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Heartbeat Bangalow’s

free l march 2012 No.156 l Celebrating the Life and Times of the local Community

Of good breeding In our series on examining the best breeds for our area, we discover that heritage stock are bringing home the bacon, page 9.

mud is the new black around these parts

a Cultural Feast arriving pages 12, 13 & 14

editorial February in Bangalow was a month of intensive community action: to save the bowlo, save the weir and, er, decide on the favoured interchange option. Number one has been achieved, following generous contributions from our community, and the others are yet to be announced. March brings you a plethora of cultural delights from concerts to films, lectures,

theatre and even a conversation night. Read all about them in this issue and enjoy the change of pace. Other contributions cover agriculture, mercy flights, history, sport, health and more. And there is special plea from Federal to help them save their church. Oh, and don’t forget to help out on the cane toad muster.  Di Martin for the team

Bat Flowers The white bat flower (Tacca integrifolia) is a most unusual flowering plant. It has large broad glossy green leaves and in summer sends up long spikes with spectacular and bizarre shaped flowers quite like a bat. The top of the flower consists of two large white bracts with purple stripes. Under the bracts are the true flowers which hang in a cluster of dark purple balls. Huge long white whiskers hang down about 600 mm.

There is also a black bat flower (Tacca chantieri) which is smaller and has black bracts instead of white. The bat flower is a native of South East Asia so likes a warm environment with plenty of water in the summer months. They grow well in a fairly large pot in a part shaded and protected position. The flowers are long lasting so will provide an interesting feature in the garden for quite some time.  Lyn Plummer


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New Vision for town Bowlo

In response to the financial difficulties that closed the Bowlo, community members put money in to save the day. Stop Press: the following was received on 25 February as we go to print. Bangalow bowling club president steps aside. Last night’s Board meeting of the Bangalow Bowling Club, the first since the end of the period of voluntary administration, saw club president Martin Colbert stand aside and the election of the convener of the Club Rescue Committee, Brian Mackney to the position of club president. An overview: on January 13 the bowling club closed its doors as it was in danger of trading when insolvent. Voluntary administrators, chartered accountants Lawler Partners, were appointed and a committee was formed to work with them on a way forward. Last month, at a public meeting, it was decided that debentures would be issued to interested community members to provide the required funds for the recovery. A summary of the club’s in-debtedness is that it owes about $286,000. This is made up of $63,000 to trade creditors, $125,000 to the ANZ Bank, $27,000 to the Australian Tax Office and approximately $71,000 to the administrators. The ANZ has agreed to re-finance the club debt, albeit with conditions which include repayment in six months, and the club has made a commitment to pay off all unsecured creditors within six weeks. The creditors have agreed to the schedule of payments. The Club Rescue Committee (CRC), represented by the convenor Brian Mackney, is planning to return to trading as soon as practical. But a major question remains. What sort of club does the Bangalow community want? The CRC is in the process of putting

out a four-page brochure to investigate the options, define why the club exists and arrive at a way forward. The CRC group is: Brian Mackney, 0413 679 201; John Hudson; Brian Grant; Bill Larkey; Dennis Prior; Mark Baker; Martin Colbert; Matt Bleakley; Paul De Fina and Tony Hart. In the process of re-inventing and rebuilding the club to satisfy the community aspirations, they have come up with a general ‘motherhood’ statement as a guide to the future process: “The new club must be for the entire community; for the elderly; the baby boomers; the X, Y and Z gens; for young families; for extended families; for young mums, for the kids; for friends and friendships; a respite for the lonely; for the sporting groups; for men and women of all ages; a valuable community centre which offers something to everyone.” The intention of the committee is that, while major changes will take time, the

initial priority is to complete the debenture issue and clear creditor debts before trading can recommence. Areas of particular importance are that financial goals (based on five- and 10-year plans) ensure that the club maintains tight financial and system control; there is accountability with regular auditing; clear reporting and accounting systems and expenditure review processes; a clearly articulated marketing plan led by a marketing director; a keen understanding of who the members are and what they want; a clear HR policy and well-trained and competent staff; a community relations policy; a high level of professionalism in all of the club’s endeavours; and a board that sets the standards for the club and reflects the aspirations of the members. While the CRC has been responsible for both resolving the complex issues currently being faced, and dealing with the restructuring possibilities, it will be the Board that implements the programs. Presumably both groups will work together as, aside from the fact that some people are members of both groups, the fact is that the CRC holds all the monies that have been raised. There is much work to be done, but the renewal process is well under way. And, while the community saved its club by pledging money, the next step is for all interested parties to be involved with the task of developing the Bowlo into a truly meaningful club that serves their interests and needs and is fiscally responsible. Compiled from information supplied by the CRC and Bowlo Board: Eds

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Four years ago Lecia Robertson, soprano, and Margaret Curtis, pianist and harpist, (pictured above, left and right) met as new girls in town when they were invited to perform together at the Four Seasons Concert Series in Murwillumbah. This led to subsequent collaborations for concerts in the local area. “We enjoyed working together so much that it was not long before we decided to form a duo,” said Lecia. Following regular acclaimed performances at High Tea at the Sydney Opera House, Lecia decided that the Northern Rivers should experience a similar type of event and A Taste of Opera was conceived. Billed as an afternoon of sensory delight, A Taste of Opera is divided into quarters – Italian, French, German and English. Songs as well as operatic arias from each country will be performed. Many favourites and a few surprises will be accompanied by delicious canapés from around the world made by Joseph Griffin, head chef at the Harvest Café. Lecia, an organic farmer, professional opera singer and mother, has performed over 20 roles in Australia, Europe and the UK. Since moving to the Northern Rivers in 2006 she has been a principal artist with Victorian Opera, State Opera South Australia and Opera Queensland, as well as performing in numerous opera galas and recitals. Later this year Lecia will perform the role of Micaela with a leading international cast for Opera Queensland at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC. Previous roles performed include Judith from Bluebeard’s

Castle, Mimi from La Boheme, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, Floyd’s Susannah, Tatyana from Eugene Onegin and many more. Originally from Sydney, Margaret began her musical studies on piano at the age of five. She achieved her Associate Diploma at the age of 16 and continued her studies accomplishing her Teacher’s Diploma with the Australian Music Examinations Board in 1982. At the age of 26 she had obtained her Performing Fellowship with the Trinity College of Music, London. In 2000 Margaret added the harp to her focus and began studies with Louise Johnson, principal harpist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has become an accomplished harpist performing with the Sydney-based TOPS orchestra at Sydney Town Hall and was the resident harpist of the Beecroft Orchestra for two years. She is now the resident harpist of the Lismore Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Margaret has played in musical society performances, performed solo recitals on both piano and harp, and accompanied choirs. As well as performing piano concertos with the LSO she is also a freelance harpist, pianist, accompanist, performer and teacher of both instruments. The name ‘Aria Viva’ means operatic song alive. The 11 March afternoon performance aims to captivate its audience with a range of ‘musical delights’. See Community Noticeboard, page 6, for booking information.  Margaret Curtis


