Winter 2021 | Edition #5

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Edition #5 | Winter 2021







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Welcome 0427 058 966 (Lindsey) EDITOR | DESIGNER | SALES Lindsey Bidwell CONTRIBUTORS Aaron Bidwell Alstonville Historical Society Alstonville Probus Angela Parr Avilla Farm Catherine Cohen Candy Fitness Councillor David Wright Fairmarket Antiques Lismore Five Sixty Farms Kerry Thomson

Melanie Kirkby Minya Rose Miss Tucker Mortgage Choice Mums Connect Paige Brierley Phillip Tucker Rachel Besseling Real Property Photography Rous Public School Lambruk Joiners & Cabinet Makers Sharron Farrell Stacey Shapiro Lindsey Bidwell Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Stephanie Hunt The Image Collective Lotus Palliative Care Therese Moffatt Luke O'Neil Tracey Whitby Lucy Newman Tully Designs Lydia Berghan Wollongbar Garden Club Mark Davis @in_lismore_light Mark Kriedemann Thank you to Michelle, Phill, Bailey and Brendan for your support so I can create something special for this wonderful region. Country & Coast Magazine acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation as the traditional custodians of this land and extends respect to elders past, present and future. Country & Coast Magazine is published quarterly and distributed throughout the Northern Rivers. The content in this magazine, including artwork, editorials or photographs, may not be reproduced in any form without our written consent. Failure to heed to this could result in prosecution. The opinions and views expressed within this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. The publisher believes all information to be accurate and correct at the time of printing. Please check information directly with advertisers or venues as times and dates may change. Disclaimer: Country & Coast Magazine has the discretion to add or remove words or photos that are deemed unsuitable. We are not responsible or liable for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, nor use of the information contained within these pages. Contributors supplying advertisements or content undertake to ensure that all material does not infringe any copyright, trademark, defamation, libel, breach of confidence, slander or title. Also, not containing anything obscene or indecent, or violating the trade practices act or other laws, regulations or statutes. Further to the above, contributors agree to indemnify the publisher and its agents against any investigations, claims or judgements.

Welcome to our Winter Edition! Well, it is already cold outside, and we are noticing the rare reappearance of the jumper in the Northern Rivers. So it seems fitting the cover image matches perfectly with our current morning feels. In this edition, we celebrate our first birthday! Yes, Country & Coast is now one year old, having launched in June 2020. What an exhilarating time; so much can happen in a year. The magazine started as a way to help small businesses that were struggling in our local area to get their voice out to the community, and it has undoubtedly grown from there. Thank you to all advertisers that have supported the magazine throughout this journey; without you, we would not produce such a high-quality print for our readers. Inside this edition This edition features all of your regular favourites, and we have made a few new permanent ones. Our real weddings special is here to stay with a wedding couple to feature every season. Again, I had many exciting adventures with my sons, family and friends to produce the content on our local area. I have to tell you; it has never been easier to find volunteers to visit and sample local breweries and distilleries; the offers were endless, hahaha. Our special feature this season is a Northern Rivers building and renovating guide. The guide focuses on the latest trends, displays homes in the region, construction loans explanation, interior design inspiration and a map of local land estates. So if you are looking to build your dream home, renovate or restyle, have a look at p. 22. Next edition The details for our future editions are featured on the back page, so make sure to have a peek at the end. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for magazine sneak peeks, updates, bonus article content, area news and special offers. Front Cover The cover image of this edition was submitted by Mark Kriedemann from @in_lismore_light. The beautiful sunrise image perfectly represents our current mornings with the lush, beautiful greenery and mist filling the valleys as far as can be seen. A stunning image; thank you Mark. Once again, I hope you will enjoy reading the Winter Edition as much as I love producing the content. So it is with great pleasure that I wish you some happy reading!

Lindsey { Editor }


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Community News

Alstonville Probus, The Friends, Rous Public School, Alstonville Historical Society, Lotus Palliative Care, Youth Care UPA, Kevin Hogan, Community Kindness, Meet a local: Michela Brown, Ballina Shire Council, Purpose Workshop, Tully Designs

12 Real Weddings Belinda & Steve

14 Agriculture & Farming

Avilla Farm, Five Sixty Farms

16 Business News

I love my shop: Fairmarket Antiques Lismore Alstonville Settlers Motel, Replenish Reflexology & Aromatherapy, Lambruk Pantry, Drew Roberts Consulting, The Dance Warehouse, Alstonville Florist

20 Trades & Services

Feature: Plateau Landscape Suppliers, Enhance your home with Pressure Washing, Get to know your local Tyre team, Drone Technology

22 Building & Renovating Feature

Display homes, Land selection, Construction loans, Interior design inspiration, Renovating options, Land estates map

26 Home & Family

Effective renovation advice, New group helping local mums, Recycling materials for your garden, Science experiments, Veggie Noodle Muffins, DIY minimalist artwork with gold leaf, The mighty mushie, Sudoku, Recipe: Mushroom Risotto

30 Fashion Hair, & Beauty

Things We Love, Fashion Trend with Candy Lane, Gem-Array Jewellers brings your dreams designs brought to life

32 Travel & Discover

Suburb Profile: Yamba, Places to explore: The Peach Farm, Alstonville Heritage Trail

36 Arts & Events

Community Gallery Feedback, Local Artist Profile: Angela Parr, Events Calendar

38 Visitors Guide

Ten must try local walks, Ten attractions to visit, Explore: Breweries & Distilleries Contents | 3

Mystery tour excitement Lismore Botanic Gardens Rous Bonfire Ignites Again By Sharron Farrell

Alstonville Probus

Recently on a clear May morning, a busload of Alstonville Probus members headed out of town on a ‘mystery tour’. By definition, a mystery tour is ‘a pleasure excursion to an unspecified destination’. Excitement filled the air as they tried to guess their destination! The first stop was Lismore SES Rescue, where we learnt the workings of this amazing organisation and witnessed first-hand the ‘toys’ they get to play with and control. Then there was morning tea, supplied by the wonderful cooks amongst the group, enjoyed in a park at Kyogle. The next port of call was the Mount Warning Hotel, at Uki, where a delicious hot meal was devoured and enjoyed by all whilst soaking up the spectacular views of Mt Warning - a fingertip away! Homeward bound, the final stop was Brunswick Heads, where people explored, did a little retail therapy, plus enjoyed an ice cream to finish off a delightful excursion outside our little village. Kay and Neville Colefax feature enjoying the tastes of Brunswick Heads. We want to welcome our new members recently inducted, Gillian Maclean, Beverly Rumsby and Zeta Hope, featured below. Alstonville Probus meets the last Thursday of every month at the Alstonville Bowling Club in Deegan Drive at 10am for a 10:30 start. Visitors are welcome, so come along for a friendly, fun-filled morning!

By Tracey Whitby

The Friends

The Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens is a non-profit group of volunteers working in conjunction with the Lismore City Council to develop and maintain the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. These Gardens are a wonderful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a superb collection of local rainforest and other local native plants. Winter is the perfect time to visit the rainforest botanic gardens, with milder temperatures and sunny days that entice us outdoors for a stroll. Only three kilometres from the Lismore CBD along Wyrallah Road, the Gardens are an easy alternative, if you don’t have much time, to see the beautiful local subtropical rainforest. The Sensory Garden is accessible to all mobilities, with plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the beauty and fragrances of our native plants. For the little kids, there is a cool cubby in the eucalypt forest. Keep an eye out for our koalas. Like a more energetic walk? Enjoy the steady climb to the top of the Hoop Pine Forest, where a winding path leads to shady glades and a stone labyrinth. The Wilson’s Park Species Garden is an easy, unpaved stroll for those with a keen interest in the species of the Big Scrub. In the Useful Plants garden, edible and medicinal plants, as well as plants used for weaving and tools, line the paths for a beautiful, leisurely walk. Head to the western end of the Gardens for a paved walk through six rainforest 'rooms', full of many interesting species. To book for a guided walk for your group, contact Bookings are also essential for our regular walks on the last Sunday of each month, followed by morning tea. A gold coin donation is welcome. Stunning greeting cards are on sale featuring the photography of the Friends (as pictured). Join us for some special activities for National Tree Day on Sunday, August 1st. Find out more by visiting or phone 0450 596 705.

By Melanie Kirkby

Rous Public School

Over Four Decades of Family Fun… Rous Bonfire Ignites Again. From humble beginnings as a school tidy-up and family picnic, the Rous Bonfire Night is now in its 41st year and has evolved into a much-anticipated event, attracting thousands of locals and bringing the community together. As the only fundraising event for Rous Public School, situated in the idyllic countryside south of Alstonville, the annual Bonfire Night features delicious food, the very popular Cafe de Rous, Chocolate Wheel, BBQ stall with famous pork rolls, fireworks display, tractor rides, raffles and prizes, and not to mention, a huge bonfire. With just over 90 students, Rous Public School is a small but thriving school which continues to receive huge support from the local community. “The Rous Bonfire Night really shows how our community comes together to support a great cause,” said Pat Byrnes, P&C President. “The wonderful support from local businesses is just overwhelming.” This year Rous Public School also celebrates its 140th year and, to commemorate, has published a cookbook which will be for sale at the Bonfire Night. Over the last 40 years, the Rous Bonfire Night fundraising efforts have enabled the construction of an outdoor classroom, basketball court area and solar panel installation. The fundraising has also assisted with excursion costs and updating school reading texts and resources. The Bonfire is on Saturday, July 24th, and kicks off at 5pm and finishes by 8.30pm, making it a perfect outing for families. For more details about the Rous Public School visit

Nimbin Rocks © in_lismore_light

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Celebrating One Year! Country & Coast Magazine By Lindsey Bidwell

Country & Coast Magazine started without any funding, grants, crowd-funding or anything else. It was a gift for our local business community to help them out of the Covid lockdown. Although I had contemplated launching a magazine, the decision was made after walking into a local shop owned by a friend. The shop owner was crying, unsure how to pay the rent, with no sales and more strict lockdown rules. It was an impossible situation, and they had no way of affording promotions to get customers back in and understand they were doing the best they could. That they were a person, up all night sick with worry, with a family to feed, staff to look after, community groups and sporting events to support. What did they cut to cover the bills and still feel positive about their life. So it may seem ridiculous given the current challenges, but I used some savings and decided to produce a magazine that cared about the community, offering free advertising to any local businesses interested, struggling, or unsure of their future. I received so many nominations for local small business; it was amazing. The community really stepped up and wanted to be involved in thanking this group of incredible business, that we are all in awe of their continuing can-do attitudes. From our second edition, advertisers generously supported the printing costs of the magazine. The magazine has grown such an incredible, loyal following, with readers and advertisers understanding the importance of local positive news. The magazine is not full of big corporate business, who could easily purchase multiple pages, but instead full of local small business owners that matter most! They support other business, our community groups, charities and sporting clubs. They also live here; they are our friends, family, neighbours, the parents volunteering at local school and community events. These are the people that matter and who we as a community need to appreciate because their job is hard, they are a tough breed, and we need to make an effort to support them in return. The businesses and individuals featured within each edition are so inspirational. I draw strength, and I hope our readers also do, from their courage and the never give up attitude that appears to resonate so strongly in our community.

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Museum update Alstonville Historical Society By Catherine Cohen

Crawford House Museum has a busy period ahead. The Sunday ‘Arvo program, which commenced in 2019 and was abandoned due to Covid last year, is returning at last. On June 27th at 1pm the society will hold the finals of a poetry competition for Ballina Shire school students. The ten finalists will recite their poems, which must be original and have an Aussie bush/country theme. They will be judged on content and presentation by wellknown bush poet Ray Essery (the Mullumbimby Man) and one other person, with prizes of $50, $25 and $10 for the first three place getters in both the primary and secondary sections. Entry will be $10 per person, a gold coin donation for children or $15 per family, to be paid at the gate. If this is successful, it may become an annual event. On July 25th there will be a bus trip following the Booyong-Ballina railway line conducted by Ian Kirkland, the president of the society and author of Out of Puff, which is about the line. The trip will follow the line and include the site of Tooheys sugar mill and the Booyong Nature Reserve, the largest flooded gum in the Southern Hemisphere. The tour leaves the museum at 1pm and arrives back at approximately 4pm. The cost is $20 per person or $30 including a copy of Out of Puff. To book phone (02) 6628 1829. If oversubscribed, a waiting list will be established, and a second trip may be made at another date. On August 29th at 1pm there will be an exciting afternoon of authentic Aussie bush music performed by local band Sydney or the Bush, returning by popular demand after their performance in 2019. It will be a walk back in time, as much of the music they play is around 100 years old. They will also entertain you with amazing information about the origins of the music they are performing. Entry will be $10 per person, a gold coin donation for children or $15 per family, to be paid at the gate. A coffee van will be there for refreshments. For the events at the museum, please bring a folding chair or rug and a hat, as no chairs or shelter will be provided. The society is also very excited about obtaining a grant to produce a virtual tour of the museum, which will allow it to show off some of the items in the museum and should attract more visitors. VOLUNTEERS WARMLY WELCOMED Have you thought about guiding at historic Crawford House Museum, Alstonville? The museum is open to the public twice a week and at other times for schools and tour groups. If you like communicating, are patient and have an interest in history, this is an opportunity for you to work with a passionate group and indulge yourself in the stories of the past. Crawford House Museum is located at 10 Wardell Road, Alstonville and is open Fridays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm. Enquiries 02 6628 1829 or

Dying with Dignity By Stacey Shapiro

Could you change the life of a child? Lotus Palliative Care Youth Care UPA

If ever you’ve given death much thought, perhaps you imagined dying peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones? It’s certainly a wish for 86% of Australians, but sadly only 17% are able to spend their last days in the comfort of their own home.

Lulu Shapiro and Megan Paul are stepping up to provide expert care in the home with their new non-government funded business Lotus Palliative Care. The two nurses, who will lose their current jobs as a result of NSW Health not renewing the contract with the current service provider, are clear in their mission: Choosing palliative care at home is the precise moment when compassion, warmth and kindness have never mattered more. Lotus Palliative Care offers a holistic and comprehensive service that provides families and carers with the information and support needed to be confident that care can be given at home. “I may not be able to change the fact that someone is receiving end of life care, but to be able to provide and assist families during this time, is a great honour and privilege,” Megan explains. Lotus Palliative Care is available to everyone, whether you are deciding not to enter a clinical setting or choosing to transfer home. The service can be engaged at any stage of the journey and does not require a referral from a health professional.

By Youth Care UPA

Youth Care UPA is a not-for-profit foster care agency located in Alstonville on Bundjalung country. They have been providing quality care to children, young people and their families in the Northern Rivers since 1941. Youth Care’s mission is to provide a therapeutic out of home care program that creates opportunities for and empowers children and young people.

There is a great need in NSW for foster carers who can provide a safe and nurturing home for vulnerable children. Children and young people come into care for a variety of reasons, and the length of time in care will vary depending on each situation. Restoration to family is explored, however in many circumstances, children cannot return to family, and foster carers are needed to provide a home for them. When some children have been in care long-term, and there is no chance of them being restored, their carers can apply for guardianship or adoption. Foster carers are not alone in their caring role. They work in collaboration with the agency and are provided with a tax-free allowance, a range of training opportunities, resources, 24/7 trauma-informed assistance, clinical and behavioural support and respite to promote positive outcomes for children. There are different types of foster carers needed: • Restoration carers: provide a home while the child transitions back to family • Long term carers: provide stability and permanency until children age out • Short term carers: provide a home for a specific period of time • Emergency care carers: provide short term care at very short notice • Respite care carers: provide regular weekend or holiday care

As Lulu says, “I am a firm believer that we all deserve a dignified and peaceful death. It is my life’s work and mission to give that to each and every person I can.”

