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April 22, 2024

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Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

Other News

Press release vs Save Wallum views

The Echo editor (page 1, 10 April) might need to consider the role of a journalist – particularly that...

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

REDinc’s new Performing Arts Centre is go!

It’s been a long wait, but two years on from the 2022 flood REDinc in Lismore have announced the official opening of a new Performing Arts Centre.

Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program announces 36 projects

Bridge expansions, upgraded pumps, enhanced evacuation routes and nature-based projects are just a few of the 36 projects being...

Grand opening in Casino on Saturday

Richmond Valley Council says the upgraded Casino Showground and Racecourse will be a major hub for events in regional NSW, with a focus on horse-related activities.

Local grom takes national tube-riding prize

Local grom takes national tube-riding prize. Broken Head surfer Leihani Zoric has taken out first place in the U/14 girls and best barrel (girl) categories of the Australian Junior Online Surf Championships.

The Arts – March 2024

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries 

In The Arts Feature February 2024

Otherworld, Byron Bay


OTHERWORLD is an immersive art and light gallery that promises a sensory journey beyond imagination. Blending cutting-edge art and technology, OTHERWORLD offers an interactive experience for all ages, transporting visitors to a realm of wonder and magic. The mesmerising features include, responsive video walls, giant glowing flowers, pulsating art installations and the only 360 VR Dome in the Northern Rivers. Inspired by light and featuring works from national and international artists, OTHERWORLD is a visionary landscape where visitors can directly engage with the art and make the canvas come alive.

OTHERWORLD is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–10pm at 102 Jonson Street, Byron Bay. For more info and tickets visit www.otherworld.live

Luka Villarustica

New BWF 2024 workshops

Byron Writers Festival is pleased to announce three new workshops to help inspire you on your writing journey. On Saturday, 4 May Australian Poetry Slam Champion Luka Lesson will be taking poets on a journey from page to stage in Freedom for the Poet Within. Can we become authors of our own life story and write our way out of the existential corners we might sometimes feel hemmed in by? Join award-winning author Tim Baker on Saturday, 1 June and light the way ahead. Historical-fiction authors can join Mirandi Riwoe on Saturday, 29 June to learn the ways research can enhance both their writing practice and their historical fiction.
Visit byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on for more information and to book your spot.

Gabriela Soelkner at PLATFORM, Tweed Regional Gallery

Apply Now to Exhibit at Tweed Regional Gallery!

PLATFORM is Tweed Regional Gallery’s exhibition program for artists of the region. It provides artists at any stage of their career with a professional venue for the exhibition of new work. Applicants must be residents of Tweed, Kyogle, Byron, Ballina shire’s, Scenic Rim Region, Lismore or Gold Coast City. Through PLATFORM artists will work alongside Tweed Regional Gallery staff to deliver a solo or group exhibition in the gallery. Tweed Regional Gallery strongly encourages First Nations artists, artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, deaf and disabled artists and LGBTQIA+ artists to apply.

Applications for 2025-26 exhibitions close 12 May 2024. Visit the gallery website for more information and to apply online gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

Garden of Colourful Delights by Donna Sharam, Nimbin Artist Gallery

Nimbin Art Fair: Autumn 2024

Saturday, 30 March to Sunday, 21 April
The Nimbin Art Fair supports local creatives and advocates buying local to keep our art industry alive. Hosted by Nimbin Artists Gallery, a not-for-profit organisation supporting local creatives, this annual fair allows you to see the whole gamut of creative art from the vibrant arts community of Nimbin and its surrounds. An integral part of this cultural circuit is a range of small shows that support locals. Nimbin Artists Gallery has been providing support for local artists for many years. Works from local but nationally-renowned artists through to emerging practitioners will be on view, and there will be something to love whether you’re a seasoned collector or a first-time art buyer.

02 6689 1444
[email protected]

Treeskin 1 by Solveig

Art in the heart of Mullumbimby

Art lovers need look no further than the Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre, home to the H’Art Gallery. Featuring more than 30 artworks by 10 local artists, the gallery is an absolute must-see. Graphic impressionist Solveig curates the two-floor gallery and rotates the exhibition every six months. The space provides local artists a platform for an extended period to display and sell their work. Visitors to the health centre are greeted by the art, which provides a distracting escape from stress and concern while creating a vibrant, healing atmosphere. Conveniently located on Stuart Street, the H’Art Gallery is art in the heart of Mullumbimby.

Enquire at [email protected]

Monica Buscarino

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

A photography exhibition by Monica Buscarino opens on March 17th at Stain in Murwillumbah. Through analog photos capturing desert escapades and typewriter musings, Monica contemplates the enigmatic interplay of time and existence. Join this journey from 4–8 pm at Stain, 15 Queen Street, Murwillumbah. Live music with Bobby Alu, food by Cade McConnell, and Donna Stain’s botanical installations. Immerse in the guaranteed good times. A portion of sales will go towards First Nations Futures and The Returning.

March 17th, 4-8pm
15 Queen St, Murwillumbah


Contemporary art gallery and studio providing
engaging exhibitions, art classes and workshops
3/18 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
Open Tues-Sat 10am-2pm
0404 946 553

Belongil Beach
Open by appointment
0409 604 405

2/22 Brigantine St
Arts & Industrial Estate
Byron Bay
0431 331 205

79 Bayview Drive, East Ballina
Welcome by appointment
Artist/sculptor David Harrison
0412 664 284

Cnr Cherry & Crane Sts, Ballina
Open Wed–Fri 9am–43pm, Sat–Sun 9.30am–1pm
6681 0530

painting | photography | woodwork | ceramics | jewellery | classes | workshops
2/72 Ballina Street, Lennox Head
Open Tues–Sun 10am–3pm
[email protected]
FB & Insta: @lennoxartscollective

28 Lawson St, Byron Bay
(Located in the Byron Library building)
Open Wed–Sat 10am–4pm

Local art in the heart of Mullumbimby at
Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre
60 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby
0401 647 325

World award-winning contemporary realism art,
direct from the artist at her Bangalow studio, by appointment.
Phone or text 0414 822 196

Shop 1B-51 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach
0419 870 305
[email protected]
FB & Insta: @mistgallery

Drill Hall Complex,
2 Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby
Open Thurs–Sat 10am–2pm

47 Cullen Street, Nimbin
Opening Hours 10am–4pm daily
02 6689 1444

Byron Bay
Landscape inspired works imparting a ‘spirit of place’
Open by appointment
02 6685 5317

Ceramics & Sculpture Gallery
Home gallery and sculpture garden
28 Left Bank Rd, Mullumbimby
0402 125 922 (call/sms first)

Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 10am–5pm
Cafe open 9.30am–4.00pm
2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah
6670 2790

Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

With this year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closing on March 21, our thoughts are now turned toward to 2024-25 season and Essential Energy has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she implied that it may largely...

Deadly fire ants found in Murray-Darling Basin

The Invasive Species Council has expressed serious concern following the detection of multiple new fire ant nests at Oakey, 29 km west of Toowoomba in Queensland.