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April 20, 2021

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The short but remarkable career of the legendary rock and roller Buddy Holly is brought to life in Ballina Players’ latest musical production. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is in rehearsal, with Jordan Stotter in the lead role.

Jordan (pictured here rehearsing in a Ballina music shop) is playing his first lead after long experience as a rock and blues performer and composer. He says Buddy Holly has always been a strong influence on him as he has on most contemporary rock musicians.

Buddy, directed by Paul Belsham and Warwick Binney, will be staged at the Players Theatre, Swift Street between November 16 and December 8, from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are available at Just Funkin Music, phone 6686 2440.

Opening-night patrons will enjoy champagne and a light supper, and will be joined by the cast after the show.


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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Federal Government grants for infrastructure improvements – Tweed

Tweed Shire Council today announced more than $3.75 million in Federal Government grants for 10 infrastructure projects in the area.

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News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Byron Bay wants Byron Baes to back off

Faster than speeding reality TV producer, members of the Byron community have swiftly mounted a multi-pronged attack against the proposed ‘influencer’ based Netflix show Byron Baes.