The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from November 21, 2009

A Smart Blend of Good Decor and Great Food Has the Locals Flocking to Lennox, Writes MAGGIE COOPER; an Abundance of Good Things at O-Pes
FOLLOWING advice from a Sydney-based friend who is a frequenter of fine restaurants the world over, I headed off to O-Pes in Lennox Heads expecting a good night out. And a good night was what I had - along with everyone else in the restaurant. O-Pes...
Byron Bay Journalist JANN BURMESTER Found a Gastronomical Delight in the Magnificent Rice Fields of Ubud; {from the Island of the Gods Comes an } {Overflowing Basket of Divine Organic Food }
THE relentless noon-day sun beats down as we walk along a stone path through a verdant, tropical landscape so beautiful and green it takes your breath away. As far as the eye can see, terraced rice fields and swaying palms are silhouetted against an...
Can't Split Top Teams
Byline: Trish Claydon IN Far North Coast Open women's softball this weekend, nothing separates the competing teams. And in this weekend's match of the round (on 2B at 2pm) the mighty Rous Rangers take on the flying Workers Condors, which will...
Closing Doors Shuts out Lismore's CBD; Doubt Looms over City's Ability to Draw in Business
Byline: peter weekes peter.weekes@northernstar.com.au AFTER Lismore CBD's occupancy rates plummeted almost 30 per cent in the last three years, agents are hopeful that an increase in the number of enquiries signals resurgence in the city's popularity....
Coast to Country
Woodenbong THE recent 10th annual Woodenbong Rural Fire Brigade Fun Golf Day saw 69 players take part. Three-people Ambrose teams made up of a golfer, a junior and a non-golfer made for many humorous moments. The team of John Maloney, Chenoa...
Comets Shower a Heavenly Feast
I AM sitting on the roof of a palace, in the middle of a lake, watching the fabled Leonid Meteor shower. It's 3.20am. Every eight years our planet spirals through this shattered comet. We witness spectacular meteor flashes across the sky. Udaipur's...
Court Verdict Stems as a Warning; {lsquo}Relief ' as Alleged Attacker Vows Not to Be {Lsquo}so Quick' in Helping Others in Future
Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au A STRANGLED shout of relief burst from Johnas Todd as a Lismore District Court jury yesterday gave him his life back. It's been more than two years since Mr Todd, 26 of Uki, became the focal...
CUP ON DOORSTEP; Northern Rivers on Radar as Base for World Cup Soccer Teams
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au AN INTERNATIONAL soccer team could be based on the Northern Rivers if Australia is successful in its bid for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Jaime Gomez, a project officer for Football...
Divine Guidance from Your Angels Can Be a Source of Comfort and Help; Healthier, Happier and at Peace with Angels by Our Side
I LOVE angels. For many years, I was a little cynical about them and quietly doubted their existence. When I first became involved in spiritual interests in the 1970s, no one talked about angels much. It wasn't until I had a major health scare in 2006...
{DNA: The} {New Love}; {True Romance Can} {Be Found in the Genes}
LOOKING for love? Try leaning in for a ... cheek swab. A couple of genetic testing companies are promising to match couples based on the DNA testing, touting the benefits of biological compatibility. The companies claim that a better biological...
Doing Your Building Block
TWELVE years of schooling had ended - the last vestige of childhood relegated to photo albums and recycle bins. Little Ms L had finished her last exam. A wild night out was well deserved, but equally by then, the much-needed sleep-in. Then the...
For Peace Sake, Clean the River; Discarded Rubbish Is a Lismore Disgrace
Byline: Susanna Freymark susanna.freymark@northernstar.com.au A DEAD greyhound, 11 shopping trolleys and a car gearbox are not what you expect to find in the Wilsons River as it meanders through the city of Lismore. For three successive days,...
{HANDS OFF OUR SPLENDOUR! } {Drumming Up Move }; Byron's Loss Could Be Qld's Gain - PAGE 2
Byline: Samantha Turnbull news@northernstar.com.au THE Northern Rivers could be about to lose one of its biggest money-makers to Brisbane. Producers of music festival Splendour in the Grass have refused to deny rumours they are moving the event...
How Angela Broke into the Breakers Side
Byline: Amanda Sproule ANGELA REAKES' passion for cricket has earned her a spot in the NSW Breakers. After playing cricket with for Bangalow before joining the men's side in Lennox Head in 2006, she moved up through school and State representative...
Interior MATTERS
Byline: KATE PLATT How do you make a house an extension of yourself and make it feel like you? Firstly, ask yourself a few personal questions, like the big one - who am I? Decide on the look you are most comfortable with, or a combination of...
It's All Right for the Elite: They Can Afford to Rise above Catastrophe
I'M pleased to read in Chris Dean's column (NS 7/11) that he is not overly concerned about climate change. And he shouldn't be. The world's climate has changed before, unexpectedly and within rather short periods of time, so why assume that we humans...
