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I’M NO EPIDEMIOLOGIST BUT… The Byron Shire Echo • Volume 34 #42 • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 • www.echo.net.au

Byron pulls together to weather the storm

A helping hand…

Paul Bibby

Mel Williams from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre with manager Julie Williams and Karen Andrews. Thankfully donations have flowed in, which has meant they can continue to help the most vulnerable. Photo Jeff Dawson

We are all facing a pandemic As COVID-19 unfolds – affecting everyone – here at The Echo we will continue to publish, albeit on a reduced budget and, as you see, in a reduced size. As a locally owned business, we have over 30 employees working each week (now mostly from home), plus dozens more employed delivering the papers. On their behalf, we thank you, not only for your readership, for your support with contributions via our website, but also, vitally, for your advertising – it’s you who keep us going. The most vulnerable members of the community – apart from the elderly – are those on low to middle incomes. They often work in casualised jobs, and have few, if any, savings. As a community, we rely on

them to stock shelves, serve, clean, cook, and transport goods. It’s worth expressing gratitude for what they do, and also those who teach and care for our children. Health professionals deserve our respect too, given they are also frontline workers. There may well be enormous pressure on them in coming weeks and months. Our Shire is heavily reliant on tourism, restaurants, pubs and entertainment-related jobs such as the wedding industry. Many of The Echo’s advertisers are small to medium sized, some with no employees, who are being wiped out economically after years of building up their business. As far as possible, we need to support them too.

It’s vital – more than ever – to be informed beyond the spin and tribalism of political actors. By informing, the media holds the powerful to account, and The Echo is committed to fearless reporting on the government’s response to this crisis, and its effects on our tight-knit community. Just as important is exploring the positive steps that can be taken to lessen these impacts, which will help everyone return to whatever normal is. There will be positives from the chaos. A transformation is now clearly underway, where values are being reassessed. At the end of all this, there will perhaps be a new ‘normal’. The Echo wishes everyone the very best in these trying times.

With dozens of vulnerable locals coming to the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre for help, after they were unable to access tinned food from local supermarkets, owing to panic buying, the Centre only had a day or two of food left. ‘On Monday we got absolutely hammered,’ Centre manager Julie Williams said. ‘We had an inundation of people who were saying, “I just can’t get what we need”.’ Then, amidst the fear and hoarding, people started giving. In an inspiring act of kindness, the Byron Food Hub donated $2,000 worth of bulk food supplies – giving the centre a huge boost. The donation also came from the Hub’s tenants, including Little Valley Distribution, All Good Food Company and Pirlos Wholesalers. Mullumbimby Hire and Sales also donated the use of a mobile cool room so that it could keep these, and other food donations, for longer, ensuring that every item could be given to someone who needed it. This was despite the small company being hit hard by cancellations. ‘It’s actually hard to put into words what this has done,’ Ms Williams said. ‘How beautiful that at a time when people are fearful, and panicked, and worried, they can still dig deep like that and help others out. ‘There are some amazing human beings in this community’. And it didn’t stop there. After putting the word out that they needed help, the Centre has

received everything from individuals dropping in one or two items, to an anonymous person buying $50 through IGA. ‘We said let’s put it out there and ask if people have anything they can drop in, and the response has been amazing,’ Ms Williams said. ‘We’ve had everything from one or two items to an anonymous person buying $50 through IGA, through to Byron Food Hub providing over $2,000 worth of food. It is amazing.’ There have been countless other acts of kindness across the Shire as rainbow residents pull together to support and care for one another.

Byron Centre in need Meanwhile, the Byron Community Centre is asking for donations from the community so that it can continue to provide services to the region’s most vulnerable. With the Byron Markets and the Byron Theatre forced to close, the centre is without funding for the services it provides to seniors and the homeless. General manager Louise O’Connell said that, at the same time, demand for the services was increasing dramatically owing to the sudden economic downturn. ‘If you can help financially on a weekly basis, our community would be most grateful,’ she said. ‘Ten dollars a week provides two female hygiene packs. $50 per week means that we can offer one day of the showers for the homeless program and $150 a week feeds 30 homeless people a hot meal.’ To help, visit www.byroncentre. com.au/donations/bcc.

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planning meeting heard that a Council staff member had already given approval for the structure under delegated authority. However, councillors effectively overturned that decision at the meeting, voting instead to make a late submission to Telstra indicating their opposition to the plan.

As of Monday, the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) says there are seven confirmed COVID-19 cases within its district. NNSWLHD chief executive Wayne Jones says six of the seven confirmed cases are in self-isolation at home, and one case is being cared for in hospital. NNSWLHD declined to answer if there are any cases within the Byron Shire, yet The Echo understands there are not. Along with COVID-19/flu clinics in Tweed and Lismore, another has opened at Grafton Base Hospital, says Jones. People without symptoms do not need to be tested, he says. Jones adds they are taking a phased approach, where first cases will be cared for at Lismore Hospital, then Tweed Hospital, and the third phase at Grafton Base Hospital, if required.

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An eleventh hour submission was made by Byron Council opposing the construction of 5G mobile cells in the heart of Mullumbimby. Telstra is planning to build the facility at 95 Dalley Street as part of the rollout of 5G technology across the country. Hundreds of locals have signed petitions and submitted letters opposing the project on the grounds that 5G technology will, or may, have negative health impacts on both humans and the Mullumbimby bat colony. They are particularly concerned about the Dalley Street tower because of its close proximity to two local schools, and a bus stop used by hundreds of school children each day. Last Thursday’s Council

More information needed They passed a motion stating that Council did not support the upgrade and continued to support a moratorium on 5G, until information it had requested previously was provided. ‘My particular concern is that we’ve asked Telstra for information about 5G in the past, and they haven’t responded,’ Greens

councillor Sarah Ndiaye said. ‘I think unless or until they provide us with that information there’s a question mark hanging over this project and the technology more generally.’

Comprehensive review requested Council also reiterated its request for a commitment by a government body to undertake a comprehensive review of the cumulative health impacts of 5G technology, and an indication of who held responsibility for monitoring these effects. It also called on the State Government to review the current planning process for the installation of small cells, and consideration of any possible improvements. The motion was passed unanimously by councillors.

PƆ—ĕǖĕĈƐĶşŕƆIJĕĕĎĶŕīƐIJĕưĶſƖƆƐIJſĕëƐȃ NSW government run corporation, Reflections, who operate holiday parks throughout the state, say they are ‘closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation, and abiding by all government directions’ when it comes to COVID-19.  Yet resident Sean O’Meara told The Echo that, ‘Unbelievably, all three Brunswick Heads Reflections caravan parks were packed last weekend, despite clear government advice on social distancing, group gatherings and nonessential travel. Massy Greene Caravan Park was heaving, with easily over 150 people squeezed into the riverfront row alone. This row covers an area of roughly 800sqm or the size of one typical Brunswick house block. ‘Tents and caravans were about 1m apart, and often

Photo taken Monday morning of vans and tents crammed along Reflections Massy Greene foreshore and beside public walkway. Photo Sean O’Meara touching, and large groups of people had set up the usual communal areas for chatting and sharing meals. ‘All up, over the weekend, Reflections crammed around 1,000 tourists into their congested Brunswick Heads parks, where they share kitchen facilities and toilet blocks.

‘This was against all government advice (and plain common sense) and has subjected both their clients and the local community to high risks of COVID-19 contagion.’ A spokesperson for the company says, ‘Reflections has not been advised to close its parks and public recreation reserves, and

has taken urgent measures to ensure the safety of its guests, staff and permanent residents living at the parks.’ One of the many measures Reflections say they have implemented include ‘Enforcing the minimum distance requirements of 1.5m for the setup of sites.’ Other safety measures Reflections management say they are implementing include, immediate closure of all playgrounds and swimming pools and ‘Closure of all communal guest dining areas, guest lounges, camp kitchens, and kiosk seating areas for dining. Food only take away catering is permitted at our parks’. There are also supposed to be, ‘Increased cleaning schedules with a minimum of six cleans of all touch points and surfaces per day’.

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COVID-19 advice: keep your distance Byron Shire Council are asking visitors, and the entire community, including residents and businesses, to heed the social distancing protocols that have been put in place by the Australian and NSW governments. Mayor Simon Richardson said Council are, ‘well-prepared, and will continue their emergency response with a strong focus on the delivery of essential services for the community, including water, sewer and infrastructure, during the

challenges we are facing.’ Main Beach and Clark’s Beach car parks will be closed this week, and Council-managed community halls will also close for three months, along with a temporary three-month suspension of all busking licences. The mayor said Council’s crisis management team has been meeting for weeks, to ensure there is no disruption to essential services. Council say the rules for indoor meetings, being one

person per four square metres of floor space, will apply to the Council meeting that is scheduled for March 26. Council’s general manager Mark Arnold says, ‘We are encouraging people who normally attend Council meetings to choose the option of listening to the audio recording of the meeting, which will be available on our website. ‘People who wish to ask questions during Public Access are asked to submit their questions via an email to

council@byron.nsw.gov.au’. Facilities that are now closed include Cavanbah Centre, all community halls, libraries and the Lone Goat Gallery. Sandhills Childcare Centre, and all public toilets remain open.’ He added, ‘This is a very difficult, uncertain and anxious time for individuals, businesses, and public authorities, and there is a responsibility on everyone to not compromise the health of others’.

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Mayor will not seek re-election Greens mayor Simon Richardson has announced he will not stand for the September 12 Council election. He wrote on social media website Facebook, ‘After significant consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election to continue on as mayor of our wonderful Shire. I am not nominating for two reasons: ‘For most of my time as mayor, it was an approximately 60 hour plus per week commitment. Now, finding myself as a sole parent of two

daughters, I cannot commit to the time required to do the job as it should be done. ‘I would rather try to be a great dad than to try to be a great mayor. ‘Also, after eight years as mayor, and 12 years on Council, I wish to focus all my energies solely on solutions – something I cannot do on Council. ‘I applaud the validity of those who draw attention to problems, however, I wish to spend my focus on helping solutions come to life.

‘Focusing on problems may allow our vehicle to dodge a pothole, but only creating solutions will move it forward down the road – which is what our society needs if we are to overcome the immense global challenges facing us. ‘I am excited about the last stretch of my mayoral journey, and will continue to commit myself to trying to represent the whole community to the best of my ability while I am in the job. ‘Thanks’.

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Controversial plans for a dual occupancy development in Brunswick Heads have been rejected by Byron Council. The owner of 16 Short Street, Melbourne-based property developer Sasha Hopkins, was seeking permission to demolish the existing single storey cottage on the site and replace it with two large, double storey townhouses, each with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. But his Development Application (DA) was knocked back by Byron Council on Thursday (March 18) with councillors unanimously voting to reject the proposal.

130 objections The decision may come as a relief to the approximately 130 local residents who formally objected to the proposal, including immediate neighbour George Stinson who has just had his own dual occupancy DA approved. He and the other residents argued

The developer who owns 16 Short Street wants to demolish the existing home and build two large, double storey townhouses. Photo Jeff Dawson that the proposal was out of character with the surrounding dwellings owing to its size, which exceeded height plane rules for that part of town. They also feared that, rather than becoming two family homes as claimed by the developer, the development

would be used as a quasi boarding house or an ‘Airbnb motel’. Council staff recommended that the DA be refused, noting that the developer had declined to make changes to address the overshadowing and size issues.

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Plans for a 40-seat restaurant and carpark at Scarabelottis Lookout in Coorabell remain on the table, after Byron Council voted to defer the matter at its March 19 planning meeting. The decision was made after a somewhat bizarre voting stalemate, which saw two separate motions to refuse the application voted down by different councillors, even though this was the majority view. The proposal is for an ‘intimate high-end restaurant’, which would be open during daytime hours five days a week.

It includes water harvesting, solar power and battery storage and onsite effluent disposal. However, there have been multiple points of objection from nearby residents and other locals, in particular to using part of the lookout site for car parking. The lookout was donated to the community by the Scarabelotti family, longterm residents of the Byron Shire.

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works in return. Independent councillor Basil Cameron told the meeting that building the restaurant would have a significant negative impact on the site.

Special spot ‘I’ve lived here since the mid ’80s, and ever since then it has been one of the Shire’s really special spots,’ Cr Cameron said. ‘I was taken there to see the view, and many residents have taken their visitors there – friends and family. ‘A key aspect is its low-key nature, and I can’t overestimate the values. ‘I believe that would be lost if the proposal goes ahead in its current form.’ Cr Cameron put forward a motion refusing permission for the restaurant on multiple grounds, including the car parking issue and the inappropriateness of the location. However, this motion was opposed by Greens mayor Simon Richardson and fellow Greens councillor Sarah Ndiaye, who argued that

some of the refusal grounds were unfair. Cr Richardson put forward an alternative motion that involved refusing the proposal based on the car parking issue alone. ‘I don’t oppose the restaurant… I don’t think it’s crassly commercialising the hinterland,’ Cr Richardson said. ‘My issue is using a public space for a carpark.’ At the same time, Cr Alan Hunter argued that the DA should be approved in its current form. This resulted in a somewhat bizarre stalemate in which both motions for refusal were voted down because agreement could not be reached on the terms of refusal.

Absent councillors Contributing to this was the fact that three councillors were absent from the meeting. Eventually, after discussions behind closed doors over the lunch break, Crs Richardson, Ndiaye and Hunter formed an alliance, agreeing to defer the matter to the next planning meeting.

Chamber hosts government stimulus advice webinar An online workshop designed to support businesses as they work through the government stimulus will be held March 26 from 5.30pm It will be presented by True North Accounting director Matt Davidson, who

is also treasurer of the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce. The webinar aims to help business leaders understand who is eligible, how to access it and tactical tips to unlock assistance. To get involved, visit https://bit.ly/2UcYtdd.

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Riot squad called in over bypass protests With three black riot squad vans in Byron Bay on Monday morning, there was speculation that they were there to enforce shutdowns of venues and beaches. Yet NSW police media told The Echo that they were ‘being utilised for planned protest activity in the area’, and were ‘not coronavirus related’.

Proactive taskings

Police on Main Beach on Monday. Photo Jeff Dawson removal of sensitive wetlands that contain vulnerable species, and started last

week unannounced. A NSW police spokesperson later released a

‘Owing to scheduling beyond our control, their original reason for deployment has no longer proceeded. ‘As a result, the unit has been conducting proactive taskings in and around the area to best utilise their resources.’

NSW govt funding to Bruns Centrelink swamped ćĕŕĕǕƐşſīëŕĶƆëƐĶşŕƆ Sixteen local projects and organisations are set to be awarded $300,000 from the Community Building Partnership Program, says local MP Tamara Smith (Greens). She says, ‘While we all brace ourselves for the hardships coming, I am pleased that I can announce funding for 16 community and volunteer groups.’ She said the state government funds will deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities, including increased safety equipment for Cape Byron Marine rescue,


statement: ‘Officers attached to the NSW Police Public Order and Riot Squad [PORS] had been deployed to the Byron Shire Monday for a pre-arranged commitment from several months prior.

Stage two works The media unit confirmed that the protest was for the controversial bypass works, which are now in stage two. Stage two includes


multi-function LED signage for Alstonville Primary, outside decking to Rous Mill memorial hall, and a solar installation at Lennox Community Garden. Other beneficiaries include Byron Youth Service, Bangalow Men’s Shed, Mullumbimby High School P&C Association, Northern Rivers Outrigger Canoe Club, and Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM). For more information about the program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp. Applications for the 2020 program open in May.

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Stolen trailers – be alert Resident Andy Murray is calling on the public to be aware of a spate of trailer and rideon mower thefts in the area.

Organised crime? He believes it’s part of an organised crime syndicate where the trailers are repainted and then on-sold. Murray’s mower, a 54” zero-turn Hustler Fastrak and a Major tilt tray golf buggy grey trailer was stolen from a property on Manse Road, Myocum. He offers a reward for its return. Murray’s phone number is 0412 005 007. Local police have been contacted for comment.

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Council Administration Centre 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby Opening hours 8.30am to 4.00pm Phone 02 6626 7000 Email council@byron.nsw.gov.au Website www.byron.nsw.gov.au Emergency after hours 02 6622 7022 Works Depot 02 6685 9300 SES Controller 02 6684 3444 Rural Fire Service 02 6671 5500 Byron Resource Recovery Centre 1300 652 625 Cavanbah Centre 02 6685 5911

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION STRATEGY OPEN FOR FEEDBACK 24 MARCH TO 15 MAY 2020 HELP PROTECT BYRON SHIRE’S UNIQUE BIODIVERSITY Byron Shire – it’s home to some of the most incredibly diverse and valuable flora and fauna in the world.

