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Louise Owen is back as Lennox chamber president – page 3

Is it easier to buy drugs in Nimbin or online? – page 6

Derby Baby! Get your skates on – page 8

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Hoops of fun at NAIDOC

Fourteen-year-old Elsie, pictured, from the SistaGurl dance troupe, was one of the many singers, dancers, performers and storytellers from Thursday’s NAIDOC celebrations in Byron Bay. Photo Eve Jeffery

Around three hundred people marched for NAIDOC week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) last Thursday in Byron Bay. It was a wonderful day of celebration, education and entertainment held next to the Peace Pole on Main Beach. This year is also the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal tent embassy and 20 years of upholding of the Mabo decision. A sand mandala celebrating Aboriginal and Islander Culture and the embassy was placed lovingly by many hands on the lawn beside the beach and the boys from the National Parks cooked up a ripper free BBQ. Photos from NAIDOC Week by Eve Jeffery Watch the video documentary by Sharon Shostak as seen in


Byron events policy rejected by the state Hans Lovejoy

The state government has jettisoned Byron Shire Council’s events policy, effectively ending a protracted stoush between event promoters and festival supporters on the one hand and council

and resident groups on the other. The policy intended to limit major music events with more than 6,000 attendees in the shire to two per year: Splendour and Bluesfest. Read the full story

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Lennox chamber pres back on deck After a recent car crash, Louise Owen rebounds with the same dedication to protecting the town Story & Photo Eve Jeffery

Three years ago Louise Owen was given the ultimate gift when she was the recipient of a donor heart. After the transplant Louise’s surgeon said ‘Your heart is fabulous’. ‘It’s all about the donation and the donor having that sense of mind to want to be a donor and not knowing

when your time is up, but you have decided to be a donor. That’s a big thing. You don’t know who is going to receive your heart. It’s an absolutely open gift. ‘I don’t have any prejudices for anyone. If you’re an organ donor you’re on my list no matter what. I don’t care.’ Read the full story

Another building firm goes bust Local tradesmen – many of whom are still reeling from the collapse of GJ Gardiner Ballina – have been hit again with another building company going into administration. Baseline Constructions, which has been responsible for the renovation of the Ballina Central Shopping Centre, went into receivership last week and a Read the meeting of creditors… full story Love the One you’re with... heart and appreciation...

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Market donates to charity

Manager of Byron Farmers Market Mike Stack dished out some cash to worthy organisations this week – one was $1500 to the Byron Library for audio books and the other was $1500 to help WIRES continue their good work with animals. Pictured are mayor Jan Barham, Mike and WIRES carer Annie Crowley. Photo Jeff Dawson

Chief bureaucrat to address Mullum hospital meeting A public meeting has been called to allow the region’s top health bureaucrat to explain his proposal to replace night-shift doctors at Mullumbimby hospital emergency department (ED) with video-linking technology. Chris Crawford, the chief executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District, will be available to answer questions, and the meeting will be held at the Mullumbimby High School hall on August 2 from 7pm.

Frank Lynch from the Save Mullum Hospital Steering Committee told The Echo, ‘As this is the first community meeting attended by a representative of the Local Health District administration, it is an important meeting for residents and all are urged to attend and to have their concerns heard.’ Mr Lynch says the committee is collecting and collating personal experiences about Mullum hospital’s…

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Committee to be formed Jasper’s long journey to for Ewingsdale facility reach potential A community advisory committee will be established by Byron Council to provide input on the Ewingsdale multipurpose facility. A media spokesperson for Council said of the resolution: ‘The group will include three community representatives: one from the Byron Catchment Community, Sporting and Recreation Working Group, and two from the wider Byron Shire community. ‘Council will write to the Working Group seeking a nomination, while advertising for the two other places. The committee’s role will be to provide input to centre management. But ultimately, the centre will be run by the party appointed to do that job by council.’ Read the full story

Photo & story Eve Jeffery

Most mothers hope that their children will finish high school, or reach their athletic potential or even become the prime minister of Australia. Nadine Schafer hopes that one day her son Jasper will be able to run into her arms and call her mum. Now just 17 months old, Jasper was born with brain damage caused by the death of his twin brother Julian in utero. Read the full story

Byron Greens council candidates announced Greens mayoral candidate Simon Richardson has announced his five fellow candidates who are standing for September’s council election. ‘Experience and youth,’ he says. ‘We’ve got quality in both, with decades of experience in community issues, commercial businesses, the environment, management and governance.’ Read the full story

