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June 24, 2021

Latest News

Another roadblock for major Kingscliff development?

Tweed Council clarifies that the Kingscliff DA for a haulage road that will allow '90,000 truck and trailer movements' to bring in fill from the M1 upgrade does not actually allow the developers to use the proposed fill at the site – developers disagree.

Other News

Two mumma koalas with joeys hit on Terranora Road

Tweed Council is warning motorists that koalas are on the move and is asking drivers to take extra caution through new koala zones marked on Terranora Road, following several sightings and two accidents involving the much-loved marsupials in recent weeks. 

Man missing from Cudgen

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Far North Coast.

Interview with Tania de Jong, one of the founding members of Mind Medicine

Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) is a charity that seeks to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness through expanding treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients. Their focus is on the development of safe and effective psychedelic assisted therapies to cure a range of mental illnesses.

Tom Tabart and Sarah Ndiaye

Jenny Coman, Former Byron Shire Councillor, Bangalow I fail to see what part of Tom Tabart’s recent letter (2 June) to The Echo...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the Week Begining 23 June, 2021

A dazzling array of talent to be seen live, in and around the Byron Shire

Echo ad leads to AVO arrest of Council activist

Vocal Council critic and longtime activist, John Anderson, aka Fast Buck$, was arrested last Friday night for allegedly breaching his Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) by an Echo ad.

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

‘The Norway of Australia’: what does good electric vehicle policy look like?

What does good electric vehicle policy look like? NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced an EV car package that he says will bring NSW on par with the world’s best. Is he right?

Byron market relocation proposal divides opinion

Community opinion appears to be starkly divided over the proposed relocation of the Byron Community Markets from the foreshore at Main Beach to Railway Park, which Byron councillors will vote on this Thursday.

Michael Lyon announces Byron Shire Council ticket

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, has announced a group of candidates to run for the upcoming Council elections in September.

Old Byron Hospital future before Council

A significant decision about the future of the old Byron Hospital site will be made this week, with Byron Council choosing an organisation to manage the new community hub that will be created there.