The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from November 25, 2009

Big Brother Is Watching Us as Civil Liberties Disappear
THE creation of a universal surveillance state of all human telecommunications came one step closer recently with the announcement by the British Government of the establishment of a massive database which can be accessed by all public authorities,...
Biker Hits 180km/h in Police Pursuit; A 15-Minute Trip from McKees Hill to Foy Street, Casino, Took a Mere Four Minutes As
Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au FRANK MICHAEL PHILLIPS gunned the engine of his Honda motorbike, sending it sprinting down the Bruxner Highway. Phillips had been hurrying to get to his job at the Casino meatworks just after...
BOWLS COURTS TENNIS; Byron Bay's Bowling Club to Have Radical Conversion
Byline: PHIL MURRAY sport@northernstar.com.au COMMUNITY bias will serve a big part in a unique fundraising tennis exhibition match at the most unlikeliest of venues. The all-grass Byron Bay Bowling Club will host young tennis ace and Cavanbah...
Bush Deserves Bigger Slice of Government Funding Pie
EVER asked yourself why so many politicians seem to discriminate against people in rural areas? Ever asked yourself why people who live in Sydney who have cancer have a better survival rate than those with cancer who live in rural Australia? ...
Byron Tops State with Drink-Drive; Group Launches Nightrider Bus to Help Quell Statistic
Byline: Kate O'Neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au FOR seven of the past eight years, Byron Bay has topped the list with the State's worst drink-driving record. And it's not the tourists who are breaking the law. "Everybody thinks that's...
Caught out by Credit Card Scams; Two Ballina Men Fall Victim to Fraudsters
Byline: Jamie Brown jamie.brown@northernstar.com.au A BALLINA man has been robbed from Canada while he slept, blissfully unaware of the theft half a world away. The 63-year-old was a victim of a sophisticated scheme targeting credit cards, according...
Chaplains Dispense the Best Medicine
AXING the chaplain's position at the Lismore Base Hospital is a bad decision. This is a service vital to the well-being of all who are living through what can be the profoundly life-changing traumas - illness, ongoing disability and bereavement. ...
Cougars Coach Wants a Fortress Casino; New Cougars Coach Wants a Fortress at Casino
Byline: PHIL MURRAY NEW Casino Cougars rugby league coach John Sione Va'a is a firm believer is not sending a little man on a big man's errand. And knowing the Cougars' lack of up-front enforcers confronting him next year, he's been quick to...
Driving during a Storm - Simple Advice to Help You Stay Safe
THEY say you are more than a million times more likely to have a car crash while driving during a storm than you are to be struck by lightning. Wind, rain, hail, poor visibility and slippery roads create a recipe for disaster if you are driving...
Excited Matt Our Newest Calendar Kid; Public Face of Our Kids Fundraiser
Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au MATT BOGGIS is one excited little boy. Today the 10-year-old Suffolk Park resident becomes the face of the Our Kids fundraising program with the launch of the 2010 Our Kids Calendar, featuring...
Hats off to the Aussie Akubra; the Idea for a Book on Hats Was Spawned Back in 1984, When Photographer Grenville Turner Spotted a Jackeroo Wearing a Battered Akubra
IT WAS the tattered Akubra worn by a young jackeroo tinkering with his Toyota that caught Grenville Turner's eye. The photographer had made his way up to Babbaloora Station, near Augathella in Queensland, on the hunt for Akubra-wearing Australians....
Housing the Community for Quarter of a Century
TWENTY five years ago, North Coast Community Housing Company (NCCHC) opened its doors to an eager community. Since then the not-for-profit group has grown to be the largest community housing provider in the region. NCCHC's purpose is to provide...
Kyogle Mayor Floats Annual Car Rally Plan; New Event for Alternate Years to Repco
Byline: Mel McMillan and Rebecca Lollback news@northernstar.com.au A MOTOR sport event could be held in Kyogle every year, with mayor Ross Brown supporting an idea to hold an 'off-season' race in alternate years to the Repco Rally Australia. ...
Last-Gasp Draw in Rain
Byline: PHIL MURRAY sport@northernstar.com.au SYDNEY North had to rely on a last-ball wicket to salvage an unlikely draw with Mackillop in a second-round match of the rain-interrupted NSW Primary School cricket championships in Lismore yesterday....
Pranic Healing
Byline: HOLISTIC CHOICE RAYM PRANIC healing was developed by Filipino/Chinese Master Choi Kok Sui in the eighties. He synthesised a system of healing arts going back many thousands of years, developing an organised, almost scientific method of energy...
{PRAWN AGAIN} {Condon's New Giant Prawn Will Be as Big, or Even Bigger }; Condon Refuses to Give Up on Plans for Giant Crustacean, despite a Setback
Byline: GRAHAM BROADHEAD news@northernstar.com.au LENNOX HEAD developer Chris Condon's idea of moving Ballina's Big Prawn has hit a snag and is now sunk - but he still is hooked on the prawn and has big plans for a new one. Mr Condon is in the...
Rare Turtle Rescued off Victorian Coast; Delivered to Australian Seabird Rescue for Rehabilitation
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au A FLIGHT which arrived at Ballina airport yesterday afternoon had one very special passenger - a young loggerhead turtle. The turtle, nicknamed Trutel, had washed up on a beach on...
Running out of Steam; Fuel Shortages Expected to Force Co-Generation Plant Shutdowns
Byline: Jamie Brown jamie.brown@northernstar.com.au THE Broadwater co-generation plant faces shutdowns over Christmas and beyond as the sugar milling co-operative scrambles to source suitable fuel for its hungry boilers. The fuel problem is likely...
Schoolies Becoming a Blight on Our Society
LIKE many residents of Byron Shire, I dread schoolies. As a mother of four now adult children, I'm appalled by the behaviour of so many of these kids or, more to the point, the obvious and complete lack of parental supervision and responsibility. ...
School Kids Losing out during Religion Lessons; New Program Sought for Non-Religious Students
Byline: Susanna Freymark susanna.freymark@northernstar.com.au EVERY week, some students lose a lesson while their classmates learn about religion. At Ocean Shores Public School, students whose parents have requested that their children opt out...
Sisters to Fight Eviction; Cabbage Tree Women Turn to Famous Ancestor for Strength
Byline: Jamie Brown jamie.brown@northernstar.com.au WHEN Marcia Anderson received notice that she was being evicted from the home of her birth, the result of late rent payments, she talked to her sister Susan. Together they will fight the eviction...
Students Wing It to School Formal; Ballina High's Year 12 Does It in Style at End-of-Year Bash
Byline: Jamie Brown jamie.brown@northernstar.com.au IT WAS the night of nights for Ballina High School's Year 12 students and many arrived to their much-anticipated school formal in grand style. Ballina ranger Des Bolt and a mate delivered Kay...
Taking a Tumble in Full Public View
Byline: OVER THE FENCE FAY FARDON I CAN only remember, in almost 80 years, falling three times - all of them in public. The first was when I was 16, competing in a Lismore High School athletics carnival. Always determined to achieve maximum...
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A heart for art THE Margaret Olley Arts Centre will give Lismore a healthy heart and a wealthy citizenry. The estimated value of creative industries on the Northern Rivers is $190 million. The new building could attract 40,000 extra visitors...