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October 8, 2022

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It’s Ageism Awareness Day

It’s Ageism Awareness Day and the peak body for older Australians, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, say we must all take action to address the scourge of ageism –  stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

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Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.

Lambruk Pantry

Simon Haslam Lambruk Pantry is a family-owned local gourmet providore based in the heart of the Byron Shire. If you’re...

Editorial – Labor believes in transparency, but…

Phew. Last week, federal Labor introduced legislation into parliament that would hopefully stiffen the spines across the Commonwealth public sector. 

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Road access from Bilambil Heights to Tweed Heads via Scenic Drive restored

The significant washout of two sections of Scenic Drive during the devastating flood of February–March left the route inaccessible.

The Sandpit, under the cocktail-producing Sandbar on the dunes at Evans Head.

Simon Haslam

Evans Head – it has great beaches, a wonderful river mouth, and walks – it’s a great spot for a holiday, and given the housing affordability issues in Byron Shire one of our Echo workers even commutes from there. But it doesn’t yet have the café and restaurant scene of, say, Yamba. Dining options include the Evans Kitchen, described by my mate as the best Chinese food within a two hour drive of Mullumbimby (and yes, he did actually order takeaway and drove to collect it from Mullum). We tried it over the school holidays when there was a wait of well over an hour; so not the best test conditions. There is also apparently a good Chinese restaurant at the bowls club.

Of course, there’s the massive riverfront Evans Head RSL, always a safe bet, and the Illawong Hotel, with a great semi-outdoor setting, friendly staff and often live music. Whilst my meal there wasn’t that good when we visited, everyone else liked theirs, so I’d definitely give it another go. We didn’t try the Japanese-Mexican restaurant (Japxican – ‘I started with gyozas followed by nachos’ said one chirpy TripAdvisor review). You can get a good coffee at Vespas on Oak, opposite the massive caravan park, but my favourite place was the Sandpit Café (under the surf club), which had great staff, coffee and food, right on the sand dunes of the main beach. Above it, The Sandbar Restaurant has an even better view and serves cocktails and food – I think this will be the first place I’ll try when I return to Evans Head.


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Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.