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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Police use road spikes to catch speeder

Police say that on Friday at around 10.45pm, they received information that a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe was travelling south of the Pacific Motorway towards the QLD/NSW border.

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Right to die

James Regan, Myocum Jeff Dawson’s article ‘Celebrating a life and dignified death’ (10 February) highlights the systemic bias that exists...

Katerina loves organic fermented produce and pickles!

Story & photo Melissa Butters

Katerina Lazareva is the vibrant, sunny face of Suria Foods. Every week she brings her organic fermented produce and tonics to the markets. Her aim is to heal the body by improving gut health, and to heal the planet by promoting fermentation as a means of achieving zero food waste.

Russian-born, Katerina’s grandparents were exiled to a labour camp during the Stalin regime in the 1950s. Forced to adapt to a different climate and harsh conditions, they began to farm and preserve food, surviving on whatever the earth provided. Suria Foods has also followed a path of relocation, adaptation and change.

Katerina moved to Australia over 10 years ago and trained as a chef. Seeking a change of pace from busy kitchens, she ended up in the Himalayas at a remote mountain temple. She returned to Australia keen to reconnect to her roots and embrace ancestral practices. ‘I no longer wanted to be a part of the system, work for corporations without a sustainable purpose, or eat chemically treated food that causes all our modern generational health issues and damages our environment.’

Katerina has set up a market scale garden at The Farm in Byron Bay, using regenerative and eco-friendly methods. She also holds fermentation classes. Every single part of the vegetable is turned into a healing product. ‘I want to contribute to soil regeneration so our future generations have a better and healthier planet to live in.’

Down at her market stall, the menu changes each week depending on what’s in season – you won’t just find cabbage! You might find oyster mushrooms, nuts, herbs, cherry tomatoes and garden herbs, miso or seaweed kimchi. She also offers a range of probiotic drinks and prebiotic broths.

When Katerina has a moment of spare time she spends it with her best mate – her dog, named Pickles, of course!

The New Brighton Farmers Market is on every Tuesday, from 8am to 11am, and the Mullumbimby Farmers Market is on every Friday 7am to 11am.

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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.