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October 4, 2023

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Cinema: The Creator

The Creator – against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child.

Other News

Epic beats in October

Epic beats and making a difference are what it’s all about at October’s Nudge Nudge Wink Wink: The Ultimate Party with a Conscience!

A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

DV awareness run on October 15

I Run For Her is an annual community event held by Got Your Back Sista, which aims to spark critical conversations around domestic violence on a national scale, and for the first time will host events across Australia on October 15. 

Restrictions lifted on Council investments in fossil fuels 

Byron Shire Council has been freed from a set of state government-imposed rules that had effectively forced it to invest with financial institutions linked to fossil fuels.

Two dead and 70 charged at Sydney music festivals

After two deaths – both confirmed to have been at the Knockout festival – NSW police say that there were more than 70 people charged with drug offences at two Sydney music events held on Saturday.

Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

Open letter to Ralph James, governance manager, Byron Shire Council.

A few months ago you explained to me the difficulties the Council (ie the community) would face prosecuting the blatant tourist resort operating at 57 to 61 Shirley St, Byron Bay. You explained that the Melbourne proprietors would argue that the law prohibits only a tourist facility. They would state that since there was no concierge or similar onsite this is not a tourist facility. You went on to say that clearly counsel for Council would argue that nowadays many styles of tourist facilities exist and this is clearly one.

On the other hand, I have suggested to Don Page that it is absurd for Byron Shire Council to be required to spend vast amounts of public money testing a definition in a courtroom when it would be a matter far more convenient and effective for him to deal with by amending the paragraph described by yourself as a mess.

For the benefit of myself and readers could you please reply to me including the problem paragraph and perhaps suggesting a redraft that we may put before our local MP. After all, legislation is his business. I have, if not every, at least some confidence in your ability to rewrite the text. Otherwise I will have a crack at it.

The days of people getting away with this garbage is over. Just like people getting away with dodgy tree removals.

Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay


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Lucky, Lucky, Friday the 13th encore!

Experience the enchantment once again – The Magic of the Mundane returns to the Byron Theatre for an encore performance that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Written by the brilliant Mikey Bryant of Mt Warning and brought to life by the captivating Elodie Crowe, with the mesmerising accompaniment of Tara Lee Byrne on the cello, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Bluesfest 2024 – here we go!

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The Almighty Sometimes

The Drill Hall was built in 1916 as home to the Mullumbimby Platoon of the 41st Battalion. It was later converted into a theatre in the 1970s. Over the years the interior was modified with the addition of a stage and raked seating installed in 2016. Thanks to a grant from Regional Development Australia and support from North Coast Events, AAE Industries and JC Coastal Construction, it has now been converted into a modern Black Box Theatre.

Athlete clears hurdle to high perfomance centre

Blade Thompson from the Tweed Little Athletics Centre has been selected to be part of the National High-Performance Camp held in the Gold Coast...