New Mullum Indian S Haslam Mullumbimby now has its own Indian restaurant at the Mullumbimby Golf Club. Mullum Indian Restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday from 4–8.30pm and whilst they serve takeaway, now that restrictions have lifted you can enjoy not only the spacious interior but also dining on the decks in the spring and summer evenings. It’s a wonderful view out over the golf course, and of course the huge size of the place means that it’s very safe to eat there (just don’t tell anyone from Western Sydney how good it is!). The menu has all the Indian restaurant favourites that you’ve grown to love over the years, such as chicken tikka masala, or butter chicken (or mango chicken for that matter), and
is very reasonably priced with entrees like pakoras from $7.90. Main courses range from $15.90 up to $18.50 for favourites like korma, madras, rogan josh, vindaloo or saagwala with a choice of chicken, lamb or beef. Plus, of course, there are all the accompaniments like raita, mango chutney, and lime pickles that make the meal really sing – Bollywood style, and a great range of traditional breads. The popular Punjabi naan, for example, is made in the tandoori oven and stuffed with cheese and spinach. Indian restaurants always cater well for the vegetarians among us, and of course the menu contains many vegan items, with gluten free available on request. Whilst the lockdown has thrown up a few unexpected quirks in food
supplies in the first few weeks of opening, the restaurant intends to source all its fresh ingredients from the local Byron Shire farmers markets; as seasonal and local as possible, with an emphasis on quality ingredients. If it sounds like owner PJ has a pretty good handle on how to run a good Indian restaurant, that’s not surprising as he’s been in the game for over 25 years, and in fact this is his third restaurant. But although the other restaurants in Brisbane are larger, the Mullumbimby restaurant is very close to his heart, as he says he only moved down here to
Happy customers Eddie & Grace
Disha, Raj, PJ and Parminder
Banned bunnies Did you know that pet bunnies are banned in Queensland? But not in New South Wales! We’ve all seen the sign at Tugun and, probably, laughed. Given that, according to police, border closures massively reduce the flow of both drugs and criminals entering NSW from Qld, it seems weird for them to be so uptight about our floppy-eared friends heading north. In fact, Queensland has the toughest anti-rabbit regime in the world. In Queensland, a rabbit is considered a ‘restricted invasive animal’ under the Biosecurity Act 2014. Anyone found illegally keeping rabbits can be issued with an on-the-spot fine of
$2,200. The maximum penalty for keeping rabbits in Queensland is $44,000. Apparently, numerous e-petitions have been circulating over the years, with many Qld owners even trying to palm their rabbits off as ‘long-eared guinea pigs’ to avoid fines! Of course, young kids love patting bunnies, so to indulge them Macadamia Castle (the interactive animal park between Byron and Ballina) has some seriously adorable bunnies, just waiting to be cuddled! They have grey bunnies, black and white bunnies, floppy-eared bunnies, dwarf bunnies, baby bunnies, the list goes on! And, no problems about biosecurity here, for the
start the restaurant because he loves the place so much. PJ’s family, on his sister’s side, have been here for over 100 years, and now he is living in The Pocket with them, which is quite a commitment as his own family have stayed behind in Brisbane to run the other restaurants. Because the Mullum restaurant is closed a few days a week, PJ was hoping to pop back to Brisbane each week to see them, but the sudden border closure (just lifted) means that he has gone months without seeing his own family. So, pop in this week and welcome PJ and the crew at the Mullumbimby Golf Club in their first week of accepting diners at their new Indian restaurant! Mullum Golf Club, 1600 Coolamon Scenic Drive. Ph 6684 2273 (option 3) or 0448 300 684 mullumindian.com.au.
