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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.

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From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

Co-op meeting

Annette Snow, Myocum As a Mullumbimby Rural Co-op shareholder of 42 years and a past employee of over 13 years,...

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India.

Why do we destroy what we love?

Nan Nicholson, The Channon I have been an environmental activist for over 50 years (I started when I was a...

December 7, 2016

Issue 31.26

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vso5o11LuGU One afternoon in New York, in the dim and distant, Amélie was showing at staggered times on two screens at the same multiplex. I walked into the wrong one and started watching it halfway through. WTF!? I’ve never liked...


Bringing High-End Art To Byron

The Byron Arts & Industry Estate is full of surprises. The latest is the Thom Gallery, created by art dealer Alex Thom and his partner textile designer Michelle Sczygiol. Together they have transformed this large warehouse space into an impressive...


Cinema Review: Queen Of Katwe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4l3-_yub5A I have not seen a Mira Nair film that I’ve not loved to bits. Her latest is empowering and instructive, but it is not nearly as emotionally engaging as her previous work. There is something missing, and it is...


Incarcerated in West Papua, my son endured a six-month ordeal

Susan Skyvington Before gaining independence in 1999, East Timor endured 24 years of brutal suffering under Indonesian occupation. Are we aware, do we care that this is today being repeated in West Papua? Just 200km from Australia, the western half of...


Get Downe for Xmas!

It’s all you want for Christmas – lots of laughs, surprises and a seasonal singalong with the Prince of Polyester!  Bob Downe makes his triumphant return to the Brunswick Picture House for some Yuletide fun, along with his Barrel Girl Cindy Pastel...


The Old and the Beautiful

Comedian Jackie Loeb joins Gretel Killeen in their two-woman standup comedy show We Don’t Like Young People. The Mo Award winner for Best Comedian spoke with The Echo. Tell me what it is about young people that bugs you. Gretel said...


Live Music Roundup – Thursday 8 December, 2016

The ’Mothers come to life Wolfmother need no introduction but here’s one anyway… Hailing from Sydney, the groundbreaking rock outfit took formation in 2004. Their multi-platinum-selling self-titled debut album and sophomore record Cosmic Egg were critical successes, which led to achievements...


Our inhumane nation

Common decency seems to be in short supply at the highest political levels in Australia. The refusal of both major parties to tackle the issue of our offshore concentration camps has led those who do care to come to their door.


Sharing culture across the globe

Local Indigenous students from Southern Cross School of Distance Education spent last week around Lennox Head and Ballina sharing culture and discussing global issues such as marine debris with youth from Kodiak Island, Alaska.


Where chocolate and yoga mix

Who doesn’t like chocolate? It was a packed house at Sunday’s cacao ceremony, which helped launch the 2017 Spirit Festival program. The afternoon and evening of song, dance, chocolate and yoga at the Mullum Civic Hall also saw the announcement...


International creative agency hatches locally

In the two short years since graduating, Spanish-born Jaime Gonzalez has opened a local independent film production company that now boasts a client base that reads like a who’s who in the street/surf fashion world. The young agency is called...


Women Like Ellen Briggs

So what makes local comedian and mum of twins Ellen Briggs tick? We got her to finish these sentences to delve deeply into her psyche. Turns out she’s got some issues… and that’s why she’s so bloody funny! When I am...


Byron GM maintains hard line on rate rise

Calls from Byron Country Labor to crack down on holiday letting, increase commercial rates and raise paid parking have been rejected by Byron council’s GM Ken Gainger as an inadequate revenue source.


Free tickets to Falls Festival

Miss out on a locals ticket to the Falls Festival this year? There's still a way to get in the gate that won't cost you a cent – and no, we don't mean jump the fence.


Green Army benefits will be lost: Envite Environment

With the likely scrapping of the Green Army program, local operators say it will result in many local young people no longer being able to gain skills and earn a supplementary income to their Newstart allowance.


Fashion on Show

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 past twelve months Simone has created a...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Virtual dementia

You know what kind of person you are when your computer breaks. At 4.45pm last Friday my two-year-old Apple Mac decided to hold my life hostage by refusing to start. Like a cyber tantrum.


Rainbow Region dragon boaters collect a swag of medals

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club women’s team has returned jubilant from the Grafton Jacaranda Regatta with a third place, then the combined team including cancer survivors brought home two gold at the Pan Pacific Masters.


Tweed sailors second in state titles

Monique Smith from Elanora and her team, Matt Andrews and Kate Yeomans, came home triumphant, taking 2nd place in their first ever Corsair Queensland State Titles.


Season finale for Byron youth soccer

Byron Bay’s youth footballers celebrated a great end to the Summer Youth League season on Friday night with two outstanding performances against strong Alstonville sides.


Golfers prepare for 10th Pro-Am tournament at Byron Bay

The success of young golfer Conor Whitelock has been one highlight at the Byron Bay Golf Club as it prepares for the Australian Legends Tour Championship this weekend. Conor is just 14 years old and recently won the A-Reserve Grade...


Juniors train with elite AFL players

The AFL season is over but a committed group of five local players travel to the Gold Coast each Saturday morning to continue training with Joey Hayes at the Strongman camp.


Soli sinks Kennedy at Sunset

Byron Shire’s Soli Bailey beat Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy in his first heat at the World Cup at Sunset Beach. Bailey won the heat while Kennedy was eliminated from the event in third place.


U/13 boys bring home the cup after Beez swarm Coffs Harbour

The Junior Beez took a swarm to Coffs Harbour to compete in the Annual Bellinger Braves Pacific Challenge where the U/13 boys’ team brought home a trophy for the Bay.


The pleasures of the spa

As M Dordonville remarked in 1841 in his book Pilgrimages to the Spas, no small portion of those who come to Spa do so for pleasure, and not for health. The modern resort spa is certainly the place for pleasure,...


Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.