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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

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GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

Beloved Tweed doctor honoured with petition, book

Tributes have flowed for Tweed paediatrician Dr David McMaster after his death in early January, while a petition to name a hospital ward in his honour has over 6,300 signatures.

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

Growing underclass

Jo Faith, Newtown According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every single human has a right to be housed....

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Foolish guestimates

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores The article in The Echo titled A short history of our rail line debate is anything...

October 30, 2019

Issue 34.21

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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...


Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling case for a rail trail,...

Interview with Phil Manning of Chain

Phil Manning picked up the guitar at 15. He’s been playing now for nearly 58 years. This year, Chain play the Byron Blues Festival.

Interview with Laura Bloom

Writer Laura Bloom has just released The Women and The Girls her latest novel with Allen & Unwin. Set in the inner west of Sydney in the mid ‘70s the book details the story of three women who have left their husbands, taken their children (mainly girls) and set up a share house.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.