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New $8 million learning centre for Casino

Revitalizing Doubtful Creek Public School


At its March meeting, the council indicated it was not satisfed with the government’s response to a letter to the Attorney General, Michael Daley, in December 2023, advocating that face to face services at Maclean Courthouse, remain the same.

Instead the parliamentary secretary to the Attorney General, Hugh McDermott’s reply, indicated the cuts to services would remain.

“The Attorney General has asked me to respond on his behalf, Mr McDermott wrote.

“I’m informed that in May 2023, court services in the Department of

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Clarence Valley mayor Peter Johnstone (pictured) is brushing up on his diplomatic kung fu, after his fellow councillors voted to have him “eyeball” the NSW Attorney General over a state government decision to cut service hours at Maclean Courthouse. the minister with Richie on one side, Full story continued page 2 by Tim Howard

Mayor to “eyeball” AG over courthouse hours cut

Clarence Valley mayor Peter Johnstone is brushing up on his diplomatic kung fu, after his fellow councillors voted to have him “eyeball” the NSW Attorney General over a state government decision to cut service hours at Maclean Courthouse.

At its March meeting, the council indicated it was not satisfied with the government’s response to a letter to the Attorney General, Michael Daley, in December 2023, advocating that face to face services at Maclean Courthouse, remain the same.

Instead the parliamentary secretary to the Attorney General, Hugh McDermott’s reply, indicated the cuts to services would remain.

“The Attorney General has asked me to respond on his behalf, Mr McDermott wrote.

“I’m informed that in May 2023, court services in the Department of Communities and justice initiated a change in the level of face to face service delivery at Maclean based on the low level of demand for this service.

“The service was reduced from five days per week to five days per month.”

Crs Debrah Novak and Ian Tiley combined to provide a motion to stiffen the council’s opposition to the decision.

After fine tuning of the wording, the council settled on the motion: That council:

1. notes the report.

2. makes direct representations to the NSW Attorney General, seeking support of the Member for Clarence, Hon Richie Williamson, objecting most strongly to the service hours reductions at Maclean Court House, and the mayor seek to meet the minister to convey these concerns.

Cr Novak said the decision was clearly not in the interests of Clarence Valley people.

“We have the key issues here in front of us in black and white,” she said.

“So this motion now is to go back to the NSW Attorney General and the minister with Richie on one side, the mayor on the other side to the minister saying we’re not happy with what you’ve determined.

“What you think is in our best interest because at the end of the day, it is not in our LGAs best interest to have this service downgraded.

“It’s in the state government’s best interest because it’s a cost saving measure.”

Cr Tiley said the council had little to lose and a lot to gain.

“It’s a matter of great concern, especially to the people of the Lower Clarence, as Cr Novak has well articulated that yet another important service will be lost,” he said.

“Perhaps the next one’s Ulmarra Ferry if we meekly acquiesce on this. What next will we lose?”

The approach was not to the liking of all councillors, including unlikely allies on this matter, Crs Karen Toms and Greg Clancy.

Cr Toms worried the motion made it seem the council was throwing a “tanty” when a ruling didn’t go its way.

“I find this a little interesting that we’ve actually been there done this,” she said.

“We’ve got a letter back which tells us the reasons, but we as the local government council have decided we don’t like the reasons and we’re going to have another go and we’re going to get up face to face with the Attorney General.”

Cr Clancy said he was more concerned that continued opposition was “pushing a snowball uphill”.

“Are we just putting our finger in the dyke?” he said. “Because unfortunately, the modern world is moving in the direction of less face to face, more phone or internet connection.

“The response is fairly straightforward.

“Who knows? In two years time will we still going to have a courthouse in Grafton? “Maybe we’ll be traveling to Coffs Harbour, but as a council we need to stand up for our community it’s not about having a tantrum.

the motion because he believe the community expected its leaders to fight for them.

“I was I was voted in to be an advocate for the community,” he said. “And there’s often complaints around the LGA that are were very Grafton centric.

“And it’s to do with the demand and the cost of keeping it open when there’s no demand.

“It would be nice to keep everything opened forever. But I really think that we’ve taken this far enough.”

Other councillors showed more fight.

Cr Steve Pickering said cutting courthouse hours was just a start to further cuts.

“It’s to cut to cut the courthouse hours from five days a week to five days a month is the start,’ he said.

“Obviously, the next step will be zero days per month and then everybody in Yamba and Maclean will be traveling to Grafton to use the courthouse there, while it’s still open.

“It’s about it’s about doing what our community would expect us to do.

“Well, in this case, we’re fighting for something that’s in Maclean.

“And I’m sick of this valley losing out all the time. It loses out to Coffs and it loses out to Lismore and seems to lose out to Byron Bay constantly.

“Let’s just fight it. Let’s have another go.”

The mayor made a rare foray into debate, arguing the council needed to stand up for the region.

“I think we should go for it, shouldn’t we? he said. “I need to brush up on my martial arts skills. “We should be fighting for our community and we need to fight for our community because otherwise we’ll be seen as a soft touch.”

Summing up, Cr Novak said in the past decade the region had lost many services to Coffs Harbour and Lismore.

“What that actually means to those people because we’ve lost those services, is people now have to travel,” she said.

“And when we receive a response that we’re not happy with, we need we need to challenge it.”

But Cr Alison Whaites disputed that Grafton could lose its courthouse, because of the presence of the new jail at near South Grafton.

“Because we’ve got Serco here and it’s busy every day I drive past and it’s packed,” she said.

‘So anyway, so I want to vote against his motion and I really don’t see the point of moving forward with this and the mayor going down and speaking to that person.”

Deputy mayor Jeff Smith said he supported

“So there is a cost imposed to those people who need to access those services.

“We have a high rate of people who don’t have access to computers, who don’t have access or the skills to access computers. All that sort of stuff.

“That just pays puts the onus back on to the potential clients and I think that’s unfair.

“And and we just need to be out there fighting for what we believe is a service that should remain here in the Lower Clarence Valley.”

Council voted for the motion 6-3 with Crs Toms, Clancy and Whaites against.

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Cr Debrah Novak is leading the charge to keep Maclean Courthouse open five days a week, moving that the council confronts the NSW Attorney General Michael Daley over plans to cut hours of service Page 1 photo: Clarence Valley Mayor Peter Johnstone has been asked to “eyeball” the NSW Attorney General Michael Daley in a bid to retain fve days a week access to Maclean Courthouse.

New $8 million learning centre for Casino students

There were a long list of dignitaries, community members, teachers and of course, the students who attended the opening of St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino’s refurbished building, called the Mercy Centre. One key person missing was parish priest Father Peter Slack, who was recovering from an operation, but his words were read out by Aaron Beach, Regional Service Leader, Diocese

of Lismore, Catholic Schools.

“It is a building that is spacious with natural light,” said Mr Beach on behalf of Fr Slack.

“It is a building which invites the world into its walls.”

Built on the site of the Sisters of Mercy, who were established in the 1880s, it is fitting that it has been named the Mercy Centre.

Mr Beach described it as a learning space with flexible learning areas that will foster creative

and critical thinking.

The project included a complete refurbishment of the previous block.

The new facility includes a number of general learning classrooms, four stateof-the-art STEM science labs, open learning

spaces, study pods, canteen, gymnasium and an auditorium- style seating, referred to as the Learning Commons.

Bishop of Lismore, Gregory Homeming gave the blessing which included the people, the building and the plaque.

“I am blessing more than a building,” he said. “But I am blessing you.”

With that, he sprinkled holy water on all in attendance, giving a double dose to the politicians who he felt needed the extra kick.

Finally, the plaque was unveiled by NSW Senator, the Hon Jenny McAllister, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

“I understand the building has already been in use for some

months,” she said. “It is an enhancing experience that you all have here.”

The total project cost $8,394,000, with $3,600,000 contributed to by the Australian Government.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, Member for Clarence Richie Williamson, Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow and Director of Catholic Schools, Adam Spencer.


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Big River Group Completes $22 Million Upgrade to Grafton Timber Factory, Boosting Regional Economy

Big River Group, a renowned figure in the diversified manufacturing and distribution of timber and building products, proudly announces the completion of a significant upgrade to its Grafton timber factory. This $22 million project, bolstered by support from the Australian and New South Wales (NSW) Governments under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, marks a significant stride in the sustainable manufacturing of specialty technical timber products, thereby enhancing supply to the construction industry across NSW.

With roots dating back over a century in Grafton, Big River Group has traversed through three generations of the Pidcock family’s ownership before transitioning into a public entity listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:BRI) in May 2017. This transition symbolizes a century-long dedication and expansion within the region, now spanning operations across 26 sites in Australia and New Zealand.

The official opening of the Grafton operation today underscores the pivotal role of regional development and

within the industry. It underscores the government’s steadfast commitment to bolstering industries crucial for recovery and growth in areas affected by bushfires, while promoting advancements in sustainable timber manufacturing and supply.

The upgrade, featuring the installation of state-of-the-art machinery, is poised to significantly augment Big River’s output. This enhancement equips Big River to supply an unprecedented volume of timber products throughout NSW each year, fostering growth in local and regional economies.

John Lorente, CEO of Big River Group, expresses his

project’s culmination, stating, “This upgrade signifies not merely an expansion of our operational capacity, but a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and the future of the timber industry in NSW. With the backing of the Forestry Recovery Development Fund Program, we are positioned to make a profound impact on the availability of highquality timber products, while also securing and creating jobs locally, regionally, and nationally.”

The upgrade is expected to generate 20 new jobs in Grafton, supplementing Big River’s existing local workforce and its 610 employees nationwide.

underscores Big River’s enduring commitment to nurturing local talent through trainee and apprenticeship programs, and bolstering local businesses financially through logistics, warehousing, engineering supplies, and contracting services.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt, emphasizes the government’s role in facilitating these critical developments, noting, “Big River Group’s Wagga Wagga plantation bore the brunt of the Black Summer Bushfires, but with substantial investment from both levels of Government, new machinery and equipment have been installed in the factory in Grafton, delivering a

local community.”

Minister for Regional NSW, Tara Moriarty, echoes this sentiment, highlighting the project’s significance for local and regional communities. “Big River Group’s Grafton timber factory is experiencing robust growth, and it’s gratifying to see these upgrades support them in delivering high-quality timber products to the construction industry for years to come.”

Beyond supplying essential building products for the construction industry, Big River’s operations offer an array of decorative and architectural products, many of which are proudly manufactured in Grafton. This fusion of functionality and

aesthetics, supported by a century-long legacy and a forward-looking ethos, positions Big River as a cornerstone in sustaining the architectural integrity and development of NSW, Australia, and New Zealand.

“As we unveil the latest upgrade to our Grafton facility, we perpetuate a tradition of excellence established over 100 years ago,” asserts John Lorente.

“This project epitomizes more than just an expansion; it’s a tangible manifestation of our dedication to innovation, sustainability, and investment in the growth of our workforce. By augmenting our capacity to supply high-value timber products and investing in our team’s development, we uphold our century-long legacy and reinforce our commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for the timber industry in Australia.”

“We are immensely grateful for the support extended by both the Australian and NSW State Governments through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund,” John concludes, expressing profound gratitude for the government’s invaluable support.

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Community Gathering: Revitalizing Doubtful Creek Public School

You are cordially invited to a community gathering aimed at discussing the potential transformation of Doubtful Creek Public School into a vibrant hub for our community.

The gathering will take place on 28th April 2024 at 11:00 AM at Dyraaba Hall.

• Providing emergency accommodation

• Hosting regular workshops on sustainability projects, such as solar energy and self-sufficiency

• Organizing buy, swap, and sell days to promote local sharing and collaboration.

It’s disheartening to

Over the past few weeks, preliminary discussions with various community members have sparked enthusiasm for the idea of placing Doubtful Creek Public School in the hands of a community group. We believe that together, we can breathe new life into our beloved school and reclaim it as the heart of our community.

Some of the exciting ideas proposed include:

• Establishing a community garden

to key individuals and organizations, including Janelle Saffin MP, the Casino RSL Sub Branch, and others with relevant experience in community development.

WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is thrilled to herald the return of the esteemed Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) in conjunction with the highly anticipated 2024 Wollumbin Art Award.

witness the school in its current unkempt state, overrun by lantana, wild tobacco bushes, and weeds. Even the memorial gates stand neglected amidst overgrowth. However, there’s hope on the horizon as interest has been expressed from far and wide, including residents from Cedar Point, Backmede, Wadeville, and Casino.

To ensure the success of this initiative, we have extended invitations

We encourage all interested individuals to join us at Dyraaba Hall on 28th April 2024 at 11:00 AM. Lunch will be provided, and we kindly request each attendee to contribute $2, with proceeds supporting the Dyraaba Hall Committee.

For any inquiries, please feel free to reach out to Allan Berry at 0408 933 796 or 6667 1290.

Let’s come together to envision a brighter future for Doubtful Creek Public School and our community.

Now extending an open invitation for submissions, this biennial accolade warmly welcomes budding artists aged 5 to 18 from the vibrant locales of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim, Lismore, City of Gold Coast, and, for the inaugural time, Richmond Valley. Young creatives are encouraged to unleash their imaginations, as entries encompassing a diverse array of visual artworks across all subjects and mediums are eagerly anticipated. Alongside the prestige of recognition, prizes including art materials and a multitude of art-making opportunities valued at up to $1,000 await the brightest talents. With dedicated categories tailored to each age bracket –ranging from 5–8 years to 16–18 years – the WYAA endeavours to celebrate the boundless ingenuity and artistic prowess of regional youth. Ingrid Hedgcock, esteemed Gallery Director, expressed her profound enthusiasm for the initiative, affirming, “This award stands as a testament to the exceptional abilities of our young artists, instilling within them

a sense of pride and empowerment to craft works of enduring significance.”

The Gallery extends a warm welcome to Jodi Ferrari, the esteemed Children’s Gallery Coordinator at HOTA, Home of the Arts, who joins as the distinguished guest judge for the Youth award. Renowned for her expertise in curating immersive art experiences tailored for young audiences, Ms. Ferrari brings invaluable insight to the adjudication process.

Ms. Ferrari herself shared her anticipation, remarking, “I am eager to bear witness to the kaleidoscope of perspectives and boundless creativity showcased in this year’s submissions. It is a privilege to be entrusted by the Gallery to preside over this prestigious award, albeit one that promises to present a delightful challenge.”

Generously sponsored by Friends of the Gallery, the Wollumbin Youth Art Award epitomizes a commitment to fostering and celebrating emerging talent within the artistic community.

Don’t miss your chance to leave an indelible mark on the art world – entries for the WYAA 2024 are now open and will conclude at 5 pm on Monday, June 3, 2024. For comprehensive details, including entry prerequisites, please visit the Gallery’s official website at gallery.tweed.

The award features categories for different age groups:

• 5–8 years

• 9–12 years

• 13–15 years

Mark your calendars as the selected finalists earn the esteemed opportunity to showcase their masterpieces at the Gallery from September 6 to November 24, with the eagerly awaited award announcements set to unfold on September 7.

• 16–18 years.

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The Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) celebrates the unique talents of young artists across the region. A selection of finalists will have the opportunity to display their works at the Tweed Regional Gallery later this year. Elsie Biles, winner of the WYAA in 2022 (16-18 years) with her artwork The Bird Bonnet. Photo Jaka Adamic.
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Diary of a Flood Survivor

So how did we all hold up after last week’s deluge?

It did no one’s heart good to hear of minor flood warnings, then seeing and hearing the rain fall so consistently.

I know I had flashbacks to the day before we were inundated with tonnes of water, when it had rained all through the night and the night before.

My neighbour texted me to see if we were ok with this latest downpour.

Obviously, in our physical selves we were fine as we just stayed indoors to stay dry, but it was the reminders of the flood two years ago that were coming to the

surface that many of us were dealing with.

Hubby and I talked about it between ourselves and with our neighbours.

Another neighbour strongly suggested to hubby that he visit the local Hub just to be able to talk to people, as that is what he has been doing.

Even if it is just to get

a cuppa and chat about anything.

One of our greatest strengths is our community.

There are people at the local Hubs who are there to help and just lend a listening ear, so no one has to feel isolated.

Also, let’s not forget our furry family.

Our little dog has not stopped sleeping at the end of our bed since the

flood over two years ago. It’s probably just a habit now, but he prefers his people’s close contact ever since we were displaced.

I notice he also hates walking on anything wet. Makes for a bit of a problem when he needs to go and do his business and the grass is sodden, but he works it out. Little steps.

Byron Shire Council Collaborates for Sustainable Development at Wallum Project

Last week, Byron Shire Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing a collaborative approach towards the Wallum development project in Brunswick Heads. The aim is to achieve a balanced outcome that maximizes environmental benefts, minimizes the development footprint, and enhances housing diversity and affordability.

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, presented a Mayoral Minute to update both the community and the Council on recent negotiations with Clarence Property, the developers. A proposed site map for the Wallum development was shared, refecting input from discussions between Clarence Property representatives and Councillors Michael Lyon, Asren Pugh, and Cate Coorey.

Mayor Michael Lyon emphasized, “These discussions delved into

strategies to safeguard more of the site’s environmental values while improving the affordability of housing lots. This was to be achieved by reducing the development footprint and adjusting lot sizes. Specifcally, the total development footprint would decrease from 12 to 11 hectares, with an additional 1.8 hectares allocated to the eastern buffer zone.”

“This adjustment facilitates the inclusion of various housing types required in Byron Shire, catering to singles, couples, and empty nesters,” he added.

Furthermore, the revised plan allows for a larger buffer zone between the development and the primary population of Wallum froglets located west of Simpsons Creek. This redesign is estimated to preserve over half of the scribbly gums, including the oldest specimens in the eastern section.

Mayor Lyon clarifed, “Although Clarence Property is not obliged

to make alterations and it may not be in their fnancial interest to do so, our discussions aimed to highlight the overall merits of the proposed changes.”

Councillor Cate Coorey expressed, “While some harbor reservations about the developer, engaging with Clarence Property was imperative as it presented the only viable path to secure a better outcome. Though many would prefer no development on the site, realistically, that’s not feasible. It’s encouraging that Clarence is receptive to our proposals.”

Councillor Asren Pugh remarked, “Unfortunately, our environmental protection laws are insuffcient in safeguarding endangered species. We anticipate improvements with the proposed Federal National Environment Laws currently under review. Negotiated outcomes, as seen in cases like West Byron, have demonstrated superior environmental results compared to all-

or-nothing approaches. We aim for a similar success here.”

Mayor Lyon acknowledged the contributions of various stakeholders in the discussions, including ecologists, Clarence Property staff, and Councillors Coorey and Pugh, whose diverse perspectives enriched the dialogue.

“Clarence Property has already signifcantly reduced the development footprint from the original 2013 approval. They’ve committed to evaluating this revised footprint within site constraints, and while challenges remain, discussions have been constructive,” Mayor Lyon stated.

He concluded optimistically, “With goodwill and a spirit of compromise from all parties, including passionate campaigners, we believe a mutually benefcial outcome for the environment and housing diversity is attainable.”

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It’s April Falls month and time to ask, “How ROCK STEADY do I feel today?”

Every 2.5 minutes an Australian aged 65 or over goes to an emergency department because of a fall, and many are admitted for further care. Once someone has a fall, there is a greater chance of falling again. “Many falls can be avoided by improving balance and other risk factors”, said Julia Dayhew, Occupational Therapist, founder of Rock Steady For Life, and previous NNSW Health Falls Prevention Coordinator for 8 years.

“Like the canary in the coal mine, a fall indicates that something needs attention. It could be; balance, strength, sensation, reaction time, cognition, vision, fear of falling, depression, or even dietary factors such as how much protein we eat or how much water we drink”, Julia explained.

Are you Rock Steady For Life?

“Understanding how your body and mind currently function is a powerful way to becoming rock steady. It helps us make small specific changes which can have a large impact on our confidence to move, and quality of life”, explained Julia, an Occupational Therapist for 30 years.

Tips for improving rock steadiness include;

• doing challenging balance activity for 2 hours/ week e.g regular specific home exercises, attending exercise class, cognitive-

motor training, dancing, Tai Chi

• having protein with every meal (unless advised not to by a Dr), to help maintain or improve muscle strength

• concentrating when you walk as if it is the most important thing you are doing

• aiming for good brain health (cognition) by; reducing alcohol intake, being physically active, interacting with others, challenging your brain often with something

new, eating healthy, and participating in cognitive-motor training (e.g the Smartstep)

• wearing single-lens glasses instead of multi-focal glasses when out walking

• getting assessed and finding out your

unique strengths and areas requiring attention

Julia has worked in physical health, mental health and health promotion roles. She developed an interest in falls prevention in the 1990’s after working

with research leader, Professor Stephen Lord, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). Julia has ongoing contact with NeuRA, the developers of the StandingTall balance app and the Smartstep cognitivemotor training tool, both for fall prevention and improving balance. NeuRA has shown the Smartstep can reduce falls by up to 26% and improve both physical and cognitive factors.

Julia now works in private practice in Alstonville and Ballina. She offers assessment and intervention for balance, healthy ageing and falls prevention including enjoyable Smartstep cognitivemotor sessions. She is presenting at the Perth 2024 OTX (Occupational Therapy conference) on falls prevention and cognitive - motor training.

For enquiries or bookings contact Julia on 5663 2616

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM. This year’s event is set to surpass all expectations, encapsulating the essence of country life in a morning flled with fun, food, and festivity.

Thanks to the generous support of The MJ Smith Group, our 2024 Major Sponsor, the annual Free Community Breakfast will offer attendees a delightful taste of

the local life with complimentary sausage or steak sandwiches, chocolate milk, and fresh fruit, generously donated by Woolworths Casino. This partnership exemplifes The MJ Smith Group’s deep commitment to the local community, showcasing a shared passion for uniting and enriching our region.

Brody Lisha, President of Casino Beef Week, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “We are overjoyed to have The MJ Smith Group as our Major Sponsor this year.

Their dedication to the community mirrors our mission to celebrate our country life and bring people together. This event is more than just a breakfast; it’s a showcase of what makes our community so vibrant and unique.”

The event will feature an impressive display of machinery, allowing attendees to witness the remarkable work of The MJ Smith Group frsthand. “Seeing the machinery up close is a testament to the innovation and hard work that drives our local industries. It’s an

honor to highlight this aspect of our community at the event,” said Lisha. Adding to the excitement, the annual Richmond Dairies Cow Pat Lotto, presented by Bently Community Preschool, returns with a larger prize pool thanks to Richmond Dairies and Macdonalds Pharmacy. “The Cow Pat Lotto is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. It’s a fun, quirky way to engage with the community while supporting a great cause,” Lisha remarked. Butchers from the region will compete

in the Verto Sausage Competition, aiming for the titles of Best Beef Sausage and Best Gourmet Sausage. Lisha commented, “Our local butchers are incredibly talented, and this competition is a fantastic way to showcase their skills and the quality of our local produce.”

The day will also feature live entertainment from Sam Handford and the grand fnale of the CiCom Busking Championships on the Jack Links Stage. “The talent we have in our community is astounding, and the

Jack Links Stage is the perfect platform to showcase it. It’s going to be an unforgettable day,” Lisha added.

Casino Beef Week invites everyone to join in celebrating our country life, embodying the community spirit that makes our region so special. Don’t miss this outstanding day of free food, fantastic entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

The Breakfast will be lived streamed via ZZZFM and 2LM.

