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December 9, 2021

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Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a...

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Legal aid funding inadequate, say Law Council of Australia

The nation’s top law advocacy group is calling on the government for adequately resourced Legal Aid Offices, owing to unmet demand for the service.

Helping Benny help Marsha’s battle with cancer

If you live on the Far North Coast and you don’t know who Benny Zable is, then you haven’t ‘lived’ on the Far North Coast.

Dunghutti artist wins Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award

Dunghutti artist and elder Gus Kelly has won the first Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award with his powerful drawing...

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

Obstruction claims over holiday letting rejected by Planning Dept

The NSW Planning Department has hit back at suggestions that it has obstructed Byron Council’s attempt to limit short-term holiday letting in the Shire.

Dad’s army called to arms as hospitality staffing crisis worsens

So dire has the shortage of hospitality staff in Northern NSW become, that the local chapter of the NSW business chamber is calling on retired workers to dust off their aprons and help out.

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The Bay Rollers’ Raven de Range stands and rolls for Connecting Hands – Photo Tree Faerie

This Friday the Bay Rollers Roller Derby will play the Tweed Valley Vixens in a fundraising ‘Bout for Freedom’ in Byron Bay.

The fundy is in aid of Connecting Hands, which is an Australian-based charity that addresses many areas of sex trafficking, from prevention to rescue and rehabilitation.

It is estimated that between two and four million women and children will be sold into the sex trade within the next 12 months.

The Bout for Freedom features Byron  playing their northern derby sisters. All profits from the game will go to Connecting Hands and the work the organisation is currently doing in both Australia and Cambodia

‘Roller derby as a sport empowers women to be strong and stand together in a supporting, non-judgmental environment’, says the Rollers’ Raven de Range. ‘We have a wonderful community in the derby world and, in standing together for this cause, I hope we can help the victims find their own strength and empowerment.’

Head along to the Byron Bay Regional Sports and Cultural Complex on Friday March 7 to see the Bay Rollers play their first game of the year. With Johnny Smash and Joey Scar calling the game and half-time entertainment from 80s dance troupe The Mix Tape Crew, it’s going to be a rolling good night.

But wait! You also get…

Pretty Brutal, by filmmaker Monica De Alwis, features the inside story of New Zealand’s first roller derby league and will be screening at session 26 of the Byron Bay Film Festival this Saturday, March 8.

The Bout for Freedom Roller Derby Charity Fundraiser doors open at 7pm. Tickets $10 at the door / children under 12 free. Refreshments available at the complex.

More info at bayrollers.com.


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