The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from November 14, 2009

{ALL FIRED UP} {Growers Are Waiting on $8M Backpay }; Canegrowers Set to Burn Again as Power Project Falters
Byline: Saffron Howden saffron.howden@northernstar.com.au THE FUTURE of the region's government-backed cogeneration plants - the largest renewable baseload energy project in Australia - is in doubt as the local sugar industry battles plummeting...
All in a Flap at Mon Repos; It's That Wonderful Time of Year When Loggerhead Turtles Take to the Sand for One of Nature's Miracles
IT'S turtle time - that magic time of year when punters can bank on seeing the endangered Loggerhead turtles shuffle their flapping hulks up onto the sand dunes around Mon Repos. These wonderful creatures come back each year to create their nests...
Bah, Humbug Byron Cancels Christmas Tree; Council's Lack of Support in Lead-Up to Festive Season
Byline: Kate O'Neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au BYRON Shire's green councillors have been labelled 'miserable' and 'mean spirited' after refusing a plea to help put up the town Christmas tree. Business group Byron United says the Christmas...
Baker Shows off Bread Sight Unseen; Blind Man Enters Loaves in Mullumbimby Show
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au BY his own admission it's not an easy task, but that hasn't curbed Bruce Mitchell's enthusiasm for baking. The 62-year-old, who is blind, has been making his own bread and entering his loaves...
Ballina May Seek Big Rate Hikes; Council Wants 7 per Cent Increase to Generate an Extra $500,000 for Each of Next Five Years
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au RATES in Ballina Shire could increase by more than 7 per cent every year for the next five years. Ballina Shire Council this week decided to support a rating strategy which would...
Bay Ale to Travel Globe; New Brewing Owners Ready to Tap {Lsquo}best of Both' Markets
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au BYRON Bay's beer brand, Byron Bay Premium Ale, is going global. Owners of the brand, which is brewed at the Buddha Bar in Byron Bay, have sold the rights for licensing and distribution to Sydney-based...
Chaplain Is on the Front-Line of Health
IS THE chaplain's work at Lismore Base Hospital a 'front-line' service, or not? In an all too familiar scene in the Emergency Unit of our Base Hospital, two victims of a road accident lie disfigured by massive injury. Each person in the medical...
Coast to; Country
Kyogle TWELVE -year-old Nikolas Mills was diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia (AT) when he was four, and is not expected to live beyond the age of 20. AT is a degenerative neurological condition which is progressively robbing him of his speech,...
Committed to Stand Trial; Man Who Incited Murder {Lsquo}organised' AK-47 Ammunition
Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au THE man accused of engineering brothel owner Victor Elliot's murder arranged to have AK-47 ammunition stored by an associate in Queensland only days before the brothel owner was gunned down, Lismore...
Distinct Flavour of Orange Wines
NICE bucket." "That's a spittoon, Max." I hadn't attended a proper wine-tasting for donkeys, indeed never, at least not where spitting was expected. Worse still there were two proper winescribes, a winemaker called Debbie, a viticulturist...
Families Guiding Light; Groups Prepare for the Northern Star's Adopt-a-Family for Christmas
SHE calls herself a family development worker, but what Wendy King really does is guide families through the dark spaces in their lives. Now you can help Ms King bring light to the lives of families doing it tough. Ms King, who works for the...
Festivals Make a Unique Contribution to the Area
A FEW days ago I hosted Arts Northern Rivers' Festival and Events Network Forum, our annual gathering of festival directors and event organisers from across the region, representing the vast range of cultural programs taking place from the Clarence...
{Gates Open to Easy Win} {Gates Open to Win}
Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au IT'S still a few weeks before Santa arrives, but Gold Coast-trained gelding Brilliant Ween took home an early present yesterday by claiming the $10,000 Yellowglen Christmas Cup (1910m) at the Ballina...
Interior MATTERS
Byline: KATE PLATT I have been thinking about my garden and the riot of Christmas colour that I love to have around to help with the festive season. Now is the perfect time to think about planting pots to help welcome your guests and just to relax...
Keep All Festive Events Secure; Company Offers Professional Regional Security Services
Byline: Sue Cram sue.cram@northernstar.com.au WITH the festive season about to begin and preparations for the large number of school socials and formals under way, SNP Security's customer care officer Elke Robinson recommends people get in early...
Lismore Art Centre Backlash; Mayor Comes under Fire during Margaret Olley Art Centre Debate
Byline: PETER WEEKES peter.weekes@northernstar.com.au IT IS supposed to establish Lismore as the heart of the arts scene in the Northern Rivers, but after years of debate and the first glimpse that the Margaret Olley Art Centre may actually be built,...
