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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

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.

Coalition policy

It should be obvious to everyone by now that the Coalition’s insistence that ‘technology’ will drag us across the...

Fighting food waste

Did you know that wasting food is a greater contributor (6 per cent) to total greenhouse gas emissions than...

Historic sex assault and abduction – alleged offender charged

NSW Police say a man will spend the weekend in the lock-up after being refused bail today in Grafton following an investigation into the alleged historical sexual assault of a woman in Byron Bay more than 20 years ago.

Vote Green

In response to John Jennings, Numinbah (12 May), ‘Who shall I vote for?’ Simple answer – The Greens. From...

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.
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From Orroroo to Utopia

Perhaps it is being one of nine children that made Grant Rasheed determined not to be lost in the crowd. Whatever the motivation, the owner of local Bangalow art gallery Ninbella has thus far lived an adventurous and exciting life.

Rasheed grew up on a sheep farm in Orroroo, in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, and as a young adult travelled to London, and then Milan, where he designed and manufactured quality men’s knitwear.

He returned home after 20 years and landed at The Prairie Hotel in the remote Northern Flinders Ranges, in a town with a population of only seven.

Accepting the roles of Manager and Head of Customer Guest Relations, Rasheed turned The Prairie into a hip stopover spot for international visitors, including Sir David Attenborough, as well as prestige magazine teams visiting for fashion shoots. In 2016, it was voted Australia’s number one outback tourism hotel.

In 2006, after an opportune meeting with an outback Indigenous art gallery owner, he established and curated a gallery at the hotel, deepening his love for indigenous culture.

Visit his Bangalow gallery and you’ll see the work of noted contemporary Indigenous artists, as well as talented locals.

Edited version of longer article originally by Helen Hawkes.

19A Byron Street Bangalow

6687 1936


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The Colours of Morocco Art Retreat

Join Dominique Sutton on this amazing Art adventure to the heart of Marrakesh and the Moroccan desert. Immerse yourself in the alluring scents and brilliant colours, dine in a thousand year old carnival, enjoy barefoot luxury and record your memories with daily en plain air painting sessions under Dominique’s guidance.

22–29 May 2020

Cost: $4,950 (excl. flights)


[email protected]

m: 0409573800  


Míša Alexander

Míša’s art classes

Whether it’s your first time holding a paintbrush, or you’re an aspiring professional artist, Míša’s art classes are a supportive place to create, learn and socialise. Míša is a recognised designer and illustrator living in the Byron Shire for over 20 years. She has opened up her private studio in Bangalow to bring women together in their artistic journeys. Bookings: 0405084494

Instagram: misa.alexander


Short Courses Enrolling Now

Courses and workshops at BSA

Byron School of Art is accepting enrolments for their new short courses and weekend workshops.

Paint, draw, try ceramic sculpture or learn new techniques and tricks to work in photo media. Seize the opportunity to study with BSA’s international guest artist, Guy Begbie in a bookbinding workshop, or spend a weekend with Helle Jorgensen creating experimental 3D fibre forms.


Short Courses Enrolling Now

Critical Reading for Writers Laurel Cohn

A special workshop from Byron Writers Festival

Want to get your work to a publishable standard? The secret is to sharpen your own critical reading abilities first.

Byron Writers Festival presents Critical Reading for Writers, a unique workshop for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction, facilitated by experienced workshop presenter and book editor Laurel Cohn.

Participants will learn the value of critical reading, how to analyse a piece of writing and recognise how/why it works, or doesn’t work, as well as gain insight into how other writers handle story elements such as voice, backstory, openings, point of view, and description.

The full-day workshop will take place on Saturday 14 March. Spaces are limited so secure your place today! More events and workshops listed on our website: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on


Full Circle by Frances Baxter

FULL CIRCLE is a culmination of artworks ranging from nudes and still life to portraits that have inspired Frances from 40 years living in Mallorca to her return to the Northern Rivers. Frances is renowned for her beauty of line and dynamic colour, and her exhibition features a collection of her paintings and drawings using oil, pastels and charcoal.

Clem’s Cargo Marketplace, Brunswick Heads

1–26 February 2020

Instagram: @francesbaxterart

All that glitters

All That Glitters

A passionate and multi-talented artist since childhood, Cristina takes inspiration from her surroundings and combines her love of colour, form, and shape with sculpture and stones to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewellery.

Each piece is unique and original, lovingly handcrafted from recycled silver and individually sourced stones.

Available at Hammer & Hand Jewellery Collective, 4 Ti Tree Place, Byron Bay.

Instagram: @cristina_art_silver

FB @cristina

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.