In Byron? Customer service for general enquiries now at Byron Visitor Centre, 80 Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.00am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 4.00pm or phone 02 6626 7000. Card only payments accepted at this location.

The draft Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is a plan of action for Council and the community, to protect and enhance our natural environment. It describes some of our unique biodiversity values, why they are under threat, and how we can help to manage these threats. It also includes a detailed Action Plan – a comprehensive list of specific, prioritised actions that Council intends to undertake to achieve its biodiversity aims.

Documents on exhibition are available for viewing at the customer service centre in Mullumbimby and on Council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Public-Notice.

View Byron Shire’s draft Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and have your say online at www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/ biodiversity-strategy.

MAKE A SUBMISSION Submissions may be made to Council in the following ways: Online:


Written: Address to: General Manager, Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 Email:


Please be aware that all submissions will be made public in accordance with Schedule 1 Part 3 Clause 1(a)(vi) of the GIPA 2009 Regulations as applicable including both the substance of the submission and the identity of the author. For further assistance please contact our Records team on 02 6626 7113.

CURRENT VACANCIES Apply for a job at Council. For current vacancies refer to www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Council/Working-at-Byron-Shire-Council/ Current-vacancies.

SIGN UP TO OUR COMMUNITY E NEWSLETTER Visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/enews or use your phone camera to access the sign up page using this QR code.

DEVELOPMENT CONSENTS In accordance with Section 4.59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (as amended), notification is hereby given of the following development consents granted by Council. The consents listed are available to view Online at Council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au/find-a-DA. Information relating to these applications as required by Schedule 1, Division 4, Clause 20(2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (as amended) is also available online.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED 10.2020.53.1 – COORABELL, 874 Coolamon Scenic Drive Swimming Pool 10.2019.396.1 – MULLUMBIMBY, 11 Gardenia Court Dwelling House and Secondary Dwelling 10.2019.609.1 – BYRON BAY, 10 Banksia Drive Change of Use to Establish Place of Public Worship and Alterations and Additions 10.2019.633.1 – COOPERS SHOOT, 20 Wood Crescent Use of Existing Shed and construction of a Studio above the Existing Shed 10.2019.627.1 – BYRON BAY, 91 Wordsworth Street Demolition of Existing Dwelling House and Ancillary Structures and Construction of Dual Occupancy (Detached) 10.2019.484.1 – BRUNSWICK HEADS, 22 Omega Circuit Dual Occupancy (Detached) 10.2020.72.1 – OCEAN SHORES, 7 Kallaroo Circuit Swimming Pool 10.2018.432.2 – SUFFOLK PARK, 131 Broken Head Road S4.55 for Alterations and Additions to approved Dwelling House 10.2019.352.2 – TYAGARAH, 25 Staceys Way S4.55 to Modify Maximum Fuel Use Limit in Condition 3 and Remove Bunding of Refueling Area required by Condition 8 of the Consent 10.2017.394.3 – COOPERS SHOOT, 20 Wood Crescent S4.55 to Add Roofs to Three (3) Deck Areas and Increase size of Garage 10.2019.398.2 – MULLUMBIMBY, 7 Laverty Court S4.55 to Amend Conditions 5, 7, 11 and 15 10.20019.455.2 – OCEAN SHORES, 18 Narooma Drive S4.55 to Modify Design to include a small extension to an existing pergola 10.2018.344.3 – SUFFOLK PARK, 16 MacGregor Street S4.55 to Modify Design Layout to Dwelling House and Secondary Dwelling

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For more information call or make an appointment with our biodiversity expert Liz Caddick. Submissions close: Friday 15 May 2020

SMALL CHANGE GRANTS PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS Council recognises and values the contribution that young people bring to the Byron Shire community with their energy, ideas, perspectives and liveliness. The aim of the grants program is to supports young people to participate in community life: having a voice, joining in and gaining experience in leadership roles. Young people aged between 15 and 25 are invited to apply for a small grant to help fund a project that will benefit young people in Byron Shire. Young people need to be auspiced by an organisation, must live in the Byron Shire and must deliver the project in Byron Shire. For further information including assessment criteria and an application form see Council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ Home/Tabs/Public-notices/Small-Change-Grants-for-Young-People. Enquiries to: Joanne McMurtry 02 6626 7316 or jmcmurtry@byron.nsw.gov.au Applications close: 9.00am Friday 3 April 2020 Please note: The canvassing of Councillors or Council staff in relation to this funding program will automatically result in disqualification of offending applicants.

Enquiries: Liz Caddick 02 6626 7126 For information on making a submission, and where to address it, refer to the “Make a submission” section of Council’s weekly advertising.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT, 1979 The following Development Applications and the supporting documentation are available online at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ datracker. You can also view them online using the electronic Kiosks at Council’s Customer Service Centre during normal office hours. For further information on these applications, contact the relevant planning officer whose details you can find on the DA Tracker. To make a submission, select the ‘Exhibition Details’ tab when viewing the application on the DA Tracker and use the online form. Note: Should you make a submission, there are requirements in relation to the disclosure of political gifts and donations. Refer to www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Political-donations-disclosure for further information.

EXHIBITION CLOSES 1 APRIL 2020 10.2020.98.1 – Federal, 13 Waltons Road (Lot 2 DP 522774) Byron Bay Planning & Property Consultants, Use of Converted Farm Building as Dwelling to create Dual Occupancy (Detached) 10.2020.101.1 – Myocum, Dingo Lane (Lot 17 DP 1178892) Balanced Systems Planning Consultants, Use of Resource Recovery Facility for Crushing and Recycling Concrete 10.2020.103.1 – Montecollum, 45 Monet Drive (Lot 1 DP 1231141) Balanced Systems Planning Consultants, Use of Existing Caretakers Cabin, Farm Office and Cool Room 10.2020.105.1 – Myocum, 295 Tyagarah Road (Lot 3 DP 567379) Matt Walker Town Planning, Use of Alterations and Additions to Existing Dwelling House and Proposed Carport and Shed 10.2020.104.1 – Eureka, 257 Whian Road (Lot 2 DP 776145) Balanced Systems Planning Consultants, Community Title Subdivision, Five (5) Lots and One (1) Neighbourhood Lot 10.2020.100.1 – Talofa, 533 Bangalow Road (Lot 10 DP 1197480) Planners North, Tourist and Visitor Accommodation Comprising Eight (8) Cabins

EXHIBITION CLOSES 8 APRIL 2020 10.2020.87.1 – Byron Bay, Habitat Bayshore Drive (Lot 1 DP 271119) Planners North, Change of Use Recreation Facility (Indoor) 10.2020.97.1 – Mullumbimby, 77 Tuckeroo Avenue (Lot 162 DP 1251169) Bayview Land Development Pty Ltd, Stage 8 Tallowood Ridge Estate Subdivision to Create Forty-Seven (47) Residential Lots 10.2018.50.2 – Byron Bay, 9 Fletcher Street (Lot C DP 413589) Mr C Mills, S4.55 to Modify Hours of Operation 10.2020.121.1 – Mullumbimby, 24 Hottentot Crescent (Lot 25 DP 845143) Matt Walker Town Planning, Use of Alterations and Additions to Existing Dwelling House 10.2020.126.1 – Bangalow, 19 Ballina Road (Lot 2 DP 1220608) A Lingard, Alterations and Additions to Existing Dwelling House, New Carport and Use of Study

EXHIBITION CLOSES 15 APRIL 2020 10.2020.109.1 – Mullumbimby, 77 Tuckeroo Avenue (Lot 162 DP 1251169) Bayview Land Development Pty Ltd, Stage 9 Tallowood Ridge Estate Subdivision to Create Forty-Seven (47) Residential Lots

PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT, 1979 As part of the Land and Environment Court Appeal (Case No. 2018/00222143), the applicant has been granted leave to rely on amended plans. The amended plans may be viewed on Council’s website via www.byron.nsw.gov.au/datracker, or at Council’s Customer Service Centre using the electronic customer kiosk during normal office hours. You can also access the application through the public notice page www.byron.nsw.gov.au/westbyronsubmission. Development Application No: 10.2017.661.1 Northern Regional Planning Panel No: 2018NTH007 Property Address: 364, 394 and 412 Ewingsdale Road BYRON BAY, A and B Melaleuca Drive BYRON BAY Property Legal Description: Lot 1 DP 201626, Lot 2 DP 542178, Lot 1 DP 780242, Lot 2 DP 818403, Lot 1 DP 520063, Lot 7020 DP 1113431, LOT 5 DP 1222674, LOT 6 DP 1222674 Applicant: Site R & D Pty Ltd Description of development proposed by amended plans: Subdivision of Six (6) Lots into One Hundred and Sixty Two (162) Lots consisting of One Hundred and Twenty Seven (127) Residential Lots, Twenty Five (25) Super / Master Lots (lots which can be subsequently subdivided, developed and purposely planned for residential development), Two (2) Business Lots, Two (2) Industrial Lots, One (1) Recreation Lot and Five (5) Residue Lots. The proposed subdivision comprises the following key elements: • The subdivision will be carried out in twelve (12) stages; • Construction of a roundabout on Ewingsdale Road for vehicular access to the subdivision; • Construction of an access road from the Ewingsdale Road / Bayshore Drive roundabout to the subdivision (Lot 2 DP 818403); • Construction of internal roads; • Provision of water, stormwater, sewer, power and telephone services; • Upgrading and embellishment of the drainage channel within the site (Lot 7020 DP 1113431); • Bulk earthworks across the subject site including the importation of approximately 470,000 cubic metres of fill; • Construction of an acoustic fence adjacent to Ewingsdale Road; and • Restoration works, habitat reconstruction and offset planting on E2 and E3 zoned land within the site. The amended application will be on exhibition for a period of four (4) weeks from 11 March 2020 to 9 April 2020. Council is interested to hear your view on the amended plans and submissions should be made to Byron Shire Council, but will be provided to the Land & Environment Court and Joint Regional Planning Panel (as the consent authority in this matter) and may be viewed by other persons with an interest in the application. For further information on making a submission please refer to information on Council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ developmentsubmissions. There are also requirements in relation to the disclosure of political gifts and donations. Refer to Council’s website to satisfy yourself that you are complying with your disclosure obligations prior to lodging a submission at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/politicaldonations. Council’s preferred option to receive submissions on this application are via the online form www.byron.nsw.gov.au/westbyronsubmission.

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Council ‘full steam ahead’ with roadworks Council’s works team say they have started making a dent in the $20 million allocated to Byron Shire for road programs as part of the NSW government’s $25 million tourism impacts infrastructure election commitment. Byron Bay’s Middleton Street, near the public school, now has a brand-new asphalt surface. Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, said, ‘Ask anyone whose children go to the school and they will tell you just how bad that street was. ‘Our team has removed the failed surface, which was riddled with potholes, and replaced it with new asphalt, and we’ve received very favourable feedback from community members,’ Mr

Holloway said. ‘We didn’t stop there – moving onto Kingsley Street where the team worked on the section from Jonson Street to Tennyson Street. ‘These works come under the $3.8 million asphalt overlay program, which aims to get Council out of the cycle of repairing potholes, only to find they return at the first drop of rain. ‘By removing failed road surfaces and replacing with asphalt we are extending their life by approximately 10 years. While there may be the odd repair that is necessary, we definitely won’t need to be repairing these new surfaces every couple of months as we were doing with the potholes. ‘Ideally we would be

PROPOSED LEASE PART FOLIO 444/28/758207 Council is proposing to lease part Lot 444 Section 28 DP 755692, 29 Tennyson Street Byron Bay, known as the Byron Scout Hall, for a period of ten years to Scouts Australia for the purpose of a scout hall. In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993 interested parties are invited to make submissions about this proposal within 28 days. Submissions should be in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219 Mullumbimby 2482 or sent by email to submissions@byron.nsw.gov.au. Emailed submissions to this address only will be acknowledged. Submissions Open: 11 March 2020 Submissions Close: 8 April 2020 Enquiries: Paula Telford Leasing Coordinator 02 6626 7300 All submissions will be made public in accordance with schedule 1 clause 4(i) of the GIPA 2009 Regulations as applicable including both the substance of the submission and the identity of the author. For further assistance contact the Records Team on 02 6626 7113.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT, 1979 The following development applications have been received by Byron Shire Council and may be viewed on Council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/development-applications-on-exhibition, or at the Council administrative centre during ordinary office hours. Development Application No: 10.2020.87.1 Property Address: Habitat Bayshore Drive BYRON BAY (Lot 1 DP 271119) Applicant: Planners North Proposed Development: Mixed Use Development – Habitat Stage 5 comprising Commercial, Retail and Residential over three (3) levels with Basement Carpark Byron Shire Council is the consent authority, and the Northern Region Joint Planning Panel has the function of determining the application pursuant to State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 and Schedule 4A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The application will be on exhibition for a period of four weeks from 12 March 2020 to 8 April 2020. Any submissions made in respect of the application should be made to Byron Shire Council, but will be provided to the Joint Regional Planning Panel and may be viewed by other persons with an interest in the application. For further information on making a submission please refer to the factsheet ‘Making a submission on a development application’ available at council or on line at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ submissions-on-development-applications. There are also requirements in relation to the disclosure of political gifts and donations. Refer to Council’s website to satisfy yourself that you are complying with your disclosure obligations prior to lodging a submission at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/political-donations. Please quote the development application and property description when making a submission.

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Byron Council is set to review disability parking arrangements in the Byron Bay CBD, after it emerged that the disabled parking spots next to the Mercato shopping centre did not have access to the footpath. Greens councillor Michael Lyon will move a motion at this week’s Council meeting, which would see an investigation into whether Middleton Street, near the Byron Bay Public School, has adequate disabled parking been resurfaced. Photo Byron Council exists to meet demand reconstructing all these also be targeting Carlyle, across the CBD. roads from the bottom up, Massinger and Ruskin Streets It would also examine but that is an enormous in Byron Bay, before moving whether or not the current expense, and Council does to Mullumbimby. disabled spots have appronot have the money – even For more information, priate footpath access. with the $25 million from visit www.byron.nsw.gov. Cr Lyon said in his notice the NSW Government,’ Mr au/Services/Major-projects/ of motion, ‘There has been Holloway said. Tourism-Impacts-Infrastrucconcern expressed around ture-Election-Commitment.     the disability parking spaces The Works team will outside the Mercato building and the lack of footpath NOTIFICATION OF HERBICIDE USE access for these spots.


‘It is understood that the decision to allocate these spaces was made after the landscaping and gutter work, and consequently, no budget existed to provide the footpath access. ‘Upon further investigation, it has been relayed that there is not enough disability parking in much of the CBD.  ‘I am asking for a review so that we can determine the current state of affairs, when budget may be available for the spaces at Mercato, any interim arrangements and any shortfalls in disability parking provision in the CBD.’ In comments attached to Cr Lyon’s motion, Council traffic engineer, Andrew Pearce, said Council did not have a record of all disabled parking spots in the Byron CBD. This meant that any review would need to be undertaken as part of routine footpath and road inspection works.

Council wishes to advise that spraying of Diclofop methyl will be undertaken on this field to control Crowsfoot Grass (Eleusine indica). Three applications are required (3 consecutive Thursdays) commencing 26/3/20 depending on weather conditions. Signage will be posted at the fields on the days of application. Enquiries: Andy Erskine Technical Officer 02 6626 7240

PROPOSED LICENCE PART LOT 444 SECTION 28 DP 758207 Council is proposing to licence part Lot 444 Section 28 DP 758207, 35 Carlyle Street Byron Bay, known as the Byron Community Cabin, for a period of one (1) year to the Byron Bay Community Association for the purpose of a community hall. In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993 interested parties are invited to make submissions about this proposal within 28 days. Submissions should be in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219 Mullumbimby 2482 or sent by email to submissions@byron.nsw.gov.au. Emailed submissions to this address only will be acknowledged. Submissions open: 4 March 2020 Submissions close: 1 April 2020

Possum Shoot Rd dangerous, says resident The newly resurfaced Possum Shoot Road in Byron’s hinterland, along with drainage works, have become dangerous, says resident Sky Wsolowsky. He told The Echo that after heavy rains the new drainage is now blocked and potholes are now appearing. He says

he contacted Council three weeks ago without reply. In relation to road repair priorities, Council staff say factors include the volume of traffic using the road, speed limits, integrity of the underlying pavement and whether drainage upgrades are needed.

