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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly...

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.
Floating Landscape by Robin Saunders

Artist In Focus: Stokers Siding

Robin Saunders’s passion for art began twenty years ago while on a self-imposed ‘YES’ year. She enrolled at Murwillumbah TAFE in a Work Opportunity for Women course for creative writing, which eventually led her to studying for a Certificate IV in Fine Arts. It was during this period of self-discovery that Robin found both the ‘artist within’ and an appreciation for art as a potential form of healing. In 2008, she graduated with a Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy from the Ikon Institute in Sydney and since then her art practice has grown and morphed according to life’s circumstances. Robin likes the challenge of using whatever’s there at the time, exploring the potential of found objects, responding to personal mood and having an awareness of art as a transformational tool. This experimental approach greatly influences the direction her work takes.

She joined Community Printmakers Murwillumbah in 1999 and has since exhibited consistently in both group and solo exhibitions, taking out the member’s award in CPM’s Biannual National Print Awards in 2014. Her upcoming solo exhibition Floating Landscape opening at SSAG, Stokers Siding Art Gallery, on 17 November is a series of prints on paper and mixed media where Robin has experimented with feathers, using them as a resist in printing with reused steel etching plates and new engravings from scrap insulation paper. @robinsaundersart

Rachel Ayland at Bangalow Shoemakers

Artist In Focus: Bangalow Shoemakers

Dreaming of that perfect shoe or accessory? Or would you like to have the experience of designing and making a unique leather item?

Rachel Ayland at Bangalow Shoemaking offers an extensive bespoke leatherwork service. She has more than 30 years’ experience in her trade and has been located on the Bangalow Industrial Estate for the last 20 years.

You are welcome to drop in for a chat, bring inspirations, look at samples and photos of her work, feel the materials and get measured up to have your leather dream manifested. (Quotes are also available via online consultations.)

Services available: repairs, restoration, saddlery, motorbike gear, upholstery, vegan options, classes, sample making, gift vouchers etc.

More information at bangalowshoemaking.com and FB and Instagram Bangalow Shoemaking, 0403 721 840.

John Walters Mullum Sculpture Walk

Sculptural Ingenuity

Ingenuity is our inaugural Mullum Sculpture Festival featuring 22 artists from local studios, who will transform Palm Park into an enchanting forest Sculpture Walk. The festival extends from the Scout Hall, behind Mullum Post Office, following the river bend around towards Federation Bridge, and runs in collaboration with Mullum Music Festival 14–18 November.

Don’t miss the exciting opening event at 6–7pm on 14 November – sonic, spatial and social artist Luke Jaaniste will present a very special sonic sculpture: Earth Lung – one performance only – to celebrate the opening evening of the Ingenuity Sculpture Festival 2018.

Matt Noffs book Addicted

How Addiction Affects Every One of Us and What We Can Do About It

Byron Writers Festival presents Matt Noffs (CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation) in conversation with Chris Hanley about his new book Addicted?

The book, and impending discussion, is about addictions of all kinds. Addiction to smartphone use, sex, games, social media, gambling, money, but most of all to alcohol and drugs. At a time when the Australian government wants to drug test welfare recipients, do Australians really understand addiction and how someone becomes addicted to a substance or behaviour in the first place?

Addicted? is filled with fascinating information; about the body, the brain and the human experience. It’s a big book with big ideas and a bloody big heart. All ingredients for a fascinating, must-see event.

Tuesday 4 Dec 6pm at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Tickets $10/$15 via byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on or call 6685 5115.


Mozart’s Requiem Mass

Every year the Byron Music Society hosts a performance of a major choral work by singers from all over the northern rivers. This year they are performing Mozart’s Requiem Mass.

Mozart was commissioned to write it in 1791 by a mysterious stranger. This was odd, but the fee was good, and Mozart needed the money. He completed half of it, but died before finishing it.

Music educator and conductor Richard Gill had been engaged to conduct. Very sadly he died at the end of October, so the performance will be dedicated to his memory, and it will be conducted by Nicholas Routley, a long-term friend and colleague of Richard’s.

It will be accompanied by a full orchestra, the Amatori Orchestra, with soloists Gaynor Morgan, Sara Saint-saëns, Geoffrey Webb, and Patrick Donnelly.


26 October - 7 November | Imprints by Allira Cornell, and Quetzal by Rhiannon Power. Remedies for the New Age by Lynden Stone showing in Pierre Chevalier's Trailer Project

Byron School of Art Newsletter

Sign up for the Byron School of Art newsletter to stay informed about what’s happening over summer with weekend workshops and summer tasters beginning over the next few months. The BSA Project Space has only three more exhibitions for 2018, including exhibitions for the Mullumbimby Music Festival, as well as exhibitions by BSA second- and third-year students.


Study Certificate III in Visual Arts with Byron Communuty College.

Visual Arts Cert III at Byron College

Follow your passion and learn about visual art, art history and different design processes to develop as an artist. Byron Community College’s (RTO 90013) Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115 is a year-long, part-time course, perfect for students ready to take their visual arts practice to the next level.

Austudy approved, this contemporary national certificate course covers diverse areas of visual-arts study including art history, drawing and painting techniques, colour theory, and design processes.

Guided by incredibly talented and supportive tutors, it’s the perfect launch pad for a career in visual arts or further study. It’s never too late to learn and pursue your dreams.

Earlybird prices end soon, so don’t delay enrolment. Visit www.byroncollege.org.au/course/Cert3VisualArts3 or call 02 6684 3374.

Work by Jenn Johnston of Mullumbimby, as part of Shaping Earth. An exhibition celebrating the diversity of ceramic art in the Northern Rivers.

Shaping Earth Northern Rivers Ceramic Artists Breaking New Ground

Shaping Earth – a new exhibition celebrating the diversity of ceramic art in the northern rivers region, opens at Murwillumbah’s M-Arts Precinct on Saturday 17 November.

Shaping Earth features nine ceramic artists from the Byron, Tweed, and Kyogle shires: Sasa Scheiner, Suvira McDonald, Annie Long, Catherine Lane, Jenn Johnston, Mic Eales, Tali Cohen-Flantz, Lisa Arronis and Linda Cunningham.

Curator Linda Cunningham said: ‘There is so much creative energy in the northern rivers ceramics arts scene so don’t miss this opportunity to see the diversity of style and technique in the way these talented artists are working’.

Shaping Earth opens from 3pm till 5pm on Saturday 17 November and runs until Saturday 9 December.

Opening hours: Wednesday: Friday 10am–2pm. Saturday/Sunday 10am–1pm.

M-Arts Precinct is located on the corner of Proudfoot Lane and Brisbane St, Murwillumbah, NSW.

Check it out on facebook here.

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.