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Heartbeat Bangalow’s

free l may 2014 No.180 l Celebrating the Life and Times of the local Community

Lest we forget Marking the centenary of the beginning of WW1, the ANZAC parade culminated with the moving Ode, Reveille, Last Post and wreathlaying ceremony at the Cenotaph

editorial April was a very busy time in Bangalow, with glorious weather coinciding with the school holidays, Easter and the Anzac public holiday. There were concerts at the Bowlo, tree planting at All Souls’ and the poultry auction at the showground – always a favourite. Coming up in May, with reports in this issue, are two of our iconic community events, the Billycart Derby on Sunday, 18 May and Cabaret da Desh on Saturday, 31 May. Don’t forget to line up for da Desh tickets on Saturday, 3 May. A particular concern reported in this issue is that of the proposed new highway signage which would direct Lismore traffic (think more trucks)

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through Bangalow and along the dangerous Lismore Road. With action already taken by the Bangalow Progress Association, now supported by Byron Shire Council, we can hope for further consideration of this matter. Other reports include an update on the long-awaited Bangalow Pool, not yet a definite go ahead but looking very positive. There is early notice of the Show theme and the Bangalow Music Festival, the new futsal court at the Bowlo (more to come later on this) as well as profiles of locals and environmental information. See you around town. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have an interesting story for us. Di Martin, Editor

The Northern Rivers Schools Billycart Challenge Race This year $1,000 in prizes is up for grabs, with prizes including a trophy and awards and added cash incentives of $500 for the winning school, $250 for the runner-up and $250 for the school promotion billycart. Kids can play between derby races while families relax in comfort and safety, enjoying family-friendly activities and wholesome food at The Mad Hatters’ Derby Tea Party at Bangalow Public School grounds.

Mabel Hall and Georgia Sproul from Bangalow Public School in last year’s Schools Challenge. Photo by Duncan Sproul

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TO LISMORE VIA BANGALOW AND CLUNES OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION... In April Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) issued for public comment a map of over 100 new road signs along the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway Upgrade. All but one of these signs was developed and agreed with a focus group of community, council and tourist members. This sign, not discussed nor agreed, was slipped in by RMS in response to a request from Lismore City Council, to be placed north of the Ewingsdale interchange. Clearly, RMS hoped that this single sign would be buried in the heap of new signs naming roads, bridges, tourist routes, attractions and directions to neighbouring towns. But residents of Granuaille and Lismore roads in Bangalow, St Helena Hill and Ewingsdale didn’t miss it. Hopefully, RMS has had to cope with an avalanche of objections to this sign. By now somebody in RMS might have decided its future. In so doing he (or she) will have had to judge Lismore Council’s case against the views of the many severely adversely affected residents on St Helena Hill, Granuaille Road in Bangalow (and some of the cul de sacs off Rankin Drive) and Lismore Rd and locals in Clunes and Bexhill. But what criteria will RMS use in this decision? Are the comments of members of the public who live beside the Lismore

Bangalow road to be given greater weight than the views of Lismore council? How

many adverse comments are needed to effect a decision by RMS to delete or modify the sign? What weightings are given to negative versus positive responses? What influence does existing non-published RMS policy have on the assessment and what chance is there that such policy can be reversed? How much higher do accident

rates on the Lismore to Bangalow Road have to go before RMS directs through traffic to Lismore along the T2E and Bruxner Highways in preference to the Lismore Ballina Road? Is directing traffic off the newly constructed Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Motorway up accident-prone St Helena Hill onto the Bangalow to Lismore Road really a good return on the state and commonwealth governments’ $860 million investment? Lismore Road is an already overloaded bendy road with only two overtaking sections, with three 50km speed limits (plus a school speed limit), a long 80 km restricted stretch, two 60km limits, a low bridge where trucks have to move to the centre of the carriageway and a crash rate approximately double the State wide average for this type of road. Is it good traffic safety policy to encourage greater use of such a road? One of the justifications of the T2E has always been that it would divert traffic from this road to the motorway and the Bruxner Highway to get to Lismore on grounds that the highway is safer, more economic, reduces vehicle wear and tear and is only 4.5 minutes longer. To propose a sign that encourages the exact opposite of this case seems crazy.  Tony Hart


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Pool reaches a milestone After 17 long years working towards the establishment of the Bangalow Pool, a significant milestone was reached recently, with the submission of the Development Application (DA) to Byron Shire Council. The ambitious and exciting plan includes an eight-lane 25m solar-heated outdoor pool, set within an expansive grassed area with landscaped terraces for school carnival seating, a multi-purpose space for creche/ yoga/recreational uses, change room facilities, 30 car-spaces accessed directly off Bangalow Road and a cafe/kiosk with outdoor seating overlooking a shaded kids’ water-play area. The finished facility will form an easterly extension of the existing Sports Precinct -

comprised of the recreation fields, walking track and tennis courts - already a vibrant community hub. Local Architect Dominic Finlay-Jones and his team have been working towards this point for four years, and he stresses this is a critical time for the community to rally behind the project. “I know many have lost hope that Bangalow will ever see the pool become a reality, but it is finally within our grasp. It is time to make it happen”. While Bangalow has already raised a whopping $270,000 towards the cost of the pool, the significant funding shortfall to get the facility built will need to be financed with grants from Regional Development Australia (RDA) and the State Government.

However as Dominic explains, “The Bangalow Pool Trust is unable to apply for any of this RDA and governmental funding until the DA has been approved. As the DA is currently before Council, now is the time to act if you would like to see a pool in Bangalow”. Making submissions in favour of the DA is an important way for the community to have a say in the approval process, and can be done via the Council’s website. Anyone interested in finding out more, or becoming a part of the project is urged to attend the next AGM of the Bangalow Pool Trust which will be held at 5pm Wednesday, 15 May at Barbican Legal Services, 13 Lismore Road.  Georgia Fox

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Rail Trail Update The level of community support for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail group continues to increase rapidly. NRRT members have been active raising awareness at local farmers markets across the region. You may have seen them at Bangalow and the Channon recently. The response at these markets from locals and visitors alike has been overwhelmingly positive. On Wednesday, 26 March a group from the NRRT committee including Marie Lawton (treasurer), Patrick Grier (president) and Steve Martin (secretary), accompanied by representatives from Tweed and Lismore councils, local MPs Don Page and Thomas

