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May 7, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Local kite surfer smashes long distance world record

It was a cold, windy night on the rugged NSW south coast and Brian Kiss von Soly was wrapped up in a silver emergency blanket like a human burrito. 

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen. For starters, it’s abundant. Hydrogen can store excess renewable power. When liquified, it’s more energy intense than fossil alternatives. In a fuel cell, it can generate electricity. When it’s burned, the only by-product is water.

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Poor old Liam Neeson is the hardest done-by bloke in cinema today. Tragedy, disaster and low-life crooks keep turning up like bad pennies in his screen life, usually threatening not just him, but his beautiful wife and kid too! This time he is Michael MacCauley, a New York Irishman who has left the NYPD to spend the last ten years selling life insurance. After getting the sack out of the blue, he finds himself sitting opposite the sexy Joanna (Vera Farmiga) on his daily rail commute home. Enticing him with a much-needed stack of money, Joanna has Michael seek out and tag a stranger on the train (her encounter with him has echoes of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train). Michael doesn’t know what it’s all about, but his mysterious task soon goes pear shaped and he realises that he is searching for the eye-witness to a serious crime, and that Joanna’s fiendishly intricate, ruthless plan has no concern for collateral casualties. Nearly all of the action takes place on the train as the number of those likely to be the target is whittled down. Nothing is given away in the plot and I had no idea who the witness might be until the reveal. But before this moment, Liam has to overcome the usual hurdles, including the chestnut that has his fellow travellers think that he is the bad guy. He also has a humungous fist fight with one of Joanna’s men, and I’ll tell you somethin’ for nothin’: even at sixty Liam can take a punch in the head and return serve with an even heavier haymaker. All the while, the train is rattling along as we get to know those on board (Adam Nagaitis’s conductor provides wisecracking levity) while Liam is bashed and chased and shot at. The inevitable derailment is brilliantly executed and even if the resolution is as clear as mud it doesn’t matter – Sam Neill swans off as the avuncular detective, Liam’s missus gets her wedding ring back and Liam himself is barely scratched. I loved it.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.