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Buckin’ good time at Evans Head

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Buckin’ good time at Evans Head

By Samantha Elley

Crowds would have easily numbered around the 5,000 mark when including the number of adults and children at Evans Head’s Buckin’ by the Beach event, according to organiser Jackson Felton of J & J Rodeo.

Buckin’ good time at Evans head

Crowds would have easily numbered around the 5,000 mark

“We were getting phone calls from people in Brisbane, down to Grafton, up to Ballina, Casino, Kyogle and Lismore all saying they were coming to the event,” he said.

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“The whole night was a buzz with plenty of action.

“We had a local bullock ride for the football clubs, and they were pretty good.

“One guy dressed up as superman and when thrown he had his arms out and looked like he was flying.”

Sponsored by the Richmond Valley Council, the rodeo was a unique event for the seaside town.

“By all accounts the inaugural Buckin’ by the Beach was a huge success,” said an RVC spokesperson.

“We can see this event growing so are pleased Richmond Valley Council was able to provide seed funding under the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.”
Janaya Felton, the other half of J&J Rodeo, said the success ensured the rodeo in Evans Head would become an annual event.

“We got really positive feedback, and everyone had a good time,” she said.

“We didn’t expect it to be as big as it was.

“Next year we will look at putting in more seating and a big screen.”

Buckin’ good time at Evans head

Crowds would have easily numbered around the 5,000 mark

Despite J&J Rodeo running the night as their business, there were many in the community who benefited, according to Janaya.

“The Stan Payne Oval committee ran the bar and there were eight different food vans,” she said.

“Northern Rivers Jumping Castles were in charge of the mechanical bulls and a number of rides for the kids.

“Sam Handford from 2UP entertainment handled the pre-performance and intermission with equine demonstrations and trick riding.”

The rodeo was promoted as a family event with children under 12 allowed in free and the support shown by the community and surrounding towns, means it will definitely be back next year.

Photographer is Hollie Mariconte

 

Buckin’ good time at Evans head

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New face on the club board

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New face on the club board

 

By Samantha Elley

He has a mountain of experience in the club industry and Neale Genge is excited to be taking over the reins of Club Evans or the Evans Head-Woodburn RSL Club which started last week.

Regular club patrons around the Richmond Valley would recognise his name when he was running the Casino RSM Club, where membership went from 4,5000 to 9,000 by the time he left.

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Family reasons saw Neale leave Casino to take up a role on the Central Coast.

“Last year around June my father had a bit of a fall and he was in Newcastle hospital,” he said.

“An opportunity came up at Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club.

“They were going through a new refurbishment, a new bar and new restaurant.

“We had a busy Summer and Easter then the opportunity came up here to come to Evans Head.”

Neale brings not only his club experience, but he also has qualifications in accounting, law and marketing.

“Doubled the membership of Casino within 10 years and it went to $10 million profits,” he said.

“There are things we can tweak (for Evans) and also get involved in the community.

“They’ve done a great job so I just hope to bring a bit more professionalism and skills and bring the members along with us.”

Club Evans has had a bumpy ride over the last few years, having changed CEOs and dealt with financial difficulties but Neale is positive for the seaside club’s future.

“It’s early days but we are redoing downstairs,” he said.

“There’s been renovations happening down there in the Riverfire restaurant.

“We’ve got a lot of entertaining happening…looking for more live entertainment. Local acts as well.

“Providing a venue for everybody from eight to 80.”

Neale said once they do a few feasibility studies, they will look into further opportunities.

 

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Anzac Day Services Northern Rivers – Comprehensive Guide for the Region

 

This Thursday April 25, 2024, communities across our region will come together to commemorate Anzac Day with various services and marches. Here’s what’s planned for each area:

Richmond Valley

Casino:

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  • Dawn Service: Assemble at 5:15 AM on Canterbury Street at the Casino RSM Club. The march to the Mafeking Lamp starts at 5:30 AM.
  • Mid-morning Service: Gather at 10:00 AM in Graham Place for a 10:15 AM march to Casino RSM Club.
  • Evening Retreat: A brief service at 4:55 PM at the Mafeking Lamp.

Coraki:

  • Assemble at 10:00 AM at the Coraki Hotel for a 10:30 AM march to the cenotaph in Riverside Park.

Broadwater:

  • Community Dawn Service at 5:30 AM at Broadwater Community Hall, followed by a community breakfast.

