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Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

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Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

Saltwater mob style

Story & photo Melissa Butters If you’ve ever tasted the wild fish rillettes from The Bay SmokeHouse you know what’s...

January 24, 2018

Issue 32.33

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Swivel for PM

‘Alternative Prime Minister’ is a new Slightly-Drunk-Ted-Talk from Mark Swivel, Accredited Near Dead White Male.TM As our indifference turns to anger, Mark hits the hustings to kiss babies and sizzle sausages. Expect banter, singing, fiscal rectitude – fully costed...


The original brothers of blues

The Original Blues Brothers Band is alive and well. Original members hand picked by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd have assembled the ultimate rhythm and blues review and have emerged as a powerful entity in their own right. The...


The Commuter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWexI9YiLSc Poor old Liam Neeson is the hardest done-by bloke in cinema today. Tragedy, disaster and low-life crooks keep turning up like bad pennies in his screen life, usually threatening not just him, but his beautiful wife and kid too!...


Culture Roundup: Jan 14-30, 2018

The Birdmann – Finale In a 25th anniversary show, the man like no man, the internationally infamous, award-winning comic legend, The Birdmann presents the finest collection of classic comedy variety hits in the world! Following ten world tours an   ...


Tuning into Channel One

In 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. Channel One’s mission...


Mullumbimby railway land set to be sold

Another parcel of valuable railway land is now in the process of being prepared to be sold, owing to its being ‘surplus to requirements’ of Transport for NSW staff. It is the second sale of Byron shire land flagged by the department in recent weeks.


Swinging Safari

I disliked this movie intensely. Writer/director Stephan Elliott, who gave us the memorably crass A Few Best Men (2011), has stooped even lower in a self-adoring memoir that is loaded with mockery but bereft of empathy (how on earth did he fluke 2008’s lovely Easy Virtue? – maybe because it was written by Noel Coward?).


Pokies to be removed from Byron’s Beach Hotel

Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel is set to become the first licensed venue in the shire to get rid of its pokies in a bid to reduce problem gambling.


Dispatches from the Adani frontline

Forget ‘clicktivism’, where concerned citizens take a stance through social media: anti-Adani protesters from all over Australia, millennial through to baby-boomer and beyond, are taking direct action.


Music Roundup 24 January, 2018

Bibby still gigging Bibby quit his job and went busking when he was 19. After busking for a while he got a few other gigs out of it. He got a high-paid job but lost it eventually because he was...


Second community action called over sexualised mural at carnival

Locals calling for the sexualised image of a woman on a children’s ride at Brunswick Heads to be changed will gather for a second community action today (Wednesday).


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Australia Day – Lose the date

I’ve never really got the point of Australia Day. I’ve never felt so much nationalistic pride that I want to put on my flag bikini and listen to some shit middle-of-the-road Aussie music while drinking a beer chanting ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie’.


Mullumbimby Men’s Shed open for business

Mullumbimby Men’s first shed is up and there are celebrations taking place this Friday (Australia Day) from 9am till 11am.


No issue with defecation at Main Beach: Byron Council

Concerned residents who recently had eye and ear infections believed they were potentially caused by run-off from cleaning around the shower area at Byron Bay's Main Beach carpark where they understood some late-night drinkers regularly defecate.


U/12 swim team shines at Byron Bay surf life saving event

Xavier Eddington, Cash Cratchley, Suki Alford and Skye Pockley put in a great effort to win gold in the U/12s swim team in ideal conditions at last weekend’s Far North Coast branch junior surf championships hosted by Byron Bay...


PM Charity Cup in support of mental health played at Mullumbimby

A full complement of more than 136 golfers took part in the PM Charity Cup played at the Mullumbimby Golf Club last Saturday. At least 136 players hit the course filling out all the available spots, organiser Adam Culbert said. ‘It...


Crowds flock to Woodchop Carnival at Brunswick Heads

The 58th Brunswick Heads Woodchop Carnival had another successful year and saw two new Australian champions crowned among four days of action. Everything went to plan and there were plenty of entrants and spectators, event secretary Joy Slater said. ‘As it...


Bowlo forges ahead in Byron Bay Twilight cricket

A lusty blow from Chis C gave the Thomas, Noble and Russell side a last-ball victory in their Twilight cricket match against Thomas, Noble and Russell last week. Mick set up the win hitting 31 for the financial advisers (TNR)...


Local junior surfers impress

Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head has achieved a surfing triple play by winning her third Rip Curl GromSearch National Title in as many years. Nyxie took out the Girls 14 division in pumping two-metre waves at Sandon Point. She was able...


Northern trio named in first SLSC youth team

Three young surf life savers from northern NSW have been rewarded for their stellar early-season form with selection in the inaugural Youth Pathway Cup team, who will contest at Sydney’s Freshwater Beach on Australia Day. The Youth Pathway Cup is...


Fruit salad in a Brunswick River sauce

Fruit salad in a Brunswick River sauce. Photo Jeff Dawson


Healthy lunches

Cancer Council NSW has launched a brand-new website that will make the task of preparing a healthy school lunch for the kids a whole lot easier. The Healthy Lunch Box website (healthylunchbox.com.au) includes simple, tasty recipes and ideas for lunches,...


Food with a different view

By Vivienne Pearson A new year’s sojurn to Victoria found me re-contemplating my Food with a View story (published in this esteemed paper January 2016). I enjoyed a meal at the Portsea Pub in the early days of 2018 (like many...


From Steam Whistle to Top Shed

By Raymond Howells As the world of craft brewing continues to grow and evolve, it seems every man and his dog wants to get in on the act. It’s not something that can be said about Greg Cromwell; no Johnny...


Bringing down the heat in our ‘hood

How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.