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January 28, 2021

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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

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

Lismore marks Invasion/Survival Day

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

Byron Shire’s community awards – January 25

Zenith Virago was named the 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Byron Bay last night.

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately...

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day...


Artist in Focus

Rachel Ayland has been running her business Bangalow Shoemaking for the past 17 years at her peaceful workshop in the Bangalow Industrial Estate.

Rachel is an experienced shoemaker and shoe repairer who also takes on commissions for a wide range of accessories as well as doing upholstery and saddlery repairs. Her customers include the disabled, elderly and a wide range of other people with specific needs. Much of her equipment came from the closure of the footwear manufacturers Lois Lane who used to be in the Byron Bay industrial estate until they closed 12 years ago owing to the expanded imports of cheap overseas products.

In recent years 95% of Australian footwear manufacturers have gone, leaving only a few shoemakers who specialise in niche markets.

Rachel welcomes visitors to her workshop even if they don’t want to order, to look at her display and ask questions. It is advisable to text to make sure she is around (0403 721 840).

She also offers classes in shoemaking and bag making. Check out her website and Facebook page for more information.


The Potters of Mafeking Road

Upon discovering they lived just metres apart, potters Suvira McDonald and Anna-Marie Wallace have come together to collaborate on their first Xmas Sale and Open Studios. With a combined 30 years’ experience, both Suvira and Anna-Marie achieve unique and inexplicable results via contemporary applications of ancient processes. Informed by the local landscape and inspired by the natural world, they produce innovative, functional tableware for restaurants and stores globally. This is an opportunity to visit their galleries and see their unconventional kilns (Suvira’s wood fired Anagama and Anna-Marie’s Saggar Firing gas kiln) while stocking up on Xmas gifts.

Open from 10am to 4pm Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December.

Lismore Regional Gallery

marks the end of an era with its last exhibitions after 63 years in the ‘temporary’ Trench building in Molesworth St. On entering, René Bolten’s masterful and moody Paintings & Drawings give way to Nathan Gooley’s pop-culture prints in Superheroes and Monsters. Melbourne artists Madeline Kidd and Masato Takasaka’s Playroom is an explosion of colour, while upstairs mesmerising paintings mark the twenty year retrospective Widjabul Dreaming by Bundjalung artist Adrian Cameron.

With a painting workshop, artist talks and the Superhero for a Day! gallery tour and picnic, there’s something to suit everyone this summer. This diverse and lively programming will be a hallmark of Lismore Regional Gallery when it reopens at the Lismore Quadrangle in late 2017.

131 Molesworth St, Lismore, 6622 2209.


Study Visual Arts in 2017

Give yourself the gift of learning in 2017; follow your passion and enrol in one of our Visual Arts courses. Byron Community College is proud to announce we are now taking enrolments for the Certificate III (CUA31115) and Certificate IV (CUA41315) in Visual Arts commencing February 2017. If you enrol by 23 December you can save up to $500 with our Earlybird special prices.

The Cert III covers many elements of visual arts including drawing, painting, print-making, study of colour, elements and principles of design, digital imaging, art history and more.

Cert IV is for the purpose of further developing your techniques in your chosen practice and style and a great way to build on your portfolio. Completion of Visual Arts Cert III is the ideal prerequisite for this course, or previous industry experience/creative arts education.

For more information or to enrol please call our friendly staff or pop into the office to discuss which course is right for you. Both courses are Austudy approved.

www.byroncollege.org.au  6684 3374

Rail trail debate

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No respect

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A window of trust

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Conspiracy and pubs

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