Enquiries: Paula Telford Leasing Coordinator 02 6626 7300 All submissions will be made public in accordance with schedule 1 clause 4(i) of the GIPA 2009 Regulations as applicable including both the substance of the submission and the identity of the author. For further assistance contact the Records Team on 02 6626 7113.

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PROPOSED LICENCE PART LOT 1 DP 771568 Council is proposing to licence part Lot 1 DP 771568, 1296 Main Arm Road Upper Main Arm known as the Kohinur Hall, for a period of five (5) years to the Upper Main Arm Community Association Inc for the purpose of a community hall.

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In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993 interested parties are invited to make submissions about this proposal within 28 days. Submissions should be in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219 Mullumbimby 2482 or sent by email to submissions@byron.nsw.gov.au. Emailed submissions to this address only will be acknowledged. Submissions open: 4 March 2020 Submissions close: 1 April 2020

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Local News Have education budget cuts led to putting kids and teachers at risk? While schools are closing across the planet owing to COVID-19, NSW schools remain open, for now. Yet are they fully equipped to deal with the deadly virus? The United Workers Union, who represent cleaners contracted to NSW schools, said on March 19 that, ‘The extra funding announced by the [Coalition] Berejiklian government for school cleaning is too little and too late. It does not repair eight years of cost savings and cuts to cleaning hours by this government. ‘This continued cost cutting has put the safety of school cleaners, students, teachers and staff at risk.

‘The government and the four cleaning contractors working across our schools have been deliberately driving down wages and direct cleaning hours on school grounds. This cost-cutting has been continuing during the coronavirus outbreak, creating an inexcusable and downright dangerous situation’. And according to the union that represents NSW teachers, the government’s advice on social distancing (1.5m between persons) cannot be implemented owing to the ‘design of many of our schools, and the size of our classrooms.’ Teachers Federation president, Angelo Gavrielatos, said

on March 17 that ‘Beyond social distancing measures, teachers have raised serious concerns about a lack of resources necessary to ensure satisfactory levels of cleaning and sanitation to maintain good hygiene.

Lack of clarity ‘The lack of clarity, consistency and, at times, conflicting advice and opinions expressed by the medical community and elected leaders is creating considerable stress for teachers and principals.’ The NSW Education Department were contacted in relation to the United Workers Union claims.

ſƖŕƆ”ƖćƖżĎëƐĕşŕǕſĕćſĶīëĎĕĎşŕëƐĶşŕƆ Further to last week’s story about Bruns Pub raising money for local fire brigades, a statement from the pub’s directors was received after deadline. They say, ‘The $200,000 start-up donation was initiated personally by the three owners of the Hotel Brunswick, to form a Fire Relief

Fund in February in response to the bushfire crisis’. ‘The Hotel Brunswick Classic Brew beer poured from the Hotel’s Charity Tap, sent 100 per cent of profits raised to other charitable groups.

$10,000 each ‘Our five local fire brigades received $10,000

each, and the remainder of the start-up amount was distributed between the local branch of WIRES, Friends of the Koalas, Big Scrub Landcare, and North Coast Wildlife Alliance’. A barbeque to thank local RFS volunteers and the Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad was held last Friday.

BELONGIL CATCHMENT DRAINAGE BOARD 2020 BOARD ELECTIONS Water Management (General) Regulation 2004 The BELONGIL CATCHMENT DRAINAGE BOARD shall be conducting elections for directors (seven positions) in June 2020. Director and secretary Tom Vidal will be acting as the Returning Officer for this election. A preliminary roll of voters (members) and a map of the Drainage Board district are on display at the Byron Bay Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay and at the Byron Bay Council chambers, 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby. A person whose name does not appear on the preliminary roll for the election may apply for enrolment in the final roll if they are a landholder within the boundary of the Belongil Catchment Drainage Board district. Such an application must be lodged with the Returning Officer by no later than 5pm on April 8, 2020 using Form2 – Application for Enrolment (provided by the Returning Officer). Any person with an objection to the content of the preliminary roll, e.g. name omitted from roll, incorrect voting rights, incorrect enrolments etc., must lodge the objection in writing with the Returning Officer by 5pm on 8th April 2020. When finalised, the final roll of voters will be exhibited and will include advice in regard to the date by which nominations for election as a Director must be received.

Forms for nomination of candidates will be provided by the Returning Officer. Nominations must be signed by the nominee, proposer and seconder, all of whom must be eligible to vote in the election. The nomination must be lodged with the Returning Officer by the specified date. If less than 7 nominations are received, the election will be declared as uncontested and all nominees will be advised of their appointment to the board. If a ballot is required, a General Meeting will be called and voting papers will be issued in accordance with the members voting rights contained in the Roll of Voters. It is recommended that potential Directors considering nomination contact the Returning Officer to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Board. All other enquiries regarding this election can also be directed to the Retuning Officer. Copies of all forms can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer Tom Vidal on 0411 826 442 or via email to: belongildrainageboard@gmail.com Enrolment and objection forms are to be forwarded to the Returning Officer, BELONGIL CATCHMENT DRAINAGE BOARD, PO Box 441, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 or via email to: belongildrainageboard@gmail.com


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Bring in a UBI for the crisis The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that in Australia we are expecting to see a jump from 5.1 to 15 per cent (two million people), unemployed as the COVID-19 crisis deepens. Around the world there are suggestions for nationalising railways, electricity, water, airlines and other essential services. Around the country we have people lining up down the streets outside Centrelink offices, attempting social distancing, to ensure they don’t starve and lose their homes as they lose their jobs. What we don’t need is more mixed messaging from our prime minister or state premiers; what we need now is visionary leadership, and one key action should be to bring in the universal basic income (UBI). The idea of a universal basic income is not a new one. It comes in many guises, including citizen’s income, guaranteed minimum income, and basic income, and has been tried out in various forms around the world. A recent proponent of the idea is former US presidential candidate, Andrew Yang. While he was proposing the idea in relation to the future loss of jobs due to automation, it is now gathering support as a way to assist people during the current crisis. In an NPR radio interview with Michel Martin on the issue last week, Yang pointed out that putting money directly in the hands of Americans, (in our case Australians) ‘is the obvious and, frankly, only move that we can make that could keep our economy from collapsing into a new Great Depression… Money in our hands is necessary for us to stay alive during this time.’ (https://n.pr/3dovnPz) Supporting the value of the long-term approach of a UBI, rather than short-term one-off or multiple payments, was the recent Canadian experiment with the UBI in Ontario. Running for only 17 months, cut short by a change of government, it nevertheless created a number of positive outcomes. These included improvements in mental health, reduction in use of alcohol and tobacco, improved physical wellbeing and a reduction in visits to both the doctor and emergency departments, as reported in New Atlas: (https://bit.ly/2QCpfcQ) According to Tim Ford from CBC News, 2018 modelling of a national UBI plan projected it would cost Canada about CAD$76 billion annually. However, once payments and subsidies that would no longer be required if the program was introduced were accounted for, ‘the cost would actually end up closer to CAD$43 billion’. (https://bit.ly/2QErWuD) The Australian government needs to take quick and effective action to get money into every Australian’s hands, not through complicated, drawn-out Centrelink applications, rebates and tax deferrals, but through directly giving people an ongoing income; the ATO already had all our bank account details. It is clear that quick, effective action now will not only help save people’s lives medically, but a UBI will ensure that people can eat, and continue to have a home. It will reduce stress, help prevent suicide and allow communities the chance to rebuild once this pandemic crisis has passed. Aslan Shand


uddenly it’s personal. I have been placed in home isolation. I have no visible symptoms of COVID-19. I have not been overseas for years, and as far as I know I have had no close contact with anyone who has. I maintain reasonable hygiene and keep my coughing to myself. I have not been tested for the disease and my doctors tell me there is no immediate need to do so. But they also say I am among the most vulnerable to infection, and serious infection at that. I am 78, with a compromised immune system and chronic issues over heart and lungs. So I am off to detention. It will not be complete solitary confinement. I will – indeed, must – attend regular medical appointments, and my wife will be allowed to drive me to secluded venues in the open air to indulge in the occasional take-away coffee. And there are always the dogs and the garden, both of great solace. But the emotional effect is still daunting. I don’t go out socialising much these days, but when I do, the time is precious. And the ban on visitors – friends, and particularly relatives – is a major blow. I can, and I hope will, continue to write, and of course communicate through the internet. But it will not be the same as face-toface meetings, and the enforced isolation will go on for weeks – probably months. This regime will apply increasingly to many Australians – potentially a large chunk of the population. And this raises concerns that go beyond those of health, and even the corona-stricken economy. People are social animals. We tend to herd into groups, into communities. At times this can become dangerous and destructive, when tribalism and ultra-nationalism take hold, but in general the instinct is beneficial – it encourages and enhances the general well-being and co-operation needed to keep society going, the idea of a common wealth. In recent times this has been eroded by identity politics, and more worryingly by the cult of the individual – the neo-liberalism that contends, in the words of one of its strongest advocates, Margaret Thatcher, ‘there is no such thing as society.’ In other words, the

credo is ‘greed is good, grab what you can and hold on to it.’ This tendency has already become apparent in Australia, as in the rest of the world; technology has made it easy to disengage from the populace via electronic communication. It is easier to Skype than to set up a meeting; it is easier to text than either.

With recession now seen as inevitable, and possibly worse still in the pipeline, there will be a protracted hangover in which a battered public will go through more hardship…

Mungo MacCallum Those who enjoy such encounters regard them as person to person contact, but they are not; at best two of the five senses are involved, and no genuine intimacy is possible. People become disengaged. It is tempting to see this as the context which has led to panic buying, hoarding, black marketeering, brawling in supermarkets over toilet rolls – at least we are only after toilet rolls. The Americans, as is their wont, are stockpiling yet more guns. This is not seen as selfish and uncaring, but as legitimate protection of the individual against the needs of the community. Stuff you Jack, I’m all right. And now a significant number of Australians are to be effectively locked away in their homes, instructed to have as little to do with their fellow men, women and children and possible, at times on pain of imprisonment. It is a formula not so much for a divided society as for a fragmented one, a nation of antisocial hermits and alienation. And if – when – it drags on, a lot of people may learn to enjoy it – after all, the internet has given them a substantial start. Working at home, online education, watching entertainment on television instead of going out, even virtual church services were becoming a trend before coronavirus appeared. Now anxiety about personal health will add to the misanthropy, and the fear of an impending economic recession, or worse, may easily induce

widespread paranoia, whatever reassurances Scott Morrison and his Team Australia bring to their daily telecasts. Isolation could become not only the easy option, but the preferred one. And when we finally emerge, blinking, into the sunlight, it will be to a very different Australia. This does not mean that everyone will revert to primitive tribalism; as the bushfire emergency showed, for many, perhaps most Australians, the immediate impulse is to help those in need. We are rightly proud of our reputation as a generous people, and however visceral our current fears may be, with any luck we will revert when the crisis is over. But one of the biggest problems is knowing when that will be. In the beginning, Morrison was insisting that it would be temporary, that things would quickly bounce back to normal. Now, more realistically, he is talking about at least six months – and that is only the peak period, the time of isolation, shutdowns and prohibitions. With recession now seen as inevitable, and possibly worse, still in the pipeline, there will be a protracted hangover in which a battered public will go through more hardship, and the kind of resentment that accompanies it. It will be hard enough for Morrison, or anyone else, to persuade people to rejoin the optimistic throng he envisages as Team Australia, and doubly difficult if we have become used to staying away from each other in enforced isolation. We will need serious rehabilitation and therapy – much handshaking, hugging and embracing. We will need not only renewed confidence in the future, especially in the economy, lifeless before COVID-19 and smashed to the floor during it, but reconnection – a social recovery, arguably more important than the kind you can stash away in the bank. I suspect that Morrison probably knows this – it is why he is putting so much effort into urging us to stick together, to see it through as we have during past disasters, pandemics, wars and depressions. But diagnosing the problem is one thing, treating it is another. It will be this, not simply weathering the immediate storm, which will be the real test of ScoMo’s leadership.

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Letters Will dollars win? Those who have researched CSG (coal seam gas) will know how counterproductive it is. Sure, it burns cleaner than coal, but the escaping gas from wells etc, which the gas companies have thought to harvest, is 80 times worse than CO2. Doing the numbers shows that any prime minister who has not done the research, and who supports CSG, would be judged irresponsible. If they have done research and understand the real impacts of CSG, and still support it, then the dollar wins another battle against the people and the environment, and of course, common sense. Glenn Higson Goonengerry

Developer bonanza Cr Michael Lyon’s statement (Letter, 11 March) regarding the Business and Industrial Lands Strategy (BILS) cannot be ignored. His comment, ‘I stand by our decision to identify additional lands for businesses to expand in the Shire and to attempt to put some downward pressure on rents’, astounds me. It sounds innocuous, but those ‘additional lands’ are in fact a four-fold increase over what was recommended by the consultants Council brought in to assess what was needed for the next 25 years. Creating an excessive supply of land, to allow for more development – to bring down prices – is an outdated economic model. Has anyone noticed prices going down, and staying down, in Byron’s building boom? Cr Lyon’s position contradicts the Greens’ policy of ecologically sustainable development. Those who voted for the BILS have given a gift to developers who will rush to rezone land in the Strategy. Cr Lyon, other Greens councillors (and Crs Spooner and Hunter) put aside evidence-based planning by ignoring the reports we commissioned. They included land that was rejected as unsuitable for an eco-village only months prior. They

Cartoon by Misa Alexander; @misa.alexander; www.misaalexander ignored the survey of our business community, which placed business space as a relatively low priority – only eight per cent of respondents listed it as their main concern. The same councillors also supported a new potential area for business development, around Byron Hospital, without it even being exhibited. Cr Lyon claims that the hospital area was always planned for this use, yet gave no evidence to support that claim. A so-called ‘seniors’ development next to the hospital was rejected in 2014, after a substantial community campaign, and a lack of support from the Department of Planning. Greens (and other) councillors have said that ‘just because land gets put into the Strategy doesn’t mean it will get rezoned’. We heard the same words from the previous Council about West Byron – ‘just because they get the land rezoned, it doesn’t mean they mean to build over all of it.’ They tried, and continue to try, to do exactly that. When the Rural Land Use Strategy came to the last Council in 2016, some councillors threw extra land into the Strategy – at the last minute, and without

public exhibition. In 2020, Crs Spooner, Hunter and the Greens beefed up the Business and Industrial Lands Strategy with four times more land than is needed and rejected community consultation. This too is an outrage. The level of growth that this Council has supported is poor planning. Cr Cate Coorey Byron Bay

Seen it all now Parking is always at a premium at Wategos Beach. But since the new parking arrangements have been implemented it has become a big deal for many. This is a surf beach. The currents can be super dangerous, and it is not patrolled all the time. And parking is a nightmare. Recently a woman stood in a car space and waved away people wanting to park as she was ‘saving it’. Hello! We don’t ‘save’ car parking spaces. And what wusses were the people wanting to park for complying with her hand signals. B Sevenoaks Ewingsdale

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Byron Shire Council has become the first council in Australia to seek a moratorium on the rollout of 5G. This follows enormous community backlash after Telstra’s attempts to turn on 5G at the Mullumbimby tower. Council has passed a unanimous motion, stating Council does not currently support the proposed upgrade and continues to support a moratorium on 5G infrastructure. They are requesting a comprehensive review of the cumulative impacts of 5G; identification of who holds responsibility for the ongoing monitoring of cumulative impacts; a commitment to review current planning processes for installations. Kim Sporton Byron Bay

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‘ The true essence of reconciliation is more than making friends with non-Indigenous people. Our motto is a united Australia, one that respects the land and the heritage of its Indigenous peoples and provides justice and equity for all.’ – Jackie Huggins

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MULLUMBIMBY Dear Customers and the Mullumbimby Community, In light of recent COVID-19 restrictions, Dino’s IGA Mullumbimby felt it vital to inform our customers of the actions we have taken to keep our staff and customers as safe as possible. Guided by government and moral obligation, I have listed steps we have taken to keep the community safe and also provide additional services in these challenging times. 1. Trading hours at Dino’s IGA will remain from 6am till 8.30pm 2. Social distancing guidelines prescribe distance between individuals. We suggest, if you normally shop with family or friends, and if you have the ability – possibly shop on your own, so as to reduce crowds. 3. We have implemented visual markings on our floor, to assist customers understanding the social distance guidelines. 4. On top of the normal food safety cleaning guidelines, we are also fully disinfecting our store nightly. This includes: trolleys, baskets, checkouts and all surfaces that contact customers and staff. We are also providing additional hand sanitiser for staff and customers. 5. We are making all efforts to ensure wanted products are on shelves as soon as possible, and we are working more closely with local producers to ensure our customers can buy what they need. 6. If ANY of my team show flu or cold symptoms, they will stay home until cleared on full pay benefits. 7. We urge our customers and wider community, if they show flu, cold symptoms, or have been ordered to self-isolate, to please respect each other and follow those directions. 8. On Monday 30th March, Dino’s IGA Mullumbimby will commence home delivery, and pick and pack service. This service will be free for pensioners and seniors. I want to reassure our customers that we are implementing all government instructions and regulations immediately. This will ensure our staff and customers are kept as safe as possible. We will support the Mullumbimby community and do whatever is necessary to help those in need. If you require help or support, please don’t hesitate to email or call, as we will be able to assist you in getting necessary supplies packed and delivered. It is of the utmost importance that the health and safety of our customers, staff and community are maintained during these uncertain times. Thank you for your understanding and support. Dino mullumbimby@madjack.com.au, 02 6684 2207

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Surviving a pandemic in the colony Thomas Mayor

crowded home where your very existence depends on those around you. The virus will spread quickly, and there will be nowhere to go. There are no morgues for the dead. There will be no help from the big cities and towns that are already inundated with the sick and the dead.


s the COVID-19 virus became pandemic, in Australia, the strange phenomenon of toilet paper hoarding began. I have been bewildered watching people rushing to shopping centres, going toe to toe, desperately fighting for paper to wipe their arse. I thought, what about food? The first thing I stocked up on was rice! As a Torres Strait Islander with Phillipino and Dayak great-grandfathers who married in the Torres Strait in the early 20th century pearling boom, there are few meals my family enjoys without rice. The toilet paper, and a measure of our societal maturity, were the first Australian casualties in the current pandemic. The madness in the shopping centres was an early indicator that the leaders of the nation would need to step up. But as with the bushfire crisis, they did not. The state of Australia’s politics – the lack of courageous and visionary leadership – should be a great concern for all of us in these times.

