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February 5, 2023

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Natural history

While I have not the informed authority to confirm John Bradley’s musings on the birds that seem to be...

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Lismore trial of recycled crushed glass in concrete

A trial to use recycled crushed glass in concrete as a replacement for sand will be taking place in Lismore at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.

A play that puzzles and delights

The multi-award-winning play is a puzzle of scenes that are slowly put together by the audience to tell the...

Ahana Candles

Victoria Cosford Many years ago, Marianni had a dream in which a golden liquid was pouring over her hands. She...

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a...

Mother and Daughter Stop Logging in Yarratt Forest

Two women who grew up in the Manning Valley are currently suspended from trees with  ropes connected to, and stopping, logging in Yarratt Forest north of Taree.

I’d just like to mention the fact that your publication has been a stalwart in the background of my life for at least 25 years, and that I appreciate the effort your staff and the people who write genuine letters from the heart go to. 

I’ve written to you on quite a few occasions, from a hand-written note during a flood following my brother’s suicide in 1999, to repeated pleas to treat ‘asylum seekers’ as one would one’s neighbour. It is always fascinating to read your readers’ thoughts on the state of the world. Community building in action! 

I can’t sign off without noting that Byron (with Mullum close behind) is one giant construction zone at the moment… with people still homeless following the February floods. I guess that means the fly-in schoolies won’t get a sleep-in. They are lucky to have a bed – many ‘locals’ don’t. Many locals can’t afford food. It’s a shame all the construction going on is based on a chase for tourism money, rather than a reconstruction of ‘community’ (the most overused word of the century).

Always interesting and only very rarely boring. Thanks so much to all of the contributors.

Sarah Smith, Mullumbimby


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