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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.

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Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling...

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

Why Pat Morton?

Ballina's Cr Jeff Johnson is raising a motion to re-name culturally significant local sites at today's council meeting.
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

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...