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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

SCU to house temporary accommodation for flood-affected residents

Temporary homes will be located at Southern Cross University (SCU) Lismore Campus as part of the NSW government's program to provide 800 temporary housing options for flood-affected people.

Temporary Protection Visas

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Creating homelessness

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Rorts unlimited

Commuter car park rorts, sports rorts, emissions reduction scheme rorts (that don’t reduce emissions) and bike track rorts. The...

Ballina osprey platform in dangerous disrepair

As nesting season approaches, wildlife carer and local bird expert Deb Pearse has contacted The Echo about her concerns for the precarious state of the Brunswick Street osprey nesting platform, near the river in Ballina.

Mullum Shop Local this Christmas 2014

Mullum Shop Local this Christmas is an initiative of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and proudly sponsored by The Echo.
Mullum Shop Local this Christmas
is an initiative of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and proudly sponsored by The Echo.

Mullumbimby is blessed with a unique and thriving local retail scene. Don't wast your time driving to Ballina or Tweed for a another soulless shopping mall experience. Instead, wander down Burringbar Street and beyond and support these iconic local businesses and the local economy!

Shop Local and WIN!


Round 3 winners and where they shopped at: Hugo Tremayne – Mitre 10, Jean Chandler – Stewarts Menswear, Chloe Allan – Mullum Mac, Rime Turnbull – Santos, Patricia Byotes – The Source
Round 3 winners and where they shopped at: Hugo Tremayne – Mitre 10, Jean Chandler – Stewarts Menswear, Chloe Allan – Mullum Mac, Rime Turnbull – Santos, Patricia Byotes – The Source

30 x $100 vouchers to be won!

Each Tuesday of the campaign at 12 noon out the front of the Newsagency, five winners will be drawn.

The Mullum Shop Local campaign is open to all members of the community. Simply shop at any of the participating stores and you will receive an entry form. Fill out your entry form, attach your receipt or have the store stamp your entry form, and drop the entry form at one of the boxes located at the Newsagency, Stewart’s Menswear or Santos. Terms and conditions.

Participating stores:

Allure Mullumbimby • Amore Mullumbimby • Bridglands Furniture & Electrical • Brunswick Valley Door Centre • Building Partnerships • Buon Appetito • Chemsave Pharmacy Mullum • Chincogan Mechanical • Chincogan Store • Commercial Hotel (Middle Hotel) • Craig Watson Soul Pattinson Chemist • Crystal Castle • Darling Buds Florist • Devine Quality Meats • Dolphin Office Choice • Byron Bay Pork Pork & Meats • Global Web Pack • Hooked & Cooked • IGA Mullumbimby • Izakaya Yu • Jacqueline Smith Designs • James Hardware Mitre 10 Mullumbimby • Japunumop • Milk & Honey • Mudita Institute • Mullum Heads • Mullum Instyle • Mullum Mac • Mullum Power Tools • Mullumbimby Bakery • Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce • Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club • Mullumbimby Hire & Sales • Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre • Mullumbimby Newsagency • Mullumbimby Rural Co-op • Mullumbimby Tyres • Mullumbimby Vet Clinic • Phoenix Mens Clothing • Punch & Daisy • Reclaimed in Mullum • Mullum Music Festival • Rock & Roll Cafe • Sanctuary of Illumination • Santos Trading • Shanti Town • Simply Sheer Hair and Beauty • Son of Drum • Spice it Up Thai Restaurant • Stewart's Menswear • Sue M's Boutique • Sunshine Alley • The Bookshop Mullumbimby • The Court House Hotel • The Source Bulk Foods • Tinker Tailor Dancer Trader • Tony Carsburg Motors • Tursa Employment & Training • Wards Landscape Supplies

Santos Organics

Santos Organics is a vibrant organic health food supermarket dedicated to to providing the highest quality fresh local produce, groceries and personal care/home products. There is also an organic juice bar that serves freshly made lunches, raw treats and fresh juices. From humble beginnings in the back of a van in Main Arm in the '70s, Santos has grown to become one of the Shire’s most loved community businesses, with stores in Byron, Mullum and a fast-growing online space.

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The Source Bulk Food

The Source bulk food store has a range of more than 300 foods from dried fruit, nuts and seeds, local raw honey, super foods, flours & grains and lots of tempting treats. So treat yourself to healthy delicious food this Christmas & the convenience of being able to purchase just the right amount from a teaspoon of spice, to kilos of lentils.

