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May 14, 2021

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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

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...
Arthur Boyd (1920–1999) Woman in a jinker 1976
Arthur Boyd (1920–1999)
Woman in a jinker 1976

Cream: Four Decades of Australian Contemporary Art

Runs from Friday 20 February till Sunday 12 April. This showcase exhibition chronicles the development of modernism in Australia from 1940 to 1980.

Drawn from the Rockhampton Art Gallery’s remarkable collection, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings and prints by John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Clifton Pugh, Sam Fulbrook, Margaret Olley and Fred Williams.

In 1976 then-mayor of Rockhampton, Rex Pilbeam, instigated a fundraising drive to establish a significant art collection for the city of Rockhampton. Pilbeam subsequently built one of regional Australia’s most celebrated collections. This must-see exhibition is free to the public so there is no excuse to miss viewing it. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

The Archibald Prize has continued to be one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and never fails to draw interest, attention and debate. This year, 54 finalists were shortlisted by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 884 entries. Ultimately, Fiona Lowry was selected as the winner, receiving $75,000 for her portrait, Penelope Seidler Satellite venue, Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay Library building, also houses some of the works, including the Packers Choice. An Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by museums and galleries of NSW touring regionally, and at Lismore Regional Gallery until 12 April.

There will be a public talk by Danielle Gullotta, the education and access coordinator from Art Gallery of NSW, on Thursday 12 March, 12.30–1.30pm at Lismore Regional Gallery. Danielle will talk about the Archibald Prize, including  historical and present information about the Archibald and portraiture as an artform, while looking at the current round of artworks and artists exhibited at Lismore Regional Gallery.Phone 6622 2209 or lismoregallery.org

Bold Arts in the Ballina Shire

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents the Ballina Arts and Craft Club Inc (BACCI) group exhibition in The Fifth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition. Exhibition dates 4–29 March 2015.

April sees in another highly anticipated annual exhibition, LOUD in the Gallery! A dynamic exhibition celebrating National Youth Week, with final-year works from Alstonville High, Ballina High, Southern Cross School K–12, Xavier Catholic College and Emmanuel Anglican College. These HSC works explore a range of subject matter and points of view including identity, students’ relationship with the world and social and spiritual connections. LOUD in the Gallery is must-see event in NRCG’s and the region’s annual arts calendar.

NRCG Ballina, phone 6681 6167 or visit  the website at ballina.nsw.gov.au/nrcg.


Artistree is an art auction evening inspired by the natural beauty of the Byron hinterland. Enjoy complimentary champagne on arrival, a light supper, premier Byron DJs and an auction of art by noted professional artists, including Hilary Herrmann and Todd Hunter. Details of artworks and to pre-bid at www.32auctions.com/artistree.

Student artworks from Coorabell Public School and Federal Community Children’s Centre will be displayed. Other auction items include Bluesfest tickets, art books, jewellery and luxury vouchers. Bid to buy and support this major fundraiser. Friday 20 March, 6.30pm at Coorabell Hall, dress artistically elegant. $30 (including welcome drink and light supper). Adults-only licensed event. For tickets www.trybooking.com/123676 or call Coorabell Public School on 6684 7281 or Federal Preschool on 6688 4371

Byron School of Art 

Byron School of Art is going from strength to strength with their year-long courses in full swing in Bangalow, and a project space and print press being added to the Mullumbimby studio.  Artist Christine Willcocks will be teaching a range of non-toxic printmaking methods from the new print studio in April, so contact BSA now to ensure a place. The project space can be hired for group and solo exhibitions among other creative projects. Visit the BSA website for details on upcoming short courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, and mentorship.

Weaving Connections

Weaving Connections is offering Balinese bamboo basketry workshops that celebrate true craftsmanship of traditional practice. Balinese weaver Wayan Surianta will demonstrate and guide you through techniques from his island home used for crafting fish traps and hexagonal baskets entirely from bamboo. Cross-cultural weaving tours to Bali and the Pacific islands are offered throughout the year as well as local weaving workshops for groups, schools and at events

We create programs that promote fair trade, sustainable tourism and conservation of traditional weaving practices for remote indigenous communities. From 18–19 April 2015 phone 0413 318 829 or visit facebook.com/weaving connections888  


Get fired up in autumn workshops with Pinky & Maurice Ceramics 

Sign up for workshops in clay, creative technologies and the business of art with inspiring presenters in Pinky & Maurice Ceramics’ idyllic South Golden Beach studio.

Get the creative juices flowing and tell tall tales using Claymation with author Tristan Bancks. Grow your creative business and connect with your creative online tribe with Instagram guru Ellie Beck and blogger Megan Kinninment. Discover practical strategies to launch your budding creative business or get an established one back on track with Ceramic Designer Ingrid Tufts. 

Full details at pinkyandmaurice.com or call Claire Atkins 0420 986 570.

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...