North Coast residents urged to boost their immunity by getting their fu vaccination

Healthy North Coast is reminding residents across our region to book in for a fu shot this month, to ensure they boost their immunity leading into the winter fu season.

Whilst fu can circulate at any time, it’s more likely to happen in the colder months of the year, between April and September.

A yearly fu shot is recommended for everyone aged six months and over, and the vaccine can often be given with other vaccines, including COVID-19.

In 2020 and 2021 there were historically low levels of fu across

the North Coast as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, however in 2022 and 2023 there was a resurgence due to the reopening of international borders, with cases peaking in June each year. In June 2023, there were around 1,800 notifcations of infuenza (all strains) in Northern NSW and Mid North Coast local health districts.

Healthy North Coast CEO Monika Wheeler is urging the community to think now about their options for receiving a fu shot:

“Last year, many in our community left it too late, with particularly high numbers of

residents suffering from infuenza due to the early start to the winter fu season,” Ms Wheeler explained.

“The highest level of protection happens in the frst 3 to 4 months following vaccination which is why it is so important to receive a fu shot now.”

“We are urging North Coast residents to ensure they book in for a fu shot with their GP, local pharmacy, health professional or Aboriginal Medical Service as soon as possible,” Ms Wheeler added.

Local GP, Dr Debra King, emphasised the importance of keeping up

to date with vaccinations: “Not only does getting vaccinated against infuenza protect you from the debilitating effects of the fu, it also plays a crucial role in keeping our hospitals and health services from becoming overwhelmed. “Vaccination is a simple yet powerful tool in safeguarding our communities’ health and preventing unnecessary hospitalisations.”

FREE fu vaccines are available for those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from infuenza including:

• children six months to under fve years

• people 65 and over

• Aboriginal people from six months of age

• pregnant women

• those with serious health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, severe asthma, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease.

There are some simple precautions you can take to minimise the risk of catching the fu and passing it on including: 2

• staying at home if you are sick and avoiding

close contact with other people

• wearing a mask in indoor spaces if you are unable to physically distance

• sneezing into your elbow instead of your hands

• washing your hands thoroughly and often.

For further advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this fu this season visit health. Infuenza.

You can also fnd your nearest vaccination clinic by using the Service Finder at healthdirect.

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Marine Rescue Brunswick granted region’s frst remote controlled on-water life-saving device

Marine Rescue Brunswick will bolster its rescue capability with a new state-of-the-art life-saving device after being awarded an Australian Government Stronger Communities Grant.

Marine Rescue NSW Northern Rivers Zone Duty Operations Manager

John Murray said the Federal Government grant has aided the unit to purchase the Marine Rescue Northern Rivers region’s frst ever USafe, a motorised remote controlled lifebuoy for rescue missions on local waterways including the Brunswick River, Simpsons Creek, Marshalls Creek and offshore.

“The USafe is a versatile

and reliable piece of equipment that will assist our volunteers greatly in their mission of saving lives on the water.

“It is also reassuring for boaters, paddlers and swimmers who use our local waterways that this valuable tool is at the ready should they require assistance,” he said.

The USafe cost $14,000 with the Stronger Communities Grant contributing $10,000 and community donations funding the remainder.

“The fnancial support provided by the Australian Government and the local community to allow the unit to add a USafe to its rescue capability is greatly appreciated,” Mr Murray said.

Marine Rescue Brunswick Unit

Commander Jonathan Wilcock said the USafe is operated by remote control and is a valuable life-saving tool for the Brunswick unit’s 76 volunteer members.

where we may not be able to get a vessel, like close to rocks or in shallow waters.

“This incredible piece of equipment can assist with recovering people in the

transferable between the Brunswick unit’s rescue vessels and will be deployed when required to assist with a tasked mission.

“The USafe has a 300

“The USafe will assist rescue crews in locations

water or getting a tow line to a disabled vessel in a challenging location.

“The device is easily

metre working range and can transport up to 160kgs of buoyancy.

“It also features a

variable speed motor

so our rescue crews can approach a person gently or steer around hazards in the water,” Mr Wilcock said.

Volunteers at Marine Rescue Brunswick are currently undergoing training and familiarisation with a Marine Rescue NSW State Headquarters USafe device. Marine Rescue Brunswick is expected to take delivery of its own USafe in the coming weeks.

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer based not-for-proft professional organisation dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.

Byron Comedy Fest 2024 Laughs at The Hotel Great Northern

With audiences packing out shows every year, Festival Directors Mel Coppin and Zara Noruzi have decided a new venue with increased capacity was in order. It also means the festival is an all weather event!

Expect all your favourites!

With perennial sell out favourites Best Of British headed up by UK comic Dan Willis. Willis welcomes his favourite Brit funny people, this year’s crop include Bob Franklin, Matt O’Neill and Gillian Cordiner.

Sri Lankan born Comedy super star Dilruk Jayasinah left the world of fnance as

a sit down accountant and started working as a stand up comic. While his parents may have been a little dismayed at frst, Dilruk has become an award winning face of Australian TV. He’s guested on Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention?, Would I Lie To You, and Hughesy We Have a Problem, ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Question Everything, and showed off his mercurial acting abilities on Channel Ten’s How to Stay Married and ABC’s Utopia. Dilruk has also appeared as a contestant on renowned reality shows including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity MasterChef and the

Amazon Prime comedy game show Last One Laughing hosted by Rebel Wilson.

Bringing bites of the Bold and the beautiful is Bev Killick. A non-stop joke fred power plant of comedy gold. Newly Australian insights come from Venezuelan born comic Ivan Aristagueita - performing comedy in a second language more expertly than most would do in their frst.

With his critically acclaimed show ‘Weed C#nt’ full of drug references and suitably strong coarse language, John Cruckshank is funny in a way that is raw and sometimes brutal.

Byron Comedy Festival is also featuring two of Melbourne Comedy Festival’s fnest, Lewis Garnham and Scout Boxall. Unique, insightful, and pushing into the zeitgeist of the younger gen.

And for those who prefer not to choose, there’s the Comedy Showcase, Gump’s Big Box of Comedy Chocolates.

With shows able to be bought as single tickets, or one day or 3 day passes.

Don’t miss a relentless weekend of laughs with Byron Comedy Fest. 30, 31 May and 1 June.


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Tweed Shire Youth Week 2024: Festivities Kick Off with Local Festival and Engaging Activities

How is your relationship with food?

Title: The Weight of a Woman

Author: Tansy Boggon

Price: $22.95

Publisher: Shawline


There isn’t a human being on this planet who hasn’t had to evaluate their relationship with food at some point. Whether it is not getting enough to eat, getting too much to eat, not eating the right type of food and so the list goes on.

For many in the western world the issue can be too much food and not enough of the nutritional stuff.

Or in our attempt to be healthy and thin, we get bogged down in seeing food as a chore that has lost its joy and we end up on a well-trodden path of diet after diet.

This happens to both women and men alike.

In The Weight of a Woman, author, Tansy Boggon, introduces the reader to Jenni.

Jenni is obese and believes her life will only

Youth Week 2024 in Tweed Shire is set to launch with a diverse array of engaging activities and events, showcasing the talents and creativity of young people across the region.

Leading the charge is the eagerly anticipated Murbah Youth Fest 2024, a free community event organized with the assistance of the Murwillumbah Youth Action Group. Taking place at Knox Park on Saturday, April 13th, from 10 am to 3 pm, the festival promises a dynamic lineup featuring a youth creative market, local bands and performers, interactive workshops, games, and more.

In addition to the festival, a series of exciting events are planned throughout the week, including a free movie afternoon at Kunghur Hall on April 13th, showcasing the popular flm “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Attendees can enjoy complimentary popcorn and beanbags while immersing themselves in the cinematic experience.

begin when she loses all her excess weight. Then Narelle comes into her life, an eccentric colleague who seems to actually enjoy eating without any issues. How is that possible?

As Jenni spends more time with Narelle, the layers of her life slowly start to peel away and she realises it may not be what she is eating, but how she sees herself.

And then suddenly, Jenni begins to understand that the woman within is not determined by her weight and her life can start whenever she is ready.

Tansy Boggon is a qualifed nutritionist, food writer and recipe developer who incorporates mindful eating, eating psychology and a non-diet approach into her writing.

An Aussie now living in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tansy has written non-fction, fction and children’s books on the subject of food. Her website www. joyfuleatingnutrition. com has many insights and recipes regarding our relationship with food.

Her book The Weight of a Woman can be ordered from shawlinepublishing.

Youth Week also provides opportunities for artistic expression, with the prestigious Wollumbin Youth Art Award inviting entries from individuals aged 5 to 18. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art

Centre Inc, the award offers prizes worth $1000 and will be judged by Jodi Ferrari, Children’s Gallery Coordinator at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Moreover, Tweed Regional Gallery’s Youth Collective will be extending a special callout for new members during the week, providing a platform for like-minded young creatives to connect and collaborate on gallery programs and events. Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries will be joining in on the festivities with Nintendo gaming events at Tweed Heads Library on April 15th and Murwillumbah Library on April 19th, offering fun-flled afternoons for gamers of all ages. With a wide range of activities celebrating the theme “Express.

Empower. Get Loud!” Youth Week 2024 in Tweed Shire promises to be a vibrant and inspiring celebration of young people and their contributions to the community. For more information and event details, visit the NSW Youth Week 2024 website and Tweed Regional Gallery’s learning programs page.

Event details

Friday 12 April

Museum on Wheels at Murwillumbah Pool 6-8 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW 2484

10 am – 3 pm

Saturday 13 April

Murbah Youth Fest 2024

24 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah NSW 2484

10 am – 3 pm Knox Park

Movie afternoon at Kunghur Hall – Hunt

for the Wilderpeople

Kunghur Community Hall

1 Cooloon St, Kunghur Starts at 2 pm

Book your free tickets via humanitix: kunghur-movie

Monday 15 April

Nintendo Switch games - Tweed Heads library

Wharf St, Tweed Heads NSW 2485

10 am to 12 pm

Suitable for ages 7 and over

Bookings essential

Phone Tweed Heads library on (07)5536 3672

Friday 19 April

Nintendo afternoonMurwillumbah library

10 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah

2 pm to 3.30 pm

Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Bookings essential

Phone Murwillumbah library on (02) 6670 2427

Restoring Brunswick River Banks: Council Plants

5000 Native Species to Boost Biodiversity

A rejuvenation effort is underway along the banks of the Brunswick River in Mullumbimby, as Council embarks on a signifcant planting initiative. Over 5000 native plants are being carefully placed along a 2km stretch of Riverside Drive, spanning from Pine Ave to the Mullumbimby Showgrounds. This ambitious project has been made possible through a $220,000 allocation from North Coast Local Land Services, specifcally earmarked for addressing priority river erosion sites stemming from

the Flood 2022 NSW Government funding. The planting endeavor aims not only to fortify the riverbanks against erosion but also to foster biodiversity and enhance the local ecosystem.

Dave Filipczyk, Council’s Team Leader in Bush Regeneration, expressed enthusiasm for the project’s potential impact. He highlighted the extensive efforts undertaken last year, which resulted in signifcant natural regeneration of native species following the removal of invasive weeds. Despite being situated in the heart

of Mullumbimby, this stretch of the Brunswick River boasts an impressive diversity of 139 native species alongside 79 weed species.

The previous year’s activities included the removal of Camphor laurel and comprehensive bush regeneration, along with habitat enhancement measures. The current endeavour to plant 5000 new native specimens aims to further strengthen the riparian zone, providing crucial food and habitat resources for local fora and fauna. Additionally,

it is anticipated that the initiative will contribute to improving water quality, benefting aquatic life within the river ecosystem. This initiative is part of Council’s broader “Bringing Back the Bruns” project, a comprehensive bush regeneration program encompassing the Brunswick River and its tributaries. Spearheaded by Council’s Bush Regeneration Team, this project underscores a commitment to environmental stewardship and the preservation of local ecosystems.

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Members of Murwillumbah Youth Action Group have been behind the scenes helping organise Murbah Youth Fest 2024, a free community event which will kick off at 10 am in Knox Park on Saturday 13 April. From left: Jess Porter from Murwillumbah Community Centre with members of the Youth Action Group - youth mentor Kalindi, Arjan, Dylan and Kody.

New Ballina youth festival – Thrillfest – announced for Youth Week

A new youth festival, Thrillfest, will be held in Ballina for the frst time during Youth Week, featuring a battle-of-thebands, skateboarding workshops, and football drills – and free buses will ferry young people to the events.

The Ballina Youth Network is organising Thrillfest, and the notfor-proft organisation Social Futures is part of that network. The festival will be held on April 16, from 11am, at Missingham Park, Ballina with the support of Rotary Ballina, Cherry Street Sports Club, Ballina Shire Council, Hartley’s Fruit Shop and Ballina Buslines.

Social Futures Children Youth and Families Manager, Kiara McBeath said the Thrillfest lineup was a testament to the diverse interests and skills of the region’s young people.

“Thrillfest festivities

kick off with the Battle of the Bands, where aspiring musicians will hit the stage to compete for amazing prizes,” Ms McBeath said. “Get ready to cheer for your favourites and witness the birth of the next big thing in music.

Four new bus shelters on the way for Lismore: Saffn

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffn says Lismore City Council will receive $70,000 in NSW Government funding to build four new bus shelters in Lismore.

Ms Saffn said Transport for NSW had confrmed funding for three new shelters in Goonellabah and a fourth near Lismore Base Hospital.

She said the projects are being delivered under the latest $1.6-million round of the NSW Government’s Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant Scheme (CPTIGS).

“I know from my contact with Lismore City Council’s Traffc Advisory Committee that the council is proactive in seeking funding to improve and maintain its bus stop network, a priority which I have always supported,” Ms Saffn said.

“I’m very pleased to see three new bus shelters on the way for Goonellabah – Waratah Way-Acacia Avenue;

Waratah WayKookaburra Terrace; and Grevillia GroveKookaburra Terrace.

“The planned bus shelter for Uralba Street-Hunter Street should be a plus for bus passengers needing to get to and from Lismore Base. “New bus stop shelters make public transport more accessible and attractive as an option to get around our local area so this investment is well targeted.

“They will provide better comfort, security and weather protection for public transport users.

“The next round of the CPTIGS opens on 1 July this year so I encourage local councils to check their eligibility and apply for funding.”

For a full list of councils and funding amounts visit: https:// www.transport.nsw. communitytransport-operators/ country-passengertransport-infrastructuregrants-scheme

“You can also grab a board and join a skateboarding workshop run by Truckstop Skate School. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned skater or just starting, the Truckstop experts will guide you through techniques and tricks

that’ll have you owning the pavement in no time.

“And for the sports enthusiasts, join in on our lively footy drills – a chance to show off your skills and maybe even learn a few new ones.

“The day is all about celebrating young people

and their immense talents – from music to skateboarding to sport. And of course, it’s all about having fun!” There will also be interactive games, and a free BBQ lunch.

“In an effort to make Thrillfest accessible to

every teen in Ballina, there will be free transport on the day,” Ms McBeath said.

“Every bus network in Ballina is supporting this event by offering free transport to Tamar Street all day long for young people,” Ms McBeath said.

“Join us for an unforgettable day of fun, friendship, and fanciful feats. Ballina’s youth are the heartbeat of our community, and Thrillfest is here to celebrate that energy and creativity.”

National Youth Week, April 11-24, is a weeklong celebration of the contribution that young people make to Australia. It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people.

Know of a community project that needs a funding boost this year?

Applications are set to open for two streams of Council grants on offer for 2024-2025 community projects and creative activation of public space.

The two grant streams are:

• Community Initiatives Programgrants of up to $5,000 per organisation on offer (with a total pool of $57,500) for investment into inspiring community projects.

• Creative Public Spaces Small Grants –seed funding of up to $5000 (with a total pool of $15,000) for new temporary or permanent art works in public spaces in the Byron Shire.

Applications for these programs open on Monday 8 April and close on 30 June 2024. Further information, eligibility details and the

application forms are available from Council’s website.

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon said the purpose of Council’s investment in the funding programs was

to deliver small grants that could make a big difference to community groups and creatives and help them to generate amazing outcomes.

“Last year Council supported a Japanese language play group, environmental initiatives through Mullum Seed,

creative youth projects and lighting up the Love sign in Mullumbimby. Council’s grass roots funding programs have been running successfully for many years now and have been proven to help make outstanding projects happen in our community,” Mayor Lyon said.

“It’s one small way we can help to enrich community life and build connections to one another,” he said.

“Our grant application

processes have improved over recent years - there is no longer a need for matching contributions from applicants and the assessment criteria have been simplifed.”

“We encourage applications for any event or project that supports the environment, the creative life of the community or that improves access and inclusion and opens up ways for more people to participate,” the Mayor said.

To fnd out more about the Community Initiatives Program and the Creative Public Spaces Small Grants program, go to Council’s website.

Eligibility criteria vary for each grant program so please read the terms set out on Council’s website.

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“Leemo has views on just about anything”

‘LEEMS, there’s NOTHING like dancing’

‘Leemo Cat’ back. I must tell you that in the almost 12 yrs since accepting the ‘house sharing’ OFFER (+ my own bedroom, QS bed, blankies, food, toys, TV, Vet visits, & stu ) from ‘Mum Jane’ I have observed some rather peculiar behaviour patterns on her part. I ‘spose some of them may well have been acceptable many years ago but now that she’s getting old I feel she should be living her life as a more socially graceful elder woman who has hopefully gained some wisdom & dignity in her 74 years & adapted her habits accordingly. (Like her wise 90 yr old friend Audrey!) NUP, hasn’t happened. Mum has a somewhat deluded belief that SHE can actually dance. (She also thinks she can sing!) Mum, (to the dismay of neighbours) has at LEAST 2 music sessions weekly. I spend my time running back & forth on my delicate paws carrying ‘apology’ notes in my mouth to the closest neighbours saying “it’s that day of the week again but, remember, this too soon shall pass.” OMG. It’s ne for them ‘cos they only hear the music, they DON’T have to witness Mum, hmm, dancing. Oooh, it’s not at all nice: it’s kinda like she’s having an apoplectic t. Having no dance partner she uses her walking stick or a broom, swinging around with gusto whilst treading the boards with a display lacking all grace & dignity AND singing: Gross! Hmm? Ponder & question time. ‘Mum, what’s with the ‘dancing’ STUFF? Why not sit down, put a snug knitted rug over your knees and

read a Jane Austen book or ‘Wise Tips for Elderly Women?’ Crikey, she gave me a bemused smile and said ‘Leems, in all your reading, have you not heard the saying ‘Dance like no one is watching: Sing like there’s nobody listening, and Live TO-DAY like its Heaven on earth.’ NO, I had NOT! ‘Well, Leems, a few FACTS about life as a human old woman. Are you perhaps, aware, my dancy stu , no matter how appalling to you it may be, brings me joy. For example, dancing around like a deranged unicorn with 2 legs can improve my exibility, minimise stress or depression, give me increased energy, improved cardio health and better co-ordination strength & balance AND, Leems, dancing puts me in a calming meditative state where my mind is completely focused on the present fun moment, rather than on stress of the past or future. Gottit? Hmmm? I’m not certain I have ‘gottit’ but the old lady kept talking. ‘AND, Leems, having this chat with you I feel it would be truly ni y if WE could learn to dance together. Perhaps we could be on A Talent Show? (MY secret thought was we could more likely be on the 7pm news. ‘Old Lady & Cat Arrested’ a er complaints by neighbours regarding loud music & yowling, mainly from Cat’) ‘So, let’s try a waltz Leems? We can get into the lively stu when you’ve learned.’ I had a slight conniption and decided to voice my feelings. ‘Mum, I am bloke and you are girl. I’m ‘sposed to put my arm around your waist. I short; you tall; you may suggest how this can be accomplished? Will you lie on the oor? AND then, how will you get back UP from the oor pray tell? And what about ‘twirling’ you?

My paws can’t twirl you unless I’m standing on your head clawing it, and THEN there will be much twirling & screaming I suspect.’ OMG, she got “that” look and informed me ‘Creedence Clearwater’ ni y ‘dancey music’ was about to play ‘Midnight Special’ ‘so suck it up Leems!’ I’m outta here for ‘week-long sleepover ‘anywhere.’ Nitey. Leemo.

Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

Lismore City Council is fully engaged in the upcoming 2024 Youth Week, committed to fostering creativity and empowerment among our younger residents through an array of dynamic workshops.

Scheduled from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th, this year’s Youth Week boasts an inspiring lineup of activities tailored for individuals aged 12 to 24. Participants can anticipate a platform for self-expression, skill development, and meaningful connections with like-minded peers who share their passions. The event offers a diverse range of workshops, each designed to unlock creativity and cultivate empowerment. From delving into the fundamentals of flm writing and production to exploring the vibrant realm of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists, there’s something for every young enthusiast. Notable artist Chris Lego will lead a captivating exploration of zines from around the globe, providing a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Mykaela Baillie, Lismore City Council’s Quad Placemaking Offcer, emphasized the signifcance of this initiative in providing a supportive environment for youth to express themselves and contribute to their community. The overarching theme, “Express. Empower. Get loud!”, underscores the importance of celebrating individuality and fostering a sense of unity among young people across NSW.

Since its inception in 1989, Youth Week has evolved into a nationwide celebration, engaging thousands of young Australians annually. It serves as a platform for youth engagement and empowerment, offering opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

The 2024 Youth Week program includes a variety of engaging workshops:

Quad Offsite: On Country Forest and Forage

Location: Namabunda Farm, 112 Whites Avenue, Alstonville

Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 10am – 3pm

Discover the wonders of

our local ecosystem as you forage for native foods and fbres and participate in the restoration of Youngman Creek’s Big Scrub rainforest.

Collage Club

Location: Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah

Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 2.30pm - 4.30pm

The Collage Club is an ongoing community engagement and creative recovery program. It is a free, accessible program that enables the community to get together and enjoy the process of making collages in a supportive environment.

Quad Offsite: Jarjums on Paper

Location: Amarina

Aboriginal Artist Run Initiative, Shop 1/126 Molesworth Street, Lismore

Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 1pm

Explore the rich world of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists in a series of drop-in workshops.

Screenwriting and Film Workshop

Location: Lismore Library

Meeting Room, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore

Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 11am

Dive into the basics of flm writing and production, guided by an acclaimed flmmaker and writer.

Zine Making Workshop (2-day workshop)

Location: Elevator ARI, 3 Rural Street, Lismore

Dates: Thursday, 18 April and Saturday, 20 April, 1pm - 5pm

Create and explore zines from around the globe with artist Chris Lego in this immersive two-day workshop.

Acting Workshop with Madeleine West

Location: Goonellabah

Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah

Date and Time: Thursday, 18 April, 10am11amThese workshops encompass a range of creative disciplines, providing participants with valuable skills and experiences. For further information on Lismore Youth Week activities, visit www.lismorequad.

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Tweed Shire Residents Rally to Protect Koala Habitat from Luxury Caravan Development

Residents from across the Tweed Shire rallied together on Wednesday, April 3rd, to advocate for the preservation of koala habitat amidst plans for a luxury caravan development in Pottsville.

Initially, Tweed Shire Council Councillors unanimously rejected Development Application DA23/0302 for the proposed caravan park on 1126 Pottsville Road in September 2023. This decision was based on various concerns, including the ecological signifcance of the site, tree removal, proximity to coastal wetlands, potential impact on koala habitat, and sewerage issues.

However, Turner Contracting Pty Ltd,

the property developers behind the proposed project, appealed this decision. Subsequently, an onsite conciliation conference meeting was held with the Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court on April 3rd.

