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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly...

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

August 15, 2018

Issue 33.10

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Interview: Bombino

The Love Bombino 15–18 November | Throughout the town of Mullumbimby, NSW He was born in the heart of Africa, under the shade of an acacia tree just 80 miles northwest of the ancient town of Agadez, but the stories Tuareg...


Interview: Australian Bee Gees

Star Court Theatre | Sunday 19 August | 7pm | $52.50 - 57.50 The Australian Bee Gees bring their legendary show direct from Vegas back to Oz with a special show at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore. Modelled on the...


Interview: Matt Hill

Byron Theatre | Friday 17 August | 7.30pm | $25–12 Matt Hill’s music has been cited as having ‘echoes of Nick Drake and Bon Iver’. He launches his new album, Stars and the Moon and Satellites at Byron Theatre with...


Cinema Review: On Chesil Beach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR6DWDfMDlM There is so much left unsaid, so much that is not explained in this movie. As one of the most highly acclaimed novelists writing in English, Ian McEwan has always ventured deep into the landscape of the mind. But...


Ocean Shores school celebrates 25 years with time capsule

Ocean Shores Public celebrated a quarter of a century last Friday, which included the unearthing of a 1988 time capsule.


Politics in the Pub explores artificial intelligence

Politics in the Pub is back, and this month the topic is the largely unknown future of human work in an age of robotics, AI and automation.


Splendour’s $35k cash splash

Six local community groups and organisations will share  $35,000 in grants from Splendour in the Grass. As part of their yearly community grants program, festival organisers donate $1 from every event ticket sold.


Culture Roundup: 15 August 2018

A round-up of the coming events in the Byron Shire and beyond.


The hills of Bangalow echo with the sound of music

The soothing and beautiful sounds of classical music drifted over the hills of Bangalow last weekend during the 17th annual Bangalow Music Festival.


Belongil landowners sue independent coastal panel

The NSW Coastal Panel, an independent body of experts who advise the NSW government on coastal matters, is being taken to court by Belongil landowners after it rejected recent plans for rock walls.


Coroner finds Island Quarry death was drowning

The mother of Brendan Vickery, who drowned at a Byron Bay waterhole in 2014, has told The Echo that the lack of a thorough autopsy has made closure hard and raised concern that fencing was not installed sooner.    


Anti-vax film screening stirs passions

The screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary at Mullumbimby’s Civic Hall brought a string of angry complaints from vaccination advocates who said it should not have been shown at a Council-owned venue.


Cinema Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXkUaaVrB_s ‘Do you think this will ever end?’ my companion whispered, as we neared the two-hour mark of this hyperactive but laughless piece of lowbrow idiocy. It’s as old as the hills, but the truism that ‘brevity is the soul...


Interview: Skunkhour

Hotel Great Northern | Saturday 18 August | 8.30pm | $50 Twenty-five years ago I was 25. And I was one of those hot and sweaty bodies dancing to Skunkhour. At the time their sound was a revelation. It was...


Govt ignores Airbnb levy as part of letting reforms

The state government's holiday letting bill is expected to pass parliament this week, yet critics say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.


Byron locals step up to support drought relief

There is a range of initiatives happening across the Shire, not least the six trucks with bales of feed that the Mullumbimby Co-Op sent out to struggling  farmers on Monday. 


Live Music: 15 August 2018

Bang on a Can All-Stars HOTA | Thursday 30 August | 7.30pm | $26-48 All the way from New York and known worldwide as some of the best contemporary musicians, the Bang on a Can All-Stars formed in 1992 and are recognised for...


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Let’s drink to your health

Okay, fill up your glass – it’s time to celebrate. The results are in. Moderate drinkers live longer than abstainers. As long as they don’t fall off stuff when they’ve had a few.


Federal integrity commission needed: Labor

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labor’s plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).


Police urge awareness at Kendall Street train crossing

Motorists, cyclists and those on foot are being reminded of Rail Safety Week (August 13–19) and to look out for trains at the Kendall Street level crossing.


Di swings her way to victory

Local Di Grieve has been crowned the 2018 Byron Bay Ladies Golf Championship after the three-day tournament wrapped up last week. Di has had a consistently good season and it was no surprise she took out the title.  ‘Despite not having...


MBVFC get hold of Origin trophy

The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club came away from the Shara Boulevard Sports ground last Friday night with their hands firmly on the fiercely contested Origin Shield after beeating Ocean Shores 5–1 in first division. Everything rested on the game...


Byron Bay women into touch semis

The Red Devils Women’s tag league team has finished the regular season in second place and will play away against Ballina this weekend in the qualifying semifinals. If they win they will go on to play the minor premiers, Marist...


21 teams join in 3on3 basketball festival

Byron Basketball held their 3on3 Comp last Sunday at the Cavanbah Centre, and what an amazing success it was.  Credit to the volunteers who gave up their Sunday and the large number of basketball fanatics who travelled down from north...


Menczer in the lineup for another world title

Local legend and 1993 Women’s World Pro surfing champion Pauline Menczer will be competing at the Azores Airlines World Masters & Grand Masters Championships over September 18–23 at Praia De Santa Barbara, Sao Miguel, Azores Islands.  The Women’s Masters division...


Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...