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Clarence Valley Council has effectively split in two over whether it should grant its general manager, Laura Black, a 2%, or $7200 a year, pay increase. In a bizarre extraordinary meeting last Thursday, the council voted 5-4 in favour of a mayoral minute which outlined why Ms Black should get the pay rise. But at the end of the meeting, which went into confidential session for debate, former deputy mayor Cr Greg Clancy handed Mayor Peter Johnstone a rescission motion, which will bring the matter of the pay rise back to council for the February 27 ordinary council meeting. The result displeased Mayor Johnstone who was interviewed on Loving Life FM after the meeting. “I’m disappointed it’s come up again and it will be up for further discussion,” he said. “I would hope that the people involved will go through… they’ve got a copy of the full performance review – the general manager has put that up confidentially. “I hope they’ll go through that and score it again.” Cr Johnstone said councillors had to realise the performance review operated as a framework which the panel had to follow. “The framework was set at the beginning, not other things they want to bring in,” he said. “So if they could go back and score it and see what score they come up with and come up with a justification, then that’s obviously what I’d hope they’d be doing.” But in an another radio interview soon after, former deputy Mayor Cr Greg Clancy revealed dissatisfaction with the performance review process. Full story continued page 2

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Clarence Valley mayor Peter Johnstone said he was disappointed that a rescission motion for the decision to award council general manager Laura Black a pay rise would bring the matter back to council.

or her mind. There were a number of elements that made Thursday’s meeting truly extraordinary. The four councillors who brought the rescission motion also called for the original extraordinary meeting. They wanted to debate a motion to deal with a significant issue involving senior staff. But without explanation other councillors decided to bring forward a Mayoral Minute calling for the general manager to get a pay rise based on her performance review. Seeing this as a tactical move to disrupt their motion, the four decided to withdraw their request for the meeting, allowing the Mayoral minute to be heard alone. Then in the council

chambers at 4pm on Thursday a contingent of around 15 council staff arrived, clearly to support the general manager. The group stayed around after the meeting went into confidential session and filed back into the chamber and applauded when the decision was announced. The council’s Code of Conduct section 7.6 has a 12 examples of how staff and councillors must not interact inappropriately. Speaking to The Northern Rivers Times on Monday (Feb 19th, 2024), Mayor Johnstone had no issues with the staff attending the meeting. He said they had Flexi-time employment arrangement which allowed them to attend outside their work hours.

Cr Greg Clancy said the rescission motion would give councillors who supported the general managers pay rise time to review their decision and change their vote.

“As a group of ratepayers, as has anybody in the general public, anybody has the right to come along to council meetings,” Cr Johnstone said. “But what I would say here is that if there’s an issue here, then the people concerned raising the issue, anybody, can put in a Code of Conduct complaint about the matter and it will be investigated.” Cr Bill Day said councillors who supported the general manager’s pay rise needed to put it into perspective. “Our State Member of Parliament, I looked up on the internet was paid in 2022 $172,576,” he said. “A senior Minister, $333,072, a junior

Minister $315,008. The Deputy Premier of NSW was paid $350,329. “In 2023 they (the State Government) put a freeze on all the salaries, but the NSW Deputy Premier is paid approximately what the general manager of the Clarence Valley Council is paid.” Cr Day was also concerned the Mayoral Minute appeared to make the general manager responsible for success of the entire council operation. “It would be quite bizarre if a council employing nearly 500 staff couldn’t achieve anything,” Cr Day said. “And there are negatives as well as positives. The community deserves to be shown the full picture.”

Councillor reveals “secret” SRV talks By Tim Howard Clarence Valley councillors and staff workshopped a special rates variation at a “secret meeting” at the end of 2023 a councillor has revealed. Cr Bill Day said council staff called a “secret” council workshop on November 9 last year to float the idea of an “environmental levy” to fund community concerns about environmental issues. But Cr Day believed the matter was clearly a way for the council to raise money as it was contemplated large scale borrowings for projects including the Regional Aquatic Centre and the Treelands Drive Community Centre. Mayor Peter Johnstone has downplayed concerns about Cr Day’s issues, saying workshops were a regular feature of life in the council and nothing came of the matter raised. “Workshops can be called by councillors, but this was called by staff,” Cr Day said. “It was called by staff to discuss a rate variation in time for an application

to be made to IPART to approve before the budget discussions for this coming financial year. “It would have required a council meeting in January if were to have happened.” Cr Day said the subject of the meeting had been kept quiet because it would have caused outrage in the community. “I didn’t even know what the subject was when I was on my way to the workshop,” he said. “It was called a hot topic and we hold hot topics quite regularly and I went along and was quite amazed when it was about a special rates variation.” The timing of the meeting also caused Cr Day and some other councillors, consternation. “I usually don’t get angry. I usually manage to remain calm, but I was quite, let me say, quite upset. “I spoke about how if the next council wanted to do anything as silly as this, they should take it on themselves. “For a council approaching caretake mode to bring on something like

this was not acceptable to me.” Cr Day said the staff proposal clearly laid out how this SRV would be used to fund spending on environmental projects. But Cr Day said it was quite easy to draw a link to the funding issues arising from borrowing for the projects. “On the surface they laid out quite a case put forward by council staff for environmental matters, but obviously council’s capacity to do things without a levy are impacted by borrowings.” Cr Day said the proposed SRV was also an indication the council would need to get used to functioning without the high level of grant funding that came after from the period of fires, flood and Cover. “As we have found with the aquatic centre, grants are drying up very quickly,” he said. Cr Day said he decided to raise the SRV proposal because the people were beginning to come forward as candidates for the next council election in

September. He noted that in previous elections some council candidates made political capital pre-election promising to not support an SRV only to change their minds when elected. He linked this issue to his support for the rescission motion to reconsider a pay rise for the council general manager made at an extraordinary council meeting last Thursday, “It’s called transparency,” he said. “I believe too much is done in secrecy by councils.” He said ratepayers needed to ask questions of candidates prior to the election about their attitudes to an SRV and not to assume it was dead and buried. The mayor said he recalled the meeting, but did not place the same significance on it. “We discuss a lot of things at briefings and so on,” he said. “It was one of the things in the strategic plan that local people wanted more to done for the environment. “One possible way of

Cr Bill Day has revealed he and other councillors attended a “secret” Clarence Valley Council workshop called to discuss a possible special rates variation to fund environmental works in the region.

doing that would be to have some type of special rate variation or something like that to raise money that could be spent on the environment. “The possibility was mentioned to councillors, but that was only one way of doing things and it wasn’t proceeded with.” Cr Day and the mayor differed on their recollections of the tenor of the meeting.. “We had a bit of a discussion about the way these things would be funded, but certainly don’t remember anyone saying anything inappropriate,” he said. The Mayor also agreed with Cr Day that it would have been inappropriate for an outgoing council to saddle a new council with an SRV.


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Save Wallum campaigners ready to fight off bulldozers By Sarah Waters Supporters of the Save Wallum campaign ensure there will be ‘a big community presence’ if developers try to proceed with earthworks on the unspoiled coastal heathland in Brunswick Heads. Byron Shire Council staff will issue the subdivision works certificate for early stage one works to begin on the major and highly controversial housing estate, the developer has named as ‘Wallum.’ Wallum, or wallum country, is actually, a coastal ecosystem along south-east Queensland, and northern NSW, characterised by flora-rich shrubland and heathland. Developer Clarence Property Pty Ltd plan to build 124 residential lots, three medium density lots and supporting infrastructure on the culturally sacred and ecologically significant land at 15 Torakina Road, Brunswick Heads. It is home to numerous threatened species, including nine federally listed Matters of National Environmental

The ecologically and culturally significant Wallum heathland

Images show koala scratching on large scribbly gums taken at the Wallum site marked for development.

Significance (MNES) such as the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail. More than 5000 people have thrown their support behind the Save Wallum campaign since it started more than six months ago. Campaigners have spent countless hours combing through environment and planning laws to try and stop what they call a ‘zombie development’ which was approved due

to a loophole in NSW planning legislation. The proposal for the Wallum housing development was approved by the Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP) in May 2023. Save Wallum spokesperson and local ecologist James Barrie said the development did not reflect current environmental or cultural concerns and requirements. At last week’s Byron

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Shire Council meeting he told councillors if they approved the subdivision works certificate, they were perpetuating known, incorrect information and allowing destruction of a precious environment. “Corrections by expert (independent) ecologist David Milledge need to be heeded in detail and the plans updated to include the statutory requirements for the threatened species concerned,” he said. Mr Barrie said Eucalyptus Signata at the site had been previously misidentified as Eucalyptus Racemosa. “Significant koala feed trees have not been identified in the plans.

“We still don’t know the actual number of koala feed trees to be removed. “This demonstrates the basic information that was requested, can’t be answered from the expert reports. “So how can a VMP (vegetation management plan) address impacts on threatened species such as the koala when we don’t even know the number of koala feed trees to be removed,” he said. Mr Barrie also slammed the developer’s ‘revised froglet management plan’ and stated there was no scientific evidence that artificially constructed frog ponds have ever worked.

Hundreds of community members were present at the meeting, voicing their disapproval - as they have done for months – about the development. Councillors went into deadlock with four voting in favour to approve the subdivision certificate and four against. After hours of debate, Mayor Michael Lyon used his casting vote to determine the matter, voting in favour of approving the application. Mr Lyon said he had made it ‘crystal clear’ from the beginning that council were limited in their power as the Northern Rivers Planning Pannel (NRPP) had


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Passion for emergency services leads to full-time role By Samantha Elley When Paul Cowles (pictured) started his long career in emergency services, it was thanks to a note from his mum. “I started volunteering at the age of 13 with SES in Ballina, just through something I wanted to do,” said Paul. “They never had a cadetship back in the day, I had to get a note from mum to go and join.” Once he turned 18, Paul was then accredited to do road crash rescues and it Paul Cowles VRA Regional Operations Manager has been an event-filled career to his most recent “At one point the they need comes role as full-time Volunteer Casino squad had four through me and Rescue Association I channel that up fatal crashes with six (VRA) Rescue NSW deaths over a period of and I fight for Regional Operations four and a half weeks. them to get what Manager. “I was in the deputy they need.” “I’ve been to more role and still a member of In his second fatals and serious car Paul Cowles with QLD Ambulance service the Casino squad, having week, Paul has accidents than I care to been six years here. found the work and despatcher of the count,” he said. “I’ve been to every job intense, but rewarding. ambulances, Paul moved “The Old Pacific bar two.” “We’ve got the state into a professional Highway through Paul admits to not rescue audit which is a development role Tintenbar and Knockrow pretty big thing,” he said. sleeping well for the was notorious, as was the mentoring training and first 24 hours after a bad “Every emergency guiding the MDs and the section between Ballina event. service head delegate will paramedics. and Wardell with the old “After that I am ok,” he scrutinise our equipment “I was involved in Alstonville cutting being said. and our training records the setting up of the another area.” “We debrief at the job Commonwealth Games, a and equipment logs, He does also reminisce with other services and safety data sheets and café explosion and other on the lighter moments then a debrief with your vehicles.” major events such as of working in emergency crew when we get back There is a good reason floods,” he said. services. and stay in touch with for that. The Casino VRA “I tried to push “Driver Reviver in everybody.” Rescue is one of the (emergency services) Ballina was fun and He said there is a system busiest squads for a rural away a bit, but I kept the public displays and for formal counselling to area. coming back to it and I even in the SES, back support volunteers and “We are covering am full-time now. when they didn’t get workers with the help a significant area as “My passion would be government funding, of a peer support officer Tabulam SES is offline, emergency management, we’d spend hours on who also works with their so we cover to Drake at so it’s not going to the the main street with the families. front line, it’s more about the moment, which can coin chains,” he said, “That’s part of my new be an hour and a half making sure my squads describing where long role as well as helping response time, depending lines of tape were laid out or units have got the manage those work/ on where we are going,” for people to stick coins equipment they need, health safety incidents Paul said. to. the training they need, “The other day we were and major jobs,” he said. “It was all fun until we recruiting and we are “If it looks like it’s at the outside of Kyogle had to get the coins of the retaining members after going to be a prolonged for a job, we’ve been tape.” recruitment. extrication or a potential to Woodburn to back After 14 years in “The training is fatal job that they’re at, up Police Rescue at a Brisbane, working in continually and it’s then I’ll respond as well head-on there. compliance and with challenging. In this role, “Unfortunately the male to back them up.” the QLD ambulance they don’t work for me, died not long after we got Paul said the thoughts service in the operations as they are volunteers, as centre as a call taker him out. which go through his I work for them. What

mind, when he thinks back on his experience, are the untold deaths on the roads that could be avoided. “A lot of people die in car accidents because bystanders are there running around when all someone needs to do is just hold (the victim’s) head up and keep them breathing,” he said. “There’s a funny one where a pie van rolled over and we thought the bloke was dead as the windscreen was smeared but the van had no markings on it. “It was pastry and pie, it wasn’t him at all, he was perfectly ok, it was just his van covered in sh*t.” Part of Paul’s new job is to have an understanding of what the core roles are of all emergency services and what their agency’s responsible for and how VRA can fit into that mix.

“We can support any service,” he said. “VRA Rescue NSW is the only emergency service that does not have a core role in the state emergency and rescue management act. “We are not the combat agency for flood and storm, that’s SES. “We are not the combat agency for urban fire and HAZMAT, that’s Fire and Rescue. “We are not the combat agency for rural fire, that’s RFS. “But what we are, is the first 100% dedicated volunteer rescue agency NSW and we were born out of the NSW Police Rescue.” Paul said some VRA branches have been around for 60 years. The area covered by Paul’s role includes as far south as Taree and north to Tweed Heads and out to Drake. “Under my wing we have about 200 volunteers, including non-operational members,” Paul said. “Casino itself needs members, as does the Brunswick-Tweed branch, so if anyone is thinking about joining, visit our website at vrarescue.org.” Paul is excited about the direction of the VRA, hence his move to the full-time position. “The VRA is moving forward with a new commissioner and we are all passionate with new equipment and training and I want to be on that ride,” he said. People interested in doing worthwhile volunteering with the VRA can visit their website at vrarescue.org where there is a link to add your details.

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have done for months – about the development. Councillors went into deadlock with four voting in favour to approve the subdivision certificate and four against. After hours of debate, Mayor Michael Lyon used his casting vote to determine the matter, voting in favour of approving the application. Mr Lyon said he had made it ‘crystal clear’ from the beginning that council were limited in their power as the Northern Rivers Planning Pannel (NRPP) had already approved the development. He said it would be better to have discussions with the developers about preserving parts of the site rather than ending up in court and potentially coming out with nothing. The early stage one ‘ecological rehabilitation works’ certificate for the subdivision to start was subject to discussions to clarify some potential errors including, the VMP being updated. Councillor Peter Westheimer, who was against the subdivision certificate being issued, asked ‘how much are the community willing to risk for Wallum.’

“I’d say a considerable amount,” Mr Westheimer said. “Risking that the council has to go to court and the council will have costs, that’s just the way it is. “I’ve been involved in lots of these issues since the early nineties, and it takes guts for the community, and it takes energy … but the community can win. “Let’s look at some of the terms being thrown around in the environmental management plan, we have a ‘habitat translocation plan’ a ‘revised froglet management plan’ these terms are increasingly dystopian. “They are all about humans trying to manage an environment which they want to destroy but trying to make themselves feel better along the way,” he said. Supporter of the Save Wallum campaign Maria Lloyd said she and many others were left ‘really disappointed’ by the decision. “We really hoped council would step up and support the community,” Ms Lloyd said. “We’ve had incredible community support for this issue for months,

council have received thousands of emails from members of the public. “The issues of the environmental significance of the site and cultural values of the area have been brushed aside in favour of negotiations with a developer who has shown no respect for the area,” she said. The Northern Rivers Times was unable to contact the developer before this story went to print. But they told ABC they rejected claims from Save Wallum that environmental and cultural assessments carried out were inadequate. Clarence Property’s managing director Peter Fahey has stated they have been rigorous and recent and gone through all the processes set out by the state government and the council. A follow up on the developer’s comments will be in next week’s edition. The Federal Environment Department said Clarence Property had been notified of its obligations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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Have you ever noticed that when you talk about life’s events, there is a distinct axis we use? For example, when I left school, all events were related to when I was at school, to when I had left school. ‘I had my hair short at school, but it’s been long ever since I have been working.’ Or when you had children. ‘I had a trim figure prechildren, but post-kids I am a bit of a dumpling.’ There are many life-defining moments that we can catalogue ourselves in pre- and post- of how we have changed. The flood is obviously one of those moments

and it seems to become more obvious as we approach the second anniversary. For me, pre-flood my favourite colour palette was warm tones – reds, browns and oranges. Post-flood it has been cooler – greys, greens and white. Pre-flood I didn’t throw stuff out but just put it away to worry about at a later date. Post-flood I am more brutal with what I throw out and keep things to a bare minimum. While I still have collectibles, such as my grandmother’s crockery set, I am more inclined to use and display it than hide it away. Pre-flood hubby and I

bought things for each other. Post-flood our presents are now experiences, such as our recent holiday. Pre-flood it didn’t bother me if there were flood watches or warnings of the rivers. Post-flood it does. I know this is a part of life’s seasonings and experiences as we continue in our day to day, it is what makes us who we are. I am sure as time moves on, the axis will fade and there will be other life-defining moments, both good and bad, that we will measure our changes to. Little Steps

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Tweed Hospital will shut its doors in three months’ time

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SHAPING UP: The new Tweed Valley Hospital will open in three months’ time. NSW Health has confirmed the existing Tweed Hospital in Tweed Heads will close.

By Sarah Waters The doors to Tweed Hospital will close in three months’ time, but questions remain over what will happen to the disused facility and site on Powell St and Florence Street in Tweed Heads. A spokesperson for Northern NSW Local Health District confirmed Tweed Hospital, built in 1972, will close following the opening of the new Tweed Valley Hospital in Kingscliff on May 14. Only a few community outreach services, such as BreastScreen NSW services will continue to be delivered either at, or nearby, the existing hospital site in Tweed Heads. The spokesperson for Northern NSW Local Health District said ‘future uses’ for the aging health facility were being investigated. “The outcomes of site investigations will be considered alongside

local and state policy considerations. “The NSW Government has a formal policy and process to guide the divestment of surplus property owned by NSW Government agencies and consideration of future uses. “This policy and process will apply to the divestment of the Tweed Hospital site once services transfer to the new Tweed Valley Hospital and the existing hospital is decommissioned.” The new $723.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital has been hailed as one of the largest regional capital health investments funded by the NSW Government. It will allow 5000 patients to be treated each year and has been designed to provide the health services required for the growing Northern Rivers population. Patients, staff and visitors will be able to

access free parking at the new hospital. There is also a bus stop directly opposite the hospital on 771 Cudgen Road, Cudgen, (opposite Kingscliff TAFE) More information on transport options will be provided by NSW Health in the coming weeks. Community members are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at the new Tweed Valley Hospital. The Tweed Valley Hospital Community Open Day will be help on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 10am - 2pm Location: Tweed Valley Hospital, 771 Cudgen Road, Cudgen. The public will have a chance to walk through some of the new hospital’s key services including the emergency department, maternity, intensive care, cancer care and outpatients’ services. There will be an information and exhibition zone, fun activities for the kids and refreshments. To register, please visit: www. tweedvalleyhospital. health.nsw.gov.au/

Adam Marshall : Member for New England (Armidale office), Mathew Tiernay: President, Trains North Inc., Joy King from Tenterfield, Jenny Aitchison Minister for Regional Rail and Roads, Allen Crosthwaite Vice President, Tenterfield, Trains North Inc.

The Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, addressed NSW parliament last Thursday in reply to the petition to the Legislative Assembly asking for reinstatement of passenger trains from Armidale to Wallangarra on the QLD border. The Minister referred to regional transport providing better outcomes for health, education, jobs and opportunity. The petition was presented to the lower house by the Member for New England, Adam Marshall. He acknowledged the hard work involved in amassing 10,740 signatures by Trains North, and its President Matthew Tierney, as well as its predecessor the Great Northern Rail group led by Rob Lenehan from Guyra. Jenny Aitchison mentioned previously operating a business

in Walcha and the train assisting tourist movements north of Tamworth. The government can assist with better connections for resources, markets, schools, hospitals and jobs. There needs to be a robust look at the project with a business case for consideration by the current Strategic Regional Integrated Transport Study. The Minister expressed appreciation to Matthew Tierney, Allen Crossthwaite Trains North Vice President for Tenterfield, and Colin Schroeder from Ecotransit for coming to meet with her and for being present in the gallery for the debate on the petition. Adam Marshall summarised the history of the Great Northern Railway, mentioning recent support for reinstatement of train services by Tenterfield Shire Council. He said

typically freight would need to underpin the line’s viability due to the expense of a passenger service. Mr Marshall stressed that a train better suits the needs of an ageing population and disabled residents rather than coaches. He concluded that today is not the end of the debate but rather the beginning. Jenny Aitchison and Adam Marshall followed up the debate by personally meeting with Matthew Tierney, Allen Crosthwaite and Joy King (also of Tenterfield) on the steps outside parliament. A feasibility study and cost benefit analysis would demonstrate the desired outcome to the people of the New England of reinstating the train service with wide ranging benefits to commerce, tourism, employment, education, health, road safety and the environment.

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BALLINA SHIRE HOUSING STRATEGY Council has prepared a Draft Housing Strategy, and we need your input. We’re talking better housing availability, meeting your needs for the next 20 years! The strategy features four principles to guide Council activities: 1. Make housing available to local workers and residents. 2. Encourage diverse housing sizes and types. 3. Encourage walkable neighbourhoods with smaller dwellings located close to shops and services. 4. New homes resilient to natural disasters and housing stress. Submissions close Friday 15 March 2024. Don’t miss out on the chance to have your say! Housing is a fundamental human need and contributes to individuals’ sense of place and belonging, which is the foundation stone of community wellbeing and cohesion. Ballina Shire Council has prepared the

draft Ballina Shire Housing Strategy to outline Council’s role in addressing local housing challenges over the next 20 years. This includes working in partnership with key stakeholders, taking a lead role in advocacy initiatives and ensuring planning controls contribute to appropriate housing outcomes reflective of the community’s needs. A series of face-toface workshops were held in 2022 involving a total of 54 participants across the Shire. A survey regarding housing issues was live for three months during 2022 and attracted 75 respondents. All this information plus technical research and demographic analysis, contained in the Background Paper, informed the Draft Ballina Shire Housing Strategy. The vision of the Draft Ballina Shire Housing Strategy is the timely delivery of housing in

the Ballina Shire that meets the needs of the local community in terms of locations, infrastructure and housing types that are resilient to change in environmental conditions and changes in household life stages. This strategy outlines four principles to guide housing development in the Ballina Shire over the next 20 years. To encourage more available housing, ensuring that a diverse range of resilient housing types are delivered in walkable neighbourhoods. MAKE A SUBMISSION Scan the QR Code or go to https://ballina. nsw.gov.au/making-asubmission

Kevin Hogan MP DANIELLA for ABC HEYWIRE

the carved-out remains of an asbestos mine.

Daniella Heywire

I recently met with Daniella from Lismore in Parliament House, our local winner in this year’s ABC Heywire & Trailblazer Competition. This is a storytelling competition from the

Its deadly legacy has drilled deep into the core of my community.” U3A NORTHERN RIVERS 30 Years The U3A Northern Rivers – Lismore

Resilient Land Program

ABC, for young people aged between 16-22 in regional, rural and remote Australia. Daniellas story focuses on her family’s connection to Baryulgil NSW and its natural beauty alongside the devastating impacts of the nearby Asbestos mine. She mentions this with “It holds breathtaking beauty in the landmarks where my ancestors have walked and swum for thousands of years” and “About a kilometre away from Baryulgil is

recently celebrated 30 years of service. A fantastic organisation for retired and semiretired people in our community. Their newly released ’30 Years On’ E-Book is available for download via their website. They play an important role in our community providing social engagement and mental stimulation. I would like to congratulate the U3A Lismore branch on 30 years and thank them for what they do in our community.

RESILIENT LAND PROGRAMS Last week the NSW Government announced the Resilient Lands Program. This is too slow for our community. Most families who were flooded have already made their decisions. They have sold and moved from the area, bought another house, sometimes back in the flood area, or continued staying in their house and are fixing it up. It will be 4 years post the disaster before anyone is relocated and living on the land recently announced. This is not This is not something we should be self-congratulating ourselves for. Releasing 400 blocks of land should be a yearly goal of councils and a normal course of business. Today’s announcement will be 4 years after the event. This is too slow for our families who were flooded 2 years ago!

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The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

10 NEWS

Thousands of rainbow lorikeets lost to disease; cause remains a mystery By Sarah Waters

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aetiology to a toxic plant.

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intensive care and

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falling in record numbers

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grading system to assess

like a fungus or bacteria.

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Rivers region.

paralysed lorikeets.

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place it in a cardboard

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October and June and

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peaks during summer.

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Byron Bay Wildlife

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to help with further

northern NSW in the past two weeks alone. The cause of the disease

Be Wildlife Aware: Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome is at its peak and is affecting thousands of wild rainbow lorikeets across the Northern Rivers. Paralysed birds need immediate veterinarian attention.

feed the birds as they might not be able to swallow. Instead, water can be left in a shallow dish near it. Birds should be taken straight to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital or call a

is still unknown.

with paralysed rainbow

usually such an energetic,

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investigations.

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lorikeets.

happy bird,” she said.

recover,” Dr Talbot said.

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mainly wild rainbow

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paralysis in their wings

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research project

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found either hopping,

the wild.”

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don’t know what is

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and film lorikeets

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and need immediate care

study has ruled out

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of them can’t swallow or

to prevent them suffering.

infectious diseases and

between Bundaberg and

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Lorikeets can fully

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in south-east Queensland and northern NSW. It has been around since the 1970s but has become more widely recognised in recent years due to

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The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

12 NEWS

A blessed 100 years for Dympna By Samantha Elley Late last month a very special lady celebrated 100 years on this earth and 74 of her family, friends and former students gathered to enjoy the day with her. Dympna Agnes Sheehy (nee Ryall) was born of Irish heritage in Glen Innes in 1924 and it was where she grew up on the family sheep station. The Great War was over and Australia was experiencing a resurgence economically and socially. For Dympna, although into her second century, has a good memory for the early years. “(My first memory) was sitting on my father’s knee,” she said. “It was before I could read as I remember saying ‘what’s that?’. “I learnt to read all the capital letters and I could read before I went to school.” In 1937 Dympna passed the Armidale Roman Catholic Diocesan Examinations with the highest marks in the whole diocese for history and geography. For this she received the Gold Medal Award. With a bright mind and a deep faith, Dympna entered the convent to become a Sister of Mercy in 1940 after she left school. Two years later she took her final vows and was professed as Sister Mary Gemma. Throughout her time in the convent, Sister Mary Gemma taught at a number of different primary schools around Grafton, Macksville, Yamba and Kyogle and even in Sydney. “I taught any subject, mainly sixth class,” she said. “Mainly in (St Brigids) Kyogle, but I taught in St Michael’s in Sydney and South Grafton.” The impression she made on her students has stayed strong throughout the

Above: Dympna (left) as a school girl

Dympna and family celebrating 100 years

years with some of them attending her 100 year celebrations, including a priest and a QC. The times were changing for the education system and when the government started funding Catholic schools, the new policy required all teachers to be tertiary qualified. “Dympna was unable to continue in her preferred teaching role,” said niece Gemma Duffy. Dympna made the hard decision to leave the convent and find ways to continue her vocation in the community.. “It was difficult to enter (the convent) and it was difficult to come out,” Dympna said with emotion. It was around this time her best friend wanted to go to Lourdes to dip in the water and Dympna went with her and her husband for three months. Sadly, soon after their return, the friend passed away and Dympna was there to help her friend’s husband, John Sheehy through his grief. John eventually asked Dympna to marry him and so began a new chapter in her life. Dympna has travelled all around the world, including Egypt with an exciting cruise down the Nile, traversing America in a

Winnebago, Vietnam, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, to visit the house where her mother had lived, and even to Israel. “I wanted to put my feet in the Jordan River,” she laughed. Ms Duffy said the many gifts Dympna received for her birthday were very thoughtful, including a special homemade Irish whiskey concoction made with local honey. “The message on the bottle said, ‘take a tablespoon every night and when you run out I’ll get a new prescription made up’,” Ms Duffy said. “That was (from) her best friend’s daughter.” Dympna also received cards from the King and Queen, Governor General, the Prime Minister and a most special blessing from Pope Francis himself. Another thoughtful gift was a framed blackboard with the names from all her students at St Bridgid’s who wanted to wish her many happy returns. There were memories from her students of Sister Gemma as a football coach, hitching up her skirts to show the kids how to kick a ball, being remembered as the first nun to drive a car and her willingness to always catch up with her students long after they had

left primary school. “One of her nicknames in the convent was ‘Tigger’,” said Ms Duffy “Because she always landed on her feet.” Dympna puts her ability to face life’s challenges in the faith she has in God. “God’s looked after me,” she said. Her love of life has been expressed in her love of people and her interest in sport and technology. “Dympna loved playing golf, tennis, and croquet ” said Ms Duffy “She is very competitive.” When her injuries meant she could no longer play active sports, Dympna developed a love of cards and board games, especially rummicub and mahjong. Dympna will also admit to playing hockey and basketball and those year six football games. Dympna is well-skilled in the internet and an avid iPhone user as well as a Facebook regular. “She still enjoys keeping in touch with her grand nieces and nephews who are now spread around the world,” said Ms Duffy. “She always provides advice or humour, or just a smiley face when we need it. “She loves Irish jokes and even now can recite one at the drop of a hat.”

Dympna and her father

Dympna also has a good set of green thumbs on her. “She was teaching the children how to garden when she worked at the Cowper orphanage,” said Ms Duffy “She got them all into the garden introduced them to gardening. The abundant produce meant they rarely had to buy vegetables and the children had fun as they learned their new skills .” After her husband’s death, Dympna moved to Ballina. She continued working in the Parish community, running a Christian meditation group, and taking a keen interest in the social justice group with special concern for refugees and the homeless. When asked the inevitable question, of what she attributes to her longevity,

Dympna has three main tips. “Good genes, a healthy lifestyle and my faith, that would be first,” she said. “God’s always come to my assistance.” The tipple of Baileys Irish Cream and an episode of Home and Away each night could be added to that list as well. An Irish joke from Dympna Mary had died and Paddy, her husband was in the pub with Mick, his friend. Mick asked, ‘How are you getting on without Mary? You must be lonely.’ ‘Oh no,’ Paddy said, ‘I bought meself a goat.’ Mick said, ‘A goat? What will you do about the smell?’ ‘Oh, she’ll have to put up with it.’ Paddy replied.

SALUTE A SENIOR Everyone knows a very special Richmond or Clarence Valley senior and now is the perfect time to put his or her name up for a special award with a nomination for the 2024 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievements Awards. To nominate your favourite senior, complete the nomination at www.richiewilliamson.com.au/nominations2024, or call my office to have one sent to you. Nominations close on Friday, 1 March. Winners of the Local Achievement Awards will be announced at local events I will host around the time of the NSW Seniors Festival, 11 to 24 March 2024.

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The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

14 NEWS

Samatha’s Book

A Myriad of Adventures for the reader Title: Expectations Author: Hugh Allan Price: $32.95 Publisher: Shawline Publishing By Samantha Elley The beauty of reading a book of short stories, is the investment time spent on one story. It’s much shorter. So if you love it, you will devour it quickly. If you don’t love it so much, it’s over quicker than a normal novel. With Hugh Allan’s book of short stories called Expectations, there is something for everyone. From going on a bizarre jaunt from England to Hong Kong, Japan and Indonesia, to travelling to the Amazon jungles for another unusual adventure. We then head to Antarctica with four scientists who also make it to Jupiter and back, making them wonder if all was right with the world! We then follow James Banock, who collects

British munitions from Scotland to Norway. As he crosses the North Sea that’s where the action begins to happen and Banock is facing a life and death situation. The author then shares a time of youth and exploration back in 1967 through a car trip around Australia. This is a book with no expectations needed. Just open, start reading and enjoy! As a retired scientist, Hugh Allan and his family have done a lot of travelling, both around Australia and across the world. He is an active member of the Bush Poets Association, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland and the Australian Association of Authors. His first novel, High Latitude for Dying, was also published by Shawline Publishing. He has an ebook, The Sun Coming Up is Like Gold, a book of outback verse also available. You can order your copy of Expectations through shawlinepublishing.com. au

A fairer housing system for NSW The NSW Government is today releasing a discussion paper and seeking community input which will inform a comprehensive review of Short-Term rental Accommodation (STRA) in the Lismore electorate. This is an important next step as the NSW Government continues to look at ways to address the housing crisis in NSW. Led by the Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness Rose Jackson, the four-week public consultation opens today with the release of a discussion paper and an online questionnaire. Through this review the NSW Government will work with all stakeholders to ensure outcomes contribute meaningfully to increasing housing affordability, and stability in the Lismore Electorate. Specific feedback which will be sought and considered throughout this process includes: • The adequacy of the STRA planning and regulatory framework, and options for improvement. • Potential policy options, including measures to incentivise property investors to make properties available for long-term rental accommodation. In NSW, housing affordability and availability are at their lowest levels in decades. Even though NSW has the largest population, it is last on the east coast when it comes to housing completion.

