The community will mark one year since the tents and tripods were cleared from the Bentley Blockade site.
The community will mark one year since the tents and tripods were cleared from the Bentley Blockade site. Marc Stapelberg

Top ten things to do (and markets)

1. Back to Bentley: One year on since the tents and tripods were cleared from the Bentley Blockade site, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers are inviting the community to return to remember their victory. The event will include performances by Luke Vassella, Tim Stokes, Davey Bob Ramsey and the Fuelers, Blackboi, Steve Manoa, Holley Sommerville Knott, Peter Lehner and the Winsome Gospel Choir, along with speakers. At Bentley Hall today from 2pm.   

2. Newrybar Public School Fireworks And Fair: PLEASE NOTE: Newrybar Public School has been forced to postpone its annual fireworks display from tonight (Saturday) to Saturday, July 18.  

3. Djanbung Gardens Open Day: Explore the world of permaculture at the Djanbung Gardens open day. Displays, workshops, tours, talks and demonstrations. At the Djanbung Gardens, 74 Cecil St, Nimbin, today 10am -3pm. Entry by donation.  

4. Beauty within Restraint: Inspired by ancient Japanese lore and drawing on local and international creative artists, prepare to be captivated in a rare showcase of erotic culture, power and passion divined through Kinbaku / Shibari, spoken word, Oriental music and sword dance. The performers will challenge and delight the audience with emotive and explorative expressions of their art. This will be an evening where the audience can dip their toes in darker currents, allowing the range of emotive performances to delight and engage. At the Mullumbimby Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, today from 7pm. Click here for details.   

5. Retrofitting the Suburbs: David Holmgren and Su Dennett will be leading a Retrofitting the Suburbs workshop. David will explore ideas of future scenarios that could take place in Mullumbimby, as well as inspired solutions that are occurring worldwide within the Transition Movement. Su will share her personal response to peak oil through the organising of a veggie box program, and facilitating the Hepburn Relocalisation Network. Following the paid workshop, 100% Sustainable Mullumbimby will be a free event celebrating the first anniversary of the Transition Mullumbimby gathering. At the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Mullumbimby, today 9am - 1pm. 

6. Rotary Bridal & Events Fair of Lismore: All the information you need to plan for that perfect day! The fair will tap not just the bridal and wedding market, but also exhibitors who cater for events such as formals and 'milestone' birthdays and anniversaries, invitations, planning, marquees, plants and decorations, clothing, accommodation, venue hire, hair and make up, bucks parties / hens nights, photography, gifts, cars, celebrants, catering, cakes, flowers and party decorations. There will be fashion parades throughout the day. At the Goonellabah Workers' Sports Club, 202 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah, tomorrow, 10am - 2pm.  Click here for more details.

7. Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015: Sustainable Artfluences is an exhibition of contemporary art that showcase over 60 established and emerging artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. Over a six-day period, the town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail. It includes established galleries, artists' studios, pop up galleries and public art. Click here for details.   

8. Aladdin Junior: The Rivers P-12 Learning Community presents Disney's Aladdin Junior, a production that will put more than 150 young talented singers, dancers, musicians, circus performers and actors on stage. Students from 26 local public high schools and primary schools have joined together under the tutelage of over 20 of the North Coast's most respected and experienced creative and performing arts teachers and arts professionals. At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, on Wednesday, June 17, from 6:30pm and Thursday, June 18, at 1pm and 6:30pm. Adults $18 Children / Concession $12  

9. Primex: Primex is regional Australia's premier primary industry exhibition and one of the most popular agricultural field days nationally. Primex hosts 900 companies displaying $100 million worth of equipment, services and technology. With 12 exhibitions at one venue, features include Northern Rivers Motor Show, Pacific Beef Trade Expo, Truck and Machinery Expo, Sustainability Program, with a variety of exhibits: Home, lifestyle, tourism, education, livestock, horticulture, Real Estate and others. At Bruxner Highway, Casino, from Thursday, June 18.   

10. Oliver! : Oliver is the musical version of the book Oliver Twist. With music by Lionel Bart, it tells the story of the orphan Oliver and his journey. Meeting up with the Artful Dodger and Fagin, Oliver eventually finds happiness. Songs are: Consider Yourself, Where is Love, As Long As He Needs Me and many others. At Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina, on now until July 4. Click here for details.  



  •  Alstonville Farmers Market, Bugden Ln car park, Alstonville.
  •  Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground.
  •  Uki Farmers market every Saturday morning.
  •  Blue Knob Farmers Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock.
  •  Bangalow Farmers Market, 1 Byron St, Bangalow
  •  Woodburn Market, Riverside Park, Woodburn
  •  Kingscliff Beachside Market, Marine Pde, Kingscliff 
  •  Maclean Community Market, main car park near the Maclean Bowling Club.


  •  The Plateau Markets, Alstonville Showgrounds, from 8am.
  •  Blue Knob Farmers Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock.
  •  Lennox Head Market, Pacific Pde, Lake Ainsworth.
  •  The Channon Craft Market, Coronation Park, The Channon.
  •  Missingham Bridge Markets, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina

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