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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Other News

Byron’s rail reactivation saga continues

Byron Council will consider funding further investigations into getting trains back on the tracks in the Shire, despite strong criticisms of the reports on the matter that have been prepared to date.

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

Man arrested after shots fired in Dunoon

A police report says a 63-year-old man man has been arrested following multiple public place shots fired overnight.

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...


Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.