Leadership failure deadly The lack of leadership from the Federal government will be unnecessarily fatal to the elderly and most vulnerable. From all indications, and perhaps as this article is published, we are almost certain to see many of their lives lost to the pandemic, but it didn’t need to be this way in Australia. Many of us have

Thomas Mayor in Brunswick Heads in 2018 promoting the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Photo supplied been watching the reports from China, the United States and Italy. We know that Australia has had an opportunity to prevent an outbreak. The government has had the chance to prepare. But while the government was spending more time denying the impending dangers – putting the profitability of donors and a Hillsong Conference before the people – confusion has reigned and some of us have just done what we could. Wharfies, as members of the Maritime Union of Australia, have been fighting since early February to ensure that ships arriving in Australian ports, in under fourteen days, from countries affected by COVID-19 are screened by a qualified medical officer, rather than allowing the ship’s master and crew to self-assess. We continue to be vigilant with no support from the employers. Yet even last week, as the confirmed cases in Australia exploded, Scott Morrison was smugly brushing off the urgency of the situation. His handling of national emergencies is consistent – unfortunately.

He has been absent when needed the most.

Devastating First Nations people For First Nations people, the health crisis is not new. Starvation, impoverishment, poor sanitation, and third world living conditions have existed since Captain Cook opened the floodgates to colonisation two hundred and fifty years ago. Though Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders resisted, and have fought back, in our remote communities there remains little in the way of medical facilities and support. When COVID-19 hits remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the outcome will be devastating. There already exists an epidemic of chronic disease – diabetes, heart, and lung disease – that will cause Indigenous people in our communities to be more likely to contract the virus, and almost certainly to die from it in far greater numbers. When the virus hits a community, there are few ways to self-isolate, living in an over


by Ian Rogers The Candidates tournament in Ekaterinburg to find a World Championship challenger is one of the last international sporting events not to be cancelled. The tournament is proceeding despite pleas for a delay from two of the players (one who dropped out) and, more remarkably, despite Russia asking for all sports events to end by March 21. Players, who are forced to take medical checks twice a day, and coronavirus tests at least twice during the tournament, are understandably on edge. They have been informed that if one player is diagnosed with coronavirus, the tournament will be terminated, and resumed many months later, with scores achieved to that point being carried over. Indeed, at the technical meeting before the tournament, Alexander Grischuk successfully argued that the players were spending so much time having tests that they should be allowed 15 minutes’ grace on arriving at the games rather than the ‘normal’ forfeit if a player is a second late. Grischuk has subsequently

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Uluru Statement from the Heart The Morrison government has been warned. Indigenous politicians, peak organisations and leaders have called on the powers that be to provide the support to the communities who will need it the most. But will they be heard? This week, the parliament sat to implement legislation for the emergency situation. I remind readers of the campaign to see a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution (as the unprecedented 2017 Indigenous consensus called for, in the Uluru Statement from the Heart). It has yet to happen – and I reaffirm that we need all Australians to walk with us to achieve this visionary statement, because if we did have it, right now, I would be reassured that the parliament would hear us in this current pandemic. I am sure that for their inaction on COVID-19, we will need to hold them to account for all the lives that will be lost. Q Published on Echonetdaily: www.echo.net. au/storylines-survivingpandemic-in-the-colony. Made possible by the support of Ninbella Gallery.

turned up five minutes late for every game! Spectators have been banned, not just from the playing hall but also other parts of the tournament venue, while officials, journalists and tournament guests are all subject to the same medical regime as the players. The player coping worst with the pressure is world number three Ding Liren. He was forced to arrive in Russia at the start of March, and he and his team were then quarantined on the outskirts of Moscow with medical help on hand. The Chinese star, who created a 100 game unbeaten streak only two years ago, lost his first two games in insipid fashion, with rival Alexander Grischuk commenting, ‘It seems that Ding Liren was poisoned during quarantine in the suburbs!’ The one silver lining for the organisers is that online viewing is going through the roof. With no other sporting events taking place, and many people in isolation, all major online commentary platforms are proving very popular; the official Chinese language commentary stream clocked up one million simultaneous viewers on the first day.


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MULLUMBIMBY CHAMBER PUTS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY ON THE SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY. We are working with all members and the wider business community to implement best practice social distancing and hygiene. Mullumbimby Chamber encourages all members of the community to join in adopting


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COVID-19 Community Organisation Updates Brunswick Mullum Lions Club Driver Reviver

Lifeline Lifeline will continue answering calls through the COVID-19 crisis. Call them on 13 11 14 at any time.

Telehealth Consultations for vulnerable people

The Driver Reviver Van at the Yelgun Rest Stop, run by the Brunswick Mullumbimby Lions Club will be pausing operation until further notice. The Lions Club has also suspended all meetings and activities till further notice. Contact President Joan Towers on 0400 484 419 or email at joantowers12@yahoo.com. au for more information.

John Brogden, Lifeline Australia Chairman, has announced Lifeline will continue to answer calls throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and Lifeline is putting into place new measures to ensure the 13 11 14 phone line, text line and online services will remain open if Australia is forced into lockdown.

Telehealth consultations are now being offered at most medical centres Australia wide, to help those vulnerable to COVID-19, or who are under legislated isolation. People can now access bulk billed telehealth consultations from a GP for their healthcare if they meet the following criteria:

‘We are asking people to look out for those who may struggle through isolation, especially if they live on their own. If you can’t knock on their door, be imaginative in how you can connect – give someone a call, write them an email, put a note under their door, sing under their window. By reaching out to someone who may be struggling, and letting them know you care, you can send a really powerful message of hope.’

(a) Diagnosed with COVID-19, but not a patient of a hospital.

COVID-19 Small Biz Noticeboard The COVID-19 Small Biz Noticeboard – Byron Shire is a new online space to help local businesses and our community, not just to survive but to thrive economically through these extraordinary times. Many of our local businesses are getting creative; offering new products and services, delivery, online classes, curb-side pick-ups, take-home packs, additional health and safety measures and special offers. This is a wonderful opportunity to go local – supporting ethical, handmade, sustainable, low food miles, small businesses. It’s never been a better time to support our incredibly, diverse, and creative business community. So if you’re a local business with wares to share, or a member of the local community wanting to buy, consume and enjoy all the wonderful products and services our community has to offer, please join up. Together we can keep our local economy and community healthy. www.facebook.com/ groups/2309231606046180

To donate to Lifeline, visit www.lifeline.org.au/donate.

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(b) Has been advised to isolate themselves in home isolation quarantine. (c) Is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. (d) Tthe person meets the current criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection. There may still be a need to visit the practice for further follow up. Link for the Telehealth factsheet from North Coast Primary Health Network: https://ncphn.org.au/ coronavirus-information#tele.

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Bangalow Heritage House Bangalow Heritage House, museum and cafe will be closed until 15 April 2020.

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Not enough food? Not enough money to buy food? If someone in the Tweed region is doing it tough, Vibe Care Pantry provides free and low cost food for disadvantaged families, and invites vulnerable community members to come and use their services. Located in Tweed Heads (behind Vibe Church). Open Tues–Fri, 9am–11am NSW time.

Byron Senior’s programs suspended The Senior’s Programs at the Byron Community Centre have been suspended for the foreseeable future following NSW health guidelines for vulnerable people, concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

U3A Brunswick Valley Tuesday Forum are now cancelled until further notice. We will resume when it is safe to. Ring 6685 1732.

Ocean Shores art comp Attention Artists: The Ocean Shores CC Art Group have cancelled the Annual Art Competition & Exhibition due to Open on 21 May, 2020 at the Ocean Shores Country Club. We would like to advise all participants that due to the concerns and unknown impact that the current COVID-19 outbreak will have on our community, we felt that we had no choice but to cancel this event. Hope to see you all again next year.

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Low-cost or free food Food Box Thursdays 9.30–11.30am at Uniting Church, Mullumbimby. If you have any sort of Centrelink card you may purchase cheap food, obtain free veges, and enjoy a cuppa. Free Food Relief Bags for anyone doing it tough, every Wednesday 10–12noon at The Hub Ocean Shores, cnr Rajah Rd and Bindaree Way. No ID or Concession Card required. NILs referral service also available. Check Facebook page The Hub Baptist Ocean Shores for details.

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Croquet has been postponed until after Easter. This decision has been made as we have no handwashing facilities available, and most of us are in the vulnerable age category for COVID-19.

Volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards have been directed to withdraw patrols where there are large numbers of people present. Additionally, surf patrol captains and club captains are being given the discretion to withdraw patrols if volunteers are concerned about their own safety, irrespective of the numbers of people on the beach.

Rotary is offering a complimentary service for people who genuinely Parkinson’s event with Helena need it in our local area: Ballina, Popovich on 4 April is cancelled Alstonville, Lennox Head and nearby owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. areas. All they ask is that you have your order and payment pre-organised and ready for pickup. Please contact Dave on 0401 956 996, or Col on other stay clean. For information and 0417 862 602 if you would Neighbourhood Centre meetings call1300 652 820 or text your like their help. postcode to 0488 811 247. www.na.org. Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood au. Are you concerned about somebody Centre is open Monday–Thursday else’s drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups 9am–4pm and offers a range of services meeting held Fridays 2pm. Uniting Church and activities. Everyone is welcome to Bangalow – 1300 252 666 www.al-anon. come and enjoy art, music, games, great org.au. food and more. Call reception on 6684 1286 and discover what is on offer.

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Call Alcoholics Anonymous 1800 423 431 or 0401 945 671 – 30 meetings a week in the Shire – www.aa.org.au. Are you experiencing difficulties and challenges because of the alcohol or drug use of someone close to you? Learn coping skills and gain support from others. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each

Support after suicide

StandBy provides support to people who have lost someone to suicide. They provide free face-to-face and telephone support and are accessible 24/7. Follow-up contact is available for up to one year. Find out more at: www. standbysupport.com.au or call 13 11 14. If you, or someone you are with, are in need of immediate support please call an ambulance or police on 000.

Breast cancer support The Breast Cancer Support Group Byron Bay gets together every third Wednesday of the month from 12 till 2pm at Byron Uniting Church in Carlyle Street, entering Carlyle Street from Jonson Street opposite Woolworths.. More info on Facebook: Breast Cancer Support Group Byron Bay, or call 0431 207 453.

Op shops Uniting Church Op Shop, Dalley St, Mullumbimby – open each Saturday 8.30am–12 noon and first Thursday of the month 9am–11am: food bank.

Last Wednesday each month 10-11am: playtime. Byron Bay Anglican Op Shop opens Monday to Friday 9am–1pm. Volunteers needed. Enq Prue Harrington 0420 316 610. Mullumbimby Anglican Op Shop opens Monday to Friday 9am–4.15pm, Saturday 9am–12.15pm. Volunteers needed, enq to shop 6684 4718. Mullumbimby Seventh-Day Adventist Op Shop opens Monday – Thursday 10am–3.30pm, Friday 9am – 2pm and third Sunday of the month 10am–2pm. Companion Animals Welfare Inc (CAWI) op shop Brunswick Heads (next to supermarket) open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 9am–1pm, Sun closed.

Emerge Australia Emerge Australia Inc is a not-for-profit charity supporting those with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For more information see the Emerge Australia Website at http://emerge.org.au/.

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The Macadamia Castle remains open every day from 9am4pm, with plenty of room in our Animal Park to practice social distancing, enjoy the animals and get some much needed outdoor time. Until further notice Adult Park Passes can used by any adult caring for your children.

The Sun Bistro Bottle Shop home deliveries People, don’t despair! The Sun Bistro Bottle Shop is providing a home delivery service so you can enjoy your favourite drinks, without leaving your home. Julz, who has hand-curated the Sun Bottle Shop, has put together some fantastic wine packages that he’ll deliver to your door step.