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Rupert Murdoch, to judge by his Twitter posts, does not like Scientology. Some media commentators have deduced from this that News Ltd is about to embark on one of its boots’n’all campaigns against the cult. Although the Scientology organisation bristles with lawyers, it is a relatively soft target, managing to be both ludicrous and sinister in equal measures. Read the full story

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So that was week one of the carbon price, and a pretty grim week it was. Another Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan, more bombings in Iraq, more carnage in Syria, floods in Russia, a purge at Barclay’s following the interest-fixing scam, Glaxo Smith Kline fined $3 billion and, back home, the state of origin tragedy. But the only real disaster Tony Abbott could pin on Julia Gillard’s grey pig newt axe, as he calls it, was Craig Emerson’s karaoke performance at Whyalla, and even that had its bright side: if the long-suffering city can survive that, it can survive anything. So in general the week lived Most punters up to all the seem to have more rational forgotten what it’s predictions: nothing much really all about: changed, just as ameliorating the Gillard insisted worst effects of would be the case. And climate change. paradoxically, Read the full story View the video of this story

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Is it easier to buy drugs in Nimbin or online? Dylan O’Donnell

We live in a modern society where I can admit that, like the president of the United States of America, I have tried and enjoyed marijuana at some point in my life. I can admit it without it affecting my reputation to any great extent because at least 30 per cent of Australians can say the same thing, according to study published by the federal health department. Perhaps I’ll regret that later in life when I run for office, but if a female atheist can be prime minister, surely I haven’t completely ruled myself out. Recently mainstream Australian media have been reporting about the ‘dark web’. Read the full story

Book explores pivotal moment in Christian history While David Lovejoy’s latest book, Heresy, is fiction, it is based in a pivotal moment in Christian history when the influence of Augustine of Hippo usurped a more compassionate approach to morality by his contemporary, the British scholar Pelagius. It is Saint Augustine’s doctrine

of Original Sin – not to mention the notion of a ‘just war’ – which is entrenched in the Church rather than Pelagius’s belief in free will and the power to choose either good or evil. Sadly for a more ‘free-spirited’… Read the full story




Get Get Your Your Skates Skates On! On!

Roller Derby is taking the world by storm. And why wouldn’t it? Women in skates and hot-pants body-slamming each other with moves like ‘the booty block’ to gain advantage. It’s aggressive, it’s assertive, it’s competitive and it’s super sexy. Roller Derby embraces women of all sizes. According to Bay Rollers’ Emma Hand, or, as she’s known on the track, Crystal Beth, ‘everything about roller derby functions with a DIY philosophy. All the leagues are run by the players and enthusiastic members who, although they may not skate, share the passion for roller derby with the skaters. ‘The Bay Rollers are made up of an eclectic bunch of women (as well as our very own ref, Certified Male). On board we have school teachers, nurses,

local business owners, a youth worker, actress, fitness instructor, mums, and a mother/daughter duo.’ So how does a nice girl suddenly morph into a skate demon? ‘I went and watched one of the Bay Rollers’ games. I was never going to do it. I thought it was ridiculous, and I watched one game and just had to do it! I went online and bought a whole heap of gear…’ Read the full story



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So you don’t think you can dance? Mandy Nolan

I’ve never really got the dancing thing. I’ve never felt comfortable dancing. Especially in public. Dancing has always felt less like a voluntary ‘fun’ activity and more like a cry for help. If you’ve seen me dance you would understand. I have witnessed people dancing for hours, lathered in sweat, with silly dance trance smiles on their faces. I wonder what substance they must have imbibed to reach such a state. Read the full story As far as I’m concerned, dancing for fun is about the same league as jogging for pleasure. View the video of this story Only weirdos, druggies and people with eating disorders really get into it. Oh and Shameless self promotion! hippies who need to self express every few… Get Mandy’s book

Live music roundup Music with Pepper Peppers Coorabell are starting up a regular Sunday Live Music Day showcasing local musicians. They will have a different musician every Sunday and are keen to get the local community enjoying and supporting the amazing talent we have in this area.

Their musician for 15 July is Jake Bistrow, and he is currently studying at the Brisbane Conservatory; he plays piano and keyboard with a mixture of modern and jazz music. He will be playing from 2pm to 6pm. It will be his birthday on that day and is hoping for a good turn-out to celebrate!

