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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Other News

Saffin seeks $7.5 million for Lismore townhouse developments

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.

Wardell Hall CORE

They always say that emergencies such as bushfires and floods bring out the best in people, but do they? The...

Leila’s off to Oxford!

Local high school student, Leila Clarke, was scrolling through social media when the advertisement popped up.

Rooftop dining in the centre of Byron

Simon Haslam Last Friday I went up for a few drinks with friends at the relatively new rooftop dining area...

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

It’s (beyond) time

Seventy-three per cent of respondents to a recent ABC Vote Compass question on whether the constitution should be amended...

Byron Bay International Film Festival 2015

Magic Happens In The Dark
Magic Happens In The Dark

In 2015, the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) celebrates its ninth year over 10 glorious days across 5 venues from Friday 6 March to Sunday 15 March. Now Australia’s largest regional film festival, AACTA Awards accredited BBFF is a platform for outstanding independent film talent, showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films.

It’s a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film. In 2014 BBFF provided attendees with the opportunity to see 145 brilliant films never before aired on our shores and screened over 220 films from 36 countries with a program comprised of feature films, documentaries, animation and short films that support and celebrate local and international cinema.

Byron Bay Film Festival News and Articles

Fracking documentary sells out as film festival gets ready to roll

The red carpet is ready to be rolled out for tonight’s Opening Night Gala for the 9th Byron Bay Film Festival, which along with the documentary Frackman has already sold out. Celebrities and filmmakers are rolling into Byron Bay.

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Byron Bay Film Festival: The film world comes to you!

The Byron Bay Film Festival’s international reach and reputation is growing every year, and along with it the extensive list of the world’s filmmakers joining us to share their stories and their artistic and industry insights.

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BBFF workshops and panels

At the Byron Bay Film Festival filmmakers share their individual insights into familiar and unfamiliar worlds, tell local and global stories and expand and challenge perceptions through this array of stimulating workshops, panels and networking events. Visit our website for full details.

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Magic Happens in the Dark

The 2015 Byron Bay Film Festival promises to be a magical experience which you are invited to share – a celebration of cinema alongside hundreds of other film-lovers and filmmakers from home and around the world.

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Talking Film with J’aimee Skippon-Volke

The Byron Bay Film Festival is Australia’s largest regional film festival. Now in its ninth year, Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke speaks with The Echo about what’s in store when the event hits our screens over 6–15 March.

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Film captures acid messiah’s life and final trip

Digby Hildreth Timothy Leary’s advocacy of LSD and other psychotropic substances led to his being labelled ‘the most dangerous man in America’ by Richard Nixon. A visionary and revolutionary of his times, by 1966 he had used chemicals to open the...

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Love lights up the festival screen, makes magic happen

Love. You may believe, a la John Lennon, that it’s all you need. Or, you may think that a wad of cash comes in handy now and again too. We need both, but it’s love that looms largest in popular culture, not least in the week around Valentines Day.

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Region’s talent shines at 9th Byron Bay Film Festival

Local actors, writers and directors will be among some of the brightest stars on the Byron Bay International Film Festival horizon this year – its ninth and most ambitious incarnation to date.

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Byron Bay Film Festival Program

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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.