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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Taxpayers paying through the nose for the destruction of Casino to Murwillumbah train line

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores  On 14 January, 2015 The Echo comment ‘Railroaded’ quoted Don Page’s (Nationals then MP for Ballina) 2004...


Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise...

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

November 26, 2013

Issue 28.25

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In this Issue:

Generations of girls take on the waves

The annual Girls Go Surfing Day event, hosted locally by Surfing Byron Bay, is now in its twenty-fourth year. Held this year on December the event invites girls of all ages to head down to the beach and have a go at learning to surf.


CrossFit coaches to train Olympic skiers

CrossFit Byron Bay are celebrating their first anniversary with the news that owners/coaches Nick and Joe Draxl have both been asked to coach athletes during the Sochi Winter Olympics in early 2014.


Local surfers start eco surf tours in the Solomon Islands

Locally based surfer and environmental educator Tash Morton has carved her way into inspiring work in the Solomon Islands.


Cinema review – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Figuratively speaking, I was dragged kicking and screaming to Johnny Knoxville’s latest – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.


Book reviews – Echo Drudges recommend

Six Echo Drudges give you their opinion about what they have been reading


Cinema review – Within; Creating Within

At its core, making art is an act of love. That it survives in a cynical age is because those who pursue it do so with integrity, tenacity and healthy single-mindedness.


Byron’s ‘safe’ NYE won’t come cheap

Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson is adamant that this New Year's Eve will be a far cry from last year, when drinkers ran wild, 14 people were arrested and tonnes of garbage were collected.


Laura’s music is right on Targett

Violinist Laura Targett steps out of the shadows and into the limelight when she launches her brand new CD. Mandy Nolan spoke with Laura about her emergence from fiddle player to singer, revealing a unique and evocative voice.


Cinema review – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This is not so much a sequel as the second episode of an epic sci-fi serial. As such it has arrived with great expectations after the enthralling first instalment.


Students promote anti-violence message

As part of the White Ribbon campaign, students have created images and designs for coasters which will appear in pubs and hotels across Byron Shire from November 25 to December 10.


Byron aims for chemical-free weed control

Byron Shire Council voted last week to aim to go chemical-free within the next five years in a new shire-wide weed/pest management policy.


Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.