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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

Other News

The postal vote that never arrived

At 91, there are many things that you can no longer do, but one of the things you still can do is have your voice heard in an election – but not for at least one Byron Shire resident.

Kevin Hogan returns for Page

Though the coalition government he represents is now in opposition, National Party candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, has been returned to his seat and yesterday he released a statement to all media.

Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

Frida’s Field: nose-to-tail lunch

On Saturday 4 June, Frida’s Field will pay homage to their holistically-reared Angus-Wagyu cattle by hosting a special five-course...

Elliot ecstatic about Albo and confident of a Richmond win

While her win in Richmond has not yet been confirmed, Justine Elliot is very happy about the overall result for Labor and a new government.

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 
North Coast Mud Trail

Welcome to the North Coast Mud Trail!

Ceramic artists open studios across the Northern Rivers | Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August 2019 | 10am till 4pm 

Across the weekend 21 ceramic artists on the North Coast Mud Trail will open their studios to discuss their work and processes, share cups of tea, give demonstrations and offer hands-on workshop experiences.

It’s a rare opportunity to meet local creative practitioners living and working in the Northern Rivers so you can experience the wealth of talent firsthand and find out what inspires people to do what they do.

You will be delighted and surprised by the diversity of work for sale from tiny, delicate, handheld objects in porcelain to impressive large-scale sculptural works; from bright, minimalist shapes to loose, gutsy, rustic ones; from dreamy, whimsical narratives to useful, practical pots there is bound to be something that stirs your interest. While you’re looking, you’ll also be satisfying your curiosity by exploring a variety of studio settings in some of the most scenic locations in the region.

Journey into the world of the handmade and plan for an immersive experience. All artists will have work for sale, with no two styles alike, so think about Christmas gifts and bring friends and a bag.

Check out the map for studio locations.

Richard Jones from Rainforest Ceramics

Richard Jones of Rainforest Ceramics has gone a bit mad this year.

Ceramics Studio - Giveaway | 56 Gittoes Lane, Possum Creek | Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August | $20

He and Jo are opening their studio for the North Coast Mud Trail this weekend and he has decided to give away over two hundred ceramic animals to visitors in a lucky dip.

There are dinosaurs, ducks, dogs, roosters, and a miscellany of animals.

They are also having a clay-animal making session each day at 2pm. Richard will glaze, fire, and mail them to participants for $20 each.

Their studio is hidden in a rainforest at 56 Gittoes Lane, Possum Creek. With a bit of luck you may see one of the koalas that live there.

They will have hundreds of new and colourful bowls, cups, mugs, and plates, many with tree designs. Richard specialises in reduction firing that produces brilliant colours and sometimes unexpected results.

20 per cent of the takings go to Rainforest Trust to conserve rainforest. This is matched by another donor. They’re hoping to save three thousand acres of Amazon rainforest in Peru this weekend as they did last year.

If you need a Mud Trail map, they’ll have them available there.


Byron School of Art 'Collaborations with Nature – Ephemeral Land Art'

Collaborate with nature at Byron School of Art

Weekend workshop | 17 & 18 August | 10am - 4pm | $320

There are plenty of interesting workshops and courses coming up this month at BSA.

Next up on 17 & 18 August is Collaborations with Nature – Ephemeral Land Art with Shona Wilson. Participants will learn about the lineage of Ephemeral Art and work through a series of exploratory exercises and techniques on a beautiful property in the Mullumbimby hills.


The Quad - Dark Science

Kooky, wacky, weird, and wonderful.

The Quad, Lismore | Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August | 5–10.30pm | Recommended for ages 15+ | FREE entry

DARK SCIENCE is a new freaky festival of fun taking over The Quad, Lismore, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August. Set during science week, it’s a free event celebrating the intersection between provocative art and the sciences. The hot-pink Deja Voodoo Dome will host a variety of performances and music acts, and the Conservatorium of Music’s cavernous dungeons will present a myriad of site-specific performances, films, and installations.

Featuring The Space Cowboy, The Monster Sideshow, Kellie O’Dempsey and Mick Dick’s Dub Show, a Dark Museum of Intrigue, Andy Forbes, Dark Shire Choir, Public Act Theatre, and so much more.


Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.