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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.

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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.

The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

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The Wetlands  Noel Hart
The Wetlands Noel Hart

Artist in Focus: Noel Hart

The last few months for Mullumbimby artist Noel Hart have been rather busy with participation in exhibitions in Chicago and Los Angeles, and with up-coming showings in Melbourne and New York.

On the local front, Noel has recently completed a suite of paintings and a glass installation at the new Elements of Byron Resort, in Byron Bay, which illustrate the breadth and diversity of his artistic focus.

You are welcome to visit his studio/gallery in the Mullumbimby Industrial Estate which can be a rewarding experience. We recommend you call first just to make sure he is there; as most of the time he is.

Ph: 0417 042 951.
1/8 Smith St, Mullumbimby Industrial Estate Mullumbimby. www.noelhart.com.

Intro 3 Soundscape Triptych 2015 – Steve Waller
Intro 3 Soundscape Triptych 2015 – Steve Waller

Poetry and Music in Ballina

On show for one more week at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina, are a group of exhibitions not to be missed.

Belles – Lettres by Hannah Massey and Nathalie Verdejo is collaborative exhibition of mixed-media works exploring the dialogue between image, form and word using poetics as an artistic medium.

Bluestocking by Amanda Bromfield presents decorative sculptural pieces referencing the Rococo style of the French court of King Louis and Marie Antoinette as a metaphor for feminine history and identity.

Imbi Davidson showcases a new collection of paintings in her solo exhibition The Palisades: Stories of the Mountain exploring a mythopoetic landscape of geometric landscape contours juxtaposed with wild, emotional skyscapes.

Steve Waller in his ambitious solo exhibition Symphonize shows a series of drawings that synthesise an historical and contemporary visual language between abstraction and representation.

Enquiries ph: 6681 6167 www.nrcgballina.com.au

A Blessed Moment – Hannah Massey
A Blessed Moment – Hannah Massey

Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre

Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm

The Archibald Prize 2015 – until Sunday 28 February. An Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition will be open to the public for the month of February at the Gallery. Don’t miss your chance to vote for the People’s Choice award.

Luscious by Gatya Kelly until Sunday 28 February is a collection of new chiaroscuro still-life paintings that explore our sensual responses to succulent visual imagery. The scale of objects is exaggerated to reflect Kelly’s personal, minutely observed viewpoint. Petals and seeds are magnified to reveal their jewel-like qualities.

The Olley Gallery only will be closed to the public on February 10, 11 and 12 for rehanging.


Magnolia Vanitas 61x91cm oil on linen – Gatya Kelly
Magnolia Vanitas 61x91cm oil on linen – Gatya Kelly

Deborah Kelly: No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory)

6 February – 2 April 2016

An epic life-sized portrait project, initially commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). The 20 photographic portraits have evolved into intriguing collage works through the collaborative creativity of teams of public participants over the course of many months.

A MAMA exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project was created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The Artist or Curator Residency program is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund.

Also showing – Hilary Herrmann: The Voyage

Lismore Regional Gallery 6622 2209

Lume Gallery of Function Art Opens on Friday 26 February

*Where form meets function*

Lume Gallery is a functional art space that incorporates gallery and artist studios. Our focus is on unique and individual pieces that inspire awe and serve a practical life purpose.

Join us at the opening for food from the Figtree Restaurant and music from acclaimed violinist Cye Wood’s project Cave in the Sky.

The landmark site has served as a working artist studio/gallery since 1982 when Colin Heaney operated his renowned glassblowing studio.

This new incarnation sees the gallery renovated to house a dynamic collective of artists producing aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes. Our works range from lighting to leather accessories and jewellery, ceramics, glass art, furniture and homewares.

6 Acacia Street, Arts & Industry Estate, Byron Bay
[email protected]
6685 7044

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.