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Django the flapping legend: What a treat it was to meet Django and learn more about the relationship Jess and he have. Getting to meet all of the amazing people we feature in the magazine is reward enough, but then when I am gifted with getting to meet all of their amazing animal family members it really is one of the big perks to the job!

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Every time I get to spend time with Jordana from Clean Tea I am always left feeling this awesome sense of understanding in regards to the incredible array of teas they create and the versatile uses they all have. Especially, the tea blend I learnt about that helps breast feeding mothers. I would feel rude to try and talk on behalf of these mothers who have experienced great results, so I will leave it to you, as the reader, to find out more about it from the team at Clean Tea.

I hope you’ve been having an amazing start to the year! We have been blessed with some of those incredible summer days, time at the beach and those moments of clarity when we’re indulging in nature and our hinterland’s hidden gems. They really are the underlying truth to our shared happiness. On that note of happiness, since being given the amazing opportunity to bring Byron Life Magazine to life, as of 12 months ago, I am so honoured and grateful to not only the community for your acceptance, but also to the amazing team of women I work with and ultimately to our amazing boss and mentor Bec.

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Without her believing in me and being able to share the vision of bringing this kind of communication channel to the region, none of this would have been made possible. Without her experience, generosity and guidance we would not be publishing our sixth amazing issue. So here is my huge shout out to show my thanks and gratitude to this particular woman in business! This leads me into the main feature for this issue, Women in Business. I find the women in our community amazingly inspiring, encouraging and super supportive of each other. It was a huge privilege to document their successes in this issue. How you want to perceive success is your own personal choice, for myself though, I can confidently claim to be witness to many of these amazing local powerhouses. I am married to one after all! Enjoy our punchy new issue and I hope it makes you feel inspired!

The Street Side Interviews: This may have been one of my favourite new additions to the pages of Byron Life. I am asked on the odd occasion, from either a friend or someone interested in the magazine, if I fear not having enough content to keep running a publication. The answer to this reasonable question speaks for itself via one of these types of experiments. By randomly talking to people on the street in our Mullumbimby feature, I can tell you, this is one of the best ways to prove that everyone has an interesting and fascinating story to tell.

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The velvet voice of Boombastic A zest for life, velvety smooth voice and the ability to talk relentlessly has been a recipe for success for local radio personality, Larry Dixon. Known lovingly by listeners as ‘The Velvet Fog,’ Larry is a BayFM Presenter on Wednesdays and Thursdays, co-hosting the popular morning show, Boombastic. The show features discussions on topical and current affairs, as well as interesting trivia and plenty to make you laugh as well as a cool mix of new and classic music to help drag you out of bed in the morning.

“You couldn’t shut me up as a kid and I’ve obviously not grown out of it! I love radio, I’d broadcast 24 hours a day if they’d let me!” Larry grew up in a small country town in Western Australia and spent his life living in a multitude of places, but after discovering Byron Bay, he says that it’s hard to ever choose somewhere else to be. Most recently, he married the love of his life, Frances, on South Golden Beach by Jacqui ‘The Champagne Celebrant.’ We chat to Larry about life, love and being a larrikin. WHERE DID THE NICK-NAME, ‘THE VELVET FOG’ COME FROM? “My sidekick Max started calling me that due to my ‘deep soothing voice.’ Max comes up with nicknames for everyone he knows. It’s an affliction! Even when I was very young people told me I had a voice for radio. I tell everyone that Max has a face for radio and a voice for mime. He loves that.” WHAT CAN LISTENERS EXPECT WHEN THEY TUNE INTO BOOMBASTIC ON BAYFM? “Boombastic is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6am to 9am. I co-host with Max ‘The Cane Snake’ Manton on Thursdays and Ben ‘Benny the Ball’ on Wednesdays. It is a light-hearted look at humanity and its absurdities. Some of the regular segments on the show are Real or Steal and the Music Subgenre. So far I’ve covered over 200 subgenres; it is always entertaining to read the guesses sent in on the BayFM Textline.”


WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ON-AIR MOMENTS? “One of my personas on air is the Mayor of Mullumbimby and this character always has ‘brilliant’ ideas that the Byron Shire Mayor won’t take on. Simon accepts that I’m the ‘popular mayor’ out of the two of us. He knows that it’s all in good fun. One idea I had was to turn the rail corridor into a bounce way. Basically, a long trampoline from Mullum to Byron…who knows why it didn’t get approved? Simon is so picky.” “For years we have discussed the idea of a vegan strip club based in the industrial estate. This year we discovered our tongue-in-cheek idea is a reality in Portland, Oregon. As they say, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.” WHO HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE GUEST TO HOST OF ALL TIME? “Boombastic has had many entertaining celebrities like Akmal, Steve Bisley, Tim Ross and Wil Anderson on the show, but some of my favourites are the locals who come and chat about their business or charity. There’s a lot of passion in the area and community radio gives people the chance to discuss their views and promote their ideas. “Locals like Allie and Ben from the New Brighton/Mullumbimby Farmers Markets are always wonderful to have on the show. Alison Campbell from Love Byron Bay always brings in amazing chocolate prizes and special treats for the presenters. Brookfarm has sponsored the show since it went to the breakfast slot about four years ago and I always love chatting to Pam and Martin about their amazing products. Doing a live broadcast from the Brookfarm Bakehouse was a lot of fun.”


SO, WHAT IS PANTS-OFF THURSDAY? “It’s simple. You must have your pants off when listening to the show. It’s all about chillin’ in the shire.” WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE MAKES BYRON BAY A MAGICAL PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK? “The majestic beauty of the beaches and hinterland, blended with excellent places to eat, drink and be merry, make the Byron Bay bubble magical for me. And, it is quirky and very left of centre. This is not your typical ‘small country town’ type of place. There are many different ideologies and ways of seeing the world here. It is typically a very accepting and supportive environment and there are so many interesting and talented people living here. I wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world.” WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU? “Many people don’t know that I play six instruments and used to write music for television. I was also in a band that toured Australia in the 90’s. I have always been passionate about music. If you see me around I might tell you some details about the drama of playing piano for a wellknown property mogul and his guests at a new hotel when I was 15.”

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Meet Ian Browne

The river of equality runs deep “I can’t explain the love I have for the people of the north; their language, their connection to land. It is rich and dynamic, and I grew up as a child in Cronulla with a close connection to country myself. I felt part of all this too. All my family lineage is white fella, in fact I am related to most of the kings of England, and they themselves escaped the guillotine in France.”

His love for our first Australians runs deep and his commitment to exposing both environmental and political corruption as well as foreign exploitation has seen his work as the inspirational core of activism groups across the world. He exposes the truth through his lens and injustice through his pen all the while keeping us entertained and informed through his many media connections. Journalist, photographer, radio personality, eco-warrior and Indigenous educator, we are fortunate to have the insight of Ian Browne as a regular contributor here at Byron Life Magazine. He loves the surf at Belongil Beach and chilling at the Tree Tops Café. He does his interviews at The Other Joint Café in Mullum; usually accompanied by a very colourful, big-hatted Shanti. His own story is as complex and fascinating as they come, so if you see him out and about, sit for a while and enjoy a yarn. Having worked with more than 70 tribal groups between the Shire and our country’s top end, Ian’s passion for Indigenous education and rights runs deep. He stresses that he doesn’t talk ‘for’ indigenous people, but does share what they have taught him. He completed his Environmental Science Degree in Darwin but also studied topics relating to TSI and Aboriginal ‘identity.’ His focus shifted from environmental rehabilitation to indigenous education after developing a bond with indigenous students. “I was head of Indigenous education at school with 300 Aboriginal students, half the school’s population. At the time I was offered a pHd contract to study mine site eco-rehabilitation, but as I had written a scathing article on the mine which was the study site; a mine who had corrupted the ancestral land of one of my student’s during ‘sorry business’(mourning); there was no way I could, or should. “Darwin is so special, so multicultural. I was able to incorporate my students’ culture into all aspects of the curriculum. I completed a ‘spoken word’ bush tucker project for the Botanic Gardens with all the boys in my program. We mustered cattle in the tropical savannas around Katherine, grew gardens, and raised barra and yabbies at Charles Darwin Uni. I also held cultural workshops for visiting international schools. “Leaving my students to move back to NSW was heartbreaking. From as many as 50 tribes, they cared for each other and me honourably. I trained them up to qualify in trades and welfare, yet they return home to low community infrastructure and limited employment prospects; outside of the mines, Ian said.

As well as campaigning for the right of indigenous here in Australia, Ian also captured atrocities and exploitation through his lens during trips through Asia. His journeys have been the basis of a television series, have placed his life in imminent danger and have led to an invitation to Buckingham Palace. “Sarawak-Borneo was a holiday initially, but along with an actor from Home & Away, we got caught up in the underground movement to protect indigenous folk and their jungles from the exploitation dealt by the palm oil industry. I used the media platforms I had available at the time, and the world’s university press, to publish the atrocities occurring there in Borneo. I was invited to Buckingham Palace to attend a speech by Prince Charles on conservation. I remain friends with the ex-prime minister of Britain, Gordon Brown’s sister-n-law, Clare Rewcastle. She is a journo who also runs the Sarawak Project. My journey down the Mekong was the basis of a British TV series in relation to my subject: the damming of the Mekong. All of this is explained in my coming book ‘What the Monsoon Knows’. “In Belfast years ago, and in Kolkata last year, being in the wrong place with my camera led to guns being pointed at me by soldiers and police. I have taken chances in my journeys across Asia, but peoples’ lives matter, and the exploitation of land and souls must be given airtime,” Ian said. Ian’s book ‘What the Monsoon Knows’ is a description the people and places of the countries he has travelled through as an activistjourno. It’s currently in its draft stage as Ian continues to work on many other projects throughout the Northern Rivers, but with his sense of humour contrasting the illumination of evil across Asia Pacific, it will be well worth a read. “You will probably enjoy my profound bewilderment when being chased by bearded-pigs in the jungles of Sarawak; splitting scalp on cabin roofs when alighting boats on the Mekong, and my love and care of the poor of India. In the Northern Rivers section, you will get to know gorgeous Miss Renee Simone a little better, and talented Indigenous artist Leanne Hamilton; along with my pal Shanti, all of whom willingly share their passions.” Meanwhile you can connect with Ian at, view his free colour photo-ebooks of his eco-cultural journeys and articles at and interviews of local, interstate and international artists @ 13


Meet Our Life Saving Families

Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club

The Harts

Brianna, Avryl, Kerrie and John The high peaks of the Canadian Rockies are a far cry from the Northern Coast’s famously sunny beaches, but for the Hart family, it’s a transition they love. For Kerrie, it was more of a homecoming back to Australia, being from Victoria originally, but for John and their daughters, Avryl and Brianna, the move from Vancouver in Canada to Australia was a whole new experience. “We had talked for years about living near the beach and the timing seemed right. With the age of our girls we thought ‘now or never,’” Kerrie said. WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING MEMBERS OF THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “The skills we are learning and the inspiration to keep getting fitter. The social side of being part of the club has been a bonus, we have become part of a great community!” WHY DID YOUR FAMILY CHOOSE TO BECOME A PART OF THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “We chose to become part of the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club because we wanted our daughters to be safe in the ocean, to learn about sweeps and rips. In Canada they had spent time in rivers and lakes, but not in big surf. John had worked for the Canadian Coast Guard in summers when he was in Uni, and had taught swimming and had been a lifeguard, so he loved the idea of doing this again. Having the skills to potentially save a life when at an un-patrolled beach if someone got into trouble was a motivating factor too.” 14

WHAT IS THE BEST SKILL YOU HAVE ACQUIRED FROM BEING MEMBERS OF THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “Learning how to perform a board rescue in the ocean.” WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE ELSE WANTING TO JOIN THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “Come along and try it out, we would love to meet you. It is a great place for the whole family to be involved together. It didn’t matter that our daughters hadn’t started nippers at a young age; they were made to feel very welcome and given great instruction.”


The Safraneks Jan, Helen, Miloš, Jack and Finley

From the bitterly cold coastline of the Atlantic Sea to the warm sunny sands of Byron Bay, Jan Safranek and his wife Helen were only too eager to make the move from England’s Cornwall to the Byron Shire. Their children, Miloš, Jack and Finley, were all born in Australia and grew up going to the beach, so joining the local Surf Life Saving Club seemed like a natural progression. Jan is a patrol member with Bronze Medallion and Nippers Water Safety, Helen is a parent helper at Nippers while Miloš, Jack and Finley are all Nippers in the U13s, U11s and U8s respectively. “We love the beautiful beaches and relaxed way of life. We have great access to pristine National Parks and campsites that would simply not be available in the UK,” Jan said. WHY DID YOUR FAMILY CHOOSE TO BECOME A PART OF THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB?


“We joined the club three years ago. We all love the ocean and swimming. Safety is very important and the boys are learning valuable water safety skills whilst getting exercise in a beautiful environment. The people in the surf club are like-minded and have good community spirit with many people volunteering a lot of their time to make sure the club runs smoothly for patrols, Nippers and carnivals.”

“I’ve done my Bronze Medallion and have been involved in surf rescues whilst on patrol and also helping rescue a man whilst out surfing when he got dragged out in a rip.”

WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING MEMBERS OF THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “Sunday mornings at Nippers with everyone enjoying themselves on the beach and off course the coffee and sausage sandwich afterwards.”

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE ELSE WANTING TO JOIN THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “Having children is what got us into the surf club. I would always advise anyone to join Nippers and give it a go. You might surprise yourself. It’s definitely something you have to commit some time and effort to, but the rewards are big. The commitment gets you out of bed and into the fresh air on a Sunday morning. It can leave you with valuable skills which could save somebody’s life and is lots of fun along the way.”

The Bertis Daniela and Michael

Originally from Caracas in Venezuela, Michael Berti moved to Barcelona in Spain in 2001 to race motorcycles. He spent 15 years involved in the high-speed thrill of motorsports before coming to Byron Bay in 2015 with his daughter, Daniela, for a holiday. They simply never returned to Spain and now call Byron Bay home. “The placement of this town is amazing, with beaches facing almost every direction, surrounded by native bush and farmland. I enjoy the diversity of cultures thrown into the mix and the sense of a small community town that you get from ‘locals,’” Michael said. WHY DID YOUR FAMILY CHOOSE TO BECOME A PART OF THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB?


