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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Other News

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.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

This Sunday, 7 March, Ballina Coastcare is inviting everyone who cares about Ballina's environment to Step Up To Clean Up, and join a special event for Clean Up Australia Day.

Byron’s rail reactivation saga continues

Byron Council will consider funding further investigations into getting trains back on the tracks in the Shire, despite strong criticisms of the reports on the matter that have been prepared to date.

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

March 1, 2017

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The irrepressible Rickie Lee

Rickie Lee Jones has a career that spans five decades. This two-time Grammy winner came to worldwide attention with Chuck E’s in Love and she’s been wooing us ever since. Here’s the download from the Duchess of Coolsville. Tell us...


Cinema Review – Silence

A revered director, afforded a big budget, takes on a subject of profound significance – it promised so much. Being a non-religious person, I was not so keen, and, as one who has been more frequently underwhelmed than not...


You Should Loeb Yourself

Jackie Loeb is a crack-up. Described as ‘Gobsmackingly Excellent’ and ‘completely in-your-face funny’ by publications across the galaxy, Jackie Loeb has built her reputation as one of today’s most hilarious and gifted standup comedians while simultaneously distinguishing herself as...


Cinema Review – T2 Trainspotting

Most sequels are hurriedly cobbled together in order to cash in on an unexpected bonanza, and they are generally dreadful (think Hangovers 2 and 3). This is more of a revisit, as director Danny Boyle, collaborating again with writer...


Tea with Geena Davis

This Sunday the Lismore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with NORPA Big Think host a regional high tea featuring actor Geena Davis in a live stream from the Sydney Opera House All About Women Festival. The Echo spoke to Regional High...


Cheer up with Gleeson

When it comes to standup comedy Tom Gleeson is at the top of his game. The star of The Weekly and host of Hard Quiz keeps his stagecraft well honed by performing at every major comedy festival in the...


Live Music Roundup: Thursday 2 March, 2017

Nudge Nudge for Women The Nudge Nudge event this month for March at the Billinudgel Hotel features a great lineup of northern rivers-based talent, including our resident DJs Lord Sut and Dale Stephen, plus disco godfather Stephen Allkins and beloved...


Forum for public art

Having secured funding, Creative Mullumbimby are looking at innovative and community-integrated public-art Ideas for the town. Malcolm Price is the president of Creative Mullumbimby. He spoke with The Echo about Creative Mullum and their vision for the town. Who are...


Byron council drops holiday letting action

Byron Shire Council has abandoned compliance against holiday letting owners, with Cr Paul Spooner telling The Echo that there were no ‘results being achieved by sending in the lawyers.’


Belongil beachfront landowners seek DAs

Remember last year when a handful of wealthy Belongil beachfront landowners took Council to the NSW Supreme Court? Well buckle in for the next instalment.


Tweed Valley Women’s Service cuts before NSW parliament

Funding cuts to the Tweed Valley Women’s Service are expected to be debated in NSW parliament on March 9, after a petition led by federal MP Justine Elliot reached 10,000 signatures.


Potential doof party shut down

Seven Mile resident Alison Drover has praised police after they acted upon information over a doof party that was being arranged for an area within Arakwal National Park, Byron Bay, last Saturday evening.


Who wouldn’t want a Byron Bay skate park?

A campaign by the local Byron Labor branch to build a skate park in Byron Bay is underway after Cr Paul Spooner (Country Labor) resurrected the idea at last Thursday’s council meeting.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 1 March, 2017

What Monsanto Did Last Summer… According to one inspired attendee at a screening of Island Earth, this film ‘blows the lid on what Monsanto and the other big companies like Bayer are doing with GMO testing in Hawaii.The film outlines...


Messing with the Bull

‘You mess with the bull you get the horns’. And that’s what is going to happen if you turn up to the Bullhorn gig this weekend. You are going to get some wired horns. Seven of them in fact....


Season ends early for Byron XI

Byron Bay has bowed out of the 2016–17 Coastal Cricket League after losing to Cudgen on the weekend, and falling just short of the top four. In effect the game was a play off for the finals as both teams needed the win to move into fourth place on the ladder.


Mullum hosts female soccer day

Coinciding with the football federation of Australia’s female football week there is a free soccer gala day for girls and women taking place on Sunday March 12 in Mullumbimby. The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club (MBVFC) is excited about the...


Surf Festival ends with a splash, freestyling and dolphins

The three-day Byron Bay Surf Festival ended on Sunday with picture-perfect waves at Wategos and more women participating in events than ever before. The Freestyle and Stoke Surf sessions included a schedule of various non-competitive events based on artistic interpretation....


Power riding dominates race day for Byron Bay cyclists

A great individual effort saw Andrew Crawley from Sydney win the major event at the Byron Bay Cycling Club’s race day last Sunday. Thanks to lower numbers A and B grades were combined leading to some pain for the B graders.


Moor and Morgan take Mullum Major Pairs

Michael Burke Dave Moor and Jeff Morgan powered ahead in a tight final to win the Major Pairs at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services bowling club on Sunday in front of a good crowd. Moor and Morgan overran Scott and Mark Hogan after...


Penalty rate cuts hurt food workers: Labor

Local Labor MP Justine Elliot said the electorate of Richmond will be hard hit by the Fair Work Commission’s cut to penalty rates. ‘More than 13,000 people, or one in five workers, in Richmond work in the retail, food and...


Food businesses and renewable energy

By: Vivienne Pearson ‘We want the whole world to run on renewable energy,’ says Ben Adams. ‘The top-down approach doesn’t seem to work so we’re bringing it back to the consumer.’ Food businesses, in particular, running on renewable energy make sense...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Sunday bloody Sunday

Last week the Fair Work Commission ruled that Sunday and public-holiday penalty rates will be reduced for full-time and part-time workers in hospitality, retail and the fast-food industry. Well it’s about time! We already know these people are what have been dragging our country down.


Horseback Safari in the Namib Desert

By Mary Jones In the local Nàmá language, Namib means ‘an area where there is nothing’, a vast sandy expanse where the wild horses of the Namib roam free. Riding across the desert plains on horseback is something that stayed with me long...


Girls take to the soccer field

A free soccer gala day for girls and women is taking place on Sunday, March 12, in Mullumbimby. Regardless of age or skill, organisers are urging you to come along and get involved in the day.


Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.