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May 19, 2021

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

Other News

Independent councillor fact-checks housing supply in the Byron Shire

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey won approval from fellow councillors last week for a new reporting regime she says will offer clarification on dwellings approved in the shire.

All fired up: former magistrate fumes at news of the world

How does one react to news of environmental vandalism, rampant domestic violence and mutilation of women without anger or distress?

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

Warm vibe on a cool night

S. Haslam Wandana is a small local brewery set up in an ex-warehouse in the industrial estate of Mullumbimby, with...

Rebecca McNaught, Ocean Shores

It’s official. Op-shops are no longer opportunity shops – they are ‘opulent shops’. I can now pay more for a second hand Kmart t-shirt in a Byron Shire op-shop than a brand new t-shirt in Kmart.

We buy the bulk of our family’s clothes at op-shops because: 1. We believe in recycling and reusing wherever possible to reduce waste and resource use. 2. New clothes = more carbon miles and higher emissions 3. New clothes = more sweatshop labour 4. It is really expensive to clothe kids – they grow so fast that we have to buy a new wardrobe of clothes for them twice a year; one for winter months, one for summer months. This really adds up – even at op shops! 5. The money we spend at the op-shops goes to really good causes.

Just because some people might be able to pay higher prices at op-shops doesn’t mean that op-shops should charge high prices. Op-shops provide really important services to the community in reducing waste and keeping families clothed. They shouldn’t be exclusionary and nor should they inadvertently encourage the purchase of ‘fast and cheap fashion’.

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  1. I have shopped at vinnies for 20 years, mostly at Bruns. Recently I went to buy a pair of shorts and was told they where $12, putting them back I was told all clothes are now individually priced with a price tag. I probably won’t be back after the volunteer at the counter was quite rude also. Bruns has changed and is now all about the $$$$$$$.


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Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Byron Bay FC undefeated in ’21

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Interview with magician James Galea

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