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Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

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Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable...

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.

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

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.

Interview with Claire Atkins from SHIT

I saw SHIT last year and I was blown away. Incredible script. Incredible acting.

Suffolk Park residents pressure councillors over pump track

Councillors, Michael Lyon and Jeanette Martin, met Suffolk Park residents on Saturday to hear concerns around the proposed pump bike track, which is slated for the Linda Vidler park.

April 10, 2019

Issue 33.44

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In this Issue:

Interview with Nicole Britton

Nikki Britton: The Comedy Collective with Mel Buttle and Dave Thornton Byron Comedy Fest  |  Byron Surf Club  |  Saturday 19 May  |  8.30pm Comedian Nicole Britton recalls a time when she felt like a mega celebrity. ‘It was a 5-minute late-night...


Interview with Brett Adlington, the director of the Lismore Regional Gallery...

Travelling Archibald Exhibition Lismore Regional Gallery  |  Opening Wednesday 17 April  |  5.30pm  |  $62/67 Daily until 17 June  |  Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm, Thursdays until 6pm  |  $10 Prestigious and controversial, The Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize....


Persons of interest: Ian Cohen

In the leadup to the Adani rally and convoy on April 21 (see page 1), The Echo profiles another local activist who has been influential in the field of environmental protection.


Byron Bay students plan for the planet

A Byron High student-led presentation of environmental projects was put on display recently at The Farm on Ewingsdale Road.


College offers new performing arts qualification

Follow your performing arts dream and study right here in Byron Shire. With a thriving local performing arts industry from community-based theatre and events to large-scale national and international festivals, it’s an exciting industry to pursue. 


Interview with War and Treaty

  Bluesfest  |  18–22 April The War and Treaty Story Michael and Tanya Trotter took distinctly different paths to becoming The War and Treaty. After winning a talent show when she was 13, Tanya came from a musical theatre background. Michael started writing later,...


Is your money safe in the bank?

Questions are still being raised over the risk to individual and small business deposits and savings under the new laws relating to what resources can be used to bail out banks in financial trouble.


Labor v the coalition on climate change

Private polling carried out for both Labor and the Liberals, as well as environmental groups, shows climate change is a major concern for voters.


Cinema Reviews: Pet Sematary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK0LNzU2TQI The screen has benefited immensely from the prolific pen of Stephen King (filmed versions of his novels include a couple of personal favourites, Stand By Me and The Shining). Pet Sematary is the only one of his books that...


Power grab: Environment and local govt departments neutered

Since being re-elected on March 23, the NSW Liberal-National coalition has moved quickly to weaken environmental protections and local government powers by transferring them to the planning department and the premier, Gladys Berejiklian.


Culture in the Byron Shire, week starting April 10, 2019

Life of Brian Palace Cinema, Byron  |  Thursday 18 April  |  7pm  |  $15 - 20 The Life of Brian is one of the funniest of the Monty Python collection. They deliver a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood’s...


Cinema Reviews: Shazam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6GEIrcvFY There are a lot of people (and I include myself among the group) whose response to any super-hero movie has always been ‘are they kidding?’ How could anybody relate the wham-bam super-hero drivel to their own life? I marvelled...


Interview with Tim Snider

Tim Chitty Pato Brunswick Picture House  |  Friday 26 April  |  7pm  |  $28.50 - $32 Nahko and Medicine for the People have taken the world by storm. The band are one of the headlining acts at Bluesfest this year but...


Live Music in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the week...

Splendour in the Grass North Byron Parklands | 19 - 21 July | $200-$430 The 19th annual Splendour in the Grass returns to its forever home at North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 till Sunday 21 July, serving up one of the biggest...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Minister for yoga please

India has a minister for yoga. I read about it in Hung Le’s book The Crappiest Refugee and I thought that must be a joke, but after googling it turns out that yes, India really does have a yoga...


Carney leads Red Devils to a big win in front of...

David Garsed After a first round bye the Byron Bay Red Devils kicked off there season proper with a comprehensive 42–10 win against Evans Head running in eight tries to two.  It gave the club wins in all four grades after...


Summer basketball winners decided

Deb Milgate Byron Bay’s summer basketball competitions came to a head last week with grandfinals played across the men’s, women’s, primary and high school competitions. There were some hard-fought close games and all were played in great spirit. Winners  A-men: Next level beat...


Soli 17th in first tour event

Crystal Cylinders Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey surfed in his debut event at Duranbah Beach at the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast after qualified for the Championship Tour last year. Soli got off to an encouraging start by advancing from round one in...


Women on the park for sevens rugby at Byron Bay

Byron Bay Rugby is one of nine clubs who have entered the Northern Rivers’ first women’s sevens rugby competition. The team had a bye in round one but travelled away to play Grafton on Saturday afternoon.  The side went down 32–10...


Summer sailors have last fling on the Tweed River

Bill Fenelon Fourteen boats competed in a good breeze for the last race day of the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s summer season at the end of March. Fastest boat on the water went to visitor Jason Purcell (Big River Sailing Club)...


NRCF $ for positive social change

Over 120 people, many of them new to NRCF functions, attended an information evening about NRCF with pro broadcaster Angela Catterns last Thursday at Rockinghorse Studios. A tight group of individuals who have been recipients of annual grants spoke...


Relaxed, stylish vibe at Friday Hut Dining

By S Haslam Many people remember Friday Hut Road very fondly. This eatery is the old schoolhouse at Possum Creek. In 1963 it was transformed into a private house, and then was reborn as Bilyana. Today, it is owned by...


Harvest Autumn Fair

Hosted at the Splendour site, North Byron Parklands, on Saturday 27 April, the inaugural Harvest Autumn Fair will showcase the region’s leading farmers, producers, chefs, brewers, and distillers, who all come together to celebrate the ‘Harvest’. Presented by Northern Rivers...


Bay Grocer

Byron Bay’s new Bay Grocer – in the space once occupied by Green Garage – is now heading into its third month of trading. Owners Sarah Swan and Jeremy Burn moved into the space in late January and continue...


Government support for ‘craft-beer’ tourism

By S Haslam If you are amazed by the number and variety of new craft beers brewed each week, you won’t be surprised to discover that 83 new breweries started in Australia last year, 28 of which were in NSW....


Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable as mayor by scripting his...


I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will be independent.’ As long as more...

Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump track will have on our...

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have taken my comments on the...