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April 15, 2021

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SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

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Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

New film celebrates getting back outside

'Free From Lockdown: Back Out in Nature' is a new short film in which a group of disabled and non-disabled performers from the Northern Rivers celebrate being in nature after COVID lockdown.

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Council’s Draft Complaint Handling Policy is on exhibition! It’s a document that, if drafted carefully, could provide the public with confidence that Council take complaints seriously and accountability will apply when a complaint is found to be true.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

We are privileged to have one of the few locations in the country to fly so close to the coast – Taylor Miller

Those of us who are up every morning before dawn appreciate how wonderful the early morning is on the coast and in the hinterland around Byron Bay. There’s nothing better than running up a hill and seeing the sun peeking up over the horizon off the coast, but you don’t need to go to all that trouble, and you can get an even better view, if you ride aloft in a balloon.

You can now be among the first to experience a Balloon Aloft hot-air balloon flights, flown by ballooning champions, soaring over the spectacular coast around Byron. As Australia’s most easterly point and the first place on the Australian mainland to see the sunrise each morning, Byron Bay is the perfect destination for a balloon ride at dawn.

Balloon Aloft will launch its Byron Bay flights this weekend with flights on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.

Local couple Taylor Miller and Emiliano Cataldi will head up the new hot-air ballooning operation. Pilot Emiliano, originally from Rome, has been ballooning in the Byron Shire for 10 years.

And for those whose idea of heights is standing on a stepladder, you can relax as the balloons are under the control of champion ballooning experts. Taylor and Emiliano have partnered up with twice women’s world champion Nicola Scaife and second-generation balloonist and thrice Australian champion Matthew Scaife, who also operate Australia’s original family-run balloon business in the Hunter Valley.

‘Ballooning is a very niche sport and attracts a wonderfully eclectic variety of individuals,’ says Taylor. ‘It depends on the whim of the wind and weather, so it takes a great amount of care and attention to run a ballooning operation. We are privileged to have one of the few locations in the country to fly so close to the coast and feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to do so alongside some of Australia’s original balloonists. We would like to invite locals, as well as visitors, to come fly with us and let themselves fall in love with the beauty of their backyard and the magic of the region.’

All Balloon Aloft pilots hold commercial pilots licences issued by CASA and all aircraft are maintained to comply with CASA standards. 

All Byron Bay experiences meet at The Farm and include a sunrise flight followed by a gourmet breakfast at the Three Blue Ducks restaurant. 

To book your flight or for more
information visit
or call 1300 723 279.

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