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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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Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

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

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

Loveday wins All Shorts second year in a row

Filmmakers travelled from where COVID allowed this weekend to be part of the 30th birthday celebrations for Flickerfest in...

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.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

February 8, 2017

Issue 31.35

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Cinema Review: Patriots Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c9IpI_pNGI The esprit de corps engendered by the Boston Marathon (and similar events, including Sydney’s City to Surf) was put to the test in April, 2013, when bombs made by home-grown terrorists exploded near the finish line, killing three bystanders...


Cinema Review: Gold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhYROWOayLw Coming hard on the heels of last year’s The Founder, this robust but bumptious movie has continued with the resurrection of the ‘greed is good’ philosophy – or, as its protagonist Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) argues, ‘When you’re making...


Suffer for your blues

Their performance at New Orleans Jazzfest 2016 was hailed as one of the best of the event. And now it’s Bluesfest’s turn in 2017. The Suffers are coming this Easter for the first time. We took five minutes to catch...


Playing with Bunyip & Iguana

The upcoming Byron Bay Surf Festival presents a unique presentation of cinematographer Jack McCoy’s iconic surf films Bunyip Dreaming and The Green Iguana, with festival musicians featured at the Saturday Slide live-scoring segments of the film by playing chosen...


Going to Churchill

Known for his magnetic, dynamic stage presence, Kim Churchill unites lyrical artistry with fierce vocals; he is a sonic architect – using his guitar to create landscapes that animate his lyrics. You have found a more unconventional pathway into music. What...


Live Music Roundup: Thursday 9 February, 2017

Get music on your frequency Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in southeast Queensland. With a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit, Earth Frequency Festival has grown from its origins as a small landcare...


Where there is a Will there is a Wagner

After the success of two sold-out east coast shows mid 2016 between recording commitments, Smith Street Band’s Will Wagner returns to the stage in solo mode for what will be his farthest reaching tour to date. He’s alone, but not...



The Royal Commission Into Child Sexual Abuse has again stirred emotion over horrendous acts perpetrated in God’s name. The Commission’s latest public hearing, Case Study 50: Catholic Church authorities in Australia, found seven per cent of priests who were members...


Coorabell residents left to fight it alone over NBN tower

Residents against an NBN tower in Coorabell will have to go it alone after Council’s efforts to stop the project with a court injunction were abandoned at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting.


Byron Shire rates to rise 7.5 per cent

A 7–2 majority of councillors voted for a 7.5 per cent Special Rate Variation at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting.


Bangalow food precinct proposal waits on RMS

Byron Shire Council staff say they are still waiting on feedback from the Roads and Maritime Services over traffic issues for the proposed Bangalow food precinct, which has been described by one resident as ' the largest industrial development ever for Byron Shire'.


Sunday rally planned for Lake Road, Lennox Head

Lennox Head residents are calling on their community to support keeping the Lake Road accessible for all at a public rally this Sunday.


Opening the doors to adulthood

How many enter adult life wondering why they learned few life skills in school? Without the relevant guidance, it’s hard to do small but important things, from registering your car to voting or budgeting an income.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 8 February, 2017

Incorruptible Comes Up Trumps After a record box office, The Incorruptible, a play by Louis Nowra, returns for three more shows at the Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby. Director Greg Aitken says, ‘The theatre has been full or near capacity for...


Choirboys Tip the Hat to AC/DC

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bon Scott’s joining AC/DC, Choirboys are thrilled to announce they will be paying homage to their idols AC/DC and Bon Scott by performing two of the greatest rock albums of all time: AC/DC’s...


Farewell Sandy, and thanks for all the gags and giggles

There are remarkable things about people that we sometimes only identify as remarkable when they are gone. It was only three days since my friend and colleague Sandra Ahrana, aka Sandy Gandhi, died suddenly at her Mullumbimby home, when the penny dropped for me about just how unique she was.


BUD enjoy success at Beach Ultimate Championship

The Byron Ultimate Disc team had a ‘successful and happy’ Australia Day Beach Ultimate Championship at Coolangatta in January. A team of 12 players, including four women and two father-son combinations ventured north for the event, according to spokesperson Paul...


Going for Bronze at Brunswick

Brunswick SLSC is running a Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate course starting February 26. The course goes for a day and a night for eight weeks. Once completed the Bronze medal allows people to become an Active Patrol Member...


Girl Surfriders sign on this week

Lennox All Girls Surfriders pride themselves on promoting the advancement of women’s surfing throughout all levels, in a safe and supportive environment. The sign-on day for 2017 is this Saturday February 11 between 8am and 10am at Lennox beach, opposite...


Local futsal star still needs help to fund tour with national...

Ross Kendall Krista Ruehe has been working hard to raise funds and hone her skills so she can travel to America to represent Australia in the U/19 national futsal team. The former Mullumbimby High student competed for the Far North NSW...


Byron takes third after Cudgen dominates Country SLSC finals

The Cudgen Headland SLSC won double the points of their nearest rival at the 2017 NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks last weekend. The victory by Cudgen ended the Byron SLSC’s six–year winning streak at the...


Tight golf for Teven medal

The 18 holes Stroke competition for the Monthly Medal played at Teven last week was decided on a countback. Winner Bill Wayte (Net 51) just pipped runner up John Selwood (Net 51). Frank Jamieson (Net 52) was next inline followed by,...


Men’s pairs underway at Mullumbimby

Michael Burke The first round of the 2017 Major Pairs started on Saturday at the Mullumbimby Bowling Club. The five matches of the round were played in hot and windy conditions which proved testing for everyone. The defending champions Leigh Rickert...


McDonagh leads charges for Lennox Head junior surfers

Ross Kendall Lennox Head junior surfer Mikey McDonagh is sitting on top of the JQS Subway Pro Junior Surf series ladder, and is relishing taking his surfing to the next level with a fresh, clear and determined attitude. ‘I have started...


Hot Sauce from Lennox

Have you heard of the Carolina Reaper? It is not related to the Grim Reaper, though if you don’t have much tolerance for chili, you might disagree.


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.