Carers can be individuals of any gender, couples including same-sex couples, or families. Youth Care UPA does not discriminate on the basis of religion, ethnicity or cultural group.

For any enquiries, please phone 02 6680 4800, email: info@lotuspalliativecare. or visit

Becoming a carer is very rewarding. By providing a stable, caring environment for a child, you can make a positive difference to them, their family and the community. If you have ever thought about making a difference in a child’s life, now is the time to contact Youth Care UPA on 02 6620 4400 or

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Rewarding preservation & innovation Linking our community Kevin Hogan's Column Community Kindness By Kevin Hogan

By Lucy Newman

Born and bred in Regional Australia, Kevin lives with his wife Karen and three children on a property near Lismore. Kevin has always been committed to contributing to his local community supporting and volunteering for many local organisations. Kevin joined the Nationals because it is the only party solely dedicated to representing regional areas.

LinC in Alstonville is a registered, not for profit, church-based organisation with over 50 trained volunteers endorsed by their local Alstonville churches, who are again ready to serve their community. These acts of community kindness are performed frequently through wonderful and generous volunteers donating their time to help members of our community.

Upgrading our local Halls Pimlico Hall is a wonderful asset, and the Ballina Historical Society have made it their home. It was great to announce funding for new handrails and ramps, an upgraded door, interior and exterior repainting, and accessible parking and pathways. It was also fantastic to be at the Wardell Hall to announce funding for more future upgrades. These will include improved exit ramps, a back veranda and roof, and the removal of asbestos. These are significant community assets, and it is essential to our local community that they are maintained. Well worth dropping into when you are in the area. Adding value to local food produce Oneva Holdings in Alstonville processes local food to create unique products. They work with a range of local farmers and chefs to produce these exclusive products. Recently, it was great to announce a grant of $100,000 to allow them to upgrade their manufacturing equipment. Oneva also matched this funding, and these funds have allowed them to create more local jobs. In addition to improving employment opportunities, they had the ability to purchase a large mixer and depositor, creating a new semi-automatic product line. The new equipment has already made their production of blueberries, macadamias, cheese and pastry products more efficient and has provided improved capabilities to fast-track new product development. To keep up to date with the latest information for our region, follow Kevin Hogan MP on Facebook or Instagram. For further contact information and to view other projects completed throughout the Northern Rivers visit

Like everything else, LinC suspended operations during 2020. However, with a new constitution endorsed by the Department of Fair Trading and recent elections, it is again ready to help anyone in the 2477 postcode and surrounding areas. Their mission is to help those who need assistance retaining or regaining as much independence as possible. This help might be to do the weekly shopping, transport to and from appointments or assistance after a hospital stay. Sometimes it is simply a social phone call to check on a person or a social visit. Occasionally small gardening jobs or minor repairs might make the difference. Other services, including transport to specialist medical appointments at the Gold Coast and John Flynn hospitals, can also be arranged. LinC Alstonville started assisting our community in 1994 when the local churches realised a need to support local families in the Alstonville and Wollongbar areas was developing. A series of community meetings followed, and in 1996 LinC came to the group’s attention as it was an existing network originally from the USA. Under the sponsorship of World Vision, the organisation was recognised as a networking system where volunteers could be linked to people in need. After 11 months of planning, preparation and training, LinC Alstonville was launched in April 1998 and became incorporated in its own right in 2000. Volunteers were recruited from Alstonville churches, with Chris Johnson becoming the first supervisor for the new referral centre. The program has benefited the region through supporting numerous other activities, including a breakfast programme operating between 2012 and 2015 for the local schools, the 2016 Family Festival and Seniors Week in 2017. How does it work? Because LinC operates through volunteers, you are requested, if possible, to organise your help request at least two days in advance. This notice will give the office staff time to find volunteers who are available to suit your need. The volunteer will then call you and confirm the details the day before the service. If you contact the service after hours, you will reach a message service, and someone will get back to you. While the volunteers give their time freely, donations to assist with fuel and other costs are always welcome. The LinC Alstonville office hours are 9.30am to 12 noon on Mondays and Thursdays. Contact the service on 02 6628 6960 or send an email request to

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Meet a local Enthusiastic cat lady purrs contentedly about making a difference Michela Brown By Stephanie Hunt

Michela Brown, passionate about rescuing companion animals in need and raising awareness of a range of causes, speaks with Stephanie Hunt about how volunteering for over 20 years has improved her wellbeing. “Good morning Michela! What darling Pet of the Week is waiting for their forever-home today?” Alstonville resident Michela Brown’s words flow through the airwaves from ZZZ FM to the morning commute each Thursday. She paints a beautiful picture of a companion animal (cat, kitten, dog, puppy) waiting to be adopted, describing its character, colouring and charisma. Each week Michela chooses one lucky rescue animal from the Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) list – some that she herself has lovingly cared for in her home. Michela has been a passionate animal rescue volunteer for the past 20 years. She has fostered, nurtured, cared for and rehomed approximately 750 cats and kittens, as well as owning several of her own pets. And she loves every moment of it! “I’m making a difference to an animal’s life,” Michela said. Adding, “I believe this work is essential from a moral and ethical viewpoint. We’re not only physically caring for and rehousing animals - we also provide education on pet care and the need to desex companion animals.” With her parents both educators and her Dad involved in charity work for UNICEF, Michela’s volunteer work and current vocation as a Family Day Care Educator for over 13 years may have been influenced by them. Certainly, her childhood was far from average; she

moved from Australia to Afghanistan, Antigua, Swaziland and Pakistan while her father designed and implemented teacher training programs. Michela’s memories include visiting the Eiffel Tower at age 6, learning Zulu words from their gardener (and helping him with his English too), and wandering through Kruger National Park. Her Mum’s anger at the segregation laws remains with her still. Returning to Alstonville in 1976, the family moved into Braeburn, an old house across from the Police Station. Michela worked in the O’Neil family’s milkbar after leaving school (the Newsagency and The Crossing Café occupy the site now) before finding her niche in an administration role in Sydney. However, losing both her parents within six months of each other while in her mid-20s saw Michela return to Alstonville, where she eventually married Andy and raised their three beautiful daughters Abbey, Lily and Elsa. Michela would love to share her family’s journey with her Mum over a long lunch. There would be plenty of 80’s musicians around the table too, laughing along with Billy Connelly and no doubt cuddling a kitten. She enjoys living and working in Alstonville because of the weather (although she admits it does get a bit too hot at times!) and the sense of community. She loves how locals are in touch with reality here and seem unconcerned with ‘appearances’. As well as caring for animals, Michela’s volunteering has included fundraising for Be Brave and Shave – where she fully committed and shaved her head, twice! “I think raising awareness, and obviously fundraising,

is the motivator. Both times I was able to donate my hair to be made into wigs, which is cool.” Proudly showing me the kittens in her care, it was clear Michela loves the obvious benefits of volunteering – cuddles, and that warm, fuzzy feeling of achievement when a cat or kitten is healthy enough to find their forever home. While she maintains her work is primarily focused on animals, she does love another, not so obvious aspect - more warm, fuzzy feelings from helping people who have given up pets for various reasons and those whose lives are enriched by welcoming a pet into their home. She is also very grateful for the assistance of her husband Andy and their girls. Andy’s ‘vollie spirit’ is very much alive in the local soccer scene, and Michela hopes the girls will contribute to the community through volunteering of their own choice – indeed, they already are. And choosing the volunteer role for you is what it’s all about! “Anyone can volunteer,” said Michela. “Find something that fits in with your life. You only need to give an hour or two here and there, but you’ll meet new people with mutual interests. It makes you feel useful, valued and contributing to our community, no matter how small the task.” If you wish to find out more about becoming a foster carer, pet adoption or donating, go to www.animalrights. or For further information on volunteering vacancies throughout our region, visit:

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Council Column By Councillor David Wright

The mornings are certainly crisp, but with wonderful heated pool facilities in Alstonville now opening from 7am on Saturdays for the community to enjoy, it’s a great way to start the weekend. So that our pools can continue to operate at their optimum, Ballina pool will be closed from 1 to 30 June, and Alstonville will close from 1 to 31 July 2021 for annual maintenance. Ballina Shire Council would like your views about broader community climate change actions. Australia has committed to a staged emissions reduction target of 26-28% by 2030, while the State Government has committed to a 35% reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050. Council’s draft Climate Change Policy proposes operational targets more ambitious than these targets. The draft plan is on public exhibition, visit ballina.nsw. Please take the time to review it and provide your feedback. It’s so important for future generations. If you have a development application to lodge, from 28 June 2021, they must be submitted online. This means all applications and documents will need to be lodged via the NSW Government’s

Ballina Shire Council

Council provides development advice to assist with general town planning and building enquiries. Please visit Council’s website at or call Council on 1300 864 444 for details. It's been almost five years since our last Local Government elections, so save the date on Saturday, 4 September, to vote for your local councillors. Please remember that voting is compulsory. For further details, visit For more updates on what’s happening across the community, Community Connect Magazine is out at the end of June. Council’s website is also a great resource for information on current projects and activities. You can also subscribe to Council’s eNews. It’s such a beautiful time of year to get out and about, so I encourage you to keep supporting local businesses and enjoying what’s on offer across our great region. If you’d like some inspiration, the tourism team at the Ballina Visitor Information Centre is a wealth of information or visit the destination website Enjoy! Cr David Wright

Support for men's daily struggles Purpose Workshop By Luke O'Neil

Living in difficult times has become apparent in recent years and decades. The daily stress, struggles, and demands from work-life balance, family, and financial expectations have led to a decrease in people’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. A program called 'Purpose' has been established to support young male teenagers and men with these daily issues.

This men’s workshop called 'Purpose' will offer the opportunity for young male teenagers and men to attend free workshops hosting in Alstonville. The workshop will address everyday topics and issues men face daily; topics include depression, anxiety, suicide, divorce and separation, anger, drug/alcohol addiction, porn addiction, and parenting. Local resident Luke O’Neill will manage and facilitate the 4-week workshop. His passion, knowledge and life experiences will gently guide men in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Luke will give first-hand experiences along with the tools and techniques to understand the daily struggles men face. All teenagers and men are encouraged to attend this free workshop hosted at the Alstonville sub-branch hall, Alstonville. The workshop will operate four consecutive Saturdays starting July 17th and continuing on July 24th and 31st, then concluding on August 7th. A special thank you to several local businesses for supporting this men's event, including L.A. Cleaning Group, Plateau Painting and Edge Fitness Alstonville. Please don’t hesitate to contact men’s facilitator Luke O’Neill for further details on 0413 695 082 or email

Home Business Feature By Lindsey Bidwell

Tully Designs

Jess is a local mum of four who manages home-based business Tully Designs. Her main products are one of a kind polymer clay earrings, with no two pieces the same, making for a unique gift or special something to spoil yourself. Residing in Goonellabah, Jess discusses with our readers' life living in this region and her local products. Tully Designs is a local home-based business operated by Jess Brooks. A mum to four wonderful children and wife to her best friend, Michael. She is a stay at home mum and Primary teacher. Jess and her family live in Goonellabah, close to family and friends, who are a massive part of their lives. Jess is quite inspiring, juggling housework alongside teaching a couple of days a week, playing with my polymer clay and operating a small business. She loves gardening, a great book and sneaking in time for her clay designs. Her everyday life revolves around her four kids with the ages 5, 6, 11 and 14. Aside from all of the above, Michael and Jess also own an excavation business called Dugright Excavations, so their life is busy! Although housework, cooking, and organising her family life consume a significant amount of time, she puts time aside to make these unique designs. Jess says, "It’s my down time, it is one of the things that I just love doing... It’s my happy place". Growing up in Kiama, NSW, with her parents and three younger brothers, she moved to the Northern Rivers with her family 23 years ago. At the time, Jess was devasted to be leaving her friends and school behind, but she is so glad her parents chose to move as she met and fell in love with her husband here. From early on, Jess always remembers loving to craft and create, always having a go at new things. Previously, she ventured into producing Macrame plant and wall hangings but soon found her love for crafting with clay. She really enjoyed working with clay, playing with different colour combinations and different textures. This love turned into a hobby, then a small business with demand growing for her fun, unusual and unique handmade polymer clay earrings. All of these developments led to her decision to establish Tully Designs. The name of her little business comes from her families beautiful Staffy x Labrador, Tully, who sadly passed away this year just before her 16th birthday. Jess and her family love that Tully's name lives on through her creations. She sells these decorative earrings through a small shop on Etsy called Tully Designs Aust. To view products currently for sale on Etsy, visit We also highly recommend following Tully Designs on Instagram @tullydesigns and Facebook @tullydesignsaust Contact Country & Coast Magazine, if you would like to feature as our homebased business profile in future editions. 10 | Community News

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Real Weddings By Lindsey Bidwell

A lucky click led Belinda, a registered nurse at Lismore Base Hospital, and Steve, a primary school teacher at Coorabell Public School to this magical day. You see, they initially met via a dating app. Steve was planning a move back from Broken Hill to the Northern Rivers for a lifestyle change after many years of teaching in Western NSW. And fortunate he did, as he moved here, met Belinda, and well, the rest is history. This wonderful couple shares their journey leading to their special day with our readers.


A surprise proposal took place at the Lennox lookout in June of 2017. Steve arranged for the grandparents to look after our baby girl for a date/ lunch. He arranged a beautiful hamper and a bottle of Moet champagne from Harvest café in Newrybar. Belinda jokingly remarked that she would be happy with a Burger Ring… and this is what she got for the proposal. Burger Ring aside, we then proceeded to get an amazing engagement ring of her dreams by Andy at DJM.


Planning was relatively easy with everything on track… until COVID hit. Our 2020 wedding then got delayed to March 2021. We both set our hearts on a local venue close to our home in Alstonville that would cater for children, have lush tropical grounds and amazing food. After meeting Molly at Summerland Farm, we immediately knew they could cater for all our wishes. The hardest part to deal with was the cloud of COVID and all the restrictions associated… and not to mention a last-minute North Coast flood to add to our stresses.


I couldn’t decide on a dress I wanted for the big day. I still didn’t have a dress eight weeks out. I found the dress at My Tailoress in Lismore. It was an ivory lace with not too much fuss! Simple and elegant, which ticked all my boxes. The talented Julia at My Tailoress wove her magic wand and made a few alterations, so it became my dream dress. I took my mum for each fitting. She cried on the first viewing when I walked out wearing it, and she said, “that’s the dress darling”.


Our bridal party consisted of family members and a close friend. Steve wore a navy suit and tanned shoes. Steve’s best man from London couldn’t attend due to COVID, so he asked his father to fill the spot, which was a beautiful memory to have forever. Belinda had her best friend and fellow nurse as maid of honour, her niece as junior bridesmaid and our daughter as flower girl. All the girls wore navy dresses and rose gold accessories to compliment the groom and best man.


With 700mm of rain resulting in flooding conditions just days before the wedding, we needed to have a wet weather option ready. We had to cancel our initial plans for the ceremony at the fig tree. It was quite stressful for the days leading into the wedding, planning for options A, B and C. The Sun Gods were on our side for the day, which allowed us to have beautiful blue skies at the rotunda. Our cocktail style reception on the deck went ahead under the festoon lights where drinks were flowing, and dance moves were on display. It was very important for us to have a party to celebrate our commitment with our family and friends.