Luke Bodley, Patch & Taylor
Were you born on the North Coast? Yes, I was born in Lismore and grew up in Casino. What are your memories of growing up here as a child? So many worth mentioning, but coming up to Chrissy I would have to say staying at my Nana and Granddad's...
Magical Moments with Yogi of Hip-Hop
LIKE A lot of people all around the world, we closely followed Barack Obama's election campaign last year, especially the grass-roots support that flooded the internet. A friend sent us a link to a hip-hop Obama anthem that spread the message far...
Midwife Plan Eases Birthing; One Person during Pregnancy Ensures Continuity of Care
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au IT MAKES sense that a stress-free environment is conducive to a hassle-free birth, and it follows that knowing the person delivering your baby can help create such an atmosphere. Which probably...
Nats Will Tick All the Right Boxes; Strong Preselection Team Tipped, but Liberals Still Chasing Candidates
Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au THE National Party expects to have a decent field of potential candidates for next year's Federal election in Richmond by the time preselection nominations close next week. However, the Liberal...
Options and Freedom of Choice, Have Been the Baby Boomers' Catchcry. JENNIE DELL Explores How They Are Approaching the Final Frontier. Leaving the World Lightly {Ndash} the Baby Boomers Do It All Their Own Way
OPTIONS, and freedom of choice, have always been the hallmarks of Baby Boomer lifestyles. Just as many preferred to give birth naturally, sought alternative healing therapies, and explored the mind-body connection through meditation techniques, many...
Pumping New Life into Heart; for Lennox Head Resident Louise Owen, a 3am Phone Call Picked Up Her Pace on Life Forever
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au A PHONE call just after 3am one day last month changed Louise Owen's life forever. It was St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, calling to tell the Lennox Head resident she could have the...
Rain and Sun Are the Perfect Combination to Quick-Start the Vegie Patch and the Herb Garden; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
BEAUTIFUL rain and warm sunny days have created the perfect environment for growing food. Even if you don't have a lot of time or a lot of space, you can still grow a few things to eat. There is absolutely nothing like picking fresh herbs and salad...
Real Estate Bites
* Most states and territories have indicated they will set a price-cap in the new year for recipients of the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG). The Federal Government has announced that states and territories will have the right to impose the cap after...
Sandakan Memorial Welcomed; Families and Survivors Seek Some Closure with Monument
Byline: RICHARD FORBES Northern Star correspondent THE concept of a memorial in Lismore to remember locals who lost their lives at the notorious Sandakan POW Camp or on the equally notorious death marches has attracted a lot of attention. With...
Scholarship Drums Up Strong Support; A Beautiful Memory for a Man Who Loved His Music
Byline: HANNAH ROSS hannah.ross@northernstar.com.au RUSSELL DUNLOP died doing what he loved. Now Mr Dunlop's passion for drumming will be passed onto to a rising star through a scholarship being established in his name. First contributors...
Spectacular Ocean Views from This Home
Byline: Sue Cram sue.cram@northernstar.com.au There are few places on the North Coast where your 'front yard' is Crown Reserve land leading straight down the cliff to the sea. The ocean views from this impressive family home at Evans Head are nothing...
Stuffed Fresh Artichokes; Slow Cook and Enjoy at Leisure
ARTICHOKES are yet another of those vegetables that taste perfectly good from a jar, but bear almost no relation to the fresh version. They are easy to grow (being a member of the thistle family), and the silvery foliage makes a handsome feature...
Symbolic, Mundane, Prophetic, the Message May Be in the Dream; You Can Interpret the Hidden Symbols in Your Unconscious
I HAVE always been a dreamer - the nocturnal type, that is. On occasion I have dreamt things that have eventuated in waking life and at other times I have dreamt of talking to those who have passed over, where the dream has felt incredibly real....
Take Your Skin Seriously
Byline: Sue Cram sue.cram@northernstar.com.au THE North Coast and Mid North Coast of New South Wales are areas with a higher-than-average incidence of skin cancer, with the largest number of melanomas being diagnosed in Ballina. In the years...
There Are Only a Handful of Fleischmeisters in Australia and One of Them Is Melbourne's Gerhard Feiner; Don Is Good {Hellip} Meat Maestros Please
WHETHER it's winemakers, cheesemakers, brewers or chocolatiers, the people behind the products we consume are increasingly gaining attention. Unlike the art of the winemaker or cheesemaker, however, the art of the fleischmeister has been somewhat of...
When CANDIDA BAKER Decided to Compile a Book about Horses, She Found the Northern Rivers a Rich Source of Stories; Straight from the Horse's Mouth
THERE's something post-modern about being a journalist who writes a book. Asking questions, for instance, is normally my domain, but here I am shut up in a Tardis (as they are known) at the ABC in Ultimo, Sydney, talking to radio presenters from...