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MasterChef winner Brent

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The Ulmarra Ferry has been a fixture of the local community for 130 years, but will cease to exist from June 10.


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Domestic violence is an epidemic in Australia, but past President of The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond
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Cooking good quality food doesn’t require a fancy kitchen, it can be done anywhere - in fact, it’s better if it’s cooked outside, says Brent Draper. The Northern Rivers Times recently caught up with the 35-year-old, who became known to Australia as last year’s MasterChef winner. The likeable and down-to-earth personality won over Australia and the show’s Story P8

Government sinks Ulmarra ferry service

The pleas of a rural community and its representatives to keep the Ulmarra Ferry service have counted for nought, with the service scheduled to close permanently on June 10.

Transport for NSW announced last week the ferry, which has operated for 74 years carrying vehicular traffc across the Clarence River between Ulmarra and Southgate, will be decommissioned.

TfNSW director North Region Anna Zycki said the ferry had reached an age and condition where it was no longer ft to operate and ongoing river conditions also made the service untenable.

“The existing ferry has reached the end of its serviceable life,” she said.

“Because the existing ferry is now so old and requires so much repair, such a large restoration project would take about 18 months and cost an estimated $5 million,

which is around a million dollars more than building a new car ferry.

“It’s effectively beyond repair, so this service would have been closed for that length of time anyway.”

Ms Zycki said silting on the southside of the river at Southgate was another problem for the service.

“The river is constantly changing course and there is nothing we can do to prevent the silt building up,” she said.

“We’ve dredged in the past, but it’s only

a matter of a couple of weeks and the silt is back. It’s costly to do and has no lasting beneft.”

Ulmarra resident and Clarence Valley Councillor Steve Pickering was devastated and angry at Friday’s announcement which showed the views of the local community meant nothing to the State Government.

“It appears to be State Government cost cutting,” he said. “It looks like Ulmarra, little regional village, is just

the recipient of the state government cutting its costs.

“And the community have basically been led up the garden path, thinking that there was the possibility of the ferry being retained. Turns out that was not true.”

Cr Pickering said the closure would have a big impact on the community ranging from school children, farmers, commuting workers and tourists.

He said the extra travelling would result

in children changing schools, people switching jobs and relocating out of the area.

“There are people that work at Trenayr, so it could affect their employment if their 10-15 minute trip is now, 40 minutes each way,” he said.

He said local farmers who use the ferry to move slow-moving farm machinery around would not have to take that machinery to Grafton to cross the river.

“When you’ve got slow moving vehicles on the on Big River Way you’ve got drivers that will take risks, they will take risks to overtake these slow moving vehicles,” Cr Pickering said.

“And I don’t think that the safety issues, the safety concerns have been taken into account.”

Cr Pickering dismissed the cost argument for axing the service, saying the government had deliberately run down the service and not put regime in place to retain the service.

“Anybody that has an

Hospital services prepare to transition to new Tweed Valley Hospital

Healthcare professionals are in the fnal stages of organizing the transfer of patients and services from Tweed Hospital to the newly constructed Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and represents an investment of $723.3 million. Scheduled to commence operations on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, this transition signifes the culmination of meticulous logistical planning spanning over 12 months, with the overall project unfolding over a period exceeding six years.

Lynne Weir, Director of Clinical Operations for the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD), emphasized the signifcance of this milestone, acknowledging the collaborative effort and expertise that

has facilitated this achievement. She expressed confdence in the future of healthcare delivery within the region, underlining the commitment to maintaining the exceptional standards of care synonymous with the district.

Residents of Tweed Valley are advised that the existing Tweed Hospital on Powell Street, Tweed Heads, will cease operations at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14. At the same time, all hospital services, including the emergency department, will transition to the new Tweed Valley Hospital located at 771 Cudgen Road, Cudgen. The relocation process for patients currently receiving care at Tweed Hospital is anticipated to span the entirety of the day.

To ensure the safety and welfare of patients throughout the transfer

process, the NNSWLHD is collaborating closely with hospital clinicians, staff, as well as key stakeholders such as NSW Ambulance and NSW Police. Temporary visitor restrictions will be enforced at both Tweed Hospital and Tweed Valley Hospital on May 14, 2024, to prioritize patient safety and wellbeing during the relocation of inpatient services.

Additionally, Community Health services currently operational at Tweed Hospital will be temporarily suspended from May 14 through May 16 to facilitate a seamless transition to the new hospital in Cudgen. Normal service operations are set to resume on May 17.

For residents requiring urgent medical attention after 8:00 a.m. on May 14, alternative emergency care facilities include Murwillumbah

District Hospital, Byron Central Hospital, and the emergency department at Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen.

Non-emergency medical issues are advised to be addressed by visiting a general practitioner or medical clinic.

Patients with scheduled outpatient appointments should refer to their booking letters for information regarding the relocation of clinics to Tweed Valley Hospital. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to their respective care teams for any inquiries.

Effective May 14, the contact number for Tweed Valley Hospital will be 02 6677 2000. Detailed information regarding the location and contact particulars for various services at the new hospital will be accessible via the Northern NSW Local Health District website. Despite the relocation of hospital services, a

selection of communitybased health services will persist on the site of the former Tweed Hospital. The establishment of the Tweed Heads Community Health Centre (THCHC) will facilitate the continuation of services such as wound clinics, women’s health services, stomal therapy, Child and Family services, Needle and Syringe Program counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug counseling, and select antenatal services. These services will initially operate from the existing Community Health building, with the potential for expanded offerings in the future. Lastly, BreastScreen NSW services will continue at the current Powell Street location, with a temporary closure on May 14, followed by reopening on May 15.

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Member for Clarence Richie Williamson will table a petition from Clarence residents calling on the State Government to save the Ulmarra Ferry this week and address parliament on the matter on Wednesday night.
The Ulmarra Ferry has been a fxture of the local community for 130 years, but will cease to exist from June 10.

asset that’s approaching end of life has a plan, you know, they have a plan either to replace it or to or to repair it and this state government had no plans they’re only plan which we were led to believe was a plan was to take the Lawrence ferry.”

He said the lack of maintenance and the dredging issues had made the ferry service unreliable.

Cr Pickering said last year the ferry service was closed 250 times when low tide and silting combined to make crossing the river impossible.

He said this situation had been allowed to develop to discourage people from making ferry trips and paint a picture of declining usage.

Cr Pickering said the effect of this decision, going on the fgures TfNSW provided on ferry usage would be to put more cars on road, travelling 6000km a day.

“When we’ve got a state government that say that they’re focusing

on, you know, climate change mitigation, saying they’re looking at reducing vehicle emissions,” he said.

“We’ve got a government that could have shown leadership, but they could have brought forward perhaps an electric or a hydrogen powered ferry, you know, something innovative.”

The Member for Clarence, Richie Williamson, said the decision was a bitter disappointment, but he would still bring the petition with the signatures of thousands of Clarence residents to parliament on Wednesday night.

“I’m still going to speak on Wednesday night this week, because it’s, it’s vitally important to my community that I do that,” Mr Williamson said.

Mr Williamson said the issues with silting of the river were complicated, but he said the ferry had been able to deal with these issues.

“I understand the

Local Land Services

ferry had some kind of self-silting mechanism underneath, where every time it went past it pushed the silt away and every trip did a little bit to move the silt,” he said.

“Obviously for whatever reason, this stopped. And because of that the ferry became unreliable, because it was unreliable, patronage was down it makes perfect sense.”

Mr Williamson said was now up to the NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, to

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“As far as I’m concerned I’ll be tabling the petition in Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday),” he said.

“I’ll be speaking on behalf of the petition and on behalf of everyone in my electorate, who uses the ferry on Wednesday night, and I’ll be informing the house how important it is that the ferry remain and how this decision by this government will affect many people.”

reverse her decision.

“She wrote to me on Friday night, saying that acting on advice from TfNSW she was making the diffcult decision to shut down the Ulmarra Ferry service,” Mr Williamson said.

“But she can’t hide behind the department. The Minister has made the call to close the ferry which will affect a lot of people in the Clarence electorate.”

He said the parliament would hear how the decision would affect local people.

Ms Zycki said the decommissioning of car ferries was not unusual.

“Many will remember ferries between Southgate and Brushgrove, at Harwood, MacleanAshby, Sportsmans Creek at Lawrence, Iluka, Goodwood Island, Seelands-Junction Hill and, way back, between Grafton and South Grafton,” Ms Zycki said.

“As road transport networks have improved, ferries at these locations have all gone out of service and people have adapted to the change.”

She in the case of

the Ulmarra ferry, the opening of the second bridge at Grafton almost halved the number of vehicles using the ferry.

“When the new Balun Bindarray Bridge opened in Grafton in late 2019, patronage of the Ulmarra ferry immediately dropped by 46%” Ms Zycki said.

“It was anticipated that demand for the ferry would decline once the new bridge opened so it would largely replace the ferry service.

“The patronage hasn’t returned and the ferry – when river conditions allow it to operate – now carries on average about one vehicle per trip, costing taxpayers $22 for each vehicle journey.”

She said Transport for NSW was aware of the importance the community has placed on this ferry and will work with Clarence Valley Council and the community on suitable ways to commemorate its long service.

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Cr Steve Pickering says Ulmarra and Southgate residents and farmers are paying the price for State Government cost cutting and neglect of their ferry service, which will close on June 10.

Greens Block NSW Government Attempt to Weaken Jury Trial Safeguards

The Greens have successfully blocked an attempt by the Minns Labor Government to reduce key safeguards in jury laws that would have impacted the fundamental right to a fair trial in NSW. In October 2023, the government proposed cutting the minimum jury deliberation time from eight hours to four before allowing a majority verdict instead of a unanimous one. Thanks to amendments introduced by the Greens, this crucial safeguard will be preserved.

Greens MP and justice spokesperson Sue Higginson highlighted the role of the NSW Upper House in checking government excess and safeguarding fair trial standards. “Last night, we halted a dangerous erosion of civil liberties—an attempt by the NSW Labor to weaken a cornerstone of justice that has stood in common law for six centuries,” Higginson said.

She criticized the government’s lack of evidence or stakeholder support for the changes, noting strong opposition from civil society and legal expert groups, including the Law Society, Bar Association, and the Aboriginal Legal Service. The Upper House’s action has protected the state’s commitment to justice, fair trial, and due process, she added.


The positive detection of large traces of the white spot virus in wild-caught school prawns south of Ballina yesterday is a further blow to the commercial fshing industry across the region with Clarence River estuary fshers already impacted by a twoyear biosecurity lockdown, according to Clarence Nationals MP, Richie Williamson.

Mr Williamson said he understood the current discovery of the white spot virus came from routine batch testing of wild-caught school prawns from the inshore ocean area south of Ballina off the Richmond River by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), not from a prawn farm as was the case in the Clarence.

“This is alarming as it is the frst confrmed detection of white spot in wild school prawns in NSW directly collected from ocean waters, not associated with a white spot outbreak. It has the potential to

wipe-out our local prawn industry,” Mr Williamson said.

“I’m calling on the NSW Labor Government not to drag its heels on responding to this serious event and provide a support package to commercial fshers in the Ballina and Evans Head region that refects the gravity of the situation.

“It needs to provide commercial fshers with the same level of support that was provided to those in the Clarence last year.

“The NSW Government was pretty slow to respond to the plight of Clarence commercial fshers who were on their knees last year, so it needs to act more swiftly this time around.

“It is also time for the Federal Labor Government to get serious about biosecurity measures in place to protect our shores from imported prawns.

“We have this bizarre situation where there is a control order on the movement of green prawns

from one section within NSW, but the control order stops at the nation’s border allowing the importation of raw prawns from white spot infected countries with only ‘batch testing’ occurring.

“Why the Federal Government continues to allow green prawns to be imported into Australia from countries where the disease is endemic beggars belief. We are certainly not on a level playing feld.”

Mr Williamson said he understood a new control zone will be established to cover the Richmond and Wilsons rivers, and ocean waters outside the mouth of the Richmond River restricting the movement of green (uncooked) school and king prawns and other decapod crustaceans to minimise risks of spread while further testing and investigations take place to determine if it is related to previous detections in Queensland and NSW.

“What this means for the current Clarence River Control Order

already in place and the wider implications remains to be seen, but I will be watching this very closely,” Mr Williamson said.

White spot confrmed in wildcaught prawns near Evans Head White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has been detected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in wild-caught school prawns (Metapenaeus macleay), from the inshore ocean area near Evans Head.

The WSSVpositive prawns were collected on 29 April 2024 for routine testing as part of the national white spot surveillance program, with DPI Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) testing of 195 prawns in pools of fve, revealed 36 out of 39 pools were positive for WSSV.

The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) confrmed positive results for WSSV on Wednesday 8 May 2024 and

genetic testing is being conducted to confrm the DNA of the WSSV to check any relationships with previous detections in Queensland and NSW.

NSW DPI Chief Veterinary Offcer, Jo Coombe said a new control zone has been established to minimise risks of spread of WSSV to other parts of NSW and Australia.

“This is the frst confrmed detection of white spot in NSW wild school prawns, collected directly from ocean waters not associated with a clinical white spot disease outbreak,” Dr Coombe said.

“The control zone restricts the movement of green, uncooked, school and king prawns and other decapod crustaceans, beach and other polycheate worms out of the area.

“Mud, blue swimmer, three spot and spanner crabs, lobsters and ugs are excluded from the movement restrictions.

“DPI is leading the response to the positive detection and is committed to keeping

stakeholders and industry informed.

“Evidence from the investigation, surveillance and genomic sequencing of WSSV will be critical to informing effective management.”

White spot does not pose a threat to human health or food safety. NSW seafood, including prawns, remains safe to eat.

The Clarence River Control Zone remains in place to support a plan which aims to self-declare freedom from WSSV according to requirements of the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Biosecurity white spot disease clarence river control order number 2 2023 ( the QR Code: For more information, including the new control zone, visit the NSW DPI website.

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Wave of advocacy against domestic and family violence that started in Ballina

Domestic violence is an epidemic in Australia, but past President of The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond

Dave Harmon is drawing support from all corners of the country - and abroad - to tackle the issue head on.

The grim reality of the country’s domestic violence statistics were highlighted last month, following the death of 28-year-old NSW childcare worker Molly Ticehurst, who was killed by her ex-partner.

She was the 25th women to die from gender-based violence in Australia this year.

The Federal Government has since announced a suite of funding measures to target the escalating crisis, including an investment of $925m over fve years to permanently establish the Leaving Violence Payment.

Mr Harmon said there will always be a need to support people escaping domestic and family violence, but he believes preventing it is the long-term solution.

For the past six years, since his friend’s sister was killed by her partner, Mr Harmon has rallied together rotary clubs from across the country to address domestic violence at a grassroots level.

“I just remember sitting there (at the memorial service) thinking this is bloody crazy, what’s going on, what could I do,” he said.

“It was 2018 and I was the incoming president of The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond and I felt like this was my call to action.”

At a local Rotary club board meeting, Mr Harmon explained he felt as though Rotary needed to connect with the community and what’s relevant in today’s society.

The board all agreed there was probably no cause more relevant than the shocking prevalence

of domestic and family violence in Australia.

Rotary formed partnerships with the NSW Police and local agencies in Ballina to discuss their ‘Rotary Says NO to Domestic and Family Violence’ campaign and they all got behind it.

Now in November each year, Mr Harmon coordinates the Domestic and Family Violence Community Walk through Cherry and River Streets in Ballina to raise awareness about the crisis.

Hundreds of people have shown up each year since the walk started in 2019 and it has gone on to become a national - and internationalmovement.

Last year during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, 110 events and activities were held by Rotary clubs throughout Australia.

About 1300 Rotary clubs from 16 countries have also followed The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond and actively participate in

the ‘Rotary Says NO to Domestic and Family Violence’ campaign.

Mr Harmon saw the opportunity to take the campaign abroad when he became a Rotary District Governor last year.

He presented the idea that Rotary Zone 8, which includes rotary clubs in Australia, New Zealand and several Pacifc Islands, combine together to raise awareness and advocate against domestic and family violence.

“It was fully endorsed by them all,” he said.

“It was the frst time in over 40 years that we had a common purpose or cause in our rotary zone.

“That shows you how connected we feel about this cause.”

And, at a local level, Cherry St Sports group have helped to fund 1000 free shirts for the Purple Friday campaign.

The joint initiative between The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond and Cherry St Sports has seen more than 90 businesses in

happened in our town in Ballina have been very, very powerful,” he said.

“A local hairdresser here in town, who wore the purple t-shirt, had a couple of women come in one day and discussed them being current victims of family violence.

“They hadn’t told anyone before.”

Despite the groundswell of support for the campaign here, and abroad, Mr Harmon said stamping out domestic violence won’t happen overnight.

Ballina, schools, council and sport organisations all wear purple t-shirts with the ‘Rotary Say No to Domestic Violence’ slogan each Friday.

Mr Harmon said it kept the issue of domestic and family violence in the spotlight, so women felt seen, heard and supported.

“Some of the discussions that have

He maintains the focus needs to be on preventing misogynistic behaviours and changing current attitudes.

“I use the analogy of the drunk driving laws that came in, in the late 1970s in New South Wales.

“It took 20 to 30 years of increased penalties and campaigning to educate our community about drunk driving.

“Today, if you see someone getting into a car drunk most of us will either ring the police or do something about it.

“We also need to step up and call it out when we see disrespectful behaviour happening towards a family member, a friend or when we’re out socially.

“But prevention is the long-term way out of this.”

Mr Harmon and his wife Robyn have helped to introduce Love Bites, a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people into local schools.

It equips young people with the knowledge about communicating mindfully, warning signs of abusive behaviour, power in relationships and responding to concerns as bystanders.

If you need support or assistance with domestic and family violence call: 1800 RESPECT or visit

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Creating change: The Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond run a community event with Ballina Shire Council to help combat Domestic and Family Violence, from left, retired Detective Sergeant Damian Loone, CEO of Cherry St Sports Tere Sheehan, Ballina Shire Mayor Sharon Cadwallader and Rotarians David and Robyn Harmon On a Mission: Dave Harmon, front left, has led the ‘Rotary Says NO to Domestic and Family Violence’ campaign

Child Protection Workers Strike in New England Over Safety Concerns

May 8th, child protection caseworkers staged a walkout and gather for a protest outside the Community Services Centre in Tamworth, highlighting a severe staffng crisis and its impact on child safety in New England.

The workers, supported by the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA), are voicing urgent concerns over the handling of child protection cases in the region. According to internal data, last year saw 18,582 children reported as at risk of serious harm (ROSH) across New England, Mid North Coast, and Northern NSW, yet only 15% received visits from caseworkers— marking the lowest response rate in the state.

Chronic understaffng is a critical issue, with more than 20% of child protection positions currently unflled in these districts, occasionally reaching 25%. This dire shortage contributes to high turnover rates, with 50%

of caseworkers leaving within their frst two years of service.

Stewart Little, General Secretary of PSA, expressed deep concerns about the ongoing crisis: “Our most vulnerable children are being put at greater risk due to the lack of suffcient staff and the overwhelming exhaustion faced by the current workforce,” he said. Little highlighted that the strike is part of a broader strategy to press the government for signifcant reforms, including the recruitment of 500 new caseworkers, substantial pay raises for current staff, and a move to de-privatize foster care services.

The PSA warns that today’s protest is just the beginning, with plans for an escalating series of rallies across the state if the demands are not met. They assure the public that urgent child protection responses will not be affected during the protest, with skeleton staffng maintained throughout.

Child protection workers urge Premier Chris Minns and Minister Kate Washington to take immediate action to resolve the staffng crisis and improve the system, emphasizing that while the current NSW government did not create the problem, it is their responsibility to solve it..

Diary of a food survivor

When the food hit us, we had one of our two sons still living with us and he was in his fnal year of school.

Not only that, but he was school captain.

So dealing with study, captaincy roles and also the fact that he had lost nearly every material possession he owned, was a tough gig for a young man.

We were living with very good friends who opened up their home to us and gave our son,

not only a bedroom, but also a study area where he could concentrate on his homework without distraction.

When the option came up to obtain a caravan through the government and live back on our property, the only thing that stopped us was thinking of the convenience we felt our son needed, to concentrate on Year 12.

We were very blessed that our friends continued to support us

in this way.

Fast forward two years and we are empty nesters, as our younger son moved out and has actually been travelling through Thailand for the last couple of months.

And now a tsunami is about to hit.

Just when we got used to having the house the way we like it, the kids are coming home.

Our older son’s lease is coming to an end and he has asked to move back home for a while. This

will be in the same week our younger son comes home from Thailand. He had had to give up his lease when he left to travel, so now, because we still don’t have the downstairs of our house repaired, it looks like they will be sharing a bedroom once again, like they did when they were little boys. This could be interesting. Little steps.

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MasterChef winner Brent Draper’s new cooking journey through the Northern Rivers

Cooking good quality food doesn’t require a fancy kitchen, it can be done anywhere - in fact, it’s better if it’s cooked outside, says Brent Draper.

The Northern Rivers Times recently caught up with the 35-year-old, who became known to Australia as last year’s MasterChef winner.

The likeable and down-to-earth personality won over Australia and the show’s judges with his natural talent for cooking rustic style, favour-packed food over the coals.

Now, the former boilermaker turned chef, is on a mission to share his on-the-road cooking skills, tips and recipes via a ‘catch and cook’ content series.

Caravan manufacturer Jayco Australia have brought Brent onboard as their latest ‘Vanbassador’ where he basically gets to do what he loves most - travel and cook.

Brent, his wife Shonleigh and son Alfe are no strangers to van life.

Two years ago, they hit the road to do ‘a lap’ around Australia in a self-renovated bus with their frst-born son Alfe.

They didn’t quite make it right around the country as Brent got the call to come back and compete in season 15 of MasterChef, last year, which he won.

Brent said life had become busy after the show, especially as

it coincided with the birth of his second son Bowie.

His latest travel ventures, with the Jayco All-Terrain caravan in

long weekends and do a lot around the Northern Rivers area,” he said.

“Even though we live here, it’s just a different experience in a caravan

explore this area, I think our trips will resonate with the average caravan owner.”

During the family’s travels, Brent hopes to

tow, will be shorter trips full of great outdoor cooking.

“We’re going to instead just do threefour day trips, get away on Friday, get back on Monday, go away on the

and I love cooking outdoors on the fre.

“We spent a few days out at Misty Mountain in the new van, it was amazing to sit by the fre with views of Mt Burrell… we just love to

“You don’t need a lot of money to create an amazing meal,” he said.

“And when you’re camping you’ve got an experience; you’ve got nature, and it just makes the food taste so much better.

