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Tucked away in a Mullumbimby music studio, a group of local musicians have been pouring their hearts out through song.

Pedal power celebrated at Murwillumbah film night

Those with an interest in films and cycling will be in heaven this Thursday night (August 11) when the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah hosts the Big Bike Film Night.

Beekeepers can get a permit to move hives away from flood water

With so many challenges currently surrounding the bee industry, it comes as a relief to many that NSW Department of Primary Industries will issue a special group permit for beekeepers in flood warning areas to move their hives to higher ground.

The Healthy Minds Club are busy as!

The Lennox-based (and fast-expanding) young men's mental health group are continuing to change lives and inspire the wider community with activities across the region.

Richmond Tweed Regional Library Mobile Library is on the road

Following the destruction of the previous trailer in this year’s unprecedented floods, a replacement trailer for the Richmond Tweed Regional Mobile Library has arrived – it's been polished and loaded with brand-new books and is on the road.

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Voice

This weekend this country lost Bundjalung Senior Elder, songman and storyteller Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung) – Archie Roach. He was just 66. An age indicative of what First Nations people can expect in Australia – to die 8–9 years earlier than non-Aboriginal Australians. A shorter life expectancy brought about by trauma and institutionalised racism created by colonisation and assimilation. 

Up to five times the average rainfall during 2022 in some areas says BOM

The formal record of the extreme rainfall and flooding was released today by the Bureau of Meteorology with some areas of south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales having five times their monthly average of rain. 

AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

Entertainment

Byron Writers Festival moves to Elements for 2022

Organizers of the Byron Writers Festival say that in the wake of recent weather events at the North Byron Parklands, the Byron Writers Festival 2022 will relocate to Elements of Byron.

One in The Million

The Million are on tour with the release of...

Retrospective

The end of fun: David Lovejoy concludes the story of the The Echo’s early years

While the drama of general manager Max Eastcott’s departure was playing out, The Echo passed its tenth birthday, and we marked the jubilee with a fourth awards night.

Tucked away in a Mullumbimby music studio, a group of local musicians have been pouring their hearts out through song.

Neanderthal vs. modern humans: Slow and steady wins the brain game

Our closest human relatives are Neanderthals and their Asian relatives the Denisovans. The differences between Homo sapiens and these other groups are encoded in changes to the amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins in our cells and tissues.

Explainer: Is Australia’s coal more greenhouse gas friendly than other coal?

Everything you wanted to know about coal but were too afraid to ask.

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Pedal power celebrated at Murwillumbah film night

Those with an interest in films and cycling will be in heaven this Thursday night (August 11) when the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah hosts the Big Bike Film Night.

Beekeepers can get a permit to move hives away from flood water

With so many challenges currently surrounding the bee industry, it comes as a relief to many that NSW Department of Primary Industries will issue a special group permit for beekeepers in flood warning areas to move their hives to higher ground.

The Healthy Minds Club are busy as!

The Lennox-based (and fast-expanding) young men's mental health group are continuing to change lives and inspire the wider community with activities across the region.

Letters

Cartoon of the week – 3 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Backlash

Last week’s Backlash asked why the disused rail corridor couldn’t be utilised to prevent another ‘shemozzle’ at Splendour, suggesting...

Revenge

The Fischer–Spassky 1992 Twentieth Anniversary Rematch was in fact Russia and Spassky’s revenge. Russia knew that Bobby Fischer was unstable,...

Speed cameras

When can we expect fixed speed cameras on the Butler Street Byron Bay drag strip? PJ Prideaux, Byron Bay

Israel Junkets

According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report federal parliamentarians received 139 sponsored trips of which 25 went to...

Recognising history

I arrived in Mullum from Sydney in 1976 – I loved the town and the people and felt like...

Local News

Party kits to celebrate sustainably

Ballina Shire Council and Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries have joined forces to offer reusable kids’ party kits, as part of their ongoing commitment to reduce single use items across the shire.

Have you seen Jacques Djedid? Missing person Byron Shire

Police are seeking information on 27 year old Jacques Djedid who has been reported missing from Byron Bay.

Response times remain strong: Ambulance Service

The NSW Ambulance Service has responded to criticisms of its operations in the Northern Rivers, stating that paramedics continue to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.

Splendour cash disbursed

Schools and community groups have shared in community grants worth  $50,000 from Splendour in the Grass. 

Current Print Edition

Mullum residents bulldozed over pod homes

Mullumbimby residents are growing increasingly angry and are still waiting for answers over the construction of temporary pod accommodation works on Prince Street, next to the disused railway on flood-prone land. 

Engineers available for structural assessments

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will be providing freely-accessible engineering...

Editorial – It was the best of happy times…

The start of the new federal Labor age saw advances in one short week that the previous government had failed to achieve in nine years. 

Psychedelic drugs

I am a bit bewildered by the 4 Corners...

Sport

Byron dominates NSW croquet State Championships

Local players shone when they took on players from 18 other clubs during the...

SCU becomes nine-time national surf comp winner

Southern Cross University (SCU) is the country’s greatest competitive surfing university after claiming its...

Home win for Lismore’s women’s rugby

Lismore City women’s rugby union ten-a-side team sits in third place on the competition...

Byron Bay beats the rest at BJJ open

The Academy Byron Bay won overall first place at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu winter...

Good Life

North Byron Hotel – A Haven

By Simon Haslam The evolution of the old Sunrise Bistro into the North Byron Hotel...

Dryland rice from Marlivale

By Victoria Cosford What’s been a tragedy for many at the start of the year...

Community Open Day at the distillery

The doors are swinging open at Cape Byron Distillery (home of Brookie’s Gin) for...

Local Single Malt launch

Cape Byron Distillery are finally releasing their first single malt whisky to the Australian...
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Rainbow Temple custodian seeks heritage listing to avert demolition orders

The custodian of the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank will seek heritage listing for the sacred structure in a bid to save it from demolition.

Engineers available for structural assessments

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will be providing freely-accessible engineering...

Editorial – It was the best of happy times…

The start of the new federal Labor age saw advances in one short week that the previous government had failed to achieve in nine years.