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Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

Now that Lismore LGA is out of lockdown, the number of acceptable reasons for residents to cross the border into Queensland has increased.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

NSW Farmers want to plant foods to get their hands off ‘meat’

NSW Farmers are calling for clarification of the vocabulary for alternative proteins and they have submitted a motion to the Senate Standing Committee to review the use of meat vocabulary on plant-based products.

Woman charged over alleged Public Health Order Breaches – Tweed/Byron

A woman has been charged over multiple alleged breaches of the Public Health Orders in the Tweed and Byron shires.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

The Butch is Back this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Brunswick Picture House at 7pm.


The evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey is back in Brunswick Heads and no one is safe! After ten years abroad touring Europe and the UK, he’s back and wants you to come out and play! After all, who doesn’t need a bit of filth, a lot of camp, and an opportunity to get downright dirty? It’s exactly what they do best at the Picture House. So what better tonic for these times than to present the incredible Reuben Kaye and his new show, The Butch is Back!

Obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy, and rib-crackingly funny, cabaret superstar Reuben Kaye is what happens when you tell your children they can be anything they want to be.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Brunswick Picture House at 7pm.

Join the crew from 9am on Mothers day.

Mothers Day Trees

The 10th annual Mullum Music Festival & Brunswick Valley Landcare Mothers Day Tree Planting returns on Sunday at Dingo Lane in beautiful Myocum, just outside Mullumbimby.

With a mission to plant another 1000 trees, join the crew from 9am onward to celebrate all mums; with live music by Smokey Fields, Mykaela Jay and James Kent. Wear GUMBOOTS, hat, sunscreen, drinking water, gloves.

BYO coffee cup. As this is a COVID Safe event, REGISTERING is compulsory. This Sunday May 9 from 9am.
Visit mothersdayplanting2021.eventbrite.com.au

The CCR & Friends show captures the essence that was Creedence Catch it this Friday at Byron Theatre.

Creedence Revival and Friends

Creedence Clearwater Revival & Friends is the best tribute show to John Fogerty and CCR in the world today. This performance takes the audience on a journey through their massive hits from 1968 to 1972.

Known as the Kings of ‘Swamp Music’, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doung Clifford and Stu Cook, captured the essence of the era that saw the Vietnam War, Woodstock and so much more influencing generations to come.

Creedence made 28 million record sales in a short period of time, comprised of hits such as ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ‘Born on the Bayou’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Fortunate Son’ and so many more.

After a 25-year hiatus, John Fogerty re-emerged as a successful solo artist, with the hit ‘Rockin’ Roll Girls’, and in 1993 John Fogerty, along with CCR, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing them as one of the most influential bands of their time.

The CCR & Friends show captures the essence that was Creedence, with special renditions of other popular songs of the era this show is not to be missed.

Including four international cast members it will be an unforgettable night of entertainment. Swamp Music at its best – you will think that Creedence Clearwater Revival are truly in front of your eyes live.

Friday at the Byron Theatre – don’t forget you can use your NSW Dine and Discover vouchers.

Friday 7 May at 8pm. Tix and info at byroncentre.com.

Nicky Bomba brings the Malibu vibes to Mullumbimby Civic Hall on May 15.

He’s the Bomba!

Enigmatic performer, producer and lifelong troubadour Nicky Bomba returns to the scene with his first solo release in ten years with ‘Malibu’ the first single off his new album Food and Shelter.

His reputation as a world-class performer has seen him grace stages from Istanbul to Tokyo, Hong Kong to Detroit and has garnered him a weighty trove of accolades including four ARIA awards. Whether at the helm of the titanic Melbourne Ska Orchestra or slamming skins on the drum kit with John Butler, Nicky’s magnetic connection with the audience is a testament to his spectacular creativity and joyously bon vivant attitude. With new material and a whole new live show, Nicky is hitting the road in May to bring his electrified energy to the stage.

Stopping to play Mullumbimby Civic Hall on May 15.
Tix at oztix

Become a powerful speaker this Saturday and Sunday.

Be Comfortable in Your Skin

Do you want to be able to stand in front of a crowd, deliver your message and be comfortable in your skin?

Being a powerful speaker isn’t about being technically perfect. It’s about using your natural voice and being your authentic self. In a world full of fake news and social media hype, realness cuts through. Comedian and Authentic You Masterclass facilitator, Mandy Nolan, taught Emmy Award winning Hannah Gadsby, who she knew had the goods the minute she turned up.

Authentic You is also taught by academic and performer Dr George Catsi. It is a unique and intense face-to-face two day masterclass in public speaking and communication that is tailored specifically to each participant’s particular needs.

