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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

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

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.
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.

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.


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