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Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

The 2022 floods saw the Tweed hinterland connection road between Bilambil and Urliup severely damaged with six slip sites....

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Cr Dicker calls on Ballina Council to look at future options for Wollongbar pods 

Visiting the Wollongbar pod village over the weekend, after residents were given notice to leave the pods by November, Cr Kiri Dicker said: ‘It’s total waste of taxpayers’ money to tear it down when the shortage of housing is so severe’.

We need to reinvent urban spaces to live in harmony with the planet 

Travel is about visiting someplace exotic, we’re told. Somewhere that looks, feels and tastes different, in a way that stirs our heart and stimulates our senses. But sit in the central business district of any global city today, and chances are it will look basically the same.

Exploring the history of women in music

Following an overwhelming response from audiences and critics alike, Lady Sings The Blues is back with ‘Volume 2’, promising an even more exhilarating journey through the history of music as shaped by legendary women.

Valley of Craftsmen at Mullum Farmers Market

Victoria Cosford It’s a pest and a weed, introduced from East Asia and found along most of the east coast,...

Macquarie Marshes under threat from mining

If it hasn't been hard enough protecting the Macquarie Marshes from drought because of the upstream cotton growers now farmers are faced with a new threat to this environmentally significant, Ramsar-listed area.

From feeding a young family to a community

Farmer Nicole Dayman is one of the newest members of Byron Farmers Market, having joined the market earlier this...

It wasn’t that long ago that everybody was posting on Facebook vids of themselves being dowsed by a bucket of iced water. It was to raise money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable degenerative disease.

In George C Wolfe’s heart-wrenching and intelligent movie, Kate (Hilary Swank) has the first intimation that she is suffering from the condition on the night of her thirty-fifth birthday. A concert pianist, her hands let her down as she is playing a favourite piece by Chopin. The story then jumps ahead some eighteen months. Kate’s symptoms have worsened and, against the wishes of her drippy husband and snooty parents, she is about to employ Bec (Emmy Rossum), an uninhibited and unqualified New York party girl, as her aide. It requires a bit of a leap of faith to believe this opening scenario, but once past it the relationship that grows between Kate and Bec is entirely convincing.

It is a quiet film, free of the hubble and bubble of big-budget mainstream dross, but its tender grip intensifies as the inevitable approaches. In a challenging role that allows for neither glamour nor indulgence, Swank is as good as I have ever seen her.

The surprise packet, however, is Rossum, whose raw energy and uncanny ability to empathise with her character and draw from Bec such a willingness, despite her natural tendencies, to give herself over entirely to the care of Kate is profoundly moving. In the end it is her story, for the point that Wolfe is making is that it is often those left behind after loss who have made the most radical journey. Love, especially when it sidles into one’s life unannounced and unexpected, can devastate as easily as it can elevate.

Bec reminds us that the heart will not be conquered by the decrees of others.

Poignant and unafraid to confront grief without the trappings of maudlin sentiment, the girls’ devotion to each other is its own reward.

Don’t miss it.

~ John Campbell


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Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Tyagarah – changed overnight traffic conditions

From Monday, July 22 there will be changed traffic conditions on Tyagarah Creek Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah to carry out essential maintenance.

45 search and rescue missions in June on Northern Rivers

Marine Rescue NSW saw a drop in search and rescue missions this June compared to last year, however, it was still their second-busiest June ever.

Veterans honoured for their service

On July 11, the Byron Bay RSL sub-branch held an inaugural memorial service to officially recognise the veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian Gulf, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.