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May 25, 2022


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Bringing learning and play together

Byron Bay High School’s new agility course recognises the importance of play for learning and has students from all years actively playing during breaks and PDHPE lessons, according to Byron Bay High’s Principal, Janine Marcus.

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Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round. 

Recalcitrant dogs

I could be a lot richer collecting $1 from all those who have told me to ‘get f****ed’ with...

Richmond candidates 2022: The Greens, Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan needs little introduction to most readers of The Echo, where she has a weekly column. She is a comedian and journalist running as a candidate for The Greens in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Climate-related disasters influenced the election, Climate Council says

There was a clear connection between climate change-related disasters and voting in the Federal Election, according to the Climate Council.

Byron bar and restaurant Loft Byron Bay asked the locals, like myself, in their Friends of Loft group to nominate someone who did it tough during the flood, or who has gone above and beyond to help the community, to go in the draw for one of five x $200 vouchers to use at Loft. I nominated a local electrician who not only rescued people in a boat from floodwaters, but also turned up for the whole of the first week to help people when they really needed it.

Countless tradies turned up – just like that – many with their partners. With their skills and experience, they were much more effective than (dare I say it) a 56 year old accounts clerks like myself; whether patching in power points, cutting walls, demolishing cupboards or just turning up with a pressure cleaner, you could see those people making a huge difference to the somewhat dazed flood victims in that first week. 

Stone & Wood set up a foundation several years ago to donate funds to local not-for-profits, and it’s donated about $290,000 through its Large Grants program. The brewer was taken over by Lion last year, but the foundation survived, and grew larger owing to the sale. Good on the new owners for keeping up the good work; it’s set to donate more this year than ever before (see article page 8).

Mullumbimby company Puremelt Chocolate got a bit flooded at the industrial estate, but when their freezer conked out they managed to get those chocolates down to the Mullum Hub straight away. But the flood experience, the worst in owner Sarah Wheeler’s 30 years in NSW, led her to donate 30 per cent of their June quarter profits to NSW flood relief. So, whether you buy drinking chocolate, lovebites or any of their products online or at the markets, from now and over Easter to the end of June a portion of your sale will go to a good cause.

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Race action at the TVSC Mother’s Day meet

A dedicated fleet of 13 boats took to the water for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s (TVSC) Winter series on Mother’s Day earlier this month.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the band will be playing their...

Comment: Bridging the flooded divide

In the sodden floodplains the divide among those affected has never been clearer – those who were insured, and those who weren’t, renters and owners, Lismore LGA and everywhere else.

Grants to support arts and culture flood recovery

Nearly 50 arts and cultural organisations, screen practitioners, individual artists and collaborative groups impacted by recent floods will have access to $500,000 in funding.