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Codie McCarthy and Newy Newbold the painters and designers of the mural that is part of the new vibrant open space where the Billi Christmas Affair will be happening this Saturday. Photo Jeff ‘Parroting’ Dawson.

It’s a full afternoon of family fun, dance, singing and the perfect chance to pick up some Festive Season gifts at the Billinudgel Christmas Affair this Saturday, December 8, from 1 till 5pm. There will be live music, kids entertainment, a jumping castle and more to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

‘We’re looking forward to a true Billinudgel experience for locals and visitors,’ said the event organisers.

‘The Billinudgel Christmas Affair is a chance for people to come and get involved with Billinudgel and enjoy the laidback Christmas vibe.’

Moving forward as a community

Following the devastation of Cyclone Debbie last year the Billinudgel community has realised the importance of banding together to not only help each other recover but to look at how they move forward as a community. Many of the businesses were hit hard during the enormous flood event losing stock, having machinery damaged and being left with major cleanups.

‘The recovery has been a challenge but we’re getting there,’ said committee members.

‘The community has come together really well. There has been a lot of conversation and discussion about how to improve things and we are looking at various flood-mitigation options.’

The festival is an opportunity for people to come and find out about the town and its more than sixty businesses and how they have recovered post flood. At the festival businesses will be showcasing what they do along with demonstrations including getting hands-on woodworking with longtime local Stan Ceglinski. 

Dynamic and innovative businesses

There are plenty of dynamic and innovative businesses that operate out of Billinudgel and it has become a thriving business and service hub for north Byron Shire.

Billinudgel has one of the most authentic local Australian pubs and general stores that can make you feel like you have just stepped back in time when you arrive in its main street. Yet this old-world charm overlays a dynamic and vibrant town that is getting back on its feet following the devastating effects of Cyclone Debbie. 

From organic cosmetics to yummy food, from innovative sustainable gardens to handmade furniture, the businesses in Billinudgel are at the cutting edge of new-age, environmentally friendly business practices and opportunities. 


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