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Kinship Festival returns Saturday 25 May to Murwillumbah

The Kinship Festival – a free North Coast cultural festival led by First Nations people – will be held in Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Saturday, 25 May.

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Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.

Fed gov’t doubles funds for local road repairs

Local governments across the state are to share in $1.2 billion worth of commonwealth funding for local roads over the next five years.

Lost in pronunciaton

Ivan Aristeguieta is ridiculously funny. What’s better is watching people try and pronounce his name – and then of course, it’s his deep dive into Aussie culture. Ivan has lived in Australia for ten years – as he says ‘living amongst you, observing you, learning about you’ – and now he makes a very good living taking the piss out of you. ‘I am a true blue, dinky-di Venez-stralian. Nah, she’ll be right! (Who is she by the way?).’

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina temporarily closed today

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina has been temporarily closed due to a broken water main just north of Prospect Bridge.

Homelessness service funded – but only for a year

With 2024 Street Count data indicating a 16 per-cent increase in rough sleepers in Byron Shire, the NSW government has responded to say that the previously-announced Assertive Outreach team will receive $1.3m in funding for a year.

Garry Simes racks up 25 finishes at Australia’s oldest ironman triathlon

Ballina Triathlon Club member Garry Simes has achieved the milestone of finishing the Port Macquarie Ironman Australia race, one...


It’s all too easy to have a knee-jerk reaction to the mere mention of Judd Apatow’s name. As an apparent mentor to those enrolled in the massively if unfortunately popular school of grunge comedy (ie, how many times can you fit fuck into any sentence?), he will surely never live down his involvement with the execrable Bridesmaids and the equally awful Get Him To The Greek. To be fair, however, as director of The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Apatow exposed a pleasing hint of sentiment and in this at times erratic but ultimately heart-warming movie he lets it flow like a river of gold. Bouquets for this should also be lavished on its star, Amy Schumer, who also happened to write the screenplay.

If not your typical rom-com leading lady – she is a porker with a double chin, for starters – Schumer is so effortlessly ‘natural’ that it is impossible to not be onside with her. She plays a journo on a sensationalist celebrity mag in NYC. As a good-time gal, she’s had countless lovers without ever feeling the need to commit to any relationship – the words of her Lothario father, ‘monogamy is unrealistic’, are echoed in her lifestyle. Assigned by her hard-as-nails editor (Tilda Swinton) to write a piece on the less worldly Aaron (Bill Hadder), a leading sports doctor, Amy soon finds herself romantically entwined with her subject. Because he can’t help himself, Apatow indulges in tedious gags about dicks and tampons – a sex scene with Amy and the muscle-bound Steven (John Cena) is terribly long and leaden – but Schumer’s atypical character goes much deeper than just challenging the body-image stereotype. Ridiculous to say, but I was blinking back the tears at one point before laughing like a drain at the rollicking set-piece that delivers the happy ending which is demanded of the genre but too often arrived at with dollops of treacle. Colin Quinn is terrific as Amy’s un-PC dad and basketball superstar LeBron James, as himself, does a nice turn in self-deprecation.   

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St Helena Tunnel, Ewingsdale – changed overnight traffic conditions 

Essential maintenance at the St Helena Tunnel will be carried out overnight on the Pacific Motorway at Ewingsdale from Monday, 27 May.

First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career

Trying to find something you might be interested in doing is always a challenge and local Casino barber Michael Day has come on board to help Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Primary care nurses supported in community

Health services, particularly GP services, have been stretched over recent years and new funding to support nurses and build their capability as primary care...

Goonellabah Skate Park overhaul to start next week

New ‘skate elements’ to be introduced have reportedly been designed by skatepark specialists Trinity Skateparks, with input from ‘local enthusiasts’.