George, met Gladys Berejiklian (NSW Minister for Transport) at Parliament House in Sydney. Representations were made at this meeting from rail trail groups from across NSW who make up an organisation called Rail Trails for NSW, which was formed in late 2013 with Hon Tim Fischer as patron. Its aim is to bring together the efforts of 14 groups with proposals throughout regional NSW, of which the NRRT is one. We are still awaiting the results of a feasibility study being conducted at present by Arup Pty Ltd, an international firm of engineers and planners. This study is assessing the economic benefits and

possible funding sources of the project. The findings should be released in the very near future, so keep reading your Heartbeat for more updates on this exciting project. NRRT Inc will be attending the film Wadja at the A&I Hall on Saturday, 3 May and providing tea and coffee, cake and finger food. Any helpers or offers of food greatly appreciated. Email Marie on marie.lawton@ Circus Arts is hosting a function at 17 Centennial Circuit Saturday, 24 May and some of the proceeds will go to NRRT Inc. All welcome, so keep this date free and stay tuned for more information.  Neil McKenzie

All Souls’ Community Tree Planting Thank you to everyone involved in the All Souls Anglican Church’s community tree planting day held on Palm Sunday, 13 April. The day was a great success with close to 80 enthusiastic people turning out to plant, water and mulch almost 1,000 riparian native rainforest trees. The area behind the church and hall forms part of the Byron Creek Riparian zone. The goals of the planting are to beautify church grounds while enhancing the natural environment and improving water quality. This is stage one of 3,000 trees to be planted, complementing and linking the existing riparian plantings along Byron Creek at the sports fields and

the weir and wetland areas. Seating and meditation facilities are to be incorporated at a later date, along with a walkway. The planting was a joint project

involving Fr Matthew Smedley and the All Souls’ Anglican parish, Rous Water, Rainforest Connections, The Big Scrub Landcare Group and Bangalow Rivercare Group. Mulch was supplied by Pacific Plantations and Eastern Tree Services for the planting. Lunch and refreshments were provided and served by the ladies of the Church Guild. Thank you again to all the volunteers on the day. For anyone who would like to help with ongoing Landcare restoration, the Bangalow Rivercare group has working bees every Saturday at 8:30. For information www.bangalowlandcare.  Noelene Plummer

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community noticeboard Red Cross news We would like to thank the Wedd family of Coorabell for being so generous, yet again, with the donation of their simply amazing dahlias for our Anzac Day offering. We always feel so proud when we place their flowers at the monument. Our next meeting is Friday, 2 May from 10am at the RSL. AND don’t forget that on Saturday, 3 May from 9.30 am to 2pm we are having our celebratory FREE picnic day at the Museum and Tea Rooms and everyone is invited. This day marks 100 years of Red Cross in Bangalow – a remarkable achievement as very few other branches have been able to string together an uninterrupted commitment to this great humanitarian cause. Although Red Cross Australiawide will not be marking the event until mid year, we are deeply proud that Bangalow has been front and centre of such a great movement. Please join us on the day for scones, cakes and a sausage sizzle plus the wonderful bonus of an historic exhibition curated by Wendy Grissel at the Museum. Be charmed, entertained and informed.  Dot Gill

Bowlo events Friday, 2 May - Neil Murray (Warumpi Band) with special guest Jimmy Dowling

Saturday, 10 May - FBI (Federal Blues Inc.) Sunday, 11 May - Free Barefoot Bowls for mum on Mother’s Day Saturday, 17 May - LaSalsa this month features visiting salsa stars Carlos and Elli from Latin Steps Brisbane. Call Leyla 0429 053 088 for more details Sunday, 18 May - Daniel Champagne, a young singer, songwriter and guitarist who has become a reknowned performer throughout Australia and now around the world. Saturday, 24 May - A Night of Rock n Roll and Swing. For more information call Greg on 0400 438 038. Saturday, 31st May - iDig Music with the SAE Institute. Budding young sound, light and audio students from the SAE Institute in Byron Bay will be working alongside young local musicians to showcase our local talent. For more information on events see au or ring 6687 2741. Kat Antram

Museum news The Historical Society will be mounting a Red Cross exhibition to celebrate 100 years of uninterrupted Red Cross in Bangalow. This huge achievement will be celebrated at the Museum and Tea Rooms on Saturday, 3 May from 9.30 to 2pm with a free morning tea and lunch sausage sizzle. Come

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New classes Mums in motion classes will start in May for mums who would like to find their pre baby bodies through cardio training or Pilates. Babies and children are very welcome. Also in May, CHEGS infant massage subsidized classes with a qualified instructor. These classes benefit both baby and parents. As well, starting June 4, a free CHEGS 7 week falls prevention course, Stepping On, for those over 65. All classes held at Bangalow Bowlo. Phone Lee

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Bangalow Garden Club At the next monthly meeting on 7 May Judith Kaveney will present Plant of the Month and Ross Little, an expert grower of bromeliads, will be the guest speaker. On the following Saturday members will visit his nursery at Wardell.  Helen Johnston

BMT at Lilianas café A Biggest Morning Tea (BMT) in aid of the Cancer Council will be held at Liliana’s at Possum Creek on Thursday, 15 May from 10 till noon. A delicious selection of coffee and food (including GF) as well as many wonderful raffle prizes will be available. $30 entry and bookings are essential. All welcome. Ring Chris on 6687 0634 or Gery on 0415 804 713.  Chris Morrison and Gery Brown

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and view some fascinating insights into the origins and activities of the Red Cross. The highly successful Anzac Day retrospective will continue at the same time. It is 20 years since the Pacific Highway was removed from the main street of Bangalow and sent off to the edges of town. Such a difference in such a short time! A Back to Bangalow Mainstreet Celebration will be held on the weekend of July 19/20 with the highlight being a reunion dinner on the Saturday night at the Moller Pavilion. Everyone who has been a shop owner or proprietor, or is interested in this major transformative moment in Bangalow’s history, is invited. Put the date in your diary. More information will be in the June issue of Heartbeat.  Wendy Grissell

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into that secret country,” says John Pilger. “It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears, and betrayal and resistance from one utopia to another.” Movie starts at 7.30 pm, we break for supper about 8.30 pm for 30 mins and return to the movie to conclude at 10pm. A byo evening.

