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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

Fugly Design Award

I would like to second Nick Buckley’s idea for the Fugly Architectural Design Award (in last week’s Echo). Perhaps...

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...

Tweed Council ‘opt in’ to States agritourism – with conditions

The ‘confusing’ Agritourism SEPP was once again back on the table at last week's Tweed Council meeting as Cr Firth pushed to 'opt-out' over the State government's lack detail on conditions.

Recalcitrant dogs

I could be a lot richer collecting $1 from all those who have told me to ‘get f****ed’ with...

Local author’s first children’s book weaves a magical tale

After writing three successful novels for adults, local author Sarah Armstrong could have been forgiven for staying on the same path with her fourth offering.

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.
Year 12 student Timna Kopman has her sights firmly set on life beyond school

Artist in Focus

Year 12 student Timna Kopman has her sights firmly set on life beyond school as she brings to completion her Shearwater Certificate major work – Mars – a 100-page professionally printed magazine for 16- to 20-year-olds, exploring lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and popular culture.

‘It’s all about the design, the images, the layout. I love magazines, but I personally don’t read them, so there are hardly any words in it.’

The Shearwater Certificate is a non-ATAR pathway for senior students, offered at the Mullumbimby Steiner School, which sees them complete a major project with the support of an industry mentor.

‘My dream is to go to art school and study a Bachelor of Design, Creative Direction, and Styling,’ said Timna, who plans to use her magazine as an entry portfolio. ‘Doing an ATAR just didn’t seem necessary.’

Timna’s teacher and mentor Anna Delzoppo said the Shearwater Certificate was an obvious choice for a motivated student like Timna, who has excelled in all areas of the HSC Visual Design course.

‘She is combining her love for fashion and culture and developing her skills in styling, photography, digital imaging, and graphic design.’‘It’s been quite a journey,’ said Timna.

Make the time to flourish with a Byron Writers Festival workshop

Make the time to flourish with a Byron Writers Festival workshop

Does your writing project need a kick-start? Got an idea bubbling away but want some professional insight and guidance? Byron Writers Festival has just announced a diverse array of spring workshops that offer quality learning and skills development opportunities for writers, copywriters, and storytellers of all levels.

Upcoming workshops this September and October include Storytelling for Changemakers with Jenni Cargill-Strong, Approaching the Page with Zacharey Jane, The Business of Writing with Anneli Knight, and Structural Editing for Writers with Dr Laurel Cohn.

Spaces are limited so secure your place today!

More events and workshops listed on our website. byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on

Visual Arts at Byron School of Art

Study Visual Arts in 2020

Apply now for 2020 year-long courses at Byron School of Art. Their structured studio programs provide an extensive grounding in contemporary Visual Arts incorporating drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D studies, design principles, art history, and creative thinking. Students can study in this program for one to three years.

Find out more at Open Day – Saturday 21 September.


Bangalow Theatre Company’s musical comedy Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane! A woman ahead of her time… A musical comedy for our times

Hold on to your hat, take a swig of sasparilly and climb aboard the Deadwood stagecoach for Bangalow Theatre Company’s all-shootin’, all-dancin’, gender-bending musical comedy Calamity Jane!

Don’t miss director Kate Foster’s gritty reinvention of this Hollywood classic, starring Joanne Connor as the tough-talking Calamity and a motley crew of cowboys and cross-dressers featuring Mick Webb as Wild Bill Hickock, and Brian Pamphilon as the hilarious Francis Fryer.

Showing at the Bangalow A&I Hall, 17–26 October.

Suitable all ages.


0420 986 570

The Cosmic Collection

The Cosmic Collection

The Cosmic Collection is an opportunity to experience the most exquisite crystal collection in the Southern Hemisphere, on display and for sale in an exclusive gallery setting.

Owner Kristy Meade has brought her unrivalled private collection into the light, after more than two decades of hand-selecting pieces from around the world.

The Cosmic Collection features pieces chosen for the rarity of their formation, their beauty, and energetic vibrancy. Highlights include large decorator crystals, master crystals, crystal artworks, and Kristy’s own inspired crystal jewellery designs.

Housed at Quartz, a space inspired by the cosmic and the earth-bound.

The Cosmic Collection

For discerning collectors of earthly art.

Visit them upstairs at Quartz, Mercato on Byron

108–114 Jonson Street


Special offer: $55 Ticket + hardback copy of The Testaments

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

Special offer: $55 Ticket + hardback copy of The Testaments 

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is finally revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive cinema broadcast filmed live, as Fane Productions presents an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, and inventor.

The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression.

With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, including Lily James. Book now!

Friday 20 September, 6.30pm

Saturday 21 September, 1pm Tickets: byroncentre.com.au

A free one-day festival for children and families

Playground Festival is back!

A free one-day festival for children and families co-presented by The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery, packed with creative activities, roving performances, and music. Playground Festival is all about nature play, creativity, and playful adventure.

Featuring: Tight Wire Playground | Build Your Own Giant Bower Bird Nest | Poppy Galactic and the Beat | Spaghetti Circus | Roundabout Theatre | Make Your Own Playground | The Walkie Talkies | Helix the Giant Snail | Northern Rivers Conservatorium Music Workshops | Auslan Workshops: Let Your Hands Talk | Peggy Popart Tours | Social Futures Clubhouse Interactive Art and much more…

Saturday 21 September, 10am–4pm. FREE. Lismore Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery.

More info at www.lismorequad.org.au.

Join the Ingenuity information meeting on Tuesday 17 September, 5.30–6.30pm


Mullumbimby’s own 3D sculpture festival is on for its second year, starting again with the Mullumbimby Music Festival and continuing until 24 November. Expect around 30 to 40 sculptures from Byron Shire and Shire-connected artists. This year they are also open in the evenings after the MMF, so bring your torch and explore these 3D treasures in a whole new light. There is again a people’s choice award, and probably a major prize (TBC). Sculpture submissions are welcome until 1 October and art-loving volunteers are welcome to sign up.

Join the Ingenuity information meeting on Tuesday 17 September, 5.30–6.30pm, for artists, volunteers, community members, and sponsors.

For all details and applications www.ingenuityfest.com.au.


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.