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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

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

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

May 2, 2018

Issue 32.47

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Interview: Young Guns of Comedy

Joking Gun Pat Doherty, Billy Darcy, Freddie McManus, George Pettifer, Joe Antar and Rohan Arneil are The Young Guns of Comedy, all hailing from Sydney and the Central Coast. After huge individual successes on the Sydney Comedy Scene, these emerging talents...


Interview: Rob Marston, of the Byron Bay Beer and Cider Festival

Beer Beer Beer Rob Marston, of the Byron Bay Beer Festival speaks with The Echo ahead of the inaugural Beer & Cider celebration at Sun Bistro on Saturday. Rob, what inspired you to host a beer festival? Over the the course of...


Cinema Review: Last Flag Flying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmS4lTZ34uk One of the champions of ‘indie’ cinema, director Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation (2006) made a scathing attack on the hamburger industry as well as America’s treatment of Mexican ‘illegals’. Me And Orson Welles (2008), a personal favourite, was...


Culture Roundup: May 2 – 8, 2018

Dancing Snow White Byron Theatre | Fri 4 & Sat 5 May | Time | price With a cast of internationally recognised artists, this year’s performance of Snow White by Victorian State Ballet is a spectacular classical ballet rendition of this...


Byron mayor defends Railway Park deal

Could a secret deal to secure a cafe its own frontage onto Byron’s Railway Park have produced an unfair commercial advantage over neighbouring cafe operators?


Interview: Mama Kin and Tommy Spender

Golden Magnetic at Midnight For Mama Kin Spender, aka ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender, if they were going to be playing music it had to mean something. To start with, the pair were tired of lonely hours...


Byron DAs plateau as Ballina booms

There appears a constant level in residential approvals over the last two terms of Byron Shire Council but, in Ballina, developments are steaming ahead, despite some being held up in court.


Cinema Review: The Other Side of Hope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtiFG6utst8 If this unexpected gem is anything to go by, it’s fair to say that Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki does not demand a lot from his actors. With the exception of Sherwan Haji as Khaled, the Syrian refugee, performances across the...


Live Music Roundup: 2 May, 2018

Spectral Boogie Land Coorabell Hall | Sat May 5 | 6pm | $33.24 Experience Spectral Boogie at Coorabell Hall on Saturday. Feast your eyes and ears upon the full spectrum of light, sound and movement with sets by Crystal Digit, Shaunti...


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: The Wrath of the Unrootables

Sick of women ruling the world? Tired of people saying you can’t rape chicks? Tired of feminists ruining your fun by insisting on things like an end to violence against women, consent and equity in the workplace and the...


Another first for cultural awareness

Culture Aware, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness around issues of native cultural appropriation has certified its first event – Renew Fest, which takes place at Mullumbimby Showgrounds this month.


Farewell to Tuppy Lang

Echo drudges were saddened to learn of the death last week of longtime staff member Tuppy Lang after a brief battle with lung cancer. She died last weekend, supported by her loving children Yana and Shey.


Get your creative hat on for Wearable Arts

Shearwater Steiner School is celebrating the school’s fifteenth wearable arts extravaganza and is calling on creatives around Australia to enter costumes.


Easing diabetes with yoga

Longtime local yoga teacher Rachel Zinman was floored with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes nearly 25 years into her global yoga teaching career. Now she's published a new book to help others like her.


Beer and Cider Fest

By S Haslam This Saturday the rolling green lawns of the Sun Bistro will be hosting the inaugural Beer and Cider Fest, and to add a touch of formality to last week’s extensive Echo write-up, we can now supply last...


100,000 bottles of Ink Gin

In a small farm shed on a cattle-and-cane property by the banks of the Tweed River in northern NSW, history was made this week as Husk Distillers filled the 100,000th bottle of Ink Gin. The world’s first colour-changing gin, a...


Clean Energy

S Haslam Feeling a little tired by 3pm on Friday in Byron, I was attracted by the ‘clean energy’ claim for the Yerba Mate drink in Elixiba, near the roundabout off Jonson St. The mate managed to do what the...


Harvest Food Festival on now

Do you love local food and unique food-farm experiences? One of the highlights of this year’s Harvest Food Festival will be the inaugural Harvest Food Trail. Our local food organisation Northern Rivers Food (NRF) says, ‘Part of enjoying the food, is...


Bruno Loubet Special Dinner

After nine years in the UK, celebrated chef Bruno Loubet is back in Queensland and searching for a location to open a cookery school. But first, he joins Harvest for a one-off Wild Harvest dinner exploring and showcasing Australia’s...


Bangalow Travel Presentation

On Tuesday 15 May 2018 at Bangalow Bowlo, Kathryn Watson from Travel Managers will be hosting a travel presentation by a number of firms. Refreshments will be provided, discounts and specials will be available, and you might win a...


Bowls triumph for Byron women

Byron Bay Women’s Bowling Club was well represented at the Coolangatta Ladies Fiesta Two Bowl Triples on Monday last week. Mirtha Christian, Patricia Bigg and Linda Child took out the second-round winner’s prize. 


Bluedogs reach ANZAC Cup finals

  The Bangalow Bluedogs football club were good enough to get two teams into the finals of the ANZAC Cup last week but the men’s premier division side lost 3–0 to Lismore, while the women’s B division lost to the...


Triathlon returns to the Bay

  More than 1,00o athletes are expected for the 23rd edition of the Byron Bay Triathlon set for Saturday, May 12.  The competitors will race over Tempta, Sprint and Olympic distances and will be joined by 100 juniors, many of whom...


Mullum Giants too strong for Red Devils

The stark contrast in local league so far in the 2018 season was evident as the Giants beat the Byron Red Devils 32–10 at home last Sunday. For the Mullum side it was their fourth straight win and a top...


New sportsfields opened in Wollongbar

  The new million-dollar 14-hectare sporting facilities  were officially opened by the federal member for Page Kevin Hogan last week The new grounds include an AFL field/cricket oval, two rugby grounds with lighting, six tennis courts with lighting, four sealed netball...


Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.