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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.

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Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

Conspiratorial breaths

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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.

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’.

New look and feel for Echonetdaily readers

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Lismore marks Invasion/Survival Day

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


5-Day Art Retreat Set to Break Records

This July sees the largest 5-day gathering of visual artists the region has yet to see as Artable introduces the Tyalgum Art Retreat featuring six tutors over five days for budding artists to expand their creative skill sets.

The event offers a chance for local creatives to dedicate five days to their painting, learning from some of the best teachers the region has to offer as well as one international and three interstate tutors.

The event sets a new standard for art tuition with 5-day art workshops available in oil painting, acrylic, pastel, watercolour, mixed media and drawing with six teachers to choose from. Retreat co-ordinator Gillian Grove is excited about the lineup.

‘We have picked out art teachers who have reached dizzying heights of success in their chosen medium. Local legends Hobie Porter and John Turton will be teaching alongside USA portrait artist Judith Carducci (PSA, PSSA) and renowned Australian wildlife artist Heidi Willis (who has just graced consecutive covers of International Artist and Australian Artist).’

During the week, retreat attendees can choose the artist or medium that they would like to learn and enjoy learning and creating over five whole days.

‘I wanted to find a place where we could all gather together as the amazing arts community that we are and share five days of creating art. We have put together a very affordable package that includes all food, accommodation, entertainment and meals to make it accessible for everyone.’

Artable has always prided itself on sharing our belief that anyone can draw and paint with the right teaching and the right tools and the art retreat is no exception with beginners more than welcome to join in and get started in the arts.

It’s not too late to book in to the retreat running 5–9 July, but be fast as spots are selling quickly.

Head to www.artable.com.au/workshops or call 0411 317 606 for more information.

incREDible Art Exhibition!

Come and gain a unique and fresh insight into the world of REDinc artists expressed through their incREDible art!

The art exhibition will feature emerging and established artists from REDinc who have been working hard throughout the past year developing their art through the REDinc art workshops.

Come and see!

Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay, until

Wednesday 19 April.

Mina Mina Art Gallery

Specialising in Aboriginal fine art and craft, Mina Mina Gallery is now complemented by a non-indigenous range of unique homewares and quirky gifts. From babies to beach life, beads to baskets, the selection is fun, functional and colourful. Located in Brunswick Heads for 13 years, Mina Mina Art Gallery has become a destination for lovers of art as well as those looking for the perfect gift for all ages.

Shop 1/32 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads

P 6685 0229

[email protected]


Learn the mindful art of ceramics

Byron School of Clay is an education centre dedicated to teaching pottery and ceramic art. Tucked away in Byron Arts & Industry Estate, they run wheel-throwing courses, weekend workshops and children’s classes.

They are now taking enrolments for Term 2 ‘Introduction to Wheel Throwing’, a seven-week course for beginners and students with previous pottery experience. Commencing 26 April, the morning and evening classes run Monday–Thursday.

You will learn:

  • Clay preparation
  • Throwing on a pottery wheel
  • Different throwing styles and techniques
  • Ceramic design principles
  • Glazing and surface decoration
  • The firing process.

Join our collective of local creatives and build your confidence, skills and understanding of ceramics as an artform.

0421 413 311

[email protected]


Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival presents a range of workshops throughout the year to support its vibrant community of writers and thinkers. Our workshops, run by established writers and industry professionals, cover topics from writing fiction and memoir to blogging, editing and publishing.

Feature Workshop: The Fundamentals of Novel Writing

Local writer Sarah Armstrong (author of Promise and the Miles Franklin-shortlisted Salt Rain) will be running a six-week master class on the fundamentals of novel writing. Commencing on Saturday 6 May, each week she will delve into a different aspect of the novel, including plot, character, point of view, setting and the tricky process of redrafting. If you have a work-in-progress or an idea brewing, this course is for you.

Visit our website for a list of our upcoming workshops and events.



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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