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October 19, 2021

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Lismore landmark saved as Skimmo’s site DA knocked back

Lismore residents watch avidly last night as the drama of a development application for 135 Union Street South Lismore, played out on their little screens.

COVID-19 update in Northern NSW

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Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

New positive COVID-19 case at Ballina Coast High School

Update 14 October: Ballina Coast High School will reopen for staff and students on Thursday, 14 October 2021, after a member/s of the school community tested positive to...

Gold Coast woman charged over fake COVID medical exemptions

A Gold Coast woman has been charged by Queensland Police for allegedly pretending to be a doctor and issuing...

Police raid ‘unauthorised events’ in national parks

Police say that eleven people have been charged following unauthorised gatherings held at national parks on the weekend.

Stone & Wood and Thunder Road labels

Stone and Wood has lost an appeal against Melbourne-based Thunder Road Brewing Co, with the Federal Court deciding Monday morning that even though the hugely successful Stone & Wood Pacific Ale had a registered trade mark, the Thunder Road Pacific Ale launched in 2015 did not infringe that.  The local brewer was also unsuccessful in its claims of misleading and deceptive conduct and ‘passing off’.

The judges commented, amongst other things, that the prominence of the ‘Stone & Wood’ logo on the label made it unlikely that consumers would order a product thinking it was the other. They also commented that ‘Pacific’ was a ‘descriptive’ word, and that those using descriptive words take the risk that others in the trade would use the same word descriptively and thus not distinguish the product.

The Stone & Wood product is made and bottled in the northern rivers; the Thunder Road product comes from Belgium.

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