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Value of the intangible and Suffolk Parks future

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Editorial – Byron Council report card

Did you know it’s been six months since councillors were elected? They have another two years to go, and while a usual term is a gruelling four years, this time, it’s shorter, owing to a disrupting bat virus.

Two whales simultaneously entangled in shark nets off SEQ coast today

Two whales have been entangled in shark nets on Queensland's coast today, one at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast and the other at Marcoola Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Humane Society International says.

Koori Mail wins NAIDOC Week award

Local media outlet and responder to the February and March floods, the Koori Mail was honoured at the annual National NAIDOC Week Awards held on Narrm Country on Saturday evening.

Developer fees and charges cut

Council fees for construction and development in Byron were the equivalent of paying $160 for a coffee, making it ‘entirely unviable’ to invest here, industry representatives told the Council last week.

Flood-prone land in Murwillumbah swapped for flood-free land 

It has been five years in the making but the innovative land swap of flood-prone land for flood-free land in Murwillumbah is underway with a second round of ‘expressions of interest’ about to open. 

Will Byron become the Malibu of the antipodes?

Here’s another reason for millennials to be marching on the street. We found out last week that on census day 2021, 15 per cent of the dwellings in the Byron Shire were unoccupied (2,348 places to be precise). That figure was 30 per cent in Byron Bay itself, three times the national average. 

Bec Laughton, Sheoak Shack, Saturday

If you’re not yet familiar with Brisbane über babe Bec Laughton, it won’t be long before you are! This petite redhead with the ‘lion lungs’ is poised to launch into the stratosphere with her debut EP By The Fire.

Kicking off with a brand-new single and smoking-hot video, Holy Love 2 is just the first of five totally addictive songs recorded in Melbourne with Jan Skubiszewski (Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson, Bliss ‘n’ Eso).

With a healthy mix of old-school funk, mouth-watering melodies, heart-melting lyrics, divine booty-shaking beats, and the powerful guest vocal appearance from Ni.Na Holy Love 2 will have you hooked immediately.

Adding to her ever-increasing string of successes, Bec was named winner at the 2012 Queensland Music Awards, taking out the top honour in the dance / electronic category. The track M&R is the first song taken from collaboration with friend and DJ (Bure Godwin). The Brisbane babe was also nominated in the 2012 International Independent Music Awards and secured nominations in four categories in the MusicOz Awards. With five nominations and high commendations for the Q Song awards across the last three years, there is no question of Lady Laughton’s ability to pen a tune. Demonstrating the range and versatility of Bec’s extraordinary voice, Loop de Loop was the song that landed the budding songstress at #11 on the Triple J roots charts.

To celebrate the release of the brand-new EP, Bec has the road for a string of live shows kicking off in Brisbane. Bec will be showcasing songs from her new EP with a mix of old favourites.

See Bec this weekend at the Sheoak Shack on Saturday.


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