“That’s why I tend to love the barbeque, cooking over fre, you know it’s a little bit more rustic, it’s not fne dining, but it’s just so yummy.

“And there’s something in us, like maybe primal, when we eat that charred food or get that favour from charcoal or fame it just reignites something.”

As a self-described ‘mad waterman’ Brent has a great love for surfng and fshing (especially for mud crabs) and has spent much of his life outdoors.

It is exactly the type of lifestyle he wants his two young boys to experience but it has also helped to keep himself grounded.

Before he won last year’s season of MasterChef, he had previously competed in season 13 (in 2021) but withdrew halfway through the competition to prioritise his mental health.

show people how to ‘step up’ the average camping meal without spending a fortune.

He will demonstrate how to cook good food over the fre, barbeque or gas burner.

Join the Lismore Zine Fair & Print Fest at Galaxy Underground

Celebrate independent art and expression at the Lismore Zine Fair and Print Fest, happening Saturday, June 29th from 11am to 3pm at the former North Lismore Newsagency, 51 Bridge Street. This free, all-ages event, now in its second year, features stalls from local and interstate artists, zine-making workshops,

His openness about leaving the competition due to stress and anxiety, exacerbated by the show, became a story in itself with many people thanking him for his honesty.

Brent has since become a mental health advocate and hopes to

food trucks, and more.

Event Highlights:

• Free zine-making workshops and photocopying facilities

• Coffee van and Italian cuisine food truck

• Free zine table and comfortable outdoor seating

Get Involved: Stalls are still available, especially for locals from Lismore and the Northern Rivers. To secure a spot, email 2480streetpress@gmail. com or contact 2480 Lismore Street Press on

show people, and men in particular, that you can endure hard times and come out stronger on the other side.

He moved to the Northern Rivers a year ago, having previously lived in the Gold Coast, to enjoy a quieter pace of life.

“I do a lot of stuff in Melbourne, Sydney cooking and it’s just like a big concrete jungle and rat race,” he said.

“I always fnd coming back to a beach or a mountain - it just relieves the pressure.

“I think it’s in our DNA to be able to just kick the shoes off and walk on a beach and that instantly make us feel good.”

Despite Brent’s frst attempt at MasterChef not going to plan, he hopes the winning comeback he made last year will inspire others.

“My life is an absolute roller coaster, full of adventure.

“One thing that I can say is, take that 30 seconds of courage and take that little risk.

“You never know what could happen.

“If I didn’t take that 30 seconds and sign up to a cooking show - even though I didn’t think I could cook very well - I’d still be in a job I didn’t like.”

To follow Brent Draper’s cooking journey and recipes follow him on Instagram: @ brentdraper_ and also follow @jaycoaustralia on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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Casper Batchelor, event organizer and editor at 2480 Lismore Street Press, invites everyone to “experience the rich culture and creativity of Lismore through its vibrant zine and indie art scene.”

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School’s mummy revives ancient history interest

Bringing to life the face of a 2000-year-old mummifed head stored for more than a century at Grafton High School, has also re-invigorated classical studies at the school.

History teacher Simon Robertson said it was no coincidence that the school has two Year 11 ancient history classes in 2024, just as interest in the mummy ramped up over the past two years.

“I think it (the mummy) defnitely had a lot to do it,” Mr Robertson said.

”The timing of it was when the mummies head podcast came out.

“Some of the kids were involved in the podcast generated a bit of buzz.

“A couple of kids talking about wanting to study archaeology now.”

He said when the ABC program Things the British Stole approached the school about doing a show on the mummy about 18 months ago, events began to take a life of their own.

The show put the school in contact with Dr Janet Davey, a forensic Egyptologist from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Department of Forensic Medicine, who kept the school updated on her research.

“She was getting herself in contact with a new expert from Monash or from a German university and then the world experts in Herculaneum in Italy,” he said.

“It’s pretty remarkable

to think these things that we study in textbooks here in Grafton is actually you know, being connected as we speak.

That’s been super cool.”

He said the mummy was an important

of level of uniqueness, the fact that it’s a Greco Roman person and probably descended from the Ptolemies, who were connected to Alexander the Great.

“The fact that she’s

artefact, with links to some of the big events in ancient history.

“From what I understand we’re the only school in Australia with something like this,” he said.

“And then it comes with a whole other sort

undergone this medical procedure called trepanation in her head, and it’s one of the only mummies in the world, from Egypt where that’s evidenced, so when you talk about uniqueness, it’s pretty amazing.”

The mummy was

donated to the school in 1915 and had been buried in the school archives for a long time.

Mr Robertson said when he came to the school about 20 years ago, learning the school owned an ancient Egyptian artefact had stirred his interest.

“Because I was an outsider, I really engaged with it and I was kind of sharing the kids’ indignation that it was here and we began that campaign over the course of a few years to return it,” he said.

“But after that, it kind of sort of sort of disappeared into the upper echelons of the library there in that server room where it’s air conditioned.”

Mr Robertson said the extent of plundering of Egyptian relics over two centuries was the main reason the mummy had not returned home.

“It was the weight of the theft that had gone on in Egypt, particularly in the 1800s and early 1900s,” he said.

“The colonial powers had come in – the British and the French – and

just taken everything and every one that they could get their hands on.

“If you go to the British Museum, the Louvre the Met, in New York, they’re just teeming with Egyptian artefacts.

“They said just in terms of the sheer volume of bodies, and artefacts that are out there, they just can’t support the repatriation.

“It’s not something that they don’t want, it’s just that it’s just impossible.”

He said students had also been fascinated with the techniques used to probe the mummy’s secrets and recreate her face.

“Just seeing what else is out there,” he said.

“And, you know, in the big cities that someone is a world expert on mummy tissue, and that’s what they spend their days doing.

“And some other lady has an amazing studio

in Victoria where she spends her days you know, forensically sculpting.

“Just exposing the kids in a small town like ours to all the possibilities out there. And that history isn’t just dry and dull and in the past. It’s been it’s been amazing.”

He said the mummy’s links to former Grafton Egyptologist Grafton Elliot Smith, who pioneered the use of X-rays to study mummies and was a leading expert in the feld in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was also important.

“He was an amazing, fellow too, and to think that this might possibly have a connection to him and even bringing that connection that he has to Grafton back out so that people learn more about his achievements, is pretty cool,” Mr Robertson said.

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The 2000-year-old mummifed head of an Egyptian woman has been kept at Grafton High School since 1915, It has recently been featured on an ABC TV show and spurred an interest in classical studies at the school. Forensic researchers have been able to recreate the face of the woman whose head was mummifed around 2000 years ago in Egypt and donated to Grafton High School in 1915. One of Grafton’s famous sons, pioneering Egyptologist Grafton Elliot Smith has also been linked to the school mummy.

Lawrence Loves… lanterns to light up Lawrence Community

Lawrence Community Fundraising Inc. is inviting community members to participate in lantern making workshops over the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, in preparation for Lawrence Loves… festival.

The free workshops, which run from 10.00am to 4.00pm both days, will be guided by master lantern maker Phill Relf of Ikara Celebratory Events.

Phill, who is no stranger to the Clarence Valley in recent years – having conducted workshops and coordinated lantern parades in Ulmarra and Copmanhurst – said that lantern making is accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages.

“I just recently ran a workshop with students at Lawrence Public School, who made box lanterns. With the help of older ‘buddies’ from years 5 and 6, even the kindergarten kids were able to complete the lantern. I look forward to seeing them join the

parade at Lawrence Loves…”

The workshops will be held at Lawrence Public Hall and offer two activities: attendees can build a small boat-shaped lantern to carry in the parade; they can also contribute to the construction of a model of the Lawrence Ferry, which will head up the parade on Saturday 25th May.

Phill is also keen to share insights with anyone curious about

learning the techniques of building large processional lanterns. He remarked,

“It’s a passion of mine to ‘teach the teacher’ so that others can pass on these skills. Lantern making is essentially a form of sculpture and by using a handful of core techniques, the models created can be extremely varied in style and size.”

Event manager Phil Nicholas said, “We are expecting school students, their families and community members from Lawrence and

surrounding towns to attend the festival.”

“There will be activities and live music from 2.00pm to 9.00pm. In addition to sharing great food and live music, a lantern parade is one of the most magical ways of bringing a community together.”

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New multi-purpose fre engine to protect the Northern Rivers

Firefghters in Grafton, situated in the state’s Northern Rivers, have recently been equipped with a new multi-purpose Mercedes Atego Class 1 Tanker valued at $660,000.

Dubbed the “jack of all trades” fre engine, this vehicle is specifcally designed to address a variety of emergency situations effectively.

Equipped with innovative ‘pump and roll’ capabilities, the tanker can combat grass and bushfres while in motion, enhancing its operational effciency during critical moments.

Additionally, it features a ‘HALO’ sprinkler cabin protection system that sprays water over the cab to shield the crew from fames during intense bushfres, providing an added layer of safety.

Designated as a ‘specialist HAZMAT’ tanker, it is also fully prepared to respond to incidents involving

hazardous materials, such as chemical spills and fuel leaks, which are particularly vital for the safety of the Northern Rivers region.

FRNSW Acting Assistant Commissioner – Regional Operations, Stephen Hirst, expressed enthusiasm about the new addition to the feet, highlighting the vehicle’s off-road capabilities and the advanced protection provided by the ‘HALO’ system as signifcant advantages for the local frefghting crew.

Emergency Services Minister, Jihad Dib,

noted that this tanker is one of many new FRNSW vehicles deployed across the state as part of the ongoing efforts to enhance fre services.

“This is the 16th new fre truck to roll out of the FRNSW workshop this year, consistent with the service’s vehicle replacement and Bushfre Tanker programs,” said Minister Dib, affrming the NSW Government’s commitment to investing in critical frefghting infrastructure to safeguard urban and regional communities.

Byron Bay RDE - Regional Disability and Seniors Expo 2024: Call for Exhibitors

In regional New South Wales, individuals with disabilities and seniors, along with their caregivers, often encounter diffculties in accessing the essential resources and support that are more readily available in larger urban centres. This disparity is frequently due to a lack of awareness about the local services and support systems, compelling many to undertake unnecessary travel to metropolitan areas or, worse, to forego critical assistance altogether.

Sharon Fulwood, an event manager, and parent to two children with disabilities, understands these challenges from personal experience, particularly in navigating the complexities of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) within her community. To bridge this gap, Sharon is spearheading the inaugural Byron Bay Regional Disability Expo (RDE), which will also

feature a Seniors Expo, providing a much-needed platform for accessing a plethora of services locally.

Set for July 5, 2024, at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay, the expo aims to empower, educate, and connect individuals with disabilities, seniors, and caregivers with the latest resources, technologies, and services available to them. This event promises to be a pivotal resource, eliminating the need for long-distance travel by consolidating a wide range of services under one roof.

Exhibitor Invitation:

To ensure the success of this vital initiative, Sharon invites providers of products and services related to developmental delays, health conditions, congenital disabilities, aging, and more to participate in this enriching expo.

Exhibiting at the Byron Bay RDE offers a unique opportunity to network with other organizations, collaborate on solutions, and engage directly with end-users—thereby

playing an active role in enhancing the lives of the local disability and senior communities.

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• Date: Friday, 5 July 2024

• Venue: Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay Exhibitors at the Byron Bay RDE will gain invaluable exposure and direct feedback from the community, enhancing their ability to serve and support. This event is not just an expo but a community effort to bring local and regional resources to the forefront, ensuring that those who need them most are wellinformed and supported. For more information on how to participate or register as an exhibitor, please visit the offcial Byron Bay RDE website or contact the event management team directly. Join us in making a signifcant impact in the Byron Bay community—your expertise and services can make a real difference.

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Kyogle Memorial Institute is the cultural hub of Kyogle community

From despair to unspeakable joy

Title: Long Flight Home

Author: Stephen Nethery Price: $23.99

Publisher: The Seventh Scribe

When Frank Casey, as a young boy, told his father that he wanted to become a priest, he was laughed at and ridiculed.

He hid his humiliation and cast aside any thought of the priesthood a er that.

Instead he found his love for rugby at school and when the war arrived, he enlisted in the RAAF.

He survives a plane crash and a POW camp, to then fall in love with a beautiful woman who he proposes to.

Weeks before the wedding a serious car crash changes Frank’s life outlook and the desire he had as a little boy resurfaces in full force.

Frank’s next decision to become a priest

The latest improvements to the Kyogle Memorial Institute (KMI) have cemented the hall’s standing as the cultural hub of the Kyogle community, Kyogle Mayor Kylie Webster said.

The work completed earlier this month includes new cinemastyle seating in the gallery overlooking the stage, movable stackable chairs for the hall, a mechanical winch system for new lighting bars over the stage

and audience; acoustic improvements (centre-fll speaker arrangement; ceiling hung acoustic panels, curtains that hang on the walls); new stage curtains and scrim; and shelving.

Cr Webster said Council had also repaired a large area of the roof, built a new steel support structure over the stage to hold the new curtains and lights, and repaired a section of the gallery which had been damaged by a water leak. This latest project

follows previous work to upgrade the Banquet Room and kitchen and create the Roxy Gallery space.

“Council has been progressively upgrading the KMI to ensure this wonderful building is safe, comfortable, and able to meet the needs of the community for years to come,” Cr Webster said.

The recently completed work, part funded by a Federal Government Creative Capital Grant, has received a tick

changes his whole life’s course, surprising those near and dear to him.

It is not an easy road, however, and the memories of the cruelty of the Nazis, when he was in Buchenwald Concentration Camp, will need to be confronted.

Frank’s way of managing his issues on his own becomes a concern, but through support and his own faith, he comes through his darkest hours with a renewed compassion for those around him who have fallen on hard times.

His laconic and straightforward manner may earn him the ire of the church, but to those who matter, he is the priest with the common touch, dedicating his life to the under-privileged and dispossessed.

You will be inspired by Father Frank Casey.

Steve Nethery is a local author and this is his second novel.

To receive a signed copy of Long Flight Home, order from his website senethery. com or copies can also be purchased from Amazon.

of approval from the Village Hall Players.

“We are thrilled,” a spokesperson for the theatre group said.

“As well as the bigticket items, there were small thoughtful things like reading lights for the Stage Manager and off-prompt positions.

“Thank you, Kyogle Council, for making our hall so much better for cast, crew and audiences alike.”

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‘Leemo Cat’ back. ‘Mum, I’m SO over this tedious rain that, to me, seems like forever. As a busy feline used to being physically active, it’s irksome to not be able to do my grass frisks, tree climbs, y chases, outside air leaps & other stu . I’m SO bored Mum. ‘Mum Jane’ simply gave me her menacing old-lady glare & told me to go read a book and to stop annoying her ‘cos she’s busy doing creative painting of stu (anything in her reach I noted) to keep herself busy. Hmmm, ponder? I spoke out. ‘Mum, well, let’s chat & talk about ANYTHING you choose, anything! I’ll bring you a cup of tea, OK?’ She looked at me & said ‘bring 3 Stem Ginger Cookies with my tea & OK Leems, we’ve got a deal. I DO WISH to discuss something with you actually so bring my tea & bikkies NOW & I’ll address the issue; do not interrupt me. Gottit?’ Oooh, truly, anything would ease the tedious nature of my life right now, even Mum wa ing on & I said OK! (One day I’ll learn NOT to agree with Mum on ANYthing!)

‘OK Leems, explain your Operatic yowling (think Puccini’s La Boehme) & screaming 5 nights ago at approx. 7.20pm in the evening; you interrupted my ABC viewing. It sounded like you may perhaps have had your ‘self described’ glorious tail infested with Fire Ants or even ON re. (neither applied) THEN you followed your appalling noises by running all over our house at a huge rate of knots, (sounding like a galloping rhino on the wood oors) down the

hall, into rooms, a leap into our bath, out again, down to YOUR bedroom below, back up the stairs, all the time still yowling & running toward your ‘peering out’ spot every 10 seconds to peer out of the window with your tail swishing apparently looking for the ‘threat’ outside; then did the running & yowling all over again. Now, please try to remember what happened then ‘Leems;’ I turned our front light on & saw the lovely grey & white cat staring up at you on YOUR SAFE INSIDE ‘viewing’ ledge. e cat was NOT growling or hissing; just looking up at you enquiringly as if to say ‘wanna play Leemo!’ So, Leems, stop the hysterics! Why didn’t you just say ‘Mum won’t let me out at night? SO, instead Leems, “I” politely said ‘good evening’ nice kitty and suggested it go home & threw a grape at it. It obeyed, ran up our front slope and daintily frisked back down the road to where I think it lives. End of Story. Don’t hiss & splutter at me ‘Leems’ I’m NOT nished. You also ‘self described’ yourself when this chat started as a ‘physically active feline.’ Well, what rot! ‘Leems’ you tell unbelieveable bs. You are no more physically active of late than a bear hibernating. Your Winter coat sprouting is not physical activity. Gottit? e only physicality you show is to wander toward your food bowl and peer at it looking cross ‘cos the bowl is empty; become SEMI active via yowling until you have my attention; treats appear; you nish them o & go to sleep once more. Hmmm…in truth, the most activity I’ve seen from you in weeks Leems is when you spied the kitty outside. Maybe I’ll pay her $ to come back every night and stare at you & get you active? Whaddya reckon? Oh, by the way, TO-DAY is ‘Mother’s Day’ Leems… WELL??’ YIKES! I kinda forgot. Best I do many purrsies, suck-up stu like paw pats on her pruney cheeks & more feet & more leg purry rubs whilst staring adoringly at her. Hmmm. Maybe not? Nitey, Leemo. OMG!


The 2024 Australian Celtic Festival was a remarkable success, drawing in approximately 5,000 people to Glen Innes Highlands for the weekend, despite the challenging wet weather conditions that forced event organisers into Plan B mode on the fnal day of festivities.

A record number of festivalgoers focked to the Australian Standing Stones National Celtic Monument on Saturday to enjoy a Celtic celebration like no other. The event featured a jam-packed program of attractions and entertainment with pleasant weather conditions until the rain set in that afternoon.

Following more rain overnight, a decision was made to assess Sunday’s events and relocate part of the program’s entertainment and ceremonies to other venues, ensuring the show could go on.

Local business Glen Innes Bus Services played a key part in ensuring continued support for the stalls that remained trading at the festival grounds that day, kindly transporting ticketholders from

various locations around Glen Innes to the Standing Stones.

The festival organisers expressed their gratitude for the understanding and fexibility demonstrated by vendors, performers, contractors, and patrons impacted by the change in plans due to the unfavourable weather conditions.

Given the circumstances, the unprecedented spike in the festival’s Saturday attendee numbers was somewhat of a relief.

Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Rob Banham said Council is delighted with record attendance at the 2024 Australian Celtic Festival.

“Spirits were not dampened by the challenging weather at the 2024 Australian Celtic Festival. Despite the rain, the resilience of our town and the unwavering support from businesses and attendees truly shone through, making this festival a memorable success,” Cr Banham said.

Glen Innes Severn Council Coordinator of Economic Development and Tourism Rhonda Bombell said Council has been inundated with positive feedback following the festival.

“Council has received many congratulations from businesses and attendees who empathise

with the diffcult decisions and the speed in which alternative arrangements were made, highlighting our town’s resilience and commitment from businesses and Council to the festival,” Ms Bombell said.

Council extends its sincere thanks to The Glen Innes Services Club and its dedicated staff, Pinknoize Audio and the talented performers of the festival for their invaluable support of the revised entertainment program.

To help shape future events, Glen Innes Severn Council is asking for anyone who attended the festival to partake in a short 5-minute online feedback survey: www. ACF2024

The 2025 Australian Celtic Festival and fringe events will take place 1-4 May 2025, with tickets on sale from 3 March.

Keen festivalgoers are already booking their accommodation in advance for the festival’s 33rd year, which will highlight the Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall & Wales.

Retired Teachers Return to Classrooms to Tackle NSW Teacher Shortage

In a signifcant step toward addressing the ongoing teacher shortage, nearly 150 retired educators are set to return to public school classrooms this term through the Teachers Re-Engage initiative. This move follows a series of reforms by the NSW Government, aimed at revitalizing the education sector that faced challenges under the previous Liberal National Government. Key reforms include eliminating the public sector wage gap and implementing the largest teacher pay raise in decades, alongside signifcant reductions in administrative burdens. These changes have led

to a 20% reduction in teacher vacancies at the start of the 2024 school year compared to last year, signaling progress, though further efforts are necessary.

Since November 2023, the NSW Department of Education has reached out to over 1,500 teachers who had left the profession within the last fve years, encouraging them to return. Out of these, more than 260 expressed interest, with 145 now actively engaged in casual and temporary roles across over 600 schools statewide. Notably, 60% of these returning teachers are coming out of retirement, drawn back by improved pay and

reduced workloads.

The re-employment process has been streamlined to support these teachers, including assistance with accreditation, approval to teach, and Working with Children Checks.

This initiative not only flls vacancies but also alleviates pressure on existing staff, reducing the need to merge or cancel classes.

Teachers participating in the program have various employment options available, ranging from temporary assignments to permanent roles and positions as small group tutors.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning,

Prue Car, emphasized the government’s commitment to reversing the teacher shortage.

“With a 20 percent decrease in vacancies and a renewed interest among experienced educators, we are on the right track. It’s heartening to see so many teachers rekindling their passion for teaching, assured by the positive changes we’ve implemented,” she stated.

This initiative highlights the importance of ensuring that every classroom benefts from the guidance of a qualifed teacher, ultimately aiming to enhance educational outcomes across NSW.

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Major improvements are on the way for Mullumbimby Road, thanks to a $4.76 million commitment from the Albanese and Minns Governments.

The funding will ensure the road is rebuilt stronger and is better able to withstand future weather events.

Mullumbimby Road, which is the major evacuation route for local residents, is currently very susceptible to fooding.

When completed, the project will reduce the impacts of future fooding while improving access for emergency services, council and utility services during and after food events.

A grant of $2.77 million from the jointly funded Regional Roads and Transport Recovery Package under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) will allow Byron Shire Council to

improve drainage and reconstruct a section of Mullumbimby Road near Gulgan Road.

Council has also been allocated an additional $1.99 million through the jointly funded DRFA for heavy patching on the road.

Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot, said the project was a vital investment in the future of the region.

“We know how important it is to keep communities connected during and after natural disasters.

“This upgrade to Mullumbimby Road is all about building back better after a disaster, by repairing the damage while also making sure the region is more prepared for severe weather events in the future.

“I’m pleased the Albanese Government’s joint investment with the Minns Government will help improve

disaster resilience on this beautiful section of the NSW east coast.”

“It shows what can be achieved when the three levels of government work together, and I congratulate the Byron Shire Council for putting this project forward,”

Justine Elliot said.