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Community ‘weiry’ of being fobbed-off

Christobel Munson reports on the follow-up to February’s Community Forum On the night of the Forum local residents Council’s maintenance of the structure. The of all ages, and others interested in the community requested there be no removal fate of the 90-year-old iconic creek pool in or demolition of the weir wall, that all Ashton Street park, had listened carefully feasible engineering options be considered to a balanced set of points from a range of for the repair of the weir and pool, that experts including a NSW Fisheries ‘fishway’ any consultant study on the situation be scientist, ecologists and water specialists, a made public, and that Council staff and Byron Shire councillor and an independent consultants present their proposals at structural engineer. To introduce the a public meeting. Grants for the work forum a short film by Terry Bleakley should be investigated and the community was screened in which older Bangalow respectfully requested that Council residents talked about the long community- enter into discussions with independent oriented history of the pool and its positive engineer, Tony Baggio, regarding the design impact on the ‘social fabric of Bangalow’. and modest cost estimates for weir repair Forum facilitator Mick O’Regan made it that he presented to the meeting. Delivering the resolutions to Council, clear that the consortium supported the Pool Trust’s drive for a purpose-built new David Pont pointed out that the community perceived that there were swimming facility, but that three possible options: this group was looking to The level of remove the weir, restore the retain the functionality of weir, or reduce its height the existing facility and concern for the – and that all would have surrounds. “There should be costs and implications. It was no conflict in aims between future of the mentioned there was fear in the supporters of the ‘new pool underlies the community that the weir pool’ and the old weir and wall would be removed, an pool,” he said. “The weir has the community’s option not favoured by locals. more complex issues than engagement with The issue of the 2008 Council just swimming.” study, in which the pool was The weir and pool, where this issue designated for listing as a thousands of kids have learned to swim over the decades, are in heritage item, was also raised. Asked about the status of the $20,000 danger of breaking up after the weir wall was undermined by tree roots last year, allocated last December for an ‘options partly through lack of maintenance. The study’, to date nearly $8000 of that has resulting sudden and prolonged fall in been spent by Council on a preliminary water level in the creek is thought by many engineering report and an environmental to have affected platypus upstream. The impact study prepared by an external pool has been fenced off since late 2011, consultant. As these have not yet been signed off by Council, they have not been made preventing community use. Representatives from the three groups public. The Bangalow groups pointed out which organised the Bangalow Pool Forum that NSW Fisheries had promised support last month met with Byron Shire Council’s for a partnership to develop a solution manager of community assets, Phil incorporating a fishway or fish ladder to Holloway, and manager of infrastructure allow fish species to migrate upstream, a planning, Michael King, after the event to major consideration for Fisheries. Matthew deliver the resolutions unanimously agreed Gordos, from NSW Fisheries, indicated that to by more than 80 residents on the night. some grant funding may be possible for a “The nature of the resolutions and the level fish ladder, though Council’s staff seemed of concern for the future of the pool underlies less optimistic about that option. The representatives of Bangalow’s the community’s engagement with this issue, and its ongoing concern to achieve Community Alliance, Landcare Group and the best possible outcome,” Bangalow Historical Society were invited to formally Landcare president, David Pont, told Council. submit the resolutions and community The resolutions passed at the Forum statements from the Forum to Council, to be included recognition of the significance assessed with internal Council reports and and value of the pool and weir to the external consultants reports, and presented community, and disappointment in at a Byron Council meeting late in March.

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A Taste of Opera in Newrybar Aria Viva performs at the Harvest Bakery on Sunday 11 March, 3.30pm for 4pm start. (See our story on page 4.) Places are limited so early bookings are essential. Email: for reservations and payment. Tickets are $50 and include canapés. Drinks are available for purchase before 4pm and during intervals. Margaret Curtis

Nashua Ladies Who Lunch An invitation to all past and present women residents of Nashua to join the contact list for our Nashua Ladies Who Lunch get togethers. Past lunches have been very successful – moderate charge, wonderful food and surroundings in a private home, BYO, and an opportunity for community bonding. We hope to hold another two lunches this year – day of the week to be rotated in order to accommodate work and/or other commitments. Anyone interested and not already on the list please contact 6629 1453 or email

with their details.  Lynette Binns

The ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Mega Garage Sale Are you in the market for fabulous pre loved treasures? Then read on! As part of our yearly fundraising, the Bangalow Community Children’s Centre (BCCC) will host the ‘Rumble In the Jumble’ mega garage sale in its grounds on Saturday 24 March, 8am–11am. Parents of the centre will be setting up shop to sell their wares and the entire community is welcome to attend. You can expect to find books, clothing, children’s clothes, children’s toys, CDs, furniture, bric-a-brac and other terrific used wares. There will be deals galore. If you choose to make a purchase or two you’ll be helping our beloved not-forprofit community centre meet its annual fundraising target as all stall holders will be donating a minimum of 10 per cent of their takings straight back to the BCCC. Come early to catch the bargains of the day! Where: BCCC carpark and grounds.  Viv Fantin

All Souls Anglican Church Easter service times Maundy Thursday, 6pm: Washing of Feet, Lord’s Supper, Stripping of Altar. Good Friday, 9am: Meditations on the Stations of the Cross. Easter Day, 8am: Lighting of the Paschal Candle, renewal of Baptismal Vows. Sung Eucharist.

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Anglican Rectory 100th – correction to February article. Last December the Bangalow Anglican Parish celebrated the centenary of the rectory and the completion of stage one renovations. The beautiful pressed-metal wall and ceiling linings and the coloured glass windows are now showing their splendour after a fresh coat of paint. The bathroom had previously had a make-over under the direction of Tricia Ellis. Ellen Lehane coordinated all the work in the rectory and Bruce Bernauer was general factotum. Eds

Bangalow Garden Club At the next monthly meeting on Wednesday 7 March, 1.30pm at the Anglican Hall, Julie Short from Idyll Hours Nursery will speak on plants in the Gesneriaceae family which includes the African Violet, Gloxinia and the Lipstick plant. On Saturday 10 March members will visit her nursery at Modanville and then visit the garden of Beth and Owen Noble in Eureka. An extra visit to dahlia growers has been organised on 22 March and all details will be available at the meeting. The new president, Hazel Sowerby, was delighted with the large attendance at the first meeting of the year and the trading table groaned with wonderful plants and produce. An interesting program of botanical activities