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The Court House Hotel

The Court House Hotel is an independent pub, and locally owned. It offers a great environment for people to meet and enjoy a vast range of refreshments and freshly-prepared food. Laurie has had the business for five years and reckons his customers enjoy the friendly service.

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Craig Watson Soul Pattinson Chemist

…is a community pharmacy that is part of a powerful buying group. They can pass on savings on pharmacy items including over the counter and private prescriptions. Craig has been in business 15 years and says people come to his pharmacy to receive quality medical advice and be served by locals.

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Darling Buds Florist

Darling Buds Florist is a very special florist with over 46 years in the trade. Specialising in Australian native flowers, fresh local roses and high-quality flowers, from Sydney markets and local growers, they are also wedding and event specialists. Flowers are the perfect Christmas gift for the person who 'has everything', and at Darling Buds they have it all wrapped up – come in and view!

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Japunumop noshery

Kym Masterson opened Japunumop on May 8, 2013 and as she says, Janpunumop has become, 'the busy person's answer for great coffee, ready to go gourmet filled breads, pies, soups, salads, cakes and sweets – mostly made on site.' Customers often tell her that the space has a great vibe, a relaxed feel, and that the coffee and food are sensational.

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Tyrepower Mullumbimby

Tyrepower Mullumbimby is an independent store, locally owned, but part of Australia’s largest independent tyre retail chain. What does that mean? Great deals for you on you next tyres! 'Let’s face it', says Paul, 'the roads around here are punishing on tyres so it’s important that our customers know they can come to us for the right advice and a good deal.'

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Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre

Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre offers an integrated health service with both General Practice and a variety of allied health services including osteopathy, acupuncture and Kahuna Bodywork. People come to the health centre for therapeutic bodywork, as well as to see their local GP for a consultation or health check. All of their GPs have special interest areas ranging from acupuncture to skin health.

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Punch and Daisy

Punch and Daisy is a local café offering simple, fresh, local food and excellent, complex local coffee. Currently open Monday to Friday, they are in the process of upgrading their current business trading licence to also open in the evenings and on weekends, and offer simple, fresh tapas and wine by the glass.

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Shanti Town

Shanti Town is an alternative shopping experience, located right in the heart of town, where you will certainly find something different. There is something for everyone, clothing, soft furnishing, gifts, and local art. Shanti Town is a unique and creative hub that has been in Mullumbimby for about 9 years. Head to Shanti Town to find a unique Christmas Gift!

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Devine Meats

Vince Devine has been a butcher in Mullumbimby for 39 years. He works in his shop and employs five staff. Devine Meats offer a wide range of products, mostly sourced from local farmers. Whenever you head into Devine's you’re greeted with a smile and (if you need it) very helpful advice.

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Chincogan Store

The Chincogan Store is the corner store with a difference, selling everything from buns and burgers to vegetarian, gluten free, espresso coffee and cakes. For the last 10 years, the quick and friendly staff have been swapping slightly crazy, inviting smiles with the happy fun people (their customers) that they call the most caring community anywhere.

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Izakaya Yu

Izakaya Yu is a Japanese restaurant that opened in September 2012. Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, and the Yu in Izakaya Yu is Japanese for pleasure – Takafumi and Kane, founding chefs from O-Sushi restaurant, take pleasure in the fact that they now own a well-patronised and loved local eatery in a town where they say, ‘Everyone is friendly and peaceful’.

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Amore Mullumbimby

'The Biggest Little Shop'. Amore Mullumbimby is an exciting, colourful and eclectic range of gifts, ladies clothing and accessories, homewares, jewellery, crystals, incense, art and more. Made locally and beyond.

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Simply Sheer Hair & Beauty

Simply Sheer is a vibrant hair salon in the centre of Mullum's main street. Mullumbimby girl Cecily Ryan has owned this salon for the last 3 and a half years, and aims to provide the best creative, individual and affordable hair services always using quality, nourishing  products in a fun, fresh environment where clients can come sit and relax.

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Jacqueline Smith Design

is one of the newest businesses in Mullumbimby. Jacqueline’s designs embrace femininity. “My aim”, says Jacqueline “is that when my customers come into the store and try on my designs they feel adoring, sensual and feminine, that my designs help them express their inner beauty”. If you’re looking for a special outfit for the festive season or a gift for a special friend visit Jacqueline Smith Design.