Evans Head:

  • Dawn Service: Gather at 5:20 AM on Woodburn Street near the bus stop, marching to Memorial Park for a 5:30 AM service. Breakfast at the RSL Club Evans afterward.
  • Day Service: Assemble at 10:00 AM on Park Street, marching at 10:30 AM to Club Evans in McDonald Place.
  • Additional Services: A bus departs the RSL at 8:00 AM for services at the memorial aerodrome and war cemetery, with a special flyover by the Amberley Air Force.

Rappville:

  • Dawn Service at 5:30 AM at the Anzac Memorial on Nandabah Street.
  • Day Service: Gather at the Rappville Post Office at 10:30 AM for an 11:00 AM service at the same memorial.

Woodburn:

  • Assemble at 9:45 AM at the old Woodburn Post Office, marching at 10:00 AM to the memorial in Riverside Park for a service.

Kyogle LGA

Kyogle:

  • Dawn service at 5:30 AM at the cenotaph.
  • Assemble at 9:15 AM for a 9:30 AM march through the town center, concluding with a 10:00 AM service at the cenotaph.

Woodenbong:

  • Dawn service at 5:15 AM at the Woodenbong water tower, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast.
  • Gather for a 10:40 AM march to the Woodenbong Public Hall for an 11:00 AM Anzac Memorial Service. The day concludes with a wreath-laying at 11:45 AM and a Diggers Luncheon at 12:30 PM at the RSL Hall.

Bonalbo:

  • Dawn service at 5:30 AM at Patrick McNamee Anzac Memorial Park, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at the Bonalbo Bowling and Recreation Club.
  • An 11:00 AM service at the Bonalbo Community Hall.

Old Bonalbo:

  • A 9:30 AM service at Old Bonalbo Soldiers’ Memorial Hall.

Tabulam:

  • Gather at 10:30 AM on Clarence Street for a march to the Light Horse Memorial, where a service and wreath laying will take place at 11:00 AM, followed by refreshments at noon at the Tabulam Hotel.

Mallanganee:

  • A service and wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00 AM at Memorial Park.

LISMORE

Returned and Services League of Australia – City of Lismore sub-Branch ANZAC Day Committee wishes to invite the community to Lismore’s ANZAC Day March and Services, commemorating the fallen from Gallipoli and all other subsequent wars and deployments in which Australian Defence personnel have been involved.

At 5am the traditional Dawn Service will be held at the Lismore Cenotaph, following the March from the “Old Post Office Corner” on the corner of Magellan and Molesworth Streets.

The main March will commence at 9am and will depart Browns Creek Carpark, proceeding along Molesworth Street to the Lismore Memorial Baths. Followed by the ANZAC Day commemorative service at the Lismore Cenotaph.

The Lismore City Bowling Club will host a breakfast for veterans, families and community members.

Clarence Vally

Below is information that has been provided to Council by RSL Sub-branches across the Clarence Valley. If you are wishing to lay wreaths, please contact the sub-branch organiser for your area.

RAMORNIE (Sunday, 21 April)

  • 10:45am – Ramornie Cenotaph
    Contact: Barry Whalley – 0428 432 014

GRAFTON (ANZAC DAY Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:50am –  Muster at Memorial Park
  • 6:00am – Dawn Service at Memorial Park
  • 6:30am – Gunfire breakfast at GDSC – $10pp (donated to charity)
  • 9:30am – March from Market Square
  • 10:00am – Commemoration Service at the Cenotaph, Memorial Park
    Contact: Denis Benfield – 0412 410 474

SOUTH GRAFTON (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 4:50am – March from New School of Arts
  • 5:00am – Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, Lane Boulevard
  • 7:00am – Gunfire breakfast at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club
  • 10:50am – March from New School of Arts
  • 11:00am – Commemoration Service at the Cenotaph, Lane Boulevard
  • Contact: Barry Whalley – 0428 432 014

ULMARRA (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 10:40AM – Muster for march at Ulmarra Cenotaph
  • 11:00am – Commemoration Service at Memorial Park
  • Contact: Robert McFarlane – 0407 415 923

CHATSWORTH ISLAND (ANZAC Day, Thursday 25 April)

  • 5:15am – Dawn service at the Cenotaph
    Followed by a sausage sizzle
    Contact: John Goodwin – 0419 282 555

COPMANHURST (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 10:45am – Commemoration Service at Copmanhurst Memorial Cenotaph
    Contact:  Denis Benfield – 0412 410 474