The gathering saw a substantial turnout from the community, with groups such as Tweed Team Koala and Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers voicing their opposition to the development. Even Pottsville’s renowned koala resident, Odin, made an appearance.

Josie, a resident of Pottsville, addressed the crowd, expressing concerns about the proposed caravan park,

which includes plans for 112 long-term residential sites. She emphasized the potential adverse impacts on traffc, fooding, visual aesthetics, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, and, most critically, the endangered koala population.

Independent Tweed Shire Deputy Mayor Meredith Dennis OAM echoed the sentiment of strong opposition, affrming that the development should not proceed under any circumstances. She emphasized the clear stance of both the community and the Council against the project, stressing the importance of protecting the koala corridor.

Nude and Non-Nude Stakeholders Engage in Discussion over Tyagarah Beach’s Future

The recent discussions surrounding Tyagarah Beach’s future have brought to light a complex array of concerns and perspectives from both nude and non-nude stakeholders. The decision to maintain the clothing-optional status until June 30 provides a temporary reprieve, but it’s clear that deeper issues regarding the beach’s management and cultural signifcance remain unresolved.

The NPWS’s decision to discontinue Tyagarah as a nudist beach refects a divergence from its previous approach and underscores the tensions between departmental policies and community values. This move has sparked a broader conversation about the role of public spaces, safety, and cultural preservation.

The stakeholder meeting, which included representation from naturists, concerned locals, and the Council, highlights a collaborative effort to address the challenges facing Tyagarah Beach. The range of options proposed demonstrates a commitment to fnding a solution that balances the needs of different stakeholders while ensuring the beach remains a safe

and inclusive space.

Moving forward, it’s essential for NPWS to consider the feedback received and provide a transparent and inclusive process for decision-making. By engaging with the community and Byron Shire Council, NPWS can work towards a sustainable resolution that respects the diverse perspectives and values associated with Tyagarah Beach.

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2024 Lismore City Council Workshops: Leading with Principles of Landscape Hydration

The esteemed Lismore City Council Rural Landholder Initiative feld days are back for 2024, commencing with an invigorating workshop titled “Principles of Landscape Hydration.” Taking place on Saturday, April 13th, from 10 am to 4 pm, this workshop will be led by Stuart Andrews from Tarwyn Park Training, renowned for empowering landholders with practical techniques for soil and waterway restoration, productivity enhancement, and strategic habitat management. Mr. Andrews will delve into the fve principles of landscape hydration, offering insights into managing water fow and implementing a holistic system that encompasses vegetation, livestock, and infltration to enhance landscape biodiversity and rural productivity. Kate Steel, Lismore City Council Environmental Strategies Coordinator, emphasized the workshop’s signifcance in equipping rural communities with cutting-edge strategies for soil, land, and waterway management. She highlighted the workshop’s role in rejuvenating landscape functionality, promoting farm proftability, and contributing to climate change mitigation. The event promises engaging presentations and onsite visits to successful landscape hydration implementations, providing landholders with valuable knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. Spaces for this informative workshop are limited, ensuring an intimate and impactful learning experience. Interested

Tenterfeld, Murwillumbah TAFE share over $300,000 in upgrades


Janelle Saffn has welcomed a NSW Government investment of over $300,000 in improving technology and infrastructure at Tenterfeld and Murwillumbah TAFE NSW campuses.

Ms Saffn said the investment is part of a $300-million state-wide program delivering upgraded facilities and equipment to more than 120 TAFE NSW campuses across the state this fnancial year.

participants are encouraged to register promptly to secure their participation. This workshop marks the frst of many planned for 2024, with upcoming events including explorative walks, informative stalls, and exciting hands-on activities in partnership with Boatharbour Landcare on May 4th. Additionally, in May, the Council will collaborate with Friends of the Koala to support their Koala Conversations festival, focusing on efforts to enhance koala habitat in the region.

For further details on the Principles of Landscape Hydration workshop, registration information, and future events, please visit www.lismore.nsw. Environmentalstrategies/ Rural-LandholdersInitiative#section-4

The funding includes:

• TAFE NSW Tenterfeld: $150,000 for improved network connectivity and Wi-Fi upgrades; $60,000 for replacement of 26 digital devices; and $14,000 for signage and general maintenance.

• TAFE NSW Murwillumbah: $40,000 for 15 new digital devices; $70,000 for asset renewal, including lift replacement and building upgrades.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s record $2.131-billion investment in TAFE NSW through the 202324 state budget.

Ms Saffn said: “TAFE creates great vocational and life opportunities for students across all ages.

“I often say to students TAFE can and does change lives,” Ms Saffn said.

“I love TAFE and it is important that it remains the primary provider for the delivery of VET in our local area and indeed state-wide.”

Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary

Education, Steve Whan said:

“Students and teachers need to have functional classrooms and access to industry-standard equipment.

“Stories of neglected classrooms, poor Wi-Fi connectivity, and out-ofdate teaching equipment shine a spotlight on the decade of neglect by the previous LiberalNational Government. The NSW Labor Government is doing something about it.

“This continued investment in TAFE NSW facilities will expand learning opportunities in local communities, improve educational outcomes, and support the state’s critical skills needs.”

Tweed Shire Council Introduces Fairer Water Access Charge Calculation for Non-Residential Properties

Tweed Shire Council is instituting signifcant changes to its Water Access Charge methodology for nonresidential properties, aiming to foster equity among water customers. Effective July 1, 2024, the calculation process will shift gears, transitioning over a fouryear period to a system based on the actual water consumption of each non-residential property.

Elizabeth Seidl, Water and Wastewater Business and Assets Engineer, emphasized the necessity of this shift, citing an existing imbalance where smaller water users subsidize larger ones due to the current meter-size-based calculation. Under the new system, which aligns with NSW legislation requiring revenue from such charges to be reinvested into the water network, nearly 75% of nonresidential properties will witness no increase in their Water Access Charge.

Ms. Seidl elaborated on the anticipated impact, noting that the revised charge structure is projected to raise approximately $896,000 in additional

revenue by the fourth year of implementation, refecting the actual water consumption by non-residential properties. However, to assist businesses potentially affected by these changes, Council offers resources such as the online Access Charge Estimator and water-saving advice via their website.

In recognition of the potential fnancial implications for businesses, Council plans a phased approach to the increase over four years, allowing affected property owners ample time to adjust and implement water-saving measures. Ms. Seidl encouraged impacted businesses to engage with Council for support in navigating these changes and exploring strategies to minimize water usage and associated costs.

1: Equitable Calculation:

Tweed Shire Council is revising its method of calculating the Water Access Charge for non-residential properties to ensure fairness among all water customers.

2: Shift in Calculation

Basis: Starting from July 1, 2024, the charge will transition from being based on meter size to the actual amount of water used by each non-residential property over the next four years.

3: Phased Implementation and Support: Council will phase-in the increase over four years to minimize the impact on affected businesses, while also providing support and resources for implementing water-saving measures to reduce overall water bills

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Ray Pascoe Park Upgrade: Enhancing Community Recreation and Riverfront Amenities

Ray Pascoe Park, a beloved destination in Tweed Heads, is currently undergoing a signifcant transformation with a $990,000 upgrade project well underway since the commencement of construction in early March. Situated adjacent to the Kennedy Drive boat ramp along the scenic Tweed River, this revitalization initiative marks the latest endeavor to enhance recreational offerings in the Tweed Heads area.

The primary objective of this endeavor is to modernize and enhance the existing children’s play area and park amenities, aligning them more closely with the evolving needs of the local community both presently and into the future. Commencing on Monday, March 4th, construction efforts are anticipated to conclude by August 2024, subject to weather conditions.

Murray Smith, Manager of Parks and Active Communities at Tweed Shire Council, underscores the signifcance of this upgrade in enhancing the quality of life for Tweed Heads residents. He expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of delivering enhanced facilities that cater to the needs of both locals and visitors who frequent this picturesque riverside park.

Smith stated, “We are committed to providing improved facilities

not only for today but for the years to come as the region grows. The community told us they wanted to see better quality parks and public toilets and we are delivering with these improvements. We are

upgrade as a signifcant investment in Tweed Heads’ future.

In addition to the government grant, Tweed Shire Council is contributing $500,000 towards the project, which includes funds

grateful to the NSW Government for assisting us with funding this exciting project.”

The funding for this ambitious project has been made possible through a $400,000 grant from the NSW Government, aimed at supporting critical infrastructure and the development of high-quality open spaces to accommodate the region’s growing population. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully, emphasized the importance of investing in quality open spaces to foster vibrant communities, underscoring this

allocated for the construction of a new amenities block. The comprehensive upgrade will encompass various enhancements, including additional play equipment for children, inclusive play elements, nature-inspired features, new barbecue and shelter facilities, picnic tables, seating with shelters, public toilets, accessible parking, integration of river-themed elements, and landscaping improvements.

Furthermore, the park upgrade will be complemented by additional enhancements catering to boat enthusiasts, including the installation of a new fsh-

cleaning table, improved lighting at the boat ramp, and minor foreshore protection works. These supplementary improvements are jointly funded by NSW Fisheries and Tweed Shire Council.

Throughout the construction period, efforts will be made to minimize disruptions to park users, with the existing playground temporarily closed and toilet facilities undergoing a brief closure for approximately two weeks during the installation of the new amenities block.

Council expresses gratitude to the community for their patience during the construction phase, recognizing the importance of this project in enhancing public open spaces in Tweed. The Ray Pascoe Park upgrade aligns with Council’s broader commitment to improving the quality of public spaces in the Tweed region, as outlined in its Open Space Strategy (2019–2029).

For more information about the project and ongoing updates, visit au/raypascoepark.

Additionally, for details regarding the NSW Regional Housing Fund, visit au/plans-for-your-area/ infrastructure-funding/ nsw-regional-housingfund.

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Ray Pascoe Park is located on Kennedy Drive in Tweed Heads, adjacent to the Tweed River. The upgrade will include additional opportunities for picnicking, encouraging social connections and opportunities for relaxation by the river.


BEYOND each of us having a name, doing what we do, and how we appear; our own selves in ourselves are really only ever known to ourselves alone, and even then, the clarity of signal we get can be much like a scrambled TV reception on a stormy day.

Relatedly, the Italian Nobel Prize winner, Luigi Pirandello’s last novel was called One, None and a HundredThousand; the title itself refers to all the different people we can be and seem, not just to others on any given day, but to ourselves also. The inner realm of subjectivity is truly a dim-lit house of mirrors, mirrors that reflect our inclinations, motivations, desires, fears and phobias. Who any of us are, is a genuine riddle of mythological proportions.

To be a person is soaked and cloaked in symbolism that leads all the way back to ancient Greece, the word itself stems from ‘persona’ which meant ‘mask’, like those worn by actors in the theatre; which couldn’t be more of an apt description for those who excel at hiding behind the façade of what they seem.

Throughout Pirandello’s above-mentioned novel, his main character is forever delving into the end points and pitfalls of his own personality.

At one stage he simply reflects, “Who was I? Was I, I? But I might also be another! Anyone might be that one there… Why must I, this being, be like this?”

‘We are who we are because we can’t be anything besides’, might be the response of your non-reflective surface dweller, but for anyone

that has even the vaguest curiosity as to who they are, this explanation doesn’t pass for a loose premise, let alone a sketchy conclusion. Perhaps Jose Saramago expressed it best when he said, “Innumerable people live within us. If I think and feel, I know not who is thinking and feeling, I am only the place where there is thinking and feeling…

Between what I live and life, between what I appear to be and am, I slumber on a slope, a slope I will not leave.”

Which is a wonderful way of saying that he was not willing to compromise or take the soft option of making sense of such things on more ‘stable’ ground, ground that is so easily flattened by the forces of self-delusion. As if giving the ultimate advice as to how this seemingly irresolvable conundrum might be simplified, the Swedish writer Tomas Transtromer once suggested, “Two truths draw nearer each other. One comes from inside, one comes from outside and where they meet we have a chance to see ourselves.”

In full view of his own expansive, albeit ever-evolving self, Andre Gide once aptly noted, “I only esteem myself for my possibilities… Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. To observe oneself is to arrest one’s development.

The caterpillar that tried ‘to know itself’ would never become a butterfly.” Thus, allowing ourselves to be, without any selfimposed restrictions, is the best way to advance so as to continuously grow towards our true potential.

Drowning Toll Rises over Busy Easter

Surf lifesavers and lifeguards made more than 200 rescues and performed nearly 1,000 frst aids over a busy Easter long weekend which saw the drowning toll rise to 42 for the year.

A 17 year old male was declared deceased on scene after lifeguards and members of the public recovered his body from the water at Hastings Point, north of Byron Bay on Saturday 30 March.

The boy had not resurfaced after jumping off the popular Hastings Point Bridge a little after 4pm.

It was an ominous sign for things to come along the coastline, but volunteer lifesavers and

lifeguards were resolute in their duty - 204 rescues performed, 832 frst aid deliveries, and 34 ambulances called, making for a busy few days.

Lifeguards last night were also involved in the search for and retrieval of a man from the Parramatta River after he was reported missing just after 5pm. Police Divers eventually recovered the body of the man overnight, some distance from the patrolled zone. Also among the major incidents on our coastline, a near drowning at Kiama on Friday afternoon where a 25 year old male was pulled from the water by members of the public and placed on oxygen by

members of patrol. He was later transported to hospital conscious and breathing.

At the notorious Fingal Spit at Port Stephens, Fingal Bay SLSC’s Call Out Team and the on-call Duty Offcer attended to fve people who had been caught in a rip after 6pm on Saturday. Volunteers assisted in delivering frst aid to the group before NSW Ambulance arrived, with one male transported to hospital as a precaution.

On Sunday, a pair of males - aged 18 and 13 - were pulled from the water by a support operations jet ski at Greenhills Beach in Sydney’s south. Both were put on oxygen and transported to

hospital, the former in an unconscious state but breathing.

Further north, a male and two children were rescued by a support operations craft conducting a surveillance patrol off Main Beach at Byron Bay, well outside the fagged area.

Beaches are expected to remain busy over the coming weeks, particularly in the north of the state, with the Queensland school holidays beginning today - bringing with it a raft of travellers and holiday makers.

Flags will remain up on NSW beaches until 28 April 2024.

Community invited to ‘Win A Swag’ as part of road safety campaign

To encourage people not to drink drive, Byron Shire Council is offering the chance to enter the ‘Win A Swag – What’s Your Plan B’ competition during April.

“All people have to do is to look for the competition box and complete a short entry form with their plan b at participating venues, for their chance to win a swag”, said Shelley Currie, Byron Shire Council’s Road Safety Offcer.

“We want people to tell us what they’ll do instead of drink driving. That might be getting a

taxi home, or setting up a swag at their mate’s house, or something more creative. There are seven venues around the Shire participating, located in Byron Bay, Billinudgel, and Ocean Shores,” she said.

The venues participating in the competition are:

• The Great Northern Hotel – Byron Bay

• Ginn Jinn Café & Restaurant – Byron Bay

• The Cellar Byron Bay – Byron Bay

• The Cellar Byron Plaza – Byron Bay

• Billinudgel Hotel –Billinudgel

• Byron Bay Services Club – Byron Bay

• Ocean Shores Country Club – Ocean Shores.

“Drink driving is a big problem in the shire. NSW Police infringement data shows that Tweed/Byron has the highest incidence of alcohol related crashes and RBT infringements from Newcastle to the Queensland border, and Byron Bay is the number one township in this region. We want to reduce the number of people getting hurt on our roads,“ Mrs Currie said.

This competition is

part of a number of road safety campaigns funded by Transport for NSW, that kicked off last year. “We’ve had a great response from people telling us where they want to see Vehicle Activated Signs, that remind people to slow down, and we are hoping to receive lots of entries in this competition,” she said.

To fnd out more about the competition visit Council’s website or go to: https://www.byron.

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27 schools in the Page electorate are benefting from new or upgraded facilities and equipment, thanks to the Albanese Government’s investment in local schools.

This is part of the Government’s School Upgrade Fund (SUF) which has delivered $789,000 in local projects, including in Yamba, Lismore, and Casino.

Local projects include:

• The Rivers Secondary College, Lismore –Upgrading existing outdoor learning space and installing shade structures.

• St James Primary School, Yamba –Purchasing and installing air-conditioning, purchasing and/ or upgrading ICT (including laptops tablets), and repairs or maintenance to school facilities.

• Induna School, South Grafton – Purchasing and/or upgrading ICT equipment (including laptops and tablets), provision of fexible learning arrangements for students, and

• Casino Public School, Casino – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces, and purchasing and/ or upgrading ICT equipment (including laptops and tablets).

refurbishing classrooms.

These new projects which are now complete are helping to build and better and fairer education for students in the area.

Quotes attributable to Senator the Hon Jenny McAllister

“The Labor Government is investing in public schools in the Northern Rivers. From outdoor learning spaces, shade structures, and air purifers to upgraded laptops and tablets, this funding has delivered upgrades to schools in the Northern Rivers that need it the most.

“This is another important step in delivering on the

Albanese Government’s commitments to build a better and fairer education system.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education

Jason Clare: “I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on.

“The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to invest in our schools and build a better and fairer education system.”

The 27 local schools that have received a SUF Grant:

• Albert Park Public School

• Bonalbo Central School

• Broadwater Public School

• Casino Public School

• Corndale Public School

• Eltham Public School

• Glenreagh Public School

• Hernani Public School

• Induna School

• Kyogle Public School

• Larnook Public School

• Lowanna Public School

• Nymboida Public School

• Old Bonalbo Public School

• Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School

• Palmers Island Public School

• St Brigid’s Primary School

• St James Primary School

• St Joseph’s Primary School

• St Mary’s Catholic College

• St Mary’s Primary School

• The Rivers Secondary College

• Tucabia Public School

• Tuntable Falls Community Primary School

• Ulmarra Public School

• Wardell Public School

• Wiangaree Public School

• Wooli Public School

• Yamba Public School

Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

Since its inception in July 2023, Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant initiative has garnered signifcant interest, with 28 applications received for the construction of new units and dwellings meeting the Affordable Housing criteria. This program, supported by a dedicated fund of $1.2 million, operates on a ‘frstcome-frst-serve’ basis, aiming to invigorate the development of affordable housing options within the community.

Under the Housing Grant program, eligible projects can receive $15,000 per new dwelling, spanning across six distinct categories:

1. Secondary dwellings,

2. First home buyers undertaking new construction,

3. Relocation of foodaffected dwellings within Lismore LGA, 4. Construction of new dwellings within Lismore LGA by recipients of a buyback from the NSW Reconstruction Authority,

5. Housing built by Community Housing Providers (CHP) or

Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHO), and

6. Multi-dwelling housing projects developed under agreements to be managed by a CHP for affordable rental purposes for a minimum of 15 years.

Eber Butron, Council’s

Chief Community Offcer, expressed optimism seeing individuals accessing the grants to bolster new housing endeavours. He emphasized the collaborative effort needed from all levels of government to combat the housing crisis, with Council leveraging

funds from a Federal Government program earmarked for affordable housing initiatives.

Mr. Butron highlighted Council’s array of initiatives aimed at stimulating affordable and diverse housing options, including discounts and deferrals of developer

contributions and a partnership with Landcom to develop over 50 dwellings on Council-owned land. He underscored Council’s commitment outlined in the Affordable and Diverse Housing Strategy adopted in 2023, which delineates actionable steps and collaborations to augment housing stock for underserved target groups.

The Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program funds the Housing Grants, with 80 grants to be disbursed on a ‘frst-come-frst-serve’ basis until the allocated funds are fully utilized.

Interested parties can access a Fact Sheet outlining the program’s criteria and application process on Council’s website.

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Tweed Residents Struggle with Rising Electricity Costs

A recent power survey conducted in Tweed has unveiled the fnancial strain felt by many residents due to rising electricity costs. Tweed Shire Council took proactive measures by setting up a stall at Tweed City Shopping Centre, offering residents free information on energy-saving techniques. During the event, residents were surveyed about their electricity bill experiences and were provided with expert advice on potential cost-saving measures for their next billing cycle.

The survey revealed that a signifcant number of residents are unknowingly paying a ‘loyalty tax’ by sticking with their current electricity provider. Independent Home Energy Advisor, Sebastian Crangle, who assisted at the stall, emphasized the importance of comparing electricity rates and exploring different providers. He highlighted substantial variations in supply charges and tariffs, ranging from $1.36 to $1.98 per day, potentially resulting in a difference of over $55 per quarter without factoring in usage charges. Moreover, residents were found to be paying a wide range of usage charges, with most opting for fat rates. Crangle advised residents to inquire about the most suitable plan for their circumstances or to negotiate with their current provider for competitive rates.

Council’s Sustainability Education Offcer, Jane Moad, echoed Crangle’s advice,

urging residents to take proactive steps. Firstly, she recommended familiarizing oneself with the electricity bill and comparing rates with other providers using platforms like au. This comparison can empower residents to negotiate better deals with their current provider or consider switching to a more cost-effective option. Additionally, Moad highlighted the importance of checking for eligible rebates, such as those offered by the NSW government for low-income earners, seniors, families, and individuals with medical conditions. She also mentioned a one-off National Energy Bill Relief payment available to eligible households, potentially providing up to $700 in relief this year.

Residents interested in learning more about available rebates can visit energy. Furthermore, Council encourages residents to provide feedback through its Home Energy Bills Survey, aimed at gaining deeper insights into the challenges faced by Tweed residents regarding energy costs and identifying areas where support is most needed.

The survey can be accessed at home-energy and is open for completion until Tuesday, April 30th.

New Community Wellbeing and Resilience funding opens to support natural disaster recovery on the North Coast

Healthy North Coast is proud to announce the third round of the Community Wellbeing and Resilience (CWR) Program, supporting communities on the North Coast in their recovery from the health and wellbeing impacts of natural disasters and to build their capacity to respond to future events. Not-for-proft community organisations can apply for $100,000 - $200,000 (excluding GST) per year, for up to two years, to deliver programs for the community that focus on:

• Improving community health and wellbeing through practical placebased projects that build social connection and social capital

• Strengthening the capacity of volunteer and community organisations to collaboratively respond to a changing climate by building partnerships and linkages between institutions, organisations or groups

Building community resilience is fundamental to improving health and wellbeing outcomes in the context of natural disasters and a changing climate. Resilient communities predict and anticipate disasters, respond and recover from the shock and improvise and innovate in response to disasters.1

Following the Royal Commission into the Victorian bushfres in 2009, it was identifed that “Communities that have a large number of informed individuals who work together will be safer and stronger”2 – a goal that the CWR Program is similarly aiming for.

Organisations across the North Coast region (Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads) are encouraged to respond to an open Expression of Interest (EOI) to deliver an activity under the 2024 CWR Program.

• Supporting resilience by ensuring communities are equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to adapt to the health and wellbeing impacts of a changing climate.

Monika Wheeler, CEO of Healthy North Coast, acknowledged the impact that the CWR Program has had since its inception in 2021:

“The North Coast of NSW is an identifed natural disaster hotspot in Australia. We have experienced the impacts of multiple disasters in recent years, from the bushfres in 2021 to the Northern Rivers foods in 2022.

“Thanks to the CWR Program, we’ve been able to see the transformative impact of community-led initiatives that support recovery from natural disasters and to build resilience for the ones to come.

“I’m thrilled that, off the back of some successful past CWR projects, we can continue this program into 2024. I’d encourage all not-forprofts and NGOs in our region to have a think about how they might be able to make use of this funding to deliver impactful resilience and recovery initiatives for

their community.”

