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“We are loving each other back to life.” These were the words of Mel Sass, an employee of Beacon Laundry, which offcially opened
week when visited by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Flood resilience meeting keeps pressure on leaders

The Yamba community is building pressure on community leaders to better recognise the risks to residents posed through allowing development on flood plains.

On Sunday community groups the Yamba Community Action Network and Valley Watch have combined to hold a public meeting to discuss flood awareness and resilience.

YambaCAN secretary Lynne Cairns said the meeting would focus on enhancing the community’s understanding of flood risks, improving preparedness, and fostering collaboration between community and emergency support services.

“We aim to work constructively towards improving our collective response to flood risks through open dialogue and collaboration with the community and Clarence Valley Council,” Ms Cairns said.

“We have sent invitations to the Member for Clarence Richie Williamson, the council general manager

Laura Black, senior staff and also all councillors stating: We apologise for this late notification, however after A Current

Yamba Urban Release area were inundated in February and March 2022 when a rain event hit the Northern Rivers.

Affair visited and filmed a development in Yamba proceeding on the floodplain and devastating residents’ lives and livelihoods, followed by numerous articles in our local newspaper, it was decided to quickly follow up with a community meeting.”

Streets in the West

The heavy rainfall caused flash flooding and combined with flood waters from the Clarence River and high tides resulted in properties remaining cut off for days.

Residents reported fish swimming in their back yards as water levels persisted to remain high days after their

properties first wend under.

They said the massive amounts of fill to lift homes above the flood level in the area have caused floodwater to spread into existing developments.

Ms Cairns said posters advertising the meeting were being distributed around town and a letter box drop was also occurring.

She said Greens MLC Sue Higginson would be the keynote speaker and other invitees would also have a chance to address the meeting.

There would also be a slide show demonstrating how the 2022 flood event affected the area and its duration.

She said in addition to Mr Williamson and the council officers and councillors, the SES, NSW Fire and Rescue, the NSW Ambulance and police had also been invited to take part.

She said the issues residents wanted clarified were:

• How to understand your risk

• How can you evacuate?

• Where can you evacuate to?

• How high was the last flood?

• How high could the next flood be?

• How high is your home’s floor level?

• When is the right time to evacuate?

• What resources and support can you access?

• What is your personal flood response plan?

• What does the future hold for flood management?

She said the ACA clip was available on the program website at: com/watch?v=PgXK_Bxb3Y” or scan the QR Code below.

She the clip provided a good overview of the problems facing residents.

The ‘Yamba Get Ready - Flood Awareness and Resilience Meeting’ will be held at 2.45pm for 3pm start on Sunday in the Yamba Golf and Country Club, River Street, Yamba.

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Greens MLC Sue Higginson will be the keynote speaker at a public meeting in Yamba on Sunday to discuss flood resilience measures Flooding in West Yamba which residents say was made worse by water displaced by fill placed on developments on flood plain to lift buildings above the mean flood height.

Celebrating 100 year old building with a sale

It began as a labour of love for Paul Worth when he bought the old butter factory at Alstonville and restored it.

“I bought it 20 years ago and the building was rundown,” he said.

“I enjoyed bringing it back to its former glory.”

Paul said he sandblasted both inside and out to reveal the gorgeous red brick walls that are a feature in the

Alstonville Furniture Co’s display rooms.

“It still has the original tin roof and some of the piping and brackets on the wall are still there,”

he said.

“I’ve left the original water tanks that people can still see.”

Even the barn doors and the very thick and

heavy outer doors are original to the building.

“The building was built in 1923-24 and Norco took it over in 1930 until 1947 when they closed it

just after the war,” said Paul.

“The first service station in Alstonville was also part of the building.

“It was a peanut factory

and various retail stores and even caravan repairs.

“To my knowledge it has always been occupied.”

To celebrate the building turning 100 years old, the Alstonville Furniture Co., a stockist of Lazboy furniture, is having a sale where customers can get some great bargains on quality, Australian-made furniture at a good price. And while you’re there, ask if you can have a look at the water tanks.

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$750,000 ‘laundered’ for social enterprise business

“We are loving each other back to life.”

These were the words of Mel Sass, an employee of Beacon Laundry, which officially opened last week when visited by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Mel is one of 75 employees whose life had taken a turn for the worst due to declining mental health and a drug and alcohol addiction.

“In 48 hours I lost my job, my wife and I drove 3,000km to the Northern Rivers and a recovery program,” she said.

“I had only $50 in my pocket when I heard about Beacon Laundry.

“I used my last $50 to put petrol in the car and threw my hat in the ring (for a job) to find the process was so simple.

“The team here met me where I was at and I am now six months and 25 days sober.”

Beacon Laundry in Bangalow is an operational, commercial scale social enterprise

laundry providing job and development opportunities (including transition to mainstream employment) for disadvantaged people within the community.

Thanks to a $750,000 injection by the Federal Government, the project was an election commitment by the Labor party.

“We know that social enterprises do amazing work in creating and providing meaningful opportunities for more disadvantaged Australians to access

the workforce,” said PM Albanese.

“It is a privilege to be invited to visit and officially open the Bangalow Social Enterprise Laundry on the North Coast.”

Father and daughter team, Steve and Shanti Torrens, had lost everything in the 2022 floods when their homes on Cabbage Tree Island were inundated.

“We are still living in emergency accommodation,” said Shanti.

Since joining Beacon

Laundry, Steve has been doing the truck driving while Shanti does laundry processing.

“The people here are great,” said Steve. “They give everybody a go.”

Beacon Laundry CEO, Luke Terry said the purpose behind the business was to create jobs for people who want to get back to work, but for various reasons, whether homelessness, addiction or mental health, are finding it difficult to be employed in the mainstream.

“There is also a need at

the moment for laundry services in the local area,” he said.

“Businesses are sending their laundry to Coffs Harbour or the Tweed.”

Now, according to Mr Terry, some of the major hotels in the area are using Beacon Laundry and keeping jobs local.

“We have Elements of Byron Bay, Byron Bay holiday hire and Sunseeker using our services and they get a top quality product,” he said.

“We are currently doing 30 tonnes a week but are planning for two to three times more than that.”

Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

Kyogle and Federal are gearing up to enhance support for working families through expanded access to early childhood education and care, thanks to a new $20-million initiative known as the Flexible Initiatives Trial (FIT). This program aims to tackle the obstacles faced by parents, particularly women, in joining the workforce by empowering early childhood services to tailor their offerings and hours to suit local community needs.

Among the 16 grant recipients announced

in the first round of successful applicants, Kyogle’s Bundgeam Preschool and the Federal Community Children’s Centre in the Byron Shire hinterland stand out as local beneficiaries. State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, expressed satisfaction with the inclusion of these services, emphasizing the dedication of their educators and the positive impact the trial will have on the surrounding communities.

Ms. Saffin also highlighted the broader regional impact, noting

that Yamba Early Learning Centre and Clarence Community Preschool in Grafton will also benefit from the program. For instance, the Grafton service will introduce weekend operations, catering to families’ needs beyond the usual weekday schedule.

The family-friendly enhancements offered through the FIT program include extending operating hours, flexible drop-off and pick-up times, options for occasional or ad hoc care, establishment of new family day care services

in remote areas, and collaborations between different service types to provide comprehensive care.

This initiative is part of the NSW Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting children and young families, exemplified by the unprecedented $769 million investment to construct 100 new public preschools across the state. Additionally, $60 million has been allocated to build and upgrade preschools in 50 non-government schools, focusing on areas with the

greatest need, along with $17 million for capital works in early childhood services.

Furthermore, the NSW Government is actively bolstering the early childhood workforce through a significant scholarship program, attracting a record number of applicants.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning, Prue Car, emphasized the importance of early childhood education in laying strong educational foundations for every child in NSW. She

underscored that the FIT program enables existing services to adapt and expand their offerings, catering to the diverse needs of local communities and fostering positive outcomes for both parents and young learners.

Services to receive Grants are: Bundgeam Preschool, Kyogle; Federal Community Children’s Centre, Federal Little Genius Cottage, Chifey; Yamba Early Learning Centre, Yamba; Clarence Community Preschool, Grafton:

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PM Albanese with Richmond MP Justine Elliott meet staff from Beacon Laundry Steve and Shanti Torrens, father and daughter and employees of Beacon Laundry Mel Sass tells her story.

Diary of a Flood Survivor

I feel like we must have been one of the first cars to get petrol at the newly-reopened service station at Woodburn. They did not have their ATM lines up so were only taking cash. As I walked into the shop, I could smell the newness of the plastic and products as I went to pay for the tank’s worth.

AND the price was the lowest I have seen in a long while.

No doubt, once the ATM lines are up and if they keep the same price, it will be a popular spot.

It makes the town feel like it is back on the

road to healing.

Now we just need to see our IGA open and we will be all grown up again.

I recently went to the funeral of the wife of a friend.

It was a very poignant moment to see him reach out and gently touch the coffin next to where he sat in the church during the requiem mass.

Her children read out her own words that she had written about her life and it was interesting to note she was born in the middle of a flood in 1928.

From there, she remembered as a young

wife and mother the devastation of 1954’s flood.

When we first arrived on the Northern Rivers, the 1954 flood was spoken about in hushed tones or a type of reverence at the enormity of it.

Without taking away from the devastation that happened during that flood, as many more people lost their lives, I don’t think I have the same awe for it as I once did, now having experienced the aftermath of the 2022 flood.

Little steps.

Fighting fires with the latest technology

State Member for Clarence Richie Williamson has welcomed the advanced rollout of the newest technology for Rural Fire Service appliances across the Clarence electorate.

The new Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) will allow volunteers to access the latest live data across the fire grounds.

Mr Williamson said, “The RFS crews, with their dedication and commitment, are the backbone of our safety during bushfires. Equipping them with the latest technology is necessary and a testament to their importance in our community.”

“I’m delighted that brigades in my electorate have been chosen for the advanced rollout. We all remember the 2019/2020 fires and the remarkable efforts of the RFS.

This technological upgrade is a significant

step forward, bolstering the service, empowering the volunteers, and most importantly, enhancing the safety of our community,” Mr Williamson emphasised.

The new MDTs will allow RFS crews to access a vast array of highly accurate weather information, fire intelligence, interactive incident mapping, and high-level navigation to incidents.

They will also provide

incident collaboration across all the appliances on the fire ground and provide accurate data, including the crews’ GPS locations, directly back to incident controllers on the scene and controllers at both district and State levels.

Over the next few months, all RFS appliances will be upgraded to the new mobile data terminals to all brigades across the Northern Rivers.


Cooler Autumn is coming up. Through the summer heat BACCI members have continued creating new art and crafts. We’re delighted to announce that in May, we’re putting on our bi-annual art and crafts show. Please swing by to connect with this local, talented group of artists and craft people. From internationally famous to

local hobbyists, all their work is of a wonderful standard. Peoples choice returns this show so you can let us know what you like best.

The free entry show opens on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May from 9.00 – 3.00pm. Look out for paintings, prints, photography, books, woven art, woodwork, sculpture,

ceramics, jewellery, resin art, beautiful cards and other unique craft items. Our main raffle prize is a beautifully hand crafted box created by the late Kenneth Nunn. All raffle money will go to The Ballina sleepbus Service. As they say: “It’s not OK to let someone sleep on the streets.” sleepbus provides a safe, temporary overnight

accommodation service.

Catching these most vulnerable folk early can help them get back on their feet.

BACCI will again offer the very reasonable, and popular, Pop-Up Cafe with fresh sandwiches, home made cakes, slices and biscuits plus tea and coffee.

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Hinterland Village

emerges as an ambitious proposal poised to enrich the local tourism landscape, offering both short-term and long-term accommodation options.

On Monday, April 8th, 2024, a Development Application was formally submitted to the Ballina Shire Council, marking the culmination of nine

months of collaborative efforts between the developers and the council.

In response to community needs and feedback, the envisioned village, initially capable of accommodating 175 homes, has been thoughtfully scaled back to 145 residences. This adjustment allows for the integration of essential communal amenities,

including expansive orchards, vibrant community gardens, and a multifunctional community hall. Notably, private consultation rooms will be available within the hall, catering to residents’ healthcare needs and fostering a sense of inclusivity.

The design ethos draws inspiration from the idyllic charm of Alstonville, prioritizing

natural open spaces and harmonious coexistence with the surrounding environment.

Behind the visionary project stands a developer with a proven track record, boasting extensive experience in constructing and managing over 55 lifestyle villages and accessible housing initiatives. Recognizing the pressing need for

accessible long-term accommodation, particularly in a food-free locale, the developers are optimistic about the potential for a favourable outcome from the council. With a frm commitment to sustainability, accessibility, and community well-being, Hinterland Village embodies a vision of holistic living that

promises to resonate with residents and visitors alike. As the application progresses, the developers eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute positively to the local landscape and enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders involved.

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Greens Unveil Ambitious Plan for Accessible Beaches in Northern Rivers

Representatives from the Greens across all levels of government have come together to launch an innovative initiative aimed at fnancing accessibility upgrades for local beaches. This initiative comes in response to fndings from Accessible Beaches, which indicate that not a single beach in the Northern Rivers region is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. The plan was offcially introduced at Seven Mile Beach, where Joel Taylor, World Para Surfng Champion and 2023 Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year, joined the Greens for the announcement.

Abigail Boyd, NSW Greens spokesperson for Disability Rights and Inclusion, emphasized the urgent need for dedicated funding in the upcoming NSW budget to facilitate

accessibility upgrades at beaches statewide. Ms. Boyd advocated for an allocation of $25 million to assist councils in implementing these vital improvements.

Accompanied by Greens candidate for Richmond, Mandy Nolan, Ballina Shire Councillor Kiri Dicker, and Byron Shire Council candidate Elia Hauge, Ms. Boyd conducted an extensive tour of Northern Rivers beaches to assess accessibility frsthand.

In addition to seeking funding at the state level, the Greens are proactively engaging with local councils. Motions will be proposed in both Ballina and Byron Shire Councils to encourage greater disability access to their respective beaches. Furthermore, Mandy Nolan urged the federal Labor

government to contribute funding towards this crucial cause.

Addressing the pressing issue, Abigail Boyd underscored the fundamental right of all individuals to access and enjoy the state’s pristine beaches. She criticized the historical

neglect from various levels of government, which has resulted in the exclusion of people with disabilities from experiencing these natural wonders.

inclusive public spaces, stressing that beach access should be available to all individuals regardless of their physical abilities.

Elia Hauge highlighted the comprehensive nature of accessible beach infrastructure beyond mere ramps or mats. She underscored the need for accessible parking, safe pathways, permanent beach wheelchairs, and adequate facilities to ensure inclusivity for the entire community.

Mandy Nolan echoed these sentiments, expressing dismay over the lack of accessibility for older individuals and wheelchair users in the Richmond electorate. She called for proactive leadership and tangible solutions to rectify this longstanding issue.

Kiri Dicker emphasized the importance of universal design principles in creating

In conclusion, the Greens reiterated their commitment to working across all levels of government to secure funding and accountability measures necessary to make Northern Rivers beaches fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Unveiling ‘Zines: The Exhibition’ in Kyogle: A Celebration of DIY Culture

Discover the vibrant world of independent publishing at the ‘Zines: The Exhibition’ hosted by Kyogle Readers & Writers Festival in collaboration with Northern Rivers Artist, Writer, and Zine Ambassador, Benjo Kazue. Running from April 19th to May 26th, 2024, this ground-breaking event at Roxy Gallery in Kyogle celebrates the creativity and freedom of expression found within

zines, artbooks, and DIY publications.

Curated by Benjo Kazue, the exhibition features an eclectic array of works from local, national, and international artists, including Holly English, Chris Lego, Paul Shields (Northern Rivers), Nat Blom, Luke You (Melbourne), Kate Dunn, Aphrodite Delaguiado (Sydney), Lee Mitchell (Blue Mountains), Aaron Cometbus (San Francisco), and more.

The grand opening on Friday, April 19th, starting at 6pm, promises an immersive experience with complimentary popcorn, champagne, and a screening of the infuential DIY art documentary, Beautiful Losers, at 6:30pm. Admission is free to all.

With over 50 zines on display, the exhibition traces the evolution of zine culture from its origins in the 1930s to the present day. Visitors are invited to engage

directly with the art, breaking away from the traditional gallery experience. From vintage prints to contemporary publications, every piece encourages interaction and exploration.

Benjo Kazue, a passionate advocate for zine culture, remarks, “The Zine Exhibition challenges the conventional norms of art spaces, fostering an environment where creativity thrives. Visitors are encouraged to dive into the world of zines, exchange thoughts with fellow enthusiasts, and even contribute to the exhibit through our workshop and makers space.”



of the Kyogle Readers & Writers Festival.

Benjo will lead free zine making workshops on select dates throughout the exhibition, providing a hands-on opportunity for participants of all ages to unleash their creativity.

Workshops will take place on April 27th, May 4th, and May 11th at the gallery, and on May 17th at Kyogle Library as part

In addition to the exhibition, attendees can enjoy a range of activities, including a free zine table where they can stock up on their favourites, multimedia displays showcasing zine-related events, and screenings of documentaries from zine fairs nationwide.

Don’t miss this unique celebration of DIY culture and artistic expression at Roxy Gallery, located upstairs at 161 Summerland Way, Kyogle. Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm, and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Join us in exploring the diverse and dynamic world of zines!

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Casino RSM Club expands its horizon

THE Casino RSM Club is venturing into new business endeavours through the refurbishment of the Royal Hotel, the purchase the Clydesdale Motel and Steakbarn, and acquiring the former Sil Gava site on Walker Street.

The expansion plans were shared with Club members at a recentlyheld forum, which also provide attendees an opportunity to raise issues and hear from the Board.

Club has embarked on a journey to explore and develop new business opportunities which align with its core values and commitment to excellence,” Mr Walker said.

“Our goal is to not only enrich the lives of our members but also contribute positively to the broader community.

“These new ventures represent an exciting chapter in our journey, and we are committed to upholding the same standards of excellence and dedication which have defned the Casino RSM Club for decades.”

• The purchase of the Clydesdale Motel and Steakhouse presents another exciting opportunity for the Club. This acquisition not only furthers efforts to diversify beyond gaming but also opens new avenues in regards of functions, events, and accommodation. The Board and management team believe this venture complements the Club’s existing business model and offers prospects for expansion, given the site’s existing development approval for additional accommodations.

Board President Brad Birney said over the past year the Club had undergone signifcant changes, however, the Board remained steadfast in its confdence regarding the direction the Club was now heading.

Mr Birney said with new CEO John Walker leading the helm, supported by a capable management team, the Club was poised to not only expand its core operations, but also diversify its offerings.

He said in light of tightening regulations surrounding gambling, it was imperative the Board and management looked ahead to secure additional revenue streams.

“This foresight ensures the Club’s ability to uphold its commitment to providing exceptional services to the community and supporting vital local organisations,” Mr Birney said.

“For more than 70 years, our Club has proudly contributed monetary support to various local sports, charities, and community groups - a testament to our dedication.”

Mr Walker said the Casino RSM Club’s foray into new business ventures aimed at further enriching the local economy and providing enhanced services to members and the broader community.

He said in an era marked by innovation and adaptability, the Club’s Board and management team recognised the importance of diversifcation and sustainability.

“With this vision in mind, the

The detailed plans include:

• The $3.5 million ground foor refurbishment of the Royal Hotel building, including the addition of a cafeteria, sports bar, corner bar, gaming room and enhancements to the beer garden and motel rooms, will offer a modern and inviting atmosphere with something for everyone.

• Around $1 million worth of renovations are planned for the RSM Club premises. Recognising some areas are showing signs of wear, the Board and management team understand the importance of maintaining a top-notch environment.

• The Board and management team are committed to supporting the Casino RSM Bowling Club by expanding the undercover bowling greens. At a minimum it will be a half green, but could evolve to a full rink following an evaluation. By enhancing capacity, the Club aims to attract larger bowling events, welcome new members, and explore opportunities to host diverse functions and events.

• The successfully acquisition of the former Sil Gava site on Walker Street marks another strategic investment within the Casino CBD, strategically located near the Club’s land holdings. Anticipating substantial population growth in Casino over the next decade, the acquisition of commercial land becomes paramount for the community.

Mr Birney said the Board understood its responsibility to make decisions which benefted all members and ensured the Club’s long-term sustainability.

He said the Board, alongside the management team, remained steadfast in support of local sporting organisations.

“We frmly believe sports are an integral part of the Richmond Valley identity, offering signifcant social and community advantages,” Mr Birney said.

“We recently agreed to continue our major sponsorship of the Casino RSM Cougars and the Casino RSM Bulls, and have remained committed to the Casino RSM Cobras and Casino RSM Cavaliers.

“We will look to continue our investment into community beyond sport however, and the Board has identifed an investment into the Valley’s youth as a priority.

“How this looks we do not know, but will be sure to keep our members and the Richmond Valley community informed of any developments.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each member for their unwavering support. With membership approaching the 10,000 mark, we are excited about the future and remain committed to placing all our members at the forefront of every decision.”

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What do you do if you are the frst on the scene of a crash, or arrive before emergency services? SOME PEOPLE DO, MANY PEOPLE DON’T.

Do I get out and help?

It’s an individual’s choice to stop at a crash scene.

Most people should stop if they feel confdent.

The reason for that is because they may at some stage render life-saving assistance or at least evaluate the scene and provide that information to emergency services or police.

