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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes!...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

September 27, 2017

Issue 32.16

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In this Issue:

The Alkemy of Island Vibe

Island Vibe is more than just a music festival. Through its strong cultural program the festival invites community groups from around Australia and the Pacific to engage in a cultural exchange with the Quandamooka people of Stradbroke Island.


Ride the Road to Glory

We came to know Harry James Angus as the exuberant trumpet-playing frontman from the Cat Empire.


Vegas comes to Ballina

Hot on the heels of his Kings of Vegas Lounge Sessions Tour, which has been inundating regional town centres and capital cities across the country, winner of Voice Australia 2013 Harrison Craig brings his new show to the Ballina RSL.


State assistance

Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby Venice: Go to website Venice-Italy accommodation tax. 1. Population of Venice (historic city) is 55,000 (2016) 2. Population of Comune di Venezia (main city) 264,579 (2016) 3. Population of Padua-Trevigo Venice metropolitan area 2.6 million 4. Tourists visiting...


Hunter’s win

Graham Mathews, Byron Bay With thanks to Fast Buck$ for his observations in the recent edition of The Echo (September 20), a couple of points could be added: Firstly – In a conversation with a Sydney lawyer with considerable experience of councils...


A matter of defence

Ken Gainger, General Manager, Byron Shire Council I write in response to Echo correspondents Sugarman and Anderson (Buck$) and recent musings depicting the Byron Shire general manager (GM) as a benevolent megalomaniac. Contrary to popular myth being peddled in The Echo the primary...


Fiction, selfie culture, truth and you: Richard Flanagan talks about First...

Man Booker prizewinner Richard Flanagan has written one of the most extraordinary clever and insightful books I’ve read in years.


Playing Bowie on a uke

Can you play Bowie on a ukulele? Is it possible to reduce such complex and at times strange songs to just four little strings and still get maximum Bowie impact?


Cinema Review: It

The trouble with this schlock/horror flick (and it’s an observation that might be made of all cinema aimed at younger audiences these days) is that there is no climax.


Culture Roundup: Thursday September 28, 2017

Do Not Go Gentle, the award-winning play by Patricia Cornelius, with title borrowed from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas sets the tone for collaboration.


It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke…

The media and other politicians have been quick to condemn the headbutt on Tony Abbott. However, in talking with people in cafes, in the street, at work, I have been met with a very different response.


Is it really ‘made in Byron’?

Walk into any local supermarket or grocery store and you’ll see at least a dozen products proudly emblazoned with the name ‘Byron Bay’. But how local are they really? Paul Bibby investigates.


Making circus a family affair

Beeswax and Bottlecaps are the collective minds of Monica Trapan, George le Couture and Lil Tulloch.


Cinema Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

A ski lift is careering down a mountainside. Inside it are two of our heroes. They are yelling and screaming as they bounce around like pinballs.


Pyramid scheme resurfaces in Byron

An international pyramid scheme is duping women from the area, say a number of locals. The latest incarnation is called the Lotus Circle, which The Echo understands is run by the same group of women who ran a similar one in 2013.


Brunswick Heads paid parking rejected by chamber

The Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce has told The Echo that parking in Brunswick Heads can be improved, but the group is strongly against the introduction of paid parking.


Live Music Roundup: Wednesday September 27, 2017

Havana Meets Kingston brings together established and emerging Cuban and Jamaican musicians in an album of mostly original songs, as well as covers of classic Cuban material.


Smith v Franklin: who is winning?

Welcome to an investigation of where egos clash, point scoring is king and well, you, the dear voter, appear to be treated like an infant who is being fought over by competing foster parents.


Solar-fuelled hydrogen energy in Sapoty’s sights

Local engineer/inventor Sapoty Brook is boldly proposing to push the renewable-energy frontier, with a revolutionary new kind of aircraft he calls a Vaporjet.


Brunswick Valley rescue squad turns 40

The Brunswick Valley and District Volunteer Rescue Association celebrates 40 years of service this year. It was formed in 1977 as a community- owned and supported road-rescue organisation, following a serious accident on the highway bridge over the Brunswick River.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Tall story

Most of my adult life I have endured being stared at. It’s unnerving. People really have a good look at me in public. I am so used to it now I barely notice, but when I was a teenager it was a constant source of anxiety. It made me feel like a freak.


New look for bigger Byron Farmers Market

Byron Farmers Market has been growing the growers! And to accommodate their new stallholders, they have a new-look market layout – with a bend at the end. Recent additions to the market include The Bay Smokehouse (smoked local wild-caught fish...


Old School Roast

By Vivienne Pearson What could be a better new addition to an old-school restaurant than a good ol’ Sunday Carvery? That’s what’s on offer at Old School Restaurant, located in the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. For only $16.50 you have a choice...


Giant pig now smaller

By Simon Haslam A few weeks ago we ‘reported’ on the giant pigs at The Farm, pointing out quite sensibly that giant pigs were big enough to eat children on school excursions and probably would do so again given half...


Yotam Ottolenghi recognition for local chef Belinda Jeffery

Local Mullum chef Belinda Jeffery is getting further well-deserved recognition on the international stage at the moment. Two of Belinda’s recipes from her book Mix & Bake have been adapted by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh and appear in their...


International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.