Building approvals and construction activity have slowed while build costs have skyrocketed. Rental vacancies are low and there are more than 55,000 people on the waitlist for social housing. This week alone, two independent reports highlighted the magnitude of the housing crisis facing Australia’s most populous state. Whilst an analysis by Homelessness NSW showed that homelessness has risen across 58 of the state’s 128 local government areas in the past year alone. The NSW Government is taking action to strike the right balance between supporting our local communities, supporting the visitor economy and jobs, whilst addressing the homelessness, housing and rental crisis. Whilst the review and potential reform of STRA alone is not a silver bullet, it is an important step towards fixing existing structural issues in the housing market. All options are on the table in this review and the NSW Government looks forward to seeing extensive feedback from industry as well as the community. Visit the website https://www. planningportal.nsw. gov.au/draftplans/ exhibition/discussionpaper-short-andlong-term-rentalaccommodation for more information and to have your say. Please note that the link will

be live at 8am. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said: “We’re in a housing crisis, so it’s important we look at every available option to boost housing supply, including a shift from non-hosted short-term rentals to long term rental. “We’ve already endorsed the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) recommendation to tighten the cap on some non-hosted short-term rentals in Byron Shire, and other recommendations made by the IPC will be considered as part of this broader STRA review.” Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Rose Jackson said: “We’re determined to do everything we can to tackle the housing crisis and put every part of the housing market under the microscope for options to encourage a greater supply of long-term rental accommodation. “All options are on the table and we are keen to hear from the community on how various aspects of regulatory and revenue measures can be designed to get the best outcome.” “This review will inform our approach to make better use of all forms of housing, including short term rentals, vacant property and holiday homes. “This includes looking at ways to move some of this housing to the longterm rental market and to minimise its negative

impacts on the housing market as well as what we can do to support homelessness services across NSW.” Janelle Saffin said: “Locally we are looking for ways to get more housing -increase supply- that pushes rents down and starts to address the systemic housing crisis.” “The fact the NSW Government is seeking ways to better balance housing affordability for people in in the Lismore Electorate is welcome.” “A major cause of poor housing affordability is the long-term lack of supply which cannot be turned around overnight. It equates with the increased demand for social housing and for people sleeping rough, on the streets, in cars, and from place to place.” “We already know that Byron Shire has the highest amount of people sleeping rough and as the discussion paper says, …sleeping rough has surpassed the City of Sydney as the local government area with the most people sleeping rough in NSW in 2023.” “This is an opportunity to have a say over the future of short-term rental rules in Lismore Electorate. It is one of a number of actions underway to address the housing and homelessness crisis. I encourage everyone to participate.” “All levers need to be pulled to tackle the dearth of housing and homelessness reform.” “All levers need to be pulled to tackle housing reform.”

Community invited to mark the two-year flood anniversary The community is warmly invited to join us in commemorating the two-year anniversary of the 2022 flood event that deeply impacted the Northern Rivers region. This free event will take place at Brunswick Heads on Wednesday, February 28th, from 3 pm to 6 pm, near the Sound Shell. Mayor Michael Lyon of Byron Shire emphasized

the importance of coming together to provide mutual support and reflect on the journey of the past two years. He stated, “Many residents of Byron Shire were profoundly affected by the natural disasters of 2022. It’s crucial that we recognize this significant anniversary and acknowledge that many in our community are still in the process of

recovery.” Mayor Lyon encouraged everyone to join in and reflect on the flood event and the ongoing recovery efforts. “While progress has been made, we recognize that there is still much work to be done on this journey,” he added. The flood anniversary event will offer various activities, including the opportunity to create

symbolic art pieces from natural materials, listen to inspiring guest speakers, and enjoy live music and light refreshments. Support services will be available throughout the day, and the event is proudly sponsored by the New South Wales and Australian Governments. For more information, please visit the QR Code below.



The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

16 NEWS

“Leemo has views on just about anything”

THINGS DON’T “ALWAYS” go smoothly in our house.

‘Leemo Cat’ back. I made an astute feline decision to avoid ‘Mum Jane’ quite some days ago. I clearly know from experience she can be crabby, but her demeanour in the past week has gone beyond all her previous scores in the crabby ratings. So, I’M only speaking when she speaks to ME, and am spending as much time as I can up a tree, under our house, meeting with my buddies, or simply sleeping. I DID try addressing the situation with a comforting ‘Sonto-Mum’ chat; kinda along the following lines. ‘Mum, how come you’re more crabby than ever lately; you know you can confide in me; I shall endeavour to offer advice and soothe your, hmmm, ‘troubled’ mind. And, here, dearest Mum is a nice cup of tea, 2 bikkies and a Bex powder to assist.’ Well, my caring offer to assist was quickly diminished by a scowl from hell followed by a shouting torrent of words. ‘LEEMO, please comprehend what has happened in the past week or so in my life? Just listen to the chronicle of misery that has befallen me. The jam I was making for a CWA judging boiled over. It ran all over the top of our stove, down the sides, and on to the floor. If you, Leems, had walked in, your paws would have been burnt off and you would have been stuck to the kitchen floor ‘till the Ambulance arrived to un-stick you. (The jam truly did, however, jell beautifully!!) Then I had to spend hours cleaning sticky jam off kitchen areas & start all over again. Then, my computer decided it didn’t

want to play or do things any more ‘cos it was tired or something. Then, the wool binding I’m doing on a wooden elephant (super-glue) stuck to my fingers and glued me to the elephant instead of the wool. Then my landline phone stopped. Then, someone I was trying to help accused me of being a bully. Then, my TV decided it didn’t have Wi-Fi any more so I couldn’t watch the TV stuff I really like. So, Leems, my mood is quite justifiable so suck it up!’ Oh Dear, it truly is time to bring my enviable feline wisdom to the attention of the silly old woman; make her count her blessings. ‘OK MUM, just shut up & stop whingeing NOW! (OMG, she did!) Take a deep breath, think about, and TELL me in TRUTH the GOOD stuff that has taken place in your life this past week...gottit?’ (Her countenance distorted with a look scarey to behold!) ‘Come on Mum, spill it.’ She squirmed and spoke sheepishly. ‘Hmmmm…oh, OK Leems. Yep, some nifty things HAVE happened. My sister-in-law Mandy in the UK is OK from a truly awful health scare. My lovely friend Alan patiently helped me with computer issues. Great buddies defended me against the bullying stuff. My latest jam has turned out yummily. Michael my amazing garden help person performed a miracle in my back yard. I had lunch with my lovely friend Kris. I managed to un-glue myself from the wooden elephant with the help of acetone; all is good! (The elephant!) (Not my fingers!) The corned beef I cooked last night was SO SO yummy. My chopping up of stuff to make mustard pickles for another CWA judging has gone a treat. It has to sit overnite now! My ‘trimmed’ hedge (all my own work) looks nifty. Hmmmm! OK, you are wise, Leems my beloved boy thank you. I can be a bit of a drama Queen can’t I?’ (I silently thought YES YES you bloody well ARE!) She picked me up and I got many brushes, rubs & hugs which I deserve. Then TREATS! Yippee! Nite with purrsies, Leemo.

The ‘purple plague’ threatening our rainforests. Rous County Council (Rous) is pro-actively taking steps to protect rainforests in the Northern Rivers region from Miconia - a highly invasive weed species that can cause devastating environmental damage if not reported in time. Rous has launched a public awareness campaign asking the Northern Rivers community to contact them immediately with potential Miconia sightings. Miconia quickly forms monocultures by shading out its competitors. It has caused widespread damage to rainforests internationally and is growing in the northern parts of Australia. Although Miconia it is not currently established in New South Wales (NSW), it continues to be a serious environmental and economic risk to the region, according to Rhett Patrick, Weed Biosecurity and Bush Regeneration Manager, Rous County Council. “Our Biosecurity team at Rous are dedicated to preventing Miconia from establishing locally and ruining our pristine

rainforests, including the World Heritage-listed Big Scrub and Border Ranges National Park among many other important environmental sites,” Rhett Patrick said. “Miconia thrives in tropical and subtropical areas. Our climate and terrain in the Northern Rivers provide the perfect environmental conditions for a potential outbreak. “Commonly known as the ‘purple plague’ in Hawaii, it has wiped out natural forests by

replacing the native vegetation. In Tahiti, it is estimated that Miconia has destroyed and invaded 65% of the island and endemic plant species are now directly endangered.” Miconia seedlings are spread by birds that eat the fruit. A mature Miconia tree can flower and fruit three times per year producing up to five million seeds. These seeds can remain viable in the soil bank for up to 16 years. Since 2003 almost 200

seedlings have been collected by Rous’ Weed Biosecurity Officers in the Northern Rivers. “Although 200 known plants doesn’t seem like many, given how long the Miconia seeds remain dormant and how quickly it takes over, we cannot let our guard down. “With the outbreaks our partners in Queensland are facing, we must ensure we continue to stay vigilant and prevent it from also taking hold in the Northern Rivers, NSW. “However, we cannot take on this challenge alone. We need our community’s help with finding new, potential, locations so we can continue to stay on-top of this weed. “If you think you may have seen Miconia growing in NSW, please contact Rous right away so we can stay one step ahead and stop the spread.” To report potential sightings, the community is encouraged to call Rous on (02) 6623 3800 or visit: www.rous.gov.au/ miconia

DO YOU KNOW A YEAR 10 OR 11 STUDENT IN THE CLARENCE OR RICHMOND VALLEY WHO LOVES BOTH HISTORY AND TRAVEL? The NSW Government is sending a group of students on a scholarship study tour to Japan to learn more about the history of Australians at war, and Nationals MP for Clarence, Richie Williamson would love to see as many Year 10 or 11 history students from Clarence and Richmond valley schools apply and be in the running for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Mr Williamson said the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship gives NSW Year 10 and 11 history students the opportunity to travel on a study tour in the Term 3 school holidays to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at

war. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students with a keen interest in history to be in the running to embark on a tour with a military historian and visit significant historical sites and learn more about and commemorate the service of Australian men and women in the World Wars and other conflicts,” Mr Williamson said. “I’d love to see a Clarence or Richmond valley student selected to represent the community and embark on this tour and gain a better understanding of the Anzac legacy.” Mr Williamson said as part of the application, students are required to submit a 1000-word essay in response to the

following question: The Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park was designed by architect Charles Bruce Dellit who said that it was an expression of ‘those nobler attributes of human nature which the tragedy of Nations so vividly brought forth – Courage, Endurance and Sacrifice.’ Using examples, explain how Australians have shown courage, endurance and sacrifice in wars and peacekeeping operations. Using examples, describe how these values inspire you and explain why you think it is important to learn about the commemorate service.

“Successful applicants will have a remarkable educational opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs and enhance their understanding of a legacy that has shaped Australia’s military story,” Mr Williamson said. Applications are now open and close on 3 March 2024. Further information around applying can be found via the QR Code below.


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February 22, 2024!!!

18 NEWS Integrity is a verb…by Nigel Dawe

IT’S fascinating, out of all the qualities that define the most admirable human beings, it is integrity that out-gleams all other ‘indicators’ of character, like a phosphorescent fish in a raging surf at midnight. But it is also the one that most disappears within the blurb of verbal parroting, and one that exclusively reveals itself – via deeds, and deeds alone. The truly impressive individual with unquestioned integrity is sadly, and most often, the least prevalent type of person in any room; akin to the athlete that goes to an Olympic Games, this doesn’t automatically make them a gold medallist. Having integrity is very similar, its worth and prestige comes from the actual proving of it as a strength, not in the mere display or referencing of it as such. Relatedly, the word integrity itself comes from the Latin ‘integer’ which means ‘whole, complete or unbroken’; in ancient Roman times, when daily inspections of soldiers were conducted, they would strike their right fist across the armour on their chest and shout “integritas”, confirming that their breastplate was sound, and their body, mind and hearts too. I’ve often thought how would a Donald Trump appear if he were to somehow be in the same room as Abraham Lincoln, America’s most revered President of all time. No less than Ralph Waldo Emerson once said of Lincoln, “He had a face and manner which disarmed suspicion, which inspired confidence, which confirmed goodwill. He was a man without vices.

He had a strong sense of duty, which it was very easy for him to obey… This man was sound to the core, cheerful, persistent… he had a vast good nature, which made him tolerant and accessible to all.” Like just about anything in life, maybe integrity has reached its used by date, has it somehow ‘gone off’, what does it even stand for if it doesn’t incite an all-out, non-negotiable defence of it? That ‘qualities’ like dishonesty, deceit and flagrant self-righteousness have somehow replaced it in the public appeal stakes, is just as much a shame, as it is a shameful reflection of where we are at as a society, let alone as individuals. Not unlike a beacon that has lit the way from the earliest days of Western civilisation, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once noted, “Allow yourself to think only those thoughts that match your principles and can bear the bright light of day. Day by day, your choices, your thoughts, your actions fashion the person you become. Your integrity determines your destiny.” You’re ultimate worth, reputational standing, and credibility too. So often in life, it’s not easy, or even seemingly practical to do the right thing, but taking that challenge and proving that you have the fortitude to do so, is its own reward, albeit irreversible blessing. As Erik Pevernagie once reflected, “If we remain rooted in our integrity and envision life in its intense, original beauty, we can create an authentic mindset allowing us to surf freely on the waves of our aspirations.”

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NSW Health has issued a measles alert for residents in northern NSW following confirmation of one measles case. The individual recently returned from Asia, where measles outbreaks have been ongoing, particularly in countries such as Pakistan and India. Those who may have been exposed to the virus are urged to monitor for symptoms. Locations where exposure may have occurred include: • The Singh Company school bus route in the Murwillumbah area on Monday, February 5th, for both morning and afternoon trips. • Murwillumbah Hospital’s Emergency Department on Friday, February 9th, between

1:15 pm and 4:00 pm. • Murwillumbah Hospital’s Emergency Department on Saturday, February 10th, between 12:15 pm and 8:00 pm. Dr. Valerie Delpech, North Coast Regional Director of Population and Public Health, reassured the public that while these locations do not pose an ongoing risk, individuals who visited them should remain vigilant for symptoms. Measles symptoms typically include fever, runny nose, sore eyes, and a cough, followed by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head to the body. The disease spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and symptoms can appear between 7 and 18 days after exposure. Dr. Delpech

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SECONDARY COLLEGE KADINA HIGH CAMPUS

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Riley Harlow - School Captain “As school captain for 2024, I will work to support students and staff in building meaningful relationships and improving the vibrant Kadina High Campus community. I am excited to use this role to the benefit of all my peers, to act as a positive role model as well as a friend and leader to all students. In this role, I will develop leadership skills to draw on in future, and hope to use these skills for the betterment of our school.” Chloe Allen - School Captain “School captain for 2024 is a title I am very honoured to have been given. This year I hope to be a person that will listen and that others are easily able to talk to and share their ideas with. School captain has given me the opportunity to further my connection with the school and students and better my leadership abilities. Given this opportunity, I am positive we will be able to make improvements to our school where needed and strengthen our school community.”

Aaron Everson - School Captain “I believe I have been chosen to represent my school because of my school spirit and passion for the school along with my great leadership skills. Ever since the 2022 floods, I feel that Richmond River High Campus has come together as a community, and our campus is a diverse and inclusive community, which is why parents want to send their children to our school. I believe that community is not the only thing holding our school together, it is our school culture and traditions that have kept us stable through the years. Throughout my schooling years I have participated in all sporting events, giving me the passion I have for sport in all aspects of my life. So I feel like after my schooling is complete, I want to find employment in the sporting industry where I can help young athletes achieve their dreams.” Natalia Hickling- School Captain “Being the school captain at Richmond River High Campus means the world to me as it signifies not just a title, but a commitment to leading by example and fostering a positive and inclusive environment within our school community. I am honoured and excited to represent our school because it allows me to contribute to the voice and growth of my fellow students. Being in this role means embracing the responsibility to inspire others, be a role model to other indigenous students and work collaboratively to make our educational journey memorable and exciting for everyone. Still after several years in school, I am still deciding what to do with my journey after completing year 12. It’s never too late to start something but being the school leader has improved my self-confidence and determination to achieve greater opportunities.”

Jethro Bolliger - School Captain “Being elected as one of the leaders of Lismore High Campus allows me to represent our school in a positive light. I am immensely proud of our school and even more proud to be the school captain. Lismore High is a place with fantastic staff who provide many opportunities and extracurricular activities that make it enjoyable and outstanding. Through the role of school captain, I wish to advocate a voice for our student body that gets heard and makes change. By being punctual, reliable and honest, I hope to be an ideal role model and further resonate our school motto, “let us be judged by our actions”, within the wider community. My primary goal as school captain is to foster a healthy learning and social environment where all feel welcome so we can achieve our best both inside and outside the classroom. Next year, I hope to enter university and further pursue my studies. I look forward to representing our school and am excited about the year ahead.” Katie Johnson - School Captain “I’m extremely excited to be elected as one of the School Captains at Lismore High Campus, as it allows me to be a positive role model, create a lasting positive change and to represent Lismore High to the best of my ability. Within my role as Captain, I aim to promote and advocate for the importance of the student voice and to make sure everyone’s voices within the school community are heard. I am so proud to be elected as school captain at Lismore High Campus, with all the incredible opportunities, outstanding learning facilities and amazing staff. To me, being a role model for the school means being respectful, hard working and reliable, and trying my best to upload and portray our school motto “Spectemur Agendo”, meaning, “Let us be judged by our actions”. Next year, I would like to further my education at university and pursue my passion in Veterinary Medicine. Lismore High has done so much for me over the past 5 years and I feel it is now my time to give back to the school community by being the best leader I can be.”

Equity, Excellence & Engagement The Rivers Secondary College consists of three campuses: Kadina High, Lismore High and Richmond River High. The college focus is on working together to ensure every student is safe, supported and successful with a bright future. Our structures enable students to excel in academic, sporting, cultural and extra-curricular endeavours that may otherwise not have been available to them. While each of our campuses have their own special flavour and areas of strength, what links us is that The Rivers Secondary College is the heart of secondary education for Lismore. Bree Harvey-Bice Relieving Executive Principal

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The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

22 MEET NEWS THE CAPTAINS SCHOOL FEATURE

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MEET THE CAPTAINS OF CASINO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OUR SENIOR CAPTAINS

Left to right: Isaiah Hull, Matthew Behrens, Julia Rankin, Tess Jackett CAPTAINS: Julia Rankin Has been a student with Casino Christian School since Year 7 and travels from out of town to come to School. Julia is in Year 12 and is studying Physics and Business Studies for her HSC. She is a diligent student and exhibits many qualities of a

good leader. Matthew Behrens Matt comes from a local farming family and has been a student at Casino Christian School for all of his school life. Matt has a strong work ethic and is completing his HSC studying Advanced Maths, Information Processes

and Technology and is doing Modern History through Distance Ed. FORMAL COORDINATOR: Tess Jackett Tess is a Casino local and has been with CCS since Year 4. She has long had a passion for organising the Year 12 Formal, and has made good progress

for this year already. Tess is completing her HSC this year and has studied Graphic Technologies and Legal Studies through Distance Ed. ASSEMBLY COORDINATOR: Isaiah Hull Isaiah has been a student at Casino Christian School

since Year 7, when he and his family moved to Casino. He is keen to make his mark in the organisation of our School Assemblies and has the skills required to do so. Isaiah is completing his HSC studying Advanced Mathematics and Software Design through Distance Ed.

to show a servant heart in leadership. Mikayla Hartley Mikayla loves to see everyone included and is passionate about sponsoring and fundraising. PRIMARY LEADERS (SRC) Esther Callaghan-Lake

Lietta McElligott-Nott Esther & Lietta are caring students who are passionate about sharing the Student Representative Council’s ideas for student wellbeing, fundraising and general improvements around the school

OUR PRIMARY CAPTAINS

Left to right back row: Ollie Fisher, Rory Galligan, Lietta McElligott-Nott Front: Frankie Benn-van Beers, Mikayla Hartley, Esther Callaghan-Lake PRIMARY CAPTAINS: Frankie Benn-van Beers Frankie has been a student at Casino Christian School since Kindergarten. She has shown integrity and the characteristics of a good leader, and has been involved in a number of school

community activities including a lead role in last year’s school play. Ollie Fisher Ollie joined Casino Christian School early last year, but has proved himself well in being suitable as a school leader. Ollie has shown that he has a heart

for student wellbeing and will regularly be looking out for his peers. PRIMARY VICE CAPTAINS: Rory Galligan Rory has been a kind and thoughtful student in the Primary School and seeks

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The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

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Greens back community demands for fully funded flood recovery, as two-year anniversary approaches Greens representatives and local candidate joined a community meeting to seek additional funding for the Resilient Homes Program, as thousands of flood survivors continue to go without buybacks, retrofits and raises nearly two years after the devastating floods of 2022. The Greens MPs and candidate in attendance include: • Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Disaster Relief Spokesperson • Mandy Nolan, Greens candidate for Richmond • Sue Higginson MLC, NSW Greens North Coast Spokesperson, and • Amanda Cohn MLC, NSW Greens Emergency Services Spokesperson. In December of last year, 38 community groups signed an open letter demanding $700m in additional funding for the Resilient Homes Program from state and federal Labor governments, as well as a clear timeline for delivery and better communication from the NSW Reconstruction Authority. Following the 2023 state election, Premier Chris Minns acknowledged that “$1.6

million was promised” to the Resilient Homes and Lands Programs. And yet, nearly two years on from the floods, an estimated three-quarters of flood survivors have been deemed ineligible for the Program due to a $700m shortfall in funding. Only 8% of applicants have been declared eligible in Byron Shire. Despite Premier Minns promising to seek further funds from the federal Labor government, local Labor MP Justine Elliot maintains the state government has not requested further funding. The Greens are calling for state and federal governments to announce the promised $700 million in funding for buybacks, retrofits and raises before the two-year flood anniversary on February 28th. Quotes attributable

to Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina: “Why is it that our community has to do the heavy lifting again and again when it comes to demanding the flood recovery we were promised and that has still not been delivered?” “In the two years since the catastrophic flood events there have been less than 10 families in my electorate supported by the Resilient Homes program!” “I’m in awe of the resilience of our community and their determination to stand up for the support they deserve and I’ve got their back 100%.” “We will not stop standing up on this issue. Just last week, I questioned the Premier on this funding shortfall and I will keep the pressure up alongside our incredible community.” Quotes attributable to Mandy Nolan,

Greens candidate for Richmond: “It was incredible to sit with the flood-affected community today and work together to find the best way to hold our governments to account and get a fully funded flood recovery for our region,” said Mandy. “In just a couple of weeks, it will have been 2 years since the floods, 2 years since those whose homes were flooded were promised financial support to recover. Thousands of those people are still waiting. “We’ve got state and federal Labor governments that could fix the funding shortfall in a heartbeat but they simply refuse. The biggest takeaway from today was that we need to keep putting pressure on the government to provide the funding we were promised. “The Greens stand

behind the community’s demands for the State and Federal Government to jointly fund the resilient homes program so that all 6,000 applicants receive support. “Our federal Member for Richmond needs to join the calls of our community and demand the State Government act to fully fund our recovery instead of passing the buck. Quotes attributable to, Sue Higginson, Greens NSW MP: “The NSW Labor Government has failed to deliver on their commitments to fully support flood-impacted residents in the Northern Rivers.” “Here in the Northern Rivers we have been through hell, and making things worse is the continued failure of the Government to facilitate and fund the communityled recovery we need and

have been demanding.” “Climate impacted communities are being failed by both sides of politics, with Labor and the Nationals more interested in giving billions to fossil fuel interests while drip feeding funds for disaster recovery.” “We need a radical shift in focus from the Government, who are insistent on top-down approaches which are focussed on quick fixes and continuing to allow development in highrisk areas, to putting communities, safety and the environment first.” “Climate change is here, it is not going to go away, and disasters will become more intense and more frequent. The Government needs to work with our communities to get this right, for all of our sakes.” Quotes attributable to Amanda Cohn, Greens NSW MP: “The Northern Rivers region is a model for the strength of communityled disaster recovery and resilience. It’s past time for the state and federal government to get behind this approach which will benefit many more disaster-impacted communities in future”

Lismore Council Urges Immediate Removal of Terania Street Bridge Lismore City Council is urgently advocating for the removal of the 130-year-old Terania Street Bridge, owned by Transport for NSW, citing significant disruptions and safety concerns. Following a resolution passed at the October 2023 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council is urging Transport for NSW to expedite the removal of not only the Terania Street Bridge but also several other bridges under their ownership, including those on Union Street, Frank Street, Crane Street, Alexandria Parade, and Winterton Parade.

Mayor Steve Krieg emphasized the crucial role of Terania Street in connecting residents to the Lismore CBD,

highlighting the frequent road closures due to vehicle collisions and structural issues with the bridge. He pointed to a

recent incident as further evidence of the urgent need for action. “We’re currently awaiting decisions

from Transport for NSW regarding our plan to remove the Terania Street Bridge and other rail bridges,”

Mayor Krieg said. “We appreciate the community’s patience and support as we work towards making our City safer and more accessible for everyone.” The Terania Street Bridge, built in 1894, was heritage-listed in 1999 due to its unique construction and design, particularly in a floodprone area. Currently, Terania Street is closed at the railway bridge, with detours established for vehicles via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road, and for pedestrians and cyclists via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.


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February 22, 2024!!!

RECENT CATTLE MARKET REPORTS

LISMORE OFF THE RAILS BY GLENN WEIR CATTLE MARKET REPORT 13TH FEBRUARY 2024 LISMORE SALE YARDS 400 cattle were sold at the Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday 13th February 2024. It was a pretty good yarding of cattle with some

WARWICK MC DOUGALL & SONS LIVESTOCK MARKETS WARWICK AND DISTRICT W/E 16/02/2024 Numbers were up for both cattle and sheep this week as vendors moved stock to meet the market. The good fresh types were still consistent with previous sales and the lighter feed- on or replacement stock was firm according to finish type and presentation. Lambs were still in good demand fo the finished articles with mutton the only category to fall rapidly according to finish. Pork numbers were up along with the usual poultry supplies. Vealer steers av 364.9c/kg topping at 725.2c/kg or $797.53 to $2028.86 Vealer heifers av 284.6c/kg topping at 410.2c/kg or $646.71 to $1242.69 Feeder steers av 348.2c/kg topping at 400c/kg or $1287.87 to $1800.52 Feeder heifers av 298.4c/kg topping at 356.2c/kg or $979.78 to $1217.37 Yearling steers av 332.3c/kg topping at 468.2c/kg or $1001.88 to $2200.54 Yearling heifers av 293.9c/kg topping at 468.2c/kg or $920.14 to $1825.98 Steers av 328.3c/kg topping at 371.2c/kg or $1485.62 to $2341.44 Heifers av 275.9c/kg topping at 388.2c/kg or $1122.30 to $1959.68 Manufacturing Steers av 224.6c/kg topping at 235.2c/

good heavy cows, a few light ones and a good range of weaners/vealers. The cow market, in keeping with sales in other areas was 20c to 30c per kilo cheaper than the very good sale held in Lismore 2 weeks ago. Heavy cows sold from $2.30 to $2.42 per kg for returns of $1,100 to $1,562. Secondary cows sold from $1.90 to $2.20 per kg. There were some very good lines of heavy weaners weighing in excess of 300kg. Prices for these ranged from $2.85 to $3.96 per kg, for returns of $920 to $1,313.

Good quality steers weighing from 210 to 280kg sold from $3.60 to $4.15 per kg. Heifers sold at cheaper rates with most in the $2.75 to $3.00 per kg range.

kg or $1074.50 to $1288.00 Cows av 238.6c/kg topping at 278.2c/kg or $1211.84 to $1823.04 Bulls av 269.2c/kg topping at 306.2c/kg or $1284.95 to $2929.44 Lambs topped at $177 to av $108.15 ($10/head down) Hoggets topped at $84 to average $45.51 ($22/head down) Ewes topped at $55 to average $26.63 ($16/head down) Wethers topped at $80 to av $64.22 ($1/head down) Rams topped at $205 to av $34.27 ($25/head down) Lamb rams topped at $158 to av $80.95 ($19/head up ) The total yarding of 3245 head av $69.27 a fall of $15/ head week on week. Sows sold from $78 to $230, Boars to $210, Stores from $40 to $192 Groups of Guinea fowl sold to $35, chickens to $25, Ducklings to $12.80, Duck & Duckling to $50, Drakes to $20, Hens to $20 Roosters to $10, Pullets to $25, Silkys to $20

down), wethers topped at $80 to av $64.22 ($1 down), Rams topped at $205 to av $34.27 ($25 down), Lamb rams topped at $158 to av $80.95 ($19 up). The total yarding which was drawn from South West , Western Qld as well as local and New England vendors saw a drop in value of $15/ head compared to last weeks yarding.

MC DOUGALL & SONS SHEEP AND LAMB REPORT Agents were kept busy with 3245 head meeting the market . The lamb and mutton market was firm for the export weights and considerably lower for the trade and feed on types, good light lambs for feedlots were in a better market as well, but they had to have finish and freshness. Light mutton was the main loser today as we saw ewe prices fall to $2/head . Lambs topped at $177 to av $108.15 ($10/head down), hoggets topped at $84 to av $45.51 ($22 down), Ewes topped at $55 to av $26.63 ($16

BEEF BREEDER SALE - SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY Don’t forget the breeder sale on this Saturday at the Lismore Saleyards, commencing at 9am. A good line up of cows and calves and preg tested heifers and cows will be on offer.

Greenup Maryland P/S sold Dorset lambs 52.7kg to Thomas Foods for $155 Paul Stark sold Dorper lambs 56.6kg to Thomas Foods for $165 Robert Goldsmith sold Dorper lambs 51.4kg to Warwick Meats for $150, Rams for $56 Armstrong Family sold Dorper lambs 50.7kg to GR Prime for $150, to Mc Mahon Bros for $150, 48.5kg to Mc Mahon Bos for $147 Warren & Wendy Schelbach sold Dorper lambs 43kg to Jock Young Meats for $146 Kim Aisthorpe sold Dorper lambs 46.4kg to Mc Mahon Bros for $148, 44.7kg to Jock Young Meats for $136, hoggets to restockers for $81 Richard & Beatrice Mc Dougall sold Dorper lambs 50.1kg to Thomas Foods for $150 Rory & Kathy Frost sold Dorper lambs 45.1kg to Mc Mahon Bros for $152 William Pechey sold Dorper lambs 52.5kg to Warwick Meats for $120, hoggets 57kg to Eversons for $52, Wethers to Thomas Foods for $48, Ewes to Thomas Foods for $48, Ewes to Eversons for $15 Blask Engineering sold Dorper lambs 44.2kg to Carey Bros for $106, 34.1kg to restockers for $57, 27kg to restockers for $42

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Ghost, a diligent biosecurity detector dog From cover page

his unwavering dedication to his duty

An international student

and the critical role he

faced a significant

plays in safeguarding

setback upon arrival at

Australia’s borders.

