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February 5, 2023

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra returns

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

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Cheeky Cabaret returns!

Following the Cheeky season is some incredible live music, including Ella Hooper: Small Town Temple tour, Libby O’Donovan – cabaret singer extraordinaire, Stella Donnelly: Flood Australian tour, Liz Stringer and William Crighton co-headlining in a powerhouse performance, and the house is thrilled to announce the fabulous Tim Rogers & The Twin Set coming in April.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

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.

Saint Bob of the Greens in Lennox Head

With hardly a vacant seat in the auditorium, Bob Brown kept the party faithful’s eyes, ears and hearts glued...

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Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra

What a year – after a positive beginning and memorable performances by talented teacher bands at the first Twilight Concert in February, things were looking up. What happened next was beyond believable with a 14.4-metre flood, which caused chaos not only on the ground level but eight feet up into the first floor of the beloved Conservatorium building. In the following days, the reality of the damage, wreckage, and loss was incredibly challenging both physically and emotionally.

Everyone pitched in for the cleanup and Southern Cross University offered space for admin and teaching and the Music In Schools program continued to be delivered where possible. 

By term 3 the admin and teachers moved back into town and, with the incredible generosity of Musica Viva Australia and SCU, the Con were able to get their Visiting Artists program back on track. 

The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra was back in force in the spring holidays, the Youth Jazz Orchestra energised the Lismore Show, and the Big Play Day was a hit with the Hot Potato Band. 

As the year draws to a close most of the restoration works are now complete – and the Con will be able to continue to provide free tickets to the flood-affected for our 2023 events. Stay tuned, and happy holidays!


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