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Eden's Landing Fruit & Vegetables

Eden’s Landing is an organic fruit & veg shop with a deli section offering vegetarian lunch and snacks, as well as fresh fruit juices and smoothies. They say they have the best cheese selection in town, and that their customers enjoy the best selection of organic and local spray-free fruit & veg in Mullumbimby.

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The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club

The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club is the perfect place to meet with your friends or for a night out. It’s fully air-conditioned with a great modern dining room serving food and drinks at excellent prices, it has free pool tables and regular entertainment and attractions. It’s also a great functions venue, and, because also includes the Bowling Club, they have a number of flexible options.

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Mullum Power Tools

Mullum Power Tools carry most major brands of power tools, cordless tools, air tools and quality hand tools. Plus they carry quality safety equipment, stainless steel railing, vacuum cleaner bags and parts, and a large range of batteries forcordless tools, laptops, mobiles and cameras. They also repair most popular makes of power tools, generators, and compressors and household appliances including vacuum cleaners and coffee machines.

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The Rock & Roll Coffee Company

The Rock & Roll Coffee Company is an award-winning coffee and pan-asian cafe/restaurant. Contemporary, laid-back and friendly, it’s tucked away in a little laneway off the main street – it’s a little taste of Melbourne in the heart of Mullum. They make great food and serve terrific coffee. In a community that’s very conscious about what they eat, they try to support local growers as much as possible.

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Allure Home & Lifestyle

Looking for a special gift for that special person? Allure sells a unique and exclusive range of gift lines including names such as Elk, Louenhide, Mor, Ecoya and Hamilton Hall. They also stock a range of pantry products that you can use to create that special meal.Their knowledgeable, friendly staff are there to assist you. Come and be inspired and make your Christmas shopping easy.

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Buon Appetito

Owner-manager Eleanor Bartz serves delicious pizza and pasta inspired by her Italian heritage. Eleanor was born and raised in Mullumbimby and loves serving her fresh food to the community she grew up in. Buon Appetito has a family-friendly atmosphere and you can dine in or takeaway.

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Chemsave Pharmacy Mullumbimby

Mullum Chemsave Pharmacy is a young fresh business in town, committed to providing excellence in all pharmacy services at affordable prices. Chemsave chemists offer low prices, huge savings, a fantastic range of products, and other great benefits, while still providing friendly and professional service and expert advice from someone you know and trust!

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The Crystal Castle

The Crystal Castle has grown and evolved alongside Mullumbimby for nearly three decades. The Crystal Castle people love this open and interesting community, and appreciate the mutual support of a small town with a big heart. The Crystal Castle, set in the hills, is a magical place to enrich your spirit among giant crystals, sacred statues, stunning rainforest and gardens, and unique jewellery. There's fresh food and plenty for the kids too.

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The Mullumbimby Bookshop

The Mullumbimby Bookshop stocks a wide variety of books including many with local content. It specialises in good literature, art and design and also has children's and young adult content. Denise loves her friendly customers who have supported the business for the past 15 years.  Denise also offer a special order service and gift vouchers are available.

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Mullum Instyle

This store sells an enormous range of variety goods, homewares, gift lines for all occasions and an extensive range of kitchenware. The variety range includes stationery, craft, toys, candles, cards, garden products, auto accessories and hardware. Be inspired with your Christmas gift ideas, after visiting Mullum Instyle: they are open 7 days and offer eftpos and layby facilities.

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The Mullum Music Festival

This year they welcome many talented first-time artists, new performance spaces and initiatives. There will be comedy and DJs in the lineup, plus Harry James Angus (Cat Empire) has programmed his own venue, The Village Vanguard, complete with cocktail bar, handpicked musicians and a real piano. The Village Vanguard will end every evening with Harry and his band performing a 2 hour set called the Jazz Party.

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Son of Drum

Son of Drum sell musical instruments such as djembe drums, didgeridoos, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, Native American flutes and stock Byron’s biggest range of percussion instruments. They also sell instrument accessories and provide services such as restringing and drum reskinning. People come to buy a new instrument for themselves or a present for friends or family, and the business also has a wholesale side.

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Sue M’s Boutique

Sue M's is your local source of contemporary women’s clothing. Sue M’s is an affordable boutique for stylish women of all ages and sizes. They stock classic styles, from soft hues to bright summer colours – there's something for everyone in this store, including bags, beautiful jewellery and a huge range of scarves.

