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January 24, 2022

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COVID update for January 24

Dr Kerry Chant spoke to the media this morning with a COVID update saying that in terms of our hospitals, we've currently got 2,816 People in hospital including 196 People in ICU, of whom 69 are ventilated.

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Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Empty shelves

The local supermarket has no toilet paper, rice and little pet food. This is not merely a local event,...

Bungawalbin primitive bush camp: death by a thousand cuts

Locals are raising concerns in relation to a Development Application for a ‘Community Facilities – Primitive camp ground' near Coraki that they say is a site prone to severe flooding and fire risk.

Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

No supply shortage at Byron Farmers Market!

While supermarket shelves around the country are running bare, there’s no shortage of fresh produce at our local farmers’...

Free Skills for Recovery course available

Byron Community College say they have received NSW Government funding as part of the Skills for Recovery initiative.

October 19, 2016

Issue 31.19

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In this Issue:

Deepwater Horizon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yASbM8M2vg Mark Wahlberg has been in some pretty hairy predicaments in his screen life, but blimey, this one takes the biscuit. Lantern-jawed Kurt Russell is also no stranger to danger, having coped with a hellish catastrophe similar to this one...


Live Music Roundup – October 1, 2016

A full Hoad Jay Hoad has spent the last seven years touring the globe, following the sun and his inspiration for music throughout the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Fiji, India, and North America, keeping up a relentless performance schedule while passionately...


Making Radical Music

Gareth Liddiard is the founding member of The Drones. Widely considered among one of the best contemporary Australian songwriters, his is a welcome voice of disdain in a political and social landscape that fails to impress. Writing songs about...


New Year’s Eve

The Byron Bay Film Festival has now established itself as one of the major cultural events on the north coast and, under the guidance of J’aimee Skippon-Volke, its founder and tireless organiser, the quality of entries, from both home...


Conquering The Great Mall Of China

Daniel Whelan is the director of Bulkland, a documentary film that looks at the mountains of cheap products made in the Chinese city of Yiwu and the plight of the day-workers and children who do the work. He spoke with The...


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 19 October, 2016

You Cheeky Thing! Everyone has been talking about the Brunswick Picture House lately… it must mean the Cheeky Cabaret is back! Loosen your collar, hold onto your heels and spend a night with us as we present yet another risqué weekend...


Rugby 7s draws dazzling islanders to Byron Bay

The New Zealand-based Melville Rugby Club were just one of the winners after an excitement-packed weekend of Rugby 7s hosted by the Byron Bay Rugby club last weekend. More than 40 teams from Fiji, New Zealand and across Australia played...


1,000 contenders ready to reach the lighthouse for charity

With more than 45 teams and a thousand entrants expected at the start line, the tenth staging of the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run is set to be the biggest yet.


Byron basketball juniors on historic run to the State finals

The boys’ junior Byron Bay High School basketball team have followed the girls’ team by making the final eight in the state wide knockout competition. They qualified with an impressive win against Orange High School at the Cavanabah Sports Centre last week.


Cyclist of the Year: Steve Slee

Byron Bay Cycle Club has recognised Steve Slee’s achievements and performance within the club and his contribution to the sport and community by naming him Cyclist of the Year 2016.


Bangalow short soccer kicks off

The fun and action of six-a-side soccer has once again descended on the Bangalow sportsfields as the Summer6s got underway last week. The tournament boasts  more than 800 players in 72 teams with the women’s comp accounting for 40 teams. The...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box – Killing Wonder

She’s dead. At just 25 million years. It’s a tragedy. A human being should never outlive one of the natural wonders of the world. That would be like seeing Everest crumble, or the Victoria Falls dry up, the Northern...


A thirst-quenching Kombi

‘I like Kombis and I like beer, so this seemed like a perfect combo’. So says Jason Dwyer, owner of an actual Kombi van as well as a new business – Kombi Keg Byron Bay.


The only planet with beer

Last Thursday saw a heap of the Stone & Wood team planting trees as part of the 18th Annual Rainforest Day. Working with Big Scrub Landcare, the effort contributed to rainforest regeneration.


Tweed invites you to a fusion party

Byron Shire’s next door neighbour is having a party … and you’re invited! The party is called Tweed Fusion and it runs from this Saturday until 30 October.


New ‘Eat Street’ planned

The old Byron Backpackers building on the corner of Fletcher St and Lawson St is due for completion in November this year.


Big Scrub best conservation festival on the planet

The main tent at Sunday's Big Scrub Rainforest Day was filled to absolute capacity with half of the audience spilling out into the parklands at Rocky Creek Dam


TGA grants provisional approval to oral COVID-19 treatments

At last, some good news on the COVID front: the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the first oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19.

Free Skills for Recovery course available

Byron Community College say they have received NSW Government funding as part of the Skills for Recovery initiative.

Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years, the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

Check a charity’s status before donating to a good cause

It wouldn't be the first time generous people have been scammed by fake charities and in the wake of the Tonga disaster, Australia's charity regulator is urging a quick check before donating.