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Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

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Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

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Facebook fails

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby American spoilt brat Zuckerberg may have done adults around the world a great favour with his screamy...

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

August 31, 2016

Issue 31.12

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Cinema Review: David Brent: Life on the Road

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2THODznVOt8 This Is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s mockumentary from 1984, first came to mind when I saw the trailers for this, but it is a different kettle of fish altogether. It’s as laugh-out-loud funny, and even more cringeworthy in its...


Cinema Review: Ben Hur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLJdzky63BA The first question was always going to be, ‘Will the chariot race be as good?’ To which the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ The second question, ‘why would they bother to make another version of William Wyler’s 1959 classic?’,...


Rize on

She changed her name to symbolise her belief in being a speaker who uses her voice for the people.  The music she makes is a call to arms to rise up against all injustices, to ultimately unite and to create...


Ocean Shores Art Expo bigger and better than ever

The Ocean Shores Public School hall was packed last Friday evening for the annual Ocean Shores Art Expo, a show which has for 13 years drawn entries and interest from a vast distance to the north of the Byron Shire.


Skunkhour bring back the mongrel funk

They started out as an urban funk band with the Sutherland brothers, Dean on bass and Michael on drums with their mate Warwick Scott on lead guitar. Back in Sydney in 92 they hooked up with the Larkin Bros, Aya...


Byron Magpies fly higher to clinch AFL grand final

The Byron AFL team put the cream on top of an undefeated season run by beating the Ballina Bombers in the grand Final last Saturday 11.11–77 to 6.5–41. The Byron team had been dominant all season but to finally get...


Locals wrestle medals from world’s best

Byron brothers Marley and Jarra Sherlock have returned  victorious from the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in California. Jarra (16 years) won his final to take home the gold medal while Marley (13 years) couldn’t overcome his opponent, the two-times world...


Plenty join the fun run for Brunswick Surf Life Savers

A record-breaking 270 people took part in the Byron2Bruns Beach Run in support of the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club last weekend. ‘It was a really good event,’ said organiser Damian Hopkins. ‘We are slowly building momentum and getting new...


Rams sends Lismore Workers on early break

Dogwhistle The Northern Hotel Byron Bay Rams Premier League team out-classed Lismore Workers on Saturday to take out the Football Far North Coast elimination semifinal with a 2–0 victory at the Rec Grounds. Despite ongoing staff shortages, the Byron boys shrugged...


Byron Bay Rugby win through to Grand Final

Byron Bay have booked a place in the grand final by beating last year’s premiers Wollongbar-Alstonville on Saturday afternoon, 26–21. ‘It was without a doubt one of the best games of the 2016 season,’ Byron Bay’s Andrew Teuma said. Byron Bay...


Flannelette flair of Kyogle a winner in dragon boat regatta

The competition was intense among the sixteen sports teams during the recent Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club’s regatta at Ballina. But no team surpassed the winning enthusiasm of the flannelette-wearing Kyogle Hillbillys. This was the third year they had entered the...


Byron Full-Tossers chase down 215 for place in Shand final

The Shand series cricket has always been the game where you can have a friendly hit. Everyone gets a go and if you are going to be sledged at least it won’t be by a seventeen-year-old just beginning to...


Table tennis team battles it out in interdistrict comp

Four of the Byron Bay Table Tennis club players represented the area at the interdistrict competition held at the Goonellabah Table Tennis Stadium in mid-August. The side had plenty of talent and included Chris Strybos, Mark Smith(c), Sunny Gibb and...


Rail trail plans get green flag from Byron Council

Tweed Shire Council’s proposed rail trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek may also connect to Billinudgel, after Byron Shire councillors last week voted to progress discussions with that council.


Byron council candidates declare their preferences

With a bigger candidate line-up than last election, preferences will undoubtedly play a large part in who gets elected to Byron Shire Council on September 10. What will make the difference is how you vote.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 31 August, 2016

Bestselling authors in Byron and Lismore Byron Writers Festival presents two bestselling authors – Yann Martel and Lionel Shriver. Yann Martel will appear in conversation with Matthew Condon. Yann Martel is the author of  Life of Pi, the number one international bestseller and he...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Sniffing out the bigger story on drug...

Last week at about 2.30 in the afternoon I was meeting someone at a pub when two sketchy-looking dudes came into the front bar with their dog. Nothing unusual. There are sketchy-looking dudes with dogs all over the place,...


The Chef Bros: Rohit and Mohit

Story and photo: Vivienne Pearson Hey Brother, He Ain’t Heavy… He’s My Brother, Brother to Brother… Whatever your era, there’s a song about brothers supporting each other. Have you heard the one about brothers in the kitchen? Probably not, because...


Keeping heat in the cooking 

By: Vivienne Pearson Some concepts are so simple that they take ages to get your head around. Retained-heat cooking is like that for me. Retained-heat cooking uses heat generated by initial cooking to finish the process without adding any further fuel....


Fathers Day at Byron at Byron 

The rainbow bee-eaters are flying around Byron at Byron resort in Suffolk Park this week, indicating spring, the time for fathers to ensure their barbecues are in top condition for the summer season. However, if you’d like to give...


Bluesfest goes BOOM!

With Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, Zac Brown Band – and that’s just for starters… While Bluesfest’s first artist announcement for 2017 sees a lot of popular favourites coming back for more, Bluesfest virgins Patti Smith and Billy Bragg have signed...


Live Music Roundup: Thursday 1 September, 2016

Merryn Jeann to support Liz in Mullum Sometimes the show just can’t go on and Red Square Music regrets to announce that the wonderful Claire Anne Taylor, who was set to support the upcoming album launch of Liz Stringer, will...


Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

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.