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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

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Parents rally behind essential local aftercare service

Mullumbimby locals are concerned that a vital, Council-run out of school hours child care service could shut after Byron Council issued a survey hinting at closure.

Who gets a voice?

After my tirade (Echo 4 May), against proposed changes to the Code of Meeting Practice at Byron Shire Council,...

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.

Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

Incarceration Nation screens as part of Reconciliation Week

As part of Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3), Sisters for Reconciliation and the Cavanbah Reconciliation group will host a screening and discussion of the powerful documentary, Incarceration Nation.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the...

Island Vibe turned 10 this year.  Held on North Stradbroke Island, Quandamooka Country, this celebration of island culture was three days drenched in sunshine and great music. On the main stage big-band phenomena Melbourne Ska Orchestra delivered everything the crowd came for. NatiRuts dragged in a huge Brazilian fan base, putting extra juice in the cocktail, and the side stages served up intimate treats like Isaac Chambers and the Dub Princess playing music you could cuddle.

Beyond and beneath all that, deeper currents are beginning to flow. As the festival matures, it is departing from the ‘marquee and party drugs’ formula to connect more deeply with an ancient  islander tradition – travelling to each other’s homes, sharing tribal dances.   In previous years, the Welcome to Country felt like a demonstration. This year, a true welcome from a people who have taken possession their birthright, singing their songs of freedom, redemption songs for all.

Simeon Michaels, Lennox Head


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