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Byron beach erosion

Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach)...

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45 Sydney-Ballina travellers exposed to COVID-19

Forty-five travellers from Sydney are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 and continue self-isolation on the Northern Rivers after sharing a flight with a confirmed case.

Spyware unplugged – New software attacks cast a light on cybersecurity

A major investigation conducted by news organisations has found that governments around the world may have been spied on by a malicious software called Pegasus.

Cyclist dies in collision after refusing police request to stop – Casino

A cyclist has died following a collision with a vehicle after police asked him to stop.

Storylines: Growing hope

Hope is a fragile thing in 2021. With the current pandemic and the uncertainty in so many aspects of life, our hope is being shadowed by fear. It is profoundly affecting our humanity.

Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Were the weekend’s ‘Freedom Rallies’ based on science?

A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controversial ‘Freedom Rallies’ – Let’s break it down and present some context.

Ink Gin still a winner

S Haslam Has it already been six years since I first saw a demonstration of the curious colour-changing properties of...

January 3, 2018

Issue 32.30

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Alexander Payne’s latest offering is a peculiar movie that never seems to be sure whether it wants to be a scathing diatribe, a kinky satire or a sweet romance. It moves from one to the other without warning, but the end result is nevertheless provocative and heart-warming – in a cheesy way.


Culture Roundup: Jan 3-10, 2018

Rehearsing for Heaven  New Zealand native Tony Backhouse founded Sydney’s foremost a cappella gospel choir, Cafe of the Gate of Salvation, in 1986. He arranged, composed and still writes music for the choir he directed for 21 years. He also founded the Honeybees choir and has sung with the reclusive male a cappella group the Heavenly Light Quartet since 1996.


Belongil residents take on Railroad Company

Byron Bay’s new solar train could be stopped in its tracks within six months if a local residents’ action group wins an upcoming court challenge over an alleged breach of environmental zoning rules.


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

At this time of year, you’re better off to just lower your expectations, go with the flow and try to remember that ‘fun for all the family’ need not necessarily be a nightmare. The original Jumanji (1995) passed me by, so I am in no position to make a comparison, but this one is a beauty (if you like that sort of thing).


Taking a bite of chocolate yoga

To a chocolate-loving woman like me, chocolate yoga sounds like the only way you would get me remotely interested in yoga. Sjha’ra is facilitating chocolate yoga at this year’s Starlight Festival of Healing.


Music Roundup 3 January, 2018

Rising Appalachia Catch the debut Byron performance of Rising Appalachia (USA) following their inaugural Australian shows at Woodford Folk Festival. Supported by Matiu the Huki (NZ) and our very own Murray Kyle. A night of sacred song to celebrate the new year!


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: New Years Revolution

In a few weeks I’m 50. And let me tell you it’s not ageing I regret. It’s the fact nothing’s changed. The world I shook my fist at three decades ago as an anarchist socialist feminist marxist radical environmentalist continues to revolve around violence, greed, exploitation, cruelty, injustice and murder.


2018 is a World Cup year, but can soccer survive FIFA?

John Campbell I’ll get the patriotism out of the way before I vent, so spare me the hate-mail. I love the Socceroos as much as anybody (except maybe Craig Foster) and will be behind them 100 per cent when they don...


Cudgen Headland SLSC set to host Country Champs

After three years at South West Rocks, the Envirobank Country SLSC Championships will be moving to a new home from 2019 at Kingscliff Beach, hosted by the Cudgen Headland club. Cudgen Headland will host both the 2019 and 2020 editions...


Locals make top 10 but Aussie women dominate surfing in 2017

Crystal Cylinders The World Surfing League wrapped up a massive year with John John Florence and Tyler Wright winning back-to-back World Titles. Griffin Colapinto and Johanne Defay won the World Qualifying Series, Taylor Jensen and Honolua Blomfield won the Longboard World...


Alive and wild again 

Vicki in her ‘Barbie trailer’   By Vivienne Pearson Vicki Veranese is back, refreshed and ready to offer her raw food to all. After closing her Byron Bay retail store, Alchemia, Vicki was in need of rest and rejuvenation. ‘I was burned out but...


Step up to Steppers

By Vivienne Pearson It’s fried chicken but it’s a long way from the ‘K’ Fried Chicken franchise. Not only is it a small business, owned and run by locals; almost all the food is made from scratch onsite using local produce....



According to Jennifer Whitfield, buckwheat is a prime ingredient in gluten- and grain-free diets because, despite appearances, it isn’t actually a grain. It is a seed that comes from the rhubarb family. Buckwheat is packed with nutrients such as...


A day of ‘thank you’

Alison Drover, Broken Head How about a day of ‘thank you’ to our health workers and ‘sorry’ from our prime minister and ‘please’ from the community? Instead...

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW) demands a response. This is...

Shooting in Nimbin

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

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...