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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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Linnaeus Estate DA raises concerns for residents

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

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...

Oceans 15 triumphant return

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

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

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!

December 11, 2019

Issue 34.27

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In this Issue:

Public water station in Bangalow to open in New Year

Water utility Rous County Council will install a new public water filling station in Bangalow and a commercial bulk filling station nearby, to help meet the soaring local demand for water.


Bibi’s tale of pro skater exploitation

Bibi Bradbury has a tale to tell younger kids wanting to be a pro skater – be wary of the career as the corporations that promote the sport are not particularly supportive of their talent.


Local scriptwriter wins Emmy Award

A local scriptwriter has received a prestigious International Emmy Award as part of the team that produced the SBS mini-series Safe Harbour.


Bypass cost breakdown finally provided

At last there has been a little transparency around how executive Council staff are managing the beleaguered Byron bypass project.


Interview with Skye Edwards, Morcheeba

Bluesfest 9–13 April 2020 I remember watching Morcheeba at Bluesfest. Skye Edwards, the embodiment of chilled out groove, with this spectacular honey-smooth vocal and this vibrant red silk dress that seemed to move to the music. In fact every time she...


Did not vote for this

What awaits the unsuspecting public this Thursday at Council’s December 12 meeting?


Ecologists: Byron bypass not so good for Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail

The opinion piece by Councillor Michael Lyon (4 December) on the Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail population in the vicinity of the Byron bypass development demonstrates a lack of understanding of basic ecological principles and of the statutory provisions of State and Commonwealth legislation protecting biodiversity. It also contains a number of factual errors.


Homelessness getting worse in Byron Shire, say frontline workers

Responding to concerns about rough sleepers and homelessness, local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith and officer in charge of Byron police station, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe, brought together 25 frontline workers to discuss the ongoing crisis.


Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the Week Beginning...

Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the Week Beginning 12 December 2019


Interview with DJ Halo, aka Hayley Melhuish

2020 Vision, NYD Byron Bay Billinudgel Hotel  |  Wednesday, 1 Jan  |  1–11pm  |  $38 Take yourself centuries into the future this New Years Day with Techno, Trance and Psychedelic Electronica at 2020 Vision… featuring International DJs such as Tsuyoshi Suzuki from Japan,...


Interview with English Singer-Songwriter Lloyd Cole

Lloyd Cole Lismore City Hall  |  Saturday 14 December  |  7.30pm  |  $50–55 English singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole has been at top of his game for over 30 years. Perhaps best known for his work with the Commotions, with hits like Rattlesnakes...


Future of Mullum still struggles with flooding

The Mullumbimby Masterplan (MMP) is up for adoption at Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting, and while there are a range of positive proposals, there are some contentious issues still surrounding it.


Sculpture bird art adorns Council foyer

Art can be divisive and cyberstalking can be invasive, says local art curator Dev Lengjel.


Another large Byron DA seeks to breach policy 

Locals have expressed concern about a $3m hotel and retail development proposed for Marvell Street Byron Bay, saying a lack of sufficient parking will place extra pressure on the town’s already-crowded streets.


Cinema: Black Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKtE_15qFyk Black Christmas is an upcoming American slasher film directed by Sophia Takal. It is the second loose remake of the 1974 Canadian film of the same name. Takal says even though it’s very, very loosely based on  Black Christmas,...


Live Music in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning 11...

Live Music in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning 11 December 2019


Byron Council pursues plan for tiny house village

A tiny house village providing homeless people with long-term housing and access to services would be set up in the Byron Shire, under a plan being pursued by Council.


Massive Byron land rezoning ‘justifiably inconsistent’: staff

A strategy aimed at increasing commercial activity, if adopted at this Thursday’s Council meeting, could see large-scale development across Byron Shire, including within areas of high ecology value and flood and bushfire prone land. NSW agencies have raised concerns over some of the land rezoning proposals .


Interview with Julian Louis, Artistic Director of NORPA

NORPA Program It’s the big reveal that theatre and dance lovers in the region look forward to every year – what’s NORPA got in store for the year ahead? All was revealed at their 2020 launch last week. Artistic Director,...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: To Wee or not to Wee: The Tricky...

Philosophically I say ‘yes’ to unisex toilets, but in reality I say ‘no’, because it puts too many people at risk.


Mullum High’s girls cricket team ready for North Coast T20 final

A stellar year for female sport at Mullumbimby High School has been capped off by the advancement of the U/14 girls cricket team to the final of the Lyn Larson Shield. The twenty over competition is run under a knock-out format, so one loss will remove a team from the tournament. 


Byron Bay FC take SYL crown three years in a row

Byron Bay FC have sealed their third-consecutive Summer Youth League (SYL) title with a 5–0 win over Tintenbar. With South Lismore defeating Goonellabah earlier in the day, the Rams knew all they needed was a two-goal victory to take the title.


‘Morning of the Mo’ surfers raise money for men’s health

Morning of the Mo is now in its 14th year and raises money and awareness for men’s mental health with all funds raised going to the Movember Foundation.


Byron Bay triathletes score early win in interclub series

After a successful debut at the recent Kingscliff Triathlon the Byron Breakers are now leading the competition in the North Coast Interclub Triathlon series. 


Shaking it

It’s getting hot hot hot – but of course it’s cool to be out on the newly opened rooftop terrace bar The Lawn, at Aquarius in Lawson St, packed with the young people who flock to Byron Bay, especially...


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.