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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.

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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.

‘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.

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Interview with Laura Bloom

Writer Laura Bloom has just released The Women and The Girls her latest novel with Allen & Unwin. Set in the inner west of Sydney in the mid ‘70s the book details the story of three women who have left their husbands, taken their children (mainly girls) and set up a share house.

opening-nightWhat, a lovely happy night we all had at the opening of Playing on the Edge at Art Piece Gallery.

Oksana Waterfall’s detailed drawings, embellished by the traditional embroidery of her Ukrainian heritage, gave us a glimpse into her childhood, Mandy Nolan’s wistful, whimsical little drawings allowed us a glimpse into her quiet - yes, it’s true!, private place and Zom Osborne’s fierce but hopeful figures nudged us (if not reprimanded us) into renewed respect for earth.

Over a hundred people filled the gallery and spilled onto the streets of Mullumbimby, once again making the gallery the place for fantastic art. 

Visit and Exhibit at art-Alchemy

ArtAlchemy-goldExperience the unique community gallery spaces exploring and honouring the creative Art Therapy processes providing visual expressions and observations of life’s emotional ups and downs. Find your ‘inherent gifts combo’ that shapes ‘your world’ and bridge the gap to embrace change. Found it yet? Visit Newrybar and www.art-alchemy.org to turn your life’s journey into gold. 


Susan Kaden

Sculptor Susan Kaden recently moved to the Byron area from Brisbane. Susan studied Art, majoring in sculpture with a special interest in bronze and public art and taught secondary and primary art. Over the past three years Susan studied under Master Sculptors in the USA, France and Italy while also receiving a Master of Fine Art award from UTAS.  

She was commissioned to create four bronze busts for St Laurence’s College Brisbane in 2012 and recently completed a large monument and water feature which will be unveiled 2015. 


c.a.s.e. postcard exhibition

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! Only 11 more sleeps left to get your postcard–sized artworks entered into the upcoming show Home is where the Art is. Multiple entries are welcome. Opening night on 7 November commences at 6pm at the Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby. We are pleased to announce the exhibition judge, internationally renowned sculptor Dominique Sutton.

This year’s theme invites you, young and old, to expand your perception of home, whether it’s the art of being at home or the stories you find there. Entry forms and all other info can be downloaded from our website (www.casemullum.wix.com/c-a-s-e-inc) or picked up in Mullumbimby from: Art Piece Gallery, Art Depot 55, Punch & Daisy Cafe, Moonrise Gallery, Poinciana Cafe or Mullumbimby Bookshop. 


Bold New Visions – Digby Moran

Bungalung Dreaming by Digby Moran
Bungalung Dreaming by Digby Moran

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), presents a solo exhibition by local Indigenous artist Albert Digby Moran from Wednesday 8 October to Sunday 2 November 2014. This vibrant exhibition presents a new series of paintings celebrating Moran’s identity as an Indigenous man in a riot of colour and movement. Traditional motifs marry with the rolling landscape of his country to form a singular vision and record of contemporary Indigenous masculinity. NRCG is located at 46 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Sunday.  For further information contact the Gallery on 6681 6167.


The Little Art Shop - Bangalow

The Little Art Shop at Bangalow is now an awesome little art section in the Bangalow Newsagency.  We stock fine art supplies, quality artist paper and brushes for students and discerning artists.  Gift vouchers are also available.  Pop in and have a look the next time you’re in Bangalow. Bookworms & Papermites aka Bangalow Newsagency,

an awesome little art shop in the heart of Bangalow!


Lismore Regional Gallery

Left: Fiona Foley, HHH#2, 2004. Right: Karla Dickens, Assimilated Warrior, 2014.
Left: Fiona Foley, HHH#2, 2004. Right: Karla Dickens, Assimilated Warrior, 2014.

Lismore Regional Gallery hosts Australia’s richest combined Aboriginal Art Prize as the 2013 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize until 26 October. More than 30 unique works by contemporary Aboriginal artists will be on display, including the winner of the 2013 Award, Karla Dickens. The works included in the 2013 prize explore a myriad of social and personal subjects, including memory, identity, community, and land. The tour showcases a variety of media and techniques, from traditional to contemporary.

Join Karla Dickens and Fiona Foley, on Thursday 9 October from 5.30pm, as they speak about what drives their practices and the ways in which they are inspired by one another. Part of a series of talks matchmaking local artists with someone who inspires them from outside the region, this conversation promises to be an exciting exchange of ideas about the chemistry of creativity. 

‘I first saw Fiona’s work in art school over 20 years ago and it had a profound impact on me. It was the first time I had taken in Aboriginal art as contemporary work. Her work was very feminine and it embodied a gutsy feminist Indigenous voice.’ – Karla Dickens. Lismore Regional Gallery is located at 131 Molesworth Street

in Lismore.

Visit their website at

www.lismoregallery.org  or phone 6622 2209.


Byron School of Art 

Byron School of Art has officially moved to Bangalow! To celebrate they have three new short courses on offer, and are now interviewing students for 2015 year-long courses. Their other new initiative, the BSA Project Space, is an exciting new venue in Mullumbimby, available to hire for exhibitions, events, photo shoots and more. Subscribe to their newsletter at [email protected] or visit www.ByronSchoolofArt.com.


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...