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New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

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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...

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Suffolk Park residents pressure councillors over pump track

Councillors, Michael Lyon and Jeanette Martin, met Suffolk Park residents on Saturday to hear concerns around the proposed pump bike track, which is slated for the Linda Vidler park.

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.

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.

January 2, 2019

Issue 33.30

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Interview with Ellen Briggs of Women Like Us

Women Like Us Last Local Laughs! If you haven’t caught a Women Like Us show, or if you can’t remember the jokes, then this is your last chance for 2019. The girls perform their last local shows this January. Ellen...


Interview with Dave Hughes

Hughesy WE Have a Problem: I lost your interview! I love Dave Hughes or, as he’s been known by Australia for well over a decade, ‘Hughesy’. He’s got this trademark laconic style that just seems to leave you thinking about...


Cannabis testing unjust? Make your vote count

Throughout 2018 there was a significant increase in police highway patrol activity in the northern rivers that has disturbed many residents.


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning January 3,...

An Austen Tayshus New Year! Byron Services Club | Monday 7 Jan | Lennox Bowlo | Thursday 10 Jan | 8pm | $35 Every year Austen Tayshus comes to Byron – it’s his standup comedy mecca – the place where he returns...


Goonengerry school seeks creative arts support

With the NSW government not funding music education in schools, Goonengerry Public School has kicked off a Gofundme campaign to make up the difference.


Student art to adorn Cottage

Nine girls from Mullumbimby High have completed a creative arts program at the Byron Youth Service cottage with youth workers Karma Barnes and Deb Pearse.


Female soccer club to get change rooms

The Mullumbimby-Brunswick Valley Football Club will receive $20,000 in federal funding for female change rooms and showers. Still more groups were showered with state funding.


Belongil residents’ bid to repair sea walls rejected

Chief Judge Preston found that the sea walls had been unlawful in the first place because they were built without development consent.


Crystal Castle unveils dragon egg

A brand-new treasure has been unveiled at the Crystal Castle – a rare Uruguayan Amethyst dragon egg.


Vale Judy MacDonald 1951–2018

Judy MacDonald was an indefatigable warrior, well known for her energy and drive, her passion and commitment across a wide range of community and environmental causes.


Interview with Goothala Doyle

Sharing Wisdom Goothala Doyle is a dreamtime healer, actor, traditional craftsman/artisan, cultural educator, and activist, presented in 2017 at the World First Nations traditional knowledge conference. Goothala Doyle’s country and people are Yugarabul; he was first recognised as the first...


Mayor claims coastal management plan derailed by Belongil landowners

An urgent meeting with the premier on coastal zone management has been requested by mayor Simon Richardson to clarify a government backflip on Byron’s Coastal Zone Management Plan.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Can we love our bad sculpture?

Not everyone loves Picasso’s Weeping Woman. But it is without a doubt an important and incredible painting. Our sculpture is not a Weeping Woman. It’s a creeping catastrophe. So what are we going to do about it? Grow vines? Wrap it up like a Christo?


Kerry’s memoirs in print

Six-time Walkley award-winning ABC journalist and Byron local Kerry O’Brien recently launched his latest book, A Memoir, at The Book Room at Newrybar Merchants.


Live Music in the Byron Shire and Beyond from January 3,...

Magpie Diaries debut Sanctuary at the Brewery Byron Brewery | Thursday 7pm | FREE Alluding to an era of more simplistic notions, Magpie Diaries take flight into an abundant musical sanctuary with their 11-track debut album release. To celebrate their debut,...


Students to undertake Byron Council’s building audit

Around 265 council-managed buildings across Byron Shire will be audited over the coming four months by four student engineers, saving some $70,000, say Council staff.


Big year for young and old local surfers

Crystal Cylinders The year gone has been a watershed for Australian surfing with Steph Gilmore winning her seventh world title, the retirements of Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, and for locals the news that 23-year-old Sufflolk Park lad Soli Bailey...


Tweed sailing a thrilling choice for 83 juniors

The Tweed Valley Sailing Club at Fingal Head on the Tweed River is now nearly eight years old and 2018 was another packed year with both winter and summer seasons of regular Sunday Learn to Sail sessions, afternoon racing,...


Support Stone & Wood

S Haslam The GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll is described as the ‘largest and most influential people’s choice poll in the land’ for Australian breweries. Thousands of people vote online for their five favourite beers, and our independent northern...


Byron junior basketballers still buzzing after trophy haul

Jenny Ogle The Byron Bay Beez representative teams had a great 2018 as three out of the six competing in the Waratah Northern Junior League won their championships An example was the U/16 girls who fought a fierce grandfinal against  arch-rivals...


Carnivores and vegans rejoice!

There is a banging burger joint in town that we can all eat at without anyone having to sacrifice on flavour – yeehaa!  Main St Burger Bar really does have it all, my flavour-loving friends, with burgers piled high with...


Enjoying Byron

S Haslam With the Byron holiday season in full swing we ventured right into the heart of Jonson St for Saturday night dinner for two at Loft Byron Bay. Having just spent $80 on a really disappointing lunch for two...


Rainbow Kitchen

S Haslam The new place in Mullum with the funky wooden kids’ playground is The Rainbow Kitchen, the first 100 per cent plant-based/vegan cafe in Mullumbimby, offering ‘heart-centred love-based’ food. But owners Angel and Gopala see it, together with the...


Macadamia Castle 

The Macadamia Castle now offers something very adult: artisan, certified-organic, paddock-to-bottle, locally produced, small-batch spirits at Bar Macca. As well as the Castle’s usual animal and bird fun for kids, including some fun holiday workshops, Bar Macca has a menu...


Cinema Review: Peppermint

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeBMQpzoEXQ I don’t know how she did it, and it’s never explained, but somehow or other Riley North (Jennifer Garner) managed to get the bodies of three thugs that she had killed hanging like bats from the spokes of a...


Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in the article about the Mullumbimby...

A little bit of COVID…

Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless in our community, now I’m...


Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise of democracy, do take the...

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

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