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COVID-19, toilet paper, homelessness and the future Q The true heroes of the current calamity are all the checkout people who stand a metre away from hundreds each day, who face and breathe on them, as well as often handling their credit cards and rewards cards. Thank you to all of you; we would be lost without you. Ron Priestley Main Arm Q As many of you probably

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home in bed with a Coronav irus. Not that Coronavirus!… just one of hundreds of other flu viruses that have been going around the world forever. I’ve had some bad ones where my body ached so much I could barely get up for a pee. But somehow, life went on. But hey, I’ve climbed vertical rock escarpments un-roped, fallen backwards from extension ladders, survived storms at sea in

small boats, been hit by lightning on Sydney Harbour, ducked gunshots in Algeria, weathered blizzards in the Atlas Mountains, and spent decades surfing in Byron’s shark-infested waters. But by far the most dangerous thing I do regularly is drive my car, missing oncoming traffic by less than a metre, with closing speeds of over 200km an hour! Now that’s really wild, and most of us do it every day. Authorities are scaring the bejesus out of us, and shutting down the world, putting millions of people out of work, costing trillions in lost business activity, all because of some middleorder flu virus! And after all this disruption, does COVID-19 just go away? Or does it become just another coronavirus? Anyway, I got a phone call from a dear friend who thought that I might have COVID-19 and who didn’t want to see me until I was clear. So I dragged myself out and drove to the fever clinic at Lismore Base Hospital. A nurse came out in full protective clothing, I told her symptoms began a few days after picking up two ill friends who had flown in from India via Singapore. The nurse told me that because I did not fly myself, I was considered ‘low-risk’ and did not qualify for a swab. She didn’t seem too concerned, so why should I be? And that was that. So what happens when the COVID-19 global recession is just a distant memory, and the real elephant walks

back into the room? Let’s hope world leaders take on global warming with the same passion and commitment they have shown for COVID-19! This panic reminds us again that fear can be very persuasive. Michael Balson Upper Wilsons Creek Q So, the nation has lost its collective shit, why then the need for so much toilet paper? Katherine Angus South Golden Beach Q Anyone dealing with the public should have been issued gloves a month ago. This is particularly true of workers in high turnover places like Woolworths. Every item touched by checkout staff has already been handled by at least one other person, it is extremely remiss of Woolworths not to have taken this action sooner to protect their staff. David Gilet Byron Bay Q In trying to limit the spread of COVID-19, most people (especially retirees) have stopped participating in their usual leisure and sporting activities. In doing this we’re saving money on the fees. In my case $32 per week. While this is very bad for those who were providing the activities, it can be turned into something good. Many charities have had to put on hold their fundraising activities, and therefore may be able to offer less support at a time when

even more is needed. One is Ballina Region for Refugees whose financial help makes the lives of struggling asylum seekers in PNG, Nauru and Australia just a little more bearable (www.br4r.org.au). And of course there are many other charities who could do with some help. Lisa Dillon Ballina Q We know that homelessness is universal. We are aware that words and policies of remedy do not flow from PM Pastor ScoMo’s lips, but they should! Indeed, during these virus times they should be on the lips of every local council, and policies of remedy should be most urgently addressed. Pat Thompson, a remarkable and articulate First Nations advocate constantly warns about the virus dangers facing Indigenous communities who are structurally impoverished. Byron is obsessed with development, and turns a blind eye to the growing population of the disenfranchised. ‘More money, more tourists’ they chant. No-one in power seems to care about the real, growing dangers of poverty, which will outstrip the economy as the country heads toward lockdown and more chronic homelessness. Out of sight, out of mind is standard policy for politicians. Jo Faith Newtown Q The worst case projection for deaths from COVID-19 are 150,000. We have taken


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radical action to save a percentage of that 150,000, resulting in unemployment, bankruptcy, house loss, family breakdown, and domestic violence with a worst case projection of 2,000,000 people affected. Are we doing the right thing, are the repercussions worth it? No, we’re not. The price is too high. Am I a heartless monster, or am I a humanitarian for the greater good? Andrew Hunter Bangalow Q In these challenging times (COVID-19) it was nice last week to also get a laugh. Not a Comedy Festival type laugh, but a laugh following a ‘yeah, good luck with that!’ type laugh. I refer to the aims of the Sustainable Visitor Strategy developed by Byron Council. It appears they can live with the potential for 3.86 million visitors a year by 2030. Along with some commendable aims encompassing environmentally sustainable business practices, they also aim to provide ‘specific behaviour expectations’ for visitors. Byron is not a local town. It’s a tourist town. Visitors are feted with a coffee shop every twelve and a half paces and a dress shop in between. They pay to come here and do as they please, because they consider they only have themselves to please. A lot is written about how much value (money) tourists bring to towns. True. But who does it go to? Certainly not to many locals. No-one pays me to put up with poor internet because it is overloaded by tourists. No-one compensates me because it takes twice as long (as in the ‘off-season’) to park,

shop or go to the beach. Because of the limited access to Byron it cannot just keep expanding without dire consequences. But it appears that commerce will keep leading the agenda. ‘Look at that. They destroyed the town.’ ‘Yeah, but someone got their money!’ Neil Matterson Byron Bay Q To slow the spread of the virus, the UK has closed all schools. Our government wants to leave them open. One reason given is that few cases have appeared in Australian schools. But the virus is commonly subclinical in children; meaning not yet detectable. When it emerges, the kids are at school with hundreds of other kids. The same ‘authority’ said that with schools closed, parents cannot keep their kids at home; they will be out playing with other kids. What happened to parental authority? And why is it better to have the kids in school with hundreds of others, rather than in the street with only half a dozen others? Another reason, from the PM, is that if schools close then health-care workers will need to stay home with their kids. But most children do not have health-care working parents. That both parents are health-care workers is uncommon. There are other ways of looking after kids. All told, it seems that our current government has an underlying political agenda, which, brutally put, is that it’s better to sacrifice a few kids to save a few jobs. John Jennings Numinbah










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Letters Process failure I am writing to ask for an explanation of how the minutes of the Waste Water and Sewer Advisory Committee (WWSAC) meeting, held on 28 November 2019 were seconded and confirmed as accurate, at 30 January 2020, by Duncan Dey, and Dr Mary Gardner. Dr Gardner did not attend the 8 November meeting, so it is hard to understand why the Chair, Simon Richardson, accepted her seconding those minutes. The five-year investigation, at a cost of $250,000 a year was presented as being unanimously endorsed by the WWSAC. I was a member of this committee at the time this recommendation was put forward for discussion. I made the point that this investigation had been going on for over thirty years – so where is the data you have gathered? Nothing was ever supplied. When it came to endorsing this proposal to go to councillors, I verbally made it plain I was not in favour, and asked for my objection to be recorded in the minutes. I was not alone with my objections. For this recommendation from the WWSAC to be presented to the elected Council as unanimously

supported by the committee members was false. Also disappointing is the fact that the four councillors who sit on the committee did not correct this false information when presented to the Council. To this day there has been no firm solution to solving the inflow/infiltration problem in the sewer gravity mains in Mullumbimby. The deep gravity mains have not been discussed, or any strategy to repair or replace this antiquated system which, during prolonged rainfall, would be supplying raw sewage into the Mullumbimby water table. Alan Dickens Brunswick Heads

Palestinian position With respect to the letter from Subhi Awad (11 March), I dream of the day when what you write is factually correct; sadly, it is fantasy. To suggest that the Palestinians ‘have offered all that is humanly possible to achieve peace’ and that ‘the peace offer is on the table, all Israelis need to do is reach out and grab it’ is laughable. Read the historical record. President Bill Clinton documented it in his autobiography. He sets out

what happened in the peace talks at Camp David, which he convened. Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, offered Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat 95 per cent of the West Bank for a future state of Palestine, and what did Arafat do? He walked away, without a counter-offer. Current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did the same thing when the next Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, put a similar offer on the table. The Palestinian leadership has refused every peace deal that Israel has put forward. No peace offer has ever been put forward by the Palestinians. It is clear that much of the Arab world is warming to Israel, with increasing trade ties and dialogue, and is sick of corrupt Palestinian leadership robbing the Palestinian people of billions of dollars in international aid. At the same time, Palestinian leaders incite violence and terrorism; just pick up a Palestinian school textbook and you will find Dalal Mughrabi, who murdered about 35 Israelis on a bus, being saluted and honoured. What message is that giving Palestinian youth? Tragically, it is Palestinian leaders who continue to let down the Palestinian people

by never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The Trump Plan may be flawed, but why not use it as a bargaining tool? It offers the Palestinians $US50 billion in aid; can you imagine how that could transform Palestinian society? Sadly, the Palestinian leadership is far more focused on wanting to destroy its neighbour, Israel, than on uplifting its people. Shalom/Salaam Subhi, shalom/salaam. Danny Wakil Billinudgel

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Legends Dear Hans, may I congratulate you again on the magnificent paper you produce with your excellent team. It is a paper to be proud of, the best in our entire nation. Keep up the brilliant work as the voice of our beautiful Shire, and stay strong, as this paper’s time is ripe; the rest of the world is becoming more and more like Byron Shire every day. We’re winning! The Echo, beautiful, colourful, local, environmental, and imperfect – just as people are – is a touchstone of magic for our time. Much respect and unending gratitude. Emma Bellamy Bangalow

Cobaki Broadwater Village is set in 110 acres with its own lake, stocked with fish, and home to black swans and many other varieties of bird life. This is probably one of the most affordable 13 metre homes currently for sale in the village, representing excellent value for money. The spacious, open plan lounge and kitchen with dining area has ceiling fans, a skylight for natural light, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. The recently refurbished, large kitchen is complemented with a built-in Bellini fan-forced oven/grill, gas cook-top and a Fisher and Paykel dishwasher. The home has two good sized carpeted bedrooms with built-in mirror door robes and ceiling fans. A verandah door in the second bedroom leads to a fully enclosed sunroom and a small, low maintenance patio area and garden. The refurbished bathroom consists of a new shower cabinet and vanity unit with a separate toilet. Village amenities include a solar heated swimming pool, club house, social club and library. The village bus provides residents with a free service six times a day to local shopping centres, clubs, and medical centres. Open: By Appointment Contact: Kelvin Price 0423 028 468 Mr Property Services

WHOLESALE FRUIT & VEGETABLES ARE NOW DOING HOME DELIVERY More than ever we need to help our community and come together as one. We would like to offer a service of home delivery of our fresh fruit and vegetables to your door. Please order online for next day delivery, see information below: Order at pirlos.com.au Email: pirlosbb@gmail.com Call: 02 6680 7012

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HOME & GARDEN A New Era of Granny Flats

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With property becoming increasingly unaffordable for the millennial generation, savvy investors and concerned parents have turned in the direction of downsizing. For Trent Robinson and Josh Perry, stylish and practical granny flats were the answer. They combined their years of building and construction experience to create Backspace Living, challenging their architects to make their granny flats the smart choice, not the last resort. You can now find happy customers all over the Shire. With a new display home being built in Ewingsdale, you will have the opportunity to go and check out what they can offer you, and learn everything you need to know about granny flats from their friendly team of professional builders.

Almost fifteen years on and Steve and Julianne are continuing to provide for the Northern Rivers community’s landscaping needs. Both families have lived in the area for generations and really have their finger on the pulse of the community. Their warm and welcoming yard invites you wander around at your leisure and see the wide range of products they have to offer. Accommodating not only the casual DIY-ers but also the professional tradesman, Wards Landscape Supplies has something for everyone. If you don’t have your own ute or truck, their delivery service extends all the way from Pottsville to Ballina and out to Lismore. Whatever your landscaping needs are, give them a call, or drop into their yard and speak to one of their friendly staff. P: 02 6684 2323 www.wardslandscape.com.au/about.html admin@wardsls.com.au

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Whether you need your roof, driveway, path or pool cleaned, he is an all round exterior cleaning specialist. Having been in the area for 16 years, and as owner-operator for ten, Joe knows the community extremely well. If you’re looking for friendly, fully insured and guaranteed work – for anything from little granny flats to Byron Bay mega-mansions. Joe’s high powered water blasters make light work of dirt, grime and stains, while his window cleaning techniques will leave your windows gleaming.

What a great time to be in the garden. Mullum Creek Nursery has a huge range of hardy, native flowering shrubs and groundcovers. If you think you might be stuck at home in self isolation, why not duck out to the nursery and grab some native plants and redo your garden? Get outside and enjoy this great autumn weather. There are so many varieties to choose from: banksias, kangaroo paw, bottlebrushes, grevilleas, finger limes, lemon myrtle, lilly pillies, plus much more. Large range of tubestock and advanced lilly pillies for hedges.

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Byron Community College regrets to inform you that due to the coronavirus our Term 1 classes are cancelled and both campuses are closed until further notice. However, they are committed to adult education and will be offering online classes over the coming weeks/ months to keep their students engaged and learning new skills. For up-to-date information about available classes, please subscribe to their newsletter, or visit their website. ƆƆƆǂéƌŞļijêļīīöČöǂļŞČǂÎŰ or call 02 6684 3374

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Local distillery now selling hand sanitiser for cost price

Farmers markets are on

By Sandra Davey

Both the state and federal governments have confirmed that farmers’ markets are an essential service, so the farmers’ markets will continue to operate unless instructed otherwise, but with even tighter social distancing measures.

A local consequence of the cleanliness guidelines is that the area has run out of hand sanitiser. To alleviate this situation the good folk at Lord Byron Distillery, who usually make rum, vodka and limoncello, have created a hand sanitiser. They have just received the required government approvals to create the hand sanitiser alongside their distilled drinks at the distillery. Brian Restall from the distillery says ‘It is a different product to what we already are approved to create and therefore it took time to obtain the required approvals’. He wants locals to know that ‘we’ve got your back – a little – here’ with the immediate release of a hand sanitiser to alleviate the current shortage. ‘We are providing it at cost, without profit. The price is $2 per bottle, and it can be collected from the cellar door; unit 7, 4 Banksia Drive. We are limiting sales to one bottle per customer – any bar or restaurant can also contact us too’. While major Sydney beaches have been closed, Byron Shire’s local beaches have been frequented, perhaps a little too frequently, under the circumstances. With perfect weather, locals and visitors have been drawn to the beaches of the Shire, where, unlike Sydney, it’s easy to maintain physical distancing with kilometres of sparsely populated sand. Being at the beach is also a great way to get vitamin D, which the body produces naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps facilitate the healthy function of the immune system, and according to research, it helps reduce your likelihood of developing influenza. Meanwhile local foodstuff retailers have reported unprecedented demand for goods. Managers across the board have said that demand has been many times greater than their usual busiest days (Christmas Eve), which they usually prepare for months ahead, and farmers’ markets have seen a marked increase in early shoppers.   People have been unnecessarily anxious about a shortage of food. The country is not running out of food – this has been reiterated repeatedly by farming and retail authorities. Australia produces many times more food than it consumes; a whopping 60 per cent is exported. The current deficit in products on shelves is due to the erroneous, anxious buying behaviour of individuals, and the store’s inability to be able to transport enough stock, in a short time, from massive warehouses

owing to the unprecedented demand. There is a sorrowful video out there of an elderly gentleman who has gone to the supermarket. He says ‘I am 87, so I decided it was best to self isolate’: the video shows him wandering along empty shelves. ‘I couldn’t get anything I needed‌ people please consider others and don’t bulk buy.’ See it at poppajoe@grandadjoe1933. ‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage’ said Anais Nin. Byron Shire has traditionally been a population of strong-spirited and independentthinking people, wouldn’t it be more fitting if we acted in a decidedly admirable way? A way that we could look back on, as a community, when all this has passed, as a time that generated great compassion, appreciation of others, and tremendous self-respect? Kudos to Lord Byron Distillery who are working for the good of our whole community by producing this hand sanitiser.

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Wines: personally selected and delivered to you By S Haslam The Sun Bistro Bottleshop in Sunrise is one of those great local businesses offering a new, unique service in response to the coronavirus. As we know, locals are going out less, many gigs and private events have been cancelled, but we all still want to support our local businesses, and also have a drink and enjoy the company of a few friends and family. Well, you can now enjoy your favourite drinks without having to leave your home – because Julz from the bottleshop is putting together a few of his favourite wines, into some special packages, that can be delivered to your door for a small fee. This is a pretty convenient service; you can enjoy them without leaving your house, and they’ll come quite quickly too. It’s not like an online bottle shop; most people who come to the venue already have some great experience of Julz, and they trust his selections – this is a personal interaction with someone you can trust.

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‘On the whole, everyone has been really positive’, Mr Carey said. ‘While some might feel the measures we have taken are extreme, these are extreme times. And it is during times like these that we realise how crucial our local farmers’ markets are to both our community and local food security. We appreciate the community’s understanding and support on this.’

They will be individually selected, so you won’t be getting crap with a couple of good ones thrown in, like many of those online mixed dozens. Julz has been 20 years in the industry, and he reckons he knows what local people want by now. ‘We’ve been at the forefront of delivering quality wines at the best prices’, says Julz. ‘I have tried everything that’s in the bottleshop, and we only sell things that I believe in – they are tried and tested over the years.

‘This will be a chance to get a classic selection, or to try some more modern wines that you might not normally have thought of. There will be options for natural and organic wines, and there will be different price points, starting at $140 per dozen’, he said. I asked Julz to give a couple of examples of what sort of wines are on offer: The Unico Zelo Fiano – a beautiful, textural, white wine that can be enjoyed with, or without food. The Peeping Tom Coonawarra Shiraz – an Aussie classic, big, bold and juicy. The Ricaterra ‘Bullets before Cannonballs’ European blend – a juicy, medium-bodied wine that leaves you wanting a second glass. A favourite NZ Sav Blanc will be in the mix, as well as sparkling wines from around the world. They are curating some great packages of a dozen quality wines. However, once you’ve ordered your wine package, or spent $150 or more, if you did want some beer, or something from their huge tequila, whisky, mescal and gin selection, you can add it to your order. Julz expects to cover the area from Byron, Lennox, Bangalow through to Mullumbimby/Brunwick Heads. The Sun Bistro Boutique Bottleshop deliveries@thesunbistro. com (02) 6685 6500 | www.thesunbistro.com and go through to the information to view the packages and the information on the service itself.

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The Empire is closed but not for long! We’ll be back in action ASAP for takeaways. A massive thank you to our wonderful customers and staff. Stay safe and be cool out there. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Traditional weekend country breakfast Long lunches on the garden verandah Weekly changing Wild Harvest foraged dinner menu Lunch 12–3pm daily / Dinner 6–10pm Wednesday–Sunday / Weekend breakfast 8–11am Harvest Deli is open daily with take-away pastries, sandwiches and salads Harvest Deli: Mon–Sat 8am–5pm / Sun 8am–4pm Coffee cart 6.30am–2pm daily Harvest is available for events, weddings and catering

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St Elmo is a place where you can enjoy great company, first-class food, sophisticated cocktails and an extensive wine list. St Elmo is plating up modern Spanish cuisine to be enjoyed amongst friends and family. Our menus change regularly and feature daily specials.


