The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from November 24, 2009

AT WITT'S END; Lennox Head Rugby Captain Successfully Appeals to Reduce Sentence
Byline: Phil Murray sport@northernstar.com.au EMBATTLED Lennox Head Rugby Union premiership captain Harry Witt has finally drawn consolation from a six-month suspension imposed after a bitter clash in the last preliminary match of the Far North...
Ballina Idol Reject to Aussie Idol Superstar
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au THREE years ago, Stan Walker missed out on a place in Ballina Idol. Luckily for Stan, he didn't take the rejection to heart, or he may never have experienced the thrill of standing in front...
Branching out into New Career; Steve Banks on Forging Closer Community Ties as Westpac Ballina Manager
Byline: SECRETS OF OUR SUCCESS Steve Bowden, of Westpac Ballina HE IS a familiar face in new territory. After eight years working on the Northern Rivers, Steve Bowden has just been appointed as Westpac Ballina's branch manager as part of the...
Cleaning Bug Is Making Me Sick
WE ARE inundated these days with advertising for products to eliminate 99 per cent of household bacteria from our homes. Is it possible that we are creating a race of super bugs - sadly all too evident in our hospitals already - and a generation...
Cohen's Surfboard Mystery; MP Says Sale of Lost Piece of History Could Help Stave off Bankruptcy
Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au EMBATTLED NSW Greens MP Ian Cohen wants his surfboard back. We're not talking about any old surfboard, but the one he used to famously ride the bow of the USS Oldendorf into Sydney Harbour...
Dedicated to a Family of Fighting Men
Byline: LOCAL HISTORY margaret henderson A RECENT donation to the Richmond River Historical Society has shown yet another way of presenting family history. This is Our Fighting Men, by Alan and Eunice Isles (nee Lang), which tells the story of...
Deli Provides Fine Food Just 4 U; Ballina Couple to Source the Best Local and Overseas Fare
Byline: HOW I GOT STARTED Anke and Michael Fellner Deli 4 U, Ballina BALLINA couple Anke and Michael Fellner had originally thought of running a motel, but after checking their finances and doing some research they realised they would have to leave...
Ex-Postie Has Big Win over Australia Post; Industrial Court Awards Ballina Man $72,450 in Landmark Worker's Contract Case
Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au FORMER postie Greg Cartaar, of Ballina, has won a landmark case in the Industrial Court of NSW that may change the way employers draw up worker's contracts in the future. The court awarded...
Fighter Jets Set to Light Up Night Sky; Evans Head Takes Centre Stage in RAAF Exercises
Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au IF YOU see strange lights and weird activity in the skies off Evans Head this week, don't freak out. It's not a foreign invasion or UFOs running amuck. The Royal Australian Air Force...
Home Opens New Doors; Richie Now Able to Plan for the Future after His Life in Limbo Ends
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au IN THE three years since Bangalow's Richie Allen broke his neck playing rugby, he and his family have been living in a kind of limbo. First came the 10 months in hospital, then a year in disability...
It's Possible to Find Mortgage Relief as Rates Rise
Byline: BUSINESS BUZZ pAUL cLITHEROE RISING interest rates make it important for homeowners to review their budget to meet higher repayments. But for those families who are already thinly stretched the prospect of further rate hikes is extremely...
Local Schoolies Prefer Overseas Destinations; Exotic Locations and Cheaper Prices More Appealing
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au AS THOUSANDS of out-of-town schoolies invade Byron Bay to party this week, local school leavers are packing their bags and heading overseas. It's not that they don't enjoy their visiting schoolies'...
New Year Debt Woes Likely; Christmas Costs, Combined with Interest Rate Rises Will Begin to Bite
PAYING off debt is likely to be harder over the Christmas season and beyond as house prices rise and higher interest rates begin to bite, analysts warn. Interest rates are still at record lows so debt collecting agencies are advising creditors to...
North Coast Bowlers Manage to Strike Back
Byline: Phil Murray sport@northernstar.com.au NORTH Coast bowlers were quick to put the visiting western Barrier team on the back foot in the opening round of the NSW Primary School cricket championships at Wollongbar yesterday. Chasing North...
The Buck Stops with Drivers; Far North Coast Councils Are Pocketing Millions from Parking Fines
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au MORE than $1.3 million in parking fines was collected by the Byron Shire Council over the past financial year. That figure has almost doubled in six years - in 2002/03 the council...
Turning over a New Leaf Worked; Ex-Accountant Flourishes in North Coast Nursery
Byline: PETER WEEKES peter.weekes@northernstar.com.au TIRED of crunching numbers for a living, Sydney accountant Ray Parker was eager for a career change. He wasn't exactly sure what, but fate showed its hand when the house his family were interested...
Two Fined for Pig-Dogging
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au REMOTE cameras have been used to catch two men illegally pig hunting in the Ballina Nature Reserve, near Lennox Head. National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Brian McLachlan said...
What Have You Got in That Box?
Byline: VET SPEAK Mike FitzGerald EVERY day at your local vet clinic one or more people will walk in the door carrying a cardboard box. I'm not talking about vet supplies, but injured wildlife. Usually a good Samaritan picks up an injured animal...
Woman Admitted to Sex with Minor; Young Victim Refused to Co-Operate with Police Investigation, Court Told
Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au A WOMAN given the responsibility of caring for troubled young people has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence after having an affair with one of her teenage charges. The 49-year-old...