Whether a motorist should stop can also depend on the location.


If you come across a crash there the best thing to do is ring triple zero as we can get the emergency services there before it becomes congested.

It can also depend on conditions and whether it’s safe.

Not only do you have to consider the safety of the persons in the crash, your own safety has to be paramount as well, because you’re no good to us or anyone else if you’ve been run over.

Do I direct the traffc?

For example, on a bridge it’d be fairly diffcult, you’re going to create a lot of disruption there.

Most police would prefer members of the public did not get out and direct traffc at a

crash scene.

That’s the job of emergency services, in particular police and sometimes TfNSW and Councils.

Directing traffc is quite diffcult and quite dangerous — you’ll never see police doing it without wearing hi-vis protective clothing, a torch, a wand, a police vehicle parked nearby with emergency lights fashing so we can warn people.

Some cars nowadays come with cones and triangles, etcetera, that you can put out in an emergency-type situation.

Almost half of the 6,400 residents expected to move to the Byron Shire in the 20 years to 2036 have arrived in the past fve, with real estate agents and town planners calling for urgent action as the region’s housing crisis worsens.

Byron Shire Council’s Residential Strategy 2041 report, approved in March 2024, reveals the region has the highest homeless population in the state, with 300 people without a permanent place to live. The problem is compounded by rental vacancies below two per cent and a sharp decline in properties available for purchase in Byron Shire, with average monthly listings across the North Coast dropping from 14,000 a decade ago to 6,500 per month last year.

In presenting Byron Shire’s Housing Options Paper late last year, Mayor Michael Lyon said the NSW Government had set Council a new target to deliver 4,522 homes for 8,590 people by 2041.

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However, Nick Bordin, Principal of McGrath Lennox Head says it will be diffcult to meet housing targets without activating ‘ready-to-go’ development sites, due to delays developers are facing with gaining approvals for construction.

“Developers are ready to start work but in many cases aren’t able to get construction certifcates to create the lots that are already approved,” he said.

“The timeframe for already approved subdivisions to get to point of starting construction is years, and

the wait for anything new is even longer.

“The housing crisis is real, with affordability issues on both the rental and sales front.

“Many of the homesites in approved developments that are being held-up are already sold to locals and frst home buyers waiting to build a home.

“These delays have put pressure on the established housing market, escalating prices and keeping already limited supply at low levels.”

Principal of Byron Shire Real Estate Todd Buckland says a number of developers in the Shire are facing delays, despite having approvals in place and a waitlist of buyers ready to purchase land.

“Even developers who have checked every box required and gone above and beyond statutory requirements to ensure their project is environmentally sound are facing setbacks,” he said.

“The Northern Regional Planning Panel and Byron Shire Council are responsible for issuing approvals, but even after that process has been

completed there have been instances of further hold ups.

“In some cases, we are seeing projects originally gazetted for development 10 years ago being stonewalled.

“The reality is, the longer we have to wait for new development, the more land values increase, and some people may miss their opportunity to remain a resident of the Byron Shire.”

Town planner Damian Chapelle of NDC says the housing crisis is a ‘perfect storm’ created by high demand and low supply, as well as roadblocks in planning legislation.

“Council reports show land prices have risen 76 per cent over the past fve years, which has certainly exacerbated housing stress, but this is not the root cause of the problem,” he said.

“Put simply, we are in this position due to a severe imbalance between housing demand and supply. There has been a huge infux of residents, while new land release and housing density hasn’t kept pace with growth.”

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Master storyteller writes another epic set in 1300s

Title: World Without End

When it comes to epic stories you cannot go past a novel by Ken Follett. He is the mastermind of telling stories that cross generations.

Some time ago, just before Covid, I read World Without End, which was published in 2007.

Set in the ctional city of Kingsbridge, England in 1327, the story centres around four children who witness a double killing of two armed men, by a gentleman who fought in self-defence.

One of the children helps the wounded man, following instructions to bury a letter and only dig it up and deliver it should the gentleman die. He then seeks refuge in a monastery and becomes a

Families in NSW can access support to build healthy habits together, plus tips and assistance with getting active, healthy eating and wellbeing.

Go4Fun is a free 10-week after school program for children aged 7-13 and their families, which aims to support their health and wellbeing.

Parents and carers can now enrol their primary school aged children in the Term 2 programs in Tweed, Grafton and Coraki.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Acting Director of Integrated Care and Allied Health Services, Kathryn Watson said the program is for kids and their families who want to get

healthier together.

“For many families, the focus is on just getting by on a day-to-day basis, and many don’t have the money to invest in healthy lifestyle programs,” Ms Watson said.

“We know many parents can be overwhelmed by the amount of healthy lifestyle information available. Go4Fun helps by providing easy tips to make healthy changes and involves parents, carers and children in activities to help put these into practice.

“This free program allows families to have the chance to learn healthy habits, and have fun together.”

The program includes games, activities, prizes and a supermarket tour.

It also helps families and children to connect with others in their local area.

“Families love that the program is free and that it helps their child’s wellbeing, including their sleep. It creates a space to connect and build relationships as a family,” Ms Watson said.

“For families who are not in the Tweed, Grafton or Coraki areas, the Go4Fun online program is always an option.”

Parents and carers can sign up to the program directly, and health professionals and GPs can also refer their patients.

Places are available for Term 2 in the following locations:


Aboriginal Go4Fun Tuesdays 4pm-6pm,

starting 30 April

Location: Coraki Youth Hall, 75 Bridge St, Coraki NSW 2471

To register for the Coraki program, call Coraki Campbell HealthOne on (02) 6683 9000


Go4Fun Tuesdays 4pm6pm, starting 30 April

Location: PCYC, 300 Powell Street, Grafton NSW 2460


Go4Fun Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 1 May

Location: Banora Point

Community Centre, Cnr Leisure Dr, Woodlands Dr, Banora Point NSW 2486

For more information and to register your child, call 1800 780 900, visit au

Benedictine monk. Time moves forward 10 years and the children have grown up and gone their separate ways. One is a carpenter who works on the repairs needed at the Kingsbridge Cathedral, another is a squire, another is prostituted out by her father and another becomes a nun.

e world is in turmoil as a dark and ominous disease takes hold of the population. And only for the smart thinking of one of the four, many are saved when she insists they wear coverings on their mouths and wash their hands with vinegar.

It was an ominous time to be reading this story, as a few months later, we were in lockdown from our own modern disease.

Journalist, cum-writer, Ken Follett became an internationally renowned author a er his rst book Eye of the Needle. From there, each of his books has become international bestsellers with a few being adapted for the screen.

World Without End is actually the sequel, some 157 years later, of e Pillars of the Earth which was published in 1989. You can order your copy from

Celebrating 70 Years

Congratulations to Hilton & Gabriel Standing on celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary. They were married on the 19th of April, 1954.

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“Leemo has views on just about anything”


bring 10 elephants to LISMORE?’

‘Mum Jane’, ‘watcha doin? Come here ‘cos I want to interrogate you.’ Well, a er a stern lecture on how to put a request appropriately, I was informed she was making Choko Pickles for a CWA stall. (YUK!)

I HAD noticed a basket of ugly wrinkly looking green things and have since determined they were chokos but are now pickles. Crikey, she needn’t think for one sec. I’ll be eating any of it!

(It’s ‘Leemo Cat’ here!)

Moving right along. Her reply was ‘OK, I have time to sit down for a short break ‘so just get on with it Leems.’ ‘Well Mum, you lived in Botswana didn’t you? So, tell me why the President Mokgweetsi Masisi has threatened to send 20,000 elephants to Germany in a public are-up over Wildlife Conservation. Me, Leemo, ‘non comprende’ Mum so explain stu for me.’ ‘Well Leems, you SHOULD know there are 2 sides to every story. Basically, Germany, in relation to animal conservation, wants to restrict the import of hunting trophies, including ivory, heads, skins etc., be they from elephants, polar bears, lions, snakes, tigers, whales & so on. On the other side of the coin Leems, Botswana is grappling with an elephant ‘overpopulation’ (due to its own success in elephant conservation) and thus encourages hunting (or culling) by issuing a Govt. controlled number of licences per year to combat elephant numbers & raise $ for further conservation. ere are 130,000 bush

elephants in Botswana, 1 for every 15 people, and they DO create havoc with habitation.

Germany has, mainly in Zoos, around only 125 elephants, 1 for every 672,000 people. But, Leems, if 20,000 elephants WERE sent to Germany it would be a most unsustainable living situation for them compared to the plains & forests of Botswana. (the ‘Black Forest’ would be GONE GONE GONE!)

And Leems, I reckon any African born elephant would nd the climate in Germany bloody dismal, let alone language barrier issues.’ Hmmm, I’ll have to think about this seriously. Ponder ponder! AHA, a light bulb moment! ‘MUM, our climate HERE is kinda LIKE Africa is it not, so why can’t we bring some elephants to Lismore? Maybe 10? It might help don’t you think? We could keep one on the lookout at the top of our street & re-name our area ‘Elephant Hill.’ And maybe put 3 or 4 in the parks down around Lismore Square where they would save Council heaps of $ by keeping the grass trimmed. AND, there are other parks in our area where they could live, plus the Wilson’s River where they could go for a cool-o frolic in Summer? Whaddya reckon Mum? Ooooh… the look I got was ferocious. A deep breath was taken & the old lady spoke in a menacing tone. ‘Leems, you really have excelled yourself in brainlessness this time. On a rough estimate, it costs $100,000 p.a. to keep ONE elephant. Fetching 10 of them from Africa to Lismore would cost over $5 million. So, you most inane Cat, that is a LOT of Taxpayers money if Lismore orders 10 plus the ‘ongoing care’ costs; I can’t see how Council’s budgetary experts will accept your proposal ‘cos they argue enough as it is, and have other stu to x. I’m proud of your concern for elephants Leems, but how about you concentrate on keeping tiny black ants out of our house?’ (I’m unsure about tiny black ants but I’m outta here to escape ‘Mum Jane’.) Nitey, Leemo.

Upgrade starts at Jack Evans Boat Harbour beach

The sun is shining bright on Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads as construction kicks off on an exciting project aimed at enhancing access to the central beach area of this beloved swimming and recreation spot.

Made possible by a generous $748,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program, the upgrade of the central beach area is a signifcant step towards better connecting people to natural waterways and supporting the health and wellbeing of the community.

This 12-week project, expected to be completed by the end of June 2024 (weather permitting), promises to add a new dimension of enjoyment just in time for next summer.

The comprehensive upgrade includes a range of improvements designed to elevate the overall experience for visitors. Key features of the project entail enhancing the existing ramp for improved access and safety, replacing the current timber decking

with tiered composite decking, and installing steps and handrails to facilitate easier entry into the water. Furthermore, the addition of shade structures and umbrellas will provide essential sun protection, while accessible picnic facilities, seating, and improved landscaping will create inviting spaces for relaxation and enjoyment.

Pathway connections, bike racks, and art elements refecting Aboriginal water values and cultural connections will further enrich the environment, making Jack Evans Boat Harbour a vibrant and inclusive destination for all.

Mayor of Tweed Shire, Chris Cherry, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing its importance in revitalizing the precinct. She highlighted the signifcance of infrastructure investments in fostering community wellbeing and enhancing the overall appeal of the area for residents and visitors alike.

This project aligns with Council’s commitment to safeguarding and enhancing the quality of public open spaces in the Tweed region. A draft concept plan, informed by community and stakeholder feedback, guided the fnalization of the project design, ensuring it meets the needs and aspirations of the local community.

Over the past year, the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct has undergone a signifcant revitalisation, including the introduction of a new inclusive playspace, barbecues, picnic facilities, seating, landscaping, and a youth recreation area. The adopted Jack Evans Boat Harbour (JEBH) Plan of Management serves

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully, echoed Mayor Cherry’s sentiments, applauding the transformation brought about by the funding. He emphasized the positive impact of quality public infrastructure on community health and wellbeing, underscoring the importance of providing accessible recreational spaces for families.

for current and future development initiatives within the precinct.

To learn more about the project and provide feedback, residents are encouraged to visit goorimahbah.

The Places to Swim program, with its commitment to enhancing access to inland waterways across NSW, has been instrumental in funding initiatives like the Jack Evans Boat Harbour upgrade.

For additional information about the program, visit planning.

With this ambitious project, Jack Evans Boat Harbour is poised to emerge as a premier destination, offering a blend of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and community engagement. As construction progresses, anticipation builds for the unveiling of this enhanced waterfront gem, set to captivate residents and visitors alike for years to

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Jack Evans Boat Harbour by night. Central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour is set to undergo an upgrade including several new elements to help improve safety and accessibility. A graphic representation of the concept plan for the upgrade of central beach at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which has been funded by the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program.

Yamba’s Kick Flips and Tail Whips Skate comp returns for Youth Week

The Kick Flips and Tail Whips skateboard and scooter competition will be back in the coastal town of Yamba on Friday, April 19, as part of the Clarence Valley’s 2024 Youth Week celebrations.

The competition, popular with local skaters, has different age divisions and prizes to give away.

Getting It Together, a youth team with the notfor-proft organisation

Social Futures, in collaboration with Clarence Valley Council organises the event.

(Getting it Together supports young people aged 12-25 achieve positive change when using drugs and alcohol; and building self-esteem and healthy life skills.)

Social Futures

Children, Youth and Families Manager Kiara McBeath said coastal Yamba was the perfect place for the comp because skateboarding originated in the beach

towns of California and Hawaii.

“Back in the 1950s, when there was no surf, some surfers came up with the idea of riding the street,” Ms McBeath said.

“They put metal wheels on short surfboards and called themselves ‘asphalt surfers’ then

a toy designer saw them. In 1959 Roller Derby released the frst manufactured skateboard and in 1963 the frst skateboard competition was held at Hermosa Beach, California … as they say the rest is history.”

Registration opens for the Yamba Kick

Flips and Tail Whips skateboard and scooter competition at 10.30am, for an 11am start, and a 3pm planned fnish. (School students will be on term break.)

Ms McBeath said not only do competitors have fun, but the event is great to see.

“I still can’t believe

how many tricks there are. There are fatland and fip tricks, slides and grinds, aerials and grab tricks, lip, inverts and event handplant tricks and then we have the freestyle and old school tricks.”

Clarence Valley Council’s Youth Offcer, Allira Newton, describes

the competition as a key event on Clarence Valley’s annual Youth Week Calendar.

“Yamba Kick Flips and Tail Whips never fails to disappoint participants and spectators alike,” Ms Newton said.

“This competition has been an ongoing partnership between Social Futures and the Clarence Valley Council since 2019, and we love seeing this event happen each year and the amazing young talent it showcases.”

Skaters and scooters can register ahead of the event via the QR code below. In case of bad weather, check the Clarence Valley Youth page for updates on the event.

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Massive March for Marine Rescue NSW volunteers

Marine Rescue NSW’s 3,400 volunteers across the state were in high demand last month, responding to the organisation’s busiest March on record.

With favourable boating weather last month, Marine Rescue NSW crews performed an incredible 515 search in rescue missions with 115 of those conducted between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Marine Rescue NSW

Commissioner Alex Barrell said four of the Service’s six regions (Greater Sydney, Mid North Coast, Illawarra and Monaro) also experienced their busiest March ever.

“Across the state our volunteers safely returned almost 1,200 people to shore with our Sydney region being the busiest with 538 people returned to shore,” he said.

The Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner said 168 of last month’s record 515 search and rescue missions were emergency responses.

“Unfortunately we are still seeing too many boaters and their vessels

succumb to mechanical, fuel and battery issues with 60% of responses last month for these three preventable issues,” he said.

Commissioner Barrell said more than 8,500 boaters Logged On with Marine Rescue NSW in March while the service’s skilled radio operators managed almost 26,000 radio calls including six MAYDAYs and six PAN PANs.

“Logging On via the free Marine Rescue NSW app or VHF marine channel 16 ensures that our dedicated volunteers keep watch for boaters and that we are monitoring their safe return.

“With a fortnight remaining in the offcial boating season, we are asking boaters to make sure they plan and prepare before hitting the water.

“Boaters need to ensure that their vessel is in good working order with the correct safety equipment on board and enough fuel with some in reserve before heading out,” Commissioner Barrell said.

Marine Rescue NSW

historical March search and rescue statewide data

March 2024 – (NEW MARCH RECORD)

515 search and rescue missions including 168 emergency responses with 1,157 people safely returned to shore.

March 2023 – 427 search and rescue missions including 128 emergency responses with 923 people safely returned to shore.

March 2022 – 269 search and rescue missions including 85 emergency responses with 515 people safely returned to shore.

March 2021 – 278 search and rescue missions including 66 emergency responses with 571 people safely returned to shore.

March 2020 – 214

search and rescue missions including 561 emergency responses with 448 people safely returned to shore.

Breakdown of March 2024 search & rescue missions across Marine Rescue NSW regions:

NORTHERN RIVERS – 17 search and rescue missions including 8 emergency responses

with 35 people safely returned to shore across all 7 Northern Rivers units – Point Danger, Brunswick, Cape Byron, Ballina, Evans Head, Iluka Yamba & Wooli.

Number of search and rescue missions in locations of highest demand:

Point Danger 7, Ballina 4 Iluka Yamba 3

MID NORTH COAST – (MARCH RECORD) 52 search & rescue missions including 28 emergency responses with 73 people safely returned to shore across all 9 Mid North Coast units – Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Trial Bay, Lord Howe Island, Port Macquarie, Camden Haven, Crowdy Harrington & Forster Tuncurry.

Number of search and rescue missions in locations of highest demand:

Forster Tuncurry 13, Port Macquarie 9, Crowdy Harrington 8, Trial Bay 8


COAST – 138 search & rescue missions including 39 emergency responses with 300

people safely returned to shore across all 8 Hunter/

Central Coast units –Port Stephens, Lemon Tree Passage, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Norah Head, Tuggerah Lakes, Central Coast & Terrigal.

Number of search and rescue missions in locations of highest demand:

Lake Macquarie 55, Central Coast 37, Port Stephens 18


210 search & rescue missions including 35 emergency responses with 538 people safely returned to shore across all 7 Greater Sydney units – Hawkesbury, Cottage Point, Broken Bay, Sydney - State Communications Centre, Middle Harbour, Port Jackson & Botany Port Hacking.

Number of search and rescue missions in locations of highest demand:

Sydney - State Communications Centre 58, Botany Port Hacking 56, Port Jackson 28

ILLAWARRA –(MARCH RECORD) 58 search & rescue missions including 35 emergency

responses with 127 people safely returned to shore across all 7 Illawarra units – Port Kembla, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla & Kioloa.

Number of search and rescue missions in locations of highest demand:

Port Kembla 18, Jervis Bay 16, Ulladulla 8

MONARO – (MARCH RECORD) 40 search & rescue missions including 23 emergency responses with 84 people safely returned to shore across all 8 Monaro units – Batemans Bay, Tuross Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui, Merimbula, Eden, Alpine Lakes & Moama.

Number of search and rescue missions in locations of highest demand:

Batemans Bay 14, Eden 9, Bermagui 7

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer based notfor-proft professional organisation dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities.

Man charged over alleged child approaches – Coffs/Clarence

A man has appeared in court today charged following an investigation into an alleged child approaches on the Mid North Coast last week.

About 4pm on Thursday 4 April 2024, two girls, aged 10, were leaving a

shop on Lawson Street, Red Rock, when a man allegedly gestured at them to approach him. The girls ignored the man and walked away.

About 4.45pm, a 9-yearold girl and 7-year-old boy were walking along Park Street, when a man

pulled up in a vehicle and spoke to them. The pair ran away before the man allegedly approached and spoke to them again, before they ran off.

About 5.15pm, the same man was allegedly seen hiding in bushland

at Little Beach and police were notifed.

Offcers from Coffs/ Clarence attended and commenced inquiries into the incidents.

Following inquiries and a public appeal, investigators arrested a 30-year-old man after he

attended Coffs Harbour Police Station about 6pm yesterday (Monday 8 April 2024.

He was charged with three counts of stalk/ intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (personal) and drive motor vehicle during

disqualifcation period. The man appeared before Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Tuesday 9 April 20240, where he was granted conditional bail to appear before the same court on Wednesday 24 April 2024.

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On judging others…by Nigel

Krishnamurti once very matter-of-factly said, “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”

judgements of others.

Oblivious to their own weaknesses and foibles they pass comment like all-seeing magistrates that reside ever-righteously above the rest of us.

Relatedly, albeit very discerningly, Albert Camus once noted, “People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.” But judged they are, because their judgements of others are just thin smokescreens to their own brittle insecurities, that get fully revealed within the harshness of their petty, self-concocted assessments.

While seemingly set beyond all retort, judgements are often just the fickle tip of a much deeper sociological iceberg. An iceberg that doesn’t necessarily pose a threat to anyone who ‘knowingly’ sails near their jagged mass of frozen emotional jetsam. Brilliantly, like the captain of an arctic icebreaker, Bertrand Rusell once said, “Take care of your inner attitude to people: let it not be satirical or aloof, set yourself to try and get inside their skins and feel the passions that move them and the seriousness of the things that matter to them. Don’t judge people morally: however just one’s judgement, that is a barren attitude.”

And ‘a barren attitude’ is something that can only sustain and support the expression of full-blown ignorance, and a selfrighteousness that borders on irreversible delusion.

