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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Ballina sludge a mixture of blue-green algae species

A reader has sent Echonetdaily some photos of what he described as 'something nasty and green coming down the Richmond River'.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

January 25, 2017

Issue 31.33

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Born to Rudd

Years ago I watched an unknown Xavier Rudd perform to an unsuspecting crowd at the Hotel Great Northern. Just one bloke and what looked like a ridiculous amount of instruments for anyone to feasibly play one at a time,...



Disney Studios may well be the butt of bearded hipsters’ snide jokes, but if you are not afraid of being uncool you could do worse than check this out. The animation, it goes without saying, is superb – a...


Bonnie Raitt’s her top tunes

Blues singer/songwriter, musician and activist Bonnie Raitt has been mixing it up with roots-influenced albums since the 1970s. A force of nature, the enigma that is Ms Raitt hits Byron Bluesfest this Easter. What is the one song that reminds you...


Scammers posed as legitimate business to place ad in Byron Echo

The Echo, along with other Fairfax Media and worldwide papers, appears to have been taken in by scammers posing as a legitimate Victorian company, V Cases Pty Ltd. An article published by New Zealand's Stuff on 26 January reveals...


Culture Round Up – January 27, 2017

Lighting the flame for humanity Blue Flame Dreaming is an agreement to deliver humanity a new way forward from the most easterly point of first light. It is the gathering of ancient knowledge and wisdom from the four corners of...


A film to Lift You Up

Local artist and fledgling filmmaker Duncan James will be screening his offering of Lift Me Up as part of Byron Shorts at this year’s Flickerfest screening. Tell me what your film is about. Lift Me Up is a short film I...


Flickerfest spices it up with Sandy Gandhi

Flickerfest comes to Mullumbimby this week with a three-day program of short films that rival the best in the world. Appearing in the Aussie Shorts is our very own, most easterly Indian, Sandy Gandhi, aka Sandra Ahrana. Sandra plays...


Cinema Review: Lion

At last, a movie that actually lives up to its PR hype… In our digitally connected world, it is almost impossible for us to imagine how it would feel to be lost, cut off absolutely from home and loved ones.


Byron’s Australia Day survival guide

There are many events being held throughout Byron Shire to celebrate Australia Day, with most towns and villages participating.


Lennon: From New York to Byron Bay

The music and politics of John Lennon seem as relevant today as they were back in the 60s and 70s. Perhaps even more so. The call for peace, his insightful humanity, and his irreverent disregard for convention have ensured the...


Mullumbimby affordable housing dispute over?

It appears a long-running dispute over a Mullumbimby affordable housing DA will be resolved via a conciliation conference between developer Koho and Byron Shire Council.


Claims over solar-run train challenged, again

The Belongil Action Group Association and the Sunrise Progress Association have again questioned whether a planned solar-powered rail service for Byron Bay will be realistic, give claims it could run up to 100 times per day.


Labor councillor weighs in over Byron Greens spat

Cr Paul Spooner, who ran on a Labor platform for Byron Shire Council, has come to the defence of staff and Greens mayor, Simon Richardson.


Talking in Waves

The Byron Bay Surf Festival has partnered with Patagonia again this year and has just announced its two flagship events they will be presenting to 2017's surf-culture-loving crowds. These events have been packed out in previous years so get...


Captain’s knock secures rare win for Mullum-Bruns cricket

A tough season got a whole lot better for the Mullum-Bruns XI in the Coastal League after they picked up a rare win in round 12 on the back of an unbeaten century from Robby Goodacre.


Byron Bay SLSC ready to claim their seventh straight NSW country...

Defending champions Byron Bay will be gunning for their seventh straight title when the 2017 NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships start at South West Rocks from Saturday February 5. Their fierce northern rivals Cudgen Headland are keen to close...


The Disabled Surfers ‘Cooky Classic’ is on this weekend

The Disabled Surfers Association is having their annual gathering at Kingscliff, ‘The Cocky Classic’, this Sunday January 29. The event is named after Cocky Stannard, who led the DSA in the Kingscliff area for many years. ‘He was an old-time surfer ...


80 little athletes prepare for state qualifying carnival

At least 80 juniors from the Tweed Seagulls Little Athletics club are preparing for the South Coast Regional Carnival and a chance to earn a place in the Queensland championships.


Moore wins 2016 singles trophy

Dave Moore has won the Major Singles trophy for 2016 at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club presentation day held on January 14. Trophy recipients at the event included: Minor Pairs – Ross Graham and Sean Doherty Minor Singles – Michael Burke Triples Winners –...


Jamieson edges out Coochiroff in countback to claim honours at Teven...

Frank Jamieson on 28 shots has just managed to hold off Ian Coochiroff on 29 to claim the Teven Golf Club Men’s Division played a 9-holes Stroke competition last Saturday.


New wave of women surfers at Byron Bay Surf Festival

Freesurfer 31-year-old Lauren Lindsey Hill premieres her new film Pear Shaped at the Byron Bay Surf Festival. Currently sponsored by Billabong, Sanuk Footwear and Bing Surfboards, this self-confessed eco-feminist, environmental scientist, and one-time winner of the US Women’s Longboard...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Council calls for tourist net

Authorities are concerned that the shark netting of some north coast beaches has created a bigger environmental threat than they initially expected. With the netting of sharks, the area has experienced huge numbers of tourists. Some are even saying...


Wrapping goodness with goodness

If any of your new-year resolutions involved reducing your impact on the environment, this is the story for you!


Lismore Snippets

If you haven’t been to Lismore for a while, you might be in for a pleasant surprise.


International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.