NSW Regional Roads and Transport Minister the Hon Jenny Aitchison MP said this upgrade will improve evacuation routes while reducing the number of times the

road will be closed and providing residents and the many tourists who visit this region more time to prepare and evacuate if they need to during natural disasters.

“The NSW Labor Government is proud to be partnering with the Australian Labor Government and Byron Shire Council to deliver this much needed upgrade for the local community.

“It is great to hear that work will start soon and

that our Regional Roads and Transport Recovery Package is enabling the council to build the road back better so it is more well equipped to handle future disasters.”

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffn said close to $2.8 million for this project is being provided through the betterment program, which was introduced into northern NSW following the devastating foods of 2022.

“This program changes the situation, and now allows roads to be built back to better withstand disasters and to improved standards.”

“It never made any sense to build back or repair a road or bridge as it had been instead of making it as durable as it possibly could be.

“I know local councils are as pleased as I am to be able to secure betterment funds to do the job well.”

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said that Mullumbimby Road is very food prone and there are times when the town is completely isolated.

“Mullumbimby Road is a key connection road and the primary emergency evacuation route for Mullumbimby residents,” Mayor Lyon said.

“This funding will improve the capacity of Mullumbimby Road to cope with heavy rainfall, and therefore make it a more reliable and safer route for people to be able to leave town should they have to evacuate.”

“The heavy patching will be done along the length of the road, serving to strengthen the surface to protect it from the wear and tear of the 13,500 vehicles that use that route every day.”

Construction is expected to commence in December 2024.

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“People,” once said the cultural critic, Neil Postman, “no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” And in one tantalising swoop, a very telling, if not apt caricature was captured here of the superfciality that manipulatively drives and imbibes our way of life.

Not that human beings have ever been predominantly deep-diving or probing creatures in all they have thought, said or done; but for at least the last century we seem to have made a clear preoccupation out of the petty, the dim-wittedly peculiar, not to mention that which is dazzlingly shallow, and gaining of a cheap laugh. Or as Stanislaw J. Lec well suspected and knew, “Even mud sometimes gives the illusion of depth.”

Our current ‘ability’ to access information has duped us into believing that we are more knowledgeable, or advanced than any generation that has ever lived; it has falsely lifted us that far from the potential of our true selves that we may never catch sight, let alone savour, what makes the human being the lone refective exception in nature’s otherwise gravely savage, inter-organism quest to survive, and be the fttest.

Relatedly Erik Pevernagie once noted, “Access to information can be empowering. When it overwhelms us, constantly bombarding us with data, infobesity eventually estranges us from ourselves and

$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver food resilient land in the Byron Shire

The NSW Government is providing Byron Shire Council $300,000 through the Resilient Lands Program to provide safe, food resilient land for new housing at the Saddle Road Precinct in Brunswick Heads.

holds us back from proper decision-making. Obsessively waiting for the latest records creates fragmented minds, hinders us from deep thinking or exercising sensible choices, and makes us foat on the wishy-washy waves of superfciality.” And there’s the gleaming, well said and easily missed cause of much of our woe – infobesity and superfciality.

Having made a default, if not a deliberate ploy out of not plumbing the depths of anything, we have smugly drifted into a know-it-all, echo chamber of a reality that is devoid of any mystery or lasting intrigue. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once suggested, “The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery... Living without mystery means knowing nothing of the mystery of our own life, nothing of the mystery of another person, nothing of the mystery of the world... It means remaining on the surface, taking the world seriously only to the extent that it can be calculated and exploited, and not going beyond the world of calculation and exploitation.”

As such, it is not too late for the human being to challenge itself and change the course of its narrow, surface-dwelling ways; to fathom and delve into things deeply, so as to increase what we know for the betterment of all. We have the chance to correct a world as Eduardo Galeano once said, “Where the funeral matters more than the dead, the wedding more than love and the physical rather than the intellect. We live in a container culture, which despises the content.”

The funding from the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) will allow Council to complete a Structure Plan, Infrastructure Priority Plan, technical studies, and community engagement to investigate suitability for new housing and public infrastructure in the precinct.

Located on the western side of the Pacifc Motorway, the site is just fve minutes by car to Brunswick Heads and eight to Mullumbimby. It is well above projected food heights which will provide opportunities for new homes off the food plain.

Saddle Road is the third site to be identifed under the RA’s Resilient Lands Program (RLP). The site is also the frst to be identifed outside of the Lismore LGA under the program, and has also been fagged in Byron Shire Council’s Residential Strategy as a key site for future residential development. It follows the recent announcement of 400 new lots in East Lismore and up to 50 new households in the Mount Pleasant Estate at Goonellabah.

While the fnal number of homes at Saddle Road will be determined following detailed planning and community engagement, based on site-specifcations, it is estimated between 500-800 homes could be delivered.

The RLP is accelerating the delivery of new land and housing options, linking with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP), giving food impacted homeowners a pathway to move to a safer location.

The RA will work with RHP buyback participants to secure suitable and affordable land and will provide further support to those eligible who wish to relocate their existing homes.

For more information, visit NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“This funding is a win-

win for the community and Byron Shire Council.

“Not only will it help to unlock food-resilient lots for people to build on, it also helps Council and the NSW Government deliver on its promise of more homes for our growing population.

“The land is positioned near existing services and an established community and will provide a beautiful, safe place to live for those affected by the nearby food plain.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffn said:

“The announcement of this third site under the Resilient Lands Program is the frst one outside of Lismore.

“Locals communities and Councils can be assured that the wheels of the RLP are starting to turn right across the Northern Rivers.

“This announcement will be followed by others in our local

government areas and will see more land become available, giving people accepting buybacks in the Resilient Homes Program a variety of places to choose from.”

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said:

“We are thrilled to receive this initial funding support which will not only beneft members of our community displaced by the natural disasters in 2022, but also address the housing crisis that has existed since before the foods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of structure planning for this site on The Saddle Road and get the land ready for building food-resilient houses more quickly which is a huge win.

“The work ahead includes an Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental Sensitivity Assessment, a Structure Plan that includes a vision and concept plan for the site, a Planning Proposal to amend Council’s LEP and an Infrastructure Priority Plan that addresses the infrastructure required to support a new community such as roads, sewer and water.

“As these works are progressed, we look forward to working with our community to achieve the best outcomes.”

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Dwelling on the surface Nigel Dawe NSW Premier Chris Minns MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery and Lismore MP Janelle Saffn, and NSW Minister for Planning and Open Spaces Paul Scully at Southern Cross University, the frst site announced under the Resilient Lands Program.

Broadwater Sunshine Sugar Mill food recovery works on track for the 2024 crush

Flood recovery and mitigation works at Broadwater’s iconic Sunshine Sugar Mill are on track to be completed for the 2024 crush, thanks to assistance from the Australian and NSW Government’s Anchor Business Support Grant Program.

Today, the stacks which tower over the Sunshine Sugar Mill billow steam, but two years ago the future of the historic mill on the banks of the Richmond River was uncertain after the 143-year-old mill experienced its highest ever food level.

Broadwater Sugar Mill’s Operations Manager Ian McBean said at its deepest point there was three metres of water in the facility.

“All machinery, electrical switchboards

and most outbuildings within that food zone were either destroyed or had to be repaired or replaced, leaving a $25 million clean-up bill,” he said.

Utilising $12.6 million in funding from the Anchor Business Support Program, Sunshine Sugar started the massive clean-up – front of mind were food affected cane growers and more than 80 staff that the company employs.

“Getting our factory up and running was critical to ensuring that those people had an income and dollars were fowing back in the community,” Mr McBean said.

“They [growers] had been signifcantly impacted by the food with 90 per cent of our growers having lost their homes and equipment.

“A number of our employees were impacted by the foods, they are still living in temporary accommodation now.”

Funding was frst used to remove mud from the plant and sugar storage facilities allowing work to recommission the massive crushing machines which power the mill.

“The critical works for us were getting the electrical switchboards rebuilt, installing new water tolerant modular buildings for offces and just cleaning the place up.”

Flood mitigation efforts have focussed on lifting important pieces of machinery, electrical switchboards above the one-in-one-hundred-year food level, while new modular offces stand above the 2022 food


One of the fnal tasks was installing a new molasses tank capable of storing 2,700 tonnes of product. This will replace the existing 3,000 tonne capacity tank which was lifted from its foundations by food water.

In 2022, Sunshine Sugar managed to crush an incredible 408 kilotons of cane at Broadwater.

Funded mitigation works are on track to be completed by this year’s crush, which is forecast to be around 350 kilotons.

The reduced cane volume this year is a legacy of the impact fooding had on the young cane in 2022.

Ian McBean is grateful for the assistance received from Government, saying it has been critical for getting their mill back to being operational.

“We are thankful and

are sure this investment will pay dividends for the long-term food recovery of the farming sector in the Northern Rivers.”

The $59.3 million Anchor Business Support Grant Program is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments and has assisted foodaffected large businesses in the Northern Rivers to recover, rebuild and resume normal operations sooner.

Recipients matched government funding dollar-for-dollar.


This year’s Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival kicks off this Friday 17 May and runs across Saturday 18 May. Centred around the KMI Hall and the Roxy Gallery in downtown Kyogle, the Festival features an array of talented writers including Melissa Lucashenko, Mirandi Riwoe, Jessie Cole, Michael Burge,

Tim Baker, Ellen van Neerven, Corey Tutt and many, many more. Special guest, Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, will be in conversation with Angela Catterns, talking about his latest book as well as his love for gardening. A smorgasbord of panels will discuss a range of topics including

Indigenous writing, gardening and gardening literature, writing as an outsider, towards a more ethical and sustainable society and the use of alternative therapies. Lovers of poetry are well catered for with a workshop on performance poetry as well as the Page and Stage Poetry event taking place at the Kyogle Golf

Club later on Saturday. The festival promises to offer something for all lovers of books, poetry and writing in all its varied forms.

Festival passes are still available for purchase online and tickets for single events will be available on Saturday at the Festival Box Offce in Stratheden Street.

For more information, head over to the website

Queensland Leads the Way in Engineered Stone Ban, Sets National Example

Lung Foundation Australia has praised the Queensland Government for its decisive action in banning work with engineered stone effective from 1 July, eschewing any transition period. This bold measure aims to mitigate the risks associated with silicosis, a severe and often fatal lung disease affecting stonemasons, which recent studies show affects one in four workers in the feld.

Mark Brooke, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia, emphasized the signifcance of this move: "Queensland's immediate ban sets a national precedent, ending the use of engineered stone in manufacturing and installation of products like benchtops and panels from July 1st, without delay. This action is crucial in combating the silicosis crisis, directly linked to engineered stone, for which there is currently no cure."

As the number of silicosis cases is expected to rise sharply, Lung Foundation Australia has ramped up its support services. The charity offers free, confdential phone-based assistance through its Silicosis Social Work program and Silicosis Support Nurse service. These services provide vital support and information to those affected, covering everything from processing diagnoses to dealing with the disease's emotional and physical toll. Online peer support groups are also available for additional community support.

"Over the past fve years, we have advocated tirelessly to bring the dangers of silicosis to the forefront. We stand with the workers and their families who are demanding change," said Brooke.

NEWS 19 May 16, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent
Broadwater Sunshine Sugar Mill


Councillor Lara Gresham has announced her resignation from Glen Innes Severn Council, effective Thursday, 9 May 2024, after nearly two and a half years in the role. Cr Gresham is stepping down due to personal reasons, marking the conclusion of her tenure during which she actively represented the interests of the community.

Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Rob Banham thanked Cr Gresham for her hard work and dedication to the Glen Innes Severn community.

“Councillor Gresham has been a valued member of Glen Innes Severn Council, bringing pragmatic thinking and a rural perspective to our discussions,” Cr Banham said.

“Lara’s departure leaves a gap in our council. We wish her well in her future endeavours and thank her for her service.”

Glen Innes Severn Council General Manager Bernard Smith also acknowledged Cr Gresham’s contributions and approach to her role.

“Councillor Gresham has been a dedicated councillor, consistently demonstrating a strong commitment to her responsibilities,” Mr Smith said.

“She is one of the most conscientious councillors I have worked with and has been a staunch advocate for our community. Lara’s professionalism and collaborative approach have been appreciated by our staff, and her departure will leave a notable gap within our council.”

Council will be requesting that, considering the upcoming local government election in September 2024, the position remain unflled until after the election.


Local Labor MP Justine Elliot announced that the Albanese Labor Government will deliver two new major initiatives, which will support current and former higher education students on the North Coast.

“Both these major changes will make a big difference to locals on the North Coast, those with HECS debts, and those undertaking mandatory work placements for teaching, nursing, midwifery, and social work qualifcations.

“Labor is making our higher education system work better for students and work better for our economy.

“As your strong voice in the Albanese Government, I’m proud to be delivering this important support for locals,” Justine said.


“The frst major change is cutting the student debt of more than three million Australians, including nearly 20,000 here on the North Coast.

“This will wipe around $3 billion in student debt nationally, easing the pressure on workers and students across the country.

“The Government will cap the HELP indexation rate to whatever is lower out of Consumer Price Index or the Wage Price Index with effect from 1 June 2023, and backdate the relief to 1 June last year.

“This will beneft every person with a HELP debt, fxing the issue of last year’s spike in the CPI indexation rate of 7.1 per cent and preventing growth in debt from outpacing wages in the future.

“This will make the system fairer and beneft all Australians with a HELP debt.

“I know many locals with HECS debts are impacted by the indexation increases. Labor listens, and Labor acts.

“By backdating this reform to last year, we’re making sure that those with student loans affected by last year’s jump in indexation get this important cost-ofliving relief.

“This continues our work to ease cost of living pressures and reduce and remove fnancial barriers to education and training,” Justine said.

For individual information see the HELP Indexation Credit Estimator: education.



“The second initiative is establishing a Commonwealth Prac Payment to support students undertaking mandatory work placements for teaching, nursing, midwifery, and social work qualifcations.

“The payment will provide around 68,000 higher education students and over 5,000 VET students each year with $319.50 per week during their clinical and professional placement periods.

“This payment will provide cost-of-living relief for many students. It will be means-tested and available from 1 July 2025 and will be in addition to any income support a student may also receive.

“The Albanese Labor Government is addressing the care and teaching workforce skills shortages, while assisting more students to commence and complete their studies.

“Some students say prac means giving up their part-time job, and that they don’t have the money to pay the bills.

“This will help encourage more students to study teaching, nursing, and social work, all of which are critical to our local workforce and community.

“This will give people who have signed up to do some of the most important jobs in this country a bit of extra help to get the qualifcations they need,” Justine said.


The resumption of sittings at Casino Court House tomorrow after it was closed following the 2022 foods is welcome news for the local community according to Clarence Nationals MP, Richie Williamson who advocated very strongly for the Court House to reopen as a matter of priority.

Mr Williamson delivered a Private Member’s Statement in the NSW Parliament in May last year followed by a letter to the NSW Attorney General, Michael Daley supporting a Mayoral Minute from Richmond Valley Mayor, Robert Mustow seeking urgent priority to be given to expediting food recovery works at the Court House given the impacts on the local community and economy.

“Whilst the number one priority of food recovery should always be about

supporting food victims, restoring key community assets should be a high priority,” Mr Williamson said.

“As I said at the time, the closure of the Casino Court House was having

a negative impact on the local community and economy with the nearest sittings being heard at Kyogle and Lismore and disadvantaging many in the community.

“Its closure impacted

on low socio-economic and high Indigenous communities, some of whom have very limited transport and were struggling to attend because public transport is almost non-existent.

“It was also impacting family members needed at court as support people as well as having an operational impact on our local police force because local police offcers were required to travel to Kyogle or Lismore for appearances and court hearings.

“Economic impacts on Casino were also being felt because of the lack of court days, which would normally bring to the community a high number of professional people to the community, where they would quite often stay for the night.

“I thank the NSW Attorney General for his assistance in ensuring the Casino Court House is back up and running.

“It is a great shot of confdence for the community and is part of the healing and recovery process that is so important for my community,” Mr Williamson concluded.

NEWS 20 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024
Casino Court House


Celebrating 32 years

Lismore’s 32nd Annual Gemfest

The Lismore Gem & Lapidary Club would like to invite you to Lismore’s 32nd Annual Gemfest. With the large number of fantastic stalls selling everything from rare fossils and meteorites to beautiful jewellery, opals and crystals, there is something for everyone. Enjoy a day of family fun and learn how to fossick for gems at our fossicking site on the hill where you are certain of fnding some treasures.

There will be great displays, demonstrations and a kid’s colouring competition to view in the Fine Arts Pavilion. The colouring competition has three age categories with the winners receiving fossicking kits and crystals. There is also our Club sales table in the Fine Arts pavilion selling a large variety of gems and jewellery. With a large number of stalls outside to tempt you, we also have a

number of traders selling all things lapidary in the pavilions. That includes everything from jewellery to crystals and lapidary machinery. There will also be a wide variety of food and drink stalls with the addition of a Vegetarian caterer and an ice cream van. The CWA will be catering to all from the new kitchen in the far pavilion. Rotary will have their own stall just outside the pavilions and both are sponsored

by The Lismore Gem & Lapidary Club as they are charity foundations. This year we have the pleasure of offering a Free Shuttle bus sponsored by Northern Rivers Buslines. This service will operate on May 18th & 19th from the Lismore Transit Centre, pick up/drop off near Browns Creek car park, then on to the Showgrounds at Anzac Memorial, Alexander Parade. The bus will then circle back along

the same route as a continuous pickup/drop off service. So please use this service for your convenience.

Our Gemfest Lucky Gate Prize major winner will receive a beautiful Amethyst Geode valued at $1200 sponsored by Kristallen who is one of our dealers in the Traders pavilion. Every person that enters Gemfest will be given a gate ticket and go in the draw for this incredible prize. There is also a

$200 voucher from Bunyips and a $200 voucher from Gemcuts as runner-up prizes. The winners will be drawn on Sunday 19th May at 3pm and notifed by phone.

Gemfest is organised and run entirely by volunteer members of The Lismore Gem & Lapidary Club, therefore without all our sponsors it would be nearly impossible to run a successful Gemfest.

Celebrating 32 years

Some of our sponsors

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Gates open at 9am and close at 5pm on Saturday 18th and 9 am until 3pm on Sunday 19th May.


Come along and join us for a great family outing with entry only $5 for adults and $1 for children (under 5 yrs free).

Dates and location

Help us celebrate another great Gemfest at the Lismore showground on May 18th and 19th. See you there!

Find out more

Visit or like us on facebook at /LismoreGemfest/


When I started researching “Ferries on the Richmond”, I wanted to include Lismore, Gundurimba and Wyrallah. Realizing that the North Arm is now called the Wilsons River, I still went ahead and included them. I will endeavor to talk about each ferry, as there are 13 of them, as we make our way down the river fnishing at Burns Point, Ballina.

The Lismore Ferry was the oldest ferry on the Richmond River. In

those early days the river was known as the North Arm and the river from Casino was known as the South Arm. The North Arm of the Richmond River was changed to Wilsons River on the 1stJanuary 1974.

The picture shows the old ferry in operation.

Note: “Port of Call” on the north side and the bell on the post which marks the site of North Coast Steam Navigation Company Wharf. This wharf was built in 1891- 92. The scrub on the north side

close to the bridge has long since disappeared.

The cluster of scrub in the foreground on the extreme right of the picture marks the course of Browns Creek.

This same ferry started in service, what is now Ballina Street Bridge in 1850 and shifted down to the Leycester Creek and Richmond (Wilsons) junction in 1872. A track through the rainforest on the banks of the Richmond (Wilsons) River had to be cleared for people wanting to access the ferry.

The punt ferried horse drawn vehicles, livestock and school children across the river for some years before the construction of a bridge. A sliding section of the bridge was designed to open, allowing the passage of the river traffc. The bridge over the Richmond (now Wilsons) River, at Lismore was opened in 1884, the year after the courthouse was built.

The Lismore Ferry acted as a three way pick up, from North Lismore, South Lismore and over

to Lismore.

The new bridge was named Fawcetts Bridge, after Police Magistrate, Mr C.H. Fawcett and later MP Richmond. The bridge was opened on 5th June 1884 at a cost of 11,000 pounds. The frst pile was driven by Mr E.W. Allingham, the Mayor of Lismore. The bridge was opened to the public on 5th July 1884. A great procession left the Albert Hall in Keen Street with school children numbering 500. They left the hall headed by the recently formed

Lismore Band. The bridge was tastefully decorated with arches of evergreens and fag. One with an appropriate moto “Advance Lismore”. After the offcial opening the crowd advanced to the Recreation Ground for an afternoon of activities. At night an evening ball took place in the Albert Hall.

Ref: Ted Trudgeon and Robbie Braithwaite from The Richmond River Historical Society, Lismore.

NEWS 24 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024
Fawcett’s Bridge - Lismore “Neptune” on the Richmond River. Lismore Ferry - 1870’s
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DATE: 07/05/2024

1495 x 55 Total Head Yarded

A big yarding came forward for the Combined Fat & Store Cattle Sale on Tuesday 7th May 2024. Both Fat & Store Cattle were well represented, in particular cows & feeder weight cattle. Not all processors operated on bullocks to see them sell frm, while cows & heifers sold dearer by 15-20c compared to a fortnight ago. Feeder cattle sold frm to dearer, with most steers 350-450kg making from 300-340c/kg, while heifers sold to 312ckg. Weaner Steers didn’t quiet reach the same high as our weaner sale last week, however heifers sold on par.





Sale numbers were consistent across the platforms this week, with cattle and sheep and lamb numbers similar to last week. The pig and poultry numbers still keep turning up for the sale, the only downturn was in the calf section with very few yarded. Cattle saw a lift in the prices from the previous week and the sheep and lamb prices were frm to a shade cheaper dependant on type and fnish.

Vealer steers av 326.4c/kg topping at 400c/kg or $764.38 to $1245.50

Vealer heifera av 254.6c/kg topping at 320c/kg or $623.77 to $1112.00

Feeder steers av 325.1c/kg topping at 370.2c/kg or $1181.31 to $1635.00

Feeder heifers av 277.3c/kg topping at 312.2c/kg or $953.18 to $1248.91

Yearling steers av 334c/kg topping at 378.2c/kg or $1022.36 to $1649.29

Yearling heifers av 268.8c/kg topping at 331.2c/kg or $829.46 to $1672.56

Steers av 291.9c/kg topping at 344.2c/kg or $1651.35 to $2099.62

Heifers av 260.1c/kg topping at 312.2c/kg or $1258.48 to $1784.74

Manufacturing steers av 176.3c/kg topping at 186.2c/kg or $813.89 to $833.25

Cows av 209.6c/kg topping at 241.2c/kg or $1112.03 to



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Steers sell to $1,800.90

Sale Date: 06.05.2024 Number Yarded: 364

Numbers decreased this sale with a yarding of 364 mixed quality cattle. A small yarding of older bullocks topped at

55 x 55 Cows & Calves were on offer and still represented value buying, topping at $1580 per unit.

