Winners are grinners

February 23, 2018

We are excited to share news of recent awards recognising the effort we make towards being the most preferred local real estate agents. First National Byron Bay took out three prestigious categories at the national RateMyAgent awards this year. As the name suggests, The RateMyAgent awards is run by the consumer comparison site,

A consumer-judged award is a very special thing because there is no industry jargon, no judges and no … Read more »

Secrets of The Shire

February 23, 2018

There has been no escape or relief this week from the national news of politics and the dangerous business of secrets. The Byron and Northern Rivers Shire has some secrets of her own and as locals, its these insider-lines to the less beaten paths that enrich our lifestyle – away from the backpacking herds.

After a report was released this week on the dangers of widely adopted artificial intelligence, we’ve … Read more »

What’s On – Byron Bay Surf Festival

February 22, 2018

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival has kicked off.

If you haven’t been before, head over and immerse yourself in surf culture at its best. The event is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends, both old and new, and enjoy some delicious local food, happy vibes and live tunes. Celebrate the lifestyle, soak in the atmosphere and hang out with some of the worlds surfing legends. See you there!
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Who let the dogs out?

February 16, 2018


Global celebrations are underway to welcome the Chinese (and Lunar) New Year, which will be the 4715th year in the Lunar calendar. The Chinese Zodiac follows a 12-year cycle with each year relating to a different animal. 2018 is the Year of The Dog, and it is the sign for those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.

It is said that those born under a particular animal in the Zodiac are born resembling the traits of that animal. You can expect a dog to be loyal, honest, amiable, kind and prudent…much like our beloved family pets. Good boy. Sit.

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Love in The Age of Technology

February 9, 2018

St. Valentine’s Day is upon us. St. Valentine paid his dues under a Rome that had outlawed marriage for young men. Young men made much better soldiers than husbands, thought Rome. A young priest named Valentine helped the young men marry their sweethearts… he was killed for his defiance. You might be preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the flowers and chocolates that have become the hallmart for consumers. Me, I re-read Love In The Time of Cholera.

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World Wetlands Day 2018

February 2, 2018

It is a happy coincidence that we mark World Wetlands Day today, while the much-needed rain falls down on our shire. The theme for the 2018 World Wetlands Day is ‘Wetlands for a sustainable urban future’. The theme urges us to reflect on how the health of our natural wetland environment is connected to our physical, social and economic health of our human towns and centres.

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The Heart is Where the Home Is

January 25, 2018

Home is such a meaningful concept, isn’t it?  The defines ‘home’ as “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” It is the second part of that definition, “as a member of a family or household,” that starts to speak to a view of ‘home’ as a rich and textured concept, full of anthropological and social meaning.

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Back to School Hacks

January 18, 2018

“Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

Normally, we are big fans of The Bard, but after a long hot summer, most parents are keen to see their cherubs neatened up and back into the school routine. Kids are longing for friendships to … Read more »

Liberation Larder Inc. The Story So Far…

September 25, 2017

In the beginning a Buddhist nun, The Venerable Honu Dawson came to Byron Bay & recognized there were many people here struggling to make ends meet. She could see a generous spirit in our community & many people prepared to lend a hand. Honu recognized people needed food & that huge amounts of good food from our homes, farms & businesses was … Read more »

Maintenance and getting your bond back

September 14, 2017

Did you know?
That landlords are responsible for the maintenance of an investment property but it is your responsibility as a tenant to report any maintenance issues within a timely manner. Failure to report maintenance issues may leave you liable for any damage which occurs as a result of the original issue not being reported.
As an example, if there is a water … Read more »

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