What's on: Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley

CANCER GALA: Paul Mercurio, star of Baz Luhrmann's Australian film Strictly Ballroom, will be the celebrity judge of the 2017 Stars of the Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer gala fundraising night at C.ex Coffs on October 28.

What's happening in your region in October and November.

Coffs seniors gather for a day of talks on dementia

Journey Through Dementia keynote speaker, geriatrician Dr Vaibhav Tyagi, his wife, GP Dr Deepti Tyagi and event organiser Jodie Kennedy.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death for people over 65.

Euthanasia bill passes Lower House in Victoria

Aged Care is an area that will require more trained staff in the future.elderly, senior, nursing home, hands,

Marathon sitting needed to pass controversial bill.

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Stroll Sydney's spectacular Sculpture by the Sea

OUTDOOR ART: Take in the sun, sand, fresh air and amazing artistic endeavours of Sydney's 21st Sculpture by the Sea.

TAKE a stroll on the wild side to see Sydney's ocean-side sculptures

Learn 11 practical tips for voluntary carers

CARERS: James McCutcheon and his wife Beverley.

These tips will help ease the challenging role of a carer.

‘Trump’s a liar’: Blow-up over 'insensitive' call

President Donald Trump has been accused of politicising gold star families. Picture: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais.

"He knew what he was getting into when he signed up."

VIDEO: Waters recede under Gympie bridge

After heavy rain left part of this Gympie Rd flooded, waters are receding.

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CMCA Rally: Bradleys have wanderlust for life

THE day she retired, Leigh Bradley and husband Ray bought a motorhome and haven't looked back since.

Grey nomads sick of being called camping 'free loaders'

Grey nomads are sick of being called free loaders.

"We don't want to stay in caravan parks that charge over $25"

Go west to kick up your heels at new resort

GREY NOMADS: The old Mt Gipps hotel near Broken Hill.

A new $5m outback resort is announced for Broken Hill.

Grey nomads deliver brutally frank message to CQ council

A senior couple having fun camping with camper van.

'We're not going to come if two days later we have to pack up'

LETTERS: Free camping issue is a complicated one

Free camping by grey nomads has become a contentious issue.

Grey nomads say the free camping issue is complex.

OPINION: Why this nomad doesn't need caravan parks

A Rockhampton nomad weighs in on caravan park debate after Yeppoon's lack of free camping areas left one couple claiming they may never return.

David Rickertt says some are 'out of touch' with modern travellers

Van park review won't provide rate relief

TOWN CAMPING: Premier Caravan Park on Nebo Road is one of the closest caravan parks to Mackay city centre.

Council plan for caravan parks will not consider rate relief

RECIPE: Easy Chocolate Truffles

THESE little beauties are from my childhood and still taste wonderful with little effort

Recipe: Double Choc fudge cookies

DELICIOUS: Double Choc Fudge Cookies.

DELICIOUS cookies to have with a great cup of coffee

Get crafty with your grandkids

PREPARATION: Paper mache can be a fun activity to enjoy with your grandchildren. Just keep ahead of the mess.

Aim to impress with your handy craft skills.

RECIPES: Cooking with kids

Honey Joys are easy to make.

I LOVE cooking with kids, they're so interested in learning

Repel bugs with a natural alternative

GO NATURAL: Find an alternative to chemical-based insect repellents by making your own.

Try making your own alternative to chemical based insect repellents.

Putting the Y into DIY

DIY projects give you the chance to recycle or upcycle products to create something of your own.

Should you book a professional or go it alone?

Gardening: How to grow your own potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow and now is the time to begin planting.

This versatile veggie is easy to grow

Sunshine Coast family take STEPS to better education

THE family that studies together stays together – or at least that’s the case for Noosa mother Sue Arnold and her two daughters Lisa and Lauren.

Who said people don't read books anymore?

Volunteers Lachlan and Aidan Stone from Toowoomba who helped set up the Bookfest and serve the many customers.

That myth was de bunked at the 4th Annual Quota Bookfest.

Internet star: Senior wins hearts in beautiful picture

Who says seniors aren’t the leaders of the pack?!

New generation has chance to feel the forest

Intergenerational connections grow as environmental knowledge is shared and enjoyed.

O'Reilly family heritage linked to the restoration of the forest.

Learn how to cook without the stress with Wasabi

Wasabi restaurant, Noosa Heads.

Wasabi classes take the stress out of the kitchen.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

JACK OF HEARTS: Australia's most acclaimed playwright and Patron to Noosa Arts Theatre, David Williamson

What's happening in your region for September.

