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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 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.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Saltwater mob style

Story & photo Melissa Butters If you’ve ever tasted the wild fish rillettes from The Bay SmokeHouse you know what’s...

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

banner-1The Lone Goat Gallery

Three years at The Goat is the first Survey Show featuring local artists who have all had solo shows at the Gallery since it opened.

The exhibition runs from Friday 13 May till 1 June 2016.

The Lone Goat Gallery was formed in 2013, under the auspices of The ByronShire Council’s 355 Committee structure, and is managed by six volunteer members from the community with the help of forty dedicated volunteer attendants.

Its vision is to provide a quality exhibition space and an innovative program that attracts artists and visitors from our region and beyond.

The Lone Goat Gallery is presently without funding. The response from artists has been exciting. The Gallery has been booked solidly, changing exhibitions every two to three weeks, providing continued interest and diversity for the viewer. In fact, recently Webjet advised that the Loan Goat Gallery has been rated by their followers as one of the top 10 things to do in Byron Bay. The name – The Lone Goat Gallery – comes from the sole surviving member of the Lighthouse herd. Her strong independent spirit is a fitting parallel to the many creative and free-spirited individuals who largely make up this community.

Our Shire is known for its edge, and we think the fit is perfect!

Lone Goat Gallery 28 Lawson Street, Byron Bay


The Other Art Fair 2016 – Artist call to entry now open!

After a hugely successful launch of The Other Art Fair Australia’s first edition in 2015, we are beyond excited to announce our return to Sydney this September and we are on the hunt for artists to be involved. The Fair provides a unique platform for incredible artists to showcase work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors. In addition, the four-day fair enables artists to launch themselves in the contemporary art world, gain invaluable feedback, and connect with fellow artists and collaborators.

With the appointment of a new international Fair director, this year promises to herald a new vision with the focus of the Fair centred around ‘Making Art Fair’. Integral to the new approach we proudly present an esteemed selection committee, led by Tracey Emin CBE, whose involvement is paramount to ensuring that a high standard of diverse artists feature. The support of these high-profile individuals is a testament to the positioning of the Fair as a valuable platform in the contemporary art scene.

‘Incredibly fun and fruitful Fair, which helped sell most of my artworks, led to interest from a Melbourne gallery, a solo show with Saint Cloche, and several new commissions.’ Tyrone Layne, Sydney 2015

All media welcome. Applications close by 10 June.

For your chance to feature in this year’s Fair go to


UK author, poet, rapper Kate Tempest

Tuesday 24 May

Byron Writers Festival is featuring the award-winning poet, rapper, and now author, Kate Tempest in conversation with local writer and journalist Anneli Knight at the Byron Theatre on 24 May.

A storyteller of extraordinary power and humanity, Kate Tempest is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting and distinctive voices of her generation. In Australia for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Tempest is making a special trip to Byron Bay to discuss her debut novel The Bricks That Built the Houses and give us a taste of her passionate performance work.

Kate Tempest

in conversation with Anneli Knight

Tuesday 24 May, 6pm at Byron Theatre. Cost $17–27. Bookings visit byronwritersfestival.com or call 6685 5115

Ocean Shores Art Expo

Artists are critics, commentators and conscience in the community. They remind us of what’s important.

This year Ocean Shores Art Expo asks artists to contemplate the theme ‘What Matters?’ to peel away the superficial, the superfluous…

So, drill down and retrieve what you value, give it colour, shape and form, and exhibit at the Expo.

Whatever your level of skill or your medium, you are welcome to exhibit this year with a maximum of two artworks.

Start getting your entry ready now! Read the revised Conditions of Entry online at osartexpo.com.

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.

Byron Music Society

Alex Raineri, described by Limelight Magazine as ‘a soloist of superb skill and musicality’, is coming to perform in Byron Bay in June.

Alex is the pianist and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano, in residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, and pianist with the Southern Cross Soloists.

After the concert enjoy a three-course Mediterranean dinner by Nadine Abensur on the BCC balcony.

The dinner is only available to concert patrons.

Sunday 12 June | 3pm

Byron Community Centre Theatre

69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Concert and dinner | $100 | $95 Members & Seniors

Concert only | $35 | $30 Members & Seniors

10% discount for art students

Have you checked out the art section in the Bangalow Newsagency? We stock art supplies, art paper and brushes for students and discerning artists. And, we offer a 10 per cent discount on art supplies for art students – check us out the next time you’re in Bangalow.

BOOKWORMS & PAPERMITES aka Bangalow Newsagency

An awesome little art shop in the heart of Bangalow! #HinterlandWay

26 Byron St, Bangalow NSW 2479. 6687 1396.

May at Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Northern Rivers Community Gallery May group of exhibitions promises to brighten up the winter chill!

Moose Music Under the Magic Moon by Rachel Stone presents an exploration of the wondrous world of animals through paintings on paper and timber.

Animals, Birds, Figures and Fabric by Lesley Ryan and Melissa Wright explores animals and the figure placed in unusual fabric landscapes and 1950s magazines.

Dolly by regional collective Julia Curtis, Anthea Moffatt and Jill Runciman, looks at dolls – from Babushkas to Barbies and beyond.

Then dive headfirst into the world of colourful, unique beanies at Colours of the Country III, the third touring exhibition of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival. This exhibition includes audio descriptions for those who are visually impaired.

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

Lismore Regional Gallery

Don’t miss the opportunity to see The Art of Nutter Buzacott, finishing 4 June. This is the first survey exhibition of this important but overlooked Australian artist. The show has been fastidiously curated by the artist’s daughter, Lee Dunn, with works spanning the late 1920s to the 1970s. Buzacott’s works include closely observed drawings, paintings and prints portraying people and landscapes with a signature authenticity. The exhibition provides glimpses into the Australia that he cared about and includes works of the local area around Terranora Inlet, where Buzacott lived from the early 60s until his death in 1976.

Also showing INSIGHT, the Hermannsburg Potters Collection of the Moreton Bay Region and Bundjalung stories: our art, our connection to country.

131 Molesworth Street, Lismore NSW

www.lismoregallery.org  6622 2209

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.