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Our Rocking New Fresh Summer Menu Come and join us at the Rocks for some delicious summer bites! We have just launched a new menu, and have a range of home-made, locally sourced meals at affordable prices. Try our new salmon ceviche, sizzling brekkie skillet or our crispy pork bahn-mi roll! Cool yourself down with an iced coffee, or why not try our new nutty date smoothie to kick start your day! Indoor and outdoor seating available. Fully licenced.

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Share plates, mains, desserts and famous Treehouse wood-fired pizza. Our kitchen is open all day and night. Presenting incredible original music in Byron’s most intimate atmosphere. Check our website or Facebook for the gig guide. facebook.com/treehouse.belongil treehouseonbelongil.com

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Issue# 34.42 March 25–31, 2020 Editor: Mandy Nolan Editorial/gigs: gigs@echo.net.au Copy deadline: 5pm each Friday Advertising: adcopy@echo.net.au P: 02 6684 1777 W: echo.net.au/entertainment

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At the moment it feels like we are living in the pages of a dystopian novel. Life as we know it – the freedom to gather, to be close to others, to travel to countries far away, to touch the skin of our friends, to hug, to kiss, to hold, to stand in a mosh pit – drenched, not just in your own sweat, but the sweat of others… is suddenly gone. In its place is social distancing – the approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19 that is sending us all home. This has been a week of heartbreak for performers, event managers, venue owners, tour managers, publicists, engineers… in fact anyone touched by the entertainment industry. This week I have the curious job of writing the entertainment pages for the many who have cancelled, postponed, or who are struggling to stay operational with new and ever-changing regulations. What was okay in the morning, is often not okay by the evening. These are uncertain times, but the industry, although on its knees, is responding with positivity and a view toward a glorious golden boom, once we can get back to business as usual. But right now, it’s business unusual… here is how some of our local operators are faring. A lot of performers are going online to do shows – being innovative, to keep performing – for their own mental health, and that of the community. Do what you can to support them! For anyone promoting an online performance – let us know. gigs@echo.net.au

BYRON COMEDY FESTIVAL The Byron Comedy Festival is off. Festival directors, Mell Coppin and Zara Noruzi, said ‘After a sold out inaugural festival last year, we have become another Coronavirus casualty and have had to cancel Byron Comedy Fest 2020. ‘Scheduled for 14–17 May, our festival cannot go ahead as a 200 seat venue. We are obviously disappointed for the community, the artists, the production crew, and ourselves, but we will bounce back in 2021 – virus free, and ready to deliver loads of laughter!’

BYRON BREWERY Lion Australia closed all their public breweries last Tuesday. Along with Little Creatures in Fremantle and Geelong, and the XXXX Ale House, and our local Byron Bay Brewery. They were just too close to key breweries and the company didn’t want to risk any contamination to their facilities, so the breweries are still making beer it’s just the social gathering aspect that has been affected – the beer will go on!


It is with heavy hearts that organisers announced the 2020 Bello Winter Music festival will be cancelled. The small scale, multi-venue festival was scheduled to take place throughout the town of Bellingen on NSW’s mid north coast 9–12 July. ‘Red Square music would like to thank all of our venues, artists announced so far, staff, our loyal patrons, ticket buyers and the community of the Bellingen Shire for their ongoing support, and we look forward to presenting our sixth event in 2022, after the planned refurbishments of the Memorial Hall precinct, they said.’ Please stay tuned for updates and further information on their socials pages and website www.bellowintermusic.com

THE BRUNS PICTURE HOUSE Since it opened a few years back, the Brunswick Picture House has become one of the most loved venues in the area. COVID-19 is hitting hard. ‘Every person we know in the industry, and every person we have ever encountered is going through the same thing’ says Brett of the current circumstance. ‘I can’t recall that in my lifetime. The entire globe has shut down. And we, as people in the entertainment industry, are vulnerable as our entire schtick is to assemble a group of people who may, or may not, know each other and get them humming – I’ve spent my life bringing people together, so this is a new frontier.’

THE BYRON THEATRE, COMMUNITY CENTRE The Community Centre is now closed to the public. Tanja Greulich, who manage the venue says ‘Staff are doing random hours, predominantly from home. We have cancelled some events, and rescheduled those that can be, for later in the year. The office is shut for community services, and volunteers are encouraged not to come in. Everything in the theatre is cancelled. We still have some things on the website happening in mid-May, but obviously that will have to be reassessed. We are using this time to think creatively. Maybe looping in with filmmakers, to do streaming. We are also doing maintenance over this time, and looking at bringing a new state-of-the-art theatre to the community when we return.’ The Liberation Larder is still accepting deliveries from people, and they are running Monday and Thursday. They are focusing on takeaways, and they will give out meals in take away containers, including the breakfast for homeless people on Wednesdays.

HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN & THE RAILS Over at the Hotel Great Northern and the Rails they’ve adhered to the AHA (Australian Hoteliers Association) guidelines, stringently enforcing social distancing – so bands haven’t been playing. As the Rails is an outdoor venue, and there was space, soloists had one more week of playing gigs before their closure this week.

THE PALACE The Palace cinemas have closed at all locations until further notice. They ask everyone to support the cinema; purchasing Palace Movie Club Membership or online gift cards would be a huge help!

NORPA Three weeks ago Artistic Director of NORPA Julian Louis was at an international conference in Melbourne talking about creating work in a regional setting and how a small theatre attracts so many internatonal practitioners. There was a new courtyard bar about to be launched, a full time kitchen and diner about to start,and NORPA were waiting to hear back about a four year funding arrangement. That’s all changed. ‘I have a responsibility to a lot of people, particularly staff, so I need to be as strong and focused as I can and I am reaching out in the industry to colleagues and government agencies to get the best updates and to give the full picture of what is happening. Many organisations may not come back from this’ says Julian. While trying to stop the boat sinking, Julian is currently budgeting, programming, and putting in grants for 2021.

BALLINA RSL When I spoke with Ballina RSL CEO, Bill Coulter, last week he was leading the charge in trying to stay open for business – to ensure that staff could be paid and that the many people who rely on the club for meals and social contact could still come along. As of this week, with venues being closed, all of that has changed.

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‘We are in a strong position financially to work through the process, but I am concerned we haven’t hit the winter season, and the worst is yet to come for us. We do need to have discussions with bankers and auditors about what a relief package is going to look like,’ he said.




THE STILL CORONA I don’t like being still. It’s why I don’t like yoga. Or meditating. It’s too slow. It feels lazy. Like you can’t be arsed. The lack of pace makes me anxious. I am the only one in the yoga relax section of the class folding my mat and leaving. I’m like ‘ Nah, I’m good – I’ll close my eyes and breathe in the car on my drive home’. I speed off at 100km an hour screaming out the window ‘Pussys!’ Because unlike that cohort of slow mat-rolling, deep breathing, bamboo-pant-wearing, clear-eyed ones ambling off to sit on a crate and drink a turmeric latte – I have shit to do! I love being busy. I love my full diary. It makes me feel safe. I feel powerful and in control. I love watching how I can manage to fill every hour of nearly every day. Not a spare moment for even a dot of introspection. This week I went through two bottles of liquid paper painting out gigs. My hands trembling as I realised that she-who-mustbe-in-control has had the thin veneer ripped away. The vast expanse of my diary, which usually confirms that I am achieving – I am moving forwards – has stopped. I check that I’m still here. I take a selfie. Will Mandy Nolan be Mandy Nolan if she’s not being seen as Mandy Nolan? Who will clap for me now? Not my family – my home-based hecklers. A lump forms in my throat. It’s not cancer. It’s worse. It’s disappointment. Where there were crowded scribbles, now there is space. It’s so creepy. It’s a kind of quiet that gets into your bones. It gets inside, into that space where the real you hides; the shadow self. It’s the quiet place where the you that you’ve curated falls to dust – where there is no past, and no future, and no point paying the mortgage. Something monks love, and manics, like me, fear. I am not that person. I don’t want to face my darkness – what if I face it and it goes? I am a comedian – it’s the insight into the battle that powers my creative juices; not the enlightened mindfulness of true acceptance. That’s for people at healthfood shops. I don’t want to be that person. I am like a shark. I need to keep moving. If I stop, I die. Or other people do… I noticed how happy my husband was this week. I’m home. I’m doing the washing. I’m cleaning. I’m cooking. I’m here. I’m back to being a 1950’s housewife. I’ve started wearing lipstick to bed. Next week I’m cracking out the rollers. This first week of not working hasn’t been fun. I love working. I have made work out of what I love doing, so having almost six months of dates disappear brings, not just economic, but a creative grief. And fear. Not fear of dying. Or of the disease. Or of the ensuing anarchy once capitalism has toppled, and we’re wearing short shorts and leather boob tubes, and I am killing zombies with a samurai sword. What I truly fear is myself. It’s why women used to hit the Bex – long periods of confinement send some of us around the twist. I’m already pre-twisted. I’m not a sit-back-and-smell-the-roses kind of girl. I’m a plant the roses, tend the roses, pick the roses, paint the roses, sell the painting of the roses, write a book about painting roses… and then try and find time to plant some more roses so I can sell some new paintings to pay for the books I’ve just ordered. I know what you think – you are running away from yourself Mandy. Absolutely. How else would I get fit? Isn’t that the human condition? And I actually like doing stuff. ‘Being’ isn’t one of my highlights. ‘Being’ makes me agitated. Depressed. Angry. You don’t want to be around me when I’m being. It’s not pretty. Being actually stresses me out. I get bored. Then I get annoyed. Everything annoys me. The way someone puts away a tea towel. The teaspoon left in the sink. The way you breathe, or how you pronounce a word. When I’m busy I’m at peace. Thanks to COVID-19 we’re about to enter a global Vispassana. Fuck it, I’m done with being. I’m back to doing. I’m getting a job at Coles. That’s where you’ll find us creatives now – me and Chris Hemsworth, doing the nightly shelf-pack at the local supermarket.

BLUESFEST The biggest player in our local entertainment industry was instructed to cancel their Easter festival last week. Bluesfest brings in a staggering $79 million to our local north coast economy – so that’s a blow to the entire region that will leave businesses and the community reeling. The greatest fear, when an event of this size is affected, is that when the Goliath is felled that it won’t get up again. Fortunately, festival director of Bluesfest, Peter Noble, has confirmed that this won’t be the case: ‘We will find a way to continue, and present Bluesfest 2021’, he says. Mr Noble is sensitive to the global situation and the sentiment of the population right now: ‘People are feeling afraid and alone and uncertain. It’s a time when we all need to be available for close friends and family.’ The Future for Bluesfest is 1–5 April, 2021. With over half of this year’s artists committing to come back for next year’s event, the future looks bright!

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JIM LABELLE ELECTRICAL O.Shores, Mullum, Byron, Brunswick. Lic 176417C..............0415 126028 RICK’S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Mowing, brushcutting, gardening, pool service ...0424 805660


SPINKS ELECTRICAL Lic 284939C..................................................................Call Mitch 0421 843477 GREEN DINGO for all your mowing and gardening needs. Ph Michael .........................0497 842442 BLUE BEE ELECTRICAL 25 years experience. Lic 189508C. Call Dave ............................0429 033801 G.W. GARDEN MAINTENANCE. Mowing, whipper snipping, gardening, tip runs ........0408 244820

A LUNSDEN LAWN CARE Qualified green keeper. Mowing, edges and weed control ...0410 378375 FULL CIRCLE REFINISHING Timber & deck oiling, coating, stripping. Fast free quotes .....0419 789600 BEN FORSYTH, Electrician. Lic:240691C. Ocean Shores & surrounds. No job too small ...0422 136408 THE DECK DOCTOR Sanding & refinishing, cable balustrading. Free quotes. Richard ...0407 821690




www.simplybeautifulspaces.com.au FENG SHUI / GARDEN DESIGN .........................Lyn 0428 884329

LITTLE LANE DENTAL, MULLUMBIMBY ...........................................................................66842816



BRUNSWICK HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTRE.......................................................................66851264


GLASS & ALUMINIUM POOL FENCING PROFESSIONALS 0499 178 297 psgfencingnsw@gmail.com

BYRON ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN & DRAFTING www.beedad.com.au ...............0423 531448 FENG SHUI DESIGN CONSULTANT Lizzie Bodenham livingbalancedesigns.com.au Ph .0431 678608


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BAREFOOT BUILDING DESIGN www.barefootbuildingdesign.com..........Bob Acton 0407 787993 DAVID ROBINSON DESIGN DRAFTING All Council & construction requirements ......0419 880048

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BYRON & BEYOND FENCING Any fence, any time, prompt quotes....... 66804766 or 0422 207299 EDL FENCING Installations & repairs. Prompt service. ..................................................0432 107262 FLOW FENCING Pool fencing, timber/colourbond, local, professional and reliable.......0416 424256

FLOOR SANDING & POLISHING THE FLOOR SANDER New & old floors, decks, non-toxic finishes, special effects, free quotes..0407 821690


 Gutter guard  Gutter cleaning  Locally owned  Fully insured  Free quotes Call Junior for friendly, genuine advice and service.


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A.S.A.P. All renos, carpentry, plastering, painting, studios & bathrooms .......................0405 625697 • DEPARTMENT OF FAIR TRADING INFO: When dealing with home owners, painters are required BANGALOW PHYSIOTHERAPY Manual therapies, acupuncture, mat/reformer, clinical exercise HANDY ANDY Carpentry, plastering, welding ......................................... 66884324 or 0476 600956 to quote a licence number only for external work valued over $5000.

classes, laser, shockwave. Kim Snellgrove, Cally O’Hara .......................................................66872330

AWESOME REPAIRS Professional, commercial & domestic. Wayne...............................0423 218417

NICK EDMOND Physiotherapy & Acupuncture. Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday


GOOD NEWS HANDYMAN Carpentry, home renovations/repairs etc. Jesse..................0458 968290

• Domestic & Commercial • Servicing all areas • Workmanship guaranteed • Attention to detail

ABSOLUTE HANDYMAN. Repairs, renovation, maintenance ........................................0402 281638

0438 784 226 • 6685 4154


Lic No 189144C


THE HANDYMAN CAN All home maintenance, repairs, painting, odd jobs etc .............0427 110953

466 Main Arm Road, Mullumbimby.....................................................................................66845288 ANTHONY D’ORSOGNA Physiotherapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy Suffolk Park 1 Bryce St ... 66853511 OCEAN SHORES PHYSIOTHERAPY Manual therapies, dry needling, custom orthotics, shock wave therapy, real time ultrasound. Nigel Pitman, Ilse V Oostenbrugge....................66803499


PETRA KARNI PHYSIOTHERAPY & Craniosacral, Manual Therapy, TMJ, Classes.