Adelaide Airport this week, as their visa was

Fast Facts:

abruptly cancelled, and

they were slapped with

2.5-year-old male

a hefty infringement

labrador who graduated

notice of $3,756. Their

his biosecurity detector

offense? Attempting to

dog training in

sneak in more than 2kg

November 2022.

of cooked meat, eggs,

and frangipani flowers

of the 11 detector

into Australia.

dogs currently in

The student’s illicit

operation that have

cargo was swiftly

been funded through

detected by the sharp

the government’s $11.7

senses of Ghost, a diligent biosecurity

Hutchison reiterated

detector dog teams in

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biosecurity risk items,

that transparency is

safeguarding Australia’s

year alone. Funded

including over 19,000 at

through an $11.7 million

Adelaide Airport alone.

detector dog, who

Ghost is a

Ghost is one

million Detector Dog Capability Increase budget measure.

expertly sniffed out the

prohibited items at the

detector dogs that were

airport’s baggage claim

funded through the

area. Working alongside

budget measure will be

his handler, Rebecca,

delivered before the end

Ghost’s keen nose led to

of 2024.

the discovery of 2.7kg of

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cooked meat, suspected

detector dog handlers

to be pork, along with

for the program have

301g of cooked egg,

been recruited.

and 6 fresh frangipani

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flowers. None of these

handlers have finished

items had been declared

their training and been

All 20 additional

18 of the 20

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by the traveller on their

key, urging travellers

agricultural industries,

investment, Ghost is

Ghost’s exemplary

deployed and the other

Incoming Passenger

to truthfully declare

food supply chain,

one of 11 detector dogs

performance underscores

12 are undergoing or

Card.

all items to biosecurity

environment, and way

currently in operation,

the invaluable

about to commence

The severity of the

their training.

situation escalated

when the passenger

of deployment, Ghost

was referred to the

intercepted 194 travellers

Australian Border

and mail articles entering

Force, which upheld

Australia, totalling 381

the recommendation of

biosecurity risk items

biosecurity officers to

seized. This includes:

cancel the student’s visa.

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Deputy Secretary

products

of Biosecurity and

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104 fruit products

In his first year

111 animal

Compliance, Tina

officers upon arrival.

of life.

with plans for 20

contribution of detector

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62 plant products

Hutchison, emphasized

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Ghost, a 2.5-year-old

additional dogs to be

dogs in preserving

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38 vegetable

the importance of

travellers that honesty

male Labrador, is

deployed by the end of

Australia’s biosecurity.

products

travellers adhering to

during declaration would

a testament to the

2024.

Ghost’s remarkable

o

biosecurity regulations

not result in penalties

success of Australia’s

In 2023, biosecurity

achievements include

by declaring all food,

under the Biosecurity

detector dog program,

officers across

intercepting various

of items Ghost has

animals, plants, and

Act 2015, highlighting

having stopped nearly

Australia’s international

prohibited items such

intercepted include

seeds on their Incoming

the vital role of frontline

400 biosecurity risk

airports intercepted

as sausages, guava, and

sausages, guava and pork

Passenger Card.

biosecurity officers and

items from entering

nearly 400,000

pork floss, demonstrating

floss.

66 other products Some examples


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February 22, 2024!!!

BlazeAid Encourages Farmers to Seek Assistance for Fence Repairs Since BlazeAid resumed its operations in Lismore in October 2023, the volunteer organization has made significant strides in repairing damaged fences and structures on 46 properties affected by the 2022 natural disaster. As their lease at the Greyhound track is set to expire in March, BlazeAid Camp Coordinator Gary Lawrence is urging any farmer still requiring assistance to register with the group promptly to capitalize on the available support. “We have a team of volunteers ready and equipment on hand, so we just need properties identified that are in need of our assistance,” he emphasized. “It would be regrettable if anyone in need

missed out because they underestimated the significance of the damage. Our services extend beyond cattle fencing to include stock containment and boundary fencing, among other things.”

He added, “Recently, our team helped straighten an elderly lady’s gate, highlighting that our support extends beyond traditional fencing repairs.” “We have restored over 22 kilometres of

fencing and cleared approximately 11 kilometres of land to aid farmers in their recovery efforts.” Mayor Steve Krieg commended the remarkable work done by BlazeAid volunteers

in helping farmers rebound from the 2022 natural disaster, as well as the 2019 bushfires. “While much media attention focused on the CBD and residences post-disaster, BlazeAid stepped up to assist

our farmers. We are immensely grateful for their contributions,” he stated. “Since establishing their base in Lismore, they have made significant strides, and I encourage any landholder still requiring assistance to reach out to Gary Lawrence or visit their base camp at the Greyhound track.” BlazeAid was founded in 2009 by Kevin and Rhonda Butler following the Black Saturday bushfires. After the 2019 North Coast bushfires, BlazeAid established operations near Casino to aid local farmers in refencing their paddocks. To register your property or volunteer with BlazeAid, contact Gary Lawrence at 0427 390 851.

Hazards Near Me updates to include severe weather warnings The New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has launched the inclusion of severe weather warnings as part of the Hazards Near Me NSW App and Hazard Watch. Developed in partnership with the Department of Customer Service, the update to include another hazard will ensure more communities across NSW will be prepared during weather events. Minister for Emergency

Services, Jihad Dib said the expansion of the app’s hazards was timely given we’re in the middle of Storm Season, which runs from September to March and typically sees an increase in storm activity. “Severe weather warnings and alerts are now available immediately on your phone or device. This is in addition to the warnings and alerts for fires, floods and tsunami that are already available

on the platform,” Minister Dib said. “We know February is typically the busiest month for the NSW SES,

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and in February 2023, the NSW SES responded to 9,288 calls to the State Operations Centre. More than 4,200 of those calls were for storm damage in communities across the state. “This is why it’s so important to have severe weather warnings included as part of the suite of warnings available on the Hazards Near Me NSW app, Hazard Watch and the NSW SES website.” NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York APM said it had been an incredibly busy summer for volunteers, and urged the public to download the Hazards Near Me NSW app. “NSW SES volunteers

have already responded to more than 4,600 incidents across the state since Christmas Day. The majority of those were for severe weather,” Commissioner York said. “Just last week North Western parts of NSW were experiencing severe weather, which resulted in storm warnings and minor flooding. “I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet downloaded the app to do so and be prepared for whatever hazard may impact your community.” Department of Customer Service Executive Director of Government Technology Platforms, Reece

Clementi said the app was a trusted source of information for the community to access warnings and advice during hazards. “If you are one of the more than four million people who already have the Hazards Near Me NSW App, update your watch zone notifications to ensure you are receiving relevant warnings in real time for fires, floods, tsunami and now severe weather,” Mr Clementi said. The Hazards Near Me NSW App uses the nationally recognised Australian Warning System. There are three levels of warnings within this system including: Advice, Watch and Act and Emergency Warning. These same categories will now be used to keep communities safe and informed when severe weather is occurring nearby. For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.


ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 22, 2024

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James and the Giant Peach March 30 to April 7 at QPAC

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Shake & Stir Theatre Co. are set to enchant audiences with their production of “James and the Giant Peach.” This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel is scheduled to captivate viewers from March 30 to April 7, 2024. The story follows the adventures of young

James, who finds himself on a fantastical journey with a group of giant insect friends aboard an enormous peach. This theatrical rendition is designed to delight and mesmerise audiences of all ages, specifically recommended for those aged 5 and up. The production aims to bring Dahl’s imaginative world to life, showcasing themes

of friendship, courage, and the magic of discovery. James and the Giant Peach stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of Dahl’s storytelling, combining elements of whimsy and wonder with life lessons about the importance of companionship and resilience. QPAC and Shake & Stir Theatre Co.’s

collaboration promises an engaging and visually stunning interpretation, incorporating innovative stagecraft, puppetry, and music to fully immerse the audience in James’s extraordinary escapade. As the play unfolds, viewers will be transported from the dreary, lonely life James leads with his two cruel aunts, to a vibrant, surreal

world filled with talking insects, including a wise old Grasshopper, a pessimistic Earthworm, and a motherly Ladybug. This journey is not just a physical one but also a metaphorical exploration of growth, self-discovery, and the realisation that family can be found in the most unexpected places. This production is an invitation to both young

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HOUSE OF GODS

ABC, 8.30pm

It’s a sophisticated thriller about family and power that could be set anywhere in the world. Premiering tonight, this gripping six-part story takes place in western Sydney and comes from Ali’s Wedding writer and creator Osamah Sami. It’s personal for Sami, based on his teen years growing up as the son of the head cleric at a Melbourne mosque. Starring Kamel El Basha (pictured above, right), it’s an immersive view into an Iraqi Australian community and culture, which is rarely represented on screen. We follow a charismatic sheik who is elected as head of The Messenger mosque amid a flurry of controversy. Gripping and original.

You’d be forgiven for doing a double-take upon seeing straight-talking British chef Gordon Ramsay (pictured) – who sprinkles swear words as liberally as salt and pepper – on-screen again. After more than 10 years, motivated to help mend the havoc that the pandemic wreaked on the hospitality industry, the foodie is back guiding failing restaurants to turn their fortunes around with a no-nonsense talking to – as well as a menu and dining area reno. Tonight, Ramsay is in Brooklyn at Juicy Box, where he comes to the rescue of manager Q by not only getting the long-broken juicer fixed, but by taking the partygoer to the gym. It’s fiery Gordon doing good.

THIS IS GOING TO HURT

ABC, 9.05pm

Based on Adam Kay’s comical and dark bestselling memoir about his time barely surviving as a fatigued junior doctor in obstetrics, this medical drama stands heads and shoulders above the pack. It’s an unflinching and funny dive into the frailties of medicine that grabs you and won’t let go. Ben Whishaw (pictured, No Time To Die) plumbs the highs and lows of his unforgiving role with a magnetic presence and brutal honesty. Tonight, Adam’s mental health is sinking, with Erika’s (Hannah Onslow) complaint and guilt bearing down on him. If you haven’t already binged this excellent and sometimes grimly realistic British offering, it’s a prescription to laugh and cry in equal measure. 2302

FRIDAY, February 23 ABC TV (2)

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SEVEN (6)

NBN (8, 80)

TEN (5)

6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Planet America. (R) 10.30 Cook And The Chef. (R) 11.00 Fake Or Fortune? (Final, R) 12.00 News. 1.00 Silent Witness. (Mav, R) 2.00 Total Control. (Final, Ml, R) 3.00 The Cook And The Chef. (R) 3.25 Tenable. (R) 4.10 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 5.10 Grand Designs. (PG, R)

6.00 WorldWatch. 9.00 Make Me A Dealer. (R) 9.55 Hugh’s Wild West. (R) 11.00 Food Markets: In The Belly Of The City. (PGa, R) 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 Mastermind Aust. (R) 3.00 NITV News: Nula. 3.30 The Point: Road To Referendum History Bites. (R) 3.35 The Cook Up. (R) 4.05 Every Family Has A Secret. (PGa, R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R)

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 Australian Idol. (PG, R) 1.30 Motorbike Cops. (PG, R) 2.00 House Of Wellness. (PGa) 3.00 The Chase. (R) 4.00 Seven News At 4. 5.00 The Chase Australia.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. (PG) 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 MOVIE: Planning On Forever. (2022, G, R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 8.30 Neighbours. (PGa, R) 9.00 Bold. (PGa, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 Farm To Fork. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGal, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 2.00 Dr Phil. (Mas, R) 3.00 Farm To Fork. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Everyday Gourmet. (R) 4.30 Bold. (PGa) 5.00 News.

6.00 Back Roads. (PG, R) 6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) 7.00 ABC News. A look at the top stories of the day. 7.30 Gardening Australia. 8.30 Midsomer Murders. (Mv) Part 2 of 4. Barnaby investigates when the author of a bestselling picture book is found dead. 10.00 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) Presented by Tom Gleeson. 10.30 The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. (R) 11.05 ABC Late News. 11.20 Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities Of The World. (PG, R) 12.05 Grand Designs. (PG, R) 12.55 Tenable. (R) 1.40 Miniseries: Innocent. (Mal, R) 2.30 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv)

6.00 Mastermind Australia. (R) 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 The Good Ship Murder. (PG) 8.25 Legends End: The Loch Ness Monster Story. (PGa, R) A look at a search for the Loch Ness monster. 9.25 Queens That Changed The World: The Forgotten Queen – Anne. (PGa) Takes a look at Queen Anne. 10.20 SBS World News Late. 10.50 Departure. (Ma) 11.40 Romulus. (MA15+av, R) 3.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. (Mals, R) 4.30 Bamay. (R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Better Homes And Gardens. Johanna Griggs explores how Tetra Paks can be upcycled into building and construction materials. 8.30 MOVIE: Sweet Home Alabama. (2002, PGl, R) A New York socialite returns to Alabama to divorce the man she married and left behind, years earlier. However, she soon realises putting her past to rest may be far more difficult than she imagined. Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen. 10.50 To Be Advised. 12.35 12 Monkeys. (MA15+av, R) The final battle is waged. 2.30 Home Shopping. 4.00 Million Dollar Minute. (R) 5.00 NBC Today.

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo: The Singing Gibbon. (PGm) The zoo’s white-cheeked gibbon has stopped singing. 8.30 MOVIE: Miss Congeniality. (2000, Msv, R) A graceless FBI agent goes undercover in a beauty pageant to catch a terrorist. Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine. 10.45 MOVIE: Magic Mike XXL. (2015, MA15+ls, R) Channing Tatum. 12.45 Tipping Point. (PG, R) 1.40 Pointless. (PG, R) 2.35 Great Australian Detour. (R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Postcards. (PG, R) 4.30 Global Shop. (R) 5.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 5.30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. (R)

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. Hosted by Grant Denyer. 6.30 The Project. A look at the day’s news. 7.30 The Graham Norton Show. Guests include Jodie Foster. 8.30 Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly Australia. (PGa, R) British dog trainer Graeme Hall helps a couple whose pet is more baby than hound. 9.30 The Graham Norton Show. (PGa, R) Graham Norton is joined by Paul Mescal, Michaela Coel, Winston Duke, Emma Corrin and Richard Ayoade. 10.30 Fire Country. (PGdsv, R) 11.30 So Help Me Todd. (PGa, R) 12.30 The Project. (R) 1.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) 2.30 Home Shopping. (R)

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s

VICELAND (31) 6am WorldWatch. 10.00 Front Up. 11.35 The Movie Show. 12.10pm Most Expensivest. 12.40 Cat Ladies. 1.50 Hustle. 2.45 VICE Sports. 3.10 WorldWatch. 5.05 Joy Of Painting. 5.45 Joy Of Painting. 6.15 The Fast History Of. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 8.30 Hoarders. 9.20 Into. 10.15 Queer Sports. 12.25am Secret World Of Las Vegas. 1.20 Sex Before The Internet. 2.15 Couples Therapy. 2.45 NHK World English News. 5.00 Al Jazeera.

7TWO (62) 6am Shopping. 6.30 Escape

To The Country. 7.30 Room For Improvement. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00 Our Town. 9.30 NBC Today. Noon Better Homes. 1.00 House Of Wellness. 2.00 Last Chance Learners. 2.30 Weekender. 3.00 Room For Improvement. 3.30 Harry’s Practice. 4.00 Animal Rescue. 4.30 Better Homes. 5.30 Escape To The Country. 6.30 Bargain Hunt. 7.30 Border Security: International. 8.30 Escape To The Country. 11.30 Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Danger Man. 7.00 Creflo. 7.30 Skippy. 8.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. 10.30 Pointless. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Days Of Our Lives. 12.55 The Young And The Restless. 1.50 Explore. 2.05 Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. 3.05 Antiques Roadshow. 3.35 MOVIE: We Joined The Navy. (1962) 5.30 Yorkshire Auction House. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 Motorway Cops: Catching Britain’s Speeders. 8.30 To Be Advised. 11.00 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Soccer. A-League Men. Round 17. Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers. Highlights. 8.30 Diagnosis Murder. 9.30 Jake And The Fatman. 10.30 JAG. 12.30pm In The Dark. 1.30 NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 Bondi Rescue. 6.00 Deal Or No Deal. 6.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 8.30 NCIS. 9.25 NCIS: Hawai’i. 11.15 48 Hours. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG.

ABC ME (23) 6am Children’s Programs.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Malcolm. Continued. (1986, PG) 6.55 The Finishers. (2013, PG, French) 8.35 The Thief Lord. (2006, PG) 10.25 Shirley. (2020, M) 12.25pm Stand By Me. (1986, M) 2.00 The Man Who Invented Christmas. (2017, PG) 3.55 Footy Legends. (2006, PG) 5.35 Leave No Trace. (2018, PG) 7.35 Glengarry Glen Ross. (1992, M) 9.30 Reservoir Dogs. (1992, MA15+) 11.25 The Wolf Of Wall Street. (2013, MA15+) 2.35am The Long Good Friday. (1980, MA15+) 4.40 The Movie Show. 5.15 Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Hook, Line And Sinker. 7.00 My Fishing Place. 7.30 Creek To Coast. 8.00 A Football Life. 9.00 America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions. 10.00 Blokesworld. 10.30 American Restoration. 11.00 American Pickers. Noon Pawn Stars. 1.00 Counting Cars. 2.00 Secrets Of The Supercars. 3.00 Timbersports. 3.30 Desert Collectors. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.30 MOVIE: Men In Black 3. (2012, M) 9.40 MOVIE: Hancock. (2008, M) 11.40 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Scorpion. 2.00 Bewitched. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Seinfeld. 4.00 Family Ties. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 Children’s Programs. 5.45 MOVIE: Abominable. (2019) 7.30 MOVIE: Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. (2007) 9.30 MOVIE: The Witches. (2020, M) 11.30 Dating No Filter. Midnight Medium. 2.00 Surfing Australia TV. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Bakugan: Geogan Rising. 3.30 Beyblade Burst QuadStrike. 4.00 Transformers: Prime. 4.30 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 Becker. 8.00 NBL Slam. 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. 9.30 How We Roll. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 The Middle. 2.00 Ghosts. 3.00 The King Of Queens. 4.00 Farm To Fork. 4.30 Becker. 5.30 Frasier. 6.30 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 Two And A Half Men. 11.00 Frasier. Midnight Home Shopping. 1.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 2.30 South Park. 3.30 Bold. 4.30 Shopping. 5.30 Joseph Prince.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 1pm ABC News Day. 3.00 News. 4.00 Afternoon Briefing. 5.00 ABC News. 6.00 ABC News Hour. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 ABC Evening News. 8.00 Planet America: Fireside Chat. 8.45 ABC News Tonight. 9.00 The World. 9.30 Close Of Business. 10.00 ABC Nightly News. 10.30 World This Week. 11.00 News. 11.15 Planet America: Fireside Chat. Midnight News. 12.30 Breakfast Couch. 1.00 News. 1.15 Close Of Business. 1.45 If You’re Listening. 2.00 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. Noon MOVIE: Bullet. (1996, MA15+) 1.45 Karla Grant Presents. 2.00 Going Places. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 Motown Magic. 3.25 The World According To Grandpa. 3.35 The Magic Canoe. 4.00 Toi Time. 4.30 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 5.00 Our Stories. 5.30 NITV News: Nula. 6.00 Bamay. 6.40 Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms. 7.30 Eddie’s Lil’ Homies. 7.45 MOVIE: Flight Of The Navigator. (1986, PG) 9.20 MOVIE: She’s The Man. (2006, PG) 11.10 Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am House Hunters Int. 6.30 House Hunters. 7.00 Getaway. 7.30 Postcards. 8.00 The Block. 9.30 House Hunters Int. 10.30 Hello SA. 11.00 Caribbean Life. Noon House Hunters Reno. 1.00 Unsellable Houses. 2.00 My Lottery Dream Home International. 3.00 The Block. 4.00 Caribbean Life. 5.00 Fixer Upper. 6.00 House Hunters International. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 Island Of Bryan. 8.30 Houses With History. 9.30 Revealed. 10.30 Renovation Impossible. 11.30 Late Programs.

SKY NEWS (53) 6am Morning Programs.

Programs. 6.55pm Shaun The Sheep. 7.05 Riley Rocket. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 MOVIE: Holding The Man. (2015, MA15+) 10.35 Would I Lie To You? 11.05 QI. 11.35 MOVIE: Queen Of The Desert. (2015, M) 1.40am Killing Eve. 2.25 Back. 2.50 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. 3.40 ABC News Update. 3.45 Close. 5.00 Clangers. 5.10 Kiddets. 5.25 The Wonder Gang. 5.35 Late Programs.

1.10pm The Next Step. 1.55 Horrible Histories. 2.25 Scream Street. 3.00 Get Blake! 3.25 Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! 3.40 Space Nova. 4.00 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 4.20 Planet Lulin. 4.45 The Inbestigators. 5.00 Hardball. 5.20 Miraculous. 5.55 So Awkward. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.40 The Penguins Of Madagascar. 8.00 Transformers: EarthSpark. 8.25 Dragon Ball Super. 9.10 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.35 All-Round Champion. 11.15 Close.

10.40 Cook And The Chef. 11.10 The Cook Up. 11.40 Dine With Me UK. 12.30pm Everyday Gourmet. 1.00 My Market Kitchen. 1.30 Dolce India. 2.00 My Greek Table. 2.30 Top Chef. 4.00 Cook Like An Italian. 4.30 Everyday Gourmet. 5.00 Hidden Gems. 6.00 Plat Du Tour. 6.30 Mary Makes It Easy. 7.00 The Cook Up. 7.30 Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey. 8.40 Jamie’s Great Britain. 9.40 Come Dine With Me UK. 10.30 The Cook Up. 11.00 Late Programs.

9.00 News. 9.30 News. 10.00 AM Agenda. 11.00 NewsDay. Noon News. 12.30 News. 1.00 The Kenny Report. 2.00 Afternoon Agenda. 3.00 Paul Murray Live. 4.00 Afternoon Agenda. 4.30 Business Now With Ross Greenwood. 5.00 Erin. 6.00 Steve Price. 7.00 Prime Time. 8.00 The US Report. 9.00 The Media Show. 9.30 MH370: Ten Years On. 10.30 NewsNight. 11.00 Late Programs. Please Note: Programs are correct at the time of print and are subject to change by the Networks.


SATURDAY, February 24 ABC TV (2)

SBS (3)

SEVEN (6)

NBN (8, 80)

TEN (5)

6.00 Rage. (PG) 7.00 Weekend Breakfast. 9.00 Rage. (PG) 10.30 Rage Goes Retro. (PG) 12.00 News. 12.30 Death In Paradise. (PG, R) 1.30 Darby And Joan. (PG, R) 2.15 Spicks And Specks. (PG, R) 2.45 Better Date Than Never. (PG, R) 3.15 Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery. (R) 3.45 Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities Of The World. (PG, R) 4.30 Grand Designs Transformations. (Final, PG, R) 5.30 Landline. (R) 5.55 Aust Story. (R)

6.00 WorldWatch. 9.00 Cook Up Bitesize. (R) 9.05 The World From Above. (R) 10.05 Love Your Garden. (PGa, R) 11.00 Britain’s Great Outdoors. (R) 12.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 PBS News. 2.00 Gymnastics. Apparatus World Cup. H’lights. 4.00 Sailing. Sail GP Yachting C’ship. Round 8. Day 1. 5.30 Such Was Life. (R) 5.35 Secrets Of The Imperial War Museum. (PGa, R)

6.00 NBC Today. 7.00 Weekend Sunrise. 10.00 The Morning Show: Weekend. (PG) 12.00 Horse Racing. Caulfield Blue Diamond Day and Silver Slipper Stakes Day. 5.00 Seven News At 5. 5.30 Border Security: Australia’s Front Line. (PG, R)

6.00 Hello SA. (PG, R) 6.30 ACA. (R) 7.00 Weekend Today. 10.00 Today Extra: Saturday. (PG) 12.00 Great Australian Detour. (R) 12.30 My Way. (PG, R) 1.00 Bondi Vet. (PGm, R) 2.00 MOVIE: Rocky III. (1982, PGv, R) 4.00 Journey To The Northern Territory. 5.00 9News First At Five. 5.30 Getaway. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 10.00 Australia By Design: Architecture. (R) 10.30 Farm To Fork. (R) 11.00 Everyday Gourmet. (R) 11.30 All 4 Adventure. (PGl, R) 12.30 Silvia’s Italian Masterclass. 1.00 Australian Survivor. (PGa, R) 2.00 Wildlife Rescue. (PGa, R) 3.00 What’s Up Down Under. 3.30 GCBC. (R) 4.00 My Market Kitchen. 4.30 Taste Of Aust. (R) 5.00 News.

6.30 Back Roads: Gemfields, Queensland. (PG, R) Guest presented by Lisa Millar. 7.00 ABC News. A look at the top stories of the day. 7.30 Darby And Joan. (Final, Mav) Joan uncovers the truth about her husband. 8.15 Endeavour. (Masv, R) Part 2 of 3. A taxi driver who owes a large debt to a colleague is found dead in his vehicle. 9.45 Total Control. (Final, Ml, R) The fallout from the vote continues. 10.40 Midsomer Murders. (Mv, R) Part 2 of 4. 12.10 Rage Goes Retro. (MA15+adhlnsv) 5.00 Rage. (PG)

6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Cotswolds And Beyond With Pam Ayres. (PGa) 8.25 Scotland’s Scenic Railways. (PG) 9.20 The Wonders Of Europe. (PGav, R) 10.20 Those Who Stayed. (Premiere) 11.05 Between Two Worlds. (Premiere, Mal) 11.55 The Witnesses. (Ma, R) 3.55 Going Places With Ernie Dingo. (R) 4.25 Bamay. (R) 4.50 Destination Flavour. (R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.15 France 24 Feature. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 Seven News. 7.00 Border Security: Australia’s Front Line. (PG, R) 7.30 MOVIE: The Bourne Legacy. (2012, Mav, R) A secret agent is hunted by the government. Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz. 10.15 MOVIE: The Kingdom. (2007, MA15+av, R) A team of agents tracks down terrorists. Jamie Foxx. 12.35 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Bathurst 500. Day 1. Highlights. 1.35 Harry’s Practice. (R) 2.00 Home Shopping. 4.00 Get Clever. (R) 5.00 House Of Wellness. (PGa, R)

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Rugby Union. Super Rugby Pacific. Round 1. Reds v Waratahs. 10.00 Super Rugby Pacific Post-Match. 10.15 MOVIE: The Departed. (2006, MA15+lsv, R) 1.15 Garden Gurus Moments. (R) 1.30 Great Australian Detour. (R) 2.00 The Incredible Journey Presents. (PGa) 2.30 Getaway. (PG, R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 Global Shop. (R) 5.00 TV Shop. (R) 5.30 Helping Hands. (PG, R)

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. (R) Hosted by Grant Denyer. 7.00 Soccer. AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifier. Third round. Uzbekistan v Australia. From Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 10.30 To Be Advised. 11.30 Ambulance UK. (Mal, R) The pandemic continues to take its toll as staff fall ill and emergency services are stretched. 12.30 FBI: International. (Masv, R) The team investigates a kidnapping. 2.30 Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 Authentic. (PG) 5.00 Hour Of Power.

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. 7.05pm Karma’s World. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 QI. 8.30 Live At The Apollo. 9.00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 9.50 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL. 10.20 MythBusters. 11.10 Double Parked. 11.40 Portlandia. 12.20am Black Mirror. 1.15 Upstart Crow. 1.45 Unprotected Sets. 2.40 MOVIE: Puberty Blues. (1981, M) 4.05 ABC News Update. 4.10 Close. 5.00 Late Programs.

VICELAND (31) 6am WorldWatch. 10.00 The Movie Show. 12.05pm Gymnastics. FIG Trampoline World Cup Series. Replay. 1.10 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 1.20 Asia’s Next Top Model. 3.20 WorldWatch. 5.20 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 5.30 Joy Of Painting. 6.00 Food That Built The World. 7.35 Impossible Engineering. 8.30 The Legend Of Bigfoot. 9.20 Warped By War: Inside Putin’s Russia. 10.15 Late Programs.

7TWO (62) 6am Home Shopping. 8.30 Travel Oz. 10.00 Better Homes And Gardens. 11.00 Escape To The Country. Noon House Of Wellness. 1.00 Escape To The Perfect Town. 2.00 Escape To The Country. 5.00 Horse Racing. Caulfield Blue Diamond Day and Silver Slipper Stakes Day. 6.00 Heathrow. 6.30 The Yorkshire Vet. 8.30 Escape To The Country. 11.30 The Yorkshire Vet In Autumn. 12.30am Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Morning Programs. 10.00 Helping Hands. 10.30 My Favorite Martian. 11.00 Avengers. Noon MOVIE: Blue Murder At St Trinian’s. (1957) 1.45 MOVIE: Carry On Constable. (1960) 3.30 MOVIE: Two Way Stretch. (1960) 5.15 MOVIE: Yours, Mine And Ours. (1968) 7.30 MOVIE: Quantum Of Solace. (2008, M) 9.40 MOVIE: A Fistful Of Dollars. (1964, MA15+) 11.45 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 9.00 Pooches At Play. 9.30 Diagnosis Murder. 11.30 Luxury Escapes. Noon Jake And The Fatman. 1.00 Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures. 2.00 Bondi Rescue. 2.30 JAG. 4.30 Escape Fishing With ET. 5.00 Soccer. A-League Men. Round 18. Sydney FC v Melbourne City. 8.00 NCIS. 9.00 NCIS: Los Angeles. 10.50 Blue Bloods. 11.50 NCIS: Hawai’i. 12.45am FBI: International. 1.45 Late Programs.

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6am Children’s Programs. 4.30pm Mystery Lane. 4.55 Miraculous. 5.15 Total Drama Island. 5.40 School Of Rock. 6.05 The Next Step. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Mythbusters “There’s Your Problem!”. 7.45 Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness. 8.10 The Legend Of Korra. 8.35 Kong: King Of The Apes. 8.55 Turn Up The Volume. 9.20 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.45 All-Round Champion. 11.15 Close.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar. Continued. (1999, PG, French) 7.20 Leave No Trace. (2018, PG) 9.20 Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. (2005, PG) 10.45 After Love. (2020, M) 12.25pm The Railway Man. (2013, M) 2.35 Malcolm. (1986, PG) 4.10 Steamboy. (2004, PG) 6.30 The Ipcress File. (1965, PG) 8.30 Donnie Brasco. (1997, MA15+) 10.50 Room In Rome. (2010, MA15+) 12.50am Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Morning Programs. 1pm Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Bathurst 500. Day 1. Qualifying and support races. 3.00 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Bathurst 500. Day 1. Pre-race and race. 6.00 Pawn Stars. 7.00 Storage Wars. 7.30 Air Crash Investigations: The Accident Files. 9.30 Mighty Planes. 10.30 Mighty Ships. 11.30 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. 1.30pm MOVIE: Carbon Copy. (1981, PG) 3.15 MOVIE: Curse Of The Pink Panther. (1983, PG) 5.30 MOVIE: Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. (2004, PG) 7.30 MOVIE: Overboard. (2018, PG) 9.45 MOVIE: Death Becomes Her. (1992, M) 11.45 Dating No Filter. 12.15am Kardashians. 2.05 Rich House, Poor House. 3.00 Teen Titans Go! 3.30 Beyblade Burst Surge. 4.00 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 The King Of Queens. 8.00 Becker. 9.00 Neighbours. 11.00 Farm To Fork. 11.30 The King Of Queens. 12.30pm Australian Survivor. 3.00 Becker. 4.00 Frasier. 5.00 Friends. 5.30 Ghosts. 6.00 The Big Bang Theory. 10.30 Friends. Midnight Home Shopping. 1.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 2.30 South Park. 3.30 Just For Laughs Montreal. 4.30 Home Shopping.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 3pm ABC News. 3.30 Breakfast Couch. 4.00 ABC News. 4.30 Close Of Business. 5.00 ABC News. 5.30 World This Week. 6.00 ABC Evening News. 6.30 Australian Story. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 Back Roads. 8.00 ABC News Tonight. 8.15 Four Corners. 9.00 ABC Nightly News. 9.30 ABC News Special. 10.00 ABC Late News Weekend. 10.30 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs. 1pm Mary Makes It Easy. 1.30 Far Eastern Odyssey. 2.40 Jamie’s Great Britain. 3.35 Dine With Me UK. 4.30 Giada Entertains. 5.00 Barefoot Contessa. 5.30 Khanh Ong’s Wild Food. 6.30 Evolving Vegan. (Premiere) 7.30 Ainsley’s Fantastic Flavours. 8.30 Rick Stein’s Seafood Lovers’ Guide. 9.30 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. 10.30 River Cottage Aust. 11.30 Late Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. 11.50 MOVIE: Storm Boy. (1976, PG) 1.30pm Going Places. 2.00 Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms. 2.50 NITV News: Nula. 3.20 Dizzy Gillespie In Studio 104. 3.55 Tina: What’s Love. 5.50 The Last Land: Gespe’gewa’gi. 6.20 News. 6.30 Tradition On A Plate. 7.00 The Other Side. (Return) 7.30 Idris Elba’s Fight School. 8.35 MOVIE: Constantine. (2005, MA15+) 10.45 Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am Morning Programs. 11.30 Getaway. Noon Caribbean Life. 1.00 My Lottery Dream Home International. 1.30 Houses With History. 2.30 Renovation Impossible. 3.30 Fantasy Homes By The Sea. 4.30 Island Of Bryan. 5.30 Revealed. 6.30 Holiday Homes In The Sun. 7.30 Escape To The Chateau. 8.30 House Hunters. 9.30 House Hunters International. 10.30 Beachfront Bargain Hunt. 11.00 Late Programs.

