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May 19, 2024

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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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10 days of fab food

Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival returns for its second iteration and kicks off this Friday, running until Sunday, May 26 – and is there a lot to pack in.

Traffic control in Byron’s Main Beach carpark

Minor traffic disruption with traffic control in place is expected in Byron Bay’s Main Beach car park this week.

Red Devils on fire at top of local rugby league

The Byron Bay Red Devils have made it four out of four across three grades for the 2024 NRRRL...

Mullum Road upgrade

Construction is expected to commence in December to improve the flood-prone Mullumbimby Road near Uncle Tom’s corner.

What’s on the Byron Council agenda for May 16?

Items before Council’s meeting on May 16 include a push by two Greens councillors to make Byron Shire beaches accessible to people with disabilities.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: It’s a Sign

Someone is taking down signs. You know who you are. Right now, I bet you are sitting at home with a bunch of corflutes from the Byron Comedy Festival, and a bunch of other local events, feeling powerful in your sad fight against fun.

One of the highlights of the Dragon Boat racing calendar on the far north coast is the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Regatta held on the mighty Clarence River in Grafton during the town’s annual Jacaranda Festival.

Based at Lake Ainsworth, the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club competed in the Jacaranda Regatta under overcast skies and choppy conditions on the water due to the gusty wind and changing tide.

The mixed, women’s and men’s 10s team 200m sprints displayed excellent teamwork from all crews. Each of the three brought home second-place trophies for the Rainbow Dragons in all the finals with the Men’s 10s narrowly beaten by only 0.22 of a second in a nail-biting finish.

This placing was also the first trophy for the sports women’s team, a fantastic achievement capping off an overall great day for the Rainbow Dragons.

The high placings of Rainbow Region Dragons are the result of the combined effort of each individual, and individual commitment to the team. Many members of our club, who are breast cancer survivors, who enjoying the exercise, fun and the camaraderie and friendship of other women, who have also experienced breast cancer.

This exhilarating and exciting sport is growing fast – the club welcomes new members. For more information phone Juliette Sizer on 0421 550 335.

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