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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.

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Rorts unlimited

Commuter car park rorts, sports rorts, emissions reduction scheme rorts (that don’t reduce emissions) and bike track rorts. The...

Ballina osprey platform in dangerous disrepair

As nesting season approaches, wildlife carer and local bird expert Deb Pearse has contacted The Echo about her concerns for the precarious state of the Brunswick Street osprey nesting platform, near the river in Ballina.

Sue Higginson MLC: a woman on a mission

Local mother, grandmother, partner, activist, farmer, and lawyer, Sue Higginson, can now add NSW MLC Senator to her list of hyphenates.

‘Unprecedented’ but not unpredicted – we are now suffering from our failure to listen to scientists’ predictions of the impacts of climate change 30...

As Australians head into another election season just as many parts of the east coast are recovering from ‘unprecedented’ flooding since February, and the national psyche is still reeling from the trauma of the ‘unprecedented’ Black Summer bushfires before that, it is critical now more than ever to vote according to your environmental conscience and fear for the future.

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.

Sculpture distilled at Husk

The inaugural outdoor exhibition, Sculpture Distilled, opens this week at Husk Farm Distillery and promises the opportunity to get...

kidsFestival of Imagination

On Saturday 27 August, Ocean Shores Public School will have its annual fundraising event The Festival of the Imagination. The festival is a vibrant day showcasing creative workshops, family activities, rides, artisan market stalls, entertainment and student performances, wetland tours, raffle, great coffee and fantastic food, in the beautiful grounds of Ocean Shores Public School.

The event is a celebration of community and creativity. It is a great occasion to meet and engage with the local community, particularly families and children, while participating in artistic activities. This festival is run in conjunction with the Ocean Shores Arts Expo.

The festival is an important fundraiser and moneys raised will subsidise arts and music enrichment opportunities for Ocean Shores students and purchase new school equipment to support these programs.

Rides on the day include a super-slide, train castle, rick climbing and pony rides.

Among artistic activities are face painting, tie dye (bring your own white cotton item), cupcake decoration, Hair of the Imagination, origami, craft stall, photo booth and the Creat-Athon – family challenge.

Join us to meet locals and get familiar with artistic expressions in Ocean Shores and the Byron Shire.

For more details: http://bit.ly/FOTI_Posts.

Shelly Brown

Gala fundraiser performance in the gallery

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina, is presenting a gala performance by Shelly Brown with her award-winning songs to raise funds for the Gallery’s travelling exhibition program.

The recent Alice Springs Beanie Festival touring exhibition was presented free and attracted more than 2,500 visitors to the Gallery. Show your support through a wonderful evening of Music in the Gallery with Shelly Brown on Sunday 14 August, surrounded by the stunning artworks of local artist Susan Jacobsen.

Experience Shelly’s mesmerising vocals at least once in your life! Shelly’s jazz band featuring Dan Brown, Thierry Fossemalle and Pete Wilkins will perform a stunning set of rhythm and deep groove. Includes a complimentary glass of champagne and light refreshments.

Phone 6681 6167
or visit www.nrcgballina.com.au.

New courses and open day at Byron School of Art

Get along to BSA’s Bangalow Studios for their 2016 Open Day on Saturday 17 September. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers and preview some of the dynamic courses on offer. They have just listed a great new selection of short courses and workshops for the winter/spring season, and enrolments for their 2017 year-long courses will be open soon.

Long courses with Byron School of Art offer a comprehensive, practice-based education in the visual arts. Sign up to the BSA mailing list to hear news of upcoming courses and events, as well as the diverse range of exhibitions at the BSA Project Space.

Contact BSA for more information.


Rick Molloy - Poem
Rick Molloy - Poem

Byron Bay – Winter Exhibition

PAN is a locally based artists’ network pleased to again be exhibiting at the Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay.

