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January 29, 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

Koala advocate is Tweed Citizen of the Year

Murwillumbah local Jenny Hayes was named the 2020 Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year at Tuesday’s Australia Day Awards...

Kerry O’Brien reverses decision to accept AO

‘With regret, I have decided to reverse my decision to accept my appointment as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia’.

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...

Lower the voting age

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores It was sad, yet heartening (somehow), to read last week’s article from Adel Pheloung, together with the...

Conspiratorial breaths

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

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.

What matters to Ralph

RalphJohnston2About his sculpture, Ralph Johnson says, ‘It’s gotta be fun or I’m not doin’ it!’

Ralph has turned the ground floor under his house into a craftsman’s cave full of antique tools, slabs of timber, workbenches, machinery and curious found objects.

Last year at the Ocean Shores Art Expo Ralph stood at the back of the crowd while prizes were being announced. He failed to hear his name called for first prize in Sculpture. His partner Rennie pushed him toward the stage. ‘That was a bit of a buzz winning last year, right out of the blue.’

As a volunteer, Ralph turns up each year to help turn the Ocean Shores Public School auditorium into a large gallery space, because ‘you are part of the community and there’s the camaraderie’.

RalphJohnstonFrom his studio in South Golden Beach, Ralph talks about the process of entering the show. ‘When I hear the theme, it inspires me to go in a specific direction. It gives me momentum.’ The theme for 2016 is ‘What Matters?’

Ralph’s winning piece last year, Wild Man, was made from bleached, weathered wood, naturally worn and shaped. Rather than having a set plan, Ralph allows each shape to suggest how to evolve the work. He says it’s exciting to create this way and to be surprised. About entering the Expo, he says, ‘I’d encourage people to spread their wings and have fun with it’.

The thirteenth Ocean Shores Art Expo will be held on 26, 27 and 28 August. Entry details are on www.osartexpo.com. Online entry is open from 15 June. 

Byron Writers Festival 2016

EarlyBird tickets sold out! Limited additional tickets released.

This year’s Earlybird tickets have flown out the door. A limited number of additional tickets have been released this week. Buy now or miss out!

The Festival has revealed an incredible initial lineup of guests, with the full program and guest list being announced next Wednesday June 15. Full-priced 3-day and single-day passes will also be made available for purchase.

2016 Festival Opportunities

Opportunities for writers to get involved with the festival include a Self-Published marquee (in partnership with Captain Honey), one-on-one sessions with publishing agents, the chance to pitch your book to a panel of publishers and a short-story competition for young writers aged between 13 and 21.

For tickets and more information on festival opportunities head to


BSA’s Winter Tasters Are Back!

Enjoy a taste of some of the great courses BSA has to offer with their tantalising taster classes this winter. Try Making Cyanotypes, Hybrid Painting, Drawing Realistically, Screenprinting, Monoprinting, Drawing the Self or Painting with Acrylics. Get to know their nationally recognised artists and teachers and have some fun. Gift vouchers available.

More info: www.byronschoolofart.com.

georgie-maddoxGeorgie Maddox Studio

Secret Female Signatures is a visual exhibition that will be held in late 2016. GM Art is calling for submissions from women of all ages and walks of life to post in their anonymous messages, poems or sketches to inspire and empower other women. Submissions no larger than A5 can be posted to GM Art for inclusion in the exhibition.

www.georgiemaddoxart.com Mobile: 0417 866 983

Zani Ceramics

Zani completed her BVA in 2009 and has been practising ceramics for 12 years. She is represented by local regional and private galleries. Her signature porcelain butterfly bowls are currently instore at the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Zani holds regular group and private clay workshops for interested adults and children.

Visit www.zani.com.au or call 0417 867 801 for a booking.


After playing a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House, Naomi Price brings her award-winning, career-defining original cabaret Rumour Has It to Lismore City Hall as part of NORPA’s 2016 season.

Rumour Has It, Adele her Life and Song, part MTV unplugged, part intimate bedroom lament, the show marries a modern-day music legend with Australia’s fastest-rising cabaret star and covers Adele’s rise from the rowdy streets of Tottenham to the Royal Albert Hall.

Backed by a six-piece band, the show includes Adele’s mega-platinum catalogue including Skyfall, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You. This universally acclaimed homage to pop’s most loveable lass guarantees a rollicking night out.

Winner of the Matilda Award for ‘Best Musical of Cabaret’, there are two shows on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July at 7.30pm.

Tickets available through NORPA norpa.org.au  1300 066 772

tony-mottLismore Regional Gallery

is proud to stage the first major retrospective of Australia’s premier rock photographer, Tony Mott. His exhibition What a Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott features images from his extraordinary archive and has been put together by the State Library of NSW. Tony Mott began his career as an untrained photographer and got his break with a photograph of Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of Divinyls. Mott went on to have more than 3,000 photographs published in 20 countries and his images have appeared on 400 posters, the covers of 500 CDs and more than 900 magazines. From candid portraits to awe-inspiring live shots, Mott has a unique ability to connect with his subject.

131 Molesworth Street  Lismore www.lismoregallery.org

Ph 6622 2209

Wendy-SharpTweed Regional Gallery and MOAC

WANDERLUST: Work from recent travels

Wendy Sharpe – until Sunday 25 September

Wendy Sharpe: ‘My love for travel started in my 20s when I first won a scholarship to Europe.’

‘Since then, travel has been an integral part of my life and my work. This is an exhibition of work from travels and residencies over the last ten years.

‘Among the works on paper there are views overlooking the terracotta roofs and ancient towers of Florence, and from the Aurora Australis icebreaker on a scientific voyage of Antarctica.’

Object of Affection

Oksana Waterfall – until Sunday 10 July

A series of drawings with elements of embroidery that explore the theme of individuals and their favourite possessions.

2 Mistral Road (cnr Tweed Valley Way), Murwillumbah South, NSW


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...