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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

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.

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land...

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...

June 21, 2017

Issue 32.02

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In this Issue:

From global roaming to poetry slamming: all of human life is...

Byron Writers Festival is hosting more than 20 different feature events throughout the region. Here are just a couple to whet your appetite. Literary Dinner: Global Roaming and Probing Join investigative journalists Pulitzer prize-winning Mei Fong and Gold Walkley award-winning Caro...

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David Haskell listens to the songs of trees

We cannot step outside life’s songs. This music made us; it is our nature.   American biologist David George Haskell won acclaim for his eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world with his book The Forest Unseen. With his new book...

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Kim Mahood immerses herself in the life of a small community

‘If anyone’s written more beautifully and modestly about this country and its people I’m not aware of it.’ – Tim Winton ‘Mahood is a writer of country. Her chapters unfurl like the ribbons of red dunes.’ – Bruce Pascoe Since the...

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Write like a girl

Fearless feminist and online sensation Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration for thousands of Australian women and girls.

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Coranderrk, an untold Australian history

The Ilbijeri Theatre Company present one of the many important neglected stories of Australian history – Coranderrk – the story of the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the men and women of the Coaranderrk Aboriginal Reserve who went head to head with the Aboriginal Protection Board.

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Cinema Review: Rough Night

There’s a lot of squealing in this, and almost as much alcohol consumption and cocaine snorting… but with none of the women involved showing any sign of being affected by the substances. Basically, the movie is a copy of The Hangover, only with girls acting the goat – meaning that it is rude and crude and sometimes funny, if in a try-hard way.

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Culture Roundup : Thursday 22 June

Who doesn’t love a bit of Grease? The iconic film made in the 70s about the 50s that tells the love story of Sandy: a pure and wholesome Australian exchange student, and Danny: owner of the best chin-dimple at Rydell High.

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Space, Byron & You

Star Stuff brings together some pre-eminent speakers and scientists in the space community to present at possibly one of the most innovative and exciting festivals to date. And no, this is not an astronomy festival. This is Space. The last, and the most fascinating, frontier.

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Cinema Review: The Promise

When was it exactly that ‘old school’ usurped ‘old fashioned’? The latter is far more applicable to this sumptuous period piece than the lightweight former, as Terry George’s eye-opening historical drama evades potboiler status but plunges unashamedly into diatribe.

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Recent rains test new flood response for Billinudgel

Recent heavy rains have allowed the Byron council and SES to demonstrate some of the changes that they are making in relation to flood responses in the north of the shire following the flood meeting on June 1.

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WWI memorial park study underway

A report is underway to determine the heritage significance of the Brunswick Heads WWI Memorial Park, according to Byron Shire Council staff, following use of the area for overflow to camping and residents' complaints of their poor health.

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New group encourages young girls to dream big

Years ago when my 22-year-old daughter was a teenager, I searched tirelessly for a program that might suit her. I longed to find a place that offered her a breadth of experiences; that built her confidence through friendships and learning.

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Rebecca records acts of kindness and hopes to spread it

Byron local Rebecca Johnson, 24, has launched The Kindness Book project at the recent Young & Green eco-fair.

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Federal children honour Aboriginal culture

Federal Community Children’s Centre is holding a Connecting to Country day to celebrate Aboriginal culture and respect for the environment on Sunday June 25 over 10am–2pm.

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Live Music Roundup : Wednesday June 21

Byron’s monthly tropical party is back this weekend with Coco Republic FSTVL 2 hitting the Brewery. Live music kicks off the event in the beergarden with Jock Barnes performing at 1–4pm, then the tropical vibes kick off with the outdoor stage providing funky good-vibe music all the way through till close.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: A day in the life of a...

Meet Barry. He likes to wank at the beach. No, that’s not a typo. I didn’t mean to say walk. Walking isn’t Barry’s thing.

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Wilkinson wins Fiji Pro

Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson has won the Outerknown Fiji Pro after an action-packed Finals Day that saw the world’s best surfers battle in pumping waves at Cloudbreak.

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Valiant defeat for Rams in FFA Cup

Byron Bay’s Northern Hotel Rams took north coast football to new heights by representing the region all the way to round six of the FFA Cup competition in Newcastle over the June long weekend, but were beaten 3–2.

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Ride, swim, run: Matt Slee in focus

Local triathlon star Matt Slee has his eye on becoming a full-time, professional athlete after proving his talent on the local stage.

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Junior Beez reach semifinals of NSW Country Championships

Our local U/14 boys Beez representative team travelled to Terrigal last weekend to compete in the NSW Country Championships and made it to the semifinals.

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Shand Cricket Cup begins 20th year

This winter season marks the 20th edition of the Nick Shand Memorial cricket series, a unique event on the sporting landscape.

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Netballers take third place in NSW titles

The U/17 Brunswick Byron Netball team finished in 3rd place in division three at the 2017 Netball NSW State Championships, which was hosted by Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association over the June long weekend. Their side finished with 15 wins,...

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‘Night of Fights’ for Byron

Accomplished mixed martial arts fighter Isaac Tisdale will make his professional debut in the boxing ring when the Byron Bay Cavanbah Centre hosts its first Night of Fights. The event has been organised by Kingscliff Boxing Stables to highlight their...

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Local teams ready for league derby

The Mullumbimby and Byron Bay rugby league teams are coming off a string of losses so this weekend’s local derby gives them both a good chance to get among the winners and claim local bragging rights. The Mullumbimby Giants got...

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Saying ‘I do’ when flood says ‘You don’t’

By Vivienne Pearson ‘We have to get off the mountain or we’ll be stuck,’ was the call made mid-morning of Sunday 11 June, as rising floodwaters threatened to cut off Main Arm. Being flooded in is a daunting prospect at any...

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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.