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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

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Homicide investigation following fatal crash – Wardell

Police are appealing for information as a homicide investigation is launched following a fatal crash near Wardell earlier this year.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Motorcyclist flown to hospital from New Italy

At about 3pm yesterday, Tuesday 14 May, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by NSW Ambulance to the Pacific Highway, New Italy following reports of a motorcyclist suffering serious leg injuries after collision with a barrier.


Thank you to all in the community from both sides of the conflict that have thanked me for my...

Women’s Giving Circle empowering locals

A collective of passionate women taking action to tackle local disadvantage have seen essential local projects funded, and the...

Feudalism alive

The increasingly restrictive parking at New Brighton shows feudalism is alive and well. It is understandable – wanting to protect...


Joel Ozborn’s first real taste for comedy came when he won his high school public-speaking competition. Rather than delivering a conventional speech on politics or the environment he chose to talk about the anxiety of wombats, which left both students and teachers in stitches. Following in the footsteps of Robin Williams and Eddie Izzard, Joel began honing his craft on the street at Sydney’s Circular Quay. Not wanting to resort to the predictable type of street show with a unicycle or juggling equipment, Joel created his own bizarre style of street comedy, which led to him winning the 1998 ‘Street Performer Of The Year’ competition presented by the Sydney Opera House live on 2Day FM.

Later that year, Joel moved to America to work with internationally renowned comedian / magician The Amazing Jonathan. Over the course of the next few years, Joel found himself travelling extensively across nearly all 52 states. Knowing all too well that the people were used to the bizarre, Joel created more ‘off the wall’ comedy to really grab their attention. This included having a slingshot fired at his face and squeezing his body through a genuine tennis racket, to name but a few.

Upon returning home to Australia in 2002, Joel became a regular in comedy clubs across the country. In late 2004, Joel returned to the world-famous Sydney Opera House, this time performing inside. Since then he has worked with Akmal Saleh, Arj Barker and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2011 Joel hit the high seas performing on numerous cruises in the South Pacific. Throughout the rest of the year Joel continues with his corporate performances and national theatre tours.

Joel Ozborn is this month’s feature comic at Currumbin RSL’s Side Splitting Comedy night on Wednesday November 21 with MC Mandy Nolan and support act Desh.




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