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February 23, 2024

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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

Other News

Man charged after dramatic hinterland police chase

A dramatic police chase from highway to hinterland bush in the early hours of the morning has led to the expected court appearance of a 26-year-old man today.

Tallowood Estate open space deal on hold

Byron Shire Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to accept an offer on a large parcel of forested ridgeline land above the Tallowood Ridge Estate near Mullumbimby.

Green Convoy

Michael Trevaskis (Letters, 8 February) might have enjoyed the extra three years of the miserable and mean Morrison government...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Growing Mould Together

I love the smell of mould in the morning. Actually I don’t. It drives me nuts. Some days I’m obsessed that it’s all I can smell. It’s the smell of living in the Northern Rivers. The humidity and rain of our summer has created the perfect conditions for mould. Mould on shoes. Mould in my bread bin. Mould in the dark of my cupboards. Mould in the cracks in my bathroom. Mould behind the sink. Mould in me

Non-alcohol options

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for a period, or just managing your consumption, the better your non-alcoholic drink tastes, the more likely you are to stick to your strategy. While I’m not a big beer drinker, at my local pub I’ll always grab a beer, and the other night I found the Hiatus Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale, with its classic tropical aromas, but a little bitterness, perfect for the warm summer evening.

Far North Coast Junior Life Savers of the Year announced

Two of the Far North Coast’s brightest young surf life saving talents have been announced as the Newcastle Permanent Junior Surf Life Savers of the Year for 2024.

The next instalment of Sunday Safari welcomes a variety of prominent talents including Triple J House Party resident Nina Las Vegas, Gold Coast triad Dead Beat Band, Adelaide native Luke Million and Queensland newcomers The Belligerents – all settling in at the Buddha Bar on Sunday.

Most commonly known for her smooth-talking voice on Triple J’s House Party every Saturday night, Nina Las Vegas is more than just a pretty face. As well as producing mix tapes, podcasts and radio specials, the wonder woman of the DJ world is also known for her all-girl club DJ super-group, Hoops. Nina’s dedication to playing the most exciting sounds from all over the world is just another reason to witness the creative genius for yourself.

Replacing the boys from The Cairos (who instead will be playing next Safari owing to a clash of performing dates), Dead Beat Band will be making a much-anticipated appearance at the Buddha Bar. Hailing from the coast of gold, the punk rock trio have had a busy 2011 playing at numerous local shows and venues rocking out their self-titled debut with Gypsy Girl a crowd favourite. As well as this, the boys have been keeping their soon-to-be-released album under wraps, creating more buzz for the fans. Fitting nicely into the alternative scene, these dudes will be well-fitted for the crowds of Byron Bay.

Most people will know him as the synth wizard from Australia’s premier disco act The Swiss, but Luke Million is jumping on the solo bandwagon and making a name for himself. In 2010, Luke via Australian label Future Classic brought us his debut EP Italo Journey / Octobussy , which was a synthesiser odyssey paying homage to his influences. June 2011 saw a spacey remix of Auxiliary the Master Fader’s Disco Dictator. Most recently however Luke has given the world the fun-filled jam Arnold – a celebration of the big man we used to know and love. If you’re not familiar with this tune already it’s safe to say the Safari will be the ultimate introduction to this man of many talents.

To top off the night, five-piece band The Belligerents will be gracing the Buddha Bar with their indie dance sounds, an appropriate setting for the lads. Since 2010 they have supported the likes of Metronomy (UK), Neon Indian (USA), Breakbot (France), Yacht Club DJs, Bleeding Knees Club and played at Festivals alongside Little Red, Shout Out Louds (Sweden), Regurgitator, Miami Horror, The Jezabels, and the John Steel Singers. In late 2010 the boys signed with Major Label, releasing their debut single These Hands. Their five-track debut EP Less Arty More Party was released in January 2011, subsequently taking the boys on their first Australian tour. While the boys have been busy with this current EP, the next one is already in the making and will be released in early 2012. Come along to see just how in tune The Belligerents are. Usual resident DJs include Adam & Eve, Stretch, Red Mane, And Oh!, Easy P and Buzz.

And of course the Safari wouldn’t be complete without its tasty drink specials from 4pm until 6pm. $8 Pina Coladas and Mojitos, $10 jugs of beer and Sangria.

The Safari runs from 3pm until 10pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from www.moshtix.com.au and will be available at the door unless sold out.


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Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Just what the doctor and nurses and midwives ordered

It seems like nurses and midwives are always struggling under the weight of poor patient-to-staff ratios. It is hoped that an influx of new workers could help ease the load. This will be a welcome relief for local staff.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.