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Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

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Farm tours, tastings and horse riding – confusion over State agritourism SEPP

A lengthy debate took place at the last Tweed Shire Council planning meeting (5 May) around the issue of...

Election 2022

As we edge closer to the federal election, Australia, like most advanced middle-ranking economies is facing some headwind challenges...

Primex 2022 postponed due to floods and weather

The Primex 2022 Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo due to take place 19 to 21 May has been postponed following both the recent flooding and predicted adverse weather conditions. 

Wallaby death SGB

To the family that allowed their large black dog to repeatedly attack and maul the beautiful wallaby on South...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

Regenerating Australia, by Damon Gameau, is a short film that looks back at the next ten years from the eve of 2029 and recounts all of the actions we have taken on climate change and ecological degradation.


The Strumbellas are a Canadian rock band who play alt country, indie rock and something they’ve been calling folk popgrass.

A feature at Bluesfest, they revealed a few dark secrets about their musical raison d’être. Simon from the Strumbellas revealed all on the Blues Blog…

What is the one song that reminds you of growing up, and why?

Bruce Springsteen – I’m Going Down. My dad was a lawyer and he traded his services for a sports car and we used to drive around country roads blasting that song.

What is the song/s that get you on the dance floor every time?

At home – my kids are obsessed with Fitz and the Tantrums I Can Make Your Hands Clap so I’ve danced to that song 78 times in the last month.

What is the song/s that’s always busted out when no one is around; why?

Celine Dion – The Power of Love. It reminds me of my grade eight girlfriend and so, whenever I listen to it, it takes me back to when I was a kid.

What is the song/s on high rotation in your car at the moment?

This is going to sound opportunistic, but I really actually am on a Silverchair kick right now. I listen in awe at how 16-year-old kids can create such a masterpiece of a record with Frog Stomp.

What was your wedding song?

Bruce Cockburn – One Day I’ll Walk.

Your favourite song/s to cover at the moment?

I don’t cover songs because I can never remember the lyrics. But if I did cover a song, it would be Old Man by Neil Young.

If you could sing a duet with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would be the song?

Bohemian Rhapsody with Freddy Mercury. I would take the high parts (wink, wink).

Your all-time Blues hero is… Why?

Robert Johnson because the mystery behind his selling his soul to the devil is one of the most fascinating stories in music.

For more info go to bluesfest.com.au.

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Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

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