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May 24, 2022

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Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

Other News

The protest vote

Uncanny that in this federal election, in Richmond as elsewhere, the freedom/protest vote parties just about all preference the...

The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Ballina osprey platform in dangerous disrepair

As nesting season approaches, wildlife carer and local bird expert Deb Pearse has contacted The Echo about her concerns for the precarious state of the Brunswick Street osprey nesting platform, near the river in Ballina.

Bittersweet announcement about koalas

Bitter in its necessity and sweet in the action it might prompt, it has been announced today that koalas have been listed as Endangered under the Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Radiance Kitchen

Victoria Cosford I can imagine how radiant the smiles were when Dexter Chou and Linda Hung resumed their stall recently...

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round. 
Would you like to run an art/music project?

Arty Types, Musos... an opportunity to share what you love

The good people at St Andrew’s Aged Care Village in Ballina need some help from the creative souls in our community.

They are looking for volunteer artists and musicians to work on projects with the residents.

Arty types could help the residents with mural painting, life storyboards and art therapy. Musos could play, sing, help the residents with getting music onto their iPods, and movers and shakers could lead walks and dancing.

As a volunteer, you’d be so appreciated and make such a difference, your heart will be singing!

If you’re interested please contact Krista at St Andrew’s Village Ballina. 6620 5800 

Clifford Possum Fire Dreaming Ceremony

Significant and Historical Aboriginal Artworks

4 Jan–4 Feb 2020

Visit Ninbella Gallery in Bangalow NSW to see works by some of the most influential and highly celebrated artists within the contemporary Australian Aboriginal art movement, including Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910–1996), who is the most prominent and successful artist in the history of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932–2002), who blazed a trail for future generations of Indigenous artists, bridging the gap between Aboriginal art and contemporary Australian art.

All of the artists represented were among the vanguard of Australian Aboriginal artists to be recognised by the international art world, and their works continue to set record price highs and remain major collectable pieces.

Open 7 days, 10am–5pm


Byron Writers Festival workshops

Calling Writers of all Levels – Make 2020 Your Year to Flourish

Start your writing year on the right foot with an inspiring Byron Writers Festival workshop.

Go deep and access your innermost insights with Journaling – a Key for Successful Writing, Saturday 1 February with Vicki Bennett.

Nail your next writing submission with Marele Day’s coveted workshop A Winning Submission, on Saturday 29 February.

Explore the craft of novella writing through award-winning novelist Nick Earls’s Novella Writing, Saturday 7 March.

So fire up those post-holiday brain cells, get your projects on track, and sign up today! More events, workshops, and opportunities listed on our website: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on.

Michael Philip | Spirit

Sumer Art Class Taster Sessions

Summer Taster Sessions are back at BS’A in January and February. Joining a 3-hour Taster Session is a great way to experience a taste of studio time at Byron School of Art and to get to know the different teachers and the classes being offered throughout 2020. $65 each or $50 each, when booking three or more.

Gift certificates available at byronschoolofart.com


Art on Screen at Byron Theatre

Hermitage – The Power of Art: Sunday 19 January. Featuring the largest collection of paintings in the world, the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has been a meeting place for foreign artists, architects, and intellectuals for two-and-a-half centuries. Come on a sumptuous and immersive exploration of cultural bridges between the past and the present, featuring some of the world’s best art in glorious high definition on the big screen.

Frida – Viva La Vida: Sunday 9 February. Journey deep into some of Mexico’s most extraordinary museums to explore the masterpieces, and soul, of Frida Kahlo. Book now at byroncentre.com.au.

COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

Elliot ecstatic about Albo and confident of a Richmond win

While her win in Richmond has not yet been confirmed, Justine Elliot is very happy about the overall result for Labor and a new government.

Australian politics transformed

Following an election like no other, Australia looks set to change course on climate and corruption, with the Coalition's Scott Morrison being prised from office and Anthony Albanese about to form a new Labor government with the support of Greens and teal independents.

Kevin Hogan returns for Page

Though the coalition government he represents is now in opposition, National Party candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, has been returned to his seat and yesterday he released a statement to all media.