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Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

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January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

Lismore Women’s Festival cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that is sweeping NSW and other states in Australia the Lismore Women’s Festival has been cancelled.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption: what comes next?

The powerful volcanic eruption was captured in amazing detail, yet remains shrouded in mystery. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga...

Band Called Stereo soon to be legends of Byron

A new group out of Byron, Band Called Stereo, have recently recorded and released the first single from their new album. Nothing extraordinary in that, apart from the fact that two of the members have just completed Year Ten and the other two have just complete Year Nine

The earliest unequivocally modern human remains in Africa

There may be earlier remains of modern humans – but science is certain about these ones.

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!  How much do you think you know about the Byron Shire? Ross Kendall challenges you to...

The exhibition is open 10am–4pm on weekdays and 9.30am-2.30pm on weekends.

Moving to a new country can be challenging; you may need to learn a new language, understand a different culture, learn how to drive, how to find a job, and understand countless other things as you settle in. For a refugee the experience can be even more challenging.

The Re-Making Place Art Exhibition: artworks telling stories of achievement explores the experience of how it feels to be a migrant or refugee settling in a new country.

The exhibition is on until Sunday, 18 October.

Traversing the memories of childhood migration, the challenges of settling in a new country, the joys of learning new skills, shared experiences, and the importance of community connections, are highlighted in a pop-up art exhibition called Re-making Place, which is on show now until this Sunday, 18 October at Ignite Studios, Ballina.

Hosted by Ballina Region for Refugees and supported by Southern Cross University, the exhibition captures settlement experiences of participants in the BR4R Homestay program and Anglicare North Coast’s 3Es to Freedom Program (Education, Employment and Empowerment). The exhibition includes photographs, textiles, films and written text.

Ignite Studios is next door to the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (around the corner at 60 Crane Street and next to The Gallery Café).

The exhibition is open 10am–4pm on weekdays and 9.30am-2.30pm on weekends.


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