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How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

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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.

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Re Netflix

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

March 14, 2018

Issue 32.40

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In this Issue:

No Pokies for the Beachie

This year the Beach Hotel has decided to do what most venues would find unthinkable: get rid of their pokies! General manager of the Beach Hotel Elke Van Haandel says the pub ‘intends to show others that pokies aren’t...


Interview with Jessie Vintila: Sing the Camino at St Kev’s

Sing the Camino at St Kev’s Join choir director extraordinaire Jessie Vintila and sing up a storm with the songs that will be sun in the Sing the Camino tour she is leading in northern Spain later this year. There...


The dark side of fluoride explored

In both Canada and Australia, pro-fluoridation advocates have had a field day, citing claims that seemingly support their position to fluoridate water. Many of those claims are misleading or erroneous and incorrect says Dr Robert C Dickson.


Let’s create an alternative to Adani: March 21 event

Have you wanted to do something to show your support for the #StopAdani movement but can’t quite come at tying yourself to the railway tracks?


Byron Bay’s hospital campaign seeks community input

The campaign to retain Byron Bay’s old hospital for community use will have until the end of April to come up with a financially sound management plan.


Cinema Review: 12 Strong

Director Nicolai Fugslig has displayed a tedious taste for violence and carnage in over-extended battle scenes in his telling of this true story of a mission by American Special Forces in Afghanistan immediately following the events of 9/11.


Byron Council’s affordable-housing plan provokes debate

Byron Shire Council and locally based housing organisation Social Habitat have their eye on a property near the heart of Mullumbimby for a 'tiny homes' affordable housing project. But residents are already lining up to oppose the proposal.


Sufi Music for a Surfey Town

This week Spirit Festival bring Tahir Qawwal and Party to the Byron Centre for a night of deep devotion, ecstatic rhythm and mystical poetry. This is something special; it’s not often the Shire gets a taste of Pakistani sufi music culture!


Councillor calls for more scrutiny of finances

Byron Shire Deputy Mayor Basil Cameron wants the council’s finances to be more transparent by introducing a budget estimates public access meeting.


Planning minister passes buck on West Byron mega-development

The NSW planning minister who allowed his department to intervene to accommodate the wishes of West Byron developers has told parliament he has no role in determining the development.


Cinema Review: Peter Rabbit

If, like me, you grew up with Bugs and not Beatrix Potter’s much-loved Peter, you might be surprised to discover that the two rabbits’ personalities are not a million miles apart.


Music Roundup: 14 March, 2018

Music Roundup for the Week


Byron Bay union organiser nominates for ALP Ballina preselection

Environmental activist and local union organiser Asren Pugh will be seeking preselection nomination to run for Labor in the seat of Ballina at the 2019 NSW state election.


Vale Neddy Sutherland

The extraordinarily gifted jazz guitarist Ned Sutherland died last week, and his memorial was held in Bangalow on Friday.


AA convention in Mullumbimby March 23 – 25

Byron Shire District of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is holding its upcoming AA convention at the Mullumbimby Civic Centre on the weekend of March 23 – 25.


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Pretty Useless

Why do I spend so much time getting ready? The other morning I put the alarm on at 5am so I could get up and wash and blow dry my hair. It takes half an hour, and I knew if I didn’t get up early to do it I wouldn’t have time later in the day.


Barking books, it’s story dogs!

Dogs can help children learn to read. This is one of the astonishing findings that has led to establishing the nationwide program Story Dogs that sees trained volunteers and their dogs going to schools to assist target children to improve their literacy.


Celebrated interior stylist moves to Byron

If you’ve occasionally picked up a lifestyle magazine over the past 15 years then the chances are at some point you’ve seen the work of Jason Grant.


Heroic river rescue off Ballina RSL

Quick thinking by Ballina RSL staff and a heroic dive into the dark waters of a river at night saved a woman from drowning last Monday. Around 9.30pm last Monday night, staff heard the screams and calls for help from...


Ryce for breakfast

Ryce Byron Bay is now open for breakfast! From 7am Saturday and Sunday Ryce, located right up the beach end of Jonson St opposite the Beach Hotel in the old Hog’s Breath building, will be offering a selection of breakfast...


Nippers haul home medals from state titles

Lennox Head nippers won four medals at the 2018 NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships held at Lake Macquarie ten days ago. The medal haul is being hailed as one of the best ever performances by the club. ‘We’ve actually excelled...


Major pairs decided at Mullumbimby

Leigh Rickert and Richie Northcott have taken out the Mullumbimby Bowling Club’s 2018 major pairs with a 25–16 win over Ross Graham and Ben Leeson. The game was a nip-and- tuck affair up until the 16th end with tight heads...


Shores United kick off with a big win

The Shores United ANZAC Cup B team got their season off to a great start with a 6–0 win over Kyogle two weeks ago. After a patchy start the Shores boys quickly gathered the ascendancy and began to dominate playing...


Be a barista for a job or a play

By Vivienne Pearson Barista for a day Admit it – you’ve always wanted to have a go at being a barista. You have, haven’t you? How cool it would be to stand behind an espresso machine, watch the liquid gold pour,...


Disabled surfers at Byron

The Disabled Surfers Association is having a gathering at Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay this Saturday March 17. Volunteers, surfers or non-surfers, experienced or first timers, are welcome to help. The aim is to take disabled participants of all ages and...


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.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation 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...