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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.

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Local rum

  Lord Byron Distillery is located right in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, making it super-easy to visit the...

One from the Heart bringing people together

With a lineup including Grinspoon, Lime Cordiale, Paul and Dan Kelly, Sheppard, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, Lismore's One from the Heart concert went ahead yesterday in patchy weather and mud, mud and more mud.

Harm Labor

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

Wallaby death SGB

To the family that allowed their large black dog to repeatedly attack and maul the beautiful wallaby on South...

Implement reforms

In a recent heart-breaking article in The Saturday Paper discussed a 10-year-old Indigenous child’s incarceration in the notorious Don...

Richmond candidates strut their stuff

With the federal election looming Saturday, candidates put themselves before the public at the Echo/BayFM ‘Meet the Candidates’ on Monday night in Byron. All candidates were present, except ‘ghost’ One Nation candidate, Tracey Bell-Henselin. 
The Craft Parlour

The Craft Parlour

Nestled in a shady lane behind a sweet church on Fingal Street in Brunswick Heads is a space that creatives of all ages visit from far and wide to get crafty and inspired. After opening its doors at the start of this year, The Craft Parlour Brunswick Heads has followed in the footsteps of its older sister studio on the Gold Coast as a bright and welcoming environment for the community. A meeting place for crafty folk as much as a creative studio, the space provides an opportunity for you to learn a new skill, or polish up on an old pastime craft hobby, all whilst experiencing a whole lot of fun and inspiration in the process. For the owner, Creative Rachael Valentine, since taking the rewarding plunge into opening the Gold Coast space over 4 years ago, and now the Northern Rivers studio, her desires for community, connection, collaboration (and not to forget crafting of all forms) have by far surpassed all of her expectations. The studio accommodates baby showers, hen-dos and other intimate, craft-based gatherings. There is an array of workshops to choose from, which are run by talented local collaborators. You can join in on an intro to uke class, sit in a circle at a meditation + mist making evening, or get lost in a resin art project. Why not spend a lazy Sunday morning macramé knotting, dip into some soap making, or make it a girls’ night out with the monthly Paint + Sip? There is a class for every creative at heart (which resides in all of us) and for all skill levels.

The studio is located at 21 Fingal Street Brunswick Heads. Check out what’s on offer + the timetable via  thecraftparlour.com.au/collections/brunswick-heads


2019 Federal Art Prize

The tiny village of Federal is a proud community of great people with enormous and varied talents.The community has embraced the new Federal store and in turn the Federal store is thrilled to initiate the inaugural  Federal Art Prize for painting and sculpture. They hope to stimulate and acknowledge creativity in the local community. Visitors will be invited to vote anonymously for their favourite pieces in both categories. Artists can put a price on their artworks should they wish to sell them.

Contact: [email protected] with entries


Podcasting at the writers festival

Podcasting workshop with Samantha Turnbull

Anyone can make a podcast with a microphone and a computer, but creating a good one that people (beyond friends and family) listen to is a little more difficult.

This workshop, presented by Byron Writers Festival, will focus on what makes a successful podcast, with an emphasis on writing, producing, presenting and promoting. It will also include an introduction to editing, and the nuts and bolts of how to record and release your own podcast.

Samantha Turnbull is the writer of hit ABC children’s podcast Fierce Girls, which was number one across all categories in Australia on iTunes.

To book your place or to see more workshops, head to byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on


Waterlilies of Monet

Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light

Byron Theatre’s 2019 Art on Screen series begins with a visually stunning journey through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius Impressionist, with expert commentary provided by leading art historians.

Travel the River Seine from La Havre to Giverny and Paris, through influential moments in the life of the world’s most influential painter, with astonishing up-close access to some of Monet’s greatest works, including The Grand Décoration – huge panels depicting Monet’s water lily pond.

Look out for more Art on Screen featuring Tintoretto, Gauguin and the Prado Museum, coming soon to Byron Theatre.

Sunday 31st March  3:00pm | Full $20, Conc $18, BT Club $18, U18 $15 | www.byroncentre.com.au


Weekend Workshops & Night School

Enrolments are now open for weekend workshops in painting, cyanotypes and mixed media commencing in March, April and May respectively. More workshops will be listed soon. BSA After Dark launches in Term 2 with Dale Rhodes teaching his very popular Introduction to Painting course for 8 weeks on Wednesday evenings. Visit the BSA website for more info.

byronschoolofart.com | 121 Stuart St, Mullumbimby

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.