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May 20, 2022

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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

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.

Wardell Hall CORE

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

Brilliant entertainment always in the Byron Shire

Cost of living and taxes

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2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Tripling water harvesting may leave local communities dry

The NSW government was looking to do catchment by catchment analysis to determine the risk to local water supply and rivers from the new rules on water harvesting rights.
Wearable arts by Oceana Piccone

Artist in Focus: Oceana Piccone

Award-winning designer and Year 12 Shearwater student Oceana Piccone has been awarded the Youth prize at the prestigious Wearable Art Mandurah for Morphett’e – a costume made from hundreds of recycled plastic bags. Morphett’e was also a section winner at the Mullumbimby Steiner School’s 2017 Wearable Arts performance event.

A painter, photographer, stylist and costume designer, Oceana has been creating garments for the Shearwater event since she was 12, winning prizes for every entry over the past five years. She says she was thrilled to have won her section of the Mandurah event, which saw her costume modelled by a professional ballerina and star in a photo shoot. ‘I almost didn’t enter it because the postage was so expensive!’ she said.

Oceana, who has been accepted into LCI Melbourne Art and Design School to study a Bachelor of Design Arts in Fashion & Costume Design, has been a Shearwater student since she was seven, and credits the school with fostering her creativity. ‘As well as all the painting and drawing and making things, I’ve had so much encouragement along the way,’ she said.

Shearwater is calling for community members with creative flair to enter this year’s Wearable Arts event. Check out the website for details. www.shearwater.nsw.edu.au

Winter tasters are back

Sample some of the great courses Byron School of Art offers in 2018 and enrol in their tantalising Taster Classes these winter holidays. BSA has its Mullumbimby doors open for classes in Still Life Painting, Narrative Painting, Life Drawing, Mixed Media and Expanded Drawing with many of their well-loved teaching staff. Murri artist Michael Philp is back with his inspiring Spirit workshop, and kids are also welcome for an exciting workshop on collaborative drawing and 3D activities with Jacqueline Smith.


A day of life drawing

Immerse yourself | A warm luscious setting. Beautiful poses by five inspiring life models | An opulent presentation for those who find pleasure in painting the human form

Male and female models | When two or more models pose together the dynamic shifts and lifts, a relationship is created, and the subject becomes larger than the sum.

An indulgent day for artists to connect and create | This is a unique day for creative souls to gather and enjoy art, food, music, and a spicy glass of mulled wine!

Follow Your Art presents: AN ARTISTS AFFAIR ‘Winter is Warm’

Sunday 29 July | Limited places | 0401 181 959 | Katherine Toka: [email protected]

uplifting art with Sylvia Meissner

Internationally acclaimed artist Sylvia Meissner combines uplifting art and metaphysical healing to enhance energy, joy and wellness in her unique Holistic Gallery. Working with modalities including colour healing, Reiki, Crystals, Liquid Crystal readings, Mediumship and Psychic readings among others, Meissner’s team of professional healers and local artists showcase a gorgeous range of healing gifts to support your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Get inspired with Byron Writers Festival Workshops

This year’s Festival offers an eclectic mix of workshops that cover a fascinating array of topics.

David Ritter, Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO will tackle Activism, Community and Advocacy, drawing on the powerful StopAdani campaign, which is a focus of his new book The Coal Truth. He will also speak about past Greenpeace campaigns and workshop the question ‘How do we create change in the world?’ Wednesday 1 August, $65/55.

This is just one of the twelve workshops running from Monday 30 July to Thursday 2 August. Be sure to book your place now as spaces are limited.


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.