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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

Kerry O’Brien reverses decision to accept AO

‘With regret, I have decided to reverse my decision to accept my appointment as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia’.

January 26 – a conflicting day for Australians

January 26. A conflicting date for many Australians. For some, this date reflects over 200 years of destruction and denigration of our traditional customs, values, languages, and cultural landscapes.

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Lismore marks Invasion/Survival Day

Hundreds of First Nations people and supporters gathered at Lismore Environment Centre this morning to mark Invasion/Survival Day.

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Good advertising

Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek The advertisement inside this week’s Echo and is now circulating throughout our region 'If you are tired...
Artist in Focus

Made in Mullum turns 5!


Made in Mullum is a collective of twelve local makers, creators and artists, who provide an affordable retail space to start out. The twelve members share the cost of the space and the time it takes to keep the shop open six days a week.

Located in the iconic Old Bakery at 55 Burringbar Street, Made in Mullum is a thriving example of how sharing and working collectively can be of benefit to everyone. Shopping locally and buying locally made goods is a way to encourage and support your local economy. Every dollar spent goes directly back into the community.

Over the years the collective has supported more than twenty-five small local handmade businesses and has been going from strength to strength.

‘It’s our fifth birthday and we want to take this chance to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, and especially thank our local customers, without whom we would not be here today,’ says Lally Marshal, longtime collective member.

Come in this Friday, 11 November for 10 per cent off everything all day! There will also be a ‘handmade Christmas gift hamper’ raffled instore to raise funds for new shop fittings. Drawn just in time for Christmas!

Bangalow Shoemaking

ballet-flatsRachel Ayland has been running her bespoke shoemaking and leatherwork business on the Bangalow Industrial Estate for the past 15 years. Exciting news is that she is now offering classes in shoemaking and bagmaking at her workshop for 2–4 students at a time. Total beginners or advanced students wanting to upgrade their skills.

If you are interested in having a fun, creative day in a relaxed, inspiring, safe environment contact her at www.bangalowshoemaking.com


Paradise Valley Exhibition

Mitch Gobel/Sally Mustang – Sun 13 till Sat 19 Nov

Reflecting on a year spent in Byron – lessons learned, love shared and their transition into a new life. Buyers are welcome to book a personal viewing with Mitch and Sal, Wednesday to Saturday. Opening night: Saturday 12 November, Trader Trove, Miami, QLD. Tickets available.

Enquiries: [email protected]


My New World – Mitch Gobel
My New World – Mitch Gobel


The NORPA creative team behind Railway Wonderland have made a new show set in the intimate surrounds of Eureka Hall in the Byron hinterland. Dreamland is a dreamscape of life in regional Australia. Transporting us through different waves of settlement, from the traditional to hippy-dippy to tree-changers, Dreamland explores how communities adapt to change and renew themselves. Part shamanic ritual, part long night of the soul, Dreamland questions what it is to live in a community today – and answers with laughter.

Told through physical theatre, song, dance and humour, it is a celebration of the dance of life in all its mystery.

Dreamland was created as part of the Arts Northern Rivers If These Halls Could Talk project. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a magical theatrical adventure, inspired by local stories.

Running from November 23 until December 10.

For tickets call NORPA on 1300 066 772 or go to norpa.org.au

Lloyd Rees – Original Lithograph Exhibition

Twenty-nine lithographs by renowned Australian artist Lloyd Rees, printed by master lithographer Fred Genis. These prints became one of his last projects spanning more than nine years before his death at age 93.

These prints are a piece of Australian art history. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own your limited-edition Lloyd prints.

Lone Goat Gallery

28 Lawson Street, Byron Bay (next to the library)

Tribute to Jorn Utzon – Lloyd Rees
Tribute to Jorn Utzon – Lloyd Rees

The yearly Art Pop-Up Shop

Originally started by the creative collective, The Industrialists is back this year with a slightly different lineup. This Saturday 12 November you can head to the BSA Project Space and pick up an artwork from respected artists James Guppy, Christine Willcocks, Michael Cusack, Travis Paterson, Sarah Harvey or Rick Shearman.

Expect to find a diverse range of paintings, drawings, and prints for one-day-only prices.

The Pop-Up Sale is on at the BSA Project Space at 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby, 10am–4pm.

For further information call 0431 034 892. 

Byron School of Art – Short Courses and Workshops

Both James Guppy and Michael Cusack have solo exhibitions currently showing in Sydney, but if you can’t get down to see the work in situ you can still enjoy working with them this November in their painting short courses and weekend workshops.

Students from Christine Willcocks’s monoprinting courses have produced some beautiful work this year and Chris brings this printing technique back by popular demand. We also have new workshops on offer such as Kellie O’Dempsey’s Expanded Drawing and Matt Baird’s Expressions Inspired by Music and Text.

And don’t forget the BSA Project Space has solo and group shows opening on most Friday nights until the end of the year; it’s a great way to see the diverse work of local artists including our current long-course students.

Visit our website for more information.


Margaret Hosie Art Exhibition

Margaret Hosie has an art exhibition displaying her art and student paintings that are available for sale at 27 Yamble Drive, Ocean Shores. Margaret has been a teacher of art for many years and has art classes every Wednesday from 9am till 12pm. Enquiries are most welcome, from novice to experienced art students.

Phone Margaret Hosie 6680 5508.

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...