Sale Highlights

Grafton Combined Fat & Store Cattle Sale Tuesday 7th May 2024

A/c JN & SA Fahey sold Belmont Red Cross Bullocks

275.2c/kg averaged 607.5kg - $1671.84 p/hd

A/c Franklin Angus sold Angus Cows 231.2c/kg averaged 719.2kg - $1,662.71 p/hd

A/c LAD Investments sold Brahman Cows 239.2c/kg averaged 564.6kg - $1,350.63 p/hd

A/c SL & WE Oughtred sold Angus Steers 346.2c/kg averaged 372.0kg - $,1287.86 p/hd

A/c Alan Child sold Angus Cross Steers 340.2c/kg averaged 351.7kg - $1,196.37 p/hd

A/c M Crawford sold Angus Steers 334.2/kg averaged 348.8kg - $1,165.52 p/hd

A/c Alan Child sold Angus Heifer 328.2c/kg weighed 335kg - $1,099.47

A/c Mrs Ollie Golding sold Angus Steers 402.2c/kg


Bulls av 244.2c/kg topping at 268.2c/kg or $1436.67 to $2758.12

Lambs topped at $199 to av $112.78 ($6/head down)

Hoggets topped at $130 to av $75.85 ($4/head down)

Ewes topped at $130 to av $51.35 ($8/head down)

Wethers topped at $90 to av $52.89 ($24/head down) Rams topped at $82 to av $74.50 ($6/head down)

Lamb rams topped at $125 to av $87.30 ($2/head up)

Sale av of 1845 head of sheep and lambs was $90.72 a drop of $4/head average compared to the previous sale. Pork sales were stores from $70 to $165, Poultry saw Hens sell to $27.50, Roosters to $20, Guinea Fowl sell to $10



Agents and vendors combined today to yard 1845 head to the weekly sale. The yarding was drawn from the traditional local areas as well as far as Longreach with a run of Merinos coming to market. The market was slightly easier than last week, the exception being fnished export weight and fresh feed on types. The general trade markets were slightly lower. Lambs topped at $199 to av $112.78 ($6/head down), Hoggets topped at $130 to av $75.85 ($4/head down), Ewes topped at $130 to av $51.35 ($8/ head down), Wethers topped at $90 to av $52.89 ($24/ head down), Rams topped at $82 to av $72.50 ($6/head down), Ram lambs topped at $125 to av $87.30 ($2/head up). The total sale average of $90.72 was $4/head down on last week.

255 cents, whilst a good run of feeder steers sold to 334.2 cents.

Another large yarding of cows saw heavy cows sell to 230.2 cents, medium weights to 200 cents while light weights topped at 130 cents, heifers sold to 270 cents. Trade cattle were mixed in quality with Angus weaner steers topping at 378.2 cents, whilst the heifers sold to 257.2 cents, both returning to the paddock. The plainer yarding of bulls sold to 200 cents.

averaged 238.3 kg - $958.58 p/hd

A/c DJ Bowles sold Angus Steers 382.2c/kg

231.3kg - $883.84 p/hd

A/c AR Watkins sold Angus Steers 400.2c/kg averaged 227.5kg - $910.46 p/hd

A/c Micheal Green sold Angus Heifers 268.2 c/kg averaged 246kg – 659.77 p/hd

A/c SD & K Barnier sold Cows & Calves and returned $1,580.00 per unit


Thursday 16th May – 22nd May 2024 – Online Auction Tuesday 21st May 2024 – Grafton Fat Cattle Sale | Grafton Saleyards | 8am

Saturday 25th May 2024 – Clearing Sale | 322 Watters Road, South Grafton | 10am

Tuesday 28th May 2024 – Grafton Fat Cattle Sale | Grafton Saleyards | 8am

Thursday 6th June 2024 – DLP Feature Weaner & Store Cattle Sale | Grafton Saleyards | 9am

Phil & Mary Devereux sold Dorset x lambs 66.4kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $192, Ewes to Eversons for $60 Galloway & Carmichael sold Dorper lambs 44.2kg to Tonys Supa Meats, Grants Quality Meats and Eversons for $170

Acacia Park Unit Trust sold Aussie white x lambs 50kg to GR Prime for $158, 40kg to GR Prime for $108, 43kg ram lambs to Take IT Easy Meats for $101, 35kg to restockers for $62

Trevor Bavington sold Dorper x lambs 45.5kg to Jock Young Meats for $148, 39kg to restockers for $110, 45.5kg ram lambs to Take IT Easy Meats for $90, 20kg lambs to GR Prime for $48, 52kg hoggets to Eversons for $90, wethers to Eversons for $70, ewes to Eversons for $62, ewes to restockers for $42 and rams to restockers for $82

Norma Chalk sold Dorper lambs 59.1kg to Take IT Easy Meats for $199

Michael Wright sold Aussie White lambs 55.5kg to Take It Easy Meats for $180, 65kg Ram Hoggets to Whites Trading for $65

Cobby & Theresa Hobbs sold Xbred lambs 48kg to Leslie Lamb for $174, 48kg hoggets to restockers for $89

Strathane sold Dorper hoggets 62.9kg to Eversons for $130, 64.8kg 4th ewes to restockers for $130, 77kg wethers to Self Meats for $90, ewes to Thomas Foods for $70

Jack & Sally Sloss sold Merino ewes to Eversons for $63, $44, and $43

Bevan Bird sold Xbred ewes in the wool to Eversons for $58 and $41, Poll Dorset rams to Eversons for $41

Barry Dawson sold Merino wethers to Thomas Foods for $60, Eversons for $36, Ewes to Eversons for $50 & $49


BULLOCKS: Allen Taylor - $1746.75

STEERS: RJ & OJ Kneipp - $1800.92

COWS: CR Rednedge - $1772.54

HEIFERS: B & P Kraft - $1507.66

YEARLINGS: BE & J Cummins - $1180.14

VEALERS: RJ & OJ Kneipp - $1200.64

BULLS: BE & J Cummins - $1748.46


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Sugar Cubed – Building a brighter future for cane growers

Building a brighter future for Queensland’s sugarcane industry will be top of the agenda when more than 100 growers and industry leaders gather in Mackay this week for the inaugural Sugar Cubed conference.

The two-day event features a host of expert speakers, many on the cutting-edge of innovations in the sugarcane industry and the Australian bioeconomy.

They include Jet Zero CEO Ed Mason, Qantas Head of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Graeme Potger, KPMG Origins CEO Laszlo Peter, Coca Cola’s Head of Sugar Procurement Pete Greenwell, and head of Evidn behavioural science Dr John Pickering.

The program will cover a variety of topics, from the development

of a sugarcane-based Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) industry in Queensland and how we can create a more proftable future for growers to how do we improve market access for our sustainably produced Australian Sugar.

Practical here and now challenges around research and development, farm productivity, and harvest and mill reliability will also feature on the agenda.

And as if that weren’t enough, attendees will participate in feld trips, including visiting local sugar mills, farm tours, and a trip to Mackay’s bulk sugar terminal and biorefnery.


Chairman Owen Menkens said the aim of Sugar Cubed was to give growers an annual industry event, where

they could come together to learn and speak about the challenges and opportunities that matter to them.

“There are so many vital and evolving aspects of our industry,” Mr Menkens said.

“From technological advancements to variety development, harvesting constraints, milling sector sustainability, opportunities in sugar supply chain traceability, marketing and trade access, the emerging bioeconomy, the list is endless and the opportunity to work together as an industry is now.

“But until now, we’ve never had a major forum where growers could come together to learn about and discuss these issues and explore the opportunities together.

“The Sugar Cubed Conference, which has been developed by

CANEGROWERS, aims to address the big issues growers want to discuss and see how we can work collaboratively across the industry to bring about success for everyone.”

The conference will kick off with feld trips on 8 May, followed by keynote speakers and panel discussions at the Mackay

on 9 May.


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Statement on Supermarkets Senate Inquiry fndings

Quotes attributable to NFF President, David

We welcome today’s release of Select Committee on Supermarket Prices fnal report.

This inquiry has been an important opportunity to shine a light on the challenges being faced by many Australian producers. We’ve long argued that the Australian food and grocery supply chain lacks adequate competition. We see supermarkets and retailers using their market power to harm farmers through lower prices, unfair risk burden and supply uncertainty. This places signifcant pressure on small, family-run businesses.

Today’s report is another piece of evidence to support the challenges being faced by thousands of Australian farmers, in particular those supplying perishable goods.

The NFF is working through the extensive report, but welcomes a number of the Committee’s recommendations which closely align with calls from the sector. These include making the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct mandatory, extending the Code to

cover major retailers of ‘Greenlife’ products, and putting in place signifcant penalties for breaches.

Further, we strongly welcome the report’s recommendations for continued reform of Australia’s mergers framework, and an increase in resourcing and strengthening of powers of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. These recommendations build on previous reports including the ACCC Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry in 2020, creating a clear evidence base for these recommendations to be urgently actioned by Government.

Further, we expect that the other supermarket sector inquiries currently being undertaken, including the Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, and the ACCC’s Supermarkets Inquiry 2024-25 will only add further weight to the argument that competition settings need strengthening.

The NFF will read through the report in detail and looks forward to working with all members of Parliament to ensure we achieve better outcomes for Australian growers.

Urgent Alert: Fall Armyworm Threat to North Coast and Hunter Regions

Local Land Services (LLS) is issuing an urgent advisory for farmers in the North Coast and Hunter regions to closely monitor their pastures and forage crops for signs of Fall Armyworm (FAW) infestation. This invasive pest has recently begun to cause substantial damage across these areas, threatening a broad spectrum of agricultural industries.

Background and Current Impact: Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), frst detected in NSW in 2020, has rapidly expanded its presence across several regions including the North Coast, Northern Tablelands, North West, Hunter, Greater Sydney, South East, Central West, Riverina, and Murray. Initially identifed in summer crops, the pest

has shown a preference for oats but has also moved to other crops such as ryegrass, kikuyu, and clover, while sparing chicory. According to Donna Cuthel, Senior Plant Biosecurity Offcer at North Coast LLS, winter species like ryegrass have been severely impacted, chewed down to ground level and are unlikely to recover, although kikuyu may show resilience.

Challenges in Control: The proliferation of the Fall Armyworm has outpaced the control capacity of natural predators, and options for chemical or biological interventions are limited. This has prompted LLS to provide targeted management advice and strategies for dealing with the pest. Webinar and Supportive Measures:

LLS is proactive in equipping farmers with necessary information and will host a webinar on May 21st to discuss the lifecycle of FAW, identifcation techniques, and current control options. The recent six months have provided ideal conditions for FAW breeding, but with the onset of cooler weather, their development slows, offering a strategic advantage in managing their spread. During this period, it is critical for farmers to revisit and inspect felds regularly to assess the severity of infestations and decide the appropriate course of action.

Farmers are advised to remain vigilant and participate in the upcoming webinar to stay informed about the latest research and effective strategies for

controlling FAW. For more details on the webinar and to register, please visit www.lls.nsw.



• Regularly inspect crops for early signs of FAW infestation.

• Attend the LLS webinar for up-to-date information and management strategies.

• Evaluate the necessity of treatment based on thorough feld inspections and expert guidance. By staying informed and prepared, farmers in affected regions can better manage the threat posed by the Fall Armyworm and minimize its impact on their livelihoods and the agricultural economy.

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Returning for its 23rd year, Blues on Broadbeach is set to transform the Gold Coast into a rhythm and blues haven from May 16-19, 2024!

The festival will feature over 65 international and local artists across 16 indoor and outdoor stages, promising an abundance of live rhythm & blues over the four-day event. The festival program and app are now live, so you can start planning your experience today! A highlight of the festival will be US headliner Melissa Etheridge, who is set to deliver a rocking twohour show on Saturday night.

Other international stars making their

way to the festival include Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton, Ana Popovic, Eric Bibb, Hi Rhythm Section with Boo Mitchell, and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, all renowned fgures in the contemporary blues


The festival will also showcase plenty of national and local talent, including festival favourite 8 Ball Aitken & Friends, who will host a special All-Star Blues Jam on Sunday, May 19. Gold Coast’s

own Karl S. Williams will open for Melissa Etheridge on Saturday night.

A new addition this year is the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket, featuring New Zealand’s electronicreggae-soul pioneers

Fat Freddy’s Drop, alongside Tijuana Cartel and BOOMCHILD, who will perform exclusively at Kurrawa Park on Sunday, May 19.

With VIP tickets already sold out, be sure to secure your ticket

soon to expand your Blues on Broadbeach experience! Beyond the six outdoor stages in the Broadbeach precinct, 10 Partnered Venues will also offer live music, allowing you to enjoy a meal or drink without missing any of the festival’s packed programming.

With so much happening from May 16-19, don’t miss out on your favourite acts! Download the Blues on Broadbeach 2024 festival app from the App Store or Google Play to create your personalised schedule.


• When: 16 th – 19 th of May

• Where: Broadbeach

• Tickets: www.

MAY 16, 2024
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1 How many tentacles do octopuses have? (a) Zero (b) Eight (c) Six (d) Ten

2 Which Australian made it to the final round of the 2022 Wimbledon Men’s singles tournament?

(a) Alex de Minaur (b) Nick Kyrgios (c) John Millman (d) Alexei Popyrin

3 Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was better known by what name?

(a) Mata Hari

(b) Florence Nightingale (c) Jane Austen (d) Lady Godiva

4 Traditional caponata is a dish based on which vegetable? (a) Pumpkin (b) Potato (c) Zucchini (d) Eggplant

5 What is the official currency of Andorra? (a) Euro (b) British pound (c) Swiss franc (d) Danish krone

6 Bolivia declared independence from which country in 1825? (a) Mexico (b) Portugal (c) Netherlands (d) Spain



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(c) Beyond remedy or redress


(a) A cloudiness

(b) A small, underdeveloped ear of corn

(c) The nape of the neck


(a) Oily

(b) Rank-smelling

(c) Pertaining to kitchen vegetables

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SBS FOOD, 6.35pm

Perhaps one must be a celebrated chef for King Charles to grant you into his stunning kitchen gardens. Or maybe it’s all about being foodie with a focus on sustainability. Whatever that case, French chef Raymond Blanc (pictured) is both and was entrusted access to the most beautiful kitchen gardens in Britain, tended to by King Charles’ dedicated gardeners. In this picturesque series, Blanc visits ve royal kitchen gardens: Castle of Mey and Dumfries House in Scotland, Highgrove House and Hampton Court Palace in England and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

FRIDAY, May 17

MONDAY 9 - 1 - 1

SEVEN, 9.05pm

This is certainly no shotgun wedding. After years of hiccups and anticipation, the wedding day of Maddie Buckley (Jennifer Love Hewitt, pictured) and Howard “Chimney” Han (Kenneth Choi) will nally happen, but it’s not what will have imagined. While the promos for “There Goes The Groom” promise wayward hijinks in the vein of Hangover, there are more than a few twists and turns to keep viewers on their toes. In truth, Choi stuns with a stellar performance that yanks on the heartstrings and will have pulses racing. Kicking o with a fun ’80s-themed bachelor party, Station 118 is soon in a desperate hunt for Chimney when he mysteriously disappears before the nuptials.


TEN, 9.40pm

drama teacher Mel Buttle (pictured) has her audience in stitches without even uttering a pointed punchline. Known across social media for her hilarious and very relatable chatterbox suburban mum character called Lyn – who is actually based on her own mother –Buttle is keen observer who isn’t afraid to be a little controversial. From growing up in Ipswich where only mutt dogs live, to the uselessness of PE teachers, Buttle even critiques her own show as Lyn, calling it “crass”. In the uproarious closing moments, Buttle reveals her comical mettle by using her mother’s text messages as rap lyrics as hip-hop music blares. It’s laugh-out-loud fare.

ABC TV (2) SBS (3) SEVEN (6) TEN (5) NBN (8, 80) 6.00 News. 9.00 News. 10.00 Planet America. (R) 10.30 That Paci c Sports Show. (R) 11.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R) 12.00 News. 1.00 Silent Witness. (Ma, R) 2.00 Queen Of Oz. (Final, Mdls, R) 2.30 White Fever. (Final, Mls, R) 2.55 Back In Time For Dinner. (PG, R) 3.55 Long Lost Family. (PG, R) 4.40 Grand Designs. (PG, R) 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. (R)

6.30 Hard Quiz. (PG, R)

7.00 ABC News. A look at the top stories of the day.

7.30 Gardening Australia. Costa Georgiadis visits an urban farm.

8.30 Silent Witness. (Malv) The team works to nd out why the truck was found with bodies inside and a dead driver at the wheel.

9.30 Gruen. (R) Presented by Wil Anderson.

10.10 Hard Quiz. (PG, R)

10.40 White Fever. (Final, Mls, R)

11.10 ABC Late News. Coverage of the day’s events.

11.25 Grand Designs: Chichester. (PG, R) Presented by Kevin McCloud.

12.15 Long Lost Family. (PG, R)

1.00 Traces. (Final, Malv, R)

1.45 Rage. (MA15+adhlnsv)

6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 12. H’lights. 8.00 WorldWatch. 10.10 Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out. (R) 11.00 The Story Of Beef. (PGa, R) 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 Mastermind Aust. (PG, R) 3.00 NITV News: Nula. 3.35 The Cook Up. (R) 4.05 Jeopardy! (R) 4.30 Letters And Numbers. (R) 5.00 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 12. H’lights. 6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG) 11.30 Seven Morning News. 12.00 MOVIE: I’ll Be Watching. (2018, Mav, R) 2.00 House Of Wellness. (PG) 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 Seven News At 4. 5.00 The Chase Australia.

6.00 Mastermind Australia. 6.30 SBS World News. 7.35 Abandoned Railways From Above. (Premiere, PG)

8.30 Supertrains: The Race For Speed. (PG, R) Examines the TGV, France’s high-speed train. 9.30 Secrets Of The Lost Liners: Cap Arcona. (PGav, R)

10.25 SBS World News Late.

10.55 World On Fire. (Return, Mav) 12.00 L’Opera. (Mls, R) 2.45 Portillo’s Greatest Railway Journeys. (R)

4.30 Peer To Peer. (PG, R)

5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Better Homes And Gardens. Dr Harry Cooper helps a dog with a bad chewing habit.

7.20 Football. AFL. Round 10. Sydney v Carlton.

10.30 AFL Post-Game Show. Post-game discussion and interviews. 11.15 Armchair Experts. (M) A panel discusses all things AFL.

12.00 Celebrity Obsessed: Gianni Versace. (MA15+av, R) A look at the murder of Gianni Versace.

1.00 Medical Emergency. (PG, R)

1.30 Harry’s Practice. (R)

2.00 Home Shopping.

4.00 Million Dollar Minute. (R) 5.00 NBC Today.

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6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. (PG) 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 MOVIE: Wedding Daze. (2006, Mls, R) 2.00 Pointless. (PG, R) 3.00 Tipping Point. (PG) 4.00 9News Afternoon. 5.00 Tipping Point Australia. (PG,

6.00 NBN News. 7.00 A Current A air.

7.30 Rugby League. NRL. Round 11. Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos. 9.55 Golden Point. A wrap-up of the Manly Sea Eagles versus Brisbane Broncos match, with news and analysis.

10.40 MOVIE: Sicario: Day Of The Soldado. (2018, MA15+dlv, R) A CIA agent enlists the help of a mysterious operative to kidnap the daughter of a crime boss. Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin.

1.00 Tipping Point. (PG, R)

2.00 Pointless. (PG, 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)

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6.00 Deal Or No Deal. (R) Contestants compete in a high-stakes game where they must beat The Banker to win a cash prize.

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

7.30 Ready Steady Cook. Two teams led by celebrity chefs Diana Chan and Alastair McLeod go head to head in the kitchen.

8.30 To Be Advised.

9.30 The Graham Norton Show. (Mls, R) Graham Norton is joined by Bernie Taupin, Catherine Tate, Ashley Walters, Bill Bailey and Christine and the Queens. 10.35 10’s Late News. Coverage of news, sport and weather. 11.00 The Project. (R) A look at the day’s news. 12.00 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG) Hosted by Stephen Colbert. 1.00 Home Shopping. (R) 6am WorldWatch. 10.00 Beerland. Noon WorldWatch. 12.25 Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up To Infertility. 1.35 Criminal Planet. 2.30 Bananas. 2.35 Over The Black Dot. 3.25 WorldWatch. 5.20 Shortland St. 5.50 The Curse Of Oak Island. 6.40 Jeopardy! 7.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 8.30 Adam Eats The 80s. 8.50 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 13. 1.35am QAnon: The Search For Q. 2.25 NHK World English News. 5.00 Al Jazeera.

(64) SBS MOVIES (32) 6am Children’s Programs. 3pm Summer Memories. 3.25 Coop Troop.

VICELAND (31) 6am Children’s Programs. 6.40pm Ben And Holly. 6.50 Kiri And Lou. 6.55 Supertato. 7.05 Andy And The Band. 7.20 Bluey. 7.30 Would I Lie To You? 8.30 MOVIE: Matchstick Men. (2003, M) 10.25 MOVIE: Hedwig And The Angry Inch. (2001, M) 11.55 Would I Lie To You? 12.55am QI. 1.35 MOVIE: Pan’s Labyrinth. (2006, MA15+) 3.30 ABC News Update. 3.35 Close. 5.00 Hoopla. 5.15 Ready, Jet, Go! 5.25 Alva’s World. 5.40 Late Programs. ABC TV PLUS (22) 6am Children’s Programs. Noon Manifest. 2.00 Bewitched. 2.30 Full House. 3.00 The Nanny. 3.30 Raymond. 4.30 The Addams Family. 5.00 Bewitched. 5.30 Children’s Programs. 5.40 MOVIE: The Flintstones. (1994) 7.30 MOVIE: Toy Story 3. (2010) 9.30 MOVIE: Jingle All The Way. (1996, PG) 11.15 Dating No Filter. 12.15am Love Island UK. 2.00

6am The Scarlet And The Black. Continued. (1983, PG) 8.05 Dancing At Lughnasa. (1998, PG) 9.50 The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir. (2018, PG) 11.40 Juniper. (2021, M) 1.30pm Mary And The Witch’s Flower. (2017, PG) 3.25 Funny Lady. (1975, PG) 5.55 The Witches. (1990, PG) 7.35 St. Vincent. (2014, M) 9.30 Gloria Bell. (2018, M) 11.25 Nurse Betty. (2000, MA15+) 1.30am The Nest. (2020, MA15+) 3.30 Devil’s Knot. (2013, M) 5.35 Mon Oncle. (1958, French)

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Giants. 4.30 Storage Wars. 5.00 American Restoration. 5.30 American Pickers. 6.30 Pawn Stars. 7.00 AFL: Friday Night Countdown. 7.20 Pawn Stars. 7.50 MOVIE: The Bounty Hunter. (2010, M) 10.10 MOVIE: Reign Of Fire. (2002, M) 12.20am Late Programs.


