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Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

Other News

Historic sex assault and abduction – alleged offender charged

NSW Police say a man will spend the weekend in the lock-up after being refused bail today in Grafton following an investigation into the alleged historical sexual assault of a woman in Byron Bay more than 20 years ago.

Ballina osprey platform in dangerous disrepair

As nesting season approaches, wildlife carer and local bird expert Deb Pearse has contacted The Echo about her concerns for the precarious state of the Brunswick Street osprey nesting platform, near the river in Ballina.

COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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.

Race action at the TVSC Mother’s Day meet

A dedicated fleet of 13 boats took to the water for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s (TVSC) Winter series on Mother’s Day earlier this month.

Coal fired. How are the major parties planning for its end?

There’s very little economic future for fossil fuels, even if you ignore the environmental effects. Renewable energy is cheaper, including battery storage.
Linda Cunningham. Potter contributing to the  North Coast Mud Trail

Artist in Focus: Mud Trail

Twelve ceramic artists and potters will open their studios to the public for the North Coast Mud Trail on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August

Part of the Australian Ceramics Association’s national Open Studios program, the North Coast Mud Trail features local ceramic artists and potters from Fernleigh to Tweed Heads, providing a rare opportunity for art lovers, adventurers, locals and visitors alike to step inside the creative workshops of leading regional artists.

Richard Jones, one of the potters, said the northern rivers region is home to a vibrant community of creative talent, with traditional and contemporary ceramic artists and potters at the forefront.

‘Once a year our artists open their spaces to the public for one weekend only, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see demonstrations, hear artists’ talks, participate in workshops,

learn about their techniques, and purchase ceramics directly from the artists.

‘Many hundreds of beautiful original handmade artworks have been made featuring multiple methods and diverse finishes, as varied as the potters themselves.’

Check out www.northcoastmudtrail.com.au or pick up a mud trail map at local cafes, galleries and artists’ supply shops to plan your day trip or weekend getaway.

For more information contact Linda Cunningham 0428 553 262.


Artist in Focus: The Festival of the Imagination (FOTI)

The Festival of the Imagination (FOTI) is the major social event for the Ocean Shores community and also the major annual fundraiser for the school P&C. This year the festival is on Saturday 25 August from 10am till 3pm at the school along with the Ocean Shores Art Expo.

The festival is an opportunity for everyone and anyone from the community to come and enjoy a fun and creative day full of interesting, inspiring and entertaining activities. There is song, dance and musical acts throughout the day as well as amazing rides and sideshow alley games to keep kids of all ages amused and active. There are crazy hair, face-painting, jewellery-making, crystal-hunting stalls as well as many other artisan exhibits and lots of scrumptious foods and quality coffee to enjoy. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the ambience while the kids take advantage of the unlimited rides with a great value wristband. Spaghetti Circus will be there to run a workshop and entertain you with their amazing performance. Venture into the school hall and be inspired by over three hundred art works created by community members, this year focusing on the theme of treasure.

Much of the success of the Festival of the Imagination is owing to wonderful support and sponsorship from community businesses such as Brunswick Hotel and MOOGOO to name a couple. Our raffle is full of great prizes including a gold double pass to Mullum Music Festival; a Tiger Moth flight; generous vouchers from Brunswick Bike Shop, Crystal Castle, Brunswick Picture House; and dozens of other prizes. You can buy raffle tickets on the day to be drawn later in the afternoon.

There will be a creative-arts workshop with artist Mimi Dennett to make a recycled hula skirt that will be showcased at the Brunswick Sculpture Nature Walk. There’s the opportunity to do weaving or cupcake decorations.

Come and enjoy this wonderful day with us and connect with old friends and new while you support the Ocean Shores Public School. See you there.

Pottery from the Claybarn

The Clay Barn Collaborative

Open Studio Weekend offers visitors an opportunity to meet various potters under the one roof.

Doors open Sat 18 and Sun 19 August from 10am till 4pm at 1035a Hinterland Way, Bangalow.

Come and see Master Potter Ian Clare spinning his magic on the wheel throughout the day, have a chat with woodfirer extraordinaire Gyan Daniel Wall, meet the amazing production thrower Lisa Benny of Harvest Clay, hear about The Clay Barn’s gorgeous assistant Emily Flowers of Yoke Ceramics teapot philosophy and of course Zani McEnnally, founder and owner of The Clay Barn, will be throwing some BIG pots over the weekend.

All of the artists’ beautiful ceramic work will be for sale at studio prices. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to come and have a chat and meet us.

Andrew Hmelnitsky from Gallery 7

Gallery 7 Art Prize

Gallery 7 is proud to announce the inaugural year of the Gallery 7 Art Prize. First Prize $3,000.

Byron Bay’s newest art gallery is a petite style salon space right in the heart of town.

The Gallery 7 Art Prize aims to celebrate the talent, commitment and diversity of artists living in the northern rivers region. Owing to limited space works are restricted to a maximum of 40cm x 40cm.

Online applications close Friday 5 October 2018 at midnight. Opening Night and announcement of winners Friday 2 November 2018 with finalists exhibiting at Gallery 7 over 3–18 November 2018. For more information and to submit your work head to www.andrewhmelnitsky.com.au/art-prize.

Gallery 7 – Byron Arcade, 13 Lawson Street, Byron Bay

[email protected]

Applications for BSA long courses opening soon

BSA Enrolling

Enrolling will soon begin for artists wanting to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to form an integrated understanding of contemporary ideas and practices. The 12-week Visual Arts Introduction Course is perfect for anyone considering studying visual arts or wanting a more solid foundation. The year-long Visual Arts Foundation Course provides a more extensive grounding in the Visual Arts. www.byronschoolofart.com

One of the clay pices created by Richard Jones

Rainforest Ceramics

Behind Bangalow, in a wildlife paradise, is Rainforest Ceramics.

Richard Jones, former MP, has his studio (8 on the Mud Trail) nestled in a forest where koalas live.

He has hundreds of very affordable pieces and each one saves a piece of rainforest.

He aims to save 1,000 acres of orangutan habitat in Kalimantan on the Open Studios weekend.

Bang on a Can at HOTA

Bang on a Can All-Stars

All the way from New York and known worldwide as some of the best contemporary musicians, the Bang on a Can All-Stars formed in 1992 and are recognised for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity. With a massive repertoire of works written specifically for the group’s distinctive instrumentation and style of performance, the All-Stars have become a genre in their own right.

Performing exclusively in Melbourne, Sydney and at HOTA, Home of the Arts Gold Coast, on Thu 30 Aug, 7.30pm. hota.com.au

Up to five times the average rainfall during 2022 in some areas says BOM

The formal record of the extreme rainfall and flooding was released today by the Bureau of Meteorology with some areas of south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales having five times their monthly average of rain. 

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

The postal vote that never arrived

At 91, there are many things that you can no longer do, but one of the things you still can do is have your voice heard in an election – but not for at least one Byron Shire resident.

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.