I’ve never seen Ballina Airport as busy as it was yesterday. Generally, I can turn up at security and be through within a couple of minutes. But yesterday, there was a lengthy queue, and inside the lounge was crowded.
Though I generally arrive well ahead of time, I caught up with a colleague from Sydney who is about to commence work at the local ABC Radio station in Lismore.… Read the rest “Back in Sydney”
“I remember there was a colour-coded pie chart on the wall, which told you what type of song you played next. I’m pretty sure the first track was a gold (meaning a familiar but older hit song), and then it was an album track, and before the ad break, you always played a current top forty hit song”, I said to Jenny Burgess working in the newsroom at 2LM, Lismore today.… Read the rest “Lismore Radio 2LM”
“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”
“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.
Halfway through 2021, I came home for my sister, Nancy’s funeral.… Read the rest “Yearly Review 2022”
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”
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.
“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”
I took a walk around through some of the arcades and laneways of Lismore on the weekend. Eight months after the catastrophic flood, I was keen to see how the reconstruction of the arcades and laneways is going. Work on the main streets is slowly underway, and some shops have re-opened.… Read the rest “Aracades & Laneways”
In the days and weeks following the catastrophic flood, “hearts” started appearing on homes and businesses around Lismore.
Pretty quickly, they became a “thing”.
People began to sew them “professionally” to support fundraising.
And people started creating their own variations on the heart theme, to brighten the otherwise fairly desolate city views.… Read the rest “Lovemore”