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April 23, 2024

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Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

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Editorial – What are the people doing in your neighbourhood?

If you are stuck for something to do this Thursday, why not take part in local democracy?

Bruns Holistic Dental Centre closed

Longterm employee and senior dentist, Dr Roy Gamma, has described the closure of Brunswick Holistic Dental Centre (BHDC) as devastating.

D-day for Bruns pod village pesticide treatment

After two delays, the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) will be treating Bruns emergency pods with a pesticide treatment, despite some strong opposition from flood-affected residents.

Grand opening in Casino on Saturday

Richmond Valley Council says the upgraded Casino Showground and Racecourse will be a major hub for events in regional NSW, with a focus on horse-related activities.

Byron U/18 girls basketballers undefeated in regional competition

The Byron Bay Beez girls U/18 squad are undefeated and sit on top of the North Eastern Junior League (NEJL) after two of four rounds.

Funds sought to complete clubhouse

Byron Bay Football Club may finally get the funds to complete its new clubhouse, with Byron councillors to consider loaning the club $200,000 at this week’s meeting.

I Am Here, the debut album by poet songwriter Matcham Caine, is set to be released 5 November. Featuring guest appearances by Californian folk songstress Kristina Olsen, Old Spice Boy Azo Bell, ace pianist Steve Russell and cowgirl fiddler Gleny Rae Virus, the album introduces a songwriter of the first order whilst delivering a fresh sound that borrows from a variety of roots influences.

Produced by local roots musician Slim Pickens (Happy Trails, Cactus, Next Time), the album provides worldly perspectives on romance, finding peace, and mortality. The emotional range of the album is as rich as life itself so that the journey its 14 songs offers is as compelling and rewarding as anything you’ll see, hear or read.

The album’s title track I Am Here I Am Home straightaway reveals the depth of imagery and emotion Matcham Caine is able to evoke seemingly at will, while Make Me Wise Before I’m Old is an almost bluegrassy holler, albeit with wit to burn. Light and shade abound in I Am Here. There’s rollicking good humour in Baby Keep Your Nightdress On while My Black Dog will be instantly recognisable to anybody who has ever fought serious depression. The album will be released on Saturday at the Mullumbimby Bowling Club.


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Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

This year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closed on March 21. Essential Energy says its thoughts are now turned toward to the 2024-25 season, and it has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

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