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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Create the opportunity for everyone to follow their dreams

Local dance group Sprung!! is an integrated dance theatre that has built a community program that creates space for...

December 6, 2017

Issue 32.26

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In this Issue:

What is in a true name?

By night, the nearby ICOLLs are creatures inhabiting my dreams. Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon (ICOLL) is the proper name for the Richmond and the Brunswick, the Belongil and the Tallow waterways.

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Stella’s Stories

Stella Kinsella has always been something of a renaissance woman. She makes documentaries, she writes scripts, she paints, she’s an educator, she’s a writer and she’s a performer. In the late 90s Stella was the entertainment editor for The Byron Echo; she was also the dark and discerning half of the comedy duo the Queen Bs.

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The Blues Rush!

American blues musician composer and singer Bobby Rush incorporates elements of blues, rap and funk in his music. Bobby was born in 1933, and his musical career seemed as though it was meant to be, with some of the most influential musicians of the day crossing his path

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Shark apps and deterrents set to roll out this summer

A high-pitched siren rings out across the beach, sending a flock of seagulls into the air in a flurry of wings and indignant squawking. The shrill alarm is coming from a bright red-and-yellow drone hovering over the water out past the breakers.

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Culture roundup: Dec 7-Dec 14

A new Slightly-Drunk-Ted-Talk, Alternative Prime Minister, from Mark Swivel, Accredited Near Dead White Male™. As indifference turns to anger, Mark hits the hustings to tickle and provoke – if not a riot, then dancing. Expect banter, singing, fiscal rectitude… full-costed silly buggers that strays close to common sense!

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Byron Bay developer clarifies four-storey DA

The developer of a high density development proposed for the corner block at the southern end of Jonson Street says that the proposed height of his development ‘complies with the current limit of 11.5 metres.’

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In Loeb with Byron: Meet 2016 Aussie Comedian of the Year

Jackie Loeb is a very funny woman. This character-playing comedy chameleon found her feet early in the Australian award-winning sketch TV comedy series Full Frontal. Loeb has something special. She’s an impressive cabaret singer and musician and has the kind of voice that easily has people fronting to see her for that talent alone.

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Police and Schoolies organiser at odds over Friday night fights

While the significant numbers of young people who descended on the Bay for their end-of-school celebrations were well behaved and had a good time, Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi says a large group of kids from Lismore were out to cause trouble.

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Byron Councillors reject staff tree-removal report

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson says a staff report into how three large trees in the Bay's Railway Park came to be felled by council is so poor that councillors have ‘no choice’ but to get an independent consultant's report to see how the process failed. 

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Movie Review: Wonder

Little Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) was born with a congenital condition that, even after twenty-seven operations, has left him with a sadly messed-up face. Lucky for him, he lives in a luxurious New York brownstone with parents Nate and Isabel (Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts), who are the nicest people in the world. It’s easy to be flippant if you have not been cursed by disfigurement (‘winning the lottery of life in reverse’), so I would not wish to pretend for one minute that I was not deeply affected in a choked-up, heart-swelling way by this movie.

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Live Music Roundup: Wednesday 6 December, 2017

In the dimly lit interior of a small nightclub, where the stale smell of a thousand extinguished cigarettes drowns out the smell of spilt beer and broken dreams, a band plays against a backdrop of cheap golden tinsel. Outside, palm trees line the night’s horizon.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Sexism’s backyard

Hear that? That’s the sound of patriarchy falling. The thunder of the powerful being felled by the powerless. The scream of indignation of the perpetrator being called to account by the victim. The din of disbelief that the priveledge party is over.

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Artstate Lismore brightens up region

Artstate is a new four-year project by Regional Arts NSW that aims to ‘shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state.’

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Spirit Festival returns in April

After five nurturing years in the arms of Mullumbimby, Byron Spirit Festival organisers are excited to announce they will be moving their festival to its namesake town for its sixth year in 2018.

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Picture the new food at the Picture House

By Vivienne Pearson A new operator of the Brunswick Picture House kiosk is set to add a dash of food-based showmanship. ‘With cabaret, circus, cinema and comedy in our Pandora’s box, we want our food to be as exciting as our...

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Byron has the east coast’s best pork

The Byron Bay region is famed for its laidback lifestyle and beaches, but now it can add the east coast’s best pork to that list, thanks to John Singh from Byron Bay Pork. Australian Pork Limited’s Steak Your Claim competition...

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Bliss in a Tea Cup

Local northern rivers mother-of-three Jordana Edwards opened the doors of her boutique tea store Clean Tea last week, after years of brewing a healthy and therapeutic alternative to a morning cuppa. The family-owned and -operated boutique tea store opened to...

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Foxy Luu’s Asian street fusion

Story and photo by S Davey Foxy Luu’s is a small eatery with tonnes of personality and plenty of taste. Located on the edge of the Woolies’ carpark, conveniently located next to The Cellar bottleshop (they have a BYO licence),...

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Food Truck Tuesdays at Brewery

Local foodies are getting set to drop in to town and cook for us every Tuesday from 5pm all summer long! The Brewery will be hosting a new weekly event called Food Truck Tuesdays, with different vendors changing every...

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How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.