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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’.

Other News

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Doing it right

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

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

November 23, 2016

Issue 31.24

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review – I, Daniel Blake

With a Ken Loach film you know that you are going to get strident social commentary – and unashamedly (bless him), it is from the Left. His latest is set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a world away from the high-rent glamour...


Culture Roundup – 25 November 2016

La’ Studio brings Paris to Byron community La’ Studio 3/52 is the creative vision of fashion designer Simone Ellis, whose passion for dressmaking and haute couture has expanded into an amazing community vision for the youth of Byron. Over the...


Broken: Byron Youth explore domestic violence

Byron Youth Theatre have been busy researching, interviewing and surveying community members on issues around domestic violence for their latest production, called Broken. Director Lisa Apostolides has engaged a local experienced actor, Sam Hemphill, to play the role of...


A show for all seasons

NORPA 2017 season has been revealed and is now on sale. Our nationally lauded regional theatre company artistic director Julian Louis spoke with The Echo about what’s in store. How has NORPA gone in securing funding this year? NORPA has been advocating...


Jim & Bob’s PopCrimes at the Billi

Jim & Bob are Jimmy Willing and Dave Ramsey, proving that when two become one the musical sum is impressive indeed. They spoke with The Echo about their musical raison d’être in the leadup to Popcrimes at the Billindugel Hotel...


Live Music Roundup – 24 November 2016

Pulling Strings One of Australia’s unique musical talents, Miriam Lieberman, presents her new album Full Circle complete with fused lilting harmonies of the 21-stringed West African harp, the kora. It’s classical strings and a western folk/pop sensibility. The result...


You are on my Listie

The Listies Ruin Xmas is an uproarious take on the holiday panto. Its mission? To make families laugh as much as possible in 55 minutes. A few years ago Rich and Matt decided to shake up the world of kids comedy, and...


Cinema Review – Hell Or High Water

If, as is surely reasonable, we can accept that a drama on the big screen is a reflection of the culture from which it springs, then the US increasingly appears to be a morally stunted wasteland populated by gun-obsessed...


Kiahn and Hunter are dancing their way to Sydney

Two local schoolgirls have been offered a very important stepping stone in their dance careers and will join a cast of over two thousand dancers this weekend at the annual Schools Spectacular in Sydney.


Living the Pipe dream

It has been a stellar year for professional surfer Matt Wilkinson, who moved to Byron Bay to escape the Bondi party bubble and get back to surfing good waves consistently.


Mullumbimby High claims country NSW chess crown

A team of four from Mullumbimby High has won the 2016 Country Secondary Schools Chess Competition held in Sydney last week. In a thrilling end to the tournament the Mullum squad was able to pull just half a point clear...


High-performance training for Byron Bay surf life savers

Caitlin Callahan and Jy Timperley from Byron Bay SLSC were among 28 of the state’s emerging water athletes who ramped up their preparation for summer at the 2016 Senior Performance Academy. The three-day program held at the Sydney Academy of...


Yeung reaches NSW quarter finals

Mullumbimby tennis player Timmy Yeung Packer made it to the quarterfinals in the Tennis NSW Junior Development Series U/12s State Finals held in western Sydney. The finals play-offs were held in extremely hot and blustery conditions, 50–70 km/h winds, and...


Club stalwart dominates Byron Bay table tennis

Thirteen competitors made it to the Byron Bay Table Tennis Club’s Friday competition last weekend. ‘It was a good turnout,’ club organiser Mark Smith said. Mark won the singles competition from Sunny Gibb and Paolo Newell, while Zion Maher came fourth. Chris...


Strong fleet battles soft wind

A strong tide stymied a fleet of 22 boats and 42 sailors that competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s summer ­series on the weekend. Racing on the Tweed River was frustrating in the light conditions and many boats struggled to overcome the strong flooding tide.


Fundraiser aims to make it back-to-back Adaptive Surfing World Titles for...

Friends are organising a fundraiser to help get Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart and Dave Munk to the World Adaptive Surfing Titles in America. ‘So stoked that our local community is getting behind my bid to win back-to-back World Adaptive Titles. Funds...


The Real Gretel Killeen stands up

Gretel Killeen is quite the surprise package. An author, social commentator, MC and journalist, these days the very gutsy Killeen has returned to the place where it all started: standup comedy. She joins Jackie Loeb in their two-woman standup comedy show...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: How to hug

I saw it the other day, the Mullum Hug.* And it was then I realised that I hadn’t seen it for some time, not like this, not in its full 20-minute soul-to-soul traffic-stopping glory. I was crossing the street...


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...


Barbecue, southern style

By: Vivienne Pearson ‘It was a life-changing meal,’ says Joel Romo of a dinner he had at age seven. It was his first taste of southern American-style barbecue and he loved it. Why? ‘It was the flavour and the consistency...


Byron’s well-stocked larder

By: Vivienne Pearson Eighteen years in operation is impressive for any small business, especially for one in the food industry. The Larder Byron Bay is a catering business that has seen food trends come and go. ‘At the moment it’s all...


Mullumbimby Community Gardens

By: Mello Edwards from Mullumbimby Community Garden Mullumbimby’s Community Garden is a flourishing slice of abundance that has been transformed by volunteers over seven years from an idea, and a weedy paddock, into two hectares of beauty and productivity. In the...


Festive dining on the menu at Elements of Byron

Escape for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks this summer to Elements of Byron resort. With free parking and plenty of space for informal meetings and celebrations, there is good reason to mosey down Bayshore Drive and see what the...


Whisky and smoked oysters

Blake Seymour has invited whisky expert Matt Barnett and ‘Smoked Oyster Queen’ Lucy Ashley to the special Christmas Blake’s Table event at Spinnakers Ballina. ‘Matt will be sharing a few of his finest single-malt whiskies’, said Blake. ‘Plus, Lucy and...


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.