The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Articles from August 29, 2009

Auctions Secure the Sales
Under current market conditions many properties should be sold through the auction process, says Michael Shay, Principal of LJ Hooker Ballina. "Agents are reporting excellent sales, month after month, showing that the market is firm. Demand for...
Aussie Hopeful of a Factory Drive in 2010
Byline: STEVE SPINKS steve.spinks@northernstar.com.au WHILE Australian rally driver Chris Atkinson has missed out on a seat in Repco Rally Australia next week, he is excited at the prospect of reigniting his career with a factory drive next year....
Barbed Figures Rein in Shocking Record; Poorly Fenced Farms Contribute to Worst Stats in NSW
Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au LISMORE City Council ranger Stuart Thompson was not surprised to find out the Northern Rivers has the state's worst record for road crashes involving stray cattle and riderless horses. According...
Ben's Goal Is to Kick Straight
Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au LISMORE City Greens halfback Ben Felicioni is fortunate he's been given the keys to Crozier Field and twice a week slips in there to take a few pot shots at goal. It's a ritual that has paid...
Bitter Split with Bias from Both Sides; Croquet Players and Bowlers Face off over Control of Park
Byline: Saffron Howden saffron.howden@northernstar.com.au IT'S A turf war like no other. On one side are the mallets. On the other are the bowls. No wall separates the Ballina bowlers from the croquet players in the afternoon sun as they compete...
Clever Water Solutions; Lee and Jayne Rothwell Celebrate 21 Years in Business Together
THINK WATER Alstonville proprietors, Lee and Jayne Rothwell, are celebrating 21 years in the local irrigation and general water business. Located in the Russellton Industrial Estate in Alstonville, and previously known as Rothwell's Pumps and Irrigation,...
DAVID ELLIS Follows the Steps of a Young Explorer through the Rich Wine Country of the Clare Valley; Six Horses, 12 Goats, a Large Bird and a Camel's Saddle-Pad
IT WAS 163 years ago next month that a young colonial explorer, John Ainsworth Horrocks, died in one of the more bizarre events in our early history. Horrocks and his brother Eustace had sailed from England, arriving in Adelaide on March 22 1839...
Dreams of Adventure after HSC; Country Teenager Plans to Study Law and Travel the World
Byline: rebecca lollback rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au EVANS HEAD teenager Dominic Bock might enjoy living in a small, seaside village, but he also has some big plans for the future. Dominic has been busy studying for the HSC exams, but...
Egg, Bacon and Vegetable Bake; Everything in a Neat Egg Package
WHEN you think about it, the first person to eat an egg must have been very brave indeed, and quite imaginative. The 'raw' product, surrounded by shell as it is, gives you no inkling of what is inside. Whoever he or she was, thay introduced an essential...
Every Game Today Counts
IN a gripping climax to the premiership season, all five games in the final round today will have a major bearing on the fate of either the minor premiership, the fifth semi-final berth or relegation from Far North Coast premier league soccer. The...
Film-Maker and Author Michael Rowland Brings His New Film on the Super Conscious to Byron Bay; Heaven Closer Than You Think
IMAGINE this: you have an idea for a film, write it, raise the money - even in the GFC - make it, edit it and have it ready for national distribution, all within six months. Even for personal development coach, author and film-maker Michael Domeyko...
Former Bay Student Rattles Idol Charms; Voice of an Angel Puts Bible Student Top of Ranking
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au MARCIA HINES said he has one of the sexiest voices she's heard, and Dicko thinks he's 'terrific'. His name is Stan Walker and the former Byron Bay High School student is well on the way to...
GEORGINA BIBLE Talks to Filmmaker Karin Ecker about Her Struggle to Have a Natural Birth; Breech Birth Brings New Film into the World Naturally
THE NEW documentary, A Breech in the System, is a timely reminder of the challenges women face deciding how, where and when they give birth. The film narrates the determination of Byron Shire resident Karin Ecker to deliver her breech baby 'naturally'....
Green Grass of Climate Change
OKAY,we all should use more sunshine. Whether we should use more wind is debatable. While many people find wind turbines quite attractive, others don't, and anyway wind of a different kind is the bigger issue - those dirty, filthy, unladylike, smelly,...
Hoping to Be the King of Wembley
Byline: STEVE SPINKS steve.spinks@northernstar.com.au CASINO'S Matt King will wait until the last possible moment to decide if his injured hamstring is up to the rigours of an English Challenge Cup rugby league final after being named in Warrington's...
Inspiring Teacher Travels the Globe
I WAKE seconds before the alarm goes off and creep out of bed. Yoga mat under my arm, I let myself out through the gate and follow the path through the paddy fields to the yoga pavilion. I am in Ubud to do 10 days of intensive yoga with my teacher,...
It Can Become a Pest in Bushland If It Is Allowed to Escape from a Garden, or If Prunings Are Dumped; Spring Is Here, and the Sweet, Spicy Smell of Jasmine Is Filling the Air
SPRING is just around the corner, and the air is laden with perfume. Plain old jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is one of the plants that really heralds the start of spring. It is a quick growing evergreen vine with small deep green leaves. The clusters...