“We didn't know that something like Nippers existed, but some people from school had told us about it, so I enrolled my daughter for the 2015/2016 season and we both loved it since the first day. For the next season they needed an Age Manager for Daniela’s group and they convinced me to do it, so I got my Bronze and went for it!”

“Apart from all of the social meaning of being a ‘Clubby,’ getting the bronze gives us plenty of resources to make a huge difference, acting in emergency situations near or far from the ocean.”


WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE ELSE WANTING TO JOIN THE BYRON BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB? “Just do it! Great crew and lots of fun giving back to our community.”

“The club made us feel at home since we first came here and spending time on the beach in carnivals, patrols or training with them, has become a very important part of our lives.”

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BYRON BAY HIGH SCHOOL Leaders of the future Byron Bay High School delivers a collaborative learning environment where students achieve excellence through forming a connection with community and land, creating holistic leaders of the future. Byron Bay Principal, Janine Marcus, demonstrates how the school’s plan looks toward the future to prepare students for success beyond the school grounds. “Our School Vision that drives our 2018 to 2020 School Plan was created collectively with student, parent and community voices. As the Principal of Byron Bay High School I am proud to lead a dedicated staff who provide opportunities for all students to achieve excellence. “The land on which Byron Bay High School sits was gifted by the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation for the purpose of education. It is our connection with land and community that allows students to have a strong sense of self. “Our students graduate high school as leaders of their community. It is an absolute joy to come to work every day in such a quality learning environment,” she said. The comprehensive, co-educational high school focuses on achieving excellent student outcomes. It is the students who will continue the success and prosperity of the Northern Rivers and beyond, with Byron Bay High School setting the foundation stones for the next generation.

Byron Bay High School prides itself on developing outstanding citizens who have a strong sense of empowerment and add value to society. For more information on how to connect with Byron Bay High School as a parent or member of the community, visit

For the students of today, the future is now.


Xander Mains

“Upon introspection of myself and my behaviours I see a reflection of our school’s vision. Through the support and guidance of the teachers, staff and my fellow students, I achieve excellence in all areas of study. Byron High has provided me with, not only a school to learn in, but community of people who are passionate about education and knowledge, allowing me to evolve into a well-balanced, fair leader.”

“Byron bay High School gives the ability to any student to achieve excellence in every area that they are passionate in. This is provided by the environment we are given to learn and socialise in, which is deeply respected and culturally encouraged. Our close relationship with the Byron Bay community has allowed me to connect to an array of different people and places, giving me countless opportunities, preparing me for the future as an individual and as a leader.”

Georgia Willey

Ethan Archer

“In embracing our vision, I am given an environment to achieve all-round excellence, as can all students at our school. I embody Byron Bay High School’s vision in my approach to everyday school and social interactions – honoring the school rules, focusing on valuing my education and taking advantage of the array of opportunities we have, to become a leader of the future.”

“Byron Bay High School allows any student to achieve excellence in a diverse range of both academic and extracurricular activities, providing them with the resources to become a holistic leader in our community.”

The Future is Ours Byron Bay High School is a high achieving co-educational school that has experienced teachers who have delivered consistently outstanding results for our students over many years.


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Begin your day with a sprinkle of Sunshine It’s as Australian as Tim Tams and famous the world over. The First Fleet introduced sugar cane to Australia, an industry which has paved the way for pioneers and produced prosperity for generations of Australians. Today, sugar cane production is still a thriving industry in the Tweed, Richmond and Clarence Valleys; and is amongst the oldest and largest employers in the Northern Rivers. Supporting more than 500 farming families and over 1,000 employees; the sugar cane industry here contributes over 200 million dollars per annum to the local economy. Let’s face it, our beloved Tim Tam just wouldn’t taste the same without sugar. Located here in the Northern Rivers, Sunshine Sugar is the only 100% Australian owned producer of raw and refined sugar products. Its sugar mills at Harwood, Broadwater and Condong and a refinery co-located at Harwood are provided with fresh sugar cane from local families who have made cane farming their livelihood. Up to 2.4 million tonnes of sugar cane is grown here each year, which makes 275,000 tonnes of raw sugar. Sunshine Sugar is a business which revolves around its local grower families. The majority of its 500 plus growers are farming families who either own and work their own properties or share-farm for other land holders. The growers are part of a collaborative industry that supports its farmers, staff, their families and the community.

Sunshine Sugar is excited to launch a new Low-GI sugar and a premium-blend molasses this year, as well as fresh new packaging for its retail range. The variety of products available include raw, white, caster, icing and brown sugar, as well as golden syrup, molasses, treacle, and liquid sugar. So, next time you put a little sugar in your tea, bake a cake or spread syrup on your pancakes, think of the farming families, millers and refiners that have taken great care to bring you an all-natural, environmentally friendly, high quality and 100% Australian product, right here in the Northern Rivers.

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HE FRESH, FUNKY VIBE OF MULLUMBIMBY ORIGINATED FROM ITS 1970 HIPPY BEGINNINGS WHERE IT EMBRACED THE CULTURE THAT WAS SWEEPING THE LOCAL AREA. Byron Bay and Nimbin shot to fame and are now a highlight of the tourist track. Mullumbimby, however, (or ‘Mullum’ as the locals know it) is off the tourist track. As a result the town is a much more earthy, authentic slice of alternative Northern Rivers life. With a population of just 3500, there is a calm, lazy feel to the town and no-one is in a rush. There is an eclectic mix of shopping on offer, from boutique-imported homewares to locally handmade products, hippy fashion to contemporary style. A new addition to the Mullum shopping experience that is well-worth a browse is Hemp Culture, selling hemp food and products. When you want to take a break from shopping sit down at one of the local cafes to get a true feel for the town. Soak up its energy and feel its vibe. A perfect place to do this is at The Laneway, which is an emerging hub that encapsulates the Mullum way of life. There is funky hair salon “Frankie God of Hair”, talented florist “Haven Botanical”, Asian fusion eatery “Rock and Roll Café” and contemporary boutique “Tinker Tailor”. Finally, a day in Mullum would not be complete without a visit to one of the town’s six centrally located yoga and meditation clinics. Follow this with a soak at the iconic Kiva Spa and you will leave town refreshed, renewed and nourished.

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e MullumVibe Snapshot of History

The Bundjalung people originally occupied Mullumbimby until the1850’s when European settlers established a campsite at the junction of two arms of the Brunswick River. This grew to become a village and later the township of Mullumbimby. Mullumbimby was originally a centre for the timber industry. Great quantities of Red Cedar was collected from around the area and floated down the tidal Brunswick River to the coast where it was then transported around the country and overseas.


The main geographical feature of Mullumbimy is Mount Chincogan which watches over the town and can be seen sitting prominently on the horizon as you drive through the hinterland towards the town. Mullumbimby is a ten-minute drive north of Byron Bay.

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Bella, Johnny & Grace Johnny is originally from the U.K and Bella is originally from the Sunshine Coast. They met each other and fell in love whilst living in Melbourne. it wasn’t too long ago that they decided to make the move up to the Mullum area to make a beautiful life for their growing family. The star of the family at present is their beautiful daughter and soon to be older sister, Grace. Both Bella and Johnny were really drawn in to the Mullum life by the ever present relaxed atmosphere and respectable lack of traffic. I happened to catch the family in town today preying on baguettes as part of Bella’s birthday outing in Mullum. In between the birthday shenanigans I caught Johnny putting up posters offering his skills to those living local who would like to learn guitar or better their already existing guitar skills. Johnny is a renowned tutor and qualified music teacher, or as Bella likes to put it, ‘musical genius’. A huge happy birthday to you Bella from all of us here at Byron Life!!!

Nathalie Nathalie is originally from France and spent a large amount of time in Adelaide before making the Byron Shire home many moons ago. Today in town Nathalie was working at her lovely Baby influenced store, Buds in the main street of Mullum. Like all good businesses Nathalie had a seriously funny series of events that led her to setting up and running the store. Be sure to pop your head in and say bonjour.

Wendy We ran into Wendy whilst volunteering her time working in one of the Mullum Op Shops. Having been in the Mullum vicinity since the early 80s, be assured that Wendy has seen some remarkable changes in the past few decades, some good and some not so good. Wendy is one of the true characters that contribute to making Mullum the iconic and desirable place it is. It can be a confusing stand point sometimes to live in such a fast-growing area, but Wendy really summed it up quite poetically. “People can truly be themselves and really emphasise their true individuality without feeling the need to conform. And this is thanks to the very accepting nature in the area that enables humans to express themselves in their own ways.”

Suzy, Mirai & Harvey We caught Suzy and her beautiful son Mirai being taken for a walk by the hugely characteristic and town legend, Harvey the dog whilst on their daily fruit hunt. Whilst talking with Suzy, Mirai was two fists deep with apples showing us that eating two apples at once is better than one. After asking Suzy what some of their favourite elements of Mullum were Suzy began to explain how Mirai and Harvey are regular celebrities at the evening Drumming Circle. With Mirai dominating the dance floor and putting meaning into dance fever. Whilst Harvey on the other hand seems to know more people then Suzy in town due to his ever polite fetish for feet and the art of sitting on them.


Billy What a legend!! Meet Billy. This guy was fist deep into a mango when he caught my eye with complete and utter jealousy. What more could you ask for on a stinking hot day? Enjoying an epic mango, sharing chocolate and making friends with the overly friendly local crew for me equals, a happy man. Billy had just arrived from spending some time in India and was here to catch up and meet some friends who live in Mullum. Although Billy is not in the area for a long time due to heading back to his home turf of NZ to meet his bros new born, it is more then safe to say he felt very at home here in Mullum


Jack As we were passing the Middle Pub in the centre of town we were lucky enough to meet larger than life, Jack. Feeling a little rattled having just made his way back home into town from an eventful road trip back from Port Douglas. Jack drove day and night to ensure he made it back for a special appointment and had barely slept. With having migrated to Mullum a few years ago after living in several other areas within the Shire for the better part of his life, Jack reflected on how many of his mates are finding themselves now proudly calling Mullum their local these days.

I don’t think we could have found a better picture to help capture the colourful town of Mullum. This legend, that goes by the name of Mike, had one of the best answers I had received in a while after asking someone where they are from. Mike replied with, ‘well that’s a good question’.... And that is exactly the type of answer you would expect from such an interesting cat. Originally from Tassie, Mike had good reason to find it quite difficult to pinpoint an exact answer and sense of home. Having lived in 15 odd countries since his childhood days in Tasmania you can only imagine the amazing stories Mike can share with you from his past. Now calling Mullum home after spending the majority of the past 5 years in the region Mike advised us that he was in town today trading Crypto Currencies. Why does Mike love Mullum so much?? It’s simple, the combination of freedom of expression and the nature that is very hard to beat. Going hand in hand with each other, Mike noted that there is not many places in the world where Urban and Rural meet in a likeminded manner and approach. 21



his is a sad reality about our fast-paced modern life. We also live in a country where most people would rather buy packaged manufactured products than learn how to buy local produce from sustainable growers. Byron Life Magazine sat down with Joel Orchard from Future Feeders who is the leading force behind a local movement dedicated to sustainable farming and engaging young farmers in the industry. He has strong, well-informed views on the subject. “Most of our conventionally grown food is fossil fuel dependent. It has a huge carbon footprint and in many cases leaves a toxic legacy that is killing our bees and our soil. Much of our food is shipped all over the planet and in Australia most of our food system is dominated by the supermarket duopoly. We have some serious systemic issues to tackle,” said Joel. Joel grew up in Warrnambool, South West Victoria and moved here after completing a degree in Melbourne. He has always been interested in the subsidence lifestyle and studied urban culture and guerilla gardening before coming to the Northern Rivers. He is now passionate about creating awareness for local organic food systems and finding ways to engage young farmers, creating platforms for them to interact and share skills.

References: Building a Future with Farmers: Lindsey Lusher Shute at TEDxManhattan 2013


“One of the main issues is that our farming community is aging,” said Joel. “Farmers over the age of 65 now outweigh farmers under the age of 35 by a ratio of 6:1. This has become a critical social sustainability problem” With this type of statistic it is clear that farming needs to move into a new future. A future that embraces our youngsters and actively engages

s In Farming their skills using a platform they understand. This is where social media and digital networks become important and Joel says the real hub for young farmers is within the community online. With this in mind he has also helped establish the Northern Rivers Young Farmers Alliance as a place for young farmers to share their stories and communicate. On a ground level, Joel is based at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens where he can be found most days. He welcomes anyone who wishes to come and say hi and help pull up a few weeds! And if you are thinking of ways you can help, he simply suggests we all buy local food. “Get involved in the local food system. Find food direct from farmers, its low food miles, fresh and will taste great.”

“We know that sm all-scale farming is the way and th long term, happy at and viable farmin g careers and land management will be the essential fo successful food pr undations for oduction now an d into the future. pull people, skills, Let’s ideas and land to gether like pieces of a puzzle to en hance and develo p our local ecolog ical agriculture indust ry.”

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is dream is to grow organic veggies and make them accessible, at a reasonable price. He does this from his roadside stall, offering take-home dinner packs and hosting flour pizza nights on Fridays.

The Paddock roadside stall is located, (you guessed it!), on a paddock at the base of Mount Chincogan and the site is situated on an aboriginal song line from Uluru.

Snapshot: Where are you from? I grew up in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney What brought you here? I came here about 14 years ago cause my brother was up here having babies and I’ve been here ever since. I love the Greenhouse of Byron. What makes Mullum such as special place to live? The community feeling, people around here care about each other and often do positive things for the community. They have a smile on their face which puts a smile on my face. What are you making at the moment? I’m making my own pickled chillies, pickled cucumber and sauerkraut. I’ve got a smokehouse doing slow-cooked beef brisket and smoked chicken pizzas. We’re also making coffee from local roasters. 10 24

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wner and founder of Hemp Culture, Simah, settled here with his mum in 1991 and like many others, they fell in love with the open-minded lifestyle and beautiful natural surrounds.

Simah started growing the cannabis plant in his garden as a teenager and has had a passion for it ever since. “I could never understand why there was such a negative stigma around the cannabis plant and why it was demonised in the media as this was not the case in my immediate surroundings,” said Simah. As he got older Simah could see so many of the other benefits this plant could bring to the world. “In a time where the environment is suchAcabani a concern we areDallas looking for Owner Simah andand Manager Dyson more sustainable alternatives this plant is the answer to so many problems such as food, medicine, textile, building, cosmetics, plastic composites, paper, biofuel the list goes on.” “I felt that Mullumbimby should also have a shop that represents this plant that so many of us support and love.” “I believe that this plant has so much to offer and now that eating hemp foods is finally legal I could really push forward with this vision of making Hemp products available locally. At the same time I want to educate and spread the information to the other people who may not know much yet but are curious to learn more.” Over a hundred people came to Hemp Culture’s opening party in late January and Simah took this as a huge encouragement. “We are really excited because Hemp Culture is not just a shop, it represents a movement, an important part of the revolution for a greener future.”

