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Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

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Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group A: Labor

The Echo asked all the Lismore election Councillor candidates to send in a bio. First cab off the rank was current Councillor Darlene Cook and Group A.

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Responsible dog owner

I read with interest Alison Drover’s article on dog management and the follow up letters last week, and I...

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Cartoon of the week – 1 December, 2021

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.

Vote for community

From 2007 to 2020, I lived in Byron Bay. I worked as a community-based coastal and marine researcher and...

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015

In the lead up to the Byron Bay Writers Festival this August 7–9, Echonetdaily is collecting articles, news and reviews of the authors and speakers that will be attending this year.

Byron Bay Writers Festival articles:

Writers fest explores govt threats to expose the truth

Journalism was well represented at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival, with sessions on each day giving the punters an insight into the trade. Among them was a look at how much harder it has become for reporters to get the truth out there.

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Thus spake Mungo: Incurable romantic or fossil fool?

At Byron's annual Writers Festival Julia Gillard could hardly have received more rapturous applause. But for every heroine there has to be villain and the organisers cast Greg Sheridan.

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Local school children review their favourite books

Clementine Rose And The Movie Magic By Jacqueline Harvey Review by Billie Aitken-McGregor Year 4 ‘Lights… Camera… Action!!’ Clementine Rose and the Movie Magic, in the series written by Jacqueline Harvey, is an exciting combination of movie-magic and mystery. Clementine is the main...

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Feature events promise to challenge and entertain at Writers Festival

Book lovers bound for Byron Bay Writers Festival are promised more than three action-packed days of debate and conversation. The program also boasts several feature events at various venues throughout the northern rivers.

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Julia Gillard among stellar guests at Byron writers festival

The countdown to Australia’s largest regional literary event has begun, with the recent unveiling of the full 2015 Byron Bay Writers Festival program.

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No place funny as home

Home Truths by Mandy Nolan (Finch Publishing $24.99) Review by Lisa Walker Home Truths is Mandy Nolan’s third comedic memoir. Following hot on the heels of Boyfriends We’ve All Had (But Shouldn’t Have) and What I Would Do If I Were...

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A strange story unfolds

– Wilkie Collins, The Woman In White It was the last day of July. The long hot summer was drawing to a close; and we, the weary pilgrims of the London pavement, were beginning to think of the cloud-shadows on the...

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Byron Bay Writers Festival dishes up food for thought – with...

Byron Bay Writers Festival is dishing up much more than food for thought once again in 2015 with food-infused events designed to both stimulate and satiate. For lovers of visual art BBWF is delighted to be partnering with acclaimed Tweed...

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A parable of family tension in a troubled country

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Scribe $29.99) Review by Russell Eldridge It’s a heavy burden for 29-year-old shoulders to be lumped with the tag of heir-apparent to your country’s greatest writer. Chigozie Obioma has this to bear as praise keeps rolling in for...

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A small child’s window into a vicious regime

Harry Mac, by Russell ­Eldridge (Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99) Review by Michael McDonald You could be forgiven for thinking the role of Ocean Shores resident Russell Eldridge is being played by several people. As well as being the editor of the The Northern...

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The hook of forgiveness in fishy fairytales

Aquarium by David Vann (Text Publishing $29.99) Review by Sam Smith Twelve-year-old Caitlin and her single mother Sheri live together in their small Seattle apartment. It is just the two of them, and Sheri seems determined to keep it that way. They...

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When tormented genius really meant something

Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen by Erik Jensen (Black Inc $32.99) Review by Alison Kubler Before Ben Quilty became poster boy for a brief history of masculinity in Australian culture, as seen through the lens of gestural...

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Hundreds displaced by a famous coathanger

The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere (Spinifex Press $26.95). Review by Sarah Armstrong I must have driven over the Sydney Harbour Bridge hundreds of times, and have heard the familiar stories of the anxiously awaited moment when the two arches met, and...

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Sex, death, cheese and chickens: a rural memoir

Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer by Antonia Murphy (Text Publishing, $32.99). Review by Mandy Nolan Moving to the country to run a twee little farm is the dream of many a city slicker tired of the meaningless commute to work...

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Literary giants set to stride into Byron Bay

For three days in early August Byron Bay Writers Festival, Australia’s largest regional literary event, will deliver a stimulating program comprising over 160 sessions featuring celebrated international and Australian authors, thinkers and innovators.

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Byron Bay Writers Festival tickets on sale tomorrow

Former prime minister Julia Gillard, Joan London, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville and Jackie French have been announced as the first- round line-up guest speakers for the Byron Bay Writers Festival, held August 7–9.

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Growing number of dogs

Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in the Shire to be managed...

Responsible dog owner

I read with interest Alison Drover’s article on dog management and the follow up letters last week, and I couldn’t agree more. I am indifferent...

Dogs need control

I agree with Alison Drover’s recent article and her final line ‘wildlife needs more love, and our dog owners need a tighter lead’. But the...

COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 2 December. Northern NSW Local...