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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.


Burra Jurra

What began as a simple conversation on the sidelines of a local rugby league game has now become a world-leading reconciliation pilot program, using the humble act of catching waves as a method for bringing people together; talking, learning, sharing - and most importantly - surfing!

Burra Jurra is a sensational film by Juliet Carrington from Terranora that documents the rise and rise of a collaboration between The Arakwal Corporation, representing the traditional owners of the Byron Bay region, and Surfing Far North Coast with its long list of surf royalty supporters, to provide surf coaching for local Indigenous youth.

The film stars Layne Beachley, ‘the greatest female professional surfer in the history of the sport’ and seven times World Champion, who has lent her support as an Ambassador from the Laureus Foundation - an organisation with “a belief in the power of sport to break down barriers, bring people together and improve the lives of young people around the world”.

It also features surfing icons, World Champion Pauline Menczer, current ASP World Tour surfer Adam Melling, two times World Junior Champion James Woods, two times Australian Junior Champion Jock Barnes, to name just a few…

Just how did Burra Jurra attract this all star line up? They have one common connection. Each was coached at some point by Byron Shire local, Steve Foreman, whom one day about five years ago, was asked by Yvonne Kay-Stewart, Arakwal Corporation CEO, if he could teach some local Koori kids about surfing, while their sons played rugby together.

Juliet explained “when Steve organised the first program, he set specific times for the surfing to start. Sometimes hours would pass and no one had turned up. He then realised that not many of the Aboriginal folk were wearing watches, and that they were coming out with the sunshine. As a people they are in tune with the land, the weather and the environment, and weren't being governed by a clock.  He said he found it very refreshing to see that, but after that first program, the kids had so much fun that there were no late issues ever again!”


When Ms Beachley became involved, she brought with her the international power of Laureus, which provided initial three-year seed funding to get the surf program up and running to “embrace the principle of using sport to help bring positive social change”.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is honoured to be screening the World Premiere of this deeply important film with Juliet Carrington and other members of the cast and crew present at the screening. The story of Burra Jurra is inspiring, uplifting and relatable to surfers and non-surfers alike. Through sharing intimate stories of individuals overcoming adversity, this film encourages everyone that no matter what challenges you might face, they can be overcome so you may become all you are meant to be.

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“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.  Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in face of all types of discrimination.”

~ Nelson Mandela – Laureus Foundation Patron.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...