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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

The light within emerges from the ashes

Massimiliano Guerrisi will never forget the sight of his Bega Valley home being devoured during the Black Summer bushfires.

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Bob Stewart appeal date set

The man found guilty of cruelty charges against a pet dog in South Golden Beach will have his fate decided in Lismore in May.

GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

When the endless summer turns sour

Ben Mallinson was paddling for a routine right-breaking wave at The Pass when the dark-haired surfer suddenly cut across in front of him from the outside.

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.
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

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...