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Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

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Research takes the vegan option to a new level

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Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

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Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

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A safe space for sexual assault survivors

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Coal scuttle

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March 21, 2018

Issue 32.41

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Interview: Sultan of sing

Dan Sultan started playing guitar at age four. At ten he wrote his first song. For a boy from Fitzroy who started on a clapped-out electric guitar things have gone great guns with the singer/songwriter supporting Bruce Springsteen on...


Culture Roundup: March 21-27, 2018

Roundup of cutural events for this week


Some like it HOTA: The Gold Coast gets innovative and edgy

Things are changing on the Gold Coast; it’s no longer the cultural vacuum that many joked it was decades ago.


Can platypus milk save lives?

A breakthrough by Australian scientists has brought the introduction of an unlikely hero in the global fight against antibiotic resistance a step closer; the humble platypus.


Making peace with the weeds

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers have been working for the past eight years on a five-hectare dune-regeneration project just south of Brunswick Surf Club.


Interview: Peepo!

The internationally renowned Australian-based Circa Contemporary Circus known as ‘rockstars of the circus world’ premiere their latest creation Peepshow at NORPA in Lismore this week. Libby McDonnell, associate director for Circa chatted with The Echo. What was the concept for...


The Mercy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAIRycQsUhM Colin Firth might not at first strike you as the sort of fellow to take the part of a doughty sailor. More your rugged indoor type, Mister Darcy is about as blokey as he gets – but that is...


Op shop funding invaluable work in Kenya seeks new home

The Mullumbimby op-shop that supports children who have suffered extreme trauma in Kenya is currently looking for a new location as the building they have operated out of has recently been sold.


What Byron councillors will be talking about this Thursday

It’s been a while since former general manager Ken Gainger retired. And with councillors now scratching around for a replacement honcho, what better time to change the sheets, clean the carpets and blaze up some white sage for a smudge?


Interview: Talking Kangaroo

Kate McIntyre Clere and her husband Mick have made a groundbreaking documentary unpacking the national paradigm on the kangaroo. Kate spoke with The Echo about the film. What was the biggest disparity you found when it came to feelings around the...


Rainbow Region Dragon Boaters among Australia’s best

Monica Wilcox  The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat club produced impressive results up against the country’s best teams at the 2018 Australian Dragon Boat Championships held at the Sunshine Coast last week. Libby Woodbry and Bede Cooney brought home Gold and two...


Rusty takes first place at Noosa Festival

Crystal Cylinders Rusty Miller and Bob McTavish headed north for the 27th Noosa Surf Festival at the latest World Surfing Reserve, along with some of the younger breed of local Byron Shire longboarders. The largest surfing event in the world (by...


Aquatic 21 prepare for state school finals

It has been a demanding last couple of weeks for the swimmers of the Ocean Shores Aquatics squad as they prepared for the final battle rounds of school swimming, according to coach Adrian Filipic. The squad has a record number...


Town and Country win Twilight Cricket

Syl Reid The Town and Country Surfboards team won the Byron Bay Brewery Twilight Cricket Competition with a resounding win over the Bowlo in last Sunday’s major final. The T&C side scored 137 in their 16 overs and this proved to...


$20k audit of Byron park tree removal contradictory

A Byron Shire councillor who voted to commission an audit into the processes surrounding the unapproved removal of trees Byron’s Railway Park late last year now admits the money might have been better spent ‘planting more trees’.


Brunswick SLS masters take on the Queenslanders and win

Some great individual performances contributed to Brunswick SLSC coming 18th at the Queensland State Surf Life Saving Masters held at Mooloolaba Beach last week. Close to 40 clubs participated and Brunswick SLSC entered nine of their best. Highlights of the day...


Interview: The Magnificent Waiting For Guinness

Ten years ago Waiting for Guinness blasted onto the scene with their wildly satirical songs, multi-instrumental musicianship and explosive live performances. The band never formally broke up, instead had bit of a hiatus and cherry-picked gigs, with Dave Stephenson,...


Staff laid off, services cut ahead of NDIS rollout

Local disability service providers have had to lay off staff, cut services and sell off assets in a bid to survive the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Two operators in our region have said they may have to close.


The Square

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcmMYzyVt5Y Sad to say, but it’s not too often that you get to see a movie that is genuinely provocative. Winner of the 2017 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Swedish director Ruben Östlun has pulled off the old two-card trick by managing...


Complaints against suspended market stallholder verified

Further to last week’s story regarding the suspension of a stallholder by Byron Community Market managers, the Byron Bay Community Centre (BBCC) has provided written evidence of the five complainants to The Echo.


Music Roundup: 21 March, 2018

A Roundup of this weeks up and coming music events in Byron Shire and beyond.


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Dear Neighbour

It’s 7pm. Actually it’s five past. It’s Tuesday. You’ve got the whipper snipper out. At least that’s what it sounds like. High-pitched mechanical whirring at my precious wine time. That’s when I sit down for 10 minutes and have a glass of wine and talk to my husband.


Planting day for Bangalow koalas

In an effort to strengthen and connect existing koala corridors on the western edge of Bangalow and beyond, a planting day is planned on a private landholder’s property, on Saturday, March 24


Park plans for Suffolk Park’s park take shape

Concept plans for ‘Our Park’ on Suffolk Park’s Beech Drive were shared with local residents last week. It comes after the community lobbied the state government – and won – to retain the land after it was flagged for sale as surplus.


Q&A with Byron Community Solutions Panellists

With council acknowledging its has a trust deficit with the community, a citizens jury panel of 28 randomly selected anonymous ratepayers has been brought into decide how the rate rise funds will be spent. The Echo asked three panellists a few questions.


International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.