As if laying down the ultimate challenge, if not lesson, in terms of how a judging de‘fault’ can be corrected in anyone’s personality, J.

Time for action on a NSW Autism Strategy

And its all-too-common opposite, judgment – is evidently the dark, absolute rock bottom of thinking for yourself. As such, the quality of the lives we lead is so largely determined by how we apply the arsenal between our ears, and whether or not we put it to good use. Refraining from constant judgment of others allows for a more refined focus on the development of one’s own self. In the least, it makes us far less abrasive, if not able to confidently shine without any need of putting others down. As Amy Poehler once noted, “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”

Relatedly, like the consummate sage and mouthpiece for decency, the German writer Herman Hesse once suggested, “We should not seek but find, not judge but contemplate and understand, absorb and digest what we have absorbed. We should feel our whole being to be akin and attuned to the whole. Only then can we stand in a true relationship to nature.”

So, if you are one of those people inclined to judging others, try to remind yourself that unless you are in a courtroom be-donned in a white wig, then opt for a judgement-free approach to others, and always acknowledge, as Earl Nightingale once said, “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffn says she welcomes the Australian Government’s recent release of the Draft National Autism Strategy.

Ms Saffn says “it provides the State and Territory governments with the opportunity to engage with the Draft National Autism Strategy.

“We need a NSW Autism Strategy and I have had discussions with the relevant Minister in the Minns Labor Government, Kate Washington,” Ms Saffn says.

“I raised the importance of an autism strategy in the NSW Parliament last year. South Australia is way ahead of us. Now we have the Draft National

Autism Strategy, we need to seize the momentum and get a New South Wales strategy to break down barriers for autistic children and adults and their families.”

President of the Northern Rivers Autism Association Micheal Lynch has teamed up with Business NSW Northern Rivers Regional Director Jane Laverty to co-host an Autism@Work business luncheon at the Ballina RSL Auditorium from noon today (Tuesday, 9 April).

The event, titled Embracing a Neurodiverse Workforce, celebrates Autism Awareness Month and guest speaker will be former dual-code international for rugby league and rugby union

Mat Rogers.

Ms Saffn says she will be an apology as she is recovering from Covid.

“A panel of speakers for today’s event is sure to discuss the Draft National Autism Strategy,” Ms Saffn says.

“It is clear from the draft that the states and territories and Federal Government need to work together because the strategy covers polices across both levels of government.

“The states have primary responsibility for the key areas of education, health, justice and housing.

“It is the states that have responsibility for pre-schools for example, where children are at critical age for early intervention which can make a huge difference.

“This is an opportunity for National Cabinet to tackle the crossover of responsibilities and ensure that this is an effective, properly funded strategy without gaps for people to slip through.

“Being in a rural or regional area can add another layer of disadvantage, so it is important that people from this region give their feedback to the national strategy.”

For more information on the Draft National Autism Strategy and to give feedback, visit the QR code below:

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Fletcher Street Cottage marks 2nd Anniversary with 18,000 visits

Byron Bay - On April 12th, Fletcher Street Cottage celebrates its second anniversary, a safe and welcoming refuge for people at risk of homelessness and those already sleeping rough. Since opening its doors in April 2022, Byron’s homeless hub has become a beacon of hope, providing essential services and wraparound support to those in need.

Over the past two years, Fletcher Street Cottage has had over 18,900 visits, demonstrating its vital role within the community. With a strong commitment to serving those facing housing insecurity in the Byron Shire, the homeless hub has served 20,300 breakfasts, facilitated 8,700 showers and laundry services and contributed 6,400 volunteer hours.

Jen Lunan, Manager of Fletcher Street Cottage, expresses her gratitude, stating, “The past two years have been a journey of resilience and compassion.

Fletcher Street Cottage remains steadfast in its dedication to uplifting the lives of our most vulnerable community members. We are immensely proud of the impact we’ve made and the lives we’ve touched.”

According to the NSW Government 2023 Street Count, Byron Shire has the largest cohort of rough sleepers in NSW,

higher than the City of Sydney. In response to the rising cost of living and local rental crisis, Fletcher Street Cottage has seen a growing demand for its services, with an increasing number of women seeking support. This stark reality underscores the urgent need for initiatives like Fletcher Street Cottage.

Maddi Powell, Community Support Worker, highlights the signifcance of the milestone, stating, “As we celebrate our second anniversary, I refect on all of the incredible people that we have had the privilege of supporting here at Fletcher Street Cottage. One thing that has always stood out to me

over the past two years is the incredible power of collaboration and community.”

With no ongoing government funding, Fletcher Street Cottage relies on the generous support of donors.

Community Support Workers provide advocacy and referral, collaborating with service providers including Centrelink, My Momentum, Social Futures, Homeless Health Outreach Team, legal support, employment, housing referrals, medical care, dental, hairdresser and podiatrist.

Maddi adds, “The service itself has grown rapidly, as have the number of people seeking support. Without all of our visiting services, generous community members and dedicated staff and volunteers, we could not do the work we do here every day. I am so proud of our Fletcher Street Cottage community and very grateful for the privilege to work here.”

Fletcher Street Cottage’s journey is a testament to the remarkable impact that can be achieved through community collaboration and professional support. As the Byron Community Centre looks to the future, it remains steadfast in its commitment to continuing its services and ensuring that no community member is left behind.

Kate Love, Acting General Manager, appreciates the community’s support, stating, “It’s heartwarming to witness positive stories of change where people have received assistance to transform and improve their lives. We are deeply grateful to our dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and community partners whose support has been instrumental in realising our vision of a more inclusive and supportive community.”

To learn more about Fletcher Street Cottage and to donate, visit fetcherstreetcottage.

New campaign raises awareness of sepsis

A new campaign is encouraging people to ask frontline healthcare workers, ‘Could it be sepsis?’ if they or a loved one are showing signs and symptoms of the potentially deadly condition which occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection.

Minister for Health Ryan Park said sepsis is very serious and it is important to act quickly.

“Sepsis can affect anyone and I want

people to seek help without delay if they, or their loved one, is very unwell, even if they have recently been seen by a doctor or other medical professional,” Mr Park said.

“In Australia at least 55,000 people develop sepsis each year and more than 8,000 of them die from sepsis-related complications.

“That’s why it’s important people aren’t afraid and are empowered, to ask,

‘Could it be sepsis?’ because early treatment can be lifesaving,” he said.

Paediatric Specialist

Dr Matthew O’Meara said a person with sepsis often reports feeling the sickest they have ever felt.

“We want people to pay close attention to the symptoms, and seek urgent medical care if symptoms get worse,”

Dr O’Meara said.

“You may only have some of the symptoms

of sepsis, and features can initially be subtle.

“We urge people to trust their instincts, especially parents who are the experts in their child’s behaviour.”

Dr O’Meara said sepsis can be caused by any type of infection, including bacterial, viral and fungal, and those infections can be anywhere in the body. There are many possible signs and symptoms of sepsis, and they include getting

very sick very quickly, diffculty breathing, confusion, a rash or blue, grey, pale or blotchy skin. Symptoms to look out for in young children that may indicate severe illness include being quieter or sleepier than normal or diffcult to wake, irritability, high-pitched crying, refusal to eat/ feed, fewer wet nappies, cold or mottled limbs and diffculty breathing.

If you or the person you care for is seriously

unwell call 000 or go to your local Emergency Department. If you are concerned about your or your child’s health call your GP or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

Further information is available on the NSW Health website and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network website –signs of serious illness in children.

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2nd Anniversary - Fletcher Street Cottage - Staff (Jen Lunan, Manager, far left)

NSW Government supports Northern Rivers green bin education

North East Waste has received an $89,700 grant from the NSW Government to help educate Northern Rivers residents about what types of waste can and can’t go into FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bins. The funding aims to ensure that food waste

and garden waste such as plants stays out of landfll. It also aims to keep green bins free from contaminants like plastic.

Earlier this year, North East Waste and its member councils (Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Kyogle,

• Fruit and vegetable scraps

• Meat and bones

• Seafood and shells

• Pasta, bread, rice and cereal

• Eggs and dairy products like cheese

• Loose tea leaves and coffee grinds

• Garden waste (leaves, clippings, weeds etc)

• Council approved compostable kitchen caddy liners that comply with AS 4736-2006 and the paper used to wrap food scraps.

Richmond Valley and Tweed) announced that Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bins should now only be used for food scraps and garden waste. This means that materials like paper, cardboard and teabags do not go into green bins as they can contaminate the

fnal compost made from the organic content.

North East Waste Education Coordinator

Linda Tohver said the assistance from the NSW Government would help councils to continue promote the right message and increasing awareness in the community.

• Fibre-based products (bamboo, cardboard, paper etc)

• Paper towels, serviettes, tissues, napkins

• Compostable or biodegradable products (excluding AS 4736-2006 kitchen caddy liners )

• Vacuum cleaner dust

• Washing machine and dryer lint

• Pet poo and poo bags

• Tea and coffee bags

• Treated wood and timber

• Plastic

“The response from community has been positive so far, and we need to keep spreading the word,” Ms Tohver said.

“The messages are simple to follow and will help keep potentially harmful items out of our green bins so that we can create the best quality commercial compost from residents’ food scraps and garden waste.”

For more information visit https://newaste.

The ‘Let’s Get our Scrap Together’ campaign is proudly supported by the NSW Government.

Next major step in reforming emergency services funding

The public is invited to have their say on the best path forward to reform the way emergency services are funded via a consultation paper which is now online.

The NSW Government is encouraging views on the design and scope of a new model to replace the current system which places the burden of an Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance premiums.

Currently, only households and businesses that pay for insurance are paying the levy to fund Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service

and the NSW State Emergency Service.

The NSW Government last November announced the levy would be removed from insurance and applied instead to property.

The ESL Consultation Paper is seeking feedback on four possible models to create a sustainable system that will spread the costs across all property owners.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring any new model will include protections for pensioners and vulnerable members of the community.

The model will also

be revenue-neutral and continue to be determined solely by the funding needs of the three agencies.

As climate change increases the instances of natural disasters, the funding requirements of our emergency services are expected to continue rising, increasing the ESL, and making insurance more unaffordable.

In fact, NSW Treasury estimates that the total annual cost of food and bushfre to the economy is projected to increase from $7 billion in 2020-21 to $24 billion by 2070-71 as climate change related extreme

weather events become more frequent and intense.

The existing ESL has pushed insurance premiums in NSW up by around 18 per cent for residential property and around 34 per cent higher for commercial property.

Rising costs now mean more than one-third of households in NSW do not have home contents insurance – which is the highest rate of any state in the nation.

The Government is asking for feedback on a range of design features, including how levy rates should apply to different property types

Native bee rescue at Chillingham

A bee-utiful good news story! A few weeks ago, Council’s infrastructure delivery crew were replacing footpaths in the Chillingham village and came across a native beehive located under the footpath. The team carefully left it alone and arranged for the bees and the beehive

to be rescued. A local bee rescuer came to site and worked with the crew who helped lift the footpath to allow for the rescue of the hive. She was able to vacuum most of the bees into the hive thus saving it and the bees in the process. The queen bee was also


The beehive will now be passed onto the local preschool and the bee rescuer will also donate a free hive to them.

Could this bee a better outcome? We don’t think so.

This story is just one of many that highlights Council’s commitment

to looking after the Tweed’s natural environment and its staff who regularly go above and beyond the call of duty!

Find out how Council looks after the Tweed’s environment every day at environment

and locations, how the levy should be collected, and what protections should be provided for pensioners and other vulnerable groups.

The release of the Consultation Paper follows the announcement of a Stakeholder Reference Group which is providing the Government with a broad range of expert advice on a new model.

The Consultation Paper is open for feedback until 22 May 2024, and can be found here: www.haveyoursay.

Treasurer Daniel Mookhey said:

“Public feedback is an important step in reforming the way emergency services are funded into the future.

“I want to ensure that we create a lasting system where everyone contributes to the crucial emergency services we all rely on.

“We’re encouraging industry stakeholders and the wider community to express their views now so the new funding model for emergency services in NSW is fair, effcient, simple and adapted to the future impacts of climate change.”

A close up of the native bees that were rescued

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What CAN go in your green bin What CAN NOT go in your green bin

Foodie Road Trip Paradise: The Harvest Food Trail Returns for its 8th Year!

Calling all food and farm enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for the iconic Harvest Food Trail, brought to you by Northern Rivers Food. This year, with events happening over four days from May 2-5, it’s your chance to embark on a delicious self-drive adventure through the heart of the Northern Rivers.

What awaits you?

• Go behind the scenes: Explore the paddocks, kitchens, and production areas of some of the Northern Rivers’ fnest food and beverage producers.

Imagine: Winding down scenic country roads, stopping by charming farms, restaurants, and cellar doors – a true foodie dream come true! Now in its eighth year, the Harvest Food Trail offers a unique glimpse into the soul of the region’s vibrant food scene.

Meet the passionate faces behind Tweed River House, Duck Creek Macadamias, Five Sixty Farms, Nimbin Valley Dairy, Zentveld’s Coffee, The Spotted Pig, Cape Byron Distillery, Marquis Macadamias,

Sunshine Sugar, Elements of Byron and North Byron Hotel.

• Meet the passionate faces: Chat with local farmers, learn about their deep connection to the land, and sample their fresh, high-quality produce.

• Discover hidden gems: Get acquainted with a new generation of distillers crafting award-winning spirits using local ingredients, like Winding Road Distilling and Cape Byron Distillery.

• Connect with culinary masters: Join tours of inspiring

kitchen gardens led by renowned restaurateurs, and savour dishes made with the region’s bounty, like those at Potager at Carool.

Fuel Your Foodie Journey

No road trip is complete without delicious pit stops. Throughout the weekend, participating restaurants and cafes will offer special Harvest Food Trail menus, showcasing the region’s seasonal produce.

Unveiling the Harvest Hub

Nestled at the Bangalow Bowlo on Saturday 4 May, the Twomey Dispute Lawyers Harvest Hub is a vibrant marketplace bursting with local producers eager to share their stories and products. Here you’ll meet and get to taste and buy from a diverse range – such as distillers and salumi makers, native bee honey producers and non-alcoholic beer brewers.

Ashley, Harvest Food Trail Manager. “It’s a chance to discover new favourites, stock your pantry with local goods, and learn about the passion that goes into every bite.”

Plan your adventure

The Harvest Food Trail offers a mix of freeto-visit locations and ticketed events that tend to sell out fast.

“The Harvest Hub is a fantastic opportunity to connect directly with the people who are shaping the Northern Rivers food scene,” says Lucy

To explore the interactive map, plan your route, and discover all the participating venues, visit https://www. northernriversfood. org/harvest-food-trail/.

Community and Council celebrate Piccabeen Park

Community and Council are celebrating the formal naming of Piccabeen Park in Bangalow. Recently, the Geographical Names Board of NSW formally named the park after the Indigenous name for the Bangalow palm tree and the baskets made from its fronds.

Michael Lyon, Byron Shire Council Mayor, said that it was fantastic news to hear about the renaming. “The naming of this park has been a long time in the making. Team Piccabeen – the community group of volunteers who help to maintain the park, frst approached Council in 2022 about naming the area. Council then worked with the group and Arakwal Corporation

to take the name to the Geographical Names Board of NSW,” he said. “We are grateful for everyone’s role in this

process and that another place in the Byron Shire acknowledges the Traditional Owners and language.”

Christobel Munson from Team Piccabeen said that they have been working with Council and Traditional

Owners to not only name the park, but also ensure native plants are showcased in the area. “We have been

busy establishing native plants and a bush tucker garden for everyone to enjoy and encourage the community to come down to this beautiful space and enjoy everything it has to offer,” she said.

Piccabeen Park is located next to Deacon Street in Bangalow.

Byron Shire Council’s Open Spaces team, Team Piccabeen, Bangalow Land and Rivercare and Bangalow Historical Society all work together to maintain the space.

Photo opportunity: There will be the opportunity to get an image Byron Shire Council Mayor, Council staff, Arakwal members and Team Piccabeen on Friday 12 April at 2.15pm.

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State Member for Clarence Richie Williamson has shown his appreciation for the invaluable contributions of seniors in our community by presenting the inaugural Seniors Achievement Award in Lawrence today.

During this year’s Senior’s Week celebrations, Mr. Williamson called

Our Seniors Are Tops!

upon the community to nominate individuals and groups who exemplify dedication and commitment to enhancing the Richmond and Clarence valleys.

“I was thrilled to receive numerous nominations showcasing the remarkable efforts of seniors and senior’s groups,” Mr. Williamson said.

“These individuals and organisations consistently go above and beyond, supporting various aspects of community life, from maintaining community halls to providing essential transport services.”

The frst Seniors Achievement Award was awarded to Connect You Too, a not-for-proft community-based

organisation dedicated to enhancing the lives of residents in the Clarence Valley.

Connect You Too offers a vital range of services, including transportation for people of all ages, meal delivery in Iluka, Maclean, and Yamba, non-emergency medical transport, shopping excursions, and social outings. With a team of 60 volunteers and

staff, Connect You Too plays a pivotal role in fostering community well-being.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the board, volunteers, and staff of Connect You Too,” remarked Mr. Williamson.

“Their outstanding commitment to serving seniors and the broader community is truly commendable,

making them deserving recipients of this prestigious achievement award.”

Mr. Williamson anticipates presenting additional achievement awards across the Richmond and Clarence Valleys in the forthcoming weeks, further acknowledging the exceptional contributions of seniors and senior’s groups.

$62.5 million budget all about community

Community is the cornerstone of Kyogle Council’s draft $62.5 million budget, Mayor Cr Kylie Webster said.

The draft budget was adopted by Council on Monday night for public comment and will be on display until close of business 10 May.

It provides $21 million for regional road projects including $20 million for the upgrade of the Clarence Way,

$3.8 million for rural local roads, and $2.4 million for bridges.

“This budget is all about Council sensibly and sustainably providing facilities and services for our community,” Cr Webster said.

“We are undertaking big projects such as the Clarence Way upgrade, but we’ve also committed to spend an extra $100,000 to

ensure our villages are kept tidy and are mown regularly.”

Other expenditure identifed in the draft budget includes:

• $1.69 million for urban streets, including footpaths and kerb and guttering

• $1.99 million for buildings and community facilities, including parks and gardens, pools and cemeteries

• $608,879 for library services

• $111,563 in fnancial assistance to community groups and organisations

• $149,661 for the Roxy Gallery

• $75,231 for preschools.

Cr Webster called on the community to view the draft budget while it’s on public display and make a submission to Council.

“We want people

to have a say and I’m encouraging everyone to make a submission,” Cr Webster said.

Copies of the draft budget will also be available to view at Council’s administration centre at 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle, on Council’s website

au or at Wadeville store, Woodenbong Post Offce, Tabulam Post Offce, Cawongla

store, Mallanganee Post Offce, Old Bonalbo Post Offce, Kyogle Library, Wiangaree Post Offce, Bonalbo Post Offce, and the mobile library.

Submissions close at 4.30pm on 10 May 2024 and can be sent to the Acting General Manager, 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle or to council@kyogle.nsw.

Company pays $30,000 in fnes for illegal dumping

A company operating in the Byron Shire hinterland has paid $30,000 for disposing of its waste illegally.

After receiving a complaint from a member of the public in 2023, Council staff inspected the property several times and noted thousands of coffee cups from a café dumped in an excavated site.

Council issued four penalty notices for multiple environmental offences including:

• Development without consent;

• Pollution of land;

• Unlawfully using land as a waste facility;

• Transporting waste to an unlawful facility.

The matters were

scheduled to go before the Local Court in early March 2024 but the penalty notices were paid before legal proceedings began.

“This company was trying to avoid sending waste to landfll - but what they ended up doing was worse because they created their own landfll on a property

completely unsuitable for that purpose,” Council’s Manager Public & Environmental Services, Sarah Nagel said.

“This is a cautionary tale for all businesses who use packaging and generate waste. Waste disposal is a serious business that is managed by Councils. There are severe environmental

impacts if it’s not done correctly and this is one of the key reasons Councils are responsible for waste disposal,” Ms Nagel said.

In response to environmental impacts, the NSW Government recently introduced a new Bill (Environment Protection Legislation Amendment (Stronger

Regulation and Penalties)

Bill 2024 to strengthen penalties and provide additional Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) powers to deal with repeat illegal dumping offenders.

The new legislation is being called the ‘biggest boost to environmental legislation in three decades’.

NEWS 24 The Northern Rivers Times April 18, 2024
Richie Williamson MP with staff members of Connect You Too at their staff development day in Lawrence.
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Rain did not deter vendors from sending the stock to market this week. The rain was a problem at a few properties for sending stock but those who ventured onto the markets this week were rewarded. The cattle, sheep and lamb markets were mostly frm to dearer across the spectrum. Pork and poultry numbers were back in an aberration to the normal supply of Poultry. Sheep & Lamb numbers whilst affected by the rain saw a good yarding of stock for the Sheep & Lambs.

