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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.

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Go Thistles!

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

Tamara Smith promises CCTV for Ballina CBD

Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith says that if re-elected next month she is committed to funding CCTV cameras to help police combat a worsening crime situation in Ballina's CBD.

Choose your own (piano) adventure

The audience ‘chooses its own musical adventure’ determining the playlist from a selection of works by composers ranging from J. S. Bach, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy to George Gershwin, Bill Evans – and more. A list of musical choices will be made available on the day, and audience members can submit their choices via their phone.

The Banshees of Inisherin

At the tail end of the Irish Civil War in 1923, on the fictional Irish isle of Inisherin, folk musician Colm Doherty abruptly begins ignoring his lifelong friend and drinking buddy Pádraic Súilleabháin

New SES Zone Commander for the north

The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has appointed a new Zone Commander for the northern part of the state.

$5 million to improve Northern Rivers rural drainage systems

Damaged rural drainage systems will be cleaned out, repaired and fitted with mechanisms that will reduce the impacts of future flooding, thanks to the Australian and NSW governments’ $5 million Northern Rivers Drainage Reset Program.

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby

Thanks to Cheryl Tyler for bringing up an important community issue in last week’s letters. The Mullumbimby Showground is a beautiful, peaceful place for families, kids, dogwalkers and everyone to visit and enjoy. Except when cars speed through like it’s a main road – and many do.

I also have experienced asking people to slow down and being abused for it. Shame on the person who responded that they didn’t care about your f#@$#g dogs. Not long ago, someone’s dog was run over and killed at the showground whilst out walking. For dog owners, our pets are an integral part of our family and very loved. It could just as easily be a child or an elderly person who gets run over.

A while ago I wrote to the Mullumbimby Showground Trust about this very issue and suggested they keep the Chinbible Ave entrance closed to traffic, except for Farmers Market days and other special events. They could easily put a gate, opposite the Spaghetti Circus venue, and parents could walk in to pick up their children. All those cars would not have to drive in the showground at all, and if there was a genuine need, they could access it from Main Arm Road. I was not even graced with a response.

The Showground should be a safe haven to walk. We are lucky to have this valuable asset for our community, and fortunate that Margaret and Keith are such wonderful caretakers. I encourage people to write to the Trust about this situation, and maybe with enough numbers, sense and safety might prevail.

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Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.