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August 12, 2022

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Lismore Council votes against supporting Assange

At Tuesday's Council meeting Councillor Guise proposed a motion that Council writes to the Federal Government, Prime Minister and relevant Ministers denouncing the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK and urging the Prime Minister to make a public statement denouncing the extradition.

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Second independent assessment of Iron Gates DA in Evans Head recommends refusal

Two independent reports on the Iron Gates development at Evans Heads have determined that it should not go ahead.

Charity day a big win for Moonshiners

The Mullumbimby Moonshiners rugby union raised over $7000 at their annual Beyond Blue Charity Day last weekend, and collected...

The Healthy Minds Club are busy as!

The Lennox-based (and fast-expanding) young men's mental health group are continuing to change lives and inspire the wider community with activities across the region.

Appeal to locate woman missing from Ballina

NSW Police have sent out a media alert – they are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from Ballina and have issued a SMS get-target alert.

Lismore Council on gender equity in management

Last night Lismore Council met for their monthly meeting and Councillor Big Rob asked a question about gender equality in the upper echelons of Council.

Comment: Time for another Police Royal Commission? 

It might be time for another investigation into the NSW Police Force, but this time, the police conduct under the microscope would be alleged overreach in the application of certain powers.

Byron Writers Festival 2022 mixes bestsellers and fresh new talent for three incredible days of joy and discovery.

Byron Writers Festival will once again welcome a stellar lineup of leading authors following a two-year hiatus. Bestselling authors including Sarah Wilson, (This One Wild and Precious Life), Bruce Pascoe (Country: Future Fire, Future Farming), Hannah Kent (Devotion) and Christos Tsiolkas (7 1/2) will headline the star-studded program. 

They will be joined by screen favourites; Bryan Brown, who has penned his first collection of short stories, Sweet Jimmy; and Costa Georgiadas (Costa’s World) of Gardening Australia. 

‘The silver lining of the pandemic was that many of our most beloved authors wrote and published amazing new books,’ says Artistic Director Zoe Pollock. ‘The range of talented authors we have been able to secure for this year’s program is just incredible. We wanted to bring back all the authors that our audience have missed out hearing from in person over the past two years. What a treat for the Byron Writers Festival goers!’ 

Other leading literary lights include Arnold Zable (The Watermill), Steve Toltz (Here Goes Nothing), Nikki Gemmell (Dissolve), Kathryn Heyman (Fury), Mirandi Riwoe (The Burnished Sun) and many more.

As always, the festival plays host to a talented array of emerging authors. Get set to discover some of the best new voices in Australian writing, including Emily Brugman (The Islands), Sara El Sayed (Muddy People), Nigel Featherstone (My Heart is a Little Wild Thing) and Amani Haydar (The Mother Wound) to name just a few.

Enjoy listening to all these authors and more this 26–28 August with a 1- or 3-day festival pass. For the full program, head to www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival.

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