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December 1, 2021

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Editorial – A potted history of local elections

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Loving Lismore – October 2021

1. Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens | 2. Lismore Regional Gallery | 3. Vistara Primary School | 4. ACE Colleges | 5. Southern Cross University Health Clinic | 6. Get A Life Integrated Health | 7. Book Warehouse | 8. Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics | 9. Toy Kingdom | 10. Professionals Real Estate Lismore | 11. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market | 12. Northern Rivers Stained Glass | 13. The Rainbow Health Centre

Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

1. Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

Looking for a place to walk in beautiful subtropical rainforest just three kilometres from the Lismore CBD? The Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, 313 Wyrallah Road, East

Lismore, are full of wonderful local flora and fauna. Opened officially in 2013, plantings began in the 1990ís and are maintained by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, who plant, propagate, construct, weed, laugh, learn and chat about nature every Wednesday morning from 8am to 11am. They'd love you to join them!
Guided walks are held on the last Sunday of the month from 9.30am or by appointment.
Email [email protected] to book, or ring 0450 596 705.
313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore

Lismore Regional Gallery

2. Lismore Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the longest-running cultural organisations in the Northern Rivers. They have an innovative and inclusive artistic program, and present bold exhibitions and unique public programs for everyone. Their vision is to be a place for everybody, and they are committed to bringing the community on a shared journey of making and engaging in contemporary art. Adjacent to the gallery is the Lismore Quadrangle, a dynamic community space with a curated program of cultural events. The Quad is an outdoor green space for new work to be developed, presented, and enjoyed by all, right in the heart of Lismore.

Vistara Primary School

3. Vistara Primary School

Vistara Primary School’s grounding in ecological education is evident everywhere in the beautiful, colourful classrooms and surrounds. This school engages students to develop and broaden their intellectual and emotional connections between their personal worlds (of home, school, community and locality) to the Earth as a living whole. The school’s compassionate culture is also expressed in their daily yoga, meditation, and relaxation practices, and in their adherence to a vegetarian/vegan diet within the school. The ‘child-centred’ approach can be seen everywhere; from students learning through nature-based play, to their beautiful and stimulating learning environments.
41 Richmond Hill Rd, Richmond Hill

ACE Colleges

4. ACE Colleges

Love what you do… Let’s get back on track Northern Rivers. With 2022 just around the corner, now is the perfect time to revisit your game plan. Be curious, start exploring nationally recognised full qualification options at Certificate III, IV or Diploma level. Business, Early Childhood Education, Community Services, Disability, Ageing. Train smart with your Community College:
• 11 intakes a year- start studying sooner.
• Customised learning.
• Online courses with student mentoring.
• Class workshops & practical placements.
• Industry specialist trainers.
• Recognition of prior learning.
• Fee free, traineeships and low fee options.
59 Magellan Street, Lismore
6622 1903
[email protected]

Southern Cross University Health Clinic

5. Southern Cross University Health Clinic

The Southern Cross University Health Clinic Lismore is pleased to advise that both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for eligible persons by appointment, every Wednesday and Thursday.
To get the COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment via their online booking tool or by calling 02 6626 9131. Pfizer is available to everyone 12 years of age and above.
The SCU Health Clinic provides a quality and dedicated health care service, five days a week, to students, staff and the public, and is happy to now be offering this additional service to the local community.
They look forward to welcoming you for your COVID-19 vaccination and thank you for doing your part in assisting to keep your community safe. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine, please ensure you discuss these with your GP prior to your vaccination.
To make an appointment, phone 02 6626 9131.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Rifle Range Rd, Lismore.

Get A Life Integrated Health

6. Get A Life Integrated Health

Are you tired, stressed, anxious or in pain?
Lismore Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist and Nutritionist, Verona Chadwick, helps clients untangle the knot of their myriad and sometimes obscure symptoms like brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain, digestive issues, and weight gain - so they can get back their mental clarity, focus, energy, and be pain free and fit.
40plus years of experience merging functional and integrative medical testing with practical and impactful lifestyle changes has given Verona unique insight into the root causes of many chronic health issues, allowing her to finally stop the revolving door of practitioners most of her clients have gone through.
With one-on-one health coaching, Verona can heal your leaky gut, find the best non-diet approach to weight loss, help you understand the connection between your environment and your health issues, optimise your sleep, reduce your stress and anxiety, and get you back to your best self.
02 6625 2925

Book Warehouse

7. Book Warehouse

Book Warehouse is an independently owned bookstore in Lismore, part of a larger north coast locally owned group, with shops in Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Grafton. Their staff are passionate readers – and it shows!
Their stores stock the latest in new release books and they have an incredible range of specials, bestsellers, literary prize winners and classics. From the littlest tiny tot to the most well-read senior, there is something for everyone. They also stock a large selection of awesome art supplies, jigsaw puzzles, specialty games, beautiful greeting cards (many by local artists) gift wrap and a wide selection of bookish gifts.
Quite simply, they are more than you imagine - drop by and see them next time you are in Lismore, and bring your visitors - they have repeat customers from all over Australia who come back again and again on their travels. They’re definitely worth a visit.
6621 4204
Keen St, Lismore

Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics

8. Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics

Locally-owned and family-operated, Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics is a treasure trove of beautiful and unusual tiles sourced from around the world.
Exclusively stocking a stunning selection of Spanish and Italian tiles, the store also carries a contemporary collection of quality and affordable floor and wall tiles, natural stone, pool tiles, pavers and mosaics, with many items available to purchase directly from the showroom.
It’s a one stop shop with quality adhesives, a huge selection of Laticrete and Ardex grout colours, tiling trims and the tools to help you get the job done.
The mosaic range is like a lolly shop full of colourful glass, ceramic and mirror mosaics perfect for your next creative project. Bookings are available for beginners’ mosaic workshops, and mosaics are now available for purchase online!
Check out their Instagram accounts to see more of what’s in store:
177 Keen Street, Lismore
6621 5232

Toy Kingdom

9. Toy Kingdom

When visiting Lismore you can't go past Toy Kingdom’s flagship store located in the CBD opposite Flock. With an emphasis on play-based learning and educational toys, the ethos of this locally owned and operated store is one that has stood the test of time in a world where toy fads come and go. Operators, Carey and Carmel, have enjoyed a strong local following for over 26 years and customers of their Byron and Ballina locations regularly travel to Lismore to shop the larger range and big-ticket items not carried in their smaller coastal stores.
Boasting the largest range of toys, games and puzzles on the north coast, including hard-to-find brands for kids and collectors, this is a store where kids are king and parents enjoy friendly expert advice. Generous layby terms are available, and items will be shipped to your store of choice for pickup within 24 hours!
64 Woodlark St, Lismore
02 6621 3473

Professionals Real Estate Lismore

10. Professionals Real Estate Lismore

If you’re a buyer, or just want some advice on selling your property, Professionals Lismore Real Estate is an established local business specialising in all types of real estate in Lismore for over 40 years.
Locally owned and staffed by experienced people with a wealth of knowledge of the Lismore real estate market, the key to the success of Professionals Lismore is their philosophy that buying and selling real estate should be a fun, stress free, profitable experience with focus on customer service and commitment, ensuring a pleasant experience during both sales and rental processes.
The team are proud of their social responsibilities including being a Diamond Partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation for over 16 years, helping to raise over $3.5 million funds for breast cancer research.
Lismore Professionals is located on the roundabout of Keen and Magellan Streets with high profile exposure and plenty of passing pedestrian traffic.
95 Magellan Street, Lismore
6621 2401
[email protected]

Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

11. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

Founded in 1979, Fundies Lismore strives to keep the community well with nutritious food and naturopath recommended supplements – no matter where you are on your wellness journey. Inside you’ll find fresh seasonal certified organic fruit and vegetables, gluten free pasta and bread alternatives, plus organic skincare and a huge vegan food range.
Free naturopathic support is available in store, offering a mainly plant based vitamin and supplement range. The team can help guide you in this area based on your individual needs or what has been prescribed by your own practitioner.
From alternative products, dietary and intolerance advice, or how to look after your skin – they’ve got you covered. Sourcing food as locally as possible, grown in the earth and touched by the Sun.
02 6622 2199
140 Keen St, Lismore

Northern Rivers Stained Glass

12. Northern Rivers Stained Glass

Join the creative team at Northern Rivers Stained Glass for a workshop and learn how to create your own piece of glass magic. Their two-day workshops are fun and relaxed for beginners, intermediate, or those wanting to brush up on an old skill set. Their centrally located shop offers a wide range of glass equipment, including a beautiful glass sheet range with great prices. The shop is also filled with locally made gifts and art.
In addition, they offer a stained-glass/lead-light repair service and custom-made stained glass commissions. Check the website for more info.
Cnr of Molesworth & Magellan Streets
Instagram: @northern_rivers_stained_glass
Facebook: @northernriversstainedglass

The Rainbow Health Centre

13. The Rainbow Health Centre

The Rainbow Health Centre was established in Lismore in 1983 by renowned naturopath Chris Russell. After her well-earned retirement at the end of 2018, naturopaths Lee Vassella and Anna Lusty have now taken on the practice, having worked with and been mentored by Chris for almost twenty years. They are joined by naturopath Claire Patterson, and together the three are continuing to help clients achieve and maintain the best of health. Treatments are tailored to the individual and encompass several modalities including homeopathy, herbal medicine and nutrition. The centre continues to offer electrodermal screening, with an upgraded Bioscan system. This tool helps to collect information from the body which may help to identify areas of weakness or overactivity, as well as food or environmental sensitivities.
For an appointment, call the Rainbow Health Centre on 6621 5121.
2/76 Woodlark St Lismore
[email protected]

Entertainment in the Byron shire for the week beginning 1 December, 2021

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Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim Stone and his wife Lynne produce these olives and extra...

Calming Curry

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Byron Supper Club

Bryce Hallett The Byron Supper Club is set to return and transport audiences to a magical and exciting realm akin to some of New York’s...