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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

Ageism alive and well

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

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

OCA a ‘diamond in the rough’

Around four years ago a group of like-minded friends started a Syntropic Farm project. Since that time, they have...

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

April 18, 2018

Issue 32.45

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In this Issue:

Using the Body to Draw on Inspiration

Turiya Bruce is one of the artists leading two days of drawing and painting called An Artists Affair at Ewingsdale Hall. The Echo spoke with her about her passion for drawing. Hi, Turiya. Can you tell me how you approach...


Gold Coast Film Festival Partners with Byron

The Gold Coast is undergoing something of a cultural renaissance, or perhaps it’s more of an emergence, with innovative events mushrooming on the site of what was known as a mega tourist destination. It’s an exciting place to be...


The Hoad Ahead: Music, White Tantra and Choosing Love

Multi-instrumentalist Jay Hoad is back in town for his final performances in NSW for 2018 before he hits the road for Europe, Fiji, India and Australia. At the Rails on Thursday he presents the Cacao Sound Journey at Taste...


Cinema Review: The Death of Stalin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzO4VIK-sVM The glowing endorsements of this movie might lead you to believe that it is, if not an uproarious comedy, then at least a mirthful satire. Certainly, there are enough laughs, especially in the first act, but it evolves into...


Culture Roundup: April 18-24

Fashion Revolution Byron Brewery |April 27| 6pm | $20 Have you ever wondered, ‘Who made my clothes?’ Social enterprise Fashion Revolution has joined forces with local businesses BAY Active, Green Square Apparel, and The Shire Seamstress to host their annual event at...


Bike path projects need public support

Bike tracks fanning out from Mullumbimby is one of the key ideas put forward for the Stronger Country Communities fund that Byron Shire Council is currently seeking applications for. 


Downward dog with a boogie: that’s Spirit Fest

As Byron Spirit Festival prepares to move to the Cavanbah Centre and Elements of Byron for their sixth-year event from April 20 till 22, organisers say they are excited to announce the offerings from the 2018 program.


No assurance beach will remain if Belongil rock walls approved

According to a former councillor and civil engineer specialising in hydrology, rock wall development applications (DAs) submitted by wealthy Belongil landowners will transfer public land to private ownership and eventually result in the loss of the iconic beach.


The happy songs of Don Walker

Don Walker is recognised as one of the best songwriters in the country. Chief songwriter for Cold Chisel, Walker has penned some of the country’s most iconic rock songs, but alongside that he has written some truly quirky, original,...


Is Brunswick Valley STP overloaded?

It’s the morning of January 1, 2015, and just outside Mullumbimby, something very unwelcome is bubbling up from the depths. At the Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant, raw or partially treated sewage is flowing out of a processing unit.


Cyclone’s effects still rippling through community

A year on from ex-Cyclone Debbie there are still eleven of the 41 client groups, including families and single people, that Social Futures are helping to re-home from Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Tweed.


Plan to raise awareness of cultural appropriation

A newly formed organisation focused on supporting Indigenous elders to bring awareness of cultural appropriation through an event protocol was launched last Friday at the Byron Bay Community Centre (BBCC).


Cinema Review: Isle Of Dogs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt__kig8PVU As one who was not of the opinion that The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) was the greatest thing since sliced bread (to me it was just plain silly), I approached Wes Anderson’s latest animated feature with a hefty degree...


Live music roundup April 18

Tijuana Cartel, Mercy Mercy, the Grigoryan Brothers and more in our round-up of the coming music events in the Byron Shire and beyond. Oh, and don't forget to queue for Splendour tickets.


Mandy Nolans Soap Box: Every bin has a single lining

Just over 12 months ago I stopped using plastic bags. After seeing picture of the devastating impacts one billion-plus bags per day have on our environment. It’s hard to use a plastic bag guilt free one you’ve seen one kill a turtle. Or choke a fish.


Byron treehouse gets a lifeline

Byron’s much-loved Massinger Street treehouse could be saved from demolition under a motion to be voted on at Byron Shire Council’s upcoming meeting on Thursday. The structure has long been a popular spot both for local kids and curious passers-by.


Politics in the Pub talks peace on Anzac Day 

On Anzac Day, Wednesday April 25, the Ngara Institute is partnering with IPAN, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, to present a special Politics in the Pub focusing on peace.


Headliner drops for Renew Fest

Conscious independent hip- hop outfit Hugo and Treats will be headlining this year’s Renew festival. The MC and DJ team describe their sound as visionary spoken word and creative crowd choreography, mixed with earthshakingly intricate beats and bass.


Vegan menu a feature of food co-op fundraiser

A fundraiser will be held on April 29 for a recently established food co-op, located in the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. Organisers say a fully vegan and organic menu will be on offer, along with Tao of Sound, comprising Rob on harp and Armando on flute.


Brunswick Heads women challenge the best in local pennants competition

After a very close Tweed Byron District Pennants third-grade competition, Brunswick Heads have come in runners-up behind Kingscliff. The five-club competition was decided in the last round when Brunswick Heads came home just 3.5 points below Kingscliff, who ended on...


Swimmers triumph at state finals

The Ocean Shores Aquatics swim team competed in a range of state champion-ships in Sydney and achieved ‘flawless and breathtaking’ results according to coach Adrian Filipic. ‘Out of the 64 events swum by our state swimmers including relays, an 80...


Local surfers impress in Oz Grom Cup

There were plenty of impressive performances by locals competing down at Coffs Harbour in the Billabong Oz Grom Cup. Day one saw a handful of exciting exchanges as competitors in the 16-and-Under and 14-and-Under divisions were graced with playful one-metre...


Giants win thriller

The Mullumbimby Giants made it two wins from two starts with a nail-biting 38–34 win over Northern United in their NRRRL clash at Les Donnelly Field on Sunday.  The Blue-and-Golds, under the calm guiding hand of new coach Dallas Waters,...


Holton 2018 Major Singles champ at Mullum

Mark Holton has claimed the 2018 Major Singles at the Mullumbimby Bowling Club after winning a tightly contested match against Richie Northcott last Saturday.  The players were level on five shots each after eight ends before Northcott took a 14–7...


Time for Byron Malibu Classic

Mal riders old and young will be waxing up for the 38th staging of the Byron Bay Malibu Classic to be held at Wategos over April 27–29. The single-fin Malibu contest was first held in 1980, making it the longest-running...


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.