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February 8, 2023

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Other News

Protesters stop logging at Doubleduke

The latest in a series of actions to save trees and habitat, native forest logging has been halted this morning by protests in Doubleduke state forest, between Grafton and Casino.

Corporate governance breaches

I totally agree with Warren’s comments on our system of free-market capitalism in Australia, (28 January). This is despite...

Bluesfest performer’s triple GRAMMY win

Regular Byron Bluesfest performer Bonnie Raitt look out three gongs at yesterday's GRAMMY awards, bringing her a total of 13 across the span of her career.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.

Teenage boys extorted over sexually explicit images

In the lead-up to tomorrow's Safer Internet Day the Kids Helpline is highlighting the concerning trend of overseas criminal syndicates preying on Australian children, particularly teenage boys, by extorting money from them after deceiving them to send sexually explicit images over instant messaging platforms.

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Baby at Doula Conference in 2018. Photo supplied.

A little support during your pregnancy and birth is something any expectant mother would appreciate and a doula (pronounced doo-la) is someone who can provide this support.

This year doulas from all over Australia will gather at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, for a retreat style doula conference as part of the annual World Doula Week 22–28 March.

‘Being a doula takes great passion, commitment, the ability to be present, unwavering strength and compassion, and a whole lot of energy! Often, doulas work in isolation with lots of reward – but, very little recognition,’ said founding committee member and veteran doula, Shivam Rachana.

The conference provides the chance for doulas to meet in person, gain professional development and enjoy an inspiring range of presenters.

‘The Doula Representative of the Year award will also be presented in recognition of a special doula who will represent the profession and promote the work of doulas in the birthing and general community for the coming year,’ she said.

A doula is not only beneficial for those women who choose to give birth naturally or at home. Today many pregnant women see a doula as a person who will assist them in navigating the medical and hospital system; she will guide them to ask the right questions and ensure they are informed about current protocol and procedures.

For more information about the conference visit www.doulaconference.com.au or contact Anna Watts 0421 510 512.


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A tribute for Richard Moloney

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