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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

It’s (beyond) time

Seventy-three per cent of respondents to a recent ABC Vote Compass question on whether the constitution should be amended...

Cost of living and taxes

Why is there so much interest in stats and percentages? How does the average house price or rent translate...

Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

Regenerating Australia, by Damon Gameau, is a short film that looks back at the next ten years from the eve of 2029 and recounts all of the actions we have taken on climate change and ecological degradation.

Lismore Council votes to workshop temporary dwellings

With so many prongs currently on the disaster response fork, it's hard to know if Lismore Council is robbing Peter to pay Pauline as voting on leapfrogging issues means there is a possibility that everyone could lose – or win.

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

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Acclaimed philosopher AC Grayling at Byron Theatre.

Byron Writers Festival is presenting acclaimed academic and philosopher Professor AC Grayling at Byron Theatre in March to whet literary appetites in the lead up to the Festival in August. 

AC Grayling is one of the world's most widely read and celebrated philosophers. His latest work The Age of Genius explores how the 17th century, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, became the crucible of modernity.

This period marks a radical turning-point in human thought: We moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, while the church-favoured classicism of Aristotle gave way to the evidence-based investigation of Francis Bacon.

Join AC Grayling for a thought-provoking talk about how such a turbulent century heralded ‘the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity’ – a time he refers to as The Age of Genius. Professor Grayling has been brought to Australia by the World Science Festival Brisbane and is appearing at Byron Theatre with the help of Queensland Museum and Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd.

AC Grayling will be at Byron Theatre on Thursday 30 March, 6pm. Tickets $30/$35 byronwritersfestival.com or (02) 6685 5115.


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Local photographer Shey Ivanov from The Froth Lab (thefrothlab.com) will  be one of the artists exhibiting their work at the CUSP showcase on March 16 at the Lennox Head Community Centre.

On the CUSP

On Thursday 16 March, CUSP will bring together 40+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts, music and more, for a one-night special event at Park Lane Theatre at Lennox Head Community Centre..

CUSP is the first of two emerging arts showcases to be run in the northern rivers by RAW: natural-born artists in 2017, and this showcase is filled to the brim with the region’s best emerging creatives.
Showcase director Jacqui Halliday said, ‘There are thousands and thousands of talented creatives in this region and only limited opportunities for them to connect with the greater population. We are excited and honoured to be able to provide an avenue through which this can happen on such a large scale.’

Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are $20 (+bf) and are available through www.RAWartists.org/northernrivers/cusp or $25 on the door.


Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.