Networking Breakfast 29 May at 7.45 am at Town (upstairs) in Bangalow. Our presenter is Keith Byrne COO from Byron Bay Cookie Company. Bookings are essential at: www. byronandbeyondnetworking. or Rosmarie on 0412 475 543.   Rosemarie Toynbee

Table tennis at the Bowlo 2 – 4pm on Sundays (unless there is another event or function in the auditorium). Fun and games. Contact Aileen on 0417 283 907.  Aileen Cole

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Lighthouse BMT On Thursday, 22 May Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea organisers are again throwing their annual community Launch Event at the Cape Byron Lighthouse with friends and major sponsors Madura Tea Estates, Brookfarm and CWA. Cancer Council

Local author Tristan Bancks has just released a new book of short stories, My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong. The book features a story by 13-year-old Mullumbimby High School student Raph Atkins. Now Tristan is on a nationwide search to find a story by another 9-13 year-old writer to include in the third MY LIFE book out April 2015. The story has to be funny, weird and if it’s gross, that’s a bonus. Check out Raph’s story ‘Morris’ in My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong and see Raph in the book trailer: http:// and if you have a story of about 1000 words that’s just as funny, send

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On 21 March 2014 family, friends and fellow locals said their final good byes to David Lucas in a moving and loving tribute at the Uniting Church in Bangalow. David, an experienced sailor who sailed the world’s oceans and passionately loved boats and the sea, tragically drowned in rough conditions at Brunswick Heads on March 12. David was born in London and moved to Canada at the age of 23 where he worked on timber tugs in British Columbia. He later sailed from Vancouver to New Zealand where he worked on charter yachts in the Bay of Islands. When he delivered a yacht to Sydney in 1983 he met his future wife Jeanette. The couple were married in 1999 at Strickland House on Sydney Harbour. Together with a friend David bought a 46 foot timber tug Koala which he put to work on Sydney Harbour. David became a ‘boat wrangler’ working on movies like Return To The Blue Lagoon and Dead Calm with starred Nicole Kidman and Sam Neil. In 2007 the couple moved from Sydney to Bangalow. David was a kind-hearted and generous man who was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He is survived by his wife Jeanette and Harriet, the rescue dog. Brigitte Zeisig


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Station St – Time to Look Forward Station Street and Byron Street (the main street) are designated a ‘Heritage Precinct’ in Council’s Bangalow Settlement Strategy, 1988. Byron Street, with its picturesque federation buildings, is hugely popular with all Byron Shire residents and with visitors, and has been mostly protected in accordance with the Byron Shire Development Control Plans, 2010 and 2014. Station Street as part of the ‘Heritage Precinct’, has until recently consisted of small houses with spacious gardens and a few low-key businesses. The street has at least two of our treasured historic buildings, the A&I Hall and the Masonic Hall. The Uniting Church and the RSL Hall are also community icons and 13 Station Street is one of town’s classic heritage buildings. However, Station Street is now up for potential redevelopment and in recent times developers have purchased much of the land. The street needs an appropriate plan for the future, one that is acceptable to local residents and sensitive to the charm and character of the town. We need a plan that encourages development that will add to and not detract from our heritage buildings and the overall village atmosphere and character that makes Bangalow so special. This vision for the future of Bangalow was challenged recently. A development application for the top end of Station Street was submitted to Council for a second time and really only slightly altered to one proposed last year that Council refused. Again the ‘footprint’ covered three housing blocks, at the entry to the historic showgrounds

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and regional market site and next to the historic A&I Hall. The proposal was for a large block of units with shops underneath, an underground car park and lift. A number of mature trees were to be removed and there appeared to be no allowance for green space. What would the street look like if this approach was permitted for all the residential lots in Station Street? Both proposals sparked strong community concern and opposition that was expressed in written submissions and over 180 signatures in a petition asking Council to refuse the recent DA. This opposition was not because residents do not want development but because there was so much about this particular DA they found unacceptable - for example the height and bulk, the lack of green space, and the fact that it was out of keeping with Bangalow’s ‘Heritage Precinct’. The proposed use of the lane adjoining

Bangalow Primary School was considered a safety issue for the children. Councillors voted 5 to 4 to refuse the application for these reasons but also because it failed to comply with some important planning regulations. It was a close vote and this poorly proposed building was nearly approved. But let’s look to the future. We can move on from the stress and uncertainty of the recent development proposal and take the opportunity this has given us to imagine a future for Station Street that does not compromise the charm and character of our town. Fortunately we can draw on the talents of some very experienced local professionals. We have world-class architects, clever and skilled planners and talented landscape architects living in our shire. With their assistance, the community has an opportunity to come up with a plan for Bangalow village that developers, Council and the community can all be very proud of.  Sue Taylor


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New Byron DCP an improvement Byron Shire Council awaits state government approval of its latest Local Environmental Plan (LEP). In the meantime it has been reviewing and redrafting the associated shire Development Control Plan (DCP). The LEP establishes the overarching local planning policy of Council, focusing on the permissibility of certain land uses in the different areas of the shire.The DCP provides a greater level of detail in relation to the delivery of development outcomes and incorporates a variety of planning objectives and development controls that form Council’s local planning policy. A key difference is that DCPs are not legislative instruments like State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and LEPs. They are, nonetheless, important documents.

Byron’s DCP was last revised in 2010. It contains two chapters about Bangalow. One focuses on the six new urban release areas using a template from another development outside the shire (Skennars Ridge in Ballina Shire). The other is a detailed, but somewhat dated, wider ranging document on planning and development conditions in the existing parts of the town, including the heritage centre business area and the industrial area. The new draft 2014 DCP is updated shire-wide to ensure consistency with the new LEP. For Bangalow, the urban release area section is combined into an updated restructured Bangalow chapter. Heartbeat deadlines prevented a detailed analysis of changes but there are two points worth

mentioning. Firstly, riparian rehabilitation areas previously a development requirement in three of the urban release areas appear have been significantly reduced or deleted. Secondly, the objectives of the DCP are more definitive about retaining and supporting the historical context and heritage values of the town. A quick reading reveals that the new draft requires some careful checking – a reference to the main street verandahs being gone shows that some of the old outdated and now irrelevant text still remains from the 1991 DCP. Don’t our planners walk the streets to check their facts – these verandahs were rebuilt in the mid-1990s! The DCP can be viewed and downloaded from the council’s web site. Public submissions close on 16 May 2014. Tony Hart

Futsal and more for the Bowlo

Readers will have noticed the new fencing around one of Bangalow Bowling Club’s greens. This is not for erratic bowlers, but a multi-purpose facility for futsal (five-aside soccer, see below*) and several other games and events. Being well drained, the green is very suitable. Lighting will be installed for this and the adjacent, retained, bowling green. This will allow games at night, including bowls, netball, futsal and indoor cricket. The project is being organised jointly by the Bowling and Soccer Clubs. A state government Community Grant of $30,000 has been a catalyst. Organisers have greatly appreciated the assistance of local

member, Don Page, in this regard. The Soccer Club is also putting in some labour, with members such as Tony Hutchinson and Lyle Le Sueur closely involved. Heartbeat was told that other key people needing a pat on the back include Tony Hart, Jerry Swain and the 2013 Bowlo Board, particularly Brian Mackney. Well done folks.  Brian Sundstrom *Some features of the game: Each of the five players can act as goalkeeper. Unlimited ‘flying substitutions’, usually from a team of up to twelve. The ball is smaller, with less bounce than a regular soccer ball. No off-side.

