Thursday, June 8, 2023



The rebirth of 48 Main

48  Main bar and music venue is the kind of place where everyone knows your name ... And that vision, brought to life by the late Steve McMahon, holds a very special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Now, the beloved bar is back with just the right people at the helm.

Nailed it!

Kevin Moloney. So anticipation built when news broke that a new food offer was to open in the same building as its antecedents ... We also learned the restaurant would be called Franco’s, so we started Googling to check the pedigree of the new kid on our food block.

Hard work pays off

Many years of day in, day out toil by Evan and Gayle Jones and their team at Rudd’s Pub in Nobby was highlighted last Wednesday at an all-day event celebrating the opening of a new outdoor area and Steele Rudd Memorial.

Goldies manager calls out TCA for forgetting about the Barkly

The Manager of the Goldfields Hotel was not a happy camper this week when a customer emailed him the latest Tourism Central Australia (TCA) Dining Guide publicised on its website to promote restaurants and cafés in the central NT region ... "The Barkly seems to be the Bermuda Triangle of the Territory – forget the Berrimah Line – it should be the Capricorn Line – everything north of Alice is forgotten about": Jason Groves.

Glengallan Homestead’s paranormal activity

Glengallan Homestead these days thrives with visitors, however its long and storied past, including many decades when it was abandoned, has led to some believing it may be haunted ... "People come back to the Heritage Centre after going through the house and tell us stories of how they felt a chill or how they saw someone at a window," Donna Fraser, Chair, Glengallan Homestead Trust explained.

Accommodation available in Lismore and Nimbin this Easter school holiday period

Holidaymakers hunting for accommodation over the Easter long weekend and school holidays are urged to book in Lismore and Nimbin for their stay ... “We have a great range of accommodation available around Lismore and Nimbin over the Easter holiday period, ranging from country cottages right through to motel rooms and camping grounds”: Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg.

Mandy Connell talks all things Folk and Roots

Treasured Australian singer-songwriter and Maldon local Mandy Connell is the face behind a monthly mini-festival at the Kangaroo Hotel in Maldon. The event, called Goldfields Folk & Roots: Roo Fest, offers a curated afternoon of folk and roots music celebrating local and invited musicians.

Old bank becomes “The Yard” cafe

Titilua Ikenasio. A new child-friendly eating place ‘The Yard’ Cafe has officially opened on East Street Narrandera, bringing with it new flavours and a new look ... Owners Cass and Oz Fikri are no strangers to the world of hospitality ...

Power outages

Last week’s power outages in Maldon affected several homes and businesses, including the Maldon Rose Cafe, which suffered a loss of earnings for a day. Arriving on Wednesday morning with a fully booked house, the discovery was made that the fridges were not running at the correct temperature due to a power outage from 4am to 9am in the morning.

“Motels” revival “OK” for Charlton

Jenny Pollard. It starts with a road trip and bridges the city / country divide. There’s a playlist for the road and it brings some of the biggest names in indie music to the “bush”. But above all, what makes the “OK Motels Festival” such a hit is the positive focus it brings to Charlton and the energising momentum that results.

Charles Sturt hotel welcomes new owners

The Charles Sturt Hotel have new owners who are excited to take on the challenge of keeping Narrandera’s last remaining pub alive. The new owners are a family owned company by the name of Sorella Group which is made up of three sisters and their partners.

Forest closures continue to hamper community recovery

As communities work diligently to recover from the recent flooding, local businesses are concerned that continuing forest closures are hampering the local economy’s recovery ... Further upstream, the Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh said despite the Moama Water Sport Club delaying the world’s biggest ski race until March 24-26 because of the floods, there is still no guarantee the banks of the Murray will have been reopened to the public. He says there is no reason beyond the usual government indifference, regional Victoria is “out of sight, out of mind.”

Congratulations to Southern Cross Care Allora

Following a recent audit conducted by the State Government into Aged Care food ratings, Southern Cross Care in Allora was awarded Second place in Queensland. This is no mean feat when 570 Homes across Queensland were judged by the residents and their families.

Big smiles at ‘big shed’ opening

Located at Nymboida Camping and Canoeing, the big shed offered many residents a safe place to stay following the catastrophic bushfires which devastated the region in 2019 ... “We housed locals in the cabins, and very importantly, Nymboida Camping and Canoeing provided a space for people to come and share their experiences and stories with others who understood": Laena Stephenson.

Better than “OK”!

Bouncing back from the flood-enforced cancellation last October, Charlton's "OK Motels" Festival was back with a bigger and better impact as visitors soaked up the relaxed country lifestyle last weekend. With the focus firmly set on “community” and the town presenting an array of add-on activities, there was a tangible feeling of homecoming, as friendships were rekindled, new ones made, and former attendees introducing newcomers to what could viewed as a “lifestyle” event.

A new Territory Worker Connect Portal and UK delegation to yield a boost for hospitality workforce: Fyles, Kirby

A delegation of Territory business will aim to recruit 100 hospitality workers when they visit the United Kingdom and Ireland next month to increase our skilled workforce through the Global Worker Attraction Program.

Visitor Park update for local residents

Barkly Regional Deal hosted a BBQ information session on Wednesday to update interested community residents and stakeholders on the progress of the Tennant Creek Visitor Park. The Visitor park aims to provide short-term, alternative and affordable accommodation for people travelling to town for cultural, health or social reasons.

Porcupine Village update

The Times spoke to Porcupine Village owner Frank Hutchinson this week about the recent shutdown of works at the site. From the start of this project, Frank and the management team were taking advice from a Town Planning consultant with over 30 years’ experience ... Frank is now working with a Melbourne-based group of town planners who have a great deal of experience in dealing with complex planning issues.

Wheatsheaf Store: More than just a coffee shop

The Wheatsheaf Store owners are to be complimented as they have gone to great lengths to support local producers with the produce of local business Budgee Garlic and Herbs most prominent with a wide selection of jams ... Fresh local eggs are supplied by Emu Creek Eggs and cold drinks by Cook’s Soft Drinks of Pittsworth with a locally-produced selection of soaps also on offer.

Porcupine Village woes

It was an announcement that was significant enough for the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events to visit Maldon in May last year: a State Government decision to invest $1.7 million in a development at Porcupine Village ... After eight months, progress on the Porcupine Village development has stalled, with works shut down by Council owing to lack of compliance regarding appropriate planning permission.

Family dream being realised with Sedgers redevelopment

The realisation of a more than decade-long dream for the McGeary and Gilmore families will begin next month when the redevelopment of Iluka’s iconic Sedgers Reef Hotel commences ... “Everyone is welcome to come and farewell the old Sedgers Reef Hotel right up until the time we close”: Rowena Drew.

Couple set up shop in the most unlikely place

Michael and Karen Schill have set up a shop in the most unlikely place. A few kilometres along Long Gully Rd is the Drake Community Store ... Long Gully Rd is a winding scenic road following the path of Rocky River. Tourists come to pan for gold in the river.

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