Partnerships and trust-building has been embedded into the grant process, otherwise known as participatory grant making (PGM). This innovative approach prioritises community organisations working together to put forward proposals, rather than competing for funds.

Successful applicants of the EOI round will be invited to participate in collaborative face-to-face facilitated workshops, where there will be opportunity to give and receive feedback on proposals/concepts and for peer evaluation.

The tender is currently open, and will close 5pm Thursday 18 April 2024.

There will also be an EOI Briefng Session on Wednesday 3 April at 10-11am via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to register, please email commissioning@hnc.

For more information and to submit an EOI, please visit Healthy North Coast’s website.

Progress Update: Repairs to Multi-Level Carpark Nearing Completion

The multi-level carpark adjacent to the Council offces in Murwillumbah has remained closed since December 2023 due to a vehicle fre that inficted substantial damage to its structure. Although the bottom level of the carpark resumed operations in February, offering some relief to local businesses and the community, the remainder of the facility remains shuttered as ongoing cleaning, interim repairs, and assessments persist.

Recently, Council received a comprehensive report from structural consultants detailing the extent of the damage. However, further input from the original builders of the carpark and additional testing by materials engineering specialists are imperative

before advancing to the next phase. Moreover, approval from Council’s insurance provider is necessary before any repair work can commence.

Anticipated to take two to three months, additional testing and approvals are underway, with repairs slated to commence promptly thereafter. While the bottom level of the

carpark will remain operational, the potential for another closure during the construction phase remains uncertain.

Although cost estimates have yet to be fnalized, they are expected to be substantial. In the meantime, alternative public car parking options are available at Knox Park and the carpark outside Sunnyside Mall, along


with the two public car parks situated between Proudfoots Lane and Wollumbin Street.

Council empathizes with the challenges and inconvenience stemming from limited access to the carpark and extends gratitude for the community’s patience and understanding during the investigative and repair processes. Further updates will be disseminated as soon as possible.

To stay informed about the latest announcements concerning the carpark, individuals can follow Council on social media at social-media or monitor Council’s weekly newspaper, Tweed Link, at tweed-link for ongoing updates.

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Heavy cows sold from $2.15 to $2.33 per kilo. Keith Frederiksen’s shorthorn cow returned $1,573. Peter King’s Angus cross cows sold for $2.33 per kilo for returns of $1,527. Connor Smith’s Brangus heifer sold for $2.30 per kilo for a return of $1,590.

Secondary cows ranged from $1.80 to $2.10 per kilo.

300 cattle were sold at the Lismore Saleyards on Tuesday 2nd April 2024.

In general, most classes of cattle sold 10c per kilo dearer than last week.



Cattle numbers were frm on last week with 616 head yarded, with the market remaining at the rate of the previous week. The slight exception may have been the cow section with the fnished, heavier, end a slight price rise. The other categories followed the market trends for the last 3 weeks. Sheep and Lamb numbers were up with the categories all rising slightly in price. The poultry and pork markets saw some surprising results as well.

Vealer steers av 321.1c/kg topping at 356.2 c/kg or $752.76 to $1296.00

Vealer heifers av 264.7c/kg topping at 336.2c/kg or $645.73 to $982.50

Feeder steers av 302.8c/kg topping at 371.2c/kg or $1116.44 to $1638.98

Feeder heifers av 250.9c/kg topping at 349.2c/kg or $879.64 to $1265.85

Yearling steers av 313.2c/kg topping at 344.2c/kg or $1007.59 to $1230.00

Yearling heifers av 261.5c/kg topping at 308.2c/kg or $766.84 to $1178.87

Steers av 312c/kg topping at 338.2c/kg or $1868.14 to $2131.72

Heifers av 247.7c/kg topping at 346.2c/kg or $1142.31 to $1732.59

Cows av 206.4c/kg topping at 251.2c/kg or $1101.79 to

Weaner steers sold to good competition. Lightweight Angus steers sold from $4.00 to $4.22 per kilo for returns of $570 to $745. Heavy weaner steers sold from $3.40 to $3.80 per kilo, for returns of $850 to $1,123.


Bulls av 226.5c/kg topping at 270c/kg or $930.45 to $2677.30

Sale av for the 616 head yarded was $1056.89

Sheep & Lamb numbers were up slightly and the release of the short weeks saw an increase in most categories. 1347 head were yarded with the majority of stock falling into the lamb and hogget categories.

Lambs topped at $187 to av $125.16 ( $25/ head up)

Hoggets topped at $118 to av $92.56 ($36/hesd up )

Ewes topped at $167 to av $49.88 ($24/head up)

Wethers topped at $76 to av $41.10 ($26/head down)

Rams topped at $80 to av $48.73 ($16/head up )

Lamb rams topped at $121 to av $90.53 ($14/head up )

Sale av of $102.07 was $30/head up week on week.

Pork numbers were back with Boars making $20 to $50/ head , Sows making from $124 to $148, Stores making from $38 to $188.

Poultry was the mover this week with a new buyer from the deep South moving in to up the poultry prices for a few special items. Groups of chicks made to $15, Guinea Fowl to $12.50, Ducklings to $12.50, Peacocks to $150, Guinea Fowl to $50, Pullets to $40.

Roosters sold to $25, Hens to $12.50, Pullets to $40, Guinea Fowl to $50, Ducks to $50


Agents today yarded a total of 1347 head of sheep , lambs ,hoggets, rams, wethers and ewes. The market was stronger than the previous sales, with Lambs topping at $187 to av $125.16 ($25/hd up ), hoggets topped at $118

Good quality heifer vealers/weaners sold from $2.30 to $2.60 per kilo, with the odd one suitable for the butcher at $2.80 per kilo.

Plain in condition and breeding, steers, bull calves and heifers generally sold from $2.00 to $2.80 per kilo depending on type and weight.


Don’t forget out upcoming is our Breeder Sale this Saturday April 6 and the weaner sale on Thursday April 11

to av $ 92.56 ($ 36/hd up ), Ewes topped at $167 to av $49.88 ($24/hd up), Wethers topped at $76 to av $41.10 ($26/hd down), Rams topped at $80 to av $48.73 ($16/hd up ), Lamb rams topped at $121 to av $90.53 ($14/hd up ). The break up of Lambs to mutton was roughly 80/20 split. The sale av of $102.07 was $ 30/ head dearer than last week. The fresh stock were up a rung or two as far as the buyers were concerned.

Lindenmayer Family sold Dorper x lambs 49.1kg to Eversons for $158, 46.66 kg to Jock Young Meats for $148

David Lindsay sold 56.3kg Xbred lambs to Thomas Foods for $168, 44.3kg to Eversons for $140

Robinson & Elder sold Dorper x lambs 42.8kg to Eversons for $138, hoggets 45 kg to Eversons for $78

Matt Garton sold Dorper lambs 42.5kg to Eversons for $139, Ewes to Eversons for $30

Shelley F/T sold Xbred lambs 57.5kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $287, 55kg Ram lamb to Take IT Easy Meats for $121, 60kg hoggets to restockers for $118

Mick & Katrina Gibbs sold Dorper lambs 43.75kg to GR Prime for $149, 36.4kg to Gr Prime for $111, 30kg to GR Prime for $61

Warwick State High sold Texal lambs 46.6kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $146, 56.25kg ram lambs to Take IT Easy Meats for $110, 4tooth ram to restockers for $ 50

Robert Deans sold Dorper x lambs 42kg to GR Prime for $141, Rams to restockers for $50

Cooinda P/s sold Dorper x lambs 40kg to GR Prime for $120, Xbred hoggets 54kg to Eversons for $64, 49kg

Dorper hoggets to L/MARK Toowoomba for $75

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Australian Low GI Sugar Enters China Market

Sunshine Sugar has entered into an agency agreement with LISC Enterprises for the distribution of Low GI Sugar into China.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) data, approximately 10% of all people aged 20-79 in the world were living with diabetes as of 2021.

China alone is estimated to have some 141 million Type 2 Diabetics.

This large population base of individuals with diabetes or weight concerns has presented an opportunity for the introduction of low GI ingredients and the development of low GI foods and beverages.

Driven by consumer demand and China’s national health strategy, low GI foods have shown potential, with a

growing variety of new products entering the market.

LISC Enterprises, a company founded in

Melbourne by a group of health enthusiasts has a business model based on the supply and distribution of low GI

products into key health and wellbeing markets. Having recognised an opportunity to redefne the way people approach their wellbeing, LISC have grown their business by supplying healthy foods and bakery products throughout the world including China and Europe.

With ingredients companies in Dalian, Shanghai and Guangzhou, LISC are well established in sourcing and supplying functional health products throughout China.

Sunshine Sugar and LISC have entered into a ten year agreement to supply Low GI sugar into the China market, with volumes estimated to grow year-on-year.

Final report concludes mandatory code only way to address poultry sector issues

The National Farmers’ Federation has today released its fnal report towards creating greater market transparency and competition in the poultry meat sector, following concerns raised by growers and the competition watchdog.

In 2020 the ACCC’s Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry highlighted signifcant concerns about practices in the Australian poultry meat supply chain and the impact these had on market transparency, competition and the economy.

Supported by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the NFF has completed an 18-month research project to investigate issues in the sector and possible solutions. The project had a specifc focus on how a Code of Conduct may address these concerns.

Through the project’s national consultation in 2023, growers across Australia raised a number of alarming concerns, including:

• Little to no choice in processors or ability to compare price offerings.

• Deliberate undermining of collective bargaining efforts.

• Unfair contract

terms, such as growers being required to invest in infrastructure with no additional remuneration.

• Contract price increases not refecting rising input costs.

• Refusal to honour contract clauses.

• A genuine fear of commercial retribution for challenging unfair contract terms or unfair business practices.

The fnal report is drawn from an extensive analysis of the industry dynamics, possible solutions, and the effectiveness of various regulatory tools. Ultimately, the report concludes the most effective mechanism for addressing these issues is a mandatory Code of Conduct.

NFF CEO Tony Mahar said the serious and

deplorable behaviours reported by growers suggest a mandatory code was the only path forward for the industry.

“The fnal report concludes that the challenges in the poultry meat sector are beyond the scope of what current legislation can effectively address,” Mr Mahar said.

“We’ve seen several other agricultural

industries go down a similar path and be revived by this type of intervention, the dairy industry is the perfect example.

“Administered by the ACCC, a Code will provide a regulatory framework that provides confdence and fair trading in the supply chain and will support best-practice policy and regulation for growers and processors.

“We look forward to receiving the Government’s response to the report’s deeply concerning fndings and strong recommendation.”

Scan the QR Code here to access the fnal report.

RURAL NEWS 28 e Northern Rivers Times April 11, 2024




Coming to Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Saturday

13 April is The Dreams

Show! It’s your ticket to experiencing the magic of Fleetwood Mac and the captivating solo career of their leading lady, Stevie Nicks. Since its launch in 2017, Dreams has gained massive acclaim, both from fans across Australia and from within the Fleetwood Mac team itself. Dennis Dunstan, Fleetwood Mac’s Manager (19811999), applauded the show, stating: “The Dreams Show was a breath of fresh air when it comes to Fleetwood Mac tribute shows.. these guys deliver.. Big Time! Don’t miss this show if you’re a Mac fan!”

Surrender to the enchantment of Dreams, as we create a Fleetwood Mac Tribute spectacle

with everything from outfts to choreography to guitar leads to harmonies to songs anecdotes & of course all their iconic songs. Enjoy monumental classics like ‘Go your Own way’, ‘Gypsy’, ‘Edge of Seventeen’, ‘Rooms on Fire’, ‘TUSK’, ‘Say you love me’, and many others.

The Dreams Teammeet the team behind the spectacle:

1. Nikki Canale: Our very own Stevie Nicks, a seasoned performer originating from the USA, with a decade-long professional stint in Las Vegas.

2. Wayne Daniels: Emulating Lindsay

Buckingham, Wayne juggles between roles of musical director, band founder, and a virtuoso of guitar and vocals. Wayne has a rich history as a singer-songwriterlead guitarist, including his original 80’s & 90’s Sydney-based bands from Colour Blue to Shikira to Triple Entente.

3. Regotron Leayr: Resonating with John McVie’s character, he enriches the ensemble with his bass guitar, vocals, and expertise in production.

4. Krissy Linehan: Representing Christine McVie, spices up performances with the keys, vocals, fute and a lot of class.

5. Matt Skea: Reliving the role of Mick Fleetwood, showcases amazing profciency in drums, percussion & vocals.


• When: Saturday 13 April

• Where: Kingscliff Beach Hotel

• Doors: 6pm - Show 7pm onward

• Tickets: Via the QR code below

APRIL 11, 2024

Place the digits 1 to 9 in the blue squares, so that all 6 equations are correct. Multiplication and/or division are performed rst, in whichever order they appear –followed by addition and/or subtraction, in whichever order they appear.


1 Which country shares the longest border with Colombia?

(a) Brazil

(b) Venezuela

(c) Peru

(d) Ecuador

2 William James Farrer is a renowned Australian who is best remembered in relation to what?

(a) Economics

(b) Theatre

(c) Agriculture

(d) Medicine

3 In which part of the human body are the palatine bones located?

(a) Chest

(b) Hands

(c) Skull

(d) Knees

4 Who was the prime minister of New Zealand when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon?

(a) Robert Muldoon

(b) Jack Marshall

(c) Walter Nash

(d) Keith Holyoake

5 Which comedian released the 2010s DVD, Drinking with a Fork?

(a) Anh Do

(b) Carl Barron

(c) Arj Barker

(d) Dave Hughes

6 Which NRL team awards the annual Monty Porter Medal?

(a) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

(b) Wests Tigers

(c) St. George Illawarra Dragons

(d) Gold Coast Titans

Here is a crossword with a di erence, all the letters of the alphabet are represented by a number in the grid and there are no clues. Some letters have been given as clues to get you started, use the code cracker grid below to keep track of each letter and their coded number.


Which is the correct meaning for these words?


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(b) Likely to incur ill-will

(c) Without backbone


(a) Gelatinous

(b) Empty

(c) Hazardous


(a) Struggle

(b) Transparency

(c) Sordid gain


(a) Bearing the author’s name

(b) Burdensome

(c) Belonging to dreams


(a) To sway to and fro (b) To leave empty

(c) To overcome


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7TWO, 6.30pm

In this long-running series, antiques are king, but money is just as paramount. Like the brasher and generally unpredictable sibling of the equally entertaining but ostensibly more re ned Antiques Roadshow, heirlooms and relics star, but in this funloving game show two teams see who can make the most cash from their op shop/antique lair/market stall haul. This special celebrates 20 years on air and there’s a treasure trove of moments to hark back on. Host Charlie Ross (pictured) pounces on the opportunity to get festive with not only blue and red balloons and cake, but also a blue and red neck tie. It’s a jolly roundup of unforgettable moments.

FRIDAY, April 12


SEVEN, 7pm

Settling down in domestic bliss for a life in the country is an idyllic dream for many. In the 14th season of this fruitful dating show – it’s responsible for 21 babies so far – an Akubra, gumboots and a cosy annel shirt never looked so seductive for the 14 women eager to with one of the ve farmers. Wearing the rose-coloured glasses, Samantha Armytage (pictured) is not the only one set to fall for this new bunch of charming men. Meet chatty South Australian dairyman Nick and Queenslander Bert, an impeccably mannered lad who could be a favourite with his sweet smile and farm blossoming with pineapple, dragon fruit and pumpkin. It’s unabashedly saccharine.

MONDAY 9 - 1 - 1

SEVEN, 9.15pm

This big-budget US drama series, which follows the high-pressure experiences of a group of rst responders, returns with an explosive seventh season tonight. The season premiere sees Athena (Angela Bassett, pictured above right) and Bobby (Peter Krause) set o on their long-overdue honeymoon on a cruise ship. But when duty calls, their holiday is put on hold. And it is only the beginning of a tumultuous time on the ship, with their on-sea ordeal making up the rst three episodes of the season. Meanwhile, back on land, Eddie and Buck are focused on romance, an unusual incident leaves a couple stuck together, and a ghter jet traps a civilian.

ABC TV (2) SBS (3) SEVEN (6) TEN (5) NBN (8, 80)

6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Planet America. (R) 10.30 That Paci c Sports Show. (R) 11.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 12.00 News. 1.00 Silent Witness. (Ma, R) 2.00 Queen Of Oz. (Ml, R) 2.30 White Fever. (Mls, R) 2.55 Old People’s Home For Teenagers. (PG, R) 3.55 Long Lost Family. (PG, R) 4.40 Grand Designs. (R) 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. (R)

ABC News.

Gardening Australia. Millie Ross marvels at some perennials.

8.30 Happy Valley. (Mlv) Catherine races to protect her family. A murder investigation begins.

9.35 Hard Quiz. (PG, R) Presented by Tom Gleeson.

10.05 The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. (R) A satirical news

(Mal, R)

1.55 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv)

6.00 WorldWatch. 9.00 Peer To Peer. (a, R) 9.30 Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs. (PGa, R) 9.55 Outta Town Adventures. 10.50 Mountain Vets. (Ma) 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.05 Tony Robinson: WWII By Drone. (Mav, R) 3.00 NITV News: Nula. 3.40 The Cook Up. (R) 4.10 World’s Most Scenic River Journeys. (R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R)

6.00 Mastermind Australia.

6.30 SBS World News.

7.35 Ancient Egypt By Train. (R)

8.30 Michael Palin: Into Iraq. (PGa, R) Part 2 of 3.

9.25 Secrets Of The Lost Liners: Queen Elizabeth. (PGav, R)

10.15 SBS World News Late.

10.45 A French Case. (Mas)

11.45 Miniseries: Algiers Con dential. (MA15+as, R)

3.25 Mastermind Australia. (R)

4.25 Bamay. (R)

4.55 Destination Flavour: Japan Bitesize. (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 meets waste warrior Lottie Dalziel.

8.30 MOVIE: The Green Mile. (1999, MA15+av, R) Death row guards at a penitentiary in the ’30s nd themselves facing a moral dilemma when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, apparently possesses miraculous powers. Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse.

12.30 Celebrity Obsessed: David Letterman. (MA15+a, R)

1.30 Harry’s Practice. (R)

2.00 Home Shopping.

4.00 Million Dollar Minute. (R)

5.00 NBC Today.

6.00 NBN News.

7.00 A Current A air.

7.30 Rugby League. NRL. Round 6. Brisbane Broncos v Dolphins.

9.50 Golden Point. A wrap-up of the Brisbane Broncos versus Dolphins match, with news and analysis.

10.40 MOVIE: Gringo. (2018, MA15+dlv, R) A man plots his own abduction. David Oyelowo, Thandiwe Newton.

12.50 Tipping Point. (PG, R) Hosted by Ben Shephard.

1.40 Pointless. (PG, R)

2.35 Living On The Coast. (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.

6.30 The Project. A look at the day’s news.

7.30 Ready Steady Cook. (PGs) Everyday Aussie home cooks team up with some of the country’s nest chefs and go head to head in the kitchen.

8.30 The Graham Norton Show. (PGa, R) Graham Norton is joined by actors Tom Hanks, Naomi Ackie and Suranne Jones, and author Richard Osman. Japanese–British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama sings Hold the Girl 10.30 Fire Country. (Mv, R) Sharon receives life-changing news. 11.30 The Project. (R) A look at the day’s news.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG)

12.00 MOVIE:
Angel. (2018,
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: Heart Of The Manor. (2021, G, R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG, R) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG, R) 6.00 Morning Programs. 8.00 Ent. Tonight. (R) 8.30 Neighbours. (PGa, R) 9.00 Bold. (PGa, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 GCBC. (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 Ready Steady Cook. (R) 3.00 GCBC. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Everyday Gourmet. (R) 4.30 Bold. (PGa) 5.00 News. 6.30
The Morning Show. (PG)
Seven Morning News.
Mommy’s Little
Hard Quiz. (PG, R)
program. 10.35 White Fever. (Mls, R) 11.05 ABC Late News. 11.20 Shakespeare: Rise Of A Genius. (MA15+av, R) 12.20 Miniseries: The Suspect. (Final, Ma, R) 1.05 Traces.
6am WorldWatch. 10.00 The Movie Show. Noon WorldWatch. 12.25 Story Of Late Night. 1.10 The Swiping Game. 1.30 Hustle. 2.20 Over The Black Dot. 3.10 WorldWatch. 5.15 Bananas. 5.20 The Wine Lovers’ Guide To Australia. 5.50 The UnXplained. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 8.30 Hoarders. 9.20 Sex Tape Finland. 11.05 Erotic Stories. 12.15am Hypothetical. 1.55 Icons Unearthed: James Bond. 2.45 NHK World English News. 5.00 Late Programs. 6am Morning Programs. 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 The Real Seachange. 2.30 Weekender. 3.00 Imagine Holidays Iconic Rail Journeys. 3.30 Harry’s Practice. 4.00 Medical Emergency. 4.30 Better Homes. 5.30 Escape To The Country. 6.30 Bargain Hunt. 7.30 The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard. 8.30 Escape To The Country. 11.30 Late Programs. 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Soccer. A-League Men. Round 23. Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC. Highlights. 8.30 Ready Steady Cook. 9.30 Diagnosis Murder. 11.30 JAG. 1.30pm NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 8.30 NCIS. 9.25 NCIS: Hawai’i. 11.15 JAG. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG. 6am Golf. US Masters. First round. Continued. 9.30 GolfBarons. 10.00 Pointless. 11.00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Tennis. Billie Jean King Cup. Qualifying round. Australia v Mexico. Day 1. 4.00 Antiques Roadshow. 4.30 Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. 5.30 Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 Take Me Home. (Return) 8.30 MOVIE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (2011, M) 11.00 Late Programs. BOLD (51) 9GEM (82) 7TWO (62) VICELAND (31) 6am Children’s Programs. 6.40pm Andy’s Global Adventures. 6.55 Shaun The Sheep. 7.05 Karma’s World. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 MOVIE: Burlesque. (2010, M) 10.30 Would I Lie To You? 11.30 QI. Midnight Close To Me. 12.45 George Clarke’s Adventures In Americana. 1.35 Vera. 3.05 Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. 3.50 ABC News Update. 3.55 Close. 5.00 Hoopla. 5.15 Ready, Jet, Go! 5.25 Pablo. 5.40 Late Programs. ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Rich House, Poor House. 1.00 Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years. 2.00 Bewitched. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 The Nanny. 3.30 Raymond. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 MOVIE: Hating Alison Ashley. (2005, PG) 7.30 MOVIE: Doctor Dolittle 2. (2001, PG) 9.15 MOVIE: City Slickers. (1991, PG) 11.35 Medium. 12.35am Below Deck. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Bakugan: Legends. 3.30 Beyblade Burst Surge. 4.00 Transformers: Prime. 4.30 Late Programs. 6am Morning Programs. 9.00 A Football Life. 10.00 Blokesworld. 10.30 American Restoration. 11.00 American Pickers. Noon Pawn Stars. 1.00 Counting Cars. 2.00 Storage Wars: Barry’s Best Buys. 3.00 Timbersports. 3.30 Cities Of The Underworld. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.00 AFL: Friday Night Countdown. 7.20 Football. AFL. Round 5. Western Bulldogs v Essendon. 10.30 AFL Post-Game. 11.15 Late Programs. 6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 Becker. 8.00 Dr Phil. 9.00 So Help Me Todd. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 The Big Bang Theory. 3.00 The King Of Queens. 4.00 Good Chef Bad Chef. 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 Just For Laughs Montreal. 3.30 The Bold And The Beautiful. 4.30 Shopping. 5.30 Joseph Prince. 9GO! (83) 6am Hit The Road. Continued. (2021, PG, Farsi) 6.50 Footy Legends. (2006, PG) 8.30 Mary And The Witch’s Flower. (2017, PG) 10.25 Drunken Master. (1978, M, Cantonese) 12.30pm Ip Man. (2008, M, Cantonese) 2.30 Without A Clue. (1988, PG) 4.30 FairyTale: A True Story. (1997, PG) 6.20 Malcolm. (1986, PG) 7.55 The Medallion. (2003, M) 9.30 Drive. (2011, MA15+) 11.25 Jiu Jitsu. (2020, MA15+) 1.20am Endings, Beginnings. (2019, MA15+) 3.25 Late Programs. PEACH (52) 7MATE (64) SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Children’s Programs. 2.25pm FriendZSpace. 3.00 Get Blake! 3.25 Coop Troop. 3.40 100% Wolf: Legend Of The Moonstone. 4.00 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 4.20 Planet Lulin. 4.45 Operation Ouch! 5.00 Lagging. 5.25 Miraculous. 5.45 Total DramaRama. 6.00 Hank Zipzer. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.35 Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness. 8.00 Transformers: EarthSpark. 8.20 Dragon Ball Super. 9.10 Dwight In Shining Armour. 9.35 Utopia Falls. 11.15 Close. ABC ME (23) 6am News Programs. 1pm ABC News Day. 3.00 News. 4.00 Afternoon Brie ng. 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. 11.30 Stateline. Midnight News. 12.15 Planet America: Fireside Chat. 1.00 News. 1.30 Close Of Business. 2.00 DW News. 2.30 DW Con ict Zone. 3.00 Late Programs. ABC NEWS (24) 6am House Hunters Int. 6.30 House Hunters. 7.00 Getaway. 7.30 Postcards. 8.00 Garden Gurus. 8.30 The Block. 9.30 House Hunters Int. 10.30 Hello SA. 11.00 Lakefront Bargain Hunt. Noon Renovate Or Rebuild. 1.00 Unsellable Houses. 2.00 My Lottery Dream Home. 2.30 The Block. 4.00 Lakefront Bargain Hunt. 5.00 Fixer Upper. 6.00 House Hunters Int. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 Scott’s Vacation House Rules. 8.30 Houses With History. 9.30 Restored. 10.30 Holmes Family Rescue. (Return) 11.30 Late Programs. 6am Morning Programs. 11.30 Nigel Slater’s Middle East. 12.30pm Poh & Co. Best Bites. 1.30 Dolce Homemade. 2.00 Mexican Table. 2.30 Food Lover’s Guide. 3.00 Dolce Africa. 3.30 Ainsley’s Good Mood Food. 4.30 Comfort Food. 5.00 Everyday Gourmet. 5.30 John Torode’s Middle East. 6.00 Plat Du Tour. 6.30 Lidia’s Kitchen. 7.00 The Cook Up. 7.30 Rick Stein: From Venice To Istanbul. 8.40 Extreme Food Phobics. 9.30 Come Dine With Me Daytime. 10.30 The Cook Up. 11.00 Late Programs. 9LIFE (84) 6am Morning 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 NewsNight. 10.00 NewsNight. 11.00 Late Programs. 6am Morning Programs. 10.50 News. 11.00 Going Places. Noon MOVIE: Jedda. (1955, PG) 1.35 Eight Ladies. 2.05 Stories From The Land. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 The Magic Canoe. 3.25 Fresh Fairytales. 3.40 Bushwhacked! 4.05 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 4.35 Grace Beside Me. 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: Emu Runner. (2018, PG) 9.25 MOVIE: Fatal Beauty. (1987, MA15+) 11.15 Late Programs. SKY NEWS (53) NITV (34) SBS FOOD (33) Please Note: Programs are correct at the time of print and are subject to change by the Networks. 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.
1.30 Home Shopping. (R)


