The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from November 7, 2009

Actor Tasma Walton's Debut Novel Uses Magic Realism to Explore the Issues of Loss and Betrayal, Writes GEORGINA BIBLE; Heartless Is Full of Feeling
TASMA WALTON swears her debut novel is not autobiographical. Heartless was released last month to critical acclaim but has left readers wondering how the gorgeous actress could write a book steeped in themes of loss, abandonment and betrayal. ...
{Ballina on the Move for } {All the Wrong Reasons }; {Coastal Conference Told a Major Storm Event Tomorrow Could } {Have Ballina {Lsquo}surfing on a Plateau' of Huge Change }
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au ALSTONVILLE could become the 'new Ballina' if scientists' worst climate change predictions come true. East Ballina Heights would become 'East Ballina island' and serious questions...
Bathurst Artist Wins Countryscapes Prize
ON THURSDAY night we announced the winner of the Countryscapes art prize and exhibition. The prize was awarded to Graham Lupp for his depiction of a hillside at Perthville, south of Bathurst. The work, Hen and Chicken Lane, portrays an inland NSW rural...
Big Money for Ladies
Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au THE all-female Iris Nielsen Ladies Invitational horse race now has 50,000 good reasons to celebrate. Prizemoney for the January 24 race at Ballina has increased to $50,000, the equivalent of...
Bruce Birch, Ray White, Tenterfield
What are the qualities needed in rural sales? A comprehensive knowledge of your local area and what different types of country are capable of doing. Being honest and forthright is essential. What is different about selling rural properties? ...
{BURNT: WE'RE THE CANCER CAPITAL} {Melanoma Rate Tops the Planet }; {Northern Rivers Has the Highest Rates of Melanoma in the World, New Figures Show } {Changing Attitudes Best Shield against Skin Cancer }
Byline: Melissa Gulbin news@northrernstar.com.au THE Northern Rivers is the skin cancer capital of the world, new figures from the Cancer Institute NSW reveal. And Ballina is the epicentre of our skin cancer crisis, with melanoma rates in the...
Byron Bay Rider Blitzes the Field; Win Completes Great Year for 16-Year-Old
BYRON BAY dirt bike racer Tom McCormack has wrapped up his fifth series win and second championship victory of the year. The 16-year-old Yamaha rider blitzed the junior field in the final rounds of the New South Wales Sprint Championships held near...
Byron Urged to Meet Challenge; Animal Rights Group Cuts to the Bone with Bold Call for Weekly {Lsquo}vegetarian Day'
Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au RADICAL animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), famous for its anti-fur campaigns with naked celebrities, has launched a beefy broadside across Byron Shire's...
Councils Go Cap in Hand for above Norm Rate Rises
Byline: PETER WEEKES peter.weekes@northernstar.com.au THE Lismore and Ballina councils are likely to ask the State Government for approval to increase residential rates above the 3.5 per cent ceiling for next financial year, with other local councils...
Eight Women Will Tell Their Birthing Stories at the Red Tent Birthing Festival on November 7, Writes SUSANNA FREYMARK. Two of the Speakers, Martha Regnault and Annette Inness Share Their Very Personal Journeys of Birth and Life beyond Birth. Moving Stories of Birth and beyond from the Red Tent Birthing Festival
HER little heart stopped beating. Without warning or for any obvious medical reason, Lucy Rose was born with her eyes shut tight and her body limp. It left her mother, Martha Regnault in the unenviable position of dealing with a stillbirth. ...
Emergencies Can Bring out the Best - and the Worst in People
FOR the better part of 15 years I was a Senior First Aid Officer, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Officer, Building Fire Warden and chairperson of the Faculty OH&S Officers in our building, so I know a little bit about fire evacuation...
Federation-Style Home Sits on Huge Block
Byline: Sue Cram sue.cram@northernstar.com.au This is a special house on a large 841 square metre block in the old Twickenham Estate in South Lismore. It is a meandering five-bedroom residence with two bathrooms, separate lounge and huge combined...
