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New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

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Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in...

August 17, 2016

Issue 31.10

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In this Issue:

Bad Moms – Cinema Review

If you were to compile a textbook on how to write a screenplay by numbers, this boisterous frippery would be among the first entries. It’s not bad, but if you don’t belong to the demographic at which it is...


The Legend of Barney Thomson – Cinema Review

Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle) has not been with a bird since Shakin’ Stevens was number one on the charts. At the Glasgow barbers salon where he is meant to cut hair, nobody will get in his chair because he...


Getting Stuck in the Mud

Claire Atkins is one of the founding members of The North Coast Mud Trail, and the hands behind Pinky & Maurice Ceramics, a ceramic studio specialising in porcelain in South Golden Beach. Claire is also the assistant editor of The...


Richard Jones’ Ceramics for the Rainforest

There may be nothing ‘creative’ about politics, but in retirement Greens MP Richard Jones has found his creative side. No longer pushing the Greens agenda at the political coalface, Jones  is now a Possum Creek potter, engaging in his...


Expect Love

Tralala Blip are a Lismore-based mixed-abilities musical ensemble involved with Urban Theatre Projects and NORPA for the re-imagined My Radio Heart. A few of the band members spoke with The Echo about their creative endeavours. How did the band get together? Randolf:...


Live Music Roundup – August 18, 2016

Bella Music Experience the beautiful music of local community choir, Lighthouse Voices, led by Parissa Bouas from The Hottentots at the Ewingsdale Hall on Saturday 27 August. The Bella Fontes feature the musical and theatrical genius of Nadia Sunde (vocals/guitar/percussion),...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The Senseless

What the hell happened to the Census? For the next four years the government will be using the data of a handful of people without computers who actually triumphed over electronic citizens when the online platform spat the dummy....


Bluedogs win 11–0 as they chase premiership

The Bangalow Bluedogs’ Women’s Premier League team won its fourth straight minor premiership trophy over the weekend, and are looking the goods to win the grand final again for the fourth consecutive year. The core of the team have been...


Byron local glides into 10th national title

Alan Atkins proved his pedigree when he won the over-65 National Surfing Championship in Coffs Harbour last week. The surfing veteran has lived in Byron Bay for 20 years, and has another nine national tiltles to his name as well...


Horseback gymnastics

Four horse-vaulting clubs competed at the Byron Bay Equestrian Centre on Sunday as part of their preparation for upcoming state titles. Best described as ‘gymnastics and dancing on horseback’, the origins of vaulting can be traced to the ancient Roman...


Sunburnt surfers shock Bankers

While a certain vicarious pleasure can be gained from cheering on our publicly funded elite athletes in Rio, back in Byron Shire the home-grown champs of the Shand Series live the full gamut of sporting emotions and go home...


Byron Magpies clinch a ‘nail-bitter’

It was a tough, hard-fought contest but the Byron Magpies AFL side clinched a nail-biting 8-point victory over a determined Ballina team on Saturday afternoon. A crowd of more than 100 were treated to a ‘nail-biter’ and the game was...


Wyte wins Champ round at Teven

Bill Wyte won the Men’s Division Stroke competition held last Saturday morning at Teven Golf Club. The event was the 2nd of four rounds for the 2016 Club Championship. Results: Bill Wayte (Net 52), John Harbisher (Net 55), David Fowler (Net...


Bring on the Bluegrass!

This weekend sees the third annual Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival hit the Bangalow A&I Hall and showgrounds. With an old-time variety show scheduled for Friday night, a barbecue cook-off that starts in the evening and culminates on the Saturday,...


Mullumbimby Drill Hall celebrates 100th year

A space that began its life as a response to a war has over the last century become a gathering place for art, craft, music, food, dance, theatre, storytelling, fitness and Mullumbimby’s Biggest Little Choir. To celebrate its 100th birthday, the Mullumbimby Drill Hall is having a party on August 28.


Large rural seniors development for Bangalow secretly knocked back

A large-scale disability seniors housing proposal for 338 dwellings on isolated farmland on Rifle Range Road, Bangalow has been secretly knocked back but senior Byron Shire Council staff have called on the state government to change the process under which is was considered.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 17 August, 2016

Art about What Matters If you want to see the most innovative art in the region, don’t miss the Ocean Shores Art Expo. This exciting show boasts a number of new and emerging artists with unusual imaginative flair. And many...


Mark Swivel is… Dad. Joke.

Lawyer. Micro-finance enthusiast. Writer. And now comedian. Is there nothing a dad can’t do?  Mark Swivel launches his new show Dad. Joke. at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services this Saturday. Becoming a dad was… something I thought would stop one day (an...


Roll out the barrel

Some of The Echo crew were treated to a fun tour of the Byron home of Stone & Wood brewing recently. While one of the most interesting bits was our pseudo-scientific tasting of the actual beers, the tours, which...


The Golden milk

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Pictured here is the turmeric-and-coconut-milk drink incarnating as a Golden Milk turmeric latte at Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby. Among turmeric’s claimed benefits is the regeneration of brain...


Variety is the fruit of life

Story & photos by Vivienne Pearson With spring almost in sight, it’s time to turn your thoughts to luscious fruits. Two people who have exotic fruit firmly in their sights all year round are John and Lyndall Picone. You might recognise...


Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in the article about the Mullumbimby...

A little bit of COVID…

Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless in our community, now I’m...


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

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.