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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

February 7, 2018

Issue 32.35

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In this Issue:

On your Frequency

From its origins in 2006 as a one-night Landcare music event, Earth Frequency Festival has grown over the past 12 years to be a highlight on the festival calendar. The 13th Earth Frequency Festival (EFF) returns to Ivory Rock...


Isbell Is blues

Singer songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell is a modest chap… he recently scored a Grammy nomination for Best Americana for his latest album Something More Than Free. It’s no pressure for Isbell, who laughs that ‘nobody had ever heard...


Access all areas with Meal Tickets

Rock documentary  Meal Tickets  was ten years in the making. Director Mat de Koning tells the story of best friends, a roadie who wanted to be a rock star, in a cautionary tale of life in the world of...


When our lips speak

After the sellout performances of the last two years an informal and diverse collective of some of the Shire’s most powerful and creative women aged 22 to 81 gather to share their own personal stories of the most intimate...


Molly’s Game

Identifying with, or even merely having some experience of the world in which a story’s characters are moving, is not always essential – but it helps a lot. I love a hand of euchre, but have never sat in on any high-stakes games of poker – neither here nor Los Angeles and New York.


Culture Roundup: Feb 7-13

Stories in the Club: Drawn from Life This Sunday Stories in the Club features a welcome to country by Athol Compton. John Allan and Harry Brown will give a duo telling of the origin of the Wandjina peoples’ Wunnan Sharing...


Den of Thieves

It’s no wonder that Americans shoot each other with gay abandon, if they are flocking to their cinemas to be ‘entertained’ by movies such as this. It is exceedingly nasty and violent, and if macho bullshit were to be measured on the Richter scale it would likely fly off the register.


Courageously avoiding responsibility

With the admission by Byron Shire Council that they have a public trust deficit in their decision-making, councillors voted last week to pay consultants to help improve their image.


Growing up in a holiday destination: kids speak

A new research project exploring the experience of the 2,800 local youth growing up in Byron Shire has found that many have a love-hate relationship with their hometowns.


Sydney planning staff hear of Yelgun festival site concerns

Department of Planning and Environment staff faced a group of Yelgun residents last Friday at the Ocean Shores Shopping Centre over plans by North Byron Parklands to up their festival capacity to 50,000 and secure it as a permanent festival site.


Music Roundup: 7 Feb, 2018

The Famous Feramones For years music lovers have flocked to see the northern rivers very own super-group, The Feramones. They comprise a myriad of internationally acclaimed musicians who live humbly in our midst. Lead guitarist is Rick Fenn of...


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Women are Rising

As a child I lived in domestic violence. As a young woman I was punched and kicked by four of my boyfriends. As an adult woman I have also lived in domestic violence.


Chinese students breathe in local culture 

Students from Beijing take part in a Welcome to Country ceremony at Mullumbimby Community Gardens, led by Arakwal representative Nigel Stewart on Sunday. Photo supplied


Jim Coakley joins forces with Byron Bay Golf Club

Those of you who have dined at the Golf Club in Byron will know what a wonderful outlook there is over the course from both the deck among the treetops or from the more covered all-weather space within the...


Williams St, Lennox

‘This was always our favourite spot in Lennox,’ says Dan Stott of Williams St, the cafe that he used to frequent and now owns. Dan tells a great story of buying a car from one of the previous owners...


In the chaos of India, an unlikely friendship is born

Written in a warm, conversational style as if the author is sharing a cup of chai with the reader, Barbara Carmichael’s new travel memoir I’ve Come to Say Goodbye weaves its way through the people and places visited in...


Kids at Barrio

Heather Maisner is an award-winning children’s author who has written more than 30 books, including fiction and non-fiction, picture books and game books. She lives in London and Norfolk in the UK, but she will be here at Barrio...


Winning Italian. Modern Italian

By Vivienne Pearson Jonsons Restaurant and Bar has won the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide’s award for Best Italian food. The award, covering the entire northern rivers region and voted by readers, was both unexpected – because eateries do not...


Byron Bay takes third in country competition behind a dominant Cudgen...

Byron Bay Surf Club performed strongly at the NSW Country Championships over the weekend finishing in third place overall. A small contingent of juniors, seniors and masters from Byron travelled to South West Rocks for the two-day event and the club...


Local team ready for Tweed Enduro

The Mullumbimby-based True Wheel Cycles Enduro team has had a string of success as it eyes the competition in this weekend’s Tweed Coast Enduro. The first True Wheel Cycles Olympic distance mixed team got together for the Kingscliff Triathlon in...


Byron Bay second XI take win from Ballina

The Byron Bay LJ Hooker seconds had a resounding win last Saturday playing at home against the Ballina Bears to retain fourth place on the Coastal League ladder. Captain Matt won the toss and batted against the ninth-placed Ballina Bears....


Nyxie makes top 50 after first surf in WSL QS event

Nyxie Ryan has rocketed into the top 50 on the QS ratings ladder after finishing in equal ninth pace in the Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro competition at Kingscliff and Cabarita last week. It was Nyxie’s (Lennox Head) first WSL QS...


New life savers at Brunswick

Make sure you welcome the graduates of the latest Surf Rescue Certificate Course next time you head for a swim at Brunswick Heads. The local high school students have studied and practised Surf Rescue Skills and are now competent in...


Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.