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Firies want women Alex McAuley If you’re looking for a new, exciting career that will not only teach you new, potentially life saving skills but also pay you while doing so, then this might just be your thing. NSW Fire Brigade stations based in Mullumbimby and Bangalow are both looking for applicants who are interested in joining their teams. Mullumbimby station captain Josh Rushton is especially keen to recruit women for his team, as he believes that they have a great deal to offer the fire brigade. ‘Women are the greatest untapped resource in this community,’ said Josh. ‘I only have to walk around town to see women working the shops who are in close proximity to the fire station and would make ideal firefighters.’ The criteria for application are simple: you must be an Australian citizen or perma-
nent resident; you must be over 18 and you must pass a basic health assessment run by the department. Other than that, you need to live within three kilometres of the station, so you need to be in town. According to Josh, women needn’t be concerned about being of slight frame or build as long as they have a healthy level of strength and fitness. ‘There is a big range of strength and size among the men,’ said Josh,’ but people of slight build are very capable of working in a team and carry out rescues of people larger than themselves. It is only a matter of
technique and training. The team at Mullumbimby is fantastic; the highlight of my working life so far has been working with the Mullum crew and I know anyone who joins us will feel the same. Not only does joining the fire brigade teach you some fantastic skills, it also teaches you how to work well in a team, think on your feet and some good leadership skills which can be applied to all areas of life.’ Josh is urging anyone who meets the criteria – and that’s probably you – to come along to an information session to learn more about what the job entails. There will be sessions held at both Mullumbimby and Bangalow Fire Stations on Thursday October 5 from 7pm. Application forms will be available on the night or by calling the zone office on 6624 5384.
Silken moves at Spring Fair
Grace Wightman and Charlotte Dods learn the delicate, and apparently curious, art of silk painting at the Cape Byron Steiner Spring Fair on Saturday. Photo Lou Beaumont
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Surfers catch the wave of peace
Greens MLC Ian Cohen leads the peace troops out to choppy seas on Saturday morning. About 150 peaceful surfers braved the winds for the Paddle out for Peace, and plenty of spectators were there to offer their support. Photo Lou Beaumont
Have we got a café for you! Michael McDonald The Department of Lands is inviting proposals to reestablish the Clarkes Beach Café at Byron Bay, said the Minister for Lands Tony Kelly last week. The Department recently took the café out of Byron Shire Council’s control for what the Minister says were ‘noncompliance issues involving its operation’. In an extraordinary piece of commercial spruiking for a government minister, Mr Kelly said in his press release, ‘This is an opportunity for the right business person to reopen the café to the community, taking advantage of its unique beach location and ocean views. ‘A strong market niche has been created with over
25 years of operation of the café and we’re looking for someone with the capability and vision to continue this key service. The café is situated on Crown land fronting Clarkes Beach and is surrounded by parkland used for community recreation. It’s only a ten minute walk from the Byron CBD.’ Mr Kelly said it was anticipated the preferred proponent would be offered a lease over the site and start trading within six months of the lease commencement. ‘It is also expected the successful proponent will refurbish and/or redevelop the facility with a commitment to manage the site’s social and environmental values. The café is a good example of business and
community parkland infrastructure combining to meet the recreational and community needs as people enjoy public reserves and open spaces to improve their health, fitness and general lifestyle. ‘The provision of these types of facilities on Crown reserves and other public space was strongly supported during the recent regional consultations on the Iemma government’s draft state plan.’ To register for a site inspection or for more information email Tony Watts at email@example.com. au or phone 6691 9615. The proposal documents are online at www.lands. nsw.gov.au. The closing date for expressions of interest is 4pm on November 10.
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Billinudgel Hotel celebrates its 100th The Billinudgel Hotel is holding a weekend of celebrations to mark our great achievement of 100 years of trading. When the hotel first opened its doors in 1898 it was originally called The Tramway Hotel. It was built at the same time as the completion of the railway track and was the drinking place of the workmen who maintained the tracks. The original hotel fell victim to fire and in 1906 a new hotel was built. The name was changed to the New Brighton Hotel and then later changed to the Billinudgel Hotel. In 1927 Ma Ring purchased the hotel and the ownership has remained in her family up to this day. Ma Ring shaped not only the hotel but also the town of Billinudgel. She is famous for many things, mostly her card playing, her quick wit and the honour that when she passed away she was the oldest licensee in not only Australia, but the world. The town held a
massive celebration for her 100th birthday and â€˜we are about to do the same for her pub!â€™ say party organisers. On Saturday October 14 there will be a Black and White Ball. Tickets will be available for $25 a head and include appetisers and a two-course meal. Bookings essential. On Sunday October 15 a Family Fun Day will start at midday with music by Dallas Lang, a Vintage Fashion Parade showing the fashions of the last 100 years supplied by Victoriaâ€™s Vintage Fashion, followed by more music with the Shady Three. There will be activities for the kids including a jumping castle and games and the BBQ will be going all afternoon with a delicious sausage sizzle. â€˜It will be a day not to be missed,â€™ say organisers. â€˜So some along and help us celebrate a birthday of the century.â€™ Bookings for the Black and White Ball can be made by calling the Billinudgel Hotel on 6680 1148.