R) 6.00 Morning Programs. 8.30 Neighbours. (PGa, R) 9.00 Bold. (PGas, R) 9.30 Deal Or No Deal. (R) 10.00 GCBC. (R) 10.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Phil. (PGal, R) 12.00 10 News First: Midday. 1.00 Ent. Tonight. 1.30 Judge Judy. (PG, R) 2.00 Ready Steady Cook. (R) 3.00 GCBC. 3.30 10 News First: Afternoon. 4.00 Everyday Gourmet. (R) 4.30 Bold. (PGa) 5.00 News.
Australia’s Best Backyards. 9.30 NBC Today. Noon Better Homes And Gardens. 1.00 House Of Wellness. 2.00 My Road To Adventure. 2.30 Sydney Weekender. 3.00 My Greek Odyssey. 4.00 Better Homes And Gardens. 5.00 Escape To The Country. 6.00 Bargain Hunt. 7.00 Better Homes And Gardens. 8.30 Escape To The Country. 11.30 Late Programs. 6am Home Shopping. 8.00 Soccer. A-League Men. Second semi- nal. First leg. Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix. Highlights. 8.30 Ready Steady Cook. 9.30 Diagnosis Murder. 10.30 JAG. 12.30pm NCIS. 2.30 Jake And The Fatman. 3.30 Diagnosis Murder. 5.30 JAG. 7.30 Bull. 8.30 NCIS. 9.25 CSI: Vegas. 12.15am Home Shopping. 2.15 Diagnosis Murder. 4.05 JAG. 6am Danger Man. 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 Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. 2.50 Antiques Roadshow. 3.20 MOVIE: Fear Is The Key. (1972, PG) 5.30 The Travelling Auctioneers. 6.30 Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 Take Me Home. 8.30 MOVIE: Sliding Doors. (1998, M) 10.30 MOVIE: Music & Lyrics. (2007, PG) 12.40am Late Programs. 5.50 Explore. BOLD (51)
6am Home Shopping. 6.30 Escape To The Country. 7.30 Medical Emergency. 8.00 Million Dollar Minute. 9.00
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Full House. 3.00 Bakugan. 3.30 Beyblade Burst: Quad Drive. 4.00 Transformers: Prime. 4.30 Ninjago: Dragons Rising. 4.50 Late
America’s Game. 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 Building
6am The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 7.00 Becker. 8.00 So Help Me Todd. 9.00 The Middle. 10.30 Rules Of Engagement. 11.00 Becker. Noon Frasier. 1.00 The Neighborhood. 2.00 Impractical Jokers. 2.30 Rules
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ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

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The week starts off with Mercury and Mars both transiting through Aries, so try to be clear and proactive in the way you communicate with others. A financial matter needs to be sorted as the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, Uranus and then Mercury move through your $$$ zone. Friday looks tricky though, as friction develops between you and a friend or colleague, possibly involving money. The weekend is wonderful for exciting beginnings and sudden adventures.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20)

Most Bulls like life to hum along smoothly with no adjustments required and no jolting surprises. This week, prepare for some big ch, ch, ch, changes and modifications as the Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus all link up in your sign. Inspiration for the week comes from journalist, novelist, screenwriter, film director (and birthday great) Nora Ephron “Don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know – I’ve had four careers and three husbands.”

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

This week make sure your restless mood and short attention span don’t lead to reckless behaviour and a loose tongue. Slow down and think twice before you tell tall tales or spread secrets and salacious gossip. Passing on unverified hearsay could lead to unexpected consequences with an angry relative, a cranky colleague or a frustrated friend. You’ll find a tablespoon of tact, a dollop of discretion, and a pinch of patience will get you through.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

The planets encourage you to put more energy into pursuing your dreams. No side-stepping, Crabs! It’s time to set ambitious goals – and then pursue them with plenty of creativity and drive. But Mercury and Pluto could increase tension in a relationship within your peer group. Your intuition is switched on big time, as you tune into those around you and uncover some important information. But don’t let a controlling person lead you astray.

This week the Sun (your power planet), Venus, Jupiter and Uranus all activate your career zone. So charm, confidence and plenty of chutzpah will take you far along the road to professional success. And the positive Venus/Saturn link (on Monday and Tuesday) is particularly good for business plans, long-term relationships and socialising with work colleagues. But avoid being a cranky Cat on Friday, when the Mercury/Pluto square boosts your stubborn side.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Venus, Jupiter, Uranus and the Sun are connecting in (and shaking up) your aspirations and adventure zones. So don’t be too conscientious and virtuous, Virgo! It’s time to take some calculated risks, colour outside the lines and jump outside the squares. Your motto is from writer (and birthday great) Nora Ephron: “Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel … I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.”

LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

The Venus/Saturn link (on Monday and Tuesday) is good for matters involving work, health and pets. But the major astrological focus is on joint finances, business and/or work, as the planets provide the extra power and passion needed to boost your professional profile or fast-track your finances. Keep it real, Libra! You’re keen to splash some cash around, but make sure your bank balance is in a healthy state before you start spending up big.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

This week relationships are unpredictable and family dramas will keep you on your toes. Maybe it’s time to simplify your life, cull some of your commitments or give a fair-weather friend the flick? Look for creative, unconventional solutions that suit you and please others. Some strategic compromise may be necessary! As Voltaire (a fellow Scorpio) wrote: “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

The Sun, Venus, Jupiter, Uranus and Saturn are revving up your daily routine zone. So a work matter, a health issue or a family ‘situation’ could cause some sleepless nights. The planets are pushing you to dig deep, accept extra responsibilities and take on challenges with plenty of Sagittarian aplomb. A domestic drama also needs to be handled in a sensitive and sensible way, as you do your best to sort things out. Clear communication is the secret to success.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The positive Venus/Saturn link (on Monday and Tuesday) is good news for financial plans, business matters and long-term relationships. When it comes to a child, teenager or close friend you’re on a mission to correct their mistakes and change their behaviour. But you’ll get a lot further if you criticise less and encourage a lot more. And the greatest realisation this week is that you really can’t change anyone. They can only initiate transformation themselves.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’ll feel restless this week and the danger is you’ll go overboard and throw the baby out with the bathwater. Uranus imbues you with a sense of urgency, but self-discipline and gradual modifications are what’s required at the moment. It’s also important to strive to get the balance right between your personal and professional lives. Be inspired by birthday great, actress Cate Blanchett: “I live my life parallel with my work, and they are both equally important.”

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Pliable Pisceans can sometimes be too passive and indulge in too much procrastination. With Saturn transiting through your sign, you’re currently facing some challenges, but that’s no excuse to give up. This week Saturn links up with Venus, which encourages you to accept responsibility for where your life is going – and make some sensible, strategic changes. As writer (and birthday great) Nora Ephron wrote: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

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One of Australia’s leading blues musician, Ash Grunwald, has announced a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of his latest single, “Life Without You.”

This laid-back track, which explores the themes of enduring love and appreciation for one’s partner, is a collaboration with Garrett Kato, renowned

for his work with Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” and numerous releases by Ziggy Alberts. The song’s emotional depth is sure to resonate with listeners.

Ash Grunwald has long been an inspiration, encouraging a generation to embrace a nomadic lifestyle, “surfng by day and jamming by night”.

His illustrious career has seen him share stages

Steven J Whiteley, the Bogan Prince of Australian Comedy began performing over twenty years ago, and transitioned to being a professional full time comedian in 2013. He has performed across Australia, headlining & MCing with his unique style of observational & musical comedy, and true-life story telling. He has released two successful

with legends like James Brown, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Keith Urban, among many others. He has captivated audiences at sold-out festivals across Europe, Japan, and North America.

Grunwald’s impressive discography includes six Australian Top-50 albums, and he has been recognised with numerous accolades:

full-length feature DVDs, one in 2012 titled “And Another Thing” and his second in 2016, “You Can’t Say That”.

Having worked alongside some of the biggest names in

fve ARIA and four AIR Award nominations, two APRA Awards, and the Best International Act at the LA Music Critic Awards.

Don’t miss the chance to see Australia’s most dynamic blues performer live at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. This tour promises to be a memorable experience, showcasing Ash

comedy over the years, including the likes of Billy Connelly, Stephen K Amos & Ed Byrne, Steven has honed his craft & wit, fne tuning his act further over the last seven years whilst performing on international cruise ships. His down-to-earth take on everyday life resonates with audiences everywhere.

Quite simply - he’s short (about 5’6”), sharp and highly relatable. He’s not to be missed.

In 2012, John Peacock was carpet cleaner of the year. Now he’s a middle aged man with a bee in his bonnet and several mental health issues. A deep thinker with social anxiety and middle age spread. He might also be gluten intolerant. In 2015

Grunwald’s exceptional talent and his latest musical endeavours.

Be sure to catch this tour and witness the captivating performances of an artist who has signifcantly shaped the Australian blues scene. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to his music, Ash Grunwald’s tour is an event not to be missed.


aged 44, John Peacock worked out what he wanted to do when he grew up. Unfortunately he is yet to grow up and remains largely unfulflled.

John is a stand up comedian with an impressive performance history at comedy festivals around the country. He has performed Internationally in Singapore, Sweden and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He is an experienced MC, award winning public speaker, monthly columnist and enduring anchor of The Brekky Banter on the iconic Byron Bay FM. Founder of The Comedy Commune and promoter of sell out gigs locally

• When: Fri 24th May, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

• Where: The Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah

• Price: $50+BF

• Tickets: Via the QR code

and interstate. John is a modern day Man for All Seasons. Except for Summer which he fnds a bit too hot and sweaty.

The Never Ending Comedy Tour of Australia is what happens when Steven J Whiteley and John Peacock get together to talk about fnding their place in a brave new World.


• When: 25th of July7:30pm - 9:30pm

• Where: Nimbin Bowls Club

• Tickets: Via the QR code

ENTERTAINMENT 36 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024

Great balls of protein: CSIRO turns red meat into nutritious powder

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is adding value to the beef sector, turning red meat into a highly nutritious powder to give an allergen-free protein boost to snacks and beverages, targeting a $3.8 billion health and wellness market opportunity.

Taste testings of the innovation are on offer at Beef 2024 in Rockhampton this week, as CSIRO unveils its Just Meat protein powder which can be used in products that have mostly remained elusive to the

meat sector.

The powder’s nutritional and allergen-free profle sets it apart from other protein powders on the market so it can appeal to a wide audience in products ranging from protein balls and shakes to energy drinks.

The powder has the potential to grow Australia’s $75.4 billion red meat industry, by capturing more value from a greater percentage of the carcase.

Dr Aarti Tobin, animal protein lead for CSIRO’s Future Protein Mission,

said the powder can be used as-is or as an ingredient in a wide range of products.

“The advantage of a meat-based protein is that it naturally contains all essential amino acids, as well as high iron, zinc and magnesium,” Dr Tobin said.

“It’s mild in favour and highly soluble so we’ve easily added it to snacks like sweet protein balls in our product development kitchen, with promising results to take to product trials.

“We’re looking at new

protein products to meet changing consumer preferences and which will play a big role in feeding a growing world population that’s set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050.”

The protein powder supports food security by delivering meat’s nutritional benefts to remote locations or in disaster relief by overcoming refrigeration and transportation hurdles.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is an investor and collaborator

in the product’s development.

MLA Group Manager Science and Innovation, Michael Lee said the product’s versatility demonstrated its potential to capitalise on market demand for red meat globally.

“There is a growing global demand for convenient and nutritious food as the world’s population increases,” Mr Lee said.

“Products like this meat protein powder can help to cater to this demand by providing a shelf-stable,

easily transportable and versatile source of protein.

“By converting meat into essentially a food ingredient this also creates another revenue stream for the industry beyond our traditional meat trading options.”

CSIRO will work with commercial partners and investors to take the protein powder innovation to market.

Industry and investors can visit CSIRO at Beef 2024 or join CSIRO’s upcoming Protein Futures 2024 event.

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CSIRO’s Dr Doug Hilton and Dr Aarti Tobin tasting Just Meat in a protein ball. The powder has a mild taste and can be used as-is, or in a range of products such as protein balls, shakes and energy drinks.

Continuing the story written by Robert Leycester Dawson on “Bentley Homestead”.

Arthur and I took up bush work on Bentley, splitting, fencing, cattle hunting, horse breaking and all the hundred and one jobs which crop up upon a property. About the end of 1878 we began in a small way to make a little money out of cedar having got to-gether a team of bullocks broken in by ourselves from home-bred steers with the aid of a bought pair of “leaders”. We cut the cedar from brushes with two or three miles of the homestead and took it for sale to deep water on Leycester’s Creek near Tunstall. Our frst cedar money we decided to invest in a piano, we had about forty pounds. Our mother always wanted a piano. Musical visitors frequently came to Bentley and there was no instrument with which to entertain them or to be entertained. Palings in Sydney quoted a good price for a secondhand piano a ”Kirkman” at 50 pounds and father agreed

to supply the balance of the money required. In due course, word came that the piano had arrived at the Irvington Wharf, near Casino and Arthur went with six bullocks and the dray to bring it home. We unloaded it, with Jim Cowell’s help and placed it in the skillion, then the living room. We all stood around and it was a tense moment when our mother unlocked it and with tears in her eyes reverently ran her fngers over the keys. Never was there a better investment judged by the great many years of entertainment which that staunch old instrument provided. Additional free selections were taken up year by year and added to original holdings. Arthur took up about 350 acres on north side of Back Creek under Queenbah Mountain thus giving the estate a double frontage to permanent water. I took up land to the westward and later, an additional block of about 300 acres which extended the property nearly to Saville’s One Tree Farm. By 1885, Bentley had become a fne and fertile property

of about 2,200 acres. It was subdivided into ten paddocks not counting the gardens, orchards or cultivation ground where maize, pumpkins etc were grown. The paddocks were known as the Home, Five Acre, Front, Arthur’s of Queenbah, the Creek, the Big Plain, the Mountain, Cowanbah and the Dam paddock. The latter, about 25 acres, was cut off from the main property in 1878 by a Lismore Road deviation over Naughtons Gap. In one day the two Dawsons and three Lamottes constructed a very serviceable stockade dam which held water for many years to come. For about 15 years from 1877 onwards Bentley was mostly used as a cattle fattening property. “Store” cattle were bought and in due course sold to butchers as “fats” about 2 pound a head proft. We also bred half-draught horses which were unbroken then sold for the Brisbane market at 10 to 12 pounds per head. We raised some crops for home use but none for sale. It may be reasonably

be a cause for wonder why Bentley did not pay and why, eventually, it had to be sold to satisfy, or liquidate, the bank overdraft. Let me try to explain as well as I can possibly can.

My father began Bentley with no capital beyond his offcial income. As far back as 1857 he was always in debt. He spent a lot of money at Kirkconnel, improving another person’s property and for some years after leaving there as Crown Lands Commissioner for the Northern Rivers and New England he seems to have been always paying off debts.

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Train passing through Bentley
Tim Ryan and his mother standing on the Bentley Railway Siding on enlistment Day.

He was of a highly optimistic temperament and neither debt nor any other diffculty seemed to worry him. My father had a strange facility for spending money in experiments and (often) useless things and not absolute necessities and he was inclined to be lavish in giving and entertaining visitors. Having started at Bentley with little or no capital it is obvious that his offcial income would not pay all the costs of keeping a family

and taking up more land. He had a vision and foresaw a future and great prosperity of the Richmond and was always anxious to acquire as much land as possible.

After 1886 the bad times began which culminated in the bank smashes early in 1892.

My father died January 19th 1891. In June 1891 I got my appointment as Roads Overseer under Mr Arthur Gracie at Casino for 12/- per day and travelling expenses,

a veritable God-send. My brother carried on as best he could at Bentley and my mother went to Sydney to live with the Lamottes at Glebe. But then the overdraft on Bentley was so heavy that redemption from the bank grip was impossible. The prices of cattle had fallen to 30/- per head, four pound for fat bullocks and it was not so easy to sell at those low prices. Horses were almost worthless and could scarcely be sold at any

price. The result was that the bank foreclosed on October 21st 1892 and sold Bentley to the Edwards Family for £5,325/15/- which was apparently, exactly the amount of the overdraft including interest to that date. Certain it is that the Dawson Family did not get one copper out of the sale.

Years afterwards, about 1913 I met Donald Shannon in Sydney and he said to me, “It’s a pity you couldn’t have hung on to Bentley for another

twelve years, you could have got £20,000 for it”. Regrets are useless, of course, but this confrms my father’s frm opinion that in Bentley, he had acquired what must have become a very valuable property, but it did so a little too late to beneft him or his family. I have often thought it was merciful that he died before the bank foreclosed for that event would have broken his heart.

In conclusion let me add that writing this brief sketch describing

the origin of Bentley on the Richmond, for the information of the descendants of the original proprietor has been an interest and a pleasure to me. The name will live perhaps for all time. There is an offcial Post Offce called Bentley and a railway siding of the same name not far from the original homestead.

Ref: History of Bentley – Robert Leycester Dawson – Held at the Richmond River Historical Society.

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Inside Naughtons Gap tunnel. Naughtons Gap tunnel. Pear tree still growing on property - all Homestead site photos were taken in May 2022. Looking down from Homestead site to lagoon. Pine trees planted in the 1880’s at the Homestead site. Trees still there Site of the Bentley Homestead.

NFF delivers 17 priorities for the Federal Budget to advance agriculture

Australia’s peak farming organisation has put forward 17 investment recommendations for the Federal Government to invest in agriculture and support the sector’s sustainable growth ahead of the budget.

National Farmers’ Federation President David Jochinke said next week’s budget was a chance for the Government to lay the foundation for growth and productivity in a challenging economic environment and when an increasing number of producers are experiencing dry conditions.

“Agriculture has shown a million times over it is a powerhouse in the Australian economy, and by supporting the industry, the Government can help ensure the sector underpins the success and resilience of Australia for decades to come.”

The NFF’s pre-budget submission provides 17 investment recommendations across three broad themes:

• Increasing agricultural productivity

• Securing Australia’s agricultural workforce

• Promoting and enhancing Australian agriculture’s sustainability

“Our recommendations encompass a spectrum of initiatives, from bolstering regional infrastructure to enhancing biosecurity, fostering innovation in agricultural data to preparing for droughts, supporting farm safety, and creating pathways for the next generation

Senate Inquiry confrms unconscionable treatment of growers by big supermarkets and Bunnings

of farmers.

“Key recommendations include investing $1 billion over four years into regional infrastructure to enhance Australia’s international freight supply chains and $2 billion over four years to support complementary measures in the Murray-Darling Basin.

“We also want to see the Government commit to the farm gap-year program

AgCAREERSTART, an initiative boasting an 83% retention rate of graduates staying on in agriculture.

“Investing real dollars into these ideas will form a strategic web that intertwines economic growth, environmental stewardship, social wellbeing, and regional resilience.”

Mr Jochinke said the farm sector would be watching closely as the Treasurer handed down the Budget on May 14.

“Last year’s budget contained a nasty surprise for farmers – the Biosecurity Protection Levy.

“We hope the Government has realised it’s much better to work with farmers so we can strengthen a sector all Australians rely on.

“Not only can the government back farmers by supporting our recommendations, the budget is the opportune time to strike a line through harmful policies like the biosecurity levy and the live export ban.

“These are smart and sensible ideas that will allow agriculture to charge on towards its $100 billion goal.”

The NFF Horticulture Council has today welcomed the report by the Senate Select Committee on Supermarket Prices, which reveals the true cost of supermarket power and exploitative behaviour being borne by both Australian households and the national horticulture industry.

Chair of the Council

Jolyon Burnett said that while the evidence of price gouging at the checkout has not surprised anyone, there has been shock at the evidence of widespread appalling treatment of fresh produce suppliers.

“What started as an important investigation into supermarket pricing practices on struggling households has also provided widespread examples and growing appreciation of the impacts of supermarket profteering on the sustainability of Australian fresh produce and nursery businesses

and supply chains,” said Mr Burnett.

“The Select Committee has today reported on troubling testimony from growers, of predatory pricing practices that exploit the perishable nature of fresh produce, the imposition on growers of costs and risks outside their control, and of an almost universal fear of commercial retribution should any objections be raised.

“Not only are growers getting a raw deal with every trade, they’re also left with little proft to reinvest in the productivity of their businesses. Our partners, including transport operators, are also getting squeezed leaving our food supply chain weak and susceptible to disruption.

“But this report is just part of a growing base of evidence that is painting supermarkets and Bunnings in the same light as the big four banks following the

Royal Commission into that industry.

“Still unfolding is the Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct led by Dr Craig Emerson, due to report by 30 June, and the ACCC Supermarkets Inquiry 2024-25, expected to table an interim report no later than 31 August with a fnal report due next February.

“We expect the ACCC reporting in particular to paint a far more vivid picture of unscrupulous supermarket practices given the addition powers of the ACCC to compel evidence and testimony.

The Council has welcomed recommendations by the Select Committee to dramatically tighten provisions within the Food and Grocery Code and attach signifcant penalties for any breaches.

“These recommendations accord with those already being

fagged by Dr Emerson and will work to start levelling the playing feld for growers,” said Mr Burnett.

“But it will all be for nothing if the ACCC isn’t appropriately empowered and resourced to act as a tough cop on the beat.

“The incentives and drive everyday within supermarkets and Bunnings to deliver ever greater profts to shareholders at the expense of consumers and growers has to be met, not just by big penalties for breaching the Food and Grocery Code and other Competition Law, but by the very real prospect of getting caught.

“So, along with many customers and supermarket suppliers, the Council is calling on the Federal government in its Budget next week to deliver a substantial, ongoing investment in the ACCC to deliver on its new monitoring and compliance expectations.

Refnement of Future Drought Fund welcomed by farmers

Farmers have welcomed an announcement by the Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Rockhampton today regarding the next phase of the Future Drought Fund (FDF).

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President, David Jochinke, said the FDF was central to making producers more resilient in the face of current and future droughts.

“Supporting long-term resilience through initiatives and programs like those funded by the FDF has never been more important.

