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POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR DARCY

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Darcy McFadden

POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR DARCY

MORE than 1000 outstanding Australians have been listed on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2021, including several Northern Rivers residents.
The late Darcy Mcfadden, formerly of Goonellabah, was recognised for service to the community of Lismore.
Darcy was an amazing man who contributed more than 60 years of voluntary service to his community.
He was with the Lismore Apex Club for 14 years and when he was no longer able to be a part of Apex, he joined the Lismore Lions in 1972 and took on various positions, including president, until 2018 when he ‘retired’ at age 89.
Darcy helped establish the restaurant at House With No Steps at Alstonville, providing work for people with a disability.
He fought to protect the Lions Memorial Fountain outside Lismore City Hall and helped form the Lismore Heights Probus Club.
Darcy and his wife Teresa would act as chaperones for the North Coast Children’s Home, taking kids on trips to the beach and other outings.
Darcy and Teresa were married for 62 years and have four children.
Teresa said Darcy was very highly regarded by his local community and all who knew him.
“He has been involved in service to his community for more than 60 years,” she said.
“His children were members of the Lismore 3rd Group Scouts and he was president of Lismore 3rd Group Scouts.
“Throughout these 60 years he has worked tirelessly for his community, as a volunteer as well as contributing his many skills to organisations and groups whenever requested.
“There are many people who would be able to state that Darcy assisted them to gain employment in the local area, when they were young.”
Darcy was born in Coraki and lived at Woodburn with his nine brothers and sisters.
“Darcy had a genuine love for people and liked nothing more than to have a chat and get to know people,” Teresa said.
“Darcy was a genuine, very modest person with great integrity and the ultimate gentleman.
“He never sought accolades for himself.”
Other than his love for his family and community, Darcy had a passion for photography.
In 1947, at just 16, Darcy obtained a position at The Northern Star newspaper as an apprentice in processing and engraving in the photography department.
When it was necessary for some photography to occur and a shortage of staff, Darcy would be asked to go out and take photos occasionally.
He had a natural talent for photography, and he accepted the position of photographer at the paper when he was 18.
When he first started working, his hours were from 1pm to 10pm as the photographs had to be prepared and developed for the overnight printing.
He would travel all over the Northern Rivers to capture the news, from Ocean Shores to Mclean and west to Bonalbo.
He photographed the queen when she visited Lismore in 1954.
“He was the unofficial photographer for local police for many years,” Teresa said.
Darcy fulfilled the position of unofficial police photographer in the district as there was not a police photographer appointed to this area.
This involved some horrific murders, the Cowper and Clybucca bus crashes, many major fires, floods including the devastating major floods of 1954 and 1974 and car accidents.
A police officer arrived in Lismore to establish a scientific department for the police department, however, there was not the necessary photographic area set up.
Darcy organised for the police department to utilise the photographic department at the newspaper.
At the official opening of the Police Scientific Department, the officiating officer stated that Darcy had proved to him “the need to establish this facility”.
He handed in his resignation from the paper when he was 75. However, the editor requested that he continue to work, so Darcy accepted the position to work on special projects, which he did until her was 79.
Darcy passed away last year.
Other recipients:
Emeritus Professor Baden Offord, from Ocean Shores, is now an officer in the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity.
Scott Monaghan, from Mylneford, is now a Member of the Order for his significant service to indigenous health, and to medical research.
Carol Bonamy, from McLeans Ridges, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community of the Lismore region.
The late Donald Phillip Ellison, formerly of Ballina, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to horticulture.
John Lee, from Bilambil Heights, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to the community through social welfare organisations.
John McCaffrey, from Wollongbar, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to people with disability.
Kim Rhodes, from Tenterfield, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community of Tenterfield.
Dominic Richards, from Cabarita Beach, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to architecture, and to the community.
Chris Hemsworth, from Byron Bay, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his significant service to the performing arts, and to charitable organisations.

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

Casino, 8/4/2024 – Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM. This year’s event is set to surpass all expectations, encapsulating the essence of country life in a morning filled with fun, food, and festivity.

Thanks to the generous support of The MJ Smith Group, our 2024 Major Sponsor, the annual Free Community Breakfast will offer attendees a delightful taste of the local life with complimentary sausage or steak sandwiches, chocolate milk, and fresh fruit, generously donated by Woolworths Casino. This partnership exemplifies The MJ Smith Group’s deep commitment to the local community, showcasing a shared passion for uniting and enriching our region.

Brody Lisha, President of Casino Beef Week, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “We are overjoyed to have The MJ Smith Group as our Major Sponsor this year. Their dedication to the community mirrors our mission to celebrate our country life and bring people together. This event is more than just a breakfast; it’s a showcase of what makes our community so vibrant and unique.”

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Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM.

The event will feature an impressive display of machinery, allowing attendees to witness the remarkable work of The MJ Smith Group firsthand. “Seeing the machinery up close is a testament to the innovation and hard work that drives our local industries. It’s an honour to highlight this aspect of our community at the event,” said Lisha.

Adding to the excitement, the annual Richmond Dairies Cow Pat Lotto, presented by Bently Community Preschool, returns with a larger prize pool thanks to Richmond Dairies and Macdonalds Pharmacy. “The Cow Pat Lotto is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. It’s a fun, quirky way to engage with the community while supporting a great cause,” Lisha remarked.

Butchers from the region will compete in the Verto Sausage Competition, aiming for the titles of Best Beef Sausage and Best Gourmet Sausage. Lisha commented, “Our local butchers are incredibly talented, and this competition is a fantastic way to showcase their skills and the quality of our local produce.”

The day will also feature live entertainment from Sam Handford and the grand finale of the CiCom Busking Championships on the Jack Links Stage. “The talent we have in our community is astounding, and the Jack Links Stage is the perfect platform to showcase it. It’s going to be an unforgettable day,” Lisha added.

Casino Beef Week invites everyone to join in celebrating our country life, embodying the community spirit that makes our region so special. Don’t miss this outstanding day of free food, fantastic entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

The Breakfast will be lived streamed via ZZZFM and 2LM.

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

 

You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box flight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe.

Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight, Black Box follows David as he fights for an invention that could record the final moments of a flight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked.

The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience.

Black Box is the first binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound.

Binaural recording uses two microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This world-premiere production will be directed by David Berthold.

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