Chiropractic, Counselling, Dentists, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy

Petra Karni & Andrew Weatherstone. Byron and Suffolk. M–F & open Saturdays. Ph ....0403 226858

ACUPUNCTURE & COSMETIC MEDICINE Dr Adam Osborne ...........................................66857366


MULLUMBIMBY HERBALS Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Massage, Herbs. .............................66843002

MULLUM PICTURE FRAMERS Stuart St rear lane behind Mitre 10 ............................0403 734791

WWW.EASTCOASTPILATES.COM.AU Judy Leane Ex. Phys ...........................................0408 110006

COUNSELLING & LIFE COACHING: Anxiety, Depression, Relationships. TracieAnne.com. 0437 174804




HIRE MULLUM HIRE Builders, party and much more ........................www.mullumhire.com.au 66843003

BILLINUDGEL CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING. 7/1 Wilfred St, Billinudgel ........................ 6680 3444




X6680 7573 0415 952 494 Xwww.yvesdewilde.com.au LIC 114372C


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D HINGED Kitchens & Joinery. Lic 283553C. www.hinged.com.au .......................Dave 0409 843689



LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Garden Design & Property Planning. Andrew Pawsey ..........0478 519804

• Sand • Soils • Gravels • Pots & statues • Lots, lots more



Mark Wopling

ABN 31 490 733 798 LIC 203196C

Painting & Decorating

24 years experience

1176 Myocum Rd, Mullumbimby (just past golf course)

6684 2323 / 0418 663 983


SUNRISE PLASTERING. No job too small. Renovations + patchworks. Gtd sat. Free quote ....0418 992001


Chay 0429 805 081 20 YEARS LOCAL SERVICE


Mob: 0409 451 518


ABN 48867459605 Lic 33995C


BEAU JARDIN We design & build beautiful gardens www.beaujardin.com.au Lic 177274C ...0417 054443

451 186





Lic 167371C




LAUNDRY AND IRONING SERVICE. washingday.com.au Ph Bec .................................0404 347772

Licence No. 207479C

REMEDIAL MASSAGE: Deep tissue, sports, relaxation. HICAPS avail. Aaron Ovens ......0408 707304


AD PAINTING by John Hand. Lic 13246C ................................................ 0413 185399 or 66841249

30 years experience

ALL WAYS PAINTING NORTHERN RIVERS. Qualified, insured, clean. 0413 401907 or 66805015

Blocked drain specialists Everything plumbing, drainage & gasďŹ tting

BYRONBAYPAINTINGSERVICES.COM.AU – Reliable. Quality work. Ph .....................1300 255 724



0400 852 141


JARRAH DAVIDSON Plumbing, draining, gas fitting & roofing. Lic 187712C................0438 668025

Shaun Savage Landscapes Established 2008 ~ Lic No: 247282c

Specialising in: • Retaining Walls • Pool Surrounds • Block Work • Paving • TurďŹ ng • Stonework 20 Years Experience

0405 594 288

LEMONTREELANDSCAPES.COM.AU Liam. Lic No 277154C .........................................0423 700853

LOCKSMITH Brendan Duggan Locksmith. Automotive car keys and lock installation/repair .......0412 764148


OSTEOPATHY at Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre

Dr. Matthew Fourro (Osteo) Dr. Egbert Weber (Osteo) 60 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby | 02 6626 7900 NORTH COAST OSTEOPATHY Jodie Jacobs. Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri.....................................66857517 OCEAN SHORES, Jo Meon. Mon & Thu. Email hello@thehealthcove.com or phone ..........66805602

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• Targeted treatments for all pests with “no sprayâ€? cockroach treatments • If you have found live termites, do not disturb them and call us for advice! No cost for quoting on active termites Relax, when safety, reputation and experience matters, we are the experts

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BILL CONNORS All plumbing/draining. Lic #1051 .................................. 66801403 or 0414 801403 HRH PLUMBING Providing a prompt, reliable & efficient service. Lic 220755C ............0402 652017 MARK STRATTON All plumbing & emergency. Sewer drain camera/locator. Lic 57803C ....0419 019035 ADM PLUMBING SERVICES‌ (NO JOB TOO SMALL)‌ Lic 234528C. ....... Call Adam 0466 992483

02 6681 6555  Free quotes on active termites  Environmentally safe

YOUR PEST & TERMITE SPECIALISTS www.allpestsolutions.com.au THE PEST MAN EXTRAORDINAIRE Second opinion / alternative views. 50 yrs exp .....0418 110714 BRUNSWICK BYRON PEST CONTROL................................................................................66842018


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Professional • Commercial • Personal 30+ years experience in commercial photography and photojournalism

www.treefaeriefotos.com • 0417 427 518

COLIN J WILLIAMS PLUMBING & GAS Lic L7990. Urgent repairs. Mullum/Byron .......0434 273726


ATTENTION POOL OWNERS • All pool requirements • Professional advice • Water testing • Friendly service • Pool servicing 73 Station St, Mullumbimby (opp. Council chambers)

6684 3003 MULLUM POOL SHOP Water testing, eco products, mobile service, construction/repairs....0418 666839

PRINTING & COPYING SERVICES PRINTWORKS Traditional / Digital art@mullumprintworks.com.au .................................66843633 GRAPHIC EXPRESSIONS BYRON Digital Printing/Fine Art Prints info@gexprint.com.au..66858226

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Call Nrth Rivers Camphor Control 0408 581 445

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SUMMERLAND TREE SERVICES ............................................. Call Tim 66813140 or 0417 698227 PETER GRAY Grad. Cert. Arb. AQF8. Consulting arborist................................................0414 186161



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TILER/STONEMASON/WATERPROOFER Lic 24418C. Phone Karl ...................................66804103

LEAF IT TO US 4x4 truck/chipper + stump grinding. Local, qualified, insured. Free quotes.0402 487213 A VERY HANDY MAN TREE SERVICES................................... Happy to help. Andrew..0412 558890 PROBLEM CAMPHORS and woody weeds removed. No fuss-green waste, lantana too! ..0478 779650

TUITION HARMONIUM TUITION, REPAIRS, SALES. Contact Alice.............................................0427 423723


TILING PERFECTION & WATERPROOFING Free quotes, repairs. Lic 179306C .66801168 or 0409 847653 BANGALOW UPHOLSTERY Now at Billinudgel. Re-covering specialists.............................66805255



BYRON BAY VALUERS NSW & QLD regâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Chartered Valuers ................... 0431 245460 or 66857010

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SIMPSON PROPERTY GROUP - Valuation, Advisory & Asset M/ment. Specialists in: Residential, ALL ROOF CLEANING Experienced, insured & fast free quotes. Call ..............................0419 789600

Rural, Commercial & Industrial. www.simsonproperty.com.au..........0400 134562 or 0427 220976


VETERINARY SURGEONS MULLUM VET CLINIC: Richard Gregory, Bec Willis, Mark Sebastian â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After hours avail ...66843818

OCEAN SHORES SKIPS Mini skip specialists ......................................... 0412 161564 or 66841232 A u s t r a l i a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s M o s t E x p e r i e n c e d C r u i s e A g e n t

TIP RUNS & RUBBISH REMOVAL 4m3 trailer................................................................0408 210772 A1 RUBBISH REMOVAL AND TIP RUNS. 9m3 trailer. Same day service. Best rates .....0413 289443 MAN WITH UTE. RETHINK REUSE RECYCLE. Ph Mark ................................................0411 113300



 Home sewage solutions  Commercial wastewater treatment  Rainwater tanks concrete and plastic

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WATER SUPPLIES TRIDENT WATER Remote access delivery, 4WD water truck. Northern Rivers & surrounds ..0412 580 564

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TRINE SOLUTIONS Local sewerage specialists. Plumbers, drainers & gas fitters. Lic 138031C. 0407 439805

TANK CLEANING Repairs, installation, first flush diverters, pumps, etc ........................0418 662285

NEWT wastewater treatment. Septic design, upgrades, maint & intall. Lic 207479C............... 0429 805081



WELDING & FABRICATION Structural, general, repairs & Aluminium. Call Rod ...........0408 410545

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Serving Northern NSW since 1998

Call us on 6679 7228

Your local, qualiďŹ ed team. m 0428 320 262 Specialists in standalone & e sunbeamsolar@bigpond.com grid interact system designs.

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NORTH COAST VETERINARY SERVICES Dr Lauren Archer .................................................66840735

We provide professional & reliable tree services to make your environment safe and healthy.

AREAS WE SERVICE Ballina / Byron Bay / Tweed Heads / Gold Coast / Murwillumbah

1300 384 766

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WINDOW CLEANING CLEAN VIEW Prompt, professional, insured. Phone David .............................................0421 906460

WINDOW TINTING SUNRISE W. T. NO BUBBLES, NO TROUBLES Cars, homes & offices ..........................0412 158478 SURFWAGON - Car/Home/Office tint. Lifetime Warranty. W/sale price .........................0434 875009

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Classifieds INDEX Annual General Meetings ..... 29 Birthdays ................................ 30 For Sale ................................. 29 Garage Sales......................... 29 Halls For Hire......................... 29 Health Notices ....................... 29 In Memoriam.......................... 30 Motor Vehicles ....................... 29 Only Adults ............................ 30 Pets ........................................ 30 Positions Vacant .................... 30 Professional Services ............ 29




Publication day is Wednesday, booking deadlines are the day before publication.


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These prices include GST.

Cash, cheque, Mastercard or Visa Prepayment is required for all ads.

Public Notices ........................ 29


To Let ..................................... 29

Clear subconscious sabotages. Reprogram patterns and beliefs. Restore vibrancy and physical health. De-stress. Ph 0403125506 SANDRA DAVEY, Reg. Pract.

Tradework .............................. 29 Tree Services ......................... 29 Tuition .................................... 30 Volunteers Wanted................. 29 Wanted .................................. 29 Wanted To Lease ................... 29 Work Wanted ......................... 30

DISCLAIMER Advertisements placed in The Byron Shire Echo do not reflect the views or opinions of the editorial staff. The Byron Shire Echo does not make any representations as to the accuracy or suitability of any content or information contained in advertising material nor does publication constitute in any way an endorsement by The Byron Shire Echo of the content or representations contained therein. The Byron Shire Echo does not accept any liability for the representations or promises made in paid advertisements or for any loss or damage arising from reliance on such content, representations or promises.

PUBLIC NOTICES ECHO DISTRIBUTION: We love the residents of these areas, and we’d love to keep up our weekly service, but due to virus-related issues, we will soon be forced to supend our home distribution to certain areas, such as Tintenbar/Nashua including Friday Hut Rd, Fernleigh Rd, Booyung Rd: Coorabell including Coorabell Rd, Newes Rd, Coolamon Scenic Dr, Friday Hut Rd. Coopers Shoot: including Lawlers Ln, Broken Head Rd, Old Byron Bay Rd, Piccadilly Hill Rd, Coopers Shoot Rd, Bangalow Rd. We will also be making a small reductioin in distribution in central Lennox in Gibbon and Stewart St. Near to those affected areas we have bulk drops in Lennox and Bangalow (eg at servos, supermarket, newsagent), Tintenbar Store, Newrybar Store and of course nearby towns like Mullumbimby and Byron.

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STOLEN: 54” zero-turn Hustler Fastrak ride-on mower and Major Tilt-tray golf buggy gray trailer from The Manse Rd Myocum. Reward offered. We must stop this! Ph 0412005007



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Fully insured • Free quotes

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For ceilings, walls, doors, etc. Ph 0429884188 • sample & brochure. www.bambooply.com.au

WANTED DONKEY JENNY OR GELDING Companion for a jenny. Good home 0414895441 LP RECORDS: good condition, no op shop crap! Ph Matt 0401955052

Covering all aspects of tree work and tree stump removal (stump grinding)


Experienced climber • Insured • Licensed

BRUNSWICK HEADS 42 Fingal Street. Shed & house items, Sat 28th, after 8am



STOLEN: from Mullumbimby Thurs 12/3/20. Black box trailer 8’x4’ rego X89895 with low racks, large silver aluminium tool box on drawbar and rusty tie down rails. Two old rear tractor tyres. 3 tractor rims (2 recently painted white, 1 rusty) 2 rear hub plates (grey). 4’ Kanga slasher. 1 red metal carry toolbox with tools. 1 Barco 1/2 inch drive socket set. 1 red Hilti cordless impact wrench kit, charger, battery. 2 car stands. If you see the trailer or bits, please contact the police on 131444, event number E74153734 or call 0417848234 with details. Reward for recovery of items is offered.

• Arborist • 15” Wood Chipper • Stump Grinder • Fully Insured

Simple and effective solutions Anxiety, Cravings, Fears & Trauma. Maureen Bracken 0402205352

on hold for now. Osho Books and Osho Satsang DVDs available.

MULLUMBIMBY Procrastination Association is happy to announce the indefinite postponement of their AGM due to the current circumstances.

on page 9


at the Mevlana hall



NUCLEAR BUNKER SAFE-HOUSES. Integrated aquaponics, micro-biospheres. Phone Swamiji 0412866859 or visit theastrologer4.com (press icon - scroll).

DAVID LOVEJOY’S BOOKS Available from The Echo reception: Between Dark and Dark, a memoir; Moral Victories, the biography of a chess player; Heresy, an historical novel. ALL JUST $10 each.

Call Andrew Wilson  0412 558 890 

After hours & emergency service available

FOR SALE SLIDING DOOR, BUILDING ITEMS. $200 the lot. Ph 66846640


Dryers and dishwashers available at Bridglands Mullumbimby. 66842511

BYRON BAY FIREWOOD Pickup / Delivery Seasoned Firewood Kindling, bags, trailer, tonnage (up to 30 tonne). Residential | Commercial | Wholesale Prompt and reliable service.

Michael – 0401 739 656 byronbayfirewood.com.au

Tip Runs & Rubbish Removal 0408 210 772 MOTOR VEHICLES

CASH PAID FOR UNWANTED CARS Local reg’d business 66845296 or 66845403

2004 Toyota Corolla Auto, Station Wagon Always popular, be quick. S/N713 . $5495 2005 Mazda 6 Hatch 5spd A/C P/S Cold A/C. Drives great....... $4495 Auto 2005 N16 Nissan Pulsar Cold A/C. Great Car ........................ $4495



Environmentally friendly methods Call Nrth Rivers Camphor Control

0408 581 445

FIREWOOD • Fence posts • Poles • Sleepers • Sawn timber Kings Creek, Mullumbimby Mark 0427 490 038

Mon-Wed, by appointment Thurs/Fri 8am to 4pm | Sat, 8am to 3pm

BAMBOO PLANTS clumping,  screening, hedging, flowering gingers,  bromeliads

0458 535 760

2004 Holden Rodeo Dual Cab. 5spd A/C P/S. Great condition. ............... $5995 2011 Toyota Corolla Hatch. 5spd A/C P/S. Nice Car. ........................... $8995

LEASING NOW! Beachside Byron Bay Apartments

2 Bedroom Deluxe 1 Bedroom Deluxe 1 Bedroom Loft All come with incredible perks including free e-bikes, unlimited travel on the solar train, onsite car share, pool, and access to surfboard lockers.

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BYRON HOME TO RENT Spacious, private and well-appointed 3 bed/3 bath/1 garage home close to CBD & beach. Available now, $850/week. Phone 02 6624 7700. CRABBES CREEK New house 100sqm. 2br, 1bath + kitchen. Ridgeline. Sealed driveway, carport. No pets. Long term. $460 pw incl water. cetana@fastmail.fm BYRON, PATERSON ST 2bdr flat, LUG, lighthouse views. Quiet, private yard. Long lease, n/s. Pet considered. $500p/w inc water. Avail 14 April. Ph 0421569252 BYRON SELF-STORAGE UNITS Clean & secure. Ph 1300762618


& backloads to Brisbane. Friendly, with 10 years local exp. 0409917646 Summerland Storage Bangalow From $105 to $290 mth Call GNF Bangalow 66872833 1 BDR S/CONT GRANNY FLAT for 6 months or possibly longer. $300p/w and 3BDR HOME $500p/w, both in Ocean Shores. Wanted kind, considerate, responsible people. Sorry no pets. Bond & refs reqd. Ph 0428354946

WANTED TO LEASE ACCESS TO ACREAGE, dwelling or not. Prefer 2x2 or 3x3 or similar. Substantial security deposit OK. Pls call 0423218417






Ballina Car Centre

DLN 19950

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Byron Dog Rescue is looking for volunteers to work in their Op Shops in Brunswick Heads and to assist with sorting goods for the shops at their Centre on Left Bank Road. If you are interested please ring Annie Stephen on 0438 839 919 or cawidogs2483@gmail.com

