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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.

Other News

Co-op meeting

Annette Snow, Myocum As a Mullumbimby Rural Co-op shareholder of 42 years and a past employee of over 13 years,...

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

Boarding houses

Matthew O’Reilly, CABS president and Council candidate for the new Byron Greens The over-development of cramped boarding-house accommodation in Sunrise...

Government fails to support dying at home in Northern Rivers

Approaching the subject of dying is always tricky, often awkward, and never easy. But when you are faced with caring for someone at the end of their life, it helps if you can find support from people who have already navigated the path.

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

19-yr-old charged after alleged Mercedes joy ride in Tweed shire

A 19-year-old Tweed Heads South man faces a string of charges related to car theft on the Northern Rivers.

February 13, 2019

Issue 33.36

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In this Issue:

Nationals and West Byron

Despite Ben Franklin and Premier Gladys Berejiklian admitting (Echo August 22) that their government’s rezoning of West Byron resulted in a ‘scale of that development is beyond what the community’s expectations are’, that is ‘too big to impose on the community’, Ben’s only solution (Echo 6 February) is more infrastructure.


Call to residents

I am tired of the repetitious and inaccurate arguments made against Tyagarah clothing-optional beach. I urge opponents to engage with the current situation and cease repeating historical grievances ad nauseam.


Boomerang at Bluesfest

Byron Bluesfest welcomes Boomerang back this year. Managed and programmed from a First Nations perspective, Boomerang is a dedicated Indigenous performance and interactive event that showcases extraordinary art and culture. Festival director for Bluesfest, Peter Noble OAM, said, ‘Our Indigenous...


Yours, mine, ours

Lot 22 is community land. I own it. You own it. We own it. It is THE COMMONS. I do not consent to The Commons being privatised.


Durrumbul bend

This morning there’s been yet another collision on the notorious Durrumbul bend in Main Arm Road, just outside Durrumbul Hall.


Interview with Baba Dez Nichols

Taste of Love Festival | Friday 1 March | Saturday 2 March Life After Dez Baba Dez Nichols is an internationally renowned speaker and teacher, Daka, author, singer/songwriter, and transformational guide who has been featured on numerous TV and radio shows...


Take our Dirty Dozen

Byron Council in conjunction with several other councils has taken a huge step backwards in the way recycling is done. It is an excellent idea to have a regional approach to recycling.


Trees save the planet

Given that we are facing climate disaster it seems we would be wanting to make actions that mitigate extremes as a wise move?


Cinema Review: Escape Room

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6yYBAUxv4 The action kicks off immediately with a fellow falling into a room where the walls start closing in on him, before then flashing back to show what led up to the mayhem. It’s been so long since I’ve seen...


Interview with The Southern River Band

Hotel Great Northern | Saturday | 8pm | Free Coming into 2019 red hot, The Southern River Band have announced a national headline tour taking their jaw-dropping live show all over Australia – touching down at the Hotel Great Northern on their...


Community survey: a mixed report for Byron Council

Most students get their report cards at the end of term, but Byron Council has been given its marks early this year in the form of results from its bi-annual community satisfaction survey.


Dare to be informed: meet the candidates

The state election is weeks away and the electorate of Ballina is a marginal seat. These are exciting times and you have the opportunity to take part in them.


Homeless is where your heart is?

Not hard to see our political establishments are prioritising climate change and refugees – as though they are the main concerns of Australians. Really?


The essential Centre

I was dismayed to hear in town recently that the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre had to let go of long-term administrative staff and reduce the hours of another welfare coordinator owing to a lack of funding.


Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond from February 13th, 2019

Surf Legends Lounge: Mark Occhilupo, Dave Rastovich, Taylor Steele (USA), and Dick Hoole chat with Vaughan Blakey  Byron Bay Surf Festival  Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Thursday 21 Feb | 7pm | $25.80  The Byron Bay Surf Festival is just around the corner,...


Bruns author recounts her life-changing experience

Emma’s first book Bucket Lists and Walking Sticks explores reasons for having ‘bucket lists’, the truth of which Emma and Darryl discovered after a shattering accident.


Council failed to engage community over transport hub, say residents

The Byron Bay Residents’ Group called three times for the opportunity to discuss the proposed transport hub and interchange but claim they were actively refused the opportunity to contribute.


Mullum affordable housing site a flood risk: residents

Nearly 100 locals gathered in Mullumbimby to have their say about plans for an affordable-housing development next to the town’s community gardens last week, with a large and determined group of local homeowners strongly opposing it.


Labor promises to fund Arakwal Cultural Centre Masterplan

Local Labor candidate Asren Pugh has said Labor will put forward $100,000 for the long-awaited Arakwal Cultural Centre Masterplan.


Interview with Jono Ma AKA Jagwa Ma

Locura Byron Bay | Thursday | 5pm | $30 Landing in the Bay on Thursday, Valentine’s Day, for the first time ever is the one and only Floating Points. Both an outstanding producer and a deep-digging DJ, Sam Shepherd is revered as one...


Interview with Grace Knight

Club Mullum – Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club | Saturday 2 March | 8pm | $35 She’s got a voice that just leaves you spellbound. Acclaimed for her live performances, Grace Knight is without a doubt one of the finest interpreters of popular music...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Love Letter

There is something quite beautiful about a love letter. The outpourings of one person’s heart for another, captured in fragile script, scrawled nervously across the page. 


Local school calls for more classrooms

Coorabell Public School is facing being cut from 125 students to 47 under recent legislation implemented by the NSW Department of Education who claim there are nine classrooms within 15km of the school to take students.


A changing climate

Recently I have been listening to TED talks about climate change, how  threatening it is to us all, and how we don’t talk about it very much at all, though we should. Our lives are threatened and we are silent.


Market keeps Mullumbimby’s history alive

Mullumbimby’s original community market is more than just a market, it is a way for the community to raise money to keep the local museum funded.


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.