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All for a Cause Kat Antram, Secretary/Manager, talks to Don Brown about the influences in her life and her plans for the Bowlo. Kat Antram is a child of the Northern Beaches of Sydney, having grown up in Harbord and attended Manly Girls High. Here she showed signs of leadership potential when she was appointed Senior Prefect. Immediately following her final year she started looking at her options. It was high summer, and the beach was calling, but there was also the beginning of her growing awareness of art, music, environment and the world around her. Her earliest expression of this driving force came from her strong support for animal rights. She became a volunteer in the Fund for Animals organisation, and learned quickly the requirements of her position. From volunteer she advanced to paid worker, and her growing experience and her skill in handling the demands of the job saw her rise to National Director, stopping duck hunting in NSW amongst many other successful campaigns. Kat also adopted many of the customs of the then popular Hippie movement with its focus on the beach, freedom, music, travel and the environment. “I suppose I was driven by the desire to reject many conventions of suburban life and to live an alternative lifestyle,” she explains. She was in Nimbin five years after the Aquarius Festival and joined the groups of Kombi drivers following the beach culture and its aspirations. Kat became an excellent fund raiser and she was particularly successful in saving some organisations on the brink of insolvency. She began by learning about financial management and developed skills in book keeping. “I didn’t have formal qualifications, but I had extensive experience in real situations,” Kat says. 10

Central to this was her ability to build community support. When she moved to Orange she made her first contact NRMA CareFlight Central West. “My mother had fallen ill so I moved from Sydney to look after her. NRMA CareFlight had set up a caravan in Orange to start work and raise funds for their much needed helicopter hangar. I jumped on board and was soon Project Manager raising over $700,000 through community support to finish the hangar. It was a great achievement for me personally for which I received an award from Orange City Council.” Following her return to Sydney she repeated this success with Paramedic Placement Projects in PNG but then decided to follow another path and step into business management in Clubs in Sydney. She has worked in such clubs as St Michaels Golf Club, Yarra Bay Sailing Club and Paddo Bowls. Before coming to Bangalow, Kat was General Manager of one of Sydney’s foremost music and fine food venues, The Basement. Here she was in contact with the widest range of national and international musicians and she learned a lot about touring groups and individual performers, knowledge which she is putting to use now. Kat’s association with The Bowlo began with volunteering. This has been a common process in many of her jobs, and she used this period to assess the problems and the opportunities for the club. “Watching a game of AFL on Shulz Oval and looking up at The Bowlo in such an idyllic setting caught my interest. I had read that it had

Kat Antram. Photo by Judy Baker

been in financial hardship and found it unbelievable that a facility with so much to offer the community could be struggling. With my background at Paddo Bowls, The Basement and in community work, I knew I could do something to help. The Bowlo had lost the community support that it had in the 70s, 80s and 90s and I was certainly ‘just the girl’ to bring the love and support back”. One thing that Kat was pleased to see was that the club did not see poker machines as the answer to the problem. The damage done to family life is rarely considered by club officials who ignore such consequences. Instead she is looking for more networking, making contact with sporting and other groups and adapting the club’s facilities to their needs. It is hoped that the first wedding group, who will soon have the reception at the club, will draw community attention to this possibility. The conversion of the second bowling green to a futsal court brings this previously unused area into play. The idealistic schoolgirl is still guided by the principles that she followed when she left school and set out to navigate her course. She retains her love of animals, particularly dogs and horses as well as the environment, and she still thinks in terms of community benefit. Her desire to hop in and help wherever possible is still there. She is all for the cause and her present cause is our club. Her enthusiasm and proven skill in management should be of benefit to the club and the community it serves. BANGALOW’S HEARTBEAT

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Yes, yes we know… it’s still early days to even start thinking about the annual Bangalow Show in November. So, for the creative minds of the district here is the first of what will be a monthly ‘Show Business’ editorial to keep you informed and up to date. This year, 2014, we want to create awareness of a very important and often overlooked insect in our environment The Bee. But it’s not just the good old black and yellow honey bee. We are looking, in particular at Australian native bees. Did you know there are over 1,500 species of native bees? They are important pollinators of Australia’s unique wildflowers and are a vital part of both our Australian

bushland and agriculture. Their names and looks are both diverse and funny: the Carpenter bee, Teddy Bear bee, Cuckoo bee, Blue Banded bee, Leaf Cutter bee, Feathery bee … the list goes on and on. Thousands of nests of Australian native bees are destroyed each year because so few people are aware of the beauty and value of these fascinating insects. Other factors include insecticides, climate change and urbanisation. For more information on native bees and visual inspiration for your crafts please enter au/gallery.html in your browser on your PC. So here are just a few ideas for you to start on your entries from various sections for this year’s show:

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The Bee Colony Make an installation that depicts your family as a bee colony. It can be a sculpture, diorama, photo collage or any other artistic expression. Wanna Bee Natural Make a native Australian bee mask and get a real buzz out of it J Beehive Bee-nie Crochet or knit a bee-hive beanie in any size for children or adults. Born to Bee Wild Make one bee or a swarm of bee sculptures using any material. For display on a table or hanging as a mobile. Any size from small to max 1m. Queen Bee Make a tiara, crown or wearable headpiece fit for a royal - any material. Buzzing Around Paint or draw an Australian native bee. Needlework – Milk and Honey Quilt A copy of the pattern for the Needlework Challenge Quilt can be picked up at the Bangalow CWA Photography The 2014 photographic alphabet word challenge is HONEY (www. So get your thinking cap buzzing, dust off your art supplies and start your year with a bit of creativity. Create your own design or find useful pattern info on these websites: Crochet: library/beehive-beanie Knitting: twoandsix/2009/03/beehive-beanie.html  Claudia Schick, Show Theme Head Steward

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Family fun at the Billycart Derby On Sunday, 18 May the main street again becomes a race track as kids, dads, mums, schools ($1000 in prizes), sporting clubs, celebrities and many more race down the hill competing for trophies made by Tom Hogan from Newrybar. The Grand Parade at 12.30pm is one of the highlights and includes community, sporting and other groups. Please contact Libby Lund-McDonald on 0427 918 400 for information on the Parade. We need volunteers on the day, only for a few hours, for putting out the hay bales (from 7am), cart scrutineering in the Foodworks car park, registration in the front room of the Pub (from 7am), start and finish line, marshalling spectators and just helping

on the day. Volunteer sign-up forms are in the Post Office and Newsagency. Registrations are on the day from 7am. All the necessary information can be found

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on or for more details you can contact Tony Heeson 02 6688 4236 or 0419 715 098 or wallaby@  Tony Heeson

Cabaret da Desh 2014 At the turn of the new millennium a cheeky little event called Cabaret da Desh first appeared on the stage of the A&I Hall. It has always been an event that has relied on the generosity and goodwill of the performers and the audience, with not a committee in sight. The original show was to raise money for the A&I Hall but over the years the profits have been dealt out to various groups including the Bangalow Park Trust, Poultry Club, Bangalow Pool Trust, Bangalow Show Society, and the A&I Hall.

