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May 12, 2021

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Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

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‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

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.

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local gov reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...
Artist in focus: Argenton Fine Jewellery

Artist in focus: Argenton Fine Jewellery

Fine jeweller Lisa Argenton has been creating bespoke jewellery for over two decades. She has recently moved to the area from Sydney and set up a showroom in the Byron Arts & Industry estate.  

Lisa has been making jewellery for more than half her life, and she is passionate about her work. Creating jewellery is a very personal trade, and she loves that jewellery is so sentimental. We have been coveting adornments since the beginning of time, and she loves being involved in the special process of creating bespoke pieces. Deeply touching stories inspire her symbolism collection, hearts or rainbows created in memory of a stillborn child, moons and stars as gifts to symbolise unconditional love, and an aeroplane to represent wanderlust.

December trading hours Wed & Fri 10am–5pm,

Thurs 10am–6.30pm, or by appointment.

Unit 2, 1a Banksia Drive, Byron Bay

0413 707 642


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Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective

By Hammer and Hand all arts do stand – sixteenth-century Blacksmiths’ Guild motto

Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective is a jewellery studio/workshop/gallery established in 1995 in Hobart, and in 2008 in the Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay. They  celebrated their 10th anniversary of business in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate earlier this year.

As a collective, the current 11 members share the running of the gallery and workshop. Customers can meet a different member each day of the week and browse work by all the members while watching the artists at work. Everything in the gallery is carefully handmade by one of the 11 artists – no mass-producing, no off-shore finishing.

Being in a collective enables emerging artists to gain knowledge of the creative industry and of creative techniques from the more established members. The gallery and workshop are open seven days a week 10am–4pm. Off-street parking available.

4 Ti-Tree Place, Byron Bay | www.hammerandhand.com.au

Byron School of Art

Try it out or dive right in! 

Round two of applications is now open for first-year Visual Arts at Byron School of Art. This course provides extensive grounding in practical studio-based programs, art history, and creative thinking. Perfect for beginners or those wanting to expand their skills.

Summer Tasters return in January with a selection of 3-hour visual art classes offering a taste of painting, drawing, printmaking, and fibre art.


Divine Affliction: Perception Through A Feminine Lens Part 1


Local music producer Orthentix has been cooking up a new EP with a difference, a journey in activist art as critical pedagogy. Peering through a feminine lens. Orthentix has exposed and analysed the divine and afflicting intersections experienced when gender and music production collide. Divine Affliction is an educational tool on music production aimed at females and a musical statement of a female approach to music production, designed to impact on sociopolitical change to the culture of music production. 

Read the Divine Affliction Blog series at medium.com

@orthentix or for more information go to orthentix.com

Yearning (lost horizon), Oil on linen 120cm x 100cm

Lynne Wallis Exhibition

Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina

28/11/18 until 23/12/18.

An exhibition by local artist Lynne Wallis continues at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina until 23 December. Inspired by local landscapes, these beautiful paintings capture quiet moments when shifting light or conditions render familiar landscapes more ambiguous or mysterious, evoking the power, beauty, and timeless qualities of the natural world. A show not to be missed.

www.lynnewallis.com | NRCG, 44 Cherry St, Ballina | 6681 6167 Open Wed–Fri 10am–4pm. Sat & Sun 9.30am –2.30pm.

Calling all writers…

Byron Writers Festival and Hachette Australia are calling for submissions for the Hachette Mentoring Program.

The form of the mentorship will include structural notes, correspondence by email, and one-on-one phone calls. To be eligible you must have a completed manuscript that is not under consideration by other publishers, fiction, non-fiction, or young adult fiction. (See ad on page 7).

So escape the heat this holiday season and get that manuscript polished. Applications close 31 January. Head to byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on or call 6685 5115 for details.

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

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.

Re Netflix

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Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

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