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6am Morning Programs. 10.00 Weekend Live. 11.00 News. 11.30 News. Noon Weekend Live. 1.00 News. 1.30 News. 2.00 The Rita Panahi Show. 3.00 News. 3.30 News. 4.00 NewsNight. 5.00 News. 5.30 News. 6.00 MH370: Ten Years On. 7.00 The US Report. 8.00 The Media Show. 8.30 NewsNight. 9.00 Fox Sports News. 9.30 Fox Sports News. 10.00 NewsNight. 11.00 Late Programs.

SUNDAY, February 25 ABC TV (2)

SBS (3)

SEVEN (6)

NBN (8, 80)

TEN (5)

6.00 Rage. (PG) 7.00 Weekend Breakfast. 9.00 Insiders. 10.00 Offsiders. 10.30 World This Week. (R) 11.00 Compass. (PGa, R) 11.30 Praise. (R) 12.00 News. 12.30 Landline. 1.30 Gardening Aust. (R) 2.30 Dream Gardens. (PG, R) 3.00 Nigella Bites. (R) 3.30 Cook And The Chef. (R) 3.55 Martin Clunes: Islands Of America. (PG, R) 4.45 Joanna Lumley’s Britain. (PG, R) 5.30 The ABC Of... (PG, R)

6.00 Morning Programs. 11.00 Britain’s Great Outdoors. (R) 12.00 WorldWatch. 12.30 PBS Washington Week With The Atlantic. 12.55 Para-Badminton. (PG, R) 1.00 Motorcycle Racing. Australian Superbike C’ship. Round 1. 3.00 Where Are You Really From? (PG, R) 4.00 Sailing. Sail GP Yachting C’ship. Round 8. Day 2. 5.30 Such Was Life. (PGa, R) 5.35 Secrets Of The Imperial War Museum. (PG, R)

6.00 NBC Today. 7.00 Weekend Sunrise. 10.00 Morning Show. (PG) 12.00 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Bathurst 500. Day 2. Qualifying and support races. 2.00 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Bathurst 500. Day 2. Pre-race and race. 5.00 Seven News At 5. 5.30 Sydney Weekender.

6.00 Fishing Aust. (R) 6.30 ACA. (R) 7.00 Weekend Today. 10.00 GolfBarons. 11.00 To Be Advised. 12.00 Building Icons. 1.00 MOVIE: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (1988, PGal, R) 3.20 David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet. (PG, R) 4.30 Explore TV: Portugal & Spain. 5.00 9News First At Five. 5.30 RBT. (PGl, R)

6.00 Morning Programs. 9.00 Luca’s Key Ingredient. (R) 9.30 My Market Kitchen. (R) 10.00 Farm To Fork. (R) 10.30 Pooches At Play. (R) 11.00 Buy To Build. (R) 11.30 Healthy Homes. (R) 12.00 Australian Survivor. (R) 1.30 Cook With Luke. (R) 2.00 4x4 Adventures. (PGl) 3.00 Roads Less Travelled. 3.30 Farm To Fork. (R) 4.00 My Market Kitchen. (R) 4.30 GCBC. (R) 5.00 News.

6.00 Grand Designs Transformations. (Final, PG, R) 7.00 ABC News. 7.30 Death In Paradise. (PG) 8.30 House Of Gods. (Premiere, Ml) A man vies to lead his mosque. 9.25 Silent Witness. (Malv, R) A woman confesses to murder. 10.25 Miniseries: The War Of The Worlds. (Mv, R) 11.20 Harrow. (Mav, R) 12.15 Significant Others. (Mdl, R) 1.10 Sanditon. (Ms, R) 1.55 Rage Vault. (MA15+adhlnsv) 4.00 Catalyst. (PG, R) 5.00 Insiders. (R)

6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. (PG) 8.20 Vikings: The Lost Kingdom. 10.00 Rise Of The Nazis: Dictators At War. (Ma, R) 11.10 Muhammad Ali. (PGavw, R) 12.55 MOVIE: Fight Club. (1999, MA15+ansv, R) 3.25 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. (Malsw, R) 4.10 Bamay. (R) 4.45 The Ninth Tower. (Ml, R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.15 France 24 Feature. 5.30 Al Jazeera.

6.00 Seven News. 7.00 Australian Idol. (PG) 8.30 Ron Iddles: The Good Cop: Maria James. (MA15+av) Revisits the murder of Maria James. 9.35 Mr Bates vs The Post Office: The Real Story. (Ma) 10.35 Soham: Catching A Killer. (Mav) 11.35 Autopsy USA. (Mad) 12.35 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Bathurst 500. Day 2. Highlights. 2.00 Home Shopping. 3.30 Million Dollar Minute. (R) 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Seven Early News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 Married At First Sight. (PGls) 8.40 60 Minutes. Current affairs program. 9.40 9News Late. 10.10 Murder In The Family: Kelly Fitzgibbons/Ava And Lexi Needham. (MA15+av) 11.10 The First 48. (Mal, R) 12.00 Family Law. (Ma, R) 12.50 Building Icons. (R) 2.00 GolfBarons. (R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (PGa) 4.30 Explore TV: Portugal & Spain. (R) 5.00 9News Early. 5.30 Today.

6.30 The Sunday Project. A look at the day’s news. 7.30 Australian Survivor. A group of Australian castaways battles it out on the beaches of Samoa as they vie to become the sole survivor. 9.00 NCIS: Hawai’i. (Mv, R) When evidence is stolen, Lucy goes undercover at a poker tournament to find out which high roller is behind the crime. Lucy’s feelings are in turmoil when Whistler’s ex-girlfriend arrives in town. 11.00 The Sunday Project. (R) A look at the day’s news. 12.00 Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 CBS Mornings.

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (AV15+) Extreme Adult Violence (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. 7.05pm Karma’s World. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 QI. 8.30 Queerstralia. 9.35 You Can’t Ask That. 9.55 Interview With The Vampire. (Final) 10.40 Doc Martin. 11.30 Penn & Teller: Fool Us. 12.10am Ballet Now. 1.10 MOVIE: A Fantastic Woman. (2017, M) 2.55 ABC News Update. 3.00 Close. 5.00 Clangers. 5.10 Kiddets. 5.25 The Wonder Gang. 5.35 Late Programs.

VICELAND (31) 6am Morning Programs. 12.10pm Super Maximum Retro Show. 12.35 Noisey. 1.30 Rise. 2.25 Jungletown. 3.15 The Casketeers. 4.15 WorldWatch. 4.40 PBS Washington Week With The Atlantic. 5.10 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 5.20 Joy Of Painting. 5.50 Alone Sweden. 6.40 Ocean Wreck Investigation. 7.35 Abandoned Engineering. 8.30 The Hunt For Stolen Nazi Treasure. 9.20 Cracking The Code. 10.20 Late Programs.

7TWO (62) 6am Morning Programs. 8.00 David Jeremiah. 8.30 Shopping. 9.00 Our Town. 9.30 Last Chance Learners. 10.00 House Of Wellness. 11.00 Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages. Noon Escape To The Country. 2.00 To Be Advised. 3.15 The Yorkshire Vet. 5.15 I Escaped To The Country. 6.15 Escape To The Country. 7.15 The Vicar Of Dibley. 8.30 Vera. 10.30 Call The Midwife. 11.45 Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Thunderbirds. 6.30 Rugby League. World Club Challenge. Wigan Warriors v Penrith Panthers. 9.30 My Favorite Martian. 10.00 MOVIE: Carry On Cruising. (1962) Noon MOVIE: Mr Forbush And The Penguins. (1971, PG) 2.10 MOVIE: Danger Within. (1959) 4.20 MOVIE: The Kentuckian. (1955, PG) 6.30 M*A*S*H. 8.30 MOVIE: Dirty Harry. (1971, MA15+) 10.40 Chicago Med. 11.40 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 7.30 Key Of David. 8.00 The Offroad Adventure Show. 9.00 Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures. 10.00 Wildlife Rescue Australia. 11.00 Escape Fishing With ET. 11.30 JAG. 3.30pm What’s Up Down Under. 4.00 Bondi Rescue. 4.30 Soccer. A-League Men. Round 18. Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners. 7.00 Bondi Rescue. 7.30 NCIS. 10.20 NCIS: Los Angeles. 11.15 Late Programs.

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6am Children’s Programs. 4.30pm Mystery Lane. 4.55 Miraculous. 5.15 Total Drama Island. 5.40 School Of Rock. 6.05 The Next Step. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Mythbusters “There’s Your Problem!”. 7.45 Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness. 8.10 The Legend Of Korra. 8.35 Kong: King Of The Apes. 8.55 Turn Up The Volume. 9.20 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.45 All-Round Champion. 10.35 Rage. 11.40 Close.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am The Ipcress File. Continued. (1965, PG) 7.00 Steamboy. (2004, PG) 9.20 This Beautiful Fantastic. (2016, PG) 11.00 Glengarry Glen Ross. (1992, M) 12.55pm The Art Dealer. (2015, M, French) 2.40 Leave No Trace. (2018, PG) 4.45 My Brilliant Career. (1979) 6.40 Sirocco. (1951, PG) 8.30 The Salvation. (2014, M) 10.10 Silent Land. (2021, MA15+) 12.15am Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Morning Programs. 10.00 Pawn Stars. 11.00 Storage Wars. Noon The Fishing Show By AFN. 1.00 Hook, Line And Sinker. 2.00 Merv Hughes Fishing. 2.30 Al McGlashan’s Fish’n With Mates. 3.00 Fishing Addiction. (Return) 4.00 Mighty Ships. 5.00 Storage Wars: New York. 6.00 Border Security: Int. 7.00 Border Security. 8.30 MOVIE: Kingsman: The Secret Service. (2014, MA15+) 11.05 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. 1.30pm Surfing Australia TV. 2.00 Ben Fogle: Starting Up Starting Over. 3.00 Rich House, Poor House. 4.00 MOVIE: The Secret Life Of Pets 2. (2019, PG) 5.40 MOVIE: Scoob! (2020, PG) 7.30 MOVIE: Fast & Furious 6. (2013, M) 10.00 MOVIE: American Ultra. (2015, MA15+) Midnight Medium. 2.00 Rich House, Poor House. 3.00 Teen Titans Go! 3.30 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Middle. 9.00 Australian Survivor. 10.30 The Big Bang Theory. 2pm The Middle. 3.30 MacGyver. 4.30 Deal Or No Deal. 6.00 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 Two And A Half Men. 10.00 South Park. Midnight Home Shopping. 1.30 Charmed. 2.30 Ghosts. 3.30 Just For Laughs: Montreal. 4.30 Home Shopping.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 1.30pm World This Week. 2.00 ABC News. 2.30 Aust Story. 3.00 ABC News. 3.30 Offsiders. 4.00 Landline. 5.00 ABC News With Auslan. 5.30 News Regional. 6.00 ABC Evening News. 6.30 ABC News Special. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 Insiders. 8.30 ABC News Tonight. 9.00 ABC Nightly News. 9.30 Australian Story. 10.00 ABC Late News Weekend. 10.30 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs. 2.30pm Ainsley’s Fantastic Flavours. 3.30 River Cottage Aust. 4.30 Giada Entertains. 5.00 Barefoot Contessa. 5.30 Taste Of France. 6.00 Luca’s Key Ingredient. 6.30 French Country Cooking. 7.30 Jamie’s Ultimate Veg. 8.30 Remarkable Places To Eat. 9.35 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. 10.30 River Cottage Aust. 11.30 Late Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. Noon Rugby League. Murri Carnival. Replay. 1.00 Away From Country. 2.00 VICE Sports. 3.00 Impact! Wrestling Down Under 2023. 5.35 Talking Language. 6.05 News. 6.15 Nature’s Great Migration. 7.25 Monochrome: Black, White And Blue. 8.30 MOVIE: Coextinction. (2021, M) 10.15 MOVIE: Desperately Seeking Susan. (1985, M) 12.05am Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am Morning Programs. 11.30 Help! I Wrecked My House. 12.30pm Beachfront Bargain Hunt. 1.30 Ugliest House In America. 2.30 The Weekend Workshop. 3.30 Holiday Homes In The Sun. 4.30 Escape To The Chateau. 5.30 House Hunters. 6.30 House Hunters Int. 7.30 Fixer Upper. 8.30 Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa. 9.30 Zombie House Flipping. 10.30 Triple Digit Flip. 11.30 Late Programs.

SKY NEWS (53)

6am Morning Programs. 11.00 Business Weekend With Ross Greenwood. Noon Weekend Live. 1.00 News. 1.30 News. 2.00 News. 2.30 News. 3.00 News. 3.30 News. 4.00 Business Weekend With Ross Greenwood. 5.00 NewsNight. 6.00 Sunday Agenda. 7.00 The Sunday Showdown. 8.00 The Jury. 9.00 Paul Murray Live. 10.00 Royal Report. 10.30 MH370: Ten Years On. 11.30 Late Programs.


MONDAY, February 26 ABC TV (2)

SBS (3)

SEVEN (6)

NBN (8, 80)

TEN (5)

6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Landline. (R) 11.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 12.00 ABC News At Noon. 1.00 Australia Remastered. (R) 2.00 Parliament Question Time. 3.00 The Cook And The Chef. (R) 3.25 Tenable. (R) 4.15 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 5.15 Grand Designs. (R)

6.00 WorldWatch. 9.10 Make Me A Dealer. (R) 10.05 Hugh’s Wild West. (R) 11.05 Food Markets: In The Belly Of The City. (PGa, R) 12.10 WorldWatch. 2.00 The Point: Road To Referendum History Bites. (R) 2.05 Daniel O Donnell: I Need You. (PG) 3.00 Mastermind Aust. (R) 3.30 The Cook Up. (R) 4.00 Every Family Has A Secret. (PGal, R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R)

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 To Be Advised. 1.30 Motorbike Cops. (PG, R) 2.00 To Be Advised. 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 Seven News At 4. 5.00 The Chase Australia.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. (PG) 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 Married At First Sight. (PGls, R) 1.45 Explore. (R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 8.00 Ent. Tonight. (R) 8.30 My Market Kitchen. (R) 9.00 Bold. (PGa, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 Farm To Fork. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGals, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Australian Survivor. (R) 3.00 Farm To Fork. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Neighbours. (PGa) 4.30 Bold. (PGas) 5.00 News.

6.00 Back Roads. (R) 6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) 7.00 ABC News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Australian Story. 8.30 Four Corners. 9.15 Media Watch. (PG) 9.35 Q+A. 10.35 ABC Late News. 10.50 The Business. (R) 11.10 The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. (R) 11.40 Planet America. (R) 12.10 Grand Designs. (R) 1.00 Parliament. 2.00 Tenable. (R) 2.45 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv) 4.30 Catalyst. (PG, R) 5.30 7.30. (R)

6.00 Mastermind Australia. (R) 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Celebrity Letters And Numbers. (PG) 8.30 Finding Your Roots: Salem’s Lot. (PG) 9.30 The 2010s. (Malv) 10.20 SBS World News Late. 10.50 Blanca. (Malv) 11.50 Silent Road. (Mav) 4.00 Going Places With Ernie Dingo. (R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PGad) 7.30 Australian Idol. (PG) 9.00 The Irrational. (Ma) A passenger plane crashes into a river. 10.00 The Latest: Seven News. 10.30 S.W.A.T. (Mav) 11.30 Curse Of The Chippendales. (Mdlsv, R) 12.30 Bates Motel. (MA15+av, R) 1.30 Travel Oz. (PG, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Seven Early News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Married At First Sight. (Mls) 9.10 Big Miracles. (Mam) 10.10 9News Late. 10.40 Law & Order: Organized Crime. (MA15+av) 11.30 Court Cam. (Mv, R) 12.00 Tipping Point. (PG, R) 1.00 Pointless. (PG, R) 2.00 Hello SA. (PG) 2.30 Global Shop. (R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (PGa) 4.30 A Current Affair. (R) 5.00 9News Early. 5.30 Today.

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. Hosted by Grant Denyer. 6.30 The Project. A look at the day’s news. 7.30 Australian Survivor. Presented by Jonathan LaPaglia. 8.30 FBI: Most Wanted. (Mv, R) The team must determine if the kidnapping of a Chinese-American woman is a random hate crime or if she was specifically targeted. Jess and Sarah struggle with Tali’s continued rebellious streak. 11.30 The Project. (R) 12.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) 1.30 Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 CBS Mornings.

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (AV15+) Extreme Adult Violence (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22)

6am Children’s Programs. 7.05pm Riley Rocket. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 MythBusters. 9.20 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. 10.10 Louis Theroux: Extreme Love. 11.10 Would I Lie To You? 11.40 QI. 12.10am Whose Line Is It Anyway? 12.55 MOVIE: Queen Of The Desert. (2015, M) 3.00 ABC News Update. 3.05 Close. 5.00 Clangers. 5.10 Kiddets. 5.25 Late Programs.

VICELAND (31) 6am WorldWatch. 9.30 Small Business Secrets. 10.00 The Movie Show. 12.10pm Most Expensivest. 12.40 Christians Like Us. 1.45 Untold Australia. 2.50 Most Expensivest. 3.20 WorldWatch. 5.35 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 5.45 Joy Of Painting. 6.15 The Fast History Of. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 8.30 Taskmaster. 9.25 Bad Education. 10.00 Late Programs.

7TWO (62) 6am Morning Programs. 7.30 Room For Improvement. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00 Harry’s Practice. 9.30 NBC Today. 10.30 Better Homes. 1pm Your Money & Your Life. 1.30 Last Chance Learners. 2.00 To Be Advised. 2.30 The Hotel Inspector. 3.30 Harry’s Practice. 4.00 Animal Rescue. 4.30 Better Homes. 5.30 Escape To The Country. 6.30 Bargain Hunt. 7.30 Doc Martin. 8.30 Foyle’s War. 10.45 Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Morning Programs. 10.00 Danoz. 10.30 Pointless. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Days Of Our Lives. 12.55 The Young And The Restless. 1.50 Dr Quinn. 2.50 Antiques Roadshow. 3.20 MOVIE: The Lady With A Lamp. (1951) 5.30 Yorkshire Auction House. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 Death In Paradise. 8.40 The Madame Blanc Mysteries. 9.40 Whitstable Pearl. 10.40 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Buy To Build. 8.30 All 4 Adventure. 9.30 iFish. 10.30 JAG. 12.30pm In The Dark. 1.30 NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 8.30 NCIS. 10.20 NCIS: Los Angeles. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG.

ABC ME (23)

6am Children’s Programs. 4pm Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 4.20 Odd Squad. 4.45 The Inbestigators. 5.00 Hardball. 5.25 Miraculous. 5.55 So Awkward. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.40 The Penguins Of Madagascar. 8.00 The Legend Of Korra. 8.25 Kong: King Of The Apes. 8.45 Turn Up The Volume. 9.15 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.35 All-Round Champion. 10.30 Rage. 11.30 Close.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Morning Programs. 6.55 Sirocco. (1951, PG) 8.45 Whisky Galore. (2016, PG) 10.35 The Confirmation. (2016, M) 12.30pm Antoinette In The Cévennes. (2020, M, French) 2.20 The Ipcress File. (1965, PG) 4.20 This Beautiful Fantastic. (2016, PG) 6.00 Three Summers. (2019, PG, Portuguese) 7.50 A Stroke Of Luck. (2016, M, Spanish) 9.30 The Blonde One. (2019, MA15+, Spanish) 11.40 Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Morning Programs. 1.30pm Motor Racing. Night Thunder. USA Speedweek. Final. H’lights. 2.30 Motor Racing. Supercars C’ship. Bathurst 500. H’lights. 3.30 Motor Racing. Supercars C’ship. Bathurst 500. H’lights. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.30 Outback Opal Hunters. 8.30 Aussie Salvage Squad. 10.30 Deep Water Salvage. 11.30 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Scorpion. 3.00 Bewitched. 3.30 Full House. 4.00 Family Ties. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 I Dream Of Jeannie. 6.00 Raymond. 7.00 The Nanny. 7.30 Seinfeld. 8.30 MOVIE: Tenet. (2020, M) 11.30 Seinfeld. 12.30am Medium. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Bakugan: Geogan Rising. 3.30 Beyblade Burst QuadStrike. 4.00 Transformers: Prime. 4.30 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Big Bang Theory. 9.30 The Middle. 10.30 Friends. Noon Charmed. 2.00 Two And A Half Men. 3.00 The King Of Queens. 4.00 Farm To Fork. 4.30 Becker. 5.30 Frasier. 6.30 Neighbours. 7.00 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 Two And A Half Men. 10.00 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Frasier. Midnight Home Shopping. 1.30 Workaholics. 2.30 Just For Laughs Australia. 3.00 Ghosts. 3.30 Bold. 4.30 Shopping.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 1pm ABC News Day. 2.00 Parliament. 3.10 News. 4.00 Afternoon Briefing. 5.00 ABC News. 6.00 ABC News Hour. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 ABC Evening News. 8.00 ABC News Tonight. 8.45 The Business. 9.00 The World. 10.00 ABC Nightly News. 10.30 7.30. 11.00 News. 11.30 China Tonight: Summer Special. Midnight News. 12.30 Q+A. 1.30 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs. 3.00pm Australia’s Food Bowl. 3.30 Amy Schumer Learns To Cook. 4.30 Everyday Gourmet. 5.00 Hidden Gems. (Final) 6.00 Food Trail. 6.30 Mary Makes It Easy. 7.00 The Cook Up. (Return) 7.30 Malaysia Gourmet With Justine Schofield. 8.00 Long Weekend In... With Rory O’Connell. 8.30 Nigellissima. 9.00 Our Food, Our Family. 9.30 Dine With Me UK. 10.00 Late Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. 2pm Going Places. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 Jarjums. 4.00 Toi Time. 4.30 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 5.00 Our Stories. 5.30 News. 6.00 Bamay. 6.30 News. 6.40 Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms. 7.30 Who Do You Think You Are? 8.30 Karla Grant Presents. 9.05 Tan France: Beauty And The Bleach. 10.10 MOVIE: Road House. (1989) 12.10am Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am Morning Programs. 10.00 House Hunters. 11.00 Postcards. 11.30 Getaway. Noon Triple Digit Flip. 1.00 Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa. 2.00 Zombie House Flipping. 3.00 The Block. 4.00 Living Alaska. 5.00 Fixer Upper. 6.00 House Hunters Int. 7.00 House Hunters. 8.30 Help! I Wrecked My House. (Return) 9.30 Flip Or Flop. 10.30 Ugliest House In America. 11.30 Late Programs.

SKY NEWS (53)

6am Morning Programs. 9.00 News. 9.30 News. 10.00 AM Agenda. 11.00 NewsDay. Noon News. 12.30 News. 1.00 The Jury. 2.00 Parliament Live. 3.15 Politics Now. 4.00 Politics Now. 4.30 Business Now With Ross Greenwood. 5.00 The Kenny Report. 6.00 Peta Credlin. 7.00 Bolt Report. 8.00 Sharri. 9.00 Paul Murray Live. 10.00 The Late Debate. 10.30 The Late Debate: The Papers. 11.00 Late Programs.

TUESDAY, February 27 ABC TV (2)

SBS (3)

SEVEN (6)

NBN (8, 80)

TEN (5)

6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Spying On The Scammers. (PG, R) 10.30 One Plus One. (R) 11.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 12.00 News. 1.00 Call The Midwife. (PGa, R) 2.00 Parliament Question Time. 3.00 The Cook And The Chef. (R) 3.25 Tenable. (R) 4.15 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 5.10 Grand Designs. (R)

6.00 WorldWatch. 9.10 Make Me A Dealer. (PG, R) 10.00 Hugh’s Wild West. (PG, R) 11.00 Food Markets: In The Belly Of The City. (PG, R) 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 The Point: Road To Referendum History Bites. (R) 2.15 The 2010s. (R) 3.05 Mastermind Aust. (R) 3.35 The Cook Up. (R) 4.10 Secrets Of The Tower Of London. (PGa, R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R)

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 To Be Advised. 1.30 Motorbike Cops. (PGl, R) 2.00 Psych. (Mlv, R) 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 Seven News At 4. 5.00 The Chase Australia.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. (PG) 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 Married At First Sight. (Mls, R) 1.30 Getaway. (PG, R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 9.00 Bold. (PGas, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 Farm To Fork. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGa, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 2.00 Australian Survivor. (R) 3.00 Farm To Fork. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Neighbours. (PGa) 4.30 Bold. (PGas) 5.00 News.

6.00 Back Roads. (PG, R) 6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) 7.00 ABC News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Back Roads. (PG) 8.30 Better Date Than Never. 9.05 Whale With Steve Backshall. 9.55 You Can’t Ask That. (MA15+s, R) 10.30 ABC Late News. 10.45 The Business. (R) 11.00 Four Corners. (R) 11.50 Q+A. (R) 12.50 Media Watch. (PG, R) 1.10 Parliament. 2.10 Grand Designs. (R) 3.00 Tenable. (R) 3.45 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv) 4.30 Catalyst. (R) 5.30 7.30. (R)

6.00 Mastermind Australia. (R) 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Who Do You Think You Are? (PGa, R) 8.35 Death Of An Icon: Marilyn Monroe. (Mads, R) 9.35 The Price Of Truth. (Mal) 11.10 SBS World News Late. 11.40 Blackout: Tomorrow Is Too Late. (Malsv) 12.35 Infiniti. (MA15+av, R) 3.35 Going Places With Ernie Dingo. (PGa, R) 4.35 Bamay. (R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PGad) 7.30 Australian Idol. (PG) 8.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. (MA15+l) 9.30 First Dates UK. (Ml) 10.35 The Latest: Seven News. 11.05 The Front Bar: All Sports Edition. (Ml, R) 12.15 Your Money & Your Life. (PG, R) 12.45 Emerald City. (Premiere, MA15+hv) 2.00 Home Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Seven Early News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Married At First Sight. (Mls) 9.00 The Hundred With Andy Lee. (PGls) 10.00 9News Late. 10.30 Travel Guides NZ. (Mls, R) 11.30 Family Law. (Mal) 12.15 Tipping Point. (PG, R) 1.10 Pointless. (PG, R) 2.05 Australia’s Top Ten Of Everything. (PGds, R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (PGa) 4.30 A Current Affair. (R) 5.00 9News Early. 5.30 Today.

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. Hosted by Grant Denyer. 6.30 The Project. A look at the day’s news. 7.30 Australian Survivor. Presented by Jonathan LaPaglia. 9.00 NCIS. (Mav, R) The NCIS team discovers another person has been tracking the serial killer Gibbs was hunting. 10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles. (Mav, R) The team works on a cold case. 11.00 The Project. (R) A look at the day’s news. 12.00 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) 1.00 Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 CBS Mornings.

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. 7.05pm Riley Rocket. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 Adam Hills: The Last Leg. 9.15 Upstart Crow. 9.45 Double Parked. 10.10 Portlandia. 10.55 Back. 11.20 Would I Lie To You? 11.50 MOVIE: Holding The Man. (2015, MA15+) 1.55am Unprotected Sets. 2.50 ABC News Update. 2.55 Close. 5.00 Clangers. 5.10 Kiddets. 5.25 Late Programs.

VICELAND (31) 6am Morning Programs. 12.05pm Most Expensivest. 12.35 Devoured. 1.20 Cryptoland. 1.50 One Star Reviews. 2.15 Earthworks. 3.05 WorldWatch. 5.00 Joy Of Painting. 5.30 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 5.40 Joy Of Painting. 6.10 Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.30 News. 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 8.30 Dark Side Of The 2000s. 9.25 Stone Cold Takes On America. 10.15 Late Programs.

7TWO (62) 6am Morning Programs. 7.30 Room For Improvement. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00 Harry’s Practice. 9.30 NBC Today. Noon Better Homes. 1.00 Escape To The Country. 2.00 To Be Advised. 2.30 The Hotel Inspector. 3.30 Harry’s Practice. 4.00 Animal Rescue. 4.30 Better Homes. 5.30 Escape To The Country. 6.30 Bargain Hunt. 7.30 Rosemary & Thyme. 8.30 A Touch Of Frost. 10.45 Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Morning Programs. 7.30 Skippy. 8.00 TV Shop. 9.30 Newstyle Direct. 10.00 TV Shop. 10.30 Pointless. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Days Of Our Lives. 12.55 The Young And The Restless. 1.50 Explore. 2.05 Dr Quinn. 3.05 Antiques Roadshow. 3.35 MOVIE: The Amorous Prawn. (1962) 5.30 Yorkshire Auction House. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 New Tricks. 8.40 Agatha Christie’s Marple. 10.40 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Buy To Build. 8.30 Diagnosis Murder. 9.30 Jake And The Fatman. 10.30 JAG. 12.30pm In The Dark. 1.30 NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 9.25 FBI. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG.

ABC ME (23)

6am Children’s Programs. 4pm Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 4.20 Odd Squad. 4.45 The Inbestigators. 5.00 Hardball. 5.25 Miraculous. 5.55 So Awkward. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.40 The Penguins Of Madagascar. 8.00 The Legend Of Korra. 8.25 Kong: King Of The Apes. 8.45 Turn Up The Volume. 9.10 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.35 All-Round Champion. 10.25 Rage. 11.30 Close.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am This Beautiful Fantastic. Continued. (2016, PG) 6.40 Three Summers. (2019, PG, Portuguese) 8.25 My Brilliant Career. (1979) 10.20 The Salvation. (2014, M) 12.05pm Breathless. (1960, M, French) 1.45 Sirocco. (1951, PG) 3.30 Whisky Galore. (2016, PG) 5.25 I Capture The Castle. (2003, PG) 7.30 Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. (2019, M, French) 9.45 Joyland. (2022, MA15+, Punjabi) 12.10am Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Morning Programs. 9.00 America’s Game. 10.00 American Pickers. 11.00 Pawn Stars. Noon Outback Opal Hunters. 1.00 Aussie Salvage Squad. 3.00 Billy The Exterminator. 3.30 Desert Collectors. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.30 Outback Truckers. 9.30 Heavy Tow Truckers Down Under. 10.30 Ice Road Truckers. 11.30 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Scorpion. 2.00 Bewitched. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Seinfeld. 4.00 Family Ties. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 I Dream Of Jeannie. 6.00 Raymond. 7.00 The Nanny. 7.30 Seinfeld. 8.30 MOVIE: The Mechanic. (2011, MA15+) 10.30 Seinfeld. 11.30 The Nanny. Midnight Medium. 2.00 I Dream Of Jeannie. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Bakugan: Geogan Rising. 3.30 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 Becker. 8.00 Friends. 9.00 The King Of Queens. 10.00 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 The Big Bang Theory. 2.00 The King Of Queens. 3.00 Rules Of Engagement. 4.00 Farm To Fork. 4.30 Becker. 5.30 Frasier. 6.30 Neighbours. 7.00 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 Two And A Half Men. 10.00 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Late Programs.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 1pm ABC News Day. 2.00 Parliament. 3.10 News. 4.00 Afternoon Briefing. 5.00 ABC News. 6.00 ABC News Hour. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 ABC Evening News. 8.00 ABC News Tonight. 8.45 The Business. 9.00 The World. 10.00 ABC Nightly News. 10.30 7.30. 11.00 News. 11.30 Four Corners. 12.15am News. 12.45 Media Watch. 1.00 News. 1.15 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs. 2pm My Greek Table. 2.30 Food Lover’s Guide. 3.00 Australia’s Food Bowl. 3.30 Amy Schumer Learns To Cook. 4.30 Everyday Gourmet. 5.00 What Chefs Want. (Premiere) 6.00 Food Trail. 6.30 Mary Makes It Easy. 7.00 The Cook Up. 7.30 Mary Berry’s Love To Cook. 8.00 Paula McIntyre’s Hamely Kitchen. 8.30 Selena + Chef. 9.00 Food Trail: South Africa. 9.30 Dine With Me UK. 10.00 Late Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. 1.40pm First Sounds. 2.00 Going Places. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 Jarjums. 4.00 Toi Time. 4.30 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 5.00 Our Stories. 5.30 Indian Country Today News. 6.00 Bamay. 6.30 News. 6.40 Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms. 7.30 MOVIE: The Gospel According To André. (2017, PG) 9.10 MOVIE: White Chicks. (2004, M) 11.10 Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am Morning Programs. 10.30 House Hunters. 11.00 Living Alaska. Noon Help! I Wrecked My House. 1.00 House Hunters. 2.00 Ugliest House In America. 3.00 The Block. 4.00 Living Alaska. 5.00 Flip Or Flop. 6.00 House Hunters Int. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 Twice The Life For Half The Price. 8.30 Holiday Homes In The Sun. 9.30 Fantasy Homes By The Sea. 10.30 Worst House On The Street. 11.30 Late Programs.