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Ballina Shire Council, Acting Coordinator Visitor Services and Community Facilities

Physiotherapist, Mindfulness teacher and Clinical Pilates Teacher at Evolve Wellness in Byron



Star Sign: Gemini

Star Sign: Leo

Favourite Movie: The Guardian

Favourite Movie: Love Actually

Favourite Colour: Turquoise

Favourite Colour: Gold

Favourite Holiday Destination: Whistler, Canada

Favourite Holiday Destination: Chamonix, France

Favourite Music: I love all music, anything that suits the occasion but makes me feel good

Favourite Music: Alternative Rock

Favourite Quote: Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things. Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I love the cold, which is quite unusual considering the place we call home. Prue was raised in the wine making Adelaide Hills region with her older brother, Will. As soon as the last school bell rang she started chasing the snow, living in the Australian and Canadian ski-fields. It is no surprise then that her hobbies include skiing and travelling. Six years ago Prue moved to Ballina Coast and Hinterland to be close to her boyfriend. This was obviously a good decision because he is now her husband! Fortunately, Prue fell in love with our beautiful region too and is proud to call Lennox Head home. As Acting Coordinator for Visitor Services and Community Facilities at Ballina Shire Council Prue understands how vital Tourism is to our local economy. She is dedicated to destination marketing, enticing visitors to visit the area and encouraging them to stay longer. Ballina Shire Council also operates five community spaces ranging from small interview rooms to a spacious event venue seating 480 people. The spaces are perfect for events, weddings, functions, meetings and classes. All of them are available for hire to businesses, organisations, community groups and the local community. “We have some great shows coming up at Park Lane Theatre in Lennox Head with James Reyne and Johnny Cash “The Concert” performing in March 2018.” Tickets for these shows are available at


Favourite Quote: Fear and self-doubt have always been the greatest enemies of human potential – Brian Tracy Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I have my own blog and love to write: Jess grew up on the beautiful northwest coast of Tasmania before moving to Perth to study Physiotherapy, graduating from Curtin University n 2009. Returning to Tasmania, Jess opened her own Physiotherapy and Pilates practice called Flex. It was at this time she discovered an interest in mindfulness and a desire to develop these skills through further education. “My passion is to help people cultivate daily mindfulness and meditation practices to ease their stress and suffering and bring a sense of present moment awareness and well-being to their lives.” To pursue this way of life Jess closed her physio practice in Tasmania in April 2017 and took a worldwide study trip learning more about neuroscience and mindfulness from the most well-renowned teachers and researchers in the field. “I travelled firstly through Asia and the USA. Here I began my Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Certification Program in Scotts Valley, California with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. They are two renowned meditation teachers, psychologists and authors, influential in bringing eastern meditation practices to the western world.” “I was fortunate to learn about self-compassion from its original researcher, Dr Kristen Neff. I also studied mindful movement and neuroscience with psychotherapist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes in London. Following her travels, Jess moved to Byron in October last year bringing with her a wealth of knowledge. She holds regular classes at Evolve Wellness in Byron and is also looking forward to hosting retreats in Bali, Tasmania and Byron soon.

LEIGH BAYLISS General Dentist at Bytes of Byron

FAST 7 FACTS Star Sign: Libra Favourite Movie: Into the Wild Favourite Colour: Blue Favourite Holiday Destination: Ubud, Bali Favourite Music: Funk Rock Favourite Quote: ‘If you want to become full, let yourself be empty’

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Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I recently got a genetics test for my birthday and I have some Native American heritage. Its small but I thought that was kind of cool! Originally from the United Kingdom, Leigh studied at Liverpool University before relocating to Australia in 2009. For many years he ran a successful private dental practice in Airlie Beach, in the picturesque Whitsundays and moved to the Byronshire 5 years ago where he met his partner. “I often have to pinch myself because I feel so lucky to have landed in such a beautiful place with a great community,” said Leigh. As a strong supporter of holistic and amalgam free dentistry, Leigh’s philosophy is to treat the underlying causes of dental disease. This approach aligns perfectly with Byron’s first Eco dentist, Bytes of Byron, which provides excellent dental treatment while leaving a limited environmental footprint. Leigh is also an experienced general dentist with a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry as he is passionate about creating happier and more confident smiles. 

 When he’s not working, Leigh loves to be in the ocean; sailing, surfing or diving. His other passions include travelling and fully immersing himself in foreign cultures and traditions. 27

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t’s ok if you don’t, not many of us do. So we wanted to take the time to share some thoughts on the issue and ponder how we can reduce the need for this idiom before our daughter’s and granddaughter’s face the same challenges.

It seems so backward, so last-century, but the fact remains that there are still gender equality issues which run rife in our society. The glass ceiling describes a seemingly invisible yet very real barrier to a woman’s ascent, usually referred to in terms of business or government. It means that our hard-working lady executive, who may be as knowledgeable, as determined and as skilled as her male counterparts, finds it difficult to progress into the top tier of management. As she peers upward through the glass ceiling, she can see the legs of the executives above her, but has difficulty breaking through for equal opportunity and equal pay. Although this notion is illegal, such practices are prevalent. The bigger problem is, if the ceiling really was made of glass, once it was broken, other women could easily follow in the footsteps of those who had gone before her. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Each new generation of women has had to smash the same glass ceiling for decades, making it more like a self-healing membrane. Our only glimmer of hope, is that each time that membrane seals, it becomes a little bit thinner, so the next determined woman can burst that bubble faster. Not that the bubble should exist in the first place. We can agree that many more women hold positions of power than ever before, but that glass ceiling is still very real. Ladies, swing those hammers and don’t stop swinging until that ceiling shatters so much that it can’t ever be put back together. There are enough atrocities in this world to make life difficult without old-fashioned misogyny being one of them. Over the following pages, we celebrate local women in business who are making their mark on society in their own unique way. Personal trainers, hairdressers, volunteers, finance gurus and revolutionary retail moguls. These are the people who make up our community, those who aren’t afraid to swing their hammer a little wider, to show girls of the future that they really can achieve what the mind believes. This is our region, and these are some of the women who make it great. 29

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NEHARA AND KARNI SHAI “I am surrounded by complex, interesting and passionate women who are forging ahead through often challenging circumstances and making their mark on the world while making themselves happy. I’m motivated and inspired by this every day.” ~ Nehara


he same by name but different by nature, Nehara and Karni Shai are the essence of admirable business women, exhibiting determination, strength and perseverance needed to succeed in today’s world. These sisters are forging ahead in differing industries but use their unshakable bond to bounce ideas and strategy off one another. Nehara is the owner of Byron Beauty Bar, a one-stop glam shop she established from scratch, while Karni is the creator of OSushi, a brand developed here in Byron with her late best friend, Dan, which has since expanded to include two more locations in Coolangatta and Broadbeach. Karni is the sole owner of the Byron location and co-owns the Coolangatta and Broadbeach restaurants with business partners. Despite the differences in business, the sisters are inspired by each other’s success. “Karni has been running her business for years and is as passionate now as ever about delivering an amazing product. She has gone through a lot in her business and overcomes challenges with grace and strength. I’m inspired by her attitude, her resilience, and the way she lives her life,” Nehara said. Karni commented, “We share lots of insight and support each other on a daily basis. We hope to collaborate and put our skills into action on a mutual venture in the future. I rely on my intuition; I am all about that. Nehara is a logical person, she need to see the facts. Together we make a good team.”

Byron Beauty Bar is Nehara’s first foray into the hair and beauty industry. She wanted to develop a new concept for Byron, a one-stop beauty destination. One that uses the best products, attracts the best staff and delivers the best service. “As a business we are passionate about creating a unique and delightful experience for our Byron Beauty Bar clients. We have an amazing team of specialists who come together to create a onestop glam shop. With hair colour services, cuts, styles and extension along with nails, brows, lashes and makeup, we have hair and beauty covered,” she said. Karni developed Byron Bay’s OSushi 14 years ago, a joint venture with her best friend, Dan, who sadly is no longer on this Earth. With a strong background in hospitality blended with her love of Japanese culture, its aesthetics and great clean food, it was natural for her to follow this path. She said, “Japanese food has now established itself around the world as a firm favourite. OSushi can be a 10-minute quick sushi fix for one or a two-hour celebration with friends. I am very fussy with my food and a bit of a health freak. Knowing that everything is sourced carefully and that we only use the best ingredients to create healthy and nutritious cuisine is my top priority. “Most of our clientele are locals that have been with us since we opened 14 years ago. Seeing babies turn into teenagers is such a beautiful experience. I am always amazed by how much kids enjoy sushi, it’s like an epidemic of babies munching on sushi!”

What do you love to do when you’re not at work?

What do you love to do when you’re not at work?

What is your favourite item or brand you stock at Byron Beauty Bar?

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in business?

“Between running a business and raising my little boy Isaac as a single parent, time is a little scarce. What I love most is spending time with Isaac, family and friends over coffee or a meal and enjoying our beautiful surroundings. Weekend walks and time at the beach with friends and kids are a bit of a ritual now and never fail to remind me how lucky I am to call this home.”

“I love our Mr. Smith hair care range. These luxurious products are easy to use and deliver amazing hair. They are made using premium ingredients and are sulfates, paraben and cruelty free. The blonde conditioner is my favourite in the range. It keeps my blonde fresh between colour appointments.”

What is one of your favourite smells?

“My three children are my best friends and are closest to me in this world. Any time spent with them is always full of fun, joy and laughter. I enjoy design of any kind, from home and garden to clothes. As a child, I would come home from school and find my mother had changed our bedroom, this happened at least half a dozen times per year! That is in my veins now. And I can’t forget my passion for food, food and food! Did I say I loved food?” “Hospitality is a complex industry with so many details to keep in mind. It’s like being a juggler, always 10 balls in the air at once, never stopping.” “Just like everyone, I have my days. Some days I am very confident and full of joy, other days I feel like I am a total failure. I made a decision many years ago to follow my heart and my intuition, always!”

What is your mantra at OSushi?

“Fresh laundry.”

“Our motto is to cook with love. We believe love is the secret ingredient to every dish.”

What is something that your friends would consider “so you?”

What is one of your favourite smells?

“Planning things in great detail.”

“Cut grass and fresh roses.”

What’s the best or worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?

What’s the best or worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Best advice: Keep making decisions and moving forward.”

“My favourite piece of advice I’ve received to this day was from my Oma (grandmother) as a little girl. She told me to never give up and always follow my dreams.”

What is something you will NEVER do again? “Ride on a rollercoaster.”

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make? “Treat others like you want to be treated!” 31 11


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Sourdough Business Women Margot Cairnes, Kate Ramsay, Susanna Carman, Fiona Sheridan, and Ama Kalma

Local women, local impact


hen women are supported by other women, they surround themselves in strength and dignity without fear of what the future might bring. When business women support each other, not only do they strengthen that central core of business, but also uplift a community to grow a strong and sustainable economy. Sourdough Business Women (SBW) is a recently developed entity of Sourdough Business Pathways (SBP). This not-for-profit initiative is striving to provide a strong future for the next generation of people in Northern Rivers by building strong businesses to generate prosperity and jobs for many. The group helps existing businesses to become more sustainable and overcome challenges, while also supporting entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a successful business. This comes from an authentic desire to share their skills and experience to help others succeed for the betterment of the region. As a specialised group to support women in business, SBW’s vision is to support women to build successful businesses for themselves so that, in community, they can create a new and sustainable economy. Largely volunteer led, SBW’s committee comprises five business savvy women, Fiona Sheridan, Susanna Carman, Ama Kalma, Margot Cairnes and Kate Ramsay, each dedicated to giving guidance and mentorship to women in business.


SBW’s key initiatives are: A Place to Share Knowledge and Support; such as the Women’s Hubs held on the first Wednesday of each month. Communities of Practice; such as ULab edX an online course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mentoring; including leveraging the Sourdough Business Pathways Mentoring Program. Specific Skills Growth, in conjunction with the Byron Community College, SCU and other regional academic institutions. Sourdough Workshops are also scheduled for 2018. Network Weaving through SBP events and in conjunction with other regional organisations. SBP acknowledges the very welcome philanthropic support from Yugilbar and Merchant Foundations. To find out how you can become a part of this buzzing business network, visit the following links for more information. Together, we can learn how to create innovation for our businesses, our communities and ourselves through strength in collaboration.




rich and rewarding future awaits when you seize control of your finances and feel secure with the investment of your own home. Whether you are already a home or land owner, or the Australian dream of owning your first home is your next step, Janet Jenner from Mortgage Choice can help. As the Owner Manager of Mortgage Choice, Janet has more than 17 years of experience in the finance industry, giving her the advantage of a wealth of experience and up-to-date lending and finance strategies. Her offices are situated in Lennox Head and Alstonville but covers Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Lismore, Alstonville, Ballina and the Northern Rivers. After growing up in Tamworth, Janet spent a few of years travelling across Australia before settling in the Northern Rivers 34 years ago, a place she visited her grandparents and relatives regularly. After years of helping locals achieve their property and finance dreams, she believes that a positive attitude and confidence from years of experience are the attributes for success. “Excellent customer relations and a holistic approach have been crucial in the lending industry. I combine an in-depth knowledge of the lending market with a genuine desire to help people achieve their goals. Janet goes above and beyond to seek a solution for a variety of buyers from a variety of loan products which can be tailored to suit an individual. There are occasions where a lender has denied an application, but we have been able to gain an approval simply because finer details were overlooked. I am here for the customer first and foremost, to do what I can to help them achieve their goals,” Janet said. Janet’s finer moments in business include helping clients save thousands on their mortgage repayments and preventing clients from losing their home by finding alternative lending solutions. Her most challenging time in business was during the GFC. “The GFC was an environment of radical change. It is a case of adapt to survive. When many Australians needed to access finance due to their investment funds being locked, there was a realisation that there was a greater need for my services. It was a time to stay focused and positive,” she said. Even after 17 years in the industry, Janet still feels the same sense of joy and pride as when she watched her first family move into their first home. A mortgage broker is more than just a finance lender. Visit Janet and the Mortgage Choice team to discover how more choice can save you more money.

