Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Richmond River Independent

Free weekly newspaper

Distributed in the Richmond Valley and Kyogle Council areas in Northern New South Wales

Print edition published every Wednesday

Website with online news and the digital edition

Meet the Richmond River Independent

Community owned through the Richmond River Independent Community Association, the Richmond River Independent covers the Richmond Valley and Kyogle areas in Northern New South Wales. Ben Hawke spent some time on the job with the editor, Susanna Freymark, and Bob Mills, the Association President.

Articles

Recent articles

Housing and high cattle prices hit meatworkers

High cattle prices and the housing crisis have led to changes at the casino Food Co-op. Shifts have been reduced and the co-operative plans to build worker cottages on site. Chief executive Simon Stahl said the price of cattle was too high for the meat processing plant.

Crews busy with house and bush fires

There have been several house fires in the past two weeks – in Casino, Mallanganee, Deep Creek and Cawongla ... RFS crews from Mallanganee, Mummulgum and Tabulam brigades as well as Fire and Rescue NSW assisted at the Deep Creek farmhouse fire ... On Monday, two bushfires were under control by RFS.

Junior Cougars on the rise

Congratulations, Casino Cougars. The junior outfit has been named the NSW Rugby League Grassroots Club of the Year. The club has grown from 130 players in 2012 to 340 in 2021.

Earlier articles

Going into dive bomber territory

I took barely two steps from my car and a magpie slammed into the side of my face. I clutched my camera as I ran across the road. “I didn’t expect that,” I said breathless to the waiting residents. Happens all the time, they said. The group of six stood with umbrellas opened above their heads. It was a bright sunny day. The umbrellas were essential to deter the magpie if any of them stepped out of their units ... Marlene has lived on Pratt St for 11 years and the past five had been dominated by the magpie.

Time to pad up for a new season

Claire Rankin. The Evans Head Hammerheads club’s Tracey Bodley said the club needed up to 10 cricketers to meet a shortfall caused by players moving away for work and other reasons ... The Casino RSM Redbacks Cricket Club is looking for cricketers of all ages and experience to play in the Casino and Lismore competition. Family combinations are encouraged, as well as those who have previously retired from the game but would like to play again.

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.

The Richmond River Independent is community owned through the Richmond River Independent Community Association Inc. covering Richmond Valley and Kyogle Council areas in Northern NSW.

The Richmond River Independent free weekly newspaper is a community response to the devastating decision by News Corp to shut down our local paper.

We needed a local paper that tells news about us.

From breaking news like the fires at Rappville, to fishing comps at Evans Head, cattle sales in Casino, giant pumpkins in Kyogle, Council news, births, deaths and marriages and local sport.

Who will tell these stories for us if we don’t have a local paper?

The Richmond River Independent is owned by the community. That way it can never be taken over or closed down on a whim.

It’s advertising support that will make this paper sustainable. That’s a two-way street, because local businesses need focused local media to market their products and services and we’re here to provide that platform.

The management committee of the association is president Bob Mills, secretary Graeme Gibson, treasurer Meg Bishop and Tony Hennessy, Maggie May, Andrew Johnston, Geoff Austin and Cath Gillespie.

Join the Association for a $10 one off joining fee and $25 per year membership.

Membership is open to those who live and work in the Richmond Valley and Kyogle LGAs including areas on the borders.

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