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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

October 30, 2019

Issue 34.21

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In this Issue:

XR: a non-violent, disruptive climate action group

Extinction Rebellion (also known as XR) is the non-violent, disruptive climate action group demanding that governments across the world take immediate action towards the threat of climate change. XR wants citizens to know the facts about the unprecedented international climate emergency that the world is in the midst of.


Interview with Andrew Swain, director of Dustyesky

Dustyesky Mullum Music Festival  |  14–17 Nov It started as a bit of a joke – a bunch of mates singing Russian folk songs. Their first repertoire was about three songs. Since then, the men of Dustyesky have been raising the...


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 31 October,...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 31 October, 2019


Editorial – Take the time

Have you taken the time to stop lately? I did recently on a park bench.


Volunteers recognised

The important role that the Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport (TBBCT) plays in the community was recently recognised


A big thank you

Margaret Hanson, Wollongbar I’d like to start off on a positive to say a big thank you to all who contributed to the repair and part resurfacing of McGettigans Lane, Ewingsdale. It’s a treat to travel along it. Thank you. But...


Interview with Byron Latin Fiesta Director, Sky Blue

14th Byron Latin Fiesta Thursday 31 Oct – Sunday, 3 Nov For the past 14 years, the Byron Latin Fiesta has brought the Latin Love to town. And it’s happening again – celebrating our vibrant Latin loving community – with invited...


Interview with Clare Bowditch

Your Own Kind of Girl: Clare Bowditch In Conversation Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Tuesday  |  6pm  |  $30 Often we see successful people and we think that they’ve never struggled. That somehow their lives were easier than ours. You could...


Cinema: Hustlers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUG2U-IxPx0 Directed by Lorene Scafaria, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, and based on an article by Jessica Pressler. The article detailed a true-crime story in NYC – where former strip club employees banded together to target the pockets of...


It’s contagious

J Rose, Mullumbimby There seems to be a pathological attitude at large in the Byron Shire; people are determined to live (and seemingly enjoy) a negativity that is almost contagious. No one is willing to be positive about potholes. We are...


What’s ok and what’s not with the cops

• Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock What is happening to the police in northern NSW? Are they losing it on the job? Or are the police only employing a certain type? Before any wrong thoughts come up for the reader, I respect...


Climate change, insurance and you

Flood and fire are no strangers to either the Byron Shire or the Northern Rivers. As the dry conditions continue and the climate emergency news keeps rolling in, people are looking for ways to understand what is taking place and how to respond.


Live Music in the Byron Shire from 30 October, 2019

Live Music in the Byron Shire from 30 October, 2019


Thanks Council

Susan Fitzpatrick-Napier, Byron Bay Thank you Byron Council rubbish depot team! They moved 20 bags of rubbish and an office chair from the high tide mark on Belongil Beach last week, literally within a few hours after we called them –...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: White Shame

I suggest we start a movement, in an attempt to repatriate all the harm and hurt we’ve caused. It would be like Black Pride, but we could call it White Shame. Billboards around the country could show Pauline, stuck between the rock and her hard face. We could also appoint an Indigenous person as Minister for White-Fella Affairs.


Be aware of the Byron Shire Draft Residential Strategy 2019 (DRS)

Jeff Harrison, Sunrise Home-owners in Sunrise Beach Estate and South East Byron Bay Town should be aware of the Byron Shire Draft Residential Strategy 2019 (DRS) – especially how future infill development may impact their neighbourhood. The DRS has created ‘Residential...


Cartoon of the week – 30 October 2019

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors. The deadline for the Byron Echo newspaper is noon Friday and letters longer...


Mullumbimby swim meet draws 200

Over 200 swimmers from 15 clubs took part in the Mullumbimby Swim Club’s Halloween Qualifying Meet held at the Petria Thomas Memorial Pool last Sunday.


Nation’s best bowlers in town for Ocean Shores Classic Fours

A team from Northmead (Sydney) has topped a stellar field of bowlers to win the Great Northern Classic Fours presented by the Ocean Shores Country Club.


Byron FC beat Hornets to stay on top of SYL

Byron Bay FC have kept up the undefeated start to their title defence as they defeated Goonellabah Hornets 2–0 in round three of the Summer Youth League.


Lennox local in California surfing for Australia

Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head is representing Australia while competing at the 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship held at Huntington Beach in California.


Byron Bay tennis aces state award

Byron Bay Tennis Club has been named the Most Outstanding (Country) Tennis Club at the 2019 Tennis NSW Awards held last week.


Maeve O’Meara in Byron

Award-winning food author and TV presenter Maeve O’Meara drew much attention from both farmers and customers when she visited the Byron Farmers Market last Thursday as part of her Byron Bay Gourmet Safari tour. It was Maeve’s second visit to...


Swarm intelligence at Byron Honey

What can bees teach us about cooperation?  They’ve been around for more than 22 million years, maybe in some ways they’re more evolved than us newcomers, modern humans, with only 220,000 years on Earth. At Byron Honey they want to know...


The independent brewers

By S Haslam An enthusiastic and decidedly independent crowd gathered last Saturday afternoon at Stone and Wood’s Byron brewery, in fact, at independent brewers throughout the nation, for the inaugural Indie Beer Day.  Of course, independence means different things to different...


Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.