Q&A WITH JANET WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SMELLS? “Lavender as it is so calming.” WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD CONSIDER ‘SO YOU?’ “I get called Shaza sometimes!” WHAT’S THE BEST OR WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? “Karma, I don't want to be bitten on the.... haha” Shot on location Velvet Byron Bay 33




rs e y M e i u q c a J g n i l l o D y e l s e and L DON’T TELL MAMA

Friends can change as swiftly as the weather, but a sister remains in our heart forever.


n the late 70’s, when there were fewer people around; surfers, artists and hippies abounded from the ocean sands to the rolling hinterland. Growing organic vegetables and living a carefree lifestyle was what prompted sisters, Jacquie Myers and Lesley Dolling, to travel north from Sydney. Not only are these sister’s best friends, but also business partners, having owned a successful café in the heart of Byron Bay before taking over Don’t Tell Mama in Bangalow, a long-established business selling natural fibre clothing and giftware. While Lesley and her boyfriend (now husband) went travelling to India, Jacquie found herself running a small business in Byron Bay with a friend called Suppertime Blues, a pumping little vegetarian café selling the most delicious range of wholesome and nourishing foods. The café boomed, and when Lesley returned she was soon roped in to join in the whirlwind. “We loved being a part of Byron in the early 80’s. The town was smaller, intimate and everyone knew each other. It was one of the best times of our lives. We really got to know a lot of the long-term locals by owning the café, many who we still bump into today”. The sisters sold the business in the mid 80’s, as they moved onto their next life phase of raising their families in Byron hinterland, owning farms a couple of kilometers apart for over 20 years. After years of dreaming about going into business, they eventually saw that “Don’t Tell Mama” was for sale. The long time established business had lots of potential and, so with shared vision and support of their families, the girls jumped at the opportunity to dive in together and embark on a new adventure. “Don’t Tell Mama was the perfect fit for us, we pride ourselves on stocking an array of natural fibres like hemp, bamboo, silks and linen; and a great range of homewares sourced both locally and internationally. Customers are becoming more aware of the qualities of hemp and the benefits on the environment – we are proud and excited to share in this movement with our customers,” said Lesley

Visit Bangalow’s ‘Don’t Tell Mama.’…but ssshhhh.

Q&A WITH LESLEY AND JACQUIE WHO (PAST OR PRESENT) HAS IMPRESSED YOU MOST WITH WHAT THEY’VE ACCOMPLISHED? “We admire people that have positive and purposeful visions for the future and assist in making the world a better place to live.” WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN NORTHERN RIVERS TO CHILL? “We’re so blessed there’s so many beautiful places, but nothing beats long beach walks along Broken.” WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN? “Cappadocia in Turkey, the fairy chimneys were amazing, and the salt plains in Bolivia in South America.” 35


Br idgit Pearl A wise woman once said: You being fully yourself, helps others to be themselves. When you accept your true self and express your own uniqueness, you will not need to seek approval from others. You shine your light, happy being yourself. Founded by Bridgit Pearl, the Womans Wisdom School is the Place for Women’s Empowerment. Bridgit is a life coach and counsellor who supports women to manifest their ideas and create positive change in their life. She offers life coaching, workshops and retreats that support women in summoning their inner strength and truly be themselves. Bridgit says: “Our therapeutic practice is specifically designed for women.” Women have their own way of seeing the world and finding meaning and happiness. We find clarity by listening to our true inner voice. We rely on our intuitive feelings for guidance. We value our feminine gifts. Women form close friendships and support each other to gain confidence and courage. Our lives thrive when we enjoy loving relationships, create beauty in our environment and do work that contributes to the wellbeing of our community. In her special workshops, Bridgit creates a supportive space where women tap right into their feminine core and deep inner knowing. They learn to use this as their most empowered source of motivation and wisdom. Bridgit explains, “With our coaching and therapy program, we support and enable you to”: • Create a life inspired by beauty and wellbeing • Speak your mind and let your voice be heard • Do meaningful and fulfilling work • Enjoy loving and supportive relationships • Nurture healthy habits for your wellbeing • Trust and be guided by your female intuition • Gain courage to act on your personal values and passion • Achieve your goals with grace and ease • Be a valued member of your community

Brigit studied holistic counselling and therapy to further her interest in psychology and personal development. For over 20 years, she lived on a country property where she transformed a run down farm into a wildlife sanctuary. Her love for nature inspired her to merge therapy and wellbeing with her knowledge of ecology. She believes that being in touch with the natural world is healthy and therapeutic for humans. At the Womens Wisdom School, Bridgit leads women’s workshops and transformational retreats for women. Her work focuses on holistic principles to nourish healthy minds, bodies and souls. Her coaching enables women to make the right choices based on heart felt discernment and self knowledge. Her clients become effective and fully expressed to create a life they love. Contact Bridgit Pearl at the Womens Wisdom School 36

WOMEN’S WISDOM An empowered woman gains her strength from her inner truth and her love for beauty and wellbeing. She is passionate, creative and fierce.


Sam Jenkins


nspiration, education and support; because every woman deserves a holistic helping-hand to help her achieve her dreams.

Sam Jenkins is a personal trainer as well as a nutrition and wellness coach whose desire is to eliminate selfhate and build women up with positivity and self-love.

RAW HOLISTIC FITNESS “The quickest way to acquire selfconfidence is it to do exactly what you are afraid to do.”

Her business, Raw Holistic Fitness, is a place of facilitating transformative change and growth in women, without pressure or judgement. “I want to inspire and educate as many women as I can, on the power of eating healthy delicious food, building a fit and functional body, creating loving and healthy relationships, connecting to a deeper sense of self, building a strong and positive mindset and everything else that falls under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love,” she said. Sam’s transformative journey comes from her own personal battle with an unhealthy relationship with food and poor self-esteem. “It wasn’t until I dealt with the emotions fuelling those negatives that I was able to break free of the grip it held on me. “The day I experienced that healing for myself, was the day I realised getting fit and healthy has less to do with self-control and more to do with what’s happening emotionally and mentally for the person. That’s why I’ve made it my life mission to help people overcome old destructive patterns, by healing their relationship with themselves, food and exercise,” Sam said. The greatest challenge Sam faced was overcoming her own limiting beliefs which held her back in the past. “Reading books by Dr Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle and the knowledge I have acquired from my coaching courses has really helped create major shifts in myself and my business,” she said. Join Sam on your journey to greater health and happiness, for results that don’t just last weeks, but a new way of living to last a lifetime.

Q&A WITH SAM WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD CONSIDER “SO YOU?” “Anything that involves a campfire, wine and some kind of platter.” WHAT’S THE BEST OR WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? “One of the best pieces of advice I have been given that really stuck with me is, "Failure is only possible, if you stop trying." - An awesome reminder to never give up!” IF YOU COULD TURN ANY ACTIVITY INTO AN OLYMPIC SPORT, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE A GOOD CHANCE AT WINNING MEDAL FOR? “Marathons... not of running... of watching back-to-back episodes of 'Friends'. Hahaha.” IF YOU COULD MAKE ONE RULE THAT EVERYONE HAD TO FOLLOW, WHAT RULE WOULD YOU MAKE? “Put other people's happiness before your own. The irony is, that in doing so, we would all be a lot happier!” 37



“When all is send and done, you need to be happy with what you do and how you contribute to other’s lives. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we can miss the mark but if someone isn’t contributing unconditionally or positively then step away and just keep those close that understand and support you. Karma can be your friend or foe.”


eet the woman behind Byron Bay’s best casual dining experience. As owner of Fish Mongers Byron Bay alongside her husband, Steve, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this mother and business owner was already one of the busiest ladies in town. But add into the mix a vast array of community engagements including managing her son’s soccer team, plus the fact she is owner and director of her own consulting business, B.R.E.E Business Consulting, and suddenly busy seems like an understatement. Spresa founded B.R.E.E 18 years ago from the foundations of Bond, Redefine, Enable and Evoke change in business’ and transform individuals whilst scoping out their growth. For the past five years, the business has been specialising in “Engagement”, a tool which has helped many businesses move away from the traditional customer service focus toward engagement of staff and customers.

“Mongers is turning 19 this year, who would have thought that this little restaurant in Bay Lane would turn into a Byron institution. There’s a lot of love that goes into our food. We love the feeling our customers get when their tummies are full and there’s a look of content and delight,” Spresa said. Visit. Eat. Repeat. Fish Mongers Byron Bay is open seven days from midday until late.


“An engaged staff member creates an engaging environment which in turn creates a positive constructive culture and everyone is contributing to the success of the business. We drive this by applying an online anchored learning approach with a personalized transition coaching program. The MEP (Member Engagement Program) has been in the market now for 4 years and is delivering incredible results for organisations and their staff. 2018 is a really exciting year for the MEP as it is launching into the UK market and then Asia,” Spresa said.

“My family (particularly my son) and friends (who are my family), our staff and the organisations I work with. Life’s too short, surround yourself with likeminded people and those who will not judge you and love you unconditionally. I’m lucky to have a strong network around me and we ask very little of each other and really treasure ‘our precious time’ together.”

It was ultimately the culture of Fish Mongers that inspired Spresa to take the plunge and purchase the business with her husband, Steve.


“I asked to work in the business for a night to get a sense of what, if any, changes would need to take place. I walked out of that shift knowing the formula was strong, the produce was fresh and very little had to be changed. The previous owners Heather and Dave Ferguson also became amazing friends. We often say we purchased a great business and got great friends to boot, a real sliding door moment. 38

WHAT’S THE BEST OR WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? “Best advice – Understand your limits but don’t be limited by them.”

“Watching our son grow into an incredible man, knowing he has a very considerate and kind soul.”


Amanda Allen


“Never judge a man (or woman) until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Or, in Amanda Allen’s case, until you have run 1000km solo to fight your own black dog.


he ran 31km per day, for 32 days, from Toowoomba to Mackay. Along some very long, straight, hot, seemingly never-ending highways through some very bleak, dry and dusty land. And she did it to raise awareness for suicide and mental illness.

“Facing my fears and doubts, wanting to give up but taking another step anyway, fearing I might not make it, that I might not be good enough to finish; this symbolised what living with depression has always felt like to me. “There is a way through the blackness, there is no shame in being human, in being sensitive, in suffering; healing it isn’t an easy journey, but it is possible, and it is absolutely worth it. You are not alone,” Amanda said. Amanda is the epitome of physical strength. She is a rare breed of individual; bringing together decades of high level sporting achievements, including numerous triathlon, cycling, canoeing championship titles, then challenging herself further as a master’s athlete, taking out the Crossfit Games World Championship Titles, twice! It’s hard to fathom, that this extraordinary woman who has achieved in life what many dream about, has suffered from suicidal depression and self-doubt.

“Crossfit is without doubt the most fun you can have inside four walls. The energy is ridiculously fun, supportive, happy and uplifting. It is medicine for the body, mind and soul.” For a wealth of information and inspiration to take your own step toward smashing your fitness goals, visit Here you will find Amanda’s four books detailing her raw accounts of sobriety and success, as well as information about Amanda’s Women’s Wellbeing Retreats and her lifestyle and nutrition coaching.

Q&A WITH AMANDA FOR A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES SO MANY, WHO INSPIRES YOU? “I am inspired by people willing to work for a better tomorrow, for themselves and their tribe. By those striving despite the odds and the depths of difficulty, to overcome their personal doubts and weaknesses.” HOW DID YOU ORIGINALLY DISCOVER CROSSFIT?

“Overcoming long-term suicidal depression and chronic alcoholism and releasing myself from the terrible fear, doubt and self-sabotage that underlies these issues, has been my greatest challenge,” Amanda said.

“I discovered Crossfit by accident, I was trying to make the Olympic team for High Kneeling Canoeing and that lead me to exploring options for building my strength and high intensity fitness.”

Although discovering Crossfit by accident, it transformed her life, gifted her empowerment, a tribe to belong to and made her stronger physically, emotionally and mentally. As owner of CrossFit Byron Bay, she delivers a level of passion like no other.


“Crossfit is a community of people striving to be better versions of themselves every day. We lift heavy things, jump, run, skip and even fly through the air together. It is for everyone, no matter what age, stage or ability; the Queen, your unfit grandfather, a world champion, a teenager and a mum can all train together and support one another in the same class; everything is scalable!

“Unicorns. Laughter. Puppy kisses. Gritty honesty no matter what.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR TATTOOS? “I have tattoos of my puppies actual paw prints (I love them with my whole heart and soul), a tattoo of unicorn (I believe in magic), and tattoos of the words Freedom, Dream, Grace.” 39


Meet the MudHoney’s Whether you’re after expert colouring, a quick chop or a bold, brilliant makeover, the dream team at Mudhoney Hair Salon and Barber Shop has your luscious locks under control. Having relocated from Byron Bay, you’ll find a relaxed ambience amid a tastefully renovated 1920’s heritage building nestled in Bangalow’s beautiful hinterland. Relax, knowing you’re in expert hands, with an exceptional team of cutters and colourists to refresh and rejuvenate your hair.

Let’s meet the team!

Jess Bowen Owner / Operator Having first established her Mudhoney brand in Balmain in 2007, Jess Bowen has owned and operated five salons throughout Australia. She is proud to bring Mudhoney to her home town of Bangalow, where her salon design was a finalist in the Best Salon Design Australia / New Zealand awards. A key feature of this beautiful premises is that on a sunny day, clients can have their hair done outside on the verandah, where the beautiful stained-glass windows from the neighbouring church reflect onto the salon mirrors. “I am thankful to have an exceptional team of stylists from all over Australia, creating a world-class experience within this beautiful heritage town. We use the best products available in the industry for show-stopping results.”


Where did the name Mudhoney come from? “Mudhoney is a Seattle rock band and I like the juxtaposition of mud and honey.” Who is the most interesting or famous person you have styled? “I styled Rammstein for a New York gig at Madison Square Garden.” What’s the best piece of advice you have received? “Keep things simple.”


Clare Moriarty Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

Bec Rose

Senior Stylist and Manager

With seven years’ experience in the beauty industry, Clare has been with Mudhoney for two years.

Bec specialises in lived-in colour, lowmaintenance styles and improving the quality of hair. She has been with Mudhoney for three-anda-half years with a total of 17 years of industry experience.

“I love that this job can take me all over the world. Every day is genuinely different and allows me to be creative. I love interacting with a diverse range of people and the excitement that comes with personal transformation.”

