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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

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‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

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’...

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and Beyond

A huge amount of entertainment all crammed into one space.

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

What’s going on with gas?

David Lowe According to the prime minister, we’re in the midst of a ‘gas-led recovery’. Until about five minutes ago,...

September 19, 2018

Issue 33.15

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In this Issue:

Interview with Mood Swing & Chevy Bass who are playing at...

North Stradbroke Island | 25–28 October Mood Swing & Chevy Bass have cemented their position as the undisputed party starters within the festival and club scene. The genre-bending live electronic duo has one mission when they take the stage: have fun,...


Cinema Review: A Simple Favour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAqMlh0b2HU On and on it twisted and turned, with director Paul Feig pulling rabbit after rabbit from his seemingly bottomless hat, each surprise development accompanied by an almost audible ‘You didn’t see that coming, did you’. In a whodunnit that...


Interview with award-winning vocalist Emma Pask

Brunswick Picture House | Sunday | 3.30pm The Jazz Singer Award-winning vocalist Emma Pask will delight as she interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat latin rhythms, tender ballads, and some raucous blues. She plays the Brunswick Picture House this...


Culture Roundup for the Byron Shire and beyond. 20 September 2018

Big Gig Comedy – Dan Willis, Robert Grayson, Mandy Nolan Ballina RSL | Thursday 27 Sep | 8pm | Free Born in 1973 in North Yorkshire, Dan Willis moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne aged three, where he remained until nineteen years had passed....


Tristran Parade declaration a first for energy use

With the federal energy policy in tatters, individuals have been getting ready to take on the energy challenge themselves and Tristran Parade in Mullumbimby has just become the first street to declare their commitment to create a clean-energy future.


West Byron landowner takes Council to court

One of the developers behind the contentious and large-scale West Byron urban/commercial development on Ewingsdale Road is taking Byron Shire Council to court over a deemed refusal, despite it being yet to be determined by the JRPP. 


Byron mayor wants to move Australia Day ceremony

Byron Council may be about to move its Australia Day ceremony back a day in order to acknowledge that January 26 marks ‘the day the cultural decimation and denigration of the first Australians began’.


Cinema Review: Searching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKmGONvI94M Unfriended (2014) led the way and set the bar pretty high for this new form of filmmaking, in which the story is told entirely on the screens of digital platforms (Facebook, email, Twitter, TV news etc). It was a...


An interview with the women of NORPA’s Wildskin

Lismore City Hall | Friday 28 Sept, Sat 29 Sept, Wed 3 Oct till Sat 6 Oct | 7.30pm | $20–49 Women of Wildskin Carrying on from the hallmarks of NORPA’s original works, the company presents Wildskin, an all-female ensemble of...


Youth violence sparks Mullumbimby meeting

A public meeting will be held in Mullumbimby next Tuesday (September 25) to discuss solutions to the ongoing issues of youth violence and antisocial behaviour in the Shire’s north.


Live Music for the Byron Shire. 19 September 2018

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival Byron Brewery | 6 & 7 October The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018 at the Byron Bay Brewery for its second year. Amongst the incredible lineup...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: SAVE BYRON

Next time you blow a tyre on a pothole in our Shire, don’t curse Council, curse your neighbours who live in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane and rent their house out on Airbnb or Booking.com. It’s their greed that put it there.


Dunes to Beach House

By S Haslam If you’re one of those people who wish that the worst of Gold Coast-style overdevelopment, massive suburbs, and concrete tourist facilities would avoid Byron Bay, you’d have to welcome the Lanes’ new venture. The old Dunes on Shelly...


St John’s Primary School Fete

Vander Akehurst demonstrates how SUP boards were used before the invention of water. This board (check for footprints if you win) is just one of the great raffle prizes in the St John’s Primary School Fete this Friday 4.30pm-8.30pm...


Breaking down gender roles

The essence of the tête-à-tête is the privacy of the conversation between two people who are literally ‘head-to-head’. At Tete-a-Tea, on the other hand, organisers say you will be surrounded by an ‘inspirational tribe’ of ‘women who wish to...


Champagne Day!

Which day is International Champagne Day? Friday October 19! True ‘champagne’ of course must be grown in the Champagne region of France and undergo specific practices such as secondary fermentation in the bottle. Here at The Echo we could never...



Scott Pickett: Estelle  Foodies of the northern rivers are in for a treat tonight, with one of Australia’s most exciting chefs, Scott Pickett of Estelle, joining Harvest head chef Alastair Waddell and forager Peter Hardwick for a one-off Wild Harvest with a menu...


Food hubs flavour of the month

By S Haslam While the proposal for a massive food precinct in Bangalow was withdrawn in February after widespread opposition, including from the Progress Association and Chamber of Commerce as well as local politicians, the Byron Food Hub by contrast...


Byron Bay FC Wildcats win grandfinal

The Byron Bay FC third division Wildcats won the grandfinal in the penalty shootout after a torrid encounter against the Italo Stars last Sunday. The game was played in very windy and cold conditions and when Byron did score a...


Magpies collect two AFL flags

The Byron Bay AFL firsts have won their third premiership on the trot when they proved too strong for the Ballina Bombers playing at home on Saturday at the Cavanbah Centre. The Magpies put on seven unanswered goals in the first...


Shores United get three in grandfinals

Shores United thirds lost a fantastic grandfinal on Saturday afternoon to rivals Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley, but are looking to go one better in sixth and first grade after they played their way into grandfinals this weekend. The Shores thirds were...


Lennox longboarders make donations

Thirty members of the Lennox Longboarders enjoyed their monthly club round earlier this month at Main Beach on a pristine spring day with sun, favourable winds, tides and some swell to make it a fun morning.  Nathan Mackenzie was a...


Clean out the closet as Second Hand Saturday looms

Wondering where you can do a bit of guilt-free shopping for a fraction of the usual cost and stop waste going to landfill? It could be as close as next door or just down the road.


Basketball locals win senior tournament

The B-grade leg of Byron Bay Basketball’s sixth annual Seniors Carnival was won by a local team called ‘Level 47’ at the Cavanbah centre over the weekend. Teams came from Griffith University, Brisbane and Toowoomba. Players coming from all over Australia...


Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of our global predicament, and a...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...