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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

Other News

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

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.

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.

Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now....

OCA a ‘diamond in the rough’

Around four years ago a group of like-minded friends started a Syntropic Farm project. Since that time, they have...

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

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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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.

Trainspotters

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...