Biggest Crystals in the World Land at Crystal Castle

Crystal Castle marketing manager Kelly Green powers up with the Crystal Guardians. Picture: Jacob Clarke Photography

Crystal Castle marketing manager Kelly Green powers up with the Crystal Guardians. Photo: Jacob Clarke Photography

THE WORLD’S largest “crystal guardians” have completed an epic journey from Uruguay to the Byron Bay hinterland.

Standing 5.3m tall and weighing 19 tonnes, the pair of crystals are estimated to be at least 120 million years old.

“Managing Dreamer” of the Crystal Castle, Naren King, mortgaged his property to buy the massive pair from a Uruguayan farmer.

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Community Byron: Council Elections Team


The Community Byron team L to R: Ben Mallinson, Caitlin Stone, Byron Bern and Catherine Coorey. Photo: Contributed

COMMUNITY BYRON have announced their candidacy for the Council Elections. The group, led by Cate Coorey – President of Byron Residents’ Group – is made up of all first-time candidates, bringing a new and vibrant energy to the Council fray.

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Shire Elections Labor Team Announced


The Labor team for September’s Shire Council elections, L to R: Monika Wheeler, Peter Doherty, Joe Dawson, Jan Hackett, Paul Spooner and Will Constable.

BYRON SHIRE Council Deputy Mayor Paul Spooner has announced he will be running with a Labor team in the upcoming Byron Shire Council elections.

Seeking a second term on council Cr Spooner has also decided to stand as mayor.

Cr Spooner said: “After being approached and encouraged to stand for mayor I have decided it’s time to put myself forward.”

“Many people have said they wanted a choice for mayor and that I would provide a sensible alternative for the Shire’s top job.”

“As a Councillor for the past four years I have pushed for the council to build more stable financial foundations so it can invest in our roads and infrastructure. I have been a fierce champion of practical housing affordability projects that will make a real difference in peoples lives.”

Jan Hackett, local author, educator and member of one of the original pioneering families of the region is second on the team.

Joining Paul and Jan are:

  • Will Constable who has worked as a school teacher and Principal across the Shire.
  • Joe Dawson, an Ocean Shores local, a student of politics and government at Southern Cross University.
  • Monika Wheeler who has worked in various high level policy positions including as an advisor on women’s and youth affairs to Tanya Plibersek.
  • Peter Doherty Bangalow resident and regional organiser for the United Voice union.

Cr Spooner said: “I’m proud and excited to lead a skilled team of candidates who represent the views of all the towns and villages in the shire.”

“People can have confidence that the shire’s finances will be professionally managed, that the roads will be fixed and their rates will go towards maintaining the community facilities and infrastructure our community needs.”

“We want to ensure that locals can afford to live in decent, affordable housing while maintaining secure employment in our region.’

“We live in one of the best places in the world and our local Councillors need to support, promote and protect our wonderful community and it’s north coast lifestyle.”

“As mayor I want to lead a progressive and focussed council. I ask for your support as the sensible alternative that will take care of our community.”

The Labor Team is hoping to meet as many locals to discuss the important issues people want represented on the next Byron Council by holding a series of weekly gatherings across the shire at 5pm each Wednesday until the election. Details are: 10 August Ocean Shores Country Club, 17 August Bangalow Hotel, 24 August Mullumbimby RSL Club, 31 August Byron Bay Bowling Club.

Further information: Byron Bay Labor Facebook page or contact Paul Spooner 0434 771 510

Cannabis “Most Medicinal Plant in the World”


“Most medicinal” plant in the world – Cannabis

MORE THAN a dozen US states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant.

But soon it may be legalized across the entire country following a decision Thursday by the US federal government.

In a historic and significant moment in American history, last November, Colorado became the first US state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The impact of the decision could soon ripple across the entire country with vast opportunities to educate millions on the top health benefits of marijuana.

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Byron Shire Council Deputy Mayor Paul Spooner. Photo: Contrbuted.

Byron Shire Council Deputy Mayor Paul Spooner. Photo: Sarah Ndiaye.

DOES DEPUTY Mayor Paul Spooner have a love affair with affordable housing?

This was the unusual claim made by a Byron Shire Greens councillor during a radio interview last Friday.

Cr Duncan Dey made the claim while being interviewed about a Byron Shire Council affordable housing approval that was supported by Cr. Spooner.

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Singer Bernard Fanning Settles In at Byron


Bernard Fanning. Photo: Supplied

SINGER-SONGWRITER Bernard Fanning has joined other Australian celebrities in moving to Byron, giving him more to think about recently than this week’s release of his third solo album “Civil Dusk”.

The frontman of former rock band Powderfinger and his wife Andrea Moreno have also been settling into their new $2,465,000 Byron Bay home.

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Greenie? Lefty? Or Right Winger? Find Out Here

`political compass croppedWITH BYRON Shire Council elections on the horizon, it’s a good time to find out precisely where we – and our candidates – are, on the political spectrum.

The people at Political Compass have come up with a process that does it for us.

As they say on their home page, “The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the enthusiastic reviews we enjoyed in the national media of many countries during our earliest years — as well as from many teachers and academics who continue to use our work.”

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Falls Festival Confirms Childish Gambino

Who will join Childish Gambino at Falls? Fans want The Avalanches. Picture: Supplied

AUSTRALIA’S SUMMER music calendar is heating up with Falls Festival teasing their 2016-17 line-up with the revelation rapper Childish Gambino will see in New Year’s at their event.

Known as Donald Glover on his passport, the actor and popular musician was the only name organisers are prepared to announce ahead of their official line-up roll call on August 23.

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“Game Changer” Millie Nominated as Woman of the Year

Amelia “Millie” Telford, Bundjalung National Co-Director, nominated in this year's Cosmopolitan Australia Woman of the Year Awards

Amelia “Millie” Telford, Bundjalung National Co-Director. Photo: SEED.

Amelia “Millie” Telford, Bundjalung National Co-Director, has been nominated in this year’s Cosmopolitan Australian Woman of the Year awards under the Game Changer category.

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