This year the Cabaret da Desh is on Saturday, 31 May, with tickets available from Barebones Art Space at 9 a.m. Saturday, 3 May for $30 per ticket. This event is basically a ‘locals entertaining locals’ night - it’s BYO food and drink. This is our thirteenth year of production, with any profits going to the A&I Hall. Come along and have some fun, bring your favourite wine with a cheese and biscuit supper, and maybe see your neighbour up there on stage.  Ruth and Karen Ryan

Celebrities at the Derby 2013 saw three brave celebs sign up for the race: Mandy Nolan, Tex Perkins and Pete Murray. Mandy reflects on the experience and vows to return in 2014 Until last year I’d never stepped into a billycart. Billycarts were something that boys did with their dads. I stayed inside and read books and secretly spied on the children with dads who knew their way around a tool box. I didn’t have a dad. I had a single feminist mum who had tried to kill me numerous times with her attempts at bike assembly. While I appreciate the spirit of emancipation I would have appreciated her enlisting the help of a dad with a monkey wrench. So Billycart Derby was unknown territory. I felt like a child getting to relive the bits I missed out on. I was supremely confident. I wanted to win. Until I sat in the billycart. I had no idea how fast they went down the hill. It’s amazing how the desire to win is so quickly replaced with the desire to live. I nearly wet myself. I clenched my pelvic floor so hard it took three men to get me out at the end. I was terrified. But I’d do it again. Because I lived. And this time I’m out to win!!! Mandy Nolan


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the arts Ghislaine Howard

a Woman Artist looks at Women Painters Acclaimed British artist, Ghislaine Howard, will give a talk on women painters on Monday, 19 May at the A&I Hall, presented by ADFAS (Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society) Byron Bay & Districts. Ghislaine is a painter of powerful and expressive means whose works chart and interpret shared human experience. She is best known for her ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth,

A Shared Experience (1993), the first of its kind, at Manchester City Art Gallery in the UK. This exhibition attracted much critical acclaim. From February to May 2013, Ghislaine’s drawing Pregnant Self Portrait (July 1987) was at the centre of the British Museum’s ground breaking exhibition, Ice Age Art/ Arrival of the Modern Mind, where it hung alongside 30,000 year old sculptures of pregnant women, some of the earliest

music to our ears Locals gathered at the Bangalow Dining Rooms on a sunny Friday morning, 11 April - champagne, delicious snacks and lilting chamber music - for the launch of the 13th Music Festival, to be held from 14-17 August in downtown Bangalow. Speakers Peter Mortimore, Margaret Curtis and Artistic Director Tania Frazer announced


this year’s line-up of artists and the theme of ‘partnership and couples’. Peter emphasised the partnership aspect – the Chamber and the Southern Cross Soloists with Margaret as Logistics Coordinator, the Chamber and restaurants Utopia and The Italian Diner, and in particular the Festival and the community of Bangalow.

representations of the human form. An ongoing project of Ghislaine’s is the 365 Series, a series of pieces each measuring 6 x 8 inches which are daily meditations on one news image from the Guardian Newspaper each day which she began in October 2006. She was moved to make these images as part of her work as a whole but also due to an increasing sense of desperation at recent events and a need to address the disposability of the terrible but often so beautiful and ambiguous images that arrive daily through the door. When she began this series she intended to continue each day for one year but now sees no reason to stop. The photo by Stephen Yates shows Ghislaine organising panels from her 365 Series for exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. Her presentation for ADFAS will raise the question, “Is there a distinctive quality to paintings made by women?” She will present works of the same subject by both men and women, painted in the same period of history, to give viewers an opportunity to experience the world through a woman’s eyes. She will also raise the question why so many highly-talented women are still relatively unknown today. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30 start. The event is free for ADFAS Byron Bay members, $25 entry for non-members.  Anni Abbink, Chairman

Tania noted, “We are particularly focused on the power of two. If you spend your life with another musician who experiences music maybe a little differently, you can help each other….couples can achieve more.” Programs are available around town with details of the nine concerts and the participating artists, the latter including violin virtuosos, Jack Liebeck and Victoria Sayles, Lisa Gasteen, the acclaimed Israeli-German Silver-Garburg Piano Duo and Northern Rivers jazz superstar, Leigh Carriage (pictured). This year there are three separately ticketed events. As well as the Festival Prelude and the Schools’ concert there is a festival first - an intimate concert at the Zentvelds’ coffee plantation with Southern Cross Soloists and headlining artists. Subscription tickets (9 concerts) are on sale now. Full program, accommodation suggestions, and ticket purchase are available at  Di Martin


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health and wellbeing

Are you living in Fight and Flight Response? Many of us habitually live in a stress response called the ‘flight and fight response’. This response is useful when faced with a real life sabre tooth tiger! But in our day to day living it can be wearing on our nervous system and wellbeing. When this stress response is triggered we release chemicals into our blood stream which speed up our heart rate, tense our muscles, and our blood supply moves from our digestive tract to our limbs, so we are ready to run or attack. Fight and flight response was originally discovered by Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon. This response is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us from bodily harm. This corresponds to an area of our brain called the hypothalamus which when stimulated initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol that prepares our body for running or fighting. When our fight or flight system is activated we tend to perceive everything in our environment as a possible threat to our survival. By its very nature, the fight or flight system bypasses our rational mind where our more well-thought out beliefs exist. We may overreact to the slightest comment. Our fear is exaggerated. Our thinking is distorted. We see everything through the filter of possible danger. We narrow our focus to those things that can harm us. Fear becomes

the lens through which we see the world. Symptoms of the fight and flight response are: frequent headaches, back pain, muscle tension, digestion problems, high blood pressure, feeling burnt out (adrenal fatigue), frequent colds and flus, inability to relax, operating on fear and worry, teeth grinding, depression and anxiety to name a few. We can be triggered into this response in our daily life by deadlines, traffic, financial stresses or being in conflict with someone. These modern day sabre tooth tigers trigger the fight and flight response as if our physical survival is threatened. Moving out of the stress response into the relaxation response of ‘Rest and Digest’, blood pressure and heart rate will drop, digestion will improve and an improved sense of wellbeing will naturally occur. Decisions will become clear and more rational, fear will subside and you will become more positive in attitude, you will

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be less reactive, be more present and able to relax and rest. To move into the relaxation response, identifying what environmental factors are causing the stress response may require changing our physical environment. Physical safety means getting out of toxic, noisy or hostile environments. Emotional safety means surrounding ourselves with friends and people who genuinely care for us, learning better communication skills, time management skills, getting out of toxic jobs and hurtful relationships. Spiritual safety means creating a life surrounded with a sense of purpose, a relationship with a higher power and a resolve to release deeply held feelings of shame, worthlessness and excessive guilt. There are many other ways we can activate our relaxation response: changing our mental perspectives, our attitudes, our beliefs and our emotional reactions, breathing exercises (moving from habitual shallow breathing to full breathing), physical exercise, spending time in nature, massage, yoga, having a nap and removing yourself from stressful situations and environments.  By living more in the rest and digest response you will have more energy, feel less stressed, and feel more positive and your body will begin to function in a more balanced way. Caitlin Bennetts, Bangalow Remedial Massage