The whole day was amazing, from start to finish. The most exciting thing for us was being able to call each other husband and wife.


We snuck away to Pethers Rainforest Retreat at Mount Tamborine for a few nights away. Time was spent relaxing, having massages, exploring the area and eating AMAZING food at the in-house restaurant. We then came home and quickly left again, this time with our daughter Olivia for a ‘family-moon’ to the Gold Coast. We enjoyed swimming, theme parks and each-others company.


The most important piece of advice we could give is to do what makes you as a couple happy… remember it is your day.

Belinda & Steve WEDDING CREW


Farmer Profile - Innovative Macadamia Family By Lindsey Bidwell

You may have enjoyed a piece of cake and coffee on this farming family's veranda! If you are local and thinking they look familiar, that's because Andrew and Ann were the owners of the Alstonville Garden House. Fast track to today, and they are still macadamia farmers but also the innovative founders of Avilla Farm skincare. Andrew and Ann live on the macadamia farm located just outside Alstonville with two of their four children. The other two have left the nest for university and work. Here they produce the exceptional Avilla Farm skincare featuring cold-pressed macadamia oil. Hardworking Andrew does most of the farm work on their own farm, plus he manages a couple of other farms. Whereas Ann focuses on growing the skincare brand. A true family affair, three of the four children have attended Trade Fair events with Ann in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and the USA. Currently, their youngest is in year 12, two are at university, and the eldest has completed university and nabbed a job he loves. An entrepreneurial family, the kids often talk about one day coming back to the family business to create their own branch of Avilla Farm. The inspiration behind moving to the region and starting a farm came from Andrew. Andrew grew up on a farm just outside Alstonville; after university, he moved to Brisbane for work as a management accountant. It is there he met Ann, a teacher, they married and had four children. Andrew always aspired to move back to the land with his family to have their own farm. Now living on their own farm

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just outside Alstonville, as a second-generation macadamia farmer, Andrew has brought new perspectives and practices to the farm. Every day life on the farm is quite an adventure. Andrew maintains the orchards, fertilises, mulches, mows, harvests etc., plus operates a wholesale plant nursery. Likewise, Ann is busy with ‘Mum’ duties and managing the everyday runnings of Avilla Farm Skincare. Including packing orders for both wholesale and retail, marketing, developing new products, Trade Fair events and maintaining a good relationship with her customers. And when time, Ann jumps on the ride-on to mow the orchard. She loves getting outside amongst the trees. When asked what they love about their farm, Ann says, "We are lucky to have a group of koalas choose our farm to call home. We also have several huge rainforest trees still on our farm. We especially love the 200-year-old huge red cedar tree featured in our circular driveway." Ann believes the best part of her job is the flexibility. The ability to work all hours of the day or night, so she can fit in around family life and catching up for the occasional coffee in town with friends. Best of all, she loves getting to work and live in such a special space - their farm! They are celebrating various diverse achievements for themselves, their farm and their family. This includes improving their farm (soil health) to

Avilla Farm

maximise their crop production with the aim to become carbon neutral in the future. For Andrew personally, he is on several macadamia boards, which he enjoys using his business skills and helping grow the macadamia industry. And for Ann, having happy and healthy children all working towards a career they enjoy. Along with growing Avilla Farm to feature in retail stores all around Australia and having retail customers from many countries around the world. When asked about the best part of living in our region, Ann responded, "The People - they are genuine and easy going. Together with the fresh country air, green orchards and the beach a short drive from our farm." She added her favourite shops in the region are B. Grounded for plants and gifts and Magnolia Lane for clothing and gifts. Andrew and Ann's words of advice for others interested in the farming life, "Immerse yourself with knowledge, ask lots of questions and know your numbers (running a business is expensive). Make sure you love your product or what you farm, connect with others who will inspire you, support you and help grow your business. Then back yourself!" Make sure to keep up to date with Avilla Farms on Facebook or Instagram @avillafarmskincare. For further details about Avilla Farm, to purchase products or view stockists, visit Enter ‘C&C’ code for 15% off for the month of June

Q & A with Pepe Fassos from Five Sixty Farms By Lindsey Bidwell

Pepe Fassos is the friendly and hilarious farmer at Five Sixty Farms. He is the driving force behind the business located at South Gundurimba with the support of his wife and eight children... yes, eight! Pepe has had a lifetime surround by food, essentially growing up in the kitchen of his parent's legendary Greek Restaurant in Byron Bay. A chef himself, he also has years of experience operating his own busy Greek catering business. This experience provided him with crucial expertise and understanding of the need for high quality and fresh local produce. The farm is unique and impressive with a vibrance and diverse product range. Their goal is for customers to receive a food product that exceeds expectations in flavour, appearance and nutritional value. Who are you, and what do you do? I'm Pepe Fassos, owner and primary producer, at Five Sixty Farms. We are a boutique family Farm. We specialise in Microgreens, salad greens, herbs and a recent new addition - edible flowers. My wife Jacqui and I have eight children. Their ages range from 1 to 17 years. My wife also has an on-farm business, Salon 5 Sixty, a busy little hair and beauty venue specialising in Weddings and Formal Events. We also homeschool our children and live as simply as possible.

background as a chef and health advocate of fresh food. We wanted to offer a service that I never saw in the industry, followed by a great product that many chefs/health aware people wanted. What does your everyday life involve at your farm? Our day is always exciting as the production is high intensive rotation. There is always something to do that isn’t routine. I wake up early... often seeing the sunrise, and greet the farm with absolute excitement. What do you love about your job? I love the challenge of our service. I have custom orders that always make me smile as I drop them off and see the customer's reaction. We also attend four weekly farmers markets that enable us to interact with the customer helping us to grow and offer products to a wide range of people. What are some of your recent achievements? Recent achievements for us are our acceptance into the Byron, Bangalow and Ballina Farmers markets. This has truly opened up a whole new level of production. It has literally put us in the minds and service of some very unique businesses.

What attracted you to this region? Jacqui and I both grew up in the Northern Rivers. Having both left the NR for years discovered that nowhere on earth is better than this area. The seasons are perfect, the people are friendly, and the community is always supportive.

What is the best part about living in our region? Living in the Northern Rivers is pure magic. Due to the popularity of the surrounding towns, the chance to showcase a premium product is much easier. The Northern Rivers is the gateway to success, in my honest opinion.

The inspiration behind starting your farm? Inspiration for starting the business stems from my

Are you involved in any local activities? Our farm is gratefully represented at the regions best

Five Sixty Farms

farmers markets. We supply and donate to many of Harvest Newybars community events celebrating this region. We also work with amazing local businesses such as Table Under a Tree and the best Restaurants and Cafes within the Lismore region. Your favourite local shop and why? I have two local stores that I favour. Lismore Farmer Charlies, managed by Dan Sproule, he has helped us tirelessly to make our product known. The other is Spar Supermarket, Wyrallah; Lisa was the first store to give us a go on the shelf four years ago, gratefully we are still there going strong. Advice for others starting in your industry? I have made our farm transparent on Youtube; our channel is called Pepe Fassos. Over the years, I have made videos showing successes and failures along with many ‘How to’ or how we do it here lessons. These videos have inspired many around the country to start and be confident, and success will follow. We also feature as much information as possible on our Instagram page, Five Sixty Farms. Any tips? I encourage many to try growing some at home. Microgreens especially are one the most nutrientdense foods on the planet. I prefer to use soil and organic practices to achieve the highest, most flavourful experience. All this information can be found on our social media platforms. For further details about Five Sixty Farms, the growing process, interesting microgreen facts and advice, visit

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I love my shop By Lindsey Bidwell

The Fairmarket Lismore Antique Centre is an Antique and Jewellery treasure trove. Affordable luxury pieces with local generational family values. This unique and extensive store has operated for 46 years, with the owner, Sharryn and her team having a reputation for providing a friendly, professional and efficient service. Make sure to pop in for a visit and see the fascinating and unusual selection for yourself. Describe Fairmarket Antiques in 6 words Affordable Luxury, Treasure Trove, Nostalgic, Unique. The inspiration behind your business? Family and community. It started as the first indoor markets on the North Coast with many unique stallholders. We then evolved from a market into a quality secondhand furniture shop, later finding our true passion and love of antique furniture, vintage, collectables and jewellery. The evolution of 46 years has been wonderful. Particularly the fact that it has been a family-owned business for two generations. How did the idea for your shop begin? When my parents saw a need in the community for an indoor market where marketeers could sell their wares longer than a day. The Fairmarket offered Thursday to Saturday, and so it began with a diverse and interesting lot of wares on offer. There was nothing like it in the Northern Rivers 46 years ago when we opened our doors. What is the best part of your job? The relationships we have formed throughout our community with our customers and the friendships we have made. Without a doubt, the community feels like a warm hug. The other wonderful part is the diverse and unique stock that comes in and goes out of our store. Always an interesting day. Some of the jewellery and antique pieces that come through our store are truly amazing. I continue to learn and be surprised.

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Fairmarket Lismore Antique Centre What do you love about your store? That it's more than a store to me, it's like home. I also love that so many people receive much joy in many different ways from our shop and environment. Whether it's a trip down memory lane, someone looking for a unique engagement ring or an heirloom piece of jewellery. They may be searching for that amazing statement piece of furniture for their home. It just makes you happy when your customer is so delighted with their find. What do you feel you bring to the town? The unique and the wonderful! I feel our shop has helped bring many tourists through our town over the years. We continually bring 500sq metres of amazing hand-selected jewellery and antique treasures to the region. I feel we are known for quality, and we continue to strive to uphold that reputation. I constantly hear from customers and tourists telling me every day, “I love this shop”. It is rewarding, and I love hearing it. We have been in business now for 46 years, and we are a part of our community. We give back every year by donating to our local charities and getting involved with different fundraising events. What do you love about working in the Northern Rivers? What I love, especially in Lismore, is that I feel the people are caring and authentic. Lismore is so diverse, but everyone is very accepting. When the chips are down, so many come together to support each other. There is true community here, and that is very important. Something people may not know? That we also stock new and designer jewellery. Most people think we only stock antique, estate and vintage jewellery, but we also offer new unique jewellery designed on old styles and one off pieces. We also have fabulous upmarket designer ranges for weddings, formals, parties and events. We still strive with our new ranges to have handpicked pieces that are lovely quality and are very different.

What are some of your teams most recent achievements? How we have kept learning and have worked through this past year's Covid threat on business and livelihoods. Even after being in business for so long, there was much to be learnt through that period. I feel we did it well and have come out the other side stronger, even more grateful and humbled by the support we received from customers and other sources through that period. What inspires you? From a young age, I was on the road travelling with my parents for 40 weeks a year around Australia participating in large city and small country antique fairs. During those years, we met so many different kinds of people and antique dealers from all over the world. This experience really shaped my inspiration, love and knowledge of this industry. My parents taught me my work ethic. They exposed me to all of this, and inspired my love and thirst for the history and respect of the pieces and heirlooms that have come through our hands over the many years. Any tips for our readers? Shop local of course. Be authentic, transparent and yourself. I have found in my business and personal life that this has always held me in good stead. Hopefully, you will be able to work in an industry that you love and enjoy. I feel I have been lucky in that respect. Be kind and listen to people, even if you don't know them. Sometimes that can be the most caring thing you will ever do. Fairmarket Lismore Antique Centre Shop 78 Keen St Lismore NSW 2480 Australia 02 6621 4306 | 0405 831 849

A country getaway By Lindsey Bidwell

Replenish with Reflexology Nourishing & Nutritious By Therese Moffatt

By Paige Brierley

Set in a tranquil garden setting off the main road you will find the Alstonville Settlers Motel. An owner-operated charming motel where you are greeted by welcoming hosts Randal, Michelle and their friendly dog Banjo.

Therese Moffatt is a qualified RN and Reflexologist providing reflexology and aromatherapy services from her home clinic in Wollongbar. Therese discusses reflexology, how it works, and the benefits it can provide to everyday wellbeing.

Located in the hinterland village of Mullumbimby, Australian owned and operated Lambruk Pantry offers handmade nourishing and nutritious condiments and hampers using locally sourced produce from the region.

The motel features 17 non-smoking rooms, comprising of Queen, Twin Share and Family Rooms along with a wheelchair friendly Queen room. All rooms are equipped with flat smart TV's, free WiFi, remote reverse cycle air conditioners, a variety of free condiments and amenities to make your stay a pleasurable one. All rooms are ground level units offering the convenience of parking at your door.

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a holistic, non-invasive therapy that complements other therapies and modern medicine. It is based on the principle that all body components are reflected in reflexes in the feet, hands, ears and face. A qualified reflexologist will use a combination of pressure techniques on those reflexes to address imbalances in the mind, body and emotions.

Business owner Paige Brierley lives on an acre in the countryside with her husband and rescue animals, Ruby the dog and cats, Brockie and Molly. Paige creates the Lambruk sauces, chutneys and relishes using fresh, locally grown produce from the Byron Bay hinterland and beyond.

Alstonville Settlers Motel

During your relaxing stay, guests can unwind and enjoy the use of a communal swimming pool, barbecue and gazebo area. To fully destress, why not take advantage of the optional extra of a wonderful breakfast delivered to your door. The motel is conveniently positioned 1 km from the village centre where you will find a variety of dining options, along with local shops, supermarket, cafes and the bowling club. Journey a little further to explore our wonderful region; we have a range of local attractions including Victoria National Park, Crawford House Museum, Summerland Farm, Killen Falls, and a range of farm gate stalls well worth the drive. Located on the plateau and a short drive to Ballina (10 Km), Lismore (20 km) or Byron Bay (42 Km) come and enjoy good old fashion country service with a smile. For further information phone 02 66285 285 or visit

Replenish Reflexology & Aromatherapy

How will reflexology improve my life? Reflexology promotes balance in physical, mental, emotional and energetic levels of the human body. It also produces the most profound and deep relaxation. It is in this state of deep relaxation that stress levels are reduced, and feelings of well being are produced. How does reflexology work? Stress, toxins and illness create blockages inhibiting the flow of energy. These blockages also manifest in the corresponding reflex points in the feet and hands. Stimulation of the congested reflexes assists in clearing these blockages, allowing the flow of energy to be restored. Replenish Reflexology & Aromatherapy is now offering a new service; Gorgeous Woman Japanese Facial Rejuvenation. This therapy includes pure plant-based products combined with facial acupressure, facial reflexology and face lifting massage techniques. To make an appointment for any reflexology, aromatherapy or facial rejuvenation service, please phone 0418 465 487.

