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May 14, 2021

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MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Other News

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Dr Eeka King, ready to bong the gong at Bangalow’s Starlight Festival.Photo Jeff ‘Star-Lite’ Dawson

Dr Eeka King bonged the gong at Bangalow’s Starlight Festival last weekend.

Eeka is a certified teacher of Acutonics® – an in depth, integrative sound healing modality that combines the science of sound, Chinese medicine, medical astrology and sacred geometry.

The sounds of the universe– known as the ‘music of the spheres’ – are brought into the healing realm via precision calibrated tuning forks and gongs

The annual Starlight Festival attracts spiritual and holistic practitioners and patrons who take part in workshops, presentations, live music and wholesome food. For more info visit www.starlightfestival.com.au

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  1. Dear Dr. Eeka King, Congratulations to you for your dedication to work with sound and healing – being, as you know getting more and more important in our present world atmosphere!

    If you intend to stay in the Byron Shire for some time, I would like to invite you to speak at the Byron Sophia Philosophical Group. We meet every Thursday Afternoon from 1.30 to 3.30 pm in Byron Bay, featuring voluntary speakers on a wide spectrum of subjects connected with spiritual endeavors.
    My name is Celia Novy.. Please send me an email on = [email protected]
    Wishing you well in all your endeavours,


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