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

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Dance for Brazil

The Mahico and Aruanda crews are joining hands to invite the entire community to be a part of Dance for Brazil – a day to flood Brazil with support, this Sunday in Byron Bay.

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Australians have worried about running out of water since before colonisation. Back then, coastal Aboriginal people turned to rivers, streams and lakes for drinking water; those inland, perhaps a mound spring or well-charged rock hole.

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Putting the life of local adventurer Chris Dewhirst into print would be no easy task. But he’s managed to do it, in part, with Everest Guns & Money.

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.

Northern Rivers will host the 2025 and 2027 NSW Bowls Championships

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

Rise of the Eco Warriors trailer

From the Terania Creek protests in 1979 to Bentley gas blockade in 2014, the northern rivers has a long history of environmental and social activism. In recognition of the strength and resilience of the northern rivers community, a ‘Celebrating Our Eco Warriors’ event will be held from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday September 20 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

The event will recognise community-driven achievements to protect land, water and biodiversity in an evening of film, art and conversation. Two new films with strong local connections, Rise of the Eco Warriors and Behind the Mask: Benny Zable, will be screened on the night. The classic Give Trees a Chance, the story of the Terania Creek campaign, will also be shown.

Rise of the Eco Warriors features a group of passionate young people from around the world who spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving the rainforests and their endangered orangutans from the destructive Palm Oil industry. Their efforts are put to the test when bulldozers move in and threaten the forests and future of a nearby community living in a traditional long-house.

The film was directed by Byron Bay filmmaker, Cathy Henkel and features locals Paul Daley from Kyogle and Kodi Twiner from Lismore.

Behind the Mask by local filmmaker, David Lowe chronicles legendary environmental protester, peace activist and performance artist Benny Zable. The film provides a remarkable portrait of Benny and the iconic characters he plays through his visionary approach to art and activism, and contains archival footage.

An art exhibition will coincide with the event, featuring beautiful works by local artists including Mark Waller, Maria Heaton, John D’errey, Amanda Bromfield, Marika Bryant, Sue Fraser and Jacqueline King. All pieces will be sold during the event, and it is anticipated that punters may score themselves a real bargain!

Speakers at the event will include: Tarama Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina; Ian Cohen, former MLC; youth activist Holly Somerville; and Kodi Twiner and Paul Daley, stars of the Rise of the Eco Warriors movie. Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson will be the MC on the night.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Greens candidate Tamara Smith’s state election campaign.

Tickets ($15/$20) can be purchased from Santos Organics, Mullumbimby or on the door. Refreshments will be available.


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