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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 154 June 22, 2023 Online

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Luna Park courtesy Luna Park Sydney

Luna Park opening a special memory.

 

By Samantha Elley

The recent listing of Sydney’s Luna Park on the real estate market had one Alstonville resident reminiscing about one of her most memorable days as a child.

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Molly Martell, better known as Patti, was only five years old when Luna Park opened.

In fact, it was on 4 October, 1935 that the big smiley face, with its Art Deco style architecture, opened its ‘mouth’ to the children growing up through the Depression.

“We stood outside the gates of Luna Park, just my brother and I,” said Patti.

“He was born in 1928, so was two years older than me.

“By the time we got down there, there was a mass of kids, I don’t remember adults being there.”

Patti said it was the excitement of the new amusement park opening that she remembered.

Molly Martell - Luna Park

Molly Martell

“There was nothing like that in Sydney,” she said.

“There had been the (Sydney Harbour) Bridge which was opened just around the time I was born in 1930.

“Here we were outside (the gates of Luna Park), so excited to get in and they announced on a microphone that every child would be given 5-6 tickets, plus a box of Aeroplane Jelly.”

Aeroplane Jelly had just launched in the same year and Patti remembers receiving a box of the sweet crystals as part of their promotion, to take home to mum.

“Of course, they never made (it home), we just licked it all,” she laughed.

“We didn’t have many lollies in those days and that was exciting.

“It was something sweet and different.”

When the gates finally opened, all the children raced in. Patti’s brother asked her if she wanted to go on the rides, but she settled for the more sedate merry-go-round, ghost train and the amusements in Coney Island.

Molly Martell

Molly Martell

“I gave him my extra tickets and he went on everything,” she said.

“I never saw him again (that day).

“I went into Coney Island and they had a big revolving wheel…ran into the centre and everyone else slid off.

“They had the big slides, the Turkey Trot and the big mirrors.”

Many years later, Patti did return to Luna Park as a teenager and she had finally worked up the courage to go on many of the rides she had been too scared to try as a little girl.

“All I did was hold on and scream ‘I don’t like it, I don’t like it’,” she said.

“And whoever was with me said ‘I don’t like it either, but will you shut up!’”

Patti attended many dances at Luna Park as well throughout her teenage years.

 

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A koala being treated at the Northern Rivers Koala Hospital in Lismore

Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

 

By Sarah Waters

Koalas are becoming an increasingly rare sight in NSW and the one organisation that is dedicated solely to their care in the Northern Rivers is desperately trying to keep operating as normal.

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The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital, operated by Friends of the Koala, has made an urgent plea for financial support.

A decline in donations and available funding has threatened the hospital’s ability to operate effectively.

The hospital is specifically designed for the medical treatment of koalas and is the only wildlife hospital in NSW licensed to vaccinate all treated koalas against Chlamydia – the number one cause of death for koalas in the Northern Rivers.

General manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers said more than 350 Koalas are treated at the hospital each year.

“From July last year we’ve seen a 20 per cent increase in koalas coming in, versus the year before,” Ms Everaers said.

“It will continue to increase as the threats to koalas are increasing with climate change, natural disasters, habitat being destroyed causing more koalas on the road, which leads to car hits, dog attacks and more diseases due to stress.

“So that’s obviously concerning, and it has been really, really busy for our volunteers rescuing and caring for them,” she said.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital was formed in 2019 and is part of the wider Friends of the Koala (FOK) organisation.

The FOK organisation receives government grants for certain projects including a recent grant to vaccinate 300 koalas against chlamydia.

But no government money is received for the operational cost of the koala hospital.

General Manager of Friends of the Koala and Northern Rivers Koala Hospital Silva Everaers

General Manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers

Half a million dollars needs to be raised by Friends of the Koala each year to cover the hospital’s annual operating expenses.

It is set up with diagnostic and treatment tools including ultrasounds, x-rays, a blood bank, as well as surgical and pathology equipment to provide specialised 24/7 veterinary care to koalas.

Until more funds become available the hospital may not be able to continue in its current capacity.

Ms Everaers said the priority was to keep the hospital funded and veterinary staff paid.

“That really is where the research and the magic happens,” she said.

“We work with over 300 volunteers, who do an absolutely incredible job rescuing and rehabilitating the koalas treated in our hospital, and because of that we are able to keep operational costs really, really low.

“But we can’t do it without financial support, in the end, there’s medicine, veterinary staff, the equipment we need, research facilities – it’s not free.”

Friends of the Koala have set up a special donation drive, appealing to the public’s generosity to help keep the hospital in operation and maintain their high standards of care.

Anyone with a heart for wildlife, including business owners and philanthropists, can become a ‘Friend of the Northern Rivers Koala Hospital’ at: friendsofthekoala.org or support by donating to the organisation.

Friends of the Koala are a grassroots organisation with more than 35 years of experience working on critical, on-the-ground activities to conserve habitat and protect koalas individually and as a species.

It originated as a charity focused on planting trees but has evolved into a multifaceted organisation that also provides 24/7 koala rescue, medical treatment, research, advocacy and community education.

Friends of the Koala has successfully rehabilitated and released over 2000 koalas back into the wild since its inception.

The Northern Rivers is home to one of the last significant, genetically diverse koala populations.

 

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'Picklers' test the new Alstonville pickleball courts prior to Saturday's opening

Alstonville opens new sporting facility

 

Last Saturday’s drizzling rain didn’t dampen pickleball enthusiasts’ excitement when eight new outdoor courts were officially opened at Alstonville.

The tournament-standard courts have been developed by Alstonville Tennis Club at a cost of over $350,000, and were largely financed by the NSW government, complemented by $131,000 from the Club itself.

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The Club’s President, Nathan Kempshall, said, “Pickleball is emerging as an extremely popular sport Australia-wide. The Northern Rivers has an increasing number of indoor courts, but major tournaments are played outdoors, so our Club wanted a top class outdoor facility”.

President of the NSW parliament’s Legislative Council and Northern Rivers local, Ben Franklin, cut the ribbon to officially open the courts. “Ben had keenly supported the Club’s application to the state government for funding, and we were delighted that he could officiate on the opening day,” Nathan said.

Although developed by the Club, the tennis and pickleball courts, which are adjacent Lumley Park, are a Council-owned community asset. Ballina mayor, Sharon Cadwallader, strongly commended the Club’s committee for its vision and commitment in bringing the project to fruition. Tennis NSW, and state and national pickleball associations were also represented at the opening.

Club members were even more thrilled when Tamara Smith MP announced an extra $95,000 state grant for extension of their club house at Wollongbar Sports Field’s tennis complex, which the Club also manages on behalf of Ballina Shire Council.

The Club’s membership has grown substantially in recent months, largely due to pickleballers, or ‘picklers’, joining. The new courts have already been tested by picklers from across the region, and leading local and Queensland players put on an exhibition match at the opening.

“Clubs like the Alstonville Tennis Club play a pivotal role in our regional communities, encouraging the community to be engaged and promoting a more healthy and active lifestyle,” Mr Franklin said.

The new Alstonville courts have an acrylic surface on a cushioned concrete base, and are permanently marked for pickleball. Spectator areas are well provided, and LED lighting has been installed for night play.

Pickleball originated in Washington state, USA, in 1965. It is played using solid bats (‘paddles’) and a perforated plastic ball, across a net on a court about one third the size of a tennis court. Games are played as singles or doubles. Australia already has an estimated 20,000 players, and 163 clubs are affiliated with Pickleball Australia.

 

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