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May 13, 2021

Tourism up but sales down

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

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Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Tweed tourism businesses have experienced an unexpected boom with some retailers reporting best-ever trading results.

Local cafes and restaurants have done a roaring trade over the last few weeks and although business is slowly easing off, owners said they were very happy with the results.

Local caravan parks were packed to the rafters and the more upmarket accommodation providers also reported steady trading.

Retailers in Kingscliff benefitted from ‘erosion tourism’ and experienced an increase in visitors keen to see the damage storms have done to the beach.

However, businesses which rely on the traditional big Christmas-gift spending spree have been disappointed by lacklustre sales.

Retailers at Tweed City said the expected stampede before Christmas and at the Boxing Day sales did not eventuate; however, the situation had not been disastrous either.

Customers focused on gifts for the kids this year and seemed less interested in buying presents for adults, according to one Tweed City retailer.


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