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French Film Festival – just delicious

This year’s French Film Festival opening night choice is a unique adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling and beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers. In a double blockbuster film production nominated for six César awards, from director Martin Bourboulon, the opening instalment, D’Artagnan, will open the festival.

Other News

CSIRO voyage gets up close to Antarctica’s climate challenges

The rapidly changing nature of Antarctica has been witnessed first-hand by Australia’s leading research ship on a record-breaking investigation of the icy continent.  

Editorial – Grab the popcorn and bean bags

Both Mayor Michael Lyon and fellow councillor, Mark Swivel, offered an apology to the followers of the Save Wallum Facebook page last week.

Climate pollution cooking the reef

The Climate Council is sounding the alarm on a severe bleaching event unfolding across the Great Barrier Reef, with new vision showing the damage that stretches more than 1,100 kilometres from Lizard Island to the Keppel Islands.

How would you stop koalas going extinct in the wild?

The strategy for koala conservation is currently under review and the community is being asked for feedback on the best ways to help NSW’s endangered koalas.

Floodplain fury

With the two-year flood anniversary being recognised this week, Council appears to be pushing on with its plans to seek approval from the state government for floodplain development in Mullumbimby. 

Hijacking feminism, harming women

Surely the success of feminist activism is one of the most positive stories of our times. Just think of the limited options of our mothers, compared to young women today. 


Murwillumbah is the heart of the Tweed Shire. With a population of over 8,000 people, it is an historic art deco town with many buildings dating back to 1920.

Located on the banks of the Tweed River and nestled in the volcanic caldera of Mount Warning, Murwillumbah is renowned for its picturesque setting.

Earlier industry focused on cedar getting and dairy farming. However more recently the focus is on sugarcane farming, tourism, light industry, and the creative arts.
Murwillumbah is the commercial capital of the region, with a hospital, medical and health services, banking facilities, accounting professionals, a variety of interesting shops, and several art galleries.  A major draw card to the town is the Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Small and medium businesses are the backbone of the Murwillumbah economy.  We have a well-established light industrial area on the outskirts of town, made up of many very successful businesses, some distributing their products both nationally and internationally.  The CBD of Murwillumbah has a wide variety of shops and interesting places to eat.
Murwillumbah and the surrounding villages are renowned for their creativity with the region having the largest number of artists per capita in Australia.

1. Flannerys | 2. Apex Dining | 3. McGuiness Funerals | 4. Precise PCs | 5. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre | 6. Tweed River House  


1. Flannerys

Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market has been a leader in organic and wholefood living since 1973.
With qualified naturopaths and nutritionists in their stores, there is a strong focus on organic wholefoods, naturopathy and holistic living with personalised health advice, liquid herb tinctures and homeopathy. Friends of Flannerys Save 20% off vitamins and supplements the first Friday & Saturday of each month – it’s free to join in store!
Flannerys Murwillumbah is the community hub for all your wholefood & organic needs.
From certified organic produce, pantry essentials, gluten-free breads, toxic-free skincare, ocean safe household cleaners, quality vitamins and supplements, bulk foods and free naturopath advice – they are open 7 days right in the heart of Murwillumbah.

Open Monday–Friday, 7.30am–6pm
Saturday, 7.30am–5pm
Sunday, 9am-4pm
02 6678 2284
66 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
[email protected]

Apex Dining

2. Apex Dining

Nestled in the Border Ranges between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, Apex Dining boasts panoramic views of the Tweed River, rolling pastures, luscious foothills rising up majestic Wollumbin, and the surrounding mountain scape.
This stunning wedding venue in the architect award-winning Tweed Regional Gallery, seamlessly combines its stunning outlook, calm, modern and earthy interior design, and its fresh, contemporary menus creating the most exciting and affordable venue on the Tweed Coast.
Book your wedding with them before the end of February 2024 to receive 15% off your food and beverage total (T&C’s apply).

02 6672 5088
2 Mistral Rd (Cnr Tweed Valley Way), South Murwillumbah

McGuiness Funerals

3. McGuiness Funerals

McGuiness Funerals extends its compassionate services through two beautiful locations in Billinudgel and Murwillumbah. Both venues offer an intimate chapel setting for honouring your loved one, the team at McGuiness Funerals is dedicated to providing support during families’ times of need. At Billinudgel, Kellie and Emma extend their services to the Byron Shire and surrounds. Libby and Katriina are located in the heart of Murwillumbah.
These locations serve as compassionate hubs for grieving families. Whether you prefer to call or visit in person, the funeral directors at McGuiness Funerals are available to guide you 24/7 through the planning of a meaningful farewell.

02 6672 2144
19 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
16 Mogo Place, Billinudgel
[email protected]

Precise PCs

4. Not just your local computer shop

Precise PCs has diversified; they are now an Aladdin’s cave of tech, toys and more.
Shop local this summer for all your household needs-dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, fridges, robovacs, stick vacs, personal grooming, massage guns and more. There’s something for everyone. Precise PCs are now an authorised Jaycar reseller, carrying over 1,500 items. They now carry Creality 3D printers and filament. Their staff pride themselves on friendly, helpful service, they’ve been caring for your computers since 1997. And yes, they still do sales and computer repairs on PC and Mac.

02 6672 8300
Unit 2/75 Wollumbin St, Murwillumbah

Claude Monet Meules, milieu du jour [Haystacks, midday] 1890, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, purchased 1979. On display at Tweed Regional Art Gallery, 2023. Photograph: Luke Marsden This work of art is on long-term loan from the National Gallery of Australia with support from the Australian Government as part of Sharing the National Collection. Share #artacrossaustralia

5. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

This summer the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre present an exciting line-up of exhibitions, activities and events. One of the star attractions is by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840 -1926) Meules, milieu du jour [Haystacks, midday] 1890. This masterpiece is on loan to the Tweed Regional Gallery from the National Gallery of Australia with support from the Australian government as part of the Sharing the National Gallery Collection program.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the paintings from Monet’s famous haystacks series right here at the Tweed Regional Gallery, nestled in the spectacular landscape of the Tweed Valley. The gallery offers free daily guided tours at 11.30am and each day at midday you can enjoy a short talk about this Monet masterpiece. Bookings are only required for groups of 10 or more, visit the gallery website to book.

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
02 6670 2790
2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah

Tweed River House

6. Riverside dining at Tweed River House

Celebrate the best of the Northern Rivers’ seasonal produce when you dine at the chef-hatted Tweed River House.
Dine in the magnificent century-old plantation style house, located on the banks of the Tweed River with sweeping hinterland views.
The riverside Lawn Bar is ideal for a drink and lighter bites.

02 6672 5269
131 River St. Murwillumbah South

Interview with Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel is a renowned Australian musical collective celebrated for their pioneering fusion of diverse genres. Their latest masterpiece, Alectura is an innovative album that once again showcases the band’s expertise in blending organic house and melodic house with captivating rhythms, beats, and global influences.

Concerned about climate change and societal collapse?

Join a Q&A with Jem Bendell for one night only in Byron Bay – Professor of Sustainability, Jem Bendell, was one of the first to directly name and speak out about what the climate crisis means for our civilisation. His seminal paper Deep Adaptation started a global movement by that name as well as inspiring the creation of Extinction Rebellion.

Seedlings: start another Big Scrub

Victoria Cosford There’s something about trees that makes people happy, that evokes a positive response. I’m standing at the newish ReForest Now stall at the...

National inquiry highlights the importance of shopping locally

The final report of the Inquiry into Price Gouging and Unfair Pricing Practices released last month revealed big business has worsened the cost-of-living crisis...