22 C
Byron Shire
May 14, 2021

Local couple casting off from convention to save the seven seas

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land...

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.

Paul Bibby

Two local young people will live on a sustainable, off-grid sailing ship as part of a project to raise awareness about marine conservation.

Emily Horton and Sage Jeffreys will cast off in a month’s time on a marine conservation sailing vessel powered only by the wind and the sun.

‘Our dream is to live off grid on the ocean, whilst fighting for its protection,’ Ms Horton said.

‘We’ll be converting a standardised fossil fuel boat engine with an electric motor, powered through solar.’

‘It’s time we stepped away from outdated practices and rose to the challenge of pushing societal boundaries.’

The couple will seek to engage people all over the world about the fight to save the world’s oceans through their adventure blog ‘The Mer and The Man’ which is already up and running on multiple platforms including YouTube, Paetreon and Facebook.

‘The current global issues the ocean is facing will be the core of our conservation content,’ Mr Jeffreys said.

‘It’s everything from plastic pollution, the fossil fuel industry, industrial fishing, The Great Barrier Reef, and ending the war on sharks.’

‘We really want to invite people to join us on this mission. We want to help unite youth, to reconnect to our voice, our power and our passion to help inspire good for all beings.’

The pair are seeking community support in the form of in-kind donations or sponsorship so they can finish kitting out their vessel with solar panels, batteries and an auto pilot.

They can be contacted at [email protected], or via social media @ The Mer and The Man.


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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Blessings on your sacred pilgrimage! !! May you be well supported in this adventure & yr joy be contagious spreading compassion for the ocean mother of all living beings !

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.