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Bentley Art Prize is back!

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Bentley Art Prize is back!

 

By Samantha Elley

After a two year break, art lovers will be happy to know that the Bentley Art Prize is on again.

Thanks to the resilience of coordinator Helen Trustum and her team, and despite Covid and floods, the Bentley Hall, which received flood waters through it, is back up and running and ready to receive entries to the iconic prize.

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“It feels good to be going ahead with the prize again this year,” said Helen.

“Because the artists and everyone who enjoys it, wanted it again.

“It’s great for the district and great for morale.”

With many regular sponsors on board, the Bentley Art Prize promises to be bigger and better than previous years.

Group photo at the Bentley art prize.

Bentley Art Prize

Richmond Dairies have been regular sponsors in past years, donating $2,000 this year for the Section 1 Australian Landscape Acquisition Painting Prize, making the prize truly international.

“We display local works to our offices in England and Uruguay as well as here,” said Richmond Dairies spokesperson Melissa Wilton.

“Our hallways are decorated with past winners of the section and we get a lot of compliments.”

Helen said the Bentley Art Prize has been running since 1985 and this year would have been its 39th.

“Instead it is the 36th art prize due to Covid and the flood,” she said.

“The young ones are showing that they are keen.

“We also receive a lot of interest from the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and even Sunshine Coast.”

A morning tea held last week, saw Helen receive cheques from sponsors: the Casino RSM Club, Richmond Valley Council, Richmond Dairies and McDonald’s Pharmacy.

This year’s judge is Sharon Gilmour form Warialda.

Raised on the Northern Rivers, Sharon studied Visual Arts at Lismore for five years, she has taught Visual Arts at Warialda High School since 1996.

Awarded the 2021 Sir William Donell Art Foundation Award excellence in teaching, Sharon has also represented the Northern Rivers in the collaborative exhibition by Arts North West, entitled Art, Word, Place as it toured through NSW.

Bentley locals Peter and Meg Neilsen will judge the children’s art and Kevin Elsley from The Land newspaper will be judging the photography section.

Entries close on 26th July and entry forms can be found in various outlets or visit Bentley Art Prize on Facebook.

The Bentley Art Prize will be on over the weekend of 4th-6th August, 2023.

On Friday night there will be a wine and cheese tasting with entertainment from Croaker and the Honeybee.

On Saturday at 1pm, the event will be opened by Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, with entertainment beforehand by Sylvia Nowlan.

On Sunday from 11am to 1pm patrons will be entertained by Luke Vasella.

 

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RESUMPTION OF SITTINGS AT CASINO COURT HOUSE WELCOME NEWS

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RESUMPTION OF SITTINGS AT CASINO COURT HOUSE WELCOME NEWS

 

The resumption of sittings at Casino Court House tomorrow after it was closed following the 2022 floods is welcome news for the local community according to Clarence Nationals MP, Richie Williamson who advocated very strongly for the Court House to reopen as a matter of priority.

Mr Williamson delivered a Private Member’s Statement in the NSW Parliament in May last year followed by a letter to the NSW Attorney General, Michael Daley supporting a Mayoral Minute from Richmond Valley Mayor, Robert Mustow seeking urgent priority to be given to expediting flood recovery works at the Court House given the impacts on the local community and economy.

“Whilst the number one priority of flood recovery should always be about supporting flood victims, restoring key community assets should be a high priority,” Mr Williamson said.

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“As I said at the time, the closure of the Casino Court House was having a negative impact on the local community and economy with the nearest sittings being heard at Kyogle and Lismore and disadvantaging many in the community.

“Its closure impacted on low socio-economic and high Indigenous communities, some of whom have very limited transport and were struggling to attend because public transport is almost non-existent.

“It was also impacting family members needed at court as support people as well as having an operational impact on our local police force because local police officers were required to travel to Kyogle or Lismore for appearances and court hearings.

“Economic impacts on Casino were also being felt because of the lack of court days, which would normally bring to the community a high number of professional people to the community, where they would quite often stay for the night.

“I thank the NSW Attorney General for his assistance in ensuring the Casino Court House is back up and running.

“It is a great shot of confidence for the community and is part of the healing and recovery process that is so important for my community,” Mr Williamson concluded.

 

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Welcome to the 2024 edition of The Casino Food Co-Op Casino Beef Week, a celebration that not only showcases the best of Australian beef but also unites the community of Casino, known as the Beef Capital of Australia. As we embark on our 42nd year, we continue to cherish the tradition that has become a cornerstone of our identity and an annual
highlight for both locals and visitors.
This year, Casino Beef Week, running from May 18th to 26th, promises an array of events designed to entertain, educate, and celebrate our rich agricultural heritage. From our Cattle Competitions, Industry Events, and community fun, we have something for everyone. Our program is packed with over 100 events including industry seminars, art exhibitions, live music, and, of course, our massive Beef Week Saturday featuring the Brenda Armfield Street Parade.
At the heart of Beef Week is our commitment to the agricultural community. We celebrate the hard work and dedication of our farmers, who play a crucial role in our region’s economy and way of life. This festival is an opportunity for them to showcase their top-quality produce, share their expertise, and engage with the public about the importance of sustainable farming.
We are also excited to introduce new events this year focusing on our community. Sunday the 19th is a day of Country Music and Mullets at Casino RSM Club, and Monday night is our brand-new Steaks and Mates Dinner at the Clydesdale Steakhouse with a focus on Men’s Mental Health. This is in addition to brand new classes on our Wednesday and Saturday Cattle Shows, which will now include Heifer Classes with our Led Steers.
I would like to extend a special thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, and community members who have contributed tirelessly to make this event possible. Your enthusiasm and support reflect the spirit of cooperation and community that Casino Beef Week exemplifies.
Join us in celebrating the pride and spirit of Casino at The Casino Food Co-op Casino Beef Week 2024. We look forward to welcoming you to our town and sharing with you the vibrancy and warmth of our community. Let’s make this year’s Beef Week the best one yet!

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Crazy Cow comes to Casino

 

By Samantha Elley

If Kristy Gill had her way, she would cook 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I used to advertise on Facebook and made cakes for my friends and family,” she said.

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From there, Kristy opened the Riverview Café in Coraki but when the opportunity came up for her to move her business to Casino, she took it.

And Crazy Cow Café was born.

“I figured it was a good name to suit the beef capital,” she laughed.

After a lot of hard work to get the business up and running, Kristy opened her doors on Tuesday last week.

“We do lots of take home meals for people who don’t have time to cook, so they can take them home and put them in the freezer,” Kristy said.

“We do honey chicken, fried rice, home made lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and sausages and veges.”

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Crazy Cow Cafe

The café also serves up hamburgers, chicken wraps, salad sandwiches and all the deep fried favourites.

“We will eventually do pizzas as well,” said Kristy.

“We will be looking into gluten free cooking with our cakes and slices and we have lactose free milk for our coffees.

“We try and cater for everyone.”

With her five youngest kids in Casino Public School, only a walk away, Kristy knows she will have no problems with young helpers in the shop after school.

“My five year old has already asked if he can come and help,” she laughed.

“I hope he continues with that same attitude as he gets older.”

The Crazy Cow Café is located at 117 Barker Street, next to the Commonwealth Bank.

 

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