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Tursa Employment & Training is a regional company founded in 1994 for the express purpose of addressing unemployment the region. Its core business is all about work: finding work for people who need work, finding workers for businesses that need workers, and preparing and training job seekers for work.

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Tony Carsburg Holden

Tony Carsburg Holden sells new and used vehicles and is the local NRMA country service centre for this district. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop where you can buy your fuel (they offer full driveway service), buy a car and get your car serviced – all with country-style, no-pressure service.

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Wards Landscape Supplies

Wards is a family owned and run business, supplying landscape materials throughout the Byron Shire. They stock a huge range of pots, statues and water features and also stock sands, soils, mulches, gravels for any landscape jobs. Steve and Julieanne are Mullum born and bred so you just don't get more local than that.

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Bridglands Betta Home Living

Bridglands is your local Betta Home Living Store selling a wide range of electrical, furniture and bedding goods, being part of a 200 strong buying cooperative ensures you are always buying at the best price. You can't get more local than Rob Bridgland and his team. Bridglands was established in 1908 is now owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Bridgland family.

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STEER – the youth safe driving course

STEER is coordinated by a father of four children, Phil Preston, who is very aware of the need to provide safer transport options for young people. Phil says that youth need to get around the Shire cheaply and easily and parents want their children to get from place to place safely.

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Byron Bay Pork and Meats

Byron Bay Pork and Meats is a local, family owned business, that sources pork, beef, lamb and goat from their family farms. The Singh family has had the butcher shop for 3 years. Now is the time to beat the rush and place your Christmas orders for smoked leg hams,pork roasts, turkeys and chicken.

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Hooked & Cooked

Who can resist the smell of fish and chips? There's no better place to buy fresh takeaway fish and chips (and chicken) than Hooked & Cooked.  Ian and the friendly folk at Hooked & Cooked supply fresh fish daily and cook the takeaways to order.  You might have to wait 10 minutes .... but boy is it worth it!

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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is a casual wood-fired kitchen serving up high quality pizzas, starters and salads. It is fully licensed, dine in or takeaway. They serve quality pizzas using exceptional local ingredients. Milk and Honey pizzas are enoyed by many locals, who come back time and again, as well repeat holidaymakers who come and enjoy the pizzas each time they visit the Mullumbimby area.

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Mudita Institute

Mudita Institute offers a consistent and truly holistic approach to health and happiness based on the ancient Eastern science of Ayurvedic Medicine and the arts of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. People come to the Mudita Institute for the quality, individualised, treatments and advice; the warm, caring, peaceful atmosphere; and the unique, truly holistic combination of Ayurveda, Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology.

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Mullum Mac

Mullum Mac is your one-stop technology shop, specialising in Apple products and accessories. Come and see them for support, training, audio visual integration, networking, POS and CRM solutions, and web development. They are are a family owned and operated business. Mullum Mac was started by three brothers who all grew up in Mullumbimby and love this place.

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Mullumbimby Newsagency and Brunswick Valley Office Smart

…have a big sale over Christmas, and come January the Back to School catalogue sale will be huge. They stock a large range of stationery, diaries, calendars, ABC books, Darrell Lea chocolate, Lotto, cards, magazines, music, and phones – app and credit. You'll always get helpful, friendly service from these born and bred locals.

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Tinker Tailor

Tinker Tailor offers a carefully curated collection of all that is beautiful in both contemporary design and treasures from faraway places. Each designer has been handpicked for their integrity and uniqueness. The store features a mix of Australian fashion, Lux Leather, Japanese and local ceramics, divine printmaking, exotic handmade homewares, artisan jewellery and children’s creative play and toys.

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Sunshine Alley

Sunshine Alley is an inspiring emporium, housing contemporary global and locally made jewellery, including unique pieces designed and made by the owner and artist, Susie Cadsky. You will also find carefully selected work from other emerging artists, stunning hats for men & women, and a unique collection of ethically made fashion and funky homewares.

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Mullumbimby Veterinary Clinic

Mullumbimby Veterinary Clinic operate a locally owned veterinary hospital servicing a clientele who have both small and large animals. They strive to provide the best possible professional and compassionate vet care to the people of the Brunswick Valley, and to empower clients to make good decisions about how they can look after their animals in a manner that is best for them.

