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Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

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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...

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

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.

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.

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

March 22, 2017

Issue 31.41

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Cinema Review: Logan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Div0iP65aZo If you attend the cinema on a regular, professional basis, you can easily fool yourself into believing that you have become immune to the medium’s more gross and ugly indulgences. Some filmmakers appear only to want to confront and shock,...


Cinema Review: Kong: Skull Island

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAbI4w95cTE I can’t remember the last time I stood for the national anthem before a movie, but it happened at Pondicherry today. A deluxe ticket with 3D glasses cost the princely sum of 120 rupees (little more than two dollars)...


Music from the Universe

Vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Elijah Ray brings a touch of Hawaii to Spirit Festival with his unique charms, deep message and eclectic repertoire. His riveting performances are both musical and raw, engaging his audience in an experience that is...


Mythen-ology at Blues

Irish Mythen is an Irish-born Canadian contemporary folk singer/songwriter. Her last two shows in the northern rivers were embraced by crowds who were quickly converted by the Mythen magic. She’s a powerfully engaged and passionate player who puts the fierce...


Marcel Marceau, Mayonnaise & Me

In Monsieur Mayonnaise Australian artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WWII and his mother’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. What inspired you to find out about the stories of your...


Forestry Corporation threatens environmentalist

The Forestry Corporation picked the International Day of Forests to write to North East Forest Alliance auditor Dailan Pugh threatening him with a $2,200 fine if he returns to meet with the Environment Protection Authority or audit Gibberagee State Forest.


Live Music Roundup: Thursday March 23, 2017

Patey & Doolie Sunshine Coast’s Christian Patey has been making waves across the country as one of the best up-and-coming electronic artists. The one-man band combines electric guitar, synths and drums, all together, illuminating the room and taking the listeners...


Auxiliary raises funds for cardiac machine

Byron Bay Hospital Auxiliary say their recent fundraising efforts will buy a state-of-the art Lucas 2 cardiac compression device for Byron Central Hospital, bringing to $500,000 the value of equipment they have donated over the past decade.


Festival site seeks trial extension

With North Byron Parklands (Parklands) now in its final year of operation under the current trial approval from the Department of Planning and Environment it is seeking a 20-month extension while simultaneously asking for an expansion.


Bulk buy offer for solar, batteries

A community bulk buy for solar and batteries is being organised for the northern rivers, with the first free event planned for Mullumbimby on Tuesday April 4. It’s a partnership between COREM and Enova Community, who have joined with social-enterprise organisation Suncrowd.


Breaking free from fossil foolish banks

As part of a fortnight of global actions against dirty energy, concerned Byron Shire residents will meet at Railway Park’s rotunda at noon on Thursday, March 23, before walking down to the Commonwealth Bank to ask them to stop funding new or expanding coal mines.


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Wild Dreams Delve into the mysterious world of dreams and nightmares at Circus Arts Byron Bay’s upcoming circus Showcase My Wildest Dreams. Circus Arts’ talented students bring their deepest fears and subconscious longings to life in this sleepy tale of...


Smart meter challenge results in removal 

An Echo reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, has told of their difficult – yet finally successful – experience of getting a smart meter uninstalled at their home.


Freest of Free…

Quirky husband-and-wife combo Victoriana Gaye – Vicki Gaye Philipp and Jeff Raglus (Bachelors from Prague / Mambo Artist) – have packed a lot into the seven years since they formed. Recording four albums – the latest The Freest Of...


25 years of The Waifs

2017 marks 25 years of The Waifs! In celebration the band has hit the road for a mammoth national tour, releasing their fourteen-track studio album Ironbark, along with 11 bonus tracks making a rousing collection of 25 songs, to...


Locals take full control of WSL Quiksilver Pro at Gold Coast

Owen Wright completed a fairytale win at the Quiksilver Pro when he defeated Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson in the final of the first WSL event for 2017.


Brown snakes and Rams charge into ANZAC Cup finals

Byron Bay have continued their pre-season charge with a 7–2 win over the Lismore Thistles in the semifinal of ANZAC Cup last Sunday.


Big interest in golf Open Day at Mullum

Close to 200 players are ready to tee off and compete for $3,000 worth of prizes in the Mullumbimby Golf Club’s Open Day this Saturday. The Brunswick Valley Open ran from 1980 till 1991 and on Saturday the event is...


Whales have a gala football day

The Byron Community Primary School boys’ team had a great a trip to Armidale for a football gala day and pulled off a memorable win. Last week the BCPS Whales, 12 players from years five and six, competed in the...


Skater Joey Cormack wins Australian skateboard title

Suffolk Park skater Joey Cormack won the national final of the Australian Skateboarding League held in Melbourne earlier this month. The 18-year-old former Byron High student has dedicated his life to skating after the Suffolk Park skatepark was built around...


Matilda collects a swag of medals at state championships

The athletics journey of Mullum local Matilda Vial is well on track after great results at the Queensland Athletics Championships held at QSAC over three days last weekend.


Local sides join forces for a day of rugby trials in...

The Mullumbimby Giants Rugby Club managed to host a series of preseason games on Saturday, including a combined Byron Shire squad, as many other clubs across the Far North Coast Zone were cancelled because of the wet weather.


Hundreds compete in Ballina Touch football championship

Almost 500 students from north coast Christian schools competed in Ballina for the North Coast Zone Christian Schools Sports Association (CSSA) Touch Football Championships on Thursday, March 6. Schools from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads were in attendance, competing for...


Liverpool and SCU football head to Cavanbah

Southern Cross Uni and Liverpool International Academy will use the Cavanbah Centre as a base for their junior teams as they compete in the Gold Coast football ­competition. The move will allow some of the most talented players from across...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The power to stop Adani

Remember that scene in James Bond movies? 007 is in a small room filling up with water. His time is running out. The water keeps rising. The tension is unbearable. Bond is running out of options. That’s what I...



Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing...

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...