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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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Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

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.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

September 21, 2016

Issue 31.15

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review: Bridget Jone’s Baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQkOY5H5d2g Bitter experience has told cine tragics that sequels are usually rubbish – The Godfather: Part II (1974) stands forever as the exception to the rule. Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (2004) was an absolute stinker, so this latest,...


All that Glitters

Glitter Festival is a spectacular four-day arts event that recognises and celebrates diversity and encourages freedom of expression. Brad Rush is the artistic director, and he spoke to The Echo about this exciting new event that is now in its...


Cinema Review: Pete’s Dragon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0Oz0X37Qsg Pete (Oakes Fegley – where DO they get these names?) is in the back seat of the family car when it crashes in a pine forest (set in America, the film was shot in New Zealand). Both of his...


Live Music Roundup – Thursday 22 September, 2016

Frankly well swung Wellswung Daddies play a mixture of arrangements form the swing band big era, with 11 members including a 5-piece horn section, male and female vocals, double bass, guitar, piano and drums! Presenting the songs of the king of...


Manx of the world

Internationally acclaimed musician Harry Manx has created a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist. He speaks to The Echo about his passion for music, life on the road and genre busting! When you were a...


Paula scoops Simple Pleasures’ big prize

Over the years the judges of the Simple Pleasures Photo Competition have seen more sunsets than a summer of Sundays so it was bound to happen that one year one would win – 2016 is that year.


Culture Roundup – Wednesday 21 September, 2016

Real, Raw & Rivetting The play ’Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, a co-production between the Drill Hall Theatre Company, Mullumbimby, and White Swan productions is directed by Alka (Penelope Chater) and stars two of the region’s favourite actors, Linda Rutledge...


Bluedogs make premiership history

The Bangalow Bluedogs Soccer Club has made north coast history after its men’s and women’s premiership teams each won their grand finals. ‘The club is very happy, over the moon. It was a great result,’ women’s coach Paul Hanigan said. On...


Rams Reserves take the double!

Dogwhistle Mixed fortunes for the Byron Bay Rams’ grand finalists this year, with the Rails Hotel Third Division boys going down to Alstonville and the rampaging Reserves making  history by taking out both the Pointscore Championship and the Major Premiership. After...


Mullum hockey team wins back-to-back championships

Nathan Robinson After breaking the 35-year premiership dry spell last year the Mullumbimby Mens Hockey Division 3 team has gone back-to-back, winning the minor and major premierships for the second ­consecutive year. They beat Burringbar Jags 5–0 in the Tweed Border...


Local conquers the world

Byron Bay professional ­athlete Tim Reed won his first 70.3 World Championship half triathlon on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month. ‘It was awesome to win on home soil,’ he said. His wife, children, parents and plenty of friends were at...


Top flight dancing at Lismore Eisteddfod

Ross Kendall The troupe dancing at the Lismore Music Eisteddfod last weekend was a riot of colour, sound and movement involving young dancers from across the region. The annual event showcased the dancers from dozens of dance studios including Brunswick Valley...


First touch triumph for new players

Jason McMillan Byron Community Primary School grade 3–4 boys had a great time playing in their first Touch Rugby tournament in Lismore on September 6. Despite none of the boys having played Touch Rugby before, the Community School thought that...


MBVFC breaks 25-year voodoo

The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club’s top team has won its first grand final in a quarter of a century. The last time the MBVFC men’s team won a grand final, only two of the current team were born.


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The ugly business of being beautiful

What is the collective noun for a group of slim, incredibly attractive young women in swimsuits and tiaras? A nightclub? A pole dance? No, it’s a pageant. A few weeks ago the winner of the 2016 Miss Universe Australia pageant, Caris Tiivel, was crowned.


Fewer trucks, more locals, good vibes

Story and photos by Vivienne Pearson A new food event – the Byron Bay Good Vibes Twilight Street Food Market – was held on Saturday at Byron’s Youth Activity Centre (YAC). The event promised food trucks (it seemed that most would...


Like attracts like?

Simon Haslam Byron’s marketing message does influence the sort of people we attract, hopefully the sort of tourists that will respect and benefit our region. Unfortunately for the planet, no-one has arrived in the Byron region by hand-hewn balsawood raft since...


A spirited awardee and a newbie

Story and photos by Vivienne Pearson You might have heard about the blue gin that turns pink. But have you heard about the rum that is produced in the same northern rivers distillery? Husk Distillers are located in Tumbulgum, a region...


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.