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February 28, 2021

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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Contemporary award-winning Aboriginal artist Niah Juella Mcleod

Niah Juela McLeod @ Ninbella

Ngudjung Ngulla (Mother Tree)

‘This artwork is titled after one of my father’s books Luella and the Ngudjung Ngulla. It’s about a young girl and her relationship with Mother Tree and her sense of belonging and connection – which has been a very big journey for me and my artwork and my path in becoming an artist’ – Niah Juella Mcleod

Contemporary award-winning Aboriginal artist Niah Juella Mcleod is descendant from the Monero, Wandandian and Yuin people from south eastern Australia. As the daughter of artist Kathrin Sharp and Aboriginal activist, poet, healer, musician and Yuin Elder Bobby Mcleod, Niah’s works tell of stories passed down and unique to her history.

Niah moved to Bangalow, where she currently resides, when she was a very young girl and attended both Bangalow Primary and Byron High School.

A fine dot artist, first exhibiting her works in public in 2015, Niah began painting as a form of meditation, to relieve anxiousness. This meditative process and exploraton of her spiritual and physical connection with place and people is evident in her art.

Ninbella Gallery

19a Byron Street, Bangalow

6687 1936


Atelier by Dominique Sutton, studio based mentoring classes and workshops for artists.

Atelier by Dominique Sutton

Dominique Sutton is a multi-disciplined artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally and has extensive teaching experience, lecturing for universities, galleries and arts organisations across the country. She currently runs Atelier by Dominique Sutton, studio based mentoring classes, workshops and retreats for artists.

Her 2020 program includes weekly classes, two-day workshops and artist mentoring by private arrangement. Learn sculpture/plein air landscape/portrait (Tuesdays 10-1), painting for beginners (Thursdays 10-1) or intermediate level painting (Fridays 10-1). See website for full details of all classes, workshops and retreats.

The Atelier Studio, 7 Gumtree Place, Bangalow

[email protected]



0409 573 800

Van Gogh & Japan – Exhibition On Screen presented by Byron Theatre

Van Gogh & Japan – Exhibition on Screen

Presented by Byron Theatre on Sunday 22 December, the film Van Gogh & Japan is based on the exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan, Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and had a profound influence on him and his art. Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction, and in this little-known story of Van Gogh’s art it is evident just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels to France and the Netherlands and also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

Sunday, 22 December at 3pm.

Tickets available byroncentre.com.au

Last week to place orders that will get back in time to put under the tree!

Billinudgel Picture Framing

Hurry in to take advantage of their massive Pre-Christmas Custom Framing Sale, ending 13 December! All other gallery items will be on sale till 20 December, when they close for Christmas. Drop in for a coffee, bring your art and get started on a custom designed frame. Last week to place orders that will get back in time to put under the tree!

7/1 Wilfred Street, Billinudgel

6680 3444


The gallery and workshop are open seven days a week 10am–4pm. Off-street parking available.

Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective

‘By Hammer and Hand all arts do stand’ was a sixteenth-century Blacksmiths’ Guild motto.

Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective is a jewellery studio/workshop/gallery established in 1995 in Hobart, and in 2008 in the Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay.

As a collective, the current 11 members share the running of the gallery and workshop. Customers can meet a different member each day of the week and browse work by all the members while watching the artists at work. Everything in the gallery is carefully handmade by one of the 11 artists – no mass-producing, no off-shore finishing.

Being in a collective enables emerging artists to gain knowledge of the creative industry and of creative techniques from the more established members. The gallery and workshop are open seven days a week 10am–4pm. Off-street parking available.

4 Ti-Tree Place, Byron Bay


FB: Hammer & Hand Jewellery & Metal Collective (Byron Bay) IG: @hammerandhandbyronbay

get to know the different BSA teachers and what they have to offer

Taste an Art Class or Two at Byron School of Art This Summer

Summer taster sessions are back at bsa in January and February.

Joining a 3-hour taster session is a great way to experience a taste of studio time at Byron School of Art and get to know the different teachers and the classes they’ll be offering in 2020.

$65 ($50 each for 3 or more).

Gift certificates available until 20 December.


Have you found your own clear voice?

Journaling – your Key for Successful Writing

Byron Writers Festival invites you to step through the doorway of journaling and find your own clear voice with this immersive half-day workshop on Saturday 1 February with Vicki Bennett.

Journaling can offer a safe way to get to know yourself more deeply, uncover layers of thinking and feeling, and aid deeper access to insights, clarity and strength. 

The workshop is for writers of all levels and genres as well as those interested in using journaling as a creative tool.

To book your place or to see more workshops on offer over summer. byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on

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‘The Great Reset’

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