Lambruk Pantry

The homemade nutritious sauces and chutneys are to be enjoyed amongst loved ones. The range includes: • Tomato & Capsicum Relish • Beetroot Relish • Pear, Peach & Raspberry Relish • Mango & Fruit Chutney • Blueberry & Apple Sauce • Mango, Raspberry & Sparkling Sauce • Tomato Sauce • Blueberry & Peach Sauce Aside from the above, Lambruk Pantry also offers local homewares, bath and body products, teas, coffee, muesli, along with other sweet and savoury products. The hampers are carefully curated and proudly support local vendors. Merchants include Byron Bay Tea Co, Sweet Health, Byron Bay Crackers, Duck Creek Macadamias, Pumped and Byron Bay Bath Bombs. For further details about Lambruk Pantry and to purchase their products, including chutneys, relish, sauces, homewares, hampers, and subscription boxes, visit

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Complying development assistance By Lindsey Bidwell

Drew Roberts Consulting

The town planning consultancy firm, servicing the whole of NSW, is managed by experienced planner Drew Roberts. Drew specialises in approval pathway analysis for complying with development under the NSW legislation. His team also provides services in preparing Statement of Environmental Effects to get developments approved and delivered smoothly within timeframes. Drew Roberts Consulting was established in 2019 to provide specialist town planning services regarding the complying development process. As a town planner with over 15 years of industry experience, Drew now focuses on complying development assessments ensuring your development meets CDC rules. The firm launched after observing a need for certifiers and developers across Sydney and the rest of NSW to have a reliable source of professional advice through a town planner. This advice is essential to developers in achieving compliance with the Code SEPP and the complex intricacies of interpretation and solutions to get the development across the line. Since commencing, his team have helped countless certifiers, developers, architects, builders, 'mums and dads' and the like get their projects across the line, all the while avoiding the red tape of dealing with Councils along with the lengthy development assessment process. ​ Approval Pathway Analysis Their consultants assess your plans and ascertain feasibility as a complying development. They provide you with a report outlining whether the proposal complies or not with the CODE SEPP. If unsuccessful, the team will collaborate with you, where possible, to find solutions to make it work and issue a final report. Statement of Environmental Effects The team prefers to guide your proposal to achieve compliance. However, they understand the urgency in achieving your goals. To assist in this process, the team can prepare a Statement of Environmental Effects to be lodged with your DA to Council if they cannot achieve compliance with the Code SEPP. Drew Roberts Consultancy aims to provide the peace of mind for everyone involved in the CDC process. Including adequately meeting legislation and contributing to delivering a smooth process for undertaking development in NSW.

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Are you young at Heart? By Lindsey Bidwell

The Dance Warehouse

Would you like to start on a new you? The Adult Dance Fitness and Wellness Centre at The Dance Warehouse has programs to suit all adult ages, stages, levels and abilities. You will laugh with joy as your freedom of movement improves, and your confidence grows while nurturing special friendships. The centre is managed by Monique Feain, an accomplished instructor who provides an abundance of expertise for a fun and relaxed experience. Located in Wollongbar, the Adult Dance Fitness and Wellness Centre provides wonderful get and stay active activities for Seniors. The programs include Adult Ballet Barre Fitness, mat and ball Pilates, Zumba Gold and Dance for Parkinson's classes. The classes are held in a beautifully appointed purpose-built air-conditioned ground floor studios set to wonderful, inspiring music to put a spring in your step. The facility also features handicapped parking and ground floor wheelchair accessibility. Monique Feain believes your dance journey is a personal gift to yourself. Adding these programs allow each participant to take a moment to themselves every week for a special hour. This self-care will enable you to connect with your inner self while immersing and expressing yourself to beautiful music. The regular weekly programs are available for men and women, 16 years and over. All live class sessions have the option to be joined in our hybrid online link. The sessions filled with laughter and camaraderie are offered year-round and include: • Adult Ballet Barre Fitness • Mat & Ball Pilates • Seated Dance and Pilates • Dance for Parkinson's • Zumba Gold • Adult Line Dancing for beginners Social group • Private one on one coaching by appointment for catch up, acceleration or personalised fitness. For gentle, fun, low impact exercise and workouts to keep you moving, visit The Dance Warehouse at Palm Shopping Centre, Unit 17, 58-62 Simpson Avenue, Wollongbar (Behind the shops). For further details contact Monique on 0411 306 430 or view What are you waiting for? Get in touch and register now for a no-obligation trial.

Musings from your local florist By Kerry Thomson

Alstonville Florist

Every day at Alstonville Florist is different; we never know who will be coming through the door or phoning for a special order. It’s fun, unpredictable, and always beautiful. One of the most rewarding parts of the job is being involved in people’s special days. It’s not just weddings, but all the little moments in life that are worth celebrating. Recently, as I was searching for property numbers on a rural delivery run and becoming frustrated because so many rural properties do not have clear numbers… I thought about why I was really there. And it was because someone wanted to send a message of love with beautiful flowers to someone they cared for, someone who is incredibly special in their life. Whether it’s love, joy, affection, appreciation, celebration, sympathy, romance or an apology, sending flowers communicates the deepest feelings in an incredibly beautiful way. The best thing I see when people receive flowers is the immediate happiness. There is such a sense of wellbeing and delight, and sometimes a discussion about who is likely to have sent them, or who could have sent them, amid the smiles and words of appreciation. As a giver of flowers, the feeling of joy is gratifying knowing someone you love will be smiling, smelling the roses, and appreciating your kindness… and the happiness continues to grow. And when people ask me, “How long will the flowers last?” I usually answer that it depends on the variety of flowers and the care they receive. But for me personally, the longevity of a flower is only one aspect in the giving of flowers; the real loving energy arrives with the flowers, the love they convey, the memories they create, and the relationships they strengthen. The beautiful flowers are welcomed and cherished while they last, and the happy memories live on well after the flowers fade. I see a beautiful flower, its colour and character… and I also see a beautiful messenger of love.

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Trades & Services Feature By Lindsey Bidwell

Plateau Landscape Supplies

Plateau Landscape Supplies has all your landscaping needs, from sand, soils and aggregates to specialty hardwood products, pavers and decorative rocks. For a source of landscaping inspiration visit their team for professional advice or to quote on your next landscaping project. They also have delivery trucks, big and small, to bring your supplies straight to your door. At Plateau Landscape Supplies, you will always encounter friendly, helpful staff who want to make your experience as stress-free as possible. With our amazing plateau soil and perfect growing conditions, Plateau Landscape Supplies owners, Sam and Mel Kirkby, couldn’t wait to open their new site in Alstonville. “We are passionate about gardening and landscaping and felt it was the perfect place to open a yard stocking all our favourite products,” said Mel. Plateau Landscape Supplies offers all the essentials, including road bases, sands, soil, mulches, aggregates in different colours and decorative stones. They have also sourced quality feature items like fire pits, bridge timbers, pencil pillar rocks, sandstone and basalt crazy paving. Opening in December 2020, they have quickly become a favourite spot for tradies, gardeners and everyone who loves getting into the great outdoors. “We are getting new products all the time,” said Mel. “Our latest range of garden edging is very exciting. We have sandstone edging and also corten steel edging which has so many uses in and around the garden.” Plateau Landscape Supplies also has a vast range of retaining wall supplies, including basalt rock walling, sandstone, treated pine, railway sleepers and concrete sleepers. With a background in earthmoving and farming, opening Plateau Landscape Supplies was a natural fit for Sam and Mel, who have used their extensive knowledge and experience to stock the best products available. “We really know our products and how they are best used, and we enjoy helping people find the perfect product for their needs.” said Mel. The onsite store also stocks a range of landscaping products, including bespoke outdoor and garden lighting, StraightCurve edging, mushroom composts, manure blends, bagged composts, fertilisers and minerals. If you want something special for the little ones in your life, make sure to see the team about local custom made playgrounds and cubby houses. Sam and Mel are proud Plateau Landscape Supplies is a local business that strives to stock products from the Northern Rivers area. “We love shopping locally and supplying locally sourced products. We are huge supporters of being involved in the community and we love to give back through sponsorship of local events like the Rous Bonfire Night, the Quota Craft and Garden Fair and through supporting local kids sporting teams.” Plateau Landscape Supplies is open Monday to Saturday at 14 Kays Lane, Alstonville (on the old tennis court site) and delivers to the whole Northern Rivers. For further details view their advertisement on page 11, phone 0491 687 364 or visit

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Enhance your home GCNR By Aaron Bidwell

Pressure washing your home or driveway could seem like an extravagance if you’re not aware of the benefits, but in reality, it should be a part of every homeowner’s maintenance routine. Your home’s exterior is exposed to harsh elements all the time; that’s its job! Natural conditions like sun, wind, dirt, ultraviolet rays, insects, birds – not to mention things like smoke, pollutants and car exhaust – constantly take a beating on your home and contribute to its soiling, discolouration, and damage. Pressure washing is one of those jobs that is better left to the pros with the appropriate skills and knowledge, and here are three reasons why: • State of the Art Equipment: In both functionality and power, the commercial grade washers are much better at getting to the dirt and grime off the toughest surfaces. • Convenience: Hiring a trustworthy company to do the pressure washing means that your budget, time, and effort will be saved. • Expertise: Having a professional get the job done means that you benefit from years of professional experience completing other projects just like yours. The chances are that if there’s a difficult stain or complication due to building structure or other obstacles, the professional will have encountered it before and know the best way to manage the situation. Taking care of the outside of your home not only looks good but shows that you genuinely care about the health of your home. Keeping up with exterior maintenance helps to increase your property value and improves safety. Not to mention, it’s satisfying watching your home transform and look totally brand new after a good pressure wash, right? Contact Ground Control Northern Rivers, a professional company with experience and reputation that’s as shiny as the exterior of a newly power washed building. For further details, view their advertisement on page 9.

Get to know your local tyre team Plateau Tyres

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By Lindsey Bidwell

By Mark Davis

Plateau Tyres is a family owned business located in the Russellton Industrial Estate, Alstonville. Paul, Nicky and their team have over 25 years of experience, so when it comes to tyres, they know what they are talking about. Paul and Nicky pride themselves on strengthening our region through employing local staff and supporting local community groups, events and sports teams.

Have you ever considered utilising Drove Technology to distinguish your property or business against competitors? Mark from Real Property Photography Northern Rivers discusses how this type of imagery can offer an advantage.

Located in the Russellton Industrial Estate, Plateau Tyres has been operating for over two years. The friendly and experienced team are backed by more than 25 years of industry experience. So they know their stuff when it comes to tyres. The team strives to not only perform with the highest level of quality but also at an affordable price to suit every budget. Paul and Nicky were both born and raised in the Northern Rivers. Growing up in Numulgi and Rock Valley, they both have strong ties to the region and wanted this lifestyle for their family. They have two wonderful children, now teenagers, and are thankful for the opportunities raising their family in this area has provided. Each day offers a new experience for the business, with no two days ever the same. Paul and the boys are always very busy in the workshop. Whereas Nicky is the friendly face greeting you in the office, who keeps everything running smoothly. The couple are incredibly passionate about locals encouraging and helping each other. They love supporting other businesses in the region along with employing local staff. Adding on this, the team was excited to recently add another new member to their team, again reinforcing their support for employing local staff. Paul and Nicky are also happy to serve and improve our local community through supporting local community groups, events and sports teams. Their support has helped groups such as the Ballina 4WD Club and Summerland Classic Car Club. The support they have provided for local sporting teams has been greatly appreciated by the Richmond Rovers Soccer Team and Wollongbar and Alstonville Rugby Teams. Plateau Tyres offers exceptional service, the highest level of quality and affordable prices. They have a full selection of tyres available and service vehicles ranging from cars and trucks to farm equipment and recreational vehicles. Additionally, their skilled mechanics will help you repair existing tyres and perform routine maintenance. Their services include tyre replacements, repairs and maintenance, as well as wheel alignments, tyre rotation, battery replacements and more.

Drones are not new, but they are getting more sophisticated. For many years, airborne cameras have made awe-inspiring images of our planet, revealed the devastating scale of natural disasters, used in mapping vast open spaces, captured images from space and tipped the scales in combat. Drones can capture a new vantage point of your house, revealing features of your property that are not visible with traditional camera viewpoints. For your property photography listing, you should consider these styles of images. Top-Down, these shots are taken with the drone camera tilted straight down and typically from a much higher perspective than the pole shot. The perfect type of photo to showcase the boundary of a property. Tip: As a drone is restricted to a maximum of 120m, large acreage properties or developments may require an alternative solution such as aerial panoramas. Oblique or Point Of Interest, as the name suggests, this type of photo is typically taken from a side-on perspective. It’s designed to highlight a property within the overall frame as well as its direct surroundings and the horizon to give the photo some depth. The height and direction in which it is captured is your choice. Tip: If you’re wanting to showcase local surroundings such as points of interests, this is the style for you. Be sure to let your drone operator know before your booking of the particular points of interest you would like to showcase, i.e. schools, hospitals, shopping centres etc. Drone images have many advantages for residential, rural, commercial and rental properties. Real Property Photography Northern Rivers offer many visual marketing solutions including professional property photography, drone photography, virtual viewings, digital declutter, virtual staging, video slideshows and social media images. For further details contact Mark Davis from Real Property Photography Northern Rivers on 0477 072 052 or visit

The Plateau Tyres team provides good old fashion friendly service and free noobligation quote on all work! Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news, specials and client reviews. For contact details, view the Plateau Tyres advertisement below.

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Building & Renovaing Guide

By Lindsey Bidwell

It's time to build your dream home! Deciding to build a new house allows you the opportunity to design a home perfectly suited to your lifestyle and future. You have the chance to create a home accommodating your exact specifications and requirements along with the latest in technology and eco-solutions.

with peace of mind in understanding the project length, costs, building inclusions and exclusions. SELECTING A BUILDER A major decision in the building process that will affect the finished product. Our tips include: • Price - A major factor in your decision will be understanding your budget. Look for a builder who provides a detailed explanation of price and consistency when comparing multiple quotes.

DISPLAY HOMES If you are unsure about your build or selecting a local builder. Visiting a range of display homes may support and inspire you in deciding the style of home you would like to build. Display homes showcase the latest in design, innovation and eco-friendly solutions and could help with your planning process. There are several available for viewing, and we have included a small section for our local area below.

• Communication - Working with a builder you cannot communicate effectively with will just not work. You need to be able to trust and feel comfortable that they can provide the service you are financing. • Experience - Naturally, a lot of research is required when choosing a builder. You will need to check their credentials, previous work and obtain testimonials from past clients. View our checklist on the following page for further information when making your decision. Artist Impression | Aureus, Skennars Head

However, the building process is an immense undertaking, requiring lots of time and planning. To assist in the process, we have provided a few steps to help you bring your dream home to life.

HOME BUILDING GUIDE THE DECISION TO BUILD A NEW HOME There are many questions to answer when considering building a new home, including; should I rebuild from knocking down an old home, design a custom home or purchase a house and land package. COSTS INVOLVED It is essential to understand the costs involved with building before you start sourcing home designs.

THE BUILDING PROCESS Typically there are are seven steps in the house building process: 1. Finding Finance 2. Locating Your Land 3. Create Your Dream Design 4. Contracts and Approvals 5. Constructing Your Home 6. The Finishes 7. Final Sign Offs Through effective planning and the proper research, you will have the ability to build with confidence and make smart decisions towards constructing your dream home.

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ADENBROOK HOMES 8 Kite Avenue, Ballina CORAL HOMES 5 Lawrence Rise, Cumbalum G.J. GARDNER HOMES 8 Lawrence Rise, Cumbalum 12 Altitude Blvd, Terranora 228 Yamba Rd, Yamba METRICON 1 Lawrence Rise, Cumbalum 4 Altitude Boulevard, Terranora

HOME DESIGN A stressful and exciting part of the process, plan and design vision boards for the layout, facade, fixtures and finishes. These will provide guidance when making final decisions. BUILDING CONTRACTS Understanding building contracts is crucial. The contract between client and builder is vital when building a new home. The agreement will provide

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PERRY HOMES 4 Lawrence Rise, Cumbalum

Coorabell Ridge Estate

STROUD HOMES 7 Lawrence Rise, Cumbalum

Land Selection

Building your dream home

It can prove quite daunting to find the perfect neighbourhood, block of land and builder. So to help you get started, we have put together a home buys guide to assist with making some of your big decisions. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD The right land estate and community is essential when planning your build. Begin with your lifestyle, plans for the future, and make sure the estate you are considering addresses your needs. Don't forget to research local infrastructure, particularly; shops, transport, schools, parks, commuting times and other relevant recreational requirements. Stroud Homes |

LOCALITY CHECKLIST 1. Proximity - Travel time for work, family, friends and activities. 2. Community design – Takes advantage of the landscape and incorporates social infrastructure like childcare and schools. 3. Shopping - Are shopping and local produce options convenient. 4. Public Spaces - Are open public spaces like parks and walking trails nearby. 5. Reviews - View or ask for reviews from other residents in the area. 6. Planned developments - Research future developments to outline impacts on your property or the surrounding community. THE BLOCK CHECKLIST 1. Zoning - Obtain zoning or development codes the local council has for the block, along with restrictions and conditions for building in the estate. Make sure you are able to build the property you have in mind.

