Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Provides local and regional news coverage for Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Articles from September 24, 2011

A Clearer Vision of Coffs Coast Future
Byline: Graeme Singleton THE establishment of a Port Authority to oversee the revitalisation and development of the foreshores/marina precinct; a renewed focus on the area's eco-tourism potential; the building of a a[approximately]virtual' cultural...
America Steamboatin' Back to the Future
Byline: David Ellis AT their prime, anything up to 200 steam-driven paddle- and stern-wheelers could be seen on any one day along any of the city waterfronts of America's mighty Mississippi. From when Nicholas Roosevelt built the first riverboat...
Backpackers Help Yasi Victims
CAIRNS (AAP): Australians are fond of talking about the aAussie spirita a a bond that leads them to help out their countrymen and women in difficult times. Around cyclone-devastated north Queensland, however, the aspirita has a distinctly international...
Corn Is a Great Way to Get Kids to Eat Vegies
DO YOU have children that don't want to eat their vegetables? Get them involved in growing their own vegies and you will be surprised how their attitude changes. Continuing on in the vegie patch, this week let's look at growing sweet corn. Personally,...
Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds at Boambee
If it's privacy and space you're looking for without sacrificing convenience, this idyllic property which abounds with style and charm is an excellent find. Situated on a 3173 square metre block in the sought-after location of Boambee, this five...
Five to Take Turns in Deputy Mayor Job
Byline: Belinda Scott COFFS HARBOUR City Council will be all chiefs and only one Indian following a start- ling decision by a majority of the councillors. The city will have five different deputy mayors in the next 12 months, with each one serving...
French Veil Fines a Travesty of Justice
NEW YORK (AFP): France's fines on women for wearing the full-face covering niqab veil, imposed for the first time by a court on Thursday, are a atravesty of justice,a Amnesty International says. Police have issued several on-the-spot fines since...
From the Flybridge A[euro]" Solitary Islands GFC
LAST Saturday was the game fishing season opening day for the Solitary Islands Club. The club fleet went out to a perfect sunrise, perfect weather, perfect sea conditions and plenty of game fish! What a daya[degrees] there were 14 billfish raised,...
Good Weather and the Fish on the Bite
AND all of a sudden, it was summer. No one could really complain about the weather again this week, it's been just about perfect. Maybe a touch too much wind here and there but just about perfect just the same. The Fish of the Year competition saw...
Local Athletes Up for Gold
Byline: GREG WHITE SIX elite athletes with links to the Coffs Coast will face the starter at tomorrow's Coolangatta Gold event at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast. Headlined by reigning Kelloggs' Iron Woman champion, Courtney Hancock, and sister Bonnie,...
Local Garden Clubs .
Coffs Harbour Orchid Society meets in the meeting room at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. View flowering orchids, learn more about growing of orchids, with a social get together over a light supper on completion of the meeting. Guest speaker....
Macca Farmers Wise Up to Rats
NATIVE barn owls (Tyto alba) have become the new weapon for Northern Rivers macadamia farmers fighting to protect their crops from rodents. Growers are installing nesting boxes in orchards to encourage the owls to move in and prey on rats. For...
New Support Tools to Help Improve Quad Bike Safety
FARMS across Australia will soon become safer through the release of new tools to help farmers and dealerships improve safety and reduce injuries associated with quad bikes. Part of an ambitious plan developed by Australasia's work health and safety...
Olley Re-Creation Is A[euro][approximately]out'
THE anightmarea surrounding a possible new art gallery in Lismore meant the city was probably aouta as a venue to house a re-creation of the studio in which Margaret Olley used to paint, according to an executor of her estate. Miss Olley, who died...
PERLE PAYOUT? Inquiry to Check Whether Dept Was Negligent
NINE months since the collapse of State Government building contractor Perle Constructions and there's finally hope on the horizon for Coffs Harbour's out-of-pocket sub-contractors, owed $1.6 million. Local creditors are confident a NSW Internal...
PM Calls on Abbott to Help
CANBERRA (AAP): Prime Minister Julia Gillard has used the arrival of two boats carrying asylum seekers to renew her call for the opposition to support the government's push to change the law and allow offshore processing. aThis is not a time for...
