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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

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Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

I am outraged

The insert in The Echo (8 May) could be taken to imply that cloud seeding was the cause of recent...

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

Byron new bioenergy gas electricity plant

1. The community were somewhat misled by Byron Shire Council. 2. The information from Council was a video… a...

A gold star campaign and a result full of hope

It’s not surprising that Mandy Nolan got so many primary votes at Saturday’s election for the seat of Richmond – her campaign has been relentless and her volunteers all stellar.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the...


At 20 idyllic locations around the northern rivers on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 of August
for the annual Mud Trail weekend, run in conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Association’s national Open Studios event.

Many artists will host studio talks, demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend and you will find thousands of functional and sculptural works of art for sale, handcrafted using diverse methods & finishes; there’s bound to be a piece that is perfect for you.

Pick up a map & make your way to some, or all of the locations, for a fabulous weekend of full immersion in the vibrant ceramic arts community this region is fast becoming famous for.

The Clay Barn

This month we open the doors for the Open Studios weekend on Sat 19 and Sun 20 August.

The Clay Barn welcomes Lisa Benny from Harvest Clay for the weekend, located between Bangalow and Newrybar on the Hinterland Way drop in to see wheel-throwing demonstrations, paint a pot for $10 or buy ceramics by Zani and Lisa at studio prices.

Enquiries: call 6687 1779 or 0417 867 801.

The Merchant of Venice

Money makes the world go around.

Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those who have, and those who don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

Featuring 3-time Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production will be directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Two shows only at NORPA Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September. www.norpa.org.au

Byron Writers Festival 2017

Byron Writers Festival keeps the conversations going with Grayling, Flanagan and O’Brien

Couldn’t make the Festival this year or hungry for more? Byron Writers Festival is delighted to present two must-see events this spring.

A.C Grayling, Wednesday 6 September

Back by popular demand, acclaimed philosopher AC Grayling takes centre stage at the Byron Theatre to tackle Democracy and Its Crisis. This talk will provide an urgent exploration of the challenges facing democracy today from one of our most trusted voices.

Richard Flanagan in conversation with Kerry O’Brien, Tuesday 10 October

In his first visit to Byron Bay since winning the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan will chat with Kerry O’Brien about his haunting new novel First Person.

Details and tickets: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on.

Save the dates

If you’ve been thinking about expanding your art practice, applications for 2018 year-long courses open 28 August.

The upcoming BSA Open Day on 17 September is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, see the new school and have your questions answered. Get your work out there: BSA Project Space exhibition proposals close 31 August.

For more info visit byronschoolofart.com.

Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.