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2. Easements - Check for any easements on your block. Mains services are the most common, and this may restrict your build area. 3. Slope & Shape - Check the shape is suited for the house you intend to build. Check the slope, and underground rock won't affect the build, if the block is on a slope, ensure you have budgeted for the site costs. 4. Trees - An incredible feature for everyday living; however close to buildings, they may provide ongoing costs for cleaning and repairs. 5. Utility Connections - The cost of utilities is a common oversight. Ensure your estate has already arranged the street connections for water, sewerage, stormwater, electricity, NBN, etc. THE RIGHT BUILDER If you are considering building a new home or undertaking a renovation, the most crucial decision will be picking the right builder. Make sure to have a clear and concise understanding of the scope of work for the builder, including specifications of materials. This will assist with accurately obtaining a quote to cover the project requirements.

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BUILDER CHECKLIST 1. Licenced - Are they licenced and registered? 2. Insurance - Do they have adequate insurance? 3. Recent Projects - Can you view their portfolio and visit local properties 4. References - Can you speak to previous clients 5. Inclusions - What is and isn't included in the quote; fittings, finishes, appliances, driveways, garage doors, fencing, flyscreens etc. 6. Projected Length - Discuss the projects building schedule

Construction Loans

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Mortgage Choice

With our lovely climate and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder so many people are flocking to our region to enjoy all that the beautiful Northern Rivers has to offer. As far as we’re concerned, it is THE perfect place to build your dream home. What could be more fulfilling than designing and building your home to fit your needs and the environment perfectly. You get to decide on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, living spaces, tiles, colours, inclusions, environmentally friendly options, and not to forget maximising the view and taking full advantage of our balmy afternoon sea breezes. If you need to borrow a little or a lot to turn your dream into a reality – you’ll need to find the best construction loan to suit your needs. The process of obtaining a construction loan is not too different from applying for a regular home loan but learning more about the steps involved can help you know exactly what to expect. This provides a sense of control and ease for the journey ahead. Not all financial institutions offer construction loans, and sometimes if they do, their product offering might be very limiting. There are a few differences between a construction loan and a regular home loan – the major one being the loan structure. Rather than a lump sum payment at settlement, a construction loan is set up so that borrowers receive the loan amount in ‘progress payments’, or stages, over the course of the build until completion. This means you will only pay interest on money that has been spent on the build to date. The constant communication back and forth between your builder and lender at each stage of the build can be tedious and confusing at times. Having an experienced broker to guide and provide effective communication between you and your lender takes away this stress and reduces the chance of delays holding up your build. A broker will also help ensure that you don’t end up paying interest on the whole amount before your build is completed by running over time into the lenders maximum time frame for final payment draw down (usually six months). There are also several Government building incentive grants available at present that offer significant funding contributions towards your build. Knowing what grants are available to you and whether you are eligible will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Take the stress out of construction loans and enjoy the wonderful experience of creating your perfect place to call home right here on the North Coast. Whether it’s renovating your existing home or buying that dream block of land to build your forever home, having a chat with local award-winning broker’s Janet and Kahlee from Mortgage Choice Northern Rivers is highly recommended. Local brokers in the area for over 20 years and conveniently located within the Alstonville Plaza, they offer a wide array of lending options and will ensure obtaining and keeping your building finance on track is as easy as a stroll on the beach.

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Janet & Kahlee from Mortgage Choice

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Interior Design Inspiration

Renovating Options

Finding your interior decorating style is a 'style and error' process. A necessary method of solving this problem is to try and try again. Each time you will reinvent your ideas until you find a style that is perfect for you. Here are a few interior design ideas to help you along the way.

Renovating can be both an exciting and stressful time. However, renovating can be well worth the effort, as it could save the expenses involved with moving and buying a new home and add value to your property. Planning is crucial to a successful renovation within a set timeframe and budget. Here are a few quick tips for planning your renovation.

MOOD BOARDS Obtain inspiration from a range of sources and develop mood boards to match. Gathering samples and inspirational images from magazines, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. This allows you to use your creativity and assemble a strong collection. From this, you will begin to understand the look you are trying to achieve. SAMPLES A beneficial tool, at the start of a project, they are a collection of ideas representing many different options. Samples can also be helpful in making final decisions. For example, several paint samples on the wall can allow a visual judgment to choose the one that suits perfectly. The same for fabric samples; once displayed in the room, you will have a better sense of what works in the space. BIOPHILIC DESIGN Indoor plants have become a new layer in interior design with large, oversized plants growing in trend. The concept of Biophilic design draws on connecting with nature and integrating this into building architecture. The main trends include green walls, reclaimed wood, hanging plants and large green installations. LAYER YOUR LIGHTING To achieve an inspiring interior, make sure to use a variety of layered lighting. Having the ability to individually control lights for different times, events and moods introduces a unique ambience to a room. There are three types of lighting you will find in most rooms: general, accent and task. Accent emphasises the features within a room, such as decor objects and art, whereas task lighting is concerned with adjustable and directional light sources, like study lamps. ARCHITECTURAL APPEAL Examine your home and identify and highlight architectural appeal. This could be high ceilings, ornate molding, the brick exterior, materials like floorboards, etc. Now consider how you can elevate these, could you draw attention by adding lighting, colour, pattern etc. This can be a simple and easy way to improve the look of your home without having a large budget. QUICK TIPS • Create mood boards for inspiration. • Hang your curtains high to draw the eye upward. • Add artwork to liven up your home. • Highlight interesting architectural details with contrasting paint. • Always sample paint before committing. • Purchase a neutral sofa, then dress it up. • Invest in functional furniture for minimalist interior design. • As trends change, update your rugs and textiles. • Add a mini study nook to improve flexibility at home.

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1. Plan - Research and spend a reasonable amount of time planning before picking up the tools and starting to demolish. Create a building brief to plan and understand exactly what is required and when. Choose styles, collect samples, repurpose items and write lists to guarantee you have covered your bases. 2. Be Realistic - Set an achievable time frame based on your budget and living arrangement. Be honest with yourself and outline what work you can not do yourself and require professional assistance to finish. 3. A Great Team - Make sure your team of tradies can work together effectively and communicate with you and each other efficiently. It would be best if you were confident and comfortable with the people you contract. 4. Style - The best part of the project is adding your personal touch. If you are unsure about styling, seek professional advice. In the end, it is all about creating a beautiful space that flows through the entire house. EXTENSION OPTIONS Are you considering extension options? What is suitable for your property, up, out or under? Generally, the cost of building up is more expensive than extending out. So if you are budgeting for further additions, such as kitchen renovations or a pool, you may want to stick to the less costly option. There are clear pros and cons for going up, out or even under. Going Up Along with providing additional living and storage space, an upper-storey extension can assist in bringing in more light and save your existing yard. Additionally, a second storey that will enhance views, particularly rural and water views, could dramatically boost the value of your home. However, this usually requires roof removal and adding extra weight onto the existing building, which has its own set of problems and is usually the most expensive option. Pushing Out If you have a wide block or plenty of room to move, extend out the front, back or side of your house to increase floor space and add value to your home. You will also be able to keep the original roof, although you will have to match the next section. This is usually the easiest and most cost-effective way to add an extension. Going Under Depending on the type of soil and rock that lay beneath a home, along with the logistics, it could be very costly for excavating. However, if your home is set high, such as a Queenslander style home or a house on a sloping block, you may be able to squeeze in more space. Extensions are a huge undertaking, make sure to factor in allowances for the unknown; as with all building work, a contingency buffer in your budget will assist when extras appear.

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Land Estates

The Northern Rivers has a vast array of land options. Here are a few local options to get you started in sourcing that perfect building block for your dream home.

BALLINA SHIRE Aureus | Skennars Head

A beachfront village offering a rare opportunity to live the relaxed seaside lifestyle in coastal luxury.

Banyan Hill | Ballina

Where coast and country meet. A spectacular panorama of coastal and hinterland views.

Crest | Lennox Head

Sweeping coastal views, build your perfect home and immerse yourself in laidback local lifestyle.

EPIQ | Lennox Head

Convenience meets coastal calm at Epiq Lennox Head, one of Australia’s most idyllic seaside towns.

Killarney Park Estate | Wollongbar

Located in a quiet street of the hilltop township and only 5 minutes to local amenities.

Lennox Rise | Lennox Head

Immerse yourself in a mesmerising natural landscape with panoramic views everywhere you turn.

BYRON SHIRE Coorabell Ridge | Coorabell

A picturesque sanctuary of lush rainforest, rolling hills, valley views, crystal creeks and wildlife.

Tallowood Ridge Estate | Mullumbimby

Every block boasts expansive Mount Chincogan views, and many capture views of Mount Warning.

CLARENCE VALLEY Birrigan Iluka Beach | Iluka

Beachside development nestled next to Clarence River within the Iluka Nature Reserve.

Gibraltar View Estate | Junction Hill

A wonderful mix of lot sizes from low maintenance to large family blocks, some with river views.

KYOGLE & VILLAGES Kyogle Views Estate | Kyogle This panoramic estate range from 5,000sqm to 33 acres; there are blocks to suit everyone.

LISMORE REGION Eastwood | Goonellabah

Family-friendly lifestyle in a boutique community offering 136 homesites across 21-hectares.

Valley View Estate | Richmond Hill Stunning northerly aspect offering generous blocks for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living.

Hidden Valley | Chilcotts Grass

An established quality community with urban convenience in a quiet, safe location, close to nature.

THE TWEED REGION Panorama Tweed Valley | Mount Burrell

Rural land offering beathtaking views of Mt Warning, Nightcap Ranges. Border Ranges and more.

Hundred Hills | Murwillumbah

Panoramic mountain views, 5 minutes from town.

Effective renovation advice By Paige Brierley

Lambruk Joiners and Cabinet Makers

New group helping local Mums By Lydia Berghan

Mums Connect

Lambruk Joiners and Cabinet Makers are a small local family run business in Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, servicing the Northern Rivers region. John, a licenced builder, has been in the industry for over 30 years and has a passion for the ageold skill of hand cabinetry which is prevalent in his master craftsmanship built pieces created in his purpose-built workshop.

All the ups and downs of motherhood, particularly with our current environment, can be challenging for any mum. Therefore, no one better understands what it takes to be a mum than other mums. A new group in the Northern Rivers, Mums Connect, is helping to support and encourage local mums to discover they are not alone and help overcome the challenges of daily life.

John has a small team of highly skilled like minded craftsman who pride themselves in producing boutique highly sort after timber windows, doors and kitchens that Lambruk Joiners and Cabinet Makers specialise in crafting. John gives you some invaluable renovation tips to not only save you money but give you the kitchen of your dreams:

If you are looking to entertain your little one while catching up and discussing life with local mums, then the Mums Connect group is for you. Mums Connect is a new playgroup for mother’s of the Northern Rivers with children aged 0-6 years. This playgroup is a relaxed setting where mums have the opportunity every second Friday during the school term to meet new mums and chat about life.


When thinking about putting a sink in an island bench, put it to one side as that gives you more bench space than situating it in the middle.


If renovating on a budget, keep your plumbing in the same position and rework your kitchen design to suit.


A kitchen doesn't have to be the standard height. If you are vertically challenged or blessed, you can adjust the height better to suit you.


With a timber benchtop, you are better to have a sink with a draining board to prevent water damage.


It is good to think about if you want handles or push to open while in the design phase.


Think about if you want drawers or cupboards. As drawers will give you more usable space.

Call John and let his team create Lambruk envy in all the visitors at your house. Contact Lambruk Joiners and Cabinet Makers on 02 6684 1066 or visit,

Meal Prep

Veggie Noodle Muffins

By Lindsey Bidwell

These muffins are a favourite for kids and are a delicious and nutritious alternatives for lunchboxes. Make them ahead of time and freeze for up to 3 months, then simply pop one in the lunchbox or heat up for an afternoon snack. I particularly love the versatility of adding vegetables each person likes to them or whatever is leftover in the fridge. Ingredients • 2 Packet of Chicken Flavoured Instant Wholegrain Noodles • 6 Large Eggs • 1.5 Cups Self-Raising Flour • 1 Cup Tasty Cheese, grated (or dairy-free) • 1 Cup Corn Kernels • 1 Cup Baby Peas • 2 Zucchinis, finely grated • 2 Carrots, finely grated • 2 Shallots, finely chopped

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1 Brown Onion, finely chopped 2 Cloves Garlic, minced 2 Tbsps Vegetable Oil 200g Bacon, chopped (optional)

Alternatives Other vegetables we often include are red and yellow capsicum, mushrooms, tomatoes, baby spinach.

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 180°C or 170°C for fan-forced. 2. Prepare a Muffin Tray with 12 spaces. There will be leftovers to make more, or you could also prepare a loaf pan tray to cook the remaining mixture as savoury slices. 3. Cook the instant noodles without flavour sachets, then drain the water and set aside. 4. Add the eggs, flour and noodle flavour sachets into a large bowl and whisk together until the mixture is smooth. 5. Add to the mixture the corn, peas, zucchinis, carrots, shallots, onion, garlic and oil. 6. Add the noodles and cheese to the mixture, mix well to combine all ingredients. 7. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the muffin spaces, filling 3/4 of each muffin space. Save the remaining mixture to create more muffins when these have cooked, or place the remaining mixture into a loaf pan. If using, top muffins with bacon. 8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden.

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Mums Connect is an entertaining morning out for yourself and your little one and operates between 9:30am to 11am. Mums bring their children to a safe, fun and supported playgroup where beautiful helpers play with your children. At the same time, you enjoy a delicious morning tea, a chat with other mums and a hot cuppa while still being able to keep an eye on your little one. During the challenging time of motherhood, it is great to have a place to go and connect with other mums. This playgroup is organised by local mums who get what it is like to be a busy mum, so they invite all Mums to come and check it out. The cost is $5, and you only need to bring morning tea for your little ones. There is also the option to purchase a barista-made coffee or enjoy a cup of tea with the morning tea provided for you. For further details, visit their Facebook page under ‘Mums Connect Playgroup’ for meeting dates or email for more information. Mums Connect is held at the Alstonville Baptist Church, 108 Wardell Rd, Alstonville.

