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February 1, 2023

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$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

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Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Survival/Australia Day celebration – Byron Shire

There are events being held across the Byron Shire on January 26 to celebrate both Survival and Australia Day.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Have your Perfect Say

Here in the Byron Shire our crisis is so famous it’s made international news. It’s been in the US Rolling Stone even. It’s been in documentaries. It’s been in The Guardian. It’s what we live with here – every day. We live in a community where there is nowhere to live and the whole world is watching what we do next, wondering if we will do what their super star tourist destinations did and regulate the housing market. People in places like Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Miami found out that tough regulations actually aren’t bad for business after all. That’s just property market profiteering propaganda.

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Agreement on floodplains

The Echo reports Paul Toole, Minister for Regional NSW, stating that we must stop development on floodplains, stop making...

Simon Borg-Oliver

The Starlight Festival is an event created for awakening, transformation and self-discovery through yoga, sacred music, ceremony and healing. The festival is the perfect event to sample an array of truly Byron Bay experiences such as breathwork, sound healing, ecstatic movement and so much more. 

Starlight invites visitors to become inspired by guest leaders in health and wellness – enjoy talks and hands-on workshops facilitated by alternative practitioners and teachers. Over four days the Starlight Festival offers the opportunity to explore more than 100 workshops. Participants can choose their own itinerary, planning their Byron Bay experience in advance or letting their mood guide them each day. The festival invites participants to embrace a spirit of freedom, learning and self-discovery and to start 2023 refreshed and transformed.

Presenters include Tania de Jong AM, Patricia Silverwolf, Simon Borg-Olivier and Daisy Kaye.

Tania de Jong is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, global speaker, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst and spiritual journeywoman. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators, developing six businesses and four charities: including Creative Universe; Creativity Australia; the With One Voice program; Creative Innovation Global, Mind Medicine Australia; Umbrella Foundation; Dimension5; MTA Entertainment and Events; Pot-Pourri and The Song Room. Tania has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

Patricia Silverwolf is a ceremonialist, Munay-ki teacher, shamanic minister, shamanic breathwork facilitator, kundalini dance priestess, and a former mental health nurse. Silverwolf identifies herself as an alchemist, an agent of transformation and is very passionate about assisting people to awaken their inner shaman.  

Simon Borg-Olivier, MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM c-IAYT, has been practising traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing, and mental control for 50 years. He has been teaching for 38 years and has been a registered physiotherapist for 23 years. Simon also works as a research scientist and a university lecturer. He has been regularly invited to teach about lifestyle, posture, movement, breathing, and meditation at conferences, festivals, and intensive teacher training courses internationally since 1990 and he has studied with renowned traditional masters from Tibet, Japan, India, and China.

Daisy Kaye says she is a cacao priestess, body and breath worker and a Tao-Tantra Practitioner. Kaye is fun, playful and wise and is a passionately committed medicine woman here to support the personal growth in the arts of self-love and care. She is the founder of The School of Breath Medicine and Sacred Cacao Ceremony and 5 Elements Dance, holding teacher trainings in Thailand for over 10 years. 

These are just a small sample of the wonderful presenters at Starlight.

Festival organiser, Rosie Richards, says the Starlight Festival brings together the Byron Shire community and beyond. ‘I have been attending Starlight since I was a child, now my son attends. To co-create an event that’s inter-generational and that has been a part of the Byron community for so long, makes my heart sing with joy and happiness. The festival is for everyone. It’s a space for sharing, awakening, expanding consciousness and supporting each other’s journey on this planet. It’s a great honour and privilege to facilitate such a transformative space for all that come.’

A complete list of presenters and more informations is available at starlightfestival.com.au

The Starlight Festival is on this weekend, from Friday until Sunday, 10am–6pm at the Bangalow A&I Hall and pavilions.

Price: $35 one day pass, a four day pass is $60. Locals 2 for 1 days are on 5 and 6 January. 

Tickets at the door or online starlightfestival.com.au.

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Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.