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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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Mullum’s lilac house the subject of Change.org petition

The plight of a Mullum resident has touched the hearts and injustice buttons of people far and wide who feel that a requirement that she repaint her house a heritage colour and possibly pay a fine, not only ridiculous but also petty.

Local teams head north under new set-up for women’s AFL 

Local women’s AFL will have a shake-up this year as the Lismore Swans join the Northern Rivers league...

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Lilac house bound by red tape

Mullumbimby resident Nicole Haberecht is facing a $3,000 fine and the prospect of repainting her house after Council made a demand that she change the colour after it was painted a shade of lilac.

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

NSW coal power stations still emitting dangerous levels of air pollution

New National Pollutant Inventory data shows that toxic air emissions from the state’s coal-fired power stations fell 15% in the year to June 2020, but they are still among the most polluting industrial facilities in NSW.

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay

Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire the older kids around the 18–21-year old mark because I thought of them as cool and exciting, but also respectable and smart. Plus, I remember them sticking up for me when I was being bullied several times.

I was inspired by their art, their demeanour, behaviour and their overall message. I saw very little evidence to counter my esteem. Unlike here in Byron: putting myself back in the shoes of my youthful self I see role models in the coolest possible presentation, but representing terrible values of lewd drunkenness and worse. Then, in my job, I get to tend to them, and the youth who I see first hand replicating their behaviour. They can’t escape seeing and being impacted by it, day after day, night after night, in this town that’s painted up as having some extra special integrity.

Well I gotta say, from where I’m standing, this town frowns upon itself and its substance-abuse culture, and it’s certainly failing to make anything of itself. Worse yet, it is clearly impacting on the children of the area. After all, you are your environment.

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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