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Calls for Minister to conduct ‘genuine’ consultation on Murwillumbah mega-school

The Murwillumbah community and SOS (Save Our Schools) are calling on the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell to...

Other News

Three men stabbed in Goonellabah

Police say a man has been charged and will face court, while three men remain in hospital following an alleged stabbing yesterday.

Sailor rescued from ocean in overnight operation

In a dramatic overnight rescue far offshore North-East of Yamba, Marine Rescue IIuka Yamba volunteers were able to bring to safety a woman who fell overboard from a dismasted catamaran in the dark.

Bananas better than banana benders’ bananas

S Haslam It’s a big claim, that our local farmers markets have better bananas than the bananas of the very...

Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Dementia Australia is calling for all Australians to make themselves aware of the different forms elder abuse can take and to be alert to vulnerable Australians, including people who live with dementia. 

Police withdraw charge against protester 

The police case against a Byron local arrested at a ‘My body, my choice’ protest has been dropped, according to rally organiser Dean Jefferys.

July 5, 2017

Issue 32.04

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In this Issue:

A beginner’s guide to the Byron Writers Festival

Never been to Byron Writers Festival? We ask Byron resident and festival-lover Emily Brugman, 27, her top tips for the first-time festival-goer.   Tell us a bit about the festival. The Byron Writers Festival is a three-day event that brings writers and...


Tim Flannery on how to feed, power and clean up the...

Scientist, explorer and conservationist Tim Flannery is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is...


Nikki Gemmel attempts to understand her mother’s ‘death of choice’

Review by Mandy Nolan When writer Nikki Gemmel’s mother Elayn unexpectedly ended her life, the author was thrown into a raft of intense emotions: grief, outrage, disbelief, shock. How could she have not seen this coming? What could she had done...


Ukulele Death Squad Hits Bello

South Australian ukulele duo The Ukulele Death Squad picked up their tiny instruments, stepped into their suits, and it was on.


Cinema Review: The House

As with the equally rotten Rough Night, the makers of this execrable piece of stupidity have put as much imagination and thought into the title as they have into its brainless script.


Culture Roundup: Thursday 6 July, 2017

The Doug Anthony All Stars original show at Lismore City Hall was postponed because of the flood but they’re back – with two shows!


Cinema Review: My Cousin Rachel 

A number of Daphne Du Maurier’s novels have been successfully adapted for the cinema. Jamaica Inn (1939), Rebecca (1940), The Birds (1963) – all directed by Alfred Hitchcock – and Don’t Look Now (1973) had in common an unsettling, threatening strangeness about them.


West Byron not in the public interest: council staff

An extraordinary Byron Shire Council meeting to discuss the West Byron development has been called for tomorrow at the Mullumbimby chambers. It comes as residents and some councillors met Monday night at the Byron Community Centre to work out a strategy against.


Byron council’s road budget features ‘unfunded’ bypass

Cr Paul Spooner (Country Labor) says that Byron Shire Council is ‘counting its chickens before they hatch,’ over the inclusion of the Byron’s Butler Street bypass within its operational and capital works budget.


Live Music Roundup: Wednesday, 5 July, 2017

With a massive program of events to celebrate NAIDOC, NORPA are putting on a free, family-friendly event running over two days this Friday and Saturday with local and national artists highlighting cultural matters.


Potholed and falling apart – a closer look at Byron’s...

Do we get value for money when it comes to road repairs? At the June 22 Council meeting, resident Ivan Saric presented councillors his own assessment of the condition of Coolamon Avenue and the workmanship of roads in the Byron Shire.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox : Alice in Byronland – Down the pothole

Right now in Byron Shire there are more potholes than actual road surface. There are people from Main Arm who haven’t been sighted for weeks, suspicion being that, like Alice from Wonderland, they’ve fallen into one and disappeared completely.


Junior riders master mountain bike skills

Up to 40 junior mountain bike cyclists attend the monthly ‘dirt masters’ social day hosted by the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club (NRDW) at their New Italy track last weekend. ‘The kids participate in a skills session first...


Left Bankers open Shand Cup with easy win

Brian Mollet June’s tumultuous stormclouds had Lomath Oval, Mullumbimby, looking more like the Marshes of Mordor than the site for the series that other series wish they could serialise, the Nick Shand Cricket. In July the sun finally shone for shirewide...


Byron Red Devils too strong for Lower Clarence Magpies

John Campbell Three second-half tries to Brett ‘the Step’ Kelly (after already notching three for the reggies) in Byron’s 42–22 victory over Lower Clarence in their Round 12 NRRRL clash left us in no doubt as to the worth of...


Surfers flourish in ideal winter conditions at Lennox Head

Crystal Cylinders The All Girl Surfriders had a glorious sunny day last Sunday at Lennox Head beach with their June round completed in absolutely dreamy conditions. The waves were glassy, up to one metre, and the banks seem to be finally...


Lesson v McLeod for championship

Michael Burke Ben Lesson from Mullumbimby is set to take on Ocean Shores’ Neil McLeod next Sunday for the District Reserve Singles Championship after both won their semifinals at Pottsville. Last Sunday Ben Lesson recorded a convincing 31 to 16 win,...


Ballina take on Lennox Head for top-of-the-table rugby honours

A Trojan on the charge against Lismore. Photo supplied Lennox Rugby Union Club had a resounding win over Lismore on the weekend but all eyes are on the upcoming top-of-the-table clash with local rivals Ballina. The Lennox Trojans travelled to Lismore...


Byron Ram raid rolls on…

Another hard-fought hat-trick for Byron Striker Aaron Walker against Lismore Thistles. Story & photo Dogwhistle With twelve players out from the Premier squad, the Northern Hotel Rams’ formidable depth has seen quality players step up across the senior grades to continue...


Cured Fish

Emma Francis, of Cured Seafoods, grew up in New Zealand, where smoked fish is commonly eaten. Her first job, at age 14, was in a seafood store and she brought the tradition of home-smoked fish when she moved to...


Byron Bay street food party returns

If you missed the Street Food Party at Byron Bay Brewery in April, or want to go again, it’s on this Saturday. More than 18 gourmet food trucks, two stages of live music, a vintage rummage sale and, as...


Salt of the sea

By Vivienne Pearson Change is in the air at the Ocean Shores Country Club, with the club announcing the opening of its new casual dining experience: Seasalt Dining & Cafe. The new venture is managed by Cater Group, who look after...


After the flood

Rohit and the welcoming staff of Billi’s Indian By Julie Ray After sustaining substantial losses owing to the recent flood, Billi’s Indian in Billinudgel has reopened and has introduced an exciting new menu. Rohit, who has owned and run the restaurant...


A fine day for wine and food in Ballina

By Vivienne Pearson The 7th Ballina Fine Wine & Food Festival was held on the weekend, with a gala dinner on Friday night and the main festival day held at the Ballina Racecourse on Sunday. Five facts about the Ballina Fine...


Young animators shine on Ballina’s big screen

A group of up and coming local indigenous animators were excited to see their first films on the big screen at Ballina Fair Cinemas on Tuesday night.

Nurses and midwives rally during Health Inquiry in Lismore

Nurses and midwives will be holding lunchtime rallies across the Northern Rivers calling for nurse-to-patient ratios and highlighting widespread issues being exposed at the rural health inquiry, which is due to hear submissions today in Lismore.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

Professor Offord makes Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Ocean Shores resident and Emeritus Professor, Baden Offord, has been named on the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List, ‘For distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity’.