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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

Hand-picked beans make the best brew for Bangalow Coffee

Story & photo Melissa Butters Andy and Michelle have been serving up great coffee at farmers markets for 18 years....

What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

Rail trail debate

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

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.

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

‘Angwirri’ greets the dawn upon Sydney icon

‘Angwirri’, meaning 'begin to talk', is the name of a sensational piece of Indigenous art that greeted the dawn on the sails of the Sydney Opera House this morning.

John Stewart Ceramics
John Stewart Ceramics

John Stewart Ceramics

The walls and surrounding gardens of John Stewart’s studio/gallery are testament to 40 years of solid studio practice where ingenuity, experimentation and invention are clearly evident!

Currently his elegant table and wall vases take pride of place. They feature scenes from our landscape with particular reference to local birdlife and aspects of human settlement. Each vase has integrated an anodised aluminium sleeve and glass test tube for the flower stems.

They have been showcased in many local and national exhibitions. His entry (as seen above) in the 2014 Gold Coast Ceramics Art Award was acquired and is included in this important national collection.

To see his full range of ceramics, a studio visit is a must!

114 Stewarts Road, Clunes – 10 minutes from Bangalow. Ph 6629 1327.



Personal Journeys explored

Coming up at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina are a group of exhibitions not to be missed.

Sensing Place by Elaine Drysdale focuses on watercolour paintings created en plein air during an artist’s retreat at Arkaroola in the Flinders Ranges.

To Build a Throne by Leora Sibony presents paintings, drawings and found-object assemblages that come together as new beings, fragile, limitless and majestic.

A Recollection of Lyrics by Kylie Stoddart presents delicate sculptural works inspired by the artist’s mother, who had lost much of her memory yet retained the songs of her youth.

Transformation is a creative collaboration between sculptor David Shaw and three painters, Carmen Hogue, Rick Molloy and Maryanne Shea, exploring the physical transformation of the northern rivers coastal landscape.

Enquiries: 6681 6167 www.nrcgballina.com.au

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.

For further information, please contact Chris: [email protected] Ph: 6684 5225.

Hilary Herrmann: The Voyage

Much-loved, locally based painter Hilary Herrmann
Much-loved, locally based painter Hilary Herrmann

Showing until 2 April at Lismore Gallery The Voyage features new works by the much-loved, locally based painter Hilary Herrmann. Herrmann’s wonderfully lyrical, expressive works are ruminations on her daughter’s leaving ‘the nest’ to embark on adult life. More broadly they speak of our relationships with change, and our dual excitement and fearfulness about the unknown.

Also showing Deborah Kelly: No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory). This project was originally created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014).

For more information go to www.lismore.gallery.org.

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...