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July 31, 2021

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Byron beach erosion

Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach)...

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Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part...

Dog off-leash parks coming to Tweed

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point. ‘The...

Staged rollout change for large OS DA

Plans by a developer to change the staged rollout for a large Ocean Shores subdivision, and nine dwellings on 11 and 13 Warrambool Rd and 9 Bian Crt, Ocean Shores, are now on exhibition on Council’s website.

Cartoon of the week – 28 July, 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.

Navigating through laws around business lockdowns

This is the full version from the edited down July 28, 2021 Echo print edition: A flyer circulating within the...

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW)...

July 6, 2016

Issue 31.04

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review: Wide Open Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB-wV6Aclcs It’s important to be reminded occasionally of how cinema can elevate and liberate simply by striking a chord that joins us all as human beings. Lisa Nicol’s splendid doco does exactly that. As Philistine politicians continue to strip funding from...


Cinema Review: The BFG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOvPKNMGU8o One thing that you can bet the sheep station on is that a Steven Spielberg movie will have a happy ending. Jaws is still my favourite, but, besides confronting the holocaust and being obsessed with boys’ own high adventure...


What we can learn from Leunig – and his ducks?

Michael Leunig’s commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. His newspaper work appears regularly in The Age and The Sydney Morning...


Byron Writers Festival welcomes Angela Flournoy on her first visit to...

Angela Flournoy is one of the most talked-about debut novelists in the United States today. At just 30, she burst onto the international literary stage last year with her first novel The Turner House. It tells the story of...


The Real Thing

The past five years have been an incredible musical journey for Russell Morris, the man whose songwriting genius captured our imagination with The Real Thing in 1969.  Fast forward 40-plus years and to his current offering – a trilogy of...


Mullumbimby tennis juniors rule courts

The Mullum Moonwalkers played the Mullum Mafia in the recent Interdistrict Division 2 tennis final.


Ruby’s the bomb for union and league

Last year, not knowing anything about the game, Bruns lass Ruby Taylor began playing Rugby Union for Brunswick Billygoats.


Ram raid on Thistles’ home turf

The Northern Hotel Byron Bay Rams had another successful inland excursion on Saturday, taking on fourth-place aspirants Lismore Thistles on their home turf.


Magda Szubanski – from the stage to the page

‘If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.’ Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory – one of Australia’s most beloved performers recently revealed her story in her extraordinary memoir...


So near and yet so far for Devils against comp frontrunners

Winning becomes a habit. The Evans Head Bombers, an honest but not outstanding team, have acquired it. Byron Bay’s Red Devils have gone cold turkey on it.


Music Roundup – 7 July 2016

The very mello Bello  This weekend the streets and halls of Bellingen come alive with their second music festival. Often it’s the experiences you don’t expect that become your highlight memories at a music festival. Those ‘I can’t believe I...


Get creative with Coco!

Want to do something creative with the kids this school break? Well Coco from the Curly Cousins has just the thing – her week-long drama and play workshop, suitable for kids from five to eight, but of course flexible...


Sweet Sweet Music

Sime Nugent and Alice Keath are Sweet Jean.  Their music ranges from stark to gothic, hazy and melodic. They play electro and acoustic guitars, banjo, keys and auto harp with razor-sharp harmonies at the centre of it all. They...


New eco-village model unveiled for Brunswick Heads

The Bruns Eco Village is an ambitious plan to establish a living space that encompasses lush rural living, shared communal assets, off-grid power, a working farm, school, aquatic centre, conference/wellness/community centres and a light commercial/industrial area.


Byron rates set to rise around $44 for households

Byron Council has adopted its $73 million operating budget for 2016/17. General rates will rise as per the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Home rate-pegging determination of 1.8 per cent. For an average household they are estimated to rise by about $44.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday July 6, 2016

Melbourne City Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet! Join Melbourne City Ballet as they bring the classical ballet version of William Shakespeare’s arguably most popular work Romeo and Juliet to life at Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on 21 July. Choreographed...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box – Holy chemtrails, Batman!

There is no such thing as chemtrails. I know this may come as a bit of a shock. Like being told there’s no Santa or no tooth fairy. But the truth is, a fat man coming down your chimney...


A day of ‘thank you’

Alison Drover, Broken Head How about a day of ‘thank you’ to our health workers and ‘sorry’ from our prime minister and ‘please’ from the community? Instead...

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW) demands a response. This is...

Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...