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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

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.

Saffin seeks $7.5 million for Lismore townhouse developments

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.

Opinion: It’s time to kick Morrison out

'Grifters come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of background. This one is used to skipping just a step ahead of impending disaster and exposure. Many times in marketing and politics, which he sees as identical pursuits, his nimble lies have saved his career.' 

New hinterland whiskey

Winding Road Distillery is based in Tintenbar, and early next week they are due to release their first single...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 18 May, 2022

Brilliant entertainment always in the Byron Shire

Richmond candidates strut their stuff

With the federal election looming Saturday, candidates put themselves before the public at the Echo/BayFM ‘Meet the Candidates’ on Monday night in Byron. All candidates were present, except ‘ghost’ One Nation candidate, Tracey Bell-Henselin. 


Zakay_artist-in-focu-imageThe light’s shining bright on Bangalow

Zakay Glass Creations Celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Gallery in Bangalow on 14 November 2014. 

This beautiful light-filled studio with a wrap-around veranda is perfect for showcasing their stunning geometric sculptures. The night was a huge success with visitors arriving from all over Australia to join the celebration of sculpture, art and local foods and wine. 

Featured on the night was Michelle Macnamara, a local Byron Bay artist with a whole collection of stunning paintings which will be on display in the new Gallery until Christmas. Lady Writer singer Caroline Agostini wowed the crowd with her breathtaking voice while guests enjoyed Rosnay Organic Wine, Batlow Cider and fantastic local produce from The Farm Byron Bay, Salumi Australia and Byron Bay Cookie Company.

Unique and timeless, Zakay Glass Creations’ stunning three-dimensional art works are resplendent with sparkling gemstones: facets and symmetries shimmer as colours of the rainbow bounce off their bevelled edges when they are touched by natural and artificial light. Adding majesty to any space in which they are displayed, a Zakay keepsake regularly decorates homes, balconies, corporate foyers and hotels around the world. Founding artist Asaf Zakay’s pursuit of creative and aesthetic excellence has resulted in three-dimensional glass designs that capture the essence of nature. Using the stained glass technique (a process Asaf studied while in his native Israel) each magnificent creation is a sacred symbol, evolving from natural geometric patterns.

Asaf’s creations continue to inspire and with his new gallery in Bangalow he’s aiming to continue his growth in the contemporary lighting space. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted using the finest materials and the end result is something you can keep for generations.

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift or that signature statement piece that resonates on all levels with beauty, light, space and form, we welcome you to discover Zakay Glass Creations.


Lismore Regional Gallery

lismore-pic1Don’t miss the final weeks of Lismore 2074: Imagining Lismore 60 years Hence: Duka Albada, Raimond de Weerdt’s Silent Speech and Rahima Jackson’s It’s my house, but you can’t come in.

Resistant Obsolesence, opening 20 December, works with local artists to create a show that engages with the local community. The exhibition encourages viewers to experience the work through audio and visual interactions. Artists use repurposed and redundant technologies such as piano keys, light fittings, found metal, resin and tape recorders to examine the compulsion to consume the new. Resistant Obsolescence is a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery, RealArtWorks and Tralala Blip – the latter two being creative collectives for differently abled artists.

house-legsApproaching the age where one looks at buying a house, Vitor dos Santos’ s I wish my house had legs, speaks to the current financial system and problems that young Australians are facing. As a former student studying and sharing with other students, he muses how nice it would be if houses had legs and could move around with you. His work comments on the debt that students are already burdened with and how buying a house can be intimidating.

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The Byron School of Art (BSA) 

The Byron School of Art would like to thank everyone who made 2014 such a great year. In 2015 we have many new and exciting opportunities for creative people with a great selection of short courses and workshops – we’re also taking enrolments for our year-long courses. Subscribe on our website to receive our newsletter and keep in touch.


Tweed Regional Gallery

Everyone is welcome to join us at the Tweed Regional Gallery for a very festive and fun holiday period.

In December the Gallery gets into the Christmas spirit. On December 13, from 10 – 4pm, the Artisan Market will be offering an amazing selection of local handmade gifts for Christmas, and on 14 December from 11.45 till 12.30 join the Philharmonic Choir as they sing Christmas carols. In January the fun really begins for kids in the Gallery with a huge range of activities and workshops from making bookplates, zines and paper dolls to collage, painting and weaving. The Gallery will also have a designated kids space for reading, creating and enjoying.

For more information contact the Gallery on 6670 2790.

‘M’ Paintings, Prints and Assemblages

By Turiya Bruce

gaiamadonna1Opening 6pm December 12 –23 ,2014 at the Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay. This mixed-media exhibition by Turiya Bruce explores the power of the feminine through symbolic icons translated into a series portraits – the Gaia Madonnas.  Also included are varying assemblages, and prints, all themed to highlight, remind, and celebrate our responsibility of stewardship towards all planetary life.

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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.