Thursday, June 8, 2023

News from Kyogle and Richmond Valley

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Recent articles

Fairy Hill identified for housing opportunity

Richmond Valley Council has welcomed the release of the draft Resilient Lands Strategy by the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation. The strategy has identified Fairy Hill as a flood-safe housing opportunity.

Two sites for new floodproof housing in Kyogle, one in Richmond Valley

Where can we build new housing that doesn’t flood? The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation has identified 22 sites across the Northern Rivers that are suitable for flood-free housing development. Of these sites, 15 are ready for “immediate investigation”.

Previous articles

Don’t try this at home – blades fly as Casino’s best boners put on a display

It was about speed and presentation (that’s where the parsley comes in) in the Great Boning Wars that took place on the back of a truck in the middle of roundabout turned cattle ring in Walker St, Casino. It was Beef Week Saturday, May 27, and the art of de-boning meat was a spectator sport.

Community is driving force behind village’s new bus

Hoorah! Rappville has a community bus ... The 2019 bushfires destroyed 23 properties; the pub was saved from flames twice. Residents had to rebuild, recover and find ways to move forward after the disaster. Dave and the other members of the Rappville Social Club had to decide how best to use the donations coming in from “all over Australia”.

It takes many villages to tell our Fire Stories in book and podcast

Words, pictures and voices bring to life the stories of the 2019-2020 bushfires ... The stories and photos have been turned into a book that was launched at the Roxy Gallery on Friday, May 19.

History comes back home to honour soldiers

The four honour boards in the Rappville Hall that were destroyed in the 2019 bushfire have just been replaced with new and better versions ... Resident Roger Bailey was a driver of the project to restore the boards that hang on the shiny, white walls of the new hall.

Village eatery is surprise win for Best Homemade Cafe in the world

A small village cafe has had international recognition. A luxury online publication in United Kingdom has released its annual restaurant awards featuring restaurants and cafes from around the world. And Bonalbo’s Powick’s Pantry has won the Best Local Homemade Cafe 2023.

Act of kindness times 50 restores flooded prize winning garden

Fifty pairs of helping hands restored the McCormacks’ prize winning garden at Swan Bay. In 2018, Jenny and Jim McCormack won the North Coast Champion Garden. In 2022, that garden was under water with only the tops of the tallest trees poking out of the floodwaters.

Change in emergency services funding will hit councils hard

Local councils are reeling after learning the NSW Government will not subsidise the increase in the Emergency Services Levy this year. Local Government NSW president Darriea Turley said the levy is a cost imposed on councils and the insurance industry to fund the emergency services budget in NSW such as the Rural Fire Service.



Telling stories is in my blood.

I’ve been a journalist for more than 15 years.

I started as a cadet at the Northern Star, worked at News Corp in Sydney as education editor and then back to Lismore to work at APN until it was bought out by News Corp.

I was editor of the Richmond River Express Examiner for five years and when News Corp shut it down I became editor of the Richmond River Independent for more than a year until economic circumstances meant the community owned paper had to close.

I knew the vacuum of real local news needed to be filled. I decided to provide that online and indyNR was born.

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Our stories create a narrative history of our region. It is what drives me to focus on news from Kyogle and Richmond Valley.

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IndyNR editor Susanna Freymark


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