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May 10, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

On-farm restaurant’s sustainable vision

Frida’s Field is an on-farm restaurant based in Nashua, just ten minutes from Bangalow. Hosting three long lunches per...

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...


Art in Paradise

Paradise One is the incredible location for two retreats.

Coming to Paradise is alone worth the journey – with permaculture gardens supplying organic food, a creek with private swimming holes, sculptures and art everywhere, a tree-house, natural hot tub, swimming pool, all nestled in a private valley.

You won’t want to leave! Paradise One, 139 Newes, Rd Coorabell. Phone  6684 7348.

Sensitive Chaos 

A 3-day live-in Painting retreat 2–4 June.

‘Discover your personal journey, open up fresh ideas, be playful.’Develop your ideas with acrylic paint and surprise implements! All levels welcome.

Achieve new mark-making and creative decision-making skills with Sandra Walsh B.A.V.A. For more information visit paradiseone.com.au/sensitive-chaos or email [email protected].

Vision Craft

Mischtechnik (oil & egg tempera) painting and Symbol Magic Thursday 13 till Sunday 23 July 2017 at Paradise One, Coorabell.

A 10-day painting retreat with Daniel Mirante (danielmirante.com).

Daniel is a teacher at the Academy of Visionary Art, Vienna (academyofvisionaryart.com). All levels welcome.

For more information visit paradiseone.com.au/vision-craft  or email [email protected] or find them on Facebook at artinparadise11.

Byron Music Society – Cello Ballade

Experience sweeping dramatic Russian melodies, thunderous Germanic passion, pastoral English folk song and calming minimalism artfully blended with reflective French impressionist miniatures.

Hear legendary music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Saint-Saëns, Arvo Pärt, Fauré, Ravel, Gliére and Shostakovich. Heartfelt, virtuosic and thrilling.

An internationally renowned musician, Louise King, who has performed on four continents, is a competition-winning, award-winning and highly prized graduate of both the Royal College and Royal Northern College of Music in London and Manchester.

Catherine Guinevere Lynagh studied at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Oleg Stepanov. First-prize winner of the Queensland Piano Competition, the Charles and Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Margaret Nickson Prize.

Tickets from www.byroncentre.com.au

5 Day art retreat set to break records

Give yourself five days dedicated to your visual arts practice and join the Tyalgum Art Retreat 5–9 July.

Choose from workshops in watercolour, mixed media, oil painting, portraiture, acrylic and more. Artable has selected six leading artists renowned for their teaching and success in the visual arts for you to choose from. Don’t miss out – there are only a couple of spots left in each workshop. All-inclusive package with all meals, accommodation, tuition and nightly art demonstrations and events.

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

Byron Writers Festival presents an unmissable double bill on 31 May

In what promises to be an unforgettable evening of conversation, Byron Writers Festival presents two events in one evening, with Pulitzer prize-winning author Susan Faludi followed by acclaimed storyteller Ivan Coyote.

Susan Faludi (6–7.15pm)

Appearing in conversation with Zachery Jane, Susan Faludi will discuss her astonishing memoir, In The Darkroom. An intimate foray into the riddle of identity, the book traverses Faludi’s re-acquaintance with her estranged father who, at 76 years of age, underwent sex-reassignment surgery.

Ivan Coyote (7.45 – 9pm)

A ‘natural-born storyteller’, Ivan Coyote will take to the stage unaccompanied. Straddling the part of both writer and performer, Coyote is a crowd favourite at writers’ events around the world. Ivan’s work grapples with issues of gender identity, family, class and queer liberation.

Event info and tickets at: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on/.

Byron School of Art

BSA has a great selection of new short courses and workshops starting soon including basket weaving, fibre art, surrealism, abstraction and 3D, as well

as drawing, printmaking and painting.

Visit the BSA website for full details of upcoming courses, workshops and exhibitions, and to join their mailing list to ensure you stay up to date.

Visit byronschoolofart.com.

The Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT) is an exhibition of contemporary art that showcases artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds.


Now it its third year, the event will run over a six-day period. The town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail.

It includes established galleries, artists’ studios, pop-up galleries and public art. Now as it grows into a larger event, this year organisers have included a series of ticketed events, art workshops, an architectural projection and a Celebrate Murwillumbah Street Party. Guided tours called MATours are now also available, which organisers expect will create a boom for local businesses, with 3,000 people expected to attend MAT.

Visitors are encouraged to book their tickets for the events, workshops and tours or just take a drive and walk the trail free of charge. Murwillumbah Art Trail runs from 25 till 30 May.

Visit themurwillumbaharttrail.com


Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.