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Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.

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Byron’s No Bones welcomes new head chef Bianca Palmer

No Bones Byron Bay is excited to announce the arrival of their new head chef, Bianca Palmer, saying her ‘extensive culinary background and passion for plant-based cuisine are set to bring a fresh wave of innovation to our restaurant.

The Music of Bowie

Byron Bay – step into the world of iconic rock legend David Bowie as Brisbane’s very own Soft Treadly (formerly known as The Jensens)

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Interview with Nicki Parrott

After three decades of touring and performing in the US, Europe and Japan, acclaimed jazz musician Nicki Parrott is making a triumphant return to her homeland, bringing with her a new album Feelin’ Groovy – that pays homage to the iconic sounds of the sixties and draws inspiration from the carefree lifestyle of her new home in the Byron Shire.

Broken Head Quarry development plan rears its head once again

Long-dormant plans to turn the former Broken Head Quarry site into a residential development have lumbered out of the bush like a bewildered dinosaur.

Greenhouse emissions increase by 40 per cent

The Global Nitrous Oxide (N₂O) Budget, released today, reveals anthropogenic (human-induced) N₂O emissions have increased by 40 per cent in the past four decades, with the period between 2020-2022 showing an accelerated rate of growth. 

TIno La Bamba. Image Mark Shorter
Tino La Bamba. Image Mark Shorter


It is four years since the performance project Tino La Bamba: a Spaniard’s Journey to Lismore took place on the highways of rural NSW. The Great Tino La Bamba journeyed with brave Platanito (a self-made moped and Tino’s) through rural NSW on a mission from Sydney to Lismore.

In the spirit of Easy Rider meets Don Quixote … meets Captain Thunderbolt, Tino La Bamba travelled the perilous journey, clad in his elaborately collared, full-bodied spandex suit. He charmed people along the way, and many still puzzle over the curious encounters and conversations he provoked with unwitting strangers who crossed his path.

Tino exhibited in Lismore Regional Gallery’s 2009 exhibition, I am the Message, at the end of his journey.

The Tino La Bamba project has now been honoured in a book to be launched at Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday.

Humour was an obvious ingredient in the Tino La Bamba project, but it was also steeped in art and literary theory. As part of the book launch Mark Shorter will be interviewed by Dr Sean Lowry, who contributed to the publication with Shorter. The interview promises to provoke laughter and interesting discussion.

Mark Shorter is the artist behind La Bamba. Sean Lowry is an artist and academic, currently convenor of honours in creative and performing arts at the University of Newcastle.

The launch will take place on Friday 2 May, at 5.30 for 6pm.

Also currently showing at Lismore Regional Gallery are Living Things: Christopher LG Hill, Matt Dabrowski – a Lismore Regional Gallery exhibition, curated by Dr Wes Hill, coordinator of Southern Cross University Curatorial Lab.

Close to Home by Cec Bown, and Uranus by Jitka Donnelly in partnership with SCU Curatorial Lab.

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Mullet fishers destroy dunes and native plants at Gawandii Beach, Shaws Bay

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Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.