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Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire...

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What price conscience?

Senator Fatima Payman's abrupt departure from the Labor Party after crossing the floor over the issue of Palestinian statehood was a very public demonstration of the tensions between party cohesion and individual conscience in the Australian political system.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

Lismore Regional Gallery to reopen in spring

The Lismore Regional Gallery will be re-opening its doors this spring following restoration after the 2022 flood and after 16 shows the The Lismore Regional Gallery pop-up space is now closed.

Let the BBSF fun begin!

The Byron Bay Surf Festival (BBSF) is just over a month away and they have a huge program for surfers and spectators from August 15-18.

Remembering those who served, July 11 

The Byron Bay war memorial has witnessed its fair share of commemorations over the years – from ANZAC Day ceremonies to Vietnam Veterans Day services and many in between.


As a 65 year-old man, it should be illegal for me to vote. Start at 18 finish at 65,...

Disney Studios may well be the butt of bearded hipsters’ snide jokes, but if you are not afraid of being uncool you could do worse than check this out. The animation, it goes without saying, is superb – a joy to the eye – and the story is smart, contemporary and, with any luck, influential (there are lessons in it for kids and adults alike).

Set in Polynesia in the unwritten past and loosely based (I am assuming) on one of the Pacific’s creation myths, it concerns Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravhalo), a cute and feisty chieftain’s daughter. To save her island from an ancient curse, she takes it upon herself to hunt down the demi-god Maui, who is responsible for her people’s plight, and set things right. Maui is a tattooed boofhead with a penchant for a smart-arse one-liner, so who better to speak the part than everybody’s favourite tattooed boofhead, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? I am a huge fan (I know, it’s a terrible indictment of This Paper), but what I was previously unaware of is that Johnson has Samoan lineage, which makes his casting even more appropriate.

When Moana discovers that Maui is not as bad as his reputation, and that there are further challenges to overcome, they set off on her catamaran, with a chook (it got the most laughs from the kids in the audience) to vanquish demons together. The squabbling/cooperating routine between the pair is sit-com classic, but it is Moana who is boss – girl power has made huge strides in children’s animation and if this latest example of it is not quite up there with the marvellous Brave (2012), it falls pretty close.

What doesn’t work is the cheesy injection of Broadway songs into the action. They are out of sync with the gusto of what is happening on screen and compare pitiably with the pulsating rhythms and vocal harmonies of the islander numbers used. Otherwise, this is another example of a cartoon exhibiting a great deal more intelligence than many of the multiplex’s movies for grown-ups.

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Lavertys Gap history

The Lavertys Gap hydro power station was installed in 1919. In 1939, during the Great Depression, people had no money, and Council decided to...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

NSW Drug Summit announced – finally

The NSW Labor government has finally delivered on their election promise to hold a NSW Drug Summit that will take place this year. 

Getting the word out on wildlife

The Young and Wild project by young women and run by Byron Youth Service (BYS) has produced wildlife stickers and murals, all to raise awareness of the plight of our native animals.