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Thank you from the top of our heads to the bottom of our well-dressed feet

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The Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin called a local tourist spot is 'a gem among the many incredible natural wonders of the Northern Rivers' as she announced two reserves in the Lismore region will be upgraded.

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Gov’t rental figure for first temporary housing village revealed

The Ballina Shire Council has finally revealed it received $100,000 in rent for the Wollongbar emergency housing village.

Labor MP spruiks 2023–24 budget 

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Soli Bailey in action at Avoca Beach on his way to a top-30 finish. Photo: Ethan Smith/SNSW

Crystal Cylinders

Avoca Beach was the venue for the Vissla Central Coast Pro and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro, both WSL QS 3000 events that featured most of our local pro surfers. 

Byron Bay’s Sasha Baker progressed through her round-two heat but missed out by just 0.04 points in round three.

Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh and Byron Bay’s Kyuss King were eliminated in round four, while Matt Wilkinson progressed through with a last minute ride at his former local beach.

But in the next round Wilkinson’s run came to an end as he was eliminated along with Lennox Head’s Stu Kennedy.

Soli Bailey progressed through to the last 32 surfers. He was knocked out in that round for an equal 25th place finish.

While the results were pretty poor for our local contingent, all is not lost as this event was merely a warm-up with the big points coming up at the events in Newcastle (QS 5000), and the first of the new Challenger Series at Manly that offers 10,000 points.

Wilkinson, King, McDonagh and Baker are high enough on the ratings ladder to qualify for the Newcastle event, but didn’t make the cut for the bigger Manly competition. 

Kennedy and Bailey are competing in both.

Byron Bay’s Owen Wright is choosing to miss Newcastle and start his competitive year at the Sydney Surf Pro at Manly as the number-one seed. 

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