Artworks are based upon the poem Byron Bay – Winter by Australian poet Robert Gray. The poem relates to a winter’s walk along the arc of a Byron beach and references distant blue hills, the lighthouse, a red-stained creek and the now lost passing of a train.

Utilising a broad range of materials and media, the artworks reflect each artist’s interpretation of the poem and the creative diversity within PAN.

Exhibition 19–31 August at Lone Goat Gallery Library
Building, cnr Middleton and Lawson Sts Byron Bay.

Ariosa Ensemble
Ocean Shores Public kids

Byron Music Society presents Shéhérazade

Ariosa Ensemble: Soprano Gaynor Morgan

The program is based around French composer Maurice Ravel’s extraordinary piece Asie (Asia) from a group of songs called Shéhérazade, after the heroine of perhaps the most famous story from the Arabian nights. A contemporary of Debussy, Ravel uses the whole palette of harmonic colours borrowed from the Impressionist painters to create an evocation of the East which is quite literally fabulous.

Carmelia MacWilliam (flute) and Nicholas Routley (piano) will also play Prokoviev’s astounding Sonata, familiar to some as a violin sonata, and Gaynor Morgan (soprano) will sing a group of ravishing songs by Schubert.

After the concert, adjourn to the balcony of the Byron Community Centre and enjoy a three-course long-table Middle Eastern Feast by Nadine Abensur.


Unearth Your Local Potter on the North Coast Mud Trail!

More than 30 inspiring potters are opening their studios for the North Coast Mud Trail!

Get creative in workshops, see demonstrations, listen to artist talks, and purchase ceramics on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, 10am–4pm.

Find mud maps in local galleries and cafes. Follow the North Coast Mud Trail on Facebook.

Enquiries: 0409 937 718 or 6684 9194 

Yann Martel
Yann Martel

The Festival flows on...

Byron Writers Festival is pleased to announce two exciting out-of-season events this September. If you missed out on tickets to this year’s Festival, are craving more, or simply fancy a night immersed in literary conversation (with dry feet), then get along to one or both of these evenings.

On Thursday 1 September Yann Martel, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of the bestselling Life of Pi brings his storytelling power and luminous wisdom to the Byron Theatre, with the highly anticipated release of The High Mountains of Portugal.

Tuesday 1 September sees Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, discussing her new novel The Mandibles - a frightening, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon. In partnership with NORPA at Lismore City Hall.

Tickets: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on or 6685 5115

Get your creative on

Creative Base is a workshop space and textile studio created by local artist Carla Dawes. Located in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate, it is a contemporary, light and airy workshop and studio space dedicated to our creative community. It brings arts and crafts people together to share their curiosity, passion and skill. In the coming months we are offering workshops including Benchtop Photography – Flatlay Fundamentals, Intro to Screen Printing, Make Your Own Chunky European-style Linen Bag and a wonderful Intro to Ceramics. We also invite artists to get in touch about teaching their own creative workshops.

For more information on our current workshops contact Carla on 0438 470 230,
visit www.creativebase.com.au, or follow us on @creativebasebyronbay.

Lightbody 8

is a community dance celebration in its fifth year. Electro dance music with high-energy funk and breakbeats. Ambient and uplifting melodic soundscapes and psychotropic grooves.

Two dance floors including a tipi share sets between DJ Nick Taylor, Magu, Slinky, Asaf and Short Circuit. Full-scale visual projections and installations by Zakay Glass, Coda Installations, Tone Wonderland and Crystal Grid Productions. All of the senses will be uplifted into a high-energy and visually beautiful wonderland.

Enjoy the warmth from the open bonfire and feast on healthy and delicious catering by Deli Dosa. Sip on a turmeric chai or gorge on other delights. Gluten-free and vegan options available.

This is a community event that proudly recognises and hosts well known talent from local community members.

We encourage everyone to come early to fully embrace the entire night – as Durrumbul closes at midnight!

Studio: 1300 859 291. Contact Asaf 0434 728 100

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.