Today’s target:

20 words average 25 words good 31+ words excellent

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ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Monday night’s Total Solar Eclipse is in your sign which boosts energy levels, turbo-charges your motivation and increases your determination. If you’re lacking confidence (and feeling more like a meek lamb than a courageous ram) then spend time with an uber Aries friend. Hopefully, some of their chutzpah and self-assurance will rub off on you. But Mercury is also activating your sign, so slow down and think (carefully) before you speak and act!

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20)

Taurus is a fixed sign and you can be a bossy, stubborn Bull. Aim to be more adaptable and adventurous this week, as you focus attention on helping those around you. The Solar Eclipse lights up your humanitarian zone, so being of service to others sees you glow on the inside. But with Mercury in retrograde mode, take the time to double-check all information and communicate clearly. On Wednesday and Thursday, tread carefully with family and friends.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

Mercury is your ruling planet and it’s in retrograde mode until April 25. So, it’s not a good time to: gossip; sign contracts; start a job or business; buy a phone, computer, car or home; launch a website; install new software; go on an important business trip or embark on a big overseas holiday. However, it IS a good time to do anything with an ‘re’ in front of it … revise, rehearse, review, remember, return, recover and reconnect. And make sure you double-check everything.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

Avoid being a lonesome Crab! Professional projects and creative collaborations with colleagues are favoured, as you spark ideas off each other and pool your talents to produce something special. The Total Solar Eclipse and Venus increase enthusiasm and encourage rebooting a rickety work relationship that’s been experiencing problems. But be careful you don’t get into an emotional stew over a festering secret, a broken promise, or a breach of trust.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

Are you a Lion who’s feeling rather restless? On Monday night there’s a fiery Solar Eclipse in your adventure zone, which highlights holidays, adventure, exploration and exciting beginnings. But retrograde Mercury is also there, which could complicate travel plans, limit patience, shorten timelines and lengthen frustrations. So you’ll need to be on your best behaviour if you want to cruise through the week! Clever Cats will check, double-check, listen and learn.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Mercury (your boss planet) is in retrograde mode until April 25. So – even though there’s a New Moon/Solar Eclipse on Monday night – it’s not an appropriate week to expedite tasks, initiate ideas or race ahead with projects. Instead, use the time wisely to remember, revise, research and review. Be patient, pace yourself and move ahead slowly in planned stages. Your motto for the moment is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

With Venus and the Solar Eclipse in your relationship zone, you’re keen to motivate, encourage and inspire others. But Mercury is retrograde, so you’ll need to utilise your well-developed diplomatic skills. Librans are the fashionistas of the zodiac, so it’s up to you to lead the way towards a more sustainable future. Wisdom for the week comes from fashion designer/innovator (and birthday great) Vivienne Westwood: “Buy less, choose well, make it last.”

SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Jump off the comfy couch! The Solar Eclipse (in Aries) encourages you to be proudly proactive as you get your body moving, set challenging daily goals and then actively pursue them. Not sure how to do that? Try rubbing shoulders with your kickass Aries friends … they’ll show you how to crank up your motivation and energise your enthusiasm. But Mercury is in retrograde mode, so be careful you don’t stir up trouble and play power games.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

With your sparky Sagittarian mojo and momentum running on high speed, you’re ready to rock and roll! Monday night’s fiery Solar Eclipse activates your leisure-and-pleasure zone, so all forms of entertainment will appeal as you socialise with friends and enjoy yourself to the max. However –with Mercury reversing through your friendship zone – be careful you don’t say the wrong thing to the wrong person. Think things through before you speak.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The Solar Eclipse promises a fresh start involving family plans, a domestic situation, or a new housemate. But the Mars/Saturn conjunction – and retro Mercury – could delay a project, exacerbate a misunderstanding, or frustrate a financial situation. So proceed with a pragmatic attitude plus plenty of caution. Family and friends are the ones who matter. As Michelle Obama (a fellow Capricorn) observes: “Surround yourself with people who will make you better.”

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

The Aquarian buzzword for the week is Communication (with a capital ‘C’). Monday night’s Solar Eclipse stimulates your neighbourhood and conversation zones, so expect increased social interaction and educational activities within your local community. When it comes to an ongoing neighbourhood problem, think global and act local. Wisdom for the week is from fashion designer (and birthday great) Vivienne Westwood: “The sexiest people are thinkers.”

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Mars and Saturn link up in your sign (on Wednesday/Thursday) which could stymie progress, squash confidence and bring you down. However – fortunately – the Solar Eclipse and Venus stimulate your self-esteem zone. So steer clear of criticism (in person and online), avoid getting caught up in a negative self-talk loop, and stop worrying about the qualities you perceive you don’t have. It’s time to celebrate your strengths and be your Number One fan!

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The Northern Rivers is known for its arts culture, both nationally and internationally, and holds some amazing galleries showcasing local art and talent. With galleries spread all over the region, let’s dive into the arts and fnd some local galleries for you to visit.

Northern Rivers

Community Gallery (NRCG)

44 Cherry Street


The NRCG, run by Ballina Shire Council, features four exhibition spaces and presents a range of professional, multi-arts and cultural programs incorporating diverse events, public programs and residencies. The gallery has a strong focus critical thinking, creative exploration and social cohesion whilst connecting artists, makers and audiences with creative opportunities. The gallery also holds public programs in which residents and

Northern Rivers Art Galleries

visitors can learn about art, both practically and theoretically, with monthly workshops, artist talks, masterclasses, screenings and special events.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

2 Mistral Road Murwillumbah South

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is housed in a large, modern, architecturally award-winning building with views to Wollumbin/Mount Warning. The Margaret Olley Art Centre is a celebration of Margaret

Olley’s career and combines exhibitions of her art, interactive multi-media drawing activities, workshops and much more. Being one of the bigger galleries in the area, it holds 7 exhibition spaces, community workshops, a café and is also connected to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Lone Goat Gallery

28 Lawson Street

Byron Bay Housed within the Byron Bay Library building, this contemporary art space is just a short stroll from Main Beach, offering a serene retreat for art

lovers. The gallery’s mission is to present an eclectic mix of emerging and established artists from the Northern Rivers region and beyond, showcasing a rich diversity of visual arts. Monthly programs featuring exhibitions, artist talks, and workshops are designed to refect and celebrate the variety of talent within the Northern Rivers arts community and further afeld. Lone Goat Gallery showcases Byron Shire’s vibrant community gallery scene, making it a mustvisit for anyone seeking to immerse themselves

in the region’s artistic expressions.

Lismore Regional Gallery

46 Magellan St

Lismore (Pop-up Space)

Being one of the oldest cultural organisations in the Northern Rivers, the Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the most respected galleries in the region. It brings the community on a shared journey of engaging in contemporary art through a bold program of exhibitions, artist commissions, public programs and offsite projects. The gallery was unfortunately

devastated by the 2022 foods, so it is currently at its temporary pop-up location until the gallery restoration is complete in mid 2024.

Grafton Regional Gallery

158 Fitzroy Street


The Grafton Regional Gallery is a source of community inspiration, delivering a vibrant and innovative program of exhibitions, events, workshops and outreach education. The Gallery enriches your well-being, gets you involved, is visionary, unexpected and amazing in every way. The refurbished and extended gallery was offcially opened on Friday 19 March 2021, providing an expanded on-site space and delivering a reconfgured foor plan aligned with contemporary gallery needs and visitor expectations. The gallery host a range of different workshops and exhibitions of local artist and works.

2024 Murwillumbah Arts Trail Date Announcement

The artistic fair and talent of the Tweed and surrounds will be on display and awaiting to be discovered through the Murwillumbah Arts Trail on the weekend of 11 - 12 May 2024.

Weaving in and around Murwillumbah, the creative heart of the Tweed, and into the surrounding villages, the Murwillumbah Arts Trail showcases artists

from across the region, offering the community a chance to see them at work, participate in art activities and purchase unique works directly from the artists. Enjoy a drive through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia from coast to hinterland villages, discovering back roads and hidden treasures in the hills like the historic church in

Uki to the Community Printmakers in Stokers Siding. Explore the streets and laneways of the Murwillumbah town centre and pop into the Small Works Gallery.

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail will be involved with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Murwillumbah station - celebrating contemporary works by sculpture artists from the region. The exhibition, set against the backdrop of the historic Murwillumbah station, will feature a diverse range of sculptures that highlight the beauty and diversity of the Northern Rivers region.

A collection of artists will be exhibiting at the stunning The Belle Riverhouse and Husk Farm Distillery right on the banks of the mighty Tweed River. The artists, who come from diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines, will showcase a range of works that refect the

rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Tweed region.

Murwillumbah CBD will come alive on Saturday night. The M|ArtsPrecinct will be hosting a colourful soiree, while The Citadel will echo with the powerful words of Slam Poetry. Explore the award-winning restaurants and indulge

in great food while enjoying live music as creative communities of the Tweed come together.

Uncover the hidden gems of the region! Meet talented artists, immerse yourself in creative workshops, and explore the charming villages nestled in the valleys around Wollumbin Mount Warning.

Discover exhibitions in historic buildings and browse through a myriad of boutiques and cafes along the way. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the rich culture and creativity that the region has to offer!

For the full program and trail map visit www. murwillumbahartstrail.

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NSW taskforce takes action to destroy tropical soda apple

Farmers, land managers and the environment are set to beneft from the NSW Tropical Soda Apple Taskforce’s new best practice manual URL following the launch in Coffs Harbour.

North Coast Regional Weeds Coordinator, Ashley Donges said the new manual supports the NSW Tropical Soda Apple Strategic Plan.

“The plan is to suppress, destroy and contain existing tropical soda apple infestations and rapidly eradicate all new incursions of this insidious weed,” Ashley said.

“It’s important we all work together to control and contain tropical soda apple as it has the potential to spread in coastal regions of NSW and Queensland and inland through cattle movements.”

“This new manual shows you how to identify the weed and what to do if you fnd it, how to control and dispose of the weed and how to stop its spread when selling, buying and transporting livestock or moving vehicles, fodder and machinery.”

The manual is a collaborative initiative delivered by the NSW Government, including NSW DPI, Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Forestry Corporation of NSW, with NSW Farmers, Queensland Government, Rous County, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour City, Bellingen Shire, Nambucca Valley, Kempsey Shire, Port Macquarie Hastings, Tenterfeld Shire and Midcoast councils and the New England Weeds Authority.

Tropical soda apple is

subject to a state-wide Biosecurity (Tropical Soda Apple) Control Order 2022 under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015.

The best practice manual gives landowners information they can use

to meet the requirements of the control order. Landowners and occupiers must keep their land free from the weed and prevent further germination.

They need to ensure no part of a tropical soda apple plant which could produce a new plant, including stems, leaves, fruit, and seeds, is moved off their land, which includes movement by machinery, fodder and livestock.

Tropical soda apple, Solanum viarum, is an aggressive, prickly, perennial shrub which has invaded areas from the Hunter to Northern NSW.

It invades open to semi-shaded areas, pastures and riparian zones, forests, roadsides, recreational areas, and horticultural and cropping areas. It reduces biodiversity by displacing native plants and disrupting ecological processes.

The weed grows in thorny thickets, creating physical barriers to prevent animals from accessing shade and water, hosts diseases and pests of cultivated crops and contains solasodine, which is poisonous to people.

More information:

https://weeds.dpi. TropicalSodaApple

Targeted temporary suspension by Indonesia announced

Australia has received confrmation from the Indonesian authorities that the export of live cattle from a particular registered establishment in the Northern Territory has been temporarily suspended, pending further investigations to determine the cause of the incident.

The suspension follows the confrmed mortalities on-board the Brahman Express.

The department continues to investigate the cause of the livestock

mortalities. Clinical signs present in the cattle are consistent with botulism.

Botulism in cattle is most often caused by the cattle eating a toxin produced by bacteria in contaminated feed. It is not a contagious or exotic disease and is not a risk to the Australian herd or to human health. Detecting botulism through tests is often diffcult, owing to the low amounts of toxin present in the bloodstream of affected

cattle. As a result, testing for botulism is a process of elimination and will take some time.

Testing undertaken at the Northern Territory Government’s Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory

has excluded Bovine Ephemeral Fever and tick fever as possible causes of mortality. A

number of other tests are still underway as part of the investigation. Australia is confdent that there is no evidence of an exotic disease, and our animal health status remains unchanged.

The department is committed to working closely with our international trading partners to provide assurance that all animals exported from Australia comply with their animal health requirements.

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Refections Holidays and OzFish Embark on NSW Community Roadshow Partnership

Refections Holidays, the premier holiday park and adventure camping group in NSW, has initiated a statewide roadshow to announce its collaboration with OzFish and unveil its refreshed identity.

Marking a pioneering partnership between Refections, the sole holiday park group in Australia certifed as a social enterprise, and OzFish, the nation’s sole fshing conservation charity, this alliance aims to identify projects enhancing fsh habitats within Refections Holiday parks across NSW.

Kicking off the roadshow at Byron Bay Refections on Wednesday, April 3, Refections CEO Nick Baker and OzFish Director of Habitat Programs Cassie Price launched the tour, which will traverse south along the coast to Eden and inland to engage Refections parks and communities in promoting the OzFish program.

With the objective of aiding recreational anglers and communities in enhancing the health of rivers, lakes, and estuaries, Refections will facilitate ‘voluntourism’ at its parks, inviting OzFish to conduct programs for habitat restoration, waterway cleanup, and sustainable angling education for future


OzFish CEO Craig Copeland expressed the charity’s commitment to empowering fshers to play an active role in preserving their beloved fshing spots. “Through partnerships and community engagement, we aim to drive positive change, fostering healthier waterways and enhanced fshing experiences,” said Copeland.

Mr. Baker affrmed that the OzFish partnership would be implemented across Refections’ 40 holiday parks, campgrounds, and 45 nature reserves across NSW. “By leveraging OzFish’s expertise in fshing conservation, we can make a tangible difference by encouraging anglers to safeguard our waterways

and initiating projects in areas requiring assistance,” Baker stated.

Celebrating a decade of operation, Refections unveils its refreshed brand identity, transitioning from Refections Holiday Parks to ‘Refections Holidays.’ This rebrand underscores the company’s commitment to reimagining camping, fostering nature-centric experiences for guests, and preserving the land under its stewardship. “Our new identity advocates for reconnecting with nature, enjoying outdoor experiences with loved ones, and contributing to the community,” Baker explained. “While we’re renowned for our campsites in stunning NSW locales, we also oversee vital community

reserves, reinvesting profts to maintain these spaces for future generations.”

Refecting on Refections’ economic contributions, Baker highlighted a $121.5 million boost to the NSW visitor economy in the 12 months to January 31. Moreover, the company allocated $18.5 million to park renovations during the same period, benefting both local communities and tourists.

As Refections anticipates a 15% increase in tourist revenue in FY24, recent data from the Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW reveal a record-breaking 5 million visitor nights recorded in the state in the 12 months to September 2023.

Farmers Call for Urgent Action on Rural Road Infrastructure Funding

Farmers are calling for urgent action from federal and state governments to address the deteriorating state of rural road infrastructure in the wake of ongoing damage caused by major fooding events in the Northern Rivers region three years ago.

Xavier Martin, President of NSW Farmers, highlighted the urgent need for increased funding to repair and upgrade rural roads and bridges, which have been left damaged and impassable since the foods of 2021.

“The condition of

regional roads is unacceptable, and it’s clear that repair efforts have fallen short,” stated Mr. Martin. “For far too long, rural communities have been forced to navigate dangerous roads or seek alternative routes just to carry out everyday tasks.”

While acknowledging some initiatives such as the Regional Roads and Transport Package and the appointment of a new CEO for the NSW Reconstruction Authority, Mr. Martin emphasized that much more substantial action is needed to address the

extensive damage to rural infrastructure.

“With the federal and state budgets approaching, it’s imperative that adequate funding be allocated for rural road repairs and upgrades,” Mr. Martin asserted. “Failure to prioritize this essential infrastructure will impede farmers’ ability to transport their goods effciently and safely.”

He emphasized the critical role that well-maintained roads play in ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality agricultural products to consumers

nationwide. Without adequate investment in road maintenance and improvement, the task of supplying the nation with food and fbre becomes increasingly challenging and costly.

“It’s time for meaningful action to address the longstanding neglect of rural roadways,” Mr. Martin concluded. “Rural communities have endured substandard infrastructure for far too long, and it’s imperative that tangible steps are taken to rectify this situation.”

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Marquis Macadamias Reveals Uplifted 2024 Price Strategy and Shareholder Dividends

Following the strategic restructuring that led to Marquis Macadamias Australia parting ways with its South African partner, the prominent player in the Macadamia industry disclosed its 2024 Notional Price Offer at the end of March.

The 2024 Notional Price was set at $3.20/ kg, considering a 33% Premium Kernel Recovery and 10% moisture content, marking a signifcant increase from the 2023 Notional Price of $1.80/ kg (which included a $0.10/kg Shareholder NIS bonus). Despite this increase, Marquis acknowledges the price is still lower than what is required on a long-term basis to maintain a healthy industry.

The boost in the 2024 Notional Price has been attributed to the combined impact of the improved selling prices and the marginally weaker Australian dollar, which has bolstered the valuation of exports.

“As part of our strategic efforts to elevate returns for our Shareholders, Marquis Macadamias is seising every opportunity, with a renewed focus on markets that appreciate the premium quality of Australian macadamias,” said CEO Ben Adams (pictured). “The company recognises that the pace of recovery

in farm gate prices is slower than desired. Hence, it is committed to enhancing operational effciencies and diversifying the product range to optimise Shareholder value.”, concludes Mr Adams.

Marquis has also introduced a “Variety Bonus” of $0.05/kg for growers delivering segregated A203 suitable

for the Chinese NIS market, rewarding the extra effort in segregation through the harvest, processing, and transportation phases. This bonus is slated for end-of-season payment.

Mr. Adams shared insights on the sales dynamics, “Our Sales Team has reached a substantial increase in sales value for both

Kernel and In-Shell products, although with slightly extended negotiations due to the revised pricing structure in 2024.”

During the 2024 Season Opening Sessions held in Lismore and Bundaberg at the end of March, Clayton Mattiazzi, Marquis Board Director and Chair, announced that a dividend of $1.00

per share will be paid to all Ordinary-class Shareholders in April.

“Our priority is to maximise returns to our Shareholders,” Mr Mattiazzi stated. “The $1.00 per share dividend refects Marquis’ strong performance despite the adversities encountered during the 2023 Season. Thanks to increased sales and decreased inventory, the company fnished the fnancial year in a strong working capital position, which permits the distribution of dividends to Shareholders.”

In light of an anticipated increase in the Australian crop, with forecasts suggesting an annual production of 60,000 tonnes, Marquis is expanding its intake this Season, including NIS from non-shareholders. For individuals interested in becoming a Marquis Shareholder or supplier, the company directs them to their offcial website for more information.

