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Bangalow Film Festival’s 2023 program is its finest yet!

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Bangalow Film Festival’s 2023 program is its finest yet!

With special event screenings, art, music, family fun and more Time to get the popcorn ready for the third annual Bangalow Film Festival! Taking over Bangalow from the 12 – 21 January, you can immerse yourself in a huge line up award-winning feature films, critically acclaimed documentaries, cult classics, live music, art exhibitions, family friendly fun, food, drinks – there is truly something for everyone!

Catch Australian premieres of Wade In The Water, All The Beauty and the Bloodshed, Living Wine and Descending The Mountain along with a special 30th anniversary 4K screening of beloved Australian classic Strictly Ballroom.

Explore the cinematic selection of NSW premieres Ride The Wave, Rodeo, The Hidden Life of Trees, You Can Go Now, No Dogs or Italians Allowed and regional premieres The Mushroom Speaks, Fashion Reimagined, Sweet As, Broker and Last Film Show.

See the world premiere of local documentary The Last Violin accompanied by a special concert. Immerse yourself in the David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream and embrace your inner Ziggy Stardust for this unique dress-up screening. Meet the directors of AGE OF RAGE – The Australian Punk Revolution and Blaze, along with a live performance after 6 Festivals from singer songwriter Yasmin Honeychurch, one of the film’s stars.

The little ones are set for some holiday fun with the 30th anniversary screening of the enchanting FernGully: The Last Rainforest and a brand new exclusive AV concert from Bunny Racket.

Festival goers can immerse themselves in more than films with commissioned art exhibitions and industry talks complementing the program. Ticket holders and visitors alike are encouraged to meet up with friends and enjoy the best local food and beverages at the festival hub prior to each screening.

Tickets on sale now from www.bangalowfilmfestival.com.au

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$750,000 ‘laundered’ for social enterprise business

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Steve and Shanti Torrens, father and daughter and employees of Beacon Laundry

$750,000 ‘laundered’ for social enterprise business

 

By Samantha Elley

“We are loving each other back to life.”

These were the words of Mel Sass, an employee of Beacon Laundry, which officially opened last week when visited by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Mel is one of 75 employees whose life had taken a turn for the worst due to declining mental health and a drug and alcohol addiction.

“In 48 hours I lost my job, my wife and I drove 3,000km to the Northern Rivers and a recovery program,” she said.

“I had only $50 in my pocket when I heard about Beacon Laundry.

“I used my last $50 to put petrol in the car and threw my hat in the ring (for a job) to find the process was so simple.

“The team here met me where I was at and I am now six months and 25 days sober.”

PM Albanese with Richmond MP Justine Elliott meet staff from Beacon Laundry

PM Albanese with Richmond MP Justine Elliott meet staff from Beacon Laundry

Beacon Laundry in Bangalow is an operational, commercial scale social enterprise laundry providing job and development opportunities (including transition to mainstream employment) for disadvantaged people within the community.

Thanks to a $750,000 injection by the Federal Government, the project was an election commitment by the Labor party.

“We know that social enterprises do amazing work in creating and providing meaningful opportunities for more disadvantaged Australians to access the workforce,” said PM Albanese.

“It is a privilege to be invited to visit and officially open the Bangalow Social Enterprise Laundry on the North Coast.”

Mel Sass tells her story at Beacon Laundry

Mel Sass tells her story

Father and daughter team, Steve and Shanti Torrens, had lost everything in the 2022 floods when their homes on Cabbage Tree Island were inundated.

“We are still living in emergency accommodation,” said Shanti.

Since joining Beacon Laundry, Steve has been doing the truck driving while Shanti does laundry processing.

“The people here are great,” said Steve. “They give everybody a go.”

Beacon Laundry CEO, Luke Terry said the purpose behind the business was to create jobs for people who want to get back to work, but for various reasons, whether homelessness, addiction or mental health, are finding it difficult to be employed in the mainstream.

Steve and Shanti Torrens, father and daughter and employees of Beacon Laundry

Steve and Shanti Torrens, father and daughter and employees of Beacon Laundry

“There is also a need at the moment for laundry services in the local area,” he said.

“Businesses are sending their laundry to Coffs Harbour or the Tweed.”

Now, according to Mr Terry, some of the major hotels in the area are using Beacon Laundry and keeping jobs local.

“We have Elements of Byron Bay, Byron Bay holiday hire and Sunseeker using our services and they get a top quality product,” he said.

“We are currently doing 30 tonnes a week but are planning for two to three times more than that.”

 

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade Commences: $4.1m Project Set to Enhance Safety and Connectivity

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade Commences: $4.1m Project Set to Enhance Safety and Connectivity

 

The highly anticipated upgrade of the Rifle Range Road intersection in Bangalow is set to commence on Monday, April 8th, marking the beginning of a three-month project, weather permitting.

During the upgrade, traffic will be redirected to Raftons Road via Keith Street or Leslie Street, with comprehensive traffic management and signage in place throughout the duration of the project.

Cameron Clark, Acting Director of Infrastructure Services at Byron Shire Council, emphasised the significance of the upgrade for Bangalow. He highlighted key features of the project, including the widening of Lismore Road, drainage enhancements, the installation of new bus bays and shelters, and the creation of shared paths connecting bus bays to Tristania Street.

“This project represents a significant enhancement for Bangalow, promising improved safety for motorists and pedestrians alike,” stated Mr. Clark. “It will serve as a lasting asset for the community, addressing crucial infrastructure needs for years to come.”

Acknowledging the inevitable inconvenience caused by road closures and detours, Mr. Clark expressed gratitude to the community for their patience and understanding during the construction period.

The works program will involve the closure of the Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road intersection to all traffic except buses and emergency services. This temporary closure will facilitate road elevation, intersection reconstruction, and the installation of culverts under Lismore Road.

Funded by contributions from the NSW Government, Australian Government, and Byron Shire Council, this major project underscores a commitment to enhancing local infrastructure and connectivity.

For updates and further information regarding the project, residents are encouraged to visit the Rifle Range Road upgrade page on the Council’s website.

 

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Finally… the Rifle Range Road upgrade is about to start

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Finally… the Rifle Range Road upgrade is about to start

 

It’s a project that has endured many delays but finally the upgrade of Rifle Range Road at Bangalow is poised to start in early April.

All the approvals for the work have been signed off by the NSW Government giving Council the green light to start work.

“We were expecting to start in July last year but because the project involves work on Lismore Road, which is a major regional road, we were waiting on special permits from Transport for NSW,” Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said.

“These are now in place, the contractors have been engaged and staff are working through the final details and timing,” Mr Holloway said.

“I thank Bangalow residents for their patience because there have been so many delays because of COVID, the floods, increases in the cost of materials and finally, the approvals process,” he said.

The Rifle Range Road upgrade is funded by the Federal Government, NSW Government and Council.

“The delays have resulted in additional costs, and we would like to thank Transport for NSW for its continued support of the project and allocating another $1 million to ensure completion,” Mr Holloway said.

Rifle Range Road upgrade

Rifle Range Road upgrade

The project includes:

  • Widening Lismore Road to allow for a right turning lane into Rifle Range Road.
  • Drainage upgrades, including a new culvert under Lismore Road, to reduce flooding.
  • New bus bays and shelters on Lismore Road and Rifle Range Road.
  • Shared paths connecting the bus bays to Tristania Street.
  • Signage, safety barriers and line-marking.

For more information visit councils website.

 

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