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June 19, 2021

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Vaccinations

Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may...

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Connor just wants to finish his HSC in 2021

On March 23 2019 Connor Meldrum’s life changed forever and he has spent much of the last two years trying to regain normality – that is, as much normality as you can with only half a skull.

Celebrating 12 years of liberating food for those in need

Liberation Larder is located on Fletcher St Byron Bay behind the community centre and was founded in 2009 by Venerable Honu, a Buddhist nun, who recognised there were many people in our community struggling to make ends meet. 

Loft: top of the town

  S Haslam Winter doesn’t have to mean hibernation! Shake off those winter woolies and enjoy the best of town again.  Loft...

Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

ABC maintaining independence?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m a fan of the ABC so I’m a bit disappointed that the local ABC radio station has...

Nurses and midwives rally during Health Inquiry in Lismore

Nurses and midwives will be holding lunchtime rallies across the Northern Rivers calling for nurse-to-patient ratios and highlighting widespread issues being exposed at the rural health inquiry, which is due to hear submissions today in Lismore.
Kate Constantine displays at Ninbella

Blak Enough

‘As a fair-skinned Koori woman, I am constantly justifying myself to white people as to why my greatest sympathies lie with my First Nations kin. My mother is white, and my father is half white – possibly more / probably less; so why would I align myself and my children with a people who have been trodden on, had their culture trampled, their land stolen, and lives ripped apart?….because I am Blak Enough and it is through Blak people (even those who are merely brown on the inside), that we have a duty to change the future for Aboriginal people.’ Both a journey of self-reflection and self-actualisation, Konstantina acknowledges such heavy subject matter in the only way she knows, with bold, bright, fabulous colour backed on black.

Kate Constantine’s exhibition, Blak Enough, will be at Ninbella Gallery from 13 November until 4 December 2019.


Lemn Sissay plays Saturday at Elements of Byron Resort.

Poetry to your ears… Lemn Sissay is back in town!

Back by popular demand, Byron Writers Festival is bringing 2018 Festival favourite Lemn Sissay to Byron Bay with his memoir and poetry performance My Name is Why.

Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the UK’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

The event will include a performance by Lemn, followed by an in conversation with vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University, Adam Shoemaker.

6pm, Saturday at Elements of Byron Resort. Tickets from $30 through byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on or call  6685 5115.


Come and study at BSA

Study, exhibit, or reside with Byron School of Art in 2020

BSA is currently accepting applications for three exciting programs on their 2020 calendar.

They are calling for proposals from artists and curators working in a range of disciplines for the 2020 Project Space exhibition program.

Applications to study in 2020 year-long Visual Arts courses close 30 November, as well as for their 2020 Ralph Woodford Artist Residency program.

Details and application forms at www.byronschoolofart.com

Bad news

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but the article on page 5,...

Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

The debate over the tender for the building of the rail trail between Murwillumbh and Crabbes Creek was ultimately held behind closed doors, Mayor...

Massive multi-dwelling Paterson Street DA before Planning Panel

The Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), an unelected consent authority that overrides Council decision making, will be considering a 14 townhouse DA for Paterson...

Backsliders coming to Lennox

Australian music legends the Backsliders are coming to Lennox Head for the first time, to play at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 26 June 2021.