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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

When the endless summer turns sour

Ben Mallinson was paddling for a routine right-breaking wave at The Pass when the dark-haired surfer suddenly cut across in front of him from the outside.

Byron Shire award winners

Natural Death Care Centre founder and V-Day event co-organiser, Zenith Virago, is the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year. 

Ballina Shire Australia Day award winners

The Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards were announced at the official celebrations held on this morning at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

A Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme is needed

This will be the year of the jab. And in from Byron Shire, that poses some interesting questions.

It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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.’


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