New Eco-village Model Unveiled for Brunswick Heads


After three years of planning, research, ruminating and questions, Kelvin Daly and his team are ready to share the vision with everyone.

The Bruns Eco Village is an ambitious plan to establish a living space that encompasses lush rural living, shared communal assets, off-grid power, a working farm, school, aquatic centre, conference/wellness/community centres and a light commercial/industrial area.

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Byron Trails Book Launch at Secret Garden


BYRON TRAILS AUTHOR: Mairéad Cleary. Photo: Christian Morrow

BYRON Trails, the anticipated guidebook of walking trails accessible from Byron Bay launched last Thursday night at the Secret Garden in Byron Bay.

The book contains 50 coastal and hinterland walks from Tweed River to Richmond River and inland to the national parks accessible from Byron Bay.

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Rams Outclass Thistles at Lismore

ON THE RAMPAGE: Tyson Kaye and Aaron Walker ran amok in the Thistles defence.

ON THE RAMPAGE: Tyson Kaye and Aaron Walker ran amok in the Thistles defence.

IT WAS another successful trip inland for the Northern Hotel Byron Bay Rams over the weekend taking on fourth place aspirants Lismore Thistles on their home turf.

In the past there have been fiery exchanges between these two teams but this meeting saw plenty of fast, fluid football produced particularly from the Rams.

The Byron Bay Reserves set the pace, with Ben Ahern and Tomas delivering a solid 2-1 win.

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Police Seeking Missing Byron Bay Man


POLICE are searching for a Byron Bay man who hasn’t been seen in over a week.

Michael Peterson, 42, was believed to have gone for a ride on his bike in the Byron Bay CBD last Monday night but hasn’t been seen since.

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Reverse Sciatica Pain with Turmeric

Reversing Sciatica Pain

Reversing Sciatica Pain

New studies point toward herbs as another natural method for healing sciatica.

Many experts propound that turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, can be taken as a tonic to minimize chronic inflammation.

One of the best ways to administer turmeric is to heat it in milk (or milk alternative) and coconut oil with a bit of pepper. Fun fact: the piperine found in black pepper helps absorb nutrients more effectively. Curcumin enteric-coated capsules with piperine is another suggestion for optimal absorption and faster relief. (1)

Consume turmeric as a tea, use it in cooking, or apply it topically in a paste to receive the best benefits. (2)

Turmeric lowers levels of certain inflammation-fueling enzymes

Turmeric can help relieve sciatica pain and swelling by lowering levels of certain inflammation-fueling enzymes. (2) The suggested general dosage for healthy adults is 300 mg of turmeric, taken 3 times per day to help ease pain and inflammation. If you take medications, then the dosage may need to be adjusted. Turmeric supplements may contain bromelain which can increase the anti-inflammatory effects. (3)

Turmeric has been used in Ayurveda for many centuries to treat arthritis because of its effectiveness in reducing inflammation, which is sometimes the root cause of low back pain and/or sciatica. (4) Turmeric has also been used in traditional medicine in Asia. Malaysian scientists confirmed that turmeric extract could help ease nerve-related pain. (5)

Turmeric better than NSAIDs

Turmeric is a selective COX-2 inhibitor. COX-1 and COX-2 are enzymes that start your inflammatory process. COX-1 is considered to be “good” because it performs a “house keeping role” around inflammation and maintains your stomach lining. COX-2 is responsible for increasing inflammation. (6)

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) that include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are not selective and inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes to stop inflammation. Because these drugs disrupt COX-1 they can lead to stomach problems over time. What makes turmeric unique is that it is “selective” and only inhibits COX-2. (6)

A selective COX-2 inhibitor is something drug companies have been trying to create over the last ten years, but why take a drug when a food or spice can do the same thing with no (known) side effects? (6) The cost difference between a pill and a spice are tremendously different. Thankfully, turmeric is easier on your body and your wallet!

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Heaps of Health & Taste Reasons to Plant Sweet Potatoes

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The often undervalued sweet potato

Most of us, or at least those of us would think about such things, consider sweet potatoes to be hot weather crop. After all, they do come from tropical roots (yes, that is gardening word play), and they aren’t the biggest fans of cold weather.

