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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.

Other News

Flood recovery 2022 must be community led and flexible

The recent news that our mighty NSW State Government are going to step into the Northern Rivers as a sort of Mary Poppins and over-arch their solutions into an umbrella of several councils via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was met with cheer and skepticism.

Mandy for Richmond: ‘I’m there to break things’

I am deeply curious about whether Mandy Nolan can unseat Labor’s Justine Elliot and win Richmond for the Greens in Saturday’s election.

‘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.

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.

First residents move in to Wollongbar housing pods

The first residents displaced by the flooding disaster have now received the keys to their temporary housing pods at Wollongbar, Ballina Council says.

NSW councils call for social, affordable housing

With ‘Intergenerational inequality growing dramatically’, the peak body representing NSW councils has issued an open letter to all federal election candidates, calling on them to commit to a four-point housing plan.



Marci was born and raised on an organic farm on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. A keen forager, from her early teens she studied the medicinal value of native wild plants and herbs that grew around her. She has exhibited as a solo artist in Europe and Australia with work displayed at the Australian Embassy in Paris. Her work has as also been published in Australian architecture and design magazines Sanctuary and Home Design.

Marci now resides in Byron Shire with sons Joaquin and Finojet. Marci draws on her Anthroposophical studies, esoteric training, inner work and love of working with nature in her exhibition The Blythe Cipher, which runs June 5–26 at The Lone Goat Gallery, located in the Byron Bay Library on Lawson Street.  


Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Take 6 is a group exhibition by six local artists from Arts Fabrika: Stephanie Lymburner, Merle Rankin, Sue Sawkins, Shirley Scholtz, Kate Williams, and Utoska McLeod. Shared Fragments in Time – stories in stitch and dye showcases the love of textiles of two talented artists, Kirsten Ingemar and Enid Taylor, and textiles’ versatility as creative media. Visit the Northern Rivers Community Gallery at 44 Cherry Street, Ballina, ph 6681 6167.

In the mood for a creative sea change?

Still @ The Centre is a lovely and long-established art centre that has been offering our vibrant artistic communi ty custom framing, fine-art printing, high-quality art supplies, art classes, canvases and more. Want to know more about this? Go to www.byronbayartcentreforsale.wordpress.com or email us at [email protected]. PS: No prior experience needed, only curiosity and creativity. We will train you in all aspects of this multiple-activity centre… and two residential units included in the lease could make your transition a breeze.

Lismore Regional Gallery

Jan Davis’s drawings in Big Garden reference the geological fabric of the land, layers of time and stories that exist in this place. The drawings hint at the musical notation of sounds emanating from the landscape.

Also showing: DUO: learning the ropes, presenting five young people with unique one-on-one sessions with a professional artist as a part-mentoring, part-creative exchange, culminating in an exhibition – Sense of self… through the eyes of Jarjums. Ngunya Jarjum Centre Preschool, Lismore, recognises the value of art in teaching children about identity, language, literacy, creativity and pride in self.

This year the centre has accelerated the art program and engaged artists Digby Moran and Penny Evans to teach children at Jarjum. Some of the resulting works will be shown in this exhibition. Full details on all public programs available over the school holidays are available online at lismoregallery.org.

Exhibition of transformative works

A unique art exhibition will take place at the Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay, from June 5 till 26.

The Blythe Cipher is a series of seven paintings on balsa wood using specific handmade herbal, plant and mineral preparations.

The work, which is alchemical in nature, was two and a half years in the making. ‘The collection is transformative, because each of the seven panels works as a frequency to different parts of the human body,’ outlined artist Marci Lutken. ‘Within each of the seven panels there is a cosmic symbol, or imprint. This work goes past the personality; its purpose is not to suit the physical eye but to assist in bringing about transformation to the person viewing it. It works at a cellular level. The effect is one of both transformation and activation.’ No paint was used in the artworks. Instead, Marci wildcrafted plants and sap from different areas of Byron Shire. Each painting is seven foot high by two foot wide. Together when viewed the whole is a ‘carrier’ or ‘transporter’ of the Divine.

Sunshine Alley

Sunshine Alley is an inspiring emporium housing artistic contemporary global and locally made jewellery and carefully selected sculpture and paintings from local emerging artists. There is also a stunning collection of felt and straw hats for men and women, and a unique array of locally made fashion and home-wears. It sits in a tranquil garden, located at the end of Bakers Lane, next door to the Rock & Roll Coffee Co. If you haven’t discovered the shops in this buzzy little lane way it’s time to take a wander. Currently on show at Sunshine Alley are paintings by Rhiannon Power, Lalita Thompson and Syrille Nerovique, as well as handmade silver and gemstone jewellery by Zambra, Susie Cadsky and Ju Ju. A creative place to be.


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.