Life Never Had a Dull Moment
EILEEN HURLEY, one of the most well-known figures in Lismore, recently passed away. She was 90. Born blind in Lismore in 1919, she was loved and cared for by the Reynolds family in the early years. They arranged for her to be educated at the New...
Loving Farewell for Caroline Pitt; Byron Restaurateur Lived for Family and Community
Byline: Kate O'neill kate.oneill@northernstar.com.au CAROLINE PITT was yesterday remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, with a quirky sense of humour and generous and caring nature. The 56-year-old, who was tragically killed in...
Major Semi Spot Goeson the Line
Byline: Margie Pembroke LAST-ROUND A-grade women's hockey action hits off today at 1.30pm with Northern Star and East Lismore battling it out for a major semi-final spot next weekend, then Glee plays Alstonville at 4.20pm. Ballina have the bye....
Michael Philp, an Artist on a Self-Taught Spiritual Journey, Is a Finalist in a Major Indigenous Prize; Painting as Healing Helps Artist Find His Own Path
ONE OF this year's Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize finalists, Michael Philp, never dreamed his artwork would be nominated for such a prestigious art prize. "To be honest, I'm still blown away," Mr Philp told The Northern Star when he heard...
Multimedia Artist's 10-Year House Challenge
THE AVOCA Project is an international art project by Lyndal Jones, centred on the 'Swiss House'- a pre-fabricated gold rush house imported from Switzerland in 1850. It is an immigrant, its walls revealing stories of wealth and a European glamour...
New Karate Champ Gets a Big Break; Matt Now on Road to World Titles
Byline: SAMANTHA ELLEY news@northernstar.com.au MATT TICKLE is a young man with a purpose and it seems that not even a broken neck can stop him. Nearly 14 months after breaking his neck in three places in a rugby union game, 19-year-old Mr Tickle...
Records Indicate Cooler Summers
DR GRAHAM JONES, head of climate change studies at Southern Cross University, claims hot days are becoming more frequent due to climate change. However, the facts show that Lismore's average maximum temperatures were warmer during the first half...
SAFFRON HOWDEN Discovers What It's like to Be Satiated in Bangalow; Filling Up the Senses at Satiate with a Five-Course Degustation Delight
YOU don't walk into a five-course degustation meal with matching wines and expect to just have a feed. But Satiate surpassed even high expectations. The intimate dining space above Bangalow's main street exuded charm and unpretentious simplicity...
SHELLEY DEMPSEY Visits the Land of the Midnight Sun, and Finds It Child-Friendly and Full of Fun, with a Hint of Mystery and More Than a Dash of History; Sunny Days in Stockholm Where Big Bad Vikings Stalk the Streets in Search of Victims
IT IS summertime in Sweden and we are on a Viking walking tour in Stockholm, pretending to scare parties of enemy tourists. "Vikings were dominated by WAR," shouts one of our two female costumed tour guides. "Awesome," shouts my seven-year-old son...
Simple Idea Keeps Growing; Staff, Suppliers, Trades, Family, Friends All Play a Role
IN 1988, Jayne and I hatched a plan to become self employed by setting up our own pump and irrigation business here on the fabulous North Coast. Our aspirations extended no further than to run a ute with some tools from a shed in the back yard....
Sleepout Even More Upbeat; Big Stage Line-Up Hits a New Crescendo
Byline: Dominic Feain SUPPORTERS of The Northern Star's Giant Homeless Sleepout are in for a big treat following the announcement of another act to join performers tonight. The Cruel Sea founder Dan Rumour will join long-time collaborator Michael...
Think Water Are All Things Water; Expertise in Every Technical Aspect of Water
"IF YOU'RE thinking water - Think Water!" says Jayne Rothwell with a wry smile when asked what their business does. "Seriously, we are a technical service company providing all equipment and services relating to water - be it moving it, treating...
Think Water Group Continues Strong Growth Nationally; with 40 Stores Nationally, Collective Members Share Their Knowledge of the Irrigation Industry
AS MANY small businesses continue to feel the pressure from the combined pressure of drought and the economic downturn, irrigation and general water services group, Think Water is continuing to grow strongly. The radical changes being undertaken...
Three Months after Jono Denny Took Part in the World's Strictest Parents, His Life Is Back on Track and His Mother Couldn't Be Happier, Reports MEGAN KINNINMENT; from Alstonville to South Africa with Love and Plenty of Discipline
ALSTONVILLE teenager Jono Denny describes it as an epiphany. There he was, on the other side of the world, away from his own mother and listening to the grief of an African woman who had lost her son to teenage rebellion. "When she told me about...
Tiny Half off to the Titans
Byline: STEVE SPINKS steve.spinks@northernstar.com.au MEET the youngster who must be the lightest player in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League semi-finals. Woodenbong's Tim Green has been named on an extended bench for Northern United...
Where the Bloody Hell Are They? Australia Missing out as Gt Britain Corners the Sporting Market
NEWS that the Federal Gov-ernment has put up 20 million big ones (admittedly over four years) in a bid to 'brand' Australia has set my tiny little mind ticking. You know the sort of thing they want - Hoges did it, millions were said g'day and Lara...