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Flickerfest Mullumbimby & Byron All Shorts 2024 Wrap

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Flickerfest Mullumbimby & Byron All Shorts 2024 Wrap

 

FliCKERFEST Mullumbimby 2024 National Tour Screenings & BYRON ALL SHORTS Northern Rivers Short Film Finalists Screening & Awards

Celebrating 33 years, Flickerfest wrapped up its highly successful 3 day Mullumbimby event on Saturday night screening to full houses across the weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, with enthusiastic audiences enjoying a cinematic journey, across a diverse range of highly crafted short films from Australia and the world handpicked from Flickerfests Oscar and BAFTA qualifying competition. Flickerfest Mullumbimby is part of Flickerfest’s 40 venue national tour and Flickerfest’s national and local organisers and Mullumbimby residents Bronwyn Kidd and Shane Rennie were thrilled to present the Flickerfest tour for the 27th year, back home in the Byron Shire.

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Flickerfest Mullumbimby 2024 Byron All Shorts Best Short Film&Audience Award Winners and Jury

Mullumbimby 2024 Byron All Shorts Best Short Film&Audience Award Winners and Jury

19th BYRON ALL SHORTS – Awards Announcement

An annual highlight of the Flickerfest Mullumbimby weekend, Byron All Shorts, the best of Northern Rivers short film competition, screened on Saturday 2nd Feb, 4pm at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. 13 amazing local short films screened to applause all round from the capacity audience, with the finalist filmmakers present to introduce their films to the enthusiastic crowd. All of the Byron All Shorts finalists were in consideration for a number of awards that recognised excellence in short filmmaking.

The Byron All Shorts awards were presented after the screening, selected by a jury of acclaimed local film practitioners including producers Kath Shelper & Tim Maddocks & writer/director Gemma Lee.

Flickerfest Mullumbimby 2024 Byron All Shorts Award Winners

Mullumbimby 2024 Byron All Shorts Award Winners

A big congratulations to all entrants selected for the competition & all of the award winners. And the Byron All Shorts Winners are:

  • iQ & FLiCKERFEST – JURY AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM
    ‘Djalbuyan Nahra’
    Wri/Dir/Prod: Jahvis Loveday | Wri: Nahra Loveday (Crabbes Creek)
    $250 AUD, Avid Media Composer Software (value over $1,300)
  • SAE Creative Media Institute – JURY AWARD for EMERGING TALENT
    ‘Trinket’
    Wri/Dir/Prod: Alisha Doherty Hough (Mullumbimby)
    $250 AUD, 1/2 day In Your Face Productions edit or film shoot
  • iQ & FLiCKERFEST – AUDIENCE AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM
    ‘Djalbuyan Nahra’
    Wri/Dir/Prod: Jahvis Loveday | Wri: Nahra Loveday (Crabbes Creek)
    $250 AUD, 1/2 day In Your Face Productions edit or film shoot
  • Special Jury Award
    ‘Coming Home – Stories Of Bandjalang Elders’
    Dir/Prod: Karenza Ebejer | Prod: Mitch King (Richmond Hill)
  • Special Mention of the Jury
    ‘Coming Home – Cabbage Tree Island’
    Wri/Dir/Prod: One Vision Productions & Cabbage Tree Island youth

Thanks to our Award partners SAE Institute Byron Bay, Avid Australia, In Your Face Productions, Screenworks.

 

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Electronic Flood Warning Signs and Cameras Installed in Byron Shire

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Electronic Flood Warning Signs and Cameras Installed in Byron Shire

 

Three sets of automated flood warning signs and cameras have been installed on Main Arm Road, Left Bank Road, and Myocum Road in Byron Shire. These signs, equipped with solar-powered flashing lights, activate when water levels reach a trigger point, providing a crucial warning to drivers about dangerous road conditions.

Katie Hughes, Acting Infrastructure Planning Coordinator, emphasised the importance of these new installations, funded by a $300,000 grant from the NSW Government and the Commonwealth’s Disaster Risk Reduction Fund. “Main Arm Road, Left Bank Road, and Myocum Road are busy rural roads, and during significant wet weather events, drivers are regularly caught out by attempting to drive through flood water in these areas,” Ms. Hughes said.

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“The SES has responded to countless calls to help drivers whose vehicles are stuck in the water, and sadly, some lives have been lost over the years,” she added. “The new lights will automatically come on when water reaches a certain level, indicating the road is closed and the situation is dangerous.”

In addition to the warning lights, cameras have been installed that update images every 15 minutes. These images feed through to the Council’s Emergency Dashboard, allowing people to assess road conditions before traveling.

“People can see the images from the cameras now by visiting the Byron Shire Emergency Dashboard website,” Ms. Hughes said.

This initiative aims to enhance driver safety and reduce the risk of flood-related incidents on these busy rural roads.

 

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Eating, sharing knowledge and ideas…Farmers’ Feast a great success

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Eating, sharing knowledge and ideas…Farmers’ Feast a great success

 

Byron Shire Council’s Farmers’ Feast, held in collaboration with the Tweed Richmond Organic Producers Organisation in early July was a coming together of taste buds and ideas.

The event was designed to showcase the best of the region’s produce while bringing together organic and regenerative farmers and land managers to share information, stories, and conversation.

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Andrew Cameron, Council’s Agricultural Extension Officer, said that because of the nature of their jobs, farmers don’t often get the opportunity to sit down and talk with other producers.

“Farming can be very hard and isolating, this was the perfect chance to get off farm to connect, share and learn with fellow like-minded farmers whilst feasting on the delicious food grown in our region” Mr Cameron said.

“Importantly it was also the chance for them to talk, get ideas, share information and hear and see what others are doing.

“Our climate and land in this region are so incredible and this coupled with the desire for producers to meet climate change, environmental and food security issues head on, was the foundation for conversations about looking after the land and feeding the community.

“We heard from a diverse range of speakers, from those who paved the way in the early years, to those flying the flag successfully today.

“It was great to hear farmers sharing their stories and learnings but most importantly hearing about their passion, commitment and purpose.

“Many thanks to everyone who took part in the event,” Mr Cameron said.

People in interested in regenerative agriculture and other events like the Farmers Feast can sign up to the Byron Farmers Network via Council’s website.

 

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Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek both open

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Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek both open

 

Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek are both open and flowing into the ocean.

With last week’s wet weather Tallow Creek opened naturally while Council mechanically opened the mouth of Belongil Creek.

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Council, in accordance with approvals from the NSW Marine Parks Authority and Crown Lands, used an excavator to dig a channel through the sandbar at the mouth of Belongil Creek to release water levels in the catchment due to low level inundation experienced on the floodplain and around the town centre.

Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek are naturally occurring intermittently closed and open lakes and lagoons (ICOLL) which open and closes to the ocean.

ICOLLS are regarded as highly sensitive marine environments and there are strict protocols and rules in place relating to any attempt to artificially open the creeks because of the high risk of fish kills.

Chloe Dowsett, Coastal and Biodiversity Coordinator, said that due to the low-lying and flood prone nature of Byron Bay, when water levels in Belongil Creek (and Tallow Creek) build up and wet weather is forecast the sand at the creek mouth sometimes must be shifted manually,” Ms Dowsett said.

“The sudden rush of creek water to the ocean can rapidly deplete oxygen levels and cause fish kills and we have detailed plans and processes in place to reduce the chances of this happening.

“I am pleased to report that there have been no signs of fish kills which is great news,” Ms Dowsett said.

 

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