Tex gets the Cash There are not many people who could step into the shoes of Johnny Cash. For a start he’s got to look good in black. He’s got to have a history. He’s got to have a dark side. He’s got to have a distinctive voice. And he’s got to be so cool he scares the living crappers out of nerds… Read the full live music roundup




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Hoops of fun at NAIDOC Byron event s policy rejected by the state

Hans Lovejoy of elected councillors have not voted for this to be done.’ The state government has jettisoned Council’s spokesperson, Byron Shire Council’s events however, policy, told The Echo that effectively ending a protracted legal advice was stoush received, ‘but it’s between event promoters a matter for them and festival should they wish to waive the privilege supporters on the one hand and coun- that rightly attaches cil and resident groups on to that advice.’ the other. Other points of contention The policy intended to limit major Noble included numerous for Mr music events with more submisthan attendees in the shire to two 6,000 sions opposing the policy, which he per year: says were ignored. Splendour and Bluesfest. ‘Over four years, and the three The council attempted to amend its the policy was placed on public times Local Environment Plan display to include asking for submissions, the policy, a move that required the vast majorstate ity objected to the government approval. policy, including more than 13,500 signed objections The letter that sealed the policy’s to fate the policy all up!’ came from the NSW planning and He said in a media release frastructure department, dated in‘The ByJuly 1, ron Events Policy, and says that under the Environmental as it existed, which had no equal in Australia and assessment act 1979 (s59(2)(b) in terms of the its restrictions, will now proposed ‘major events clause’ soon be hisshould tory and the arts – and music-loving not proceed. community of Byron is rejoicing. ‘I have formed the opinion Fourteen-year-old Elsie, ’ that the pictured, from the SistaGurl proposal is not in the public dance troupe, was one of performers and storytellers interest,’ Council defends the many singers, dancers, from Thursday’s NAIDOC said director celebrations in Byron Bay. general Sam Haddad. Photo Eve Jeffery Around three hundred Byron Council defended ‘I believe matters of concern people to the Peace Pole what it on Main Beach. marched for NAIDOC council can adequately be to the saw as a need to ensure sustained promany hands on the week This year is also the 40th assessed tection of the tional Aborigines and Islanders (Naanniver- beach and the boys lawn beside the through the normal environment, resident Day sary of the Aboriginal development ap- amenity from the National Observance Committee) tent embassy Parks cooked and the continued success plication process.’ last Thurs- and 20 years up a ripper free BBQ. of of upholding of the Mabo day in Byron Bay. the tourism industry. Earlier this year the NSW ■ See video of this Planning story on today’s It was a wonderful day of celebration, decision. A sand mandala celebrating Council’s acting executive Assessment Commission manager Aboriginal and Islander Culture (PAC), education and entertainment and pointed by the state government, ap- of environment and planning Sharyn held next the embassy was ap- French said the ‘overall placed lovingly by Go proved a trial for three annual to events at these issues remain importance of North Parklands festival site in Yelgun ning department’s despite the planincluding Splendour In Th decision. ’ e Grass. ‘Byron Shire is a small, A public meeting has been That decision essentially regional called to held at the gave the community that Mullumbimby High allow the region’s top health hosts 50 visitors for shire two different policies Mr Lynch says the committee bureau- School hall on August for the two every resident annually. With crat to explain his proposal 2 from 7pm. about 1.5 collecting and collating personal is major festivals to operate under. to replace Frank Lynch from the Save million visitors a year, Council exnight-shift doctors at Mullumbimby Bluesfest director Peter Mullum periences about thinks Noble, it is appropriate Mullum hospital’s ED while Hospital Steering Committee hospital emergency department that there celebrating the overruling told The compared to other of the work in place for helping is a frameEDs. with video-linking technology. (ED) Echo, ‘As this is the first community it, on behalf ‘Please submit any such experiences policy, was critical of what he called of the meeting attended by community, to decide what Chris Crawford, the chief is executive of the Local Health a representative to, council’s lack of due process. He said sustainable in terms of the Northern NSW Local District his solicitors ‘continuously Health tration, it is an important adminis- leave a note in the submissions box questioned protection, resident of environmental District, will be available at Byron Council as to why meeting for Mullumbimby and visitor wellto answer residents and they have not being, as well Newsagency or contact all are urged to attend me questions, and the meeting as what obtained their own legal advice on 6684 0242. And please will be and to have their regard- quantity of tourism the quality and concerns heard.’ should be. along to the meeting on August come ing the illegality of this policy over the ‘Without a proper process 2.’ past four years, and why the in place majority continued on page 2

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