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February 25, 2021

Latest News

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

The value of kindness taught at Wilsons Creek school

Wilsons Creek Public School has joined the Kindness On Purpose movement, which aims to teach children and teenagers how to be kind to themselves and kind to others.

PM’s vaccine

Martin Bail, Federal On 4 February, 2021 ABC News reported, albeit briefly, that the PM will ‘for the record’ be...

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.


Paul Brecht, Evans Head Why should we trust the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) who allowed genetically modified (GM) food onto...

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Artist In Focus


Geoff Hannah

Born in Coraki and living most of his life in Lismore, master craftsman Geoff Hannah is one of the finest cabinetmakers in the world.

Awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the work of the great cabinetmakers of Europe in the 1980s, Geoff has been passing on his passion for wood and uncompromising attention to detail to a significant band of students, some of whom have been attending his classes each week for more than twenty years.

Lismore Regional Gallery is currently honouring Geoff’s contribution to the field with the exhibition In Glue and Dust We Trust,  revealing his latest work The Chinoiserie Cabinet, alongside more than sixty works by his students.

The exhibition features a behind-the-scenes documentary Secrets and Sawdust: A master and his students prepare by Cloudcatcher Media and commissioned by the Gallery, showing the creation of his latest masterpiece and the journey of his students preparing for a major exhibition. Geoff’s fascinating life story is also revealed in the biography Geoffrey Hannah: Never a Less Likely Bloke: from Relinquished Child to Renaissance Man written by Meg Heggen. 

Record numbers of visitors have been flocking to the exhibition In Glue and Dust We Trust, which continues at Lismore Regional Gallery until 24 September.

For more information visit www.lismoregallery.org.

land-markMark Lang Photographer

Known principally for his landscapes, photographer Mark Lang also shoots portraits. Musicians, writers and artists have been his subjects − people whose work he loves. Recently he spent seven years on the road photographing the Australian landscape, during which time he spent two years working with Kakadu elder ‘Big Bill’ Neidjie, recording his words and photographing his country for the book Old Man’s Story, which was published by Aboriginal Studies Press and launched at Parliament House, Canberra, in 2015.

The portrait that he took of Bill Neidjie is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. He has since returned to Byron Shire and is still shooting portraits.

Please call 0412 122 772 or email [email protected] if you’d like a portrait taken by him.

Othello Bell Shakespeare

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.

One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and passionate tragedies, Othello is directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Peter Evans and plays only two shows on 11 October at the Arts Centre on the Gold Coast. The story follows a warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words. Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous rage when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, the cynically destructive Iago.

Presented as Australia’s premier Shakespeare Company, this gripping production that will touch audiences to their core.

Tuesday 11 October at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. Book now 07 5588 4000


The Object of Flight

Northern Rivers Community Gallery’s (NRCG) latest Art at the Airport at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport showcase features the works of artist Damien O’Mara. Visitors will experience the complex structure and industrial designs of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Series. O’Mara’s Dreamliner Series seeks to challenge the symbolism of the industrial form as established through modern art photography.

Further information visit the website at www.nrcgballina.com.au.

Byron School of Art Open Day

This Saturday 17 September is BSA’s Open Day at their Bangalow studio. Come in for a chat and a cuppa and you will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and current students, and find out more about the many courses on offer in 2017. BSA courses are developed for all levels of experience. First round of applications closes 21 October.



MEOW MEOW in Feline Intimate

Hang on to your hats – the cat is ready to pounce!

International singing sensation and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow is set to descend upon NORPA at Lismore City Hall in all her glittery glory on Sept 30 and Oct 1.

Post-post-modern diva Meow Meows unique brand of kamikaze cabaret and performance art exotica has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences globally.

The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century (Time Out NY), with trail-blazing sell-out seasons from New York's Lincoln Center to London's Apollo Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. And she is about to hit NORPA at Lismore City Hall for two wild nights of sequins and satire, original chansons, revisionings of witty wicked Weimar, Brel, Brecht, Kitt and Radiohead, music, politics and mayhem.

MEOW MEOW in Feline Intimate

Fri 30 September & Sat 1 October 7.30pm Dinner and bar open from 6pm NORPA at Lismore City Hall

$22–$56 visit the website at

norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 772.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.