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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.

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Independent wants to be Byron’s new mayor

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Basil Cameron has announced his candidature for Mayor.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Byron Council to introduce car-free Sundays in the centre of town

Byron Council has taken a further step toward getting cars out of, and pedestrians into, the centre of Byron, by voting to introduce car-free Sundays.

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

February 6, 2019

Issue 33.35

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In this Issue:

Cartoon of the week – February 13, 2019

Another great cartoon by Alister Lockhart


Any artist will tell you about negative space

Whatever your opinion may be about the new sculpture on Ewingsdale Road, one of the things really wrong with the sculpture is that it is supposed to be a ‘negative space’.


Is public art meant to create controversy?

People writing to support the roundabout sculpture justify it by repeating the mantra that public art is ‘meant’ to create controversy as if that were set in stone, and the only criterion for its acceptability;


The lighthouse sculpture fracas

Regarding the lighthouse sculpture fracas, Jan 24. The question must be asked: Why did we need a sculpture of the iconic Lighthouse when the real thing is only a short distance away?


BSC new website

I just looked at the new version of the Byron Shire Council website to confirm whether I could make noise (use my new air blower) on a Sunday in a local residential area.


Rezoning Lot 22

Lot 22 Mullumbimby was earmarked for sport and recreation and must be retained for future use.



A new game to play, no electronics and very interactive, PAP stands for Passive Aggressive Piety. PAP fills the void left by priests.


Redesign democracy

This year I was a volunteer MC at the GREENHouse venue at Woodford Folk Festival. There I participated in six 60-minute Redesigning Democracy workshops, which I found deeply inspiring. We learned about citizens’ assemblies that use deliberative democracy and how Switzerland uses direct democracy.


How would you feel?

Honestly Alan Hunter and Paul Spooner – with regard to your proclamations in The Echo on January 23, how would you feel if the country of your ancestors for thousands and thousands of years was overtaken by the hordes from over the ocean…


South Golden Beach

Another fascinating and knowledgeable article from the tireless and brilliant Helena Norberg-Hodge.


The transport hub

I would like to make the following comments in response to the article ‘Questionable process surrounds transport hub’ published January 30.


Not a happy student

I am pleased that people are satisfied with the courses they have completed (Echo Jan 30, page 9).


The war on straws

Is this all the Nationals can claim, the slogan ‘straws off shores’? We are dealing with a War on Waste. I have not seen or spoken with any Nationals collecting straws along our waterways.


Park at New Brighton

New Brighton is a lovely long beach with one small handicap: there is very little parking. So we treasure our parking spots.


Interview with Helena Norbert-Hodge on big-picture activism

Talking about people power Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Wednesday 13 Feb 7pm  |  $15  On Wednesday 13 Feb Helena Norbert-Hodge, pioneer of the localisation movement and founder of Global Economics of Happiness, presents an event focused on big-picture activism. Helena is without...


Interview with Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga AKA Mojo Juju

Is Blues Mojo’s Native Tongue? Bluesfest  |  18–22 April Native Tongue is the title for Mojo Juju’s third studio album. It’s her essence laid bare, a raw, emotional, and intrinsically political offering that is also brutal and relentlessly real. Just like...


Interview with Zenith Virago, director and curator of the Vagina Conversations

When all our lips speak as one Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Thursday 14 & Friday 15 February  |  7.30pm  |  $23/29  The Vagina Conversations are now in their fifth year. Directed and curated by Zenith Virago, what started as an idea has...


Cinema Review: Ben is Back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI9NdYktzfE Ben is Back It starts conventionally and you have a fair idea of where the movie is headed when Ben (Lucas Hedges), a recovering drug addict, returns home following a period of detox. Having cleared the bathroom cabinet of pills,...


Culture in Byron Shire and Beyond for the week beginning February...

Byron Bay Surf Festival: Beyond the Curl, a Celebration of Women in Surf Beach Hotel, Byron Bay  |  Friday 22 February  |  10am–12pm Byron Bay Surf Festival stands for equality. A celebration, Women: Beyond the Curl, is an injection of female...


Local role model drowns at Brunswick Heads

Jose Hernandez was 'simply someone who would make your day better just for witnessing his smile,’ says his friend and manager Daniel Tiffin.


Interview with Canadian-born Muscian, Jane Siberry

Calling Two Angels: Jane Siberry & Gyan… Jane Siberry & Gyan: Un Together Again  |  Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Wednesday 20 Feb 7pm  | $50  Canadian-born Jane Siberry is a rare artist: intelligent and earthy, both groundbreaking and heartbreaking. Iconic and enigmatic, Jane Siberry...


Local philanthropy supports those in need

In an incredible act of generosity, a couple has donated $40,000 to Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre so it can rehire its recently laid-off administrative assistant for a full year.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Welcome homeless

There’s a woman in Byron who sleeps on the streets. I first saw her when I was going to get my nails done at a nearby beautician. The irony didn’t escape me. Two women, two very different lives.


Live Music in the Byron Shire and Beyond

The Rolling Stones Experience Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday 16 Feb 8pm  |  $28.80 Get ready for The Rolling Stones Experience as it pays homage to the band that was at the forefront of the British invasion in the mid-1960s....


Public meeting over Byron Bay bus and transport hub

The Byron Shire community are once again having to demand their right to community consultation. Locals are calling a public meeting today at 5pm at The Rails to seek a review of the proposed facility and its location.


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.