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Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

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‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Facebook fails

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby American spoilt brat Zuckerberg may have done adults around the world a great favour with his screamy...

Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

January 11, 2017

Issue 31.31

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Mandy tells Tull tale for Bluesfest

There’re a few things about Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull that you might not know. Firstly, he has a wicked sense of humour, is the passionate grower of very hot chili peppers and is an animal conservationist for The...


Rosalie Blum

Based on a series of graphic novels by Camille Jourdy, Julien Rappeneau’s poignant but adorable comedy-drama is easily the most refreshing and original movie that I’ve seen in yonks. Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser in the French...


Live Music Roundup – Thursday January 12 2017

Dinosaur JR rock the Northern Dinosaur Jr return to Australia this January touring off the back of their new album Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, their first since 2012 and their fourth since 2005’s unlikely reformation. ‘If you...



I hate to be confounded by my own prejudices (who doesn’t?), but sometimes you inescapably must give credit to where credit is due. Most of us are selective about the movies we view, according to their genre, so it...


Ten out of Tenzin

Almost 50 years ago Tenzin Choeygal was around four years old and, alongside his parents, fled their homeland Tibet, becoming refugees overnight and today one of the world’s most uplifting talented music composers and singers. He will be in...


Stop learning and save the species

Educating yourself could be the downfall of civilisation – seriously. That’s the message from a US academic from the University of Connecticut who believes that over-educated ‘elites’ pose a threat to the stability of western societies.  Professor Peter Turchin (peterturchin.com)...


Everything sacred: from squirt to yurt

Christine Borch is a Danish choreographer, dancer, singer, songrwriter, spiritual midwife and light warrior living as a contemporary nomad. She lives in a yurt on the island of Mon in Denmark, sharing her Life Art inside the nomadic project Drommesalen. I...


Former Byron councillor offers new team some advice

Just as the outgoing US president is offering his successor some suggestions on how to rule the country, former Byron Greens councillor Duncan Dey has a few tips for the incoming crop of (mostly new) councillors.


Culture Roundup – Wednesday 11 January 2017

Home-crafted Comedy at the Brewery Last month saw the Byron Brewery launch open mic comedy in the beergarden. Proving to be a comedy hotbed of new and up-and-comers, the bill is full with comedy wannabes, keen to try their hand...


How Byron Bay’s solar-driven train will work

Following community interest regarding the technical aspect of how Byron Bay’s new train service will operate with a solar conversion, development director Jeremy Holmes explains how it would work.


Government fends off adequately funding TAFE over breakfast

While Geoff Provest (Tweed Heads Nationals MP) stuffed his face in the NSW lower house, debate raged around him over the Technical and Further Education Commission Amendment (Funding Guarantee for TAFE) Bill 2016.


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: the option to Pass

You can’t live here without having a favourite beach. I love The Pass. I love the way the shore is fringed by pandanus. The rock that we used to climb as a lookout that now has an official staircase and platform because too many dickheads were making the scramble.


Tuning into the Earth Frequency

Earth Frequency Festival director and event creator Paul Abaad spoke with The Echo about this four-day journey into dance and tribalism. What is the vision for the festival? Earth Frequency Festival began as Earth Frequency, a small tree-planting doof. Although it’s...


Talking Close Encounters

Mary Rodwell RN is the founder and principal of Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN). Since 1994 Mary has worked in private practice as a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, metaphysical teacher, researcher, author, Reiki master, and international speaker. A thrice-published...


Exploring the Afterlife

Broadcaster and author Barry Eaton is the MC at the upcoming Afterlife Explorers Conference. He shared a little of his extraordinary journey that has led to researching and writing his international best selling books Afterlife and No Goodbyes. Barry, how did...


Juniors get a taste of competitive sailing on the Tweed River

Bill Fenton A fleet of 20 boats with 40 crew competed in the first race of the year for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club last weekend, in a light and shifting  easterly wind. Several new junior crew, recently graduated...


McGarry starts the year with win at Teven

Jim McGarry beat John Selwood over 18 holes in the Teven Golf Club Men’s Division Stroke competition for the Monthly Medal last Saturday. McGarry’s 48 net was enough to keep Selwood (50 net) at bay. Ball run down:  Frank Jamieson (Net...


Slee slays Byron’s A grade cycling

Anthony Condon Suffolk Park’s Matthew Slee drew on his European racing experience and his time-trial skills to split the A grade field in half at last Sunday’s Criterium race in Byron’s Industrial Estate. Matthew eventually soloed away from the determined...


The lure of the longboard

Crystal Cylinders Crystal Cylinders recently caught up with local surfer Roisin Carolan who is a fine exponent of what is termed the ‘new traditionalist’ movement in longboarding. Advocates seek the original vibe and roots of surfing culture. Carolan admits to being...


Clark shines in Ballina tennis comp

Clark shines in Ballina tennis comp Local players featured prominently in the annual Ballina Tennis Club AMT Open tournament played last week. Louis Clark from Byron Bay lost a hard-fought men’s singles final against the number-one seed and more highly ranked...


With hope in the heart of the universal footy crowd

John Campbell Traipsing around the grounds of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League, following the Byron Bay Red Devils as The Echo’s sideline eye, was hardly the most rewarding experience of 2016. Not to put too fine a point on,...


Wood-fired pizza pop-up in Byron

The owners of the popular Quattro restaurant at the Lennox beachfront have now brought their catering arm, and their wood-fired pizza technique, to a pop-up at Spoke, between Byron and Suffolk.


Byron GM hits back at rate-rise claims

Byron rates are not 'among the highest in the state', councillors are not being 'blindly led' by staff and the shire could be forcibly amalgamated unless a Special Rate Variation is approved, says the council's general manager.


Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021