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April 23, 2021

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week beginning March 4, 2020

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Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

Cr Keith Williams calls for consultation on South Ballina Beach access

At today's Ballina Council meeting, Cr Keith Williams is going to urge council to write to the NSW Minister for Crown Lands about South Ballina beach, which has recently been closed to public 4WD access.

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Rise and shine!

Early morning starts are not a usual routine for chefs at the Ballina RSL Club. March was an exception when Chef Halie Welsh rallied some staff and friends together to take part in Ian Thorpe’s Laps For Life charity. A team of ten hit the Ballina Pool at 7am every day during March to raise funds For ReachOut’s Laps For Life challenge. 

The Channon resilient after disaster

Northern Rivers communities are nothing if not resilient and The Channon community is preparing to take a proactive stance when it comes to disasters in the area.

No, she’s not having a stroke, she’s telling a joke! Mandy Nolan is MC at the Open Mic Comedy Night on Thursday.

It’s that time of the month again… for Stand Up Comedy Open Mic at The Courthouse Hotel MCd by Mandy Nolan. 

Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby | Thursday 8pm | FREE

Come along and watch Byron Shire’s newest comedians you have never heard of grace the stage with their well-honed naiveté, their ultra-fresh gags and their courage cured in alcohol. These nights are the most exciting comedy nights of all. Absolutely anything can happen. Each new performer holds infinite promise. The promise of being the most rare of treasures; the unknown and untested true master of stand up comedy, a diamond in the rough, a comedy god walking among us. It could be any one of them – she or he who looks, from the outside, to be an OCD bank teller, who not even their housemates suspected to be working late into the night striving tirelessly to be an ever greater story teller, jokester, improviser and comedian extraordinaire. This may be your only chance to see ‘The One’ break onto the comedy scene. ‘The One’ from the legends of old that herald the day ‘They’ will arise to claim their place in The Comedy Heavens, alongside all the great comedy saints. Don’t miss it – at the Courthouse Hotel, 8pm Thursday.

Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby this Thursday at 8pm.

Honeyland opens this Thursday at Palace Byron Bay.


Palace Cinema, Byron Bay | 2.15pm and 6.45pm | $9.50 – $19.50

Palace Cinemas is offering Opening Day discounts to our Movie Club and Golden Club members for the captivating documentary Honeyland (M). Recently nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards, this offer will be available for its day of release on Thursday, 5 March.

When a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore the natural balance. Debut feature documentarians Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska maintain a widescreen epic, yet portray an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. With a surprising sense of humour, it’s a tough and tender portrait of the delicate balance between humankind and nature.

Honeyland, opens at Palace Cinema, this Thursday.

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