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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

Fighting food waste

Did you know that wasting food is a greater contributor (6 per cent) to total greenhouse gas emissions than...

Busy time for Ballina Region for Refugees

BR4R has not let the floods and COVID slow things down, with lots of recent happenings and more planned for the future.

Flood recovery 2022 must be community led and flexible

The recent news that our mighty NSW State Government are going to step into the Northern Rivers as a sort of Mary Poppins and over-arch their solutions into an umbrella of several councils via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was met with cheer and skepticism.

Saffin seeks $7.5 million for Lismore townhouse developments

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.

It’s (beyond) time

Seventy-three per cent of respondents to a recent ABC Vote Compass question on whether the constitution should be amended...

SCU to house temporary accommodation for flood-affected residents

Temporary homes will be located at Southern Cross University (SCU) Lismore Campus as part of the NSW government's program to provide 800 temporary housing options for flood-affected people.
Life’s Melody, Kelly Zarb

Celebrating Natures Wonderland at NRCG

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents three deeply evocative exhibitions during December and January: A Change in the Weather, Little Abstracts and Land, Sea and Sky exploring human connection to all forms of life. Both established and emerging artists through their diverse artistic methods ranging from painting, print media, drawing and constructed assemblage present a stunning interpretation of the natural world.

Give me sunshine, Caroline McKay

The launch event is Thursday 10 December with special guest, writer Dianne Trussell, with local musicians Hans Lovejoy and Dan Brown playing smooth jazz grooves for this special event. The group of exhibitions opens Wednesday 9 December 2015 and continues until Sunday 17 January 2016.

For further information phone 6681 6167 or visit www.nrcgballina.com.

Alliam Jewellery

Stuart has been involved in the mining of opal for 30 years and with Kirrilly, a jeweller/designer, has created award-winning pieces of opal jewellery winning the People’s Choice award in 2013 at the biennial International Opal Jewellery Awards, then in 2015 being highly commended in the sought-after professional category.

ALLIAM is a brand that specialises in solid opal jewellery only.


Summer taster sessions

Come and join us at the Byron School of Art over the summer break and enjoy a small art taster session (or two) with some of our nationally recognised artists and teachers. We have a diverse selection of drawing, painting and printmaking tasters on offer. This is the perfect chance to get a feel for our upcoming courses, work with our artists, check out the premises, and simply take some time out for a creative morning or afternoon.

Enrol now online at www.byronschoolofart.com.

Maude Boate: Maudeville

An exhibition of the costumes of Maude Boate, the Queen of Lismore’s drag queens and an entertainer of glamorous proportions. Maude came into being in the 1980s and 90s performing at venues such as the Albury in Sydney. Her signature sculpted wigs became known outside the gay club scene when they were adapted for the stage play and movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The creation of Michael Gates, Ms Maude extends drag beyond the formula of the iconic, sexy drag queen and into the territory of art, invention, and spoof.

Event: In Conversation: Dee Dee Chenille goes on a trip with Maude Boate.
10 December 5.30 for 6pm.

Dee Dee Chenille (accidental fashionista) interviews Maude Boate about frocks, theatrics and the freedom and effort that comes with being Maude. An event for learning and laughing.

Also showing: David Burnett: The Presidents: from JFK to Obama
5 December 2015 – 30 January 2016.

Lismore Regional Gallery
lismoregallery.org – 6622 2209.

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] Ph: 6684 5225.

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.