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Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...

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Andrew Macklin, Mullumbimby Creek Gareth Smith (July 14), I can see you like the selective use of historical facts and statistics...

New digs for Bangalow Lions Club

After 30 years of using a makeshift shed at the Bangalow Showground for their bar and barbecue, the Bangalow Lions Club have opened their newly constructed Lions Kiosk.

US promises to return Assange to Australia a ‘trick’ says father

Lawyers for the US said Judge Baraitser ought to have sought assurances for Mr Assange’s safety in the US prison system during the extradition trial. 

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Fake news

Ron Priestley, Main Arm What Neil Bowhay is proposing (Letters, 14 July) is that The Echo prints fake news. It is people...

July 11, 2018

Issue 33.05

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In this Issue:

Coal-fired coalition

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Well done, Ms Aslan Shand, acting Echo editor, on your great editorial (July 4 Nats fail farmers). At last a local newspaper has the balls to call this betrayal by conservative elements in this country for what it...


Our trust under attack from lies and spin

As I grew up I was intrigued by the notion of subliminal advertising – the possibility that I could be influenced by a message I didn’t even know I was receiving. I was assured it had been made illegal as it was unethical.


Cinema Review: Mary Shelley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EaDRhPm1DM Mary Shelley was barely twenty-one years old when she wrote Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, thus creating a ‘monster’ that has been referenced in countless movies while establishing a permanent niche in our collective imagination. Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour...


Culture: July 11, 2018

Dr Hubble Brunswick Picture House | Sat 14 & Sun 15 July | 2pm | $15-$55 for a family of 4 | Everybody loves bubbles and Dr Hubble is back to show you why! Dr Hubble (portrayed by world-renowned circus and...


What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?

Award-winning author Anita Heiss’s powerful anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories of family, country and belonging.


Railway Park rotunda ‘on the move’

The development and ‘beautification’ of Railway Park in Byron Bay is once again under the microscope with the relocation of the Environment Centre's rotunda still on the cards.


Opinion divided over Mullumbimby sewer trial

Byron Council’s decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a low-pressure sewerage system trial in Mullumbimby has produced an angry response from residents who say it flies in the face of expert advice and common sense.


NAIDOC week celebrations continue in Byron

There is plenty still going on during the remainder of NAIDOC week around the Byron Shire, giving everyone the chance to understand and appreciate our Australian heritage and culture.


Interview: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

It’s a homecoming of sorts this Bello Winter music for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who recorded their debut album Hope Downs in a cosy house in the beautiful village of Bellingen. Drummer and one-time Bello boy Marcel Tussie says...


Welcome to Byron: iconic homestead dying of neglect

At first sight, turning onto Ewingsdale Road, you pass lot 101 – an abandoned homestead on a beautiful elevated piece of land. You can’t miss this house, it stands out for miles as you drive the main road into town and looks most ‘unloved’. 


Live Music Roundup: July 11, 2018

A roundup of live music events in the shire and beyond


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: The Naked Lunch

Bed bugs have bit my butt. What a joyous fleshy target. I imagine them on their late-night Grecian feeding frenzy, drunk on the blood of a stupid Aussie traveller. It’s unbecoming for a lady to scratch her arse but I don’t care.


The Chinny charge is on again

The Chincogan Charge will be running again this year on September 8 following its successful re-launch in 2017 with 500 runners.


It is time to celebrate Billinudgel

Billinudgel is reimagining itself and will be decking its streets in preparation for spring as it creates a new festival for the town this September 22.


Wilko on the edge after a difficult day in J-Bay

Crystal Cylinders Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson is in grave danger of missing out on a berth in next years championship tour after another poor result at the Corona Open J-Bay in South Africa. In his Round 1 heat he faced tricky...


Moonshiners annual charity day kicks off on Sat

The third annual Moonshiners for Mental Health charity day is on this Saturday 14th July at Alby Lofts Oval, Brunswick Heads. The Mullumbimby Moonshiners Rugby Club will be hosting a day of Rugby, raffles, giveaways, activities for the kids and...


Marks takes out monthly medal

Teven Golf Club Men’s Section played an 18-hole Stroke competition for the Monthly Medal on Sat 7 July. Stephen Marks took out the medal with a net score of 52. The runner-up was Peter Blackwood with 54, followed by John...


Hopes high for inaugural Ballina Triathalon

Ballina Shire is preparing to welcome triathletes from  far and wide  to the inaugural Ballina Triathlon – a two-day event on August 25 and 26 2018. NXsports are excited to organise a program that focuses on family and grassroots participation...


Barrio Byron 

In celebration of their alcohol licence, Barrio Byron Bay are now open Wednesday nights and are offering a special picadas menu (Argentinian tapas) from Wednesday till Saturday, 3–5pm. Feast on head chef Fransisco Smoje’s new menu, which includes empanadas, charcoal chicken sliders and seaweed salt...


How a top chef Sampled the region

By Vivienne Pearson The story of Darren Robertson’s move from the UK to Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks to living and working in Byron Bay has been well told.  A lesser-known story is how the Sample Food Festival helped Darren find his...


Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part of the Rous County Council...

Dog off-leash parks coming to Tweed

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point. ‘The draft concept plan for John...

Byron businesses buckle down

The Greater Sydney lockdown has had a direct impact on local businesses who have seen a dramatic fall in customer numbers, particularly in Byron Bay.

Cyclist dies in collision after refusing police request to stop – Casino

A cyclist has died following a collision with a vehicle after police asked him to stop.