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Monthly archives: August, 2021

Disability Art in Lismore

Several times over the last few months I’ve walked past the offices of REDinc, located in Magellan Street, Lismore. I don’t know much about REDinc, except they’re a disability organisation based here. On their website, they describe themselves in these terms. REDinc is a not-for-profit community organisation established in 1991 by a group of parents …

10,000 Steps

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-lockdown, I’m managing to keep myself reasonably fit by walking. Though there are some days I don’t quite reach the magic number of 10,000 steps, quite often I do. I try to stop along the way and take some photographs, and this weekend, in particular, I’ve shot some video. …

Saturday morning at North Lismore

The population of Lismore is around 45,000 and has been so for a number of years. To the best of my knowledge, that 45,000 also includes nearby villages and towns such as Nimbin. And so, in some ways, it’s both a big country town and a small regional centre. Even within Lismore, there are elements …

Everyone’s Drinking

“Have you printed off your vaccination certificate?”, I asked a family member earlier in the week. He’s a tradie who has been living and working in New South Wales for several months, and has been staying with us for about the last four weeks. Lately, the work he does has started to dry up, and …

Back Alley Gallery

There is a beautiful piece of public art in Lismore which I adore. The work features a young Indigenous boy, with a broad smile, and a curious look in his eyes. It’s part of the Back Alley Gallery which, as the name implies, features public art in the back laneways of the city. A couple …

5ks from Lismore

The purchase of a new car is an an experience I only remember from childhood. As an adult, I’ve never purchased a new car. But as a child, I remember there was a strong family ritual about such purchases. The ritual involved taking my grandmother for a drive in the potential purchase to the nearby …

Are You Still Here?

“Are you still here?”, I was asked earlier today by a former colleague from Sydney, now living near Lismore. “Do you really think I’d be heading back to Sydney right now?”, I replied. Every day, there are several hundred new cases in Sydney, and every day most of the new cases involve people who have …