“Having been up and running for several years it makes sense to continually review the FDF and ensure we’re making the most of that investment.

“The Prime Minister being in Rockhampton to make today’s

announcement hopefully demonstrates that drought resilience is front of mind for this Government, especially given the dry conditions being faced by producers in the West and Tasmania,” Mr Jochinke said.

Mr Jochinke called out specifc areas where today’s announcement aligns with suggestions put forward by farmer advocates and the Productivity Commission.

“We’re pleased to see the continuation of the Farm Business Resilience Program.

Sound fnancial planning is one of the most powerful tools we have to prepare for drought, and we know that program has helped thousands of farmers sharpen up their preparation.

“We’re also pleased to see a review of the Drought Hubs and more investment in overall monitoring and evaluation of the FDF.

This is something we’ve called for to ensure we’re seeing tangible outcomes for the sector.

“I know that with Brent Finlay in the Chair at the FDF, that focus on

delivering for farmers will be central to that review process.”

Mr Jochinke stressed however that while FDF changes were welcome, the sector couldn’t ignore a range of adverse policies that would be clouding the PM’s visit to Rockhampton this week.

“If the Government was fair dinkum about the resilience of Aussie farmers, it would urgently scrap harmful policies like the Biosecurity Protection Levy or the phase out of live sheep exports.

“It would also stop denying justice to the victims of the 2011 live cattle export ban and settle that long-running class action.

“Giving with one hand and taking with another doesn’t really get us anywhere,” Mr Jochinke concluded.

RURAL NEWS 40 e Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024

Marine Rescue NSW Wraps Up Second Busiest Season with Over 3,200 Missions

Stay Safe, Stay Prepared: Marine Rescue NSW’s Commitment to Boater Safety

Marine Rescue NSW has recently concluded its second busiest boating season to date, undertaking 3,242 search and rescue missions, including 921 emergencies from October 1, 2023, to ANZAC Day 2024. This year’s operations nearly matched the record-setting 3,251 missions of the 2022/23 season, according to Commissioner Alex Barrell.

The organization’s 3,400 volunteers

played a crucial role in ensuring the safety of 7,535 boaters across the state’s waters, returning them safely to shore.

Commissioner Barrell highlighted a signifcant challenge this season: “Over 40% of our emergency responses were due to mechanical failures, particularly engine issues. We strongly encourage boaters to thoroughly check their equipment before setting out to prevent such avoidable situations.”

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie reported the highest activity with 441 missions. Remarkably, the regions of Mid North Coast, Illawarra, and Monaro also experienced their busiest seasons on record. The Monaro region’s eight units saw a 16% increase in operations, Mid North Coast responses rose by 11%, and Illawarra units handled a 7% uptick in demand.

Throughout the season, the service managed 144,806 radio

communications, with many being coordinated through the Marine Rescue Sydney State Communications Centre at Belrose. Among these, there were 69 MAYDAY calls signalling imminent danger and 42 PAN PAN calls from boaters facing urgent but non-lifethreatening issues.

Commissioner Barrell expressed his gratitude towards the volunteers: “I want to commend all our volunteers for their relentless dedication to maintaining safety

on our waterways.” He also reminded boaters to stay vigilant yearround, emphasizing the importance of proper preparation and safety measures, especially during the colder months. “Ensure you log on with your local Marine Rescue NSW base and always wear appropriate safety gear, including lifejackets and warm clothing during winter outings,” he advised.

This season also saw a steady number of

boaters using the free Marine Rescue app or VHF channel 16 to log their voyages, aiding in effcient monitoring and quicker response times in emergencies. With 44% of the season’s missions involving boating or fshing activities, and 125 incidents of capsized vessels, the importance of staying with the vessel and wearing lifejackets was particularly underscored by the Commissioner.

Marine Rescue NSW 2023/24 boating season search & rescue missions by region:

NORTHERN RIVERS – 162 search and rescue missions including 92 emergency responses with 296 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 63, Ballina 38, Iluka Yamba 28


– 255 search & rescue missions including 139 emergency responses with 596 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 80, Port Macquarie 61, Coffs Harbour 39

HUNTER/CENTRAL COAST – 993 search & rescue missions

including 208 emergency responses with 2,109 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 441, Central Coast 201, Port Stephens 183


– 1,267 search & rescue missions including 169 emergency responses with 3,226 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 366, Botany Port Hacking 297, Port Jackson 179

ILLAWARRA – 351 search & rescue missions including 179 emergency responses with 847 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 106, Jervis Bay 90, Shoalhaven 61

MONARO – 214 search & rescue missions including 134 emergency responses with 461 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 95, Eden 27, Merimbula 25

NEWS 41 May 16, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent

In our increasingly globalised world, travel is often seen as a luxury, an indulgence reserved for the few who can afford the time and expense. However, travel holds intrinsic value beyond mere leisure, playing a crucial role in personal development, cultural understanding, and even mental health. Travel should be considered an essential human activity, integral to our development as individuals and as a society.

One of the most profound benefts of travel is its ability to expand personal perspectives. Encountering places that differ from our home environment challenges our preconceived notions about the world and our place within it. It introduces us to new ways of living, thinking, and interacting, which can lead to greater empathy and understanding across cultural divides. This broadening of perspectives is not just benefcial on a personal level but is essential in developing global cooperation and peace.

way in a new city, or managing different currency systems. These challenges require adaptability and problem-solving skills. Over time, travellers develop a knack for thinking on their feet and adapting to new circumstances quickly and effciently. These skills are incredibly valuable in both personal and professional contexts, making individuals more capable and resilient.

The stimulation of new experiences can also reignite creativity and passion, which are often stifed by routine.

Travel often involves navigating unexpected situations, whether it’s dealing with a language barrier, fnding your

The mental health benefts of travel are signifcant and welldocumented. Breaking away from the daily grind can reduce stress and prevent burnout, which is increasingly common in our fast-paced, always-connected lives. Moreover, exposure to natural beauty—such as mountains, beaches, and forests—has been shown to boost mood and improve mental health.

Travel connects us with people from all walks of life. These connections can be profoundly enriching, offering insights into the lives of others and forging bonds that often last a lifetime. Whether it’s a conversation with a local artisan about their craft or a shared meal with fellow travellers, these interactions deepen our understanding of humanity and the threads that connect us, despite our apparent differences.

creating jobs, promoting local crafts and cuisines, and fostering a better understanding among different cultures. For many communities, tourism is a primary source of income and a vital part of their economic stability. Responsible travel can help distribute wealth more evenly and support sustainable development.

From a practical standpoint, travel is a signifcant economic driver in many parts of the world. It supports local economies by

Travel is profoundly educational, not just in a formal sense but in the everyday learning that comes from being in a new place. This type of education is experiential and immersive, teaching history, geography, sociology, and economics in ways that books and classrooms cannot match. For children and adults alike, travel can complement traditional education, providing real-world contexts to theoretical knowledge.

When done respectfully, travel can play a crucial role in preserving cultural heritage. Tourists’ interest often helps fund the maintenance of sites of historical and cultural signifcance, which might otherwise deteriorate. Moreover, by appreciating different cultures, travellers can contribute to a broader respect and understanding of these traditions and histories, ensuring they are valued and preserved for future generations. Recognising the importance of travel should also lead us to consider accessibility. Ensuring that people from all economic backgrounds have the opportunity to travel is essential. Programs that facilitate youth travel, scholarships,

and affordable travel options can help make the benefts of travel accessible to more people. Moreover, improving accessibility for travellers with disabilities is also crucial, ensuring that travel is truly inclusive.

Travel is much more than an escape from everyday life. It is a vital human activity that enriches our lives in countless ways, from personal growth and mental health to economic benefts and cultural preservation. As the world becomes more interconnected, the importance of travel as a tool for understanding and cooperation cannot be overstated. By promoting and facilitating travel, we can foster a more informed, connected, and empathetic world. Thus, travel should not only be considered essential but encouraged as a fundamental aspect of human activity.

TRAVEL NEWS 42 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024

Planning a holiday with your partner can be an exciting endeavour, especially when it involves discovering new places together. From charming beach retreats to cosy mountain hideaways, the world is full of romantic destinations. Here are some of the most enchanting places to consider for your next couple’s escape.

With its whitewashed buildings, stunning sunsets, and crystal-clear waters, Santorini is the epitome of romance. This island in the Aegean Sea offers breath taking views from cliff-top villages like Oia and Fira. Couples can enjoy a sunset cruise, indulge in gourmet dining with a view, or simply relax on the volcanic beaches. The unique blend of natural beauty and luxurious accommodations makes Santorini a top choice for a romantic getaway.

Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city of serene beauty, making it perfect for couples who appreciate culture and tranquillity. The city is renowned for its classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, and traditional wooden houses. Strolling through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or enjoying the cherry blossoms in Maruyama

Park can be magical experiences. For an unforgettable evening, dine at a riverside restaurant in Pontocho, where you can savour traditional Kyoto cuisine.

No list of romantic destinations would be complete without mentioning Paris.

Known as the “City of Love,” Paris is ideal for couples looking to immerse themselves in a city rich with history, art, and romance. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the charming cafes of Montmartre, there is no shortage of romantic spots. Couples can enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Seine, visit the Louvre, or simply enjoy a croissant at a sidewalk cafe.

Venice is a fairy-tale city built on water, offering a unique romantic experience. The best way to explore is by getting lost in its labyrinth of alleys and

canals. A gondola ride through these waterways, under the stone-arched bridges, makes for an iconic romantic activity. Be sure to visit Piazza San Marco, enjoy a coffee at the historic Caffè Florian, and admire the stunning views from the top of the Campanile.

For couples who love the great outdoors, Banff National Park in Alberta is a perfect destination. The park offers some of the world’s most breath taking wilderness scenery. Couples can explore its numerous lakes, such as the famous Lake Louise, and enjoy activities like hiking, skiing, or relaxing in natural hot springs. Staying in a cosy cabin or a luxurious resort, Banff provides a wonderful mix of adventure and relaxation.

The Maldives is synonymous with luxury romantic travel. This

tropical paradise offers stunning overwater bungalows, pristine beaches, and crystalclear waters. Couples can snorkel or dive among vibrant coral reefs, enjoy spa treatments, or simply relax on the private deck of their villa. The Maldives is ideal for those looking to escape to a secluded, intimate environment

Cape Town is a vibrant city that offers a mix of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes, making it an exciting destination for couples. You can visit the picturesque Cape Winelands, enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, or explore the historic Robben Island. The city’s stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife also provide plenty of opportunities for romantic outings..

Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance,

is a city that oozes romance through its art, architecture, and ambiance. Couples can explore the Uffzi Gallery to see some of the world’s most famous artworks, stroll through the Boboli Gardens, or climb to the top of the Duomo for spectacular city views. The charming streets of Florence are perfect for evening walks followed by a dinner featuring Tuscan cuisine.

Queenstown is a dream destination for adventurous couples. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps, it’s known for its adventure sports and stunning scenery. Couples can enjoy bungee jumping, jet boating, or skiing, depending on the season. For a more relaxed experience, take a scenic cruise on Lake Wakatipu or sample some of the excellent local wines.

Bruges, with its medieval architecture and picturesque canals, feels like a scene from a romantic movie. Couples can explore the city on a canal boat tour, sample Belgian chocolates and waffes, or simply wander through cobbled streets and market squares. The peaceful atmosphere of Bruges makes it a perfect getaway for couples seeking a slower-paced vacation.

Choosing the right destination can turn a simple holiday into an unforgettable romantic journey. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, culture, or just a change of scenery, these destinations offer a wealth of experiences that can cater to any couple’s interests. Remember, the most important part is enjoying the time spent with each other, discovering new places, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

TRAVEL NEWS 43 May 16, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent

Potential $1 Trillion Cost to Taxpayers from Superannuation Withdrawal for Home Deposits

Newly released modelling commissioned by the Super Members Council reveals significant long-term fiscal implications for Australian taxpayers stemming from proposals allowing young Australians to utilize their superannuation to fund house deposits. According to the analysis, unrestricted access to superannuation funds for this purpose could saddle taxpayers with costs amounting to a staggering $1 trillion over time.

Key Findings of the Report

• Financial Impact:

The proposal to allow a capped withdrawal of $50,000 from superannuation accounts for home deposits could result in a $300 billion drain on federal resources across future decades. In contrast, an uncapped withdrawal policy could inflate this cost to approximately $1 trillion by century’s end.

• Increased Pension Dependency: The report underscores a critical concern that enabling first-time homebuyers to dip into

their superannuation will lead to significantly reduced balances upon retirement. This reduction is expected to increase reliance on taxpayer-funded age pensions, thereby escalating government expenditures considerably.

• Economic Consequences: At its peak, the capped withdrawal policy could impose an additional annual cost of $8 billion on taxpayers, with the uncapped option potentially reaching an annual cost of $25 billion.

Impact on Housing Market and Home Ownership

The modelling also highlights adverse effects

on the housing market, predicting an increase in capital city house prices by an average of $75,000, which could further exacerbate the housing affordability crisis. This inflationary effect contradicts the policy’s intention to

enhance home ownership rates, instead potentially delaying entry into the housing market for future generations.

Expert Opinions and Recommendations

Misha Schubert, CEO of the Super Members Council, criticized the

policy proposals as economically imprudent.

Schubert emphasized that such policies not only fail to address home ownership rates but also worsen housing affordability and erode retirement savings, leaving a hefty tax burden for all Australians.

“Economic evidence consistently shows that breaking open super for house deposits will not resolve the housing crisis but will rather inflate property prices and amplify pension costs,” said Schubert.

Call for Policy Rethink

The Super Members Council is advocating for a reconsideration of any policy that might weaken

the integrity and success of the superannuation system, which has been pivotal in ensuring a secure retirement for millions of Australians. The Council warns against the long-term economic pitfalls of such policies, suggesting they would undermine the foundational goals of the superannuation system.

Analytical Backdrop

The findings are based on comprehensive microsimulation models developed by Deloitte, accounting for demographic shifts, superannuation contributions and balances, and projected tax and pension expenditures. This robust analytical approach reinforces the credibility of the projected fiscal and market impacts.


The Super Members Council urges policymakers to preserve the superannuation system’s strength, cautioning against decisions that could compromise both individual financial security and broader economic stability.

Australia Tax Season: ATO Highlights Key Areas of Concern to Avoid Costly Mistakes

As the tax season approaches in Australia, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is tightening scrutiny on common areas where taxpayers often make costly errors. The ATO’s focus is on incorrect claims for work-related expenses, exaggerated deductions on rental properties, and the omission of income sources in tax filings. Here’s a detailed look at each area and guidance on how to navigate them:

1. Work-Related Expenses:

In response to changing work environments, the ATO has adjusted the methods for claiming working-from-home deductions. Effective from July 1, 2022, the simplified $0.80 per hour rate was replaced with a $0.67 per

hour rate, alongside stricter record-keeping requirements. Last year, millions claimed work-related deductions, with a significant portion related to home office expenses. Taxpayers are reminded to maintain detailed records, like spreadsheets or calendars, to log hours worked from home and retain bills to substantiate additional incurred costs.

ATO Assistant Commissioner Rob Thomson emphasized the importance of accurate record-keeping, stating, “Keeping good records enables you to choose the most beneficial deduction method for your circumstances and ensures you’re rightfully claiming what you’re entitled to.”

2. Rental Property


Thomson also pointed out that a high proportion of rental property owners mistakenly file their tax returns, particularly in distinguishing between immediate write-offs for repairs and capital works deductions, which must be depreciated over time. He advised landlords to pay close attention to maintenance claims and be wary of

inflating expenses to counterbalance rental income increases for greater tax benefits.

3. Inclusion of All Income Sources:

Another significant issue is the premature lodging of tax returns, which leads to omitted income sources such as bank interest, dividends, and other government payments that might not yet be pre-filled

by the ATO. Thomson recommends waiting until all information is available by the end of July to ensure accuracy and completeness of the tax return.

The ATO strongly discourages rushing the submission of tax returns right at the start of the fiscal year on July 1st.

Early filers significantly increase their risk of errors, leading to

potential audits and corrections by the tax office. Instead, taxpayers are advised to wait a few weeks until their income details have been pre-filled automatically, ensuring a smoother and more accurate process. For those uncertain about their deductions or how to properly file their returns, consulting with a registered tax agent is recommended. This approach not only provides peace of mind but also ensures compliance with tax laws and maximizes legitimate tax benefits. By adhering to these guidelines and utilizing available resources, taxpayers can navigate the tax season effectively, avoiding common pitfalls that lead to unnecessary stress and financial penalties.

BUSINESS NEWS 44 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024
Property price hike from proposal that allows first home buyers to use up to $50,000 from super

Archistar selected for the NSW Government’s AI Solutions Panel to Revolutionise Local Development Applications

Sydney, Australia — Archistar, a leading provider of artifcial intelligence (AI) driven design and planning solutions, is proud to announce its selection to the NSW Government’s AI Solutions Panel. This inclusion comes as a result of a competitive open tender process facilitated by the NSW Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, highlighting Archistar’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the feld of AI-enhanced urban planning.

The AI Solutions Panel is an initiative by the NSW Government designed as a centralised hub for robust and mature AI products. These solutions are made available to councils across the state to help streamline and improve their development assessment

workfows. Archistar’s selection refects its proven expertise and the reliability of its advanced AI technologies tailored for the urban development / housing sector.

With a strategic focus on the prelodgement stage of local development applications, Archistar aims to transform the initial phases of council planning processes. This stage is crucial for setting the tone and effciency of the entire

application process, and by implementing AI solutions, Archistar will assist councils in becoming more effcient and responsive to developmental needs.

Key Benefts of Archistar’s AI Solutions:

• Effciency Gains for Council Staff: By automating routine tasks and reducing manual workloads, council staff can focus on more strategic activities, leading to faster and more effective service


• Improved Information Access for Applicants: Archistar’s technology ensures that developers and applicants have easier access to necessary information, making the application process smoother and more transparent.

• Faster Decision Making: With AIdriven analytics and insights, councils can make quicker, more informed decisions, thereby accelerating the

development process and improving outcomes for communities.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the NSW Government’s AI Solutions Panel and are eager to collaborate with councils throughout the state,” said Dr. Benjamin Coorey, CEO of Archistar.

“Our goal is to make urban development more accessible, predictable, and effcient, and this opportunity allows us to extend our innovative solutions to more

stakeholders in the urban planning ecosystem.”

All NSW councils can now initiate procurement of Archistar’s product solutions directly through the AI Solutions Panel, ensuring that they have immediate access to the tools needed to enhance their operations.

As Archistar looks forward to working closely with various councils through the AI Solutions Panel, it remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in urban development and planning through AI technology. This selection signifes an exciting step forward in the digital transformation of local government services across New South Wales. Councils can register their interest at www.

Western Australia Experiences Record-High Property Investor Lending

March 2024 saw Western Australia’s property investor lending reach a peak of $1.050 billion, marking the highest monthly fgure in 17 years, according to Kevin Young, President of Property Club. This milestone last occurred in July 2007 when lending fgures hit $1.055 billion, emphasizing a signifcant resurgence in the state’s real estate investment activity.

Key Drivers of Growth: The spike in investor lending over the past three years is attributed to growing confdence in WA’s property market, fuelled

by rising house prices and high rental yields. This optimism has been bolstered by a substantial 35% increase in weekly rents and a $100,000 rise in median house prices in Perth over the last two years. However, recent stabilization in rent increases and signs of moderating rental growth rates suggest a shift in market dynamics.

Future Market

Predictions: Despite current growth, Property Club forecasts a cooling period. It is expected that the full impact of new rental properties, spurred by recent investments, will materialize in the latter half of 2025,

potentially leading to peaked rents and a subsequent decline in some oversupplied areas. This anticipated softening in the rental market may also affect established sales markets, as weakening rental markets often precede declines in property values.

Historical Accuracy and Investment

Caution: Property Club, with nearly three decades of experience in Perth, has successfully predicted previous property boom cycles. In 2015, amidst a weakening rental market, the organization accurately forecasted a

drop in median home prices below $500,000, a prediction that materialized following a peak in December 2014. Given the current market conditions, Property Club advises investors, especially those from interstate with limited local market knowledge, to conduct thorough research before purchasing properties in Perth. The recent infux has drawn comparisons to a modern-day gold

rush, with Eastern states buyers particularly eager, often foregoing essential safeguards like building inspections in their rush to secure investments.

Advisory for Investors: Property Club has issued a warning to potential investors about the risks of impulsive buying in the current volatile market. The emphasis is on selecting properties that promise sustainable long-term growth rather than

making hasty decisions that could lead to fnancial losses.

In summary, while the surge in property investment lending in WA refects a robust market, Property Club stresses the importance of cautious investment strategies based on comprehensive research to navigate potential future market adjustments effectively.

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Introduction of New Clinical Care Standard by ACSQHC to Address Psychotropic Medicine Use in Cognitive Disability and Impairment

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has today announced the launch of a pivotal new national standard aimed at enhancing the care for individuals with cognitive disabilities or impairments. The introduction of the Psychotropic Medicines in Cognitive Disability or Impairment Clinical Care Standard is a critical advancement in promoting safer and more effective treatment protocols across the healthcare spectrum.

Background and Rationale for the New Standard

Recent decades have witnessed a 60% surge in the prescription of psychotropic medications across Australia. Despite a modest reduction in antipsychotic use among the elderly— prompted by heightened awareness of associated risks—the prescribing rates remain alarmingly high, particularly among vulnerable populations. Notably, older individuals and those residing in aged care facilities are disproportionately affected by the adverse effects of these medications, including cognitive decline, heightened risk of falls, strokes, and mortality. Additionally, approximately one-third of individuals with

intellectual disabilities are prescribed psychotropic drugs, exposing them to potentially severe short and long-term side effects.

Scope and Impact of the Standard

The new Standard seeks to mitigate the inappropriate utilization of psychotropic medications and emphasizes patient safety. It prioritizes non-pharmacological interventions as the foremost approach for managing challenging behaviours such as aggression and agitation. Psychotropic medications are advised as a last-resort measure, following the ineffectiveness of alternative strategies or in situations posing signifcant risk to the individual or others.

The Standard advocates for tailored non-medication strategies that respect the individual’s needs

and preferences, developed in consultation with their family and other authorized caregivers. This approach underscores the commitment to upholding the dignity and autonomy of individuals with

Care Standard marks a signifcant step forward inimproving the quality of care and safety Australiansfor with cognitivedisabilities or impairments.

cognitive impairments. Expert Insights and Support

Key health experts have endorsed the signifcance of this new Standard. Conjoint Associate Professor Carolyn Hullick, Chief Medical Offcer at the Commission, stresses the necessity

for mindful prescribing practices given the limited benefts and substantial risks associated with psychotropic medications in this demographic. Professor Julian Trollor from the University of New South Wales and Juanita Breen from the University of Tasmania also highlight the importance of objectivedriven prescribing, continuous monitoring, and the potential to reduce medication dosages in favour of non-pharmacological alternatives.