Vealer steers av 324.2c/kg topping at 360c/kg or $878.47 to $1304.29

Vealer heifers av 269c/kg topping at 314.2c/kg or $727.86 to $1178.25

Feeder steers av 311.3c/kg topping at 395.2c/kg or $1152.16 to $2027.38

Feeder heifers av 257.1c/kg topping at 300c/kg or $947.55 to $1350.00

Yearling steers av 327.5c/kg topping at 364.2c/kg or $1052.05 to $1575.00

Yearling heifers av 239.6c/kg topping at 324.2c/kg or $702.00 to $1458.90

Steers av 296.3c/kg topping at 334.2c/kg or $1890.51 to $2499.35

Heifers av 261.5c/kg topping at 306.2c/kg or $1106.40 to $1666.00

Manufacturing steers av 220.2c/kg topping at 258.2c/kg or $1117.32 to $1342.64

Cows av 211.7c/kg topping at 253.2c/kg or $1124.71 to $1961.43Bulls av 250c/kg topping at 288.2c/kg or $1010.08 to $2260.44

Sheep & Lamb numbers were back with the wet weather affecting some vendors. The market was very frm to a shade dearer for the stock presented.

Lambs topped at $212 to av $119.71 ($7/head up )

Hoggets topped at $121 to av $87.03 ($5/head down )

Ewes topped at $89 to av $50.33 ($1/head up )

Wethers topped at $94 to av $78.80 ($37/head up )

Rams topped at $165 to av $$57.41 ($9/head up )

Lamb rams topped at $125 to av $106.11 ($16/head up )

Sale total of 1270 head saw a rise of $5/head across the board.

Pork sales saw Boars sell to $100, Sows from $150 to $264, Light Pork from $170 to $252, Pork from $118 to $292, Stores from $92 to $149, Light stores from $15 to $35

Poultry was the only market to fall in numbers this week. Roosters sold to a top of $15, Hens to $12.50, Quails to $25, Pair of Mandarin Ducks to $95, group of Ducklings to $22.50

Agents today yarded 1270 head drawn from the New England , Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and Western areas as well as the local producers on the Southern Downs. The market was mainly in the lamb, hogget types with approximately 80% in those categories and the balance in the mutton categories. The sale saw lambs peak at 71.2kg and also sell at 22kg. The market was frmer for all fnished lambs as well as feed on lambs going forward. Lambs topped at $212 to av $119.71 ($7/head up ), Hoggets topped at $121 to av $87.03 ($5/head down), Ewes topped at $89 to av $50.33 ($1/head up ), Wethers topped at $94 to av $78.70 ($37/head up), Rams topped at $165 to av $57.41 ($9/head up), Lamb rams topped at

$125 to av $106.11 ($16/head up). The market yarding of 1270 head saw the average of $107.27 rise by $5/head over last weeks sale.

Nolan Past Co sold Dorper lambs 71.2kg to Take It Easy Meats for $212, 57.5kg to Eversons for $174, Ram lambs 88kg and 55kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $110, wethers to Eversons for $94, Ram hoggets 88kg to Eversons for $121, rams to restockers for $80.

Barrett Family sold Dorper lambs 47.1kg to Jock Young Meats for $160

Dakin Family sold Dorper lambs 57 kg to Eversons for $170, 45kg to restockers for $149, hogget rams 88kg to Eversons for $121

Peter Gray sold Dorper x lambs 51.3kg to Ashtons

Butchery for $172, Ewes to Eversons for $86

Armstrong Family sold Dorper lambs 47.6kg to Leslie Lamb for $154, 47kg to Warwick meats for $143

Stuart Timms sold Dorper lambs 47.5kg to Ashtons

Butchery for $155, Ewes to Eversons for $71

Banaba Past Co sold Dorper lambs 42.6kg to Eversons for $140, 39.5kg to Tonys Supa Meats for $130, 33.13kg to restockers for $89

John & Regina Henry sold Dorper lambs 44.3kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $155, hoggets 50 kg to Sandy Creek Hotel for $112

Drew Wilson sold Dorper lambs 41.5kg to GR Prime for $125, 36.9kg to Mc Intyre Meats for $99, Ewes to Eversons for $60, Ewe & Lamb unit to restockers for $150

Pikedale Past Co sold Dorper lambs 38.7kg to GR Prime for $92, 35.7kg to Mc Intyre Meats for $80, 32.5kg to Mark Palmer for $75, 41kg hoggets to restockers for $75, 37.6kg to Mc Intyre Meats for $78, 36.25kg to Mc Intyre Meats for $69, 42.7kg 4tooth to Mc Intyre Meats for $78, Ewes to restockers for $48

James Cowlishaw sold Xbred lambs 47.8kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $142, Merino 2 tooth wethers 46kg, to Carey Bros for $50, Stags & Rams to Eversons for $48

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NSW Government looks to expand rice export industry

The NSW Government will introduce a Bill to Parliament in May, to develop a new rice export marketing and trade arrangement for the Northern Rivers rice growing region. This is an important step in the NSW Government’s commitment to bring new opportunities to the state’s agriculture sector, and to ensure regulations do not hinder industry growth.

At the same time the NSW Government has committed to rice growers in Southern NSW and will keep existing rice vesting arrangements in place for that region with a review by 30 June 2029. This will ensure export marketing continuity for Australia’s largest rice exporting region. These new arrangements will provide new opportunities for NSW agricultural exports – supporting a new emerging rice sector in the Northern Rivers that can contribute to expanding the state’s opportunities in overseas markets.

In practice, these changes will mean the Northern Rivers growers will for the frst time be able to organise their own arrangement for exporting rice and not have to go through the vesting arrangements that binds growers in southern NSW. This aims to cut red tape and costs so the emerging Northern Rivers region can be assisted in developing.


Government’s actions recognise that there are two distinct rice growing regions in NSW and supports the implementation of changes which are considered responsible, appropriate and supportive to the continued development of both rice growing and exporting.

The NSW rice industry had an estimated farm gate value of $219 million in 2022-23. Presently around 98 per cent of NSW rice production occurs within the three southern irrigation regions of the Murrumbidgee, Coleambally and Murray.

The Bill will include a transitional start date of 1 September 2024

for the Northern Rivers arrangement, which will then occur after the 2024 Northern Rivers rice harvest.

These initiatives have been developed by the NSW Government after it was handed a report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), that was initiated by the former Liberal Nationals Government, recommending that the statutory marketing board for rice exports and its sole and exclusive export licence arrangement be removed.

The NSW Government has decided not to accept that ABARES recommendation because it wants to support and

assist the rice sector to grow sustainably.

The Government will in its Bill also move to enhance the governance and transparency of the rice marketing arrangements to beneft the sector and growers.

The 2023 ABARES Independent Report into NSW Rice Vesting Arrangements and the NSW Government Response is available on the NSW DPI website. Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional NSW, and Minister for Western NSW, Tara Moriarty said: “The NSW Government is committed to creating new business opportunities for the state’s agricultural sector

and we are taking action to do that for the rice industry by listening to their needs, cutting red tape and assisting growers expand their export potential.

“We are both recognising the needs and value of the established growers in the south and opening up opportunities for the emerging sector in the Northern Rivers.

“I want to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by stakeholder organisations and rice growers over the last year, who outlined what they thought was working, what wasn’t and how the Government could renew their export potential.



• The NSW rice industry had an estimated farm gate value of $219 million in 2022-23 (DPI estimate) with an average farm gate value of $186 million over the past ten years.

• The NSW rice industry is located across two separate regions of the State:

o Southern rice region: Roughly 97% to 99% of NSW rice production occurs within the three irrigation regions of the Murrumbidgee, Coleambally and Murray.

o Northern rice region: A smaller quantity of rice is grown mainly within the Richmond Valley near Casino and Lismore and the Tweed Valley further North.

• Australian (effectively NSW – as NSW makes up about 99% of national production) rice exports averaged $263 million over the past 10 fnancial years, ranging from $34 million in 2020-21 to $402 million in 2014-15. Rice exports are highly variable and predominantly infuenced by water availability and the price of alternative crops, all of which determine supply.

• Key Australian rice export markets include but are not limited to the following:

o Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon)

o Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

o PNG, Solomon Islands, other Pacifc nations

o New Zealand

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Aussie Farmers Transforming Dams into Stunning Recreational Billabongs with PASES Aqua Innovation

Australian farmers are undergoing a remarkable transformation of their dams into stunning billabongs, thanks to the expertise of PASES Aqua, an innovative company specializing in natural swimming pools, lake management, and pool-to-pond conversions.

Dr. Dulana Herath, the visionary founder of PASES Aqua, champions this initiative as a prime example of repurposing agricultural infrastructure to beneft biodiversity, the environment, and local communities. These natural swimming dams offer a plethora of recreational opportunities, from swimming and kayaking to fshing, enhancing the overall appeal of rural landscapes.

Guided by PASES Aqua’s meticulous

design process, Aussie farmers embark on a journey to seamlessly integrate natural and artifcial fltration systems, ensuring the

water’s health and clarity. Each project is marked by an innovative approach to water management, prioritizing biodiversity, sustainability, and minimal environmental impact.

“Our mission at PASES Aqua is to harmonize aesthetic beauty with ecological function,” Dr. Dulana remarked.

“These transformed billabongs serve as self-sustaining aquatic ecosystems, fostering diverse fora and fauna while providing a serene haven for people.”

By harnessing natural processes, these billabongs require minimal maintenance, presenting an enticing option for farmers seeking to elevate the value and utility of their land. As a result, they not only contribute to the ecological health of the surrounding environment but also offer a sustainable and enjoyable retreat for both locals and visitors.

Roundtables seek agreement for defning Indigenous agricultural products

The National Farmers’ Federation will host a series of roundtables across April and May to confrm support for the broad characteristics and principles that must be used in defning Indigenous agricultural products.

The roundtables are the next phase in consultation in the Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project, being led by the NFF and jointly funded by the Australia Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC).

NFF President David

Jochinke said it was essential the widest range of voices were heard at this stage to ensure project’s objectives are achieved, including delivering ongoing prosperity to Indigenous peoples and business by being able to demonstrate authenticity and verifying claims about their products.

“The frst and most important step is to reach agreement among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander producers about what characteristics must defne an Indigenous agricultural product,” Mr Jochinke said.

“We are calling

all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in agriculture, as well as non-Indigenous people interested in promoting Indigenous prosperity through agriculture, to participate in one of the roundtables.”

Initial consultations with a range of key stakeholders has identifed fve characteristics as being critical to the defnition of an Indigenous Agricultural Product:

1. Connection to Culture

2. Connection to Country

3. Sustainability

4. Collective Beneft

5. Economic Selfdetermination

The roundtables will be focused on:

• Confrming support for the fve characteristics of Indigenous agricultural products that have been identifed through initial consultation with Indigenous people and business,

• Seeking input on a proposed working defnition of an Indigenous agricultural product that draws on the identifed fve characteristics, and

• Testing interest in establishing a supporting credential system, enabling producers to

make verifed claims about their products in market.

Six (6) virtual roundtables will be held at the following times.

• Wednesday 17th of April from 10:00 AM12:00 PM

• Thursday 18th of April 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

• Tuesday 23rd of April 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

• Wednesday 24th of April 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

• Wednesday 1st of May 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

• Thursday 2nd of May 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Parties interested in registering for a

roundtable, or requiring further information on the roundtables or the project can visit the QR code.

Those unable to participate in a roundtable session but interested in contributing to this important phase in consultation are encouraged to complete a short survey, also available at the above webpage.

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‘Together We Grow, Together We Prosper’ artwork by David Williams of Gilimbaa.




Calling all young musicians! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra in Lismore this July.

Hosted by the esteemed Northern Rivers Conservatorium, this orchestra brings together talented young musicians from all over the region for a three-day-long intensive program of rehearsals, workshops, and performances.

Led by inspiring guest conductors from associated regional conservatoriums, you’ll have the chance to work with some of the best music educators in the country and learn from their wealth of experience.

As a member of the NRYO, you’ll be honing your skills, collaborating with other talented musicians, and getting to perform at

the Whitebrook Theatre in a public grand fnale concert! You’ll also make new friends and be part of a supportive and inspiring community of young musicians who share your passion for music.

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra participants can expect to learn a wide range of music from the high energy to the sublime, sourced from blockbuster movies, iconic bands

and famous classical works, featuring many well-known composers both contemporary and historical.

‘Speaking as someone who has done it every year since 2012, it is such an incredibly fun, rewarding and motivating experience… alumni from NRYO have gone on to be world-class soloists and ensemble performers,’ says Tilly Jones, local performer/

composer and Northern Rivers Conservatorium librarian.

The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra is comprised of full orchestras, concert bands, and string ensembles. The cost for seniors (AMEB 4+) is $190, and for juniors (AMEB 1–3) it is $170. An early bird discount of $20 applies until 3rd June.

So why wait? Apply now for the Northern

Rivers Youth Orchestra and join us for an unforgettable three days of music-making. Learning, and inspiration. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this amazing experience!


• WHEN: 9–11 July, 2024.

• ENROL HERE: www. enrol-workshops/

• ENQUIRIES: nryo@

APRIL 18, 2024


1 In the 1960s, Nigeria gained independence from which of the following?

(a) Germany

(b) United Kingdom

(c) Spain

(d) Portugal

2 As at 2022, how many times has Robert Allenby won the Australian PGA Championship?

(a) One

(b) Two

(c) Three

(d) Four

3 Which author created the character, Temperance Brennan?

(a) Kathy Reichs

(b) Judy Nunn

(c) James Patterson

(d) Lee Child

4 The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is native to which country?

(a) Indonesia

(b) South Africa

(c) Papua New Guinea

(d) Australia

5 Ruth Lee Jones, born in 1924, was better known by what name?

(a) Dinah Washington

(b) Sarah Vaughan

(c) Etta James

(d) Eartha Kitt

6 In relation to the NASDAQ Stock Market, what does the Q stand for?

(a) Quorum

(b) Quotations

(c) Quotients

(d) Quantities

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?


(a) A Hindu merchant

(b) Bombastic speechmaking

(c) A fabulous monster


(a) Fluttering

(b) Showing disrespectful levity

(c) Without solidity or strength


(a) Tending to create peace

(b) Persian

(c) Inclined to anger

4 PRURIENT (a) Itching

(b) Superfluous (c) With affected modesty


(a) Rose-coloured (b) Fragrant (c) Dewy


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ABC, 8.30pm


TEN, 9pm

Special Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym, pictured) demonstrates just how special she is in tonight’s stuntlled o ering. Dedicated to her job – enforcing the law and locking up the bad guys – not even having to ride the hood of a car can dissuade her. As any fan knows, the suspension of disbelief becomes second nature when it comes to our favourite gutsy FBI personnel, but there’s only so far the imagination will stretch. In “Stay in Your Lane” OA (Zeeko Zaki) is absolutely smitten with his wealthy, beautiful new love interest, but even a novice FBI watcher will suspect his elation seems to good to be true. Meanwhile, the team tackles a dangerous case involving the murder of a local club owner.



SBS, 8.30pm

Actor Stanley Tucci (pictured) has all the charm of a leading man as host of this breezy travel series. Adorned with curiosity and The Devil Wears Prada star has amiably eaten and chatted his way through his ancestral country. Tonight, the nal episode of season two arrives and it could be Tucci’s nal junket through Italy, at least for this series. On this nal itinerary is one of the most famous and frequented regions of Italy: Liguria, also known as the Italian Riveria. It’s a scenic way for this gastronomic delight to bow out, but given Tucci’s conspicuous air as a travel guide, don’t be surprised if he pops up in another gorgeous location sometime soon.

This ironically named series comes to a dramatic and ery conclusion tonight. Set seven years since we checked in with Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), this follow-up has been well worth the wait. Cawood is close to retirement, with grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah) now 16 and secretly in contact with his murderous father Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton, Grantchester, pictured). With Royce now on the run, tonight’s thrilling nale sees scores settled for good. Emotions run high as Ryan is interviewed by the police and Catherine’s grief for Becky bubbles to the surface, putting her on track for a ery nal showdown with Royce. 1904

FRIDAY, April 19

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. (Mal, R) 2.00 Queen Of Oz. (Mal, R) 2.25 White Fever. (Ml, R) 2.55 Old People’s Home For Teenagers. (R) 3.55 Long Lost Family. (PG, R) 4.40 Grand Designs. (PG, R) 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 6.00 Morning Programs. 9.20 Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs. (PGa, R) 10.20 Outta Town Adventures. (Final, PG) 10.50 Mountain Vets. (Final, PGa) 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.05

6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R)


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

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

White Fever. (Ml, R)

ABC Late News.


Tony Robinson: WWII By Drone. (PGavw, R) 3.00 NITV News: Nula. 3.30 The Point: Road To Referendum History Bites. (R) 3.45 The Cook Up. (R) 4.15 Inside Windsor Castle.

SBS World News.

7.35 Ancient Egypt By Train: Luxor. (R)

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

9.25 Secrets Of The Lost Liners: Andrea Doria. (PGa, R) A look at the Andrea Doria

10.15 SBS World News Late.

10.45 A French Case. (Malv)

11.45 L’Opera. (Mdls, R)

2.25 Employable Me (UK) (Mals, R)

3.35 Going Places With Ernie Dingo. (R)

4.35 Bamay. (R)

5.00 NHK World English News Morning.

5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

The Crossing. (2020, PG, Norwegian) 7.50 Complicity. (2018, PG, Japanese) 10.00 Selma. (2014, M) 12.20pm

6.00 7News Local.

6.30 7News @ 6:30.

7.00 Better Homes And Gardens. Johanna Griggs and Colin Fassnidge explore Uluru. Graham Ross visits the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Clarissa Feildel prepares some Malaysian fried chicken.

8.30 To Be Advised.

2.00 Home Shopping.

4.00 Million Dollar Minute. (R) Three contestants go head to head in a test of brain power and bravery as they compete for the chance to win the grand prize of $1 million. Hosted by Simon Reeve.

5.00 NBC Today. International news including interviews with people from the world of business, politics, media and sports.

6.00 NBN News.

7.00 A Current A air.

7.30 Rugby League. NRL. Round 7. Parramatta Eels v Dolphins.

9.55 Golden Point. A wrap-up of the Parramatta Eels versus Dolphins match, with news and analysis.

10.45 MOVIE: The Rhythm Section. (2020, MA15+adlsv, R) A woman seeks revenge for her family. Blake Lively, Jude Law.

12.50 Tipping Point. (PG, R)

1.40 Pointless. (PG, R)

2.30 Ageless: It’s Never Too Late. (R) 3.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Postcards. (PG, R) 4.30 Global Shop. (R) 5.00 TV Shop: Home Shopping. (R) 5.30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. (R)

6.00 Deal Or No Deal. Hosted by Grant Denyer.

6.30 The Project. Special guest is Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann.

7.30 Ready Steady Cook. Everyday Aussie home cooks team up with acclaimed chefs Diana Chan and Mike Reid.

8.30 The Graham Norton Show. (Ma, R) Graham Norton is joined on the red couch for a chat with actors Michelle Yeoh, Austin Butler and Jack Lowden, and dancer Ashley Banjo. Mimi Webb performs her single RedFlags 10.30 Fire Country. (Mv, R)


Into The White. (2012, M, Norwegian) 2.20 From Here To Eternity. (1953, PG) 4.30 The Bridge On The River Kwai. (1957, PG) 7.30 T-34. (2018, M, Russian) 9.35 De ance. (2008, MA15+) 12.05am Bone Tomahawk. (2015, MA15+) 2.35 A Very Long Engagement. (2004, MA15+, French) 5.00 Roxanne. (1987, PG) PEACH (52) 7MATE (64) SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Children’s Programs.