SKY NEWS (53)

6am Morning Programs. 10.00 AM Agenda. 11.00 NewsDay. Noon News. 12.30 News. 1.00 Peta Credlin. 2.00 Parliament Live. 3.15 Politics Now. 4.00 Politics Now. 4.30 Business Now With Ross Greenwood. 5.00 The Kenny Report. 6.00 Peta Credlin. 7.00 Bolt Report. 8.00 Sharri. 9.00 Paul Murray Live. 10.00 The Late Debate. 10.30 The Late Debate: The Papers. 11.00 Late Programs.


WEDNESDAY, February 28 ABC TV (2)

SBS (3)

SEVEN (6)

NBN (8, 80)

TEN (5)

6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Four Corners. (R) 10.55 Q+A. (R) 12.00 News. 12.30 Press Club. 1.40 Media Watch. (PG, R) 2.00 Parliament Question Time. 3.00 The Cook And The Chef. (R) 3.25 Tenable. (R) 4.15 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 5.15 Grand Designs. (PG, R)

6.00 Morning Programs. 11.00 Food Markets: In The Belly Of The City. (R) 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 The Point: Road To Referendum History Bites. (R) 2.15 Life As A Marriage Migrant. (PG) 2.25 Mysteries Of The Sphinx. (PGa, R) 3.15 Mastermind Aust. (R) 3.45 The Cook Up. (R) 4.15 Secrets Of The Tower Of London. (PGa, R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (PG, R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R)

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 To Be Advised. 1.00 Motorbike Cops. (PG, R) 1.30 Beach Cops. (PG, R) 2.00 Psych. (Mlv, R) 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 Seven News At 4. 5.00 The Chase Australia.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. (PG) 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 Married At First Sight. (Mls, R) 1.30 Explore TV: Portugal & Spain. (R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 8.00 Ent. Tonight. (R) 8.30 Neighbours. (PGa, R) 9.00 Bold. (PGas, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 Farm To Fork. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGadl, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Australian Survivor. (R) 3.00 Farm To Fork. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Neighbours. (PGa) 4.30 Bold. (PGas) 5.00 News.

6.00 Back Roads. (R) 6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) 7.00 ABC News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Hard Quiz. (PG) 8.30 The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. 9.05 This Is Going To Hurt. (Madls) 9.50 Planet America. 10.20 Adam Hills: The Last Leg. (R) 11.00 ABC Late News. 11.15 The Business. (R) 11.35 Rosehaven. (PG, R) 12.30 Grand Designs. (PG, R) 1.15 Parliament. 2.15 Tenable. (R) 3.05 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv) 4.30 Catalyst. (R) 5.30 7.30. (R)

6.00 Mastermind Australia. (R) 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Scottish Islands With Ben Fogle. (PG) 8.40 The Matchmakers. (PG) 9.40 Kin. (MA15+lv) 10.35 SBS World News Late. 11.05 Blinded. (Mls) 12.00 The Wall: Cover Your Tracks. (Malsv) 3.20 Going Places With Ernie Dingo. (PG, R) 4.20 Bamay. (R) 4.50 Destination Flavour. (R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PG) 7.30 The 1% Club. (PGl) Hosted by Jim Jefferies. 8.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys. (Ml) Christmas is fast approaching and Agnes is upset at having lost a rocking horse decoration. 10.00 The Latest: Seven News. 10.30 Inside Detroit. (Mal, R) Ben Fogle explores Detroit. 12.00 Parenthood. (PGa, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Seven Early News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Married At First Sight. (Mls) 9.00 Under Investigation. (PG) 10.00 9News Late. 10.30 See No Evil. (MA15+av) 11.30 The Equalizer. (MA15+v, R) 12.20 Tipping Point. (PG, R) 1.10 Pointless. (PG, R) 2.00 Destination WA. 2.30 Global Shop. (R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (PGa) 4.30 A Current Affair. (R) 5.00 9News Early. 5.30 Today.

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. Hosted by Grant Denyer. 6.30 The Project. Join the hosts for a look at the day’s news, events and hot topics. 7.30 Soccer. AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifier. Third round. Australia v Uzbekistan. From Marvel Stadium, Melbourne. 10.30 FBI: International. (Mav) Vo investigates the death of an American model. 12.30 The Project. (R) A look at the day’s news. 1.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) Hosted by Stephen Colbert. 2.30 Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 CBS Mornings.

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (AV15+) Extreme Adult Violence (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. 6.55pm Shaun The Sheep. 7.05 Riley Rocket. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 Doc Martin. (Final) 9.20 Ragdoll. 10.50 Killing Eve. 11.35 Would I Lie To You? 12.05am Whose Line Is It Anyway? 12.30 MOVIE: Puberty Blues. (1981, M) 1.50 ABC News Update. 1.55 Close. 5.00 Clangers. 5.10 Kiddets. 5.25 The Wonder Gang. 5.35 Late Programs.

VICELAND (31) 6am WorldWatch. 10.00 The Movie Show. 12.20pm Most Expensivest. 12.50 Planet A. 1.45 Nuts And Bolts. 2.10 Australia In Colour. 3.05 WorldWatch. 5.00 Joy Of Painting. 5.30 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 5.40 Joy Of Painting. 6.10 Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 8.30 Eddie Murphy: Hollywood’s Black King. 9.35 Ferguson Rises. 11.05 Late Programs.

7TWO (62) 6am Shopping. 6.30 Escape To The Country. 7.30 Room For Improvement. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00 Harry’s Practice. 9.30 NBC Today. Noon Better Homes. 1.00 Escape To The Country. 2.00 To Be Advised. 2.30 The Hotel Inspector. 3.30 Harry’s Practice. 4.00 Animal Rescue. 4.30 Better Homes. 5.30 Escape To The Country. 6.30 Bargain Hunt. 7.30 Heartbeat. 8.45 Lewis. 10.45 Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Danger Man. 7.00 Creflo. 7.30 Skippy. 8.00 TV Shop. 10.30 Pointless. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Days Of Our Lives. 12.55 The Young And The Restless. 1.50 Explore. 2.05 Dr Quinn. 3.05 Antiques Roadshow. 3.35 MOVIE: Carlton-Browne Of The F.O. (1959) 5.30 Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 As Time Goes By. 8.40 Midsomer Murders. 10.40 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Buy To Build. 8.30 Diagnosis Murder. 9.30 Jake And The Fatman. 10.30 JAG. 12.30pm In The Dark. 1.30 NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 8.30 NCIS. 9.25 Hawaii Five-0. 10.20 NCIS: Hawai’i. 11.15 Diagnosis Murder. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG.

ABC ME (23)

6am Children’s Programs. 4pm Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 4.20 Odd Squad. 4.45 The Inbestigators. 5.00 Hardball. 5.25 Miraculous. 5.55 So Awkward. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.40 The Penguins Of Madagascar. 8.00 The Legend Of Korra. 8.25 Kong: King Of The Apes. 8.45 Turn Up The Volume. 9.10 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.35 All-Round Champion. 10.30 Rage. 11.30 Close.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Whisky Galore. Continued. (2016, PG) 7.45 Monsieur Verdoux. (1947, PG) 10.00 A Stroke Of Luck. (2016, M, Spanish) 11.40 Commitment Hasan. (2021, M, Turkish) 2.20pm Three Summers. (2019, PG, Portuguese) 4.10 Swallows And Amazons. (2016, PG) 6.00 Princess Caraboo. (1994, PG) 7.50 Stage Mother. (2020, M) 9.30 Jump, Darling. (2020, M) 11.10 Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Morning Programs. 10.00 American Pickers. 11.00 Pawn Stars. Noon Outback Truckers. 2.00 Barrett-Jackson: Revved Up. 3.00 Billy The Exterminator. 3.30 Mt Hutt Rescue. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.30 Highway Patrol. 8.30 The Force: Behind The Line. 9.30 Motorway Patrol. 10.30 Busted In Bangkok. 11.30 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Scorpion. 2.00 Bewitched. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Seinfeld. 4.00 Family Ties. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 I Dream Of Jeannie. 6.00 Raymond. 7.00 The Nanny. 7.30 Seinfeld. 8.30 MOVIE: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. (1989, PG) 10.30 Seinfeld. 11.30 The Nanny. Midnight Medium. 2.00 I Dream Of Jeannie. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 Becker. 8.00 The Middle. 9.00 The Big Bang Theory. 10.00 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 NBL Slam. 1.30 Friends. 2.00 Two And A Half Men. 3.00 Rules Of Engagement. 4.00 Farm To Fork. 4.30 Becker. 5.30 Frasier. 6.30 Neighbours. 7.00 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 Two And A Half Men. 10.00 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Late Programs.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 1.35pm ABC News Day. 2.00 Parliament. 3.10 News. 4.00 Afternoon Briefing. 5.00 ABC News. 6.00 ABC News Hour. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 ABC Evening News. 8.00 ABC News Tonight. 8.45 The Business. 9.00 The World. 10.00 ABC Nightly News. 10.30 7.30. 11.00 News. 11.30 Aust Story. Midnight News. 12.30 That Pacific Sports Show. 1.00 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs. 2pm My Greek Table. 2.30 Food Lover’s Guide. 3.00 Australia’s Food Bowl. 3.30 Amy Schumer Learns To Cook. 4.30 Everyday Gourmet. 5.00 What Chefs Want. 6.00 Food Trail. 6.30 Mary Makes It Easy. 7.00 The Cook Up. 7.30 Paradise Kitchen Bali. 8.00 The Chocolate Queen. 8.30 James Martin’s Spanish Adventures. 9.30 Dine With Me UK. 10.00 Late Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. 1.40pm First Sounds. 2.00 Going Places. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 Jarjums. 3.35 The Magic Canoe. 4.00 Toi Time. 4.30 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 5.00 Our Stories. 5.30 Te Ao With Moana. 6.00 Bamay. 6.30 News. 6.40 Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms. 7.35 High Arctic Haulers. 8.30 Kaepernick & America. 9.55 Buwarrala Aryah. 10.55 Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am Morning Programs. 10.30 House Hunters. 11.00 Living Alaska. 11.30 Worst House On The Street. 12.30pm Fantasy Homes By The Sea. 1.30 Twice The Life For Half The Price. 2.30 The Block. 4.00 Living Alaska. 5.00 Holiday Homes In The Sun. 6.00 House Hunters Int. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 Home Town. 8.30 Good Bones. 9.30 Restored By The Fords. 10.30 Masters Of Flip. 11.30 Late Programs.

SKY NEWS (53)

6am Morning Programs. 9.00 News. 9.30 News. 10.00 AM Agenda. 11.00 NewsDay. Noon News. 12.30 News. 1.00 Bolt Report. 2.00 Parliament Live. 3.15 Politics Now. 4.00 Politics Now. 4.30 Business Now With Ross Greenwood. 5.00 The Kenny Report. 6.00 Peta Credlin. 7.00 Bolt Report. 8.00 Sharri. 9.00 Paul Murray Live. 10.00 The Late Debate. 10.30 The Late Debate: The Papers. 11.00 Late Programs.

THURSDAY, February 29 ABC TV (2)

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6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Aust Story. (R) 10.30 Ask The Doctor. (PG, R) 11.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 12.00 News. 1.00 Whale With Steve Backshall. (R) 2.00 Parliament Question Time. 3.00 The Cook And The Chef. (R) 3.25 Tenable. (R) 4.15 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 5.15 Grand Designs. (PG, R)

6.00 Morning Programs. 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 The Point: Road To Referendum History Bites. (R) 2.05 A Trans Illustrator’s Life In Indonesia. (PG) 2.15 Vietnam’s All-Female Deminers. (PG) 2.25 Search For Cleopatra. (R) 3.15 Mastermind Aust. (R) 3.45 The Cook Up. (PG, R) 4.15 Secrets Of The Tower Of London. (PGa, R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R)

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 MOVIE: Betrayed Within. (2022, Mav) 2.00 Your Money & Your Life. (PG) 2.30 Beach Cops. (PG, R) 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 Seven News At 4. 5.00 The Chase Australia.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. (PG) 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 Married At First Sight. (Mls, R) 1.30 My Way. (PG, R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 8.00 Ent. Tonight. (R) 8.30 Neighbours. (PGa, R) 9.00 Bold. (PGas, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 Farm To Fork. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGal, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 2.00 Dr Phil. (Ma, R) 3.00 Farm To Fork. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Neighbours. (PGa) 4.30 Bold. (PGas) 5.00 News.

6.00 Back Roads. (R) 6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) 7.00 ABC News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Foreign Correspondent. (Return) 8.30 Grand Designs New Zealand. (Return) 9.20 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 10.20 Dream Gardens. (PG, R) 10.50 ABC Late News. 11.05 The Business. (R) 11.25 This Is Going To Hurt. (Madls, R) 12.10 Grand Designs. (PG, R) 12.55 Parliament. 1.55 Joanna Lumley’s Britain. (PG, R) 2.45 Tenable. (R) 3.30 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv) 4.30 Catalyst. (R) 5.30 7.30. (R)

6.00 Mastermind Australia. (R) 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 DNA Family Secrets. (PG) 8.40 Psychedelics: Stepping Into The Unknown – Australia Uncovered. (Mal) Explores psychedelic assisted therapy. 9.40 Culprits. (Final, Malv) Joe tries to lure Dianne into a trap. 10.50 SBS World News Late. 11.20 The Spectacular. (Malv) 12.20 My Brilliant Friend. (Mlsv, R) 4.35 Bamay. (R) 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PGa) 8.30 The Front Bar: All Sports Edition. (Ml) Sam Pang, Mick Molloy and Andy Maher take a look at the world of sport and catch up with the stars of yesteryear. 9.30 The Latest: Seven News. 10.00 Why Ships Crash. (PGa, R) A look at the Suez Canal blockage. 11.15 Born To Kill? (MA15+av, R) 12.15 Black-ish. (PG, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Seven Early News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 RBT. (Mdl) Follows the activities of police units. 8.30 To Be Advised. 10.30 9News Late. 11.00 Chicago Med. (MA15+am) 11.50 A+E After Dark. (Mm, R) 12.40 Tipping Point. (PG, R) 1.40 Pointless. (PG, R) 2.30 Global Shop. (R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (PGa) 4.30 A Current Affair. (R) 5.00 9News Early. 5.30 Today.

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. 6.30 The Project. A look at the day’s news. 7.30 The Dog House Australia. (PGa) Kelly meets a fluff ball named Jinglebells. 8.30 Gogglebox Australia. Opinionated viewers discuss TV shows. 9.30 Law & Order: SVU. (Mas, R) Benson tries to help a student. 10.30 Blue Bloods. (Mv, R) Erin faces disturbing accusations. 11.30 The Project. (R) A look at the day’s news. 12.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) 1.30 Home Shopping. (R) 4.30 CBS Mornings.

CONSUMER ADVICE (P) Pre-school (C) Children (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions (a) Adult themes (d) Drug references (h) Horror (s) Sex references (l) Language (m) Medical procedures (n) Nudity (v) Violence.

ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. 7.20pm Bluey. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 Hard Quiz. 9.05 Gruen. 9.40 The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. 10.10 Penn & Teller: Fool Us. 10.55 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 11.15 Adam Hills: The Last Leg. Midnight Would I Lie To You? 12.30 Black Mirror. 1.30 Live At The Apollo. 2.00 Louis Theroux: Extreme Love. 3.00 Late Programs.

VICELAND (31) 6am WorldWatch. 10.00 The Movie Show. 12.05pm Most Expensivest. 12.35 One Armed Chef. 2.25 The Tailings. 2.40 The Pizza Show. 3.05 WorldWatch. 5.00 Joy Of Painting. 5.30 Lee Lin Chin’s Fashionista. 5.40 Joy Of Painting. 6.10 Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 8.30 The Curse Of Oak Island. 10.10 Late Programs.

7TWO (62) 6am Morning Programs. 7.30 Room For Improvement. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00 Harry’s Practice. 9.30 NBC Today. Noon Better Homes. 1.00 Escape To The Country. 2.00 To Be Advised. 2.30 My Greek Odyssey. 3.30 Harry’s Practice. 4.00 Animal Rescue. 4.30 Better Homes. 5.30 Escape To The Country. 6.30 Bargain Hunt. 7.30 Father Brown. 8.30 The Coroner. 10.30 Murdoch Mysteries. 11.30 Late Programs.

9GEM (82) 6am Danger Man. 7.00 Creflo. 7.30 Skippy. 8.00 TV Shop. 10.30 Pointless. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Days Of Our Lives. 12.55 The Young And The Restless. 1.50 Explore. 2.05 Dr Quinn. 3.05 Antiques Roadshow. 3.35 MOVIE: She’ll Have To Go. (1962, PG) 5.30 Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 Keeping Up Appearances. 8.40 Poirot. 10.50 Late Programs.

BOLD (51) 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Soccer. A-League Men. Round 18. Sydney FC v Melbourne City. Highlights. 8.30 Diagnosis Murder. 9.30 Jake And The Fatman. 10.30 JAG. 12.30pm In The Dark. 1.30 NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 8.30 NCIS. 9.25 NCIS: New Orleans. 10.20 Evil. 11.15 Diagnosis Murder. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG.

ABC ME (23)

6am Children’s Programs. 4pm Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 4.20 Odd Squad. 4.45 The Inbestigators. 5.00 Hardball. 5.25 Miraculous. 5.55 So Awkward. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.40 The Penguins Of Madagascar. 8.00 The Legend Of Korra. 8.25 Kong: King Of The Apes. 8.45 Turn Up The Volume. 9.15 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.40 All-Round Champion. 10.35 Rage. 11.30 Close.

SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Morning Programs. 6.50 Krull. (1983, PG) 9.00 I Capture The Castle. (2003, PG) 11.10 Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. (2019, M, French) 1.25pm The Man With The Answers. (2021, M) 2.55 The Movie Show. 3.25 Monsieur Verdoux. (1947, PG) 5.40 Peggy Sue Got Married. (1986, PG) 7.35 Desperately Seeking Susan. (1985, M) 9.30 Benedetta. (2021, MA15+, French) 11.55 Late Programs.

7MATE (64) 6am Morning Programs. 10.00 American Pickers. 11.00 Pawn Stars. Noon Highway Patrol. 1.00 The Force: BTL. 2.00 Secrets Of The Supercars. 3.00 Billy The Exterminator. 3.30 Mt Hutt Rescue. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.30 Counting Cars. 8.30 MOVIE: Independence Day: Resurgence. (2016, M) 10.55 Late Programs.

9GO! (83) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Scorpion. 2.00 Bewitched. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Seinfeld. 4.00 Family Ties. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 I Dream Of Jeannie. 6.00 Raymond. 7.00 The Nanny. 7.30 Survivor 46. (Return) 9.30 MOVIE: Sisters. (2015, MA15+) 11.50 Dating No Filter. 12.20am Medium. 2.00 I Dream Of Jeannie. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Bakugan: Geogan Rising. 3.30 Late Programs.

PEACH (52) 6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 Becker. 8.00 The Middle. 9.00 The Big Bang Theory. 10.00 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 Two And A Half Men. 3.00 Rules Of Engagement. 4.00 Farm To Fork. 4.30 Becker. 5.30 Frasier. 6.30 Neighbours. 7.00 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 Two And A Half Men. 11.00 Frasier. Midnight Shopping. 1.30 Stephen Colbert. 2.30 Late Programs.

ABC NEWS (24) 6am News Programs. 1pm ABC News Day. 2.00 Parliament. 3.10 News. 4.00 Afternoon Briefing. 5.00 ABC News. 6.00 ABC News Hour. 7.00 ABC National News. 7.30 ABC Evening News. 8.00 ABC News Tonight. 8.45 The Business. 9.00 The World. 10.00 ABC Nightly News. 10.30 7.30. 11.00 News. 11.30 Planet America. Midnight News. 12.30 China Tonight. 1.00 News. 1.15 Late Programs.

SBS FOOD (33) 6am Morning Programs. 2pm My Greek Table. 2.30 Food Lover’s Guide. 3.00 Australia’s Food Bowl. 3.30 Amy Schumer Learns To Cook. 4.30 Everyday Gourmet. 5.00 What Chefs Want. 6.00 Food Trail. 6.30 Mary Makes It Easy. 7.00 The Cook Up. 7.30 My Greatest Dishes. 8.30 Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico. 9.40 Come Dine With Me UK. 10.30 The Cook Up. 11.00 Late Programs.

NITV (34) 6am Morning Programs. 1.30pm Woven Threads Stories From Within. 1.40 First Sounds. 2.00 Going Places. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 Jarjums. 4.30 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 5.00 Our Stories. 5.30 The 77 Percent. 6.00 Bamay. 6.30 News. 6.40 Africa’s Hidden Kingdoms. 7.30 Going Places With Ernie Dingo. 8.30 Dreaming Whilst Black. 9.30 MOVIE: Flawless. (1999, MA15+) 11.30 Late Programs.

9LIFE (84) 6am Morning Programs. Noon Good Bones. 1.00 Masters Of Flip. 2.00 Home Town. 3.00 The Block. 4.00 Living Alaska. 5.00 Restored By The Fords. 6.00 House Hunters Int. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 House Hunters Renovation. 8.30 Fixer Upper. 9.30 My Lottery Dream Home International. 10.00 My Lottery Dream Home. 10.30 Unsellable Houses. 11.30 Late Programs.

SKY NEWS (53)

6am Morning Programs. 9.00 News. 9.30 News. 10.00 AM Agenda. 11.00 NewsDay. Noon News. 12.30 News. 1.00 Sharri. 2.00 Parliament Live. 3.15 Politics Now. 4.00 Politics Now. 4.30 Business Now With Ross Greenwood. 5.00 The Kenny Report. 6.00 Peta Credlin. 7.00 Bolt Report. 8.00 Sharri. 9.00 Paul Murray Live. 10.00 The Late Debate. 10.30 The Late Debate: The Papers. 11.00 Late Programs.


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KNOTFEST ROARS BACK TO BRISBANE Metal Mayhem Awaits in March

Get ready to unleash your inner headbanger, Brisbane! Knotfest, the electrifying festival celebrating all things heavy, is returning to the Sunshine State in 2024, bigger and fiercer than ever before. Mark your calendars for March 24th, because the Brisbane Showgrounds is about to transform into a mecca of sonic brutality and artistic expression. This year’s edition promises an unforgettable experience,

headlined by none other than the legendary Pantera. Reunited after two decades, the iconic metal giants are sure to set the stage ablaze with their genre-defining riffs and raw energy. Sharing the top billing is the multi-platinum act Disturbed, whose anthemic choruses and David Draiman’s signature vocals will guarantee an epic singalong. But the carnage doesn’t stop there. The

stacked lineup boasts a diverse range of heavy hitters, catering to every metalhead’s preference. Thrash masters Lamb of God will deliver their signature mosh pit anthems, while the powerful vocals of Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale will pierce through the air. International acts like The Hu and Asking Alexandria add a global flavor to the mix, alongside Aussie favorites like Thy Art Is Murder and Escape

The Fate. Knotfest is more than just music, it’s an immersive experience. Prepare to be captivated by the revamped KNOTFEST Museum, showcasing 25 years of Slipknot’s iconic memorabilia. Wander through art installations, fuel your fire with delicious food and drinks, and lose yourself in the electrifying atmosphere. This year also marks the debut of the Sound

and Fury Stage, a platform dedicated to showcasing the underground’s finest. Catch the likes of Harms Way, Chat Pile, Full of Hell, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, and Weekend Nachos tearing up the stage with their raw, experimental sounds. Whether you’re a seasoned metal veteran or a curious newcomer, Knotfest offers something for everyone. This isn’t just a concert;

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More grants to grow Australia’s plantation forests are now open The second round of grants for the $74 million Support Plantation Establishment Program is now open for applications. Farm foresters, First Nations businesses and the forestry industry are among those who will benefit from funding to support more new plantation forests in Australia. Acting Deputy Secretary of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Policy Group Dr Jared Greenville said the grants aimed to increase domestic timber supply, particularly construction and manufacturing timber. “Australia’s plantation forest estate has been in decline for over a decade,” Dr Greenville said.

“Estimates from 2019 predict a shortfall in domestic production of softwood logs of 3.4 million m3 by 2050 based on 2015–16 production levels. “That’s why this grant opportunity continues to

play an important role to increase Australia’s future timber supply and reduce our dependence on imported timber. “It’s also an important investment in regional and rural jobs and the new plantations will

continue to contribute to Australia’s carbon emission reduction targets.” The first round of the program has awarded more than $3.2 million across 7 projects in New South

Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania. It is expected that a further announcement of successful projects from the first round, which closed on 24 January, will be made shortly. “The Australian

Government is providing funding of $2,000 (GST exclusive) per hectare of new longrotation plantation forest established,” Dr Greenville said. “It can take some tree species 20 to 30 years of growing before they are suitable for harvest and can be processed into structural timber. “This growing time is even longer for some hardwood species.” Projects can run for 1, 2 or 3 years and must be concluded no later than 30 June 2027. For more information or to apply for a grant, see the QR Code below.

Producers Maintain Opposition to Biosecurity Levy The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) acknowledges Agriculture Minister, the Hon. Murray Watt’s comments on the Biosecurity Protection Levy during his opening address to Senate estimates. However, without further detail, producers persist in their opposition to this policy. NFF President David Jochinke stated, “The agricultural sector, in conjunction with supply chain participants, has overwhelmingly

voiced objections to the levy, citing numerous issues with its policy framework and implementation.” “At the 40th NFF Members’ Council in October, the sector’s primary policy-making body comprising all NFF member presidents from state and commodity organizations, passed a motion opposing the policy,” Jochinke added. He acknowledged the Minister’s remarks today, which recognize industry concerns, particularly

regarding equitability and transparency. However, significant

details regarding the levy’s design and its practical implications

for producers remain undisclosed. Jochinke emphasized the need for transparency regarding the impact on existing levies, the utilization of collected funds for concrete biosecurity outcomes, establishment of formal producer oversight mechanisms, and acknowledgment of existing producer contributions to the broader biosecurity system. “With less than five months until

implementation, Australia’s 85,000 farmers and numerous supply chain participants are confronted with what appears to be a fundamentally flawed proposal,” Jochinke asserted. He urged the Government to continue listening to producers and implement a process to address their concerns adequately. Until these issues are properly resolved, the NFF maintains its opposition to the Levy.

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February 22, 2024!!!

Investment in Research and Development crucial for advancing Australian Agriculture Research and development (R&D) funding for Australian agriculture in the fiscal year 2022-23 amounted to $2.32 billion, according to a new report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Acting Executive Director of ABARES David Galeano said that while this figure was slightly lower than the previous year’s $2.35 billion, it demonstrated the sustained commitment to increasing agricultural technology and knowledge. “This report reveals that the average annual growth rate in total Australian agricultural R&D funding from 2013-14 to 2022-23 was 2.01%,” Mr Galeano said. “In acknowledging the role of R&D investment as a key policy area

supporting productivity, the report underscores the collective efforts of State and Commonwealth governments, universities, and industry players. “Public investment

in agricultural R&D reached $1.3 billion in 2022-23, reinforcing the ongoing commitment to driving innovation and sustainability in the sector.” Previous ABARES

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substantial impact and potential of R&D initiatives in enhancing the economic viability of Australian agriculture. “As we continue to face evolving challenges, maintaining and, if

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40 RURAL NEWS

February 22, 2024!!!

NHVR launches operation to boost heavy vehicle safety in the construction industry

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update In the week ending 14 February 2024, troughs generated showers in the tropics, extending into southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. Onshore winds brought showers to the coastal region of southeast Queensland and New South Wales. A high-pressure system kept elsewhere dry. • Over the coming days, a monsoonal low-pressure system is expected to generate heavy rainfall of up to 300 millimetres in the tropical north. Onshore winds will bring showers to the eastern parts of the country. A high-pressure system will keep much of central and southwestern areas of the country dry. o Rainfall in Queensland and New South Wales will continue to support development of summer crops and pasture growth but dry conditions elsewhere, particularly in Western Australia, will continue to see a decline in soil moisture levels. Significant rainfall in autumn will be required in these areas to support the planting of winter crops. • Globally, variable rainfall during January has led to mixed crop production prospects. o Global production conditions were generally

favourable for maize and soybeans, but variable for wheat and rice. o Global production conditions have generally improved, except for South America, compared to those used to formulate ABARES forecasts of global grain supplies and world prices for 2023-24 in its December 2023 edition of the Agricultural Commodities Report. As a result, global grain production is likely to be higher, but global oilseed production is expected to be lower than that forecast in December. • Water storage levels in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) decreased between 7 February 2024 and 14 February 2024 by 125 gigalitres (GL). Current volume of water held in storage is 18 517 GL. This is 13 percent or 2652 GL less than at the same time last year. • Allocation prices in the Victorian Murray below the Barmah Choke decreased from $42 on 8 February 2024 to $32 on 15 February 2024. Prices are lower in the Murrumbidgee, regions above the Barmah choke and the Goulburn-Broken due to the binding of the Murrumbidgee export limit, Barmah choke trade constraint, and the Goulburn intervalley trade limit.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is set to launch an on-road targeted operation, focused on mechanical safety and compliance with mass, dimension and loading requirements of heavy vehicles operating in support of the construction sector. NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the operation will commence this month and run for four weeks across NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, ACT, and TAS. “Throughout the operation, we will prioritise education in the first instance to ensure operators and drivers have a clear understanding of the risks associated with non-compliance during heavy vehicle transport activities in the construction industry, and know how to manage them,” Mr Salvati said. “Drivers and operators should always be practicing safe behaviours, such as implementing a daily check list to ensure the mechanical safety of vehicles, or utilising measuring devices, such as tape measures or height sticks, to confirm the vehicle and its load

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Nature NSW applauds the protection of our oceans from offshore fossil fuel extraction The closure of the Flood Recovery Centre at Carrington Street on February 8 marks a significant milestone in Lismore’s recovery journey, following nearly two years of dedicated service in assisting the community after the devastating floods of February 2022. As the Recovery Centre concludes its operations, the NSW Reconstruction Authority will step in to provide ongoing flood-related assistance from the same location at 14 Carrington Street. Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg expressed gratitude for the Centre’s role in supporting floodaffected residents and

businesses throughout the Lismore LGA, emphasizing that its closure signifies progress towards recovery. Mayor Krieg acknowledged the invaluable contributions of staff, volunteers, and community members who supported the Centre’s operations, particularly during the challenging initial period following the disaster. The Centre offered essential services such as grant support, recovery assistance, emergency accommodation, and mental health services, playing a crucial role in aiding the community’s recovery process. With declining visitation rates

in recent months, it is evident that the Centre has fulfilled its mission of supporting Lismore residents and businesses. Initially located at Southern Cross University’s V Block, the Centre was relocated multiple times before settling at 14 Carrington Street within the NSW Reconstruction Authority’s offices in November 2023. Lismore City Council General Manager Jon Gibbons emphasized the collaborative effort between agencies and the dedication of staff and volunteers as key to the Centre’s success. One notable achievement of

the Centre was the distribution of over 1,729 GIVIT vouchers to address various community needs, including beds, white goods, and essential supplies like petrol and groceries. To further support residents, essential services are available, including the Disaster Response Legal Service, Uniting Recovery Support, Social Futures: Recovery Connect, Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service, and Head to Health, providing assistance and resources for ongoing recovery efforts.