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Landcare Rivercare A working bee will be held on Saturday 3 March at 3pm. After a few month’s break from working bees and mainly trying to keep up with the sports field planting maintenance, the group will be back to monthly working bees. Working bees are on the first Saturday of each month but a new fortnightly roster for in-between jobs is coming so more can be done at more flexible times. The coming working bee will see planting mature phase trees at Stage 2 which is across from Bangalow Pool. We will meet at the pool park and drive to the site as access to our plantings is now barred by the pool fence. All welcome, wear boots, long pants and sleeves. Hat and water highly recommended. Enquiries 6687 1309 Liz Gander

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A vacancy has arisen on the A&I Hall S355 committee. Expressions of interest are invited from anyone in the community who would like to join this committee which oversees the management, activities and future direction of this grand old Bangalow landmark. Help wanted! The A&I Hall website needs a facelift to show off this gorgeous venue to its best advantage. If there is anyone with web design skills and spare time on their hands who would like to assist, could they please call Susie on 0428 925 472 or email info@  Susie Warrick

A&I Hall What’s On in March Thursday 1 March Baro Banda Monday 12 March Hand Grenades Like Cartier Clips Tuesday 28 March, 12 noon2.30pm and 5.30pm-8pm Baulderstone Community Information Session. Contractors for the Bangalow/ Tintenbar Pacific Highway upgrade, Baulderstone will be available to discuss the upcoming construction work and how it will affect the local

community. Saturday 31 March Bangalow Flicks, A Separation. Winner of 2011 Golden Globe Best Foreign Film, this profound new film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is about a contemporary Iranian couple who separate and the intrigues that follow. The film breaks cultural boundaries and has a universally appealing story, mesmerising cinematography and unforgettable performances. Rated PG. Dinner from 6.30pm, film starts 8pm. Tix $12/$14, prebook Barebones. Enquiries 66874424, www.travellingflicks. com Susie Warrick  

Annual ANZAC commemorations

The Bangalow community has been praised for its support of the annual ANZAC commemorations by the Bangalow RSL Sub-Branch president Mr Bob Heffernan. “The last few years have seen increasingly large crowds attending the commemoration in Bangalow,” Mr Heffernan said, “and this year’s parade and service will once again welcome the participation of families and younger people. With the number of World War 2 veterans declining each year, it is essential to keep the ANZAC spirit alive and well for future generations, and having the schools and youth groups taking part shows that the spirit of ANZAC Day is indeed alive

and well in the town.” On ANZAC Day, 25 April, all ex-servicemen and women are invited to take part in the parade which will assemble near the roundabout at 10.30am for the march down the main street to the RSL Memorial Hall in Station Street. Members of the 41st battalion are included as well as a drum party, World War 2 jeeps, school and community groups. At the cenotaph, flags are lowered, wreaths are placed by community representatives, the bugler plays the Last Post and Reveille and the Ode of Remembrance is recited. At the conclusion, everyone is invited into the hall for a brief Commemoration Service and address. The Bangalow Sub-Branch, which meets at 1.30pm on the last Friday of each month, is always pleased to welcome new members and details can be obtained from the Hon. Secretary, Col Draper, on 6624 5560.  Chris Gray

Lions Lines The first meeting of Bangalow Lions for 2012 was held on 14 February. At this meeting the district governor, Lorraine McKenzie, thanked the club for all its hard work and fundraising over the previous year and challenged us “to look for new ideas and ways of improving the club for

future generations.” One of our members, Robert Lotty, received the District Governor’s Excellence in Service Award for his humanitarian work performed both for Lions and within the Bangalow community. The inaugural Bangalow Lions Youth of the Year competition was held on 23 February. This event provides an opportunity for outstanding young people in local high schools to demonstrate through interview and public speaking their leadership skills and community spirit. Our club looks forward to another year of active community service and fund raising. Neil McKenzie

Bangalow Playgroup Where: Anglican Church Hall, Deacon Street, Bangalow. When: Every Tuesday, 1012pm in school terms. What: $3 and bring a plate. Contact: Sue sjcraigie@bigpond. com or 0421 030 438  Sue Craigie

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Hand Grenades Like Cartier Clips How can hand grenades be compared to Cartier clips? Sounds incongruous but find out more at the first ADFAS lecture for the year on Monday, March 12, 6.30pm at the A&I Hall. The story of Lee Miller will Lee Miller photographed by Man Ray take us from fashion model to artist’s model; from photographer’s model to photographer; from images of fashion to images of war as Vogue’s war correspondent and also accredited combat photographer for the US army. Two genres shaped the life of Lee Miller: surrealism and the world of fashion. Born Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller in 1907 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA, she first entered the world of photography in New York when Conde Nast, the proprietor of Vogue, put her on the front cover a few weeks before her 20th birthday. She became the model for photographers and artists such as Lepape, Steichen, Genthe, Man Ray, Hoyningen Heune, Horst, Picasso and Penrose. In 1929 Miller went to Paris to work with the well known surrealist artist and photographer, Man Ray, as model fashion photographer. She returned to and photographic apprentice. She then New York in 1932 and again set up her own succeeded in establishing her own studio studio, which was highly successful, for and became known as a portraitist and two years. It closed when she married a



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PIG BREEDS Continuing our occasional series on livestock breeds used locally Until the late 1960s most of the country around Bangalow was used for dairying, and most dairies also had small piggeries. The milk was separated, with the butterfat going to butter factories (such as Binna Burra) and the skim to the pigs. When Britain went into the EU, obtaining dairy products from Europe, it stopped importing our butter and most dairies closed. Those remaining were required by factories to supply whole milk so virtually all the little piggeries stopped too. Fast forward 30 years: local Farmers Markets have started and some farmers see a niche market for specialty pork products. Two such operations are Byron Bay Pork – John Singh and family – on Coolamon Scenic Drive, and Sunforest – the Jamiesons

of McLeods Shoot. Both use the Berkshire pig breed and supply Byron Farmers Market as well as wholesaling to many places. The Berkshire is a very old British breed with mention of it going back 350 years. This breed was apparently much favoured by ‘upmarket diners’, including the royal family, which maintained a large stud. One of their champion boars was called Windsor Castle! Why use them here though, when there are now more productive hybrids bred for the big commercial piggeries? A main reason is that their meat is heavily marbled, giving it a distinctive juicy flavour preferred by many pigmeat connoisseurs, (like the Wagyu beef breed). Most of the modern ‘factory pig’ breeds are much leaner. Berkshires are also placid and hardier

when run in free-range conditions. This is particularly important for Sunforest which is free-range organic. Matthew Jamieson says “the sows often build nests in the grass to give birth, choosing this over farrowing pens, which are open for them.” He also crosses his Berkshire with Duroc, another old breed developed in the US and favoured for its bacon. “The Duroc has many similar qualities to Berkshire and gives extra hybrid vigour when crossed,” Matthew adds. The Singhs also have a larger piggery on Broken Head Road. Here they run more of the ‘modern breeds’, such as the Danish Landrace, which give better feed conversion efficiency and suit other markets.  Brian Sundstrom

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ANGEL FLIGHTS Brian Hall of Brooklet reports on a volunteer service providing assistance to people in remote areas requiring transport Tyagarah Airfield – Bangalow’s closest and surely among the most picturesque and manicured grass strips on the east coast – is not only home to a busy skydiving operation, gliding club and numerous recreational flying machines, it is also home base for at least three Angel Flight (see text box below) volunteer pilots. I knew nothing about Angel Flight until I was musing recently with John Callanan, the co-owner of our Beechcraft Bonanza – call sign Kilo Golf Lima – hangared at Tyagarah, about ways to put my flying hobby to use in some sort of community service. As it happens, John has been an Angel Flight volunteer pilot since March 2004, when he completed the 57th Angel Flight ‘mission’ in Australia from Chinchilla to Archerfield in Brisbane. On that trip he carried a 13 yearold girl whose kidney transplant had failed and who required twice-weekly hospital visits for an eight-hour hook-up to a blood dialysis machine.

