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Husk Distillery WINS Alcohol Producer of the Year

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Husk Distillery WINS Alcohol Producer of the Year

Husk Distillery in Tumbulgum has been crowned alcohol producer of the year at the 2022 delicious. Harvey Norman Product Awards.

In its 17th year, the awards run annually by delicious. magazine champion those who grow, cultivate, harvest and catch the produce supplied to the country’s leading chefs and hospitality venues.

‘This year, we wanted to discover the producers leading the field in their production ethos, cultivation and wild-catch practices, and the top-quality produce it results in’ said delicious. Editorial Director Kerrie McCallum.

 

‘We’ve acknowledged producers with a focus on environmental sustainability, provenance, species diversity, preservation and collaboration with the local community.’

A total of 18 trophies were awarded by the National judging panel, which included some of Australia’s most renowned chefs, including Josh Niland, Lennox Hastie, Matt Stone, Jo Barrett, Matt Moran, Andrew McConnell, Peter Gilmore and Alla Wolf-Tasker.

Delicious. Magazine Editorial Director, Kerrie McCallum, Husk Distillers Founder & CEO, Paul Messenger and daughter Eddie.

 

‘I feel so proud to be part of these awards. Each year I’m blown away by the quality of produce that we taste,’ said Matt Moran.

‘It is vital that we acknowledge and support our Australian producers who work tirelessly to deliver outstanding produce.’

After a challenging year of floods, border closures, inflationary excise increases and Covid disruptions, Husk’s founder & CEO Paul Messenger said ‘we are so grateful and honoured to have received this accolade.’

All businesses are suffering the impacts of high inflation, but few are more exposed than Australian distillers. Distillers face the same inflationary pressures, with increasing input costs, transport, wages and overheads, but unlike other industries distillers are subject to an inflationary tax that increases every six months and acts as a multiplier on all other input costs combined by a factor of five.

Making up 82% of the input costs for Husk Distillers, government excise tax is by far their biggest cost.

The excise regime in Australia is fragmented, outdated and unfairly penalises distillers and their consumers. The excise on a bottle of Ink Gin, Husk’s top selling product rose to a massive $28.42 on August 1st.

Alcohol consumption is measured in Standard Drinks with one standard drink equal to 10g of ethanol. Ethanol, or alcohol, is the same compound with the same effect regardless of whether it’s consumed in beer, wine or spirits, yet it is taxed very differently.

If you were to buy a standard drink of cask wine, you will pay 6c in excise. The same standard drink in a glass of beer will cost 50c excise and in spirits, the tax rises to a whopping $1.20.

There’s no justification or rationale for this confused taxation framework, rather, it’s more likely related to historical consumption and production patterns.

Husk’s Paul Messenger and Cape Byron Distillery’s Eddie Brooks joined forces in July to call on the Treasurer and local member Justine Elliot to freeze the indexation on spirits excise. The request has so far fallen on deaf ears.

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Hinterland Village Alstonville

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Hinterland Village Alstonville

Hinterland Village Alstonville emerges as an ambitious proposal poised to enrich the local tourism landscape, offering both short-term and long-term accommodation options. On Monday, April 8th, 2024, a Development Application was formally submitted to the Ballina Shire Council, marking the culmination of nine months of collaborative efforts between the developers and the council.

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HINTERLAND VILLAGE ALSTONVILLE Artist Impression

In response to community needs and feedback, the envisioned village, initially capable of accommodating 175 homes, has been thoughtfully scaled back to 145 residences. This adjustment allows for the integration of essential communal amenities, including expansive orchards, vibrant community gardens, and a multifunctional community hall. Notably, private consultation rooms will be available within the hall, catering to residents’ healthcare needs and fostering a sense of inclusivity. The design ethos draws inspiration from the idyllic charm of Alstonville, prioritizing natural open spaces and harmonious coexistence with the surrounding environment.

Behind the visionary project stands a developer with a proven track record, boasting extensive experience in constructing and managing over 55 lifestyle villages and accessible housing initiatives. Recognizing the pressing need for accessible long-term accommodation, particularly in a flood-free locale, the developers are optimistic about the potential for a favourable outcome from the council.

With a firm commitment to sustainability, accessibility, and community well-being, Hinterland Village embodies a vision of holistic living that promises to resonate with residents and visitors alike. As the application progresses, the developers eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute positively to the local landscape and enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders involved.

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering:

Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.

Film workshop with an award-winning writer-director, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are encouraged to book for these free sessions here: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.

Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch grow over the holidays.

Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions.

And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

 

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will return to RAAF Base Williamtown following a short stay at Coffs Harbour Airport whilst undergoing repairs following a diversion.

The aircraft was participating in a Royal Australian Air Force training activity over the ocean off the NSW coast when it diverted to Coffs Harbour airport following an in-flight technical issue.

RAAF technicians have conducted repair works at the airport to ensure the aircraft was serviceable as soon as possible.

Residents are advised that an engine-run will be conducted at 2pm prior to the aircraft’s departure to ensure it is safe to return home to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Elevated noise levels will be associated with the engine-run activity, which is required prior to confirming the aircraft’s readiness for departure.

Strict security protocols are in place to safeguard the F-35A Lightning II aircraft whilst undergoing repairs.

The Royal Australian Air Force would like to thank Coffs Harbour Airport for their hospitality, and the local community for their ongoing support.

 

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