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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Suffolk pump track

Dr Ray Moynihan, Suffolk Park Thanks to The Echo for ongoing coverage of the debate about the proposed pump track...

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

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'.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

February 1, 2017

Issue 31.34

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In this Issue:

Will we welcome our marine climate refugees?

Making sense of small talk is a never-ending task for this particular biologist. I deeply, truly want to hear what people think about the weather, water, fish and all that. Over the years, I’ve been splicing together these sound bites into a detailed collage.


Cinema Review: Live by Night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtFZcAuH-qI Let’s be clear about it – the idea of ‘post truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ is only playing catch-up with Hollywood. Clyde Barrow was a murderous thug, not the handsome larrikin portrayed by Warren Beatty, while Burt Lancaster’s kind if...


Bringing the G. Love to Byron Bay

At just eight years of age, Garrett Dutton, aka G Love, picked up a guitar. He wrote his first song in the ninth grade and began playing harmonica on a wire rack. Last out here just a few years back...


Blues Puppies

Snarky Puppy is a jazz ensemble led by bassist, composer, and producer Michael League. League describes Snarky Puppy as ‘a pop band that improvises a lot, without vocals’. Snarky Puppy’s bandleader Michael League takes five minutes to share with us...


Live Music Roundup: Thursday 2 February, 2017

Goochy Goochy Goo Emerging from the sleepy suburbs of post-industrial Newcastle, Australia, gonzo-punk sweethearts The Gooch Palms have come a long way since recording their first string of lo-fi EPs and debut album Novos in their front bedroom back in...


Local silver screen legends

The Byron All Shorts program screened last Saturday at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall alongside Flickerfest’s three-day event, which features some of the world’s best short films. Local filmmakers who entered the comp are Sophie Hexter (Hitch) – she’s pictured with...


New jokers in the pack

With a new NSW premier comes a much-needed reshuffle of the house of cards on Macquarie Street. Gladys Berejiklian was given the mantle unopposed, which means there is obviously no-one other than her who had the talent or ego for...


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Illumination of Water Dave Sparkes’s upcoming exhibition Illumination will be showing at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery from Friday till 15 February. This collection of watercolours is his first solo show, and the exhibition will feature works created by Dave over...


Lives saved in Brunswick Heads surf

Two attentive Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) patrol members saved two lives last Sunday after a couple got caught in a flash rip at Brunswick Beach, 100 metres north of the flags.


‘Victims’ support return of holiday-let precinct plan

A residents’ group affected by holiday letting have rebuffed comments by Greens mayor Simon Richardson over their view as to how best to handle the issue.


Santos Organics grants now available

Santos Organics are inviting local not-for-profits to submit an application for a share of $40,000 in grant funding.


Keeping the Flame

This week sees Blue Flame Dreaming ignite the spirit of ancient wisdom in a three-day event that aims to bring wisdom from four corners of Gondwanaland (Mother Earth). With a 12-hour-plus program that features Billy TK Senior, an international singer...


Veterans win Ocean Shores pairs

Lee Roberts Pratt and Priest won the opening round of the Ocean Shores bowling club pairs championship that began last weekend at Seahorse Arena. The veterans played the rookie pairing of Olive and Boon and after trading shot for shot over...


North coast locals excel at Cronulla

Crystal Cylinders Byron Bay’s Kyuss King and Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh have had great results at the WSL JQS Subway Surf Series, at North Cronulla Beach last week. King finished runner-up with a valiant effort in the final, but was unable...


Byron Shire schools dive into swimming carnival season

It’s back to school and back to the pool for the area’s students as the swimming carnival season gets underway this week. Pool managers are getting ready for the season that starts on Thursday with 13 events set down for...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: It’s a sham

If Dr Seuss were alive today he’d be writing the product claims for hair products. Clearly, where science fails, fiction takes its place. Like Seuss, the creative departments at the hair companies seem to have a peculiar talent for...


Patient waits 13 hours at Byron Hospital ED

Exclusive: Newly minted health minister Brad Hazzard already has a job on his hands after shadow north coast minister Walt Secord wrote to him yesterday demanding to know why a patient with bowel obstruction had to wait 13 hours at Byron Central Hospital’s emergency department.


Pure Safya

By: Vivienne Pearson The Safya family may be relative newcomers to Byron Bay but they have embraced the vibe of how to best do business here – combine good know-how with an ability to go with the flow, trust your...


Happy All New Years

By: Vivienne Pearson Last weekend saw in Chinese New Year and we are now in the Year of the Rooster. This seemed like a perfect excuse to do a wrap-up of Asian eating options. To keep this project manageable, we’ve...


Use of legislation against holiday letting too punitive say councillors, staff

An estimated 1,500 homes zoned residential now let full-time as tourist accommodation. A Labor and Green councillor reject plan by former mayoral candidate Matthew Hartley to shut down ‘illegal’ holiday letting.


Labor’s last-ditch bid to stop Byron rate rise

Byron Shire ALP councillor Paul Spooner says the case has ‘not effectively been made’ for a special rates increase in Byron Shire and is calling on fellow councillors to delay any increase for at least a year.


Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.