Bill Bailey, who flies a Cessna 170 out of Tyagarah, tells a similar story of a young girl whose year-long, twice-weekly Angel Flights from Grafton to Brisbane culminated in a successful kidney transplant recently. In fact, our area – Byron-Lismore-Ballina – has nine registered pilot volunteers who have flown over 170 missions between them. There are also five local Earth Angels working as fundraisers and about 55 patients locally. Many of the pilots contributing to this wonderful organisation are based out of similar small facilities, which surely marks them as valuable resources for recreation, small business and community service. My own first mission firmed my resolve to become an active participant: we flew a little girl, Lotus, home to Armidale with a very exciting new piece of equipment – her new purple wheelchair. In spite of suffering from brittle bone disease, Lotus was dancing around her mum, Sarah, when we

picked her up at Schofield’s Flying School at Bankstown. She has had more than 35 major fractures in her five years, but her outlook has been dramatically improved by a new treatment developed for US astronauts who experience loss of bone strength after prolonged weightlessness. Unfortunately, Lotus still tires easily and needs the wheelchair for those times. After a smooth and scenic 80-minute flight via the Hunter Valley, comfortingly watched over by Air Traffic Control, we cancelled search and rescue watch and landed safely in Armidale, where Lotus posed for the obligatory postflight portrait, before prancing off to show her siblings the new purple ‘toy’. Six missions later, inspired by the upbeat attitude of courageous kids (and adults) like Lotus in this program, I look forward to many more Angel Flights – not to mention the delight of Tyagarah’s green runway 05 or 23 lined up on the nose at the end of each mission.

How Angel Flight works Unlike the Royal Flying Doctor Service or Care Flight, Angel Flight is NOT about emergency or critical services. Its pilots are volunteers: mostly private pilots who fly their own light planes for pleasure and/ or business. All have found Angel Flight a way to marry a love of flying with a desire to help out people who live in remote areas and need to travel long distances frequently for non-critical medical reasons, and for whom travel by car, bus

or commercial flights is too arduous or too expensive. Angel Flight’s 2500 pilot volunteers are complemented by 3500 Earth Angels – land-based volunteers who ferry the patient-passengers by car from airfield to medical destination and return. The volunteer army is coordinated by six dedicated full-time staffers working the phones and emails in Brisbane. Angel Flight reimburses fuel costs and waives various ATC fees and airport fees. All

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6th Byron Bay International Film Festival The 2012 Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) once again brings people and film together for a captivating, stimulating and entertaining dose of screen culture. With more than 40 public screening over 10 days from 2-11 March, the festival attracts international filmmakers, directors, producers, performers, cultural tourists, prominent members of Australia’s film industry and a wealth of appreciative audience members. Festival Director J’aimee Skippon-Volke commented, “... the festival’s headquarters now being located in the heart of Bangalow allows us easy access to the entire region, and with five venues this year spread around the region, that access is critical.” As well as the public screenings there will be a gala red carpet opening night and closing party, showcase nights, free workshops and panels, primary and secondary school screenings and a balcony bar for the audience to mix with filmmakers. This year there will also be an expanded program in neighbouring Lismore. In 2011, 206 films were screened from 35 countries of which 72 were Australian films. Of the films screened 135 were Australian or world premieres. BBFF2012 is shaping up to be even bigger. The festival’s organisers are passionate about supporting cutting-edge independent filmmakers. With over 900 film entry submissions received, J’aimee has had her work cut out. Further programming and ticketing information will be available over the coming weeks at  Rachel Bending

David Helfgott and Yantra de Vilder Last December David Helfgott, patron of The Buttery drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre near Bangalow, helped raise over $30,000 at a private recital, supported by the Buttery Recovery Choir. Now there is another chance to see Helfgott perform in intimate concert mode at the Byron Community and Cultural Centre on Saturday, March 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday, March 18 at 2pm before he heads off for his European tour. Joining him on the program will be multi award-winning composer, pianist and once resident of Byron, Yantra de Vilder. David will play a program of Rachmaninov, Liszt and Beethoven while Yantra will play her improvisations on the Steinway with a backdrop of the ‘art of nature’ on the big screen. Tickets on sale now – $49/$43 – at the Byron Bay Community Centre, phone 6685 6807. Dee Tipping

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Soul and folk music coming to Eltham Internationally renowned performing artist Kerrianne Cox will be bringing a powerful and soul-filled night of music to the Eltham Hall on Saturday, 31 March at 7pm. All the way from Beagle Bay on the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, Kerrianne’s music celebrates the spiritual depth of her culture and the struggles of the first people’s road to empowerment. Audiences will also be treated to a captivating support set by Queensland heritage folk singer/ songwriter and bassist, Julia Rose, renowned for her soaring vocals and tales of love and life on the road. Compared vocally to Joan Baez and Roy Orbison, Julia is sure to take you on an unforgettable musical experience. Tickets available at the Eltham Village Gallery 6629 1649 and online at  Eds

Wonderland at Lismore Station On Tuesday, 27 March NORPA will premiere Railway Wonderland, a spectacular original theatre work, that will be performed live at Lismore train station. Dance, theatre, live music, a choir and stunning video projections all combine to take the audience on a magical ride across time from the 1940s to the present day. All the action is to take place on the beautiful, disused station platform with the audience on special undercover seating that has been constructed across the (no longer in use!) railway tracks. “Train stations are such evocative and romantic places where a thousand hellos and goodbyes resonate across time,”

says the show’s director, and NORPA’s artistic director, Julian Louis. Two years in the making, Railway Wonderland brings together an exceptional line-up of local artists and theatre practitioners from across Australia. The creative team includes an ensemble of local and Sydney actors, esteemed playwright Janis Balodis, choreographer Emma Saunders and a ‘super-choir’ led by Peter Lehner comprised of choir leaders from across the region. Railway Wonderland started in 2009 with a call-out to local writers to submit short stories that were then performed at the 2010 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The stories, along with the region’s rich history

of post-war migration, act as inspiration points for Railway Wonderland. The production is also informed by engagement with historians and researchers at Southern Cross University and the Richmond River Historical Society, Rail Corp staff, the general public, enthusiasts and lobby groups. Bookings: or call NORPA box office Mon-Fri 1300 066 772. WIN TICKETS. NORPA is offering a free double pass to Heartbeat readers for the performance of Railway Wonderland at 8pm, Wednesday, 28 March. To go in the draw to win, email before 19 March with the subject ‘Heartbeat competition’.