Pollies Pandering to Racist Minority
READING Graeme Singleton's Wednesday editorial on asylum seeker policy reminded me of the day I tried to get up a story on the Coffs Harbour-based Sanctuary Australia Foundation. This organisation sponsors a[approximately]forgotten' refugees, many...
Quickie Quirkies
Workers who shout down the phone, never offer to make tea and coffee, or bring smelly food into the office for lunch, are among the top bugbears of employees, according to a new British study. The irritating habits of colleagues dominate a list of...
Reaping Renewable Rewards
RENEWABLE energy targets and the Carbon Farming Initiative have driven research into the potential profits and environmental gains to be delivered from forestry plantation residues. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is working with...
Rudd Calls for World Leadership on Growth
CANBERRA (AAP): Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has told the United Nations the world's leaders need to look beyond the next election cycle and take the measures necessary to rebuild sustainable economic growth. As the Australian stock market...
See the Forests and the Trees
LET your wild side run free by exploring the great outdoors these school holidays. The best place to celebrate the International Year of Forests is obvious and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has lined up tours and activities to entice...
Spanish Bullfighting Vows to Survive Blow
GUADALIX DE LA SIERRA, Spain (AFP): Man and bull will dance with death in a Catalan arena for the last time in history on Sunday before the combat is banned for good from the Spanish region. But the struggling tradition, in which a matador with...
Spring School Holiday Ideas
SPRING school holidays on the Coffs Coast are filled with activities for all ages. Below are some ideas for you to consider: Enjoy a stress-free bistro meal or some barefoot bowls by taking the children with you to the new Park Beach Bowling Club...
Squid Dish Garners Top Prize for Bellingen Chef
SQUID has snatched this year's signature dish award for Bellingen chef Robert English, the joint owner of Ave Restaurant. Robert is the winner of this year's annual Signature Dish Competition for the Mid North Coast. To win the competition, he...
The Dairy Spectacular; One of the Richest Dairy Shows Joins North Coast National
PRESIDENT of the North Coast National, John Gibson, has announced the Dairy Spectacular, one of Australia's richest dairy shows, has been secured for Lismore. The North Coast National A&I Society has won the rights to hold the Dairy Spectacular...
The Running Man Gives Coffs Event Head Start; and He's in Coffs This Weekend for the Inaugural Coffs Harbour Half Marathon. with Steve Moneghetti Ahead of Tomorrow's Big Event
BRAD GREENSHIELDS: You competed in marathons for 15 years. Does that mean that half marathons like the one being run in Coffs Harbour on Sunday is a social distance for you? STEVE MONEGHETTI: Oh, no, they're actually my favourite distance. To...
The Sickly Joys of Motherhood
WHEN I signed up for motherhood I knew I wasn't signing the smartest contract in the world. But somehow, with years of practice, I've been able to get my head around the fact that kids, no matter what age, need constant feeding, constant attention...
Title on for Young and Old
THE Hurley Pro in California has wrapped up this week and the duel between Kelly Slater and Owen Wright continued as they finished first and second once again. Slater never ceases to amaze, although Wright's flight to the big time over the last...
True Blue with a Twist of France
Byline: David Ellis WINEMAKER Scott Comyns at the Hunter Valley's Tempus Two has created an interesting 2011 Sauvignon Blanc under the company's Copper Series label, a wine that's true-blue Aussie yet has suggestions of French FumA[c] Blanc about...
WikiLeaks Chief Has Denied Sex Allegations
LONDON (AP): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says in a new memoir he did not sexually assault two women who have accused him of rape, and he claims he was warned the US government was trying to entrap him. Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography...
Wrong Place at the Right Time
A SOUTH AFRICAN couple who decided to make their own internet hotel bookings for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand should possibly have done it through a travel agent a they got the name of the hotel right, but instead of being in New Zealand's Eastbourne...
Your Chance to Be a Part of History
Byline: CRAIG MCTEAR IT WILL be many years before you see a Coffs Harbour float parade as spectacular as the one we'll have in two months. The Sesquicentenary Parade on Sunday, November 20, will celebrate our 150th birthday and entries are flooding...