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Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

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Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 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.

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

Film review by John Campbell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICWpDSpBFPM

Returning to Pighouse Flicks for an eagerly anticipated encore screening is El Mar, Mi Alma (‘the sea, my soul’).

Let’s be honest, it’s only your terminally certified waxheads who can sit through the average surf flick watching Groundhog Day on waves, but local filmmaker Stephen Jones’s little gem is not just another surfing movie. Appropriately described as a ‘visual tone poem’, the doco explores the inextricable connection between the ocean and the people and culture of Chile.

Following the journey of Byron Bay pro Dave Rastovich (and also including current World Champ Joel Parkinson), the camerawork of Hawaiian Dave Homcy is exceptional and, highlighted by an exquisite adaptation of poet Pablo Neruda’s Farewell, the accompanying soundtrack is original and intoxicating.

This is a rare treat for anybody who has ever set foot in the great Pacific. Catch it on Thursday at 7pm.

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