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upcoming cultural happenings

Screenworks premiere of Miss Fisher’s Murder An enthusiastic crowd looked quite the part, dressed in 1920s fashion for Screenworks premiere of the locally devised TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries at Bangalow’s A&I Hall on Monday, 20 February. The 13-part drama series, based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood, was adapted for television by Northern Rivers locals: writer-producer Deb Cox and producer Fiona Eagger of Every Cloud Productions. 

According to media reviews Fiona, Deb and their creative team have meticulously translated Miss Fisher’s world to screen, taking audiences into a stunningly authentic recreation of various aspects of 1920s Melbourne. The Bangalow audience at the Screenworks premiere were shown the first two episodes of the series, and their enjoyment was obvious as they laughed

and oohed and aahed as the lively Miss Fisher sashayed through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit. The thoroughly modern heroine, who makes sure she enjoys every moment of her lucky life, is played by Essie Davis (The Slap, Cloudstreet). The series is on ABC1 on Fridays at 8.30pm.  Lisa O’Meara

NEW FACE FOR BANGALOW MUSIC FESTIVAL The highly-acclaimed Bangalow Music Soloists in recent years. The festival has Festival is on again this year with a new grown to become one of the country’s finest music festivals with face taking on the role of performances in recent Logistics Director for the years from the Australian festival. Margaret Curtis String Quartet, Genevieve is a Bangalow resident Lacey, Slava Grigoryan, and local music teacher Marshall McGuire, Ilya of both harp and piano. Konovalov, Jack Liebeck She assisted Michael and Lisa Gasteen. Malloy with the festival Audiences are exposed organisation last year to the showcasing of and agreed to take on the Australian performers and role for 2012. The festival composers; performers is celebrating its 11th Margaret Curtis are provided with the anniversary this year and will yet again bring an international- opportunity to collaborate with soloists and chamber musicians from across the standard music event to our town. The award-winning Bangalow Music world resulting in an extraordinary, notFestival has been the most notable to-be-missed event for both local and development of the Southern Cross national audiences.

Local schools in the Northern Rivers/ Tweed districts will be invited to attend an educational concert providing students with access to classical music performances in a friendly environment. Students are also able to meet the musicians to learn and discuss music and the instruments used in performances. The regular ‘locals night’ will be conducted to showcase both the calibre of festival performers as well as the musical talent of local performers. The dates for the festival are Thursday, 15 August for the locals night concert and Friday, 16 August to Sunday, 19 August for the school and festival concerts. Each month an update will be provided in Heartbeat with the program to be announced soon.  Eds

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We live in sunshine; why then are we vitamin D deficient? Despite being known as a vitamin, Vitamin D is actually a pro hormone. A vitamin D precursor is made in the skin from cholesterol in response to absorbing UVB rays. It then gets converted in the liver and kidneys into its active hormonal form capable of a wide variety of amazing anti-inflammatory and immune modulatory activities. Recent research has shown vitamin D is not only crucial for mineral metabolism and muscular skeletal health benefits, it actually targets over 2000 human genes. Deficiency is linked to over 17 varieties of cancer, including breast cancer, as well as many forms of heart disease, muscle and bone problems, arthritis, chronic pain, depression IBS, obesity, PMS, Crohns and MS and other auto immune disorders. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to learning disabilities and has long been suspected as a risk factor for glucose intolerance. Deficiency of vitamin D can cause a negative effect on pancreatic beta cell function with reduced insulin secretion. This can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. Many medical practitioners are beginning to recognize that people who take cholesterollowering statin drugs are becoming vitamin

aged skin of the elderly impairs cholesterol conversion as does the presence of obesity. The present day emphasis of protecting the skin from the sun using sun-screens and blockers also cuts down on the ability of UVB to convert cholesterol to vitamin D. Our children spend more time indoors than they did in the past with the advent of social media, television and video downloads. Importantly too, Vitamin D requirements are higher during pregnancy and lactation. Deficiencies can affect the foetus. As vitamin D is fat soluble and primarily absorbed through the small D-deficient too. Cholesterol is required intestines, individuals with malabsorption by the body to synthesize vitamin D and disorders could also be deficient as well. If you suspect that you may be vitamin statin drugs are responsible for eliminating it. Studies show clients can be relieved of D deficient, the most accurate way of the side effects of statins such as chronic measuring this is with a blood test. Foods muscular skeletal pain with vitamin D such as cod liver oil, eggs, cheese, milk, mackerel, salmon and sardines are good supplementation. Because more and more people are sources of vitamin D, but sun exposure showing up as Vitamin D deficient, really is the most effective way of getting researchers in this field are sufficiently your Vitamin D levels up. Most of us make concerned that we are in the midst of 20,000 units of vitamin D after 20 minutes an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency of summer sun due to UVB conversion of of immense proportion. Many factors cholesterol. Obviously this is not always potentially interfere with UVB conversion. easy or ideal. Nutritional supplementation People with darker skins are much more of vitamin D is often the best option and has potential plus ouline ad.pdf 9:13:55 AM  Sue Daly likely to have vitamin D deficiency. The profound results.14/3/10









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the arts Autumn already: doesn’t time fly? Just getting over the fact that it is 2012, and now autumn is curling its orange fingers around my brain. Seasonal changes coax a gentle reverie, facilitating all things that whisper “go for it”.


