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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

This Sunday, 7 March, Ballina Coastcare is inviting everyone who cares about Ballina's environment to Step Up To Clean Up, and join a special event for Clean Up Australia Day.

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

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

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

June 13, 2018

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Interview: Tim Winton-Brown

Rochdale Theatre, Lismore  | Kohinur Hall, Main Arm | 21 June - 14 July | $20-25  A Fire is Coming Out of the depths of magical Scottish lore comes the story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be accused of witchcraft and...


Interview: Z-Star

Bellingen Festival | 12–15 July Z-Star is the basis of a kaleidoscope of music projects by frontwoman, singer/songwriter, drummer, guitarist and producer Zee Gachette. This year Z-star will beam into Australia for Zee’s most epic tour to date. With shows up...


Cinema review: Gringo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnKbM9Zxtn8 Gringo Nash and Joel Edgerton, the brothers from Blacktown, in Sydney’s West, have combined in a glossy scam-flick that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and an acceptable infusion of graphic violence to ensure that the tone...


Culture Roundup: June 13th, 2018

HMS Pinafore Ballina Players Theatre | 1-15 July | 7.00pm | $15-25 From next week the Ballina Players are presenting a Gilbert & Sullivan classic, HMS PINAFORE, which is directed and choreographed by Jaime Sheehan with musical directors Warwick Binney and...


Labor endorses Enova’s ‘solar garden’ plan

Local community energy company Enova has received a thumbs-up for its new ‘solar garden’ plan from none other than Mark Butler, the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.


Communication breakdown over West Byron planning meeting

A Joint Regional Planning Panel public meeting on West Byron will be held before the panel receives feedback from Byron Shire Council or any of the thousands of public submissions.


Interview: Matthew Armitage

The Rails | Friday 15 June | FREE Tweed musician Matthew Armitage is a master of the blues and roots genre with his incredible new album New Tide out now. You’re a great lover of nature and solitude. Why do you...


Cinema Review: Kodachrome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sz57XfckHQ It’s not only letter-writing that has gone the way of the dodo in our miasmic digital age. Ironically, as more people than ever take pictures with their phones (millions every minute – if you didn’t snap it, it didn’t...


Interview: Spiderbait

The Spiderbait Story Once upon a time there were three friends. They lived in a country town in rural NSW called Finley. Janet played a mean bass guitar, Whitty was wild on guitar and Kram, well, Kram was...


A skyhigh anti-bullying message

Raising money to help children find positive ways to address bullying, Marlena May Katene will be jumping out of an aeroplane from 15,000 feet on Saturday June 16. And this is no normal jump – Marlena has cerebral palsy.


Govt washes hands over NORTEC sell-off

Craig Laundy, the federal minister responsible for business-incubator programs, has absolved himself from any responsibility regarding NORTEC's decision to sell off incubator sites and axe its programs.


Live Music Roundup: June 13th 2018

A roundup of this weeks music events for Byron and beyond


Affordable legal service set to launch

Legal advice is about to become a whole lot more affordable, with the launch of Barefoot Law, a new legal clinic on Tuesday July 3 at the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre.


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Are You Matt Damon?

Matt Damon spotting is becoming a bit like whale watching around here. In fact I’ve seen Matt three times this year already and haven’t seen one whale. It’s weird seeing famous people – it’s hard to have a natural conversation.


Oliver Heath crowned junior marble champion

The 2018 Australian Marbles Championships were decided at Brunswick Heads last Sunday in tough, close contests. ‘There was good competition in all three events even though numbers were down on previous years,’ organiser Mary Ashton said. ‘Maybe the changed venue...


Barrio with booze

By Vivienne Pearson Last time I was at Barrio, it was in the final stages of construction before opening as part of the Habitat, the new neighbourhood of live/work spaces, gallery-style shops and co-working. This time, I was there to...


Red Devils edged out by Mullum Giants in quality derby

In a hard-fought encounter the Mullumbimby Giants scored a late try to seal a comeback victory over the Byron Bay Red Devils in rugby league’s local derby played last Friday night. The Giants came away from Byron Bay with the...


Local adaptive surfers prepare for international championships

Byron Bay’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart will be looking forward to going to La Jolla, California later this year after it was just announced by the International Surfing Association (ISA) that the 2018 edition of the Stance ISA World Adaptive...


In front of the 8-ball at Main Street

By Vivienne Pearson Pick the odd word out of the following list: Burger. Chips. Beer. Alcoholic milkshake. Locally made soda. Spider. Energy bowl. Vegan options. Game of pool. The answer? None of the above. All of these, and more, are available...


Gee collects win at Teven golf

Chris Gee won the Teven Golf Club Men’s Division nine-hole Stableford competition last Saturday.   It was the third of six rounds making up the 2018 Point Score Championship. Terry Prendergast was the runner-up on countback with 19 points. Ball rundown: Richard...


Lennox Head XI dazzles in Shand Cup cricket debut

Sunday’s sunshine had Lomath Oval glowing like a debutante’s blush, a fitting scene for what was to be a history-making day in local sporting subculture.  Interest in the cricket competition with just the right mix of friendly rivalry and inclusiveness...


Jamie Lyon beer match in Ballina

Jamie Lyon beer match in Ballina Ballina RSL are hosting the first of many beverage, food and in-conversation events. The club are pleased to announce that on June 22 Little Creatures ambassador Paul Daley will be matching beers to executive...


Thus Spake Mungo: States move on Indigenous affairs as Turnbull stalls

It may be sheer fantasy, wishful thinking. But in the last week the torpor of politics appeared to lift a little; there were signs that progress might not be stalled forever in the coalition party room in Canberra.


Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.