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Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

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Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Empanadas and community spirit in wake of cancelled Bluesfest

With a collective sigh of disbelief and disappointment we processed the news that Bluesfest was cancelled

Character test for PM without much

Over Easter I visited a friend who’s spent decades doing her best to protect old growth forests, preserve human connection with nature in the raw and help save our planet from the climate emergency.

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

A Dickens, Brunswick Heads

Re: Simon Richardson’s response to the concerns raised by Tamara Smith MP (Echo page 1, August 14) that Council’s map clearly shows a critically endangered rainforest that would support animal species at risk by the bypass.

Simon Richardson’s response was if the project is delayed it will cost ratepayers more money. Maybe if Simon Richardson ensured all environmental investigations needed had been completed by Council staff before charging ahead he would not have put the ratepayers in this position.

Simon Richardson seems to have forgotten the platform he ran on to be elected as a councillor – that of a Green, a person concerned about our environment.

I was approached by Simon Richardson to join the Waste Water Advisory Committee (WWAC) in 2016 to be part of a team to make recommendations to the elected council. I quickly realised Simon Richardson would not allow management on the committee to be questioned on some issues that could have environmental ramifications. I was also surprised by the lack of questions on issues that could have an adverse environmental impact by Richardson, Lyon, Ndiaye, and Corey.

The closure of the Ocean Shores Sewerage Treatment plant and the cost of infrastructure needed to pump the raw sewage across to Valances Road STP plus the possible environmental impact this pipeline potentially represented seemed of no concern to our three Greens councillors.

The Council-owned laboratory in the Byron industrial estate, on which a lot of ratepayer money had been spent getting a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation, should have been a significant asset to Council, presenting the opportunity for people and industries to identify environmental risks before they became a problem. They just closed it.

Simon Richardson promised transparency previously but information from staff is impossible to get. I as a member of the committee was told I could not contact staff for information; the information I wanted was not of a confidential nature but committee members cannot talk to staff. I did not find this in line with Simon Richardson’s statement promising an open and transparent council.


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Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021