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August 20, 2022

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A matter of the commons

Michael Balson (Letters 3 August) writing about the Commons, has tried to place his interpretation on matters of...

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Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

Curved-space robot defies known laws of physics, heralding new locomotive technology possibilities

A robot engineered at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has done the unthinkable and flouted a steadfast law of motion, suggesting that new laws need to be defined.

Byron Bay Surf Festival 

Surfers, beach lovers, water people – owing to COVID- related complications, the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival has moved...

Kids Big Day Out at the Byron Writers Festival 2022

If you are a kid, or you know a kid who loves books, reading and creativity, then Byron Writers Festival’s ‘Kids Big Day Out’ on Sunday 28 August is the ultimate event for you!

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Editorial – Will the NSW government act on disasters, or just manage them?

The Select Committee on the response to Major Flooding across NSW in 2022, headed by chair Walt Secord (Labor) painted a picture of unprepared agencies, such as Resilience NSW, and documented a lack of planning.

Granny’s cloak by Hiske Tas Bain

Celebrated local artist Hiske Tas Bain’s final day of exhibition ‘Dreams and Memories’ is tomorrow (4 August) in Murwillumbah at the Small Works Gallery.

‘As a Healer, teacher and mother, I feel compelled to paint positive artworks, paintings that hopefully give energy and joy to the viewer and express the beauty and meaning of everyday things, a looking glass into nature, life, all things we take for granted and try to destruct,’ she explained to The Echo. 

Artist Hiske Tas Bain

Originally from Holland, Hiske arrived in Mullumbimby in 1971 after having run a gallery in Surfers Paradise. 

‘It was so exciting to be in a rainforest and mountains coming from a flat Holland. I just love the landscape and it inspires me to no end, not to mention all the great people I met. 

‘After Main Arm I moved to Huonbrook, but had to leave there after many years after my husband passed away and the place was to difficult to take care off on my own. I have now been in Murwillumbah for six years, so no more brush-cutting lantana. I have a great place and studio overlooking paddocks, cows and mountains that is very light and inspiring.’

‘Let’s make it better’ was a finalist in Her Story exhibition, Manhattan Art International NY in February 2022. By Hiske Tas Bain

With art awards from around the world says that she likes to paint positive reality and ‘show how beautiful the world really is’.

You can see Hiske’s exhibition at the Small Works Gallery at 10-12 Commercial Road, Murwillumbah.


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Let there be energy-efficient LED light

The shorter days and winter nights make after-work sport difficult for those wanting to keep fit, so the addition of LED lighting to local sports clubs allowing playing hours to be extended into the night is very welcome.

Community Sleepout to raise funds for Vinnies tonight

The 2022 NSW Vinnies Community Sleepout is this week with participants across the state braving the cold to raise vital funds and awareness in support of local services provided by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Toddlers take note: Ross Park is ready for play! 

A much anticipated recreational area of Lennox Head has finally reopened after months of being a no-go zone for the toddlers of the town. The new-look Ross Park in the centre of the village is officially open and ready for play! 

Bundjalung stories on Country

As first peoples we have an inherited birthright and a deep responsibility to try, as much as possible, to tread lightly on Country and read Country.