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SAVING LIONS I was inspired to become part of the global campaign to end the canned hunting of lions after spending time with three prides of magnificent white and tawny lions at a conservation and community development project, the Global White Lion Trust, in South Africa in February 2014. I was working with a group of animal advocates from Africa and Europe including actor and star of Game of Thrones and Ripper Street, Jerome Flynn. Jerome spoke out for lions at the Global March for Lions in London on 15 March 2014. Marches for Lions were held in over 60 cities around the world including Brisbane, where I had the privilege to call for an end to canned hunting. Canned hunting is the killing of captive tame lions by tourist hunters for trophies. The farming of lions for captive hunting is an industry that has grown rapidly in South Africa over the last 17 years. Lions have been taken from the wild and intensively bred in inhumane conditions. There are now more lions in captivity than in the wild in South Africa. Lions are an apex predator and there is a real risk of ecosystem collapse if lions become extinct in the wild. Farmed lion cubs are weaned soon after

birth so that the lioness will come back into season quickly to breed again as soon as possible. The ‘orphaned’ lion cubs are hand raised by unsuspecting wildlife conservation volunteers who pay to stay at these lion farms. The volunteers are also used to supervise tourists who pay to pet, photograph and walk with the cute lion cubs. Mature lions are then hunted on-site or sold to other canned hunting operators at around five years of age. Trophy hunters pay a lot of money to shoot a tame lion with a gun or bow and arrow. These lions have been habituated to humans and are either held in a small area or shot from the vehicle that is used to feed them or released into a large enclosure for a few days before being shot. Tourist hunters take the

trophy home to north America or Europe and the carcass is sold into the lion bone trade for the Asian traditional medicine market. Tigers are becoming so rare that lion and leopard bone is used instead for tiger bone soup and tiger cake. White lions are especially prized as trophies because they are rare in the wild and are regarded as the King of Kings. White lions come from the Timbavati region, including the southern end of Kruger National Park. Timbavati means the place where the star lions come from in the local language. White lions have great cultural significance for the San (Bushmen), Tsonga and Sepedi peoples and are part of our global heritage. Megan Kearney You can join the campaign for lions by: - letting people know about canned hunting, especially visitors to South Africa. - signing the petition to the South African government calling for an end to canned hunting and the trade in lion bones http:// for_sex_aides_rb_en/?pv=88&rc=fb For more information about the Global White Lion Protection Trust, visit http://

new centre for The Plaster House The Plaster House is a centre that provides ‘high love-low cost’ health care to children with physical disabilities in Tanzania. Without the Plaster House, many of these children would have no access to treatment and would carry on struggling with disability for the rest of their lives. I have been working with the Plaster House now for four years, having just recently returned in February. I’m excited to announce that after years of fundraising, the Plaster House has finally relocated to the new centre! Upon my return to Tanzania late last year, I was welcomed to a centre that sat up in the hills of Arusha. As I walked in, mothers sat in the sunshine watching children play on the grass; cooks prepared the morning

porridge on raised stoves; education staff prepared for a day of activities in the play hall and I stepped into the nursing room - clean, equipped and ready for a day of treating these brave children. The

capacity for care at the Plaster House has greatly increased and is now able to rehabilitate over 100 children at one time. The support of the Bangalow community over the years has been second to none. I am so grateful to have you all behind the Plaster House. There are too many people to name, but I do have to extend my sincere gratitude to the wonderful students and teachers at Bangalow Primary whose love travels across oceans with me to Tanzania. To the rest, you know who you are, thank you for joining me on this journey.  Hannah Kelly Upcoming Fundraiser: Annual Plaster House Swim: page/annualplasterhouseswim or www.

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local food

THE STORY OF BANGALOW BANQUET In the 12 months it took for the cookbook Bangalow Banquet to come to fruition, coordinator Lara Hayes had a massive year which included not only the huge task of overseeing the project from start to finish, but also experiencing both the happiness of welcoming a new baby into her family and the sadness of losing her mum. She feels very lucky to have had great support from her husband Bill in caring for their other three children during this time. Lara grew up in Byron Bay and from a young age was always around food as her mother owned local food businesses. These included Rainbow Seafood, selling both fresh and cooked seafood and Estate Takeaways at Byron Bay Industrial Estate. She trained to become a Registered Nurse but always kept her passion for cooking. Lara moved to the US in 1997, initially to study alternative medicine. She house-sat for people and often cooked for them as well. Lara was asked to become the private chef for one of these families so she worked in the US for 14 years as a private chef during which time she met Bill. In 2012 they moved back to the north coast and settled in Bangalow. Lara soon became interested in the idea of coordinating a local cookbook to raise money for the two local schools and the children who attended them. She says, “Having grown up in the area I wanted to tell the story of Bangalow through food. One of my passions is to encourage healthy eating and this area is known for healthy food which is free of pesticides and herbicides. I wanted to record the stories and recipes from local families especially the farmers and growers of our wonderful local fresh produce.” The task ahead was huge but Lara then contacted many of the local farmers who readily agreed to take part.

Bangalow Banquet co-ordinator, Lara Hayes

Local food producers, local restaurants and tourist attractions also became involved in telling their stories and contributing recipes. Lara approached the CWA and Feros Nursing Home to obtain old recipe books. Wendy Grissell from Heritage House was a great help in providing old recipe books as was Donna Jarrett, who had produced a Bangalow School cookbook in 2002. All the recipes had to be cooked and tested before being included in the book. As the local community rallied around the idea of the cookbook a large team of volunteers contributed their time, recipes and expertise. The Facebook page helped to attract local involvement. Professional food stylist, Jody Vassallo, taught Lara about layout and coordinating pictures and text and was largely responsible for the excellent visual appeal of the book.

