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Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

Other News

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.

Pension protector?

Powerful Protector of the Pension? Well, not exactly… ABC Fact Check has looked closely at claims made by local MP,...

Hydrogen hoax

This is very serious. Last year expert scientists published a warning via The Society of Chemical Industry: ‘blue hydrogen’,...

Lismore community

First let me say how incredibly proud, inspired and supported I feel as part of the Lismore and Northern...

Inflated Scomo

During his term, Scomo made plenty of decisions that helped lead us to the inflation we face today. When...

Fugly Design Award

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

What’s the Buzz in Billi?

Billinudgel Picture Framing and Gallery has just renovated the gallery space and the front of the shop and the gallery will shortly reopen with a bang. We have been framing and displaying artists of the local community and surrounds for over a decade – this will be a space not to be missed. Come in and take a look around.

6680 3444, 7/1 Wilfred Street, Billinudgel.

COAST at Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Morning Bliss, Potts
Morning Bliss, Potts
Mini Simmons custom timber surfboard, Andrew Wells – Grown Surfboards
Mini Simmons custom timber surfboard, Andrew Wells – Grown Surfboards

COAST is a group exhibition by local artists Darius Devas, Rusty Miller, Potts and Andrew Wells from Grown Surfboards.

The launch of COAST at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) on Thursday 29 October invites visitors to immerse themselves in the pure uncomplicated world of surfing culture and lifestyle. The works showcased in this exhibition provide a myriad of perspectives on surfing, its culture, connection to the raw force of the ocean and wider social politics that impact on the surfing lifestyle.

The collection of works will include photographic images by local photographer Rusty Miller, reflecting on how surfing interrelates with the culture, politics and style of the late 60s and 70s; mixed media works by Byron Bay artist Potts depicting iconic beach and surfing pop culture imagery on salvaged timber; beautifully crafted, hand-made surfboards by renowned local surfboard shaper Andrew Wells from Grown Surfboards and an evocative, impressionistic filmic exploration of the ocean by local filmmaker Darius Devas.

The COAST exhibition starts on Wednesday 28 October and continues until Sunday 6 December.

For further information please call the Gallery on 6681 6167. www.nrcgballina.com

Bob McTavish and Chris Brock, photograph by Rusty Miller
Bob McTavish and Chris Brock, photograph by Rusty Miller
Within (film still), Darius Devas
Within (film still), Darius Devas

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

For the purpose of Auditory Visions, Jay-Dea Lopez and Rona Green invited seven contemporary Australian printmakers to contribute two works focussing on an environmental or personal space. In response the artists, G.W. Bot, Jan Davis, Rona Green, Alexi Keywan, Bruce Latimer, Travis Paterson, and Michael Schlitz have each created depicting scenes of quotidian objects under a microscopic lens, exotic locations seen through dreams, and inner worlds rendered visible.

Since the beginning of June, Art Magic has been growing in Lismore. Vibrant and colourful creations have been made by Lismore’s diverse and talented community. It is all part of a Lismore Regional Gallery exhibition and community engagement project called Art Magic: Remnant with acclaimed installation and performance artist, Hiromi Tango, who uses textiles to weave together tactile and immersive environments by hand.

As the name suggests Trading Place is an art installation that trades objects and artworks from one ‘place’ for another ‘place’. The audience is invited to trade an object that signifies their connection to the place they live in return for an artwork or object from the Trading Place collection.

Cass and Clare will be trading Thursdays 11.30am–12.30pm Exhibitions continue until 24 October.

6622 3309.

Vision Quest at the Roxy Gallery

At the Roxy Gallery, Kyogle until October 31 is a stunning new body of work by Lilyfield artist Gery Mews. Vision Quest is a body of work that materialised over the last few years, drawing on a Shamanistic journey, it is a mythological vision around the different worlds. Drawing from archetypal imagery, esoteric studies, Gery’s interest in philosophy and psychology along with his personal interaction with the natural environment, the works in this exhibition are theories in colour. Art becomes an instrument for the embodied vision, painting a path of divination.

Roxy Gallery
143 Summerland Way, Kyogle. 6632 3518.

Jewellery Courses

Live your dream and learn how to create your own jewellery or advance your skills to the next level. Award winning Jeweller, Chris Gortz, shares his experience of over 40 years and brings out the best from absolute beginners to advanced jewellery makers.

All tuitions are strictly one-on-one. Classes run for a week (five days) and are individually tailored. They can include making your very first piece of jewellery to designing, including CAD, advanced jewellery techniques or gemstone setting. Residential classes are available from October.

For further information, please contact Chris:
[email protected],  phone: 66845225.

Presenting Art Workshops with I am Eleni


Welcome all to enter Elenis studio and create incredible art using natural materials. Workshops held at Starseed Gardens, Yaygers lane, Byron Bay – October 17 and 18.

Take home inspired artworks after a deep journey into your innermost callings. Leave with confidence to fulfill your dreams.

Entrant in the Archibald, semi-finalist for the Doug Moran National Portrait prize 2012. Invited by ‘see me’ gallery NY, her portrait was digitally exhibited over a 25 story building in Times Square NY, 2014. Elenis gallery is in Melbourne.

[email protected]
0407 612 672

Up to five times the average rainfall during 2022 in some areas says BOM

The formal record of the extreme rainfall and flooding was released today by the Bureau of Meteorology with some areas of south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales having five times their monthly average of rain. 

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

The postal vote that never arrived

At 91, there are many things that you can no longer do, but one of the things you still can do is have your voice heard in an election – but not for at least one Byron Shire resident.

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.