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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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Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

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.

Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

Byron’s rail reactivation saga continues

Byron Council will consider funding further investigations into getting trains back on the tracks in the Shire, despite strong criticisms of the reports on the matter that have been prepared to date.

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

This is one of those road-trip movies that you happily embark on knowing exactly where you are headed and what the stops will be along the way – not even the revelation that involves a bailout from a lockup comes as a surprise. Having said that, I also admit that it’s a movie that is impossible not to love. Being based on a true story adds to its charm, and that the two actors involved combine so well make its otherwise standard procedural approach not worth carping about. In 1962, Tony (Viggo Mortensen), an out-of-work New York bouncer, was hired to act as driver and minder for the renowned pianist Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a performing tour that would include the segregated deep South. The two men are poles apart – foul-mouthed, chain-smoking Tony is a yob whose claim to fame is his gluttony, whereas Shirley is prim and proper and dismayed by Tony’s gaucherie. Mortensen skates perilously close to caricature while doing his ‘Italian from the Bronx’ shtick, but Ali’s clipped aloofness is equally inflated, so the camaraderie that grows between them is more satisfying because of those extremes. In dealing with his potentially explosive subject, director Peter Farrelly finds a perfect balance between comedy and drama, with the ugly racism encountered by Shirley in the redneck towns contrasted with the intimate journey of self-awakening that the odd couple are sharing. Shirley has never heard Little Richard – ‘this is your people’s music!’ Tony says in frustration – nor has he eaten fried chicken, while Tony’s blinkered life experience has been concerned only with putting food on the table for his family – in an early scene, we see that he has thrown in the bin two glasses that were drunk from by black workmen. The ultimate moment, when Shirley breaks the chains that bind him is as clichéd as it gets, while the cheesy finale, which includes a neat joke about Tony’s letters to his wife, are precisely what you hoped for.


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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!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

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.