Over the past 18 months they have facilitated 14 deliveries of their class to professional speakers, authors, academics, doctors, educators, team leaders, and basically anyone with a story to tell. The positive feedback has been overwhelming, with attendees loving the solid, nurturing environment they provide in a small class setting (12 max), the personalised attention, the home cooked food, and the filmed final performance. Mandy and George guarantee that you can turn up empty handed and by day two you’ll have a five to seven minute talk!

This Saturday and Sunday at Barefoot Bungalows, 38 Lawson St,Byron Bay. authenticyoumasterclasses.com

Ballina Greens are hosting a screening of the documentary Wild Things on 27 May at Ballina Fair Cinemas.

Wild Things

Ballina Greens are hosting a screening of the documentary Wild Things on 27 May at Ballina Fair Cinemas It is a powerful and inspiring documentary that chronicles 365 days of front-line environmental activism across Australia. 

Directed and produced by Sally Inglewood, Wild Things combines archival and camera phone footage with stunning aerial photography and beautiful in-forest images to record the courage and determination of ordinary people, young and old, putting themselves on the line to protect the natural world. Against a backdrop of drought, fire and floods, we witness how today’s envoironmental activists are making a difference. 

The screening will be preceded by a discussion panel of local ‘Wild Things’, Aidan Ricketts (author of The Activists’ Handbook), Mandy Nolan (journalist, comedian), Kate Coxall (Stop Adani and Strike4Climate activist) and Tamara Smith MP, Greens Member for Ballina, who will each talk about the wildest things they have seen while defending the planet. 

May 27 6–7pm: drinks, nibbles, panel chat. 7–9pm: Film Screening. Ballina Fair Cinema $25 includes drink and raffle ticket. www.greens.org.au/nsw/wildthings 

The films at The Quad are presented with headsets delivering crisp and perfect sound in a truly immersive

Outdoor Cinema at The Quad

Presented over three nights in May, The Quad is bringing you its first ever outdoor cinema program! The program has been put together by highly regarded film critic, Peter Castaldi, with a mix of cult classics to enjoy as you kick back, under the stars. The films are presented with headsets delivering crisp and perfect sound in a truly immersive experience. Friday  May is a double bill of Paul Currie’s One Perfect Day (pm) followed by Baz Lurhman’s Romeo and Juliet (8.15pm). Saturday 22 May at 6pm, it’s the screening of the original Storm Boy and Sunday 23 May at 6pm,  The American Astronaut, plus some shorts.

Tickets: www.lismorequad.org.au
Prices: Adult $15, Conc $10.

Double bill and group discounts available.

Smashed is one of the short films showing at Flickerfest at The Regent on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 May.

Flickerfest at The Regent

Flickerfest returns to the Northern Rivers – May, with screenings at the newly refurbished Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. Celebrating 30 years in 2021, Flickerfest, Australia’s largest and only Academy and BAFTA Qualifying Short Film Festival, presents the best in shorts over one big film-packed weekend showcasing its much awarded and applauded FlickerKids, Short Laughs Comedy, Best of Australian Shorts and Best of International Shorts programmes.

The 40+ films screening in Murwillumbah are handpicked from Flickerfest’s 2,700 entries; they include Academy® Nominees and award winners from across the world, hilarious comedies, moving and inspiring Australian shorts and award winning Northern Rivers filmmakers lighting up the big screen. The Regent is giving Northern Rivers’ audiences a final chance to catch these spectacular shorts in our region.

Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include the fabulous intimate and moving drama This River shot in Lismore by locally grown director Naomi Fryer and awarded Best Direction at Flickerfest Bondi. This River stars Murwillumbah born-and-raised actress Madeleine Magee Carr. She was living in London when her mum saw the call-out for local Northern Rivers’ actors for the short film, so Madeleine auditioned virtually and the producers were so impressed they hired her on the spot to star in the film. This award winning short will screen alongside the beautiful Bama, shot locally and directed by emerging Indigenous filmmaker Jahvis Loveday, from Ocean Shores, who won the Jury Award for Best Short Film, and the audience award, at the recent Flickerfest Mullumbimby Byron All Shorts screening. Jahvis’s Nan and Great Nana lived in Murwillumbah and he forged a strong connection to the area growing up. His strong family connection is the inspiration for Bama and Jahvis will be at the screening to introduce his film and also to participate in a Q&A.

Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah, 15–16 May.
Info & tickets: flickerfest.com.au/tour/murwillumbah-nsw

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