Good Company for a Good Cause; Supergroup Bands Together Again to Offer Support for Homeless and Hard-Up
Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au LOCAL supergroup, In Good Company, is reforming to perform live at the Star Court Theatre next week in aid of the Lismore Soup Kitchen and the Mental Health Support Group. In Good Company...
Interior MATTERS
Byline: KATE PLATT It's that time of year again to start thinking of Christmas. We all have so many guests around Christmas and the holiday period and it is natural we want our home to look its very best. November is the usual cut-off period...
Keeping Kool in Heat of the Moment; New School Behavioural Program Gets the Green Light
Byline: Melissa Gulbin news@northernstar.com.au RICHMOND River High School is nipping behavioural problems in the bud thanks to a new program for boys embracing communication and inclusion rather than continued suspension and exclusion. Vice-principal...
Keppel Looks Great! for an Island Paradise without the Price Tag, Head to the Gem of the Keppel Group This Festive Season
WHEN the main resort on Great Keppel Island closed its doors last year, many thought it would be a death notice for the beautiful star of the Keppel group, just 30 minutes boat ride off the coast of Rockhampton. Nothing, it seems, could have been...
Life on a Farm Can Be Dirty Work, but a Beachside Hideaway Is the Perfect Spot to Wash off the Dust, Finds JESSICA REID; Farmstay Offers Beach and Bush
I'M NOT a country girl. I've lived in cities all my life and have never thought too much about from where the food in my fridge has come. So when I found myself on Myella Farmstay squeezing breakfast juice from oranges I'd picked off a tree, cooking...
MAGGIE COOPER Enjoys Lunch with Phillip Scott from the Wharf Revue; Barracking for la Baracca Is Easy to Do
THERE was a lesson to be learned recently when an old friend of mine came to Lismore and we attempted to have lunch on a holiday Monday somewhere in Lismore. Phillip Scott, one of Australia's finest musical directors, was in town for the premiere...
Newcastle Permanent Outperforms Banks
THIS year, Newcastle Permanent outperformed all of the banks, building societies and credit unions in Australia, to be recognised as the Home Lender of the Year in the Australian Financial Review's Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards. Newcastle Permanent...
{New 'Gloves off'} {Stance on Videoed Violence }
Byline: Saffron Howden saffron.howden@northernstar.com.au LOCAL police have declared a 'zero tolerance' response to teen fighting and assaults following a spike in videoed violence across the region. Just one week after the inquest into 14-year-old...
Originally from South America, Fuschias Grow Well in Almost Any Climate; A Profusions of Petals All Year Round Make for Fabulous Fuchsias
FUCHSIAS are among the most colourful plants to grow in a semi-shaded position. Their dainty flowers look just like fairy dresses, and are borne in profusion through spring, summer and autumn. Some will even flower all year. The four long, slender...
Parents Queue for Quality Child Care; Two-Year Long Waiting Lists at Most Sought-After Centres
Byline: HANNAH ROSS hannah.ross@northernstar.com.au DISCERNING parents are creating waiting lists of up to two years at certain childcare centres on the Northern Rivers, while places go begging at other centres. A year after ABC Learning Centres...
Peugeot 3008 in Front of the Pack
THE 24th Auto Europa 2010 has just been awarded in Florence to the new Peugeot 3008. The award is the brainchild of the UIGA (Unione Italiana dei Giornalisti dell'Automobile, an association of more than 200 automotive journalists), and is presented...
Playing in Memory of Late Pat Milgate
Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au MARIST Brothers and Lennox Head have more reason than most teams to want the weather to clear for their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket match at Megan Crescent, Lennox Head, starting today....
Please Do Not Try to Replace Chaplain
I WAS dismayed to hear of the scrapping of the role of the full-time salaried chaplain at Lismore Base Hospital. The supposition that the role can be adequately filled by volunteers is wrong. The skills of the chaplain are honed through years of...