Making a wish for the world
Lana Rose places her wish leaf on the Wishing Tree on International Day of Peace on Thursday in Byron Bay. She wished that she knew everything around the whole world, while her friend Joseph Moriarty wrote, â€˜I wish there was peace all over the world and there was never army.â€™ Photo Lou Beaumont
Be prepared for the storm season, says SES Storm season is upon us again and the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is urging people to be prepared. Local SES controller Noel McAviney pointed out that peak storm activity is between September and the end of December, so north coast residents need to start taking precautions to make sure their properties are at less risk from storm damage. Precautions include keeping gutters and downpipes clear of leaves and debris which build up over winter and can cause gutters to overflow into ceilings causing water damage; trimming back branches and trees that overhang your home, pergola, garage or fences (make sure your local council allows
this); clearing choked drains to prevent flooding; clearing loose items around the yard/ balcony which may become missiles in strong winds. During and after a storm, the SES urges people to bring their pets and children indoors; put cars under cover but not under a tree; stay away from windows and
bimby on Thursday September 28 from about 9am to hand out storm safe brochures and answer any questions. To contact your local SES branch for information (not in an emergency) call 6684 3444; for assistance during storms call 132 500. If the situation is life threatening the call 000.
Fixed speed camera at St Helena A new fixed speed camera is now operating on the Pacific Highway. â€˜This speed camera is an important initiative that will improve road safety along the Pacific Highway at St Helena, an RTA spokesperson said. â€˜Fixed speed cameras in the right places are an effective road safety tool.â€™
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Moffat takes Thursday prize
Social impact study on display
Abstraction that speaks to the heart is how Richard Moffatt described â€˜No 433â€™, the work that won him the major acquisition prize at the 11th annual Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show, which opened on Sunday September 24. Made from 1500 kilos of scrap steel, the sculptureâ€™s rust-red tubing curves around itself in continuous, intertwined loops, creating a sense of fluid intimacy. â€˜The work reflects my personal growth as an artist. Itâ€™s not intellectual but simply about being open-hearted,â€™ said Moffatt. â€˜When you love what you do to the depth of every cell in your body, it emanates from your work and people receive that.â€™ Moffatt lives in Tanja, on the South Coast of NSW near Bega. Since taking up full-time sculpting six years ago, he has won a number of awards including a Thursday Plantation commendation in 2001. This yearâ€™s sculpture show features 62 new works by 56 East Coast artists. As in previous years, it is supported by WHK Rutherfords Financial Advisers and a number of other local businesses and organisations. The other award winners are: Beach Hotel Regional Artistâ€™s Prize, $1000, Catherine Lane of Ocean Shores,
Byron Shire Councilâ€™s draft Social Impact Assessment Development Control Plan and Policy will be on exhibition until Friday November 3. Mayor Jan Barham said the documents are an essential part of Councilâ€™s Greenprint sustainability framework. These planning instruments aim to formalise Councilâ€™s assessment of social impacts and improve development outcomes for the local community. â€˜The draft Social Impact planning controls define the social impacts of particular development projects and outline a formal assessment process for the management of those impacts in relation to development proposals and Councilâ€™s own activities,â€™ said the Acting Director Planning, Development and Environment Services, Randall Evans. A community information session on the draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Development Control Plan will be held on Wednesday October 18, 3pm5.30pm, in the Council Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby. For more information, contact the Community Planning Branch on 66267126 or visit www.byron. nsw.gov.au.
Richard Moffatt and his winning sculpture. Photo Lou Beaumont
NSW, for Comfort Zone; TAFE Arts Prize, $400, Laurindo de Abreu Soto of Belmont, Qld, for Spirit of the Forest; and Crystal Castle Ephemeral Art Prize, $500, Jess Poulsen of Bangalow, NSW, for Godâ€™s Eyes. Highly Commended were Sally Simpson of Berry, NSW, for Inversion; Gordon Pupan-
gamirri, of Main Arm, NSW, for The First Tiwi Family; Phil Carr of Crabbes Creek, NSW, for Mordred; and Craig Raynor of Lismore, NSW, for Phallic Flowers. The Sculpture Show runs every day, from 9am to 5pm, until January 31. See more online at www.sculptureâ– Comment, page 8 show.net.
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