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The 2024 Lismore Eisteddfod will be bigger and better

Organisers of the Lismore Eisteddfod, the Lismore Musical Festival Society, are getting excited about their program for this year’s event. The regular competition venues are still unavailable owing to post-flood repairs continuing for a few more months. So this year the Bangalow A&I Hall will be used for the primary and secondary schools competitions as well as the Speech and Drama competition.

Broken Head Quarry DA refused

Plans to build a housing estate on part of the old Broken Head Quarry site were rejected last week by  Byron Shire councillors.

Emergency tower works stopped

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Have your say on Bangalow tree removal/succession plan

Bangalow residents and businesses are being asked for their thoughts on a plan to replace seven trees in the main street (Byron Street) and two in Station Street. 

Inequity underpins solar-battery rebates

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Lauren and Isla, Ivy and Edie, with Alannah at the window, check out the Playhouse at Mullum Community Gardens. The Cubby’s creator Deidi Vine, not only thinks used panel packaging can make great playspaces but could help provide shelter for some homeless people of the region. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Aslan Shand

Upcycling is being taken to new heights by local self-confessed, tinkerer, recycler and upcycler Deidi Vine, who is currently building a prototype shelter shack that she hopes will be used to shelter the homeless.

‘I have been making cubbies and playhouses since I was a child. When I had my own children I would often make massive playhouses for them… so it’s no surprise that when I became a grandmother I was inspired to make my gorgeous grandson Cedar one,’ said Deidi.

The cubbyhouse was so popular she just kept on making them for family and friends and finally made an adult shack.

The cubbyhouses and shelter shack are all made out of recycled and upcycled materials that come from plywood pallets used to transport solar panels, broken furniture and secondhand paint.

‘One of the many things I love about about the structures is that they are so easy to take apart and put back together. It literally takes me less than three hours to take one apart and put it back up – which I think is brilliant,’ said Deidi.

‘The cost is minimal and I try very hard to use items that have been discarded.’

One Roof

Deidi recently donated one of her cubby houses to the One Roof Byron charity, which is helping tackle homelessness in Byron Shire, for their raffle.

‘We were thrilled and so grateful to Deidi for her donation,’ said One Roof member Genevieve Lee.

‘She has also attended our Tiny House design meeting run by Christopher Kinzel and has put up her hand to be part of our Tiny House construction team.’

Deidi is also looking at ways to close the gap in the Shire’s recycling program.

‘There is no repairing, reupholstering and upcycling on a large scale in the Shire. I would love to see a huge roofed area provided where locals could start donating their unwanted building materials and household items that can be saved from landfill and repaired or upcycled.’

You can contact Deidi via her Facebook page Upcycling Solutions

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  1. How wonderful is this!! Well done Deidi and I hope your ideas go from strength to strength with the support of the Byron Shire Council.


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