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Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

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Vehicle access to Unicorn Falls to close

President of the recently formed Byron Hikers Club says a ‘controversy is brewing’ around National Parks’ recently announced plans to close vehicle access to Unicorn Falls, located on South Chowan Road behind Upper Main Arm.

With avocados, farmer fresh is best

There are many different avocado varieties, but walk around the supermarket and you might get the impression there is...

Editorial – Let’s all acquiesce!

On July 12, it became mandatory for all businesses and workplaces in NSW to use the Service NSW Check-in tool (QR code).

Kingscliff’s new ambulance station won’t be on State Significant Farmland

Concerns over the new Kingscliff Ambulance station being placed on State Significant Farmland were raised following the announcement of funding for the new ambulance station by Health Minister Brad Hazzard earlier this month.

Interview with Felix Riebl from the Cat Empire

One of the most danceable outfits in the lineup, The Cat Empire make a welcome return to Bluesfest 2021 with their infectious, genre-embracing anthems and a world-class, awe-inspiring show. Last week Seven caught up with co-founder, band leader and principal songwriter, Felix Riebl, from his lockdown hidey hole in Melbourne.

Regional Lions Club funding gets a new 10-seater for the Rainbow Dragons

Ross Kendall The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club (RRDBC) will have a new, 10-seater boat for competition training thanks to...

August 9, 2017

Issue 32.09

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In this Issue:

Doomsday or recovery? Time to heed the whispers in the leaves

Neutinamu is Korean for elm tree. I saw this elder Zelkova in Seoul last month. It’s 1,300 years old, part of the Yonggungsa Temple founded in 650 AD. Around its base are roofing tiles with prayers and pleas written by devout Buddhists. Perhaps the chalk dust of these intentions mingle with the tree’s own perceptions. After all, trees sense through their leaves and roots.


Byron Badlands launch the Perfect Loser

Byron Bay’s rock and roll kingpins The Badlands have put the final touches to their highly anticipated new EP Perfect Loser.


Cinema Review: The Big Sick

There are more ways to kill a cat than by choking it with butter – which is to say that it has taken a long time for mainstream cinema to come up with a movie about a Muslim that is light-hearted but intelligent rather than earnest and self-congratulatory.


Fire ants: a real barbecue-stopper

Fire ants kill people, destroy crops and could spell the end to the great Australian barbie! So it is time to pull out all the stops and get the community on board to understand the threat.


Swell times ahead at Currumbin

The Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin is now celebrating its 15th year and Byron Shire artists will once again be involved in the free ten-day exhibition on Currumbin Beach from September 8 till 17.


Culture Roundup : Thursday August 10, 2017

Legendary Warhol Factory superstar and New York’s undisputed queen of the underground Penny Arcade is a force of nature.


Extreme El Niño events to stay despite stabilisation

The frequency of extreme El Niño events is projected to increase for a further century after global mean temperature is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.


Sharks’ role in coral reef health

A team from the University of Western Australia has completed a four-month research expedition observed an unexpectedly high number of sharks in the region, suggesting sharks play a key role in regulating the health of coral reefs.


Have say on Byron masterplan

What is your vision for Byron Bay? Do you see it as important to be able to drive your car with surfboard on top to the main beach to check out the waves? Perhaps you would prefer the main street and the beachfront to become pedestrian only with cars being kept out of town.


Chinese students enjoy local culture

Bringing together culture and creating opportunities for learning and shared experience between students and teachers from GuiXi and Shangrao cities in JiangXi province in China and Mullumbimby High School last week was a great success.


Double art bill at BSA Mullum

This Friday August 11, 6–8pm, the BSA Project Space is showing its second Double Bill exhibition for 2017.


Sara Tindley

This weekend sees the Bangalow Bluegrass & BBQ Festival bring music and meat to the Byron Shire. The Echo spoke with Sara Tindley, one of the many artists performing. on the main stage on Saturday.


Byron shire council calls for federal approach to coastal hazards

Byron shire councillors voted 8–1 last week to ‘write to our local members of parliament calling for a coordinated national approach to managing coastal hazards…


Byron council GM to wrangle Cr Hunter’s DA

The ongoing saga of Cr Alan Hunter’s development application for a self-storage facility on his property at the end of Pinegroves Road in Myocum continues as councillors in confidential session handed responsibility for the DA to general manager Ken Gainger.


Saffron Shand turns 40

The living legend of Mullumbimby is about to turn 40 so it is time to get on your party shoes, dust off your pool cue and head to Club Saffron for a birthday bash like no other.


Byron Council objects to Bangalow ‘food hub’

Byron Shire councillors voted in favour of an urgency motion to object to the rural industries food precinct proposal on Lismore Road, Bangalow, at last week’s Council meeting.


Cinema Review: The Trip To Spain

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan’s 2010 culinary odyssey around the UK was originally shown over six episodes on BBC TV.


Cloudcatcher Media highlights farmers in the ‘Sacrifice Zone’

Months into the making of their new film, local duo Cloudcatcher Media has launched a trailer and the farmers who are producing the project have launched a Chuffed crowdfunder


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox – Working it Out

I’ve committed. Again. I’m going back to the gym. The place I swore I’d never step foot in. I’ve thought about it for about three years now so I guess it’s time.


Lumsden and Leeson win Mullum pairs

Michael Burke The final of the Minor Pairs for Mullumbimby Ex-Services Bowling Club was played last Saturday and won by Lumsden and Leeson. In the final Jamie Ewin and Andrew Moroney took on Ashley Lumsden and Ben Leeson. Both teams played...


All Girls Surfriders enjoy Winter Classic

Marika Ilic vice-president Small conditions equalised the playing field for the All Girls Surfriders Annual Hardcore Winter Classic July prize round, giving everyone a chance to reach the finals. The day started with off-shore winds and 0.3–0.6 metre clean waves. Surfers made...


Big loss to Kyogle brings Red Devils’ hard season to an...

John Campbell words and photo In their last game of the 2017 northern rivers rugby league season Byron Bay Red Devils lost 52–4 playing away against the Kyogle Turkeys on Sunday. To say the score was a fair reflection of how...


Swingers collect Shand Cup win

Brian Mollet Mullumbimby’s oval glistened like a starlet’s lip gloss on Sunday for the east of the highway derby in the Nick Shand cup between the thoroughly workshopped Byron Full-Tossers and the libertines of local cricket the Suffolk Swingers. The toss...


Female footballers flock to MBVFC and set sights on finals

Kol Dimond As the sun begins to set on the 2017 football season Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club is already celebrating a terrific season of women’s football after boosting participation and delivering great results. For the first time in the club’s...


Whyatt dominates Aus Surf Festival

Crystal Cylinders Suffolk Park surfer Jye Whyatt has won dual national titles at the Australian Longboard Titles as part of the Australian Surf Festival. Whyatt executed an exciting array of impressive manoeuvres to dominate the field in both the Junior Longboard...


Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...

Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part of the Rous County Council...

Dog off-leash parks coming to Tweed

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point. ‘The draft concept plan for John...

Byron businesses buckle down

The Greater Sydney lockdown has had a direct impact on local businesses who have seen a dramatic fall in customer numbers, particularly in Byron Bay.