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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.' 

It’s (beyond) time

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

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Releasing the chokehold on Australia’s water

What the trading of 40 gigalitres of water from the Barmah Choke means for the Murray Darling Basin.

Tripling water harvesting may leave local communities dry

The NSW government was looking to do catchment by catchment analysis to determine the risk to local water supply and rivers from the new rules on water harvesting rights.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones lives in Cudgen, owns a small business and is running as an Independent for the federal seat of Richmond.

Matthew Sansom Studio

Matthew is an Australian artist based in Byron Bay. His works are inspired by nature and coastal living with an emotive dialogue that is both enticing and tranquil. Presence of brushstroke and harmony through design and colour are a trademark of his unique style. Meet the artist at his studio and view a retrospective volume of artwork this Saturday.

ph 0424 587 612
1/47 Shelley Drive, Byron Bay

Art Gallery with a Twist

With a well-earned reputation, Mina Mina Art Gallery has become a destination for lovers of art and those looking for the perfect gift for all ages. Overlooking the Brunswick River, this boutique gallery specialises in Aboriginal fine art and crafts. Gallery director Roz Goodchild has 20 years’ experience working with Aboriginal art centres throughout Australia and personally sources work by emerging artists and those with a national and international reputation. 

The twist? Mina Mina Gallery is complemented by a variety of fun, functional and colourful unique homewares, quirky gifts and out there leisure and beach wear.

If you are looking for somewhere to lift your spirits, Mina Mina Gallery is a Brunswick Heads icon and a must-see.

Shop 1/32 Mullumbimbi Street, Brunswick Heads.
6685 0229  [email protected]

Andrew Hayim De Vries – ‘Cross-cycle Matter Maker’

has spent the last 40 years working with recycled objects in art.

Lighting Conditions Do Apply is a series of upcycled designer lighting objects using found and collected components in a unique and very artistic manner. The functional lighting objects are each part of an ongoing narrative of upcycling and reusing society’s discarded and neglected wares to illustrate putting back to life items that were perceived as not having value, and to pronounce the importance of recycling as a practical need.

The project is a continuation of exhibitions titled Home Wheres from 2004, birthed from a mass collection of interesting objects via 100 Hubble, Andrew’s first home (which had an art wall where people deposited unused items) and again in his second, Garage Mahal Home (sustainable design) both in Fremantle, WA.

All these objects can be viewed at the warehouse in the Arts & Industry Estate in Byron Bay. Viewing Thursday and Friday January 10am–4pm. Viewing outside these times: please ring Andrew to arrange.

1/22 Brigantine Street, Arts & Industry Estate
0413 530 599  www.lightingconditionsdoapply.com

Tweed Regional Gallery and MOAC

Archibald Prize 2015
An Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition Friday 15 January – Sunday 28 February

This summer you can view all 48 finalists in the Archibald Prize 2015. Programs offered by the Tweed Regional Gallery include voting for the People’s Choice, viewing the Young Archies, and we also offer a children’s trail activity.

Ticket prices: $10 for adults; $8 concession or child aged 5–17 years; $26 family pass for two adults and up to three children; $7 for Friends and Foundation members.

Schools and bus groups must book in advance by emailing [email protected]

Or call 6672 2790 to book your ticket to the Gala opening on Friday 15 January; ticket price $75.

Currently showing at Lismore Regional Gallery

David Burnett: The Presidents: from JFK to Obama
David Burnett is one of the world’s leading photojournalists covering politics, sport, conflict and portraiture. He is one of the few photographers to have photographed all the American presidents since John F Kennedy. The Presidents: from JFK to Obama, is the first time Burnett’s presidential images have been exhibited in Australia.

This exhibition was originally presented at the Australian Centre for Photography in partnership with Reportage Festival. The exhibition is supported by Fuji Film and Pixel Perfect.

Also showing
Maude Boate: Maudeville, 5 December 2015 – 30 January 2016.
An exhibition of the costumes by of Maude Boate, the Queen of Lismore’s drag queens.

131 Molesworth Street, Lismore NSW 2480

Bettina II
Bettina II

Gabriel Moreno Solo Show at Retrospect Galleries

Retrospect Galleries is holding a first-time Australian solo show of the internationally renowned artist Gabriel Moreno.

Based in Madrid, Gabriel has been elected as one of the 100 most influential illustrators in the world of advertising over the past decade, including campaigns for Coca-Cola, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone. He holds the impressive accolade as being the only illustrator to ever make the cover for the Los Angeles Times.

Gabriel’s pieces make striking statements about female beauty through graphic and elegant images. His works are composed of flowing black lines, over which he deploys shocks of colour accenting on clothing, faces, or environments.

Join us for the opening event this Friday 15 January, 5.30pm at Retrospect Galleries, 52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.  Ph: 6680 8825.

The Russian
The Russian

You Are Here Duke Albada

Northern Rivers Community Gallery has just installed the first exhibition of 2016. A fascinating, beautiful and playful project produced by local artist Duke Albada.

Duke is an artist who always creates site-specific work and her project You Are Here is no exception. The multi-panel moving imagery is a meditation on elements of landscape, which can only be experienced with two feet on the ground. In contrast her second work, Illumination, is humorous and invites the audience to interact and ponder.

Please join us for the launch. All welcome.
Launch event Thursday 14 January 2016 | 6–8pm
Departures Terminal, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
210 Southern Cross Drive, Ballina.

All enquiries to Northern Rivers Community Gallery
6681 6167  www.nrcgballina.com

You Are Here (film still) – Duke Albada
You Are Here (film still) – Duke Albada


Jan has been exhibiting for many years. She is a long-term local Byron resident, currently undertaking a Masters of Art (UNSW Sydney).

‘My artwork is an enquiry into the nature of erosion and the constantly evolving meeting place between earth and water.

‘The large charcoal drawings are often made onsite and the oil paintings are about mapping a remembered and imagined coastline. They also refer to a lifetime of experiencing the sublime beauty and tidal fluctuations of my home environment, Belongil Beach.’


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.