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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vape Culture

Tobacco companies are in your home and in your school. They are quite possibly in your kid’s school bag. They have their sights set on your children; your precious kids are their future. They need to groom your babies into addiction so that their shareholders can continue to suck in their grubby toxic profits. The lips of the tobacco industry are on the soft fleshy cheeks of your babies and they are sucking hard. They are vaping the life out of your kids.

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Mediation fails over large Suffolk Park DA

The battle over a controversial mixed-used development proposed for the main street of Suffolk Park looks set to go to a full hearing in the Land and Environment Court with Byron Shire Council, after the court-ordered conciliation process failed.

Lismore candidate Ross Honniball

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Clarence candidate Dr Clancy talks mining and waste incinerators

As a founding member of the CCA Greens candidate Dr Greg Clancy does not support mining in the Clarence catchment. Here he shares his position on the Casino Waste incinerator and the action needed to address the climate emergency. 

Election 2023 – Tweed: Geoff Provest

The seat of Tweed is currently held by Geoff Provest for the Nationals by a margin of five per cent. He has held the seat for 16 years since 2007.

In line with the party, Broadley speaking: Labor’s fresh start for Ballina

In line with the party, Broadley speaking: Labor’s fresh start for Ballina

Bangalow Theatre Company’s got Hair

Gimme a head with hair/ Long, beautiful hair/ Shining, gleaming/ Streaming, flaxen, waxen/ Give me down to there hair/ Shoulder length or longer/ Here, baby, there, mama/ Everywhere, daddy, daddy/ Hair – hair, hair, hair, hair, hair/ Grow it, show it/ Long as I can grow it/ My hair…

Some will call it unusual – even perhaps macabre – but the forthcoming Carnivale of Life and Death at Mullumbimby Civic Hall this weekend will certainly be a unique event.

Let’s face it, death is one of the last taboos and it’s time it came out of the closet – or should that be coffin?

‘The aim is to highlight creativity, movement and colour into our experiences of loss of our loved ones and also our own mortality,’ says co-organiser Zenith Virago.

‘Being the fifth year for the Day of the Dead Ceremony, we wanted to create something bigger and more diverse – to offer a better “way to go” to everyone in any of our various communities.’

Three day event

The festival is from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November, and will be held at Mullumbimby Civic Hall and Heritage Park.

On Friday at 8pm, the Dying to Dance event will feature local fusion dance band, Ali Baba.

Saturday and Sunday is the ‘A Dying Art’ exhibition by Curators Nadine Abensur, Dev Lengjel and Lelli Brown, featuring a host of professional artists showing their decorated eco-cardboard coffin lids, shrines, shrouds and urns.

This is a great afternoon event for parents to bring children along to, and also for young people affected by the death of peers, to stimulate discussion and perhaps challenge how we look at mortality.

Art auction

Saturday night is the big opening with MCs Mandy Nolan and Zenith hosting a wild event not to be missed.

The exhibition of wonderfully decorated coffin lids by artists James Guppy, John Dahlsen, and Anne Leon will be on full display along with the opportunity to bid with auctioneer Robert Bleakley.

Mandy’s lid will also be up for raffle.

A bar and food by Open Table is available as well as entertainment by Lady La Quanda and Mae Wilde. It will all be over early so you can go on to other events.

Sunday sees the annual Day of the Dead Ceremony of Remembrance in Heritage Park to gently honour loved ones who have died.

Community artist Sam Collyer will be on hand to assist people to make their mementos for the shrine.

A free event, everyone is welcome. ‘Byron is a great place to live, but it is also great place to die,’ says Zenith.

For more information contact www.naturaldeathcentre.org.au.

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