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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

November 16, 2016

Issue 31.23

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In this Issue:

Revisiting the Byron Corner Store

By: Vivienne Pearson This is a story about parents handing on a family business to their children – with a twist. Reif and Lachie Hand’s parents ran the Byron Corner Store from 1998 till 2003. Reif was a teenager at the...


Cinema Review – Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson is not everybody’s favourite famous Aussie who was not born in Australia. He’s not mine either, but undeniably he knows his way around a movie set. It’s been ten years since the fabulous Apocalypto, his previous outing...


The Mothers Centre

International spiritual birth visionary and founder of EmbodyBirth and Belly Dance for Birth, Maha Musa, has joined forces with Pregnancy Yoga teacher and doula Cecile Colares to present The Mothers Centre, a full day of speakers and classes around...


Cinema Review – Nocturnal Animals

The second feature from writer/director Tom Ford opens with shots of morbidly obese women dancing full-screen naked. It is repulsive – even in the context of their being ‘exhibits’ in an ultra-hip Los Angeles art gallery. The scathing comment on...


Live Music Round Up – 17 November 2016

Light in the Dark Singer/songwriter Leeli has just released Into the Dark, an emotional reflective observation on addiction and losing loved ones. Her honesty and passion are reflected as she peels back the layers and returns to the purity of...


Culture Roundup – 17 November 2016

Acting UP about domestic violence For the past eight weeks ten women have engaged in theatre workshops with local social arts theatre company Public Act. Through the practice of applied theatre and based on the techniques of The Theatre of...


Be a Falls Rat: Local Ticket Release

Eighteen-year-old Grace Shaw has her shit sorted. She finished school last year and right now she’s featuring on blogs and radio across the world. No guidance counsellor would have seen this coming. Two hundred thousand spins on Spotify, the Brisbane girl...


Miles & Miles of Music

Pushing out music that makes you feel like you’re the lead actor in your very own feature, Jez Mead’s Golden Mile create some instrumental magic at two upcoming local events. Jez spoke with The Echo. When you’re writing a...


Bringing Glassellland at Mullum music fest

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Jordie Lane’s Glassellland. With rich vocal tonings, kaleidoscopic musical scope and songs such as America Won’t You Make My Dreams Come True? that seem somehow more imbued with pathos and somehow more prophetic...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box – Orange is the new black

Congratulations to the racists, the white supremacists, the Muslim-haters, the climate-change deniers, the homophobes, the misogynists, the pussy-grabbers and our friends in the coal industry: the world is yours again.


Pretty Littles Getting Pretty Big

Melbourne’s cheeky rock rascals The Pretty Littles have slipped a sneaky single past the keeper this week, releasing the follow-up to their much-loved slow burn anthem, Pride. Sleeping In Water is the second single to be taken off the band’s...


The Mez: Upstairs downstairs

By Vivienne Pearson The downstairs was of some interest but it was the upstairs that sealed the deal. Emma Thomson had no intention of opening a new restaurant. Already busy with two Miss Margarita venues (Byron and Broadbeach), Emma was not...


Byron Food Hub holds recipe for success

Getting a niche food product ranged in national supermarkets is no small feat, especially when it’s made from totally fresh, locally sourced ingredients.


Bay + Gelato = Baylato

Byron Shire holds many stories of reinvention. Paola Zlatar’s story is one, taking her from being a child of a crocodile hunter, to being a vet in Chile, to selling ice-cream in northern NSW.


Women surfers hit the big time

Female big-wave surfers have broken through their own version of the ‘glass ceiling’ with Paige Alms from Hawaii becoming the first ever Women’s Big Wave Tour Champion after taking a commanding victory in the final of the invitational Pe’ahi Challenge.


U/13 Beez collect Seaside cup

The Byron Beez U/13 basketball has returned triumphantly from Port Macquarie after winning the Seaside Classic last week. The competition involved 76 teams from all over the state competing in four age divisions. The U/13 Byron Beez won five games without...


Local netball needs volunteers

The Brunswick Byron Netball Association is looking for volunteers to fill key positions on the organising committee for the 2017 season. The committee meets once a month and none of the positions have an onerous workload according to Janine Burger,...


Bangalow women win derby

Bangalow v Byron Bay derbies are always action packed and Friday night’s Summer Youth League clashes were no exception. The Byron Wildcats put in a gritty performance but the impressive Bangalow Bluedogs took a 4–1 win.


Lennox Head cricketers miss chance to topple Ballina Bears

Lennox Head failed to chase down the 85 runs scored by the Ballina Bears in a rain-affected match at Fripp Oval in the Coastal League on Saturday. The game was reduced to a 20-over fixture after lightning threatened the ground...


Byron Chilli signs big export deal

Byron Bay Chilli Co’s sauces are to be sold in Bangladesh by Bangladesh’s largest processed-food conglomerate, PRAN Agro Ltd, who will produce them under licence at its factory in Natore.


North Coast water polo team comes sixth at statewide contest

Emma Bransgrove from Alstonville High School received the Goalkeeper Encouragement Award at the NSW Combined High Schools Girls Water Polo championships.


Byron archery club on target to celebrate second birthday

The Byron Shire Archery Club boasts 48 members and is planning a barbecue in December to celebrate its second anniversary. ‘The club has grown way beyond expectations, and a lot quicker than we thought,’ co-founder Vinnie Bleakley said. ‘More and more...


Indo girls leap for netball

Former Mullumbimby High student Meisha Grant has returned to the Byron Shire after implementing her Netball Indonesia project with co-founder Rebecca Lambert. ‘The project has been very successful, and support both in Indonesia and Australia has been overwhelming,’ she said. The...


Grants boosting cycling skills

Last year the Byron Bay Cycling Club were the winners of the NSW Community Sports Volunteer Awards for the outstanding achievements and contributions made by its dedicated volunteers. This recognition has encouraged the club to apply for grants to further improve the skills and training of its volunteers who make up the backbone of the BBCC.


Primary students compete in state championships

Evie Clarkson from Banora Point Public School, aged 9, triumphed in the 100m sprint at the State Athletics Championships in Sydney last month. Qualifying public school primary students from across the far north coast competed in the event held at...


How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.