“I have built a large clientele in the Northern Rivers who are exceptionally loyal, this is something I am very proud of. I constantly strive to educate my clients so they can achieve salonquality hair at home.”

Who is the most interesting or famous person you have styled? “Jerry Hall, I did her hair at Melbourne fashion week a few years ago. I’m obsessed with 70s hair and she was such an icon.”

Who is the most interesting or famous person you have styled? “I gave Elle Macpherson a blow-dry when I was an apprentice, I was so nervous I went bright red!”

What is your favourite smell? “I have a scented candle hobby / obsession, so I’d say some of my favourite smells would include sandalwood, bergamot, vetiver.”

What would you do at work if you could get away with it? “I would come into work in track pants and slippers every day, sorry Jess!”

Zoe Zee Pickles

Grace Bourke

Zoe has been part of the Mudhoney tribe for one year and specialises in blondes, dry-cutting and short lady’s cuts. She has 15 years of industry experience.

Grace completed her L’Oréal colour degree in London. She has 17 years of industry experience, two of those with Mudhoney.

Senior Stylist and Colourist

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

“One of my greatest achievements was winning the WELLA Trend Vision competition in Victoria.”

“I love to stay current and up-to-date with progression of hair by updating my skills regularly through education.”

Who is the most interesting or famous person you have styled? “Margot Robbie, I styled her hair once in Melbourne.”

Who is the most interesting or famou person you have styled? “Two completely different characters, Bill Shorten and Magda Szubanski.”

What is your favourite smell? “Coco Chanel perfume, it reminds me of watching my mum getting ready and doing her hair and makeup, she was also a hairdresser.”

What is something your friends consider ‘so you?’ “I’m known to be very OCD with my foiling, it almost looks like origami.”

Shell Whyatt

Anita Bauer


Senior Hairstylist and Kerestase Ambassador

Shell is the delightful voice and smiling face welcoming clients to Mudhoney, she has been its receptionist for six months. “I love that my position keeps me busy.” What is the most interesting place you have been? “Nusa Lembongan Island in Indonesia, I enjoyed the culture difference.” What is your favourite smell? “Fresh-cut grass and rain, there is something very grounding and peaceful about this.”

Anita is in her 10th year of hairdressing and has been with the talented team at Mudhoney for over two years. Her career has allowed her to work in the fashion industry at Australian and Melbourne Fashion Weeks, as well as runway shows for Myer Melbourne. “I am a haircutting specialist with an affinity for freehand dry cutting, creating effortless and easy to maintain hair. I have a strong following of people that embrace their natural texture and am the go to girl for all wavy to curly hair types.” Who is the most interesting or famous person you have styled? “If I had to pick my favourite famous person, Guy Pearce by far! He is one humble, down-to-earth, charismatic human.” What is something your friends consider ‘so you?’ “My cheeky light-hearted playfulness and my love for indoor plants and flamingoes.” 41


Flying free Living With Addiction Jessica Bowen From a young age, Jessica Bowen had always been fascinated with birds, but was only allowed to keep budgies and cockatiels. As she got older, her fascination grew to include the concept of freeflying. Jess purchased her blue and gold Macaw, Django, from a breeder on the Gold Coast. From the beginning, she was determined to free-fly her parrot, allowing him to have a free and fulfilling life. “Django started his free flight training as soon as he started learning to fly at the breeders which is called fledging. This is done by making him fly to you by calling him and presenting him with a treat. Ultimately it comes down to knowing your bird and trusting him,” Jess said. Django’s first outdoor flight was a nervous experience for Jess. “Macaws will generally have a 1km radius when they roam. Unfortunately, there is always the risk of them being chased off by another bird, like an eagle, but this is a risk that you take. Django has forged a very strong bond with me and has always come home so far. His first flight outdoors was nerve-wracking but incredible. He did these big loops around me and then landed on my arm as soon as I called him back.” Django came into Jess’s life during a tough time when she was battling alcohol addiction. A disease she says is still hard to combat in a society where drinking is a part of everyday life and something that needs to be worked on every day. “Despite drinking being socially accepted, alcoholism carries a very real social stigma. In a society where drinking is so readily accepted staying sober is a huge challenge. “I am incredibly grateful for the love and support I have received from my family and friends and the strong AA fellowship and community in this area,” she said. Her journey to sobriety has opened her eyes to seeing what’s important in her world.


“Even though Django has been something really positive in my journey to sobriety, my main goal and focus has been to become the best version of myself that I can be for my children and family. To run my business as successfully as possible but also to re-learn how to see the beauty in small things, like Django flying past me at full speed and tapping me with his wing to show off. But nothing beats waking up to your children telling you how much they love you,” Jess said. A successful business woman, mother and friend; Jess’s struggle with addiction is one that many people face in different forms. The first step to sobriety is to accept there is a problem, and the second is to talk about it to seek help. For information and help with alcoholism, visit and take the first step toward sobriety.


Brigit Pearl life coach and founder of Womens Wisdom School

MAKE MENOPAUSE TRANSFORMATIVE AND ENRICHING Are you dreading the onset of Menopause? Do you worry that hot flushes mean the end of you as an attractive, healthy woman? Are you fearful of loosing your feminine power through aging?

We learn that the hormonal change heightens our ability to see clearly and trust our feminine intuition.

No need to worry or be despondent.

This can lead to the realization that we need to let go of what no longer serves us. It enables us to step up into being self-determined and confident.

For today’s woman, menopause is the portal to step into the best time of her life. By understanding that menopause is a natural process of transformation for our body, mind and soul, we enjoy it as evolving into a woman’s most empowered self. When we embrace Menopause as a process that can bring expansion and freedom, we don’t fall into the trap of perceiving it as a midlife crisis. This is our opportunity to review our life and create the changes we need to feel fulfilled. At this stage in our life, we are no longer bound by reproductive cycles, looking after children or establishing a career. We have done it and have the resources to emerge in our new role as empowered wise woman.

We know what we want, who we are and how the world works.

We can now fully express our passion, speak our mind freely and take up leadership roles. In short, our life can become the most liberating and meaningful expression of our true self. I recommend to bring together a group of women to support each other in a nourishing and empowering menopause transformation. Create beauty and wellbeing in the wisdom stage of your life. Wishing you well,

Bridgit Pearl Life Coach

Empowering Women over 45 Menopause Retreat in Byron Bay

Spend an enlightening weekend of soulful inner journeys and workshops to create the life you love. You connect with yourself and other women for support and inspiration. Menopause is a woman’s natural change into the empowered wise woman. Easter Weekend: 31 March to 2 April 2018 in Byron Bay 3 days of life changing Workshops & nourishment for your soul Contact Bridgit Pearl p: 0403 747 442 e: 43

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We all need a besty, you know, the one that always has our back no matter how long it’s been? Well our skin can do with a besty too. It’s easy to be led astray by flashy new products that promise eternal youth, but when it comes down to it, Jojoba oil is the trusted faithful friend that always has your back. And your skin. Did you know that the wax esters found in Jojoba are identical to the natural sebum produced by our own skin? It has the ability to penetrate deeply to assist with fine lines and help with annoying breakouts.

HOW TO USE JOJOBA OIL • As a moisturiser for the skin • To control oily skin • To minimise breakouts • To ease chapped lips • To smooth cracked feet • Reduce the effect of sunburn • As a conditioning treatment for hair • To control dandruff Pro makeup tip: Mascara getting clumpy? Simply add a few drops of jojoba oil to rejuvenate the last bit of mascara. Jojoba oil is also said to make lashes grow thicker and longer, so it’s a win-win!

Bangalow Dental is a fresh boutique dental practice providing high quality dental services to local families and individuals of all ages. Our friendly and qualified staff have a wealth of experience and provide the highest level of personal care, attention to detail and honesty in a relaxed friendly environment. It is our pleasure to welcome you to our practice. Services provided: • Same day crowns • Veneers • State of the art cosmetic work Dr. Fabio Souza Miranda Dentist

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A FRESH BYTE FOR BYRON AWARD WINNING ECO DENTAL SURGERY THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH Most people are interested to know how an Eco-Dentist differs from a normal clinic. Well, at Bytes of Byron they have simply made it their mission to operate in the most sustainable way possible. They believe living in harmony with our environment is our collective responsibility and have been mindful to keep their impact on the environment to a minimum. The clinic considers the way it accesses and uses power, the materials used in everything from construction to the disposal of waste. In terms of the dentistry they exclusively use BPA free white fillings and have special procedures for safely removing old mercury fillings.

WHAT MAKES US AN ECO-DENTISTRY? • Wherever possible, we choose environmentally-sound options e.g. using digital radiography which has 80% less radiation • We implement environmentally friendly office practices, to re-use, re-purpose and recycle whatever we can • Try to reduce the clinics environmental impact wherever possible such as using biodegradable and carbon neutral products • Our steam steralisation replaces chemical based steralisation so no chemical residues remain • We support suppliers who offer environmentally-sound products and services • Amalgum separators are used when removing mercury fillings so that no mercury goes into the water supply.


Dr Leigh Bayliss

THE DIGITAL SMILE – THE FUTURE IS NOW HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING TRADITIONAL DENTISTRY The Digital Age continues to evolve faster than ever and is making its way into every facet of our lives and Dentistry is no exception. So what is changing?

Digital Smile Design (DSD) Achieving the perfect smile is the holy grail for Dentists and now digital technology is helping us to produce incredible results beyond conventional dentistry. Using software, we are now able to create a smile that truly compliments the proportions of the face and is meticulously designed using photographs and videos of the patient. This allows us to create a beautiful smile that harmonises with physical characteristics and people’s personalities. It also allows us to plan each customised design with the patient so they can see the outcome and results prior to moving forward

with definitive treatment. If you’ve been dreaming of your ideal smile then DSD is truly a revolutionary step in cosmetic dentistry.

Dental Implants Dental implants are great for permanently replacing missing teeth. They are simply a screwlike structure with an artificial tooth that look and function like a real tooth. The digital revolution is providing dentists the tools to virtually place implants to ensure long lasting, predicable results. By taking a C.T scan of the jaw we can plan the whole implant case using specially designed software. This ever-improving technology ensures that Implants can be placed in a simpler, less invasive way providing optimal aesthetics and function for our patients. Traditional dentistry if changing faster than ever and Bytes of Byron is dedicated to embracing new technologies that can improve our level of treatment and benefit our patients.

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frames or sunnies. If you take a moment to chat you’ll even find out some great spots to grab a coffee.


Bailey Nelson start with a process that’s clever and honest and use it to craft eyewear that’s both beautiful and affordable. Its team are passionate and genuine, who care enough about you to ensure your eyewear is done right.

The Byron Bay Boutique opened its doors last October, and many bank balances have been better for it. Why? Well, Bailey Nelson keep things fair by cutting out the middlemen and focusing on what actually matters. Antiscratch, tick. Anti-glare, tick. Spare change for your avocado toast, tick. They even make everything to do with your eyes simple and fun. Store Manager, Sheryl, is a Byron local who loves helping you find your new favourite

Bailey Nelson’s passion for high quality and fashionable eyewear is only matched by its promise to deliver sound clinical care, with the latest technology and highly trained optometrists. The newest member of the Byron Boutique is Michael, an optometrist with drive and determination to provide exceptional service.

Meet the Optometrist

MICHAEL SONNENFELD Born in Israel, Michael was passionate about eyecare from the get-go. He completed his optometry studies in Israel and worked in the College of Optometry as a clinic supervisor in the contact lens clinic, the behaviour optometry clinic and its general eye clinics. He worked and managed the special contact lens clinic at Saint John Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem for many years. He has expanded his experience in both corporate and private clinics before transitioning to Specsavers. His move to Bailey Nelson is one he is excited to progress within. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO BYRON BAY? “I emigrated from Israel 9 years ago to the Byron Shire and fell in love with the area at first sight. The lush green surrounds, the beautiful beaches and the sense of

community are the pieces of the puzzle that make Byron hard to resist.” WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN OPTOMETRIST? “I love meeting new people, I enjoy listening to people's needs. Every patient is unique and has a different journey in life, it's only in a one-on-one that you can find that uniqueness.” WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING OUTSIDE OF WORK? “I have a wife and three great kids whom I love spending time with. I love camping, mostly in the bush and inland, away from civilisation and mobile phone reception. In my spare time I enjoy reading and studying.”

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Let me tell you how... 1. Forget the diet hype and eat balanced. Did you know 95% of people that start a diet not only gain the weight back they originally lost but often gain more than they originally lost? Dieting is a slippery slope into the destructive cycle of deprivation and overindulgence.

Samantha Jenkins

Eat to fuel your body, not your emotions. 3 tips to building a healthy relationship with food. I’m sure you already know the importance of eating a healthy diet but how many people know exactly what that looks like? Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘one diet fits all’ way of eating. Good nutrition involves so much more than just the food we put in our mouths or the calories we can count on our plate, it’s about understanding the relationship we share with food and how it can impact on our health and happiness. When we can see food as a friend and an ally, eating well and nourishing our bodies can become an effortless task.

If you truly want to heal your body, protect it from disease and keep it functioning at its best, then there really is no substitute for real, whole, natural foods. If 90% of your diet doesn’t come from a packet, then you’re on the right track!

2. Eat Mindfully Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, stress relief or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger. Mindful eating is a practice you can use to increase awareness of your eating habits and to create space between your triggers and your actions. This involves asking yourself a few important questions before giving into your next craving! • “Am I actually hungry?” • “What emotions am I feeling right now?” • “Is this food going to make me feel better in the long run?”

3. Listen to your body Listening to your body involves recognizing it for the incredibly intelligent machine that it is and trusting that it knows what is best for you. Our physical sensations will always alert us if we are under or over-fed and eating slowly is a great way to allow time for your body to register if it is satisfied or not.

All you need to do is tune-in and listen.

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Wellness Centre Byron Bay “ At Evolve, our agenda is simple, we are a team of experts committed to helping our clients get the best results possible. No matter the issue, we are only focused on getting our clients back to their best.”

