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Writer’s festival line-up beyond your wildest imagination

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Writer’s festival line-up beyond your wildest imagination

 

By Lesley Apps

This year’s Byron Writers Festival features an inspiring program of celebrated authors and thinkers including Grace Tame, Richard Fidler, Heather Rose, Tracey Spicer, Nakkiah Liu, Holly Ringland, and Myf Warhurst, along with a line-up of powerful new voices.

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Grace Tame

Themed ‘Wild Imagination’, it will also be the first year the festival will be held at its new home in the hinterland town of Bangalow, with more than 120 writers and commentators set to appear over the three day event in August.

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Besides the Australian contingent, among international guests are Booker Prize long-listed debut novelist Gabriel Krauze (UK); investigative journalist Anke Richter (NZ); and Dr Robert Waldinger (USA), Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Zen Priest and one of the directors of the longest study of happiness in the world.

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Richard Fidler

Fiction fans will be in their element with in-depth conversations featuring bestselling novelists Pip Williams (The Bookbinder Of Jericho), Kate Morton (Homecoming), Peggy Frew (Wildflowers), Holly Ringland (The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding), and Robbie Arnott (Limberlost) just a taste of what’s to come, while lovers of true-life stories will also be captivated by the stunning memoirs set to be explored live on stage with their authors.

Well known faces including activist, survivor-advocate Grace Tame — sharing her story and vision for a better future as captured in Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner; Myf Warhurst — unleashing stories from her joyous memoir Time of My Life; and Walkley Award-winning journalist Tracey Spicer providing much needed insight into Artificial Intelligence from her deeply researched, gripping investigation Man-Made: How The Bias Of The Past Is Being Built Into The Future.

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Tracey Spicer

In one of the most exciting book releases for 2023, Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder will join the festival line up to discuss her genre breaking book, Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life. Described as ‘simply, a masterpiece’ by Geraldine Brooks, the book is sure to set off some compelling conversations around the true contribution of women to literature.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and perhaps pick the brains, of some of Australia’s finest contributors to social commentary and the literary scene.

All tickets to the Byron Writers Festival (11 -13 August 2023) are now on sale. For all ticketing and program information, click here.

 

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Have Your Say on Byron Shire’s New Active Transport Plan

 

Byron Shire Council is inviting feedback from all residents who walk, roll, and ride within the community. The council has undertaken a significant review of its existing Bike Plan and Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan, both of which were initially developed in 2018 after extensive community input. Six years on, it’s time to evaluate the plans’ effectiveness, set new priorities, and celebrate the achievements thus far.

Shelley Currie, the Council’s Road Safety Officer, highlighted a major update in the review process: the merging of the two previous plans into a singular, comprehensive document dubbed the Active Transport Plan. “The goals, objectives, and outcomes of the previous plans closely align, so consolidating them into one unified plan is a strategic move to streamline our efforts and resources,” explained Ms. Currie.

Objectives of the Active Transport Plan include:

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  • Enhancing opportunities for active travel.
  • Boosting the connectivity of paths and cycleways throughout the Shire.
  • Designing and implementing high-quality infrastructure to ensure maximum safety and accessibility.
  • Providing amenities that enhance the attractiveness of walking, rolling, and riding.
  • Encouraging the use of bicycles for shorter trips.

A draft of the Active Transport Plan is currently on public exhibition, and Byron Shire Council is seeking input from the community to refine and enhance the proposal. Residents are encouraged to review the draft plan and contribute their perspectives and suggestions.

Details for Public Feedback:

  • Read the Draft: The draft Active Transport Plan is available for public viewing.
  • Provide Feedback: Residents can submit their comments and suggestions to help shape the final plan.
  • Deadline for Submissions: Feedback must be submitted by 31 May 2024.

For more information and detailed instructions on how to make a submission, please visit Byron Shire Council’s official website at Have your say on our Active Transport Plan – Byron Shire Council.

 

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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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$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.

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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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