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While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

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As a 65 year-old man, it should be illegal for me to vote. Start at 18 finish at 65,...

While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

NAIDOC WEEK: Bundjalung art on show

Coinciding with NAIDOC week celebrations, Longstanding will be at the Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Library until August 17.

Bruns Marine Rescue welcomes new vessel

Rescue response and capability has been improved in Brunswick Heads, with Marine Rescue Brunswick receiving a new 10-metre, state-of-the-art vessel.

Affordable housing key to Ballina Greens, Kiri Dicker’s, Mayoral campaign

Lennox local and sitting councillor Kiri Dicker is running for Mayor of Ballina Shire Council in the upcoming council election on September 14 and is putting affordable housing for key workers as front and centre of her campaign.

Have your say on flood planning in Byron Shire

A planning instrument that guides development in floodplains is open for public comment, yet does not include the 2022 flood levels.

By Vivienne Pearson

If you haven’t been to Lismore for a while, you might be in for a pleasant surprise. On a recent day-trip, I found the centre of town to be full of laneway cafes, street art and buskers. Though the centre of town is bordered by four streets in a rectangle, I admit to getting lost – happily so, as I discovered a few gems as a result. Just don’t expect this many choices if visiting on a Sunday – quite a few Lismore hospitality staff take a well-deserved rest day.

A Retro Mecca

There is a lot of history in the Mecca Café, having been built in the 1930s and with most of the current décor from the 1950s. Owners Kelly and Todd McLean have ‘only’ been here for ten years but have so many people dropping in to share their memories that they have plans for a memorabilia wall.

80 Magellan Street. M–F 6.30am–5pm, Sat-Sun 6.30am–2.30pm. 
Facebook: @themeccacafe

New but the same

After 16 years, Goanna Bakery and Café changed hands at the end of 2016 but there will be little change to this popular eatery other than a freshen up. New owners, Wendy and Wade Perrins, plan to stay with the ethos of vegetarian food with lots of gluten free and vegan options, all made onsite, along with reverse-osmosis filtered water, and supporting community communication (including distributing the Byron Shire Echo!). It is also one of the few places open on a Sunday. 

171 Keen Street. M–F 8am–5.30pm, Sat 8am–3pm, Sun 8.30am–3pm.


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