But, this isn’t to say that they can’t be grown elsewhere and add another stomach-stuffing staple to the mix.I’ll never understand why sweet potatoes never quite got the same billing as normal potatoes. They are easy to grow, in some places, nearly unstoppable. They provide much more nutrition. They are wickedly versatile in the kitchen, well-suited for brownies and equally so for a hot bowl of stew. What’s more, sweet potatoes are great additions to a permaculture garden, wherever it may be.

Climate-friendly crops

Sweet potatoes are perennial in climates that remain warm year-round, but they can serve as a highly productive annual in cooler areas. Obviously, for those of us in the right environments, the perennial staying power is a real positive in garden design.

But, beyond those lines, the basics of the sweet potato are that it doesn’t like to be in ground colder than ten degrees Celsius, will go dormant at about fifteen, and grows-to-thrives from twenty up, doing better the hotter it gets. To grow them in places like Canada or England, it may require a heat trapping cover (some suggest reused clear builder’s plastic), but appropriate mulching might just work.

Not too picky

Whichever the case, they are easy plants to grow. They are most turned on by loose, sandy soil, but they do just about as well in heavy clay. Sweet potatoes benefit from rich soils, yet they’ll make do with less, still providing a decent crop.

Even when it comes to water, the plants need regular rain; however, if they must, they’ll endure a drought and get back to growing with the waterworks kick off again. The only thing sweet potatoes really can’t tolerate is a cold temperature, so they can be a great crop for early garden beds, not yet matured into wonderfully rich loam.

In the tropics, I just stick slips in the ground—clay, sand, dry season, wet season—and always managed to produce them in abundance.

Multipurpose plant

Courtesy of Rae Allen

Photo Courtesy of Rae Allen

The obvious reason to plant sweet potatoes is that it produces delicious tubers, but there are many more positives to the plant. In fact, the tubers are not the only thing edible. The leaves and stems are commonly used throughout the world as greens, and in the tropics, where many typical greens don’t like the heat, this is of even more value.

But, as designers, we can also rely on sweet potatoes to be great, edible groundcovers that can function for human or animals fodder. They multiply easily, simply by putting a new slip in the soil, and the vine grows quickly.

They are also both drought and flood tolerant, which helps keep the garden green in most circumstances. In short, they can provide a lot of functionality in the kitchen and the garden.

Stores well

Sweet potatoes are one of the best storage foods that we can grow. When cured correctly (about a week or two in hot, humid place), which is how they become sweet, they can last months without much change. The curing process covers over nicks and cuts, protecting the sweet potatoes from spoilage. This is great news for those of us who struggle to keep the cabinets full and fresh in the wintertime. Sweet potatoes will keep, and as you are about to find out, they’ll provide a lot of nutrition when it comes time to eat. For those with dehydrators, dehydrated sweet potato chips are fantastic, and like most things, they’ll keep for a long time in this state.

Nutritive value

Sweet potatoes, beyond being flavorful and naturally (obviously) sweet, are health food. They are packed with beta-carotene, more than just about anything else, including carrots. They are also a solid source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Mineral-wise, sweet potatoes are good providers of manganese (crucial for healthy bones and absorbing calcium) and potassium. They have proven useful for diabetics, helping to control blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Their nutrient profile promotes a healthy heart, good digestion, a strong immune system, and enduring eyesight.

Fantastic variety

Most of us associate sweet potatoes only with those varieties that have orange flesh, but like spud potatoes, there are lots of colorful choices, a pleasant thing for the dinner plate and the garden (the foliage varies as well). In addition to those trademark orange varieties (Beauregard is what my great-grandfather grew), there are spectrums of yellow, white, and purple. However, one thing that we should not confuse is the yam (Dioscoreaceae family) and sweet potato (Ipomoea family, of South America), a common mistake in the USA, due to bad labeling. In actuality, yams are closer to cassava and have a lot less nutritive value than sweet potatoes.

Easy to start

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Photo courtesy of Yusuke Toyoda

While sweet potatoes can produce and be grown from seeds, that is not the typical or preferred method. They grow best from

They grow best from “slips”, the roughly ten to fifteen-centimetre ends of the vines.

If someone nearby is growing them, then they’ll surely be happy to part with a couple of ends to get your own started.

But, it’s easy enough to start them from an actual sweet potato by simply putting the potato in some water (lots of people stand them upright in jars) and allowing it to start growing.

