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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Other News


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

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.

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

March 20, 2019

Issue 33.41

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Interview with Toni Childs

Looking Back to Move Forward: Toni Childs Retrospective For Bees It’s All a Beautiful Noise and Citizens of the Planet | City Hall in Lismore | Wednesday 3 April |  7.30pm | $63.80 – $68.20 The legendary Toni Childs presents a...


Ballina Nationals candidate fails to reply to resident survey

All state candidates have replied to detailed yes or no questions regarding local planning issues except Ben Franklin (Nationals).


Making babies can be hard work – a helping hand never...

A little support during your pregnancy and birth is something any expectant mother would appreciate and a doula (pronounced doo-la) is someone who can provide this support.


Minimising harm from drugs – and pollies

From the injustice of the random drug testing (RDT) to the Liberal/National state government’s obsession with ensuring people die at festivals by refusing sensible and proven pill and drug testing, the current state elections have brought a focus on the draconian and outdated attitudes of the current government towards drugs.


Interview with Kasey Chambers

Kasey is the Captain of Blues  Bluesfest | Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm | Thursday 18 April – Monday 22 April | $200+ Kasey Chambers is beyond excited about being on the line up for the 30th Bluesfest.  ‘I am so excited. I first came...


Cinema Reviews: Sometimes Always Never

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22R-JQRov_U ‘Letting go’ is never easy. No matter how traumatic an experience, how heartbreaking a loss, some find it virtually impossible to be free of its torment. Alan (Bill Nighy with a Scouse accent) is one such person.  Obsessed with...


Interview with Amy Ingram, co-creator of I Want to Know What...

Love, Loss, Lismore Lismore City Hall | 29 & 30 March | 7.30pm | $25–$54 Amy Ingram is a co-creator of I want to know what love is and member of The Good Room. She spoke with the Echo about how they plan...


Cinema Reviews: Hotel Mumbai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz4jnixs8yA Until Friday in Christchurch, many of us dismissed the ‘war on terror’ as just another political construct used to win votes. Last week’s horrific attack has inevitably cast this movie in a more coruscating light. ‘Jihad’ and its murderous...


Live Music in the Byron Shire and Beyond from march 20,...

Bello Winter Bello Winter Music  |  Bellingen  |  11 - 14 July Bello Winter Music serves up a hot baker’s dozen announcing the first 13 acts headed for the boutique music festival in Bellingen  11 – 14 July. Direct from Chicago for...


BayFM lodges complaint against premier’s security

Local radio station BayFM has lodged a complaint with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance [MEAA] over the treatment of its journalist Jim Beatson by the NSW premier’s security staff last week.


Composting system launched by local inventor

After eight years of local product development and testing, a crowdfunding campaign for a unique composting system kicks off on Thursday, March 21 in the hope that it can become commercially built.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Freedom of Hate Speech

Freedom of  Hate Speech Every time I hear people bang on about ‘Freedom of Speech’ I feel nauseous. Freedom of Speech never seems to me to have anything to do with freedom at all. When you hear people bleating on...


A dispatch from a table under a tree

By Vivienne Pearson I write to you from a table under a tree, complete with dappled sunlight and memories of last night’s dinner.  I ate a dish of Harissa chicken with char-grilled vegetables and rice. I cooked the dish myself but...


Swiss Cuisine

‘Our philosophy at Edelweiss Fine Swiss Food, is to give you and your tastebuds an experience you will not forget,’ says Chef Annina who works closely with local farmers and producers to bring the best regional ingredients to the...


Slinging Plates at Barrio

Barrio Eatery & Bar are kicking off their new monthly event, Slinging Plates by inviting local restaurateurs, chefs and sommeliers to create affordable dishes at fixed price points for the local community to enjoy. ‘Slinging Plates is all about people hanging...


Mullum hockey celebrates 90 years

The Mullumbimby Hockey Club is celebrating its 90th birthday this year and will field three senior teams in the Tweed Border competition. ‘The Mullumbimby teams train and play on the fields at Murwillumbah because the local fields aren’t smooth enough...


Shire skaters get some great results at national finals

Four Byron Shire skaters have returned from the Australian Skateboard League National Finals in Melbourne earlier this month, with some great results.  Suffolk Park’s Joey Cormack lead the pack picking up second place in the open division after taking on...


Junior surfers charge on

Crystal Cylinders Mikey McDonagh and Nyxie Ryan competed at the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior at Manly over the weekend and had solid results in the quality one metre surf. Both made the semifinals  in their respective events. Ryan was...


Medals for Byron archers

A four-person team from the Byron Shire Archery Club has retuned from the South Queensland Archery Society (SQAS) short-range championship with three medals. ‘It was a really good weekend. I didn’t shoot as well as I could, but I still...


Land speed record for Fysh

Byron Bay resident Jo Fysh made the two-day trek to the salt flats of South Australia and returned with a Australian Land Speed Record. ‘My record is 57.5 mph (92 kph) and my top speed for the week was 65.8 mph, so...


Getting closer to Closing the Gap

The poorer health of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous population is no secret – but this is something that can change.


Interview with Tory Bauer curator of NORPA’s Festival of Love

The Tory Story I want to Know What Love Is, NORPA | Lismore City Hall | 7.30pm | 29 & 30 March | $25-54 Tory Bauer has curated NORPA’s Festival of Love, a series of fun love-themed experiences including three Love Hotels...


Interview with Simon Morley, Penis Puppetry

Talking Cocks Simon Morley is a self-made man. Literally. Twenty years ago, Simon decided to live the dream and get paid to play with his penis. And be asked to tour the world. And have women come to pay and...


Interview with DZ Deathrays, AKA the Lords of Shred

DZ Deathrays Hotel Great Northern  |  Saturday  |  9pm  |  $40.30 DZ Deathrays, aka the Lords of Shred, are on the move with an upcoming regional tour that brings them back to one of their favourite haunts, Byron Bay. Last time they were...


Cinema Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4m3t3G3Zqc If Beale Street Could Talk Based on James Baldwin’s book, the movie is prefaced by his quote that  ‘every black American was born in Beale Street.’  Which, being a metaphor for struggle, explains how it comes to be set in...


Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...