Recycling materials for your garden Wollongbar Garden Club By Lucy Newman

In the 60s and 70s, the word 'recycling' was not used as people automatically reused or passed on what they no longer needed. Visits to the tip often resulted in 'new stuff' coming home in place of your rubbish. Fast forward to today, and Councils encourage the community to reuse as much as possible to save on land space and prevent methane gas problems. The Wollongbar Garden Club share some ideas for using recycled materials in the garden. The Wollongbar Garden Club core advice is to encourage everyone to create compost as this will reuse as much of our green waste as possible. Many systems are now available, including bins and tumblers; however, just as effective is heaping your green waste onto cardboard. Two heaps are better, one for use now and the other maturing. Remember to keep the balance of carbon and green materials and add some fertiliser such as Dynamic Lifter. In our region, you will also need to spray water on the compost in hot weather. There is a vast array of information available online regarding composting and creating worm farms for more assistance. Now for more practical and quirky ideas - limited only by your imagination! Wheelbarrows An old wheelbarrow has many uses. Freshen it with a coat of paint, ensure that it has drainage holes, add some metal aggregate to help with drainage and good quality potting mix. Placed on the front lawn, it can look special, overflowing with bright annuals, filled with vegetables or a range of succulents. It can also be turned into a Dinosaur Park by placing dinosaurs in and under the plants divided by paths of coloured rocks. A significant advantage is the ability to move the wheelbarrow to follow the winter sun or summer shade. Vinyl Suitcases In the same way, an old vinyl suitcase can become home to a range of plants. It will need to be sprayed with exterior paint (2 coats) and the inside lined with heavy plastic. Ensure that the plastic and base of the suitcase have matching drainage holes and fill as for the wheelbarrow. Why not create a Fairy Garden featuring fairies, palaces, pools (pieces of mirrors), and coloured pathways winding through succulents. Another tip is to source ornaments from local op shops, which again emphasises using recycled materials. These also sell well at fetes and markets. Another idea is using old watering cans, which make great pots too. Clear Bottles Reusing unusual shaped clear bottles takes recycling to a new level. Wash and dry them, then place miniature coloured fairy lights with a cork battery in them. Spread them across an outdoor table and turn on at dusk for a beautiful outdoor ambience. Old Bathrooms All parts of old bathrooms can be reused, including; • Cast iron hand basins create great wall hangers with plants that flow over the sides, as do old water cisterns. • A bath can become a fish pond (be aware of safety rules). • Bowls from older washing machines become plant containers. • Old metal milk containers can be laid on their sides with plants and white pebbles tumbling out. • Shoes and boots can become home for bromeliads. Lucy's favourites DIY recycled materials • Milk jugs, teapots, kettles and casserole dishes planted with a range of succulents. They are easy to find in op shops, are bright and colourful and make unique pots once a drainage hole is drilled in the base. • Wire coat hangers can be cut and bent to form pot hangers or S hooks for pots. • Old ironing boards make excellent potting benches. You can adjust these to be placed at the correct height, your equipment placed on it or under it, and it can be folded up and put in a corner when no longer needed. • Kids’ clamshells can become small ponds featuring water plants or transformed into miniature gardens. Helpful in getting the children interested in growing plants. • The wire base of single beds can become trellises for climbing plants, as can the framework of flyscreens doors. A visit to your local tip shop will give you many ideas. • Old plates or tiles can be used to create colourful mosaics. Remember to have fun with your plants; do not be afraid of trying something different. Who knows what you could create while experimenting with recycled materials. The Wollongbar Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Rous Mill Hall. Find out more on Google or email

Science Experiments St Andrew’s Christian School By Miss Tucker

Who doesn’t love a bit of science? It’s all around you, in everything you do. What I’m trying to say is... I love science, which is probably why I’m a science teacher! So I thought I would give you some fun experiments you can do at home.


Ever had your kids at home begging you for an ice cream, but you have nothing in the freezer? Then this is for you! Materials: • 1/2 Cup Milk, Cream or Half & Half • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract (Or flavour of your choice) • 1 Tbsp Sugar • 6 Tbsps Rock Salt (Table salt will work also) • 1 Medium/Small + 1 Large Zip-Lock Bag • Enough ice to fill a large zip-lock back halfway Instructions: 1. Fill the small/medium bag with the milk, sugar and flavouring. Seal the bag (make sure its sealed, or your ice cream will taste REALLY salty). 2. Fill the larger bag halfway full of ice and the salt. 3. Put the sealed smaller bag into the bigger bag and then seal the big bag. 4. Shake the bag, and roll it around for about 5 minutes (you might want to cover your hands with a towel as it will get very cold and wet from condensation). 5. Once it’s feeling solid, remove the smaller bag, rinse off the outside. Then open and enjoy! What’s happening? This is what is called an Endothermic process. When the salt is mixed with the ice, the reaction forces the reaction to steal/borrow heat from the surrounding objects – in this case, your milk/vanilla/sugar mixture. As this heat is stolen/ borrowed, it makes the ingredients colder, eventually causing the mixture to turn into yummy ice cream!


Who doesn’t like crazy putty? Squishy and gooey, it is definitely a favourite in my classroom and here’s how you can make it at home! (WARNING: DO NOT CONSUME) Materials: A medium bowl, water, food colouring, PVA glue, Borax solution (1 tbsp of borax to 1 cup of water) and a sealable freezer bag for storage. Instructions: 1. Fill the bottom of the bowl with PVA glue. 2. Add a small amount of water (around 10-20ml) and mix. 3. Add 2 or 3 drops of food colouring and mix. 4. Add the borax solution a little at a time and mix. Keep an eye on the consistency of your slime. 5. Stir the mixture up and put it into the freezer bag for storage. Make sure you seal it properly when finished. What’s happening? What you have made is a special polymer that has both solid and liquid properties - it flows and takes shape just like a liquid, but when you pick it up, it is a solid. Polymer molecules create this effect because the molecules join together in a chain, and just like a chain, they can bend and stretch.

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DIY minimalist artwork with gold leaf By Lindsey Bidwell

The mighty mushie Art Ideas Australian Mushrooms By Lindsey Bidwell

If wall art options are not in your budget, this 'do it yourself' abstract artwork might be just what you need to add vibrance and a pop of texture to your home. Art Lovers Australia describes abstract artists as using a visual language of shapes, colours and lines to create artwork that has no interpretation, allowing the viewer the opportunity to define their own meaning. Along with decorating beautifully, this project could save money, flex your creativity and improve well-being through a sense of achievement when viewing your art.

Materials • • • • • • •

Protective cover for the surface you are working on. Watercolour Sheets, Stretched Canvas, Artboard etc. Watercolour, Ink or Acrylic Paints Assortment of Painters Brushes Gilding powders, Gold Leaf or foil Glue, Metal Leaf Adhesive and/or sealer Gloss Varnish

Optional • Texture: If using Acrylics, use an acrylic gesso to cover your canvas or a modelling paste to add some extra texture prior to starting • Palette knives or board for applying paint


Step 1: Cover your table or surface with a protective cover such as a plastic sheet or butchers paper. This project could be messy, so cover anything you do not want to splatter with paint. Step 2: Start to select the colours and shapes you would like to paint. For idea inspiration, move around and place different cut out forms or boards to create circular or square shapes and patterns. Step 3: Most people get stuck at this stage, simply mix some paints and start applying them to different parts of the artboard or canvas. Laying is key here; apply the first layer, let it dry and repeat until you reach the point of wondering if to add more paint or not. Step 4: If desired, add in little extra details like touches of black, grey or white. Step 5: Now the fun part! Once the artwork is dry, add the Gilding powders to the artwork, or apply glue or adhesive on a small paintbrush to the areas you would like a gold leaf or foil to appear. You can also use a variation of shades and colours; it is all up to your imagination. If you are using a sealer, wait for the glue/adhesive to completely dry before using your bush again to paint it over the flakes. The sealer will flatten and coat the gold leaf. For further guidance or to watch this process, there are many online help videos on Youtube. Step 6: Once the artwork has dried, finish with a varnish.

Advice & Tips • Consider framing the artboard or adding a frame around the canvas. This will help add an extra professional finish. • If using acrylic paint, squeeze paint directly onto the canvas and use cardboard, chipboard or palette knives to lightly stroke down the paint. This will keep the paint texture thick. Layering is also crucial to add dimension. • Take a photo or step back to view your progress; this will help find areas that may require touching up or more colour. You could also get a second perspective from someone else.

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Mushrooms are widely known for their flavoursome taste and excellent health benefits. They're full of essential vitamins and minerals and make a great addition to your diet. Adding the mighty mushie can transform any meal. They are abundant with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so not only do mushrooms make meals tastier, they are healthier too. The Australian Mushrooms website is a source of so much information about Mushrooms. The tips on selection, preparation and storage are helpful. There is also a complete list of mushroom varieties, outlining common and botanical names, development and, best of all, what they are perfect for, giving examples of recipe types. The website also highlights the following benefits: • Rich in vitamins and minerals - Including Vitamin D, riboflavin and selenium. Mushrooms are known for their valuable antioxidant properties. • Boost immunity - Adding mushrooms to your diet can help boost immunity, give your skin a healthy glow, keep your heart healthy and more! • Weight management - A healthy addition to your plate, mushrooms offer a unique bundle of nutrients while low in fat, sodium, and kilojoules. • Gluten free - Naturally gluten free, help keep blood glucose levels regular and have a very low GI. So they are a delicious option for people with diabetes or following a gluten-free diet. The photo features delicious oyster mushrooms I picked up at the local Ballina Farmers Market; these were used in this editions Risotto recipe! I highly recommend trying our local farmers produce. The taste is sensational. For further information and an extensive range of delicious mushroom recipes visit,

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Mushroom Risotto

Serves: 6-8 | Time: 45 Mins

With the cool evenings upon us, a delicious mushroom risotto will help warm up the family this winter. Authentic and cooked the slow and painful way, but packed full of flavour and oh so worth it. The large serving portions easily allow the recipe to adjust for entertaining friends.



2.5 Ltr Chicken or Vegetable Stock 3 Cups Arborio Rice 1/2 Cup White Wine 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan* (plus extra for serving) 2-3 Cups Flavourful Mushrooms

1. Add stock to a pot and bring to boil. After, turn off the heat and leave on the stove. 2. Heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add onion, stirring for 3-5 minutes. Then add one tablespoon of thyme and the rice, continuing to stir for a further 3-5 minutes; you want to coat the rice in the thyme, onion and oil mix without burning.

(Oyster, Portabella, Porcini, Shiitake, Enoki, Swiss Brown)

3. Add the white wine and cook until absorbed.

2 Brown Onions, finely chopped 2 Celery Sticks, finely chopped 4 Cloves Garlic, minced 2 Tbsps Thyme, finely chopped 2 Tbsps Parsley, finely chopped 1 Tbsp Sage, finely chopped 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 40g Butter* Salt and pepper, to season

4. Add 1-2 ladlefuls of stock each time until absorbed. Test the rice at the end to ensure it is al dente. If the rice is still firm, you may need to add extra liquid.

Optional 1-2 Chicken Breasts or Thigh, bite-size pieces 80g Bacon, bite-size pieces 1 Cup Cooked Peas

5. Add celery, remaining thyme, parsley, sage, garlic, salt and pepper and mix for a further 5 minutes. 6. Add mushrooms. Cook for a further 5 minutes; continue to stir to ensure the mixture does not stick to the bottom. The mushrooms can be any of your choosing. I used Swiss Brown, Shittake, Enoki and special Oyster Mushrooms I picked up from the local markets for this dinner. But other times, I have used mixes of Portabella, Oyster, Porcini and Swiss Brown. 7. Add parmesan; once melted into the mixture, the risotto is ready to serve.

Serving • To serve, sprinkle on top herbs of your choice; I use thyme and parsley along with extra parmesan* • Accompany with a side of baby spinach leaves, cooked green beans, baked asparagus and crusty bread.



60-120g Baby Spinach Leaves 300g Cooked Green Beans, 1-2 Bunches of Baked Asparagus Spears Toasted Crusty Bread

• Add cooked chicken or bacon at step 5 • Add peas and baby spinach to the risotto prior to serving. • *Dairy-free alternatives can be used. For example, Nuttelex and Plant-Based Parmesan alternatives. Recipe | 29






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Fashion trends By Candy Fitness

Mastercraftsmen Steve McAteer and apprentice jeweller Jennifer Burton with owner and Mastercraftsmen Paul Bidwell

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So while most of us spent last winter in lockdown and living in nothing but track pants or loungewear for months on end, this year means there are more fun occasions to get out and get dressed up. But for those of you who find yourselves aimlessly looking into your wardrobe, wondering what the heck to wear, I have a few fashion tips. Let's start with a few wardrobe must-haves as we head towards the colder months. These include a loose fit knit jumper or cardi along with a flowing midi or maxi dress. Also include relaxed soft denim, puffy or fuller sleeve blouses, and vegan leather separates. These items will spend your money in an innovative and savvy way. Next, Layer, layer, layer!!! In our climate, this also allows us to not only strip off a layer or two when that beautiful winter sun comes out, but it also gives contrast to colours and fabrics, which makes an outfit really pop. For example, layering a beautiful new season midi boho dress with a denim or leather jacket creates a striking look as these items are complete opposites. Also, similarly, you can layer crisp, sharp denim with soft cotton or even suede with a cosy knit. The tip is selecting garments that have varying textures. Another benefit to layering is that it is a great way to express yourself and change the style of an outfit by adding additional pieces on top or underneath, perhaps a scarf or chunky necklace. Fashion is never a one size fits all, a great thing about it is how you can let your personality shine with your individual fashion style. So if you adore your converse and casual wear, you can make that look just as glam and fabulous as if you had on your pumps and pencil skirt suit. It is all about wearing whatever you like with confidence and what makes you feel comfortable. Then with some sass and the hottest accessories, together with awesome textures and fabrics, you will complete any look. The best advice, take your style preferences and embrace them, be you rather than trying to conform or to get a look that doesn't feel like you. Just remember it can be easy to fall into the same way of dressing and play safe. But moving with many new trends and staying inspired is one of the best ways to keep your own style fun and exciting. Allowing us all to change as we grow and experience different stages in our lives without feeling negative about our age, shape or figure. Please call in to see me at Candylane, 75 Main Street, Alstonville, for any extra tips or help with adding a few new ideas to your winter wardrobe and make you feel fabulous again... Candy x

Your dream designs brought to life Gem-Array Jewellers

By Lindsey Bidwell

Gem-Array Jewellers is located in the Ballina Fair Shopping Centre and has provided quality jewellery services to the Northern Rivers for over 35 years. Their team are diamond specialists with Mastercraftsmen who have more than 70 years of combined experience in jewellery making. For all those unforgettable memories, trust GemArray Jewellers to craft your dream designs. Surprise and delight with something designed and handcrafted at Gem-Array Jewellers. Since the beginning, their Mastercraftsmen Jewellers have provided unique one-off pieces for their happy customers. Gem-Array is a family-owned and managed business, employing locals of which many have also gone on to becoming Jewellers themselves. One of their Mastercraftsmen, Steve, has been working with the team for 33 years. Helping to keep the trade and industry alive, as of the 21st of June, the team will be welcoming another apprentice. Jennifer Burton is a familiar face as she has worked as a Senior Sales Assistant with Gem-Array for over eight years. Jennifer will be entering a 4-year indenture to become a Manufacturing Jeweller herself. Owners Paul and Connie, and their team are very excited to have Jen take up this position as much as she is to start a very rewarding and satisfying career. An opportunity that could potentially take her anywhere in the world, covid permitting, or at least Australia. New to Gem-Array this season and now in store is the 2021 Diamond Collection. Featuring their stunning happily ever after starts here collection of exquisite diamond rings in white, yellow and rose gold. Also available is the unique customise your own bridal set collection. You can choose your Solitaire, then select your wedding ring and eternity ring to create a 1.00ct Diamond Bridal set. For a modern look, you can also mix and match metals. Gem-Array understands that purchasing jewellery can be a little daunting at the best of times; to make it easier, they offer several different finance options. These include traditional LayBy, ZIP PAY and ZIP MONEY plus Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. These options help make it easier and affordable to purchase the jewellery of your dreams.

