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French Film Festival – just delicious

This year’s French Film Festival opening night choice is a unique adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling and beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers. In a double blockbuster film production nominated for six César awards, from director Martin Bourboulon, the opening instalment, D’Artagnan, will open the festival.

Other News

Editorial – Grab the popcorn and bean bags

Both Mayor Michael Lyon and fellow councillor, Mark Swivel, offered an apology to the followers of the Save Wallum Facebook page last week.

Israel Palestine

Audacious, humane, sensible, permanent. Achieving such a solution to the present Middle East crisis would require persons of state,...

Fire danger period to end early for Northern Rivers

Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley are among the local government areas (LGAs) that will see an early end to  the Bush Fire Danger Period.

Interview with Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel is a renowned Australian musical collective celebrated for their pioneering fusion of diverse genres. Their latest masterpiece, Alectura is an innovative album that once again showcases the band’s expertise in blending organic house and melodic house with captivating rhythms, beats, and global influences.

Byron Bay cyclists take on Yamba road race

Two Byron Bay Cycle Club (BBCC) members joined riders from the Clarence Valley for Yamba Cycling Club’s first road...

Incoming holiday letting rules discriminatory, say residents

Byron Bay resident, Catherine Henniker, told The Echo she lives in one of the parts of the town that has been deemed ‘365 nights for short-term holiday lets’, under new state government rules to be introduced in September.

October 5, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.17 – October 5, 2022

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Vested interests

What a pity the Australian Short Term Rental Association didn’t use their two columns in their full-page ad in The Echo (28 September) for a direct comparison between Council’s claims and theirs. That’s probably because they will use any...

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Byron Rangers CEO accused of unethical behaviour

A group of former employees/contractors from local conservation group, Byron Rangers, have approached The Echo saying they are concerned that the organisation is operating unethically by not paying wages or superannuation for its employees.

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What’s a little holiday letting?

I am a resident of more than 35 years in the Byron Shire. I have lived in many suburbs and witnessed first-hand the destructive nature of a whole-house Airbnb. The people in the continual whole house rental are not...

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Queenie

Has enough time passed for comment on the ‘service’ Queen Elizabeth granted England over 70 years? Probably not, but I’m not one to stand on ceremony.  My recollection is of a monarch who was, unlike her son Charles, devoid of...

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Byron Community Centre

When did the community centre change to Byron Theatre and was there any public information shared as to this change?  I am a very happy member of the elder beats, a drumming circle for elderly people that was based at...

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Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

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Advocates push for the return of rail

A group of residents committed to the return of rail services to the area say the first stage of planning is underway ‘to bring our tracks back to life and extend a climate-friendly train service to Mullumbimby, with the second stage to provide rail services to Bangalow’.

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Women to shine at TEDxByronBay

TEDxByronBayWOMEN is about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers.

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What’s criminal?

Thanks for a great article about the stupid reaction of our premier to the recommendations of the NSW Ice Inquiry. Wasting over two years to react, which caused so much pain, suffering, and death in the community, it is...

A journey of a step or two

Apart from organic shiraz, my latest investment in health is this mini-stepper, or ‘massage stepper’ as they call it in the country of origin.

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Editorial – Labor believes in transparency, but…

Phew. Last week, federal Labor introduced legislation into parliament that would hopefully stiffen the spines across the Commonwealth public sector. 

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Large Myocum proposal raises traffic concerns

A 35ha Myocum residential rezoning/subdivision proposal, located near the McAuleys Lane and Mullum Road intersection, has some neighbours anxious about the potential for traffic accidents, given the precarious intersection and busy road.

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Pay Parking push is back on for Bruns, Mullum 

The perennial push by Council to deploy pay parking in Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby was voted through at last week’s meeting – all with the support of every councillor except Alan Hunter.

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Dening Park and dune bashing

In 2021 a group of local musicians were given Council permission to hold a ‘once only’ festival in Dening Park, owing to covid restrictionss. Now, this week, we have the same group, calling themselves the Byron Music Festival, applying to...

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Human rights

Will Liley’s letter was profoundly disturbing. While I worked with Amnesty International, I met many Chilean refugees seeking asylum. It is well documented – the human rights abuses under the Pinochet regime. The terrible trauma of people I met still...

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Byron Shire floodplain risks to be highlighted to NSW premier

Byron Shire Council have recognised 1,454 flood-affected homes in Byron Shire that could benefit from the government’s much touted assistance via its Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation.

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Native treats found in Broken Head

Auntie’s Cafe has now opened in Broken Head Holiday Park and is serving a delicious menu inspired by local native foods.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Confessions of an Ugly Sister

I like myself. It’s taken a long time to realise that I’m okay; to stop measuring myself against benchmarks where I always come up short. Obviously not literally. I’m a tall person. Tall people are perceived as confident and powerful and capable. It’s how I see myself.

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Being hopeful

The year 2030 is an important year for climate targets. It is also the year that my two oldest grandchildren will turn eighteen with all the rights and responsibilities that age brings. Gulp. And I will turn eighty.  A fitting present...

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Cartoon of the week – 5 October 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.

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Surf films make a splash at Byron Bay Film Festival

Surfing is a central part of Byron Bay’s identity and this year’s surf films are certain to bring the whole community together in a celebration of athleticism, wild seas and sheer joy in our exquisite environment.

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Just us, with the wild goat

Simon Haslam I don’t know if you can recall one of those luminous moments in your life when it just seemed to be you, perhaps with a loved one or group of friends, in a magical connected space. Perhaps a...

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Lambruk Pantry

Simon Haslam Lambruk Pantry is a family-owned local gourmet providore based in the heart of the Byron Shire. If you’re looking for something classy, that’s also healthy and made right here, they’re right on the mark.  They have a huge range...

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Oliver’s happy hens

‘If you can look after fifty chickens’, Oliver tells me, ‘you might as well look after 500.’ In between a steady stream of customers and friends, I’m chatting to Oliver Bora at his stall. Now in his early twenties,...

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Alstonville takes out top tier of the Oceania Cup

The Oceania Cup delivered exciting and close football for the 19 teams that competed across last weekend at the Alstonville FC’s Crawford Park fields. The women’s football event included 41 games, and players ranged in age from 10-60 years. ‘We are...

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Interview with Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel is a renowned Australian musical collective celebrated for their pioneering fusion of diverse genres. Their latest masterpiece, Alectura is an innovative album that once again showcases the band’s expertise in blending organic house and melodic house with captivating rhythms, beats, and global influences.

Concerned about climate change and societal collapse?

Join a Q&A with Jem Bendell for one night only in Byron Bay – Professor of Sustainability, Jem Bendell, was one of the first to directly name and speak out about what the climate crisis means for our civilisation. His seminal paper Deep Adaptation started a global movement by that name as well as inspiring the creation of Extinction Rebellion.

Seedlings: start another Big Scrub

Victoria Cosford There’s something about trees that makes people happy, that evokes a positive response. I’m standing at the newish ReForest Now stall at the...

National inquiry highlights the importance of shopping locally

The final report of the Inquiry into Price Gouging and Unfair Pricing Practices released last month revealed big business has worsened the cost-of-living crisis...