7.3 C
Byron Shire
July 30, 2021

Tropical Fruits turns 30 with biggest ever Pride parade

Latest News

I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Other News

Spyware unplugged – New software attacks cast a light on cybersecurity

A major investigation conducted by news organisations has found that governments around the world may have been spied on by a malicious software called Pegasus.

Sovereign citizens have ‘zero’ legal status in Australia, says former magistrate

Can we really tell authorities we ‘don’t consent’ to rules around mask-wearing, public gatherings or, as was more common before the pandemic, traffic and drug offences, and be excused?

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

Independent councillor calls for online voting

A manageable and easy-to-navigate system was necessary, Cr Allsop said, one that allowed 'equal presence for all candidates'.

New gallery and studio breathes life into old church and graveyard

Was it divine intervention or western democracy that changed the fate of a former country church on the Northern Rivers last week?

Staged rollout change for large OS DA

Plans by a developer to change the staged rollout for a large Ocean Shores subdivision, and nine dwellings on 11 and 13 Warrambool Rd and 9 Bian Crt, Ocean Shores, are now on exhibition on Council’s website.

Lismore’s annual LGBTIQ festival, Tropical Fruits, turns 30 tonight with Shine the theme of its annual New Year’s Eve Party.

But the festivities kicked off two days ago (Saturday December 29) at the festival launch, preceded by the region’s biggest ever Pride parade.

The infamous Dykes on Bikes kicked off a parade of an estimated 1,350 LGBTIQ locals and visitors alike, with Lismore mayor Isaac Smith joining the fun in a blue convertible.

Costumes ranged from sexily decorated fruit boxes to sassily tagged umbrellas, with ‘less is more being’ the order of the hot and humid afternoon.

The parade proceeded past hundreds of onlookers before arriving at Lismore City Hall, where Mayor Smith’s formal welcome kicked off several hours of partying.

Tonight’s event, with six dance spaces at the Lismore Showgrounds, will be a far cry from the early days of Tropical Fruits, which held its glittering but low-key events in small local halls.

The group was set up as a social lifeline after many gay men in particular moved to the region during the AIDS crisis, to live out their final days in relative tranquillity.

The arrival of anti-viral treatments soon after means many of those elders will be partying tonight, along with plenty of locals and visitors who have yet to reach the 30-year milestone that Fruits has achieved.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Wonderful to read about the Festival!
    I was shocked to see no reporting on the Tropical Fruits Festival from either Channel 7 or NBN (Channel 9) last night.
    This festival is a huge boost to the local economy and brings many visitors. The lack of news reporting from the commercial stations brings home to me the bias and lack of diversity shown by these TV News programs. What else are we not seeing and hearing?

  2. Naturally we won’t find channel 7 or NBN covering Tropical Fruits, Dot. It’s
    all a matter of who owns what. The fact that the local economy always does
    well due to the festival is of no interest to them what-so-ever & The Rivers
    is a mite too clued up politically. We do ‘miss’ hearing & seeing what they
    won’t put on the screen. It’s called control. Powerful stuff.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

Storylines: Growing hope

Hope is a fragile thing in 2021. With the current pandemic and the uncertainty in so many aspects of life, our hope is being shadowed by fear. It is profoundly affecting our humanity.

Northern Rivers responds to cal for COVID-19 testing

Following the flight of a COVID positive traveller from Sydney to Ballina and the detection of COVID fragments in the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) both locals and visitors have responded to calls for more testing in the region.

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.