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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Other News

Opinion: It’s time to kick Morrison out

'Grifters come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of background. This one is used to skipping just a step ahead of impending disaster and exposure. Many times in marketing and politics, which he sees as identical pursuits, his nimble lies have saved his career.' 


Morrison is the loose unit with the economy! Here’s some excerpts from a long, long list of corruption by...

‘Dining in the Dark’ at Forest, Byron

To celebrate the North Coast Festival of Flavour, Forest restaurant is turning off the lights so you can turn...

Election 2022

As we edge closer to the federal election, Australia, like most advanced middle-ranking economies is facing some headwind challenges...

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round. 

One Nation ‘ghost’ haunting Richmond

Less than a week out from the election, mystery surrounds the One Nation candidate and her connection to the electorate.

Artist in Focus – Rosie Jones

Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones

Brunswick Heads artist Rosie Jones isn’t afraid to change her colours. After making the giant career leap from working as a doctor in the small QLD country town of St George to practising as a visual artist in the Byron Shire, Rosie has become known over the last decade for her highly realistic portrait paintings. She was featured on the popular television series Colour in Your Life for her sensitive depiction in soft pastels of a young Aboriginal boy. The program has been viewed by thousands of people around the world.

A new time of change is currently unfolding for Rosie. Over the past two years she has studied at the Byron School of Art, which has a clear focus on contemporary arts practice, following the Artists Teaching Artists model. The excellent tuition and networking with fellow artists has encouraged Rosie to explore a process of working more from the imagination, inspiring expression of a different kind.

Rosie’s upcoming exhibition at Yami Café, Park St in Brunswick Heads, titled There Are Some Things I Can’t Explain features delicate abstracts in watercolour.

The series began with the painting titled The Complexity of Friendship as Rosie contemplated the variety of emotions experienced in the course of a relationship with a friend.

Other artworks are an expression of the challenges she faces when her husband Peter works away as an aerial firefighter. He has spent the last five weeks flying in Sumatra, Java and North Sulawesi, regions of Indonesia, putting out fires that have been illegally lit in the forests. Rosie and their four children keep the home fires burning until he returns.

The remaining paintings are a mix of colours and feelings, some of which can’t be explained.

The exhibition will be showing until Christmas.

More of Rosie’s work can be seen at her website www.rosiejoneseyes.com.


Karena Wynn-Moylan

Karena Wynn-Moylan is opening her studio for the weekend and inviting you to purchase art for a unique cause: She wants to use it to fund a radio documentary into why people don’t buy more art!

Beautiful oils and watercolours, mostly of the local area, framed and unframed work, sketches, books and prints.

Check her special website: www.studiosale.bravesites.com.

Tweed River Art Gallery

We are very excited to announce that this year, to coincide with the Archibald Prize 2015 Regional Tour, we are holding a Young Archie Competition at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah. Young artists between the ages of 13 and 18, residing in the Tweed, Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Kyogle shires, are invited to submit one portrait of a person who is special to them. The competition will be judged by local artists Tamsin Ainslie and Robyn Sweaney, and selected finalists will have their work displayed at the Gallery during the Archibald Prize 2015 Regional Tour over 15 January to 28 February 2016. Entries close 5pm 11 December 2015 so enter now at: http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/PrizesAndAwards/YoungArchie.

All enquiries to [email protected]

Art sale/exhibition Stan Michaels

A short drive to the studio at 95 Blackbutt Lane, Broken Head, in a wildlife sanctuary (sorry, no pets).

View original glass sculptures, blown glass vessels, amazing bowls and platters – ideal for Christmas gifts and boutique homes. Add WOW factors with paintings and sculptures for inside and out.

Stan has mastered a broad range of artforms, including fused and slumped glass transformed into decorative and unique serving bowls and platters, blown-glass vessels and exquisite vases, paintings and kiln-fired sculptures in contemporary or traditional form.

Everything that he is displaying at this exhibition is for sale.

The sale/exhibition runs from Sat 14 Nov through to Sun 22 Nov.

6685 3741. 0400 872 235

Visionary artist showcase and marketplace

Enter the world of Australia’s visionary artists, coming together to bring you a day of creativity.

Entry is by donation of art supplies for the new Starscape Art Skool. Anything from a paintbrush to a whole tub of paint will be appreciated!

Featuring an outstanding gallery of all-Australian visionary artists; live art demonstration; guest speakers; soundscapes; creative mini-workshops ($15 including materials) and pop-up shops offering clothing, jewellery and art-prints. Delicious vegan food all day.

See more at bit.ly/starscape-arts. 11am–11pm at the Art Shed, Starseed Gardens. 103 Yagers Lane, Byron Bay

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 available dates January 2016.

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

Lauren Jarrett, Baskets
Lauren Jarrett, Baskets

The Roxy Gallery

In honour of the late Aunty Patsy Nagas (nee Walker) the Guli Bal Living Culture Group has developed an exhibition entitled Common Threads – Items of Manufacture. This exhibition encapsulates the story behind the encounters between Aboriginal and early white settlers to this region, with particular focus on Mary Bundock who dwelled at Back Road Station, Wiangaree, and was a pioneering woman who worked alongside local Aboriginal women in keeping culture alive.

In 2015 the National Museum of Australia will be hosting an exhibition of objects from the British Museum. This Encounters project has seen representatives from the museum meet with people living in our region to learn about a number of these objects connected to this region to research two baskets in this collection that where bequeathed to the British Museum by Mary Bundock.

This exhibition has works by local fibre artists, painters and ceramicists.

Dates: 4 November–5 December 2015
Official Opening: Friday 6 November 6–8pm

Byron School of Art

Byron School of Art is currently taking enrolments for year-long courses in 2016. If you are interested, please contact us. During the summer break we will be offering many new exciting opportunities for creative people with a great selection of summer tasters, short courses and workshops. Subscribe on our website to receive our newsletter and keep in touch.

0487 362 141.

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

An exhibition of the 55 finalists of the 2015 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize. This exhibition combines leading national portrait artists, emerging artists, and exceptional local talent.

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial exhibition and continuation of the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize. The prize has now been expanded from the original brief of portraits of subjects from the northern rivers to include a portrait of any subject. Includes portraits by Archibald finalists Eolo Paul Bottaro, Anh Do, Paul S Miller, Paul Ryan, Mirra Whale and Lee Wise. Every portrait tells a story, revealing something of the relationship between artist and subject, whether this be their newborn child, brother, someone they admire, someone they love, someone they have loved and lost.

Thursday 12 November, 5–6pm, Lismore Regional Gallery

Southern Cross University staff, Lynda Hawryluk, Moya Costello and Kim Satchell, and students, Laura Tribble, Josephine Mooney and Lachlan Rutherford, read their auto/biographical portraits.

6622 2209. www.lismoregallery.org

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.