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Suburb Profile


By Minya Rose | Photography Minya Rose

What I love most about Yamba isn’t just the beautiful beaches (although there is a vast array of stunning ones to choose from), and yes, while Yamba on a sunny summers day is glorious, I often find myself just as content in a cafe on a rainy day or as the days turn cooler. To me, my love for Yamba is its people and the food. The fiercely passionate but relaxed talent the little town offers. From artists, activists, to those who care about the local produce being plated up at their restaurant. The way they passionately believe in creating a better world, and have this incredible local way of supporting each other. Let’s start with food; I really could wander this town eating until I could roll down the hill on Coldstream Street. There is nothing better after a sunrise walk along the break wall than starting out your morning with coffee and fresh pastries, gourmet produce or acai bowls at a cute, fresh, light filled cafe. Gather, Yum Yum, or the Kiosk at Main are a top few favourites for atmosphere and edible pleasure that fill your soul. You will find a lot of locals in each, ducking in for a coffee or sharing a morning laugh. At Main beach, you can watch as some dip into the ocean, even in winter. The weekend buzzing with chatter, speedo’s and water droplets as people gather for nippers and local surf events.

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Lunch options are endless, from burgers and a sneaky margarita at Brgr Spot, or an Acai from Good Days, to fish and chips on the beach. Take your pick at a cafe sprawled onto the pavement, or pack a picnic for a remarkable spot along the Yuraygir National park. In the evening, you can make your way to Drift for a relaxed wine, craft beer and a pizza from owners who strongly believe in ethical and sustainable farming using as much local product as possible. But I have a stand out for dinner, Karrikin. Their motto, creative genius and general relaxed environment is flawless. Be prepared to watch simple ingredients that are grown locally be transformed into unusual combinations while maintaining their fresh taste. Wednesday farmers markets are filled with smiles, waves and adrenaline rush to get to Ashby Sourdough’s cinnamon scrolls before they sell out. A basket and a reusable cup are definite here. You’re bound to end up with a basket of overflowing home produce. I often do the juggle between the warm vegetable dumplings in one hand and a cinnamon scroll in the other while the tomato’s and avo’s roll around the basket. Yamba isn’t just about the food though. It’s the river system, the culture, the dolphins, the way the sun falls behind Pippi beach or rises over Main beach.

It’s the endless amounts of discovering you can do for yourself, the coastal walks or the more adventurous trails not far from town. It’s becoming friends with locals who may share their top surf spot, it’s respecting the land, and it’s taking in the beauty of this little spot on the North coast. It’s the activities that stretch past summer, full moon kayak tours, yoga classes at Blanc Space and the opportunity to get your hands messy with a group of friends at The Clay Circle or booking in for a sourdough or pasta class at the Kitchen Table. I hope that as you discover this town and more people discover the magic; that the village feel remains. That those coming to visit take more in, discover the stories, the people and feel as though Yamba is their home too. We acknowledge and thank Minya Rose, who generously contributed our Yamba suburb profile content. Minya specialises in documenting projects, experiences, and community initiatives. Her images encapsulate the rawness of a moment in a warm, honest way. We highly recommend viewing her stunning photos and heartfelt stories on Instagram @minyarose. For further information contact Minya on 0401 306 369 or visit

Places to explore

The Peach Farm

By Lindsey Bidwell | Photography Minya Rose

If you are looking for a relaxed and enjoyable day out, then do what I did and take the kids to The Peach Farm. No matter what the season, there is always something amazing and because this is an actual operating farm, you get the whole farm experience.

their four children moved to The Clarence over ten years ago. With a strong passion for the environment and sustainable practices within the food industry, it was an easy decision to buy The Peach Farm when it became available.

These are all locally sourced products and produce; much of it is also grown right on the farm. Some of my favourite finds were the essential oils, pottery, homemade jams and of course, the relishes, pickles and preserves.

As soon as we settled with a shady picnic spot, the grandparents headed straight to the café to try the beautiful coffee. Full disclosure… one of the nicest they have had, and it turns out the coffee is locally sourced and roasted from Old Quarter in Ballina. The menu features a heavy focus on locally sourced produce and makes good on the 'shop local to support a local' ideology. There are also beautiful homemade meals created from fresh local produce with gluten-free and vegan options, a Smoothie Bar, and homemade ice blocks.

They always had a vision for people to enjoy their working farm in a relaxed and hands-on manner, and that has now come to fruition. Ray and Edwina believe in building creative and dynamic relationships between rural and urban areas, and this flows through all areas of their business. They are very passionate about supporting local farmers and growers and educating others on the importance of understanding where their food comes from and how they love, care for and appreciate the land.

If you would like to come and check out some of the things we were lucky enough to enjoy, then do what we did and purchase yourselves either a day pass for the one-off visit or an annual pass to fully take advantage of some huge savings for repeat visits.

Now that the adults have had their coffee, it was time for the kids to explore the farm; Bailey and Brendan immediately migrated towards the beautiful animals after getting their hot little hands on a bag each of animal feed. The boys could get up close and check out what felt like an entire zoo’s worth of animals. There were sheep, pigs, turkeys, peacocks, alpacas, ponies, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chooks, and I am sure we saw more, but my brain hurts from trying to remember all the names a 2-year-old has for animals. The Peach Farm owners Edwina and Ray Cameron and

When the kids had emptied the feed bags and we had finished our coffees, the next thing we did was take a leisurely stroll through the peach orchards. The peaches and nectarines are picked from September through to November. The owners have also recently planted pomegranates, limes, lemons, bananas, grapes and passionfruit. The team at The Peach Farm are constantly evolving and always looking to improve, manage and utilise their fertile soil. The Peach Farm has almost everything that you picture a farm having in your mind, as well as The Peach Store, which has quite a collection of products.

Please be aware that this is a working farm, so there are tractors, buggies, farm animals, and farmers roaming the paddocks, and machinery may be in operation. Please also be advised that The Peach Farm do not currently have disabled toilets or baby changing facilities, so plan your trip around your own specific needs. The Peach Farm is open Open 9am to 2pm, six days a week and are closed on Wednesdays. Feel free to check them out as we discovered them ourselves on Instagram and Facebook. Their social accounts also display the menu, which changes daily for their interests and ours. The Peach Farm is located at 5799 Pacific Highway, Mororo. The entrance to the farm is 1km North of the Iluka Turnoff. Look for the sign in the paddock, and that is where you turn. For further details visit,

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Federal Hotel, 1901

Post Office, 1909

Heritage Trail School of Arts, 1909

Main Street, 1910

Agricultural Society, 1911

Alstonville Heritage Trail By Catherine Cohen & Lindsey Bidwell

Alstonville Plateau Historical Society has put together this wonderful heritage trail and hopes you enjoy your walk or drive around the historic village of Alstonville. 1. Crawford House Museum The house was built in 1910 by DC Connor & Son of Ballina for Ambrose Crawford, son of one of the first selectors, and is built on part of his father's original selection of 150 acres. Named after his wife, Olive, 'Olivene' was the family home until 1982 when the family sold the house to Ballina Shire Council with the desire that it would be used for community purposes. This occurred until 2003, when the house was offered to the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society for their headquarters and museum. After restoration, the Crawford House Museum was officially opened on 1 October 2004. 2. Elizabeth Ann Brown Park This land was resumed by Tintenbar Shire Council from the estate of the late Elizabeth Ann Brown who passed away in 1946. Daughter of Charles Bulwinkel, a noted pioneer of the early sugar industry in the area, she married Anthony James Brown, who purchased two allotments when four acres of the Crawford holding was subdivided in 1911, and this land now comprises the park. In the 1980s, the memorial plaques from the Alstonville Showground were moved to the park, and the RSL now has Anzac and Armistice services here. 3. St Bartholomew's Anglican Church The original wooden church was erected at Ocean View, on what is now the Bruxner Highway (Ballina Road) about sixty metres east of the Teven Road junction and dedicated on 18 February 1896. On 18 October 1905, the church was relocated by bullock wagon to its present site in The Avenue, where it is currently used as an opportunity shop to raise money for Anglicare. On 20 August 1913, Bishop Druitt laid the foundation stone of the present church on land purchased in 1909 and on 11 March 1915, the dedication of the new church took place. Stone for the church was quarried locally at Ansteys Quarry near Tregeagle and donated by the Anstey family. The stained glass windows are a feature. The church is listed by the National Trust, the Australian Heritage Commission and Ballina Shire Council. 4. Uniting Church This church is the third Methodist Church to be built on this site and was opened on 30 May 1909. The church was designed by FJ Board, a Lismore architect, who also supervised the construction carried out by Mr TG Jarman, building contractor, and the furniture was supplied by Messrs Brown & Jolly, of Lismore. The building is lined with Wunderlich steel sheeting, the dado being of vertical rosewood boards. A large stained glass window dedicated to the memory of early settlers, James Towner Snr and his wife, Mary, can be seen at the back of the church. The foundation stone was laid by Mrs William Crawford, as an inscription on the north-eastern side signifies. In June 1977, the union of the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches was effected, and the three merging bodies became the Uniting Church in Australia. The church bell, which was originally used by the Melbourne Sugar Company at its mill on Maguires Creek, was dedicated to the 'Glory of God' on 15 September 1894. The bell tower is the fourth one used to hang the bell, which is now electronically controlled from the vestry. 5. Courthouse and Police Station After many years of petitioning the local member, John Perry, by the local Progress Association, Alstonville eventually obtained its own police station. In October 1903, the work on the courthouse and police station was completed, and an officer, Constable Dobie, was appointed. The courthouse was not used until 1910, and in 1913 a telephone was installed - until that time, the constable made use of a neighbour's telephone. The station was set on a large block of land, as the constable's duties often involved impounding stray cattle and horses. The courthouse closed in the 1960s, and this section of the building reverted to a police residence, with the courtroom being used as a bedroom. The building is listed by the National Trust, Australian Heritage Commission and Ballina Shire Council.

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6. St Joseph's School & Convent In 1919 a house in Perry Street belonging to the Ainsworth family was purchased to establish a convent and school. Initially, classes were held in the old wooden church of St. Lawrence O’Toole. In the 1920s, an annexe was built, which was used for boarders. In 1936 boarding was discontinued, and the bedrooms converted to classrooms. The Sisters of St Joseph left the convent in 1965, and the teaching is now done by lay teachers. In 1955 a new brick church – Our Lady of the Rosary – was built, and the timber church was moved to Lennox Head. It is impossible to talk about St Joseph’s without mentioning the ‘Pudding Factory’, also located on the church grounds. This was started in 1985 when Father McCarthy began making Christmas puddings to raise funds for the school. Now, Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings are sold throughout Australia and the money raised goes to numerous charities. The convent is listed by the National Trust, Australian Heritage Commission and Ballina Shire Council. 7. The Old Butter Factory The NSW Creamery Butter Company opened with due ceremony on 21 November 1900 before a gathering of about 600 people. The factory stood on 1½ acres of land purchased from Charles Bulwinkel, and the most up-to-date machinery available was installed. The factory was successful for a time but got into financial difficulties towards the end of 1903. In 1904 a group of local farmers formed a new co-operative, ‘Alstonville Co-operative Refrigerating and Carrying Company’. In 1923 a brick building was built on to the front of the original structure. The factory changed hands again in 1930 when it amalgamated with Norco and finally closed in 1947. Since then, the building has been used to manufacture caravans, as a peanut processing factory and is currently a furniture store. The building is heritage listed by Ballina Shire Council. 8. Lumley Park In 1901 it was originally called the Alstonville Recreation Reserve. In 1917 it was renamed after Councillor Clarence Lumley, who had enlisted eighteen months previously and was killed in action. In 1925 the Alstonville Bowling Club was opened in the park with one green. The bowling club now has other premises in Alstonville. In 1930 a ladies croquet club was formed, and in 1931 a clubhouse was erected and two lawns laid down in Lumley Park. The Governor of New South Wales, Sir Philip Game, officially opened the croquet lawns on 25 September 1931. In 1934 Ambrose Crawford and friends pressured council, and approximately three acres were set apart as a ‘Preserve for Native Trees’. In 1970 the first permanent home for Richmond River Historical Society’s collection of transport and light industry exhibits was opened in the park. All that remains of the Recreational Reserve is the old croquet clubhouse and part of the lawn. 9. Former Presbyterian Church The old church building was the third church built by the Presbyterians in 1939. It replaced a previous wooden building erected on the same site in 1898. In the 1990s, the Presbyterians sold this building, and it is now used by the Alstonville Dance Studio. 10. Tintenbar Shire Council Chambers Originally built in 1908, the building was used as council chambers until 1977, when the shire amalgamated with Ballina. Over the years, it has undergone many changes, but inside visitors can still see the original fire safes and the draughtsmen’s benches. Until mid-2007, the building was home to Kolinda Gallery. The building is Ballina Shire Council heritage listed. 11. Paddy Bugden Memorial Paddy Bugden is the only Victoria Cross recipient on the NSW Far North Coast. He was awarded the medal for his bravery in France during World War I. At the time of his enlistment, Paddy was living with his mother and stepfather who were managing the Federal Hotel. The site contains two memorials. A simple cross is thought to have been erected by members of the community in 1946. In 1999, on the eightieth anniversary of his death, a new memorial was unveiled by the Alstonville Rotary Club and the Alstonville RSL Sub-branch. The designer and sculptor was Max Maxted from Nimbin.

Commercial Bank, 1908

Duck Creek Picnic, 1935

Police Station, 1900

The Butter Factory, 1909

Council Chambers, 1908

Uniting Church

Alstonville Plateau Historical Society 12. Alstonville Showground The Alstonville Agricultural Society held its first show in 1890, and the Temperance Hall was used as a pavilion. In 1892 an agricultural hall was erected at the showground and was used until 1981, when the present Community Centre was built by Ballina Shire Council. In 1905 the ring was enlarged, and seating provided around the ring. Memorial gates were later erected to honour the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War. 13. RSL Hall This building was originally built for the School of Arts committee in 1909 and was situated on the corner of High Street and the Bruxner Highway, where a garage is today. It was decided in 1917 to move the building closer to the town to encourage more membership. In 1933, the RSL was offered the task of managing the building and in 1950 the ownership of the hall was transferred to the sub-branch. 14. Bank of New South Wales This bank first opened in a rented cottage for a year and then in a brick shop for three more years. In 1921/22 the Bank of New South Wales contracted Dayal Singh of Lismore to construct this building which was designed by Lismore architect, FJ Board. It housed a banking chamber and a residence for the manager and was officially opened on 13 April 1923. During World War II, this branch closed on 20 November 1942. After the war the building sold to the Gough family who lived in the residence but rented the banking chamber back to the bank where it operated until the 1950s. The banking chamber was then used as a surgery by several doctors before becoming an opportunity shop for Maranoa Village for some years. The current owners lease portions of the building to various business people. The words ‘Bank of New South Wales’ can still be seen on the etched doors, and the original bank safe is still in the old banking chamber. 15. Alstonville Post Office Now a restaurant, this building was Alstonville’s fourth post office. The first post office was situated on the main road at Ocean View. The second post office, built about 1888, was at the corner of the Bruxner Highway and Teven Road. In 1901 the residents asked that the post office be moved to the centre of town and the postmaster, Mr EO Hodgson, had premises built in 1902, west of the Federal Hotel. The fourth post office was erected and was occupied on 13 February 1908 with Mr Hugh McBarron in charge. Notable changes to the building occurred in the 1980s when the original entrance on the eastern side was filled in and a new entrance formed on the western corner. In 1997 the post office operations were moved again to bigger premises in the Plaza Shopping Centre. The old post office is listed as an item of heritage significance on the Ballina Local Environment Plan. 16. Commercial Bank This building is reputed to have been built in 1896 by local butcher, John Daley. In 1901 he built the Federal Hotel, and the family vacated the cottage and took up residence in the hotel. In September 1902, the house was leased to the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney and was Alstonville’s first bank. At this time, some changes were made to the building to accommodate the bank. In 1907 the bank purchased the property from John Daley’s widow. The bank closed, and in recent years the new owners, using information from the historical society archives, have painted the building the original bank colours. The house is listed on the National Trust Register, Register of the National Estate and the Ballina Local Environment Plan and is now called ‘Freeborn House’. 17. Federal Hotel This landmark opened on 1 June 1901, in the year of Federation – hence the name – and the licensee was John Daley, a local butcher. The plans for the building were drawn up by Messrs Brown & Jolly, timber merchants, and it was built by Fred Cullen at a cost of £644. Sadly, Mr Daley had to sell the hotel in early 1902 because of ill health. Among the other licensees were the Riley family, and Mr and Mrs R Evans, who added a lounge and beer garden in 1951. The etched glass doors in the hallway are a feature. The building is listed on the National Trust Register, Register of the National Estate and Ballina Local Environment Plan.

