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Suffolk Park pump track

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Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

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‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

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Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

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

October 26, 2016

Issue 31.20

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review – Masterminds

It’s hard to enjoy a film when it celebrates crassness, weakness and greed. Harder still when those character traits are embodied in a protagonist who happens to be the effortlessly irritating Zach Galifianakis. Casting the otherwise affable if dopey...


Cinema Review – Inferno

Did you know that our word quarantine derives from the Italian ‘forty days’, the period that trading vessels had to wait before entering Venice during the Black Death? It’s part of the (sometimes factual) esoterica that engulfs this ridiculous but...


Culture Round Up – Friday 28 October, 2016

Fiesta website correction Last week we published an interview with Sky Blue the director for the Byron Bay Latin Fiesta. The website listed was not correct. The correct website for program and ticket information is: byronlatinfiesta.com.au. Gorgeous Borges One of the treats in...


Get Ferreras Fever!

Edwin Ferreras (from the Dominican Republic) is one of the bright young stars in the latin dance scene. His love for dance began with hip-hop/breakdancing as a young teen and he was later introduced to salsa/mambo. Edwin currently directs...


Live Music Roundup – Thursday 27 October, 2016

Rize up at Island Vibe Ask Nattali Rize where she comes from: she’ll tell you ‘All Directions’. In line with her philosophy, she claims not to belong to any nation-state but to the ever-evolving community of conscious thinkers and creators...


When Love Fitz

Stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz and Cara are a duo both on and off stage. They bring their soul connection to the stage, something unique that just grows with every performance. It is not...


Strong batting sets up another win for the Byron Bay XI

The Byron Bay Cricket Club picked up the winning points by defeating Mullumbimby Brunswick in the third round of the 2016–17 Coastal League at Lofts Oval last weekend. The win was underpinned by an all-round performance by Matt Irwin who...


Rainbow Region boat racers pipped at the post in Kempsey

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club from Lennox Head was jubilant with their overall performance at the Kempsey Macleay 10s Regatta, held earlier this month. One of many highlights was the a nail-biting final in the women’s division that saw the Rainbow Region team come second to their hosts, the Kempsey River Rats, by just 0.44 of a second.


Giants sign new coach as they plan their return to league...

Former Mullumbimby rugby league player and NRL professional Sam Martin has been appointed to the Giants coaching panel for 2017. Sam has played NRL under-20s with both the Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans and will bring a youthful knowledge...


Brunswick Masters collect gold

The Brunswick Surf Life Saving Masters took out first place in the mixed team event at the Coolangatta Gold competition earlier this month. The event combines swimming, running, board paddling and surf skiing amongst very competitive teams, according to club...


Rookies take out Mullumbimby Ex-Services Minor Pairs

Ross Graham and Shaun Doherty won the 2016 Minor Pairs Championship at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Bowling club last Sunday. The duo claimed the championship win after taking the last five ends of their game against T Creighton and Bernie O’Hearn,...


Local derby produces quality play

The Byron Bay Wildcats and Rams youth teams met their Mullumbimby/Brunswick counterparts under very dim lights in round three of the Football Far North Coast Summer Youth League on Friday night.


Competitive spirit dominates last race of the spring cycling series

The Byron Bay Cycle Club held its last race for the 2016 Spring Series on Sunday morning at the Byron ­industrial estate. The forecast was for heavy rain, which was all around us and kept many of our competitors away; however, by some minor miracle Byron was spared the wet weather.


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box – Where the wild things are

In the last 18 months it would appear that humans in northern NSW are no longer the top predator in the food chain. Right now we have second billing to sharks, and that’s pissing us off. ‘Look, buddy, you’re not just killing us. You’re killing our business.’


A Grassy Kombi

Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson It is hard to imagine this Kombi van neglected by the side of a road, not working. ‘It was pretty much dead,’ says Olivia Ellice-Flint, owner of a new Kombi busines, The Grassy Bowl....


How many chefs can you fit in a tent?

Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson How many chefs can you fit in a tent? It’s a question that may well be answered by Byron Farmers Market’s new initiative – The Chef’s Tent. Though I’d love to get all the featured...


Giddy up, Melbourne Cup!

Two more Melbourne Cup lunch options can be added to those mentioned in last week’s Echo. Upstairs at Ballina RSL executive chef Blake Seymour has prepared a menu starting with sumac lavosh crisps, then Ballina prawns with chipotle aioli, avocado...


A chef in your kitchen

By: Vivienne Pearson It’s the stuff of fantasy – having a chef in your home kitchen, preparing and serving a delicious meal. It is a fantasy that can come true, thanks to chefs who provide in-house catering. Two such chefs are...


Andy eats Byron

By: Vivienne Pearson The filming was surprisingly low-key for a TV show. Just two hand-held cameras, a couple of radio-microphones, and a host cooking up a storm. The host was Andy Allen, 28, winner of  MasterChef 2012, and now co-owner/chef of...


Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable as mayor by scripting his...


I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will be independent.’ As long as more...

Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump track will have on our...

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 taken my comments on the...