Thursday, September 21, 2023

Susanna Freymark, Richmond River Independent


Another pub for sale in Casino

The pub on Casino’s busiest roundabout is up for sale. No one is saying how much it is expected to sell for but Hotel Cecil is on the market ... In 1919, the Cecil was cut into pieces and dragged by a bullock team to its current site on Centre St. This is the first time in 45 years it has been on the market.

Food, glorious food, at new community pantry

Roz Knights is so excited she can’t keep stop smiling as an old aviation building on Bloore St is being transformed into the new Kyogle Community Food Pantry ... "This is my way – through the Lions Club and my Christian beliefs – to give back to people,” Roz said. “In the past I’ve been helped by so many people.” For a moment, Roz’s eyes fill with tears and then she smiles again as she looks up at the grey building and gushes about the local philanthropist who offered the site at a “phenomenally low rent”, she said.

It’s the pub with cheap beer

Claire Rankin. Coraki Hotel publican Ron Macdonald has been forced to sell his tap beer as takeaway because of the lockdown ... Lockdowns both this year and last have forced Mr Macdonald to sell his tap beer at a cut price, because brewers reject opened kegs.

Evans surfer gets a good break

Claire Rankin. Evans Head surfers are stoked to back one of their own as he steps on to the world circuit. Halftide Boardriders club at Evans Head is trying to raise $25,000 to help club member Callum Robson compete overseas.

Family torn apart by border closure

A Mummulgum mother-of-two hasn’t seen her four-year-old daughter for three weeks. Sharnee Van Mourik said the lockdown and border restrictions mean Haven-Rose is unable to come home. Sharnee has a one-week-on, one-week-off arrangement with her daughter’s father who lives in Queensland ... “It’s a joke, I’m so angry,” Sharnee said.

Exchange, Tatts and Oxford pubs sold

Publican Craig Lusby has sold the Tattersalls Hotel and the Oxford Hotel in Casino for close to $10 million. Kelly & Co Hotels bought the pubs including the eight gaming entitlements of the Oxford Hotel in Walker St ... The Exchange Hotel in Kyogle has also been sold.

Shallin steps up into Titans squad for ’22

Former local and NRL Burleigh Bears prospect Shallin Fuller is set to join the Gold Coast Titans next year. Shallin is from Muli Muli, attended Woodenbong Central School and played for the Turkeys.