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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Other News

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Fighting food waste

Did you know that wasting food is a greater contributor (6 per cent) to total greenhouse gas emissions than...

One from the Heart bringing people together

With a lineup including Grinspoon, Lime Cordiale, Paul and Dan Kelly, Sheppard, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, Lismore's One from the Heart concert went ahead yesterday in patchy weather and mud, mud and more mud.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...


I heard on the radio this morning (1 May) that a man spent ‘a record 48 hours’ in a...

Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

Regenerating Australia, by Damon Gameau, is a short film that looks back at the next ten years from the eve of 2029 and recounts all of the actions we have taken on climate change and ecological degradation.

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.


Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.