Infinite intricacies woven into new art show

Meaghan Shelton has woven themes of handicraft, femininity and tradition into her new show 'Intricate Infinite' at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Artist weaves different themes in new show at Gympie Gallery.

Enjoy a digital detox in awakening Namibia

BY DAY 10 in the Namibia my Wilderness Safari travelling companions wanted me to use something other than the word extraordinary to describe the vast country.

Come on folks show your bones some love

Australians are urged to 'love your bones' on World Osteoporosis Day

Aussies longer and stronger than ever before

POPULATION: We're a nation on the age rise according to the latest ABS Life Expectancy at Birth report.

We're on the road upwards, especially if you live in the ACT.

Famous birthdays: On this day

Robert Reed was an American character actor of stage, film and television.

Reed was the Brady Bunch producer's second choice as Mike Brady.

10 Nutrition mythbusters for super adults

Should you really be happy with unintentional weight loss?

Foster carers are many dogs' best friends

JUDY and Carl Kuhn have been RSPCA animal foster parents for more than 10 years.

Wheelwright workshops help keep family tradition alive

HERITAGE TRADE: Kerry Riehl spreads his passion for making wheels to keep the skill alive.

Kerry Riehl want to keep wheelwrighting alive

'Humbled' leader takes out business award

HONOURED: Mary Wagner is humbled to have an award made in her name at the Downs Women in Business Awards pictured with her husband Henry.

The Women in Business Awards are celebrating their third year

Carnival of Flowers has its crafty side

Toowoomba Carnival of flowers never disappoints.

IT'S no secret that it's Carnival of flowers time again

Play School favourite falls to the dark side

AGELESS: Andrew McFarlane has been part of our TV lives since the 1970s, but his love of life and career show no signs of slowing.

Actor swaps loveable toys for grittier, darker roles.

Take a walk on Toowoomba's darker side

NOT ALL IT SEEMS: Darker Side Tour organiser Paul Herbert looks out from his office on a Toowoomba that hides many historical secrets.

DISCOVER the other side of Toowoomba's fascinating past.

Climb aboard a Harley and Cruise for Cancer

ON THE WILD SIDE: Malcolm Keys with his happy pillion from a past Cruise for Cancer.

Ride a motorbike in support of a great Toowoomba fundraiser.

Couple bash out ‘fun and silliness’ for good cause

GOLD Coast couple Richard and Sue Nevins have happily driven their way to the highest fundraiser title in the Variety Bash on several occasions.

Pleasure of stitching goes on show

Ages-old crafts like creative needlework will be on show in the Pleasure of Stitching exhibition.

Ages-old crafts like needlework will be on show at the exhibition.

Hard-working Ilona takes home award

TOP SENIOR: Twin Towns U3A president Frances Garland with the group's Senior of the Year 2017, Ilona Tanner.

Positive go-getter wins annual Twin Towns Senior award.

What's On: Gold Coast

SHINNING STAR: A photograph of Lee Lin Chin, titled Flower Girl, in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award on show at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

What's happening in your region for September

Pet therapy triggers memories, helps healing process

A duckling brings a moment of happiness to Flo Schimmel.

Animals seem to know when somebody needs cheering up.

Free lymphoma educational seminar in Lismore

EVERY two hours, someone in Australia is diagnosed with lymphoma, making it the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer.

Encyclopedia to preserve local history

David Rae and Christian Ellis lavish time and effort on an encyclopedia of the Tweed Coasts social history.

Old photos required for a 400-page encyclopedia of the Tweed Coast.

Singing praises of local ladies in barbershop battle

Headliners Chorus challenges the men in the Battle of the Barbershop.

Headliners Chorus challenge the men in the Battle of the Barbershop.

Police keep in contact with Next of Kin

EMERGENCY SUPPORT: The NSW Police's free Next of Kin Program provides support for older Australians living alone at home.

EMERGENCY support police program helps home-alone residents.

RSL club a 'home away from home' for Betty

HOME FROM HOME: Longtime Ballina RSL Club member Betty Sanders relaxes in the comfortable surrounds of Level One.

The RSL club is a home from home, a meeting place.

School's milestone brings back generations of memories

TIME TO REFLECT: Deslie Daniels recalls fond memories of her time at Byron Bay Public School.

The walk will start at Apex Park and end at the school grounds.

Gardeners prepare for judgment day

BLOOMING IN COLOUR: Ted Chilcott tends to his bed of mixed flowers.

Look out for the 40th Murwillumbah and District Garden Club comp.

