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Man missing from Cudgen

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Far North Coast.

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Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The End of an Era

As the Entertainment Editor I have interviewed some very interesting people. Like the multi-orgasmic man; a Dutch orgasm coach living in a yurt, and Tim (Pricasso) who paints with his penis. I have also interviewed musicians. Probably not quite as interesting as the aforementioned group, but whose stories and chats have formed a wonderful part of my week over the last two decades. I have had the privilege of talking to some of my heroes.

Police withdraw charge against protester 

The police case against a Byron local arrested at a ‘My body, my choice’ protest has been dropped, according to rally organiser Dean Jefferys.

Interview with The Buckleys

Sitting with The Buckleys, you know they are siblings. They have this natural ease and fluidity with each other. A lack of self-consciousness. A lot of love, but you also know they keep each other in check.

ABC maintaining independence?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m a fan of the ABC so I’m a bit disappointed that the local ABC radio station has...

Backsliders coming to Lennox

Australian music legends the Backsliders are coming to Lennox Head for the first time, to play at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 26 June 2021.

January 11, 2017

Issue 31.31

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In this Issue:

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.


No SourDough$

Hayo van der Woude, Myocum 2021 promises to be the greatest year yet for revelations of unethical behaviour and corruption in every imaginable institution, by courageous...

Localisation fantasy

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar The world’s richest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has increased his wealth from $130 billion to $186 billion during the pandemic. USA...

Anatomy is destiny

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre Five members of Byron Friends of Palestine visited Justine Elliot to discuss whether the ALP would endorse public condemnation...


Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may make laws regarding health, but...