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Indicator Week ended Unit Latest Price Previous Week Weekly change 12months ago Annual change Selected world indicator prices AUD/USD Exchange rate 03-Apr A$/US$ 0.65 0.65 0% 0.67 -3% Wheat – US no. 2 hard red winter wheat, fob Gulf 03-Apr US$/t 268 274 -2% 383 -30% Corn – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf 03-Apr US$/t 189 189 0% 294 -36% Canola – Rapeseed, Canada, fob Vancouver 03-Apr US$/t 504 512 -2% 613 -18% Cotton – Cotlook ‘A’ Index 03-Apr USc/lb 96 97 0% 96 0% Sugar – Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no.11 contract 03-Apr USc/lb 22.2 21.8 2% 23 -5% Wool – Eastern Market Indicator 27-Mar Ac/kg clean 1,142 1,152 -1% 1,400 -18% Wool – Western Market Indicator 27-Mar Ac/kg clean 1,284 1,289 0% 1,475 -13% Selected Australian grain export prices Milling Wheat – APW, Port Adelaide, SA 03-Apr A$/t 388 390 -1% 466 -17% Feed Wheat – ASW, Port Adelaide, SA 03-Apr A$/t 368 370 -1% 440 -16% Feed Barley – Port Adelaide, SA 03-Apr A$/t 354 353 0% 414 -14% Canola – Kwinana, WA 03-Apr A$/t 678 682 -1% 909 -25% Grain Sorghum – Brisbane, QLD 03-Apr A$/t 451 455 -1% 507 -11% Selected domestic livestock indicator prices Beef – Eastern Young Cattle Indicator 03-Apr Ac/kg cwt 597 582 3% 694 -14% Mutton – Mutton indicator (18–24 kg fat score 2–3), Vic 03-Apr Ac/kg cwt 284 252 13% 380 -25% Lamb – National Trade Lamb Indicator 03-Apr Ac/kg cwt 630 613 3% 707 -11% Pig – Eastern Seaboard (60.1–75 kg), average of buyers & sellers 13-Mar Ac/kg cwt 411 411 0% 357 15% Goats – Eastern States (10.1–12 kg) 27-Dec Ac/kg cwt 170 170 0% 350 -51% Live cattle – Light steers to Indonesia 03-Apr Ac/kg lwt 350 350 0% 380 -8% Global Dairy Trade (GDT) weighted average prices a Dairy – Whole milk powder 03-Apr US$/t 3,246 3,143 3% 3,228 1% Dairy – Skim milk powder 03-Apr US$/t 2,550 2,517 1% 2,648 -4% Dairy – Cheddar cheese 03-Apr US$/t 4,340 4,192 4% 4,052 7% Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat 03-Apr US$/t 6,934 6,794 2% 5,150 35% a Global Dairy Trade prices are updated twice monthly on the frst and third Tuesday of each month.

On 4th April 1964 Max married Marie Scheibel from Jiggi. Marie’s parents were Jim and Josie Scheibel. They were married in the Catholic Church in North Lismore (opp timber yard). Their family; Joanne, Darren, Jamie and Donna. The family frst lived at 20 Tweed Street, North Lismore until 1971 before moving to Clifford Street, Goonellabah.

In 1967 Max and Marie started their own business calling it “Mahers Car Sales”. This business was at the BP Service Station on the corner of Woodlark and Dawson Street. They were there for 3 years, from September 1967 to September 1970. From Woodlark Street to Ballina Street near the Ballina Street Bridge (a little Volkswagen still on the roof) they built a second car yard on the corner of Molesworth Street and Ballina Street.

Max owned a 1964 EH Holden called “Any Plum”. With this car he went drag racing at Surfers Paradise. He competed at 24 meetings, winning 21 of them.

In 1969 Max started racing cars at the speedway on Lismore Showground. President of the North Coast National Spencer Spinaze felt the Lismore

in starting speedway on the grounds. They were already running speedway in Kingaroy and Toowoomba. After a hurried show meeting

answer for the Society to achieve extra funds. A special fence had to be erected to comply with Police safety regulations. The fence was built by voluntary labour

Showground had to be used more than the Annual Show. Midway through 1969 Spencer was approached by Neil Mansell and Dutton Stibbard to see if the North Coast National might be interested

Tom Somerville, Murray McKinnon, Ken Somerville and Spencer Spinaze joined Max, Charlie Austen, Richard Rugendyke and Neil Priestly and travelled to Kingaroy for the next race meeting. They were convinced this was the

from the show society members and Lismore Car Club members.

The speedway is still going and has raised considerable money over the years for charity.

Speedway was Max’s way of life from then

on. Within 2 years there were over 200 cars competing. A regular tradition of a barbeque following the speedway was always welcome at the Maher Family Home in Tweed Street. Then in later years the barbeque was held under the Members Grandstand at the showground.

how spectacular it was. The car had a massive amount of power and torque where it would lift the inside front wheel at least a foot off the ground under power

for almost a lap of the showground.

Remembered is Max’s four door Monaro, after a couple of seasons attending speedways and

During the 1970’s Max remembers the Americans that would come out to Australia and compete against one another. There were four Americans against

four Australians. Max was selected on many occasions to compete against them. Driving his Holden 350 Monaro at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground in 1976 against these men in the 6 events, Max won 5 of them. A great feat and one where he will always remember. These events were also run on the Lismore Showground. Max gave speedway

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Max and Marie’s wedding day Mahers Car Sales - Lismore Max with his Bedford truck at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers - 1960

away in 1980 and made a return to racing for a couple of meetings in 1987.

In 2009 a reunion was held at the Italo Club, North Lismore Lismore where 200 people turned up for the reunion dinner.

People including George Jetson, Geoff Limbert, John Leslight, Gerry Flood and of course

Max. A great night was had by all.

Lismore Speedway has produced some of the top drivers in Australia. They are Grenville Anderson, Bob Worling, Stuart Herne, Paul O’Neill, Steve Robinson, Robert Armstrong and Neville Pezzutti. These men raced in the 1970’s.

After retiring from

speedway, the family purchased a ski boat upon which many wonderful weekends were held. All the family learnt to ski spending time at Bungawalbyn and Swan Bay where all

including Max who was in his 40’s when he learnt the art of skiing.

Not to be sitting idle Max decided to give fying a go. In the 1980’s he obtained his fying licence and

the training was held. The entire family all learnt to barefoot ski,

pilots licence for plane travel did not come easy

Country Music Festivals and enjoying this part

purchased a plane. One particular time, along with Marie, her parents Jim and Josie Scheibel, their son Darren and Greg Goulding few right around the coast of Australia. The trip taking them six weeks, site seeing on the way.

Max has fown through the centre of Australia and seeing Ayres Rock/ Uluru landing at the airport. There were times when he would fy to Canberra just for the day when there was boat racing on. Achieving his

for Max, as his school days were very sparce specially High School.

In 2001

Max and Marie purchased 2 acres in Sherwood Park, North Casino. It is here in Hereford Drive that they have retired in 2013.

For a short time, Max worked for Keyside Motors in Ballina travelling from North Casino down to Ballina.

Since Max and Marie have retired, they have travelled to a lot of

of their lives. Max has

taken up singing again at these festivals which he rather enjoys. It was at the Ulmarra Country Music Festival that his good friend Ray Essery encouraged him to get up on stage. A long way from the family farm at Goolmangar, where it was an aspiration and now fully realizing his dream.

Now with 4 children, 10 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren, what more would you want in life.

Ref: Max and Marie Maher, North Casino22/1/2024

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Max and Marie’s Family Red Comodore for speedway Max with Jayden, Darren and Trent. With frst names Spencer Max and Marie Max singing at Kyogle Country Music day. Max singing at Kyogle Country Music day.

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

In the week ending 3 April 2024, widespread rainfall was recorded across much of the country, exceptions being in the west of the country.

Across cropping regions, rainfall totals up to 100 millimetres across Queensland may have disrupted the harvest of summer crops. Damaged sorghum crops would likely see a downgrade in yield quality.

Over the coming days, severe weather associated with a low-pressure trough across the east coast is expected to bring up to 200 millimetres of rain to eastern New South Wales, up to 150 millimetres in southern Queensland and up to 50 millimetres in eastern Victoria.

Following a wet week in much of Queensland’s cropping region, some sorghum crops are at risk of quality downgrades and harvest interruption. However, expected rainfall will support confdence related to sowing of winter crops.

A dry week in Western Australia and South Australia will likely see a decline in soil moisture levels.

March rainfall was 86% above long-term average nationally, but generally average or below average across southeastern cropping regions. Similar patterns are seen for upper- and lower-layer soil moisture levels.

For the 3 months to March 2024, above average rainfall totals resulted in average to well above average pasture production for this time of year across most grazing regions.

High pasture availability will likely enable farmers to continue to maintain current stock numbers and provide opportunities to build standing dry matter availability.

Water storage levels

in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) decreased between 28 March 2024 and 4 April 2024 by 89 gigalitres (GL). Current volume of water held in storage is 16 975 GL, equivalent to 76% of total storage capacity. This is 15 percent or 2957 GL less than at the same time last year.

Allocation prices in the Victorian Murray below the Barmah Choke decreased from $37 on 28 March 2024 to $23 on 4 April 2024. Prices are lower in the Murrumbidgee and regions above the Barmah choke due to the binding of the Murrumbidgee export limit and Barmah choke trade constraint.

Rainfall this week

For the week ending 3 April 2024, low pressure systems in the northern tropics brought rainfall of up to 300 millimetres in scattered areas of far-north Queensland, with rainfall of up to 150 millimetres in the Northern Territory. A series of troughs moved across central and eastern parts of the country, bringing moderate rainfall totals, up to 100 millimetres in northern South Australia, and scattered areas in Queensland. Highpressure systems in the southwest kept Western Australia generally dry. In the southeast, a cold front brought rainfall to Tasmania and Victoria totalling up to 100 millimetres in some areas. Across cropping regions, rainfall totals up to 100 millimetres were recorded across Queensland, which may have disrupted the harvest of summer crops as well as damaged the crops, which may result in downgrade of yield quality. In New South Wales and Victoria, rainfall up to 50 millimetres was recorded, while eastern

South Australia recorded up to 10 millimetres. No rainfall was recorded across remaining cropping regions.

Rainfall forecast for the next eight days

Over the 8 days to 11 April, severe weather associated with a low-pressure trough across the east coast is expected to bring up to 200 millimetres of rain in eastern New South Wales, 150 millimetres in southern Queensland and 50 millimetres in Victoria. A low-pressure system in the northern tropics is forecast to bring rainfall totals of up to 100 millimetres in the Northern Territory and far-north Queensland. A cold front is expected to bring rainfall totals of up to 50 millimetres in Tasmania. A high-pressure system is expected to keep the much of the country generally dry.

Across cropping regions, rainfall totals of up to 150 millimetres are forecast for southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. This is likely to disrupt the harvest of summer crops in the area. Additionally, this follow-up rain from previous week could downgrade the sorghum crop yield. Rainfall totals in parts of South Australia are forecast to reach 5 millimetres, and Victoria is forecast to receive up to 15 millimetres. Western Australia cropping regions are expected to remain dry and will likely see a decline in stored soil moisture.

Monthly rainfall

In March 2024, national rainfall was 86% above average, marking it as the third wettest March since records began in 1900. Rainfall was generally extremely high across northern, central, and western Australia,

and below average for south-eastern and far south-western parts of the country.

In cropping regions, rainfall across South Australia and Victoria was predominately below average to average, whereas New South Wales observed generally average rainfall and Queensland observed average rainfall with above average rainfall in central areas. Western Australia cropping regions largely experienced between average and extremely high rainfall.

As we transition into the remainder of the autumn season, the focus shifts to ensuring adequate rainfall to prepare for the winter cropping season. This is especially crucial in regions that received below-average rainfall in March. Given a below median rainfall outlook for April, and April to June period, this necessitates a careful monitoring and strategic planning to mitigate potential impacts on upcoming winter crops.

Monthly soil moisture

Upper layer soil moisture levels for March 2024 varied considerably throughout Australia. High levels of upper layer soil moisture were modelled in the northern and central regions, with most of the Northern Territory, parts of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales, and central Western Australia showing very much above average upper layer soil moisture. In contrast, upper layer soil moisture in the south was modelled to be below average, with much of Victoria and Tasmania being below average for this time of year. Average levels of upper layer soil moisture was modelled for west Western Australia, parts

of New South Wales, east Queensland, and central South Australia.

During this time of the year, the status of upper layer soil moisture guides planting of winter crops, as well as supports pasture development. It is also an important indicator of the ability to access paddocks for harvesting of late-planted summer crops in these regions.

Across cropping regions, March upper layer soil moisture was highly variable, with Western Australia and Queensland having areas above or below average. South Australia and Victoria were average to below average.

Across the northern tropics, lower-layer soil moisture was average to very much above average in March. However, areas of below average lower layer soil moisture were evident in parts of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and much of Tasmania. Across southern Queensland, much of New South Wales, and north South Australia, lower layer soil moisture was modelled as being average.

Lower-layer soil moisture plays a pivotal role in sustaining the growth of winter crops and pasture during their critical development stages. Across Australian cropping regions, lower layer soil moisture generally ranged from average to very much below average across South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales. These defcient levels of soil moisture may impact the establishment of forthcoming winter crops since the climate outlook for the next three months is below the median rainfall.

Lower layer soil moisture was average to very much above average in Western Australia,

while Queensland was modelled as having generally average lower layer soil moisture. High lower-layer soil moisture in Western Australia is expected to support the development of winter crops and promote pasture growth.

Pasture growth

January to March is the peak pasture growth period for northern Australia which typically provides the bulk of feed to maintain livestock production through the low pasture growth months of the northern dry season. Across southern Australia, the three months to March pasture growth is typically low refecting lower rainfall totals, high temperatures and high evapotranspiration rates at this time of year. Pasture availability during this period infuences the growth, branding and marking rates of lambs and calves, livestock turnoff and the production of meat, milk, and wool.

For the 3 months to March 2024, above average rainfall totals resulted in average to well above average pasture production for this time of year across most grazing regions. However, extremely low to below average pasture growth rates were recorded across western parts of Western Australia, northern New South Wales, and parts of eastern Victoria, as well as across Tasmania.

Above average to extremely high pasture availability will likely enable farmers to continue to maintain current stock numbers and provide opportunities to build standing dry matter availability.

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AI-Powered MedTech Breakthrough: CSIRO and Singular Health Unveil Revolutionary Spinal Vertebrae Segmentation Technology

A groundbreaking AI-powered medical technology, developed through collaboration between CSIRO’s Data61 and Australian Medical Imaging Company Singular Health, swiftly segments spinal vertebrae with an impressive 95% accuracy rate within a mere two minutes. This innovation holds the promise of revolutionizing surgical planning and facilitating the design of customized implants for medical professionals.

Traditionally, the segmentation of spinal vertebrae in computerized tomography (CT) scans has demanded extensive manual labour, involving countless hours of meticulous identifcation and markups. However, the advent of AI automation heralds a transformative shift in this arduous process, signifcantly reducing time and effort while ensuring exceptional

segmentation precision and localization accuracy, as elucidated by Dr. Dadong Wang, Research Lead at Data61.

Singular Health’s Executive Director of Innovation, Dr. Guan Tay, underscores the game-changing potential of this automated segmentation technology. By integrating AI-driven automation into the segmentation process, medical professionals

will now only need to make minor adjustments and validate the software’s outputs. This semi-automated approach empowers surgeons and radiologists to fne-tune the results according to their interpretations, ensuring meticulous compliance with image analysis standards while substantially streamlining processing time. The utilization of artifcial intelligence

in medical imaging, particularly in radiology, stands poised to profoundly reshape workfow dynamics for radiologists. Leveraging a comprehensive dataset comprising over 200 CT scans of labelled data, the Data61 team meticulously explored various AI models and pre-processing techniques to achieve precise instance segmentation, labelling, surface

meshing, and spatial localization of individual vertebrae.

Dr. Wang elaborates on the AI development process, highlighting the adaptation of deep learning-based instance segmentation methodologies such as nnUNET, SC-NET, and Dense-NET. These models were rigorously trained using the VerSe’2020 dataset, comprising 100 CT scans

of spines from individuals spanning diverse age groups and genders.

Subsequently, the trained models underwent rigorous testing on an additional 100 CT scans, generating segmented labels of the spine, individual vertebrae, spatial coordinates, and vertebra identifcation.

The integration of this cutting-edge technology into Singular Health’s MedVR software represents a signifcant milestone, offering a transformative solution for hospitals, clinicians, educational institutions, and universities alike. This milestone achievement was made possible through the CSIRO Kick–Start initiative, which extends funding and support to innovative Australian start-ups and small businesses, granting access to CSIRO’s unparalleled research and development (R&D) expertise and capabilities.

North Coast residents urged to shape future health care by participating in Better Health survey

Healthy North Coast has this week opened its ‘Better Health’ community survey in a bid to gather valuable insights that will help shape the future of primary health care across Northern NSW and the Mid North Coast.

Every three years, local communities are asked to share their experiences of primary health care and make suggestions for improvement. It’s a chance for people in Northern NSW and the Mid North Coast to have their say on what’s working, what’s not and to identify any gaps in health services.

The feedback gathered in the Better Health survey will be combined with data to form a comprehensive review of the health needs for our region. This is called the North Coast Health Needs Assessment 20252028.

“A strong community voice is essential for good health planning and decision making,” said Monika Wheeler, CEO of Healthy North Coast. “Residents on the North Coast are engaging with primary health care services every day, whether for their own personal health needs, their family, or as a health carer. They have valuable insight into

what’s working, what needs improvement, and what might be missing entirely.

“So if you think you’re having to wait too long for an appointment with a GP, or you think getting support for mental health is too confusing, or even if you’re satisfed with the health care in your area, please let us know. By sharing your thoughts

and experiences, you really do have the power to reshape health care in your town.”

The previous iteration of the community survey in Healthy North Coast’s 2021 Health Needs Assessment was called Speak Up. From the Speak Up survey, initiatives like the telehealth service North Coast Health Connect and the social support

service Healthy Me, Healthy Community in Port Macquarie were born, to address specifc local health needs.

“Your feedback helps us prioritise our efforts, ensuring that available funding is directed to the right areas to achieve better health outcomes for all,” added Ms Wheeler.

The Better Health survey is open from

Monday 25 March 2024 (today) and will close on Sunday 14 April 2024. It will take residents approximately 10 minutes to complete, with all answers being anonymous and completely confdential.

At the end of the survey, participants can enter a prize draw to win one of twenty $100 cash cards.

Visit Better Health North Coast to fnd out more and take the survey today.

Local community organisations, health practices, community members and businesses are also encouraged to promote the Better Health survey to their networks. To support this, a range of digital resources are available.

For more information, please contact the project team at au.

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Northern Rivers Business Community gets behind Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month where recognition raises awareness about autism acceptance and promotes inclusion and connectedness for people with autism. Social and community support can help people with autism achieve optimal health and reach their full potential.

Business NSW

Northern Rivers is cohosting the Autism@ Work Business Luncheon with the Northern Rivers Autism Association on Tuesday 9 April 2024 in Ballina as part of Autism Awareness Month and the offcial launch of the Northern Rivers Autism Association.

“Micheal Lynch, Chair of the Association has been working tirelessly with our team on this event and we hope to demonstrate the support we can put behind such a great initiative to embrace a neurodiverse workforce in our region.”

Said Jane Laverty, Regional Director Business NSW

The luncheon will feature guest speaker, Mat Rogers a dual code international with a prominent career in both rugby league and union. After a stella career representing Queensland, the Kangaroo’s and the Wallabies, Mat fnished his career back in the NRL with the Gold

Coast Titans, retiring in 2011.

With his wife, Chloe Maxwell, Mat is devoted to the charity they established, 4ASDKIDS, after discovering their son was autistic, so they could help other families with autistic children.

“We are excited to have Mat lead the conversation along with an expert panel sharing thoughts on the

amazing value we can bring to our businesses and employees with a neurodiverse workforce and inclusive workplaces.” Mrs Laverty said.

“This is going to be an inspiring event and an opportunity for Micheal Lynch to share his vision for the Association.

The Northern Rivers business community is looking forward to being

part of this month of awareness raising and promoting inclusion and acceptance. The expert panel includes:

• Luke Terry, CEO of Whitebox Enterprises/Beacon Laundry (located in Bangalow and newly formed social enterprise)

• Andrew Cashin,

Professor of Autism and Intellectual Disability with Southern Cross University

• Samantha Albertini, Senior Manager People & Culture with Social Futures

• Jodi Rogers, locally based counsellor (Birds & Bees) who has just authored a book called Unique - what Autism Can Teach Us about Difference, Connection and Belonging

“Most of us know someone on the spectrum and know that autism can be a superpower. With more than ¾ of Australians on the spectrum being young (between 5 and 24) it is important that we look at how our workplaces can adapt for neurodiverse people and enable greater inclusivity.”

Seniors encouraged to get moving this April Falls Month

Older Australians in Northern New South Wales are being encouraged to get physically active this April, to help build their strength and maintain their independence.

Better Balance for Fall Prevention is the theme of this year’s April Falls Month, an annual event held throughout April supported by the NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network to encourage older adults to become more active and reduce falls.

Locally, exercise and dance classes for people aged over

50 are underway in Alstonville, Casino, Grafton, Lismore, Tweed Heads, Wardell, Yamba and across the Northern Rivers.

Health Promotion Manager, Elayne Mitchell said staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay independent as we age.

“As we get older, our bodies lose muscle strength and coordination, so the more active we remain, the better chance we have of maintaining our physical function,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Improving strength and balance in our legs allows us to complete regular daily activities more easily, including getting up and down stairs, in and out of cars, negotiating uneven surfaces and reducing the risk of falling.

“Older people beneft from regular tai chi, group exercise programs, gym sessions, community-based falls prevention programs such as Stepping On, or simple exercises at home to improve muscle strength and balance.

“Research has also shown that regular

exercise can reduce falls in older people by 23 per cent, but slowly building up high-challenge balance exercises can increase the effects of exercise by up to 40 per cent.”

NNSWLHD is partnering with Rotary Clubs across the District to provide pop-up Falls Prevention Awareness information stalls, where you can fnd out about falls prevention and healthy ageing.


• Thursday 11 April, 9am-2pm, Alstonville Plaza, 93 Main St, Alstonville

• Friday 12 April –Sunday 14 April, 9am – 3pm, Bunnings, 2 Bruxner Hwy, Lismore

• Friday 12 April –Sunday 14 April, 9am – 3pm, Bunnings, River Street and Horizon Dr, West Ballina

• Friday 19 April, 10am4pm, Lismore Square, Uralba and Brewster St, Lismore

The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) has collaborated with the NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network to produce a range of April Falls resources for patients, families, carers and health staff.

Fall Prevention information is also available on the CEC website.

To fnd local physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs, including fall prevention programs, visit the Active and Healthy exercise directory. Information and advice to support older adults to be more active is also available on the Active and Healthy website. This includes homebased exercise circuits designed

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Kevin Young, President of Property Club, Australia’s largest independent property investment group, has highlighted a concerning trend regarding the fnancial strain faced by renters across Australia.

According to Mr. Young, a government-engineered rental crisis has resulted in an additional $44 billion per year being imposed on renters nationwide.

Over the past decade, the median weekly rent in Australia has doubled, skyrocketing from $300 to over $600. This exponential increase means that Australian renters collectively

- The Problem and Solution to the Rental Crisis -

shell out nearly $250 million in rent every day. Meanwhile, full-time adult average weekly earnings have only risen by 30 percent during the same period, reaching $1953. This stark contrast illustrates that rents have surged at more than three times the rate of wage growth.

Mr. Young points out that this rental crisis is especially burdensome for low and middleincome renters, who struggle to keep up with rising rents amid other cost-of-living pressures. He predicts that the situation will worsen with a signifcant infux of migrants to Australia,

exacerbating the housing demand-supply gap.

To swiftly address the rental crisis, Mr. Young proposes two key

policy reversals by the Federal Government.