From this, the slips are snipped off and planted.

Growing from slips is said to produce a better harvest than planting the potatoes themselves.

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1000 Tonnes of Stones Ordered for Byron Adulterers


MALCOLM TURNBULL’S recent Ramadan dinner included amongst his guests mufti Sheikh Shady, well known for his view that “adulterers should be stoned to death.”

Unconfirmed sources from within the Shire indicate that just in case Malcolm Turnbull actually does make it to the position of Prime Minister of Australia, an order of 1000 tonnes of throw-sized stones has been placed with a local quarry.

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Angel Destruction Horrifies Local Arts Community


BYRON BAY arts community members are outraged that a sculpture in the Arts and Industrial Estate, Byron Bay, has been destroyed and removed. Stating this action was taken without approval, local artists Benita Martin, Maximus Domulous and Jenny Bannister contacted Voice of Byron about the angel’s destruction.

Arts community representative Benita Martin said:

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Council Grants: $45,000 Fund for Community Projects

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Council has available in its draft 2016/2017 Budget a donation pool of $45,000 for assistance to event organisers, community groups, not for profit organisations and individual persons.

Moneys can be used to assist you with the costs of insurances, reimbursement of application fees paid to Council, Council hall hire costs, trade waste fees, minor maintenance, equipment and other financial costs for you or your group to with operating costs in 2016/2017.

The requests for donations will be determined in accordance with Council’s Policies:

  • Section 356 Donations – Community Organisations, other Groups and Persons (up to $36,000 available)
  • Section 356 Donations – Assistance for Festivals and Community Functions (up to $7,000 available)
  • Section 356 Donations – Community Groups, Reimbursement of Council Application Fees (up to $2,000 available)

The above Policies can be found of Council website at

Applicants should ensure they read the policies prior to applying.

Applications are required to be supported by sufficient information to assist Council in assessing each application.  An application form must be completed and is available online at

The allocation of these donations for assistance is proposed to be considered at a Council Meeting in August 2016.


Joanne McMurtry, Community Project Officer, 02 6626 7316 or email

Expressions of interest close Friday 15 July 2016 4.00pm

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Bluesfest to Cancel Ticket Sales for 2017


THE NOW legendary five-day Byron Bay Bluesfest is well-known for selling tickets all year around, but tickets for the 2017 festival will be taken off sale next week.

The Bluesfest this week issued a media release announcing that it’s experienced “unprecedented sales”, even before the first artists have been announced for the next edition of the festival.

When tickets go on sale later in the year, they will be at a significantly higher price to “allow for Bluesfest organisers to deliver the high calibre of talent it has become renowned for. Bluesfest is committed to delivering exceptional artist line-ups year after year and if the festival was to continue selling at the current rate and price, this would not be feasible.”

Last year’s line-up included Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Tom Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Melissa Etheridge, Don McLean, The National and Jackson Browne.

The 28th Bluesfest, which will be held at the custom-built site just outside of Byron Bay, will take place over the 2017 Easter long weekend (April 13 to 17). Tickets are currently on sale at but will be taken off sale next week at the latest.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble released the following statement about pulling together the 2017 line-up:

“Bluesfest 2017 is shaping up to be a very special year. I have been travelling and meeting artist’s managers and agents in the U.S. and the U.K. recently, and I can say it’s all coming together brilliantly. Whilst I don’t always get all the artists I approach to play, this coming year, so far, is looking like one for the books.

There isn’t one artist booked for Bluesfest that we don’t 100% believe will impress to the highest degree. From the first artist that plays on our smaller stages to our headliners, we take a deep pride in presenting the very best of the new emerging artists along with the legends.

Our discovery artists, time and time again have grown to be headliners in their own right, and we are not afraid to take a chance in booking great new artists like St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Kaleo and Kendrick Lamar from our 2016 festival, through to the new emerging Roots and Contemporary artists we will be announcing soon. 


We are now in the process of finalising negotiations with some of the world’s most famous artists.

Ticket sales have been just incredible, and now we are announcing we are going off sale for a time before returning with our first announcement. Now is your opportunity to buy your ticket at the best possible price.

I can tell you this, without a shadow of a doubt, Bluesfest 2017 will be one of our greatest events. This is our passion and what we live for.”

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