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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

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.

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...

‘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.

Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire...

Australia Day Warning from your local SLSC

Surf Life Saving New South Wales has issued a warning to beachgoers to heed safety advice after a huge weekend on beaches, with heatwave conditions and large swells forecast for today.

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

Artist in Focus: Raffael Lohman


Raffael Lohmann epitomises the cosmopolitan style, unique craftsmanship and design work that makes Byron’s Arts and Industry estate one of the most exciting places to visit or work in the region.

He designs, makes and sells his leather works as one of three artists and the founder and curator of the Lume Gallery of Functional Art.

Establishing his own label, LOHMANN, in 2011, he produces timeless leather goods, ranging from shoulder bags and satchels, to laptop bags, cases, hobos and wallets.

Being born and raised at the border of the black forests in Germany and years of creative experimentation and travels have seen him absorb techniques from artisans across the globe. Since 2008 he has called Australia home,

All Raffael’s work carries the distinctively Byron Bay blend of high-quality ethically sourced materials and fine craftsmanship.  His intricate and detailed leather work merges his German-Italian heritage, integrating unique style and attention to detail.

‘I have a passion for textures and materials that reflect our natural landscape and serve timeless purposes,’ explains Raffael. ‘I source beautiful materials that tell a story, from kangaroo leather to antique solid brass fittings. Each of my pieces is one of a kind and made with dedication, love and attention.’

The Lume Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Ph 6685 7044.

6 Acacia Street A&I Estate, Byron Bay www.lohmann.com.au

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents The Drill Bits Show

The show is a delightful collection of dramatic bits, comedy bits, dance bits, music bits, film bits, with all the bits shaken into a theatrical cocktail that will appeal to all tastes. Opening night is a fundraiser for COREM, that fantastic not-for-profit local group who have been raising funds to install a PV system to the Drill Hall roof. COREM will also be busy in the kitchen preparing curries for dinner and lunch before each show, from 6:30 Friday and Saturday and 1pm Sunday.

Tickets and further information from www.drillhalltheatre.org.au. Tickets also available from the Bookshop Mullumbimby.

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.

Transmutation, Tahnee Stautner (Xavier Catholic College)

April Exhibitions at Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Contemplation Series, Samantha Corbett (Xavier Catholic College)
Contemplation Series, Samantha Corbett (Xavier Catholic College)

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents three new exhibitions during April that provide something for everyone to enjoy!

LOUD in the Gallery, now in its fourth year, is a dynamic exhibition celebrating National Youth Week, with final-year works on showcase from secondary schools across the Ballina Shire.

Marilyn with Cameras, Hailey Gardiner
Marilyn with Cameras, Hailey Gardiner

La femme by Hailey Gardiner is an intriguing collection of mixed media artworks that are simultaneously intimate self-examinations and heartfelt interpretations capturing aspects of what it is to be female.

Feather and Sea by Rebecca Tapscott explores the synchronistic diversity of nature on the Ballina coast; specifically birds and their habitats.

Enquiries phone 6681 6167 www.nrcgballina.com.au

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...