Swell Sculpture Festival: Queensland’s leading outdoor sculpture exhibition is calling for entries to exhibit in the 10th annual exhibition at Currumbin Beach 14 to 23 September. Artists will vie for GCCC acquisition of up to $20,000. Other awards include People’s and Kids’ Choice Awards, Emerging Artist Award, Media Award and Artist Peer Award. Apply online www.swellsculpture. by 15 March. The Gallipoli Memorial Club: calling on Australian, New Zealand and Turkish artists to submit paintings to the $20,000 Gallipoli Art Prize. Artists can submit one piece of original work produced in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media for the prize, including Gallipoli Club’s acquisition of work. More info: by 20 March. Lismore Youth Week Young

Songwriters competition: Northern Rivers songwriters (aged between 12 and 25) are invited to submit, with four song categories to be judged: Pop/rock, Folk/country, Hip Hop/R&B and Electronica. Submit your entry in MP3 format with lyrics (attached as a word document) to including your name, age, contact details and song category. More info: Lizette Twisleton, 1300 878 387 by 31 March. R & M McGivern Prize: promotes artistic excellence in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting with the 2012 theme ‘Uncertainty’. The winning artwork is acquisitive, remaining the property of City of Maroondah for exhibition. $25,000 up for grabs! More info http://www.thetrustcompany. mcgivern.asp by 23 March. Have you always wanted to see your photographs or words in a magazine? New Lazybox online magazine is looking for contributions of photographs and/or stories for

publication. Brothers Oli and Dougal Shaw intend to produce Lazybox four times a year. More info: http://www.lazyboxmagazine. com/ by 30 April. Screen Dance Initiative 2012-2014: Australia Council for the Arts is calling for tenders to develop/produce/ manage/market and present. Open to Australian arts organisations working with dance and screen projects (hybrid, digital, interdisciplinary art), hopefully generating fresh thinking. Go to Australia Council for the Arts’ webpage if you think you can dance, by 23 March. EXHIBITION: Art-on-the-Move at the Moller Pavilion, inside the Bangalow Showgrounds, coinciding with Bangalow Market Day. Welcome back Caroline McKay as well as our regulars including good ole myself, Soren Carlbergg, Karyn Fendley, Jacqueline King, Dave Kill, Garry Barden, and Leonie Jackson. Apologies: Seasonal Art at the Federal Hall will not be going ahead at this time.  Marika Bryant


Heartbeat regrets the omission of this report from the centre spread of the February issue. We hope you enjoyed the fabulous photos by Judy Baker and Darren Pearson. Another fantastic night had by all. Despite a bit of early rain, and it wouldn’t be Christmas Eve in Bangalow without some rain, the weather held off and there was much fun and merriment had by a large number of families, their friends and visitors. In particular we would like to thank the financial supporters of this years event: Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, the Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow Cellars and the following generous real estate agents – GNF, Elders and Bangalow Real Estate. A big thank you goes out to the

marvellous street performers, the Samba Blissta drummers, the food vans and the ride operators, the police, Summerland Security, Billy and the Essential Energy crew, Dave Parks and Richmond Waste, Santa Paul and Santa helpers especially Julie Streckfuss, Christian Morrow for banners, Advance Australian Trees, Lisa Hambling, Steve Milsom, David Wiseman, the Firies, Bangalow Public School, Bangalow Lions Club, Byron Shire Council, Council outdoor staff and the Council rangers. And finally a huge THANK YOU to the

business operators who supported the event, and the people of Bangalow and beyond who came out into the streets and demonstrated the Bangalow community spirit on this special night. These events keep the town vibrant, fun and unique. We hope that next Christmas Eve there will be greater financial support from the business community and we look forward to a bigger and better Christmas Eve Street Festival next December. Event Co-ordinators: Karen Preston, Kristine Wiseman

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Special offer to Heartbeat readers from Writers’ Centre Just about everyone I speak with knows that Byron Bay hosts one of the best writers’ festivals in the country. If people haven’t been they tend to wish they had, and those that have usually vow to return. It’s the largest regional writers’ festival in Australia, a longrelished event on the national literary calendar, and one of the region’s favourite festivals amongst locals. So it’s little wonder that everyone knows what the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival is. Ask those same people about the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, though, and many will draw a blank. The NRWC is a small organisation that punches well above its weight. Not only do we put on the annual Byron Bay Writers’ Festival every winter (as we have done for the last 15 years – this year we celebrate our sixteenth birthday), but we also offer a

BOOK REVIEW: The Street Sweeper – Elliot Perlman When Jennie Dell from the Northern Star reviewed this book she likened it to watching someone braid hair – with each strand being introduced to the braid as Perlman introduces a new character or a new story to this book. It’s not possible to say that this is a book with a main story running through it – this is a book of many stories and each story is as captivating as the others. Perlman starts with Lamont William’s story – he has just been released from gaol after spending six years there for a crime he did not commit. He is deeply committed to reconnecting with his daughter; living with his grandmother who raised him and has been selected for a work program to rehabilitate ex-cons. At his new job at the cancer hospital he is befriended by a patient, Mr Mandelbrot, who is determined to tell Lamont his


packed program of workshops, seminars, consultations, writing competitions and other literary events (like book launches and ‘In Conversations’) throughout the year. Oh, and did I mention we publish a bi-monthly magazine for our members (called northerly), run two websites (one for the festival and one for the centre) and host two Facebook sites? Or that we’ve supported countless writers over the years on their journey to publication? Or that we work closely with local schools and Southern Cross University to provide a range of opportunities for our young writers? Yet, despite all the hard work, I’m astounded at the number of people (local people) who don’t know we exist – even though the centre gave birth to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.

story of surviving the extermination camps of Auschwitz. Adam Zignelik is a professor at Columbia University whose career and personal life is crumbling around him. His oldest friend, Charles McCray, also an historian, is unable to help his friend due to his own life pressures. Their fathers shared a friendship back in the 50s and were both active in the civil rights struggle. Charles’ father William treats Adam like a son. There’s also Henry Border whose research Adam stumbles across accidently in the basement of a Chicago

Obviously, we’re not doing a good enough job of promoting our existence or our services. So I’ve decided to enlist your help. If you become a member of the NRWC (or renew your membership) during March, and you mention Bangalow’s Heartbeat and this article, we’ll give you $10 OFF the membership rate. So if you’re a writer, a budding author, or a lover of words – or if you know anyone who is any of these – then join up. Membership entitles you to discounts on workshops, seminars and even writers’ festival tickets, as well as giving you access to membersonly services and free member events (like our upcoming ‘In Conversation’ events with international sensation, Etgar Keret, and local author, Shamus Sillar). To find out more, call us on 6685 5115 or email Sib at Oh, and did I mention we just released our Calendar of Events for 2012? It’s crammed with more than 40 days’ worth of workshops and seminars, not to mention consultation opportunities, and places are already booking out. Oh, and there’s our upcoming Residential Mentorship, but I’m out of room so you’ll have to call or visit our website ( if you want to find out more.   Siboney Duff

University. This link provides stories about Elly, Rosa, Noah, Dr Washington, Hannah and many, many others. Like the author Murakami, Perlman writes with a repetitive style which enables the reader to stay connected with the stories and the characters. As the stories unfold the strands come together and we understand why these stories needed to be told. Perlman’s style is brilliant and his storytelling is remarkable. I’m giving it five stars (and Richard thoroughly enjoyed it too!)Carolyn Adams


