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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

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.

Everyone reads The Echo

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Harm Labor

Much as I respect Richard Jones’ opinions on many things, I can’t agree with his conclusion last week (‘Election...

What happens after two years?

The recent floods have left many people homeless. Trying to address this problem, local councils have waived some of...

‘Unprecedented’ but not unpredicted – we are now suffering from our failure to listen to scientists’ predictions of the impacts of climate change 30...

As Australians head into another election season just as many parts of the east coast are recovering from ‘unprecedented’ flooding since February, and the national psyche is still reeling from the trauma of the ‘unprecedented’ Black Summer bushfires before that, it is critical now more than ever to vote according to your environmental conscience and fear for the future.

Lismore Council votes to workshop temporary dwellings

With so many prongs currently on the disaster response fork, it's hard to know if Lismore Council is robbing Peter to pay Pauline as voting on leapfrogging issues means there is a possibility that everyone could lose – or win.
Byron School of Arts

Byron School of Art in 2019 

2019 will see some exciting new additions at BSA. There will be four short courses available in painting, drawing and basket weaving as well as a diverse range of monthly weekend workshops. Exhibitions begin at the Project Space 15 February with the group exhibition Five Painters. Sign up to the BSA newsletter for more information.


dynamic drawing

Be Daring Take the Plunge 

There is no ‘set way to draw’. The history of art has shown us that. It is all about difference. Our journey as drawers is to realise this and develop our own language and self-identity. There is the extra brilliant seed of what is extraordinary in everyone.  Strong work is compulsive... to draw is to be, in a sense, spellbound. Dynamic drawing is total drawing. 

Contact Ron | 0421 101 220 | www.dynamicdrawing.com.au

David Kemp The Terania Creek Protest 1979

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

In 1979 the Terania Creek protests captured the nightly television news and made headlines all around Australia. It was the first time that a rainforest was defended by people who physically placed themselves in front of police and loggers.

David Kemp, a keen amateur photographer, had recently arrived in this area and was captivated by the beauty of the Terania forest but appalled at the possibility of it being lost. His photographs, and the others in this exhibition, are among the few surviving images from this historical event and act as a time capsule for remembering it. The exhibition will also include archival material, songs of the protest, and Give Trees a Chance (1980) (narrated by Jack Thompson) has been restored for the exhibition.

11 Rural St, Lismore | 66 274 600 | lismoregallery.org

Byron Writers Festival Membership Drive – Join today for your chance to win prizes!

Byron Writers Festival members are passionate about the power of ideas, stories and debate in shaping culture, and love being part of a thriving community of readers and writers.

Join us in 2019 and enjoy a whole year of member benefits, including up to 20 per cent discount on Festival tickets, free and discounted events year round, our quarterly magazine of reading delight Northerly plus regular opportunities and offers. Join TODAY for your chance to win weekly prize packs, plus go in to the draw for our major prize, a free VIP double pass to the 2019 Byron Writers Festival! For details head to...


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.