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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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River to the sea

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Far North Coast Junior Life Savers of the Year announced

Two of the Far North Coast’s brightest young surf life saving talents have been announced as the Newcastle Permanent Junior Surf Life Savers of the Year for 2024.

Wallum update: protectors at the ready

The fight to save the Wallum heathland in Brunswick Heads has gone into overdrive, with dozens of locals staunchly holding the line on-site, while thousands more lobby state and federal politicians in pursuit of permanent protection.

GemLife’s seniors’ housing estate (again) and more Ballina Council 2024 court action

A conciliation conference between the Ballina Shire Council and developers wanting to build a seniors’ resort-style estate in West Ballina is to happen in less than three weeks.

Mary McMorrow

Thank you Mary for your letter in last week’s Echo supporting Israel in its efforts to remove Hamas and...

Wallum vote

Lyon, Swivel, Pugh and Hunter voted on Thursday to let the bulldozers in and destroy Wallum. The Byron electorate...

At midnight on December 13, 2018 a large erection occurred in Byron Bay. By morning’s glory, social media lit up in shock, outrage, admiration or just plain voyeurism, as images of this erection spread from Byron around the nation. The man responsible gained instant notoriety but, quite rightly, claimed it was just a natural occurrence and that he was misunderstood. One thing was for sure, his erection was so enormous that it could be viewed kilometres away and stood up so shiny and tall that anyone coming into Byron Bay couldn’t possibly miss it.  

Amazingly, it lasted for a whole nine months. When it was over, (eventually exploding into thousands of silvery fragments across the Northern Rivers), the world would never be the same again.  

Since its demise in September 2019, the world has moved on. Fires, pandemics, floods and wars. But for anyone who lived through it and happened to view it on a daily basis, we can never forget the legend of The Dong.  

Simon Alderton  , Murwillumbah


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