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Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

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Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is having a come and try day on Saturday 6 March, on the Richmond River at Ballina.

Letting go

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

December 20, 2017

Issue 32.28

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Explore the waterways and let curiosity lead

Where to go during the holidays? Try following waterways and discovering waterplaces. Start with a ramble down some path or an hour along a shore: curiosity will take over. Where did this water come from? What is it doing now? Where might it go? What does it mean?


I thought being Chinese was bad until I became vegan

I’m an old, fat, white chick so people get quite a shock when they have been vilifying the progeny of my ancestors and I happen to mention I am one of them – The Chinese that is.


Gales Watching

Eric Gales picked up the guitar at just four. His older siblings Eugene and Manuel taught him songs when he was young, in the style of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and the incredible BB King.


Wonder Wheel

The circumstances of Woody Allen’s ‘courting’ of his current wife, Soon-Yi Previn, combined with his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s insistence that he sexually molested her as a child might reasonably lead us to the conclusion that the revered little filmmaker is a bit of a grub


Many Tayshus Returns!

Every January Austen Tayshus, the legendary white pointer of Australian comedy, makes his way to Byron Bay. It’s his favourite show of the year. ‘It’s a smart crowd,’ he says. And he’s right. Not everyone is going to ‘get’ a Tayshus show. But Byron, he reckons, does. And that he believes is the point. Austen likes to make people think. Push them to the brink of their comfort zones. And sometimes way over the edge.


NSW Health misleads preschools over vaccination rules

The director of a Brunswick Heads preschool says she was misled by the NSW health department regarding the application of new vaccination rules and that other local directors have been ‘utterly confused and frustrated’ by the changes.


Music Roundup 20 December, 2017

Byron-born 4-piece electronic act Tora formed in 2013. With their fusing plush layered production and instrumentation, as well as their graceful vocals, they have won hearts all over the world!


205-square-metre blocks proposed for West Byron

A 387-lot proposal for West Byron, to be developed in stages, is now on public exhibition via Byron Shire Council’s website from December 14 until February 7, 2018.


Rocks to go at Seven Mile Beach Road

The No Stopping signs and boulders at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach Road, Broken Head, will be removed after councillors last week voted to ‘endorse the action plan for wider community consultation.’


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: I love Byron

I love Byron Bay. It’s why I came here 27 years ago. It’s why I stayed here. I never meant to. It was like falling in love with someone you never planned to fall in love with. Someone without a job or shoes. Someone who asked nothing of you but that you stay.


Free play at preschool leads to critical thinking in later life

For three decades, Ellon Gold has been a valued member of the Steiner teaching community, the last nine years of which were spent at the helm of the Periwinkle preschool in Byron Bay. It's a career she reflected on as she retired this week.


Rail returns to the Bay

Train and public transport enthusiasts celebrated the start of a train service from Belongil into Byron’s CBD on Saturday. The train can accommodate 100 people and covers three kilometres.


New faces patrolling Brunswick

Graduates from the latest Bronze Medallion course run by the Brunswick SLSC will be part of the patrols looking after swimmers over the summer school holidays. The new graduates have demonstrated competencies in rescue board handling in surf conditions, cardiopulmonary...


Plenty of success for Byron Bay Nippers at Cabarita beach carnival

Kirsty Pockley Byron Bay Nippers had a good outing when they competed at Cabarita Beach on the weekend in the third Far North Coast carnival for the season. The efforts of board coaches Michio, Michael and Mike were rewarded with...


Kyogle Rugby League scores funding goal

A grant of almost $20,000 will help the  Kyogle Rugby League Club upgrade its change rooms and install women’s toilets. ‘This is great news for the club and the community,’ federal member for Page Kevin Hogan  announced. ‘Both the upgrade...


Winners shine through at Summer 6s

The Bangalow Summer 6s six-a-side soccer tournament came to an end last week with champions crowned over five  women’s and four men’s grades. In the women’s A grade competition Hava Dig defeated Echidnas, B grade saw Netsix & Chill beat...


Conor claims title at Byron Bay golf links

Lucien Tinkler won the Legends Tour Championship Professional event at the Byron Bay Golf Club earlier this month, while local 16-year -old Conor Whitelock won the amateur section. ‘Another successful event was staged here at the Club. Our course was...


Another good year for the All Girls Surfriders

Crystal Cylinders The All Girls Surfriders at Lennox Head wrapped up their 24th year of successful operation with their end-of-season presentations and celebrations last week. ‘It has been a fantastic year of surfing, learning, fun, new friendships and old friends...


Bowlo keep rolling in Twilight cricket

Sly Reid Bowlo remain undefeated and T&C kept up a winning streak in last week’s games of the Byron Bay 16-over Twilight cricket competition. Monday’s match proved to be a tight game with Rip Starters eventually being beaten by the Mighty...


Byron’s newest neighbourhood: Habitat

New Barrio in the neighbourhood  By Vivienne Pearson Barrio means ‘neighbourhood’ in Spanish. It is now the name of Byron Bay’s newest cafe/restaurant; appropriate given that it is at the centre of Byron’s newest neighbourhood: Habitat. ‘Our intention was to build a...


New trial beer only known by codename 016

Straight from Stone & Wood’s pilot brewery. Untried… experimental… limited A bit like Q’s lab in the Bond movies, Stone & Wood’s pilot brewery in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate is an experimental space for their brewers to dream up...


Changes at the Bruns Pub

By Vivienne Pearson There have been some changes at the Bruns Pub (aka Hotel Brunswick). The new head chef is Kat (aka Katerina) Williams, after whom Fat Belly Kat was originally named, before it became Fat Belly Kaf, and now...


Doing the research, so you don’t have to…

By Paul Crebar Expanding from a mobile business, the first Santos Organics store opened in Mullumbimby in 1978 as Santos Organics, The Good Food Shop. The shop’s philosophy was to provide food that was ‘good for you’. Forty years ago this...


Hiding out with the kids

By Vivienne Pearson Many people dream of owning a cafe. Ajmal (AJ) Barikzai was not one of those people. Yet he is now the proud owner of The Hideout, a hidden gem of a cafe off Bay Lane in Byron Bay. The...


Family time at the Treehouse 

We went to Treehouse at Belongil on Friday night. They look after the kids, they make great wood-fired pizzas, they know how to make a good Negroni, there’s a relaxed vibe, low-key décor, a good range on the menu...


Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.