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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Good results for locals in Yamba criterion

Byron Bay Cycling Club members shook up C-grade at the criterion racing held in Yamba last Sunday. Conditions made for a great morning of cycling despite the high humidity that made the road surface challenging. All riders were able to make their way around the course safely, according to the Yamba Cycling Club report.

Man charged over sexual assault – Bondi Beach

NSW Police say that after a report was made in the Tweed/Byron district, a man has been charged following an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Sydney’s east last year.

Shroom Bros

Two pieces of delightful trivia about Shroom Brothers’ Andrew Mohanu: the Romanian town where he was born was about...

Missing woman, Elanora

Police have charged a 30-year-old man with multiple domestic violence offences as the search continues for 61-year-old Wendy Sleeman,...

Celebrating regeneration on March 4

Planting trees to restore ecosystems is one of the most positive stories of our time, and perhaps the best antidote to climate despair. 

What’s next for Ballina? Mayor Sharon Cadwallader’s view

This is part two of an in-depth interview with Ballina's Mayor Sharon Cadwallader. The first part examined what's happened since she was elected in 2022. The Echo also asked Cr Cadwallader what she sees coming along the road for Ballina in 2023, and beyond.

Mark Wahlberg has been in some pretty hairy predicaments in his screen life, but blimey, this one takes the biscuit. Lantern-jawed Kurt Russell is also no stranger to danger, having coped with a hellish catastrophe similar to this one in 1991’s excellent Backdraft, so we know we are in safe hands when the oil rig on which the boys are working off the coast of Louisiana explodes into flame. To those tragics who look back with fondness on the pre-CGI golden era of disaster movies – The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974) etc – take heart, we have been delivered an old-school ripper.

Sticking to the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ credo, director Peter Berg does not bother himself with needless narrative innovation. He introduces us in the first act to Mike (Wahlberg) and his sexy onshore wife-and-mom (Kate Hudson), then Mister Jimmy (Russell), the foreman, as all the blokes on the latest fly-in shift arrive for work on the Deepwater Horizon. There is a ton of testosterone and unintelligible dialogue, and we learn that the project is behind schedule. Meanwhile, bean-counting BP execs, one of whom is the loathsome John Malkovich, are putting the squeeze on to having drilling commence, regardless of safety precautions. The sad thing is that the story is based on fact, for the film is based on what happened in April 2010, when the lives of ten workers were lost and millions of gallons of crude were spewed into the Gulf of Mexico in what was an unprecedented environmental calamity. Without getting too high-tech, Berg also explains clearly, through underwater shots and concise sur-titles, exactly how these monstrous drilling vessels operate (they’re floating industrial estates) and what the mechanical malfunctions were that led to the blow-up.

Solid performances from all involved ensure that the human-interest factor is not overwhelmed by stupendous pyrotechnics, while a sobering postscript keeps it real. It’s not wildly extraordinary, but engrossing throughout and much better than you might have feared.


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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

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Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

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