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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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Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

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.


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Create the opportunity for everyone to follow their dreams

Local dance group Sprung!! is an integrated dance theatre that has built a community program that creates space for...

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

December 14, 2016

Issue 31.27

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In this Issue:

Media team plans local focus for global film

Under The Sun Media, a team which says it has dozens of documentary films and ‘literally hundreds’ of live large-footprint high-population shows and broadcasts to their credit, plan to base operations locally.


Cinema Review: Office Christmas Party

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_itBfEC_TI In these less than optimistic times, it is imperative that we be grateful for tender mercies. Having seen the previews for this, I anticipated with dread another gross-out in the style of The Hangover and Bridesmaids, so to say...


Cinema Review: Up for love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnAlR_RTaw8 There are the grand passions that, in the dark, the big screen delivers in a calculated, perfectly sound-tracked tsunami of emotion – love and desire foremost among them. Overlooked, perhaps because it is so subtle and quiet, so everyday,...


The Sensible Art of Falling For Remi

Melbourne artist REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest-rising hip-hop acts in Australia and are quickly gaining the attention of international tastemakers.  Able to whip crowds into a frenzy, at just 23 Remi Kolawole found...


Live Music Roundup: Thursday 15 December, 2016

Matt thunders and captivates Thundering riffs, wailing vocals, high-energy crescendos, captivating acapella, unorthodox guitar work and original storytelling are the backbone of a Matt Stillert show. Matt’s unique sounds range from soul-soothing folk melodies to high-energy foot-stomping alt-blues/rock, displaying a dynamic...


The Adventures of Wonderbabe the Terrible

The Wonderbabe Collective have been artists-in-residence at NORPA for the last two weeks developing a new work called The Adventures of Wonderbabe – a live storytelling performance set to a thumping DJ set, made for music and cultural festivals. A young woman...


NBN Co rolls on with tower despite concerns

A dispute over adequate consultation for a proposed fixed-wireless tower in Coorabell is just one of many issues residents face as NBN Co and Visionstream forge ahead in constructing the tower.


Mediation fails over Byron Bay bypass

A legal challenge by residents who will be affected by Council’s Byron Bay Butler Street bypass looks set to be heard in court after a recent mediation conference failed to come to any compromise.


Conduct complaint against Byron Nats councillor upheld

While National Party-aligned councillor Alan Hunter seeks permanency for a large self-storage facility on his Myocum farm at this week’s council meeting, the former mayoral candidate has been found to have breached council’s code of conduct.


A walk in silence for the discarded

Have we lost our humanity? It’s a question Peter Walker was asking as he set off on a walk from Byron Bay’s Railway Park to raise awareness for those left languishing in Australia’s detention camps.


Santos Organics takes on not-for-profit role

From its beginnings operating out of a panel van in the early 70s through to its transformation into a community-owned enterprise in 1983, Santos has strived to meet the needs of the local community. Now the business plans to give back.


Echo drudge returns

Aslan Shand, daughter of the late founding Echo editor Nicholas Shand, has returned to Byron Shire with her family and has immediately bunkered down into The Echo editorial HQ.


Culture Roundup – Wednesday 13 December, 2016

Festival of Design The creative community of Byron Bay are proud to announce their first ever major collaboration with the launch of The Byron Bay Festival of Design. Celebrating the best and most artistic local designer brands, musicians and food creatives,...


Late for Woodstock but Early for Xmas!

With 2016 drawing to a close, Beach Hotel general manager Elke Van Haandel looks forward to Sunday’s Local Xmas Day for a big community get-together! She spoke with The Echo about what’s in store! What is the idea of your Locals'...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: What happened to the moral compass?

Once upon a time people had this thing called a ‘moral compass’. Once commonplace, in these modern times it has become a relic of the past. Something you’d find on the $2 table at Vinnies. Or free on Byron Swap and Sell.


Fresh new Succulent crew

These days when a restaurant changes hands in Byron, there’s often a crew of PR/social-media managers, interior designers and menu consultants in the background, so it’s refreshing to see Carmen and FC doing all the work themselves after taking over Succulent Café in Byron Street, Byron.


The 6 Tastes

Ayurveda is a hard word to spell, but learning its etymology (the origin of words) has helped me find the right keys to strike.


Spacey ice-cream

How cold do you like your ice-cream? How about –196 degrees Celsius?


Locals dominate the start of summer cycling in Byron Bay

Sixteen riders spread across three grades and eight clubs from the local region competed in the first race of the Summer Criterium series in Byron Bay on the weekend.


Living deliberately

What do you get when you cross The Poinciana, Harvest, and The Bruns Pub?


The Bar wins AFL9s

Bangalow-based team The Bar has won the 2016 AFL9s spring social competition for the third year in a row.


Lennox Head cricketers enjoy good form and aim for top four

Alstonville, Byron Bay and Lennox Head are all hoping to press for a position in the top four of the 2016–2017 Coastal Cricket League after taking four wins each in the early part of the season.


Byron’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart retains world title

Byron Bay's ’Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has successfully defended his world title at the 2016 Stance International Surfing Association World Adaptive Surfing Championship at San Diego in California.


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.