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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

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Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Locavores out and about

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Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

Global predicament

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‘Who’s afraid of Red Yellow and Blue?’ to quote American abstract artist Barnett Newman. Not Byron Shire’s internationally prominent Glass Artist Noel Hart.

His artworks over the last decade have focused on exploring the extraordinary colouration of the plumage of the world’s remaining 350+ parrot species and those which have recently gone extinct, along with the creation of new species.

In recent times Noel’s artwork has featured in solo exhibitions with long-established galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, London, and in the USA in various cities including San Francisco, Denver, Santa Fe and West Palm Beach.

Solo exhibitions are scheduled for this year in Vienna, Austria and Santa Fe, USA, but firstly in a self-managed exhibition showing both blown glass and new large-scale abstract paintings in Byron Bay at the Lone Goat Gallery located in the  Byron Bay Library building.

Eyes Wide Open

Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay Library Building,  Jan 7 – Feb 5, 2014

The Byron School of Art

The Byron School of Art begins 2014 with the new-one year course and a host of short courses in drawing, painting and printmaking. Christine Willcocks will kick off the year with a 4-week course outlining the basic principles of art making, focusing on materials and techniques. Rene Bolton’s popular oil painting class returns to Nimbin, and James Guppy’s much-loved life drawing will now run on Tuesday evenings.

Michael Cusack’s Drawing into Painting course will run Fridays and Emma Walker’s landscape course will mark the first weekend short course, running on Saturday. Anyone interested in printmaking can put their name down for an upcoming printmaking course.

Keep up to date on all that’s going on throughout the year including upcoming events, new courses and teachers at www.byronschoolofart.com.

Lismore Regional Arts

Retracing Bundjalung National Park invites viewers to experience Bundjalung National Park through the eyes of three artists: ceramicist Janet DeBoos, painter Christine James and photographer Christopher Meagher.

Marking 25 years as Australia’s leading GLBTI festival, Tropical Fruits has given Lismore the identity of being Australia’s premier regional centre for the GLBTI community. On Saturday 18 January 2014, 11am come hear how far this has come from the days of the 1980s, with a morning tea with Uncle Teacosy.

Opening 7 February, an exclusive Lismore Regional Gallery exhibition, Lloyd Rees: Journeying. Few artists have chronicled the twentieth century as deeply as Rees. More than forty works will follow seventy years of the artist’s travels, and include portrayals of France, Spain and Greece and numerous depictions of the Australian landscape.

Stepping Stones, by Lismore artist AñA Wojak, traces a performative journey across the globe following the artist’s forebears through China, Russia to Poland. The exhibition will be complemented by a live performance.

131 Molesworth Street, Lismore NSW 2480

www.lismoregallery.org,  6622 2209

Byron Bake

Former owner of Mexican Micks Restaurant, Louise Melnikoff, commissioned Coorabell artist Samantha Wortelhock to produce a painting Byron Bake (pictured right in ad) for the opening of the restaurant in 1995. Not only was it Sam’s biggest commission at $55,000 but also the biggest in size. Samantha and husband, Damian Naughton, used a sculptured texture involving many layers of oil paint, painted on Belgian linen stretched over plantation pine and sand from Byron Bay’s Main Beach. Byron Bake is based upon a dream. Free freight.

Call Louise 0411 191 723.


ART GALLERIES : : wherefore art thou?


828 Federal Drive, Federal


0448 110 849

Art piece Gallery

70 Burringbar St, Mullumbimby 6684 3446

Barebones Art Space

44 Byron St, Bangalow

6687 1393

Channon gallery

52 Terania St, The Channon

6688 6322

Citrus Gallery & Deli

130 Jonson St, Byron Bay

6680 7040

Clearlight Designs

1/67 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay 6685 5316

Colin Heaney Art Gallery

1a, 81 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay 6685 7798

Curious Art Gallery

94a Chinderah Bay Dr, Chinderah Bay 6674 5340

Eltham Village Gallery

445 Eltham Rd, Eltham

6629 1649

Farrell Glass Designs

6 Acacia St, Byron A&I Estate

6685 7044

Gallery Cosmosis

22 Brigantine St, Byron A&I Estate 6685 7909

Hammer & Hand Jewellery & Metal Collective

Unit 1, 4 Ti-Tree Pl, Byron A&I Estate 0409 960 614


Lilli Pilli Byron Bay

0411 081 777


158 Jonson St, Byron Bay

6685 8528

Jacqui Doran Gallery @ Byron Art Supplies

3/97 Centennial Cct, Byron A&I Estate

6680 8010

Jerry Cook Contemporary Art Studio & Gallery

5/1 Bonanza Dr, Billinudgel 6680 2467


19 Brigatine St, Byron A&I Estate www.juleshunt.com

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

131 Molesworth St, Lismore

6622 2209

Mina Mina Art Gallery

Shop 1, 32 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads 6685 0229

Myocum School of Sculpture


0433 132 387

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Cnr Cherry and Crane Sts, Ballina 6681 6167

Planet Corroboree

1/69 Jonson St, Byron Bay

6680 7884

Retrospect Galleries

52 Jonson St, Byron Bay

6680 8825

Riverview Gallery

2/33 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads 0439 500 070

Seed Studio Gallery

1/46 Acacia St, Byron A&I Estate 0402 909 193

Still @ the Centre

3 Centennial Cct, Byron A&I Estate 6685 5808

Studio Red

5/16 Tasman Way, Byron A&I Estate 0423 208 605

Suvira McDonald Ceramic Art Gallery

Goonengerry 6684 9194

The Last Yard Arts Complex

Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Furniture 99 Lismore Road, Bangalow 0412 312 474

The Lone Goat Gallery

@ The Byron Bay Library ,Cnr Lawson & Middleton Sts, Byron Bay

0490 004 542

The Roxy Gallery

143 Summerland Way, Kyogle

6632 3518

The Sauce Studio

Shop 4/15 Cnr Proudfoots Ln

& Commercial Rd Murwillumbah


6672 1929

Tweed River Art Gallery

2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah

6670 2790

Wheel of life

21 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads

6685 1442

Windhorse gallery

25 Byron St, Bangalow 6687 1933


Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...