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May 23, 2024

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Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Other News

Mullum Road upgrade

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

Cabarita Beach powers up with new EV fast charger

The future of sustainable transport is rolling into northern NSW with the opening of a new electric vehicle fast charging station at Cabarita on the weekend.

Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef 'greener' are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

Danny’s world

Danny Wakil would have us believe that Israel is a sweet little peace-loving ‘sister democracy’ that can do no...

NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

Causes of death

There’s been a lot of talk about an epidemic of violence against women lately, including Dr Ray Moynihan’s article...

Luke will sing your wedding waltz and save your country

Local troubadour, wedding singer and musical activist Luke Vassella is well known on the NSW north coast and beyond as a warm, personable, professional and inspirational performer.

Luke has been a card-carrying local for almost twenty years; born and bred in the Hunter Valley, Luke has lived in Lismore since 1995.

Vassella has become a legendary figurehead in the anti-CSG mining movement. He has performed at every music direct action in this world-first successful campaign alongside Pete Murray, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Natalie Pa’apa’a and many more. His rousing tributes to the anti-CSG movement have become modern-day anthems in the region – this is alt-country with an ethical heart sung with a voice that can melt hearts.

The songs on his latest EP The Mighty Dollar recall a Woody Guthrie figure, a musician on the frontline of radical change, but with a gentle respect for the stories that make up the legends of this land.

Luke Vassella is the authentic voice of the ‘new country’, a movement that is growing across Australia and the world.

Luke is singing a couple into wedded bliss this weekend on top of the Q1 Tower, but you can catch him at the Byron Community Centre’s ‘Bob’s Birthday Bash’ next Friday May 24.







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Terania Street to get ‘calming’ roadworks

Repair work on Lismore’s Terania Street is to start soon, in time for it reopen end of June, after an overweight vehicle hit the over-rail-road bridge earlier this year.