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May 11, 2021

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Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local gov reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

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Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.


A decent spy thriller with red herrings and an ending that you can’t pick is a welcome standout in the tsunami of kids’ flicks and mind-numbing sci-fi that prevail at this time of year. Max (Brad Pitt), a dashing Canadian who looks gorgeous in a dinner suit, and Marianne (Marion Cotillard), a member of the French Resistance, are posing as a married couple behind enemy lines in Casablanca (they’re a bit like Rick and Ilsa, only with guns). After assassinating the Third Reich’s ambassador to Morocco, they find that they are truly in love, flee to London, get hitched and start a family. Things start to go awry for their happy-ever-after when the Secret Service become suspicious of Marianne. They believe that she is not who she claims to be and that instead she is a double agent sending messages back to the Krauts. If this is the case, Max himself must execute her – and nobody is better suited to present the ultimatum than the wonderful Simon McBurney as the soulless precursor to Fleming’s M. The question is then asked of Max – ‘whose side are you on?’, as his wife is set up in a sting that will reveal her true identity. Pitt and Cotillard are absolutely convincing as the doting couple (notwithstanding a quite tepid sex scene) and Steven Knight’s screenplay squeezes them tighter in its vice-like grip at every turn. Veteran director Robert Zemeckis, because he’s an old hand in special effects, cannot resist the temptation to indulge in a few episodes of elaborate, cartoonish violence – the murder of the ambassador followed by Max and Marianne’s escape from the compound is particularly well done, if a little graphic for those not into sprays of blood – but the story is told with unflinching integrity. Atmos and period are beautifully created – although Casablanca’s streets have probably never been so clean – and a German bomber shot down during the Blitz and crashing into a field next to Max and Marianne’s London home is fab.

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