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March 4, 2021

Reeling in the year with Sharon Shostak

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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Echonetdaily filmmaker Sharon Shostak looked back through the year and chose five of her best video clips of people and events on the north coast to share once again, telling us why she found them special.

Fruitopia Spring Fair

I felt more like a voyeur filming this clip than most, given I’m not part of this community. But I was truly inspired by the openness people had to be themselves.

Heli-drop to Upper Coopers Creek

‘Do you want the door off to film better?’ they asked and I thought it seemed a reasonable suggestion, until I realised it meant only a lapbelt held me perched on the seat as I attempted to steady the camera against the buffetting winds. Not your everyday job to catch footage from the sky.

Concentrating Solar Thermal

This one stands out simply because it has the most hits of the year and still attracts comments and questions.

Trashing the Bay

From just after New Year, this ever-topical subject showcases the work of one of many such groups doing their bit to help. This was one of those occasions when articulate bystanders made my job easy.


This group of Indigenous people from the Tweed have a weekly culture-sharing group that is leading to many other creative expressions. Capturing them was a feast for the aesthetic eye and it was a privilege to enter their world.

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Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

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Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

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Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...