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Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

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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.

Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

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.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Coal scuttle

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing...

January 17, 2018

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The Teskey Brothers for Bluesfest

The Teskey Brothers are a rare musical gem. Honouring that old-school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, the band have received widespread acclaim for their gorgeous debut album Half Mile Harvest. A raw combination...


A Very Farty Lady

Did you know the average human farts 14 times a day? Former Machine Gun Fellatio singer, cabaret performer and chanteuse Christa Hughes certainly does. In fact she says: ‘I’m not your average human and my farts are far from average....


The Post

In the not very distant past, the print media did more than just sell ads, push its own political barrow and fawn over celebrities. More remarkably, its investigative journalism and revelations frequently led to mass demonstrations of public outrage and, in the case of Richard Nixon, the impeachment of the president of the US.


My Friend Flicker

Flickerfest returns to the Northern Rivers From 26 till 28 January for its 20th year, screening a smorgasbord of the best short films from the Byron region, Australia and the world, across one cinema-packed short-film weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic...


Culture Roundup: Jan 17-23, 2018

A Stella Achievement Erstwhile resident Stella Kinsella makes her way to Mullumbimby this week for a good old-fashioned chinwag with Renaissance woman Mandy Nolan about her two books: Poison Ivy and Wild Orphans. Both books were self-published by Stella after...


One Perfect Deya!

International touring artist Deya Dova brings her show Under the Stars in Byron Bay this week. Like a nordic Bjork, Deya’s voice traverses the spaces between spirit and dance, in a call to awareness that goes through to the...


Broken Head quarry disputes rehabilitation order

Owners of the Broken Head quarry are fighting an order by NSW Department of Planning and Environment to rehabilitate the site, with a conciliation set for this Thursday (January 19).


Darkest Hour

What hagiographies such as this routinely forget to mention is that the ‘great man’ who lifts us ‘ordinary’ people from the depths of despair and saves the world from destruction is invariably one of the ‘great men’ who have put us all up that malodorous creek without a paddle in the first place.


Appropriated culture: a closer look

When is it okay to adopt traditional cultural practices for your own? Are there physical and psychic dangers? Does cultural appropriation improve or dilute the powers of both the ceremony and the traditional leaders who have held them for perhaps thousands of years?


Music Roundup 17 January, 2018

The Right Channel London 1979: Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances, having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner/operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Extreme Outrage

Last week I wrote about the inappropriate representation of women on the mural on the Extreme Sports Stars ride at the Brunswick Carnival. It has created a bit of a social-media shitstorm for both me and the local men who stood in silent protest.


A day in the life of Byron local court

I’m in Byron Bay Local Court. I’ve been dispatched to chase an animal-cruelty story. Yet despite feeling mildly resentful about the direction my day has taken, I’m gradually drawn in by the tales that unfold in the vault-like courtroom.


Solar train sees impressive passenger numbers

The Byron Bay Railroad Company says it has clocked up its 10,000th passenger in just 19 days of operation. The reaction from passengers has been ‘so uplifting’ according to development director Jeremy Holmes.


Byron Region is growing

The growing importance of food and beverage to the economy was stressed at the release of a regional food handbook recently. The so-called ‘Byron Region’ that the Byron Region Food Handbook refers to is quite a large one including...


The Farm ice-cream

The Farm ice-cream is available in the Dairy Bails next to the playground and wooden welcome signs. Currently there are two flavours available: Burnt Honey and Davidson plum. Both flavours are made using eggs straight from The Farm and other...


Plenty of golf action at Teven over the New Year period

Local golpher Steve Blackmore managed an Eagle while competing in the Teven Golg Club’s Men’s Division on January 13. Blackmore managed the feat during the nine-hole Stableford competition. Achieved on the first hole, the Eagle set Blackmore up perfectly for the...


Twilight Cricket Resumes

The popular evening park cricket competition, Byron Bay Brewery Twilight Cricket, is into full swing for the second half of the season. Last week saw the completion of some catch-up games with The Kronix defeating the Hot Bread Loafers, and...


New Archers Coming to Play

Junior Development Days are being conducted for young members of the Byron Shire Archery Club. The purpose of the development days is to help young archers of the club gain the necessary physical and mental skills to reach their...


Cyclists hit the road

There was a great turn-out for the first Byron Bay Cycle Club Summer Criteriums series event of the year. Riders were given welcome relief from the heat by a strong southerly, but it meant there was a thigh-burning headwind...


Local tennis player blows them away at Ballina’s New Year Open

Young tennis gun Louis Clark has taken out the New Year Open at Ballina, sweeping aside a player 10 years his senior in the final. Clark, 18, defeated Melbourne 28-year-old Cameron Leitch in the final, winning 6–2 6–0 in an...


Local groms light up Southport

Local junior surfers came up trumps at the 2018 Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp at the Southport Spit on the Gold Coast last weekend. After a blistering performance over the two-day event, Touma Cameron from Suffolk Park continued his form through...


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. 

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.