Firstly, he calls for the reinstatement of depreciation benefts

associated with owning second-hand properties, which were abolished in 2017. This change disincentivized property investors from purchasing cheaper second-hand rental properties, thereby reducing the availability of affordable rental options.

Secondly, Mr. Young urges the Federal Government to reintroduce interestonly lending without time limits for property investors. The imposition of time limits on interest-only loans by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in December 2014 forced

many mom-and-pop property investors to sell their rental properties, as they could not afford principal and interest loans after being forced to switch repayment methods.

Mr. Young warns that without prompt action, rental prices will continue to soar, potentially driving thousands of Australians into homelessness. He emphasizes the urgent need for the government to reverse these detrimental policy decisions to prevent the rental crisis from escalating into a nationwide homelessness crisis.

Record High: Australian Property Prices Surge Despite Increased Listings

The latest data from the PropTrack Home Price Index reveals a robust surge in property prices across Australia during March, even amidst a rise in property listings as homeowners aimed to capitalize on the prevailing strong market conditions in most capital cities.

Australian home values experienced a notable increase of 0.34% in March, with the median price in capital cities rising by 0.4%. This upsurge has propelled Australian property prices to reach unprecedented highs, building upon the gains observed in the previous month.

Sydney, Australia’s

most expensive city, witnessed a remarkable 8.61% surge in house prices over the past year, driving the median value of a typical house to $1.369 million, marking a substantial increase of approximately $111,000 compared to just a year ago. Similarly, property prices in Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide have also soared to record highs, according to the latest data.

PropTrack’s senior economist, Eleanor Creagh, attributes this surge in property prices to the persistent demand from homebuyers, which has effectively absorbed the surge in property listings, resulting in further price escalations.

Despite an increase in the number of homes hitting the market, the demand-supply imbalance continues to exert upward pressure on prices.

The Reserve Bank’s decision to maintain interest rates steady last month, coupled with expectations of potential interest rate cuts in the future, is anticipated to further fuel home buying activity. The prospect of lower interest rates is likely to bolster buyer confdence and stimulate the housing market.

In Perth, where housing supply remains constrained, strong population growth has driven property prices to unprecedented levels,

recording the highest home price increase among the capital cities in March. The Western Australian capital now boasts the strongest property market in the country, with house prices surging by 19.25% over the past year.

Amidst these market dynamics, the unit market has also witnessed signifcant growth, outpacing house prices with a 2% rise so far in 2024. The relative affordability of units,

coupled with strong demand for inner-city living post-pandemic, has contributed to the buoyancy observed in the apartment market. As property prices continue to surge and market conditions evolve, the Australian real estate landscape remains dynamic, presenting both challenges and opportunities for homebuyers and sellers alike.

REAL ESTATE NEWS 46 The Northern Rivers Times April 11, 2024
Kevin Young, President of Property Club


From simple meals to show-stopping feasts, there’s something for everyone.


10m prep 20m cook


• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 500g beef mince

• 1 brown onion, fnely chopped

• 450g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2.5cm pieces

• 30g packet taco seasoning

• 1 tsp dried oregano leaves

• 800g can diced tomatoes

• 400g can black beans, rinsed, drained

• 100g (1 cup) grated cheese

• 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander sprigs

• 2 green shallots, thinly sliced


1. Heat the oil in a large fameproof baking dish

4 servings

661 calories

over medium-high heat. Add the beef and onion. Cook, using a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 8 minutes or until the beef is browned and onion softens. Meanwhile, place the sweet potato in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, covered, on High for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain.

2. Scatter the taco seasoning and oregano over the beef mixture. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the tomatoes, black beans and sweet potato. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes or until the beans are heated through and the liquid reduces slightly.

3. Preheat grill on high. Scatter the cheese over the beef mixture and grill for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Season and sprinkle with the coriander and shallot to serve.



15m prep 20m cook

4 servings


208 calories

• 2 sweet corn cobs, husks removed

• 1 small red onion, thinly sliced into rings

• 3 limes, rind fnely grated, juiced

• 600g small sweet potatoes, scrubbed, quartered lengthways

• 125ml (1/2 cup) coconut cream

• 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves

• 2 fresh red birdseye chillies, deseeded, thinly sliced (optional)


1. Preheat a chargrill pan or barbecue grill on medium-high. Cook the corn, turning occasionally, for 15 minutes or until tender and lightly charred. Set aside to cool slightly. Remove kernels from cobs.

2. Meanwhile, combine the onion and 2 tbs lime juice in a bowl. Set aside to pickle slightly. Place half the sweet potato on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on High for 5 minutes or until just tender. Repeat with remaining sweet potato.

3. Spray sweet potato with olive oil. Add to the grill and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until charred.

4. Place the coconut cream, lime rind and 2 tbs lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt and stir to combine.

4. Place potato, corn and drained onion on plates. Drizzle with coconut mixture. Sprinkle with coriander and chilli, if using.



• 2 cups (300g) self-raising four

• 2/3 cup (150g) brown sugar

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• 1 Egg

• 3/4 cup (185ml) milk

• 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil

• 2 bananas, mashed

• 1 cup (150g) frozen blueberries

• Icing sugar, to dust


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup (80ml) muffn pan

with paper cases.

2. Combine the four, sugar and ci nnamon in a large bowl. Whisk egg , milk, oil and banana in a medium bowl. Add to the four mixture with the blueberries and stir until just combined (don’t overmix).

3. Divide the blueberry mixture among the paper cases. Bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Transfer muffns to a wire rack to cool slightly. Dust with icing sugar. Serve the muffns warm or at room temperature.

15m prep 15m cook 4 servings

COOKING 47 April 11, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent

Grape Expectations by Max Crus

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

Millennials tuning out of music festivals.

So the music festival industry is fnally winding back with a whole line up of them cancelling their event over the past year, such as the Falls Festival, Groovin the Moo and more recently Spend it on the Grass, sorry, Splendour on the Grass.

About time millennials grew up I say.

Okay, struggling musos are going to struggle replacing that sort of gig, but make no mistake, these

Castelli Porongurup

Riesling 2018, $35. We’ve mentioned often that WA does things differently, and this is a great example. There is plenty going on in this riesling, not only from its middle age, and you might mistake it as not riesling, while simultaneously realising it’s very obviously, distinctly riesling, just unlike anything

festivals aren’t cheap and it was largely fairly-high-networth millennials making up the crowds, and surely they can lose another little privilege even if mum and dad can afford it.

Of course there were many hard-working youthful types blowing their hard-earned McDonalds pay on a bit of blow and some meth but they themselves have caused the crisis in the festival scene, and not as many think because of the

you’re accustomed to. Delightfully different. 9.6/10.

Castelli Mount Barker (WA) Riesling 2023, $27. This is somewhat more mainstream yet with still that edge that decidedly WA edge. A bit softer, still sharp, a bit fuller, yet tart enough, it’s a puzzle there’s not lots more WA riesling. 9.4/10.

Freeman Prosecco (2023),

cost-of-living crisis.

No, as with generations before them, all festival goers eventually realise that spending $1000-2000 (drugs not included) on a rain-soaked weekend in a leaky two-person tent with six mates, lining up for food, toilets, pill testing and buying more pills is not as fun as it looks on paper, specially if the toilet paper has run out.

Sure you saw a million bands all crammed into

$30. A new world record for label minimalism. Two words and a star! How minimal is that? The wine is minimal too, simple and slurpable yet with simplicity that grows to satisfying familiarity and versatility. As the back label expands, it harks to the simplicity and sustainability of Italian lifestyle and tradition. 9.3/10.

three days of ear-splitting mosh action but eventually everyone acknowledges that, like gambling, hey, look what else I could buy with the money!

A greater cause of festival failures mirrors why Facebook is no longer the platform of choice for youngsters, it’s been commandeered by old farts, Trump-loving antivaxxers, broader conspiracy theorists, terrorists and trolls. Young people want

Oakdene Bellarine

Peninsula Geelong Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2022, $30. Not sure if Geelong has/had any festivals apart from surfng ones, but you’re best advised to stay home anyway because it would be cold or windy or both, which apparently is not a bad thing for grapes, least of all these. 9.3/10.

their own platform to do those things and they need something new since their parents infltrated their music festivals too.

This phenomenon is most obvious at the Byron Blues Festival where as early as the ‘90s the Blind Boys from Alabama also accurately described much of the audience’s medical condition, who couldn’t see just how much the stars of the ‘70s had faded.

So yes, the era of festivals

Kosciuszko Tumbarumba Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier 2022, $40. All the great grapes of champagne without the food miles and arrogance. If it wasn’t so hard to spell and pronounce this could be our national sparkling wine, the one they pull out on Australia day, grand fnals, state dinners and the opening of

is on the wane, replaced if not usurped by automated playlists on Spotify.

But look on the bright side, it only costs $15 a month, you can turn up the volume so you don’t hearing aids, no queues at the fridge, crap in your own loo, and best of all, drink your own wine out of proper glass.

parliament...hmmm maybe not the latter. 9.5/10.

Kosciuszko Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2022, $27. Don’t be fooled by the marketing which many may put in the same camp as Koala wines for tourists. This is serious and seriously decent pinot from an even cooler and likely windier climate than Geelong’s. 9.4/10.

WINE 48 The Northern Rivers Times April 11, 2024
Max Crus

CSIRO invests $20 million to drive SME innovation

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has committed a substantial $20 million investment aimed at enhancing access to crucial research and development (R&D) opportunities for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), with the goal of fostering their growth and innovation.

This funding infusion will empower CSIRO’s SME Connect team to support up to 750 SMEs through an array of comprehensive programs and initiatives. These initiatives encompass facilitation, training, dollar-matched funding, and assistance for startups and SMEs seeking engagement in companyled research projects.

Among the supported programs is CSIRO Kick-Start, a flagship initiative of SME Connect. Since its inception in 2017, the Kick-Start program has facilitated over 280 company-led R&D projects, boasting alumni companies with a collective market value exceeding $2 billion.

Dr. Doug Hilton, Chief Executive of CSIRO, underscores the profound significance of this investment and its transformative potential for Australia’s critical SME sector. He emphasizes the pivotal role SMEs play in driving Australia’s future, serving as bastions of innovation and solutions to societal challenges.

Dr. Hilton states, “CSIRO’s fundamental role as the national science agency is to create benefits for Australia, including driving SME productivity,

sustainability, and growth through enhanced access to R&D opportunities and research support, fostering a resilient and diverse economy.”

SMEs constitute the backbone of Australia’s economy, accounting for 99.8% of businesses, contributing over half of the gross domestic product (GDP), and employing 68% of the private sector workforce.

CSIRO’s SME Connect team has a proven track record of supporting start-ups and SMEs across various industry sectors, including technology,

manufacturing, agriculture, mining, energy, health, and biosecurity.

Simon Hanson, Director of CSIRO’s SME Connect, highlights how this investment bolsters Australian innovation by providing practical avenues for SMEs to leverage the expertise and facilities of the national science agency. He stresses the importance of collaboration between industry and the research sector for the longevity and success of Australian SMEs.

Hanson notes, “This funding enables us to

bridge the gap between industry and academia, fostering meaningful collaborations and facilitating innovation and growth within the SME ecosystem.”

Goterra, an awardwinning start-up based in Canberra, exemplifies the success stories emerging from CSIRO’s SME Connect programs.

Olympia Yarger, Founder of Goterra and a CSIRO Kick-Start alumni company, developed an innovative waste management system utilizing insects to process food waste, resulting in a 97% reduction in greenhouse gases.

Yarger lauds CSIRO’s Kick-Start program for connecting Goterra with leading scientists who provided world-class research capabilities and pivotal support in exploring business opportunities, alternative technological advancements, and industry connections.

For businesses intrigued by the potential of R&D to address their challenges, CSIRO’s SME Connect offers a suite of programs tailored to support R&D initiatives. These include CSIRO Kick-Start, Innovate to Grow, Generation STEM Links, RISE Accelerator, and the Collaboration Readiness Levels tool.

For further information on CSIRO’s SME Connect programs, visit their website via the QR code.

Construction Giant LVX Global Group Enters Administration

In a significant development within the Australian construction sector, a prominent company, formerly valued at $30 million just nine months ago, has entered administration, placing 25 jobs in jeopardy.

LVX Global Group, a leading infrastructure engineering firm headquartered in Australia, took a drastic step on Wednesday morning as five of its subsidiary companies appointed administrators in a bid to revamp their financial situation. Specializing in strategy, engineering, and project management within the building sector, LVX operates primarily from its headquarters in Adelaide and boasts a global presence across more than 20 countries.

Having contributed to major national projects such as Brisbane Airport and Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, LVX has also collaborated with

the Sunshine Coast Council on crucial initiatives like lighting, communications, and electrical services for the Mooloolaba seafront.

Despite its illustrious portfolio, LVX now finds itself in dire straits, with administrators actively seeking potential buyers for the entire business or select assets while the fate of 25 employees hangs precariously in the balance.

The company’s decline from its former glory is particularly striking given recent reports suggesting plans for a lucrative stock exchange debut through an initial public offering, which pegged its value at $30 million. Now, Ken Whittingham and Mark Robinson from insolvency firm Fort Restructuring

have stepped in as administrators to navigate LVX through these turbulent times.

In their statement to, the administrators indicated that while LVX has several national projects currently underway, decisions regarding their continuation remain pending. Expressing a commitment to explore all viable options, the administrators are actively pursuing a sale of LVX as a “going concern” and are open to considering a deed of company arrangement (DOCA) to potentially salvage the situation.

Amidst earlier plans for capital raising and optimistic revenue forecasts, LVX’s financial performance took a nosedive, with revenues totalling $13.3 million in the 2022 financial year—a significant increase from $7 million in the previous comparable period. Despite

projections of $15 million in revenue for the 2023 financial year, internal presentations from last year painted a different picture, highlighting the company’s downward spiral.

LVX’s unfortunate downturn adds to a growing trend of national construction companies grappling with financial woes. Earlier instances

include Rork Projects, facing debts nearing $30 million across multiple states, and Project Coordination, a seasoned industry player with half a century of operations, which succumbed to administration just two weeks ago, further underscoring the widespread crisis plaguing the construction sector.

BUSINESS NEWS 49 April 11, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent
LVX Global CEO Corey Gray

Geely’s Revolutionary Riddara RD6 Electric Ute to Hit Australian Roads

Geely, renowned for its innovation in the automotive industry, is poised to make waves in Australia with the impending arrival of its groundbreaking electric utility vehicle, the Riddara RD6.

As anticipation builds among automotive enthusiasts and ecoconscious drivers alike, Geely’s decision to bring the Riddara RD6 to Australian shores marks a signifcant milestone in the country’s transition towards sustainable transportation.

With its sleek design, cutting-edge technology, and eco-friendly credentials, the Riddara RD6 represents a new era of electric vehicles tailored to meet the diverse needs of Australian consumers.

The story of Geely’s Riddara RD6 begins with a vision to revolutionize the utility vehicle segment, blending practicality with sustainability. From bustling city streets to rugged outback terrain, the RD6 promises to deliver unmatched performance and versatility, powered solely by electricity.

Equipped with advanced battery technology and state-ofthe-art electric drivetrain systems, the RD6 boasts impressive range and charging capabilities,

ensuring drivers can embark on their journeys with confdence, all while minimizing their environmental footprint.

But the Riddara RD6 isn’t just about sustainability—it’s also about innovation. Geely has integrated a host of smart features and connectivity options into the vehicle, providing drivers with a seamless and intuitive driving experience. From interactive touchscreen displays to advanced driverassistance systems, the RD6 is designed to keep drivers informed, entertained, and safe on the road. Whether navigating city streets or exploring remote landscapes, drivers can rely on the RD6 to deliver performance,

comfort, and peace of mind.

As Geely prepares to launch the Riddara RD6 in Australia, excitement is building among consumers eager to embrace the future of transportation. With its blend of cutting-edge technology, sustainable design, and practical utility, the RD6 is poised to make a lasting impression on the Australian automotive market.

With Geely’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, the arrival of the Riddara RD6 signals a bold new chapter in Australia’s automotive landscape— one driven by progress, innovation, and a commitment to a cleaner, greener future.

1. Geely introduces Riddara RD6 electric ute to Australian market, marking a signifcant step in sustainable automotive technology.

2. The Riddara RD6 offers eco-friendly transportation solutions, catering to the growing demand for electric vehicles in Australia.

3. Geely’s entry into the Australian electric ute market refects a shift towards cleaner and more effcient modes of transportation, aligning with the country’s sustainability goals.

MOTORING NEWS 50 The Northern Rivers Times April 11, 2024

Kia Unveils Australian Details for 2024 EV5: Midsize Electric SUV

Kia is set to launch its highly anticipated EV5 medium-sized electric SUV in Australia this June, offering striking design and surprising affordability. The introduction of the EV5 may pose a signifcant sales challenge to Tesla’s popular Model Y, given its competitive pricing and impressive features.

According to Damien Meredith, Kia Australia boss, the EV5 will be the brand’s most affordable EV yet, with prices expected to start “in the 50s.” This price positioning places the base EV5 model in a favourable position compared to its entry-level rivals, including the Tesla Model Y, Toyota bZ4X, Subaru Solterra AWD, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. The EV5 will be available in three variants - Air, Earth, and GT-Line - offered in both standard

and long-range forms. The entry-level EV5 Air will feature a single electric motor, front-wheel drive, and a 64.2kWh lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) battery, sourced from China’s BYD for enhanced fast-charge capability and long-term battery durability.

Equipped with a 160kW/310Nm electric motor, the EV5 Air is expected to deliver a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 8.5 seconds and a claimed NEDC range of 490km. The long-range variant will feature the same electric motor but with a larger 88.1kWh

LFP battery, offering 36% more range and a slightly slower acceleration time of 8.9 seconds. For those seeking additional power and performance, the dualmotor EV5 AWD variant, available in GT-Line form, will feature combined outputs of 230kW and

480Nm. With a brisk 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds and a range of 620km, the AWD variant offers a compelling blend of performance and effciency.

With its comfortable and pragmatic design, the EV5 aims to provide a more comfort-oriented

alternative to Kia’s sportier EV6 lift back.

Positioned as a true SUV, the EV5 offers spacious interiors and a versatile driving experience, appealing to a wide range of consumers.

Designed to set its own identity within Kia’s electric vehicle line-up, the EV5 showcases a distinctive SUV-frst look, setting the stage for future electric models from the brand. With its competitive pricing, impressive features, and striking design, the Kia EV5 is poised to make a signifcant impact in the Australian electric vehicle market.

The 2024 Kia EV5 electric SUV is estimated to be priced from less than $70,000 drive-away – cheaper than a Tesla Model Y, Australia’s topselling electric car – when showroom arrivals begin in June.

Zeekr: China’s Luxury EV Brand Sets Sights on Australian Market in 2025

Zeekr, China’s latest electric vehicle (EV) brand, is set to make its debut in Australia in 2025 with two models leading the charge: the Zeekr 009, a spacious family-oriented vehicle boasting over 800km of range, and the Zeekr X, a compact SUV aimed at competing with established models like the BMW iX1 and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

As a subsidiary of the renowned Chinese conglomerate Geely, Zeekr has rapidly emerged as a key player in the EV market. The brand’s affliation with Volvo and Polestar underscores its commitment to luxury and innovation. With

a focus on quality and performance, Zeekr aims to redefne the electric vehicle landscape in Australia.

The Zeekr 009, available in both six- and sevenseater confgurations, promises exhilarating acceleration akin to a sports car, thanks to its dual electric motors

generating a combined output of 405kW and 686Nm of torque. Equipped with a cuttingedge battery system, this model offers an impressive range of up to 800km, setting a new standard for long-distance travel in the EV segment.

Complementing the Zeekr 009 is the Zeekr X,

a compact SUV designed for urban mobility and versatility. Offering a range of 500-560km on the Chinese testing cycle, this model combines effciency with agility, making it ideal for navigating city streets and suburban landscapes. With its sleek design and

advanced technology features, the Zeekr X is poised to attract discerning drivers seeking an eco-friendly yet stylish driving experience. Zeekr’s expansion strategy includes the establishment of a new manufacturing facility in Thailand, signaling its

commitment to global growth and accessibility.

With plans to introduce the Zeekr 009 and Zeekr X to the Thai market in Q3 of this year, the brand is on track to launch in Australia shortly, thereafter, providing consumers with a compelling alternative in the EV market.

While pricing and specifcations for the Zeekr 009 and Zeekr X in Australia are yet to be fnalized, both models are expected to offer premium features and performance.

With its competitive pricing and innovative offerings, Zeekr aims to carve out a signifcant presence in Australia’s rapidly evolving automotive landscape.

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Autumn brings a cascade of vibrant leaves, transforming chores into opportunities for gardeners. With managing autumn leaves, it can be painful for many a reason, but it can also open up a lot of opportunity to be able to enrich your garden.

Safety First

Ensure you’re equipped with safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, and a mask. Adhering to

equipment guidelines is paramount.

Essential Tools

• Blower vacuum

• Compost bin

• Garden rake

• Garden trowel

• Leaf scoops

Gathering Leaves

Begin by clearing leaves from lawns and garden beds. Utilize a garden rake for smaller spaces, congregating leaves into manageable piles for removal with

leaf scoops or gloves. For extensive areas, a leaf blower or vacuum offers effciency. Should the volume of leaves be substantial, consider a lawn mower to chop them for composting or green waste disposal.

Composting Leaves

Composting transforms garden waste into a nutrient-dense soil enhancer. While most leaves are compostable, some may resist


decomposition, so identify the leaf type frst. Incorporate leaves as “browns” in your compost, counterbalanced with “greens” like grass clippings or kitchen scraps. Regular watering and stirring expedite decomposition. For quicker breakdown, shred leaves beforehand. Exclude diseased leaves to prevent compost contamination.

Enriching Soil with


Leaves are a boon for soil health, enriching it with essential minerals that nurture worms and microorganisms. They can amend heavy soils and help sandy soils retain moisture. Prior to incorporation, verify the decomposability of your leaf types.

Creating Leaf Mulch

Leaves double as an economical mulch, offering protection and

moisture retention for plants while suppressing weeds. Spread leaves around plants to form a protective layer but avoid excessive accumulation or proximity to plant stems to deter rot and pests.

Get sweeping

These practices not only ease the autumn clean-up but also contribute to a more vibrant and healthier garden ecosystem.


If you’re passionate about gardening, there are several career paths that could align well with your interests, offering opportunities to work closely with plants, design landscapes, or contribute to environmental conservation.

• Horticulturist: Horticulturists specialise in plant cultivation, genetics, and breeding. They work in a variety of settings, including botanical gardens, nurseries, and agricultural frms, focusing on improving plant growth, yield, and resistance to pests.

• Landscape Architect: If you have a keen eye for design along with a love for plants, becoming a landscape architect might be the right path. Landscape architects plan and design outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens, residential areas, and campuses, combining aesthetics with functionality.

• Garden Designer: Similar to landscape architects but often working on a smaller scale, garden designers focus specifcally on creating beautiful and practical garden spaces for private

homes, public parks, or businesses.

• Botanist: Botanists study plant life at various levels, from microscopic cells to entire ecosystems. Their work can involve research, conservation, and education, contributing to our understanding of plant biology, ecology, and the impact of climate change on vegetation.

• Arborist: Arborists are experts in tree care, focusing on planting, maintaining, and removing trees. They work to ensure the health and safety of trees in urban and

rural settings, often collaborating with municipalities and private landowners.