Blending Pilates with Physiotherapy, Evolve Wellness Centre Byron Bay, utilises this combination along with Sports Massage and Mindfulness Meditation for a holistic approach to wellbeing. Director and Physiotherapist, Scott Thomson, draws from years of experience working with some of Sydney and Melbourne’s elite sports people to bring cutting-edge techniques to Byron Bay. The death of a good friend was a catalyst for Scott to seek a different lifestyle, choosing to move from Bronte to Byron Bay, to open his wellness clinic. “Working in Sydney and Melbourne as a Physio there is a lot of competition and high client expectation, which motivated me to keep improving. I also had great opportunities and experiences over the years being involved with services for organisations as diverse as Dance Medicine Australia and the Australian Ballet, WSL Pro Surfers, AIS Boxing Program, Athletics Australia, the NSW Waratahs and everything in between! “This has allowed me to be of great service to local groups here such as The Byron Ballet, The Byron Bay Runners, The Academy Martial Arts, The Bangalow Rebels Rugby Club and the local surfing community. I have absolutely loved being able to offer our services to this delightful community,” Scott said. Scott explains that the integration of Pilates with Physiotherapy and Sports Massage is designed for both recovery and elite training.

“Physio’s gravitate towards using the Pilates method for a reason, it is the safest, most practical and functional way to progress a client along their road to recovery. It also gives us an elite tool for performance training with sport, dance and life. We integrate Sports Massage because we understand that it can help recovery and maintain a balance between strength and flexibility to prevent injury,” he said. Scott has also studied in chronic pain treatment methods, allowing him to specialise in complex issues and pathologies to help clients where previous treatments have failed. As injuries and pain can be a tricky balance between physical and non-physical factors, Scott and his colleague Jessica have studied Mindfulness Meditation, finding it to be an effective tool for the management of non-physical factors. “We facilitate 6 weeks introduction to Mindfulness courses that we navigate some of our clients towards throughout the year.” Evolve Byron Bay - Physiotherapy & Pilates enjoy sharing their message of wellness with the community, offering free workshops throughout the year. There is an upcoming Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Conditioning event, visit to find out the details.

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makemeover! has been created by: Byron Beauty Bar

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Hair: Shantele Barton

Qualified chef and mother of two, Lily Nakahara, has let her hair grow wild and free for sometime so she was very excited when Byron Beauty Bar wanted to include a cut and colour in this issue’s makeover. “It was such an amazing day! I was immediately made to feel at home by Nehara and her team at the salon. The hairdresser was so beautiful and loved to hear what I wanted done while giving me a few suggestions. The make-up artist was the same and wanted to know how I liked my make-up done. They both kept me very natural looking which I loved. Everyone made me super comfortable and offered me water, tea etc all the time. “Byron Beauty Bar is such a beautiful space too, filled with plants and amazing products.”


T AF HAIR Cut: Lily just had her second child and it’s been a while between haircuts. She had long hair and was after a fresh new look. We decided on a long bob and left the front soft and a little feathered. The new cut frames Lily’s face perfectly while allowing her to tie her hair back and still look fresh and sassy.


Colour: We decided to bring soft lightening effect around the face with a matt caramel and a clean blond using freehand foil balayage to give a sun kissed feel. To blend the colour together we finished off with our favourite Cendre toner. The overall result, a fresh sun kissed look with a natural lift.

Style: We finished Lily off with a lovely blowdry and loose beachy waves at the front to frame her gorgeous face. To give a little volume we used Mr. Smith Mousse and finished off with our favourite Dry Shampoo by Mr. Smith to give a texture.

MAKEUP Base: We chose a luminous lightweight foundation to enhance Lilly’s amazing complexion. Mixing Laura Mercier illuminating primer with Becca Aqua Luminous foundation in medium allowed us to perfectly match Lily’s skin.

Eyes: For Lily’s eyes we went for a smoked out lash line with long fluttery lashes. We chose individual lashes and warm brown eye shadow to achieved a natural summery look.

Finish: We finished off with Laura Mercier bronzer, Nars Orgasm blush for a natural blush and a touch of highlighter from Becca in Champagne Pop. 51

2018 horoscopes ARIES: (March 21- April 20)

LEO: (July 23- August 22)

You are someone who loves for the moment and wants what you want here and now and you tend to focus on the moment. You want to find out about life first hand.

You enjoy sharing all the good things in life with your friends and loved ones, you need to focus more on success and becoming the best possible for you. Don’t become involved in sparing bouts with work mate’s. Opportunities for travel to distant places is indicated provided you watch your money.

You need to be your own boss or in control of your own affairs you need a job that lets you be the go-getter a job that lets you come and go, as you will. This year brings a lot of changes and challenges. Luck financial success is on the agenda. Issues connected to the past will be sorted out avoid any arguments over politics or religion although fate may dictate that you look at life from another’s point of view. Luck can come in big doses particularly towards the end of the year.

Health improvements difficult situations will resolve themselves. Be more willing to open up and share your feelings with your loved ones. Most will become involved in doing good deeds for the less fortunate. Love wise most will be in for a fairly passionate year. Harder work and more responsibilities may take their toll on your energies at time so be prepared to counteract with proper nutrition and enough rest. Not a good time to start arguments with people who are not important to you in your career matters.

TAURUS: (April 21- May 20)

VIRGO: (August 23- September 23)

You like to feel that you are in control and need a stable environment and usually put up with a lot to achieve your aims. However, when someone does get in your way you usually bulldoze right over him or her.

You take a lot of pleasure in trying to make the world a cleaner and a better place, your sign is smart enough to know there are many paths to the same destination and that knowledge gives you a better chance at success. It has been a difficult few years but all this is about to change career pressure should ease a lot of progress is possible. Don’t listen to gossip or pass it on.

Many may need to review any financial dealings that involve others your goal will be to get what you want and if a relationship isn’t full filling your needs you may decide to change. New challenges and people who believe you could make your love life more spectacular. Many will start to focus more on ways to increase your income look for a lucky break towards the middle of the year. New techniques and innovations will help you to achieve greater professional status as the year ends. There is a lot of danger that you could be tempted to overdo or over indulge on the pleasure circuit so make a note to spare yourself any wear or tear of excesses.

You may wonder just where you stand with your loved ones and it’s because you could be spending more time at work. Remember to give more attention to your personal life to stop discord brewing. Money should be easier to come by, you tend to be responding in a positive way to health habits so avoid indulging on too much sweets. For the young at heart there should be propositions and proposals and most should enjoy their love life.

GEMINI: (May 21- June 21)


Ideas are always running your head, your mind never slows down, chance doesn’t frighten you the way it can frighten other signs its usually off with the old and on with the new. A lot of changes and movement this year, there is a real sense of challenge in the stars and someone could be blocking your progress and preventing you from getting where you want to be. Expect a power struggle from someone in authority the wiser among you want to take sides it will all blow over.

It’s so important to you to live in a world that is in balance and harmony. You love romance and feel very uncomfortable among discord. You have the ability to attract nice people and to inspire others to your way of thinking. You are a born communicator. You will have many opportunities to make changes.

Generally, health so looking bright and your vitality will get you through a rather demanding year as long as you do your part with proper nutrition and rest. A period in which many marriages are talked about, even more are decided on.

(September 24- October 23)

Many will be heading for faraway places also a lover could be trying to make changes that will change your life. A baby could make an appearance in the family and that will change your life for a while. Avoid discussions about religion or politics to keep the peace and stress can reflect aggressively on your nerves and overall health try to be more detached and objective when pressures mount. Some happy reasons for family celebrations could come up and things and people you lost years ago could suddenly come back into your life again. Something you thought was a defeat could turn into a victory.

CANCER: (June 22- July 22)

SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22)

Every Cancerian is a mother hen at heart befriending all the lame dogs and sick cats and people in sight people love you because you’re the one they can always come to in a crisis. Last year’s aspects could have toughened you up a bit and there will be a lot more responsibilities there will be a lot more growth for the effort you put into life this year and you will be rewarded. Most of you could be excited about new plans for the future that should bring financial growth.

You can be very determined when you make a decision you usually stick with it and once you give up or someone you usually won’t forgive on. Forget your changes are sweeping and final. Most could be still dealing with emotional issues.

Old times and old friends could be on your mind and you may have to say what is really important to you. Many could turn a former friend into a lover. Other people may require a lot more patience however the gains are worth it. 52

Expect more financial luck and expect more passion and input in your love life. Many could combine business with pleasure via travel for the single you could fall madly in love with an attractive new comer. No matter what the cost and you could have to make a choice. This should be a good year to weed out any habits that could be harmful to your health. Some chance of travel during the next few weeks and better to say yes than no to an offer.

SAGITTARIUS: (November 23- December 20)

AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19)

Your nature is passionate and outgoing and you enjoy the chase rather than the capture sometimes when you get them you don’t know what to do with them. Most of you enjoy today and don’t worry too much about the future. You should be able to enjoy being a part of something greater than yourself.

If anybody is lost misplaced or wandered off its you. If you turn up on time it’s usually a miracle. A very promising year for romance social events and pleasure trips will bring many opportunities. For romance the single could meet a fascinating person in other locales career will bring very beneficial vibes and previously delayed money transactions should begin to accelerate. You should be able to withstand the usual temptation to live in a way that jeopardizes your health.

Tempers can suddenly flare and get out of hand and you may have to step on someone’s toes to sort it out. For those who are still looking for a soul mate you should find the right lover. Be very careful in handling shared funds. Although indications for health are good make sure you are getting your regular checkups. A good period for helping someone close by and you will have a supporter for life.

You probably will have a strange incentive to stay well. Luck vibes support beneficial business transactions and money owed or delayed should arrive during this period. There should be a break from your hectic schedule and you should be able to enjoy life a bit.

CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19)

PISCES: (February 20- March 20)

A very ambitious sign usually good money manager this year you will achieve the most success by mingling with important people showing responsibility and you should avoid making decisions without consulting loved ones needs. Try not to act in haste or make impulsive judgment for those still unattached you could find the partner of your dreams for those already spoken for a very fertile period.

Very sweet gentle people till you push too hard and then watch the sparks fly. A relationship problem will be cleared up as the year starts and this could pave the way for a meaningful relationship. Joint funds will need to be very carefully managed and could be a source of gain. Business and personal relationships are favored and this year will bring way of solving most difficulties.

Obstacles should disappear and you should find outlets for your personal and business talents. Good time to buy property. It is possible that stress and strain at home and work can take their toll on your nerves and general health so try to side step friction wherever possible.

Your health relies on eating the right foods so avoid the urge to pig out on sweets. Overall health prospects look rosy for you. Important messages by mail, email or phone will make sudden changes to your daily routine. A period in which you will be planning for the future in the long run and present conditions could change.

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find your plant life balance It’s now common knowledge that having plants in your home helps to improve overall health and well-being, and reduces stress. Plants improve the air quality in your home by removing toxins created by paints, furniture finishes and air pollution. Breathing cleaner air makes you feel happier and more relaxed. The fact that they look great must help, too. But, especially for anyone who’s new to the plant game, it’s important to choose plants that are going to be easy to look after. We want to reduce stress, not add to it! And, of course, because this is 2018, there’s an App that you can download to help you. Called ‘Plant Life Balance’, you can upload photos of your space and rate it, and then use the app to style it with plants. There are seven professionally-styled looks, including ‘Formal Luxe’, ‘Desert Dreams, ‘Jungle Vibes, and ‘Sharehouse Heroes’. 10 54

Each look contains a collection of plants that are suitable for a range of light levels and growing conditions. There are heaps of different plants in each of the looks. Browse through them all to get a feel for what you like. Then, you can drag and drop images of your favourite plants into your photo, so you can see how it will all look before you spend a cent. All of the most popular indoor plants are there. If you’re a bit worried about how to look after a potted plant in your home, go for one of the super-tough ones like Snake Plant or ZZ Plant. These will need hardly any watering, so if you’re really busy, or not often at home, or you’re not sure you’ll remember to water, start with one of these. They can last 3-4 weeks without a drink. Fiddle Leaf Fig, Giant Bird of Paradise, Dracaenas and Devil’s Ivy need more frequent attention, but even these are ok if you forget them for a week

or so. Peace Lilies are one of the most popular and beautiful indoor plants, and they are up at the thirstier end of the spectrum. But they will tell you when they need to be watered – their leaves will lay completely flat if they are really dry, but they will recover if you notice and rectify the situation before they actually die. Most indoor plants will like a little holiday outside every now and then, especially if there’s some rain around. Dust can settle on the leaves, and putting the plant out in the rain is a good way to clean it off. Just don’t leave them in the hot sun, or they’ll get sunburnt. I like to leave my indoor plants in their plastic pots, and just sit that inside a nice ceramic pot or basket. That way, it’s easy to move them about, or re-pot them when the time comes. After all, it’s all about getting plants into your home to make you feel better, not to give you heaps of extra chores to do!

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Not for the shrinking violet Did you know The colour purple was once exclusive to royalty. The exclusivity of purple dates to ancient times where it was prized for its bold hues. The Persian king Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death. The purple colour could only be sourced from a species of sea snail, so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold.

The Czars of colour have spoken and 2018 will be the year of strong feminist virtue. Pantone’s 2018 colour of the year is a vividly vibrant purple, named Ultra Violet. The bold and beautiful hue was described by Pantone as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade.” “The Pantone Colour of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” says Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. Purple has long been represented in solidarity for women’s rights, a symbolic colour worn by suffragettes who campaigned for women’s right to vote in the 19th century. It’s a thought-provoking choice in a world so heavily impacted by the #metoo campaign used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment. And a fitting colour demonstration to follow our very own bold Byron women whom have been showcased in our business feature. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

How to style your home using Ultra Violet When it comes to interior design and home adornment, Pantone’s colour of the year always plays a largely influential role in directing trends for the year to come. Pantone stated, “Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary selfexpression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings.” The bright colour is best used judiciously in small doses, with splashes of the bold hue making a statement against an otherwise neutral palette. The contrast against white may be too harsh, so think of hints of gray. Those keen to bring the colour into their home in a bolder fashion can take inspiration from interior designer Shalini Misra. She advises embracing the drama and mixing in different textures and finishes to keep the look fresh. “A particularly effective way to introduce it into your home is to opt for upholstery in sumptuous velvets for an occasional chair, loveseat, chaise or ottoman,” she says. “Finish the look with warm metallics for a bold yet harmonious space.” 11 55


Passionate about creating beautiful imagery and living spaces that evoke a feel-good vibe, Louise Roche is a talented photographer, stylist, blogger and artistic director. In collaboration with local business, Case 22, Louise has used key items from its showroom to create harmonious habitats, on-trend and suitably stylish for discerning tastes.