Implementation Across Settings

The Standard is applicable universally across various healthcare settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, and community services, ensuring that individuals with cognitive disabilities receive consistent and coordinated care

irrespective of the setting.

Professor Eddy Strivens emphasizes the need for coordinated efforts and effective communication, particularly during care transitions, to maintain continuity and effcacy of treatment plans and to support decisionmaking processes that honour patient autonomy.

Collaborative Efforts for Enhanced Care

In a collective endeavour to address these issues, the Commission has collaborated with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission to issue a Joint Statement against the misuse of psychotropics in managing behaviours in disabled and elderly populations.


The introduction of the Psychotropic Medicines in Cognitive Disability or Impairment Clinical Care Standard marks a signifcant step forward in improving the quality of care and safety for Australians with cognitive disabilities or impairments. It aligns with ongoing efforts to reform health care, aged care, and disability support systems across the nation. The complete Standard and accompanying resources are available on the Commission’s website at au/psychotropics-ccs.

New research partnership to tackle hearing loss

An exciting new collaboration has been established between the Ear Science Institute Australia and the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), uniting Australia’s leading hearing researchers in a concerted effort to enhance treatments for the millions affected by hearing impairments.

National Acoustics Laboratories Director, Brent Edwards, emphasized the signifcance of the collaboration, stating, “This partnership harnesses the collective expertise of some of Australia’s most dedicated and forward-thinking hearing researchers, all committed to profoundly improving hearing healthcare globally.” Hearing loss is among the world’s most prevalent health issues, with projections suggesting that by 2050 nearly 2.5 billion individuals will experience some form of hearing impairment. This partnership aims to foster substantial advancements in the quality of life for those affected by hearing loss, both in Australia and worldwide. By pooling their vast resources and data, both institutions are poised to transform hearing health care. The Ear Science Institute Australia, recognized globally as a forpurpose centre of excellence, combines scientifc research, medical innovation, and clinical practice to pioneer new treatments for ear and hearing conditions, ultimately striving to discover a cure for hearing loss.

Ear Science Institute’s CEO, Sandra Bellekom, commented on the future implications of the partnership, “Looking forward, this alliance with National Acoustic Laboratories opens new pathways for sharing knowledge, which will enhance the delivery of cutting-edge, personalized hearing solutions and expand access to superior hearing care for people around the world.”

Government Online Portal to help Seniors Save

The NSW Government has launched a new online portal designed to support seniors in navigating fnancial challenges during the cost-of-living crisis. This initiative comes as a response to the needs of the state’s elderly population, which makes up one in six residents, with two-thirds depending primarily on government pensions or allowances for income. The hub acts as a comprehensive resource, consolidating access to fnancial assistance and over ten additional

government services in one user-friendly location.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Jihad Dib emphasized the hub’s role in alleviating the impact of fnancial pressures by providing a centralized point for seniors to fnd discounts, deals, and necessary support tailored specifcally to their needs. The platform includes an interactive map to help users easily locate offers available through the Seniors Card and the Senior Saver Card.

Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison highlighted the hub’s importance in fostering an inclusive society, offering seniors a simplifed means to access a wide range of information, from managing fnances to preparing for emergencies and understanding health and housing options. The hub, part of the OneCX program, integrates content from 17 state and federal initiatives, ensuring that it serves as an effective one-stop shop for senior residents.

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Museum of Brisbane Relaunches Walking Tours

This autumn, the Museum of Brisbane rejuvenates its acclaimed walking tour program with a range of historical explorations, including the premiere of a limited-run, immersive theatrical experience titled “Walking with

on the Hill,” “Walking in Wartime,” and “Brisbane City: Past and Present,” alongside the new addition, “Walking with Vida.” This unique theatrical journey, led by Natalie Cowling portraying the renowned artist Vida Lahey, offers

Vida.” Since its inception in 2020, the program has attracted thousands to delve into the city’s storied past, with tours consistently popular among both locals and tourists.

The upcoming season features traditional favourites like “History

participants a vivid step back in time. Visitors will explore signifcant locations that inspired Lahey and discover the personal histories behind some of Brisbane’s most famed landmarks. With the initial sessions already sold out, this tour promises to captivate a

wide audience.

Zoe Graham, CEO and Director of the Museum of Brisbane, expressed enthusiasm about the return of these enriching cultural experiences.

“These tours are more than just walks; they are keys to unlocking the profound narratives of Brisbane’s history, from tales of Aboriginal elders to episodes of wartime resilience that shaped our modern city,” she stated.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner also commended the program, noting, “The Museum of Brisbane excels in making our city’s rich history accessible and engaging through these meticulously curated tours.”

Further details and bookings for the walking tours, including ticket prices and available dates, can be found on the Museum of Brisbane’s website. Whether it’s tracing the footsteps of historical fgures or reliving the city’s transformative events, these tours offer invaluable insights into Brisbane’s heritage.

Federal Government Revamps Carer Payment to Boost Flexibility and Support for 2.65 Million Australian Carers

The Federal Government announced today signifcant modifcations to the Carer Payment system, designed to enhance fexibility for Australia’s 2.65 million carers. Minister for the Department of Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, emphasized the government’s commitment to enabling carers to integrate employment, education, and volunteer activities more seamlessly into their schedules.

“Many carers fnd themselves underemployed, working fewer hours than they would prefer, and often struggle to pursue educational opportunities,” Minister Rishworth explained. The government plans to address these challenges by revising the participation limits for the Carer Payment, allowing carers greater leeway in managing their work, study, and volunteering hours over a four-week period, as well as modifying the

Temporary Cessation of Care days to offer needed respite.

Key changes include extending the allowable work hours for Carer Payment recipients from the current 25 hours per week to 100 hours across four weeks. This adjustment aims to provide carers with the ability to better organize their work commitments around their caregiving responsibilities without jeopardizing their benefts. Additionally, travel time, educational activities, and volunteering will no longer count towards the participation cap, a change that will particularly beneft carers in regional and remote areas.

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This legislative update, which is projected to cost $18.6 million over fve years, is in response to the recommendations made in the Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee’s 2024-25 report and supports the strategies detailed in the September 2023 Employment White Paper, refecting demands from stakeholders.

Concluding, Minister Rishworth highlighted that removing employment barriers and boosting workforce participation remain central to the Federal Government’s economic strategy, aiming to provide carers with the fexibility to engage in seasonal work or overtime. “These changes, along with the upcoming tax cuts for all taxpayers from July, will signifcantly beneft Australia’s carers,” she added

“These modifcations will predominantly assist women across the nation to more effectively balance their various responsibilities,” stated Minister Rishworth. The reform also introduces a six-month suspension option for recipients who exceed the new fexible limits, thus eliminating the need for reapplication if their circumstances change.

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In 2025, Ferrari is set to launch the 12Cilindri, its most ambitious V12 model to date, replacing the celebrated 812 Superfast with a vehicle that promises not only a continuation but an evolution of Ferrari’s illustrious V12 heritage. Unveiled at a glamorous event on Miami Beach just before the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix, the 12Cilindri signifes a radical departure in design and engineering while paying homage to the iconic front-engine V12 confguration that Ferrari afcionados have long revered.

Powering the 12Cilindri is the enhanced version

2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri

of Ferrari’s storied F140 6.5-litre V12 engine, which frst roared to life in the Ferrari Enzo and later powered models like the F12 and 812 Superfast. Through extensive modifcations and updated internals, this engine now delivers a staggering 610kW at a dizzying 9500rpm. This represents a signifcant increase from the 812SF, pushing the boundaries of performance further with a rev limit that exceeds the previous model by 1000rpm.

This elevation in power is complemented by a more accessible torque distribution, ensuring that 80% of its 678Nm is available from as low as 2500rpm, despite a slight decrease from the

812SF’s torque fgures. Aesthetically, the 12Cilindri strikes a distinct pose with

characterized by a monolithic bonnet and minimal cooling vents, diverging sharply from


1. Enhanced V12 Engine Performance: The Ferrari 12Cilindri boasts an upgraded F140 6.5-litre V12 engine, delivering 610kW at 9500rpm—signifcantly enhancing its power and rev range compared to the 812 Superfast for faster speeds and superior responsiveness.

2. Revolutionary Design and Aerodynamics: The 12Cilindri features a radically streamlined design with a monolithic bonnet, minimal cooling vents, and wrap-around headlights, complemented by advanced aerodynamics such as a speed-responsive twin-element active rear wing for optimal performance.

3. Cutting-edge Interior Technology: The interior of the 12Cilindri is outftted with three advanced displays and offers optional high-end features like a 15-speaker Burmester sound system, blending luxury with the latest technology for enhanced comfort and entertainment.

a cleaner, more streamlined design

the 812SF’s sculptural and vent-infused facade.

The design features wrap-around headlights and, in the coupe version, a strikingly large glass roof, contributing to a bold reinterpretation of Ferrari’s design language.

The chassis of the 12Cilindri has been completely reengineered, utilizing a new aluminium structure that is 15% stiffer than its predecessor, paired with a slightly shorter wheelbase but increased overall dimensions. This new framework supports advanced aerodynamic features, including a twin-element active rear wing, which adapts dynamically to speed variations to optimize performance.

Performance-wise, the 12Cilindri mirrors the impressive capabilities of the 812 Superfast, achieving 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 340 km/h. The Spider variant, while slightly heavier, boasts nearly identical performance metrics, ensuring that the exhilarating Ferrari driving experience is preserved across different model confgurations.

Underpinning the mechanical prowess of the 12Cilindri is a suite of sophisticated

systems designed to harness and refne the raw power of the V12. The introduction of an 8-speed DCT transmission from the SF90, enhanced for quicker shift times, and a comprehensive array of control systems including advanced four-wheel steering and a new evolution of the Side Slip Control, ensure that the 12Cilindri is as agile as it is powerful.

The interior of the 12Cilindri is a testament to Ferrari’s commitment to blending technology with luxury. The cabin is outftted with three high-defnition displays and offers customization options like a stateof-the-art 15-speaker Burmester sound system, setting a new standard in automotive interior design.

Slated for European delivery in late 2024 with Australian deliveries expected by mid-2025, the 12Cilindri is poised to become a new benchmark in highperformance sports cars. Priced at EUR 395,000 for the coupe and EUR 435,000 for the Spider, it is set to continue the V12 legacy, providing an exhilarating blend of traditional Ferrari power and innovative design to the discerning enthusiast.

by Jeff Gibbs

Genesis Australia is eagerly positioning itself to launch its new Magma performance sub-brand, aiming to compete directly with established high-performance divisions like MercedesAMG, BMW M, and Audi Sport. The Magma brand, unveiled at the New York motor show in March 2024, signifes Genesis’ commitment to performance models,

starting with the G80 sedan in Middle Eastern markets.

While plans for the Australian launch remain preliminary, Justin Douglass, the head of Genesis Australia, expressed strong interest in bringing Magma to the local market, known for its appetite for highperformance vehicles. “The Magma range seems to resonate well with what we anticipate the market will welcome.

We’re excited about the potential of introducing it here once available,” Douglass remarked. In Australia, performance models form a signifcant part of car sales, with AMG variants constituting about 28% of MercedesBenz’s overall sales in 2023, or approximately 6,808 units. Similarly, BMW M’s sales surged by 19.7% in 2023, with about 6,664 units sold, underscoring the

market’s robust demand for high-performance cars.

Genesis aims to develop a highperformance Magma model for each vehicle in its current lineup, potentially introducing six models based on the G70, G80, G90, GV60, GV70, and GV80. However, the G90 large sedan, not available in right-hand drive, will likely be excluded from the Australian market,

leaving fve potential models for introduction.

Among these, the GV60 electric vehicle is a frontrunner to debut the Magma sub-brand in Australia. A concept version was showcased in New York featuring distinctive orange paintwork and performance enhancements. The GV60 Magma concept not only promises a more aggressive styling but also improved electric

motor technology, offering a glimpse into the potential capabilities of a production model, which might parallel the mechanically related Hyundai Ioniq 5 N with its 448kW/740Nm output, signifcantly more powerful than the current top GV60 Performance Lux variant.

Hyundai Launches New Santa Fe Hybrid in Australia

Hyundai has unveiled its latest offering in the family SUV market with the 2024 Santa Fe, a seven-seat hybrid vehicle designed to compete directly with the Toyota Kluger Hybrid and Kia Sorento. This new model introduces signifcant enhancements and a variety of options tailored to meet diverse consumer needs and preferences.

Model Range and Pricing

The new Santa Fe comes in three distinct grades: the base Santa Fe, the mid-tier Elite, and the top-of-the-line Calligraphy. The entry-level front-wheeldrive Santa Fe starts at $55,500 before on-road costs, marking a nearly $10,000 increase from its predecessor. Customers looking for enhanced stability can opt for

all-wheel drive for an additional $3,000. The Elite variant, priced at $65,000, includes allwheel drive as standard, while the range-topping Calligraphy is available from $75,000 and offers both seven- and six-seat confgurations.

Power and Effciency

Each model in the lineup features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric

motor, delivering a total output of 172kW and 367Nm of torque. This setup achieves an impressive fuel effciency of 5.6 litres per 100km, matching the fuel consumption of its main competitor, the Toyota Kluger.

Design and Features

The 2024 Santa Fe boasts a bold, boxy silhouette reminiscent of classic Land Rovers, enhanced by dynamic H-shaped headlights and

a distinctive light bar across the front grille. Standard features on the base model include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, and rear privacy glass. Inside, the vehicle sports dual 12.3-inch digital displays for multimedia and driver instruments, cloth seats, and comprehensive safety features including 10 airbags and a suite of active driver aids.

Technology and Comfort

Toyota Kluger and Kia Sorento

The Santa Fe is equipped with Hyundai’s Bluelink app, offering over-the-air update capabilities and smartphone mirroring, along with a wireless device charger. Allwheel-drive variants beneft from multiple driving modes such as Snow, Mud, and Sand, enhancing the SUV’s versatility across different terrains.

The Elite trim upgrades the interior with synthetic leatherwrapped seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an additional wireless device charger. It also replaces the standard six-speaker stereo with a premium Bose sound system for an enriched audio experience.

Calligraphy models elevate luxury with Nappa leather upholstery, a sunroof, power adjustments for the front

passenger seat, and a head-up display that projects essential driving information directly onto the windshield.

For added convenience and health safety, the Calligraphy variant includes a UV-C sterilization tray located in the dashboard above the glove box, capable of sanitizing items in just 10 minutes.

Conclusion Hyundai’s 2024 Santa Fe positions itself as a strong contender in the competitive hybrid SUV market in Australia, blending performance, luxury, and advanced technology to cater to the modern family’s needs. With its comprehensive features and competitive pricing, the Santa Fe is set to challenge established rivals and appeal to a broad audience seeking a reliable, stylish, and effcient family vehicle.

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Grape Expectations by Max Crus

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Bin there done that.

Are you tired of constantly putting the garbage out?

Here’s a solution.

Ms L. has always been good at buying stuff. More correctly she has always been good at buying good stuff.

Whether a gift for someone just so apt, or a bargain collectible worth ten times what she paid, although of course it will never be sold…it’s a

Rusden Vine Vale Vignerons Barossa Valley Wildwood Cinsault 2022 (Current Vintage 2023), $30. Here’s a novel red to show off how clever and experimental you are. Friends might be disappointed that it tastes like regular red, much like a bright young grenache, but punches well above its

collectible, not a ‘sellable’.

She’s also good at buying household stuff like fridges, coffee makers, soda fountains and rice cookers, although only one of the above has ever been used.

But she’s good at it.

Almost paradoxically, Ms L. is also extremely good at buying rubbish bins. You know, the ones in your kitchen used to separate the sheep from the goats, or green stuff from

and they’ll never suspect. 9.3/10.

Rusden Vine Vale Vignerons Barossa Valley ‘Poco Loco’ Grenache/ Ugni Blanc /Mataro/ Cinsault/Carignan (Rosé) 2022, (Current 2023) $24. If you thought cinsault on its own was unusual, get a load of this. Proper rosé with real grapes and

recycling and the stuff that will live longer than nuclear waste. People have even commented on our bins, Crocodile Dundee style, “That’s not a bin…”.

Admittedly, I am proud of our recycling bin, it’s even better than the previous one of which I was also quite proud.

It’s attractive. That’s hard for a bin, although surely Alessi has one, but you wouldn’t want to use it. But

crazy. Share it with your zany mates. 9.3/10.

Wild Ren Wines Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2022, $40. BChardonnays have been getting bigger for a while now but this manages to buck the trend yet still be trendy with adequate oak and alluring fruit all squeezed into (or out of) 12.5 per cent.

Ms L. found one.

It’s stylish, big, and its mechanism works beautifully so it’s easy to use with an armful of recyclables. Good buy Ms L.

But does Ms L. use it?

Would I ask such a question if she did?

Ms L. chooses to put supermarket paper bags next to our Alessi ‘wannabe’ and puts her recycling in them.

It’s a laudable approach as once the bag is full, it has

Wild Ren Wines Hilltops Sangiovese 2022, $35. How funny that the label describes fresh cherries in this wine from the cherry capital of Australia and who doesn’t like cherries whether you get them from Hilltops or your Hilltops sangiovese? 9.4/10.

Charteris Hunter Valley The Pokolbin Selection

excellent portability…except Ms L. does not port them when full, she places another paper bag beside it and flls that, and then another, and another until our kitchen resembles Woolies homedelivery department at which point, just as our council wheelie-recycle bin is already full from my meagre daily contribution, she will empty them.

The saying one man’s trash is another man’s

(Current 2023) (Bottle No.2584). That sounds like a lot of bottles, and if you get out your abacus, 215 dozen, with four left over if I got the last one. Delicious old-school chardonnay with heaps of oak, perfect for reminiscing about the good old days of chardonnay. 9.5/10.

Charteris Bannockburn

treasure is old and sexist and quite frankly complete garbage, as our domestic situation proves. One woman’s trash is in fact another man’s trash. However, I must confess, it is far easier to put new garbage into Woolies bags than endure the tedium of lifting a bin lid. Here’s what we slipped into the shopping bags last year and only just put out :

Riesling 2018, $45? (Bottle No.2534). Could this be the oldest new release riesling on the market? Henschke have only just released the 2019 Hill of Grace for heaven’s sake. Lovely riesling if perhaps not quite up with the Hill, but then you could buy a dozen of these for the same price and you

WINE 50 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024
Max Crus




• 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

Preheat grill on medium. Lightly spray pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Cook eggs for 4

• 4 slices tasty cheese

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.


4 servings 4 servings



• 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

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

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

20m prep 1h cook

30m prep 10m cook 8 servings


• Pinch of dried chilli fakes

• 3/4 cup self-raising four

• 400g can crushed tomatoes

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

6 servings

• 1 tsp mixed spice

• 400g can Cannellini Beans, drained, rinsed

• 1L (4 cups) Massel vegetable liquid stock

• 3 eggs, at room temperature, separated

• 1 lemon, juiced, zested

• Finely chopped continental parsley, to serve

• Bouquet garni (4 fresh or dried bay leaves, 4 fresh sprigs thyme, 2 fresh sprigs rosemary)

• 1/2 cup caster sugar

• 2 tbsp hot milk


• 45g fnely grated carrots

• 2 tbsp icing sugar

almost tender.

Step 1

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon


• 375g cream cheese, softened

• 1 1/2 tbsp caster sugar

combined. Beat for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Pour the hot milk down the side of the bowl and sift the four mixture over the top. Use a spatula to gently fold together until just combined. Sprinkle over the carrot and gently fold through. Pour onto the prepared pan and level the surface with a spatula. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden and springy to touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.


• 700ml bottle passata

• 400ml Beef Liquid Stock

• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

• 1kg lean beef mince

• 3/4 cup long-grain rice

• 1/2 cup milk

• 1 egg

• 1 small onion, grated

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

Step 2

• 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

• 1/3 cup Raisins, chopped

Candied walnuts

• 1/3 cup caster sugar

• 20g butter

• 1 cup Walnuts


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.

3. Place a piece of baking paper on a clean bench and sprinkle evenly with the icing sugar and cinnamon. Turn the cooked cake out onto the sugar and cinnamon. Peel away the paper that was lining the pan. Carefully roll up the cake, starting at a short side. Set aside on a wire rack to cool completely.

4. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir through the Sunbeam raisins. Set aside.

1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan-forced. Grease a 25cm x 30cm swiss roll pan and line with baking paper. Sift the four and mixed spice 3 times.

• 2 tsp Italian herbs

• 2 tsp Tuscan seasoning

• 1/4 cup fat leaf parsley, fnely chopped, to serve


1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced.

“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.”

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until thick and glossy. Add the egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until

5. To make the candied walnuts, place the sugar in a large frying pan over medium heat. Shake the pan over the heat until the sugar melts and becomes golden. Add the butter and swirl the pan until melted. Add the Sunbeam walnuts and toss to coat well. Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper. Set aside to cool. Coarsely chop.

6. Unroll the cake, spread evenly with the cream cheese mixture and then re-roll. Serve sprinkled with the candied walnuts and cut into slices.

2. Pour 700ml bottle passata, 400ml Massel Beef Style Liquid Stock and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar into a 3.5L capacity baking dish. Mix to combine and season with salt and pepper.

3. Combine the 1kg lean beef mince, 3/4 cup long-grain rice, 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 small onion, grated, 2 tsp Italian herbs and 2 tsp Tuscan seasoning in a bowl. Using 1/2 cup mixture at a time, roll into balls and add to sauce.

- Auguste Escoffer

4. Cover and bake for 1 hour or until meatballs are cooked through. Stand, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve meatballs, sprinkled with 1/4 cup fat leaf parsley, fnely chopped, to serve.

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Gardening is a cherished activity that connects us with nature and provides a sense of fulflment.

Whether you’re planting a vast vegetable garden or simply adding some colour to your patio, the initial decision between starting with seeds or young plants is crucial. Each method has its advantages and challenges, infuencing the garden’s success, cost-effectiveness, and personal satisfaction.


Starting a garden from seeds is often seen as a rewarding, albeit more challenging, approach. One of the most compelling reasons to choose seeds is the sheer variety available. Seed catalogues and stores offer a much broader range of species and varieties than you can typically fnd in plant form at a nursery. This variety allows gardeners to explore rare or unusual plants that are often not available as starts.