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First quarter 1 April 9.21pm Full moon 8 April 12.35pm Third quarter 15 April 8.56am New moon 23 April 12.25pm Day of Sun Sun Moon Moon High tide, Low tide, month rise set rise set height (m) height (m) 1 W 0656 1843 1336 0230 1.47; 1447 1.05 0916 0.68; 2029 0.62 2 T 0656 1842 1431 0007 0347 1.48; 1620 1.06 1042 0.64; 2157 0.61 3 F 0657 1841 1523 0107 0504 1.55; 1741 1.15 1152 0.55; 2315 0.54 4 S 0657 1839 1611 0210 0609 1.65; 1844 1.28 1246 0.44 DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDS Sunday 5 April 3am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; turn clocks back one hour 5 S 0558 1738 1556 0216 0605 1.75; 1836 1.42 0022 0.43; 1232 0.33 6 M 0559 1737 1638 0324 0656 1.82; 1925 1.55 0018 0.32; 1314 0.23 7 T 0559 1736 1718 0433 0743 1.85; 2012 1.68 0111 0.23; 1354 0.17 8 W 0600 1735 1758 0541 0828 1.81; 2058 1.77 0202 0.19; 1432 0.14 9 T 0600 1734 1838 0650 0912 1.73; 2144 1.82 0253 0.20; 1511 0.16 10 F 0601 1733 1922 0758 0956 1.60; 2230 1.83 0346 0.25; 1550 0.21 11 S 0601 1732 2008 0907 1040 1.44; 2317 1.79 0443 0.34; 1630 0.30 12 S 0602 1731 2057 1013 1127 1.28 0544 0.44; 1710 0.40 13 M 0602 1730 2150 1115 0010 1.71; 1220 1.14 0652 0.53; 1757 0.52 14 T 0603 1729 2246 1212 0110 1.62; 1330 1.06 0805 0.59; 1856 0.62 15 W 0604 1728 2343 1304 0219 1.54; 1500 1.04 0919 0.60; 2017 0.69 16 T 0604 1727 1349 0330 1.51; 1619 1.10 1024 0.57; 2144 0.69 17 F 0605 1726 0039 1429 0434 1.50; 1717 1.19 1115 0.53; 2253 0.65 18 S 0605 1725 0134 1504 0526 1.52; 1802 1.29 1156 0.48; 2345 0.59 19 S 0606 1724 0228 1537 0610 1.53; 1841 1.39 1230 0.43 20 M 0606 1723 0320 1607 0647 1.55; 1915 1.47 0029 0.53; 1300 0.39 21 T 0607 1722 0412 1637 0722 1.54; 1948 1.55 0108 0.49; 1329 0.36 22 W 0608 1721 0503 1706 0755 1.52; 2021 1.61 0145 0.46; 1356 0.34 23 T 0608 1720 0555 1737 0827 1.49; 2054 1.66 0219 0.45; 1423 0.33 24 F 0609 1719 0649 1810 0859 1.43; 2128 1.69 0256 0.45; 1450 0.34 25 S 0609 1718 0743 1846 0931 1.37; 2203 1.70 0334 0.47; 1519 0.37 26 S 0610 1717 0839 1926 1005 1.29; 2240 1.68 0415 0.50; 1550 0.41 27 M 0610 1716 0935 2011 1043 1.22; 2321 1.65 0459 0.54; 1624 0.47 28 T 0611 1715 1032 2102 1127 1.15 0550 0.58; 1704 0.53 29 W 0612 1714 1126 2158 0009 1.61; 1225 1.10 0652 0.61; 1757 0.59 30 T 0612 1713 1218 2258 0107 1.58; 1341 1.08 0803 0.60; 1909 0.63

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Astronomical data and tides

Times are Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time. Time lags: Ballina Boat Dock: 15 min; Byron Bay: nil; Brunswick River Hwy Bridge: high 30 min, low 1 hr; Mullumbimby: 1 hr 10 min; Billinudgel: 3 hr 55 min; Chinderah: high 1 hr 15 min, low 2 hr; Terranora Inlet: high 2 hr 10 min, low 2 hr 25 min; Murwillumbah: high 2 hr 30 min, low 2 hr 50 min. Tides in bold indicate high tide of 1.7m or more and low tide of 0.3m or less. Data from Bureau of Meteorology.

STARS BY LILITH ARIES THE RAM For the first time since 1991 Saturn moves into Aquarius for the most part of now until March 2023. Lasting around three years in each sign, what does this Saturn cycle mean for youâ&#x20AC;Ś?

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ARIES: Saturn moving into your sector of teamwork and technology sounds a call to expand your social networks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been resisting upgrading technology, get over it. This is your time to partner up and collaborate on inspiring initiatives, get reliable support systems in place and welcome powerful mentors into your life.

GEMINI: Systems analyst Saturn, kicking off a three year cycle in compatible air sign Aquarius, loves a program and a plan. The disciplinarian taskmaster supports mastery and expertise, education and formal training. The structure it offers your adventurous mind is invaluable, and it pays to remember this transitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a marathon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not a sprint.

LEO: As serious Saturn examines recurring themes in Leo relationships, whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not solid is likely to fall apart. But surely thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing? The upside of Saturn transits is that they feel right. Expect to make some weighty decisions, renegotiate terms of partnerships and be proactive instead of reactive when the going gets tough.

TAURUS: Every 30 or so years seven-ringed Saturn arrives at the top of your chart to Taureansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; true north, which is a profitable mission. Its slow, steady pace through your house of worldly ambition to revamp your career trajectory is welcome news for your stability-loving soul â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not to mention your bank balance.

CANCER: Saturn, in your sector of intimate bonds, long term finances and sharing resources for mutual gain, could be music to your security-loving ears. But merging assets, and/or separating them, can send tremors and shock waves through shaky relationships. If you have to work through trust issues, Saturn gives back on whatever effort you put in.

VIRGO: Saturn launching its first installment of efficient admin in your sector of organisation, health and order, self-care and stress management is familiar territory to Virgos. Routine and discipline are your thing, so this cycle could be enjoyable if you keep the inner perfectionista in check. Your key is remembering the fun factor.

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LIBRA: Saturn in airy Aquarius, your zodiac zone of romance and creative self-expression couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a better possie for artists or performers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and what Libran isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one or the other? But Saturnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a stroll down the red carpet of life: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about expertise. Getting serious about. practising and perfecting, honing and refining, learning or teaching. SCORPIO: Wherever Saturn parks is your cue to mature, and stop procrastinating. At the bottom of your chart â&#x20AC;&#x201C; its foundational support â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and this suggests specifically about ground zero: home, emotional security, planting roots, family. Which may involve a move to a new address, or buying or selling real estate, because stability doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to mean boring.

SAGITTARIUS: Saturn in your communication and media zone is about learning to speak, write, and publicly present yourself with authenticity and authority. As the minimalist planet simplifies and streamlines, socialising and networking circles may shrink, with less quantity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but enhanced quality. Cautious Saturn rewards the wisdom of waiting, meaning that patience will pay off. CAPRICORN: A little resistant to outside advice? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to listen. And alternatively, not to be shy about sharing your expertise, as Saturnian gravitas inclines you toward even greater commitment to win/win business ethics and a sustainably sourced lifestyle that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost the planet. Without, of course, raising the bar so high you trip over it.

AQUARIUS: After almost 30 years, Saturn in your sign is definitely a big deal. After an initial three month foray, it moves away, to return in December for a couple of years of major growth; renovating and rebuilding after an initial teardown of some part of your life-upuntil-now. Exciting, eh? PISCES: As Saturn, the planet of appropriate timing, explores your inner landscape, hidden parts of yourself â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like habit patterns you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even aware of â&#x20AC;&#x201C; emerge. Welcome to your blind spots. We all have them. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist natural conclusions to whatever has run its course, and whomever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve outgrown, during this powerful healing transit.

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Roller derby rocks Cavanbah Centre The roller derby season kicked off with six teams competing in the second running of the Northern Rivers Revolt held at the Cavanbah centre two weeks ago. Teams travelled from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to complete in the two-day roller derby tournament. The host team were the River Valley Rollers, who are a combined group of players from both Tweed Valley Rollers and Northern Rivers Rollers, who run the tournament in partnership. Competitors also included the Killer Bees (Sun State Roller Derby), the Snipers (Sydney Roller Derby League), the Demons (Victorian Roller Derby League), the Nasty Nancies (Brisbane City Rollers), the Bamshees

(Inner West Roller Derby) and the River Valley Rollers. ‘The tournament winners were the Nasty Nancies. They won all five of their games, taking the lighthouse trophy from the Sydney Snipers who won it last year and fought hard to try to keep it,’ Lisa ‘BustHer’ O’Leary, tournament coordinator said. ‘There were lots of very tight scorelines making for edge-of-your-seat kind of games, that could have gone either way right till the final whistle. ‘The home team won a respectable three, out of their five games. ‘The $5 spectator fee helped the tournament raise funds for Friends of the Koala, Lismore,’ she said. The Most Valuable Player awards went to Phar Slap,

Local sport on-hold as COVID-19 restrictions kick in Netball, football, AFL and cricket are just some of the local sport competitions suspended in an effort to protect communities from COVID-19. Last week Northern NSW Football, and Football Far North Coast confirmed all football activity has been suspended until Tuesday, 14 April 2020. The ban extends to games and training across all age groups.

The Nasty Nancies were too strong and went home undefeated trophy-holders. Photo Richard Thomsett. (blocker with the Demons), 96 Sugars (pivot with River Valley Rollers) and Stabby (jammer with the Nasty Nancies). ‘It was a successful tournament all round. We

hope to run it again in 2021,’ Lisa said. The Revolt kicks off the derby season, with other games held mostly in Brisbane, till October, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

Mullumbimby Lennox Longboarders īĕƐǕſƆƐĈşŕƐĕƆƐëƱëƷ hosts 24 clubs for swimming carnival

The Brunswick Byron Netball Association has also followed the lead of the state governing body and suspended all community netball until Saturday 2 May, 2020. Local AFL has been put on hold until the 31 May, 2020. A final decision on the 2020 rugby league season is still pending, but local training and trial games have been suspended.

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Over 130 swimmers from 24 clubs enjoyed a great day of competition at the Mullumbimby Swimming Club’s qualifying meet, held at the Petria Thomas pool on 14 March. Attending clubs included: Lismore Workers, Kingscliff, Grafton, Superfish (Gold Coast), Maclean, Twin Towns Banora, Everton Park (Brisbane) and Kyogle. Stand out performances from Mullumbimby swimming club members included: Sara Irace achieved two personal best times, taking 10 seconds off her 100-metre freestyle, and five seconds off her 200-metre IM. Davide Irace also had two personal best times, taking two seconds off his 50-metre

breaststroke and 50-metre freestyle. Ella Brittain had three personal best times including taking five seconds off her 50-metre breaststroke, six seconds off her 50-metre backstroke and eight seconds off her 200-metre IM. Asher Brittain did two personal best times, taking four seconds off her 25-metre breaststroke, and seven seconds off her 25-metre backstroke. Pia Brittain did a personal best in 200-metre breaststroke. Finn Brittain had an amazing PB of 18 seconds off his 200-metre IM. Natasha Fraser did a personal best time taking seven seconds off her 200m breaststroke.

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The Lennox Longboarders had their first round of the year under new president, Rob Rye, and had offshore winds and one-metre waves for the 36 surfers who competed at Lennox Main Beach. There was some outstanding long boarding skills displayed from young Tasman Cahill in his heat, and new member, Mia Francis, also showed some quality logging moves.

Results: Firsts: Arron Smith, Jackson Cochrane, Will Petrie, Darin Nobbs, Brendan Cahill, Eleanor Robertson. Seconds: Mia Francis, Martin Fox, Jemma Osborne, Tasman Cahill, Andrew Smith, Tobias Champion (first round only).

Thirds: Jake Ryan, Craig Leete, James Foster, Greg Gover, Andrew Thomas, Terry Kay. Fourths: Gary Alford, Rob Rye, Gary Cawley, Ella Champion, Celine Walsh, Jim Baker (first round only). Fifths: Veronica Silver, Tim Champion, Brodie Fox, Tomini (first round only), Toby Ryan (first round only), Adele Purbrick (first round only). Sixths: Emily Simmonds, Fiona Duncan, Grant Ryan, Liz Petterson (first round only), Kate Ashdown (first round only).

Cancelled The Board Meeting Charity event scheduled to run over the weekend at Lennox Head was cancelled due to the COVID-19 regulations.


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1. Tedious noise, useless person (5) 4. Swirling stream, source of power – losing energy but still dominant (9) 9. Water storage to over rise – right shambles (9) 10. A grain or nut (5) 11. Manages whips around queen (6) 12. Play the hose on John – but it’s a battle (8) 14. Your melons develop hugely (11) 16. Cross over entrance (4) 14. Head spread (4) 20. Place bed covering over woman – totally empty! (5,5) 22. Choose right – single cold current (8) 23. The French notice a tenant (6) 26. Big ladle – a journalist wants one! (5) 27. On the beach, perhaps, rubbish – did for two! (9) 28. Re – not where you should change horses! (9) 29. Turn back French drinks? Go away! (5)

1. Male bee (5) 4. Dominant, skillful (9) 9. Water storage facility (9) 10. Fruit of the oak (5) 11. Supplies provisions (6) 12. Napoleon’s downfall (8) 14. To a very great extent (10) 16. Entrance (4) 18. Head (4) 20. Paper or tablet ready for use (5,5) 22. AC or DC (8) 23. Tenant, one who holds a lease (6) 26. Exclusive news story (5) 27. Flotsam, usually found on a beach (9) 28. In the centre of the river (9) 29. Go away, vamoose (5)


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DOWN 1. Extremely inexpensive (5,5) 2. Start, attack (5) 3. Organs of hearing (8) 4. Tie up a boat (4) 5. Make more swift or efficient (10) 6. Deleted (6) 7. Carefree, without purpose (9) 8. Jargon, type of language (5) 13. Double bass (4,6) 15. Travelling (2,3,4) 17. Dutch port city (9) 18. Dangerous insulating material (8) 21. Cease doing that! (4,2) 22. English racecourse (5) 24. Trail, evidence to follow (5) 25. Unyielding (4)

1. Mad rich adept – they’re giving it away (4,5) 2. Attack – where the actors are (5) 3. Reckless murders, a ingredient of the hearing! (8) 4. Back room Othello (4) 5. Let marines find a way to reduce wind resistance (10) 6. A long time, over for the French – wiped out (6) 7. Transient imperial measure – let it go! (9) 8. Fish – zilch, in a manner of speaking (5) Last week’s solution N326 13. Male beast to try for trickery with a S T O O P S P R E P double bass (4,6) T C A M H R A 15. One hard to interpret – as Kerouac O V E R S T A T E R A S F U T was! (2,3,4) M I N D O V E R M A T 17. Scoundrel raised enraged F U K L European port (9) R I G H T I N C L E N H 18. Like supreme drunk flipped over – O A N O S T A L G I A T could be deadly (8) T T D P O 21. Way round mine – desist! (4,2) T R A V E L L E R S U O E I R S 22. Records order for course (5) S U P E R F O O L P 24. Small, impoverished trail (5) E O S E N O 25. Hard business (4) R E D B E A R D S T



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Backlash Thankfully the states and territories have stepped up and led with COVID-19, leaving the PM looking fairly irrelevant. Given his muddled messaging and a record of incompetence, it’s probably for the best that he not be taken too seriously with such a serious situation. Q Q Q Q


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Does the 80-year-old billionaire Gerry Harvey have a moral compass? Perhaps not. He told 60 Minutes (Nine) on Sunday: ‘You know, this [virus] is an opportunity. Our sales are up in Harvey Norman in Australia by nine per cent on last year. Our sales in freezers are up 300 per cent. And what about air purifiers? Up 100 per cent.’ Q Q Q Q

A current NSW government survey asks whether single use plastics should be phased out. Plastic straws are on the list, as well as polystyrene food and beverage containers. To make your voice heard, visit www. yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/ plastics-plan/short-survey.

No, it’s not a Devo tribute band. It’s Mullum Mitre 10 playing it safe. Please, everyone, this is serious. That means keeping safe distances, washing hands properly and being mindful of public handrails, petrol bowsers and the like. Photo Jeff ‘Whipped It Since 1986’ Dawson applies to the monthly Community Byron Market. Q Q Q Q



The annual Newrybar Village Easter egg hunt (April 11) has been cancelled, say organisers.


With the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of concerts, conferences, events and festivals across Australia, a website has been created for musicians to tell the stories of the gigs that they have lost. Visit www.ilostmygig. net.au for more info.


Sunday’s Bangalow market has been cancelled, ‘in line with the NSW Health Department ruling’. This also

nsw.gov.au/Community/ Public-health-and-safety/ Coronavirus-COVID-19.

Byron Writers Festival tickets will not be going on sale on April 1, as previously planned, say organisers.

The Ngara Institute have cancelled Catherine Ingram’s presentation on March 25. Organisers say, ‘Her words remain vital, never more so, and as soon as we have determined a digital platform that will enable the audience to easily access the event online, we will reschedule. This will be the way forward for Ngara Institute events for the foreseeable future.’ Here’s some good news – the Byron, Bangalow, Mullum and New Brighton Farmers Markets will remain open!

If you are after local advice on COVID-19, head to www.byron.


Byron Theatre managers say all events are cancelled until further notice. ‘Ticket holders for cancelled events will be fully refunded’. Email tickets@byroncentre.com.au for more info. Q Q Q Q


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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.