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My coastal style – by Louise Roche. “The beautiful coastal style that I have become most noted for was born from my love of the ocean. I wanted to create a space that reminded me of being on holidays, of days spent in the water at the beach. I took the colours of the sand, the teal blue sea hues and loaded my spaces with swaying palm trees. I never intended to follow a particular trend, it was all about creating a relaxed and authentic space of my own.” “Nothing evokes feel-good vibes for coastal styling more so than the stunning range of vintage pieces available at Case 22.” 56

“Every piece has a story to tell and exudes a different era of Australian interior design that we’ve all grown up with and continue to love. There is nothing more iconic than the mid-century pieces available at Case 22, they remind you of the cute little surf shacks from days of old that lined our beautiful beaches. The pieces are part of the surf culture here and the beauty is that each piece is so unique and has its own tale to tell. It’s the imperfections from vintage that give a space a true sense of magic and feeling, layered with relaxed coastal inspired colours and accessories, textures and tones.” Case22 co-owner Kincade Wilks engaged Louise to use modern pieces from his showroom and dress them with local homeware providers such as Habitat Home, Ahoy Trader, Pampa and Tigmi to name a few. “We think she hit the mark,” Kincade says.”Ultimately we wanted to showcase our furniture in an entirely different way to show that a modern piece can sit comfortably in a coastal home. By engaging with Louise, we hope that local interior designers and stylists will think about us for their next creative project. We’re more than happy to help source and deliver. All they need to do is contact us - we’re here to help.” Head to for product information and to enquire about your next styling/interior project today.

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Building a Life Matt & Henna

IT’S A LIFESTYLE MANY DREAM OF BUT FEW FOLLOW THROUGH WITH. GIVING UP THE PROSPERITY AND PRESTIGE OF BIG-CITY LIVING FOR A LAIDBACK LIFESTYLE AMONG THE ROLLING HILLS. BUT THIS IS A MOVE MATT HADAD IS GRATEFUL TO HAVE MADE, FOR IT HAS LED TO HIS HANDS BEING BACK ON THE TOOLS AND HIS HEART BEING FILLED WITH GREATER HAPPINESS. Matt grew up in a small outback town and was raised surrounded by rugged red soil. His building career started when he was 17, influenced greatly by his father, who at the time owned the second-largest building company in Australia. Matt was trained in old-school carpentry where care and attention is taken to produce a quality rarely found nowadays. After this training, Matt followed in his father’s footsteps by obtaining advanced qualifications and diplomas in building to allow him to construct large apartment blocks, high rises and multi-million-dollar homes for celebrities and footy players. For some, this sounds like the dream of any builder, and for a time it was, but after achieving an impressive portfolio of projects, Matt craved what the city couldn’t give him. Moving to the Byron area seven years ago allowed Matt to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle and scale back his projects where he felt back in control of quality and workmanship. “When you oversee large-scale construction, you end up being more of a manager than a builder. Here in Byron, I’m back on the tools and on site for every part of the process. I was given a great gift with my old-school carpentry training and it allows me to put care and quality into every project. I feel that the concept of the builder who actually build themselves is a concept which is a bit lost nowadays, I enjoy bringing that back,” Matt said.

Matt’s ability with timber means he can work on both modern and traditional abodes, giving a sense of warmth to modern living and tackling projects that other builders may steer clear of. “I enjoy a challenge and I’m willing to chat to a customer to get a sense of what they are looking for, without the expense of pre-existing architectural plans or engineering specs. Often a client will just talk to me about what they want, whether it’s adding in a deck, new builds, garage and shed conversions, fixing structural damage or just making improvements on the house in general. I can offer them my opinion and advice and get to work on the outcome they desire. I only take on one project at a time, so I can be there from start to finish, handson during every level of construction,” Matt said. A family business through and through, Matt’s fiancé, Henna, carries out the painting and staining of projects, giving the business a few days of her time per week, while additionally being a nurse and caregiver. Servicing Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Tweed Heads and Broken Hill, view some of Matt’s craftmanship at

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Humpy Co. Life’s too short to spend your days pinning storage space solutions on Pinterest when the ultimate solution is closer to home than you think. If you crave a little more space, you need a Humpy! Humpy Co. was born and bred right here, in Bangalow. A father and son enterprise, Brian and Travis Lowe came up with the Humpy as a solution for those who need more space, but don’t want to move from their home. “Over my 15 years of building experience, I’ve seen an increasing need for additional space as people’s lives evolve. Not only for growing families, but for affordable business solutions or a way to generate additional income from a property. The concept came together after many discussions with my father, Brian, about how we could create a flatpack way of living,” Travis said. Travis owns Humpy Co. with his partner, Simone, and his father, Brian. Brian lives in Melbourne and is a regular visitor to the Byron Shire while Travis and Simone have land in the Byron hinterland as well as a four-year-old son, Raph, which keeps them busy when they aren’t putting their energy into Humpy Co. Brian has been running family businesses for the past 40 years and has nine grandchildren to keep him run off his feet. The lead time on building a Humpy ranges from four to six weeks, but upon completion it can be set up on your property within a day, immediately ready for use. Humpies are versatile and can be combined to create a spacious villastyle with multiple rooms and a deck. These small habitats are as versatile as they are practical, ranging in uses from additional bedrooms and holiday accommodation for guests to art studios and offices. Local musicians have even used Humpies as music studios! “Our Humpies are affordable, reusable and best of all, they are easy to dismantle so if you move, you can take your Humpy with you! The flatpack design means you can even pack it up and sell it on Gumtree if you so desired. The possibilities really are endless,” Travis said. Humpies can be shipped across Australia if you crave something more permanent than a tent at your favourite holiday home-away-from-home destination or if you have a family interstate who need more space at home. With spaces that suit your style that can be assembled in your backyard in one day, visit to redesign the way you live. 59

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That we all fi nd a little more time to keep the el derly in our lives.

To own a time machine that could go back to any music festival/concert

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To own a time machine that could go back to any music festival/concert of my choosing. e.g Woodstock circa 1969. Because who wouldn’t want to see Hendrix play in the flesh? And of course world peace, so that no one would ever be in a negative state of mind and every person regardless of nationality would be free to live in peace. As some famous poets once said, “All you need is love”.

That all children have a happy safe and loving family home to grow up in. That we all find a little more time to keep the elderly in our lives. That once one and two come true, the middle of our lives be fulfilling. Why? This is how it should be.

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BYRON BAY FIRST NATIONAL MARKETING The ability to communicate with animals. I would love to know what my Jack Russell Max is really thinking. My second wish would be to make Hogwarts real. I’m pretty keen to have a crack at Quidditch and try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. Thirdly, I would love some of Bruce Lee’s mad skills. I reckon they would come in very handy in my next Karate tournament. Whilst I would really like to be granted the above wishes, ultimately, I wish that people all over the world would help each other and animals unselfishly.

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GROOVE TO LIVE BEATS IN BALLINA SHIRE Whether it's a national star or local legend, Ballina’s got a bangin' bunch of live music on the horizon. Thanks to Ballina Shire Council’s Community Spaces, there are a range of venues from the Surf Club to Community Centres for live gigs to utilise. Ballina Shire Council provide a variety of spaces, from small interview rooms to a spacious event venue seating 480 people, all available for hire by individuals, community groups and businesses. The spaces are perfect for events, weddings, functions, meetings and classes and a discounted rate is available for community and not-for-profit bookings.

What’s On in March?

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Late in 2013, James Reyne played two sold-out shows at The Basement in Sydney, exciting fans with a new live offering, A Crawl To Now. Showcasing a broad selection of Australian Crawl tracks plus songs from his time with Company Of Strangers and his solo hits, the acoustic trio of James with Tracy and Brett Kingman, paid homage to an exceptional body of work.

Award winning and highly acclaimed Australian country singer, Daniel Thompson and Golden Guitar winning, Telecaster picking, Australian country music legend, Stuie French, along with their powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express, are excited to bring you Johnny Cash The Concert!

They brought the house down!

In 1968, Johnny Cash walked on to stage at Folsom State Prison, California and for the first time ever uttered his immortal words “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

The acclaimed singer songwriter is now taking his ‘A Crawl to Now’ Tour on a huge regional run including our very own coastal hotspot Lennox Head and across regional NSW and Victoria, from March through to May 2018.

Coming to Lennox Head for the first time in 2018, ‘Johnny Cash the Concert Revisits Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, is one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Don’t miss this opportunity to relive one of The Man In Black’s greatest ever albums.

Where: Park Lane Theatre - Lennox Community Centre Date: Saturday 10th March 2018 Time: 6.30pm doors open Show begins at 7.30pm

Where: Park Lane Theatre – Lennox Community Centre Date: Friday 23rd March 2018 Time: 7.00pm doors open Show begins at 8.00pm

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Price: $55 (plus credit card fees)

Price: $65 adult and $60 concession (plus credit card fees).

Tickets: Get in quick!! Tickets are selling fast!

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Danny Salfield Welcome to the frothiest pages of Byron Life, where we delve into the minds of some Byron's frothiest ocean loving artists, musicians and shredders. This instalment we catch up with local rock gods The Badlands, photographer Ming Nomchong, Salty sea dog Brett Munro and Mini waterman Seth Carter. Let me begin by elucidating you on my own personal froth levels, These two months as we draw close to the end of the high season summer crowds and begin sniffing the autumn southerlies in the air. Over summer we re-evaluate and adjust our surfing goals when car parks are at such a premium, going for a surf is more like buying a lottery ticket, where the prize is a slice of bitumen. There are always alternatives though to playing musical chairs with QLD number-plated hatchbacks. Why not try walking to your nearest surf break, drive south or north of the bubble, or perhaps even construct a wave pool in your backyard (surely theres a D.I.Y clip up on Youtube?). Or as last resort why not kick back with the Froth and let this weeks guests do the frothing for you.


These guys are always frothing and never slothing. The hardest working rock band around and a bunch of fine surfers to boot. Lets find out what Byron Bay’s Badlands have been frothing on recently. SO WHAT ARE YOU GUYS FROTHING ON RIGHT NOW? We are frothing on 2017. Last year was massive for The Badlands, we released our debut ep with a video clip and had the opportunity to tour it playing shows all over Australia. We are even more phyced for what 2018 will bring. HOW LONG HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER AND HOW DID YOU ALL FIRST MEET? We have been together for 5 years now. We met through friends and a mutual love for music and surfing. WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY THUS FAR? That time we did an encore in dresses to a packed out home show that was pretty classic. We played aneurysm from nirvana and Pauly crowd surfed the entire length of the Northern that was a highlight. IF YOU WERE FORCED TO TURN FROM A ROCK BAND TO A BOY BAND SINGING CHEESY POP SONGS, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR BANDS NAME AND DRESS CODE? The highvislands. Dress code PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). HOW DOES FROTHING ON THE SURF CONTRIBUTE TO THE BANDS OVER ALL FROTH? Surfing makes the world a better place .




SO BRETT, HOW DID YOU GET INTO SURBOARD SHAPING? I was fortunate to have been offered an opportunity to learn the craft from a respected Australian shaper , Kingsley " Knackers " Kernouski , who was operating under the Natural Balance label in the small coastal town of Whangamata in New Zealand . The first board I made was a pig ,it made me appreciate all the good ones that had been made for me before I started . WHO DO YOU REMEMBER AS BERING THE STAND OUT SURFERS IN BYRON BACK IN THE DAY?


My days started here in 93 , there were many good surfers around here then older and younger crew all mixing it up on various equipment. It was hard to get your share of the good waves at the best spots on the primo days , nothing has changed

Best session I can remember was at Padang around 81, surfing by myself in perfect screaming barrels. For some reason nobody turned up that afternoon, it was too good to be true . As for around here , many great sessions over the years , there are so many good set ups around here, on their day .

IS THE ADVENT OF MACHINE SHAPED BOARDS THREATENING THE LIVELY HOOD OF THE SMALL BUSINESS SURFBOARD MANUFACTURERS? I don't think the use of the shaping machines has really any impact on a small operation like mine , they are just a tool and most shapers are using them now , savings in terms of time and sweat.

IF YOU COULD SUM UP THE PRINCIPALS OF SHAPING A GOOD BOARD IN ONE PARAGRAPH WHAT WOULD IT BE? I guess you just need to focus on the job at hand , spend the time on it . FINISH THIS SENTENCE - A SURFBOARD IN TEN YEARS COULD BE MADE OF....Who knows , Good question , perhaps out of something that has been recycled , old thongs ?

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I’ve been frothing on wakeboarding lately, our friends own Odyssey Wakeboarding at Woodburn and I’ve been having a blast with them on the river!

I want to go to Huntington Beach, California one day. I don’t just want to go for the surfing but to check out the whole lifestyle there. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a few places in Indo and also Fiji to surf, but I’d really like to go to Pipeline as well



I’ve been surfing since I was two. My dad taught me on a longboard. I don’t remember my first wave but we still have my tiny wetsuit. I do remember the first time I surfed on my own board though. I got it for Christmas and surfed all that day. Mum works for a surf school so we did the surfgroms program when it first started. It was good having other people teach you stuff.

I go to Byron High, so there’s heaps of surfers there. Half of my friends surf and the rest play other sports. My group’s all pretty active, it’s hard to sit still in the classroom when all you’re thinking about is what the waves are doing.


Julian Wilson and John John Florence.

I do nippers, I’ve played Union, League and AFL and did Little Athletics for ages, but my favourite is surfing.




Ming Nomchong, is an Australian based fashion and lifestyle photographer and total surf frother. Ming graduated with a degree in Fine Arts majoring in Photo-media from COFA UNSW in 2004 and she spent the following 3 years as a Photo-assistant in Sydney before moving to Byron Bay to start shooting for her own clients.

HI MING, SO TELL US WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY? I grew up in Sydney before leaving the big smoke behind in 2008 for greener pastures. Photography has always been apart of my life, it’s been a very natural progression into the space where I am now. My mum was a photographer and that was a huge influence into sparking my interest into the creative world. WHAT DO YOU PREFER SHOOTING MOST - SURFING AND THE OCEAN OR FASHION AND LIFESTYLE? They’re both so different and I enjoy them for the aspects they bring. Fashion and lifestyle photography is great as I get to work creatively with a team to construct images that were figments of imaginations before they’re shot using specific (and thought out) lighting, composition and angles. It’s like making a movie, you get to create a visual story out of pictures with beautiful women in pretty clothes in amazing locations. The surfing and ocean photography is so different from that for me, it’s an escape to the watery blue where I get to be the spectator and capture life as it happens. I love the rush you get once you capture a moment that you know is golden and won’t ever happen again. That’s pretty special. HOW HARD IS IT TO MAKE A CAREER OUT OF PHOTOGRAPHY DOES THAT TAKE ANY OF THE FUN OUT OF IT? With the rise of social media and the technology that enables everyone to be a photographer, yes it is hard yaka making a career out of photography.