Two Camels also did an amazing job with their voluntary design work. Local parent Josh Rogers generously backed the book financially. As the Bangalow food story developed Lara found it was a great way to get to know the community and learn of so many connections between local families. Bangalow Banquet with its wonderful mix of the old and the new is a great credit to Lara Hayes and all the team who contributed in so many ways. It’s an excellent book to have as a memento of the history and food story of this lovely area where we’re so lucky to live. The book has been a great success with more than 1600 copies sold so far and a reprint is soon to follow. Copies are available at Bangalow Post Office and some local restaurants. Lara can be contacted by email at Lyn Plummer

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Courtesy Lynette and Otto Saeck. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Layered Blueberry Cake 5 eggs 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla essence 310g reduced-salt butter, melted 3 ¼ cups self raising flour 1 cup caster sugar 400g fresh blueberries Lightly grease a 25cm x 30cm baking dish

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what I’ve been reading A novel and a memoir both examine the profound effects of interracial understanding

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

There is an author’s note at the end of The Invention of Wings and I wish that I had read it at the beginning of the book instead of the end. I began this book knowing only that the author, Sue Monk Kidd, had written The Secret Life of Bees, a novel which I enjoyed immensely. This book is not dissimilar to her previous novel; set in the early 19th century in Charleston, South Carolina there are two central protagonists; Sarah Grimke the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and Hetty (Handful) Grimke, a coloured slave owned by Sarah’s family. On Sarah’s 13th birthday her mother gifts Handful to Sarah as her personal maid, an event which outrages Sarah and which she immediately tries to reverse with a written declaration freeing Hetty Grimke from slavery. This only results in increased animosity between Sarah and her mother and causes her father to withdraw Sarah’s visiting rights to his library (permanently). Spoken in the first person, through alternate chapters, we follow the parallel lives of the two girls as they become friends, grow into young women and, in the case of Sarah and her sister Nina, go on to become the most hated and infamous women in America. The story became far more interesting to me when I learned, on completion (author’s note), that Sarah and Nina Grimke were, in fact, the first female abolitionists and among the earliest major American feminist thinkers. Up until that point I had thought the plot was a little dull (by comparison to The Secret Life of Bees that is); knowing now that the book is historical fiction containing an enormous amount of factual information has enhanced the story for me. Sue Monk Kidd does write really well.

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall

I really do think that I have to improve my pre-reading skills! I started reading this book believing that I was embarking on a novel. A few chapters in, I realised my mistake but was already hooked by then. Carol Wall’s memoir does read a lot like a novel as she talks about her conversion from “my garden looks great as a jungle” to becoming an “engaged gardener”. Carol and her husband are empty nesters when her neighbour’s garden undergoes a splendid transformation. Carol learns that the man responsible for this transformation is Giles Owita, a well educated Kenyan refugee. Mr Owita is a quietly spoken, deeply private gentleman who Carol gets to know slowly as she travels her own difficult journey with illness and declining elderly parents. This book is as much a story about Giles Owita as about Carol Wall and there is inspiration to be had from the grace with which they face the challenges of life. I enjoyed it very much and from now on I promise to read my front and rear covers with a little more diligence  Carolyn Adams – Bookworms & Papermites

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more than cosmetic changes Alexia and Chris Rolfe have embraced change all their lives. Alexia grew up in a family who oscillated between living in the northern beaches area of Sydney and the Hunter Valley. She feels chopping and changing schools so often obliged her to make a super effort to make friends wherever she was. Chris was raised in the northern suburbs of Sydney and after initially training as a landscaper he turned his hand to carpentry and now works for himself on various local projects. However he is open to another change of direction if the opportunity presents itself. Both having enjoyed family holidays in the Northern Rivers made them determined to move north out of Sydney at some time after they were married in 2000. After completing school Alexia began an apprenticeship at a salon in Avalon and worked as a beauty therapist for many years before changing to work for The Body Shop. In the eight years she was there she felt really valued and learned much about staff training and customer service. When their son Oliver was a toddler they took the big step of moving to Bangalow, Chris finding work quickly as a carpenter and Alexia working part time in the cosmetic area of Priceline in Ballina. During this time they built a new home for themselves and Lilla, now a lively four year old, was born. With the children happily settled at the Community Children’s Centre and the Primary School, Alexia has recently realised a long held ambition of having her

Alexia, Oliver, Lilla and Chris Rolfe

own salon. After studying Small Business Management at Byron Community College she seized the opportunity, when Shop 5, behind the Naturopath in Byron Street became available, to open Embellir Brow and Beauty Bar. The name is French for ‘to beautify’ and Alexia hopes that clients who visit her salon feel better about themselves both inside and out. When asked what he likes most about school Oliver, now a handsome 9 year old, answers in typical boy fashion. He loves sport, recess, lunch time and home time which is spent with friends swimming in the weir or at the skate park. As luck would have it on the very first day Alexia began work at Embellir he fell off his skateboard and broke

his arm badly. Lilla, the proud owner of a beautiful cubby house and already a dab hand at cartwheels, hopes to begin dancing and horse riding lessons very soon. The only change Alexia and Chris would not contemplate is moving away from this area where they have met and made so many supportive friends. They feel they are lucky to be bringing up their children in Bangalow, with all the benefits it offers: the quality of the education and health facilities and the opportunity to take up a diverse range of sporting and artistic interests. All this with the freedom of country life and close to beautiful beaches. The river at Brunswick Heads is their very favourite place for a swim.  Helen Johnston

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Community laps up concept of ‘Bangalow’s Waterfront’ Efforts to revitalise the Bangalow Parklands along Byron Creek took another big step forward on Sunday, 23 March with encouraging news on the progress of the campaign. A capacity crowd of around 80 filled Bangalow’s Heritage House to hear a range of speakers, including Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson, outline the project and explain its importance to the local community. The meeting launched a community appeal to fund a master plan to upgrade the parkland surrounding the old Bangalow creek weir. The aim is to revamp the entire waterfront precinct with resources ranging from rainforest walks to facilities such as new playground equipment, benches and even a bandstand. The community fundraising campaign centres on the plan to let people Buy a bit of Bangalow by donating to the cost of the restoration. The entire 30,000 sq m Parkland area has been mapped out and gridded, and is being ‘sold off ’ in lots of one square metre. A bumper sticker urging people to ‘Bring back Bangalow’s waterfront’ is just one part of the plan to raise money. Meeting organiser Christobel Munson reminded people it was a chance to “own a virtual bit of riverbank” and smiled as she acknowledged it didn’t mean land title. Just as the original weir was funded and built by locals in the 1920s, almost a century

later a new generation of residents now has a chance to restore and renew a special part of the Bangalow environment. The plan has such wide community appeal already local service organisations, the local school and many individuals are finding out how they can be involved. Chaired by local journalist Mick O’Regan, the crowded meeting heard wonderful

stories from the heyday of the old weir. Lynn Smith recounted colourful stories from her childhood with hilarious accounts of battles in home-made corrugated iron canoes, swimming carnivals and community picnics. Lynn’s father, the late Bruce Beckinsale, was the Bangalow swimming coach as well as a fearless high diver who thrilled crowds with his daring performances from the then 12m diving board. Local civil engineer Chris Taylor outlined what constructing the project will involve,

from repairing the cracked weir wall to building a fish ladder. Dr Tony Parkes, from the Big Scrub group and Bangalow Land and River Care, revealed the various environmental treasures to be found in this remnant of the once great rainforest. Businessman Martin Brook from Brookfarm offered a practical assessment of the value of the parkland area to local businesses as well as the wider community, and encouraged local businesses to get involved. Finally Mayor Simon Richardson explained Byron Shire Council’s perspective on the process. This covered the practical hurdles Council needs to face before it can approve the Development Application to undertake the necessary work to restore the weir. The DA was submitted by the Bangalow Historical Society’s Parklands team last November. At the moment final negotiations on the fishway design are under way including an assessment of any impact on flooding as a result of the proposed work. Bumper stickers to support the campaign may be purchased from Heritage House during its opening hours, where any donations to the community funding program can be made. An exhibition illustrating the evolution of the weir and Parklands is on display at the House.  Terry Bleakley

