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September 29, 2023

A touch of Friday warmth

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Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

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Cartoon of the week – 27 September 2023

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

Weed exit and smiley koalas get support

Weed and smiley koalas were on the minds of Tweed Shire Councillors and staff at last week’s council meeting.

They’re he-ere: SLSC surf patrols are on!

Surf Life Saving NSW says that more than 20,000 active volunteer lifesavers began patrols on beaches across the state on Saturday. 

No more Hottentot

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Bush ball – but fancy schmancy

The beautiful A&I Hall is the setting for the inaugural Bangalow Boujee Bush Ball on October 14 – celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Bangalow Community Children’s Centre. This will be a party to remember. 

School holidays: farmers’ market fun

It’s an image still with me, the little boy dancing in front of the stage, face split into a smile of pure joy, orange balloon floating from his fingers, his father bopping alongside.

By Vivienne Pearson

It’s winter. There’s no escaping this, but you can escape to an evening out with cocktails to warm your insides and a fire to warm your fingers.

Elements of Byron is offering Fire Pit Fridays. Some locals may not realise that Elements is open to non-guests, but their restaurant, Graze, and their cocktail bar, positively welcomes locals. The only area off-limits to non-guests is the pool, so a winter visit is ideal to avoid suffering any pool envy.

The fire pit is, in fact, lit every evening, but the benefit of going on a Friday (5–7pm) is that there are $1 freshly shucked oysters, as well as complimentary nibbles (really nice ones, not a bit of cracker and dip!).

The setting is as lovely as the photo suggests. The fire, admittedly, is gas fuelled but this has the benefit of avoiding your winter coat being sullied with wood smoke. You can perch on the edge of the fire to enjoy some direct warmth, or lounge on the super-comfy outdoor furniture.

A full bar is available, but I highly recommend a cocktail. The menu is full of original creations with a strong focus on native inspiration and ingredients. Macadamia and eucalyptus liqueurs feature alongside quandong bitters, Marvell Street coffee, Illawara plum and wild flowers (okay, not all in the same drink).

Whether your motivation is cocktails, oysters, free nibbles, or simply having a stickybeak at the new-resort-kid in town, rug up in order to warm up inside and out at Elements’ Fire Pit Fridays.

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