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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

This Sunday, 7 March, Ballina Coastcare is inviting everyone who cares about Ballina's environment to Step Up To Clean Up, and join a special event for Clean Up Australia Day.

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.

Green Spine parking

Ian Kingston, Mullumbimby I am concerned at the apparent loss of parking spaces proposed in the centre of Mullum under...

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

December 13, 2017

Issue 32.27

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John Butler Trio plays Bluesfest: The Thrill Ain’t Gone

  When musician John Butler started out he thought that he could ‘carry a guitar and amp and a swag and that I would be like a roving, gypsy minstrel around the country, a roving feral gypsy minstrel’. In a...


A Very Dusty Xmas

This week the humble men of Mullumgrad gather in song to raise money for the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre. Dustyesky are an anomaly – they could have easily not have happened. What other country town in Australia comes up with a concept to create a Russian choir because it’s too expensive to fly one in from Moscow?


‘Consultation lacking’ on Byron Bay’s Railway Park masterplan project

Plans for an ‘informal amphitheatre’ in Railway Park in Byron’s CBD, along with other improvements, will be tabled at this Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting. Yet the notice of motion has been overshadowed again with claims of improper process and lack of consultation.


Movie Review: Only The Brave

With he bushfire season upon us (‘the country is a tinderbox’ is Australian journalism’s equivalent of the ‘first swallow of spring’), this timely movie reminds us of the sacrifices that firefighters make to keep safe our lives and homes.


The Xmas download by Women Like Us

Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs finish off a big year of touring with a show at the Ballina RSL. Putting a smile in your Xmas stocking, The Echo found out when it comes to Xmas spirit just who was naughty, and who was nice…


Spike in unvaccinated pre-enrolment requests

Local preschools have been inundated with calls from the parents of unvaccinated children trying to enrol their kids in care before tough new vaccination rules come into effect on December 31.


Bangalow needs parking study per the RMS requirements: MP

Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has questioned Greens mayor Simon Richardson and his supportive councillors’ decision for paid parking in Bangalow.


Live Music Roundup – Wednesday 13 December, 2017

The Knight of Daze Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Kellie Knight and her 8-piece jazz/funk ensemble The Daze are here for their last home show for 2017 at Byron’s funkiest original music venue, The Rails this Friday.


Significant projects delivered: retiring Byron GM

Road reconstruction, recycling, flood recovery and roundabouts were significant projects delivered in the last financial year, says Byron Shire Council’s outgoing general manager Ken Gainger. 



The other day my 8-year-old said that I swear too much. I was fucking shocked. I said ‘Really? What about your friends’ mums – do they swear?’ She said ‘No’. I responded in the only way a responsible mum of five can. ‘Get Fucked? Not at all? Shit.’


Culture Roundup: Dec 13-20, 2017

All that Glittas What is Glitta Supernova’s new show Bodymap? Why it’s psychedelic, satirical, personal and political storytelling, a hybrid mix of bent burlesque and experimental theatre that’s packed to the rafters with puns, punches and possibilities. Body Map is...


Byron Bay train ready to roll on solar

The much-anticipated Byron Bay solar train will be officially launched this Saturday. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12.30 till 5pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon.


Students get musical, thanks to Falls

Mullumbimby Public School is now able to purchase musical instruments to continue to establish a school band thanks to donations from the The Byron Falls Music & Arts Festival.


Finalist win through for Byron Bay Bowling club fours

Busy times have seen the finalist for the Club Fours determined at the Byron Bay Bowling Club. In the first semifinal Toby Schott, Werner Borkhardt, John Nasser and Bulla Burton got the win over Ken Rutgerson, Paul Bezrouchko, Dean Dhnaram...


Cream rises to top and Kronix collect their first win in...

Syl Reid The Bowlo are proving tough to beat and now sit two wins in front of the pack after another round of the Byron Bay Brewery Twilight Cricket competition. First up Rip Starters defeated TNR with Greeny and Barnesy both...


Rickert wins Mullumbimby Ex-Services 2017 minor singles

Leigh Rickert won the 2017 Minor Singles at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Bowling Club over the weekend. Leigh took on Andrew Moroney and after nineteen ends only one shot separated the two players. But Rickert was able to pick up seven shots...


Football biggest club sport by far

Football continues to be Australia’s largest club-based participation sport by a wide margin with almost half a million more participants than AFL and more than twice as many as cricket. Rugby League and Rugby Union do not make the list...


Byron Bay Wildcats roar into third place in youth competition

John McKay In a contest for third place in the Summer Youth League the Spell and the Gypsy Collective Byron Bay Wildcats travelled to Lennox Head for their final game and came away clear winners. Both teams were sitting equal...


Second in the summer league readies MBVFC women for premier division

After finishing the regular season with grandfinal wins the Mullumbimby-Brunswick Valley Football Club’s top female players contested the Summer Youth League and enjoyed more success Head coach Jonathan Flantz and assistant coach Lee Scriven combined some of the most talented...


Strong winds wipe out Tweed sailors

Only six boats out of a fleet of 14 sailed by 25 crew were able to complete the fifth race of the Tweed Valley Sailing Club summer series as strong winds reaching up to 26 knots hit the Tweed...


Moment of truth for Stu Kennedy as world title decided at...

Crystal Cylinders Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson and Lennox Head’s Stu Kennedy are preparing to surf at the Billabong Pipe Masters, which is the final event for 2017 and features a four-way World Title Showdown. Unfortunately neither of our local pro...


Breakaway riders dominate Byron Bay criterium cycling

Ritchie Duncan The second criterium summer racing by the Byron Bay Cycling Club was held in great riding conditions and saw quick times last Sunday at the Byron Arts and Industry Estate circuit. In the main race A and B grades...


Three Blue Ducks Blueberry Cocktail

Passing The Farm on Friday, I decided to pop in for a taste of nature, viewed from the al fresco dining space at the Three Blue Ducks. I was in luck; they have just updated their cocktail menu, and...


Six-star luxury cruise yacht

Scenic has spent more than 30 years creating unforgettable, handcrafted experiences for Australian travellers. Since launching its first coach tour along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the company has introduced river cruise and land journeys that cover every continent on Earth,...


Butcher Baker Beer

By Vivienne Pearson The name might be Butcher Baker but it’s a third ‘B’ – beer – where the dream started for the couple who returned to the region of their childhood to open a business. ‘It’s what we were doing...


Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...