• Agricultural or Environmental Scientist: These scientists focus on improving agricultural practices, managing natural resources, and conserving the environment. They work on issues like soil health, water use, and sustainable farming methods.

• Florist: Florists work with fowers, creating arrangements for occasions such as weddings, funerals, and celebrations. This career

combines creativity with a knowledge of plant care.

• Nursery or Greenhouse Manager: Managing a nursery or greenhouse involves overseeing the cultivation and sale of plants and fowers. This role requires a blend of botanical knowledge, business acumen, and customer service skills.

• Landscaper Tradesperson: Landscape tradesperson execute the plans designed by landscape architects or garden designers. This hands-on career involves planting, building hardscape,

and installing irrigation systems.

• Gardening Coach or Educator: If you enjoy sharing your love for gardening with others, consider becoming a gardening coach or educator. This can involve teaching gardening classes, writing articles or books, or running workshops. Each of these careers offers a unique way to engage with your passion for gardening, whether your interests lie in the artistic, scientifc, or educational aspects of plant cultivation and landscape design.

GARDENING NEWS 52 The Northern Rivers Times April 11, 2024 LISMORE CENTRAL
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Death Notice

Yvonne Thelma Griffiths

23.09.1934 - 01.04.2024

Passed away at Bupa Ballina (formerly of Kyogle). Will be sadly missed by family, friends and staff. Gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

Privately cremated.

Funeral Notice

John ‘Peter’ Mazzer 08/06/1932 – 04/04/2024

John (known as Peter) passed away at Ballina District Hospital on ursday, 4th April 2024 surrounded by his loving family. Peter was the devoted husband of Shirley for 63 years.

Dearly loved father of Stephen, Karl, Richard, Allan (dec), Roger and their wives/partners.

Much loved grandfather of 10. Great grandfather of 16.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Requiem Mass for the repose of Peter’s soul to be held at St Carthage’s Cathedral, 8 Leycester Street, Lismore on ursday, 11th April 2024 commencing at 10am followed by burial at the Lismore Lawn Cemetery, Lismore, Skyline Road, Goonellabah.

Peter’s service will be livestreamed please refer to Parkview Funeral Home website for details

Funeral Notice

Funeral Notice

SMITH Esme Joy

Passed away peacefully April 5, 2024 of Alstonville.

Loving Daughter of Reg and Lil (both Dec), Sister of Faith, Molly Gilmore (Dec), John (Dec), Robyn Lane and Bob.

Will be sadly missed by all her relatives and friends Aged 91 Years “Safe

in the arms of Jesus”

Relatives and friends of Esme are invited to attend her memorial service to be held at the Richmond Chapel of Parkview Funeral Home, 21 Kalinga St Ballina on Friday April 12, 2024 commencing at 10.00am

This page is dedicated to all those that have passed

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Northern Rivers District: Mostly sunny. Winds southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending southerly during the day.

Thursday. Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers near the coast, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending southerly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening.

Northern Tablelands District: Partly cloudy. Winds southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h turning southerly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning. Thursday. Partly cloudy. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the afternoon.

New South Wales:

Isolated showers about central parts of the coast, and the far southern ranges. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere. Early frost patches on the southern and central ranges. Daytime temperatures below average, most notably across the northern inland. Southerly winds, fresh along the coast. Hazardous surf conditions possible along central and northern parts of the coast.

Thursday. Isolated showers about the northern half of the coast, and the far southern ranges. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere. Early frost patches on the southern ranges. Daytime temperatures near or a little below average. Southeast to southwesterly winds.

Byron Coast:

Winds: SW 20 to 30 knots turning southerly 25 to 35 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 4 to 7 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Coffs Coast: Winds: Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots increasing to 40 knots offshore. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning. Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 4 to 7 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a storm.

Gold Coast Waters: Winds: Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning southerly 20 to 30 knots during the morning. Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the evening. Weather: Mostly sunny.

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THERE was no shortage of racing action during last weekend’s Coopers Auto Service Centre supported Australian Modlites Title at Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway, and it was teenage rookie Ryan Silcock who upstaged his more established rivals and came away with the Australian Title honours.

Since debuting in Modlites at the beginning of this season, the Queensland-based Silcock has shown plenty of promise, which included winning the South Australian Title earlier in the season, and the 17-year-old’s rookie season in Modlites went to another level when he drove to victory in last Saturday night’s Australian Title. Silcock was in outstanding form throughout the twonight Australian Title, where he topped the point standings on night one and then carried that form through to the second and fnal night by qualifying on pole position for the Australian Title

deciding feature race and dominating the entire 25-lap journey. Despite coming out on top, Silcock was very lucky to fnish, after he was involved in an incident on lap 21 with the crashing lapped car of B-main qualifer Jacob Carlier, which caused front-end damage to Silcock’s car.

In the closing stages, Silcock’s front-end damage got worse, and he greeted the chequered fag on pretty much three wheels, after his inside front wheel had collapsed.

Despite his very best efforts, one of the event’s pre-event favourites and current NSW, Queensland and Victorian Champion in Corey Stein, who had chased after Silcock when he moved up to second on lap 16, had to settle for second, while third place on the podium was taken out by Terry Leerentveld.

The former Australian Title holder sat in second behind Silcock for the frst half of the race, before he was passed by Stein

for second place. The top-fve fnishers were completed by another ex-Australian Title holder in Kyle Honour and Mitch Pammenter in fourth and ffth place respectively.

Nathan Politch, Zak Hudson, Chris Corbett, defending Australian Champion Sam Gollschewsky and Tyson Snow rounded out the top-10 fnishes in the Australian Title. In what was a solid performance, V8 Dirt Modifeds regular Chris Corbett, who was driving the Will Butler-owned car

in a cameo Modlites appearance, ended up fnishing in eighth and also the highest placed NSW-based driver, after he had started on the second row. Finishing just behind Corbett, Gollschewsky had an unhappy Australian Title defence, where he had started the feature race from position nine and that was where he ended up fnishing.

The Firecracker 50 Lapper for RSA Four Cylinder Sedans was fought out on the Saturday night, and it saw the race run without

a single stoppage and the win went to teenager Jeremy Wade. Brodie King was the next best in second and the only other driver on the lead lap, while third place on the podium was flled by Dallas Barnier. Nathan Harper and Kyhe MacDonald completed the top-fve fnishers. On the Friday night, Isobelle Jennar was the feature race winner in the RSA Four Cylinder Sedans, and she downed Jeremy Wade and veteran Keith Urquart at the completion of the 15-lap event. The support classes resulted in the feature races shared between Kevin Britten (V8 Dirt Modifeds), Paul Reeves (AMCA Nationals), Brock Stubbs (SSA Junior Sedans - both Friday and Saturday night), Hayden Fleming (RSA Junior Sedans) and Kaleb Daly (RSA Street Stockers).

the headlining act is the annual Stocksville 100 Lapper for the RSA Street Stockers, along with the support classes of AMCA Nationals, Modlites, Production Sedans, RSA Four Cylinder Sedans and Junior Sedans Grafton Speedway would like to thank Hessions Auto Parts for their 2023-24 season support. Based in Grafton, along with their nearby Coffs Harbour location, Hessions Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices. To fnd out more about Hessions Auto Parts, contact them on 0266 423 085 (Grafton) and 0256 456 361 (Coffs Harbour) or visit their website at


For more information, contact Grafton Speedway promoter Mick Corbett on 0427 310 009. You can also visit their website at au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Grafton Speedway. Ryan

The eighth and fnal 2023-24 season race meeting at Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway is going to be held on the Saturday night of May 25, where

Sawtell FC made a superb start to the HIT105.5 North Coast Premier League, delivering a commanding 5-1 victory over Coffs City United at Coffs Coast Synthetics on Saturday, April 6.

Persistent rain rendered every grass football feld on the Coffs Coast unusable,



Ballina Mahjong 5th April 2024.

Pauline Kearney 1, Lynda Lovett 2, Jan Boardman 3, Linda Lloyd 4, Val Heinritz 5, Janine Jarvis 6, Pam Farrell 7, Ramsey

Roper 8, Joy Lowien 9, Shirley Coleman 10, Lesley Richie 11, Margaret Bryant 12, Jenny Lang 13, Barbara Ellan 14, Vanessa

prompting organisers to relocate the match to the all-weather surface of Coffs Coast Synthetics.

The opening goal came in spectacular fashion as Hugo Alderman (goal included, number 9) unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner, igniting Sawtell’s scoring spree. Coffs United Lions retaliated with a

Reynolds 15, Lorna Simpson 16, Carol Meyer 17, Jan Henley 18, Jan Small, Sally Lowry, Valda McLerie 19, Gail McDonagh 22, Susan Scott 23, Shirley Atkinson 24.

Mahjong is played on Friday at 12:30pm at the Ballina Bridge Club North Creek Road. Enquiries for new players phone Shirley on 0423384647.


perfectly weighted cross from Blake Townsend, setting up Melad for a clinical volley to equalise.

With both teams displaying attacking intent, the game remained evenly poised at 1-1 after 30 minutes, with opportunities aplenty for both sides. However, it was Sawtell who seized


As we continue the Major Consistency Club Championship rounds, 3 more games were played & the results were:

Denise Skinner def

Tanya Maxwell

Ivy Watson def Denise Grice

Helen Lavelle def Judy Carthew

Congratulations to the winners & good luck in the next round.

Winners for the day in

the initiative before halftime, as Hugo Alderman struck again to give the Scorpions a 2-1 lead going into the break.

At the halftime break, Sawtell coach Rachel Oberleuter delivered an inspiring team talk, fueling her players’ determination for the second half.

Keeden Corliss

our social game were: Jan Cooke & Julie Creighton def Jan Dwyer & Mary Mead





P.Hume G.Porter 19 d S.Hume G.Drew 7



R.Poynting D.Scott 14

d N.Poynting 13 M.Russell 14 d

extended Sawtell’s advantage to 3-1 with a composed fnish, from a well worked team goal.

On the day the clocks were turned back, veteran striker Luke France turned back time to deliver vintage fnish to make it 4-1 to Sawtell.

The Scorpions sealed their emphatic victory with a ffth

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Byron Bay 6 d Casino 4

Cherry Street 5 d Lismore 5

Alstonville 6 d Casino 4


NSW Mens Golf Croquet Singles Championships: R.Fletcher1, W.Borkhardt 2, P.Landrebe 3, C.Williamson 4.

Z Division : T.Croft

goal, courtesy of an unfortunate own goal by the Lions, fve minutes from full time.

With momentum on their side, Sawtell now eagerly prepares to face reigning Premiers Northern Storm next week at Toormina Oval, in what promises to be a highly anticipated encounter

1,T.Abbott 2, M.Powys 3.

Y Division : D.Scott 1, P.Freer 2, D.Woods 3, G Denyer 4. Plate Division : P.Sinclair, D.Wright, C.Cox, B.Berry.

Sunday 14th April 9am

Charity Day Ballina Hospital Auxiliary & Club 14th Anniversary Birthday combined. All Welcome.

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Silcock - Modlites. Photo courtesy of Butcher Photography

Grafton league fans will get their frst taste of local derby passion early this season when the South Grafton Rebels and Grafton Ghosts clash in the season opener at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton, on Sunday.

The Rebels, 2022 Group 2 premiers and beaten grand fnalists in 2023 and the top four fnishing Ghosts, have built impressive playing lists in the off seasons.

For the Rebels the off season has cost them some key players, with promising teen half back Keaton Stutt, boom back rower Nick Torrens and power house centres James Torrens and Nick McGrady big losses from last year’s team.

But coach Ron Gordon has a reputation for overcoming mass departures and has lured a trump card back to McKittrick Park with the signing of former Ghosts captain coach Todd Cameron.

The signing of the hooker and goal kicker was a coup for Gordon.

“It’s great to have Toddy back.” Gordon said. “Toddy is one of the best players in the comp for the last probably 15 years.

“He’s a Rebels junior and he was always our toughest opponent as well when he played against us.

“Going back to last year, he was the difference. He scored three tries against us and, and put us away last year when we when we versed them in the frst round of the competition.”

Gordon said Cameron ftted in well with the team and had plenty to offer on and off the feld.

“The boys are just loving his company and just the experience he brings to the team,” he said.

Gordon has also lured one the stars of his grand fnal winning 2022 team, utility player Brian Quinlan, back to the club.

In the 2022 Rebels side Quinlan was an elusive winger, capable of destroying any defence. Gordon said he was now looking at playing

in the centres or at lock so he could get his hands on ball more often.

He said the Rebels had also been bolstered with the signing of a trio of Kempsey players.

“A couple of my mates that I coached in the big Aboriginal knockout in October a couple of boys from around Kempsey have come up to play for me this year,” he said.

”So I’ve got Richie Roberts. He was a captain coach of Port Breakers for about six years and took them to a couple of premierships down there and we got one of his best mates Conrad Lardner is having a game with us.

“And Richard’s younger brother, Paul Roberts, came up as well.”

Gordon said the club had picked up some exciting backline players in Dean Jones and Jack Welsh.

“Jack covers a number of positions,” Gordon said. “He plays in the halves, centres, fullback. So yeah, we picked up some really good players.”

Gordon was resigned to losing Stutt to the Ipswich Jets, but thinks he could be back for the odd cameo.

The coach has also dipped into the well of juniors talent, which he said was giving him some real selection head aches.

“I’ve got young Kailyn Squires who has come up from the Under-18,” he said. “He’s beating down the door for a starting spot in the back row.

“Briany (Quinlan), he’s

the same he’s back row or centre and young Jye Boehme, he’s looking fantastic too.

“He’s put on a bit of size in muscle and he’s another bloke I could play anywhere.”

And Gordon said the form of veterans Grant “Stumpy” Stevens and Hughie Stanley was also exciting.

With Roberts his frst choice lock, Gordon said it was time for Stevens to move to the front row, where his size and defensive technique would be best utilised.

“He took that time off to go and get his body right and he killed it all through the pre-season,” Gordon said.

“When we trialled against the Belambil, he played the full the full game at front row and he was instrumental in that game.”

And he was looking forward to seeing what Stanley would do on the right edge this season, with Cameron feeding him the ball.

“It seems everyone we seem to put out there with Hughie, he seems to turn them into superstars,” he said.

“I think Hughie will have another big season. He will have a lot more time on his hands now with Toddy on his inside shoulder.”

Gordon said he has experimented with players in different position during the trials, but to test his squad’s fexibility, but expected players to return to more accustomed roles for Sunday’s season opener. Exciting fullback Keiron Johnson Heron had played halfback in

the trials and Boehme had slotted in at nicely at fullback, which Gordon said had given him confdence that players could cover different roles if needed.

This and the different and the depth in the club has pleased him more than anything in the build up to the season.

“Including the ladies tackle team we had we had more than 80 people out training on Tuesday night, our frst night back at McKittrick Park, “ he said

“I think I trained a squad of 19 frst graders and there were two blokes that were absent on the night, with apologies.

“Reserve grade had around about 24 players and I think the 18s were sitting just under the 20 mark;.

“It looks like there’s there’s a bit of depth there so that’s what we lacked last year.

He said playing a local derby frst up would be good for the club, although injuries from a such a physical encounter early on could be a problem.

The Ghosts, have also rung the changes in the off-season.

The captain coach for 2023, rugged forward Adam Slater has become club president, allowing gun centre Dylan Collett to take over the captain coach’s role.

Slater said he would continue to play for the Ghosts, but decided it was time to get more involved in the club’s administration.

He said the Ghosts would miss a player of Cameron’s ability, but at this stage of his career

you had to honour his wishes.

“He wanted to have a last season with the club where he was a junior and you have to respect that,” he said.

“Todd has been a champion player with the Ghosts and someone everyone looked up to.”

But the Ghosts have returned the favour, signing exciting half, Jordan Gallagher, who was voted the 2022 Best Player in the Clarence for his role in helping the Rebels to a premiership.

Slater said Gallagher and exciting Burleigh fullback Toby McIntosh were two of the most exciting additions to the lineup[.

McIntosh, who has proved a try scoring wizard in the Q Cup, will be help correct the Ghosts most glaring defciency from 2023, getting across the tryline.

Although they fnished third on the competition ladder, the Ghosts had a negative for and against record, only scoring two more points for the season than last-placed Sawtell.

“We knew we had to do thing differently and have been focussing on those aspects of our game,” Slater said.

But he pointed out that Collett, with 15 tries for the season, was secondtop tryscorer in Group 2, behind Woolgoolga’s Sione Fangupo.

“With Toby coming into the team it will take some of the pressure off Dylan and give defenders some other players to worry about,” Slater said.

He said Cooper Woods

would swap the 1 jersey for the 7 and Gallagher would play at fveeighth.

Slater said the club now had more depth in the halves than for a number of seasons with players like Wirri Boland and Tom Bowles also capable of stepping up if needed.

“We’ve got players like Oliver Percy and Cameron Winters committed for the season, which is pleasing for the club,” he said.

Slater said the Ghosts had kept most of their players from last season, but were delighted with numbers turning out in the lower grades and ladies teams.

“You’ve got to give credit to reserve grade coach Mal Scott for what he’s done this season,” he said.

“We really struggled in reserve grade last year and that put a lot of pressure on us in frst grade.

“Mal’s got the numbers up in the squad and we’ve got a group of players who are looking to play in the top grade.

“That’s great for us, because we know we have to keep performing to stay in frsts and if someone’s injured we have a player who can slot in to replace them.”

Slater said the Ghosts would be raring to go for Sunday’s local derby. “It doesn’t seem to matter with the Rebels how they’re going in the season, they’re always up for these games,” he said.

“To me they are one of the highlights of the season and you always look forward to them.”

He said the club’s season launch on Saturday, with former Kangaroo and Manly forward Brett Kite as guest of honour had primed the players.

“Hearing the stories Brett has to tell about the game gets the blood pumping and makes you realise why you love playing the game so much,” Slater said.

Sunday’s local derby will be played at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton. Play begins at 12.10pm with women’s tackle game. First grade is scheduled to kick off at 2.40pm.

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Todd Cameron in the thick of the action for the Grafton Ghosts. He has returned to where it all started, the South Grafton Rebels for the 2024 season. Photo: Gary Nichols. The Rebels have decided to move veteran forward Grant Stevens from the back row to front row this season, where his defensive skills and surging ball carries will be best utilised. Photo: Gary Nichols.

The 2024 community football season offcially kicks off across the northern NSW region this weekend, with another 10,000 free footballs to be distributed to entry-level MiniRoos players.

The partnership between Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent has supplied more than 125,000 free footballs to MiniRoos players since 2008 as well as vital football equipment to clubs across the seven member zones.

Newcastle Permanent will proudly continue as NNSWF’s major partner of community football for a 17th year.

The community football season starts across Football Far North Coast, North Coast Football, Football Mid North Coast and NNSWF - Northern Inland member zones this weekend.

Community football kicked off across the Hunter region with the start of the Zone Football League competition a

fortnight ago.

Registrations have soared across northern NSW this season, with an incredible 53,990 participants registered as of 2 March. This number represents a 12 per cent increase compared to the same time last year, making 2024 the biggest year for football in the region ever.

Female participants make up 15,323 of total registrations, or 28 per cent. This is a 22 per cent increase on the same time last year.

Northern NSW Football CEO Peter Haynes said Newcastle Permanent were a valued, long-term major partner.

“We are thrilled that Newcastle Permanent will continue as our major partner of

community football,” Haynes said

“This partnership has been ongoing for almost two decades now and in that time Newcastle Permanent’s support has ensured that the region’s largest sport remains affordable, fun and safe.

“We saw record participation rates across the region in 2023 and incredibly we have broken that record again so we look forward to another fantastic year of football. We wish every player, coach, match offcial and volunteer all the very best for the season ahead.”

Newcastle Permanent Chief Distribution Offcer Paul Juergens said that 2024 would be another fantastic year for grassroots football.

“Being involved with an organisation that promotes teamwork, social connections and physical activity makes this partnership with Northern NSW Football a very proud one for us,” Juergens said.

“With more than 125,000 free footballs distributed to entry-level players through this partnership, we know there are so many more kids who can experience the simple joy of having a kick around with their mates.

“We’ve been supporting Northern NSW Football since 2008 and we’re looking forward to another spectacular season in 2024.”

Newcastle Permanent also holds the naming rights to senior community football grand fnals across Northern NSW Football’s seven member zones, NNSWF’s Primary School Gala days and NNSWF’s Junior Development League as part of the partnership.

Aidan Arnison is a 17 year old, year 12 boy at Evans River K-12 school. He has been swimming competitively since he was 7 years old for local club Richmond Valley, Lismore, and now Alstonville. He represents the school at the state level, reaching the All Schools championships last year. Next week he will compete at the Australian Age and Open National Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast. Aidan will compete in the 50m backstroke where he is currently ranked 7th in the State and 18th in Australia for his age. In the Open event he will get the chance to

swim beside Olympians as the top 53rd qualifer in Australia. In the 100m backstroke Aidan is currently ranked 4th in the State and 12th in Australia, for his age.

Aidans goal is to push hard to better his Personal Best times and trains 5-6 pool and 3 gym sessions each week, to hone his skills, and build on his strength and ftness, so be rewarded by moving up the rankings.

Aidan is a highly motivated young man who has also managed his HSC studies, working at Wurlitzer Bakery in Evans Head, purchasing his frst car, surfng, basketball, touch football, socialising and OP shopping!

After a few tough COVID-19 and food-affected years

Byron Magpies AFC is celebrating the club’s 40-year anniversary in 2024.

The club returns to the Gold Coast-based QFA Division 2 South Competition in season 2024, after winning the 2023 men’s premiership in the NSW AFL North Coast competition, under the guidance of coach and former AFL star Andrew Swallow.

That was the eighteenth men’s premiership in the club’s history, to go with two women’s premierships.

The women will also return to the Gold Coast in 2024 after playing in the AFL North Coast in 2023. They will compete in the QFA Women’s Competition.

Club president Nick

Rojo said the Magpies had come a long way to recover from the COVID disruption and the 2022 food in which the club lost playing kits and other assets, players suffered hardships, and the club was forced to shut down due to border closures while on top of the ladder.

“We’ve had to rebuild the club from the ground up, which we have managed to do thanks to the dedication and passion of our committee, players and volunteers,” Rojo said.

“The 40-year anniversary is a great way to celebrate the resilience and community spirit of our region. We might get knocked down, but we’re never out.

“To attract an elite football person like Andrew Swallow and

win the premiership last year was fantastic reward for effort. We’re so excited to rejoin the QFA and can’t wait to see what the future brings for Australian Football in this region.

“Andrew has been instrumental in forging a strong connection between the senior club and our juniors. There are a lot of kids who love footy in Byron Bay and surrounds and we look forward to seeing them progress to senior men’s and women’s football in coming years.”

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, the club is encouraging former players to get down to home games and reconnect with the club.

The women’s team will play its frst home game at the Cavanbah Centre

on 13 April, while the men’s frst game at the Cavanbah will be on 18 May.

“Because we’re entering a joint venture men’s team with Ballina (to be known as the Southern Stingrays), half our men’s home games will be at Ballina’s Fripp Oval,” Rojo said.

“Our frst home game down there is in Round 1 on the 6th of April, and we’d love to see as many former players either there or at the Cav for the women the next week. Or both.

We really encourage all ex-Magpies and all footy lovers to come down and enjoy a great afternoon at the footy.” Each home game will have a barbecue, canteen and drinks for sale, with after-match functions at the North Byron Hotel.

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