Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Susanna Freymark, Richmond River Independent


Evans fish co-op may have to shut up shop

Claire Rankin. Evans Head Fish Co-op may be forced to close temporarily because of covid, its chair Bill Litchfield said. He was “extremely concerned” about how the snap lockdown has impacted the co-op and fishing industry.

Spate of frog deaths has scientists worried

Frog scientists are concerned about a large number of sick, dying or dead frogs across eastern Australia. The mass deaths in NSW, Queensland and Victoria may be an indicator of a known fungal pathogen or a new strain.

Phantom Bonnie wins for Free

Phantom Bonnie was ahead of the pack at Casino Greyhound Racing Club.

Awards for brave rescuers

Two years ago on Father’s Day, an accident at sea changed the lives of six men from Evans Head. Utah Chilcott was 18 at the time and said he had “never been so close to seeing someone die”. The men’s efforts on that day are being acknowledged by a bravery citation from the Governor-General scheduled for today.

Creating art and ice cream out of Rappville’s bushfire

Rappville ice cream and a special tablecloth are part of a recovery project in response to the 2019 bushfires. Leading the Creative Recovery Project are artists Charlotte Haywood and Lyndall Phelps who have spent time in Rappville this year working with the community as part of the Arts Northern Rivers initiative.

Covid spared rod in region

Claire Rankin. Fishing for essential reasons such as food and exercise was permitted during the covid lockdown ... Although fishing was allowed, not a tight line or a bent rod was to be seen on the north or south wall at Evans Head or along the main beach. A lone surfer was spotted, along with dog walkers, bicycle riders and toddler tamers.

They’re ready to rock you this weekend and next

The show must go on. There are 42 cast members rehearsing for four performances of Bye Bye Birdie in Kyogle this month. Fingers crossed, there won’t be a covid case in Kyogle LGA. Or lockdown. Or anything else to stop the performance.

After Midnight, all is safe and well

Claire Rankin. After almost three weeks living in her car in Evans Head with her dog, a 74-year-old widow is now safe and well at home. Barbara Williams is grateful to all the people in Evans Head who came to her aid while she was living in her car. She felt forced to leave her Baptist Community Centre unit in Lismore when she was told she could not keep her four-year-old part-kelpie called Midnight.