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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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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...

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. 

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Power outage in Byron Shire

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

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

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

July 26, 2017

Issue 32.07

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In this Issue:

The Reef, trees and stars at Writers Festival

This year’s Byron Writers Festival hosts a range of conversations for those interested in delving into the environment, astronomy and science, led by some of the world’s leading scientific minds. From discoveries made below the waterline, to those made...


Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in debut novel from Tony Jones

Tony Jones was still at school when Lionel Murphy raided ASIO. After an ABC cadetship, he joined Four Corners as a reporter in 1985, and later Dateline at SBS in 1986. He subsequently was an ABC foreign correspondent, for...


Robert Drewe releases new novel, Whipbird

Bangalow local Robert Drewe is an Australian literary legend whose more than 20 highly acclaimed books, including novels, short stories and memoirs have won state, national and international prizes, been widely translated, and been adapted for film, television, theatre...


Music of Lions

Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter husband-and-wife folk duo Two Lions launch their new EP Ember.


Cinema Review: A Quiet Passion

There is a terrific line in an Ani Difranco song: ‘If my life were a movie, everything I said would be interesting’.


Riding for the Disabled stages open day

This Sunday July 30 the RDA is opening its gates from 10am till 3pm so that you can find out more about what they do, meet their horses and pick up some horse poo for the garden.


Local youth to work on new ABC drama

Screenworks and Every Cloud Productions have announced that nine talented young film crew from across the northern rivers have been selected to work on the ABC drama series Deadlock.


Culture Roundup: Thursday 27, July 2017

It doesn’t happen much, but this July’s Big Gig at the Ballina RSL features Mandy Nolan and not one, not two, but three comedians called Dave!


Fundraiser for The Buttery’s family counselling

An event at Linnaeus Estate, Broken Head, on the afternoon of Sunday August 13 will raise funds for The Buttery’s free family counselling program.


Body artist celebrates tree day

Get down and gritty is the message from Planet Ark for this year’s National Tree Day as they encourage people to get inspired by nature and plant trees this Sunday July 30.


Marine sanctuaries under threat

The national network of marine sanctuaries is under threat if draft plans by National Parks are adopted, according to the Save Our Marine Life alliance.


Flood of help for NORPA from Opera Australia

Just more than two decades ago the now director of Opera Australia, Lyndon Terracini, started NORPA.


Hot licks and cold nights at Splendour

Splendour in the Grass 2017 brought the Queen of the bass face to grace the stage.


‘Vision’ for Bruns fish co-op begins to emerge

Brunswick Fisherman’s Co-op owner William Silverman and his team addressed the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce on the evening of Tuesday July 18, putting forward their ‘vision’ for the future of the site.


Homeless at greater risk across Byron shire

No Fixed Abode gives a voice and a face to the many homeless people who struggle to find housing, food and stability. It will be launched at the Byron Writers Festival on Saturday August 5.


Cinema Review: Dunkirk

Every blue moon, you find a connection between director and subject that is nothing short of alchemical.


Live Music Roundup: Wednesday 26, July 2017

If you’re already in the Coco Family you know it’s Byron Bay’s biggest and best dance party


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: When the Universe Calls

Sometimes it’s hard to be kind. Often it’s inconvenient. It can cause discomfort. And it can disturb your daily trajectory.


Locals shine at Byron’s Night of Fights

A loud, capacity crowd  watched numerous bouts across a range of disciplines including professional boxing, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts when the Cavanbah Centre hosted Byron Bay’s Night of Fights earlier this month. It was a good night for...


Wilko keeps the lead after the great waves of J-Bay

The Corona J-Bay Open in South Africa was blessed with amazing waves and groundbreaking performances with Filipe Toledo taking the win and setting new standards of performance on the legendary walls of Jeffreys Bay. Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson has retained...


Airborne skaters bring RUKKUS to Mullumbimby

More than a hundred skateboard riders and spectators  turned out at the Mullumbimby skate park two weeks ago for the latest instalment of the region’s skate competitions RUKKUS 2017. The young riders were particularly keen, ready and determined to show...


Local rider ready to win his first national motorcross championship

Ross Kendall Local motorcross rider Lachlan Stanford won two heats of the Australian Off-Road Championship on the weekend in Kyogle and now leads the competition and is in a good position to win his first national title. Rounds nine and ten...


Countback golf victory for Griffiths at Teven

Ray Griffiths collected the win after a countback put him ahead of Rex Nixon at last week’s nine-hole Stableford, which was also the fifth round of the Point Score Championship for the Teven Golf Club’s men’s championship. Griffiths and Nixon...


Local know-how key to Ocean Shores bowls championship

Local greenkeeper Troy Makin won the Ocean Shores Mens Major Singles bowls championship for 2017 last week. Troy took on Ben Sweeney in the final played in blustery conditions. ‘Both players handled the wind well with Troy Makin doing enough to...


Lismore ready to host Masters Games

Lismore is set to host the 10th biennial Masters Games including competitions across 14 sports over September 22–24, 2017. On the action side the games will feature baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, mini-lympics, netball, oztag, softball, swimming and...


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.