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May 10, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

Co-op meeting

Annette Snow, Myocum As a Mullumbimby Rural Co-op shareholder of 42 years and a past employee of over 13 years,...

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Andy Jans-Brown is a prolific singer-songwriter who believes in following the path of heart. Like Sisyphus condemned to push a rock up the mountain, so too is Andy absurd in his unrelenting creative process.

His music covers a vast range of emotions. Andy sings with the voice of an older man; his lyrics are richly poetic, deeply profound and always relate truthfully to the experience of living. Andy grew up in suburban Melbourne in a tough environment rife with drugs and violence and prostitution. ‘I was raised by a single mum and lost my older brother tragically when I was 21’, he says. ‘I knew I didn’t fit in that well at school, but it was only when the Aussie Ballet performed there and needed a volunteer from the audience that I was chosen by my peers, who pushed me onto the stage, to discover the transformation that happens in that magic space of spontaneity. It was truly a life-changing event. Suddenly I had some kind of positive identity, I was good at something. It was enough to set my life on a whole new path of live performance.’

In the past ten years Andy has toured extensively both in Australia and abroad. He has opened the show for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, fronting his then Sydney band Iris alongside his friend and bandmate Adrien Siboulet. He has had his songs played on national radio Triple J, and been interviewed by Rosie Beaton. He’s been played on RRR radio by Australian icon Dave Graney, and played live to air on the ABC’s Backyard program.

You can see Andy this weekend at the Sheoak Shack on Saturday.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

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Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

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