safety of their crocodiles, and farmers, your children and the bunnies are kept safely at a distance. Our children loved the castle when they were younger, especially playing on the flying fox and feeding the animals, and on a recent
visit we found, a bit to my surprise, that we still all enjoyed it, especially the mini-golf and a nostalgic ride on the mini train. There was even an exciting bit where ‘something’ escaped and four blokes with nets on long poles executed what looked like a well-rehearsed recapture. There are talks by the keepers, waterplay, train rides, two playgrounds, a cafe serving their legendary pancakes, and over 150 animals including kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles and snakes! The lockdown across Greater Sydney, as well as the border closure between NSW and Qld has dramatically affected the Byron Bay Tourism and Hospitality industry, including The Macadamia Castle. Now that the clouds,
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MULLUM INDIAN RESTAURANT Open for takeaway. Vegan available Wednesday to Saturday 4-8:30pm Mullumbimy Golf Club, 1600 Coolamon Scenic Drive T: 02 6684 2273 (Option 3) M: 0448 300 684
Always full of surprises Mullumbimby-born farmer, Glenyce Creighton, has been on her property in Myocum for 40 years. Originally the farm was a piggery, until Glenyce and her family began trialling many varied vegetables, becoming certified organic over 10 years ago. ‘I have been at Mullumbimby and New Brighton Farmers Markets since the very, very beginning. I love my customers; they are lovely people to mix with, I like to get to know them and they always come back to have a conversation,’ says Glenyce. You won’t find a lot of any one type of produce at her stall, but what you will find is a huge mixture of what she has in season. Glenyce only sells what’s she’s just picked or harvested. Nothing Glenyce sells has ever been refrigerated, it is straight from the ground to the farmers markets. ‘Originally when we first started at the markets we were selling vegetables and I was looking for other produce to add to the stall, which is when I brought in flowers and flower arrangements, they add variety and of course make the stall look lovely’. With variety comes… well, varieties. Have you ever wondered why cucumbers today taste nothing like they did when you were growing up? and the lockdown restrictions, have lifted, and spring is in the air, as a community it’s more important than ever for us to get out and support local. The Northern Rivers is currently COVID free, and we are still able to get out and about – so let’s do this to keep our favourite venues alive.
‘The Macadamia Castle is open seven days a week for local families to come and enjoy our facilities. We have our Night Tours continuing in a COVID Safe environment,’ says Tony Gilding, the owner of the castle for the last 14 years. Tony has just sold the Macadamia Castle to notfor-profit Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA), associated with the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital (their mobile wildlife hospital will be run from the carpark using the castle’s solar array). The Macadamia Castle follows all NSW regulations
Glenyce’s stall is at Mullumbimby Farmers Markets, Friday 7–11am and New Brighton Farmers Markets, 7–11am Tuesdays. Glenyce stocks many older, heritage, seeded and hard to find vegetables. She has horn melons, chokos and old style large white skin cucumbers – just like your grandmother used to put on your sandwiches. These are the kind of vegetables big commercial growers and supermarkets would never bother with. You’ll even find farm-grown body products, such as the loofah plant, a natural sponge and exfoliator. It is always a treat to visit Glenyce’s stall – regular marketgoers know to be on the lookout to see if she has her homemade pavlova! and recommendations to keep customers, staff and the local community safe. Staff and customers must wear masks inside The Castle, however as the animal park is outside, you may roam mask free as you wish. They continue to disinfect all regularly used surfaces, and have hygiene stations located throughout. They encourage social distancing at all times, and all people entering the castle must check in via the Service NSW app. They have also adjusted the numbers in seated and indoor spaces so as to be in line with NSW restrictions. All activities continue to run including the Free Flight bird show, train rides, mini golf, keeper talks and bunny petting. They are open and ready for fun! The Macadamia Castle is open 9am–4pm every day except Christmas Day! Bunny petting is at 10am and 1.30pm daily. Cost: Entry to The Macadamia Castle includes a full day of fun for the whole family. For prices see macadamiacastle.com. au or call 02 6687 8432 The Macadamia Castle: 419 Hinterland Way Knockrow NSW 2479.
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