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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

‘Angwirri’ greets the dawn upon Sydney icon

‘Angwirri’, meaning 'begin to talk', is the name of a sensational piece of Indigenous art that greeted the dawn on the sails of the Sydney Opera House this morning.

Freedom of speech

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia – Byron Bay  Great to see the deputy prime minister declaring his...

Call to extend Job Keeper for live music industry

Blues Festival organiser Peter Noble has joined calls for the government to step forward and Save our Stages and support musicians and workers in the live music industry as they struggle to make ends meet.

January 26 – a conflicting day for Australians

January 26. A conflicting date for many Australians. For some, this date reflects over 200 years of destruction and denigration of our traditional customs, values, languages, and cultural landscapes.

Koala advocate is Tweed Citizen of the Year

Murwillumbah local Jenny Hayes was named the 2020 Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year at Tuesday’s Australia Day Awards...

Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.
Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship

Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship dates announced

Calling all writers… it’s time to polish up that manuscript! Byron Writers Festival’s flagship program for emerging writers, the annual Residential Mentorship, is taking place 11–15 May 2020.

The mentorship provides five days in a glorious Byron Shire location with one-on-one mentoring with Marele Day and the company of three other committed writers. With accommodation and catering provided, this is an outstanding opportunity to participate in a writing experience that has already proven to be a launch pad for many regional writers.

Applications are open to writers of fiction, or narrative non-fiction who reside in the Northern Rivers and are over 18 years old.

For details go to byronwritersfestival.com/members/residential-mentorship


hammer and hand

Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective

‘By Hammer and Hand all arts do stand’ was a sixteenth-century Blacksmiths’ Guild motto.

Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective is a jewellery studio/workshop/gallery established in 1995 in Hobart, and in 2008 in the Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay.

As a collective, the current 11 members share the running of the gallery and workshop. Customers can meet a different member each day of the week, and browse work by all the members while watching the artists at work. Everything in the gallery is carefully handmade by one of the 11 artists – no mass-producing, no off-shore finishing.

Being in a collective enables emerging artists to gain knowledge of the creative industry and of creative techniques from the more established members. The gallery and workshop are open seven days a week, 10am–4pm. Off-street parking available.

4 Ti-Tree Place, Byron Bay

www.hammerandhand.com.au.

FB: Hammer & Hand Jewellery & Metal Collective (Byron Bay) IG: @hammerandhandbyronbay

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...