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February 28, 2021

Celebration of a nation?

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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Saltwater mob style

Story & photo Melissa Butters If you’ve ever tasted the wild fish rillettes from The Bay SmokeHouse you know what’s...

Interview with James McMillan, founder of the Byron Surf Festival

With the Byron Bay Surf Festival just days away, founder James McMillan took a few minutes to talk to Seven about the awesome things planned for the coming weekend.

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. 

Video Sharon Shostak

For some people Australia Day means friends and family, for others it’s remembering the sacrifices others have made. For many it’s just another reason to party. Aboriginal people increasingly are finding new ways to mark the day with a positive spirit. At Byron Bay’s Main Beach this year, local Arakwal people created a celebration of survival.

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  1. Beautiful work as usual Sharon. The Australia day Uke book has been very difficult for me to reconcile my true feelings about out history. So many feelings to consider respectfully. I love the gentleman John Lazarus’ comments about moving ahead in the spirit of reconciliation…. acknowledging the past and fixing the future.

  2. I find it so sad that so many people in this video, and through out this country, do not seem to know about, or had as part of the school curriculum, the disgraceful invasion, genocide and subsequent dehumanisation of these proud, clever and resilient people that began on this date. I don’t think many people at all seem to know that Aboriginal people were classed as ‘fauna and Flora’ till 1967. That terra nullius was a huge lie, and overturned only in 1992 ( Eddy Mabo’s fight). To say ‘We didn’t have anything to do with it’ is shameful and ignorant.
    We need to educate and remind other Australians about this attrocity, and find another day that is non political to celebrate unity and pride. Not a day of violence and imvasion.


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