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May 29, 2022

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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.

Other News

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.

Get me a DA

In response to the recent flood meeting held at the Ocean Shores Country Club on Tuesday 10 May, a...

Climate-related disasters influenced the election, Climate Council says

There was a clear connection between climate change-related disasters and voting in the Federal Election, according to the Climate Council.

The postal vote that never arrived

At 91, there are many things that you can no longer do, but one of the things you still can do is have your voice heard in an election – but not for at least one Byron Shire resident.

Kindness on rise in Ballina and beyond

A community battered by natural disasters and COVID is still finding room in its heart for refugees and asylum seekers, according to Ballina Region for Refugees Vice President Stanley Yeo.

Cartoon of the week – 25 May, 2022

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With more than 20 years’ industry experience, Julia Rose is a celebrated floral artist with an international reputation for her sumptuous organic and naturally eclectic designs.

Julia Rose is the epitome of artistry and glamour when it comes to her designs.

She has built her reputation on her jaw-dropping design and dedication to perfection for all who have hired her, be it the fashion and media industries requesting her to sprinkle her magic on their runway extravaganzas and fashion shoots to the avant-garde media campaigns she has been appointed to for appreciation of her je ne sais quoi; and the multitudes of clients who entrusted her to leave lasting impressions with her stylish impeccable eye for floral design, she has been consistently impressive.

Julia’s latest collection ‘Roseicapilla’ has been featured in countless magazines and is currently touring galleries and art shows thought out Australia, images and boxed original creations.

‘Roseicapilla’ is sourced from her farm. The vines and the organic matter she weaves are debris that has fallen to the ground around the property. It would otherwise be turned into compost or mulch.

The feathers are sourced from her rescue chickens. She gathers them from the property and the chickens’ nesting boxes.

After hours, days, even sometimes weeks of weaving she collaborates with her photographer Alyce from Cloud Catcher Studio and they capture the pieces and breathe life into her initial vision.

And just about ready to launch is her fresh new collection Intertwined Collection. These pieces will be available for purchase at the beginning of December for around the $100 mark. A wearable woven neck adornment, necklace if you will, but more elaborate. For those who love to be a little bit quirky or eccentric.

Apply Now For 2018 Year-Long Courses With BSA

The BSA Visual Arts Foundation is a one-year structured studio program providing an extensive grounding in the visual arts, suitable for first-year students. BSA also offers a second and third-year program for students with previous experience and/or equivalent studies in the visual arts.

Visit the website or drop in to the studios for more information at  www.byronschoolofart.com

Byron Writers Festival Workshops

To welcome the longer days and warmer nights Byron Writers Festival has launched a jam-packed calendar of events, workshops and opportunities.

We invite fiction writers, memoirists and poets to pay close attention to the sensual riches of the everyday in The Writers’ Toolbox with Melissa Ashley, Saturday 21 October. Got a project that needs funding? Learn How to Write Grant Applications That Impress with Siboney Duff, 24 November. Siboney will also be equipping Year 11 students with tips and tools for tackling their major work in her HSC Workshop – Extension 2 English, 18 November.

More events, workshops and opportunities listed on our website: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on.

Northern Rivers Pottery Supplies

Hosting international guest artist: Michael Martino presenting THE ART OF KARATSU – 29 & 30 October. Be taken on a journey through the delights of Karatsu; techniques, tools, pots, and traditional kilns used; wheel-throwing, turning and hand-building demonstrations; decoration, clay prep and the Karatsu aesthetic. Suitable for novices to professional potters with a love of learning.

See www.nrpotterysupplies.com.


meaning ‘transient world’ in Japanese, is a series of prints and drawings inspired by ceremony, ritual and ‘imagined transient worlds’ from my travels through Japan in November 2016.

Using the free-flowing processes of mono/relief printing and drawing, I experiment with indigo/rust dyes and inks on Japanese koso paper and muslin to reflect on ‘transient worlds’ within.

SAAG STOKERS SIDING. Exhibiting dates: 19th October – 12th November

Gekko Arthouse

You will find international artist Sharon Tudor Smith’s artwork hanging on the walls of both her shops in Ballina.

Gekko Arthouse (Fashion|Art |Homewares) 18–20 Cherry St, and  another soon to open on 1 November, Shop 44  Ballina Fair Shopping Centre.

Whether it be a specific commissioned artwork for somebody or another piece for the shops, Sharon is often found in her studio in Knockrow throwing paint and making marks on large canvases.

Visit Sharon on Facebook or Instagram ‘Art by Sharon Tudor Smith’ or the website at www.gekkoarthouse.com.au.

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.