GLENREAGH (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:30am – Dawn Service at the Glenreagh School of Arts
  • Followed by a cooked breakfast in the hall (donation)
    Contact: Noel Backman – 0434 197 994

HARWOOD (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:15am – Muster at Harwood Hall
  • 5:30am – Dawn Service at Harwood Cenotaph in River Street
  • Followed by Gunfire breakfast in the Harwood Hall (donation)
    Contact: Helen Briscoe – 0431 677 110
    Barry Smith – 0427 469 495

ILUKA (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:30am – Commemoration service
    BBQ provided after service – outside hall (donation)
  • 10:30am – March from Iluka Public School
  • 10:45am – Commemoration Service and wreath laying
    Followed by free morning tea
  • Contact: Phil Bradmore – 0448 465 269

LAWRENCE (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:45am – Muster at Lawrence Hall for march to Memorial Park
  • 6:00am – Dawn Service at Memorial Park
  • 9:45am – Muster at Lawrence Hall for march to memorial park
  • 10:00am – Commemoration Service at Memorial Park
  • Contact: Bryan Whalan – 0417 232 809

LOWER SOUTHGATE (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 3:00pm – Commemoration Service at Lower Southgate War Memorial, Doust Park
    Contact: Pauline Glasser – 0419 986 554       

MACLEAN (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:30am – Dawn Service at Cenotaph
  • 10:40am – March from Esplanade
  • 11:00am – Commemoration Service at Cenotaph
    Followed by lunch at Maclean Bowling Club (members only)
  • Contact: Trevor Plymin – 0415 400 658

TULLYMORGAN (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:15am – Muster for march at Tullymorgan School
  • 5:20am – Dawn Service at the Tullymorgan School
    Followed by gunfire breakfast (gold coin donation)
  • Contact: Sue Searles – 0408 408 749

WOOLI (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:30am – Dawn Service at the Cenotaph
  • 6:00am – Breakfast for those attending the Dawn Service at Wooli Bowling & Recreation Club (gold coin donation)
  • 10:45 am – Assemble at Wooli Bowling & Recreation Club for march
  • 11:00am – Commemoration Service at the Cenotaph
    Lunch for ex-service personnel and partners at the Wooli Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Contact: Brian Frederiksen – 0421 077 718

YAMBA (ANZAC Day Thursday, 25 April)

  • 5:45am – Dawn Service at the Cenotaph
  • 9:30am – Assemble for a 9.30am march in Clarence Street opposite Stella Motel, Clarence Street, for march to Cenotaph
  • 9:35am – Commemoration Service to commence at completion of the march
    Followed by morning tea at Yamba RSL Hall
  • Contact: Donna Ford – 0498 330 024

CHATSWORTH ISLAND (ANZAC Day, Thursday 25 April)

  • 5:15am – Dawn service at the Cenotaph
    Followed by a sausage sizzle
  • Contact: John Goodwin – 0419 282 555

Byron Shire

Thursday, 25 April 2024 04:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Services will be held across the Byron Shire to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Bangalow

  • 10:30am – March from the Bangalow Hotel to the Cenotaph

Brunswick Heads

  • 4:30am – March from the RSL Hall to the Cenotaph

Byron Bay

  • 5:30am – Meet at the memorial Gates in Tennyson Street
  • 10:30am – Meet at the memorial Gates in Tennyson Street

Mullumbimby

  • 4:30am – Meet at the Cenotaph in Dalley Street
  • 11:00am – March from Railway Station to the Cenotaph in Dalley Street.

Ballina Shire

  • 5:30 AM – Dawn Service

Join us at the RSL Memorial Park Cenotaph for the first commemorative event of ANZAC Day. This service marks the time men of the ANZAC approached the Gallipoli beach and honors the traditional ‘stand-to’ ritual.

  • 6:00 AM – Poppy Collection / Ballina RSL Breakfast

After the Dawn Service, collect your poppies from the ANZAC structure and enjoy a “In The Trenches Breakfast” at the Ballina RSL club for just $5. Open to the public – no bookings!

  • 10:30 AM – ANZAC March

The ANZAC Day March will start at the far end of River Street, near Woolworths, moving towards the RSL and Memorial Park.

  • 10:55 AM – ANZAC Day Service

The main service will be held at RSL Memorial Park adjacent to the Ballina RSL Club.

