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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Other News

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Vote Green

In response to John Jennings, Numinbah (12 May), ‘Who shall I vote for?’ Simple answer – The Greens. From...

Election 2022

As we edge closer to the federal election, Australia, like most advanced middle-ranking economies is facing some headwind challenges...


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NSW councils call for social, affordable housing

With ‘Intergenerational inequality growing dramatically’, the peak body representing NSW councils has issued an open letter to all federal election candidates, calling on them to commit to a four-point housing plan.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

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!


Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.