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Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

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Rail trail

Peter Finch, East Lismore At last someone else has put their hand up to question the fluffery and misinformation surrounding...

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Community bar – not

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I couldn’t believe what I was reading in The Echo: a plan to turn an ‘iconic’...

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

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.

February 20, 2019

Issue 33.37

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Interview with Eva Glimma at Taste of Love Festival

Taste of Love | Byron 1–3 March | Byron Centre Eva Glimma is a sex educator who predominantly works with men to get them in touch with their sexuality and to help them confront the issues that may be holding...


Interview with David Gray

Bluesfest | 18–22 April David Gray has been working full tilt on his new album Gold in a Brass Age, the first album of new material in four years. ‘With this album I’ve done a big social media push and...


Tyagarah residents reply to David Dixon

Nudist David Dixon says he is ‘Tired of repetitious and inaccurate arguments made against Tyagarah clothing-optional beach,’ citing us pesky Tyagarah residents as the culprits.


AMA hypocrisy

I applaud Colin Mendelsohn, conjoint associate professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Uni of NSW.


Is it time to bypass the transport hub?

‘Byron, can I suggest it’s time for a deep breath and rethink before we pave paradise and ruin the town we love?’


Interview with Troy Cassar-Daly

Ballina RSL | Saturday 8pm | $40 VIP $75 Troy Cassar-Daly is without a doubt country music royalty. Fans are in for a treat when he presents an acoustic show of greatest hits along with the stories of his life...


Parties sending out ‘deceptive’ postal vote forms

Have you received an application to register a postal vote in the mail? If you thought you were supplying the NSW Electoral Commission with your details to vote in confidence, think again.


Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond from February 20th, 2019

Factory Art  Factory 16 | Friday 22 Feb | 6pm | FREE During February, artist Caleb Reid will be exhibiting his latest series of large-scale abstract paintings in Mullumbimby. He uses an array of materials to create images that land somewhere between children’s...


Cinema Review: Alita: Battle Angel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cislZ9S0ocA by  Charles Boyle In the year 2563, the earth has been devastated by a catastrophic war. While foraging through a junkyard in Iron City, Dr Dyson Ido finds a damaged female cyborg. He rebuilds the cyborg as a young girl...


Is it better to build first and ask forgiveness later?

Are there enough houses in the area? Should we be allowed to put another dwelling on our property if there is enough space? Should we build first and ask later?


Byron at Byron’s six-week water leak

As the region suffered through drought-like conditions over summer, thousands of litres of water sprayed out of a broken pipe next to a hydrant on the resort’s western border.


Tom on the hub

The letter (Echo 6/2 The transport hub) from departed GM Ken Gainger justifying his pet bus station and cheering on the attendant creeping commercialisation of the town contains all the fudging of history we have come to expect from a paid official who was afforded far too much influence on council policy.


Get it right, people

Your readers are invited to say one hundred times: ‘Weather is not climate, climate is not weather’.


Yellow Vests are here

Globally democracies have become corporatocracies. Macro policy is dictated by corporations, monopolised mainstream media, and banking cartels.


Medium density impact ‘bigger than West Byron’

A hundred days after the upcoming state elections, shires including Byron and Ballina may be forced to adopt a new medium-density housing code if the Coalition is returned.


Interview with SCU Media Artist, Professor Grayson Cooke

Open Air – a film by Grayson Cooke | Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Friday 22 February | 7.30pm | $15 It is a perfect match: Revered trio The Necks, known for mesmerising, slowly unravelling musical pieces, and an hour-long...


Interview with Melanie Koeman, Director of Waves for Water, Australia

Byron Bay Surf Festival | Wed–Sun  Founded by pro surfer Jon Rose, Waves For Water’s mission is to get clean drinking water to those in need. Waves for Water have partnered with Byron Bay Surf Festival to share their mission. I was...


Interview with Tex Perkins

The Beauty of the Beasts Hotel Great Northern | Friday 1 March | 9pm  | $51.55 Last year Tex Perkins felt the calling. Like a scene in the Blues Brothers, he put out the call to his Beasts of Bourbon mates, from Beasts...


Cinema Review: Green Book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M by  Charles Boyle Set in the US in 1962, Green Book is the true story of black piano virtuoso Dr Don Shirley, who hires tough New York Italian nightclub bouncer Tony Lip (aka Vallelonga) to drive and protect him on...


Byron’s first legal cannabis crop on the cards

While there has been a lot of talk about medicinal cannabis of late, there has so far been little action on the ground in the part of the country where it grows like a weed.


Live Music in and around Byron Shire from week starting February...

A round-up of the coming music events in the Byron Shire and beyond


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Climate change = vote change

With a state election in March and a federal election later this year, climate-change reform should be the primary platform of every party. After all if climate change makes the earth uninhabitable you are going to lose a lot of voters. 


Mick Haines: A life well lived

Born a storyteller, Michael John Haines was delivered into a loving family on July 1, 1944. His father Trevor Mervyn Haines was from Byron Bay, and his mother Doris Melba Mary Veronica Haines, was from Kempsey.


NSW state election 2019: quiz your candidates

Pill testing, renewable energy, short-term holiday letting, koala protection and of course, our pot-holed roads. These are just some of the hottest state election issues on the Northern Rivers. Other local concerns include West Byron, water mining, and homelessness.


Imagine all the people…

Imagine this: you are incarcerated in a prison in a tropical climate where, every time you need to use the toilet, you have to wade through ankle-deep urine-contaminated water.


Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.