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May 7, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Council won’t save our beach

Cr Jan Hackett, Byron Bay Byron Shire Council refuses to take any action to save our once world-class beach, until...

Father of Julian Assange to speak on the Northern Rivers this week

Northern Rivers residents can hear Mr Shipton in person at the Courthouse Hotel this Tuesday, May 4, from 7pm as part of the monthly Turning Point Talks.

Love flowers at the market

As mothers across Australia look forward to (slightly burnt) toast in bed, the local farmers and producers in our...

Why do we destroy what we love?

Nan Nicholson, The Channon I have been an environmental activist for over 50 years (I started when I was a...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

Ballina Shire for the next 4 years: time to have your say

The Ballina Shire Council’s Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2021/22 - 2024/25 will be on exhibition until the 28th of May with provisions for public feedback. 

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay

You people are fantastic! Yes, that is my fingerprint on page 13 (November 20). I can’t wait for the first edition of the Echobook.

To see my life in print is imperative and I’m sure every reader will be overjoyed to have access to it. My stories of course are better than everybody else’s – and stories like over-development, council and potholes can fit on the Backlash page with all the ads.

People stare at me, fascinated, whenever I share my wonderful tales. And that story about my neighbour’s sister-in-law’s cat, the one that sat on a piano keyboard and played an etude from Chopin, well that cat used to belong to that woman who sold flowers in Jonson Street in 1996. You know her? She had long blonde hair and wore a blue sarong. Maybe it was 1986. It was the year after… no, no it was 1996.

But um, well… I need to show readers the eggs I had for breakfast and the cute shots of me wearing my beaut shorts in the bathroom. Maybe that could go on page 3 of the 23,200 copies of my stories?

Now, the week after? Just stay with me, I reckon stories of me is all Byron’s literary elite need. Congratulations Echo!


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