RESILIENT LANDS PROGRAM TOO SLOW TOO SLOW

Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan (pictured) has said the Resilient Lands Program announcement today is “to slow for our community. Most families who were flooded have already made their decisions. They have sold and moved from the area. Or they have sold and bought another house, sometimes back in the flood area. Or they have renovated and are staying in their home.” “It will be 4 years post the disaster before

anyone is relocated and living on the land announced today. Releasing 400 blocks of land should be a yearly goal of councils and a normal course of business. Today’s announcement that 400 homes will be available 4 years after the event is not something we should be self-congratulating ourselves for. This is too slow for the families who were flooded 2 years ago,” said Mr Hogan.

Multiple Marine Rescue NSW Units Collaborate for Successful Rescue Mission off Cape Byron In a testament to the spirit of collaboration and professionalism, volunteers from Marine Rescue Brunswick, Point Danger, and the Port Macquarie radio hub joined forces overnight to execute a successful rescue operation. The mission involved aiding an 18-meter disabled motor cruiser carrying three individuals off Cape Byron. The sequence of events unfolded when Marine Rescue NSW radio operators at Port Macquarie received a distress call from the vessel, reporting mechanical issues and a complete loss of power. The incident occurred approximately three kilometres off Cape Byron around 7:15

Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Upon receiving the call for assistance, Marine Rescue Brunswick promptly mobilized a volunteer crew aboard Brunswick 30 to respond to the situation. BR 30 swiftly reached the distressed vessel, which was en route from Sydney to Queensland when it encountered mechanical failure. The crew of Brunswick 30 took the initiative to secure the disabled vessel and initiated a tow operation. However, due to the considerable size of the motor cruiser, Marine Rescue Point Danger Unit Commander Keith Smith explained that PD 31 was subsequently tasked to complete the mission.

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throughout the mission. Point Danger 31 not only executed the rescue operation with precision but also utilized the opportunity to engage in training activities. Two trainees were onboard, gaining invaluable reallife experience in marine rescue operations. Marine Rescue NSW, as a volunteer-based non-profit organization, remains steadfast in its mission to safeguard boaters and uphold the safety of coastal communities. The successful outcome of this collaborative effort serves as a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the organization’s volunteers.


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GRANT FOR MURWILLUMBAH COMMUNITY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS

Janelle Saffin MP (centre) with (from left) Kerry Pritchard, Murwillumbah Core President, and committee members Jennifer Booth, Sarra Robertson and Kath Nolan.

Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has unveiled a $40,000 grant for Murwillumbah Core aimed at bolstering community resilience in the face of future disasters. The funding, part of the NSW Government’s Local Small Commitments Allocation Program, will support programs to equip communities with the tools and resources needed to effectively respond to emergencies. Ms. Saffin underscored the significance of Murwillumbah Core, a vital component of the Hub 2484 initiative, as a deserving recipient of the grant. Stemming from the dedicated efforts of volunteers who played a pivotal role in supporting communities during the 2022 floods and beyond,

Murwillumbah Core has emerged as a beacon of resilience in times of crisis. Highlighting the invaluable contributions of local volunteers during the 2022 natural disaster, Ms. Saffin emphasized their tireless efforts in providing essential support to ensure the safety, sustenance, and well-being of affected communities. The funding will empower Murwillumbah Core to enhance its preparedness for future emergencies by implementing initiatives such as training local leaders, establishing resident assistance registers, improving communication channels, and bolstering risk assessment capabilities.

Commending the leadership of coordinator Kerry Pritchard and the collective commitment of the Murwillumbah Core team, Ms. Saffin applauded their unwavering dedication to community welfare and their proactive approach to disaster preparedness. The grant exemplifies the transformative impact of grassroots projects supported by the Local Small Commitments Allocation Program, showcasing how targeted investments can foster resilience and strengthen community cohesion. For more information on the Local Small Commitments Allocation Program, interested parties can visit https:// www.nsw.gov.au/grantsand-funding/lsca-home.

Hotel sale with $30 million price tag in Byron Bay

Only four blocks from the beach in Byron Bay, the Vali Hotel, acquired by Scott Didier, founder and CEO of ASX-listed Jons Lyng Group in 2021, has sold again. It is the first hotel transaction above $20 million since 2019 and it was after a highly competitive campaign that held a price guide of $30 million. Mr Didier had completed extensive renovations on the 52-room hotel creating a Palm Springs and California coastal aesthetic in the heart of the tourist town. Gareth Closter, Senior Vice President at JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group said the sale aligned with recent regulatory changes

made by Byron Shire Council for short-term rental accommodation. This involves a 60-day cap on residential properties, which is expected to redirect visitors towards hotels, motels, and traditional forms of accommodation. “This huge regulatory change will provide an exciting opportunity for improved trading performance for existing operators. Especially in an accommodation market like Byron Bay which has such a strong presence of ‘holiday rental’ operators such as Airbnb,” he said. Andrew Langsford, Senior Vice President at JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group said the sale attracted

significant interest from local, domestic, and offshore investors. “Byron Bay is an incredibly unique market with extremely strong demand fundamentals and limited large-scale hotel and accommodation offerings,” he said. “The majority of hotel investors and operators are interested in having a presence in the region which was reflected in the Vali Byron Bay sale process.” Byron Bay is seeing a flourish of upscale boutique hotels which include the newly opened Marvell Hotel and Swell Hotel, Byron Bay. A new establishment, Basq House is planned to open later this year.

Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds. In collaboration with NSW Health, the NSW Department of Education is spearheading the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program, aimed at making these checks readily accessible to all 4-year-olds attending participating services, including public

preschools, community preschools, and long-day care centres. Recent data from the 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) revealed that over 44 percent of NSW children do not meet developmental milestones upon commencing school. Additionally, almost half of all 4-year-olds miss out on their recommended health and development assessments. The HDC program represents a strategic investment, with local health district

professionals teaming up with early childhood services to schedule these checks and identify any necessary support ahead of school entry. The assessments cover various aspects of children’s health and development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development, speech and communication skills, motor skills, and physical growth. Furthermore, the HDC program aims to boost the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children meeting developmental

milestones across all five Australian Early Development Census domains to 55 percent by 2031, aligning with Closing the Gap target 4. To facilitate the HDC program, the NSW Department of Education has allocated over $4 million to its HDC Participation Grant Program. This initiative aims to aid eligible services in accessing the HDC program more efficiently. Eligible services participating in the HDC program in 2024 can apply for grant funding across three categories,

with a total of up to $7,500 in available funds. These categories include: 1. Staffing support for the health and development checks program, such as providing relief for educators to complete pre-assessment questionnaires or support children during the checks. 2. Space development for the health and development checks, including repurposing or refurbishing rooms within the service. 3. Capacity-building

initiatives to support children’s health and development post-check, such as attending workshops or completing training. Interested services can check their eligibility for the grant and submit applications through the department’s website using the SmartyGrants platform. The application window closes on March 31, 2024. Simply scan the QR Code


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Brisbane Welcomes the International Cake Show Australia 2024! By Jeff Gibbs From April 12th to 14th, Brisbane is set to become the ultimate destination for cake enthusiasts as it hosts the prestigious International Cake Show Australia 2024! Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Exhibition Hall 2, this event promises to be an unparalleled celebration of edible artistry, creativity, and sweet indulgence. What to Expect:

1. Diverse Displays: Prepare to be dazzled by a myriad of aweinspiring cake creations, including a spooky Sugar House of Horror, life-sized Bumblebee Transformer, Barbie cakes, and more! 2. Exciting Events:

family outing. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event that brings together cake enthusiasts from across the globe. Mark your calendars for April 12th to 14th and join us at the International Cake Show Australia 2024 for an unforgettable experience! For bookings and more information, visit https://www.acada.com. au/cake-show.html. Hosted by the Australian Cake Artists and Decorators

Australia’s own cake super star Verusca Walker will be demonstrating Barbie cakes (like these shown)

Witness thrilling competitions such as the Clash of the Cookie Titans, where leading cookie artists go head-tohead under pressure, and the International Cake Off Challenge, featuring teams from Australia, international contenders,

and rising stars battling it out for the title. 3. Interactive Workshops: Delve into the world of cake decorating with over 100 free demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and classes suitable for all experience levels. Learn from celebrity chefs, sugar heroes, and industry experts as they share their tips and tricks. 4. Haute Couture Marquee: Experience the epitome of elegance as top wedding cake

designers compete for the title of Australasian Haute Couture Wedding Cake Designer of the year, with challenges set by renowned wedding dress designer George Wu. 5. Shopping Extravaganza: Explore Sweet Street, an array of shops offering delectable treats and baking supplies, and immerse yourself in the Cookie Zone for all your cookie-making needs. Special Discount Offer: Take advantage of our

special discount offer by entering the code “ICSA2for1” to purchase two tickets for the price of one! Plus, children under 12 enter for free, making it the perfect

Association (ACADA), the International Cake Show Australia promises to be a feast for the senses and a celebration of creativity like no other!


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February 22, 2024!!!

44 TRAVEL NEWS ADVERTORIAL

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February 22, 2024!!!

46 REAL ESTATE NEWS

Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW Nearly $3 million in funding from the NSW Government is set to expedite the delivery of almost 24,000 new regional homes, with 16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund. Ranging from the North Coast to the Central West and the Riverina, these councils will receive grants of up to $250,000 each. The objective of these grants is to accelerate the delivery of new homes in regional areas through various strategies, including the formulation of housing plans, infrastructure preparation, and amendments to local environmental plans to facilitate the construction of diverse and affordable housing options. As more individuals opt for regional NSW living, the demand for homes has increased, leading to rising prices and a shortage of available properties.

Hence, bolstering regional housing supply is paramount. These grants are part of a broader set of initiatives aimed at boosting regional housing supply, including the expansion of the Government’s Urban Development Program, the Regional Housing Flying Squad, the Regional Housing Fund, and the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund.

Together, these initiatives aim to streamline the planning process, support necessary infrastructure development, and aid regional councils in their housing-related endeavours. In Round 1 of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund, $3.85 million was allocated to 20 projects across 19 councils. Notable projects include the Raymond Terrace Sub-

Australian Property Market: Government Asserts Negative Gearing ‘Here To Stay’ Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is standing firm against calls to curtail Australia’s generous property tax benefits, rebuffing pressure from the Greens and housing advocacy groups urging the abolition of negative gearing. With the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate, the party is leveraging its influence to push for changes to negative gearing in exchange for supporting the Government’s help-tobuy scheme in the Upper House. Max Chandler-Mather, the Greens’ housing spokesperson and one of the few MPs who rent, has been vocal about renters’ rights, highlighting the disparity in property ownership among federal MPs, where over 65% own at least one investment

property. “The system is stacked against renters and first home buyers,” ChandlerMather asserted. “Pressure works. Labor changed their position on stage-three tax cuts, and now they need to change their position on negative gearing and capital gains tax.” The Everybody’s Home campaign, representing welfare and housing organizations, echoed the call to abolish negative gearing and the capital gains discount. However, the Prime Minister has categorically ruled out any adjustments, stating he has “no intention” of altering property taxes. Labor’s stance on negative gearing has evolved, having previously taken it to the 2016 and 2019 federal elections, promising to scale back tax breaks on new investment

properties, but subsequently abandoning the policy after electoral defeats. Meanwhile, CoreLogic data revealed that the value of residential real estate reached an estimated $10.3 trillion by the end of January, with regional dwelling values rising at 1.2% for the month, outpacing the 1% increase in the capitals. Although the rate of rent increases shows signs of slowing, it remains a significant burden on tenants. Australian rent values climbed by a further 0.8% in January, up from the 0.6% increase recorded in December, contributing to an annual growth rate of 8.3% in January, according to CoreLogic’s Housing Chart report.

Precincts Master Plan collaboration between Port Stephens Council and Homes NSW, aimed at expediting affordable housing supply. Another project by Port Stephens Council focused on addressing development barriers such as drainage and flooding resilience in the Shoal Bay Precinct. Armidale Regional Council, another recipient of Round 1 funding, successfully developed and

implemented its Local Housing Strategy. For further details on the councils receiving funding and their respective projects, interested parties can visit the NSW Planning website. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully (pictured) emphasized the importance of supporting regional councils in expediting housing delivery for

their communities. He highlighted the crucial role of regional NSW in the state’s housing supply landscape and underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring housing targets are met while also addressing

AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Gone are the days of manual property searches and mundane tasks. AI is reshaping the landscape, empowering professionals, and enhancing customer experiences like never before. Here are four ways AI is revolutionizing real estate: 1. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: AI-powered assistants engage with clients, address queries, and provide personalized recommendations, offering round-theclock support. This frees up professionals’ time to focus on highvalue tasks, leading to

unparalleled customer experiences. 2. Empowered Property Search: AI algorithms analyse vast amounts of data to deliver accurate insights and personalized recommendations, streamlining the property search process. Buyers and professionals can make more informed decisions quickly, aligning with customer demands. 3. Better Data for Investors: AI simplifies property valuation and risk assessment by analysing real-time data and identifying patterns. Investors can make informed decisions based on predictive analytics, ensuring profitable investments in a dynamic market. 4. Simplified

Property Management: AI-driven smart home technologies automate routine tasks, monitor energy consumption, and detect maintenance issues in real-time. This streamlines property management, reduces costs, and optimizes property performance. In conclusion, AI is not only transforming real estate operations but also propelling the industry into predictive analytics. By leveraging historical data and market trends, AI algorithms forecast future property prices and demand, empowering professionals to seize profitable opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. With AI, the future of real estate looks promising.


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Investor excitement surrounding Bitcoin is resurging as the quadrennial ‘halving’ approaches. Bitcoin surged to $US50,000 on Monday for the first time in two years, spurred by a wave of new investor enthusiasm and mounting anticipation surrounding an enigmatic event known as “the halving.” Although Bitcoin retreated back into the high 40s on Tuesday, breaking a seven-day streak of gains, it remains significantly below its all-time high of around $US69,000. Nonetheless, Bitcoin has demonstrated an extraordinary resurgence over the past eighteen months, skyrocketing over 200 per cent from its 2022 low of $US16,000. Several factors are propelling the current Bitcoin fervor, including a surge of capital from investors in newly launched Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and excitement surrounding the halving, a period when the rate of Bitcoin production is halved. “Now that $US50,000 has been surpassed, $US69,000 followed by $US100,000 seem attainable in 2024 as attention shifts from the ETFs to the imminent halving,” remarked Antoni Trenchev, cofounder of crypto lender Nexo Capital. “This is particularly exhilarating because, if history repeats itself, the next 12 to 18 months will be a whirlwind for crypto.” The halving, also known as the “halvening,” is a core tenet of the Bitcoin

ethos. In essence, the halving is a feature in Bitcoin’s architecture that automatically reduces the pace of new coins entering circulation. It occurs approximately every four years and theoretically drives the price of Bitcoin higher. To grasp its mechanics, one must understand Bitcoin’s fundamental premise as a decentralized asset — its value is not dictated by a central authority but by a sprawling peer-to-

peer network of robust computers that oversee all Bitcoin transactions through a resourceintensive process called mining. Those operating the networked computers, or miners, are compensated in Bitcoins for their efforts. However, approximately every four years, the number of Bitcoins awarded to a miner (or validator) is halved. This adjustment serves several purposes. Bitcoin

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is intentionally finite — only 21 million coins will ever exist — and this scarcity underpins its value proposition, advocates argue. By halving the reward periodically, Bitcoin combats inflation while also incentivizing miners. As inflation decreases and Bitcoin becomes scarcer, the theory posits that its price will ascend. “Each halving has historically spurred bullish price movements,” noted

Gareth Rhodes, former deputy superintendent at the New York State Department of Financial Services and managing director at research firm Pacific Street. “This aligns with expectations, as increased demand constraints typically result in price increases.” In 2020, the reward decreased from 12.5 Bitcoin to 6.25. This year, anticipated in April, it will further diminish from 6.25 to 3.125. Investors have ample

reason to be optimistic, provided they can weather the short-term volatility inherent in crypto markets. In the lead-up to and aftermath of Bitcoin’s inaugural halving in 2012, its price surged by approximately 30,000 per cent, according to Rhodes. Similarly, the 2016 halving yielded an almost 800 per cent increase over two years, while the 2020 event resulted in a 700 per cent gain. The impending halving is setting the stage for a high-stakes chess match in the markets, according to Henry Robinson, co-founder of Decimal Digital Currency. “Sentiments are bullish, particularly in the long term, but the psychology surrounding such a significant event can fuel significant volatility,” he observed. “The last month epitomizes the crypto experience,” remarked Trenchev. “Investors who purchased Bitcoin ETFs at the recent low of $US38,500 have reaped a 30 per cent profit, whereas those who entered at $US49,000 on January 11 endured a 20 per cent plunge and a trial by fire. Welcome to crypto — it’s not for the faint-hearted.” It’s crucial to note that the information provided is of a general nature and does not constitute personal financial advice. Individual circumstances, financial situations, and needs must be considered before acting on any information provided.

Unemployment virtually unchanged in January

In January 2024, the Australian labour market saw minimal change in ‘real’ unemployment, with 1,382,000 individuals (8.9% of the workforce) classified as unemployed. Additionally, 1,618,000 people (10.4%) were under-employed, bringing the total of unemployed or underemployed individuals to a significant 3 million Australians (19.3% of the workforce). Despite the high rates of unemployment and under-employment, the past year has witnessed a notable surge in employment, with a remarkable increase of 732,000 jobs, totalling 14,150,000 employed individuals. This marks the most substantial annual employment growth since the conclusion of the COVID-19 pandemic. The January Roy Morgan Unemployment estimates, sourced from a cross-section survey of Australians aged 14 and above, classify individuals as unemployed if they are actively seeking employment, regardless of the duration of their search. In January, the workforce slightly declined to 15,532,000 individuals, with

14,150,000 employed and 1,382,000 unemployed individuals. Fulltime employment decreased by 37,000 to 9,205,000, while part-time employment saw a modest increase of 12,000, reaching 4,945,000. The number of unemployed individuals rose by 18,000, with 877,000 seeking parttime work and 505,000 looking for full-time employment. While the workforce expanded by over 500,000 compared to the previous year, overall unemployment and under-employment slightly decreased by 0.1% points to 19.3% in January. The number of under-employed individuals, those working part-time but seeking additional work, decreased by 33,000 to 1.62 million. Compared to the pre-COVID-19 period in early March 2020, January 2024 saw a significant increase of over 850,000 Australians classified as either unemployed or under-employed, despite the overall employment figure of 14,150,000 being nearly 1.3 million higher than the prepandemic level of 12,872,000.


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48 MOTORING NEWS

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: “A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads” By Jeff Gibbs Toyota Australia is gearing up for the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado, set to hit the market with a range of new features and enhancements aimed at solidifying its position as a top contender in the SUV segment. With a mid-year launch on the horizon, the automaker has revealed key details about the upcoming Prado, including its variant line-up and advanced drivetrain specifications. The new Prado will boast five distinct grades, catering to a wide range of preferences and driving needs. From the entry-level GX to the top-tier Kakadu spec, buyers can expect a comprehensive selection of options. Notably, the line-up will introduce an all-new ‘Altitude’ variant, specially designed for off-road enthusiasts seeking enhanced performance

and rugged capabilities. 1. “Toyota Takes the Lead: 2024 Toyota Prado Firming Up for Mid-2024 Launch” 2. “Hybrid Heartache: All-New Toyota LandCruiser Prado to Stick with Diesel Until 2025” 3. “2024 Toyota Prado Pioneers Off-Road Innovation: A Challenger to the 4x4 Throne?” Under the hood,

the 2024 Prado will feature a formidable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder powertrain, equipped with innovative 48-volt assistance technology. This cutting-edge drivetrain, shared with the facelifted HiLux, delivers robust performance with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, paired with an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission.

Furthermore, Toyota assures drivers of exceptional towing capability, with the Prado capable of handling a 3500kg braked trailer. In terms of design and technology, each Prado variant comes packed with an array of premium features aimed at maximizing comfort, convenience, and driving pleasure. LED headlights, a

12.3-inch multimedia screen with wireless smartphone connectivity, and a 10-speaker audio system are just a few highlights available across the range. Additionally, specific grades offer luxurious touches such as heated and ventilated seats, a refrigerated console box, and advanced driver assistance systems for enhanced safety and control. Toyota Australia’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, expressed excitement about the upcoming release, emphasizing the Prado’s longstanding legacy of reliability and performance. He

highlighted the vehicle’s versatility in catering to diverse lifestyles and adventures, reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to delivering top-tier SUVs that meet the evolving needs of Australian consumers. With pricing details yet to be announced, anticipation is high for the arrival of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. As drivers prepare to embark on new journeys and conquer challenging terrains, Toyota’s latest offering promises to set a new standard for excellence in the SUV market. Stay tuned for more updates and information as the launch date approaches.

Ford Unleashes Electric Beast: SuperVan Charges Towards Bathurst Glory By Jeff Gibbs In the heart of Australia’s motorsport mecca, where legends are born and records shattered, a new contender emerges to challenge the status quo. Ford, renowned for its iconic vehicles and relentless pursuit of innovation, has unveiled its latest creation: the 1000kW electric Transit Custom ‘SuperVan’. And its target? None other than the legendary

Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst. With a lineage steeped in tradition, Bathurst’s Mount Panorama is the ultimate test of automotive prowess. Its twisting corners, daring climbs, and heart-stopping descents have separated the great from the merely good for decades. Now, Ford aims to etch its name in the annals of motorsport history with the SuperVan.

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COOKING 51

February 22, 2024!!!

50 COOKING

BREAKFAST EGG AND HAM MUFFINS

WHATS ON THE PORK SAN BAU MENU TONIGHT? CHOY NOODLES 5m prep

8m cook

4 servings

5 INGREDIENTS

• oil spray • 4 eggs From simple meals to show-stopping feasts, there’s something for everyone. • 4 (English) muffins, halved and toasted •

120g shaved leg ham

4 slices tasty cheese

3 METHOD STEPS Step 1 Spray a frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Cook ham, turning, for 2 to 3 minutes or until light golden. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Step 2 Preheat grill on medium. Lightly spray pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Cook eggs for 4

minutes or until cooked to your liking. Step 3 Place 4 muffin halves on a baking tray lined with foil. Place 1 egg on each muffin. Top each with ham and 1 slice cheese. Grill for 1 minute or until cheese has melted. Top with remaining muffin halves. Serve.

SLOW COOKED TUSCAN BREAD SOUP 20m prep

4h 40m cook

4 servings

16 INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • • • • •

2 tsp olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled, chopped 2 celery sticks, trimmed, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp fennel seeds Pinch of dried chilli flakes 400g can crushed tomatoes 400g can Cannellini Beans, drained, rinsed 1L (4 cups) Massel vegetable liquid stock Bouquet garni (4 fresh or dried bay leaves, 4

• • •

fresh sprigs thyme, 2 fresh sprigs rosemary) 200g cavalo nero (Tuscan cabbage), stem removed, leaves shredded 2 thick slices Italian bread (pane di casa), lightly toasted, torn into chunks 40g (1/2cup) finely grated parmesan, (or vegetarian hard cheese) plus extra shaved, to serve 1 lemon, juiced, zested Finely chopped continental parsley, to serve

BEEF STROGANOFF PASTA BAKE • •

5m prep 20m cook 2 METHOD STEPS Step 1 INGREDIENTS Set a 5L slow cooker to Browning. Heat oil.

• 300g Spirals dried pasta for 5 minutes or Cook onion, carrot and celery until tender. Addflour garlic, fennel and chilli. Cook for • 1 tbsp plain 1• minute. Addstir-fry tomato, strips beans, stock and bouquet 500g beef garni. Season. Change cooker setting to High. • 1 1/2Cook tbspfor olive Cover. 3-4 oil hours or until vegetables are

4 servings

523 calories

almost tender. 2. Meanwhile, toss flour and beef in a bowl. Season Step 2 with salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Heat Stir in cavalo nero, bread and parmesan. Cover oilfor in 30 a large, deep frying and cook 2 ontsp High minutes or until souppan hasover high heat. beefStir and cook, juice, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 thickenedAdd slightly. in lemon to taste. Serve topped with parsley, zest and extra to a plate. minutes or untillemon browned. Transfer parmesan. 3. Reduce heat to medium-high. Heat remaining

• 1 brown onion, halved, thinly sliced • 150g cup mushrooms, sliced • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 tsp sweet paprika, plus extra large pinch, to serve • 1 tbsp tomato paste • 1 beef stock cube, crumbled • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce • 65ml Sour Cream, plus extra 2 tbsp, to serve • 55g (½ cup) Shredded Cheese

METHOD

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oil in the same pan. Cook onion and mushrooms, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and paprika. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Add stock cube, Worcestershire sauce and reserved pasta water, then bring to a simmer. Add beef, sour cream and pasta, then stir until just heated through. Season. Transfer to a greased 2-litre baking dish. 4. Preheat an oven grill to high. Sprinkle pasta mixture with cheese and grill for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve pasta bake dolloped with extra sour cream and sprinkled with extra paprika and freshly ground black pepper.

5m prep 4 servings

10m cook !

627 calories

INGREDIENTS • 200g Ramen Noodles • 1 tbsp sesame oil • 500g pork mince • 3 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 tbsp soy sauce • 2 tbsp oyster sauce • 1 small iceberg lettuce, shredded • 1 carrot, peeled, cut into long thin strips • 1 green shallot, thinly sliced • Fried shallots, to serve • Thinly sliced long fresh red chilli, to serve • Lime wedges, to serve

METHOD 1. Cook the noodles in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions. Drain. 2. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the mince and garlic. Stir-fry, using a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 4 minutes or until browned. Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce and 1 tbs water in a bowl. Add the soy mixture to the mince and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring regularly, for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. Season with pepper. 3. RDivide the lettuce around the edge of the serving bowls. Place the noodles in the centre of each bowl and top with pork mixture and carrot. Sprinkle with green shallot. Top with the fried shallot and chilli and serve with lime wedges.

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1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain, reserving 250ml (1 cup) pasta water.

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WINE 51 Max Crus is a Clarence Valley-based wine writer and Grape Expectations is now in its 27th year of publication. Find out more about Max or sign up for his weekly reviews and musings by visiting maxcrus.com.au

Grape Expectations by Max Crus

Things that go beep in the... car.

Max Crus oubtless cars are far safer now than they were even just a few years ago, certainly than they were when Barnaby Joyce was a boy, but do they have to rub that smug cleverness in our faces (and ears) every time when get in? Yes, seatbelts are good and fewer people die by flying through windscreens. Power-steering, powerbrakes, better suspension,

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anti-lock, anti-skid, antilane change, anti-speed, Volvos, crumple zones, auto breaking, you name it, have all contributed to cars killing fewer people, yet still we manage it. Sorry to bring up Barnaby again but there will always be idiots and that poor bugger can’t take a trick, nor perform one evidently. However we must feel sorry for him. He is entitled to idiocy, to fall

off stuff, or bonk whomever he likes, without the media moralising about it, just as we should be able to be idiots in our cars without being constantly reminded. These days your new car will have more bells and whistles than a Morris dancing troupe at a footy match, and you cannot turn them off. I tried. “You wouldn’t think cutting one little wire would have such devastating

effect”, the NRMA mechanic said. Cars go beep if you don’t belt-up, but what if you’re dawdling up the driveway at 5kmh and constantly getting in an out picking up toys or Ms L’s discarded garden furniture? Cars go beep if a door or boot is ajar and won’t shut up until it’s not. My car has an electric, push-button boot, couldn’t it just close it for me?

Your car probably beeps if you exceed the speed limit or change lanes without informing it of your intentions. My car beeps if I’m too close to another, but its idea of ‘too close’ is way different to mine, and it applies the brakes way sooner, and way HARDER! Sometimes my car beeps without reason, possibly related to going over bumps. How helpful. I know I have been over

a bump, I was there, remember, and having done so there’s nothing I can do about it. What possible purpose does a beep (two actually) serve? There’s ample research into the ill-effects of drinking too much alcohol but imagine if you got beeped every time you overdid it? Probably wouldn’t hear it over the laughter at Barnaby falling off the planter box again.

(Wine X Sam) The Butterfly Effect Victoria Shiraz 2022, $14 ($10 via Naked Wines). Exactly what you’d expect from a bright and playful label, bright and playful shiraz ideal for just about any butterfly recipes, specially barbecued marinated butterfly wings. 9.1/10. Wine by Sam Heathcote

‘Tait Hamilton Vineyard’ (Single Vineyard) Shiraz 2020, $49 ($27 via Naked Wines). Similar to the ‘Butterfly’ label, the stylish, modern, simplicity of this is clear indication a lot of care has gone into attracting the right audience. Perhaps not an audience given to excess and getting beeped, but they will be tempted. Bit like

trying to drive a Ferrari at the speed limit. 9.5/10. Chateau Tanunda Barossa Valley ‘The Chateau’ Bethanian Shiraz Single Vineyard 2022, $40. Those unfamiliar with the Barossa may not know that ‘Bethanian’ is a of a place not a girl. Not that such a sweet, demur name can’t go with such a bold and

forthright shiraz. Surely there’s Bethanys like that in the world? 9.4/10. Chateau Tanunda Eden Valley The Chateau Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2023, $40. It’s hard to believe that you get such cool-climate, crisp and refined character from right next door to the Barossa, but you do. Lovely chardonnay

with a high ‘beep’ factor and only 665 cases so you might be too late already. 9.5/10. Knappstein Clare Valley Malbec 2021, $25. Clare Valley reds are delightful, specially if you haven’t had one for a while and the novelty of malbec adds just that little bit extra reward. 9.3/10. Hugo Family Estate Mc

Laren Vale Nero d’Avola 2021, $30. McLaren Vale is the unofficial if not the official home of nero’ (Sicily’s great grape) in Australia and the alluringly simple packing of this version sets a good standard for the cause with equally alluring, simple yet rich characters and flavours. 9.4/10.


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February 22, 2024!!!

52 SENIORS & HEALTH NEWS

Embracing Wisdom: The 2024 Byron Seniors Festival Celebrates Community and Connection Prepare for a heartwarming celebration as Byron Community Centre hosts the highly anticipated 2024 Byron Seniors Festival from March 11th to 15th. Themed ‘Reach Beyond’, this annual festival promises an exciting week of enriching activities, captivating performances and interactive workshops. “I’m thrilled to be

organising the Byron Seniors Festival, driven by the belief that our older generation is an essential part of the Byron Bay community,” says Izzy Durbin, Festival Coordinator. “In a world that’s constantly evolving, championing the support and nurturing of seniors has never been more crucial.” Seniors will be treated to diverse experiences

designed to inspire, connect and entertain. Whether it’s Art, Drumming, Afro Dance, Drama or Computer Club, there’s something for everyone at this vibrant festival. An inspiring Art Exhibition will be on display throughout the week in the foyers of the community centre. On March 13th, the Byron Seniors Festival Luncheon with

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CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS ALERT FOR NEW SOUTH WALES Following a significant rise in cryptosporidiosis cases statewide, NSW Health advises the community to refrain from swimming for at least two weeks after experiencing diarrhoea. Dr. Jeremy McAnulty, Executive Director of Health Protection NSW, revealed that 498 cases of cryptosporidiosis have been reported in NSW so far in 2024, compared to the 5-year average of 95 cases for the same period. Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal disease caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, commonly affecting young children and manifesting symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and loss of appetite. Dr. McAnulty emphasized the need for heightened awareness and precautions among parents, as nearly half of the reported cases

involve children under ten years old. The parasite is typically contracted by ingesting water contaminated with Cryptosporidium parasites, which can survive for extended periods even in chlorinated pools. To mitigate the risk of transmission, individuals who have experienced diarrhoea are advised to refrain from swimming and sharing towels for at least two weeks after symptoms resolve,

and to avoid handling food for 48 hours thereafter. Children with diarrhoea should be kept home from preschool, childcare, or playgroup until 24 hours after symptoms cease completely. To prevent cryptosporidiosis, the public is urged to avoid swimming in estuaries, inland waterways, and ocean beaches during and after heavy rainfall, as well as to refrain from swallowing water

while swimming. Additionally, thorough handwashing with soap and water, avoiding untreated water sources, and boiling water before consumption are recommended preventive measures. The surge in cases has also been observed in Queensland, with further information available at https://www. health.qld.gov.au. For additional details on cryptosporidiosis, visit the NSW Health website.


