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May 14, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.
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

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...