The Bureau of Meteorology website reported no rainfall at all in Coffs Harbour yesterday even though it rained all dayThe responsible Minister has been asked to investigateAccurate rainfall data is vital for public safety and emergency service planning
How we miss you, Aunt Mary.. and your selfless caring for all the family, especially your mother.I miss our long chats, our laughter, and the walking out to Nona’s, sometimes picking wildflowers along the way. I loved calling in to your place after school, even for piano practice.The hardest part of leaving my home town was leaving you, something I know my parents felt as well. You were my confidante, my go between when I was a teenager railing against my Dad’s strict rules. It was you who taught me to cook all manner of things, and to crochet… wish I’d had more lessons for that.
Album review: Marguerite Montes/All the Time in The WorldPosted: March 26, 2017 in Album review: roots, Uncategorized Tags: All the Time in The World, Andalusia, Dexter Gordon, Django Reinhardt, Duende, Jaco, Joni Mitchell, leonard cohen, Marguerite Montes, Peter Urquhart, Stéphane Grappelli, Yngwie Malmsteen 0Well-meaning friends, from time to time, alert me to Youtube clips of 8 year old Japanese Yngwie Malmsteens or junior Jaco bass shredders or, best (worst) of all, 12 year old Blues screamers.While I admire the meticulous programming that is takes to get these little automatons to such a level of facility, I am general left yearning for a gnarly Dexter Gordon ballad or at least a few croaked Leonard Cohen lines. Because it is a life fully lived that ultimately makes for good – and real – music.East Coast songwriter Marguerite Montes has lived a full, rich and colourful life – much of it in exciting boho circumstances, some of it in pain and darkness. Her new album of songs with violinist Peter Urquhart is informed, bruised and kissed with the ins/ups and outs/downs of her life. The eight songs on All the Time in The World are performed in a voice that carries the years in it – but is not worn out by them, only burnished to a clear, fine-grained glow, like any well-tuned and well-loved instrument.
Gordon Braithwaite passed away on March 2, 2017 at the Bellingen Hospital. He was 86-years-old. Mr Braithwaite spent more than 32 years as a councillor and 14-and-a-half years as either Mayor or Shire President, he is the longest serving councillor in the history of Bellingen Shire. The former logging contractor was first elected in 1971.In a Courier-Sun interview in 2012 he said among his other achievements as mayor were “three new libraries across the Shire, two surf club houses, four senior citizen centres, sewerage extensions in Urunga, water supply to Repton and Mylestom, purchase of property for the Valley Rose estate in Bellingen, establishing the Connell Park sporting fields, funding for Bellingen and Dorrigo swimming pools and assisted with the establishment of the Nursing Home in Bellingen”.
Splash out in the national YMCA Swimathon on 5 March 2017, to support people with disability in our community.We believe that everyone who wants to enjoy the water should be able to do so safely. People with disabilities often require specially qualified swimming instructors, or accessible facilities and equipment, but don’t always have access to these. That’s where the YMCA comes in. Funds raised provide people with disability the opportunity to learn to swim and enjoy the water safely at YMCA pools around Australia.How you can get involved:> Join us in the pool! You can swim and fundraise too by registering.> Simply Make a donation> Attend our fundraising event – https://www.facebook.com/pg/YMCASwimathon/events/Every dollar makes a difference:$20 – can provide one swimming lesson for a child with a disability$60 – can purchase a neck flotation collar for a child with a disability$250 – can provide training and qualifications for swim instructors to teach learners with disabilities$500 – can purchase a float suit$2,000 – can purchase a water wheelchair.Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
It is with great sadness that after 34 years of constant service to the people of the Bellingen Shire, Brenda Mitchell is retiring from the North Bellingen Medical Centre. Brenda and her still-to-be-completed family arrived here from Sydney at the same time as Angus McClure was just starting up the North Bellingen surgery. As her own family grew, Brenda took on the role of the North Bellingen family – and became practice manageress, in which role she has stayed ever since!Known to everyone in the town Brenda has been the steady hand at North Bellingen, settling in new registrars, new medical students and sometimes new associate doctors. Working with the team she led, Brenda’s warmth and gentleness have been the welcoming foundations of the practice for a generation. Methodical, highly ethical, quietly thoughtful, Brenda has been the go-to person steering our service.