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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

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

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.

Artist in Focus - Noel Hart

polyphemus-39-x-31-x-7-noel-hart2017 will be an eventful year for local artist Noel Hart.

This year will see him have solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, along with representation at art fairs in New York and Los Angeles, as well as group shows here in Australia.

Widely known for his complex coloured glass sculptures and abstracted paintings, Hart continues to push the boundaries in the blown-glass process, and most recently in his use of coffee sacks as the starting point for his canvases.

Research trips into the jungles of Costa Rica and Panama have continued to fuel the content of both media. Hart’s continued acknowledgement of parrots in a conceptual context, in his blown-glass works, draws attention by his sophisticated use of colour and the colouring process he has devised. This has resulted in consistent international representation, as well as here in Australia.

Interestingly the beauty in the colours, combined with the simple forms, defies the highly charged effort required to create each piece. Furnaces roaring and a team of five highly skilled assistants are required to work with him to create each glass piece.

Based in the rainforest hinterland himself, Hart’s paintings are a reflection of his views about biodiversity and extinction, and his connection to natural world.

Noel Hart Gallery – 10am–2pm Tuesday to Saturday (or by appointment)

8 Smith St, Mullumbimby Ind Est. Ph: 0417 042 951

6684 0005 www.noelhart.com

15 mins from Byron Bay and 7 mins from Brunswick Heads


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.

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

Calling all writers and readers

Byron Writers Festival is a non-profit member organisation presenting workshops and events year-round, including the annual Festival. Join today to become part of an active and growing creative community.

Our 2017 Earlybird Membership Drive runs until 28 February. Benefits include:

  • $10 off membership
  • Chance to win prizes including a Byron Writers Festival Golden Ticket*
  • Discounts on the annual Festival and year-round events
  • Professional development and mentorships
  • northerly member magazine
  • Access to our private lending library
  • Networking and social opportunities

For more information or to join: www.byronwritersfestival.com

* Golden Ticket includes a double pass to five year-round events and two x 3-day passes for the annual Festival in August.


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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