Rain Casts Cloud over Race Day; Decision This Morning on Whether Horses Get a Start at Tabulam
Byline: Saffron Howden and Janelle McLennan news@northernstar.com.au IT'S THE race that stops Tabulam - if the weather holds. It might not attract the 100,000-strong crowd that gathered at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, but the...
Relax, the Sky Is Not Going to Fall on Us
THE world will not end in 2012. Humans will not suddenly go extinct. We are not running out of water. We are not running out of energy. Global warming will not destroy life on earth. I could go on, but you get the idea. I am fed up with the millions...
Roosters Allowed to Rule Roost; Brunswick Heads Crows about Its Long Love Affair with Feral Fowls
Byline: PETER WEEKES peter.weekes@northernstar.com.au TED McLOSKEY remembers his surprise when, 30 years ago, he first came across the wild roosters that roam Pilgrim Park at Brunswick Heads. "It was totally unexpected," the Uki man said. "It...
Stretching Your Body
Byline: Sue Cram sue.cram@northernstar.com.au THE health benefits of yoga have long been accepted by Western cultures but the practice of yoga has never been as popular as it is now. The stretching exercises practiced in most yoga classes create...
Take Some Time to Find out Who Is with You on Your Spiritual Path; Our Spirit Guides Are Always There for Us, Watching over Us
THANK you all so much for your wonderful feedback about Spirit Guides. My first memory of connecting with a spirit guide was at school. I was a shy child and spent many lunch breaks in the school yard alone. I remember one day feeling sad that I had...
{THANK YOU, LISMORE} {Blues Say Thanks to Lismore}; Now Let's Include Gilly, Says Grateful Blues Coach
Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au NSW cricket manager Matthew Mott has floated the possibility of Adam Gilchrist playing for the Blues as a drawcard for the Lismore Festival of Cricket next year. Mott made the suggestion in an...
Tiny Feathers and a Tiny Baby Were an Inspiration for Artist Wendy Rolls; Feathered and Framed
ON HER way home from hospital after the birth of son Sean, the visual artist within Wendy Rolls said 'stop the car'. On the side of the road a lifeless rainbow lorikeet had caught her eye. Into the car went the bird, with the baby. Sixteen years...
Tiramisu; Melt in the Mouth Marscapone
MASCARPONE, mmmmmmm - Apart from being possibly the food world's most misspelled ingredient, mascarpone is a smooth, creamy Italian cream cheese that is essential for making tiramisu. Mascarpone is a triple-cream cheese (ouch) that originated in...
To Dream the Impossible Dream
THE brain is a funny organ. Take dreams for instance. Sure, everyone loves to daydream, dream of the future, of being a better person, of going places, seeing new people, owning bigger and better stuff, or like Ms L, just more of it. Which reminds...
Tune Up Your Engines
IN 2010 NORPA will be presenting a new play written by Janis Balodis and directed by NORPA artistic director Julian Louis. Called Engine, the play is a work of fiction that explores the culture of cars, the freedom they promise to young men and women...
Tweed Man Jailed for $1M Drug Crop; Arrest Forced Sale of His Property at Significant Loss
Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@northernstar.com.au A TWEED VALLEY man forced to sell his Duranbah property at a loss while facing serious drug charges will spend five years in jail for growing a million-dollar commercial quantity of cannabis using...
Uddering in New Farming Generation; Career Program Aims to Attract Cream of Crop to Dairy Industry
Byline: HANNAH ROSS hannah.ross@northernstar.com.au DAIRY farming contributes $4.6 billion to the Australian economy each year, so it is no wonder the industry is keen to ensure a new generation of farmers will keep the milk flowing for years to...
Whitesox Face a Big Test against Rangers
Byline: TRISH CLAYDON WITH grading and teams sorted, Far North Coast softball is now in full swing, with all teams playing at 2pm or 4pm. Clubs and teams will need to check the draw each week; no team has a permanent timeslot. In the feature...