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Investment fraud charges – Gold Coast

Detectives from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group have arrested and charged five people in relation to an alleged ‘boiler room’ investment fraud operating on the Gold Coast.

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Woman missing from Evans Head

Police are asking the public for help finding a woman reported missing from the Evans Head area but also known to frequent the Ballina area.

The zucchini omelette returns!

Victoria Cosford After a near 12-month absence, brother and sister team Rob and Michelle Costanzo from Nomadic Kitchen are coming...

Lismore skate ramp on the move

Tomorrow the vertical skate ramp from Victoria Street in Lismore will be transported by road to Nimbin, to a private property.

Mullumbimby men’s team well placed to defend local water polo championship

The Mullumbimby men’s water polo team sit on top of the Far North Coast competition table after beating their major rivals, the Alstonville Rattle Snakes 8–4, earlier this week.

Clothing-optional at Tyagarah Beach

I am writing to object to Byron Shire Council’s intention to revoke the clothing-optional status of Tyagarah Beach. I grew...

Tintenbar-East Ballina face tough test to make LJ Hooker cricket finals

Tintenbar-East Ballina (TEB)senior cricketers face a stern test to make it through to the finals of the LJ Hooker first grade league after losing to Casino in their most recent two day-game.

August 24, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.11 – August 24, 2022

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‘Bring him home’ says Julian Assange’s father

Julian Assange has been locked away for 13 years. In that time he could have raised a baby to teenagerhood or done a medical degree, internship, residency, GP training, and had a year unleashed on the public under his belt. In that time he could have served three terms as the Australian Prime Minister.


‘Matriarch’ of The Pass rides her eternal wave

There will be a celebration of Maggi Luke’s wild and colourful life at the Pass this coming Saturday 27 August – drop in if you dare!


Consolation in the face of the climate catastrophe

Byron Shire residents never cease to amaze. Some of the most intelligent people lurk in the hinterlands and suburbs, plugging away at their profession, largely out of the public eye.


Why Norths’ takeover of Bangalow Bowlo is bad for the community

It is important to defend and preserve community social sustainability. That is why we need to fend off the Norths Collective takeover of Bangalow Bowlo.


Top four ready for finals in local rugby

Wollongbar-Alstonville, Bangalow, Lennox Head and Ballina have all claimed top four places on the Far North Coast rugby first-grade premiership ladder and will contest finals next weekend.


Big field compete for Mullum’s Rural Classic golf tournament

Jason Cook and Max Tatam have won the Mullumbimby Rural Co-op and Whites Rural Classic 2022 golf tournament held at the Mullumbimby course on Saturday, 13 August.


Celebrating 100 years of hockey in Ballina

Ballina Hockey Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a reunion birthday party on 17 September.


Pods and caravans

Resilience NSW should place the pods/caravans at the properties of those affected. I’d rather be in a pod on my own drive/garden than moved to a place where I’m not wanted. A Hunter, Bangalow


Move on koalas – no space left for you here

We have lived on our small farm for over 20 years and until recently had koalas visit and use the ‘koala corridor’ past our property. The previous owners resided for some 20 years and told us about the koalas...


Calls for Splendour investigation 

Splendour in the Grass should be the subject of an independent inquiry covering the ecological, safety and social impacts of the troubled festival, a Byron Councillor says.


Sewage erupts in Byron

A major sewer main at Council’s Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) burst last week in Byron, affecting residents.


Premier secretly visits Mullum’s pod fiasco

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet quietly inspected temporary pod construction works in Prince Street, Mullumbimby last Thursday. 


Mullum Pods – a way forward

Residents east of the railway line in Mullumbimby have every reason to be irate – peak flood levels do rise when fill is introduced into a floodplain. This is a hydrological fact, sadly denied by authorities like Resilience NSW.  Denying...

First-hand flood accounts on film

Local flood film, Out of the Mud, is a feature-length documentary featuring firsthand accounts from local Northern Rivers residents following the catastrophic floods of 2022.


The man who broke democracy 

Right now ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison is the most hated man in the Liberal party. He has broken the trust of his nation. He has deceived his own party. He has given satirists, bored with the well-meaning and benign Albo, a small renaissance into the narcissism of old. He’s memed himself into the history books. 


Cartoon of the week – 24 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.


It’s big comedy with Katrina

This month’s Ballina RSL Big Gig features Katrina Davidson. Question: Who has 24 years’ comedy experience, tells brilliant stories and keeps the laughs coming, no matter who is in the audience? Answer: This lady… Kat is like an old friend you haven’t...


Rock-based roots

Singer songwriter Jerome Williams is a Northern NSW local and he has growing a league of hard core fans. Jerome’s music is melodic, percussive, funky, rock-based roots. With a unique guitar playing and vocal style, Jerome seamlessly fuses elements of...


Lore Bureau: The Art of Storytelling

The iconic Grand Pacific House, nestled in the Byron Bay hinterland town of Newrybar has opened its doors. A collective of local artists and designers, each a storyteller in their own right, have found a home in this beautifully...


Skills to make it in the industry

Did you know that some of the live local events are real-world classrooms where up-and-coming creatives learn as part of their work placements for their degrees at SAE Creative Media Institute? SAE General Manager, Dr Luke McMillan said that, ‘SAE’s...


Cosmic Creek in Byron 

Cosmic Creek, the 24-year-old Californian event that celebrates surfing’s transition years of the 1970s and ’80s, is coming to Byron Bay next month as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival. Cosmic Creek is the brainchild of Californian surf industry...


Forging their own path

Hailing from the inner Brisbane suburb of West End, Kurilpa Reach have forged their own path in Australia’s music scene.  The original five lads of Kurilpa Reach: singer/saxophonist, Luke Miskimmin; guitarists, Loughlin Craig and Will Murphy; and Pablo Burdell on...


The Indonesian Kitchen – Warung Sedap

Victoria Cosford Their beef rendang is Louis Tikaram’s favourite spicy dish. The Brisbane-based chef (of Stanley restaurant) was recently quoted in Gourmet Traveller magazine, describing it as ‘spicy and amazing’ and ‘the perfect breakfast when I’m home visiting my family...


Yulli’s: combinations work so well

Simon Haslam Some combinations just work really well, such as small share plates with chilli/coriander/Asian flavours and beer, so it’s no surprise that the plant-based modern Asian menu of Yulli’s Byron Bay, the restaurant started by quirky brewery Yulli’s Brews,...


How to fight climate change

Simon Haslam How many businesses give away half of their profits to genuine carbon-reduction projects? Not many. But popular locally-produced ‘We the Many’ gourmet breakfast cereal is leading the way with a unique business model that does exactly that. They’ve...


How to supply water to the increasing population?

It is predicted that the next 40 years will see the demand for water increase by 50 per cent in the local government areas that Rous County Council supply with water.

Protections can’t wait another seven years for NSW critical habitat 

Protections are needed now for native habitat in NSW as the state has seen a significant increase in native habitat clearing following the NSW...

Appeal following attempted abduction – Tweed Heads

Investigators are appealing for public assistance as investigations continue into an attempted abduction in Tweed Heads at the weekend.

Floodplain fury

With the two-year flood anniversary being recognised this week, Council appears to be pushing on with its plans to seek approval from the state government for floodplain development in Mullumbimby.