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March 9, 2021

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Contemporary Byron

David Morris, Byron Bay ‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree’, Coleridge. Lines penned supposedly after being woken from...

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Suffolk Park residents pressure councillors over pump track

Councillors, Michael Lyon and Jeanette Martin, met Suffolk Park residents on Saturday to hear concerns around the proposed pump bike track, which is slated for the Linda Vidler park.

Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

If you can remember Ian McEwan’s novel Enduring Love (adapted for the screen in 2004), you will have some idea of the strange emotional territory that veteran director Richard Eyre’s new movie explores. This time, McEwan has also written the screenplay of his book, and if it’s not as unnerving as Enduring Love (the ‘lover’ is harmless, rather than psychotic), it is in every other way just as absorbing. The peerless Emma Thompson plays Fiona Maye, a family court judge who, over the years, has let her job become her life, to the detriment of her marriage to university lecturer Jack (Stanley Tucci). When the case comes before her of seventeen-year-old Adam (Fionn Whitehead), who, with the assent of his parents as Jehovah’s Witnesses, steadfastly refuses a blood transfusion that will save him from certain death, she must decide whether or not, because he is still a minor, she should overrule his wishes. It is a complex question that involves the law, religious freedom, and the dignity of the individual. To help her arrive at a better-informed conclusion, Fiona visits Adam in hospital. The boy is immediately taken with My Lady and when she sings WB Yeats’s Down by the Salley Gardens to him it is as though he has been cast under a spell. As a pivotal moment in the drama, it is sublime (Eyre did something similarly transfixing with Kate Winslet singing A lark in the clear air in 2001’s Iris). As smitten as the boy is, so too is Fiona suddenly susceptible to the ‘human condition’ that we cope with on a daily basis – her marriage is crumbling and the bench, from which she views the world on high, is no longer a safe harbour from the storms of the heart. It is a beautiful performance from Thompson, subtly exposing the frailties and uncertainties of a woman whose career has been built on inner strength and clarity of vision. Whitehead impresses as the dreamer while Tucci, as always, is rock solid. A must see.

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Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

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Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.