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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

August 10, 2016

Issue 31.09

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review – Maggie’s Plan

It’s funny how one scene can change your perception of a film – even stranger that it can do so retrospectively. Not too long ago, I had to bail out halfway through reading Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (‘the...


A Show with Heart

Superheroes, electronica, comic books, gaming and punk rock, My Radio Heart is a love letter to the digital age. Inspired by X-Men, video games and our obsession with the online world, My Radio Heart combines contemporary pop with large-scale digital...


Grammy Award-winning banjo comes to Bangalow

Sixteen-time Grammy Award winner Bèla Fleck speaks with The Echo about everything banjo in the leadup to his gig in Bangalow this week. What does the banjo bring to a song that another instrument may not? Banjo can bring an authenticity...


Byron Rams stung by Hornets 2–1

Dogwhistle The Northern Hotel Byron Bay Rams’ hopes of dual Minor Premiership titles were dealt a blow on Saturday, when both Prems and Reserves went down to Goonellabah Hornets. Wet weather saw the matches moved to Southern Cross Football’s artificial turf...


Two out of three ain’t bad for bedevilled Devils

John Campbell There was a rugby league reunion of sorts at Lismore’s Crozier Field on Saturday when Byron Bay came up against a number of former Devils who are now playing for Northern United. One of them, winger Bill King, marked...


Undefeated Magpies fly into the finals

Byron Bay Magpies AFL team have secured a home final after beating Tweed Heads last weekend on their way to securing the minor premiership. Finishing on top of the table gives the Magpies a home final against number two in...


Byron Bay rugby lose first game but still claim minor premiership

The Bangalow Rebels rugby union team beat competition favourites Byron Bay to secure a ‘fantastic win’ in front of a home crowd enjoying Sponsors and Family Day on Saturday. Byron were beaten 27–22 in their first loss of the season. ‘It...


Byron junior on the way to tennis nationals

Timothy Yeung Packer from Byron Bay won the North East Tennis Australia Champion of Champions U12 Boys Singles held in Grafton last Sunday, and has also been selected to play for NSW in the Bruce Cup Nationals in Albury...


Greens petition to redo Byron’s coastal policy

Greens organisers say they have collected nearly 200 signatures so far for a petition calling for NSW planning minister Rob Stokes to return the ‘fatally flawed’ coastal policy back to Byron Shire Council for re-drafting after the September elections.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 10 August, 2016

Getting Your Hands Dirty… More than 30 of the region’s potters are opening their studios for the fourth annual North Coast Mud Trail on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, 10am–4pm.  Get your hands dirty in a workshop, see demonstrations, listen...


Live Music Roundup – 10 August 2016

A Very Glassy Night Two dance floors, tipi, bonfire, visual sensory wonderland and delicious food. Welcome to the 8th edition of Lightbody, an all-ages community dance celebration! Dance under the stars on the tipi dance floor to DJs Nick Taylor...


Tim Fischer touts train travel

By Caz Parker ‘An itinerary without train travel is very lacklustre,’ says Tim Fischer (former deputy prime minister), who returned to Byron this week to speak at the Byron Writers Festival. Describing his last trip to Byron he says, ‘I...


Vegan chef course first in Australia

Last Saturday the Coorabell Hall hosted an Australian first in cooking: Mayor Simon Richardson presented certificates at the graduation demonstration of people who have, over the past year, completed a vegan chef and lifestyle course set up in the...


Byron at Byron foodie weekend over Sample

The Byron at Byron resort have again teamed up with Taste Byron Bay for the ultimate foodie weekend in September. Guests are able to join Terase Davidson, founder and chef of Taste Byron Bay, for a unique insight into Byron...


A Bistro on the Green

By Vivienne Pearson Many eateries that are number two on Trip Advisor would be aiming for number one. But not The Green Bistro. ‘We were number one for a month,’ says chef and owner Nathan Sheehan. ‘It was a nightmare –...


Guillaume Brahimi hosts gourmet weekend getaway

Celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi of two-hatted Guillaume Paddington restaurant will swap his Sydney residence for the kitchen at Halcyon House as guest chef for a winter epicure escape from Friday 12 till Sunday 14 August 2016 (that’s this weekend). The...


New Brighton surfers honour Ian Smith

The New Brighton Boardriders Memorial Surf Contest is being held this Saturday and is open to all, and includes a special single-fin category. The memorial event has been going for roughly 20 years and is dedicated to local board shaper...


How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.