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May 20, 2022

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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.

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Vote Green

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

Cost of living and taxes

Why is there so much interest in stats and percentages? How does the average house price or rent translate...

‘Unprecedented’ but not unpredicted – we are now suffering from our failure to listen to scientists’ predictions of the impacts of climate change 30...

As Australians head into another election season just as many parts of the east coast are recovering from ‘unprecedented’ flooding since February, and the national psyche is still reeling from the trauma of the ‘unprecedented’ Black Summer bushfires before that, it is critical now more than ever to vote according to your environmental conscience and fear for the future.

Rorts unlimited

Commuter car park rorts, sports rorts, emissions reduction scheme rorts (that don’t reduce emissions) and bike track rorts. The...

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.

Hydrogen hoax

This is very serious. Last year expert scientists published a warning via The Society of Chemical Industry: ‘blue hydrogen’,...

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Moonrise Studios

is a new studio and exhibition space in Mullumbimby, showcasing original, handmade and beautiful work by 20 local artists. Currently showing: ceramics, painting, jewellery, textiles, art cards, woodwork, prints, hand-dyed silk, fibre art, and many affordable gift options. Moonrise rents spaces to artists rather than taking a commission on sales, providing a unique opportunity for artists and buyers.

Moonrise Studios | 105 Stuart St, Mullumbimby | moonrisestudios.com.au

 

Water and Light ~ Lone Goat Gallery

This first solo exhibition by Byron Bay local artist, Lynne Wallis, focuses on the translucence, reflection, energy and movement of water and light at play in our coastal region. Rather than replicating photographic images, she uses a variety of styles and media to create ‘distilled images’ of water and light. Not to be missed!

Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay | facebook.com/lonegoatgallery

 

Essence of Woman Art Exhibition

‘Essence of Woman’ exhibition explores the works of six local women artists, whose personal journeys form the inspiration and connecting threads of these diverse works, which reveal rich and complex interpretations of the soul, sensuality, strength and passion of women's business. Catherine Marciniak (doco director), Lorraine Brown (finalist 2013 Indigenous Parliament of NSW Art Prize), Kathleen Richardson, Moana Pearl, Colleen Thomas, and Martha Calhoun use photography, painting, sculpture, and weaving to express feminine themes of eldership and spirituality. March 7–18, 10am–5pm, Fri and Sat 10am–7pm.

Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay | facebook.com/lonegoatgallery

 

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

Curated by Wes Hill, Living Things examines the artists Christopher LG Hill and Matt Dabrowski’s idiosyncratic approaches to animating the everyday, and considers how ambiguity can sometimes result from imbuing things with too much rather than too little meaning. Close to Home: Cecil Bown – By emphasising geometries, textures, and beauty in the contrast between the natural and manmade landscapes, we can see familiar places in a different light.
The Splendour In The Grass ‘New Art’ Commission will support a new work to be exhibited as part of the curated Splendour Arts program. $10,000 will fund the development and presentation of a new contemporary artwork in a dynamic environment that encourages critical thinking and experimentation. All application details online at lismoregallery.org.

Lismore Regional Gallery | 6622 2209 | lismoregallery.org

 

Chattral Jewellery

Chattral Jewellery is a unique collection of works inspired by the art of handcrafting adornments to reflect how we feel. Drawing from ancient Roman and Greek designs to the ornate expressions of the Victorian era, she merges exquisitely faceted gemstones, pearls, corals, coins and silk to produce delicate jewellery works that are elegant and timeless.

Chattral Jewellery | 0403 652 838 | chattraljewellery.com

 

Brothers Coming Together of the Bundjalung Nation

On Friday 21 March Arts Northern Rivers will launch Bunarm Bologaman Wahl Bundjalung (Brothers Coming Together of the Bundjalung Nation), an exhibition of works by 12 leading Bundjalung artists who have a deep connection to the culture of the Bundjalung Nation, dedicated to caretaking culture for future generations.
With over 70 works, the exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see such a significant collection of contemporary Indigenous art.
Artists: Noel (Charlie) Caldwell, Luke Close, Eric Ferguson, Anthony Gordon, Burri Jerome, Sean Kay, Gilbert Laurie, Digby Moran, Oral Roberts, Ray Roberts, Lewis Walker and Jai Darby Walker.
All works will be for sale with all proceeds going directly to the artist. Fri 21 March, 5.30–7.30pm.

Bangalow A&I Hall, Station St, Bangalow |  artsnorthernrivers.com.au

 

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$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.