For readers who thought better of braving the drunken streets of Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve, our video reporter Sharon Shostak did it for you. She conducted some impromptu surveys of revellers and onlookers, resulting in this entertaining and... Read More →
Sharon Shostak’s weekly videos have been a highlight of Echonetdaily since it began. During 2012 they gained an increasing reputation – and audience. Every video has its own appeal but, unsurprisingly, the most popular was the World Naked Bike Ride.... Read More →
Other towns in our region may have had larger events or more famous performers but this year’s gathering at Mullumbimby Hospital had something extra to celebrate – the saving of the hospital’s overnight casualty doctor service. Video Sharon Shostak
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham talks about his ‘Frack Finding Tour’ to the US to see the unfolding devastation of the coal-seam gas industry there. ‘They call it the rape, ruin and run industry.’ Video Sharon Shostak
At the start of their Operation Zero Tolerance, Bob Hammarstedt, captain of the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker, and Jeff Hansen, the organisation’s Australian director, talk to Sharon Shostak about the urgency of their mission.
One of the special community programs at the Mullumbimby Music Festival is the Youth Mentorship Program. Sharon Shostak went behind the scenes of this year’s event and followed the experiences of some very talented local winners.
Uki is a little village with a big heart. Its annual festival is a reflection of the lifestyle it promotes: local and sustainable. Video documentary Sharon Shostak
Byron Youth Service launched its Cringe the Binge campaign on the weekend, a local grassroots initiative that aims to tackle youth binge drinking. Sharon Shostak was there for Echonetdaily.
The Bay Rollers played their first bout at the Byron Sports Complex on Saturday, as the newly formed home teams Twisted Sisters took on the Retro Rockettes. Sharon Shostak caught the thrills and spills of Byron Bay’s first roller derby... Read More →
Knockrow’s Macadamia Castle is now home to three young crocodiles, cleverly named Snap, Crackle and Pop by competition winner Kim Jirzik. The baby crocs are on show from today. Video Sharon Shostak
More than 1,000 people attended Saturday’s opening of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa at Crystal Castle. Co-dedicated to the struggling Tibetan people, it is only the seventh such stupa to be built in the world. The ceremony was led by... Read More →
Byron Youth Ballet Company presents Leo Delibes world classic ballet Coppelia. Sharon Shostak looked in on Australia’s rising stars in preparation for their big performances this weekend at Byron Community Centre Theatre. See website for times and tickets.
Starting in 1885 as the Lismore Show, the North Coast National now hosts competitions for every conceivable breed of animal and farm produce plus art, craft and music. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the region. Video documentary... Read More →
On Saturday, more than 4,000 people marched through Murwillumbah’s streets, listened to speakers and danced to musicians to send the message loud and clear to politicians that opposition to coal-seam gas is not going away. Video documentary Sharon Shostak
The Drill Hall in Mullumbimby has spawned a community theatre company, free acting workshops and a wealth of acting and production talent. Sharon Shostak takes a look backstage.
Saturday’s second annual Sample Food Festival in Bangalow was a mouthwatering showcase for local growers, producers and chefs, with a huge turnout of people eager to taste their wares. Video documentary Sharon Shostak
Boot scooting, busking, acrobatics and both kinds of music… it must be Ballina’s Coastal Country Music Festival, which returned for a second popular outing over the weekend. Video documentary Sharon Shostak
On Friday, International Peace Day was commemorated around the world. At Byron Bay’s Peace Pole, a small but dedicated group told Sharon Shostak what it meant to them.
Cape Byron Steiner School has a focus on the arts and its annual Spring Fair is a chance for the local community to discover the great talents of our local youth. Video documentary Sharon Shostak
Local councils help fund free weekly skateboarding clinics all over the northern rivers. Sharon Shostak checked out the moves at the Goonellabah Skate Park. Music Peter Westheimer – www.peterwestheimer.com
Celebrating its 57th year, the intoxicating Byron District Orchid Show sent the flower’s passionate lovers into a swoon over the weekend. Video Sharon Shostak Music Norman Appel
Last year, Echonetdaily’s Sharon Shostak made this powerful video with independent journalist Ray Moynihan and local ecologist Dailan Pugh highlighting the environmental dangers of the proposed West Byron development on the Belongil estuary. The state government has since approved the... Read More →
During the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival former Echo head honcho-turned-scribe, David Lovejoy, launched his second book Heretic. Re-examining the life of the forgotten iconoclast Pelagius, the book was launched by Ocean Shores-based writer and TV producer Victor Marsh. Video Sharon... Read More →
From humble beginnings 20 years ago, Mullumbimby’s own youth circus now has graduates performing around the globe. Last weekend they premiered their latest show at Mullum Showgrounds. Video Sharon Shostak
While Bob Brown was in our region for the Byron Writers’ Festival, Byron Echo editor Hans Lovejoy caught up with him for a chat. This candid, post-politics interview runs for 20 fascinating minutes. So grab a coffee, sit back and... Read More →