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November 29, 2021

Locals give racing pigeons their longest test

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Storms and rain for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 24 November, 2021

Lots of things that are happening in the Byron Shire, all in one place

Developers’ boon

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Karma Indian Café, Byron

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Ballina mayoral candidate calls for tighter holiday letting rules

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Hugo Cantoni from Newrybar won this year’s Michael Farmer Classic, the Ballina Byron Racing Pigeon Club’s longest distance event of the year.

The birds start the race from Warringah in Sydney and fly north to their homes in Ballina, Newrybar, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah and surrounding areas.

It takes the pigeons 8-10 hours to fly the 600 km.

The race is named after Michael Farmer who was a renowned drummer and enthusiastic pigeon flyer who won some good races.

‘Michael lived for his birds. He was a very passionate pigeon man,’ says Northern Rivers champion pigeon flyer, David Winkler.

A cheque and sash presentation ceremony was held recently at the Sugar Beach Ranch in Ballina.


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Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.