Alstonville Heritage Trail Map

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Feedback requested By Ballina Shire Council

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Provide your feedback on the future direction of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery! Ballina Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the Northern Rivers Community Gallery’s (NRCG) draft Creative Action Plan. The draft Creative Action Plan provides a pathway for the future of the NRCG via four strategic directions: • Creative Industry Capacity: Create spaces and initiatives where arts and cultural activity and creative entrepreneurship can thrive • Arts and Cultural Infrastructure: Coordinated support of arts and cultural infrastructure to ensure cost effective future investment in hard and soft infrastructure and resources. • Engage our Audiences: Provide opportunities for cross-cultural, multi art form, and intergenerational creative expression for people of all ages, ethnicities and abilities. • Strive for Excellence: Develop high quality programs connecting audiences with contemporary arts and cultural experiences. These directions are supported by a series of actions for the NRCG to achieve sustainable growth and continue to provide high quality arts and cultural activities in the region. All members of the community are invited to view the draft plan and complete the survey at The survey closes: 5pm Wednesday, the 16th of June 2021. For further enquiries, please contact Lee Mathers, Coordinator Gallery on 1300 864 444.

Local Artist Profile By Lindsey Bidwell

A recognised artist, Angela Parr is the resident artisan managing Bingara Gallery at Knockrow. Specialising predominately in pastels, Angela has been drawing and painting for most of her life and is known for her wildlife and human portraits. She resides at the tranquil property with her husband of 30 years, Murray Parr, surrounded by breathtaking Northern Rivers scenery. Angela was born in Geelong to migrant parents who left Germany post World War 2 to create a better life for themselves and their future children. She graduated Dux from her Geelong high school, before studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Education at Melbourne University. After graduation, she relocated to Queensland and began her 20-year career in teaching. She then met Murray, her now-husband, who was a Lennox Head/Ballina local. They decided to relocate to East Ballina to raise their family and remained for 26 years. During this time, Angela managed numerous bakeries in the region while also working as a teacher, World Vision rep and in real estate sales. Her family were also heavily involved in local sports, including football, dance, swimming, surf lifesaving, along with many other areas of their kids' schooling life. After their children had ventured out into the world and begun to have their own kids, Angela and Murray relocated to five acres at Knockrow. Here, they built their dream home and studio gallery, conveniently located next to the Macadamia Castle, where their four beautiful children and ten delightful grandchildren often visit and enjoy. A proud member of many local organisations, Angela is a member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, Queensland Wildlife Art Society, BACCI (Ballina Art Craft Corp. Inc), Pastel Society Australia and a founding Committee member of OSBB – Open Studios Ballina, Byron and Beyond. She is also a regular supporter of an orphanage in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe holding art auctions in the past to support this charity and many others. When asked what inspires Angela's artwork, she responded, "when I was 5, I saw the movie 'Born Free', that ignited a passion in me for Africa, lions and Joy Adamson. I wanted her life… living in Africa, surrounded by these magnificent animals that she could paint and write about. Joy also recorded all the tribes of Kenya in outstanding watercolour studies". Angela continues, "I am obsessed with animals; I even trained and worked as a Vet Nurse for a while, so anything to do with them inspires me. Living next to the Macadamia Castle means I have great subjects right at my front door. Recently I have also created several human portraits – most notably one of a friend and Ballina icon, Lyn 'Raz' Burtonwood, who went missing from Lighthouse Beach 2 years ago. The memorial portrait of him now hangs in the foyer

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Angela Parr

of the Lighthouse Beach Café in East Ballina. Artwork proceeds were donated to the local surf life-saving club of which he was a member. I always donate a percentage of my art sales to local charities – usually Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, Seabird Rescue, Friends of the Koala or WIRES." Recognised for her art throughout the region, Angela discusses some of her proudest achievements. She comments, "without a doubt, my greatest achievement has been being included in 'The Holmes' twice in the four years it has been running. The Holmes is an abbreviation for The Holmes Acquisitive Art Prize for Excellence in Realistic Birdlife Art Prize, which is quite a mouthful. Still, it is pretty much the Australian Bird Artists’ 'Archibald', attracting the best bird artists in the country. Only 35 finalists are selected, therefore a great honour to be amongst the final few. Last year's Holmes was cancelled due to Covid, but it is on again this year in November, and I'm currently working on one of my submissions, but Shhh... it is a secret". Angela has won several art competitions but believes the most important triumphs are when renowned artists, such as Hobie Porter and Angus McDonald, have been the judges and selected her artwork as the winner. Angela's advice for any readers interested in trying her craft is to be brave, individual and paint/draw the subject matter YOU are interested in, not the current trend. Recommending readers purchase the best art supplies they can afford, suggesting it is far better to own less but have higher quality items. She also advises if using pastels, experiment with the different paper types to see how they affect the finished product. Angela added, "soft pastels have different grades and hardness/softness as well. For example, Schminke are quite an expensive brand, but are very soft and creamy. Art Spectrum are somewhat harder but are a good mid-range quality stick. There are dozens of different brands so experiment for yourself to see which ones suit you and your style. There are also Pan Pastels and Pastel Pencils. I own several different sets and types of sticks, pencils and pans". The bespoke gallery and studio were built three years ago, next to a small babbling creek. Bingara is indigenous for 'small creek'; hence the gallery is called Bingara Gallery. A stunning setting, the building is divided into two large sections; the front half a gallery whilst the back a neat studio space. The gallery is open to the public from Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm where you will often find Angela working on her latest art piece. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for additional Q&A with Angela. For further information on Angela and to view more incredible artwork, visit, or join her social accounts, Instagram @bingaragallery and Facebook @artworkbyangelaparr

Events Calendar June

11-14 June

19 June

A feast for the senses held over 3 days and nights in the beautiful surrounds of Nymboida Camping and Canoeing Centre. Features live music, fine food, family fun and friendly folk.

A live music event that embodies the spirit of Byron Bay. Showcasing local artists in a three day event that includes performances, an industry conference and a focused youth activation held across venues in town.

The Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival

19 June

Byron Music Festival

20 June

Lismore Lantern Parade

Make Music Day

A magical event celebrating the winter solstice. Featuring illuminated puppets, carnival dancers, music and much more. Ending with a fiery finale bonfire and fireworks display.

An annual event celebrating the passion for making music. This year: Ballina, Lismore and Tweed Head Orchestra Bands together.

1-3 July



Playground Festival

Flow takes us deeper into Country to discover ancient stories and the power of music, family and connection. Mitch King is a Yaegl Bundjalung man with a story to tell. Told through contemporary dance, poetry, visual imagery and rap.

Presented in a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery and The Quad this dynamic, immersive festival is a riot of colour, movement and action packed activities led by the kids, for the kids!

5-7 July

4 July

Jan's Bucket Club - Art & Craft

Curb Side Gig

Themes include Light, Sight & Flight. Visit Jan's Bucket Club on Facebook and Instagram for further details. Contact Jan Seymour 0402 913 561 or

Resonator Music Curb Side Gig at the Ballina Homemaker Centre from 10am to 2pm features live music and sausage sizzle.

Creative Kids voucher redeemable.

1 August

August 12-15 August

Bangalow Music Festival Presented by Southern Cross Soloists this is a major event in the Australian arts calendar. Now in its 18th year, the Festival maintains a strong tradition of presenting world-class chamber music performances.

3 July

24 July

Snack The Track The Lismore Turf Club will come alive with delicious food, live music, makers markets, and pop up bars. Set on the lush green grass under the trees, bring a picnic blanket and settle in for great food and entertainment.

6–8 August

Breakfast at the Beach

Byron Writers Festival

Marine Rescue Ballina will be holding our Breakfast at the Beach from 7-11am. Sausages, bacon and egg on bread and coffee, tea and water available. Donations help contribute to maintaining and operating their equipment.

Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. The event is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, diverse program of compelling conversations and panels that celebrate storytelling in all forms.

27-28 August

Rainbows' Regatta 2021 The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club will be holding their Rainbow's Regatta at Shaws Bay, East Ballina a fun weekend of watching dragon boating for the whole family.

Cancellations Please make sure to check cancellations with local events

If you would like to feature on our events page, please email the details of your event including time, date, venue and website.

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Visitors Guide



Welcome to the Northern Rivers! We are delighted you have decided to visit us on your journey. There is so much to discover within our region, and we feel fortunate to get to be the ones to inform you. This destination has it all, from pristine coastlines, lush national parks, spectacular waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of attractions. We invite you to visit our coastal towns and country villages; you will discover a love for arts and culture, agriculture and fresh local produce, with strong support for the paddock to plate ethos. Whether you are visiting for a short stay or an extended break, we hope you leave with an abundance of wonderful memories and have enjoyed all our region has to offer. Don't forget to view our events calendar on page 37 to attend some exciting experiences. We highly recommend visiting the following tourism websites to assist with planning your visit. Ballina Shire Alstonville, Ballina, Lennox Head, Wardell & Wollongbar Byron Shire Byron Bay, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby & Newrybar Clarence Valley Grafton, Iluka, Maclean, Ulmarra, Wooli & Yamba Kyogle & Villages Bonalbo, Cawongla, Grevillia, Kyogle, Tabulam & Woodenbong


Perched in the heart of the Brook Family’s 96 acre Farm (Brookfarm). The distillery itself rests amongst the macadamia orchard and regenerated rainforest. Their cellar door is open for booked tours, tastings and cocktail visits.


A family owned and operated craft brewery supporting local grain growers to produce fresh beer daily. View their what's on page for a list of upcoming events, including food trucks, entertainment and live gigs.


Proudly local and inspired by the idea of the ‘village brewery’, they strive to operate as a conscious business and give back to the community. Frequently holding events, including the annual Festival of the Stone beer and music festival.


Enjoy their beers in the spacious tap room or beer garden with Mount Chincogan views. They are dog and family-friendly (kids room) with a rotating roster of local food trucks, DJs or live music.


A small distillery using local ingredients to handcraft premium spirits. Drinks are free from added artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. Enjoy premium rum, gin, vodka and limoncello at the cellar door or attend a complimentary distillery tour.


Sanctus Brewing Co. is a family-friendly venue with an outdoor grassy space that kids and adults alike can enjoy. They offer an extensive menu of delicious food with frequent live music and entertainment events.


Lismore Region Bexhill, Clunes, Eltham, Goonellabah, Lismore & Nimbin

Using ingredients predominately from the Clarence, their first Gin The Duke is a dry gin with undertones of citrus and slightly spicy. Other products include; Ruby the Rosella Gin and Lemon Myrtle Vodka.

Richmond Valley Broadwater, Coraki, Casino, Evans Head, New Italy & Woodburn


The Tweed Casuarina, Cabarita Beach, Hastings Point, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Pottsville, Tweed Heads, Tumbulgum & Uki


TEN MUST TRY LOCAL WALKS 1. Minyon Falls | Whian Whian 2. Protestor Falls | The Channon 3. The Pinnacle Walk & Lookout | Pumpenbil 4. Rocky Creek Dam | Dunoon 5. Broken Head Nature Reserve | Broken Head 6. Nimbin Rocks | Nimbin 7. Birdwing Butterfly Walk | Goonellabah 8. Wollumbin National Park | Mt Warning 9. Victoria Park Nature Reserve | Alstonville 10. Goanna Headland | Evans Head

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TEN ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT 1. The Peach Farm | Mororo 2. The Farm | Byron Bay 3. Summerland Farm | Alstonville 4. The Clarence Gorge | Heifer Station 5. Tropical Fruit World | Duranbah 6. Thursday Plantation | Ballina 7. Crystal Castle | Mullumbimby 8. Macadamia Castle | Knockrow 9. Heritage Park | Lismore 10. Casino Miniature Railway | Casino

July 2021 will see the grand re-opening with locally brewed beer and seltzer on tap for patrons to enjoy and bring a new vibe to the relaxed beachside oasis. A new brewery opening soon. Follow their social media for updates.


An independently owned brewery built for sharing great beer and awesome food with friends. Located in a re-purposed industrial packing shed on a working avocado orchard with beautiful views of Mt Wollumbin and the Cudgen plateau.


Australia's only boutique sugar plantation and Agricole rum distillery, with a mission to create innovative spirits and bring rum culture to the North Coast. They offer distillery tours, cellar door classes, gourmet dinners and much more.


A family-owned local artisan brewery offering unique and quality craft beers and ciders that are chemical and preservative free.

Explore & Discover Local Breweries & Distilleries

The Northern Rivers has such a relaxed atmosphere. Where else could you enjoy a morning at the beach, trekking through a rainforest and then a leisurely afternoon sampling the local breweries and distilleries? Here is a selection of some of the regions finest to explore and sample for an entertaining adventure with friends. Information on each business is available on page 38.

BALLINA SHIRE Seven Mile Brewing Co. 188-202 Southern Cross Drive, Ballina


Cape Byron Distillery 80 St Helena Rd, McLeods Shoot Lord Byron Distillery 7/4 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay Stone & Wood 100 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay www. Wandana Brewery 20 Manns Road, Mullumbimby

CLARENCE VALLEY Clarence Distillery Neptune Place, Yamba Sanctus Brewing & Distilling 5 Re Road, Townsend Wobbly Chook Brewing Co 26 Coldstream Street,Yamba

LISMORE REGION Two Mates Brewing 7 Engine Street, South Lismore

THE TWEED REGION Earth Beer Company 592 Cudgen Road, Cudgen Husk Distillers 1152 Dulguigan Road, North Tumbulgum Pickled Pig Brewery Unit 1/2, 18 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South

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Edition #6 | Spring 2021 ADVERTISING DEADLINES & CLOSING DATES Advertising bookings: 1st August 2021 | Content & Event submissions: 10th August 2021

Spring 2021

Remarkably, before the Winter Edition even gets on the stand, bookings are flowing in for Spring. Several businesses are enthusiastic about joining the list of supporters. They love our local good news content and want to be involved in something that spreads positivity and encouragement for our local community. Country & Coast is also captivating tourists and a growing online readership, with many subscribing online or passing on their supportive feedback. If you are interested in contributing or being involved, we are accepting submissions before August 10th.

Independent Schools Guide & Aged Care Options

We will have two special highlights in our next edition. Firstly, a feature on independent school options for primary and secondary throughout the Northern Rivers. The second a focus on local aged care options, including retirement villages, care facilities and at-home services. If you are involved in these services, email us for a free space to inform readers about your services.


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