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family reunion WIRES was called to Richmond Hill when a young tawny frogmouth chick was found by volunteer rescuer, William, sitting on the ground with its caring mum sitting on it keeping it warm. Such a vulnerable position was obviously not good. Tawnies normally pick a nest site high in a fairly open large tree. William, and bird coordinator Jane, set out to construct a substitute nest. The first version did not suit, so a second was constructed from a plastic seedling tray which was then lined with sticks and leaves. The substitute nest was tied to a suitable tree and the tawny chick placed in it. All of this activity was closely observed

Poultry Club

The Bangalow Poultry Club has been in recess for six months and all the hard work is over for the breeders. Did they get their genetics right this year? Only time will tell. Members are happy with the breeding season, the champion chickens have been selected and the culls are up for auction. The auction will be held on Sunday, 15 April at the Bangalow Showground and this year we have more surprises for the buyers: parrots (both Australian and foreign), budgerigars, finches, quails, canaries, neophemas and many other caged birds are on offer. The top breeders of the North Coast will also have their stock available as a table sale and will not go to auction. Consequently, the price the breeder has on the bird is the price you will pay. There will also be about 500 poultry, turkeys, geese, guinea fowl and waterfowl up for auction. As usual you must register to be a bidder, the doors will open at 8.30am for inspection of the birds and the auction will start at 10am sharp. The Bangalow Poultry Club Annual Poultry Exhibition will be held on Saturday, 26 May at the showground. You are welcome to come and watch the birds being judged and talk to the stewards. Entry is free. Best wishes to all members who are travelling to Canberra on the long weekend in June for the 2012 Poultry Olympics. For more information on any of the above go to our website – See you at the auction in April, and don’t forget to bring your cage or box and your cash. No cheques thank you.  Glenda McKenzie

Cane toad musters – are we winning? The big question hanging over much of the effort to control Australia’s myriad feral animals and introduced plants is “could it be possible to halt or reverse the trend?” From camels to foxes and Madeira vine each of the problem species has a particular set of circumstances. We have set out in Bangalow to join other areas of the shire in trying to reduce the numbers of cane toads through catching and humanely dispatching them. In last year’s musters we got over 80 in the first couple, then 100. In the recent 9 February muster we had about 30 people and caught only 37 toads. Disappointing for the kids but it raises the question – are we having an impact already? It seemed like a good night for toads; warm, and there’d been rain. If we’re taking them off the streets, why can’t we think about getting the others that are hiding in backyards and around farm dams – the most likely remaining concentrations of toads? At the next muster we’ll send catchers around to get your toads if you want to report them. Take a look at your farm dam at night if you have one. Sms me an address, and how many toads, and we’ll come and get them. Text to 0421 822 874. The muster will be on March 9 at 7.30-9pm. Interesting website to check out when you have a minute:  David Pont

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by the caring tawny parents. Even though it was daylight, a time when tawnies don’t usually fly, the mother bird made her way in stages over to the new nest and sat on her baby. WIRES checked the next day and found mother bird sitting with her chick in the new nest while the father roosted nearby. A happy ending for all. WIRES welcomes calls seeking information or reporting your sightings or experiences. We are an all-volunteer organisation and need more members in all parts of the Northern Rivers. See our ad below or check out our website at www.  Muriel Kinson

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FEDERAL COMMUNITY ENDEAVOURS TO SAVE THE OLD village CHURCH The Federal community has taken the tough decision to buy back the Anglican Church; tough because after extensive negotiations the Anglican Church has agreed to sell at the whopping price of $200,000. It is an enormous task but with one voice at the meeting on Saturday, 4 February, the people decided to buy the church so as to preserve our rich history; history that makes Federal and the surrounding villages unique to the Northern Rivers. The land was originally donated by a local farmer. The church was built in 1909 with the money raised by the blood, sweat and tears of the pioneers of this area. The Anglican Church then purchased the property for five shillings five years later. Here we are 100 years or so later trying to buy it back. As we see rural communities struggling to maintain their identity and history we have decided to rise to the challenge and secure our history and secure the property in perpetuity for future generations. Quite a number of local families have

come forward in dismay that this sale is going ahead. These people were christened, married and have buried their loved ones here. They have a deep connection to the life of the church. We have had several public meetings and many people pledged money. We have secured tax deductibility for donations

and are asking those people to donate now. We are hoping the Heartbeat community will support this purchase. If we lose the church we will never get it back. We believe with your help we can do it. We are asking you to talk to your friends and neighbours and support this endeavour. To quote Paul Kelly, “From little things, big things grow”. The weekend of 18 to 20 May will be one to put on your calendar. A Federal Festival will be held where we invite people from all over the Northern Rivers and beyond to come and to help fundraise and enjoy the fun. More detail will be forthcoming soon regarding this weekend. For more information about donations go to the following: – donation forms available. Enquiries: Remember donations are tax deductable so keep your receipts. If the unthinkable happens, and we don’t raise the funds, all donations will be returned.  Rhonda Ansiewicz 6688 4217

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collecting ‘castle’ history

For the first time in its near-40-year history, local tourist attraction the Macadamia Castle hosted all of its previous owners.


Traveling from as far away as Tasmania, four sets of owners gathered at the Pacific Highway landmark to celebrate the beginning of a project to document the history of the Castle. A small historical book is the idea of current owner, Tony Gilding (above right), who says he wants to document the history of the Castle before the memories, stories and photographic records are lost forever. “The original builders of the Castle live on the Gold Coast and another owner lives in Tasmania,” said Tony, “so I really thought it very important to capture as much as we l Aneka Sodoti-Mills and Miranda Plummer opened Our Corner Store in January. Their motto is ‘slow life simple living’ and they stock goods ranging from retro bicycles, pots and pans, paper products to fresh flowers, and much more. Located on the Station Street corner in the former premises of Aurora. l Lazybones have consolidated their fashion and furniture businesses in their

it ended up being a more modest single storey building. “I always loved castles and knights in armour and all that sort of thing,” said Allan. “So when I started thinking of developing some kind of tourist attraction, a castle was the obvious choice.” The couple, whose three boys grew up at the Castle, have retained photo albums and memorabilia from their years there. All the owners have kindly agreed to share photos and memories that will go towards compiling the history. The book will be published early April. Remy Tancred

could, while we can all still remember it, and are all still able to travel. “The Castle has always played a very significant role in the life of the community and of tourists. It would be a real shame if some of that was not put on record so that future generations can see how the Castle came into being and how it evolved over the years,” he said. Allan Howard and his wife Joyce were the original owners and builders of the Castle in 1975. Allan’s original vision was for a three-storey castle complete with moat, but council requirements meant that premises above the Credit Union and will no longer to be found at the Masonic Hall in Station Street. l Sweet Amor. Annette and Maree Yopp cater for designer weddings, located at 34 Byron Street. l One fine day Handmade. Eleanor Rex offers beautiful paper oddities in Station Street. l Stuart Pratley, formerly of Polish at

Byron, is relocating his furniture restoring and antiques business to the Bangalow Masonic Hall. l Lilianas Café at The Old O’Possum Creek School at 471 Friday Hut Road opens for business in March. Hours 8am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, serving breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas, tuckshop window, after-school tasting plates. Contact Joanne, 6687 2292.

