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Calls for Minister to conduct ‘genuine’ consultation on Murwillumbah mega-school

The Murwillumbah community and SOS (Save Our Schools) are calling on the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell to...

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens at Tweed Mall

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) has announced that a new location for getting the COVID -19 vaccination has opened today in Tweed Heads.

Celebrating 12 years of liberating food for those in need

Liberation Larder is located on Fletcher St Byron Bay behind the community centre and was founded in 2009 by Venerable Honu, a Buddhist nun, who recognised there were many people in our community struggling to make ends meet. 

Two WRHS rescue flights from Tabulam in one day

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) say they travelled to Tabulam twice yesterday in separate incidents in the town.

Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

Celebrating 35 years of The Echo

The Echo Awards, held every five years, was a great success on Wednesday night as it celebrated 35 years of local independent journalism in the Northern Rivers and the community that have supported it throughout those times.

Connor just wants to finish his HSC in 2021

On March 23 2019 Connor Meldrum’s life changed forever and he has spent much of the last two years trying to regain normality – that is, as much normality as you can with only half a skull.

Artist in focus

Byron School of Art

Contemporary art education at BSA

The Byron School of Art (BSA) is well into its fifth year of bringing contemporary art education to the Byron Shire. Founded by artists Christine Willcocks, Michael Cusack, Emma Walker, James Guppy, Meredith Cusack, and Sarah Harvey in 2013, short courses were initially held in the artists’ studios in Byron Bay. From these humble beginnings, the school has found its home in an original Art Deco building in Mullumbimby, and now offers a three-year course that is gaining national acclaim for its unique approach to art education.

BSA students benefit from direct access to an ever-growing cohort of experienced teachers and learn a hands-on approach, where practical and technical skills are meshed with art theory and conceptual stimuli that foster the emergence of a unique personal language.

The school also offers a range of short courses, weekend workshops, afternoon children’s classes, guest artist lectures and the much-loved community event, Art in the Pub.

A dynamic feature of the school is The BSA Project Space,
run by coordinator Meredith Cusack, where exhibitions are held every two weeks. The Project Space offers a diverse program of contemporary exhibitions by artists working in
a range of disciplines.

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Contemporary Circus with Peepshow.

Escape into the world of Peepshow, a thrilling new creation that infuses world-class contemporary circus with the nostalgia of bygone eras. Circa has performed in 39 countries to more than one million people with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents, and Lismore is the first stop for this brand-new show before it takes on the world.

It’s explosive and lyrical. Watch as Peepshow delights your eyes with dynamic group acrobatics, astonishing solo acts and tantalising duets that describe a world that’s at once sensual and playful. From the company that brought you Wunderkammer and Beyond, Peepshow sets the stage for a jaw-dropping night at the theatre.

Tickets at norpa.org.au

Are you a writer looking to take your work to the next level?

Dr Laurel Cohn is a developmental editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives.

Byron Writers Festival invites you to The Next Draft – Structural Editing for Writers with Dr Laurel Cohn.

Most writers know their manuscript will require a structural edit, but have little understanding of what this means. While editors play a crucial role in preparing a manuscript for publication, writers can take their own work to the next level of development with a structural edit of their manuscript.

Running over three Saturdays (5 May, 26 May, 16 June), this course explains structural editing, how to go about it, and how to survive it. Participants will learn strategies and tools to apply to their manuscript, with the course format allowing for discussion and feedback along the way as they work on their current draft.

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Northern Rivers Pottery Supplies



Northern Rivers Pottery Supplies have been the region’s premier pottery suppliers for more than 30 years.

They offer a range of professionally led workshops and a firing service.

‘We stock a large range of clays, glazes and tools, pretty much everything you need to be a potter. We also offer a courier service that delivers clay from Coffs Harbour right up to Brisbane.’

OPENING HOURS: Tues to Fri: 9am–4pm
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Young animators shine on Ballina’s big screen

A group of up and coming local indigenous animators were excited to see their first films on the big screen at Ballina Fair Cinemas on Tuesday night.

Nurses and midwives rally during Health Inquiry in Lismore

Nurses and midwives will be holding lunchtime rallies across the Northern Rivers calling for nurse-to-patient ratios and highlighting widespread issues being exposed at the rural health inquiry, which is due to hear submissions today in Lismore.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

Professor Offord makes Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Ocean Shores resident and Emeritus Professor, Baden Offord, has been named on the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List, ‘For distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity’.