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Vale Norma ‘Nu’ McCabe 1927–2019 Eve Jeffery Norma Reilly was born in Sydney on September 6, 1927, to Ada and Norman. The middle of three sisters, Margaret and Gwenda, Nu as she came to be known, lived a life revolving around her mother’s faith, their church, and the music within it. The girls became known as The Reilly Sisters, performing for many audiences, including regular radio appearances. Nu experienced life as a jillaroo and governess in outback Australia, and travelled the world as an air hostess with Ansett Australia. In Melbourne in the 50s, Nu met and married John McCabe. They began their family with Fiona, then Iain, Kathryn, and Rebecca. Unsatisfied with life in the city, John answered an ad for a lightkeeper on a remote island, and Nu packed up the family to embark on an isolated ‘lighthouse life’ on South Solitary Island. Nu took on the role of teacher to her four children, guiding them through schooling, via correspondence. Other lighthouse lives followed at Montagu Island, then eventually
Norma McCabe. Photo supplied Cape Byron. Nu took the opportunity to obtain her driver licence and got a position as a teachers’ aide at Byron Bay Primary School. This is where Nu really shone. She saw an opportunity to nurture the musical talent of the students and formed the successful and enduring Byron Bay School Choir. Nu joined musical and theatrical
groups. She made lifelong friends and enjoyed all that this beautiful area offered. After five years John, Nu, and their youngest daughter Rebecca moved to Point Perpendicular, where Nu made more wonderful friends and again worked at the local primary school forming another hugely successful school choir. Nu and John also immersed themselves in the art of Scottish country dancing. Following John’s retirement, they settled in Mullumbimby. Nu got involved with the CWA, the Music Makers, the Amatori Choir, the Seahorse Singers, Raise the Roof singers, and she remained deeply committed to the church. Scrabble was also a non-negotiable event at Nu’s house on a Wednesday afternoon. There were not many days on her calendar that did not include a service, a rehearsal, a show, or performance, and it remained so into her 90s – a life well lived. Nu died peacefully in her room at Byron Aged Care on July 29, 2019, aged 91 years.
Sumatran conservationist speaks Aug 18 World-renowned conservationist Panut Hadisiswoyo will speak in Mullumbimby on Sunday August 18 from 5pm till 8pm. Organisers say the founding director of the Orangutan Information Centre will share his work with OIC communications officer Nayla Azmi in a special interactive event at the Byron Community College, located at 8 Burringbar Street. The visit to the region is being supported by the Mullum-based Rainforest 4 Foundation, whose founder, Kelvin Davies has had a long association with the Orangutan Information Centre. Mr Davies said, ‘I met Panut in 2008 and I began building a connection between the people of North Sumatra and the Byron Shire.
Panut Hadisiswoyo. Photo supplied This has helped to produce some fantastic outcomes including the planting of 1.7 million trees in Sumatra to restore wildlife habitat. ‘The Orangutan Information Centre, an Indonesian nonprofit organisation, is making a huge difference in northern Sumatra through their conservation and community-development work in and around the
Leuser Ecosystem, one of our most biodiverse ecosystems.
Orangutan rescues ‘In the past four years they have rescued and relocated more than 160 orangutans, restored 2,000 hectares of rainforest, taken 37 wildlifecrime cases to the authorities, provided 1,130 training sessions to communities, and provided Orangutan
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Caring scholarships to more than 120 university students. ‘The Leuser Ecosystem is also known as “The Last Place on Earth”, as it’s the only remaining place where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos, and sun bears still share the same habitat. ‘Panut and Nayla will explain how their organisation reclaims and restores rainforest, and will share how they rescue orangutans, tackle wildlife crime, and work with local communities to transform their environment and their economy. Most important of all, they will engage and empower Australians with the knowledge and means to become rainforest defenders in their own right. ‘Panut and Nayla will share stories about the permaculture centres they are ‘seeding’ across northern Sumatra.
Latest OS playground works unveiled Sunday Waterlily playscape committee acting chai Helen Graveson says the latest Waterlily Park works in Ocean Shores have been completed. ‘This latest stage of the playscape was funded via a grant from the NSW government, and will be officially opened at a big community celebration this Sunday afternoon from 2pm till 5pm.’
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