(PGa, R) 5.05 Jeopardy! (R) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R) 6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 MOVIE: Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery. (2016, PGav, R) 2.00 House Of Wellness. (PG) 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: The Gift That Gives. (2024, PGl) 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. (PGal, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 GCBC. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGadl, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 2.00 Ready Steady Cook. (PGs, R) 3.00 GCBC. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Everyday Gourmet. (R) 4.30 Bold. (PGa) 5.00 News.
ABC News. A look at the top stories of the day. 7.30 Gardening Australia. Tammy Huynh saves a discarded succulent. 8.30 Happy Valley. (Final, Malv) Scores are settled for good on Catherine’s nal shift. Ryan faces a moral dilemma.
Rise Of A Genius: Fortune And Tragedy. (Ml, R) 12.25 Grand Designs. (PG, R) 1.15 Traces. (Mads, R) 2.00 Rage.
6.00 Mastermind Australia. 6.30
A massive tree falls on Eve. 11.30 The Project. (R) 12.30 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) 1.30 Home Shopping. (R) 6am WorldWatch. 10.00 The Movie Show. Noon WorldWatch. 12.25 Story Of Late Night. 1.10 Criminal Planet. 2.05 Curious Australia. 2.40 Over The Black Dot. 3.30 WorldWatch. 5.30 Shortland St. 6.00 Motor Racing. Hi-Tec Oils Super Series. Round 1. 9.30 Jeopardy! 10.25 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 11.20 Erotic Stories. 12.25am Hypothetical. 2.15 Icons Unearthed: James Bond. 3.10 NHK World English News. 5.00 Al Jazeera. 6am Morning Programs. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00 Harry’s Practice. 9.30 NBC Today. Noon Better Homes. 1.00 House Of Wellness. 2.00 My Road To Adventure. 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 24. Melbourne City v Perth Glory. Highlights. 8.30 Ready Steady Cook. 9.30 Diagnosis Murder. 11.30 JAG. 1.30pm Star Trek: Voyager. 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 Diagnosis Murder. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG. 6am Seaway. 7.00 Cre o. 7.30 Skippy. 8.00 TV Shop. 10.30 Pointless. 11.30 My Favorite Martian. Noon Days Of Our Lives. 12.55 The Young And The Restless. 1.50 Explore. 1.55 Dr Quinn. 2.55 Antiques Roadshow. 3.25 MOVIE: I Was Monty’s Double. (1958) 5.30 Escape To The Farm With Kate Humble. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 Take Me Home. 8.30 MOVIE: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (2015, PG) 11.00 Late Programs. BOLD (51) 9GEM (82) 7TWO (62) VICELAND (31) 6am Children’s Programs. 6.20pm Bluey. 6.30 Peter Rabbit. 6.40 Andy’s Global Adventures. 7.00 Bluey. 7.30 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 MOVIE: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus. (2009, PG) 10.25 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. 3.45 ABC News Update. 3.50 Close. 5.00 Hoopla. 5.15 Ready, Jet, Go! 5.25 Pablo. 5.40 Late Programs. ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. 1pm Rich House, Poor House. 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: Paper Planes. (2014) 7.30 MOVIE: Mirror Mirror. (2012, PG) 9.35 MOVIE: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. (2013, MA15+) 11.20 Dating No Filter. 11.50 Medium. 12.45am Below Deck. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 Bakugan: Legends. 3.30 Beyblade Burst Surge. 4.00 Transformers: Prime. 4.30 Ninjago: Crystalized. 4.50 Late Programs. 6am Morning Programs. 7.30 Creek To Coast. 8.00 America’s Game. 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 6. Adelaide 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 The Middle. 10.00 So Help Me Todd. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 Charmed. 2.00 The Big Bang Theory. 2.30 The Middle. 3.00 The King Of Queens. 4.00 Good Chef Bad Chef. 4.30 Becker. 5.30 Frasier. 6.30 The Big Bang Theory. 8.25 Two And A Half Men. 10.35 The Big Bang Theory. 11.00 Frasier. Midnight Shopping. 1.30 Stephen Colbert. 2.30 Late Programs.
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 Born To Spy. 5.25 Miraculous. 5.45 Total DramaRama. 6.00 School Of Rock. 6.30 Operation Ouch! 7.00 Horrible Histories. 7.35 Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness. 8.00 Hotel Transylvania. 8.20 Dragon Ball Super. 9.10 Find Me In Paris. 9.35 Supernatural Academy. 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 Breakfast Couch. 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 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. 3.00 The Block. 4.00 Lakefront Bargain Hunt. 5.00 Fixer Upper. 6.00 House Hunters International. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 Scott’s Vacation House Rules. 8.30 Houses With History. 9.30 Restored. 10.30 Holmes Family Rescue. 11.30 Late Programs. 6am Morning Programs. 10.30 Lidia’s Kitchen. 11.00 The Cook Up. 11.30 India. 12.40pm From Scratch. 1.35 Dolce Homemade. 2.00 Mexican Table. 2.30 Food Lover’s Guide. 3.00 David Rocco’s Dolce Napoli. 3.30 Ainsley’s Food We Love. 4.30 Comfort Food. 5.00 Everyday Gourmet. 5.30 John Torode’s Middle East. 6.00 Taste Of Aust. 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 UK. 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. 12.55pm Boxing Night To Remember V. 1.55 Anthem Sessions Interstitials. 2.00 Shortland St. 2.30 The Cook Up. 3.00 The Magic Canoe. 3.25 Wolf Joe. 3.35 Nanny Tuta. 3.40 Bushwhacked! 4.05 Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea. 4.35 Motown Magic. 5.00 Our Stories. 5.30 NITV News: Nula. 6.00 Bamay. 6.40 Arabian Inferno. 7.30 Eddie’s Lil’ Homies. 7.45 MOVIE: The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course. (2002, PG) 9.25 MOVIE: Welcome To Woop Woop. (1997, MA15+) 11.05 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.
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Today’s target: 28 words average 33 words good 38+ words excellent

Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes, hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in ‘s’. Solution list is not exhaustive. Ref: Macquarie Dictionary


ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

Remember Mercury is still reversing through your sign (until April 25), so pace yourself. On the weekend, lucky Jupiter and inventive Uranus join forces in your cash zone. So – when it comes to money matters – being adventurous and innovative could pay off, as long as you are not ridiculously rash. Getting professional financial advice is also a priority. Your mantra for the week is from birthday great, writer Charlotte Bronte: “Look twice before you leap.”

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20)

On the weekend (for the first time since 1941), Jupiter and Uranus hook up in your sign, so it’s time for Bulls to be bold, brave and adventurous. Which will give you the confidence and courage to be the authentic you, showcase your strengths, and pursue your wildest dreams. Your motto for the moment is from birthday great, actress and activist Emma Watson: “I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.”

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Mercury is still in retro mode, until April 25, so make sure you back-up computer files, allow plenty of time to get to appointments and catch flights, double-check everything and are incredibly adaptable. And Jupiter joins Uranus in your selfreflection zone, so it is a good week to take up yoga, meditation, Tai Chi or some sort of metaphysical study. Jupiter broadens your spiritual perspective and Uranus boosts your desire to explore exciting new realms.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Double-check everything at work, as Mercury reverses through your career zone. Then, on the weekend, Jupiter and Uranus hook up in your hopes-and-wishes zone. So it’s time for proactive Crabs to dream big dreams and then take adventurous steps to make them come true. No side-stepping! Your message for the moment is from Victoria Beckham (who turns 50 on Wednesday): “If you can get your head around your dream, it means your dream isn’t big enough.”

LEO (July 23 - Aug 22)

On the weekend, lucky Jupiter and Uranus link up in your career and life direction zone. So a combination of self-belief and sudden opportunities could set you on an exciting new professional path. Volunteer work and networking are also favoured. Inspiration for the week comes from birthday great, fashion designer Victoria Beckham: “I think the sexiest thing about a woman is confidence, but confidence in a humble way, not in an arrogant way.”

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22)

Mercury is in retrograde mode, so it’s not the best time to buy a phone, computer or car. But it is a good week to do just about anything with an RE in front of it – revise, rehearse, reboot, research, revisit, retract, refund, rethink, reschedule, redo. On the weekend, Jupiter and Uranus activate your adventure zone, so travel, holidays and/or business trips are favoured after Mercury turns direct on April 25. By then, you’ll be itching to put on your travelling shoes!

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22)

Look out – Lady Luck is headed in your direction! With prosperity planet Jupiter and surprise planet Uranus linking up in your money-fromothers zone, many Librans will benefit from a gift, inheritance, loan, divorce settlement, insurance claim, tax return or superannuation payout. So make sure you spend any windfall wisely. With Mercury still reversing through your relationship zone, tread gingerly with loved ones. The buzz word for the week is ‘diplomacy’.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

With Mercury reversing through your health zone, is it time for a medical or dental check-up? Or perhaps you need to revise and reboot your exercise routine? On the weekend, Jupiter and Uranus join forces in your partnership zone. So try to view a troubled relationship from a different angle; from a more philosophical perspective. And are you looking for love? In 2024 you could be attracted to someone from another country or culture.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Mercury is still in retrograde mode (until April 25) so slow down and be careful what you say –especially to children and friends. On the weekend, Uranus and Jupiter (your patron planet) join forces in your job zone. So – when it comes to your career trajectory – sudden opportunity meets self-belief. If you’ve put in the preparation, then you’ll have the confidence to reap the rewards when Lady Luck comes along. Work and travel are also a likely mix.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

On the weekend, jolly Jupiter and exciting Uranus link up in your love, romance, children and friendship zones. So your close relationships will bring much happiness and unexpected opportunities over the coming year. However –with Mercury still reversing through your family zone until April 25 – there’ll be a few domestic dramas before you get there. As always, a cool Capricorn head, patience and perseverance are your secret weapons!

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

When it comes to home and family – expect the unexpected! Courtesy of the weekend Jupiter/ Uranus conjunction, there’ll be exciting changes and/or domestic dramas involving loved ones and/or living arrangements in 2024. You’ll feel the need to re-design, decorate, renovate, extend or even move house, and your family could be expanded in surprising ways. With Mercury still retro, there could also be a big shake-up in your local community.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

With Uranus and Jupiter connecting in your education and communication zones, you could find yourself writing, studying, teaching, publishing or podcasting, as you extend your social media reach to a larger national and international audience. Travel and adventure are also on the horizon, as you choose more exotic and adventurous places to visit. But be extra careful with financial matters, as Mercury reverses through your money zone until April 25.

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You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box fight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe. Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight,

Black Box follows David as he fghts for an invention that could record the fnal moments of a fight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to

create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty

and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked. The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which

utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience. Black Box is the frst binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound. Binaural recording uses two

microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This worldpremiere production will be directed by David Berthold.


• When: 10-19 May

• Where: QPAC

• Price: From $69.90

• Tickets: www.qpac.


Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit. While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the

aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration. From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational

gatherings. At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life

changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions

and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich. Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a

year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.


• When: May 3-6

• Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.

• Price: From $280

• Tickets: www.

ENTERTAINMENT 36 The Northern Rivers Times April 18, 2024
Exploitive powers of supermarkets confrmed, with growers forced to foot the bill,while Bunnings gets a free pass

The NFF Horticulture Council strongly supports the key recommendations detailed in the interim Independent Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct report released today. The Council is particularly encouraged to see recommendations for the enforcement of the mandatory code, and the possibility of increased fnes reaching up to 10 per cent of turnover, potentially amounting to billions.

NFF Horticulture Council Chair Jolyon

Burnett said: “If we are going to allow duopolies to exist, we need to make them accountable for any anti-competitive behaviour. The supermarkets including Bunnings, need to know if they abuse their market powers, the fnes imposed will be meaningful.

“The next challenge will be to ensure that when the ACCC identifes an abuse of market power, there is a realistic chance of success in court within a commercial

timeframe. Otherwise, the announced fnes will be futile.”

NFF Horticulture Council also supports the need to make senior executives accountable for the practices and behaviours of their buyers and category managers. Where coercive control is exercised, there should be no room for ‘plausible deniability’.

More broadly, the report acknowledges ‘the heavy imbalance’, the fear of commercial retribution, and highly exposed nature of

growers to the buying practices of the supermarkets.

“For decades, fruit, vegetable and plant nursery growers have been forced to bear the brunt of a tilted playing feld, but have been unable to speak out in fear of commercial retribution. To have a report identify these issues is an important milestone,” Mr Burnett said.

“Given the high level of vulnerability due to the perishable nature of horticulture produce, we support the need for

additional stand-alone protections for the sector.

“The sector provides 98 per cent of Australia’s fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as almost all the nation’s nursery products and underpins the country’s food security. Some growers have reported not having a price increase for more than 15 years.

“As a virtual monopoly in the ornamental plant market, Bunnings needs to be included in the Code to cover

its dealings with plant nurseries. The issues faced by this sector are identical to the challenges faced by fruit and vegetable growers. It cannot be given a free pass.”

The NFF Horticulture Council welcomes all the recommendations in the interim report, and commends Craig Emerson on his work to date. The Council looks forward to the fnal report and prompt and meaningful action by government.

RURAL NEWS 37 April 18, 2024 e Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent Coraki Rural & Hardware Supplies 102-104 Queen Elizabeth Drive CORAKI

When talking with Dick and Leila on the 6th February 2024 I realized that my initial intention of researching a story from Leila’s early days also required a story that unfolded about her husband Dick.

Richard William George (known as Dick) was born on 22nd February 1932 to parents Stan and Mary Beattie at Stockton. Dick’s Grandfather, Edward Beattie was a boat builder and even in his 80’s still worked building boats, including fshing vessels and

ferries. His Great Uncle Gordon Beattie was one of the men that built the passenger ferry that ran between Yamba and Iluka. Dick’s father Stan was a boiler maker with BHP.

Dick went to Primary school at Stockton then on to New Castle Boys High School. He later studied at the University of New England in Armidale before completing his Honours Degree at the University of Sydney.

Family of Stan and Mary’s: Dick and Gloria. Leila was born Leila Madge Roberts in Casino on 10th September 1931

to parents Donald and Madge Roberts who were living on “Manifold Farm”, Bentley.

Family of Donald and Madge Roberts: Eileen, Leila and Nelda. The family lost little Nelda with whooping cough at the age of two and half years.

Donald was born at Cowra NSW and at the age of 14 years moved with his parents to Dunoon. They later relocated to Mongogarie from where Don enlisted in World War 1 in December 1915. He arrived at the Military Camp in Tell EL Kebir, Egypt in May 1916. After

training in England, Don was transferred to France where he performed 10 days of training in the infamous “Bull Ring”, training camp on the dunes between Etaples and Camiers, near Boulogne, before joining the 31st Battalion at Armentieres.

Shortly after joining the 31st Battalion, Don was attached to the transport section, where his reputation as an excellent horseman had become known. The 31st transport section contained a number of top horsemen. Alongside Don was Gus Hosking, also from Mongogarie.

They were both reputed to be the best. Don and Gus were sent to Abbeville, where the commandant of the riding school, became so impressed that he gave them the honour of leading the column of artillery on parades.

Don served with distinction in the unit and was made sergeant shortly after joining it. The work of getting supplies through to the front line, units was diffcult and dangerous, most of the hauling being done at night. Don was awarded the Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

Returning from the

War, Don married Madge Collison and worked at the Coombell Brick Works before settling on Lot 12 on the Runnymede Soldiers Settlement, calling the property “Manifold Farm”. This settlement came about when the owner of Runnymede Station, James Chester Manifold, gave three thousand acres of rich scrub land on the eastern side of the station, to be developed into twenty dairy farms. The farms were to be made available, by ballot, to ex - servicemen from Tomki Shire (now part of Richmond Valley Shire)

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Manifold Farm at Bentley Leila on “ Creamy” Leila with fowers for teacher, Charlie Steele Leila with her calf

and Kyogle Shire. James Chester died in 1918. His son Thomas Chester Manifold inherited Runnymede and keenly supported the scheme. These twenty farms with applicants were required to pay three hundred and twenty - one pounds ($640) for the improvements on the farms. They received a Life Estate Title. Now in 2024 there are fve families from the original residents still on their block of ground.

Don also enlisted in the army in World War 11 and was in camp at Goonoo Goonoo Station, near Tamworth. After a

while he left the army and returned to Bentley where he organized the local V.D.C. (Volunteer Defence Corps). Since there was a shortage of rifes they drilled with wooden rifes until they were properly equipped. Later a fring range was established on the property at Bentley. While in the V.D.C Don was promoted to the rank of Captain.

Don was one of the many farmers in the district who had Italian P.O.W.’s working on the property towards the end of the War. He also served as bushfre brigade captain and

was involved with the Bentley Hall Committee. Madge supported her husband in his community involvement and took over running the farm while he was away.

In 1929 a school was built on land donated by Charlie Beck, from the Manifold Settlement. The school was called Manifold Public School and is still operating today. Both Eileen and Leila went to school at Manifold. Leila remembers attending school and talks readily about it. On her frst day at school Leila arrived with a bunch of

fowers for the teacher

Mr Charlie Steele. The fowers were from her mother’s garden. Madge excelled in nurturing foral beauty. Leila rode a horse to school called “Creamy”. The older boys would catch “Creamy” and saddle her and have her ready for Leila to ride home. Leila competed in athletics and interschool sports day. Hockey was played on Becks fat. Hockey sticks could not be purchased so the children had to scout around and fnd a lantana stick with a bend at one end. A tin can was used as a ball.

Leila remembers Mr Steele taking the children up towards Boundary Creek into the forest to cut lawyer cane (Calamus Australis). The fbre was used at school, teaching the children weaving baskets. There were over 50 children that attended the school at one time: – All in one room – 1st to 6th class. Long desks and seating stools were used. Children from the families that Leila remembers at the time she attended were Owen Casey, Bob Knapp, Bill Moore, Jack Doman and family names Armstrong, Bulmer, Ball, Doman,

Knapp, Hartley, Moroney and Childs. Mrs Steele, wife of teacher Charlie, taught the girls sewing in the weather shed once a week.

Leila has many memories of those days when on Sundays, tennis would be played over on the Moroney family’s property and meeting up with her friends the Moroney girls, Joyce and Clare. Cricket would also be played with a picnic lunch. Leila loved the dances held in the Bentley Hall where Hillary and Leila Doohan from Back Creek would be the musicians playing. To be Continued

RURAL NEWS 39 April 18, 2024 e Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent
Children on their horses at Manifold School- 1937 House at Bentley Don and Madge Roberts

Best practice for citrus microbial food safety

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has launched the frst edition of the Citrus microbial food safety best practice guide.

NSW DPI’s Dr Sukhvinder Pal (SP)

Singh, Senior Research Scientist in Food Safety and Traceability, said that the guide provides a targeted, practical resource for citrus growers, packers and other supply chain participants to assess and manage microbial risks effectively.

“In 2021–2022, the Australian citrus industry produced 760,000 tonnes of fruit valued at $910 million,” said Dr Singh.

“The success of citrus export is built on the free trade agreements with importing countries and a clean, green, and safe reputation.

“To remain competitive and retain market share in our key export markets, the Australian citrus industry must consistently supply safe fruit, and aim for zero product recalls.”

Dr Singh said due to the inedible peel, citrus

fruit poses a relatively low microbial food safety risk to consumers.

“However, if pathogens are detected on the citrus fruit surface by regulatory authorities, this could lead to produce recalls, reputational losses and be a serious trade risk for export markets,” Dr Singh said.

“The industry needs to be proactive in maintaining the confdence of consumers, regulators and trading partners in the quality and safety of fruit to ensure market access is retained and new markets are created.

“This guide provides advice on best practice management and

proactive measures for fruit production, harvest practices and postharvest so we can continue to minimise the risk of microbial pathogens and maintain our food safety and hygiene standards, and our reputation for safe and healthy food.”

Hort Innovation’s general manager for production and

sustainability, Dr Anthony Kachenko, said the release of this guide will provide valuable information to everyone involved in the industry.

“This new guide provides practical, best practice management and we encourage all within the industry to engage with the guide and integrate the best

practice measures,” said Dr Kachenko.

“Protecting the citrus industry is a priority and this is an easy win for safeguarding our quality fruit and safe reputation.”

Vito Mancini, a citrus grower and industry leader from the Riverina region, said he is pleased to have this resource available for all growers that is founded on the latest science, data and industry practice.

“The guide is very thorough, and all Australian citrus growers and packers should read and gain food safety risk mitigation knowledge,” said Mr Mancini.

The guide is available on the DPI website at

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the citrus research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.

Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, notfor-proft research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

Best practice for citrus microbial food safety

The National Farmers’ Federation commends Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Assistant Minister Andrew Leigh for committing to reforming Australia’s merger and acquisition rules and processes to strengthen competition and streamline investment activity.

“Ensuring a competitive supply chain is crucial to Australian agriculture, and getting competition settings right is critical to better outcomes for both producers and consumers,” Mr Jochinke said.

“We’ve stated for a long time that mergers and

NFF President David Jochinke said farmers welcomed efforts to ensure corporate activity supported increased competition in Australia’s supply chains.

acquisition reform was a central to improving the competitive landscape, and welcome the announcements made today as important and tangible actions.”

The NFF is pleased to see recommendations to give increased powers to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to assess the competitive impacts of

proposed mergers and acquisitions activity. This is to ensure they give rise to procompetitive outcomes, including streamlining scrutiny through one pathway via the ACCC, bolstering assessment of proposed activity by those who hold substantial market power in concentrated sectors such as supply chains, and assessing

the cumulative impacts of multiple mergers and acquisitions.

“This reform package appears to be a step in the right direction in balancing the need to have a review process that does not deter investment in the Australian economy, but similarly ensures a strong and appropriate framework is in place to protect Australian producers and consumers,” Mr Jochinke said.

“While there is still more to do, we thank the Treasurer and Assistant Minister for the work to improve Australia’s competition laws and we look forward to staying engaged with the process as they implement this package.”

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Dr SP Singh and citrus grower Ken Roth

Road reseal underway on River Terrace, Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby residents can look forward to a smoother commute as the council embarks on the construction of a new road on River Terrace. Spanning 330 meters, the road resealing project commenced on Wednesday, April 10, with an estimated completion time of three weeks, contingent upon weather conditions.

Funded through the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads

grant program, the resealing initiative addresses the signifcant damage inficted upon River Terrace during the 2022 food. Phil Holloway, Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, emphasized the road’s deteriorated state and the necessity of its reconstruction to enhance community safety and convenience.

“We are thrilled to undertake the replacement of the

current road pavement, alongside the rebuilding and fortifcation of the sub-surface road,” stated Mr. Holloway.

“This effort will culminate in the installation of a smooth, new road that promises enduring benefts for the community.”

To expedite construction efforts, River Terrace will be closed at both ends, from the intersection of Burringbar Street to the intersection of Dalley Street. While access to the street will be maintained for local traffc and buses, vehicles will be directed to follow a one-way route, entering from Dalley Street and exiting via Burringbar Street.

The council remains committed to minimizing disruptions while delivering vital infrastructure improvements, ensuring residents can enjoy safer and more effcient travel routes in Mullumbimby.

Wage Peace Not War

Northern Rivers Peace group, Remembering and Healing invites all community members to a peace gathering on the eve of ANZAC Day - 24th of April from 5.30pm at the Red Dove Centre, 80 Keen Street, Lismore (accessible venue).

Remembering and Healing (also known as RaH) meet annually at this time to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence both locally and globally.

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities.

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering: Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.

Film workshop with an award-winning writerdirector, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are

encouraged to book for these free sessions here: https://lismore-events.

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.

Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch

grow over the holidays. Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions. And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here: https://events. school-holiday-activitiesat-lismore-area-libraries

Future generations leading the charge to protect our marine environment

In something new, this year we invite people from all nations, cultures and faiths to bring bread or something you serve with bread from your culture to share together in the traditional sign of hospitality, cooperation and connection.

opportunity to decorate peace signs that will be placed publicly around Lismore.

RaH has partnered with local Sandra Handley who will be launching Peace in our Lifetime, a global peace campaign that aims to use the collective power of imagery and its ability to unite people and cultures by blanketing the world with peace signs. So along with music by local, Mish Songsmith, poem by Vincent Stead, peace speakers, lighting candles for peace and sharing food and conversations, attendees will have the

“World peace seems impossible but if we start in our own hearts, homes and communities, it can spread.” Said Jenny Dowell, RaH’s Patron and MC for the evening.

“We must give peace a chance and when we stop and really listen to each other across cultures, religions, generations or whatever divide that we might imagine, peace can grow.”

RaH can be contacted on Remembering.and. or just come along - you are welcome.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries has unveiled a pioneering education initiative, set to empower primary school students as stewards of the NSW marine estate. Directed by Mr. Heath Folpp, DPI’s Marine Estate Management Director, this innovative program equips young learners with the knowledge and tools to champion conservation efforts and drive positive change within coastal ecosystems.

Mr. Folpp emphasized the program’s tailored approach, designed for students from Years 1 to 6, and its seamless integration into the NSW curriculum. The curriculum covers diverse topics, including the protection of threatened species, responsible fshing practices, catchment management, and the cultural signifcance of Sea Country. Accessible to all

primary schools, regardless of their proximity to the coast, the program offers downloadable teaching resources free of charge via the NSW Marine Estate website. Mr. Folpp acknowledged the essential role of educational partners in advancing marine conservation efforts and expressed enthusiasm for the program’s adoption by teachers across the state.

The Marine Estate Agents program is a cornerstone of the NSW Marine Estate Education Strategy, aimed at instilling long-lasting behavioral changes

for future generations. With 85% of NSW residents residing within 50 kilometers of the coast, the signifcance of a thriving marine estate cannot be understated. Mr. Folpp underscored the crucial role of education in safeguarding coastal communities’ prosperity and environmental sustainability.

For further information on the Marine Estate Agents program, interested parties are encouraged to visit www. Join us in shaping a healthier marine estate today, ensuring its preservation for generations to come.

NEWS 41 April 18, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent

Who will you nominate for this year’s Byron Shire Community Awards?

The Byron Shire Community Awards return this year, and Council invites nominations for individuals, businesses, and groups whose extraordinary contributions have enriched community life over the past year.

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, urges everyone in the Byron Shire to consider the inspiring efforts of people, businesses, and groups they know, and to nominate them for recognition.

“Numerous individuals devote signifcant time to improving the lives of others. Our annual Byron Shire Community Awards aim to acknowledge these

endeavours. I encourage everyone to submit their nominations online today,” Mayor Lyon emphasized.

The 2024 Byron Shire Community Awards feature eight categories:

1. Community Member of the Year

2. Young Community Member of the Year

3. Community Initiative of the Year

4. In Business for Good Award

5. Caring for Country Award

6. Access and Inclusion Award

7. Creativity Award

8. Contributions to Health and Wellbeing Award

“After successfully transitioning the

Community Awards from Australia Day to Local Government Week in August last year, we are thrilled to continue this tradition. This year, we anticipate another remarkable Community Awards night during the frst week of August, offering a splendid opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions made to the Byron Shire community,” Mayor Lyon added.

To nominate deserving candidates for the 2024 Byron Shire Community Awards, visit Council’s website and complete the online form: www. communityawards.

Commencement of Detailed Design for Byron Bay Drainage Upgrade Project

The intricate planning phase for the Byron Bay Drainage Upgrade Project is now underway following the adoption of the concept design by the Council in February.

Byron Bay has a recurrent history of fooding during intense rainfall, signifcantly impacting local businesses and residents. The primary objective of this project is to alleviate the adverse effects of fooding.

Chris Soulsby, Acting Manager of Assets and Major Projects, emphasized that residents may observe preliminary investigative activities commencing in Byron Bay as part of the project’s initiation.

“In our pursuit of formulating a comprehensive detailed design, we will commence drilling boreholes in the Byron Town Centre and Recreation Grounds areas in late April/early May. This crucial step helps identify soil types and ground conditions. Adequate traffc management measures

will be implemented where necessary to facilitate this process,” Mr. Soulsby stated.

“Throughout April and May, we will offer various opportunities for the community to learn more about the project,” he added.

To facilitate public engagement, informational sessions are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, April 18th, at Byron Farmers Market from 7 am to 11 am.

Sunday, May 5th, at Byron Community Market from 8 am to 3 pm.

Thursday, May 9th, at Byron Farmers Market from 7 am to 11 am.

The drainage system upgrade is anticipated to exceed $40 million in costs and will be executed in multiple stages. The project is a collaborative effort between the NSW and Australian Governments, with the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements providing $7 million for gravity drainage upgrades in the Town Centre

New development planned for Woolgoolga Retirement Village

Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village Ltd is embarking on an exciting new venture as they unveil plans for the creation of Callisto Coastal Retirement, an exclusive collection of contemporary retirement residences and amenities set to enrich the fabric of the High Street village. Led by Chief Executive Offcer Sasha Andrews, the organization is poised to introduce this innovative development, aiming to elevate the standard of retirement living in Woolgoolga.


Additionally, the Australian Government has allocated $11.8 million through the Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program (NRRRP), administered by the NSW Reconstruction Authority. The overarching goal of the NRRRP is to fortify communities against future disasters, thereby expediting recovery efforts. This allocation encompasses the construction of the Sandhills Wetlands, aimed at enhancing drainage and stormwater quality, along with other pertinent drainage initiatives.

While this marks the initial phase of the $40 million Byron Bay Drainage Upgrade Project, further funding will be necessary to fnalize subsequent construction stages.

Detailed information regarding this project is available on the Council’s website, and interested parties can also subscribe to a dedicated newsletter for updates

Expressing her enthusiasm for the project, Ms. Andrews emphasized the community’s pride in welcoming Callisto Coastal Retirement into their midst. “We are thrilled to introduce Callisto Coastal Retirement to our vibrant community,” she remarked. “Nestled within this picturesque coastal locale, we aspire to establish a new standard of excellence in retirement living.”

In a bid to ensure that the development aligns closely with the desires and preferences of future residents, Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village Ltd is extending an invitation to eligible individuals aged 55 and above to participate in a Feedback Forum. This platform offers an invaluable opportunity for prospective residents to provide input on various aspects of the development, including design, amenities, and services, thus shaping the ultimate vision of Callisto Coastal Retirement.

meeting the evolving needs of seniors within the community. “Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village has been a cornerstone of our community for many years,” he affrmed. “We are dedicated to delivering quality retirement living solutions that are tailored to the evolving needs and preferences of our valued residents.”

Underpinning this initiative is the steadfast support of the Board of Directors, who are committed to upholding the organization’s legacy of communitycentric service. Ian Wade, Chairperson of the not-for-proft entity, underscored the signifcance of this endeavour in

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 7th, as the community Feedback Forum promises to be an enlightening and engaging event. To register and access further details, visit the offcial website at CallistoRetirement. Join us as we embark on this journey to redefne retirement living on the captivating shores of Woolgoolga.

Tragic Fatality Resulting from SingleVehicle Collision in Woodburn

In a heartbreaking incident, a woman has succumbed to injuries sustained in a singlevehicle crash in the northern region of the state.

At approximately 10 am on Sunday, April 14th, 2024, emergency services responded to a distress call concerning a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Forest Road, Woodburn, located approximately 34 kilometres south of Lismore.

Upon arrival at the scene, offcers from the Richmond Police District were informed that a green Toyota utility vehicle had collided with a pedestrian. Despite the swift intervention

of NSW Ambulance paramedics, the pedestrian, identifed as a 30-year-old woman, could not be revived, and tragically passed away at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota utility, an 18-year-old man, cooperated with authorities and underwent a roadside breath test, which yielded a negative result for alcohol consumption. The driver is currently assisting the police with their ongoing investigation.

Fortunately, there were no additional injuries reported as a result of this unfortunate incident. Nonetheless, a crime scene has been established, and a

thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision has been initiated.

A comprehensive report will be compiled for submission to the coroner’s offce to facilitate further inquiry into the matter.

As the investigation progresses, individuals possessing any pertinent information or dashcam footage related to the incident are urged to come forward and assist law enforcement by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Every detail could potentially contribute to shedding light on the events leading up to this tragic occurrence.

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Exploring the Seven Wonders of the World

offers a journey through time and culture, with each site a testament to human creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance. These wonders captivate the imagination of travellers and history buffs alike. Embarking on a quest to visit each of these sites not only enriches one’s understanding of global heritage but also provides a unique perspective on the diverse expressions of human achievement across the continents.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stretches over mountains and winds through vast countryside’s, offering a glimpse into China’s ancient defensive architecture. Built by several dynasties over centuries to protect against invasions, the Wall mesmerizes with its historical depth and the sheer scale of human endeavour. Hiking along its preserved sections, travellers marvel at the panoramic views and the timeless narrative embedded in its stones.

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan, known as the Rose City for the colour of the rock from which it’s carved,

unveils the creativity of the Nabateans, an ancient Arab people. Entering through the narrow canyon of Al Siq reveals the majestic Al Khazneh, the Treasury, whose stunning facade marks just the beginning of an extensive city of tombs, temples, and an amphitheatre, all telling tales of a thriving civilization that once dominated trade routes.

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stands atop Mount Corcovado, its arms stretched wide over the city in a gesture of peace and welcome. This iconic statue, one of the largest Art Deco sculptures in the world, offers breath-taking views of Rio and the bay below. Its presence refers to Brazil’s deeprooted Christian faith and symbolises hope to the Brazilian people.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru is a mystic ruin, often enveloped in mist, that sits high in the Andes Mountains. The Lost City of the Incas was unknown to the outside world until its discovery in 1911. Its intricate stone constructions and terraces blend seamlessly with the

natural landscape, in harmony to Incan engineering and a respect for nature.

Trekking the Inca Trail to reach this secluded wonder is a spiritual journey into the past.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, echoes the roars of ancient gladiators and spectators, a monumental symbol of the Roman Empire’s might and entertainment culture. Its architectural complexity and the ingenuity of its construction have infuenced amphitheatre designs throughout history. Walking through its ruins, one can almost hear the epic battles that once defned the pinnacle of Roman entertainment.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza in Mexico serves as a window into the Mayan civilization, showcasing the sophisticated architectural, and artistic achievements of this ancient culture. The Kukulkan Pyramid, also known as El Castillo, is the main feature of the site, and its design is intricately linked to the Mayan calendar. The play of light and shadow during the equinoxes, which resembles a serpent slithering down the pyramid’s steps shows the Mayans’ precision and craftsmanship.

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is a monument to love and loss, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his

beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This ivory-white marble mausoleum, combining elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Indian architectural styles, stands as a symbol of eternal love and is renowned for its stunning beauty. The refective pool and the changing hues of the Taj Mahal at different times of the day add to its ethereal charm.

Traveling to the Seven Wonders of the World

Traveling to these Seven Wonders of the World is more than just a check-off on a bucket list: it’s a journey through the archives of human history and achievement. Each site, with its unique story and setting, invites visitors to ponder the legacy of

civilizations long gone and the nature of human endeavours.

Beyond their historical and cultural signifcance, these wonders also highlight the importance of preserving our global heritage. As ambassadors of history, travellers can respect and protect these sites for future generations. The journey across continents to witness the sites will stay with you forever. It’s a journey that challenges one’s perspectives and understanding and gives a deep appreciation for our shared heritage. The Seven Wonders of the World are waving to those who seek to unravel the mysteries of our collective past and the incredible achievements of those who came before us.

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Optimizing Aged Care Funding: Ensuring Sustainable Solutions

Chris Grice, CEO of the National Seniors Australia (NSA), highlights the Federal Government’s decision to delay the implementation of the new Aged Care Act. This pause provides an opportunity for thorough deliberation on the intricacies of funding adjustments.

Following the recent release of the Aged Care Taskforce’s recommendations and fve years since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the government’s commitment to refning funding models is paramount. As emphasized by the Royal Commission, sustainable funding is imperative for meaningful change in the aged care sector.

The Taskforce’s comprehensive report, unveiled on March 12, delineates 23 recommendations, marking a pivotal moment in the journey towards a safer and

higher quality care system. However, the meticulous design and legislative detailing of these changes are pivotal stages, subject to rigorous parliamentary scrutiny.

Key among the Taskforce’s proposals is the exploration of additional funding avenues to bolster the aged care system. Currently, the government shoulders a signifcant portion of aged care costs, with 75% of residential care

and 95% of home care services funded federally. Recognizing the growing elderly population and increased life expectancy, sustainable revenue streams are imperative.

Rather than advocating for new levies or taxes, the Taskforce underscores the importance of expanding existing co-contribution frameworks. This approach ensures fairness and addresses concerns regarding intergenerational equity

and the cost of living.

Notably, the Taskforce recommends reinforcing safety nets for those unable to afford cocontributions.

Moreover, the Taskforce advocates for governmental primacy in funding direct care services, reserving co-contributions for non-care living expenses. Any adjustments to cocontributions should be phased in gradually, with provisions for existing residential care recipients and home care recipients

as their needs evolve. NSA’s response underscores the need for ongoing consultation, incremental adjustments to co-contributions, and enhanced transparency and accountability measures. Quality care should remain paramount, irrespective of fnancial contributions. Additionally, bipartisan support is essential to depoliticize aged care funding reform. Transparency measures, including mandatory

fnancial audits for service providers, are crucial for restoring confdence in funding management. By prioritizing these considerations, the government can garner community support and ensure equitable access to quality care for older Australians.

Although the delay in implementing the new Aged Care Act is regrettable, it presents an opportunity for meticulous refnement. Older Australians have long awaited legislative changes that prioritize human rights, quality care, and fnancial transparency. NSA stands ready to collaborate with the government to navigate this pivotal juncture and advocate for the best interests of older Australians. Stay tuned for further updates as we engage closely with policymakers on funding reform and legislative enhancements within the new Act.

Why should seniors prioritize physical activity?

Regardless of age, embracing physical activity offers a myriad of health benefts that signifcantly enhance overall well-being.

Contrary to popular belief, staying active doesn’t have to feel like a chore; in fact, it can be an enjoyable and sociable experience.

Engaging in regular exercise not only promotes physical health but also stimulates

mental acuity, ultimately elevating one’s quality of life.

Even small increments of daily physical activity yield profound advantages, reducing the risk of various health conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity, and certain cancers.

Moreover, staying active fosters better sleep, uplifts mood, boosts energy levels,

mitigates stress, anxiety, and even diminishes pain associated with conditions like arthritis.

Conversely, prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour pose signifcant health risks, underscoring the importance of interspersing sitting with physical activity. Incorporating even brief bouts of walking or stretching throughout the day can mitigate adverse health outcomes.

Furthermore, physical activity has been demonstrated to decelerate the aging process, particularly when it includes resistance training and fexibility exercises. With advancing age, individuals typically experience declines in muscle mass, bone density, and fexibility, compounded by chronic health issues. However, regular exercise has been shown to enhance overall health, stave off chronic conditions, and alleviate frailty, thereby promoting longevity and an improved quality of life.

To reap these benefts, seniors should aim for approximately 30 minutes of moderateintensity physical activity daily. This can encompass various activities tailored to individual preferences, including cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, as well as strength-building activities like weight training or gardening. Flexibility exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi, along with balancing activities like side leg raises or heel raises, also

contribute to overall health and well-being. Incorporating physical activity into daily routines can be gradual, allowing the body time to adapt. It’s essential to wear comfortable attire, stay hydrated, and consult with a healthcare professional before commencing any new exercise regimen, particularly for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Dispelling common myths about physical activity among seniors is crucial for fostering a culture of inclusivity and empowerment. Contrary

to misconceptions, gyms cater to individuals of all ages, and frailty shouldn’t deter anyone from engaging in suitable activities. It’s never too late to embark on a journey towards better health and vitality, as physical activity can be tailored to accommodate diverse abilities and preferences.

Ultimately, prioritizing physical activity empowers seniors to embrace an active lifestyle, enhancing their physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life well into their golden years.

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Understanding the Grey Divorce Trend: Implications and Financial Realities

As individuals contemplate parting ways with their signifcant others, they should be prepared for potential fnancial repercussions. The phenomenon, known as “grey divorce” or “silver separation,” is gaining momentum, particularly among couples aged 50 and above, who are opting to navigate their later years independently.

While the overall divorce rate in Australia has seen a decline, this trend does not hold true for baby boomers and older Generation Xers. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, couples married for two decades or more accounted for over a quarter of the 56,244 divorces in 2021, a stark contrast to the fgures from the 1980s and 1990s.

Several factors contribute to the rise in grey divorce. Experts attribute it to the “empty

nest syndrome,” where parents grapple with newfound relationship challenges upon their children leaving home. Financial strains and the adjustment to retirement, where couples suddenly spend more time together, also play a role. Additionally, diverging life plans often lead individuals to prioritize

personal fulfllment without compromise.

Barbara Barbosa Neves, a senior lecturer in sociology at Monash University, notes that societal shifts have destigmatized divorce, making it easier for individuals to navigate life changes without social shame. However, she cautions that the

growing divorce rate among older Australians carries broader implications, including fnancial stress and healthcare burdens that may fall on children or government support systems.

Research conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies reveals signifcant fnancial

disparities between divorced individuals and their married counterparts. Divorced men and women aged 55 to 74 have lower household disposable income and fewer assets, even years after their divorce. The gap in assets between divorced and married individuals appears to be widening,

with remarried divorcees also falling behind.

While household income levels may recover relatively quickly post-divorce, asset appreciation, particularly in housing, takes longer to materialize. Factors such as education levels and employment rates among older married individuals contribute to their ability to rebuild fnancial stability more effectively than their divorced counterparts.

In conclusion, the grey divorce trend underscores the importance of understanding the fnancial implications of separation, especially in later life stages. Education, employment opportunities, and longterm fnancial planning play crucial roles in mitigating the economic impact of divorce and ensuring fnancial security in retirement.

Empower Yourself with Four Essential Insights into Arthritis

Embark on a journey of understanding and empowerment by delving into these four pivotal facts about arthritis and sharing them with your loved ones and healthcare providers. Arthritis, a condition affecting millions globally, poses signifcant challenges, but with knowledge and support, individuals can navigate its complexities more effectively, enhancing their overall well-being.

1. Arthritis Affects Individuals of All Ages: Contrary to popular belief, arthritis isn’t confned to older adults alone. It can

manifest in younger demographics, including children and adolescents. Shockingly, around 220,000 youngsters under 18 grapple with arthritis, highlighting the need for heightened awareness and support. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are critical, as timely intervention can mitigate long-term joint damage and improve outcomes.

2. Identifying Risk Factors: Certain factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, infuence one’s susceptibility to arthritis. While genetics, age, and sex are beyond one’s control, lifestyle choices such as weight management, physical activity

levels, and smoking habits signifcantly impact arthritis risk. By adopting healthier habits and mitigating modifable risk factors, individuals can proactively safeguard their joint health.

3. Embrace JointFriendly Physical Activity: Engaging in joint-friendly exercises forms the cornerstone of arthritis management, offering a plethora of benefts ranging from pain reduction to enhanced mood and overall well-being.

Activities like walking, swimming, and dancing promote joint mobility and function while minimizing discomfort. Incorporating at

least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity weekly can signifcantly improve arthritis symptoms and overall health outcomes.

4. Harness the Power of Self-Management: Empowerment lies at the heart of arthritis management, with selfmanagement serving as a pivotal tool in navigating the challenges of this chronic condition. By adopting proactive strategies, including

symptom tracking, healthy lifestyle choices, and effective communication with healthcare providers, individuals can take control of their arthritis journey. Additionally, self-management education workshops equip participants with invaluable skills and confdence to better manage their symptoms, reduce stress, and lead fulflling lives despite arthritis-related


In essence, arming oneself with knowledge, adopting a proactive approach to joint health, and embracing selfmanagement strategies are key pillars in the quest for a fulflling life with arthritis. By championing awareness and support, individuals can pave the way for improved arthritis management and enhanced quality of life for all affected by this condition.

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More work needed if we are to build 1.2 million homes

Master Builders


Despite a myriad of Federal Government housing initiatives, Australia is on track to fall over 110,000 homes short of its National Housing Accord target.

Master Builders

Australia has today released its 2024 building and construction industry forecasts which, for the frst time, cover the full fve-year period of the Accord.

From 1 July 2024 until 30 June 2029, Master Builders forecasts 1,087,325 new home starts.

“We’re seeing infation starting to near its target range and expect a fall in interest rates which will lead to a more favourable investment market,” said CEO Denita Wawn.

“The Federal Government has also announced a number of signifcant housing measures that focus on increasing supply in

social and affordable housing and the rental market.

“However, constraints on the supply side like workforce shortages, industrial relations changes and a poor planning system counter the full effectiveness of these measures.

“Productivity in the industry has fallen 18 per cent over the last decade. It’s clear that governments need to expedite the rollout of planning reforms to reduce the high costs and time it takes to build.

