Tag: lismore

Lismore Floods

It's about a year since the last big floods in Lismore (my home town) in Northern NSW. My sister's house is on the left in the featured photograph, and the house on the right is one I considered buying a couple of years ago. I suspect the value of the property is a fair deal ...

92.9 / 2NCR-FM

I paid a visit this morning to 92.9, Lismore's community radio station, although I know it better as 2NCR-FM, the station where I got my start in radio. Almost forty years ago, two or three times a week, my dad would drive me from our home in South Lismore to Goonellabah. Located at the back ...

Southside Pride

"The further up the hill you lived, the more money you had; the better school you went to; and the less you had to worry about floods...", was how I once described to a colleague the "class system" in Lismore (my hometown in Northern NSW). She, too, had grown up during the 60s and 70s ...

Lismore Floods

I don't really know what to say about the floods in Lismore, except they've had a deep impact on me, even though I'm many hundreds of kilometres away, and even though for the most part, I'm reasonably relaxed about floods at home, as I have written previously. "Yeah the river's up, but it's nothing to ...

Margaret Olley and my hometown, Lismore

If, like me, you're from Lismore (Northern NSW Australia), there's a good chance you'll know, or have met someone with the surname Olley. There were Olleys across the road from near where my Aunty Joanie lived. There was an Olley in our year at high school. If fact, there were quite a few members of ...

Tropical Fruits Parade and Launch

If I think about all of the things which have happened in terms of gay life in Lismore during my lifetime, there's a lot to reflect upon. As a teenager, I remember the homophobic editorials of Jim Brigginshaw, Editor of "The Northern Star". I remember doing a school project, aged 16, where I was part ...

South Lismore Railway Station

"Does the airport still operate at Casino?", I asked Pat the other day. She'd picked me from Ballina Airport and we were driving home to Lismore. After a moment's hesitation, she confirmed she was "pretty sure" it had closed. With both a sense of fondness and incredulity, I remember the flights from Sydney to Lismore ...

The Ballina Street Bridge

I suddenly realised tonight I don't know the name of the arched bridge connecting North and South Lismore over Leycester Creek via Wilson Street. It's not "The Wilson Street Bridge" because that's the name of the soon to be opened bridge which connects Wilson Street with the Industrial Estate, hopefully easing traffic on Union Street. ...

Tropical Fruits Photography Exhibition

"Where The F... is 34 Union Street?", I asked myself out loud as I walked along Union Street, South Lismore, a street I've walked on many, many times. Although family members have lived on Union Street since the 1930s, I never once imagined there was a #34. Indeed, all of the numbers I've ever seen ...