25.4 C
Byron Shire
December 6, 2023

M’bah open-air gallery and free painting lessons

Latest News

First West Byron DA pushes planning rules

Plans for the first major residential development within the West Byron urban release area feature nearly a dozen breaches of planning and environmental protection rules and should not be approved, Byron Council staff say.

Other News

NSW Planning Panel unanimously rejects controversial development on Ballina floodplain

Yesterday the NSW Planning Panel unanimously rejected Gemlife’s proposal for a major 'seniors living' development on a flood prone site on Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina.

3G networks phased out next week

The peak lobby group representing Australia's telecommunication industry announced last week it will phase out 3G networks in the region on 15 December.

Lismore Council unveils latest upcycled Christmas tree

Lismore City Council has unveiled its iconic sustainable city Christmas tree. This is the eighth year of Lismore’s upcycled Christmas tree being proudly displayed on the corner of Keen and Magellan streets, following a one-year hiatus after the 2022 flood disaster.

Kirtan and Sacred Music

House of Bliss is proud to present its 10th Kirtan and Sacred Music Festival this Saturday at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Council looks to repair Mullum’s old Scout Hall

The Byron Shire Council is looking to retain a community asset, Mullumbimby's old Scout Hall, after being flood-damaged and in need of repairs.

Erring on the side of kindness

There is one thing we can all do in these wretched times of powerlessness and overwhelming sorrow. Give. 

Local artist Turiya Bruce with Adrienne and Erwin Weber in front of the 'Ages of the Tweed' mural depicting the Jurassic Era (250 million years ago ). Photo supplied.
Local artist Turiya Bruce with Adrienne and Erwin Weber in front of the ‘Ages of the Tweed’ mural depicting the Jurassic Era (250 million years ago ). Photo supplied.

Heading back in time and creating an open-air gallery along the Tweed River riverbank at Murwillumbah; local artist Turiya Bruce is putting the final touches on stage one of the 150m long mural ‘Ages of the Tweed’.

As you look ‘from the Murwillumbah Bridge towards the iconic view of Mount Warning one sees many birds and water dragons. Artist Turiya Bruce has been working with local environment group Earth Learning, community artists and volunteers to put the final touches to the first stage of the mural on the riverside of the Murwillumbah flood levee wall,’ said Earth Learning spokesperson, Adrienne Weber.

Beautiful beyond description

‘The mural was inspired by  the words of William Guilfoyle, botanist and explorer who In 1869 travelled up the Tweed River and described it as: “A deep rich valley clothed with magnificent trees . . .  The background was Mount Warning. The view was altogether beautiful beyond description. The scenery here exceeded anything I have previously seen in Australia.”

‘Guilfoyle said “In all my travels I have never seen anything to equal the beauty of the vegetation. The banks of the river are clothed to the waters edge with an endless variety of the richest of evergreens, and the gay blossoms of climbing plants, entwining themselves around the larger trees, or hanging from the branches in gorgeous festoons alone would be the subject for the painter.”’

The mural has been in progress for the last few years with the final vision being to create the Tweed River – Murwillumbah Riverbank Restoration Walk and Open-air Gallery. The idea is to represent all the plants and animals that existed in the original Woolumbin, Mount Warning area from Lismore to Mount Tamborine.

Complementing the other side of the wall that already has a mural called ‘Treasures of the Tweed’ it has been made possible by the combined efforts of Earth Learning, Tweed Shire Council, Murwillumbah Memorial Services Club, Tweed Landcare, volunteer and indigenous artists with funds from the ClubsGRANT, 25th Anniversary Landcare grant.

‘The Murwillumbah riverbank open-air gallery is creating a safe place for visitors and local community of all ages to reconnect with the river which is our greatest asset,’ continued Adrienne.


With over 700m of flood levy wall available there has been an agreement with young people in Murwillumbah to use a dedicated section of the wall for tagging and graffiti art. Unfortunately during the holidays some tagging took place over the mural creating significant extra work in cleaning and re-painting.

‘We would love to have them come and work on the mural,’ said Turiya who is co-ordinating the painting of the mural.

‘Mural painting is slow and labour intensive in places yet taggers can take less than a minute to destroy a whole day or more work.

‘I would be really happy to teach them how to paint and the techniques that we use to create the mural. It is great fun and uses a range of interesting techniques that are different from more traditional painting. And it will really help people develop their tagging skills as well.’

In fact anyone who is interested in getting involved and learning how to paint murals is welcome to come on board. If you would like to help please contact [email protected] 0432917555.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Fantastic effort by a group of volunteers for the benefit of the local community and helping eco-tourism. What a terrible shame it is. that school kids destroy such beauty with their tagging.
    What a great opportunity they now have to learn art skills that could take them way beyond “tagging” towards genuine street- art on Muwillumbahs famous ‘Graffiti wall”. They could contribute work alongside great street artists -some internationally renowned who currently appear along most sections of this wall

  2. Was so good to come across a picture of erwin and Adrienne they were a fond memory of my childhood when they lived in Riley St


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Primary schools celebrate post-flood work completion

A mere 22 months since the catastrophic flooding which caused widespread devastation across the Northern Rivers, a major rebuild and upgrades have been completed at two impacted primary schools

Pub’s live music under pressure

Just two weeks after NSW Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, John Graham, released ‘Vibrancy Reforms’ to ‘encourage businesses to innovate and put on live performance by giving them certainty’, the Eltham Hotel had noise restrictions placed on them by Liquor and Gaming NSW.

Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Peace Today Peace Tomorrow

Why is peace so hard? As the assault on Gaza resumes I am reminded of the quote by Albert Einstein: ‘Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding’.

Whisky and cheese

The local launch of the new Viognier Cask whisky will be an exclusive whisky and cheese pairing event at the Cape Byron Distillery on Thursday, January, 4 2024 at 5pm. The Studd Siblings have been invited to pair their specially-selected cheeses with the Cape Byron Whisky range, and celebrate the recent release of their first book, The Best Things in Life are Cheese.