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April 23, 2021

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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Community land trust

Shane Sylvanspring, Mullumbimby I want to congratulate and applaud Cr Paul Spooner, Mayor Simon Richardson, and planning staff for supporting and...

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

The next generation of farmers: Brianna Atkin, Katerina Suria, Georgia Powell and Georgina Goddard at Bangalow Farmers Market.

While the agricultural industry has been dominated by men for decades, women, who have traditionally not been the face of farming, are slowly changing the way we see farmers.

At Byron Farmers Market alone, there is a new generation of young women farmers who are making their mark on the local food scene.

Georgina Goddard, of Brooklet Springs Farm, left a career in architecture four years ago to pursue farming. And while it’s been a steep learning curve, she doesn’t regret for a second replacing a sterile office environment with a lush farm in Brooklet, where she raises chicken, pork and beef with her partner, Morgwn.

‘We got into farming originally because I had developed food allergies,’ says Georgina. ‘It made me look at labelling and food – what’s in it, where it came from. It made us really interested in raising our own food, so we decided farming was the way to go.’

Women were only legally recognised as farmers in Australia 25 years ago. Prior to that, they could only be officially defined as ‘silent partners’, ‘domestics’, ‘helpmates’ or ‘farmers’ wives’.

Thankfully, times have changed and today women make up 32 per cent of Australia’s agricultural workforce. And the number is growing.

Even so, Georgina says that she is still faced with the stigma that farmers should be men.

‘I connect a lot with local chefs – who feature Brooklet Springs Farm produce on their menus – and they’re all really surprised that I’m in the role I’m in. They expect to be dealing with a man. 

‘When dealing with butchers, which I do often, many of them haven’t dealt with women in this role before.’

However, every year, more women enter the farming arena and they bring both passion and innovation to the agrarian table. You can find Georgina and a number of other impressive female farmers, along with their locally grown and raised produce, at Byron and Bangalow Farmers Markets every week.

Byron Farmers Market is held every Thursday 7am–11am at the Cavanbah Centre and Bangalow Farmers Market is every Saturday morning 7–11am behind the Bangalow Pub.

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Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

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