Tag: lismore flood 2022
Thursday night out in Lismore
“Thanks for opening the bar. This is a real vote of confidence in the town”, I said to the woman behind the counter at Lismore’s new “small bar”, appropriately named “The Levee”. They’ve only been open for a week or two, and I called in last night for the first time.… Read the rest “Thursday night out in Lismore”
Yearly Review 2022
“Though it hasn’t been in the best of circumstances, at least it’s allowed you to spend time with your family”, my friend Sue’s mum commented over lunch yesterday. We were reflecting on the significant amount of time I’ve spent in Lismore over the last eighteen months.
In the middle of 2021, I returned home for my sister Nancy’s funeral.… Read the rest “Yearly Review 2022”
Behind the RSL Club
Earlier today, I spotted a couple of teenagers painting graffiti on the wall of Lismore’s levee, previously hidden behind the former RSL Club.
The club closed almost twenty years ago, after going into receivership. More recently, the building was home to First Steps Early Learning Centre. The building was damaged beyond repair in the floods earlier this year, and only a shell remains.… Read the rest “Behind the RSL Club”
2022 flood lessons, and looking ahead to 2023
This is something I recorded and wrote for ABC Radio.
Many parts of Australia and the world were, this year, impacted by floods. As they head towards 2023, what have been the long-term effects, and what challenges do they still face?
James O’Brien spoke to a panel of ABC journalists: Bruce Mackenzie from ABC North Coast, Sarah Lawrence from ABC Central Victoria, and Suki Sadik from ABC Radio’s Nightlife and Weekend Evenings who comes originally from Pakistan.
“Make sure Jack gets some of the puddings from Aldi before they sell out. They’re so good”, I sent Michelle in a text message the other day.
Now in his 80s, Jack has a routine of heading into town in Lismore every few days and buying groceries.
He’s been at a bit of a loss since the flood in Lismore earlier this year caused the closure of Aldi.… Read the rest “Christmas Pudding”
“Do you have any advice, any tips for people here in Lismore for when the reporters and camera operators come knocking on doors at the end of February”, I asked Melissa Doyle, the former “Sunrise” co-host who was in Lismore on a tour promoting her new book, “Fifteen Seconds Of Brave”.… Read the rest “Telling Stories”