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May 14, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

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!


Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...