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Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

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Halcyon House and Paper Daisy

Simon Haslam A stylish boutique beachfront hotel with bespoke rooms, its own day spa, a beautiful pool and a laidback...

Fairy of the week – 17 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

A long and chequered career in cooking

When she was just 16, Elizabeth Jackson was kicked out of a home economics class – not because she burnt a pot or had a collapsed sponge, but because she made a black wedding cake.

Mirabelle’s game 

A magical quest is taking place in Lismore Quad from August 15–23. Deep underground, right beneath the town (and...

More Blacks, More Dogs, More Irish 

Having lived in so-called ‘Australia’ for a decade, Irish born singer-songwriter, Áine Tyrrell, rewrites what is imaginable every step of the...

Unmissable sessions at Byron Writers Festival

Not sure which sessions to see? We’ve saved the best ’til last and highlighted some of the must-see panels and conversations from the 2022 program to help you decide. Hurry, Day Passes are selling fast!

The annual Byron Shire Book Fair is back! Pictured with Margot, under the trees in Railway Park, is Chris Wright. Photo Jeff ‘Sorry, I’m Booked’ Dawson

The annual Byron Shire Book Fair is finally going ahead from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 3 from 9am to 4pm at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

The Book Fair raises money for the Mullumbimby, Brunswick and Byron Shire libraries and was unable to run over the last three years due to COVID. The funds raised support the libraries in buying books, shelving, comfy chairs and other essential items to ensure everyone has a positive experience at the local library.

‘With a mountain of books for sale, mainly second-hand as well as some new books they are all in very good condition,’ said Margot Wright from Byron Shire Friends of the Library.

‘This year covers a multitude of genres such as rare editions, special selections, fiction, non-fiction, art, children’s, history, geography, spiritual plus, CDs, games and jigsaws and more.’


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