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David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

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Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

What’s your opinion on the COVID vax?

Even though the Federal government refuses to take responsibility for the slow rollout of COIVID vaccines across the country you can still have your say on its rollout locally.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

January 31, 2018

Issue 32.34

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In this Issue:

Raising money with music

With 100 per cent of their profits donated to a local charity Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, the party with a conscience, has become something of an enigma. This February’s event raises money for The Shift Project based in Byron...


I, Tonya

When I saw the trailer, I tried to remember the victim in the infamous knee-capping incident at the 1994 US trials for the Winter Olympics. Everybody knows Tonya Harding, the ‘villain’ in the piece, but the other girl’s name is lost to all but trivia buffs. ‘The Devil gets the best tunes’, as they say, so it’s Tonya who captured and maintains the imagination of a scandal-hungry public.


More and more Morcheeba

Morcheeba are an English electronic band formed in the mid-1990s with founding members vocalist Skye Edwards and the brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey. They mix influences from trip-hop, rock, folk-rock and downtempo, and have produced eight regular studio albums...


Byron councillors back in the hot seat

Their eco-friendly lunch boxes have been carefully packed, graphite-free pencils sharpened, and fair-trade thongs polished to a stunning shine. It can mean only one thing – the holidays are over for Byron’s local councillors.


The darker side of community and social media

It was Sunday night in Byron Shire and, as usual, a Facebook debate was raging. An opinion piece by Echo columnist Mandy Nolan about a sexualised image on a children’s carnival ride had become the subject of a series of vitriolic posts.


Culture Roundup: Jan 31- Feb 6, 2018

Lismore Comedy Lismore Laughs Comedy Festival is a weekend of comedy held at Lismore City Hall. Featuring Merrick Watts in his first solo show; Josh Earl, host of Spicks and Specks brings on family-friendly mayhem with songs, standup and cartoons...


Cassettes on your frequency

Local flashmob The Cassettes bring a feel-good excitement to any event. Wild, vivacious and always dynamic, the crew is the brainchild of dancer and choreographer Marissa Treichel and will be performing at Earth Frequency Festival at Ivory Rock in...


Small businesses continue to suffer under NORTEC

Small businesses in Mullumbimby who were recently evicted by the government-funded ‘solutions provider’ NORTEC three weeks before Christmas are asking why CLIC, who will be taking over the site from NORTEC, can’t let them stay on.


Scrap community roundtables, says Byron GM

Byron Council should scrap its community roundtable meetings and take a careful look at the ‘squeaky wheels’ on the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan (BBMP)group if it wants genuine community participation, council’s outgoing general manager said in a report to councillors.


The Shape of Water

For whatever obtuse reason, a media commentator recently refereed to this as a ‘horror movie’. Perhaps he had not yet seen it, for it is nothing of the kind. What it is is an out-and-out romance – and an adorable, fantastical, heart-stopping one at that – with ‘beauty and the beast’ as sub-genre.


Flood insurance rejected? It’s not too late for a challenge

Did your insurance claim from Cyclone Debbie get rejected? If it did then you are in the same boat as the local business Sanctum in Billinudgel, and you too might still be able to challenge the insurance rejection.


Survival Day sees launch of referendum petition

Both the meaning of Australia Day and the date that it is celebrated on each year were once again brought into question last Friday, January 26, when people took to the streets in ‘change the date’ marches around the country as well as celebrating it as Survival Day.


Music Roundup 31 January, 2018

A Gallant year What an impressive year 2017 was for independent, solo singer/songwriter Lucy Gallant. She performed at Byron Bay Bluesfest, toured USA, played four shows at Glastonbury Festival (UK), toured all over Europe, played 14 shows in Japan, did...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: It’s the end of avo as we...

I can get my head around peak oil. I have come to grips with the polar caps melting. But what I can’t believe is that we are right in the middle of an avocado-based end-of-days scenario, an avocado armageddon. The worst has been realised.


Chincogan Store has found its new owner

It had to be the right person who was going to buy Mullumbimby’s iconic Chincogan Store. In fact Karen and Colin Barnham, who have owned and run the store for the last 13 years, almost sold the store on three different occasions when they realised that the people buying it just weren’t the right fit for Mullum.


Indigenous cultural site discussed

Lois Cook held a meeting at the Durrumbul Hall in Main Arm on Thursday 24 January to discuss what have been referred to as the standing stones at the Saddle Road and Uncle Tom’s area.


Vale Gavan Higginson: a man of courage and optimism

The Main Arm community and alternative subculture lost one of its champions on the weekend when Gavan Higginson passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 67.


Elaine Robinson: loved and admired

It was with great sadness that Elaine Robinson was farewelled at the Mullumbimby Uniting Church on Monday, January 22.


Coochiroff edges in to a win at Teven

Ian Coochiroff has emerged from a three-way countback to win last weekend’s Teven Golf Club Men’s Section nine-holes Stableford competition. Runner-up Steve Blackmore (21 points) was closely followed by Paul Beckey (21) points. Next home were: Graham Mains (20), Ray Griffiths...


Top sides pile on big scores in third-grade cricket

The Tintenbar-East Ballina Weeds third-grade cricket team have proved themselves worthy competition leaders after chasing down 264 set by Lennox Head on Saturday. The Lennox side playing at home won the toss and elected to bat. After losing their openers cheaply,...


Top-flight surfing takes King to quarterfinals at Burleigh

Byron Bay’s Kyuss King had a fantastic result by winning through to the man-on-man quarterfinals against one of the most impressive international fields gathered for the Burleigh Pro on the Gold Coast last week. There were small wave conditions to...


Sporting stars recognised at Australia Day Awards

Over-85s tennis star Margaret Fisher was a local Australia Day Award winner along with Ben Dickens and Anthea Warne. At a ceremony in Ocean Shores on Australia Day the mayor announced the Shire’s Senior Citizen of the Year was awarded...


Brunswick Bulldogs AFL juniors recruiting for a bigger 2018

The Brunswick Valley Bulldogs AFL Club is looking to build on the momentum generated in 2017 and field teams in every age category for the northern rivers Junior AFL competition this season. The long-established club has being revitalised by a...


$500 for local sports stars

At a Local Sporting Champions Award morning tea last week, 14 local teenagers were awarded $500 cheques to help them to follow their sporting dreams. ‘Those who received the awards have excelled themselves representing the northern rivers on the national...


Bowlo suffer first loss in Twilight cricket

The Thomas, Noble and Russell squad inflicted the first loss of the season on The Bowlo in the Byron Bay Brewery Twilight Cricket Competition last Wednesday. The Bowlo got off to a good start helped by Anthony scoring 30, but...


Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited the newcomers to...

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State School Swimming competitions. ‘They have all...