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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

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.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

February 14, 2018

Issue 32.36

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In this Issue:

Ziggy Played Guitar

Ziggy Alberts is a coastal folk, singer/songwriter, free surfer & environmental enthusiast from the East Coast of Australia. He sings heartfelt stories of personal endeavours and experiences, ocean-side upbringing, environmental issues and life on the road. A passionate independent artist...


Who’s who in the surfing legend zoo

Who’s who in the surfing legend zoo Hosted by Surfing World’s Vaughan Blakey and presented by Electric, this year the Byron Bay Surf Festival kicks off the Surf Legends Lounge, formerly the Surf Literature Lounge. Expect to meet some of...


Delegated authority now ‘implied’

Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.


The Earl of comedy

Josh Earl has a weird family. You think your family is weird? They’re nothing compared to Josh’s. Josh presents his family-friendly show for this year’s Lismore Laughs. The Echo wanted to know what makes this comedian and host of...


Sweet Country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYKBG1znk4A Having received poison-pen letters for bagging Samson and Delilah (2009), I approached Warwick Thornton’s new film with trepidation – nobody wants to be branded a redneck by those who really care. This time out Thornton has nailed it with...


Culture Roundup: Feb 14–20 2018

A Cultured look at Art, Comedy, dance, Surf and many events to be found in the Byron Shire this week


Byron Council seeks court precedent on holiday letting

Byron Shire Council is about to commence a major prosecution against an allegedly unauthorised short-term holiday-letting operation in the Land and Environment Court. Tweed Shire Council has indicated it is contemplating similar action.


Getting Nasty

From its origins in 2006 as a one-night landcare music event, Earth Frequency Festival has grown over the past 12 years and become a highlight of the Qld festival calendar. The 2018 music lineup at Ivory Rock features a...


Independent inquiry to be conducted over rough arrest

Update: The investigation of police treatment of a 16-year-old male who was found naked and disorientated in a Byron Bay lane will now be undertaken by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, rather than a senior police officer, as a result of community concerns.


Tad the Explorer and the Secret of King Midas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dcv5Tk08Og When the world outside your window gets a bit too real for comfort, and you know that neither Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum nor the slugfest of pyjama cricket on TV will lift your spirits, a dose of big-screen...


Calls for a rethink on Byron paid parking revenue

A long-time opponent of paid parking claims that Byron Shire Council’s latest decision to allocate at least 50 per cent of paid parking revenue from Byron Bay to projects in the town doesn’t go far enough.


A long walk for suicide awareness

It was October last year when Bobby Walker’s mate took his own life and it moved Bobby to start a get-together locally to try to find ways to help people at risk.


Music Roundup

Some highlights and info for the Live Music events this week in the Byron Shire to tempt, tantalise and tease you into a night on the town.


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Brave Nude World

After much contemplation I’ve come up with a solution for this tricky social conundrum that affects personal mores and the public conscience and has resulted in police taking to the beach in Landrovers to hunt down those hideously offensive nudies daring to swim on a deserted beach in their birthday suits.


World-renowned sitar musician

The hypnotic world of Indian classical music and the sounds of the sitar are coming to Billinudgel soon. Peter Davidian has been a performing sitarist for more than 30 years. His unfolding of the musical Raga is a result of...


Stone & Wood’s exclusive Surf Festival beer

It is currently bubbling away in the tank, it tastes like beer, there’s not much of it and it’s going to be available soon: it’s Stone & Wood’s exclusive Pilot Batch beer for the upcoming Byron Bay Surf Festival,...


SHIFT Project lunch

This International Women’s Day (IWD) marks three years since The S.H.I.F.T. Project launched. To celebrate their achievements, they are hosting a fundraiser luncheon at Beach, Byron Bay. The IWD theme for 2018 is Press for Progress. The S.H.I.F.T. Project supports...


What, no Tripadvisor reviews?

If you are the kind of person who is chilling out with the family in Byron Shire, marvelling at the nature, getting down to the beach with the kids, mixing it with the locals and generally soaking up the...


The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa has undergone a six-week renovation transforming the resort restaurant, bar and central facilities into a key destination for 2018. Highlight features of the restaurant and central facilities include a new statement copper island...


Local canoeists dominate the Ocean Rock challenge

The Northern Rivers Outrigger Canoe Club have returned with a swag of gold and silver medals from the Rock Ocean Challenge on Norfolk Island held in late January. The Ballina/Byron club floated two six-person crews in the women’s and men’s...


King keeps charging

Byron Bay surfers Kyuss King and Joel Paxton, along with Lennox Head’s Zak Condon, competed at the Vissla Great Lakes Pro, a QS1,000 rated World Surf League event held at Boomerang Beach with clean one-metre waves on offer. King is...


Two wins for Byron Bay cricketers

Byron Bay thirds notched up their first win of the season while the seconds took the points from Cudgen to leapfrog into third place on the ladder last Saturday. The LJ Hooker seconds went to Cudgen and took only 23...


Bowlo hauled back to the Twilight pack after another loss

The Bowlo’s lead in the Byron Bay Brewery Twilight Cricket competition was cut to just three points last week when they suffered their second defeat of the season, losing to the Rugby Club. The footy players managed to put on...


Mullum triathletes conquer Tweed Enduro

The True Wheel Cycles team have lived up to expectations after taking third place in the mixed-team relay event of the Tweed Coast Enduro at Pottsville on the weekend. It was the fifth top-three finish for the team in local...


‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo ‘Electorates miss out on bushfire...