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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...


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

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...