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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

‘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.

A short history of our rail corridor debate

The debate over our disused rail corridor has long gone stale. It is acrimonious, ideological, and exhibits a strong tendency to avoid key points.

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or...

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...

The light within emerges from the ashes

Massimiliano Guerrisi will never forget the sight of his Bega Valley home being devoured during the Black Summer bushfires.

Suffolk Park gardeners angry over Council’s double standard

Gardeners at the Suffolk Park Community Garden say they’ve been trapped in a procedural Catch-22 by Byron Shire Council, after it gave the green light to an expanded pump track (BMX track).

GeorgieMaddoxArtist in Focus: Georgie Maddox

Georgie Maddox has a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University as well as several postgraduate degrees. She has exhibited around the world including Australia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Corisca, Monaco, New York, Greece, Holland, Kuala Lumpur and Japan.

Georgie’s latest paintings encapsulate the brutality, beauty, strength and vulnerability of the nurturing female form, often depicting the mother figure and newborn child within the womb, providing a visual and emotive connection to the complete evolution of life.

‘It is often said that the mother and child are born together. My artworks seek to convey this joint conceptual birth.’

Locally Georgie is working on ‘Secret Female Signatures’ and is calling for women of all ages and walks of life to post in their anonymous messages, photographs, poems or sketches to empower other women. ‘I want to give women a voice through the powerful medium of visual art.’

Submissions posted to GM Art for inclusion in the exhibition will be used as inspiration for larger works created by the artist.

Blank postcards can be collected from Still @ the Centre, Barebones Artspace, Art Piece Gallery, Lennox Art Collective and NRCG Ballina, and posted to GM Art, PO Box 658, Bangalow, NSW 2479.

NAIDOC exhibition at Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Currently on show at NRCG is the vibrant Annual NAIDOC Group Exhibition featuring paintings, ceramics, textiles, weaving and sculptural works by Aboriginal artists associated with the northern rivers region. This year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Songlines: The living narrative of our nation’, is an opportunity to pay respects to Country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture, and to share with the nation the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places.

The NAIDOC exhibition is on show until Sunday 3 July. For further information visit nrcgballina.com.au.

Byron Writers Festival presents Kids Big Day Out

A jam-packed, fun-filled program for the whole family where kids can meet and interact with their literary heroes.

Featured authors include Kate Forsyth (The Impossible Quest series), Anna Fienberg (Tashi series, Figaro and Rumba), Grinspoon’s Pat Davern (Alexander the Elephant in Zanzibar), Tristan Bancks (My Life series), Damon Young with Peter Carnavas (My Sister is a Superhero) and Nick Falk with Tony Flowers (Samurai v Ninja).

This year, The Farm Byron Bay have come on board as festival partners to make the day even more fun. Get your hands dirty in the mini garden pots with Farmer Johnson or get crafty with Trudi from Farm Kids. Every Kids Big Day Out ticket includes a complimentary tour of The Farm Byron Bay. Sunday 7 August, 8.30am–3pm, $40.

For tickets and info head to byronwritersfestival.com/tickets or call 6685 5115.

Byron Music Society presents Paris to Vienna

Soprano Emilie Lemasson will sing French Mélodies and more, accompanied by local musicians Nicholas Routley on piano and Margaret Curtis on harp.

This program begins with the song Invitation to a Journey. Then it embarks on a musical journey from Paris, with the gorgeous textures of Debussy and Ravel, through Greece, Italy, Spain, and Czechoslovakia, finishing in fin-de-siècle Vienna with the sumptuous sounds of Strauss, Wolf, and Brahms.

Emilie Lemasson is based in Sydney, but has lived in Mullumbimby and retains a strong connection with the northern rivers region through teaching and singing.

Byron Theatre at 3pm, Sunday 17 July. Tickets $35, $30 members and seniors, $10 vhildren. Bookings at byroncentre.com.au.

Byron School of Arts

Are you on Byron School of Arts’ mailing list? If not, go to our website and sign up to be kept up to date with our courses, exhibition program (showcasing local and interstate artists), exhibition proposal applications and the monthly Art in the Pub talks run in conjunction with C.A.S.E. inc. It’s the best way to ensure you don’t miss out!


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...