have the hope of some financial return for your selfish short-term push solely for a rail trail. The...

Rail trail response

Marie Lawton, Northern Rivers Rail Trail. In response to the article in last week’s Echo: Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) did not ‘accuse’ Simon Richardson of...

Rail trail group backflips on Byron Line proposal

Northern Rivers Rail Trail have reneged on plans to co-operate with re-elected mayor Simon Richardson and rail advocate group Trains On Our Tracks for a shared multi-modal use of the disused Byron Shire section of the railway.

Rail trail plans get green flag from Byron Council

Tweed Shire Council’s proposed rail trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek may also connect to Billinudgel, after Byron Shire councillors last week voted to progress discussions with that council.

The Byron Line: visionary proposal or harebrained scheme?

Byron mayor Simon Richardson has released a ‘vision document’ proposing a ‘multi-modal’ approach to the future use of the railway corridor in Byron Shire. But the plan has been knocked down before it’s even been launched.

The circular economy in action

Life Cykel is a versatile, forward thinking and high ethos company that focuses on harnessing the circular economy and the great potential that mushrooms possess to create quality products for human, and planetary, health.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 September, 2021

Byron Writers Festival co-presents a special online event with acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen. 

Organic local Koala Tea

Koala Tea has won several awards over the years and has been inducted into the ACO Organic Hall of Fame.

Organic Forrest

Pioneers of the organic food movement, David Forrest and Sue Mangan have been farming in Federal since 1978.