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Out of the Blue Adventures wins Tourism Hero Award

A local whale watching and eco-tourism business has been announced as one of the region's Local Tourism Heroes at a gala dinner co-hosted by Destination North Coast.

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Lismore Council on gender equity in management

Last night Lismore Council met for their monthly meeting and Councillor Big Rob asked a question about gender equality in the upper echelons of Council.

More infestations of Varroa found in Newcastle area

What many people don’t know is that without bees, the large variety of plant food on their plate will...

Domestic v Wild

Tragically so much of our natural wildlife is at risk. ‘Dead’ zones along New Brighton Road, Old New Brighton...

A well-thought-out blend

Noy Ben Ami always brings a well-thought-out blend of his original music, which is constantly fusing elements of rock,...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: For Sale: Moral compass

Some weeks it’s hard to navigate the big feelings I have around injustice; the kind of injustice that occurs every day, everywhere, underwritten by the privilege of some at the expense of the many. The shit stuff people get away with! The shit stuff no one notices. Shit stuff always happens to people who don’t have much to start with. I sometimes wonder how you can hear story after story and not realise the system is broken. Capitalism sucks. Let’s go break stuff – like, the dominant paradigm! We haven’t managed to subvert it – so can we smash it into tiny pieces? Please?

Byron women’s AFL narrowly avoids first loss

A battle royale unfolded last Saturday afternoon at the Cavanbah oval when the Byron Bay women’s AFL team took...

By John Campbell

There is not one scene in this mildly amusing comedy in which Melissa McCarthy is not wearing an outfit that includes an extremely high turtle-neck or equally chin-hugging scarf. Whether or not she had an unsightly scar that needed to be covered during filming or, as is at least equally possible, she was suffering a severe attack of body image stress and merely wanted to frame her face in a more flattering light is a moot point, for it became the elephant in the room as I watched fascinated to see what the costume designer might come up with next. Which is probably a fair indictment of the level of interest that the movie managed to provoke. Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) a ruthless, self-made billionaire, is convicted of insider trading and sent to the pen for her nefarious practices (which didn’t happen to the Wall St thugs after the GFC). Released back to the streets of Chicago, she finds herself penniless and without a home to go to. As a friend in need, she lobs at the apartment of single-mom Claire (Kristen Bell), a former employee who had shown Michelle more loyalty than she may have deserved. It has already been explained to us, rather heavy-handedly by director Ben Falcone (McCarthy’s husband), that Michelle’s disregard for the feelings of others has come about as the result of the rejection she regularly experienced as a child in a Catholic orphanage, so the odds are unbackable that Clare and her little girl Rachel (Ella Anderson) will ultimately provide the family love and affection that has been so lacking in her life – it’s signposted in neon. The script’s element of conflict is provided by the resentful Renault (Peter Dinklage), a colleague whom Michelle dudded on her way to the top. The story’s morality is muddled (is greed good or not?) and it contains too much silliness and overworked cliché. Despite the charm of Bell and the likeable Anderson, it is a waste of McCarthy’s undeniable comic talent.  

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Tweed Council refuse aged care facility Tweed Heads

The proposed aged care facility at Caloola Drive Tweed Heads (DA20/0712) was refused at the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday.

Evans Head, Iron Gates DA public planning meeting coming

The current development application (DA) for the flood and bushfire-prone site of the Evans Head, Iron Gates development will go before the Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP) on 30 August.

Council acknowledges desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps

Last night Lismore Council looked at House Relocations, Land swaps and Buy Backs when Councillor Adam Guise’s moved a motion that “Council acknowledges flood impacted ratepayers' desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps."

Bruns underground car park reconsidered 

Byron Council’s decision to approve a controversial mixed-use development in Brunswick Heads that would include the town’s first underground car park could be overturned at this week’s meeting, with a group of councillors moving a rescission motion.