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Call to look after your brain

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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

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Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.


Australians are being encouraged to make sure their brain matters during Dementia Awareness Week, September 16–22, by making changes to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.

John Watkins, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, said while there is, as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset, by taking action in your 30s, 40s and 50s.

‘Already there are an estimated 109,000 people living with dementia in NSW,’ Mr Watkins said.

‘As our population ages that number is set to skyrocket to 132,000 in less than ten years. But it’s never too late to take time out to look after your brain health.

‘It can be as simple as going for a walk, eating more fruit and vegetables or looking after your cholesterol and blood pressure. The time to act is now.”

Head to www.yourbrainmatters.org.au to find out more about how to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.

In the Ballina and Lismore state electorates there are an estimated 2,300 people living with dementia. That is expected to soar to about 7,300 by 2050.

More than 320,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure.

The National Dementia Helpline is 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available.

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