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Storm fails to buck equestrian riders

Coolgardie rider Sally Evans on A Spider Bite braves the weather during Summerland Dressage Club’s first meet of their Twilight Dressage Series.

Some of the region’s best up-and-coming equestrian riders braved stormy weather to compete in Summerland Dressage Club’s first meet of their Twilight Dressage Series on February 11. Club spokesperson, Dawn McKenzie, said over 30 riders enjoyed a competitive atmosphere despite the heavy rain during parts of the evening. “The Twilight Series is designed to develop skills in a friendly competitive environment, particularly for inexperienced riders looking to further their careers,” Mrs McKenzie said. She said the club had received great support from local sponsors North Coast Stockfeeds and Horselands Lismore. Riders competing in the Preliminary and Novice Classes have an opportunity for the overall winner to win a horse rug donated by Jim’s Trees and a photo donated by Jennifer Boyle Photography who will take photographs throughout the series. “The committee has been overwhelmed by the support of local riders in the region and looks forward to other training initiatives during the coming year,” Mrs McKenzie said. The Twilight Series continues on March 3 and March 17 at Bangalow Showgrounds. Entry forms available from <>. For further information please contact:  Dawn McKenzie on 0418 245 805.

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Banglalow Rugby Union 2012

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year the Bangalow Rugby Union Club is looking forward to a successful 2012 season. In a massive coup for the club Paul Barrett will be head coach of the senior side playing in the expanded 12-team Village Competition. Paul hails from the Illawarra area having played for Kiama and Southern Districts in the Sydney competition. He also represented Illawarra, NSW Country and was a member of the NSW Waratah development squad. His coaching credentials include assistant coach to the Illawarra zone team and, more recently, assistant coach of the Southern Districts team playing the Sydney Shute Fitness trainer Damien Schofield, Club president Richard Kelly and Shield Competition. Relocating to the north coast late last year coach Paul Barrett. with his wife and new-born, Paul will continue running his awardwinning building business, Bush Pavilions, and is excited with the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prospects, having retained and recruited well for the Pandemonion P081 P081X1E (3)upcoming season. Training has commenced with renowned fitness 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 guru Damien Schofield, from Kaos Fighting, running sessions every Monday night from 6.30 and Paul taking normal training sessions 4 1 7 5 6 3 8 2 9 from 6pm on Wednesday nights at the Bangalow Sports Fields. 8 9 5 2 3 7 1 6 4 For all current, past or aspiring rugby union players this is a great opportunity to further your playing abilities and enjoy a fun, family 6 2 1 9 8 4 5 3 7 orientated club. For further details contact manager Simon Balcon 3 8 4 7 5 6 2 9 1 on 0416 287 786 or visit Under-19s side 5 7 2 8 1 9 3 4 6 Having established an exceptional coaching staff for the 2012 2 6 9 3 4 1 7 8 5 season, the club has applied to the zone to enter an under-19s side and, with promising numbers already, the club is confident of 9 3 8 6 7 5 4 1 2 fielding a competitive team. All current and aspiring rugby union 1 5 6 4 2 8 9 7 3 players are welcome to attend training sessions and for further details contact Simon Balcon. 7 4 3 1 9 2 6 5 8 Juniors Every row, column and cluster including the green, Bangalow Rugby will continue its growing junior ranks fielding fragmented cluster must contain the numbers 1 to 9. teams in the under-7s, 8s, 10s, 12s, 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s. Training Solution at: held every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Bangalow 2012.pdf Sports Fields. The club is all about having a go in a fun and safe For more: environment. For further information please contact Paul De Fina on 0400 572 028.  Jock Craigie

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town talk ‘The Inside Story’ Starting at 6.30pm on Thursday, 29 March, at Bangalow Museum and Tea Room, will be the first of a new series of bi-monthly evening events called ‘The Inside Story’, combining dinner in a pleasant setting with a stimulating conversation. At these events, well known local journalist, Mick O’Regan, will “unearth the personal gems of history and local development that have helped form our Bangalow Mick O’Regan community.” Mick’s entertaining interviews will touch on historical, cultural and social aspects of the life of his guests in Bangalow, as well as the town’s relationship with the Byron Shire. For the first ‘Inside Story’, come along to find out what connects former London stock broker and Nimbin Museum’s Michael Balderstone with Bangalow. Cost, $25 a head, includes a two-course meal, (BYO) plus tea, coffee or soft drinks, on the new verandah extension of the Historical Society building. Bookings 6687 1392.  Christobel Munson

Bangalow cheese a winner Congratulations to Justin Telfer and the Bangalow Cheese Co for winning the Fancy Cheese crown, as well as other awards, at the recent Sydney Royal Cheese and Diary Produce Show. Try Justin’s cheeses at the Bangalow Market, if you haven’t already.Eds

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program of ‘Patrons of the Environment’ which we hope can help us solve our ongoing financial shortage while finding a way to give local people a way to help local environmental works. Funds raised here are spent here, whether for hiring contractors or buying supplies, and everyone is now seeing and enjoying the results. Keep an eye out for certificates displayed in shops and homes, they’re pretty! There are three levels of donation involvement, each designed to give choices, and all help to reduce your carbon footprint and bring back the diversity. For enquiries on becoming a Patron ask a local Landcare member or call me. Liz Gander 0403 720 950 PS. To inspire you we are offering a prize to the person who can name our first Gold Patron who has the initials HH. Text to Liz with the right name to win.

Red Cross Report Our first meeting for the year covered a lot of territory. On Saturday, 3 March we will hold our town street stall sale with a grocery raffle box and many home-made goodies. On 25 March we will be at the Sunday markets for our yearly Red Cross Calling collection, and there is much excitement about our Mothers Day raffle of a specially made quilt worth about $1500 (see pic). It will soon be on show at the PO. Friday, 30 March at 10am is the next meeting. Dot Gill


Baro Banda at A&I Hall


Byron Film Festival begins


Landcare work day; Red X stall


Garden Club


Toad muster


Garden Club nursery visit to Modanville


Aria Viva performs at Harvest


Op Shop sale begins; ADFAS Hand Grenades Like Cartier Clips


David Helfgott concert


David Helfgott concert


Garden Club visit to Dahlia Growers


Rumble in the Jumble BCCC sale


Bangalow Market; Red X Calling


Railway Wonderland begins


T2E community information on urban and landscape design


The Inside Story: Mick O’Regan interviews Michael Balderstone


Bangalow Flicks; Op Shop closes; Kerrianne Cox concert at Eltham Farmers Market; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 HB deadlines: 14(ads) 19(copy)

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