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Janelle Saffin holds the seat of Lismore

Janelle Saffin is in the lead for the seat of Lismore after yesterday's state election. Although preroll and postal votes are yet to be counted, it’s hard to imagine Saffin’s position changing.

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Dredging rivers: what are the Ballina candidates’ positions?

A recent Meet the Candidates evening in Ocean Shores saw discussion around how to manage local river systems, which have silted up over generations, and likely contributed to the high flood levels experienced in 2022.

We all live in a magic submarine…

Several commentators have remarked that, while the mainstream media is locked in furious agreement with the government over AUKUS and the trillion dollar submarines (a guess at the final price tag), social and independent media are telling quite a different tale.

Seat of Lismore has 1,000 new constituents after Electoral Commission redistribution

There are about 1,000 new constituents in the Byron Shire hinterland who at this Saturday’s election come into the Electorate of Lismore because of a NSW Electoral Commission redistribution.

Ronald McDonald supports SSF and the Tweed Hospitals

Sustainable Australia Party (SAP) Ronald McDonald clarifies his position on State Significant Farmland and the Tweed Valley Hospital. However, President...

Janelle’s four year road to the 2023 vote

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Janelle Saffin's win in the seat of Lismore and with not a minute to celebrate, Saffin spoke to The Echo about the 2023 campaign.

Residents of Cabbage Tree Island want to go home

Anger and frustration at not being able to go home saw a group of residents reclaim their properties yesterday on Cabbage Tree Island.

Byron Bay, the home of Australia’s surf, and surf culture. It’s famous beaches, famous breaks and now, recently crowned Pipeline Master, Kieren Perrow. So, what better place for an International Film Festival with a specialised focus on the surf film genre. Hand picked from around the world, featuring colourful characters with a story to tell, Byron Bay International Film Festivals surf/skate programme for 2012 is looking bigger than ever.

Here’s some of our highlights.

Come Hell or High Water. From the south shore of Hawaii’s Oahu, to the coastline of California, to the pounding barrels of Tahiti, the world of bodysurfing has escaped the trappings of fame and fortune that have engulfed the mainstream surfing community. This film captures the essence of surfing at its most vital and most simple, and the amazing aquatic cinematography revives the spirit of pure stoke that underpins the sport.

Five years in the making Minds In The Water is the story of one surfer’s journey from Australia to the Galapagos, Tonga, Alaska and Japan to help protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. The film captures a key moment in the life of pro surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich. His shift from ocean admirer to ocean activist. Along the way, he enlists a team of filmmakers, journalists, musicians, eco-pirates, celebrity surfers, and even a professional mermaid, to help promote responsible stewardship of the oceans.

Another film with the environment at its core is Manufacturing Stoke. No other sport is so intrinsically linked to nature and yet the majority of the materials used in the surf industry are environmentally toxic. Manufacturing Stoke is a feature length documentary charting the change from the 1960’s golden age of surf, to the closing of Clark Foam, the largest producer of surfboard blanks, in 2005, and the ensuing renaissance within the industry, interviewing a tapestry of influential and eclectic surfers who are striving for positive environmental change.

BBFF2012 will be screening the new film from legendary surf filmmaker Jack McCoy, A Deeper Shade of Blue – highlighting surfing’s deepest roots, in the subconscious, in ancient lore, in man’s perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world.

Also screening at this year’s festival, featuring extraordinary archive footage, modern classic Going Vertical, charting the 42-year-old debate over the heritage of the shortboard. Lifelong rivals and surfing royalty American Dick Brewer and Australian Bob McTavish, both now in their sixties, both lay their claims with passion and persuasion.

New to the festival this year, a selection of influential skate films, including Day At The Pool, shedding new light on skateboarding’s history and Drop: My Life Downhill, a film that challenges the ‘action sport’ film formula of 40-minute montages.

BBFF 2012 will screen a dynamic programme of local, national and international film from the surf and skate genres. A selection of directors, actors, producers and charismatic crazy dudes, including legendry International Filmmaker, Jack McCoy and International Director/Producer, Pierce Michael Kavanagh, will be making a personal appearance at this year’s Byron Bay International Film Festival. Check out www.echonetdaily.net.au for daily news, detailed reviews, trailers and filmmaker insights….and watch this space for information on our extra special new outdoor screenings.

Further programming and ticketing information will be available in the lead up to the festival at www.bbff.com.au.

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