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Power outage in Byron Shire

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

Other News

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land...

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

November 20, 2019

Issue 34.24

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In this Issue:

Another take on ticks: ’tis the season

Without my friend noticing, a creature smaller than a little fingernail was perched on a stem of grass and leapt to the safety of his sock.


Pulling together as fires burn

The Byron Shire community may disagree on a lot of things, but we always manage to pull together in times of need. The recent fires have brought out the best in us, and relief for affected fire victims is coming from all quarters.


Interview with Byron Youth Theatre

Under Your Thumb The Brunswick Picture House  |  Thursday 28 November  |  6.45pm (6pm for food and drinks)  |  $15 at the door or online  The Byron Youth Theatre has taken on the serious theme of abuse, for their upcoming show Under...


Five week wait on water deliveries

Water shortages are gripping the region, with water cartage trucks unable to keep up with demand. Georgia Fairhall from Byron Shire Water Cartage told Echonetdaily that they are booked up for five weeks and aren’t accepting new orders. She said,...


Scott Morrison’s friends in weird places

Scott Morrison is one of those blokes who simultaneously giggles and threatens. So what funny things, and what scary stuff, are vying for his attention under that baseball cap?


Cartoon of the week – 20 November, 2019

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.


Fight for the Bight paddle out protest Saturday

Support the fight to stop oil mining in the Great Australian Bight at this Saturday's paddle out in Byron and around the country.


Marine litter collection tech for Bruns

This Saturday you can catch an outdoor screening of local filmmaker Damon Gameau’s recent film 2040 at the Yum Yum Tree in New Brighton.


Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 21 November...

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 21 November 2019


Interview with Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe Bluesfest  |  9–13 April 2020 Nashville based sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are Larkin Poe. They named their band after their great great great grandfather who was a distant cousin of writer Edgar Allan Poe. That’s pretty cool. These...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 20...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 20 November 2019


Cinema: Last Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9CEIcmWmtA A less ferocious (I think it’s the lack of dragon) Emilia Clarke plays Kate, a 26 year older Londoner, struggling to put her life back together after a heart transplant she had last Christmas. After once being the life...


Marine litter collection tech for Bruns

This Saturday you can catch an outdoor screening of local filmmaker Damon Gameau’s recent film 2040 at the Yum Yum Tree in New Brighton.


Interview with Fiona O’Loughlin

Fiona O’laoghlin: Gap Year Byron Services Club  |  Saturday  |  8pm  | $30 They say that adversity makes the best comedy. Comedian Fiona O’Loughlin has a knack for reframing the hardest stuff life throws at her. Australians fell in love with this...


Bruns DA fiercely opposed; staff recommend approval

Despite 135 letters of objection, Byron Council staff have recommended approval of a contentious development application in Brunswick Heads, after the developer agreed to modify his plans.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: It’s the End of the World…

These are dangerous times and we need to be dangerous. We can start by planting one trillion trees (and watering them with our tears)


The way it used to be

A local Byron brand has brought out the first breakfast cereal for infants that introduces tree nuts to children. Due to food allergy concerns, parents had been told to hold off on peanuts and tree nuts (such as almonds...


Christmas Eve & NYE at Barrio

Catching up with family and friends is one of the joys of the festive season – as long as you don’t have to cook a feast for each and every gathering. Barrio Eatery & Bar have a suggestion for you...


Spreading some joy this Christmas

Ballina RSL Club and the CWA – Ballina Branch, have joined forces to bring Christmas Cheer to the farming families of Gwydir Shire. They are calling this, the Friends of the Farmer Christmas toy-drive. The Ballina Shire community is invited...


Baptism of fire for new Mexican

All the way from Monterrey N.L. Mexico, Son of a Taco is the new Mexican kitchen in the Mullumbimby bowling club. The restaurant, the dream child of Braulio Sanchez, has certainly been given a baptism of fire (well, followed...



Vivienne Pearson This new word may not have hit the dictionary yet but ask any person of marriageable age and they will confirm that ‘wedfest’ is a thing. A cute portmanteau of wedding and festival, a wedfest describes turning your...


Sam and Barbara dominate bowls at Ocean Shores

For the fourth year running, Sam Curtis and Barbara Sprengel have won the Ocean Shores Women’s bowls pairs after winning the final 22–9 last Saturday.


Lennox Head groms show their class

Lennox Head’s Juniper Harper has won the 2019 Billabong Parko’s Grom Stomp in the 12 and under girls division held on the Sunshine Coast.


Byron footballers beat Ballina 4–1 in SYL

Byron Bay FC have kept their undefeated start to the Summer Youth League season with a 4-1 win over Ballina.


Byron Beez come up short in grandfinal against Lismore

The Byron Bay Beez basketballers were beaten by the Lismore Storm 87–78 in an exciting and entertaining Sunshine Conference grandfinal two weeks ago at the Cavanbah Centre.


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. 

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to accept the democratic vote at their...