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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

April 19, 2017

Issue 31.45

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In this Issue:

Cinema Review: The Eagle Huntress

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfi5JS6HTH0 The things that you’ve never heard about… high on the treeless steppes of Kazakhstan, the tradition of capturing and training golden eagles to be then be used for hunting has survived for time out of mind. Typically, it is...


Sacred Earth Music for Your Inner Peace

Jethro and Prem Williams make music for inner peace. In it for the long haul, the couple have toured the world with their three children in tow, performing their signature brand of contemporary mantras and selling nearly a quarter...


Cinema Review: Denial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7ktvUWaYo Because he knows his audience so well, the baby-man president has rejected stories that he doesn’t like as ‘fake news’. And surprise, surprise… denial of what is before our very eyes has for some unfathomable and boundlessly idiotic reason...


Hello Couture! Byron’s Fashion Inspiration

April 29 sees the third Byron Bay International Fashion Festival come to Elements of Byron Resort. The festival will be showcasing more than 24 established and emerging designers from interstate and international labels along with a team of top models...


Live Music Roundup: Thursday 20 April, 2017

The Eclectic Cherry An explosion of filthy primordial guitars, liquid rhythms and primal voodoo jams, The Cherry Dolls are the pied pipers of those in search of the endless party and the eternal weekend. With two critically acclaimed EPs under...


Culture Roundup: Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Akmal Acting Out One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished comics, Akmal draws on his Arabic heritage, his experiences migrating to Australia at the age of 11, and his disillusionment with religion and the modern world to deliver a standup...


Planning minister threatens intervention on West Byron

NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts (Liberal) has threatened Byron Shire Council he will personally intervene unless a development control plan for West Byron is produced to his liking – and timing.


Making Hay While the Spotlight Shines!

Sydney-born Brendan Hay, best known for his larger-than-life cabaret personas, has established himself as one of Australia’s up and coming creatives. Comedian Dawn French couldn’t stop raving about him! ‘Brendan Hay IS showbiz! I just love everything about him. He is unique. I...


Rally against plans to demolish Mullumbimby Hospital

Residents have been outraged to learn of plans by NSW government bureaucrats to demolish the Mullumbimby and District War Memorial Hospital and have organised a community rally for Sunday April 23 from 11am at the hospital site.


Sleepbus makes a Byron pitstop

A campaign is currently underway to raise funds for a sleepbus to operate within the Byron Shire. Led by the Byron Chamber of Commerce and local business owners, the goal is to raise the $100,000 needed for it to be built, delivered and begin service.


Tailored elderly exercise program leads to decreases in falls

A local research study into the benefits of tailored exercise programs for aged-care residents is confirming what most people would regard as common sense: it is far better to engage in resistance and balance training than to spend every waking hour in a chair or bed.


Fear and Liddiard and a Trip to Rio

There are lots of clichés around travel and discovery but, for Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard, his trip to South America ended up being more significant than he’d imagined. Especially Rio. ‘It’s hectic,’ says Liddiard of Rio. ‘It’s up there with Baghdad...


5 Star UK Comedy

They have been bringing audiences to their knees around the world, with sellout shows and five-star reviews following in their wake. So how do you get so damn funny without saying a word? The Kabobs are Claire Ford and Nicky...


Lewin pads up for Australia

Bangalow’s Lewin Maladay is well on his way to realising his dream of playing international and professional cricket at the highest level after being selected to play in the Australian U/19 side in a home series against Sri Lanka.


‘Wilko’ chasing back-to-back titles at Bells

Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson got off to an awesome start at the The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach with a big win over three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning and Brazil’s Jadson Andre in the opening heat of round one.


‘Epic’ finish to first ultimate disc final

The Grandpoos won an epic final against the Spectrum team to claim the inaugural Rainbow League ultimate Frisbee competition. The Grandpoos came back from 1–6 down, by scoring seven points in a row, to win 8–6. Unbelievable stuff.


Four men’s teams on the park for Shores United

Shores United’s dreams came true on April 8 when all four men’s teams played at home for the first time. In the first division the Brown Snakes took on ex-premier league South Lismore, under lights.


Home fans eager for Giants return to Mullum

Nothing would be sweeter than a win for the Mullumbimby Giants rugby league team as they take on Murwillumbah for the Grant Cook Cup, in their first home game of 2017 this Sunday. The Giants marked their return to the...


Jiminy Crickets

The delicious looking cupcake in front of me would have been eaten ages ago, had I not known its full ingredient list.


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The beauty rort

Good-looking people get away with more than ugly people. It’s a fact. The only people who wouldn’t agree with this are beautiful people. But that’s because they’ve been batting their long lashes and getting away with murder for years.



Just as I was finishing my mulligatawny soup in the hotel dining room, the small, crumpled pianist who’d been thumping out Cole Porter on the upright in the corner – or was it America from West Side Story? Rachmaninoff? Impossible to tell. Suddenly he appeared by my side.


Pizza Relief

Last Tuesday, 11 April, hundreds of Mullumbimby locals flocked to a ‘pizza night’ fundraising event in support of Lismore flood relief.


Commercial Boutique Hotel: just one reason to visit Tenterfield.

The Commercial Boutique Hotel Tenterfield is renewed vision of the original 1940s Art Deco Commercial Hotel, reopened in September 2014 after being closed for eight years.


Harvest’s $20,000 fundraiser

Thank you to all the people who saw the publicity in The Echo and went to Harvest in Newrybar. $20,000 was raised for Lismore flood victims.


How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.