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January 29, 2023

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Missing woman, Elanora

Police have charged a 30-year-old man with multiple domestic violence offences as the search continues for 61-year-old Wendy Sleeman,...

Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

Protecting remnant Gondwana species at Grandpa’s Scrub today

Community and experts are uniting this afternoon to protect what they say is remnant Gondwana species at Grandpa’s Scrub.

Man dies in highway crash at Chinderah

A man has died following a crash at Chinderah overnight.

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Kim Cheshire brings home a Golden Guitar

At a country star-studded event on Saturday evening in Tamworth, local artist Kim Cheshire ascended the stairs of the  Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre to take the Golden Guitar for Alt Country Album of the Year – Looks Like Heaven.

Launching the eBook, with eight of the ten business owners joining Phil Daly and Ellie Corley from Build Grow Run. Top row, from left: Nerida Saunders (Brain Care), Jane Hanckel (iValue app), Horst Thompson (Knox & Aya), Rod Ximenes (Panamuna Project), Natasha Fair (Ayusa Tea). Bottom row from left: Matt Goss (Herbidoor), Phil Daly (Build Grow Run), Ellie Corley (Build Grow Run), Tim Hochgrebe (Underwater).

Story & Vivienne Pearson

It’s well known that over 90 per cent of businesses fail in the first two years. Though figures for 2020 aren’t yet available, it would not be surprising if this pandemic-filled year sees that figure go even higher.

One concrete step any business owner can take during 2021 to help secure their future is to seek advice and support. ‘Yeah, sure’, I hear you say. ‘How can I afford business coaching if my business is struggling, or I haven’t even launched yet?’

Enter Build Grow Run, a government funded Entrepreneurship Facilitation service, where expert business and marketing advice is available for – wait for it – no cost.

Helped over 300 businesses

In their first two years of operation, Phil Daly (who will be well known to BayFM listeners from his show Byron Business) and Ellie Corley (who loves nothing better than using her marketing and communications experience to help entrepreneurs succeed), have helped over 300 local businesses.

Ten of those businesses are featured in a recently launched eBook.

Each owner shares their business journey, the outcomes of their contact with Build Grow Run, and their advice to others.

From Knox & Aya’s dairy-free indulgence to Underwater’s oceanic themed business, the book covers all stages of business development, from ‘I have an idea’ to decades of experience.

Build Grow Run can offer businesses support and coaching throughout the Byron Shire as well as south to Lennox, north to Tweed and inland to Murwillumbah.

Download the eBook and find out more about how your businesses could blossom at www.buildgrowrun.com.au.


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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.