On World Environment Day, a dream that’s been a quarter of a century in the making was realised: the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens opened to the public for the first time. Sharon Shostak was there to document it for us.... Read More →
Knox Park in Murwillumbah under the shadow of Wollumbin/Mt Warning was again the venue for the annual World Environment Day celebrations on Sunday. The event, which aims to raise awareness about our environment, was organised by the Caldera Environment Centre... Read More →
From competitive kayakers and paddle-boarders to friends and family just happy to paddle their own canoe, a total of 812 competitors joined this year’s Mullum to Bruns event. Video Sharon Shostak
From preschoolers to celebrities, those willing to brave the big hill congregated with their wacky carts, gravity presided, and the sun did shine on the thousands watching. Sharon Shostak caught action footage of the thrills and spills from the annual... Read More →
World Bellydance Day, on the second Saturday of May each year, was the focus of the largest bellydance flashmob event of its kind. Teams danced with the same song, same choreography, same t-shirt and same goals, on the same day... Read More →
The 21st annual MardiGrass and drug law reform rally at the weekend was as usual a most colourful affair with a loud message to legalise cannabis, especially medicinal use of it. Documentary Sharon Shostak
With International Midwives Day coming up, Sharon Shostak took a look in at Mullumbimby Birth Centre’s pilot home birth program, which is concluding its first year with resounding success reported by all involved – and a call for more. Music... Read More →
The Green and Clean Awareness Team took to the sand dunes on Byron Bay’s foreshore at the weekend with shovels, sturdy pioneering plants and goodwill. It’s part of an ongoing restoration and maintenance project sponsored by local businesses. Documentary Sharon... Read More →
Last weekend a group of city based Bundjalung families returned to country. Their three day camp at Stokers Siding, called Strong Families Strong Culture, culminated in a traditional Kupmurry (pit roast) and Corroboree for local elders. Sharon Shostak went along... Read More →
A National Day of Action on Saturday rallied supporters of single parents and their children, whose lives are affected by recent government cuts to single parent support payments. Sharon Shostak took her camera to Brunswick Heads Centrelink office, the site... Read More →
Director Robert Connolly presented his film Underground – the Julian Assange Story at the Palace Byron Cinema and Murwillumbah Regent last weekend. Together with special guest Christine Assange he is touring the country in an exciting new cinema experience giving... Read More →
It’s not over yet but the young and the old at this year’s 24th Bluesfest raved about the events and the mix of established and new acts. Video documentary Sharon Shostak
Construction is complete, the site is ready for rain or sun, and the 2013 Byron Bay Bluesfest will open its gates to the public today. Sharon Shostak gets us a sneak preview. Music by Red Eyed Frogs
Video documentary Sharon Shostak Some of the glitterati of previous years may have been missing owing to the weather at Sydney Airport but there were plenty of quality filmmakers, eager holidaymakers and film loving locals to launch this year’s Byron... Read More →
What is it like to be stranded at Upper Coopers Creek and relying on airlifted supplies of food donations to survive? Sharon Shostak joined the SES crew on a chopper run yesterday.
Janet and Alan are breaking world records – the first sexagenarians to run around Australia, completing 365 marathons in 365 days, and they are vegan raw food eaters. Sharon Shostak shared a green smoothie with them as they passed through... Read More →
Saturday’s Family Fun Day enabled the community to celebrate the spacious new Byron Bay Library. Sharon Shostak joined the crowds entranced by the new space and the many activities on offer.
Thursday’s show of force by police, escorting Metgasco’s coal-seam gas drilling equipment into the company’s Doubtful Creek compound, was a pyrrhic victory for the company, according to Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton. Documentary Sharon Shostak
The local show may still be some way off but the search for two girls from the region to represent the community at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show took place on the weekend. As Sharon Shostak discovered, it’s not all about... Read More →
The technology exists to create baseload power from the sun using salt as a storage medium. To persuade the powers that be, some local members of Beyond Zero Emissions have created a working model. Video Sharon Shostak Music by Norm... Read More →
That was the name of Saturday’s forum on the impact of tourism and alcohol on Byron Bay’s culture and community. At times it also seemed to be a wry poke at the panel, who took it in turns to point... Read More →
In the week after new year, Echonetdaily’s Sharon Shostak went down to Byron’s Main Beach to take a look at the most visible aspect of the problems the Bay faces. Here’s a recap. Can community both survive and thrive in... Read More →
Brandon Kawika Foster is the lineage-holder of 50 generations of Hawaiian teachings traditionally transmitted by story, chant and hula. Last Friday, Sharon Shostak was entranced by his hula workshop in Byron Bay.
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers have spent 20 years looking after and raising injured and abandoned native fauna. In Sharon Shostak’s enchanting video, volunteers explain what motivates them to take on their 24/7 unpaid caring roles.
The New Year holiday break saw tens of thousands of tourists descend on Byron Bay, bringing with them tonnes of rubbish, which was strewn all over the beach and CBD. The annual invasion, as some locals refer to it, sparked... Read More →