But if you love what you do, it’s not work and if you love doing something, sooner or later, you’re going to get good at it and someone will probably pay you for it. (Manifestation helps a lot too...) WHAT PHOTO DO YOU REMEMBER TAKING AND FROTHING THE MOST OVER AND WHY? It’s the image of Lauren Hill and Crystal Fitzgerald in Tonga, swinging from a thatched hut over the water in Vava’u, from our Chasing The Sun Tonga trip. It went viral on the internet after Billabong posted it in 2015 and I’m still getting tagged in it today WHAT PHOTOGRAPHERS DO YOU MOST LOOK UP TO AND WHY? I’m obsessed with anything old or vintage so naturally I look at the photographers of yesteryear, David Hamilton, Helmut Newton, Slim Aaron, Herb Ritts. I also really look up to the amazing women photographers around these days that are killing it, Zoe Grosmann, Olivia Malone, Emma Tempest and so many other talented creatives. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2018? Go on more tropical shooting adventures this year. And buy a house. 65

A Northern Rivers Food & Beverage Handbook

Amy Colli LAUNCHED LATE LAST YEAR, ‘BYRON REGION FOOD: A NORTHERN RIVERS FOOD & BEVERAGE HANDBOOK’ IS A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS AND FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS FROM ACROSS THE NORTHERN RIVERS. LAUNCHED BY BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL MAYOR, SIMON RICHARDSON, THE HANDBOOK INCLUDES OVER 100 PRODUCERS FROM THE SEVEN SHIRES, INCLUDING BYRON, BALLINA, CLARENCE VALLEY, KYOGLE, LISMORE, TWEED AND RICHMOND REGIONS. The launch event was hosted by Project Manager and Northern Rivers local, Amy Colli (Gastronomic Goodness), at the ever-fabulous Stone and Wood brewery in the Byron Industrial estate mid-December. The 80 producers and guests enjoyed a range of local produce, including food and drinks from Almond Road Bakery, Grilo Protein, Mumma Raw, Husk Distillery, Salumi Australia, Kitz Living Foods, Mongogarie Olives, Nimbin Valley Dairy, Byron Bay Crackers, Happy Belly Probiotics, Baraka Gourmet Foods, and Granny Frankfurter’s Wunderkraut. All of these producers have a listing in the handbook, which was art directed by the Federal local Gaby Borgardts (GeeBee Design). Byron Shire Council was able to offer the free opportunity for producers to be involved in the Handbook thanks to a ‘Byron Food Advantage’ grant from the NSW Department of Industry. Mayor Simon Richardson praised the passion and integrity of the region’s food producers and leaders featured in the Handbook. “We love our food and so do our visitors and this new handbook highlights how significant and important our food industry is – it’s an attraction in itself, alongside our beaches, hinterland and events. It’s a milestone for the region because it really shines a light on the breadth of exciting work going on in the food and beverage industry across the whole of the Northern Rivers.


“From our famous macadamias to honey, bread, bush foods, avacadoes, oils, muesli, beer, wine, sugar, tea, coffee and a whole range of truly unique food products, the creativity and innovation coming out of this industry is truly awesome. “Whether you’re a cottage-industry start-up or an iconic Australian brand, food and beverage businesses make a significant contribution to local jobs and economic development in the region and this is something we are hugely supportive of,” Mayor Richardson said. The handbook is a wonderful celebration of food, and also of the way we farm, and the way our region shops and supports our farmers’ markets, community markets and food festivals. Containing additional information such as each Shire’s farmers’ markets and community gardens, the handbook is a fabulous resource for both visitors and locals as well as our chefs and food community. Electronic copies of the book are available from the Byron Shire Council website: Printed copies are also available for purchase by contacting: The Byron Food Advantage grant also assisted with the production of seven videos from local food and beverage producers including Stone and Wood; Salumi; Pocket Herbs; Mt Warning Spring Water; Byron Bay Cookies; Brookfarm; JJ’s Seafood Ballina. These are all available on the Byron Shire Council YouTube site: For more information about either the video’s or the Handbook, contact Tania Crosbie, Economy and Sustainability Coordinator on 02 6626 7000 or

The Lighthouse Organic Farm and Roadside Stall

Meet the Chef Steve Vella

Chef and Owner of Fish Mongers Byron Bay

Take a scenic drive along Myocum Road and stop by the Lighthouse Organics roadside stall where you can purchase local organic produce grown at the nearby Lighthouse Homested and Organic Farm. This certified farm produces an array of certified organic fruit and vegetables such as mangoes, lychee, jack fruit, jaboticaba, lemons, limes, finger limes, pecans, oranges, grapefruit, custard apple, Davidson’s plum, longans, figs, feijoas and Chilean berries. We heard from Tony, the owner of Lighthouse Organic Farm. “The purpose of the stall is to sell fresh fruit and vegetables that are picked that morning. It is dependent on what is available that day and we always sell at reasonable prices to the local community.” At the moment juicy mangoes are bountiful, so are limes and lychees. They also have a lot of wild flowers so this is a great time of year to buy your loved one a unique gift of freshly picked wild flowers.

Originally from Sydney, Steve is an electrician by trade. Although he has worked in the building industry since he was 15, Steve has always loved to cook and dreamed of owning a restaurant one day. When he moved to Byron with his family nine years ago he was finally able to realise that dream when he and his wife, Spresa, bought Fish Mongers Byron Bay. The couple now strives to create a fresh twist on traditional fish and chips. They welcome everyone and cater for every taste and appetite. Whether it is for something simple like a box of their twice-cooked homemade chips or something a little more fancy, Fish Mongers Byron Bay guarantees to make your mouth water. If you are looking for something different try their delicious fish tacos or salt and pepper king prawns with tempura vegies.

What do you love most about your job? Follow them on Instagram: Lighthouseorganicsfarm Stay at the Lighthouse Homested For a special getaway the Lighthouse Homested is located on the 220 acre organic farm. Enjoy a night or a weekend of peaceful slumber while taking in sweeping views across verdant valleys to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. Only 15 minutes from Byron, this rustic Queenslander sleeps six people, making it an ideal escape for couples or families looking to get immersed in nature. An organic veggie box with organic eggs is gifted to guests who get full use of the gourmet kitchen to cook their own farm inspired feast.

When customers take the time to compliment us on our food, the joy in their faces is very rewarding.

Tell us a little about the food on your menu and what you would recommend your customers try? Everything on our menu is prepared fresh every day, I would recommend our fresh fish ‘Off the Boat’ on our specials board which changes all the time. My favourite would be Snapper in a Coconut, chilli, lime marinade with Fragrant Jasmine rice.

What is your secret weapon in the kitchen? Being positive and having a good attitude. Having an open kitchen allows all customers to watch the team bring it together. It’s quite a show particularly in Summer when the line is out the door. Our customers can see that we enjoy cooking for them and it really shows in the food we produce. 67

Meet the Barista Belinda (Barista at The Belongil)

Have you ever served coffee to a famous person? If so, who and why? Yes, we’ve had a few through the door. Lovely Angus and Julia Stone are regulars, along with Michelle bridges and her hubby the Commander and celebrity chef, Shannon Bennet. I’m still waiting for Chris Hemsworth to walk through the door!

What’s the best chat-up line to use on a barista? Barista : “Can I have your name for the order?” Customer : “okay but can I have your number?”

Have you ever given anyone a free coffee and why? I confess, I have! Someone looked like they were having a really bad day! Getting something for free, with a smile will always cheer people up.

Belinda, or “Bells”, as her mates know her, is originally from Chichester in the UK. A desire to travel brought her to Byron Bay and she has now lived here for five and half years so is pretty much a local! The Belogil is a charming beachside café known for serving one of Byron’s best brunches by day and hosting beautiful wedding receptions by night. We meet their star Barista, Belinda, who loves working with the public and meeting interesting people. She’s found that, since making coffee at The Belongil, she’s developed good friendships with customers who she now also calls friends.

What is your biggest secret/inside tip as a barista? I think it’s not to get stressed. As soon as you allow yourself to get flustered you’re guaranteed to spill a jug of milk all over yourself or start dropping things. Keeping your workspace tidy is also key for a good flow.

What advice would you give your customers for the best way to order their coffee? keep it short! Ha ha. Most of our customers are regulars, so although I may not know all their names, I know their coffee orders.

What is the most challenging thing about being a barista? I guess it’s dealing with the pressure. I can have 20 dockets in-front of me, each with 5 different coffees, milk types and strengths. 68


All-day breakfast, coffee and cafe mains served in a trendy, light-filled space with a relaxed vibe Open 7 days / 7am - 2pm 33 Chide St, Belongil Beach, Byron Bay

02 6 6 80 9007

From Mexico With Love THE FOUNDATION OF MOUTH-WATERING MEXICAN FOOD, NO MEAL IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A STACK OF QUALITY, FRESH CORN TORTILLA’S. The problem is, here in Australia, the tortilla’s often found in shops are nothing like the real deal. If you start with a good quality tortilla you’re on your way to making great Mexican food. Jefte and Joey Juarez are the co-founders and directors of Doña Cholita, the only tortilleria in Australia that exclusively crafts organic tortilla’s and totopos. They imported their tortilla oven directly from Mexico, the same oven you will see in the tortillerias in every neighbourhood in Mexico for authentic texture and flavour, and these amazing Mexican products are crafted right here in Byron Bay. The couple met in Mexico in the north-eastern city of Monterrey. Joey was doing a semester exchange in the city and fate led her to the same hotel Jefte was staying at. Jefte was playing professional football and living in the hotel, the couple met on the second day of Joey’s trip. She stayed a further six months in Mexico when her University semester finished and lived with Jefte’s family. It was here that authenticity of Doña Cholita was born.

Joey explains who inspired the name. “Doña Cholita is Jefte’s beloved grandmother. Doña is a respectful term for an older woman, Cholita is her nickname, her Christian name is Soledad. In México most Christian names have a ‘nickname’ that go with them. “Jefte is from a big family, one of eight, so meal times we’re always an event, everyone around the dinner table. Jefte had always spent a lot of time in the kitchen, learning from both his mother, Mirna and grandmother, Cholita.” Jefte commented, “When we named our business we really wanted something that was personal, this is our life, this is our journey here we are doing something we really love! It is a testament to our Mexican heritage, to our family who have shaped us into the people we are today. It’s personal. And it always will be,” he said. Doña Cholita products are now available in more than 100 stockists Australiawide, with many more to come. In Byron, you can taste the authenticity at many local foodie haunts, including Chihuahua Taqueria, The Roadhouse, St Elmo, Elements of Byron, Gaia Spa & Retreat, Milk Bar Bruns, Footbridge and The Stockpot @ Bangalow Bowlo. Gab some delicious Doña Cholita tortillas or chips for yourself and try Joey and Jefte’s mouthwatering recipe for enchiladas. You would be loco not to! visit

Tortilleria 33 The Broadway, Burringbar NSW 2483 | p: 0451 028 323 | e: | w: 69

E H T social fly

THE MIDDLE PUB MULLUM Tuesday - Trivia How smart do you think you really are??? Ring and book or just show up to test your knowledge and have a laugh. Starts 7pm Friday - Krappyokee Come down to the Middle Pub in Mullum and bust out your best rendition and blow someone’s mind. From the tone deaf to stars in the making, everyone is welcome to come belt out a tune. The food is amazing from the pub Starts 8pm Sunday - Jam


Bring your own instrument and have a jam with our backing band every Sunday afternoon

ADVANCED EXPORTING WORKSHOP (ASEAN MARKETS AND E-COMMERCE) The NSW Government invites you to an advanced exporting workshop in Byron Bay. This workshop aims to help exporters looking for the next opportunity. This workshop is designed for regional NSW export-ready businesses to prepare for expanding their business into the ASEAN markets. The workshop will cover: How to develop and implement a comprehensive market entry strategy for ASEAN markets (presented by Asialink Business)


Expert tips on e-commerce (presented by Austrade)



Who should attend? Export-ready businesses looking to develop a growth plan to extend beyond the domestic market

Founded in 2010 the Annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is a noncompetitive event focusing on surf culture - highlighting creativity, innovation, environment and sustainability.

Existing exporters looking for the next opportunity

The 3 day event is a fusion of ‘Surf Culture Now’, featuring approximately 20 different free and ticketed events including; surf sessions, surfboards, art, shaping, design, music, film, yoga, environment, markets, fashion, presentations, demo’s, literature, history, food, and on the Sunday don’t miss the famous Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions and the Hunters & Collectors show and demo day along the pristine foreshores of the dreamy Wategos Beach

Event details: Where: Byron Bay Services Club, 132 Jonson St, Byron Bay 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (AEDT) Cost: Free (places are limited) For Further information: 02 6583 5647

STRASSMAN’S “ITEDE Side-splitting comedy! An hilarious all-new show! Strasso’s screwed. He can’t get Chuck and Ted E. off their iPhones. They’re lost to Snapchat, Instagram & Facebook.

There will be live broadcasting from the Community Centre on Thursday the 22nd of Feb. Be sure to tune into Bay FM between 6pm8pm to catch the frother of ‘The Froth’, the man himself Danny. He will be interviewing and featuring many surfing legends!!! Check online for more details

The battle is on! And in an amazing live-show breakthrough, Strasso throws his voice to 5 puppets at once. It’s a riotously unbelievable, 6-way comedy routine. You seriously won’t believe it!! Ted is cuter than ever and Chuck just as evil. Sid the Beaver cracks a heap of depraved jokes. And you won’t believe surprise guest, Buttons, the very pissed clown. You’ll cack yourself! The best night out you’ll have in long time! 7:00 pm – 8:40 pm @ The Byron Theatre 70


Byron Bay



Open 7 Days breakfast and lunch Dinners Tuesday - Saturday Aperitivo Happy Hour 4-6pm Tuesday - Saturday Genovese Coffee Bar opens 10am , drop by for just a drink Lights snacks through the afternoon Venue space for up to 65 guests

Events at Targa Specialising in intimate events and pre and post wedding gatherings. Situated on the edge of town square, our corner venue includes indoor and outdoor aspects and a timeless and rustic backdrop perfect for any style of event. Local produce features throughout our menu options and our full bar offers unique wines and delicious cocktails. Exclusive use hire available.

11 Marvell Street Byron Bay NSW 2481 (02) 6680 9960 71

Byron feb mar 2018 issue  
Byron feb mar 2018 issue