“Concerningly, the full impact of the Closing

Loopholes Bills and union pattern bargaining negotiations underway in several states has not been factored into these forecasts.

“Workforce shortages continue to be the biggest challenge for the industry across all sectors.

“At a Federal level, the government’s priority should be growing the building and construction workforce.

“We heard only recently from BuildSkills Australia that the industry needs 90,000 workers in the next 90 days.

“Domestically, we cannot fll this gap. We need to think outside of the box with better apprenticeship incentives, reskilling migrants already in Australia, and a targeted international campaign to bring in skilled migrants.

“Investment and support in the whole built environment is important. While the commercial and civil construction sectors have helped shield the economy from periods of negative economic growth, this is coming to an end.

“We can’t build the homes we need without the appropriate commercial and civil infrastructure to support it. This includes critical infrastructure such as utilities.

“Builders are up to the challenge to reach these targets but the barriers on the road need to be cleared to get the job done,” Ms Wawn said.

New Report Unveils the Striking Income Gap in Australia’s Rental Market

A recent study titled

“Unaffordable Australia: The Surprising Income You Need to Rent Comfortably” has unveiled the signifcant income gap renters face in Australia’s most sought-after suburbs. Compiled by MCG Quantity Surveyors, the report sheds light on

the top 10 suburb areas across Australian capital cities and states where the disparity between current incomes and what is necessary to afford rent comfortably is most pronounced.

Mike Mortlock, Managing Director of MCG Quantity Surveyors, comments on the report’s fndings, “This study reveals the harsh reality many

Australians face—a reality where the dream of living in a prime location is increasingly out of reach due to the widening gap between wages and rental prices.”

The report not only highlights the top 10 affected suburbs but also delves into the broader implications of this gap on local economies.

“When a signifcant portion of a household’s

income is dedicated to rent, there’s less available for other expenditures. This isn’t just a problem for renters; it’s a challenge for the entire local economy,” Mike adds.

With an emphasis on the critical need for affordable housing solutions, Mike urges policymakers and industry stakeholders to consider the report’s fndings as a call to action. “We need innovative solutions to bridge this affordability gap. It’s imperative for the sustainability of our communities and the overall health of our economy,” he asserts.

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5m prep

8m cook

4 servings



• oil spray

• 4 eggs

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

• 4 (English) muffns, halved and toasted

• 120g shaved leg ham


Step 1

Spray a frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Cook ham, turning, for 2 to 3 minutes or until light golden. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm.

Step 2

• 4 slices tasty cheese

Preheat grill on medium. Lightly spray pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Cook eggs for 4 minutes or until cooked to your liking.

Step 3

Place 4 muffn halves on a baking tray lined with foil. Place 1 egg on each muffn. Top each with ham and 1 slice cheese. Grill for 1 minute or until cheese has melted. Top with remaining muffn halves. Serve.


20m prep

4h 40m cook


• 2 tsp olive oil

• 1 brown onion, fnely chopped

• 2 carrots, peeled, chopped

• 2 celery sticks, trimmed, chopped

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 tsp fennel seeds

4 servings

fresh sprigs thyme, 2 fresh sprigs rosemary)

• 200g cavalo nero (Tuscan cabbage), stem removed, leaves shredded

• 2 thick slices Italian bread (pane di casa), lightly toasted, torn into chunks

5m prep

4 servings


15m cook

567 calories

• 2 x 400g packet shelf-fresh udon noodles

• 60ml (1/4 cup) light soy sauce

• 60ml (1/4 cup) dark soy sauce

• 60ml (1/4 cup) oyster sauce

• 2 tbsp honey

• 2 tsp rice wine vinegar

• Pinch of dried chilli fakes

• 400g can crushed tomatoes

• 400g can Cannellini Beans, drained, rinsed

10h 40m prep 1h cook

• 1L (4 cups) Massel vegetable liquid stock

• Bouquet garni (4 fresh or dried bay leaves, 4


• 40g (1/2cup) fnely grated parmesan, (or vegetarian hard cheese) plus extra shaved, to serve


• 1 lemon, juiced, zested

8 servings

871 calories

• Finely chopped continental parsley, to serve

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

• 500g pork mince

• 100g button mushrooms, thickly sliced

• 425g can baby corn, drained, halved lengthways

• 2 (about 200g) baby buk choy, quartered lengthways


• 200g Anzac biscuits, plus 2, extra, crushed

• 100g butter, melted, cooled

Step 1

• 500g cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature

• 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

• 60g (1/3 cup, lightly packed) brown sugar

Step 2

process until combined. Use the back of a spoon to press the mixture frmly over the base of the prepared pan. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to frm up.

• 100g snow peas, halved

• 2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

• 3 eggs

Set a 5L slow cooker to Browning. Heat oil. Cook onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, fennel and chilli. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato, beans, stock and bouquet garni. Season. Change cooker setting to High. Cover. Cook for 3-4 hours or until vegetables are almost tender.

Stir in cavalo nero, bread and parmesan. Cover and cook on High for 30 minutes or until soup has thickened slightly. Stir in lemon juice, to taste. Serve topped with parsley, lemon zest and extra parmesan.

• 300ml thickened cream

• 180g Caramilk chocolate, melted, cooled

• Whipped cream, to serve

• Twirl Caramilk chocolate bar, sliced diagonally, to serve

• Golden syrup, to drizzle


1. Grease a 20cm springform pan. Place a sheet of baking paper over the base and clip on the side, allowing the paper to overhang outside the tin.

3. Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan forced. Use electric beaters to beat the 500g cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature and 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar|60g (1/3 cup, lightly packed) brown sugar in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the 3 eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Add the 300ml thickened cream and beat to combine. Add the 180g Caramilk chocolate, melted, cooled then beat until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until just set.

4. Turn off the oven. Leave the cheesecake in the oven, with the door slightly ajar, for 2 hours to cool completely. Transfer to the fridge and chill overnight or until frm.

• Sliced green shallots, to serve


1. Heat 2 x 400g packet shelf-fresh udon noodles following packet directions. Combine the 60ml (1/4 cup) light soy sauce and 60ml (1/4 cup) dark soy sauce sauces, 60ml (1/4 cup) oyster sauce, 2 tbsp honey and 2 tsp rice wine vinegar in a jug.

2. Heat the 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Add 500g pork mince and 100g button mushrooms, thickly sliced. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until lightly browned.

“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.”

2. Break up the 200g Anzac biscuits, plus 2, extra, crushed into a food processor. Process until fnely crushed. Add the 100g butter, melted, cooled and

5. Top the cheesecake with whipped Whipped cream, to serve and Twirl Caramilk chocolate bar, sliced diagonally, to serve. Sprinkle with extra biscuits and drizzle over Golden syrup, to drizzle to serve.

- Auguste Escoffer

3. Add the 425g can baby corn, drained, halved lengthways, 2 (about 200g) baby buk choy, quartered lengthways and 100g snow peas, halved. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until bright green. Add the noodles and sauce mixture. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until well combined. Sprinkle with 2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted and Sliced green shallots, to serve to serve.

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Grape Expectations by Max Crus

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Go ahead, make my bomb.

After months of relentless hype and more marketing than Harvey Norman we caved in and watched the self-described ‘blockbuster’, Oppenheimer.

Warning! That’s three hours of life that would have been better spent doing, um, let’s see, anything. Actually, make that four because it took an hour to fnd a streaming service that we subscribed to instead of having to pay.

Vickery Eden Valley (EVR 2203 MSS) Riesling 2023, $24. The detail on the label is astonishing and you cannot but feel at one with the earth and the growers, pickers, stompers and passers-by. So thanks to the Masons, Schuberts, Stephens, and their Woodcarvers, Barty’s and Wyncroft Vineyards

Several things arise from this revelation, not least that shouldn’t the description “blockbuster” come after people have seen a movie and declared it thus, not before, and how sneaky is it that alternate streaming services charging for something that is free if you subscribe to another?

If ever there was an example marketing over substance, Oppenheimer is it. Nominated for almost all

planted in 2001, 1961 and 1971 respectively. See? Proper riesling with proper provenance. 9.5/10.

Vickery Eden Valley (EVR 1503 M) The ‘V’ Reserve Riesling 2022, $39. This is the Mason Woodcarvers Vineyard version, which should be cheaper because they didn’t have so far to go to pick the grapes, but they

academy award categories and winning most of them – a wonder it didn’t win Best Foreign Film merely because of its name – once you’ve seen it you will scratch your head in wonder.

Barbenheimer or Oppenbarbie were the journalisitic cliches when the movies were released yet Barbs got nothing, largely because of the proper emasculation of poor Ken. Well, suck it up guys,

are clearly better grapes, perhaps picked individually and squeezed gently by the fair maidens of Eden straight into the bottles. It’s worth the effort. 9.7/10.

Pikes Clare Valley Luccio Sangiovese Rosé, 2023, $25. Not sure who Luccio was but he’s unlikely to ever win an oscar with a name like that. On the other

and remember it took the American Academy almost a hundred years to award something to any woman or person of colour.

No, Oppenheimer is of the true American pap genre - Troubled, autistic, genius struggles against bureaucracy and, like any Bruce Willis movie, the clock, over all of which he triumphs and saves the free world by blowing up the rest of it. As usual Americans did everything without any help from anyone and McCarthyism gets him in the end.

hand he’s good for a rosé at a price less than a cinema ticket. 9.3/10.

Pikes Clare Valley The Dogwalk Cabernets, 2021, $25. The dog star in Anatomy of a Fall really did deserve his seat at the oscars and this deserves one of those Premium seats at the cinema, but it won’t last the whole movie. 9.2/10.

What is it about McCarthy Americans love so much? And they’re about to vote him in again…Donald McCarthy.

Oppenheimer is a Clint Eastwood movie, Go Ahead Make My Bomb. But Clint Eastwood movies had Clint, who never deserved an Oscar and rightly never got

Scarborough Hunter Valley, ‘The Obsessive’ Semillon The Cottage Vineyard, 2023, $35. You cannot writer a review of The Obsessives without including the obsessiveness that it was picked on the 19th of February. It seems just as necessary to say that it was drunk on the 27th of March. A short life but well

one, except tokenisticly in the end because the academy realised it was a bad look.

No, if you have three hours to spare (okay, four including the search) and $50 that you might spend on a cinema or even just $10 you might waste on a streaming service to watch Oppy, spend it on these and go down to the river and play with the dog…and watch Anatomy of a Fall when you get home :

lived and served. 9.5/10.

Scarborough Hunter Valley Semillon (Green Label) 2023, $22. This was among the frst 2023 wines we tasted last year so there should be another one out soon. Remember that young fresh semillons are one of nature’s little treats and they’re not bad later on too. 9.4/10.

WINE 48 The Northern Rivers Times April 18, 2024
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Australian unemployment dropped in March as part-time jobs surged; but this caused an increase in under-employment

Roy Morgan Unemployment & Under-employment (2019-2024)

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source January 2019 – March 2024. Average monthly interviews 5,000.

Note: Roy Morgan unemployment estimates are actual data while the ABS estimates are seasonally adjusted.

In March 2024, Australian ‘real’ unemployment dropped 78,000 to 1,358,000 (down 0.5% to 8.7% of the workforce) as employment reached an all-time high of over 14.2 million.

However, the composition of the workforce changed –part-time employment surged 295,000 (up 6.1%) to 5,164,000 (a new record high). Unfortunately, there was a substantial decrease in full-time employment, down 256,000 (down 2.7%) to 9,103,000 as the composition of the employment market changed significantly.

The rise in part-time employment was correlated to the increase in under-employment, up 75,000 to 1576,000 (10.1%, up 0.5%). In total a massive 2.93 million Australians (18.8%, unchanged) were unemployed or under-employed in March.

The March Roy Morgan Unemployment estimates were obtained by surveying an Australia-wide cross section of people aged 14+. A person is classified as unemployed if they are looking for work, no matter when. The ‘real’ unemployment rate is presented as a percentage of the workforce (employed & unemployed).

• Employment reaches new record high of over 14.2 million in March: Australian employment increased 39,000 to 14,267,000 in March. Part-time employment drove the increase, up 295,000 (up 6.1%) to a new record high of 5,164,000 while full-time employment dropped 256,000 (down 2.7%) to 9,103,000.

• Unemployment dropped in March with 78,000 fewer looking for work:

In March 1,358,000 Australians were unemployed (8.7% of the

workforce, down 0.5%), a decrease of 78,000 from February driven by fewer people looking for part-time work. There were 763,000 (down 70,000) looking for parttime work and 595,000 (down 8,000) looking for full-time work.

• Overall unemployment and under-employment was unchanged in March at 18.8%:

In addition to the unemployed, a further 1.58 million Australians (10.1% of the workforce) were under-employed, i.e. working part-time but looking for more work, up 75,000 from February. In total 2.93 million Australians (18.8% of the workforce) were either unemployed or under-employed in March.

• Comparisons with a year ago show rapidly increasing workforce driving employment growth:

The workforce in March was 15,625,000

(down 39,000 from February, but up a massive 641,000 from a year ago) – comprised of 14,267,000 employed Australians (up 39,000 from a month ago) and 1,358,000 unemployed Australians looking for work (down 78,000).

Although unemployment and under-employment remain high at 2.93 million, there has been a surge in employment over the last year – up by 693,000 to a new record high of 14,267,000.

Compared to four years ago in early March 2020, in March 2024 there were almost 800,000 more Australians either unemployed or under-employed (+3.2% points) even though overall employment (14,267,000) is almost 1.4 million higher than it was pre-COVID-19 (12,872,000).

ABS Comparison

Roy Morgan’s unemployment figure of 8.7% is more than

double the ABS estimate of 3.7% for February but is approaching the combined ABS unemployment and under-employment figure of 10.3%.

The latest monthly figures from the ABS indicate that the people working fewer hours in February 2024 due to illness, injury or sick leave was 521,700. This is around 140,000 higher than the pre-pandemic

average of the five years to February 2019 (382,100) – a difference of 139,600.

If this higher than pre-pandemic average of workers (139,600) is added to the combined ABS unemployment and under-employment figure of 1,533,000 we find a total of 1,673,600 people could be considered unemployed or underemployed, equivalent to 11.3% of the workforce.

BUSINESS NEWS 49 April 18, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent

Chevrolet Electrifes Iconic Corvette with E-Ray Hybrid A Game-Changer for Performance

Chevrolet has electrifed its legendary sports car, the Corvette, for the frst time in its illustrious 70-year history, and the electrifying model is set to make its way to Australia. The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray hybrid marks a signifcant milestone for the iconic nameplate as it embraces an electrifed powertrain in preparation for an all-electric future. Here’s a breakdown of the key features of the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray hybrid:

• Electrifed Powertrain: The E-Ray hybrid boasts an electronic all-wheel drive system, with an electric motor positioned at the front axle. This setup not only enhances traction but also contributes to increased power, making it the quickest production Corvette ever.

• Impressive Performance: With a claimed 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds, the E-Ray outpaces its predecessors, including the Corvette Z06. Its powertrain combines a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine with an electric

motor, resulting in a total system output of 448kW.

• Hybrid Technology: The E-Ray features a 1.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack situated between the seats, charged via regenerative braking and normal driving, eliminating the need for plugging in. A ‘Stealth’ drive mode offers silent electric propulsion at lower speeds, while a Charge+ feature maximizes battery state of charge for extended driving sessions.

• Enhanced Driving Dynamics:

The addition of electric components optimizes torque distribution to the front axle as needed, enhancing performance on the track. Six drive modes cater to various driving conditions, while the E-Ray Performance application provides real-time information about the propulsion system.

• Design and Pricing: Sporting lightweight alloy wheels, unique exterior accents, and optional carbon fbre trims, the Corvette E-Ray exudes a blend of style and

premium over the standard Stingray model.

The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray hybrid represents a bold step towards electrifcation for the iconic sports car,

performance. However, the hybrid confguration adds weight, with the coupe weighing in at 1712 kilograms and the convertible at 1749 kilograms. Pricing in the United States starts at $104,295 for the coupe and $111,295 for the convertible, indicating a signifcant

offering exhilarating performance coupled with hybrid effciency. With its imminent arrival in Australia, enthusiasts can look forward to experiencing the thrill of electrifed driving in one of Chevrolet’s most revered models.

Historic Evolution: The E-Ray marks the frst time in the Corvette’s illustrious 70-year history that it’s been electrifed, signifying a monumental shift towards sustainable performance in the automotive industry.

Electrifying Power:

With a combined output of 448kW from its V8 engine and electric motor, the E-Ray isn’t just environmentally friendly – it’s also the quickest production Corvette ever, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100kph in just 2.5 seconds.

Dynamic Performance:

Thanks to its precisiontuned electronic all-wheel drive system and advanced drivetrain technologies, the E-Ray delivers unparalleled handling and cornering prowess, making it a formidable contender on both the road and the track.

Innovative Hybrid

Technology: The Corvette E-Ray features an electronic all-wheel drive system with an electric motor mounted to the front axle, enhancing traction and power delivery while reducing environmental impact.

Versatile Driving Modes: From the exhilarating Sport and Track modes to the ecoconscious Stealth mode, the E-Ray offers a range of driving modes tailored to suit every driving scenario, ensuring maximum performance and effciency at all times.

Safety and Technology:

In addition to its impressive performance credentials, the E-Ray is equipped with advanced driver assistance features such as autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist, prioritizing driver safety and confdence on the road

MOTORING NEWS 50 The Northern Rivers Times April 18, 2024

Kia Unveils Tasman: Dual-Cab Ute Set to Redefne the Market

Kia’s much-anticipated entry into the dual-cab ute market has been confrmed, with the unveiling of the all-new Kia Tasman. Drawing its name from the expansive Tasman Sea that stretches between Australia and New Zealand, this robust vehicle is poised to make a signifcant impact in the competitive landscape of utility vehicles. With a slated arrival in 2025, the Tasman aims to capture the attention of discerning customers, pitting itself against formidable rivals like the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, and Isuzu D-Max.

Under the hood, the 2025 Kia Tasman is expected to pack a punch with its engine options. While offcial specifcations are yet to be disclosed, industry speculation suggests a 2.2-litre turbo diesel powertrain paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine, known as the ‘Smartstream’ unit, currently powers esteemed models like the

Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, promising robust performance with outputs of 148kW/440Nm. Additionally, the possibility of a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbo diesel, akin to the one found in the Genesis GV80 SUV, presents an enticing prospect for enthusiasts seeking even more power.

In terms of body styles, the Kia Tasman will offer versatility akin to its rivals, with options for single or dual-cab confgurations and the choice between cab-chassis or pick-up tray variants. While an extra-cab style remains off the table for now, the Tasman promises to cater to diverse consumer preferences with its

adaptable design.

A star-studded teaser campaign, featuring renowned Australian athletes, has set the stage for the Tasman’s impending debut.

Expressions of interest are already fooding in as anticipation mounts for this eagerly awaited addition to the automotive landscape.

Built on a newly developed body-onframe platform, the Tasman embodies Kia’s commitment to innovation and excellence. With aspirations to sell around 20,000 units annually, Kia aims to assert its position as a formidable contender in the Australian automotive market, rivalling established giants like Mazda, Ford, and Hyundai.

Insights gleaned from recent sightings and testing hint at a vehicle that seamlessly blends performance with sophistication.

From its sleek exterior to its modern interior, the Tasman promises a driving experience that exceeds expectations.

As Kia’s ambitious venture into the dual-cab ute segment, the Tasman represents a culmination of meticulous design, engineering prowess, and a deep understanding of consumer needs.

With its impending arrival, the automotive landscape is primed for a transformative addition that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

BYD Unveils Second-Generation ‘Blade’ Battery Tech, Revolutionizing Electric Vehicles

BYD is poised to revolutionize the electric vehicle landscape with the imminent introduction of its second-generation ‘blade’ battery technology, promising extended driving ranges and reduced costs.

Scheduled to debut as early as August 2024, this ground-breaking innovation will propel electric cars equipped with BYD’s latest lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) batteries to unprecedented heights, offering a staggering range of up to 1000km on a single charge.

Chairman Wang Chuanfu unveiled details of this cutting-edge technology during a recent fnance conference, heralding

a new era of effciency and performance in the electric vehicle market. Compared to BYD’s frst-generation LFP batteries introduced in 2020, the second-generation ‘blade’ batteries boast remarkable advancements in weight reduction, size optimization, and energy effciency. With a remarkable energy density of up to 190kWh, these batteries will empower electric cars to traverse vast distances without the need for

batteries, maximizing energy storage capacity while minimizing overall weight and volume. Such ingenuity not only enhances performance but also underscores BYD’s dedication to sustainable and ecofriendly transportation solutions.

frequent recharging, setting a new standard for long-range electric mobility.

For perspective, popular electric vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 and the forthcoming 2025 Porsche Taycan offer commendable ranges of 629km and 678km respectively. However, BYD’s ground-breaking technology promises to surpass these benchmarks, offering unparalleled range capabilities that rival even the most formidable contenders in the market. This advancement underscores BYD’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and delivering unparalleled value to consumers.

The ‘blade’ moniker derives from the innovative arrangement of individual battery cells within the packs, enabling a more compact and space-effcient design. This innovative approach allows for 50% more cells to be housed within the same footprint as conventional

Fast Technology reports that BYD’s battery subsidiary, FinDreams, is poised to roll out this ground-breaking technology as early as August 2024, with the potential for further advancements later in the year. This aggressive timeline refects BYD’s commitment to staying at the forefront of electric vehicle innovation and providing consumers with access to cuttingedge technology that redefnes the driving experience.

