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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

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.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

January 30, 2019

Issue 33.34

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In this Issue:

Interview with Byron Bay Surf Festival director James McMillan

Multiple Events & Venues | Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 Feb  How did you get involved – is it just you now as the festival director? I have learned that passion, naivety, and a creative mind can land you in some precarious...


Interview with Gyan

Byron Theatre | Wednesday 20 Feb | 7pm | $50 For many artists, finding someone simpatico whom they can collaborate with is a gift. For singer/songwriter Gyan her creative coupling with Jane Siberry is just that. This year Gyan celebrates...


Cinema Review: Green Book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkZxoko_HC0 This is one of those road-trip movies that you happily embark on knowing exactly where you are headed and what the stops will be along the way – not even the revelation that involves a bailout from a lockup...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the week beginning January 31,...

Mullumbimby’s Magic Part Two Drill Hall, Mullumbimby | Friday 1 Feb | 5pm & 7.30pm | $12/15 This second documentary in the culture series, and third film commissioned by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society Inc, Mullumbimby’s Magic – the Culture of 70s–80s...


Big picture activism challenges economic growth

It is clearer to me more than ever that a fundamental shift in the economy is urgently needed: away from the global towards the local.


Stories in the Club returns

Three guest tellers who will speak at the Stories in the Club on February 10 at the Mullum Services Club are Lyn Carson, Jim Tait, and Mark Swivel.


Get qualified! Where college leads to local jobs

Local Catherine Hollis recently completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and is now employed with local Byron Bay centre BuzyKids.


Australia Day accolades for those who make Byron special

  The founder of a program offering emergency accommodation and help to women has been named Byron Shire’s 2019 Citizen of the Year. SHIFT Project founder Anne Goslett joined other award recipients in being recognised as tireless contributors to the community...


Election candidates disclose their drug use history

With Greens MP Cate Faehrmann’s admission recently that she has taken illegal substances, what better opportunity to ask the three state election candidates about their own drug use?


Cinema Review: The Mule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_QksSzK7sI Toxic masculinity is the phrase of the moment, and to a lot of people, particularly women, it is personified on screen by Clint Eastwood. But anybody familiar with his work will know that the tough-guy image is only a...


Interview with Claire Anne Taylor

Voice from the Forest Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club | Saturday 2 Feb | 6.30pm | $20 Tasmanian songstress Claire Anne Taylor has just released her second album All the Words, a soulful masterpiece. Recorded in a wooden cabin in the Huon Valley,...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Fleshing it out

Today I checked out Tyagarah’s newly appointed clothing-optional beach: 800 metres of beach where people can legally swim, stroll, sunbake, and even play volleyball in the buff. Of course they can also wear pants. That’s what ‘optional’ means.


Calls to clean up Butler Street Reserve

Hud Maughan wakes each morning wondering what ‘little delights’ he will discover in the front yard of his family’s Byron Bay home. That’s if he managed to get to sleep in the first place.


Questionable process surrounds Byron’s transport hub

Who is in charge of the proposed Byron bus interchange project – councillors and the town’s masterplan group or Council staff and state government bureaucrats?


Live Music in the Byron Shire and beyond from January 30,...

Older and Golden Mullumbimby Ex Services Club | Thursday 31 Jan | 6.30pm | $2.50-15 Miss Amber and Stukulele are back in 2019 with traditional January special guests Ash Bell and Sara Tindley. The theme is an eclectic bag: Golden Oldies… any...


Developer speaks over residents’ concern with large Ocean Shores DA

Further to last week’s story regarding a large DA submitted for south Ocean Shores for eight dwellings over three large lots and the removal of over 800m2 of vegetation, developer Callum Sked has responded to The Echo.


Clubs come together to deliver new cycling race series

Chris Boogert has taken out the first race of a new series organised and co-hosted by the Ballina Bicycle Club (BBC) and the Byron Bay Cycle Club (BBCC) called the Shire Shooutout. The first of eight races making up the...


Kids laser in on sailing

The last school holiday sail at Fingal by the Tweed Valley Sailing Club was the biggest yet with over 25 young sailors and the biggest number of teenagers so far.  A dozen boats took to the water, from classic Sabots...


Local boardrider clubs join lineup to contest national finals

The Byron Bay Boardriders and Lennox-Ballina Boardriders clubs are all set to compete at the Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series national final at Newcastle Beach on February 16–17 after qualifying in 2018. Newcastle’s Merewether Surfboard Club joins Phillip Island Boardriders...


Soccer coach wins Sportsperson of the Year award

Byron Bay Football Club’s technical director Chris Layland has been named as Sportsperson of the Year by the Byron Shire Council. Layland was singled out as a natural coach to players in the club as well as a tecaher to...


A little bit superhuman

Tonic herbs have been used for thousands of years to bring health and vitality to the entire body, support longevity and healthy ageing, and to create inner and outer radiance. This Tuesday 5 February there’s a chance to meet the...


International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.