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Mt Warning ban

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April 12, 2017

Issue 31.44

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Cinema Review: The Salesman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlKN5PBVLN8 Asghar Farhardi has, for my money, written and directed two of the finest films of the last decade. This and A Separation (2011), both Oscar winners for Best Foreign Film, are set in Tehran and they both deal with...


Cinema Review: Land of Mine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GafFkkl0xt0 At the end of World War II, thousands of German PoWs were held captive in Denmark. Many of them, the majority of whom were just teenagers, were put to work defusing and clearing from the beaches the land mines...


Addicted to Capsis

Paul Capsis is delightful. I’m speaking to him while he’s making lunch. ‘It’s a new thing for me,’ he laughs about his cooking. ‘I find it really relaxing. I mean who knew? I was never one of those people who...


Tin Pan Bello

Indie folk darlings Tin Pan Orange make their way to Bellingen to perform for Bello Winter Music. They were there the first year and frontwoman Emily Lubitz is keen to return. We’re in a crowded cafe in Mullumbimby eating breakfast and...


Live Music Roundup – April 14

Killer Cats Byron Bay’s Queer Night is back this Friday at the Byron Brewery featuring live music, local DJs suave Kings, fabulous Queens, cabaret and dance performances. CC THE CAT will be headlining the live music side of the event...


Culture Roundup – April 13

The Kagools at the Mullum Ex-Services on Saturday 22 April at 8pm. Doors at 7pm, tickets are $25/30 and available at the club or online at mandynolan.com.au. Enquiries and phone bookings to 6619 0529. Men wanted for Calendar Girls! The Drill...


​Paris jazz

Jazz singer, chanteuse, actor and francophile Louise Blackwell began her career in Geoffrey Rush’s Magpie Theatre and appeared in the acclaimed production of Small Poppies. Louise has performed sell-out shows of A Night in Paris at Adelaide’s Fringe and Cabaret...


Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The Incredible Shrinking Man

I did the washing. The four words you don’t want to hear from your husband. I was only gone one day. Why would he do that? After eight years of zero masculine activity in the laundry, why would my...


Dogged but disappointing start to 2017 for local league clubs

The Mullumbimby Giants and the Byron Red Devils both lost their opening games of the 2017 NRRRL season. In their first game back in the competition after a break in 2016 the A grade Giants led for most of the game playing away against Casino.


Great swimming at state finals

Junior swimmers from the Ocean Shores Aquatic club have achieved great results in the state finals for primary, high and Catholic schools held in Sydney earlier in April.


Juniors reach quarterfinals

Kyuss King and Mikey McDonagh were both in great form at the JQS 1000 Subway Surf Series event held at Kiama last weekend. Both made the quarterfinals and each finished fifth.


Cyclists go hard on dry track

The competition was fierce for the B and C grades in the Byron Bay Cycling Club criterium racing last Sunday but Drew Zietsch triumphed.


Mixed results for basketball Beez in Ballina

The Byron Beez men’s basketballers have notched up another win to maintain their top spot in the Sunshine ­conference. Playing away to Ballina the Beez had no real advantage in the first half against a very determined side, and the...


Did you have a good time?

By: Robert Dessaix In medieval Europe a knight’s return from pillaging foreign lands was the occasion for swooning and wonderment. He regaled anyone he could buttonhole with tales of derring-do and outlandish local customs. When pilgrims got back from an...


Harvest Festival

Angela Catterns (pictured) will host the Northern Rivers Food Harvest Festival from Friday 5 May till Sunday 7 May. The opening will be at the newly opened Cape Byron Distillery on a farm with regenerated rainforest, the home of Brookie’s...


Flood Fundraiser

There will be a wonderful fundraiser to help rebuild Lismore at the Harvest bakery in Newrybar this Wednesday 12 April, 6.30–9pm. There is no cover charge and Harvest will just charge for drinks. Food will be complimentary from Harvest...


Crepes + coffee + chocolate

If you are looking for a school holiday treat, you can now, every Wednesday, add crepes to Puremelt’s organic, handmade chocolate that goes so well with their coffee. Of course, there are certain standards to keep up, so they...


Easter under the Poinciana

Daniel White from Margaret River’s Blue Child Collective will play Sunday brunch at Mullum’s The Poinciana. The Poincy will be open seven days and nights over Easter with full bar service available even on Good Friday, with the happy...


Same not same at Sabi

By Vivienne Pearson New ownership of Sabi Sushi is heralding some change but keeping the underlying elements loved by locals the same. One of only three sushi trains in the Byron Shire, Sabi’s name and train will remain. The team are...


Happy Gin Day!

By: Vivienne Pearson Thanks to some much-needed sun, Sunday was already a delightful day to hang out at the Hotel Brunswick. It was made even better with the discovery that it was International Gin and Tonic Day! Who knew? Brookie’s Gin,...


Level One now open

After a year of renovations Level One at the Ballina RSL has opened. Feedback from focus groups, ‘set the direction of services required’ said CEO Bill Coulter, resulting in a sports lounge/TAB area with a state-of-the-art bar, and a...


A Byron Tea Party

  With a hint of a chill in the mornings and the end of daylight saving, this time of year is all the better for drinking tea. We are spoilt for choice of teas created in this region. By: Vivienne Pearson On...


Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.