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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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Mt Warning, Caldera: The Impacts

Barb Suttie from 20 February until 12 April at the Tweed Regional Gallery. Local artist Barb Suttie’s exhibition of exquisite oil paintings calls audiences to witness the results of natural and human impacts on Australia’s Green Cauldron. This exhibition invites every visitor to make a personal pledge to reconnect with nature and to take responsibility for their own actions. ‘Let us create a positive impact for our world, starting here – where we choose to take action and consciously decide to look after our iconic landscapes. I am witness to the impacts.’ – Barb Suttie

Active Arts at NRCG

NRCG celebrates World Wetlands Day with a month of arts, wetland photography, fishing, walking and art workshops. WetlandCare Australia presents the 8th Annual WetlandCare Photography Prize; Narani Henson creates intriguing works using marine plastics; and MirraWinni Gaze a collection of beautiful, natural fibre, woven works. These exhibitions take photography, weaving and waste from our creeks and rivers to show us how people and the environment can interact in a positive way. Exhibitions run from 4 February till 1 March 2015.

Workshops include: Basket Weaving with MirraWinni Gaze, Saturday 14 February; Collaborative Community Artwork with Narani Henson (to be permanently installed in the Lennox Cultural and Community Centre); Guided Wetland Walks with WetlandCare Australia and Free Fishing Workshops hosted by NSW Fisheries. For further information contact the Gallery on 6681 6167. www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/nrcg

Visionary Art Painting Retreat

VisionaryArt in Paradise is an annual visionary art learning hub, at Paradise One Eco Retreat centre in Coorabell. We facilitate the learning, creation, and sharing of this amazing genre with international artists. Visionary art is a fresh direction in contemporary art.

Program February 2015: New Visions for a New World, 7-day painting retreat, 20–27 February  (+3-day option) with Adam Scott Miller, Leo Plaw & Kathrina Sofie
Art Culture Creation, 2-day intensive Saturday 28 February–1 March 2015 with Leo Plaw

For info and booking details visit www.artinparadise.com.au or email [email protected]

Lismore Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery introduces a playful 2-week incursion into the Exhibition Program.

If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… explores the gentrification of a squatter settlement built in the 70s on a graveyard alongside Yogyakarta’s main river, Kali Code. In 2013 the local mayor announced he wanted to develop this area and local residents have already started being pushed out. Owing to the history of this place, tombstones are still visible in the walls of the kampung (neighbourhood) and ghost activity is abundant. This project was first presented in Ratmakan Kampung as an inflatable ghost house, Rumah Hantu, with an embroidered interior that was created from drawings by the local kids of their ghost stories.

Hear Keg De Souza in Conversation 11.30am to 12.30pm, 20 February 2015, as she discusses the ideas, community engagement and creative processes from which this work was built.

If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…  (site Ratmakan kampung Indonesia) 2014, courtesy the artist
If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…
(site Ratmakan kampung Indonesia) 2014, courtesy the artist

Australia Fair exhibits artworks from Lismore Regional Gallery’s permanent collection showing the diversity and character of the Australian landscape.

Robyn Sweaney, Simply Irresistible 2007, oil on linen, 76 x 100cm, Lismore Regional Gallery Permanent Collection, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
Robyn Sweaney, Simply Irresistible 2007, oil on linen, 76 x 100cm, Lismore Regional Gallery Permanent Collection, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
Yowie Hunters Ambush 2014, The Lucinda Digital Video Project, courtesy Graham Jessup and Bexhill Public School
Yowie Hunters Ambush 2014, The Lucinda Digital Video Project, courtesy Graham Jessup and Bexhill Public School

The Lucinda Digital Video Project: Amazing Myths and Legends shows weird and wonderful short films by children in years 4, 5 and 6, exploring the theme of Amazing Myths and Legends.

Also on, Daphne Kal-Ma-Kuta Dux’s Dreamer. Born in Brisbane in 1928, her people are the Joondoobarrie from Bribie Island. Dux began painting at the age of seventy-seven. It was then that she began to gain a feel for her Aboriginal identity, which had been withheld from her throughout her life.

Visit the website at www.lismoregallery.org or phone 6622 2209.

Have you got a great idea for a TV program?

Screenworks is bringing the commissioning editors and heads of department from Network Ten, ABC TV and Foxtel to Meet the Networks, a one-day event in Byron Bay on 27 February. At the event, broadcast executives will explain what they are looking for and how to pitch to them. They will run round-table discussions and give participants the opportunity to do one-line pitches. This event is exclusive to the northern rivers region and is suitable for anyone who is interested in creating content for Australian television. For information, visit the website at www.screenworks.com.au or call 6687 1599.

Art Beyond Decor

The enjoyment and appreciation of art will always reside in the eyes of the beholder, but art deserves more. It requires advocates for the ‘authentic’ artist and a respect for the ‘language’ of art that has developed over time – just as time has influenced social and cultural evolution. The presentation of quality, challenge and uneasy beauty – art that lives beyond decor and an initial pleasing glance – is something that The Channon Gallery strongly advocates for. We welcome you. Real art can inspire you and take you places you never expected. The gallery is located at 52 Terania Street, The Channon. Phone 6688 6322 or visit Thechannongallery.com.

Conservatorium brings children’s music to Brunswick

Rochelle Wright (Curly Cousins) presents five weeks of Wednesday music education classes for 1–5-year-olds commencing 4 March at Brunswick Heads. This is part of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Early Childhood Music Program, which provides regular classes to nurture and develop children’s instinctive love for music and rhythm. Ask about our April workshop for early childhood educators, teaching engaging songs and musical activities. Early childhood music is just one aspect of the exciting music opportunities provided by the Conservatorium. To find out more visit www.nrcac.edu.au or phone 6621 2266.

Celebrate with Zakay Glass Creations

Come and join in the warmth and celebration of what will be a memorable evening at Zakay Glass Creations Gallery as we celebrate our first year in our new beautiful light-filled Bangalow location. Showcasing local established and up-and-coming artists in glass, wood, cold-cast bronze and ceramics, the event promises to inspire! Organic wines and mouth-watering local produce will be on offer from The Farm Byron Bay, Salumi, The Byron Bay Cookie Company and Ilias the Greek! Accompanied by live entertainment from world musician Shai Shriki. 21 February 2015 from 6pm.Zakay Glass Creations Gallery, is at Level 1, 42 Byron Street, Bangalow (above Summerland), visit their website at  zakayglasscreations.com or phone: 1300 859 291

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.