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NSW Forestry challenged over failed forestry practices in precedent-setting case

What makes bushfires worse, causes native species collapse and creates forest dieback?

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Fostering local writing talent

Since 2001, the Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship has been inspiring writers on the path to publication. This year saw four writers spend a week in Possum Creek being mentored by Walkley Award-winning journalist and author, Sarah Armstrong.

Amazing Grace

Oh, dearest Hannah! (Letters, Hannah Grace, Echo 9 Nov). I am so glad that my very, very good friend...

A treasured community asset

The Bowlo, a treasured community asset in Bangalow very popular with young families, is now destined to be part...

NSW Forestry challenged over failed forestry practices in precedent-setting case

What makes bushfires worse, causes native species collapse and creates forest dieback?

Woman charged following house fire – Murwillumbah

A woman will face court today charged following a house fire in Murwillumbah.

Ballina ‘Steps Up’ against domestic and family violence

The Ballina community came out in force to ‘Step Up Against Domestic Violence on Friday.

Chasing the great song

‘It started with a small obsession to write the perfect song, with everything I would want in it’, says Kato. ‘Of course as I grew older my opinion of a great song changed quite a bit. In the end, I found that the songs that were true to life had the most impact. Artists like Bob Dylan and a younger Neil Young began to shape my expectations and thoughts about songs. At the fragile age 18 you are bound to write about a few things. Love – lost, found and destroyed. This was to be my theme for my first release in 2009, whether I liked it or not…

WP-Garrett-Kato-_-TF-IMG_2286At the age of 23, Kato relocated himself to the beaches of Byron Bay. Here he began performing at local cafes and bars throughout the town alongside drummer Ben Livermore. A few months later the duo was spotted by platinum recording artist Pete Murray. Murray introduced Kato to engineer and producer Anthony Lycenko and they began work on his first Australian release Love. Murder. Songs.



2012 was an exciting year for Kato, celebrating the release Love. Murder. Songs. EP, Kato toured the east coast of Australia and western Canada independently. Also scoring an opening slot for folk icon Jack Johnson at the Byron Bay international Film Festival.

Hipster Kids – recorded in Kato’s home studio – is a far cry from previous folk releases. A haunting yet grungy vocal appears reverberating through a thickness of bass and spacious beats.

With its dark and satirical lyric themes, Hipster Kids questions an overgrown suburban pop culture in mesmerising simplicity. This new single highlights Kato’s songwriting versatility and marks the evolution of his sound.



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When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, an early diagnosis – one made well before signs of irreversible dementia are apparent – is key to providing effective intervention and treatment.

Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.

A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.

Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

In early November two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a women activated the Emergency Response Beacon, alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre that the men were drowning. There are three waiting to be deployed in Byron Shire.