The introduction of BYD’s secondgeneration ‘blade’ battery technology represents a signifcant milestone in the electrifcation journey, offering a glimpse into the future of automotive propulsion. As the industry continues to evolve and embrace sustainable alternatives to traditional combustion engines, innovations like BYD’s ‘blade’ batteries will play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of electric vehicles. With its unrivalled range capabilities and advanced design, BYD is poised to set new standards of excellence in the electric vehicle market, driving progress and innovation for years to come.

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The Enchanted World of Kids Cubby Houses

Cubby houses, those quaint, imaginative structures nestled in backyards around the globe, are more than just play spaces for kids— they are sanctuaries of creativity, learning, and childhood memories. In this exploration of cubby houses, we delve into their charm, benefts for childhood development, design considerations, and tips for creating the ultimate backyard adventure.

Cubby Houses and Childhood Development

At frst glance, a cubby house might appear as a simple wooden structure tucked into a garden

corner. Yet, to children, it represents a boundless world of fantasy and freedom. These mini-homes are the stages for imaginative play, where kids can be pirates one day and bold explorers the next. This imaginative play is crucial for cognitive development, raising creativity, problemsolving skills, and independence.

Cubby houses also serve as a child’s frst look into ownership, giving them a sense of responsibility and pride in their space.

Decorating and caring for their cubby, children learn about organization

and personal responsibility in a fun, engaging way.

The Design Philosophy Behind Cubby Houses

When designing a cubby house, the goal is to balance safety, creativity, and environmental harmony. Modern cubby houses range from simplistic designs to elaborate mini-mansions, equipped with verandas, slides, and even climbing walls. However, the essence of a cubby house is not in its complexity but in its ability to inspire and adapt to a child’s imagination. Eco-friendly materials and sustainability are becoming increasingly important in cubby house construction. Recycled wood, nontoxic paints, and solarpowered lights are just a few options for parents looking to minimise environmental impact.

Moreover, incorporating natural elements like sandpits, water play areas, and gardens can further connect children with nature, enhancing their learning and sensory development.

Incorporating Education into Play

The educational

potential of cubby houses is vast. By integrating elements like chalkboards, weather stations, or even simple tools for gardening, children can learn valuable lessons about the world around them. These features encourage exploration and curiosity, key drivers of lifelong learning. Cubby houses are also excellent tools for social development. They can be hubs for social interaction where kids learn to negotiate, share, and work together. Whether it’s deciding on the day’s play theme or resolving a dispute about who gets to be the captain of the ship, these experiences are invaluable in developing empathy and social skills.

Creating Your Child’s Dream Cubby House Building a cubby house can be a wonderful project for the whole family. Here are some tips to get you started:

• Safety First: Ensure the structure is stable and materials are safe. Smooth out any sharp edges, and if the house is elevated, secure railings and a sturdy ladder.

• Let Creativity Lead:

Involve your child in the design process. Their imaginative ideas can lead to unique features that make the cubby house truly theirs.

• Consider the Location: Place the cubby house in a spot that’s easily visible from the house but also immersed in the garden. Proximity to trees, fowers, and shrubs can enhance the sense of adventure.

• Think Long-Term: Children grow quickly, so consider a design that can evolve with them. Modular cubby houses that allow for expansions or modifcations can extend the life of the playhouse.

The Community Aspect of Cubby Houses

Cubby houses have the power to bring communities together. Neighbourhood cubby house competitions or shared community garden cubbies can foster a sense of togetherness and shared pride. These initiatives not only create communal spaces for play but also teach children the value of community and collective care for shared spaces.

Your Cubby House Awaits!

Cubby houses represent a world of wonder for kids, offering endless possibilities for play, learning, and growth. They are microcosms of creativity, where the simplest structures can become castles, spaceships, or secret headquarters in the eyes of a child.

Beyond their immediate joy and entertainment value, cubby houses play a crucial role in childhood development, encouraging independence, social skills, and a connection with nature.

As we design and build these special spaces, we’re reminded of the importance of play in a child’s life—not just for fun, but as a fundamental part of learning about the world and themselves.

In the end, the greatest gift we can give our children is the space and freedom to explore, imagine, and dream. And perhaps, in the process of creating these magical garden retreats, we rediscover a bit of our own childhood wonder along the way.

GARDENING NEWS 52 The Northern Rivers Times April 18, 2024

Death Notice

John Joseph Hayter ‘JJ or Jack’ 1938-2024

Late of Tintenbar.

Passed away suddenly on the 6th April 2024.

Father to Narelle, Jennifer and Leanne.

Poppy John to Daniel, Samantha, Jack and Dylan.

Friend and former husband to Jacqueline. In-Law to Craig, Brent, Grae, Samuel and Elisa.

Family and friends are invited to attend John’s Celebration of Life Service to be held at the Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar Road, Tintenbar on Friday, 19th April 2024 commencing at 9:00am.

Funeral Notice

Passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore, in the care of her loving family, aged 88 years. Loved and loving wife of Tom for 66 years. Adored mother & mother in-law of Chris & Angie, Megan & Tim Wotton, Mary & Robert, Tom & Linda, Elizabeth & Dougall Squair, and Michael & Vaani. Cherished Grandma to her 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Loved by the extended Hannigan and O’Connor families.

Family & Friends are invited to attend the Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul for Annette, to be held at St. Carthages Cathedral, Leycester Street, Lismore, Wednesday 24th April 2024, commencing at 10:00 AM. Followed by private family interment.

ose unable to attend with the family in person can do so via the live stream link:

This page is dedicated to all those that have passed

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We are holding our Annual Autumn (Mother’s Day) May Show In the Woodburn Memorial Hall, River Street, Woodburn being held on:

SATURDAY 11th May 2024 from 8.30am until 4pm

SUNDAY 12th May 2024 from 8.30am until 2pm followed by PRESENTATION of AWARDS


Morning Tea and Sausage Sizzle are available at a small cost. Come join us to admire the beautiful Orchids and Foliage Plants on display. Large Sales table for the public to buy from.


For more details please contact Kathryn on 0439008220

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Northern Rivers District:

Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog inland. High chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a storm. Light winds.

Thursday. Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog inland. High chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a storm. Light winds.

Northern Tablelands District: Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog. High chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a storm. Light winds.

Thursday. Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog. High chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a storm. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon.

New South Wales:

Scattered showers and storms in the north and central east. Scattered showers along the remainder of the coast and ranges. Dry and sunny in the northwest, and mostly cloudy in the southern inland. Morning patchy fog along the western slopes. Daytime temperatures near average. Southerly winds tending SE along the ranges, fresh at times along the coastal fringe. NW to NE winds in the northeast.

Thursday. Scattered showers and storms across the northeast. Isolated showers for the remainder of the coast and ranges. Dry and sunny elsewhere. Morning patchy fog along the southern and central ranges. Daytime temperatures slightly below average. NW to NE winds in the northeast, southerly elsewhere. Winds will shift southwesterly and freshen during the day.

Byron Coast: Winds: Variable below 10 knots becoming NE 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st Swell: South to SE around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Cape Byron. 2nd Swell: East to NE around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a storm.

Coffs Coast: Winds: Variable about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Coffs Harbour. 2nd Swell: Easterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a storm.

Gold Coast Waters: Winds: East to NE about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st Swell: SE around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd Swell: NE around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

1024 1024 1024 1032 1016 1016 102 1033 TODAY 10AM 1024 1024 1032 1016 1016 1016 1033 TOMORROW 10AM 1024 1024 1032 1016 10 1016 1007 1033 FRIDAY 10AM FORECAST cold front warm front 1024 hectoPascal (hPa) trough Forecast Rain 24 hrs to 9am Warnings: Latest info at Warnings 1300 659 210 State Service 1300 934 034 Coastal Waters 1300 978 023 BYRON BAY UV ALERT 8:50am - 2:40pm MAX UV Index 7 (high) TIDES, SUN & MOON Ballina Issued April 15, 2024 for April 17, 2024 Sunny Mostly sunny Partly cloudy Cloudy Chance shower Shower or two Showers Light rain (drizzle) Rain Storm Showers storm Windy Dust Fog 1.5m WEATHER Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 High:3:36am1.4m Low:10:45am0.6m High:4:43pm1.1m Low:9:51pm0.7m High:4:39am1.4m Low:11:29am0.6m High:5:31pm1.2m Low:10:59pm0.7m High:5:28am1.5m Low:12:02pm0.6m High:6:11pm1.3m Low:11:50pm0.6m High:6:08am1.5m Low:12:31pm0.5m High:6:45pm1.4m Low:12:34am0.6m High:6:43am1.5m Low:12:59pm0.5m High:7:18pm1.5m Low:1:14am0.6m High:7:16am1.5m Low:1:25pm0.4m High:7:50pm1.6m RiseSet Sun6:05am5:26pm Moon2:00pmNil TODAY MELBOURNE 18 ADELAIDE 22 DARWIN 34 ALICE SPRINGS 29 HOBART 18 SYDNEY 24 CANBERRA 21 CAIRNS 30 BRISBANE 28 PERTH 33 BROOME 37
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Increasing participation of adolescent girls in sport was the focus of a special forum hosted by the NSW Government with the sport and business sectors.

The InnovateHER Forum, held on Tuesday, 9 April at Bondi Pavillion, showcased the innovative programs being delivered by sports to increase female participation as well as the latest insights, research and solutions on women’s sport.

Despite the impact of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and other recent achievements by our women’s national teams, participation rates for

adolescent girls continue to lag behind boys. The Forum looked at the barriers holding adolescent girls back from participating in sport and ways sports can better engage girls to create a level participation playing feld.

As part of the Forum the NSW Government published a series of videos featuring the innovative programs being delivered by sports, including cricket, AFL and tennis. Visit the Offce of Sport Innovation Hub to view the InnovateHER videos series.

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said:

“Women’s sport has made signifcant progress in recent years.

“But the NSW Government recognises that more needs to be done to level the playing feld for women’s sport.

“The InnovateHER Forum is an important step in that journey, featuring the latest insights, research and solutions on sports experiences for women and girls.

“From industry leaders’ challenging and inspiring ‘out of the box’ thinking on ways to increase participation by adolescent girls, to the innovative programs being delivered by sports, the InnovateHER

Forum has inspired us all to refocus our efforts to increase female participation and level the playing feld for women in sport.”


Director of Advisory, Generational Expert and Social Researcher

Ashley Fell spoke at the Forum, saying: “Having grown up with devices at the ready, Generation Z is a very digitally integrated generation, who we have seen exhibit increased feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

“Within this context, sport serves as a vital avenue for Gen Z girls to engage in community and connection.

“Additionally, sport also offers opportunities for connection and community as well as to develop essential 21st-Century skills such as leadership, resilience, teamwork, and collaboration.”

ModiBodi Brand Manager Caitlin

Lilley also spoke at the Forum and said:

“At Modibodi we have a real mission to help keep girls in sport.

“In 2022 we actually commissioned a study so that we could better understand the barriers girls faced in sport and we learnt that three in fve girls skip sport on their period.

“A big factor in

this stat was the uncomfortable and sometimes unsuitable traditional period products available to use when exercising.

“So, we took this learning to heart and worked with sports brand PUMA to design a range of active period underwear to provide better protection and comfort for athletes of all kinds with the ultimate goal of keeping girls in sport.

“Customers rave about the range, telling us that wearing Modibodi is liberating because it lets them focus on the game at hand without worrying about leaking.”


12TH APRIL 2024

Ronda Taylor 1,Susan

Allan 2, Jane Fenech

3, Shirley Atkinson

4, Shirley Coleman

5,Val Heinritz 6, Lorna Simpson 7, Lynda

Lovett 8, Vanessa

Reynolds 9, Pauline

Kearney 10, Margaret Bryant 11, Carol Meyer, Sally Lowry 12, Cindy Smith, Gladys D’Anna, Janene Jarvis 14, Gail McDongh 17, Lisa

Wong 18, Jan Small 19, Ramsay Roper 20, Pam Farrell 21, Barbara Ellan 22, Jan Boardman 23, Lesley Richie 24, Jenny

Lang 25, Valda McLerie 26, Pauline Bolte 27, Kathy Pickles 28, Jan Henley 29, Susan Scott 30.

Friday at 12:30pm at the Ballina Bridge Club North Creek Road. Enquiries for new players phone Shirley on 0423384647.


On Wednesday 10/4/24 we had 4 rinks playing in round 2 for the Clubs Major Consistency championship.

Results were:

Chris Haynes def Ivy


Julie Creighton def

Raelene Skirrey

Denise Skinner def

Helen Lavelle

Nancy Moran def

Mary Mead

Good Luck to all the winners in the semi fnal which will be played on Wednesday 17/4/24.






S.Hume G.Porter 17 d

P.Hume R.Chapman 15



R.Poynting R.Chapman 9 d

N.Poynting D.Scott 8

B.Wellings 17 d

C.Edlund M.Russell 13

P Scott C Woodlands

15 d J.Doust R.Allen 11

R.Chapman J.Bate 12

d D.Scott A.Mangan 10

C.Edlund M.Russell 13

d J.Hannigan R.Offey 9

N.Poynting P.Bolte 11

d B.Wellings N.Barnes 10

M.Field R. Poynting

11 d J.Doust P.Scott 8

R.Allen N.Watts 12 d

D.Jones G.Porter 10


DIVISION 3: Byron Bay 7 d

Alstonville 3

Lismore 6 d Ballina 4

Cherry Street 7 d

Casino 3

All new players very welcome.

Club Captain Ray Chapman 0439240251



THURSDAY 11/4/24

An 18 hole single stableford event winner A Parr,2nd R Webber, 3rd R Mackay, free game G Tait, chicken/ ball winners N Weaver, M Fairfull, B Kerrison, R Rodda, T Doyle, J Kelly, K Lloyd, W

Swindle, K Osborne, D Knox, R Black.

Nearest pins 3rd/12th K Rogers, 6th 6th/15th S Toms.

This Thursday we will be hosting an inter club event against Woodburn Evans Head golf club. Hit off time will be 8.30am with a shot gun start.

Please note we will be playing golf on Wednesday 24/4/24 instead of Anzac Day usual times will apply.


SPORTS NEWS 61 April 18, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent

The Grafton Ghosts have secured local rugby league bragging rights in a typically tough and hard-fought clash at their home ground, Frank McGuren Field on Sunday.

The Ghosts triumphed 28-20, but not without some nervous moments as their rivals, the South Grafton Rebels, fought their way back into the game after Ghosts raced to an 18-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Ghosts forward pack made easy metres and helped by an avalanche of possession, piled on on the points.

Forwards Adam Slater, Oliver Percy and Ben Shipman created havoc up front, allowing centre Jake Martin, half Cooper Woods and winger Liam Bloomer opportunities to score, which they snapped up.

Woods converted the tries and the Rebels looked shell-shocked in the face of the assault on their line.

But given a sliver of possession, they hit back quickly with big centre Jye Boehme and quicksilver winger

Jamal Laurie scoring tries to bring the score back to 18-10 and have the Ghosts supporters choking on their beers.

Laurie’s pace in particular was proving a threat to the Ghosts edge defence and he consistently worried the Ghosts’ outside backs.

As fatigue set in the game became scrappy with both teams coughing up possession regularly.

Some niggling play from both teams also meant some scuffes and silly penalties crept into the game and eventually resulted in two sinbinnings – one from each team – before half time.

The fare-ups continued into the second half and Rebels fve-eighth Hugh Stanley was particularly lucky to stay on the feld when he struck a Ghosts player late in the second half, which the referee seemed to miss.

With the scores tight in the last 10 minutes of the game, the Rebels had chances to snatch a win, but turned the ball over too often looking for miracle plays to get them home and the Ghosts were able to run out deserved winners,

scoring fve tries to four. There was plenty to take from the game for both sides.

Up front the Ghosts forwards showed they could dominate play and with possession the outside backs were constant threat.

Woods, with two tries and four goals has handled the switch to half with aplomb and will be a valuable player for them.

For the Ghosts their young centre Jye Boehme proved a good match against the Ghosts captain coach and tryscoring machine Dylan Collett.

Their battle in the backline on Sunday was an absorbing contest, which came out with honours even.

In the end it was the Ghosts superior kicking game that was the difference between the two teams.

Well-placed kicks constantly turned the Rebels around and good defence pinned them in their half for long periods.

Rebels coach Ron Gordon was demonstrably unhappy with the Ghosts holding

players down in the tackle for too long, frequently remonstrating with the offcials to allow his players to get to their feet after a tackle.

Surprisingly former Ghost Todd Cameron had a quiet game in attack against his old club, possibly due to the glut of possession his

opponents enjoyed.

While his distribution from dummy half and defence around the ruck was sound, he failed to impose himself on the game with his usually astute darts from around the play the ball.

On Sunday the Rebels host the Coffs Harbour Comets at McKittrick

Park and

Ghosts have the bye.

Scorers: Grafton Ghosts 28: Cooper Woods 2, Jack Martin 2, LIam Bloomer tries, Woods 4 goals def. South Grafton

Rebels 20: Jye Boehme, Jamal Laurie, Conrad Lardner, Jack WalshMcKiernan tries. Dean Jones 2 goals.

SPORTS NEWS 62 The Northern Rivers Times April 18, 2024
the Back in the red and white, Rebels hooker Todd Cameron renews acquaintances with former team mates in the Ghosts during a scuffe during the second half of Sunday’s game at Frank McGuren Field.- Photo by Gary Nichols

Surfng Australia is excited to announce the 12 surfers who will represent Australia at the 2024 ISA World Junior Surfng Championship in El Salvador, next month.

The athletes have been attending a training camp at the Surfng Australia Hyundai High Performance Centre as they prepare for the waves of La Bocana and El Sunzal.

Surfng Australia Talent Pathway Coach, Peter Duncan, who is travelling with the Junior Irukandjis, said: “This camp is all about preparing them for the ISA’s in El Salvador. We’re going to throw different challenges at them, make sure they adapt and get the gist of what an ISA campaign is.

“The team consists of surfers from across Australia, who qualify either by winning the Woolworths Australian

Junior Surfng Titles, winning the national rankings or through a wildcard system. The level of talent is unbelievable. These surfers are setting the benchmark in international standards, which is cool as well.

“The wave in El Salvador can be a nice, punchy kind of wave, which suits the Aussie style of surfng. We expect to see big combos and big turns and we expect the team to do pretty well. Sierra Kerr won individual gold last year. We ended up fourth overall but are hoping to get back into that top tier and take home gold this year. Isabella Nichols and Jacob Wilcox were in the last team to do that. And they’re currently on the World Tour, so it’s great to see the pathway and where you can get to from the ISA’s.”

14-year-old Charli

Hately said: “This camp is about team bonding, fguring out what it’s going to be like when we get over to El Salvador, heat drills and just having fun.

“Representing Australia on this team is amazing. I’ve never been to El Salvador before and I hear it’s an amazing wave and the culture is amazing too. Our team is good on paper, so I think our chances are pretty good of winning. Sierra (Kerr) is amazing and has won it. I could only hope to do what she did.”

17-year-old Dane Henry and 16-year-old Milla Brown have been named team captains.

“Being named captain is a huge accomplishment. I’m really keen to work with everyone. We have a really strong team and I think we have a good chance of getting gold so I’m hoping to get us there,” Henry said.

“Looking forward to surfng with the crew and having as much fun as possible and hopefully leading the team to gold. It’s a pretty big role, to be the captain alongside Dane, and pretty cool,” Brown said.

The best junior surfers from every part of the globe will contend for medals at the ISA World Junior Surfng Championship, which will take place from the 3rd to the 12th of May. This championship has proved to be a direct pathway to the Olympic Games, with Olympic Bronze Medallist Owen Wright, eight-time World Champion

StephanieGilmore, twotime World Champion

Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons among the past ISA World Junior Champions.

For more information visit the ISA event website.

2024 ISA World

Junior Surfng Championship - Team


U18 Girls

Milla Brown (Newport, NSW)

Willow Hardy (Gnarabup, WA)

Isi Campbell (Denmark, WA)

U18 Boys

Eden Hasson (Port Stephens, NSW)

Dane Henry (Fingal Head, NSW)

Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW)

U16 Girls

Ziggy Mackenzie (Bilinga, Qld)

Charli Hately (Tugun, Qld)

Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head, NSW)

U16 Boys

Lachlan Arghyros (Kingscliff, NSW)

Maverick Wilson (Dunsborough, WA)

Ocean Lancaster (Merewether, NSW)

Event Schedule:

*subject to change at

any time at the ISA’s discretion


Friday, May 3rd 4pm - Opening Ceremony / next to Casa de Mar


Saturday, May 4th 7am-5pm - Competition @ El Sunzal and La Bocana

Finals Day

Sunday, May 12th

TBD - Finals 30min after competition - Closing Ceremony / behind Casa De Mar Follow the team and the Irukandjis on our Socials.

Surfng Australia is thankful for the support it has received from the Australian Government - through the Australian Sports Commission - to help enhance the Irukandjis medal chances at Paris 2024.

The Irukandjis are proudly presented by Hyundai.

SPORTS NEWS 63 April 18, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent
Fletcher Kelleher competing at the 2023 ISA World Junior Surfng Championship. Image: Pablo Franco / ISA


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