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John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

Other News

Homeless man to undergo surgery after Byron CBD crash

Byron police were still investigating a crash that left a homeless man in his sixties seriously injured last week, Inspector Matt Kehoe said Monday morning.

Jeff off

Stephen Totterman, Ballina Local Government elections are coming and Cr Jeff Johnson is on the campaign trail, telling us that...

Red Devils closing in on the top five

The Byron Bay Red Devils kept their chances of a final’s berth alive last Sunday when they beat the Tweed Coast Raiders 35–26 in round 10 of the NRRRL, playing at home.

Think BIG – the Byron Independent Group

Peter Westheimer, Myocum The upcoming Byron Shire Council election is a great opportunity to elect a majority of diverse, progressive, independent...

Cartoon of the week – 21 July, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

About us, without us

Many of us in the Byron Market community feel completely betrayed by the councillors who last week voted to move us again, like an unwanted jigsaw piece.

OKA: Beach Hotel, Sunday

Renowned for celebrating Australian culture with a very present, powerful and uniting Indigenous cultural overtone running throughout the music, OKA have made their mark on the music scene.

One way to define OKA is by the three interesting characters that make up the outfit, bringing together a variety of influences, backgrounds and talents.

Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), the big man behind the electronic beats and keys, brings raw didgeridoo and vocals inspired by his Aboriginal heritage. Chris Lane plays captivating melody on slide guitar, harmonica and woodwinds including bamboo flute and sax. Making up the trio is Samoan-Australian Charlie Zappa – a rhythm specialist with beats of Polynesian fire.

The boys play the Beach Hotel in Byron on Sunday.


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