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SENIORS & HEALTH NEWS 53

Concerns Surrounding Long COVID and Post-Viral Illness: Understanding the Impact and Seeking Support

Recent research has shed light on the prevalence of lingering symptoms experienced by individuals postCOVID-19 infection, raising concerns about long-term health implications and the broader context of post-viral illnesses like myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). A study involving 2,026 older Australians who contracted COVID-19 revealed that while many experienced no lasting effects or saw symptoms resolve within weeks, approximately onethird reported persistent post-COVID symptoms. These symptoms varied widely and included fatigue, respiratory issues, cognitive problems, mental health issues, and other diverse

ailments. Notably, uncertainty prevailed regarding the causes and diagnoses of these symptoms, underscoring the complexity of postviral illness. Long COVID, characterized by ongoing health issues after COVID-19 recovery, has garnered attention globally. However, due to the novelty of COVID-19, much remains uncertain about its long-term effects. Prevalence estimates vary widely, with studies suggesting rates between 5% and 81% of COVID cases, influenced by factors such as illness severity and underlying health conditions. Women and middleaged adults appear more susceptible, though vaccination may offer some protection. Additionally, ME/

CFS, another postviral illness, shares overlapping symptoms with long COVID. Research suggests viral infections, particularly enteroviruses, may trigger ME/CFS, with stress potentially exacerbating symptoms. Unfortunately, ME/ CFS patients often face dismissal or trivialization of their symptoms, hindering scientific study and understanding of the illness. In light of these uncertainties, individuals experiencing post-viral symptoms, whether from COVID-19 or other infections, are encouraged to seek support and medical guidance. While specific treatments or cures are lacking, managing symptoms and improving quality of life are possible with appropriate

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Sheltering Your Harvest: A Guide to Raised Garden Bed Covers Raised garden beds have become increasingly popular for their convenience, improved soil quality, and aesthetic appeal. But what happens when the elements threaten your precious seedlings and flourishing vegetables? Enter the raised garden bed cover, a versatile tool offering protection and extending your growing season. Why Cover Your Raised Bed? Several factors make raised bed covers valuable additions to your gardening arsenal: • Climate control: Covers can shield your plants from harsh weather, including intense sunlight, heavy rain, hail, and even frost. This allows you to extend your growing season, especially in

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ALSTONVILLE QUOTA CLUB - A local women’s service club that meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Plateau Sports Club. Quota is committed to supporting and improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the disadvantaged in our community through local projects. QUILTERS ALSTONVILLE - We are called Plateau Quilters Alstonville we meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month at the RSL Hall Alstonville from 1pm until 4pm New members would be most welcome. Rhonda Bonner 66298267 EMBROIDERERS GROUP - Meetings are 9.30am2.30pm 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and 2nd Saturday of each month. Our venue is the Resource Centre at the rear of Crawford House Museum, Alstonville. We welcome embroiderers of all ability levels to meet, share and learn. MCLEANS RIDGES CRAFT GROUP meet at the McLeans Ridges Hall, Cowlong Road, McLeans Ridges on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Scrapbooking, card making, paper craft, knitting whatever takes your fancy. Come along for an enjoyable day. Bring your own morning tea and lunch. Coffee, tea, milk provided. A small fee to cover hall hire. Ph 0401 047 513. THE RETURNED AND SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA (NSW Branch ALSTONVILLE SUB-BRANCH Alstonville RSL sub-Branch will now hold their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 11am at the RSL Hall, 13 Bugden Ave (next door to the Alstonville Medical Centre). All ex-Service persons are welcome to attend, and we have a convivial morning tea on completion of the meeting. Alstonville RSL sub-Branch have a ‘Lower Deck Luncheon’ at 1200 each Friday, everyone is welcome, we sit out the back of the Hall, order lunch from local suppliers, and have great conversations with good mates. There is always plenty of support & advice on any issue! BALLINA

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ALSTONVILLE PLATEAU HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Would you like to join a friendly local community group? Crawford House Museum and the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society have openings for people of any age to volunteer in administration or in the museum. If you’re on a Jobseeker payment and 55 or older, it’s a great way to meet your mutual obligation requirements. No experience is necessary, as training is provided. If you’re interested, visit us at 10 Wardell Road Alstonville on Fridays 10am-4 pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm, call 6628 1829.

ALSTONVILLE PROBUS CLUB - Alstonville Probus Club meets on the last Thursday of each month at Plateau Sports Club at 10.00 am. This commences with a cupper and chat, with the formal meeting commencing at 10.30 which includes an interesting guest speaker. All visitors are welcome.

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CRAWFORD HOUSE MUSEUM - Take the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful work of some of the most creative people in our district. The latest exhibition at Crawford House Museum, “Sew Inspired”, is a display of the work of the Ballina/Byron U3A Textile Art Group, a group of passionate stitchers who have an ongoing love affair with fabrics and threads of all kinds. They combine the ancient art of traditional hand stitching with the amazing capabilities of the modern sewing machine to create exquisite works from a vast range of chiffons, silks, velvets, hessians and threads, using textiles as a medium for storytelling. By popular demand, the exhibition will now run until Sunday 3rd March. Crawford House Museum is at 10 Wardell Road Alstonville and is open on Fridays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm - 4pm or at other times by appointment for groups. enquiries,6628 1829,

ALSTONVILLE BRANCH OF THE RED CROSS - The Alstonville Red Cross branch meets monthly in Alstonville. As meeting dates sometimes vary, please call Carol on 0424 742 774 for details of our next meeting.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES 59 BALLINA UNITING CHURCH CONGREGATION invites everyone to join us at Ballina Uniting Church, 54 Cherry Street Ballina to celebrate World Day of Prayer, on Friday 1st March 2024 at 9: 30am.The service will be followed by morning tea in our church hall. We look forward to welcoming you for information phone 0422520537 BALLINA LADIES PROBUS CLUB - Our March 6th meeting will be our AGM, with voting for new members of the committee for the following 12 months. It will be held at Crowley Care at 10 am with the changeover lunch to follow. Cost is $35. For bookings or information call Pamela on 0405 776 977 Normally we meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Ballina RSL Club on River Street at 10am for a business meeting, a cup of coffee or tea, a biscuit or two and a guest speaker. Visitors are allowed at our meetings, and we welcome new members. information about our club call Beryl on 0409 258 252 BALLINA BRANCH OF INNER WHEEL AUSTRALIA meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 11.30. Our objective is to share friendship and passion for community service in our local area as well international projects. If you would like more information, please contact our President Joan Hetherington on 0402 885091 or Secretary Chris Penn on 0427 807135 ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW HOBBY??? COME AND JOIN THE HEADLINERS CHORUS We are an all-female group of all ages who love to sing “Acappella” in 4-part Barbershop harmony. We are well known in the Northern Rivers community and would love you to join us. Come along to a rehearsal on Monday nights from 7pm and for more information see our website or enquire to Tracey Ezzy on 0438 446 809 BALLINA ARTS & CRAFTS CENTRE INC. (BACCI) - We are a diverse group of Artists and Crafters that participate in wonderful group exhibitions. Over 50 members are from all over the Northern Rivers. Meetings are usually on the 1st Monday of every month at the Cherry Street Sports Club. Social gathering at 5, for a 5.30 start. Ph: Deb on 0432105540 BALLINA BRIDGE CLUB - “Social play every Monday 9-11.30am”. Sessions for all levels of players on Mon, Wed, Sat from 1pm to about 5pm. Be seated at 12:45. Restricted session (under 300 Masterpoints) Thu 1pm – about 5pm. Friday mornings, Help with Play. Open to anyone who would like some help with their game from teachers on duty. 9am to about 11:15pm. Sessions are $5 for members and $7 for visitors at 13 North Ck Rd, Ballina Call Judy Forsyth: 0407664337. BALLINA COASTAL QUILTERS - We meet at the North Lakes Community Hall in Whiting Way, Ballina on a Wednesday twice a month from 9 am to 2 pm. The group gives opportunities for friendship, support, and socialisation. and to celebrate our creative achievements in the area of quilting and related stitchery. We encourage our members to seek and share knowledge of their skills. New members would be most welcome. The cost is $5 per session Georgia 66876834 BALLINA EVENING VIEW CLUB Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Ballina RSL Club at 6.30 for dinner at 7pm - Guests are always welcome. Our members support the education of disadvantaged children in Australia by fundraising activities and social events in our local community for The Smith Family - by sponsoring 5 Learning for Life students. Ph: Julie Stephan 0434988770. BALLINA FREE COMMUNITY HOT BRUNCH - Ballina Free Community Hot Brunch, First Saturday of each month. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a hot brunch of sausages, rissoles bacon & eggs, cereal, tea and coffee. Or just come for a chat. Frozen take away meals available. Held at the Ballina Presbyterian Hall Corner of Cherry & Crane st Ballina 10AM TO 12PM Carol: 0438812235 BALLINA LIGHTHOUSE RSL DAY CLUB - A Day Club for elderly and isolated people in our community, held every Thursday at the Richmond Room Ballina. Enjoy morning tea and a mental stimulation exercise like Tai Chi, followed by lunch and afternoon musical entertainment. Every Thursday 10am to 2pm cost $10 Richmond Room, Regatta Avenue Ballina

RSVP Lorraine Fox 66874350, 0439301249 BALLINA SENIOR CITIZENS BRIDGE CLUB - Social Bridge Play in Seniors Hall. Swift Street Ballina on Wednesday & Saturdays @ 12.05 pm Enquiries Phone: 0493425002 for details. BALLINA TOY LIBRARY Welcomes families from Ballina Shire. 9 Regatta Avenue, Ballina. Open Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm, and Saturdays 10am - 1pm. Ph. 0411719074. IN FOCUS TOASTMASTERS CLUB - How about trying something different? If you would like to improve your communication and leadership skills or simply make new friends and have fun, you are warmly invited to attend the In Focus Toastmasters Club. We meet the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. You may attend either from the comfort of your own home via zoom or join us in person at the Cherry Street Sports Club, Ballina. BRUNSWICK HEADS BRUNSWICK VALLEY VIEW CLUB - Brunswick Valley VIEW Club’s monthly luncheons are held at Brunswick Heads Bowling Club on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10.30am for 11am. Apologies to Wenda on 0449 563 580 no later than the Monday before. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. The club supports seven disadvantaged students in The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. 1800 805 366 CASINO ‘ATTENTION SENIOR CITIZENS OF CASINO COMMUNITY - I have organised an activity sheet for Casino Senior Citizens for 2024. This was made in mind for members of our community who would like to have the occasional outing each month. Each activity has now been extended to anyone in our community – Outings are at your own cost, but I always make arrangements to have the cost as low as possible. If there are any activities noted that you would like to attend, please don’t hesitate to contact. Should you require transport, I will do my very best to assist and get you there. If any trips are with bus, the bus will pick you up from your own home and of course drop you off. Obviously for the purpose of numbers etc you will need to contact me and advise if you are attending, if you require transport etc I have attempted to accommodate the needs of our older community who would like to escape the four walls of their home and join friends and peers to an enjoyable day out! Don’t hesitate to call Jan Danaher on 0414 625 680 CASINO SENIOR CITIZENS’ INCORPORATED – ACTIVITIES FOR 2024 MARCH 2 – Movie afternoon at RSM 1. 00pm 23 – Senior’s Week - Lunch at Windara - Inviting other groups 11.00am APRIL 12 – Coffee morning at Zeebra’s Café 10am 28 –Bus trip to Harwood Hotel for lunch plus visit Alpaca Farm MAY 5 – Mother’s Day Lunch?? Ballina RSL OR Goonellabah sports Club (More info later) JUNE 7 – Coffee morning at Cecil Hotel 10.00am 23 – Bus trip to Evans Head JULY 10 – AGM Casino RSM 10.00am 28 – ‘Christmas in July’ Luncheon at Casino RSM AUGUST 9 – Coffee morning at Casino RSM 10am 31 – Movie afternoon at Casino RSM 1.00pm SEPTEMBER 13 – Lunch at Hong Kong 12.00pm 29 –Bus trip to Cherry Street Sports Club for lunch OCTOBER 11 – Coffee morning at Charcoal Inn 10.00am NOVEMBER 9 – Movie afternoon at Casino RSM 1.00pm DECEMBER 6 – Coffee morning at Mike’s 10.00am 15 – Christmas Luncheon at Casino RSM Don’t hesitate to call Jan Danaher on 0414 625 680 THE CWA CASINO DAY first street Stall for 2024 will be 16th March at the front of D.I.Y. Hardware with baked goods and plants for sale; from 8.30am till sold out! Our next meeting is Thursday 14th March 2024 (the 2nd Thursday this time). Everyone is welcome, come and see what we are all about. If you want to know more before then please give us a call. Enquires Jennifer Baker 043892060 and Jane Flick 0427 707 669. FAIRY HILL CRAFT GROUP

will be on Thursday, March 7th, 10 a.m. at Fairy Hill Hall on the Summerland Way. Work on your current project, enjoy friendship, BYO lunch, tea/coffee provided. Show & Tell: Bring a book that you’re happy to swap, give a short review. For more information please ph Sue 66633233. BUS TRIP - The Dyraaba Hall committee will host a bus trip to the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape festival on Saturday 2nd March. Cost is $35 and includes morning tea. The bus will leave Dyraaba Hall at 6am, Charcoal cnr. 6:20, Casino Post Office 6:30. For bookings and enquiries please phone Veronica on 66671101. All proceeds raised after expenses will go towards the maintenance of the hall. CASINO COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB INC - January social will be held upstairs at the Casino RSM Club On the 4th Sunday the 25th February from 10.00am Come along and enjoy some great country music and take advantage of the meals & drinks offered by the RSM Club. New Artists always welcome. Free entry, raffles and lucky door prize. More Info contact Carole 0438641500 CASINO CWA EVENING BRANCH - NEW MEMBERS WANTED! Ladies, it’s now ‘24 so open a new door for yourself and your community by joining the Casino CWA Evening branch. You’ll discover fun, & friendship with a diverse group of ladies of varying ages just waiting to meet you. We meet once a month and share ideas & plans regarding our role in contributing to the wellbeing of women & children in our community through our fundraising endeavours. PLEASE THINK ABOUT JOINING US!!! Why not come along as a “GUEST” to see how this feels for you. Our meetings are held first Thursday of each month at 6pm, Uniting Church Hall Canterbury Street Casino. We look forward to WELCOMING you! Contact: Leaine 0413 133 397 CASINO COMMUNITY MEN’S SHED - Mon, Tues, Wed, attendance limited to 50 members, 8am-1.30pm. Contact 66626423 CASINO & DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY GROUP INCW are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm, Wednesdays from 12pm to 4pm and every third Saturday from 9 am to 11.30 am. We are in Room 5, Upstairs in the School of Arts building in Walker Street, Casino. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am. For a small fee we can do research for you as well. Call 6664 1118 CASINO GALLERY-ART at the CASSINO GALLERY. The Casino Art Group meets here every Thursday to Saturdays 10am to 3pm Interested in promoting YOUR medium? Come to the gallery for information. CASINO LADIES AND FRIEND CRAFT GROUP Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring your own morning tea. Names to be in by lunch time Monday. Phone Vivian on 66621838 or Jan on 66626424. CASINO & DISTRICT ORCHID SOCIETY Meet the 4th Thursday each month. At St Marks Anglican Hall @ 6:30pm CASINO MEALS ON WHEELS If you would be interested in volunteering your time to help with meals on wheels give the office a call on 66621217. WEEK 1 MONDAY D.Clarke & D.Allen R.Baker TUESDAY R. & D. Lee S. Hart WEDNESDAY K.Bratti & own help THURSDAY H.Moffitt & J.Hanna M.Goodlad & own help FRIDAY L. Dorrington & S.Forrester P.Plunkett & Own help CASINO MINI RAIL - Every Sunday 10am to 4pm. Weather permitting. West Street Casino. Phone 0455673722. CASINO MIXED PROBUS CLUB - Our Meeting is on fourth Thursday of each month at Casino RSM Club at 10:00am. Contact Kathleen Griffins, President phone 0427622470 or Daphne Boyd, Secretary phone 0400070085. CASINO UNITING CHURCH - CAFÉ PRAISE…. Every Wednesday @ 10-11am. All Welcome 10am Morning Tea Fellowship. Welcome and Chat 10.30am Praise and Worship CASINO VIEW CLUB - Monthly luncheon meeting at Casino RSM Club at 11am, second Thurs of every month. Contact Jan on

0418715374 AA-LIVING SOBER MEETING is held every Tuesday 12:00-1:30pm At the Casino Baptist Church Cnr. West & Canterbury Streets Casino each week. The group will discuss a chapter on living sober out of the AA Living Sober Book. Contact George 0427133372 LION’S CLUB CASINO - Lion’s Club meeting is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at Casino RSM Club from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Denise Green 0448014682 LISMORE CASINO NAVAL ASSOCIATION Meets bi-monthly at Casino RSM, new members welcome. Ph: Chris 66293269 or Jim 0427400625. ST MARKS OLD TIME NEW VOGUE DANCE CLUB - St Marks Anglican church hall Barker Street Casino. Old Time and New Vogue. Revision & Beginners. Every Tuesday from 3pm-5.30pm @ $5 per head. First Saturday night of each month from 7pm -10pm @ $10 per person. Live music Judy Johnson New members, all ages most welcome. Bring a plate to share in a supper. Contact Ronald: 66623328 / mob: 0449710552. THE PLATYPUS RSL DAY CLUB operates every Tuesday at the Community Centre from 10am to 2pm. The day consists of gentle exercises, mental stimulation, games, and entertainment. Members are asked to pay $7 for their morning tea and lunch. Transport can be provided within the town limits. If you are feeling socially isolated or just need a day out, please contact Robyn on 66623871. New members are welcome. ELTHAM ELTHAM MASONIC LODGE - The Eltham Masonic Lodge welcomes all masons, to attend their monthly meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday, each month (except in January, at the Eltham Masonic Temple. The meetings commence at 7.30 pm, but we have a few savouries & a drinks beforehand, as a welcome. Information ring Col 0416530456 EVANS HEAD ROTARY EVANS HEAD holds meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 5.30pm at Evans Head RSL downstairs in remembrance room. New members warmly welcomed. Cont. Sue 0438853921 THE ROTARY CLUB OF EVANS HEAD MARKETS held on the last Saturday of Each Month. Where: Club Evans RSL Time 8am - 1pm A vast variety of stores from clothes, candle, Honey Photographs, books, and Organic Vegetables along with Rotary Bacon & Egg Rolls EVANS HEAD CWA BRANCH meets every third Tuesday for lunch at noon. New members welcome. More info Roz 0427825560 EVANS RIVER RSL DAY CLUB - The Evans River RSL Day Club meets each Monday in the Remembrance Room at Club Evans RSL Evans Head from 10am until 2pm Cost $10 includes Morning Tea and Lunch. We have several vacancies for volunteers and members, anyone who is feeling in need of some company are welcome to attend. Come along and join in the fun. Contact Merilyn 0401493316. EVANS HEAD SEAGULLS CRAFT & QUILTERS GROUP Meet every Tuesday 9am-12noon in the Recreation Hall (opposite the Kiosk). We invite you to join us for a relaxing morning of crafting, friendship and sharing ideas. Beginners are very welcome. Finishing UFO’s, Embroidery, Gold Work, Hexagons, & Group Projects are just some of the crafts done. GOONELLABAH TABLE TENNIS AT GOONELLABAH - Tuesday and Thursday mornings social playing: 9am-12noon; Monday and Wednesday nights social playing: 7-9pm; Training Monday mornings: 9am-12noon; Junior coaching after school Wednesday 3.30pm4.45pm, $6 a session. Everybody is welcome – all levels. Phone centre on 66251602. Mon-Thurs 9.00am-1.00pm THE PROBUS CLUB of Goonellabah meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Workers Sports Club in Oliver Ave. All welcome. Goonellabah Probus is solely a social club. We have a guest speaker each month and go for outings throughout the year. Meetings on Thursday commence at 10am and finish at midday. For further information, please contact Gloria Francis on 02 6629 1442. GRAFTON GRAFTON SENIOR CITIZENS

‘SENIORS February meeting attendance 56, apologies 6. Deaths: sympathy to families of recently passed former members, Shirley Chaseling; Jean Brown; Val Davidge. Also, to Judith Ireland & Bob Townsend, who lost relatives. Sick: best wishes to Betty Doggett, Alan Ryall, Doris Holbrook. New members: welcome Margaret Wilks, Judy Johnson. Correspondence: In, bank statement; Ou! letters to new members; letters inviting patron, trustee, auditor, solicitor. Guest speaker: planned ambulance paramedic late cancellation due to urgent call out. Bus Trips: day to Dorrigo, 1 March, 2024,35 booked; 4-day tour to Stanthorpe area, from I 1 Sept.’24, now on sale, seats still available; day to Lennox Head are4 Fri 3 May, will go on sale at March meeting. General Business: emergency evacuation for flood or fre, be aware of what to take, & be able to grab it in an instant. AGM: will be held in conjunction with March general meeting, Tues, 12 March. Note early start, 10am. Have questions for guest speaker, federal member, Kevin Hogan. Meeting competition winners: M. Sales: D. Bailey; B. Smith; y. chard; G. Mealia; J Johnson; C. Doggett. Enquiries: Sandra, 66427720: or 0417 464 946) GRAFTON AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB - “Connecting people with an interest in gardening, plants, flowers, and nature. We will be holding our AGM at our next meeting, Thursday 7th March, 10am to midday at the Joan Muir Centre. 194 Turf St Grafton. $2 entry at the door, bring some morning tea to share if you are able. Visitors are free for their first meeting so come along if you would like to. Please note that Membership Fees are increasing from $10 to $15 this year and are payable in March. You can do a bank transfer to the Club’s bank account – see bank details in the latest Newsletter emailed to you recently. Or you can pay in cash at the next meeting. Please think about nominating for a role on the Committee or just putting forward your name as a general committee member with no particular role, someone who can be called on to help out if needed. Our guest speaker will be Di from Honeybee Hives, always a popular topic. Also, our Bring and Buy table and From My Garden table will be set up. Don’t forget your name badge and pop your mobile on Silent during the meeting please. LONG WAY HOME STORY COMPETITION - It’s time for local writers to look at the twilight sky for inspiration, with the launch of this year’s Long Way Home story competition. Long Way Home editor Claire Aman said the competition invites Clarence locals of all ages to write a story on the theme ‘Fly by Night. ’We’re hoping to get lots of wild and imaginative stories featuring flying foxes, the night sky, and travelling in the dark,’ said Claire. ‘From our inner realms to wild places, flying foxes are the stuff of fable. They can fill the sky, they can travel more than a thousand kilometres, they sleep upside own. They’ve inspired Batman, Bartok the Magnificent, Batty Koda, and Dracula. If not flying foxes, think about flying by night and see what else you can come up with. The sky’s the limit. ‘We want stories from primary and high school students, and from adults. We’re looking for original stories that move us or surprise us, stories that make us curious about what happens next. We look for authentic voices with a touchstone of the writer’s own culture and experience, enlivened by imagination. ‘The competition grows more popular each year. We discovered some fabulous writing last year, especially from winners Loueen Winters, Eva Patricks and Zali Nicholls. We hope to unearth new talent this year. ‘As with previous years, the best entries will be published in a book. ‘Stories from the Clarence Valley 2024 - Fly by Night,’ will be released at the end of this year. The deadline for all stories is 1 June. Adults’ stories have a 2,500-word limit, while high school and primary students have a 500-word and 200-word limit respectively. More details find us on Facebook Claire 0423 747 468 GRAFTON CWA - Meetings of Grafton CWA are held on 2nd Friday of each month in the CWA rooms, cnr Duke and Pound Sts. The next meeting will be on Friday, 9th February, starting with morning tea at 9.30am and followed by the meeting at 10am. New members are always welcome- if you are new to the area, why not come along to make some new friends, or if you have been thinking about joining, come along and see what we do. The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for country women and children. We reach that aim in various ways including lobbying for change, helping the local community, creating a network of support and meeting together in towns and cities. Craft mornings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 9.30am, starting on 12th February

then 26th February. GRAFTON’S MIGHTY CLARENCE TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Perhaps it’s time to find out what it’s all about! If you would like to improve your communication and leadership skills. Make new friends and have fun, you are warmly invited to attend the Mighty Clarence Toastmasters Club. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. You may attend either from the comfort of your own home via zoom or join us in person at the Joan Muir Community Centre: 194 Turf Street, Grafton. GRAFTON SENIORS BE FIT EXERCISE CLASSES - Every Friday at the Uniting Church, Prince Street. Join us for gentle exercises designed for Seniors. We meet at 10.30a.m. for a cuppa and a chat with the exercises commencing at 11. All equipment is provided and there is no cost to the participants. Further information can be obtained from Chris 0400490691 or Dot on 66423248 or 0477213017 GRAFTON VIEW CLUB meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, commencing at 10.30am. Please come along, enjoy yourself with a tasty meal, a motivated guest speaker & ultimately disadvantaged children will be helped. Please phone 66424719 for catering purposes no later than the Friday before the meeting. As well, a mid-month social outing is held. You are warmly invited to come along to the next meeting to have some fun & help disadvantaged children. Hope to see you there! CLARENCE RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY SCHAEFFER HOUSE MUSEUM, 190 Fitzroy STREET, Grafton, NSW - Many items are being ‘rested’ and replaced with different interesting historical photographs, paintings, and objects. Come to see if you can “spot” the changes! Our museum is constantly changing, just like the lovely garden that surrounds it! When did you last “drop in? All our museums have different collections and are entertaining so check out the opening times for Alumy Creek, Iluka,Yamba, Glenreagh, Maclean, Lawrence and Copmanhurst. Schaeffer House hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sun 1-4pm Admission Family of four $12.00 Adults $5.00 and children $2.00 We have been welcoming many new members lately, if you would like to join our historical society, you too, can receive our quarterly newsletters and receive many benefits in the Research Area. HASTINGS POINT HASTINGS POINT COMMUNITY CHOIR - Do you enjoy singing. Our repertoire covers a variety of music styles – both unison and part singing We would love you to join us. New members needed. You will be made most welcome When: Tuesday Evenings from 7pm – 8.30pm Where: Tricare Residential Village Community Room Tweed Coast Road, next to Shell Petrol Station. For more information, contact Jean Berry 0414794380 PROBUS CLUB OF HASTINGS POINT - The Probus Club of Hastings Point Tweed Coast meets at 10am on 3rd Tuesday each month, in the residents’ lounge at Hastings Point Tricare. Retirees and seniors are welcome to join this happy social group. Phone the Probus president 0409872773 for additional information. KINGSCLIFF KINGSCLIFF 500 CARD CLUB Kingscliff 500 Card Club. Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 4pm Cudgen Surf Club New players WELCOME Contact: GARY 0499869992 KINGSCLIFF PROBUS CLUB - First Wednesday of the month, 10am to 12 noon in the function room of Kingscliff Bowls Club. We have an interesting guest speaker each month plus bus trips to various points on the map each third Wednesday of the month. Retirees and seniors are most welcome to join us in this happy social group. For more information please phone Janet 0439230125 KYOGLE LIFE WRITING WORKSHOP USING DESCRIPTIVE DETAIL A practical two-hour workshop that focuses on the use of descriptive detail in creative nonfiction. This includes local history, family history, memoir, autobiography, personal essay, travel or feature article writing. Descriptive detail is more than a string of adjectives, but about using selective and specific detail to convey something about people, an event, a place or a feeling This is about self-awareness and using our best judgement. As our good friend Anon, said: ‘A


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60 COMMUNITY NOTICES good writer describes everything. A great writer describes only what is necessary.’ WHEN: 1.00 - 3.00pm, Saturday 24 February WHERE: Laneway Community Space (aka ‘The Youthie’) 161 Summerland Way Kyogle COST: $20 – or whatever you can afford to pay. No questions asked. FORMAT: We write, we read, we discuss. After introductions and a brief outline of the workshop I have people writing quickly. Participants are invited to share their writing with the group, but there is no compulsion to do so. I provide guidance on giving feedback. I’m beginner friendly but seem to entertain more experienced writers. I think this is because of my approach, that participants learn from each other, not just from me. This is a writing workshop – bring whatever you want to write with. Numbers are limited – please register beforehand, preferably by email: graeme@morethanjusttalk. com.au Or phone 0408 676 550 Please arrive in time to start at 1pm. This workshop is presented with support from Kyogle Together SAVE THE DATE Kyogle Garden Club Inc will be holding their Annual Flower & Foliage Spectacular again this year on Friday 19th April 9am – 5pm & Saturday 20th April 8am – 2pm at St Brigid’s School Hall & Grounds. Entry Fee will be $3 & light refreshments will be available. There will be lots of plants on display & for sale along with lots of other garden-related art & products. Phil Dudman from ABC Gardening will make a guest appearance on Friday this year from 10.30am. On Saturday there will be Guest Speakers & Demonstrations that are sure to be of interest to the keen gardener. There will be Raffles on the hour over the two days so chances are you will go home with something worthwhile to add to your garden. A variety of plant stalls with Cacti, succulents, bromeliads, natives, indoor plants, fresh flowers & many more will be available not to mention the Club Stall which will be packed with plants. Put these dates on your calendar & come along. Lots to see & a great way to catch up with friends & share a cuppa & delicious homemade delight from St Brigid’s Canteen KYOGLE SUNSHINE CLUB Meets every Thursday at 9.30am. For more details contact 0499824274. KYOGLE TIDY TOWNS FARMERS MARKET - Held every Saturday morning in Stratheden Street from 8am -12. Come along grab some local fruit & veggies, experience all Kyogle has to offer. New Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Anne 66321851 LION’S CLUB OF KYOGLE Meeting is held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month at the Kyogle Lion’s shed from 6.30–7pm. Contact Neville Moon on 0448222334. RICHMOND RIVER BEEF PRODUCER’S ASSOCIATION Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Kyogle Showgrounds in the luncheon room at 7pm. Ph: Jan on 0427293455. ROTARY KYOGLE BAZAAR Fourth Saturday of every month. See Rotary Kyogle Bazaar on social media for all the details or call 0459512249. LENNOX HEAD LENNOX HEAD CWA - Handy Craft Mornings on Mondays 9.30am-12noon in the community centre at Lennox Head. Call Jan on 66816150. LENNOX HEAD DAY VIEW CLUB - The Lennox Head Day VIEW Club meets on the first Monday of each month at the Lennox Head Community Centre with the meeting starting at 11am and includes an interesting speaker and concludes with a light lunch. An informal Coffee and Chat meeting is held on the third Monday of the month. The Club sponsors three students through The Smith Family Learning for Life scholarship program that provides educational items for disadvantaged Australian children. New members and guests are most warmly welcomed, and enquiries may be made to Enid 047187511 or Dawn 0466717435. LENNOX HEAD EVENING VIEW CLUB - Meets on the second Tuesday of each month upstairs at the Lennox Hotel at 6.30pm for dinner at 7pm. Guests are welcome. “VIEW members support the education of disadvantaged Australian children by raising much needed funds for The Smith Family. Through fundraising activities and social events in local communities,

members raise money that goes directly to The Smith Family’s learning and mentoring programs for disadvantaged. students.” Lennox Head Evening VIEW Club currently sponsors two Learning for Life students. Ph: Sue Brennan 0409728814. LENNOX HEAD LIONS CLUB New members welcome to join our close-knit club where the emphasis is on community service in a fun environment. Meetings are on the first and Third Wednesday of each month at Club Lennox starting at 6.30pm. Members do what they can, when they can to facilitate the needs of our club. PROBUS CLUB OF LENNOX HEAD - Meets 9.30 for 10 at Club Lennox, 10 Stewart Street, on the first Thursday of each month. Visitors are welcome, also retired, or semi-retired people wishing to join our non-service club to hear interesting guest speakers and to join in trips and outings are invited along. Ph: June Zentveld on 66871004 LISMORE LISMORE CROQUET CLUB inc: Note next General meeting date has been changed to Thursday 7th March, 11am for members, Molesworth Street, Club House. Friday 22nd March, 11am - 1pm - You are invited to Seniors Week “Come and Play - Social Friday - FREE Sausage Sizzle”, at the Lismore Croquet Club. For information or become a new member call Fay on 0412910487. WE ARE BACK Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary Shop is up and running in the Foyer of LBH. We are a fun group to join and are looking for new Members to help in the shop one day a month, help with our Markets and raffles days we need, sewers, crocheters and jam makers. Last year we donated around $80,000 in vital equipment that was on the Hospital Wish list. This year we are looking at buying 5 Ook Snow LC Low Falls Prevention Beds plus the accessories at the cost of $54,395.00. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2pm at the Lismore Workers Sports Club. 202 Oliver Avenue Goonellabah. We would love to see you there. LISMORE PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - We meet every third Friday of the month Next group Meeting is 15th of March 2024. Commences at 10am to 12pm at the South Lismore Bowls Club, 25 Wilson Street South Lismore. New members welcomed. Snacks & Cold drinks available. Tea and Coffee with a Gold Coin Donation. Social Networking, Companion Support Group, and special guest speaker. Contact Marie 0448871290 CWA LISMORE BRANCH: NEW MEMBERS WANTED! Ladies, it’s now ‘24 so open a new door for yourself and your community by joining the Lismore CWA Branch? You’ll discover fun, & friendship with a diverse group of ladies of varying ages just waiting to meet you. We meet once a month and share ideas & plans regarding our role in contributing to the wellbeing of women & children in our community. Whilst waiting on our beautiful rooms in Spinks Park to be restored after the 2022 flood damage, we meet at ‘Norma’s Kitchen’ at the Lismore Showgrounds for a 9:30am catch-up followed by our meeting at 10:00am. We also conduct weekly craft meetings providing fun & learning. Why not come along as a ‘guest’ to see how you find the experience? For more information on the benefits of becoming a member of Lismore CWA Branch simply call our President HELEN DARGIN on 0438 828 619. For Craft enquiries call VICKI BOYLE on 0437 465 642. In this very special Lismore CWA 100th Anniversary Year we so look forward to meeting you. THE LISMORE SNR. CITIZENS SOCIAL CLUB A.G.M. will take place on Thursday March 7th commencing at 9a.m. at the Senior Citizens Meeting Room located in the Goonellabah Library building. LISMORE LIONS CLUB - Please save your used stamps to raise funds for The Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation. Stamps are collected & forwarded on to be sorted & sold at Auction, to raise money for Children’s Mobility contact Margaret Boxsell on 0427141425 LISMORE CITY BOWLING AND RECREATION CLUB COMMUNITY BINGO every Monday morning 10 am to 12 noon. Morning tea and Progressive Jackpot. All welcome. Phone 66