Cost is another signifcant advantage of seeds. A packet of seeds usually costs less than purchasing individual plants and can yield a much larger number of plants. For those looking to cover a large area or grow multiple specimens, seeds are an economically sound choice.

However, seeds require patience and a controlled environment, especially in their initial stages. They need proper soil temperature and moisture levels to germinate successfully. Some seeds have specifc requirements, such as light exposure or

pre-treatment processes like stratifcation or scarifcation, to encourage sprouting. Timing is also crucial when planting seeds. Most seeds need to be started indoors in late winter or early spring to have mature plants ready for the growing season. This means you’ll need space for a seed-starting setup, which could include trays, soil, grow lights, and a heat mat.


For those eager to see their garden fourish quickly, buying young plants or “starts” can be the better route. This method offers instant

gratifcation and reduces the wait time for seeing blooms or harvesting vegetables. It’s particularly appealing for beginners or those with less time, as it simplifes the gardening process by eliminating the uncertain early stages of seed growth.

Young plants are also less vulnerable to environmental threats like pests and diseases that can easily affect delicate seedlings. Since they are more developed, they can compete better with weeds and tolerate more extreme weather conditions.

Purchasing plants can also offer a sneak peek

at the results. You can see the plant’s health, form, and in some cases, fowers or fruits already forming, which eliminates the guesswork and variability of seedgrown plants.


The choice between seeds and plants may depend on several factors including the specifc crops, the growing season length in your area, and your level of gardening experience. For crops that take a long time to mature, such as tomatoes or peppers, starting with plants might be necessary in cooler climates. Conversely,

fast-growing vegetables like lettuces or annual fowers are typically easy and cost-effective to grow from seed. For hobbyists and those who enjoy the full gardening process, starting from seeds can be deeply satisfying. It allows a gardener to be involved in every step of the lifecycle of their plants. Meanwhile, those looking for a more straightforward, less time-consuming approach might prefer starting with young plants.

Whether you choose to plant seeds or young plants, both methods can provide immense satisfaction and bountiful results in your garden. Consider your goals, resources, and the time you want to invest in your garden as you decide, remembering that each method offers its own unique set of rewards and challenges.


Indoor plants offer numerous benefts, from purifying the air to enhancing your home’s aesthetics. However, choosing the right type of house plants and understanding their care can be challenging. Here are six excellent choices for indoor environments and tips on how to maintain them.


Known for its striking leaf patterns, the tropical Calathea loves humidity. It’s important to allow its soil to nearly dry out to a depth of about 5cm before watering thoroughly. This ensures the plant stays hydrated without becoming



Cyclamen are wonderful for adding a splash of colour during the colder months. They thrive in cool, draft-free areas with some morning sunlight. Check the soil moisture; when it’s nearly dry, immerse the pot in water for about 30 minutes for a deep, even watering. This care routine makes it an ideal indoor plant.


A favourite in modern decor, the Swiss Cheese Plant is celebrated for its lush foliage and unique perforations. As

a tropical understory plant, Monstera prefers dappled shade over direct sunlight and likes moderate moisture. Check the soil moisture to about 5cm deep; if it feels dry, it’s time to water.


The Zanzibar Gem is renowned for its durability and sleek appearance, with shiny, deep green leaves. Often described as ‘almost indestructible,’ it’s perfect for those who might forget to water their plants. It can endure long periods without water thanks to its tuber, which stores moisture effectively.


Peperomia plants fourish in humid conditions with indirect light and moderate watering. It’s better to err on the side of under watering to avoid root rot, making it a lowmaintenance choice for indoor gardeners.

Ideal for those who prefer low-maintenance gardening, succulents need careful watering. Inside, they miss the early morning dew found in their natural habitats, so it’s crucial to water them when the soil is dry. Proper watering will keep them healthy and thriving indoors.

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Return Thanks

Death Notice

RILEY, Graham Joseph

Formerly of Casino and Kyogle, late of Lawrence.

Adored Husband of Joyce. Dearly loved Father and Father-in-law of Scott and Jenny, and Darren and Bev.

Much loved Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.

Dear Brother to Marlene (decd), Mark (decd), and Leanne.

Passed away peacefully 9 May 2024 AGED 87 YEARS

According to Graham’s wishes, privately interred.

Funeral Notice


09. 07. 1935 ~ 09. 05. 2024

Late of Ballina. Passed away peacefully at Crowley Nursing Home on ursday 9th May 2024, aged 88. Beloved wife of Jack (dec.). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Rodney & Eleanor, Tony (dec.), Brad & Peta. Devoted grandmother to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Loved and sadly missed by her extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Joan’s Funeral service to be held at the Rainbow Chapel, Rainbow Ave Ballina on MONDAY (May 20, 2024) commencing at 2.00 pm. Following the service a private cremation will take place.

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25/2/1948 – 9/5/2024 76 Years

Passed away peacefully on the 9th of May 2024, at Casino Memorial Hospital.

Loving Mother to Scott, Kylie and Kris Cherished Grandmother of Tianhna, Jazmyn and Breony.

Di will also be sadly missed by the members of her extended family and friends

A Private Cremation will be held. Death

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Max James SIDNEY

Passed away peacefully, in the care of his loving family, at St. Andrew’s Age Care, Ballina, aged 89 years. Loved husband of Daphne for 65 years. Adored father & father in-law of Lisa & Sergio, and Andrew & Alyson.

Cherished granddad “Max” to his grandchildren Taylor, Chloe, and Lucy.

Loved twin brother of Brian and brother of Gary and Neil, and their partners.

Loved by the extended Sidney and Toovey families.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Max, was held at, e Ballina Surf Lifesaving Club, Friday 10th May 2024.


Passed away 7th May 2024 at hospital, late of Ballina. Loving husband of Jan. Much loved father and father-in-law of Kylie & Dean, Geo rey & Jessica, David & Elie. Cherished ‘Grandpa’ of India, Amelie, Evie, Ariella, Gideon, eodore, Charlotte and Sammy. Will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Aged 73 Years. He loved well and was well loved. A funeral service was held on the 14th May 2024.

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Beloved husband of Shan, father of Sue, Je and Mark and a much loved grandfather and friend. Passed away peacefully in his sleep and will be missed by all.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend John’s Funeral Service to be held at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Kingsley Street, Byron Bay on FRIDAY (May 17, 2024) commencing at 10.00 am. A er the service a private cremation will take place.

John’s family would like to thank St Vincent’s Palliative Care Unit for their loving care and support

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Northern Rivers District:

Partly cloudy. High chance of showers. Light winds. Thursday. Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog in the south. High chance of showers. Light winds.

Northern Tablelands District:

Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog. Slight chance of a shower in the north. Light winds.

Thursday. Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog. Medium chance of showers in the north, slight chance elsewhere. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening.

New South Wales:

Isolated showers along the northern half of the coast and adjacent ranges. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere. Areas of morning fog about the ranges and adjacent slopes, and early frost patches over the southern inland. Daytime temperatures near average in the west, and a little above average in the east. East to southeasterly winds across the north, tending light and variable elsewhere.

Thursday. Isolated showers along the northern coast and adjacent ranges. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere. Areas of fog morning about the ranges, slopes and southern inland. Early frost patches over the southern inland. Daytime temperatures near or a little above average. East to southeasterly winds across the north, tending light and variable elsewhere.

Byron Coast: Winds: Southerly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 20 knots before turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: South to southeasterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore south of Coffs Harbour. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. Coffs Coast: Winds: Southerly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 20 knots before turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: South to southeasterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore south of Coffs Harbour. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. Gold Coast Waters: Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

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Pickleball enthusiasts are thrilled that eight new outdoor courts will be offcially opened at Alstonville this coming Saturday afternoon.

The tournamentstandard courts have been developed by Alstonville Tennis Club at a cost of over $350,000, and were largely fnanced by the NSW government, complemented by $131,000 from the Club itself.

The Club’s President, Nathan Kempshall, said, “Pickleball is emerging as an extremely popular sport Australia-wide.

The Northern Rivers has an increasing number of indoor courts, but major tournaments are played outdoors, so our Club wanted a top class outdoor facility”.

President of the NSW parliament’s Legislative Council and Northern Rivers local, Ben Franklin, will be cutting the ribbon to offcially open the courts. “Ben had keenly supported the Club’s application to the previous government for funding, and we are delighted that he can offciate on the opening day,” Nathan said.

The Club’s membership has grown substantially in recent months, largely due to pickleballers, or ‘picklers’, joining. The new courts have already been tested by picklers from across the region, and leading players from Queensland will put on an exhibition match at the opening.

“Clubs like the

Alstonville Tennis Club play a pivotal role in our regional communities, encouraging the community to be engaged and promoting a more healthy and active lifestyle,” Mr Franklin said.

Ballina Shire’s mayor, Sharon Cadwallader, will also attend the opening. Although developed

by the Tennis Club, the courts effectively become a Shire-owned community asset.

Tennis NSW, and state and national pickleball associations will also be represented.

The new Alstonville courts have an acrylic surface on a cushioned concrete base, and are permanently marked

for pickleball. Spectator areas are well provided, and LED lighting has been installed for night play.

Interested community members are welcome to attend the opening and exhibition matches from 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, 11 May. The courts adjoin Lumley Park, Alstonville, where picnic facilities are available.

Pickleball originated in Washington state, USA, in 1965. It is played using solid bats (‘paddles’) and a perforated plastic ball, across a net on a court about one third the size of a tennis court. Games are played as singles or doubles. Australia already has an estimated 20,000 players, and 163 clubs are affliated with Pickleball Australia.


10TH MAY 2024

Margaret Bryant, Joy Lowien 2, Gladys

D’Anna 3, Jan Small, Kath Hubbard 4, Shirley Atkinson 6, Pauline Bolte 7, Wendy Thornton 8, Lorna Simpson 9, Janene Jarvis 10, Valda McLerie 11, Leslie Richie, Linda Lloyd 12, Pauline Kearney

14, Ronda Taylor 15, Jan Boardman 16, Lynda Lovett 17, Ramsay Roper 18, Lisa Wong 19, Val Heinritz, Vanessa Reynolds 20, Cindy Smith 22, Jan Henley 23, Sally Lowry

24, Pam Farrell 25, Kathy Pickles 26, Coral Lavelle, Jane Fenech 27, Shirley Coleman 29, Yvonne Weddup 30. Friday at 12:30pm at the Ballina Bridge Club North Creek Road. Enquiries for new players phone Shirley on 0423384647.


The Minor Consistency rounds were played on Wednesday 8/5 & the results were:

Chris Haynes def

Marlene Jordan

Julie Creighton def Tanya Maxwell

Congratulations to Chris & Julie & wishing you well in your next game.

Winners for the day in the social games was the team with the highest margin:

Denise Skinner & Helen Lavelle def

Carmel Doyle & Mary Mead

The other social game winner was:

Judy Carthew & Kay Jonsson def Denice Grice & Ivy Watson






C.Edlund N.Watts 12 d

J.Doust J.Bate 11

N.Poynting N.Barnes 12 d J.Hannigan

M.Russell 11

R.Poynting 19 d

A.Mangan 16

PENNANTS : Cherry Street 10 d Lismore 0 Byron Bay 8 d Ballina 2

Casino v Lismore

washed out

Advantage Golf

Singles Championships : R.Poynting 1st, R.Allen 2nd.

J.Hannigan, G.Frederiksen semi fnalist.


Qld Association First Eights : M.Gidding Ballina 1st, B.Flemming 2, C Borlace 3, L.Watson 4, T.McCullum 5, L.Watson 6, Y.Rowell 7, L.David 8.

Australian Golf

Croquet Doubles : T.Balding S.Morgan

American 1st.

G.Phipps O.Dickenson

Victoria 2nd. R.Chapman K.McGlynn 13th.

Singles : R.Fletcher

Victoria 1st, T.Balding

America 2nd, S.Morgan

America 3rd, G.Fletcher

Victoria 4th, R.Chapman


Major Pairs 2024 First Round played 01-05-24 & 08-05-24

P. Freeman, K. Keevers defeated P. Fuller, A. Fuller. L.Vidler, B. Montague defeated V. Forshaw, T. Bell. A. Eyles, T. Cselka defeated K. Hickey, V. Hart. K. Townsend, S. Downs defeated L. Stratton, E. Gollan.

SPORTS NEWS 61 May 16, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent
Cherry Street 16th. ‘Picklers’ test the new Alstonville pickleball courts prior to Saturday’s opening Despite drizzling rain, Ballina Councillor Simon Chate (right) joins pickleball enthusiasts on the new Alstonville courts.


Saffn has helped secure a one-off grant towards Lismore Thistles Soccer Club Incorporated’s project to construct and install six lockable shower cubicles at its East Lismore clubhouse.

Ms Saffn, who championed the club’s priority project, thanked NSW Minister for Sport Steve Kamper MP for approving the $15,710 (ex GST) grant under the NSW Government’s 202324 Project Support Program recently.

Ms Saffn said Thistles would engage a local contractor to build the six cubicles – three for home teams and three for away or visiting teams –promoting safe and diverse participation for girls and women.

“The fact that the club owns this site rather than leases it from Lismore City Council has meant they do not qualify for infrastructure repairs or rebuilds under normal disaster funding arrangements,” Ms Saffn said.

“Thistles is a very proactive club but having its clubhouse and felds located in

a low-lying area, has meant that it has had to wear the costs of fxing damage caused by the devastating foods of February and March 2022.

“This is one of those small sporting infrastructure projects which will make a big difference to players.

“I thank club offcials for their innovative and inclusive approach, particularly Grants Offcer Dr Pascal Scherrer.”

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club President Tina Cotroneo said:

“This grant is going to make such a difference for players having their own space to shower and relax after a game in a more private environment!

“Our goal at Thistles is to provide a fun, safe and enjoyable sporting environment that encourages all members to reach their full potential.

“This grant supports our efforts to encourage inclusion, provide a safe sporting environment and foster the growing participation of women and girls in football.

“Thank you again to all involved in the process.”

Grafton’s rugby league clubs face a tough two days of footy coming off a wash out of Group 2 Rugby League games at the weekend.

The Grafton Ghosts hit the road for Macksville on Saturday, lining up against the team chasing them for third spot on the ladder.

Like the Ghosts, Macksville have claimed the scalp of the South Grafton Rebels, who they beat 26-18 in round 3 and will be keen to add Grafton to the list.

New Ghosts captain coach Dylan Collett said you always have to be wary of taking on Macksville at home.

“They’re always tough down there,” he said. “What we’re hoping for is a week of sunny weather to get the track dry.

“We’re sick of play on wet, boggy grounds.”

Collett said the wet weather was a major contributor to the 12-12 draw the Ghosts played with second-placed Sawtell in round 3, the team equal with them in points, but ahead on averages on the competition ladder.

“The game against Sawtell was really a rain affected game that could have gone either way,” he said.

“The ground was a mess and it was raining, but I was pretty pleased with the way everyone put in.”

It will be the Ghosts frst game for three weeks after a competition bye and washout, a factor Collett has tried mitigate on the training paddock.

“Even though we didn’t play at the weekend, we had a training run and the players really put in,” he said.

“I think this early in the season it won’t be too much of an issue because it’s early days for everyone.”

He was excited to get talented half Jordan Gallagher on the paddock after the Ghosts signed him this season from the Rebels.

Gallagher, playing in the 7 jumper, was a pivotal player as a teenager for the Rebels during their march to the 2022 premiership.

Collett said Gallagher missed the early part of this season because he’d been holidaying in Japan, but would be a key part

of the Ghosts’ plans for the rest of the season.

He was also pleased with the form of another recruit, fullback Toby Macintosh who has ftted in well at the club.

He said he had come from the Burleigh Bears where he was a noted try scorer, an issue the Ghosts wanted to remedy after last season.

Despite fnishing in the top four, the Ghosts had a -40 points differential through the season and only scored 240 point just two more than the last-placed team.

“You have to score tries if you want to win competitions,” said Collett, who scored 15 four-pointers for his team last year.

On Sunday the Rebels face possibly their biggest ask of the season to date, the high fying Nambucca Roosters.

Already in 2024 the Roosters have accounted for premiers Woolgoolga, who they clobbered 42-10 in round 1 and Macksville, fogged 44-8 the following week.

By contrast the Rebels, beaten 2024 grand fnalists, have been patchy and struggling for cohesion.

They have been competitive, but lost close games to the Ghosts 28-20 and Macksville 26-18.

But they bounced back in their last outing, putting Coffs Comets to the sword, 36-18, in a deferred round 2 game.

As happened last year, the Rebels have lost key players and have put together a new-look team for 2024.

Coach Ron Gordon brought in lock Richard Roberts and moved club stalwart Grant Stevens into the front row.

Based on the Coffs Comets game it will give teams plenty of head aches.

Stevens was dynamic in attack against the Comets, repeatedly gaining big metres with his ball carries.

And Roberts was a powerhouse in attack and defence.

Roberts’ brother Tyler was also effective at centre and another import, Conrad Lardner, looked at home in the second row.

The Rebels v Nambucca frst grade game kicks off at 2.40pm on Sunday at McKittrick Park, South Grafton.

SPORTS NEWS 62 The Northern Rivers Times May 16, 2024
Former Grafton juniorOliver Percy, pictured, making a strong run for the Ghosts against South Grafton in round 1, has returned to his home club in 2024, adding some fre to the forwards. Photo: Gary Nichols.


(May 8th, 2024) –

Surfng Australia has announced the offcial selection of Tyler Wright, Molly Picklum, Jack Robinson, and Ethan Ewing for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games following their qualifcation through the World Surf League’s top fve rankings of 2023 and participation in the 2024 World Surfng Games in Puerto Rico.

This formidable team boasts signifcant accolades, with Wright being a two-time World Champion and Picklum, Robinson, and Ewing each holding multiple Championship Tour event victories. Notably, Robinson clinched a victory at last year’s Olympic venue in Tahiti, demonstrating his

prowess in challenging conditions.

The surfng events for the Paris 2024 Olympics will take place at Teahupo’o in Tahiti, a venue known for its formidable waves and as the site of the upcoming Olympic competition from July 27 to August 5. This location is historically signifcant as it marks the farthest an Olympic event will be held from the host city.

Kate Wilcomes, Surfng Australia High Performance Director, expressed her enthusiasm for the team, emphasizing their talent and deep respect for the sport and local culture.

“Our athletes not only bring their skills but also a profound connection to the wave, the people, and their culture, which

are pivotal to our success and legacy post-Games,” Wilcomes stated.

Anna Meares, Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic team, praised the surfers for their world-class abilities and the positive impact of surfng’s inclusion in the Olympic program since Tokyo 2020, where Owen Wright won a historic bronze for Australia.

“The selection of these athletes is a testament to their dedication and the strong community support behind them,” said Meares.

The surfers themselves shared their excitement and respect for the opportunity. Tyler Wright refected on the surreal experience of surfng’s Olympic debut and the awe-inspiring nature

of Teahupo’o. Molly Picklum highlighted the strength of the team in handling the intimidating Tahitian waves, while Jack Robinson and Ethan Ewing shared their pride and anticipation for their Olympic journey.

With their offcial selection, the size of the Australian Olympic Team now stands at 64, with a fnal expected team size of around 460 athletes.

For more details on the team and the upcoming Olympic surfng events, please visit the AOC website via the QR code below.

Early May, Rainbow Dragons (Lennox Head-Ballina) successfully competed in the Kalang Regatta at Urunga, despite signifcant rain predicted and vivid memories of the last-minute cancellation of State Championships at Penrith, only a month earlier.

The frst event was the 100m Dash, where Rainbows placed 3rd in a feld of 14 clubs, followed by 2nd in the 7.5km marathontestament to Rainbow’s capacity to be strong in both long and sprint events.

Coach, Brooke Harris reports “Only two clubs fnished the marathon less than 40 minutes, the other being another local club - Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club.”

Then Sunday, with one eye on clouds rolling over the mountains and the other on our weather apps, Kalang regatta organisers fast tracked racing to avoid the predicted rain that thankfully didn’t eventuate. Rainbow Dragons went on to win Womens 20s boat and placed 3rd in the Womens 10 boat. Kalang regatta is a favourite with the dragon boat community for the ferce racing rivalry and camaraderie, attracting 16 clubs from as far south as the NSW Central Coast and north to Rainbow Dragons. As well, for many dragon boat paddlers, it’s their frst ever regatta experience and we all keep coming back.

SPORTS NEWS 63 May 16, 2024 The Northern Rivers Times Locally owned and independent
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Bin there done that.

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Hyundai Launches New Santa Fe Hybrid in Australia

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2025 Ferrari 12Cilindri

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Live life well

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Introduction of New Clinical Care Standard by ACSQHC to Address Psychotropic Medicine Use in Cognitive Disability and Impairment

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Western Australia Experiences Record-High Property Investor Lending

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Archistar selected for the NSW Government’s AI Solutions Panel to Revolutionise Local Development Applications

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Australia Tax Season: ATO Highlights Key Areas of Concern to Avoid Costly Mistakes

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Potential $1 Trillion Cost to Taxpayers from Superannuation Withdrawal for Home Deposits

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Marine Rescue NSW Wraps Up Second Busiest Season with Over 3,200 Missions Stay Safe, Stay Prepared: Marine Rescue NSW’s Commitment to Boater Safety

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Refnement of Future Drought Fund welcomed by farmers

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Senate Inquiry confrms unconscionable treatment of growers by big supermarkets and Bunnings

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NFF delivers 17 priorities for the Federal Budget to advance agriculture

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Great balls of protein: CSIRO turns red meat into nutritious powder

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Auspac Media

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Urgent Alert: Fall Armyworm Threat to North Coast and Hunter Regions

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Statement on Supermarkets Senate Inquiry fndings

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Sugar Cubed – Building a brighter future for cane growers

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Celebrating 32 years

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Celebrating 32 years Lismore’s 32nd Annual Gemfest

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Broadwater Sunshine Sugar Mill food recovery works on track for the 2024 crush

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$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver food resilient land in the Byron Shire

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Retired Teachers Return to Classrooms to Tackle NSW Teacher Shortage

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A Feel Good Day in Lismore

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Kyogle Memorial Institute is the cultural hub of Kyogle community

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Byron Bay RDE - Regional Disability and Seniors Expo 2024: Call for Exhibitors

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New multi-purpose fre engine to protect the Northern Rivers

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Lawrence Loves… lanterns to light up Lawrence Community

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School’s mummy revives ancient history interest

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MasterChef winner Brent Draper’s new cooking journey through the Northern Rivers

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Diary of a food survivor

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Child Protection Workers Strike in New England Over Safety Concerns

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Wave of advocacy against domestic and family violence that started in Ballina

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Hospital services prepare to transition to new Tweed Valley Hospital

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Government sinks Ulmarra ferry service

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