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May 26, 2024

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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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Shh – it’s Secret Bridesmaid’s Business

It is the very eve of Meg’s wedding – her mother is fussing over every detail and her best friends are doing little to help. The wedding is the gala event that Meg has dreamed of since she was a girl and one that has taken far too long to come true. But, anything that can go wrong does until the veil is lifted on an unhappy secret, and Meg’s dream is rocked by a revelation she doesn’t want to be true.

Outdoor pickleball courts for Alstonville

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players earlier this month. The eight new...

NSW gears up for humpback migration with expanded disentanglement team

An expanded team of specialised rescuers are poised and ready to launch as tens of thousands of majestic humpback whales begin their annual migration along the NSW coastline.

Stone & Wood wins at Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood Brewing are proud to announce a big win at the Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards held last night, with the brewery’s Big Pale Ale taking home the title of Champion Australian Beer. Big Pale Ale also took out the Best Australian Pale Ale category.

Rally demands action over Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, a march through Byron’s streets last Saturday demanded immediate action from the Australian Labor government to stop the genocide and mass starvation of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

Fastest billycart clocked at over 40km/h at Bangalow Billycart Derby

Sunday saw around 5,000 people head to Bangalow to enjoy the Bangalow Billycart Derby with Greg Nash, Bangalow Lions Club President, telling The Echo that it was a ‘glorious autumn day'.

Jim Beatson, Byron Bay

Gotta love Mandy Nolan (Mandy’s Soapbox, Echo 10 Oct 2018), a jewel of humour and conviction journalism who proves that Byron may be damaged but is certainly ‘not fucked’. I’ve only lived here 15 years, and it is certainly in worse shape than when I arrived, but it takes decades for the greedy thoughtless few to fuck our beautiful community and region.

My reason for spending about six years working on Byron Shire Council’s Tourism Advisory Committee, always chaired by either our current mayor or deputy mayor, was that Council would determine the image of our Shire by promoting on local websites and media and state national and international tourism websites and publications, our 19 ‘core values’ developed by the committee and adopted by Council 10 years ago:

1. Respect for residential, amenity and community lifestyle
2. Celebration and appreciation of the cultural and social diversity of the Shire
3. Conservation and enhancement of the rich natural environment, flora, fauna, beach, marine life and coastline
4. The community, arts, heritage and natural environment
5. The diversity contained within the whole Shire, its villages, parks and reserves, and agriculture
6. Local produce, cuisine, arts, crafts, culture, services, their producers and outlets
7. Local history and cultures – inclusive of Aboriginal, spiritual and healing
8. Harmony, sensitivity and courtesy
9. Safety and security
10. Acceptance of others, their beliefs and practices provided such beliefs and practices are not harmful to others
11. Active lifestyles
12. Ongoing education and self-enlightenment
13. A relaxed, engaged and healthy community
14. A consultative and collaborative approach
15. Innovation
16. Economic, social, cultural and environmental balance (quadruple bottom line)
17. Support of appropriate sustainable economic activity (including tourism) throughout the Shire
18. A wide range of rich and unique visitor experiences that focus on the natural environment, wellness, and cultural diversity of the Shire
19. Welcoming visitors who share our community values.

Or does Byron Council happily stand back and let its image become just an aggregation of tourism promoters with images of bikinis, beaches, restaurants and party-goers.

Surely it’s time Byron Shire Council promoted its own core values reflected so brilliantly every week in the brilliant Echo written by the always brilliant Mandy Nolan.


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