21 5991. LISMORE CITY CONCERT BAND - Rehearsals are held during school terms on Mondays, 6.15-7.45pm at Southern Cross University. If you can play a concert band instrument: brass, woodwind, or percussion, please come and join us! All ages welcome. We have some instruments available for loan. Ph: 0432575911 LISMORE MEN & COMMUNITY SHED - President: Mr Bob Greig 0404860504 publicity officer Don Abrahams 0437576837 Opening Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9.00am – 3.00pm We are a community based non-profit organisation. Everybody is welcome: men, women & people with a disability of all ages. We encourage social inclusion. Our aim is to promote the mental, physical & emotional well-being of people in our community. Shed Activities Members work on their own projects, Mentoring is available, General woodworking, Welding & light engineering, Repair & restoration of items for the public Constructing projects, of items for the public Constructing projects for preschools, hospitals & other organisations Assembling flatpack, Minor maintenance work for the elderly & disabled, working with the disabled, talking with other members or simply having company. Memberships: $40-year Attendance Fee: $3 tea/coffee 15 Industry Drive East Lismore LISMORE ORCHID SOCIETY INC. Lismore Orchid Society now meets 3rd Wednesday each month, 1:30pm to 4:00pm at Goonellabah Community Centre in the Goonellabah Public Library, 27 Oliver Ave Goonellabah. Ph: Bev on 0400326289 LISMORE SENIOR CITIZENS - Meet at the Goonellabah Community Centre every second Thursday starting at 9am where we have morning tea followed by games bingo how etc we play cards Monday and Friday and play bowls Tuesdays and craft every second Tuesday afternoons come and join our friendly group you will be very welcome. LISMORE SPINNERS & WEAVERS - Please join us…... Weaving, Spinning, Felting, Dyeing, Knitting, Crochet, Workshops, Chat…. Sharing Craft & Ideas.From 10am, on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month. (Formal business meeting is 10.30-11.30 every 1st Friday) McLeans Ridges Hall Cnr Cowlong and McLeans Ridges Rds. (off Bruxner Hwy) Morning Tea provided. Bring your lunch (and a mug) Contac: Kim: 0423935060, Linda: 0419489987 LISMORE TARGET RIFLE CLUB for .22 calibre rifles, meets Wed nights from 6.30pm & the 1st & 3rd Sat of each month from 1.00 pm. Air rifle shooting for .22 & 177 air rifles will also be available at the Saturday shoots. For more information, please phone Derek on 66282082 (ah). CO-DEPENDANTS ANONYMOUS (CoDA) - CoDependants Anonymous is a Twelve Step Fellowship of people whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy relationships. The CoDA meeting in the Lismore area meets on Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Riverland’s Drug and Alcohol Centre. 75 Hunter Street, Lismore. For further information call 0456178826 or 0408336143 EAST LISMORE BOWLING CLUB Community Bingo Tuesday night 7.30pm start. 20 games of bingo + progressive jackpot Neilson Street East Lismore. Everyone Welcome EAST LISMORE SOCIAL TENNIS - Social Tennis is played at East Lismore Tennis Club, Cnr Neilson St & Oakley Avenue every Tuesday from 8am. We invite social players of all abilities to join us, we are a mixed group who enjoy a morning’s tennis without the commitment of competition. Ph: Fay Ross 0412910487. Everyone welcome. MAINLY MUSIC - Fun, interactive, music sessions for young children [birth to school age] and their parents/caregivers in a relaxed setting on Tuesdays starting at 9:30am during School Terms. Children will be introduced to music, creativity and more. They will develop gross motor skills, as well as socialise with others in a loving, shared family environment. Morning tea with snacks included. Mainly Music at Lismore Anglican Parish Centre, 10 Zadoc Street, LISMORE. T: 0266213200

PROBUS CLUB OF LISMORE HEIGHTS - Our mixed group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club in High St. Our brief meeting is followed by morning tea and a guest speaker. Senior’s lunch for $15 at noon is optional. Guests and visitors are welcome. Ring/text Pam on 0418766247 for details of our other monthly social gatherings and outings. ROTARY CLUB OF LISMORE NETWORKING - Want to be part of an innovative, interesting, and inclusive networking group who meet fortnightly to share ideas, meet other professionals and work together to make a difference in your community? Then Rotary Club of Lismore Networking could be the answer for you! Meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm at The Civic Hotel (210 Molesworth Street Lismore). Ph: Rita on 0413300578 or Gae 0412742095. ROTARY CLUB OF LISMORE WEST INC - East Lismore Bowling Club each Thursday at 6pm. New members would be made most welcome. Further information available on 0428151934. ROTARY CLUB OF SUMMERLAND SUNRISE - Interested in contributing to community? Local and international? The Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise meets every Friday at 7.05am for Breakfast at Options Cafe, Main St. Alstonville until further notice. Join us at Options please. Ph: 0435990919 SUMMERLAND AMATEUR RADIO CLUB - Meetings of the club are normally held on the second Sunday of each month at the clubrooms: 412 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill at 1pm. Visitors are welcome. The clubrooms are usually open on Sunday afternoons from about 1pm onwards. We are primarily amateur radio enthusiasts and welcome persons interested in radio, electronics, astronomy, and similar subjects. SUMMERLAND BONSAI SOCIETY INC. Come and learn an addictive hobby with us. We provide personal support from experienced teachers as well as demonstrations and Bonsai information. Club days are held on the second Saturday of every month at 1pm in the Red Dove at Lismore Be inspired about the art of creating little trees. Ph: 0438103601 ZEN AND INSIGHT MEDITATION – LISMORE HEIGHTS INSIGHT (VIPASSANA) MEDITATION and practice: This mindfulness-based meditation group sits on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm. The evening includes meditation instructions, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and discussion. For further details, please contact Rosie - 0402682925 ZEN MEDITATION and practice The Zen meditation group sits on Mondays from 6:30pm-8:15pm. The evening includes instructions, sitting meditation, Dharma talks and individual interviews with the teacher. For further details, please phone: 0427778837 Beginners and experienced meditations are warmly welcomed at both groups. LISMORE LIBRARIES MONTHLY BOOK CLUBS First Monday of the month at Goonellabah Library, 10am-12pm. First Tuesday of the month at Lismore Pop-up Library, 10.30am-11.30am. If you enjoy reading and would like to expand your circle of friends, a book club could be just the thing you are looking for. Meet new people, chat about what you are reading and enjoy a light morning tea. Everyone is welcome. BE CONNECTED: RESEARCHING FAMILY HISTORY Monday 26 February at Lismore Pop-up Library, 3pm-4pm. In this course, you’ll learn how the library can be used to help you research your family history. You’ll explore the kinds of tools and services that are available, and some of the costs you might encounter. CRAFT GROUP Every Wednesday at Goonellabah Library, 9.30am-12.00pm If you enjoy working on fabric projects, we have the perfect group for you! Knitting, Crochet, Patchwork and Cross stitch. Join us for a relaxed & social morning. Instruction and assistance provided if required. We do both combined community projects and our own work during these mornings. CONTACT US: Lismore Pop-up Library 02 6621 2464 Lismore

Children’s Library 02 6625 5190 Goonellabah Library 02 6625 1235

generation. More information can be gleaned by contacting our President Kathie on 0407709629.

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MACLEAN VIEW CLUB - Monthly meetings the 3rd Thursdays of each month at 11am. Contact Ruth Toyer on 0409844212 by Mondays, no later than 7pm. Numbers are required for catering purposes.

YAMBA DAY VIEW CLUB Yamba Day View Club’s monthly luncheons are held at Yamba Bowling Club on 3rd Monday of month, starting 10am for 10.30am. Acceptance and apologies to President Lyn 66463164 by Friday prior to luncheon for catering purposes. We hold a monthly social outing either for lunch or morning tea and visitors are always welcome.

MURWILLUMBAH COMMUNITY PRINTMAKERS MURWILLUMBAH - Fine art printmakers. Meet at studio space 224 Stokers Rd, Stokers Siding. Prints, gallery, workshops and more! Ph: Peter 0498399640 or Sue 0408493253. MURWILLUMBAH COMMUNITY GARDEN Members and visitors are invited to join the group for activities and gardening tips most Sundays. Time 3-5pm, street parking, BYO, covered footwear, comfy clothing, hat, and water. Children ok with strict supervision. Covid plan operating. Ph: Bob Johnson (02)66225792. Mummulgum POTTSVILLE ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Is drinking costing you more than money? AA works and is very active in Pottsville. We meet every Thursday 7pm at St Marks 15A Coronation Ave Pottsville and local contact 1800 423 431 or 04019 45671 POTTSVILLE FUN CROQUET CLUB Meets at Black Rocks Sports Fields on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30am. New members are welcome to come and join us for a hit and a bit of fun. For any further enquires please call Jean on 0431606375. POTTSVILLE LADIES LIFEBALL - Every Thursday morning 9.30am to 11.30am. Pottsville Community Hall, $5 per session includes morning tea. No joining fees. Ph: Jan 0431909760. TWEED HEADS POETS AND WRITERS ON THE TWEED meet every Tuesday at the South Tweed Sports Club 1.30-3.30pm. Beginners welcome. Phone 0755248035. TWEED HEADS PROBUS CLUB - Probus Club, Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads. Be at Club Tweed at 10-00am on the first Wednesday of the Month. Visitors and new members are very welcome. TWEED PATCHWORK GROUP - Meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at South Tweed Community Centre from 9-1pm at 18 Heffron Street Tweed Heads south all beginners welcome phone Moira on 0418686643. A friendly group of people with common interest in seeing, quilting and related craft. TWIN TOWNS DAY VIEW CLUB V I E W as in Voice, Interests, Education of Women (Not many people are aware of what ‘VIEW’ club stands for!) AND NOT ONLY IN NAME: We are a group of ladies who care what will become of our youth! Our heritage – Their heritage – It is sad but true that many of our young people have no direction in their lives. Every morning, we wake to the news that violence has occurred overnight in what was once considered a safe neighbourhood. How do these offending children/ youth feel the next morning knowing they have caused so much heartache - is this why we also hear of youth harming themselves so they can spread the pain? So, this is where VIEW Clubs and other similar clubs are starting from the bottom of the ladder by providing much needed funds to educate our youngsters so they will WANT to become the very best person they can not only in education but in their community and being proud of themselves and giving their parents hope for their child’s future. We at TWIN TOWNS DAY VIEW CLUB PROVIDE THE NECESSARY FUNDS to educate just 7 of these children. We know not where they come from, but someone in their community has contacted THE SMITH FAMILY and they in turn contact VIEW CLUBS OF AUSTRALIA who anonymously contact a VIEW Club who in turn take over the responsibility for these worthy children’s fees and so year after year their tertiary fees are paid. These fees are raised by VIEW Club members who attend meetings, listen to interesting guest speakers, and regularly have days out at each other’s homes – so FUN and a tremendous satisfaction of knowing we are helping our future

YAMBA LIONS CLUB - Yamba Lions Club’s meetings are held 2nd & 4th Thursdays of month at Yamba Bowling Club, commencing at 7pm for 7.30pm. For further information, please contact the Secretary Peter 0417546097. Social outings also held at various time and visitors and new members’ welcome. ALL NORTHERN RIVERS NRCF WOMEN’S GIVING CIRCLE The Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRFC) is inviting Northern Rivers women to play an active role in empowering vulnerable women and girls in our region. The newly formed NRFC’s Women’s Giving Circle brings Northern Rivers women together to achieve equality and human rights for women and girls in our region and enable them to realise their full potential. Ph: 0499862886 The NORTHERN RIVERS HASH HOUSE HARRIERS is a non-profit community group that is part of a worldwide organisation. The Hash House Harriers meet every Monday at 6pm for a run/walk from various locations around Lismore, Alstonville, and Ballina. The run/ walk lasts for approximately an hour, followed by friendship, banter and grub. We are very friendly and welcome new members. NORTHERN RIVERS PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Covering Wollongbar to Ocean Shores. Meets 2nd Friday of each month at Summerland Farm, Wardell Road, Alstonville. A general catch up & chat with the opportunity to join in a casual Q&A session with Rebecca, our Parkinson’s nurse. She will be there to answer any questions that you may have about anything to do with living with Parkinson’s or supporting or caring for a loved one. Maybe you want to know about symptoms, medication, treatments, or services etc. Rebecca is there to support us and help you manage your disease so that you live your best life. All those living with Parkinson’s Disease or those supporting them are most welcome. Please RSVP Cheryl 0428286753. NORTHERN RIVERS NAVAL & MARINERS ASSOCIATION This association was formed to attract veterans for companionship, wellbeing and to supply advocacy to veterans. We hold an informal gathering every Friday, 2.30pm at Ballina Angling Club (families are welcome). Ph: Allan Watt: 0402 749 582 ALL AREAS Al-Anon Family Groups: 1300 252 666 * al-anon.org.au * Not everyone trapped by alcohol is an alchoholic. Family and friends are suffering too. Al-Anon and Alateen can help. BALLINA, WEDNESDAY, 6.30pm, St Mary’s Anglican Church Admin Building, 24 Burnet St (also via Zoom Meeting, ID 25260000, dial-in option: +61 2 8015 6011) BANORA POINT, MONDAY, 6.30pm, Salvation Army, The Community Centre, cnr Woodlands and Leisure Drives BANGALOW, FRIDAY 2.00PM, via Zoom Meeting, ID 25260000, dial-in option: +61 2 8015 6011 CHINDERAH, SUNDAY 4.00pm, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 83 Phillip St GRAFTON, TUESDAY, 12.00 noon, CWA Rooms, Market Square, Duke St ILUKA, MONDAY 11.00am, Iluka CWA Hall, 2 Charles Street (behind Iluka Museum) LISMORE/GOONELLABAH, TUESDAY, 1.00pm, The Studio, 14 Pleasant St, Goonellabah (also via Zoom Meeting, ID 25260000, dial-in option: +61 2 8015 6011) MURWILLUMBAH, WEDNESDAY, 1.00pm, Church of Christ, 18 William St, Murwillumbah TWEED HEADS, THURSDAY, 5.00pm, NSW TIME, St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church Hall, 13 Powell St (cnr Florence St) TWEED HEADS, ALATEEN, THURSDAY 5.00pm, St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church Hall, 13 Powell St (cnr Florence St)


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The Northern Rivers Times

February 22, 2024!!!

62 SPORTS NEWS

!"#$%&'%(')*+%+(*&()%",%$+(#-./(*0.$-1/.(#-& By Tim Howard Lawrence has halted South Westlawn’s charge up the CRCA first grade cricket competition with an outright win at Lower Fisher Park Turf in Grafton. The match was a low scoring affair with neither side topping 100, although Lawrence skipper Nathan Ensbey’s aggressive overnight declaration at 6-d/89 in reply at Souths Westlawn’s meagre first innings total of 66, set up the result. Batting second Souths found life difficult from ball one, when Joe Pigg fell caught by Darby Rouse off the bowling of Jarrod Ensbey. In their first innings Souths lost their first wicket at the same stage to the same catcher/ bowler combination. Souths opener Anthony Dickson was next to go, caught by Rowan Green from the bowling of off-spinner Doug Harris, who opened the bowling with Ensbey. Dickson said it was a difficult wicket to bat on after ran during the week had made it soft underneath.

“Balls from the spinners were popping up and hitting me in the chest,” he said. “But we should have weathered it a bit better. Another 20 to 30 runs could have made a big difference. Ensbey exploited the conditions perfectly with 6/25 from 12.5 overs and Harris was also dangerous taking 3/22 from 13 overs. For Souths Westlawn Michael Fletcher showed

his experience, in a rare return to the playing field, scoring a patient 39 from 76 deliveries. Set 64 for the outright win, Lawrence found itself in early trouble as veteran seamer Nathan Blanch and fellow opening bowler Adrian Boyd made big inroads. At 3/11 with batters of the calibre of Ben Hill, Mark Ensbey and Rowan Green back under the fig tree, South Westlawn’s modest total was looking

more formidable. But Lawrence skipper Nathan Ensbey marshalled all his experience and his score of 21 took his team to the comparative safety of 5/49. Harris, 12no and Rouse, 7no, shepherded the team home. It was a disappointing result for Souths Westlawn who needed all the points they could gather ahead of the final game of the season.

Souths Westlawn skipper Nathan Blanch was in the wickets again but in a losing cause against Lawrence on Saturday.

Dickson said his team probably needed an outright win in the final game against Coutts Crossing and other results to go their way, to make the semi finals. At Ellem Oval competition leaders Harwood could not follow through for an outright result against last season’s premiers GDSC Easts. On day one Harwood’s tail wagged to take it to 213 and they had Easts on the ropes at 3/61. Opening bowler Duncan Fisher, 5/24 ran rampant as Harwood ripped through the rest of the Easts line up, dismissing them for 73. Three of the last five wickets recorded ducks and totalled just four runs between them. But when sent in again Easts showed far more resilience. Early wickets tumbled, but Matthew Lobsey, 51no and Sean Walters, 16no, dug in and by the end of play had held the Harwood attack at bay for 29 overs and taken the score to 4/106. Fisher continued his damaging form with the ball in Easts second innings, talking 3/22 from six overs.

Heavy rain during the week ruined any chance of play at Ulmarra in the game between Tucabia Copmanhurst and Coutts Crossing. Tucabia looked to be on top after battling to a neat 200 last week and had Coutts at 2/13. Rain on Thursday and Friday had made the wicket impossible to prepare for play, forcing the match to be abandoned. In the final game before the finals, Easts play Lawrence at Lower Fisher Turf, Harwood and Tucabia meet at Harwood Oval and Souths Westlawn and Coutts Crossing clash at Ellem Oval. Putting on his CRCA president’s hat, Dickson said an unofficial table incorporating points from the CRCA premier league games before Christmas and the post Christmas first grade games had been compiled. It put Harwood on top with 77 points, Lawrence was just two behind on 75, Easts was third on 41 and Tucabia was fourth with 39. Coutts Crossing on 30 and Souths Westlawn 25, look out of contention.

!""#$%&'()*+'&*"',$+' 016.02.2024 BALLINA MAHJONG 1. Joy Lowien, 2. Jeanette Henwood, 3. Vanessa Reynolds, 4. Lynda Lovett, Sally Lowry, 6. Lorna Simpson, 7. Shirley Atkinson, 8. Linda Lloyd, 9. June Greenaway, 10. Val Heinritz, 11. Janeen Jarvis, 12. Ronda Taylor, 13. Lisa Wong, 14. Valda McLerie, 15. Pauline Bolte, 16. Jane Fenech, Pam Farrell, 18. Pauline Kearney, 19. Jan Henley, 20. Susan Scott, 21. Jan Small, 22. Lesley Ritchie, Shirley Coleman, 24. Barbara Ellan, 25. Ann Hewitt, 26. Gladys D’Anna, 27. Cindy Smith, 28. Jenny Lang. CASINO SOCIAL GOLF RESULTS 18-02-2024 The winner of social golf on Sunday was Len Lawlor with a net score of 31 from Trevis Jenkins with 32 and he

also won the putting trophy with 16 putts. The players draw went to M.Gooding. Nearest to pins: 8th, 9th & 10th, W.Jackson. 11th & 16th, R.Ruttley.12th, D.Roberts. 13th, T.Jenkins. 14th & 17th J.Rankin. 15th, G.Skennar. 18th, F.Bruni. Next Sundays event sponsored by Newstead Automotive Services, Casino will be a single stableford on the bottom 10 holes and visitors are welcome to play with hit off from 6-30am till 7-30am. CASINO WOMEN’S BOWLS On Wednesday the 14/2 we had a game played in round 1 for the 4’s club championship, the result was: Jan Cooke, Denise Skinner, Maria Hellyar & Ivy Watson def Tanya Maxwell, Julie Creighton, Raelene Skirrey & Helen Lavelle Congratulations to the

winners, we wish you well in your next game. Winners for the day in a social game were: Marlene Jordan, Judy Carthew, Denice Grice & Mary Mead def Marlene Jordan, Nancy Moran, Jan Dwyer & Kay Jonsson Come along & join us in this enjoyable sport with a great group of ladies, we bowl on Wednesdays from 9.00am to 12.30pm at the Casino RSM club. CHERRY STREET CROQUET CLUB BALLINA SPORTS RESULTS ASSOCIATION CROQUET : D.Simmons M.Donati 26 d R.Chapman G.Porter 15 RICOCHET CROQUET : J.Doust B.Bill 14 d R.Allen P.Bolte 13 C.Edlund 9 d M.Russell 8 J.Hannigan R Chapman 16 d G.Kerr

N.Watts 12 N.Barnes P.Scott 15 d R.Poynting N.Poynting 8. J.Bate D.Scott 10 d G.Kerr N.Barnes 10 B.Wellings R.Poynting 14 d J.Hannigan 9 W.Gilmore N.Poynting 11 d D.Jones J.Doust 8 N.Watts A.Mangan 13 d P.Bolte P.Scott 12 C.Edlund 12 d M.Field 11 GATEBALL : Southport 3 d Cherry Street 0 Cherry : R.Poynting, D.Jones, R.Chapman. All new players very welcome 9am start. Play days Tuesday, Thursday, Sundays. CORAKI VETERANS GOLF RESULTS THURSDAY 15/2/24 Fine weather saw a field of 52 golfers winner B Collyer, 2nd I Welsh, 3rd W Lunnon, free game T Beemster, chicken/ball winners R Black, L Bonner, J Kelly, B Micheal, K

Lloyd, S Dawson, K Osborne, D Bullock, T Patch, M Fairfull, P Sugden, R Thorne, R Webber, R Earnshaw. Nearest pins 3rd/12th S Smith 6th/15th W Henwood. This Thursday will be an 18-hole single stableford commencing with a shot gun start at 8.00am AS USUAL TILL THEN GOOD GOLFING EVANS HEAD WOMENS BOWLS It was great to see so many Ladies returning to Bowls on 7-02-24 even though the windy conditions were quite challenging. Winners - Ladies Social Day - 07-02-24 - S. Maxwell, L. Vidler, K. Keevers. Runners/ up - V. Forshaw, A. Eyles, K. Townsend, (P. Freeman/L. Stratton.) Winter Triples. This event started in 2023 & has now resumed with

some changes. Round 3.14-02-24 J. Beckett, L. Stratton (sub), S. Downs defeated B. Hancock, K. Hickey (sub), G. Marczan J. Williams, K. Townsend, E. Gollan defeated M. Adams, L. Vidler, B.Montague. V. Forshaw, K. Robson, P. Freeman defeated A. Viney (sub), A. Eyles, V. Hart. S. Maxwell, M. Carey, J. Fernance BYE. Round 4.14-02-24 B. Hancock, K. Hickey (sub), G. Marczan defeated A. Viney (sub), A. Eyles, V. Hart. M. Adams, L. Vidler, B. Montague defeated S.Maxwell, M.Carey, J. Fernance. J. Williams (sub), L. Stratton (sub), S. Downs defeated V. Forshaw, K. Robson, P. Freeman. J. Williams, K. Townsend, E. Gollan BYE Further Rounds will be played on 21-02-24.


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-,%").$G%2$-.0*,G%$HIHJ$K$ !+,/L%$.#($"%$)'! The Casino RSM Cougars are ushering in a new era with some new but old faces coming on board for the upcoming season. Long-time club legend Joe Maloney, who played a crucial role in steering the club through challenging times and putting it back on track, has opted to step back from official duties this season. In response to this change, two new influential figures have assumed top roles within the committee. Renowned rugby league identity and Cougars junior, Trav Falls, will take on the role of President, while esteemed Cougars hard man and life member, Chris McGrath, will serve as Vice President. While the new committee maintains a strong focus on achieving success on the field and returning the club to finals contention across all grades, it equally recognises the vital role the Cougars play in the community. President Trav Falls emphasises the commitment to making the club the pride of the community, with a particular emphasis on bringing back local juniors. He

aims to strengthen the relationship with the junior club, ensuring a seamless transition for juniors into senior grades, fostering a sense of belonging. Falls admits this will be more straightforward, given the close relationship with the senior executive of the juniors. This is particularly evident with Kirk Hancock, who holds the positions of Juniors President and Life Member, and Juniors Senior Vice President Ben Birney, also serving as the U18 Coach. Both individuals have not only played football alongside Falls and McGrath, but have also been dedicated, long-term members of the Casino RSM junior and senior clubs. The collaboration with the juniors is set to flourish even more in 2024, thanks to the

efforts of the Richmond Valley Council and additional contributions from Casino rugby league. Securing grant funding has paved the way for significant improvements, including fencing around the main fields, upgrades to the second field with underground irrigation and a new surface, and a $1.6 million enhancement to the club house facilities. The seniors will relocate to the junior fields, enhancing the connection between junior and senior players and fostering efficiency through shared facilities. In another coup for the newly appointed President, Falls has expressed his enthusiasm in revealing that Brian Smith will be joining to aid in advancing coach education at the club for the international age

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groups. This underscores the dedication to improving the experience for players and coaches at the club. Smith, who attended school in Casino, plus played first grade for the club, before relocating to Sydney to pursue rugby league where he rose to coach at the elite level of the NRL. He is renowned for his expertise as a top-notch development coach and educator in fundamental aspects of the game. President Trav Falls highlights the pivotal contribution of local businesses, notably the Casino RSM Club, major sponsor since 1966, whose ongoing support remains integral to the club’s achievements. This enduring partnership is widely recognised within the community and broader rugby league circles. Furthermore, collaborations with the Casino Food Co-op have added value to the team, introducing PNG players to Casino to complement the local talent pool. Falls expresses sincere appreciation for the invaluable support from the region’s largest employer, recognising its pivotal role in the club’s strategic long-term plans.

!"##$%&'((")*%$$ +,%$-.)/")0'($ +"%$%0--'%%10#$ -.2&'/"/".)$ Following on from Will Speddings’ ACT/NSW BMX Freestyle State Championship win on the 21st January, he has continued his successful competition run bringing home the gold medal, jersey and title of Australian National Amateur Champion in Melbourne on the weekend. Please see this article from AusCycling AusCycling | Diehm regains national title while Grace upsets the field at #BMXFS24 “William Spedding has emerged as a name to watch for the future, as the next generation of BMX Freestylers put on a show for the RampFest crowds in the amateur categories. In a field of 12 finalists, Spedding stood out as the rider most capable of joining the elite ranks in 2025, putting together a strong run to win the gold medal from Brodie Quick and last year’s Under 15 national champion Koby Carrol.” This is an amazing

result for Will, having just returned from surgery on a Bennett’s fracture in January. Following on from the win, Will has been invited to compete against a stacked elite field in Cape Town, South Africa in early March. Athletes Converse ULT.X (ultimatex.co.za) The competition was streamed on YouTube - see 2024 AusCycling BMX Freestyle National Championships Amateur (Boys / Girls) (youtube.com) and medal giving at 2024 AusCycling BMX Freestyle National Championships - Pro / Elite (Mens / Womens) + Presentations (youtube.com). Will has been riding the Olympic sport of BMX Freestyle since 2019 and is lucky enough to train alongside our Olympians on the Gold Coast and by coach 6 times X Games medalist Kyle Baldock. Will is a Tweed local and resides in Carool.

34567$289:;<=$87>$38??;78$36@A<5=$ B6;7$C65D<=$E6$E8F<$67$*6?>$-68=E The Byron Magpies AFC will enter into a joint venture with the Ballina AFC that will see the two clubs field combined Senior and Reserves men’s teams in the QFA Division 2 South Competition in season 2024. It is a requirement for the QFA Division 2 competition that clubs enter two teams: seniors and reserves. Ballina competed in the competition last year but it became evident at the end of last season that Ballina’s overall player numbers would make it difficult to consistently field the two teams. Byron won the 2023 premiership in the AFL North Coast competition, which only required the club to field one team. However, the club desired to return to the Southeast Queensland

Competition and late last year approached Ballina with the idea of the joint venture. The two clubs have been involved in detailed discussion over the past few months around how such a joint venture would work. They have also consulted with AFLQ to ensure that this initiative is aggregable to their competition needs. At the time of writing the two clubs and AFLQ have an in-principle

agreement to go forward with this initiative. Final sign-off is yet to be completed, but all parties are confident this is a formality. Both Ballina AFC and Byron Bay AFC will continue to operate as separate entities. The respective Women’s Teams will continue to operate as separate Teams and will not be affected by this joint venture for the Men. Byron Bay is seeking

Byron Magpies celebrate the 2023 premiership

re-entry to the QFA Women’s Competition and if successful will compete against Ballina in that competition. In order for a fair and equitable arrangement Ballina AFC and Byron Bay AFC have agreed to seek to enter the QFA Division 2 South Competition under a new team name and logo: namely the Stingrays. Specific details on the logo and team colours are still being finalised. The committees of both clubs and AFLQ believe this is the best course of action to ensure the ongoing participation in Senior Men’s Football in our region currently and will also support the ongoing development of pathways for junior AFL through the retention of both clubs as separate entities.

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CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS ALERT FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

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Embracing Wisdom: The 2024 Byron Seniors Festival Celebrates Community and Connection

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Things that go beep in the... car.

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Australian Property Market: Government Asserts Negative Gearing ‘Here To Stay’

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

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Brisbane Welcomes the International Cake Show Australia 2024!

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Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

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GRANT FOR MURWILLUMBAH COMMUNITY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS

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Multiple Marine Rescue NSW Units Collaborate for Successful Rescue Mission off Cape Byron

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Nature NSW applauds the protection of our oceans from offshore fossil fuel extraction

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NHVR launches operation to boost heavy vehicle safety in the construction industry

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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

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Investment in Research and Development crucial for advancing Australian Agriculture

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Producers Maintain Opposition to Biosecurity Levy

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More grants to grow Australia’s plantation forests are now open

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DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

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KNOTFEST ROARS BACK TO BRISBANE Metal Mayhem Awaits in March

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Hazards Near Me updates to include severe weather warnings

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BlazeAid Encourages Farmers to Seek Assistance for Fence Repairs

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Ghost, a diligent biosecurity detector dog

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RECENT CATTLE MARKET REPORTS

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Lismore Council Urges Immediate Removal of Terania Street Bridge

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Greens back community demands for fully funded food recovery, as two-year anniversary approaches

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plague’ threatening our rainforests.

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Samatha’s Book A fairer housing system for NSW

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SALUTE A SENIOR SALUTE A SENIOR

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A blessed 100 years for Dympna

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Kevin Hogan MP

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