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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep...

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

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Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.


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.

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.