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No SourDough$

Hayo van der Woude, Myocum 2021 promises to be the greatest year yet for revelations of unethical behaviour and corruption in...

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Big donation and new poetry competition for BR4R

Local community group Ballina Region for Refugees is having a big month, with a major anonymous donation amongst other news.

Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

Cartoon of the week – 16 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Localisation fantasy

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar The world’s richest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has increased his wealth from $130 billion to $186...

Bring them home to Biloela

Marilyn Perkins, MEd, JP, Wollongbar Given the recent news that Tharnicaa is seriously ill, and has been flown to hospital in...

June 28, 2017

Issue 32.03

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In this Issue:

50 years of Jo Jo

Some performers are born with talent, others with charisma. A very special few are born with both, and when you’re in their presence you know that magic is going to happen.


Sally Rippin wrangles the feelings monster

Sally Rippin is one of the country’s best-loved children’s authors and was Australia’s highest-selling female author in 2016. Writing for almost 20 years, Sally has written more than 50 books for children and young adults, and holds numerous awards...


Tora Take the Rest

With more than 30 million streams to their credit and having played the likes of Glastonbury and Splendour in the Grass, a national support slot with RUFUS, and a run of their own sold-shows, the band that grew out of Mullumbimby’s Shearwater School, Tora, came back to home ground to make their debut album Take A Rest.


Culture Roundup : Thursday 29 June, 2017

The Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ Inc present an inspiring evening of Aboriginal storytelling celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017 (2–9 July).


Red Devil women undefeated in new tag-league competition

Shannon Hulbert  A tag rugby league competition started a month ago in the region and the Red Devils have had three wins from three so far. The women follow the Red Devils men’s team around and play the opposition clubs that...


Rams bite Lennox Sharks, again

Dogwhistle The Northern Hotel Rams faced southern neighbours Lennox Head Sharks for the second time in as many weeks last Friday on a very dark winter evening at the Byron Recreation Grounds. The Byron squad is battling the usual mid-season injuries,...


Byron Devils score big win over Mullumbimby in league derby

John Campbell The Byron Bay Red Devils enjoyed their first win of the 2017 season when they romped home against a lacklustre Mullumbimby side 36–4. As local derbies go, there was a curious lack of intensity when the Red Devils hosted...


‘Mono’ and Munk win adaptive surfing titles

Crystal Cylinders Local Byron Bay surfers Dave Munk and Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart had great success with both winning their divisions at the nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles held at Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast over the weekend. Small but clean conditions...


North coast surfers excel at NSW longboard titles

Local surfers Jye Whyatt, Alan Atkins and Ben Dickens all featured in the winners’ list at the close of the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics’ NSW Longboard Titles held at Bonny Hills last week. Jye Whyatt (Suffolk Park) claimed his second...


Bangalow rugby continue form run with close win over Byron Bay

Strong leadership and sure-fire spot kicking from the Bangalow rugby team underpinned their 19–17 away win over Byron Bay in Far North Coast competition last Saturday. Despite running in three tries to one, the Byron Bay team could not contain...


‘Steel’ McLeod into bowls semifinals

Neil ‘Steel’ McLeod has won through to the semifinals of the District Reserve bowls tournament after a strong comeback in his qualifying game played at Pottsville over the weekend. The Ocean Shores bowls player got off to a good start...


Andy and the Bunnyman

Sick of seeing your kids patronised by the cutesy jingles of The Wiggles and Hi 5? Well Bunny Racket is rock’n’roll for kids


Market stallholders appalled at council plan to purchase Crown land

Byron Shire councillors all agreed at last Thursday’s meeting to a staff report that recommends buying the Butler Street reserve from NSW Crown Lands.


Holiday letting again in Byron council’s sights

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has told his followers on social media, ‘We have no choice but to jump back into the trenches and fire off litigation missiles,’ in an effort to curb unauthorised holiday letting in Byron Bay.


Cinema Review: Don’t Tell

There will be a special screening of a fine new Australian film at the Brunswick Picture House at 7pm, Thursday 6 July.


Byron Greens and council staff cop further flak over bypass

An angry group of Butler Street residents unloaded upon staff and the Greens councillors at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting, with accusations of lies and suppressing information as to whether it was possible to build a bypass on the disused rail corridor instead of past their homes.


Main Arm School raises cash for refugees

Students at Main Arm School got busy during Refugee Week, fundraising $325 by selling cakes to purchase phone cards for asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.


Dr Karl drops science on Mullum High

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki took the students at Mullumbimby High School for an exciting ride through science past, present and into the future – presenting them with possibilities and giving them a message of hope for the world they live in.


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Run girl run

Five years ago my husband and I built a six-bedroom house. After years of stacking kids two deep per room, we graduated from lower middle class to the ripening affluence of a family where everyone had their own bedrooms.


Around Your Town. Business responses re: War on Coffee Cup Waste...

By Vivienne Pearson The coffee-cup problem will be best solved through an interplay between customers and businesses. Compare it to the quest to reduce plastic-bag use (also well covered by War on Waste) customers need to remember to bring their...


Localising the War on Coffee Waste

By Vivienne Pearson Just in case you didn’t catch the coffee-cup segment of ABC television’s War on Waste series, here is the major point it made: Australians dispose of more than one billion single-use coffee cups every year (that’s more...


Localisation fantasy

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar The world’s richest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has increased his wealth from $130 billion to $186 billion during the pandemic. USA...

Anatomy is destiny

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre Five members of Byron Friends of Palestine visited Justine Elliot to discuss whether the ALP would endorse public condemnation...


Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may make laws regarding health, but...

Bad news

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but the article on page 5,...