  • 11:18 AM – RAAF Fly Past
  • 11:30 AM – Ballina RSL Lunch

Conclude the morning’s commemorations with lunch at the Ballina RSL Club.

  • 2:00 PM – Brownie & Friends’ Two-Up

Join us for a game of two-up at Brownie’s. Learn the rules and participate in this traditional ANZAC Day betting game. Open to all of legal gambling age.

Additional Information: Open to the public. All are welcome to join in remembrance and honor of our veterans.

Tweed Heads & Coolangatta

Dawn Service 5.45am

Held at Chris Cunningham Park, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads

Anzac Day Service 10.55am – 11.45am

Held at Chris Cunningham Park, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads

Burringbar – Old Bakery at 0845hrs for the march to the Memorial. Service to commence at 0900hrs. Refreshments and Bowls at the Sports Club after the service.

Cudgen – Assemble at Crescent Street at 0410 hrs. March to service at Collier Street Cenotaph at 0428hrs.

Kingscliff dawn – Assemble at Turnock Street at 0555hrs. Service at Kingscliff War Memorial. Breakfast at the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club at 0700hrs.

Kingscliff main – Assemble at 1000hrs. March commencing at 1020hrs. Service at the Memorial at 1100hrs. Cars available for non-marchers.

Murwillumbah dawn – Assemble at War Memorial at 0520hrs. Breakfast in the Services Club at 0615hrs. Veterans and children under 12 free, others $5.

Murwillumbah main – Marchers assemble in Brisbane Street. Schools and other organisations assemble Main Street, opposite the Post Office at 1010hrs. March off at 1030hrs for Cenotaph Service at 1045hrs. Transport available for non-marchers at the assembly area.

Pottsville – Assemble at 0730hrs at Pottsville Beach Chemist. March off 0745hrs for the service at 0800hrs at the Cenotaph ANZAC Park. Breakfast at Pottsville Beach Sports Club after the service.

Tumbulgum – Memorial Gates 0430hrs. Breakfast in the hotel after the service.

Tweed Heads – Assemble on pathway behind Chris Cunningham Park at 0545hrs. Short wreath laying service at Chris Cunningham Park at 0630hrs.

🎖 Tweed Heads – Assemble in Boundary Street at 1000hrs, march off at 1030hrs down Boundary Street, left into Wharf Street and left to the Memorial in Chris Cunningham Park. Service of Remembrance from 1100hrs.

Tyalgum – Memorial 0515hrs. Breakfast in the hotel after the service.

Uki – War Memorial 0420hrs. Breakfast in the hall after the service.

These services offer a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our armed forces and provide an opportunity for community members of all ages to come together in remembrance.

 

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By Samantha Elley

Residents and visitors to Evans Head may have noticed a new art installation as they walk along the river’s edge.

Three totem poles now grace the area, thanks to the Evans Head Progress Association, Richmond Valley Council and the work of Broadwater sculptor, Greg Bowering and New Zealand sculptor Brett Sutherland.

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The three individual totems each represent a different aspect of Evans Head.

“The sculptors have used animal-based metaphors such as the osprey, snapper and tiger prawn, as well as capturing the Bandjalang three brothers story,” a council spokesperson said.

“As well as making the totems aesthetically pleasing, the artworks will be durable against the elements.”

The totems are made from hardwood poles and are 3.2 metres high and 0.4 metres in diameter.

Totem Poles at Evans Head

Totem Poles at Evans Head

The three totems are:

The River Pole – portraying the birdlife and aquatic life of the river. On this pole is the osprey, the kingfisher, chestnut teal and darter. Below in the river part of the totem is a flathead and a stingray.

The Fishing Pole – representing the fishing industry of the town, past and present from the beginnings of commercial prawning in 1948 and harvesting of the eastern rock lobster through to commercial and recreational fishers today. A pelican stands on top the mooring bollard shape of the pole. Below is an anchor, chain and fishing hook on a line overlaying a snapper and jewfish. A packhorse crayfish and tiger prawn swim near the bottom of the pole.

The Indigenous Pole – This tells the story of the beginnings of people at Evans Head. The three brothers who, with their grandmother, settled the area of the Evans River as told by elder Simone Barker, handed down from her father, respected elder Laurie Wilson. The pole is in the shape of a canoe and shows Gumi, the grandmother at the top with the three brothers Mumoon, Yahbileh and Birren below. A digging stick, spear and woomera are shown on the sides of the canoe and a stone axe is represented at the base.

 

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