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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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The Banshees of Inisherin

At the tail end of the Irish Civil War in 1923, on the fictional Irish isle of Inisherin, folk musician Colm Doherty abruptly begins ignoring his lifelong friend and drinking buddy Pádraic Súilleabháin

Protecting biodiversity will take more than just the ‘30×30’ target

A 2019 UN report Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ found that ‘nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history’.

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.

Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle is not a fluffball of peace, light and unicorns, though he wears his heart on his sleeve – and his jacket and his jeans. It can get messy. And at 68 his work isn’t getting any fluffier. Husband to six wives (one twice-married) and with three sons (his firstborn, Justin Towns Earle, died tragically in 2020), telling it like it is, both personally and professionally makes his work some of the most important in modern music history – Seven recently spoke to Steve at home in New York about life and his preparations for Bluesfest.

Controversial development that would dwarf Uki under appeal in L&EC – Tweed Nightcap Village MO

The contentious Nightcap Village $39M multiple occupancy development near Uki, promoted by Pete Evans, will have its appeal to the Land & Environment Court against the NRPP's refusal heard from 9 February.

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Eve Jeffery

In a mammoth double header, the Bay Rollers took on the 2012 champions Northern Rivers Roller Derby from Lismore, while the Tweed Valley Rollers did battle with their southern sisters from Coffs Coast Roller Derby.

Last year’s top of the table team, the Northern Rivers Roller Derby, got a bit more than they bargained for at Ewingsdale on Saturday night, when the Byron Bay derby team gave them a roll for their money.

Exploiting their ever increasing cohesiveness, The Bay Rollers dogged the Lismore team and kept nipping at the wheels of their skates the entire match.

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Fortune moved in the girls from the south’s favour and a couple of power jams late in the match saw the NRRD skate away with a clear victory, but it was still the most exciting Bay Rollers match to grace the boards of the Byron Bay Regional Sports and Cultural Complex thus far. I’d say the Lismore girls will have to have a serious rethink of their strategy for the next clash because if the Bay continue to improve at this exponential rate, they will be looking down at all comers in the not too distant future. The final score was NRRD 173 to TBR 121.

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In a double header that saw the Tweed Valley Rollers with just eight skaters take on the Coffs Coast Derby Dolls, punters were treated to a tight fight whose score seemed to get narrower and narrower the further along the game went. Both sides displayed excellent skating and in what was truly an edge of the seat finale, TVR on 223 just tipped CCDD on 205.

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The twin bouts were a winner on all levels. ‘Double headers are great for people to come and watch because there are four different styles of roller derby skills and strategy on display’, says Freeky Peeky, president of The Bay Rollers. ‘It doesn’t matter if you’ve never watched roller derby before because it’s such an entertaining sport and it doesn’t take long to work out.’

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Roller derby is the fastest growing women’s sport in Australia with over 80 leagues across the country. A fast paced game played on roller skaters, players using their bodies to put effective blocks on the opposition while assisting their own team members. This is a great sport with plenty of action. All of the teams have Facebook pages, so visit them there for more information.

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