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role of gardens in preservation In our own backyards, farms, parks and There are, in Australia and throughout the world, some great arboreta and corporate green spaces we can, with little botanic gardens. They play a major role in effort, give these threatened species a conservation, preservation, research and fighting chance. By choosing some of these education. Our parks and gardens, public or plants for our gardens we can make a vital private, can also play a part as an insurance difference to the survival of those species. Below is a selection of plants endemic to policy against loss in the wild. Some numbers are necessary to understand our area that can be used in landscaping of what is at stake here. In 1998 over 8,753 small to large gardens as well as farmland. I tree species, 10% of the world’s total, were have given the height to guide your choice. threatened with extinction according to The • Plectanthrus nitidus up to 0.5m (endangered). Would suit all land size World List of Threatened Trees. littoralis, scented Australia, due to its long isolation, has • Acronychia Acronychia, 8m a rich, complex and unique (endangered) for coastal range of plants and animals, sandy soil. accounting for around 8% of • Allocasuarina defungens, all species on Earth. 85% of Dwarf Heath Casuarina, up to Australia’s plant species are 2m (endangered). Coastal. endemic to the continent. • Davidsonia jerseyana Only around 25% of the Davidson plum, 10m original estimated extent of (endangered). Edible fruits. native vegetation remains Suitable for smaller garden intact. The Australia State due to its narrowness. of the Environment Report • Diploglotis campbellii, 2011 provides details on Small Leaf Tamarind, the continental extent of slow growing up to 30m Australian vegetation. (endangered). Rainforest The importance of Davidson Plum tree. Edible fruits. Few trees maintaining a bio-diverse in the wild although cultivated as ecosystem is not purely environmental. It bushfood. benefits the social and economic aspect mabacea, Red-fruited of all parts of the Australian society by • Diospyros Ebony up to 25m (endangered). A sustaining important ecosystem functions rare rainforest tree. Riparian, basalt or and processes such as soil stabilisation and alluvial soil. It is possible that trees of water quality. this species may only survive, if planted In Northern NSW there are 300 threatened by man. and endangered species of plants and animals. The numbers of plant species listed • Eidothea hardeniana, Nightcap Oak, 40m (critically endangered). Only under the Threatened Species Conservation around 100 wild plants are known. Act 1995 or Fisheries Management Act 1994 that occur or did occur in the Northern • Endiandra floydii, Crystal Creek Walnut, 15m (endangered). Brushbox Rivers region is as follows: presumed forest understorey. extinct four; critically endangered two, • Fontainea oraria, Coast Fontainea, 5m endangered 129; vulnerable 94.

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(Critically endangered). 10 mature plants are known. Coastal rainforest, could have been more widely spread. Grows on basaltic soils. Would suit smaller gardens. • Gossia fragrantissima, Sweet Myrtle or Small-leaved Myrtle, 4 to 10m (endangered) Fragrant. • Ochrosia moorei, Southern Ochrosia, to 11m (Endangered). Rainforest. • Randia moorei, Spiny Gardenia, to 8m (endangered). Basalt soil. Great understorey for Araucaria cunninghamia (Hoop Pine) and Lophostemon confertus (Brush Box). • Uromyrtus australis, Peach Myrtle, to 12m (endangered). Basaltic soils. Beautiful, delicate tree with pink flowers. Plants are habitat and food for other species. The decline of one can lead to the extinction of another. Amyema plicatula (endangered) is a good example. This bushy Mistletoe grows on Dysoxylum fraserianum (Rosewood). The population in NSW occurs within a remnant rainforest fragment on cleared farmland within the Rocky Creek area. To assist the recovery of Amyena plicatula, planting of the host species Rosewood in that area would increase its potential habitat.   Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni, Coxen’s Fig Parrot, critically endangered and numbering around 200 birds, feeds mostly on figs. Preserving remnant large fig trees and replanting fig trees, as well as retaining and protecting areas of rainforest and adjoining wet eucalypt forest, will help this parrot. Its future is not bright if we do not help. For further reading go on www.facebook. com/Interactive.landscapes where I have posted my reference sources.  Patrick Regnault (Dip.Hort) Registered Horticulturist 0062 MAIH

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may diary

town talk


Red Cross meeting; Neil Murray


Red Cross anniversary picnic and exhibition; da Desh tickets on sale; Shitbox Rally fundraiser; film Wadja


Garden Club meeting

10 Federal Blues Inc. Rita Cowled. Photo by Terry Bleakley

11 Mothers’ Day; Barefoot bowls 15

BMT at Liliana’s; Pool Trust AGM


DCP public submissions close


Utopia and supper at Newrybar Hall; LaSalsa

18 Singer Super Nova Jade with musicians from Rendang. Photo by Andrew Sooby www.

Billycart Derby; Mad Hatters Tea Party; Daniel Champagne



An arty party


BMT at Byron lighthouse

‘Cowgirls and other attractions’, an exhibition of Gabriel Rosati’s latest works, opened at the Artsyard, 99 Lismore Rd on Wednesday, 16 April. A balmy evening, a full moon and a great party where friends and fans dressed in cow-pokey gear and danced the night away. Don’t miss the exhibition which runs for three months.  Di Martin


Rock’n Roll/Swing; Circus Arts


Bangalow market

is completed by mid July to coincide with Back to Bangalow main street celebrations (see CNB). Wendy Grissell

29 Bangalow networking breakfast 31

Da Desh cabaret; iDig Music; Kids’ short story deadline HB deadlines: 14(ads) 19(copy)

Signs of the times Historical Society president, Rita Cowled, with one of the new batch of information plaques that identify our town’s early significant buildings and their original uses. 14 new signs have been added to the 20 already existing and more are on the way. Rita and Vivienne Gorec, amongst others, have worked hard to ensure this project

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Easter windows The CWA and Heart of the Home shop window displays drew a lot of attention over the Easter holidays. Bunnies galore. Di Martin

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Heartbeat May 2014  

Celebrating the life and times of the 2479 Community, Bangalow NSW, Australia