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The Sanctuary of Illumination

The Sanctuary of Illumination is a sanctuary offering opportunities to renew your body, mind, heart, spirit and life connecting with your soul through private healing sessions, workshops, retreats and trainings. We offer Hawaiian temple bodywork sessions and training, life-shift healing, life-purpose coaching, breathwork and water rebirthing, women’s retreats, trance dance, couples’ intimacy coaching, children’s creativity workshops and more. Gift certificates available.

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Stewart’s Menswear

Stewart’s Menswear is a general menswear store dressing men and boys from head to toe. They also offer a basic range for women. The business has been owned and operated by local families for 85 years. They aim to provide a friendly and personalised shopping experience, stocking everything from basics and work wear through to fashion and formal wear to suit their diverse customer base – the people of Mullumbimby!

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Brunswick Valley Door Centre

Brunswick Valley Door Centre supply and install residential, commercial and industrial garage doors. They also supply a wide range of control systems for all style of gates and garage doors, and they can also automate your existing door.  The team at Brunswick Valley Door Centre have owned the business for 10 years and pride themselves on their personal one-on-one approach.

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James Hardware Mitre 10

James Hardware Mitre 10 is a family-owned business that prides itself on its good old-fashioned service. They can supply all your hardware, paint, building, roofing, plumbing, gardening and plant needs. People shop with Mitre 10 because they are served by friendly local staff who they trust, and are able to buy at good prices. The staff here think it's great to be a part of this unique, friendly, community. Open 7 days.

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Mullumbimby Hire & Sales

Mark Thomas has owned and run Mullumbimby Hire & Sales for 10 years. He is a qualified builder so he knows his tools and what's needed for the job. He also has extensive knowledge about organising functions (even if you don’t!). Mark and his staff are known for their knowledge and their friendliness. So call in and discuss your next project with them.

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Mullumbimby Rural Co-op

The Co-op is a 24 hour fuel station and rural produce co-operative. The Co-op is owned by its members and has been in existence since 1955. People use the co-op to purchase fuel, gardening products, stockfeed, farm supplies and to find or source 'hard to find' items. If what you want isn’t in stock, they do their best to get it in for you. So the folks at the Co-op encourage you to shop local and support the community in which you live, and they love being a part of it because it is a “vibrant diverse and generally a very friendly place.’

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Reclaimed in Mullum

Reclaimed in Mullum is a secondhand furniture, homewares, records and clothing store, renowned for low prices and super-friendly service. Community-minded, they buy local and offer lay-by. You can collect your courier packages there, or drop in for a reading/healing/massage in their tranquil treatment room.

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Spice it Up Thai Restaurant

Located at the Mullumbimby Bowling Club, Spice it Up are open from Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30pm dine in and takeaway. Matt and the team cater to anyone wanting to indulge in mouth-watering fresh local produce cooked by a professional team specialising in Thai cuisine. People love to come to their restaurant for that guaranteed consistency: great food and service with a smile.

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Dolphin Office Choice

Dolphin Office Choice stock all manner of stationery products. Head to Dolphin Office Choice for just the right advice on your next project. Mullumbimby customers comment on how much they appreciate having the broad range of stock and services in their town. The business holds a firm belief in supporting their community by shopping locally themselves.

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Global Web Pack

Empower you business online with a Global Web Pack subscription. Update your own website easily, sell products to customers all over the world, and professionally promote your business. Customers use Global Web Pack to have a website that is easy to maintain, looks professional, and is secure. We have a range of services from web design and development to e-commerce solutions and online promotion.

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Mullumbimby IGA

Mullumbimby IGA is a local business that prides itself on our fresh produce friendly staff and exceptional customer service. Daniel Tiffin Mullum IGA's manager, thinks it is the fact that his team at Mullum IGA go above and beyond what is the standard supermarket experience and proudly promote local products and locally purchased goods that brings customers back time and time again.

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Phoenix Menswear

For all your manly needs - vintage, retro, handmade and new men's clothing and accessories. The shop is located in the centre of town opposite IGA and is your must stop shop for great Christmas gifts ideas and if you can’t choose there’s always the gift voucher. You'll find a unique and funky range of menswear sourced from far and wide.

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The Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of Mullumbimby’s businesses and community organisations. We are committed to stimulating the local economy and managing the visitor economy, fostering employment opportunities, and promoting the arts and entertainment.



Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.