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Exotic and hybrid

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Upside down river

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Global predicament

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

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

February 28, 2018

Issue 32.38

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In this Issue:

Planning minister mute over West Byron questions

Questions remain unanswered by the office of NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts MP regarding the contentious West Byron development proposed for Ewingsdale Road, opposite the Arts and Industry Estate.


Bored with the USA: A Musical Eulogy

The unexpected hit of Sydney Festival this year was New York chanteuse singer-sophisticate who was once a teenage punk rocker, Lady Rizo. She brings her deeply personal cabaret eulogy for America, a country she declares officially dead, to Lismore...


Game Night

I haven’t had such a good laugh at the movies for ages. As Max and Annie, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are perfectly cast as the youngish middle class couple in the burbs whose main goal is to have a baby (though 48 and 38, they can still get away with it).


Culture Roundup: Feb 28-March 6, 2018

Global comedian at Court House! Marcus Ryan is an award-nominated standup comedian, an award-winning storyteller (The Moth), a published writer and explorer. He’s hitchhiked his way through Latin America, walked 1,000km across Spain, and has a story to tell for...


Bangalow food hub proposal withdrawn

Updated, Wednesday, 5.30pm Byron Shire Council has confirmed that a controversial development application for a massive food processing estate on the outskirts of Bangalow has been withdrawn by the proponents following widespread objection to the development.


Five Stars for A Million Stars from Mick McHugh

This week Indie folk artist Mick releases his debut studio album A Million Stars, a project a long time coming for this very humble troubadour.


Finding Your Feet

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) has opened the floodgates for seniors’ romances. Not everyone wants to sit through two hours of smash-ups, chases and hallucinogenic CGI (without the hallucinogens), so it’s pleasing that producers have cottoned on to a previously neglected demographic


As NDIS rolls out, more workers are needed

The administrators of the NDIS estimate that 6,000 locals will be enrolled in the scheme by June this year. But local disability service managers, workers and carers say the transition has been anything but smooth.


Revised draft Brunswick Heads boat harbour plan on display

A new draft masterplan for the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been released, which is significantly diminished in size and scale from what was previously presented by the NSW government.


Music Roundup: 28 Feb-6 March, 2018

Composing Women Muses Trio once again push the boundaries around women composers. Those who have shared in Muses Trio performances know the importance the artists place on uncovering the stories behind the often-neglected creations of women composers. Often, these trailblazers...


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Ardern’s Powerful Push

Last year when Jacinda Arden became New Zealand’s prime minister she also made history by being the world’s youngest female head of government. If that wasn’t enough for the army of cynical misogynists who control our media, now she’s having a baby.


One man’s vision for an affordable-housing development

Does NSW planning law adequately provide affordable housing for those subjected to the ever-increasing wealth divide? Semi-retired planner John Sparks doesn’t think so, and has just published a manifesto: Empowering People to be Self-Sufficient.


What Byron Council did last Thursday

Byron Shire Council considered a plethora of issues ranging from doing business with Adani contractors, reimplementing secondary dwelling contributions, considering affordable housing options and Jonson Street protection works at last week's meeting.


Renew Fest partners with Small Giants

Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) say they are excited to have joined with Small Giants as long-term partners for Renew Fest.


Women’s Day Lunch at Beach Byron Bay

Relax, you won’t appear in Woman’s Day, it’s on Women’s Day. On International Women’s Day 8 March, local charity the SHIFT Project, who create opportunities for women at risk of homelessness, is having a lunch at the idyllically situated...


Almond Road

Local Mullumbimby organic bakery Almond Road have taken out one gold and four bronze awards out of the seven bread categories they entered at the prestigious Royal Easter Show. Slightly confused? Is it Easter yet? No, it isn’t Easter; however,...


A new gathering for permaculture

Permaculture Research Institute’s new Byron group Did you know that permaculture extends far beyond the growing of vegetables? I confess that I didn’t. ‘Gardening is only one part; permaculture is a whole design system for living,’ says Geoff Lawton, a man...


Holding your two hands when eating in Ballina

Ballina isn’t core Echo territory (though I’m told that any papers that make it there get grabbed instantly). When an Echo drudge found herself at a tucked-away eatery in Ballina, she loved it so much that she said we...


Endless summer seafood feast at Ballina RSL

Join executive chef Blake Seymour as he presents an endless summer seafood feast on Friday 2 March from 6pm at the Ballina RSL Club. The evening starts with a complimentary drink on arrival and Oyster Bar, then dinner is...


Tom Avery wins Indigenous surf contest in cyclone swell

Tom Avery has won the longboard section of the Wandiyali Indigenous Surf Classic, a celebration of surf and the coming together of the Indigenous community. The contest was part of  Surf Fest held in Newcastle at Merewether Beach last week. The...


Outsider claims top prize in Byron Bay criterium

Gold Coast cyclist Craig Morley best adaped to the conditions and won the weekend’s Byron Bay Cycling Club criterium despite getting a puncture while out in front. A and B grade were combined to keep things competitive and this led...


Mullum set to host free female football gala day

The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC is proudly hosting its second Female Football Gala Day during the FFA’s Female Football Week this Sunday March 4. This is a free event and is open to all ages and abilities, from mini-roos to...


Freestyling and Stoke lands at Wategos

The final day of the Byron Bay Surf Festival last weekend included the Freestyle and Stoke invitational and non-competitive surfing event. Action started at 7am at Wategos Beach with a crowd of locals, surfers from interstate and international VIPs. The Freestyle...


Byron Bay wins district senior pairs bowls at Kingscliff

  Jim Clark and Bulla Burton from the Byron Bay Bowling Club won the district senior pairs last Sunday at Kingscliff. They won the final 19–15 in a gripping game against T Eadie and P Kelly (15) from Kingscliff Bowling Club. Brett...


Big scores dominate Byron Bay twilight cricket

The Byron Bay Brewery Twilight Cricket saw wash-outs, walk-overs, big team and individual scores all in one week, proving how fast and dynamic this game is. The walk-over happened on Monday when T&C’s technology failed and only five players fronted....


Locals call for automatic revoking of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up at the beach; I have...

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?

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.