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May 25, 2022

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Bringing learning and play together

Byron Bay High School’s new agility course recognises the importance of play for learning and has students from all years actively playing during breaks and PDHPE lessons, according to Byron Bay High’s Principal, Janine Marcus.

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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.


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Vote Green

In response to John Jennings, Numinbah (12 May), ‘Who shall I vote for?’ Simple answer – The Greens. From...

Richmond candidates 2022: The Nationals – Kimberly Hone

Kimberly Hone lives in the Tweed Shire and is running as a candidate for The Nationals in the federal seat of Richmond.

Get me a DA

In response to the recent flood meeting held at the Ocean Shores Country Club on Tuesday 10 May, a...

Assange – election

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Susan Joyce at Ninbella Gallery

Artist in Focus: Susan Joyce

My current artwork since April 2019 looks at how to balance areas of intricate nuance with a spacious expanse and how entities that are neither can connect the two.

As I work on this theme it seems to reflect everything about the ordinary art of living.

How I feel overwhelmed that I want to simplify life, but then how I want to live life to the full and engage in everything. How my garden sits graciously spacious, but then there is room for food trees. Enjoying the expanse of the desert, but longing for the next town to break monotony. My relationships too; dynamic or still.

Through inventive abstract painting I find surreptitious ways of resolving intricate busyness with spaciousness, allowing both to coexist with humour and homage.

I rarely blend colours on the canvas but rather expose with clarity the building of the painting – finding some sense of honesty in using literal brushmarks. I relish the art of forming a really good brushmark. My paintings are a mix of dichotomies.

Through my work as a qualified Art Therapist, and my studies, I have maintained a constant art practice with exhibits in group shows and several solo exhibitions. Now retired, I am a full time artist and therefore more prolific in the studio.

Showing at Ninbella Galley. 19a Byron Street, Bangalow. For more info click here.

Anneli Knight and Dr Laurel Cohn are both holding writing workshops

Writing workshops for all walks of life

This October, Byron Writers Festival is offering two special workshops for writers and copywriters.

The Business of Writing, with Anneli Knight is a one-day workshop this Saturday 12 October. If you want to turn your passion and flair for writing into a reliable income and base for a business, then this workshop will give you the vision and strategy to make it happen!

Structural Editing for Writers, with Dr Laurel Cohn is for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction with a completed draft manuscript. This three-day course explains structural editing, the role it plays in manuscript development, how to go about it, and how to survive it, and includes a one-on-one session with Laurel.


Michelle Dawson. the Art of illustration


There’s some fantastic courses and workshops this Spring at BSA including:

Acrylic Painting with James Guppy: 12/13 OCT

Illustration with Michelle Dawson: 24 OCT–28 NOV

Colouration with Courtney Cook: 24 OCT–28 NOV

Life Drawing with Michelle Dawson: 29 OCT–3 DEC

Abstraction with Michael Cusack: 1–29 NOV

Printmaking with Glen Skein: 8/9 NOV

Jump online to secure your spot!


Call for entries: Ingenuity 2019

ARTISTS ARTISTS, listen up!!

INGENUITY, your local sculpture festival, has breaking news. We have extended our closing date for submissions till 13 October 11.59pm (just before midnight). An anonymous benefactor came forward to donate the $8000 RGoL Choice Award. We still have the $500 Christina Khumari People’s Choice Award. On top of this, we have great hopes that we will be able to announce another $5000 award by 26 October.

We are also calling on the community to support the festival through volunteering or a small donation. This year we are receiving very little government funding and need community help to prove ourselves, and to win financial support for the coming years.

For more info contact www.ingenuityfest.com.au

Race action at the TVSC Mother’s Day meet

A dedicated fleet of 13 boats took to the water for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s (TVSC) Winter series on Mother’s Day earlier this month.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the band will be playing their...

Comment: Bridging the flooded divide

In the sodden floodplains the divide among those affected has never been clearer – those who were insured, and those who weren’t, renters and owners, Lismore LGA and everywhere else.

Grants to support arts and culture flood recovery

Nearly 50 arts and cultural organisations, screen practitioners, individual artists and collaborative groups impacted by recent floods will have access to $500,000 in funding.