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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

Create the opportunity for everyone to follow their dreams

Local dance group Sprung!! is an integrated dance theatre that has built a community program that creates space for...

Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

July 18, 2018

Issue 33.06

Download PDF (19MB) Jump to: Local News | Comment | Letters | Articles | Byron Writers Festival | Back to School | The Good Life | Good Taste | Splendour Liftout | Echo Property | Seven | Live Music | Culture | Stars | Cinema | Gig Guide | Service Directory | Classifieds | Community at Work | Sport | Backlash

In this Issue:

The good, the bad, the ugly

Byron Writers Festival shines light on mental health Mental health is one of the key themes running through 2018 Byron Writers Festival, with this year’s lineup designed to draw awareness to the wide spectrum of causes, effects and conditions in...


The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani

The Coal Truth has a simple message – stop the proposed Adani Carmichael Mine in Queensland from going ahead. Since 2012, the fight to stop the opening of the vast Galilee coal basin has emerged as an iconic crusade of...


Interview: Ellen Briggs

Women without Filters! The Echo spoke to comedian Ellen Briggs, one half of Women Like Us. We began as two chicks with a passion for factions, family and feminism. Today it’s a vibrant in-demand touring show that has put these...


Cinema review: Skyscraper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9QePUT-Yt8 ‘If you can’t fix it with duct tape, you’re not using enough duct tape.’ Will Sawyer (Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson) says it as he applies wadding to the wound left by a hunk of metal that he’s pulled out...


Ballina anglers ‘re-snag’ Emigrant Creek

A project that aims to restore Ballina’s Emigrant Creek after ongoing erosion and to support healthy fish habitat is underway, says Zilla Gordon from OzFish Unlimited.


Byron Council considers commercial expansion options

Increasing the height and density of existing retail centres, and creating a new industrial estate next to the Bluesfest site, are among the ideas being considered by Byron Council to increase employment opportunities in the shire


Who’s up for a spot of veggie gardening in Suffolk Park?

Creating a community garden and increasing the native trees at Red Bean Close in Suffolk Park is finally coming to fruition for Nicholas Hall, who has been unofficially managing the site for the last four years. Now he's putting a shout out for volunteers.


Roadworks a focus for Byron Council budget

Major roadworks and construction are the focus of Byron Shire Council’s recently endorsed budget, with $41.3m being invested in infrastructure over 12 months, say staff.


Cinema Review: Show Dogs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT9eWtb7C4c This is one of the crappiest movies in the long and mind-numbing history of crappy movies. The concluding credits are rolled with a collection of bloopers, none of which appear to be much different from the main fare that...


Interview: Catherine McClements

The minister, the choir and the boy with the semi-automatic rifle This week NORPA presents The Events featuring Catherine McClements (Wentworth, Rush and Tangle) and local choir Vox Caldera. The play was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival....


Live Music July 18 2018

Festa Junina Festa Junina - DJ Paprika, Trio Mandala Forro | Byron Brewery | Fri 20 july | 6pm | Free Don’t let winter go past without celebrating Festa Junina, a festival that happens all over Brazil, and the world. This...


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Freedom of No Freedom

According to Malcolm Turnbull, sometimes the best freedom in the world is actually having none. It’s so wonderful being ‘Free… of being Free’.


Another Byron growth forum planned

Another forum to inform and discuss Byron Shire’s population and development growth will be held when the draft Residential Strategy goes on exhibition later in the year, according to Community Alliance for Byron Shire president Matthew ‘Cleva’ O’Reilly.


Culture Roundup: July 18 2018

A Roundup of cultuarl events in Byron shire and beyond


Helping the homeless have warmer nights

A campaign underway for Splendour campers to donate their unwanted camping gear at the end of the festival to those who can use it is being eagerly supported by Social Futures and On Track Community Programs.


Sustainable thinking in the family business

Will Brook has grown up in the family firm, Brookfarm, founded by his parents Pam and Martin Brook. He is now the operations manager of a business that exports around the world, as well as raising a young family,...


Golden memories

Story & images by Julie Ray As I walk through the doors of Naomi Paled’s Golden Doughnut shop in Byron Bay the waft of cinnamon jolts a fond childhood memory of shopping with my mum. After being dragged through the...


Junior Beez basketballers win two championships

The Byron Beez junior basketballers have returned from the 2018 Northern Junior League championships in Tamworth with wins in the U/16 boys and U/16 girl divisions. The U/16 boys are champs for the second year running, after winning the reformatted...


Local lads make top three in Occys Grom Comp

Byron Bay’s young guns Touma Cameron and Rasmus King had stellar performances at the Billabong Occys Grom Comp held at Duranbah Beach last week. Cameron was runner-up in an exciting man-on-man 14-and-under-boys final against Brazilian young gun Leo Casal. Leo...


Byron Bay bowlers play their way into state championship

Byron Bay Bowling Club’s seventh grade pennant side has won through to the state championships after winning the zone playoffs last weekend, while the third grade side missed out after losing their final by two points. Playing at East Lismore...


Geckos make it three in Shand cricket

The soccer World Cup may attract billions of fanatical viewers but in the Nick Shand Memorial cricket series you won’t find participants writhing on the ground like cut eels trying to win a free kick and Vladimir Putin has...


Lions Club donates equipment to Shores United

Shores United seniors have been able to purchase much -needed training equipment through the generosity of the Brunswick Mullumbimby Lions Club monthly grants scheme. ‘Agility and skills will be even higher for the Shores men in their march to the...


Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.