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February 2, 2023

Byron Rams win back-to-back premierships

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Food prices are up, and so is…

I was shocked to see the cost of local bread I buy in Mullumbimby had risen 40 per cent. That particular loaf is becoming a luxury item.

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What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is...

They are Hotshots

The two-hour production is a visual feast, choreographed and developed by Australia’s leading professionals and a hand-picked selection of dreamy guys who will have the ladies up from their chairs, screaming for more, night after night. With a totally interactive production, The Secret Fantasies Tour is the perfect night out with the girls.

Appeal for flag stolen from Bruns

The two Aboriginal flags that fly high over the Brunswick River Bridge on Invasion Day have become a potent symbol of survival and solidarity for many in the Shire. 

Witches in the Starcourt

A new year is here! It’s a time for women all over the region to pick up their brooms and set their witchy intentions for 2023. There is no finer time and place to do it than with your Country Witches, comedian Mandy Nolan and singer/songwriter Áine Tyrrell. 

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Champions again: The 2018 Byron Rams celebrate a big win.

This is best win ever!’ was the jubilant cry of Rams’ premier division coach Damon Bell when the whistle blew after 110 minutes of frenetic, heart-stopping grandfinal football with his team ahead 2–1.

The game kicked off in the late afternoon light with both sides edgy. In the opening moments, a rare miscalculation saw Rovers keeper caught with the ball by a hard-charging Jono Pierce and the rebound from his aborted clearance put Pierce in front of the net for an easy tap in.

The early goal rattled the Lismore side, fired up the Rams and set the scene for an epic battle. For the next 107 minutes the game raged from end to end, with Rovers pressing hard and Byron responding with relentless and dangerous counterattacks. Twenty-five minutes in, a lofting ball was parried back to the Rovers attack, who managed to return the volley  into the net to equalise.

The thrilling contest remained deadlocked at 1–1 into the break. The second half delivered more of the same but with even greater intensity, but at full-time it was still even.

The Rams began to look the stronger side in extra time, with frequent attacks on the Rovers’ goal. 

Five minutes into the first half of extra time the Rams  had the Rovers goal under seige. A ball was laid back to the feet of Jono Pierce and his perfect 25-metre screamer was unstoppable. The Rams took a 2–1 lead.

Despite some last-ditch attacks from Rovers and some exuberant urging from the vocal crowd, the Rams fought on to take the 2018 title.

It was an extraordinary and gutsy performance from the entire Byron squad and its coaching team.

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Abouchar honoured with Order of Australia

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