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Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

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Lismore Council votes to workshop temporary dwellings

With so many prongs currently on the disaster response fork, it's hard to know if Lismore Council is robbing Peter to pay Pauline as voting on leapfrogging issues means there is a possibility that everyone could lose – or win.

A passion for oysters

Almost all our community have been affected by the floods in one way or another, but oyster farmers are particularly vulnerable to flooding. When you’re an oyster farmer, the rain only has to reach 30mm in 24 hours before a 21-day closure period is put in place. Even then, the water testing has to meet the highest standards for ensuring freedom from pollutants before you are allowed to continue.


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Work repairing landslips on Tweed’s Scenic Drive won’t start before June

Geotechnical assessments have now been completed for the two landslips near Simpson Drive and Warringa Drive on Scenic Drive at Bilambil Heights.

Red hot Stoner experience

I was lucky enough to visit Stone & Wood recently to see the initial brew being made of the 2022 Stone Beer, the star attraction at the upcoming Festival of the Stone at Stone & Wood’s Byron brewery site on Saturday 4 June.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent David Warth

David Warth is an environmental filmmaker based in Byron Bay and running as an Independent for the federal seat of Richmond.

Chef Blake Seymour

Story and photo S Haslam

Chef Blake Seymour will have his work cut out for him in the next few days. After Ballina Food & Wine Festival’s gala dinner for around 200 people on Friday, the Ballina RSL executive chef has a Saturday function for 250 people. On Sunday the winner of ‘Best Plate’ at last year’s festival will be aiming to win again with his slow-cooked brisket burger and sliders, with pickles and slaw. ‘I don’t know if it’s going to win but it’s going to taste really good!’ said Blake.

‘I will also be doing a demonstration with Gavin Hughes cooking a Sri Lankan fish curry. This will be my fourth Festival, and I think it’s great for the local area. There are new restaurants and producers coming to the Ballina region, Ballina Farmers Market has been really well patronized in the last year or so, it’s on a smaller scale than Byron but it’s a good development for the area. I often go there on a Sunday morning with the kids.

‘At my Blake’s Table I often showcase the local suppliers, because not only is it fun to collaborate with them, but my guests find it really interesting to hear a bit of the story behind the food’, he said.

As if that’s not enough, on Tuesday Blake, sous-chef Brad Baldwin and apprentice Ben Campbell will be going to Sydney for the finals of the interclub competition called Chef’s Table, competing against 12 other NSW clubs at Ryde TAFE. Good luck, Blake!

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