Lee Seeks Eagle Farm Win
Byline: RICHMOND RACING Grahame timbrell STEPHEN LEE heads to Eagle Farm today with Easy Silence in the I Am Red Handicap over 1000 metres. Easy Silence has hit a purple patch of form with wins at her last four starts, all over 1000 metres at...
Legal Drinking Age Could Be Raised; Schoolies Reject Call to Increase Alcohol Age Limit to 19
Byline: Samantha Turnbull news@northernstar.com.au SCHOOLIES Week officially begins today with 20,000 Year 12 graduates expected to descend on Byron Bay over the next fortnight. However that figure could be dramatically reduced in future years...
Lismore Gallery Future Hangs in the Balance; the Margaret Olley Arts Centre Paints
IT'S time to have your voice heard. As debate rages about whether now is the right time to build a new regional gallery in Lismore, The Northern Star is asking readers to vote, with the results announced in next Saturday's edition. The need for...
Lismore Pub Back in the Good Books; Mary Gilhooleys Toasts Being off the Government's List
Byline: Saffron Howden saffron.howden@northernstar.com.au LISMORE'S Mary Gilhooleys is quietly celebrating the fact it is no longer listed among the most violent pubs in NSW. As of December 1, it will be removed from the NSW Government's top...
Lismore's Rates Nightmare; Residents Face Increase Even as Number Who Can't Pay Outstrips Other Regions
Byline: PETER WEEKES peter.weekes@northernstar.com.au NEARLY twice the number of Lismore's residents are having difficulty paying their rates as those in comparable council areas, according to a State Government report. Ballina's residents are...
Market Farmers Fired-Up; Byron Council Makes Stallholders Purchase Fire Extinguishers before Renewing Licence
Byline: Susanna Freymark susanna.freymark@northernstar.com.au COULD a wet lettuce catch fire? Is lemongrass combustible? Georgica farmer Kenrick Riley, plans to put a sign in front of his herb and vegie stall at Byron Farmers' Market if Byron...
Newcastle Permanent Wins Major Award
THIS year, Newcastle Permanent out-performed 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 Subsidised Fares for Taxis; Initiative to Discourage Drink-Driving
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au IN a first for the North Coast, some Ballina Shire revellers can now get $4 off their taxi ride home at the end of the night. The scheme is being funded by the RTA, Ballina Shire...
No Shame Worse Than the Shame of Country
R NICHOLLS is 'ashamed to be an Australian'. You hear it all the time. It usually follows a passionate statement of moral outrage. We must rid ourselves of this outrageous and shameful phrase. R Nicholls is ashamed because the boat people aren't...
Paving the Way Ahead
Byline: Amanda Sproule sport@northernstar.com.au LISMORE Tennis Club has had a facelift, with synthetic grass courts being converted to hardcourts. Coach and club manager John Stoddart said the new blue and green Plexipave courts were a 'good...
Rain Should Ease Region Fire Danger; Catastrophic Rating Issued in Some NSW Towns
Byline: Samantha Turnbull news@northernstar.com.au RAIN forecast for early next week could save the Northern Rivers from a 'catastrophic' fire danger rating. The Lower Central Western Plains, Southern and Northern Riverina, South Western and...
Real Estate Bites
* Tim Lawless, from RP Data, is predicting that insurance companies are likely to reassess the value of premiums on coastal fringes which may be affected by rising sea levels. Mr Lawless says we may see coastal property owners being slugged with additional...
Robert Rose, Wal Murray
Have you always been in rural sales at Wal Murray & Co, Lismore? No, I started my career 28 years ago in the rental department at Wal Murray. During this time I handled a lot of the residential tenancy tribunals. After that I began selling commercial...
Speak out to Support a Vital New Gallery
THE Northern Rivers is home to three regional galleries, one each in Lismore, Grafton and Murwillumbah. There are around 40 such galleries around the state, with the Lismore facility being one of the oldest, and sadly the most inadequate. If you're...
Sports Centre Close to Reality; Ballina Council Supports $32 Million Complex
Byline: Rebecca Lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au AN indoor sports centre worth more than $32 million could become a reality for the Ballina shire. But planning for the centre won't start until the 2010/11 financial year, when funds...
Super Sidecars Showstoppers
Byline: DENNIS NEWLYN OVAL track sidecar racing is fast, furious and exciting - all the ingredients necessary for a hotly contested Sidecar Super Prix at Lismore Speedway tonight. A high degree of skill, daring and bravado is required by the...
Whatever Salads and Herbs You Want for Your Christmas Meal, It's a Good Idea to Start Planting, Pruning and Feeding; Getting Your Christmas Salad Prepared Early Pays Dividends
IN OUR house, we have a very strict rule that absolutely no Christmas decorations can go up until 1 December. (They then sometimes stay up for six months, because putting them up is such fun, and pulling them down is so sad and boring!) But, nevertheless,...