Get your party shoes on and celebrate spring!

CELEBRATE spring with a day of family fun at the RFBI Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village on Friday.

Grafton's miracle child has lived a healthy life

Little Judith Davidson (now Piercy) on her 9th birthday at Grafton Hospital in 1957, wearing her special dress.

Judith (nee Davidson) should not have survived her 9th birthday.

Single and ready to travel? Scandinavia is your destination

Brightly painted buildings are a feature of Nyhavn, a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Christine Byrne has worked in the travel industry for 44 years.

Iron lung inhales interest at Schaeffer House

MIRACLE BOX: Schaeffer House volunteer Suzanne Gibson in the museum's medical section with the iron lung. The tall structure behind it is an X-ray machine.

The iron lung did not become obsolete until the 1950s.

Coffs architects have next generation in mind

Architects Ann and Oliver Gee of g2 Architects and Gizmo, who handles their PR.

Architects Ann and Oliver Gee and Gizmo, who handles their PR.

What's on: Coffs and Clarence

SWIM WITH A VIEW: Yamba's Ocean pool has reopened for your enjoyment.

What's happening in your region during September and October

Rainbow of colour at Orchid Show

BURSTING WITH COLOUR: Bailey and Lucas Ehsman admiring some locally grown Orchids.

Come and see a variety of orchids on display from 9.30am, October 7.

Stamp and coin fair a treasure trove for collectors

THE Central Coast Annual Stamp and Coin Fair is becoming the Coast's miniature version of Collectables Roadshow

Porous community approach to aged living

MODERN LIVING: Anglicare's Rooty Hill village due to be completed in late 2018.

Porous community approach to aged living.

Born in the USA: Classic of a festival at The Entrance

The Swing Katz are among Chromefest entertainers to take your breath away.

Get ready for a celebration of all things classic American!

Drawing out artists' best at Toukley

SHARING THE LOVE: Tony Ditcham (one of the Toukley and Districts Art Society Wednesday Academy Group's mentors) at back, with Sonja Fabian and group members.

"You can get absolutely lost in what you are doing.”

CWA leads retro way for Garage Sale Trail

THINKING BIG: Central Coast Council wants your help to take the title as Australia’s most sustainable region, whatever you may have to sell at the nation’s biggest re-use event.

AUSTRALIA'S biggest re-use event, the 2017 Garage Sale Trail

Mariners' No.1 fan bleeds yellow and blue

MARINERS MAD: Hazel Smith with last year’s marquee signing Luis Garcia, a Spanish international who had previously played for Liverpool in the English Premier League.

"They're still my team whether they win or lose."

'Trevor' fetches top gong for artist

A WINNING DOG: Central Coast Council administrator Ian Reynolds congratulates Chris Ireland on her Grandma Moses Art Competition win, and inset, the winning picture ‘Trevor’.

Artist claims "it was a lovely" shock to win.

Samsung partners with Google to bring AR to 100m devices

SAMSUNG has declared itself open and collaborative as it shared its vision for the future of intelligent technology at the Samsung Developer Conference in San...

'A ride not a ride-on': Boozy spin with a difference

Drunk 'driver' caught nearly three times over the limit.

Qantas unveils game-changing Dreamliner

Great Southern Land is the first of Qantas’ new Dreamliner aircraft.

Meet Great Southern Land, the latest addition to the Qantas family

WATCH: Close encounter with killer whales off Byron Bay

Screenshot from a video of orcas off Byron Bay.

Incredible footage of orcas just 1km off the Byron Bay coast

Gympie region grandfather victim of fatal flood crossing

Scenes from the recovery effort following the drowning at Marys Creek Rd.

UPDATE: Victim of Mary's Ck tragedy believed to be local grandfather

Representatives need to know what we want

However, how many people take the time to let their elected representatives know what they think or need?

Bad call set to leave elderly high and dry

A reader is concerned that under a new system during a power blackout the phone will not work.

Whenever there is a power blackout the new phone will not work.

LETTER: What can you do to stop the flu?

VACCINATE: Flu season is coming.

Things you should know about vaccine

Damned if they do and damned if they don't

A reader says to stop whinging about council officers who are just trying to enforce very clear laws regarding dogs and protect the rights of all.

How would you feel if your animal was torn apart by an off-lead dog?

premium_icon Euthanasia move takes us back to Hitler's policies

Voluntary euthanasia laws have passed the lower house in Victoria. Picture: Thinkstock

Legalised euthanasia is little more than state-sanctioned murder

'I'm not a mind reader!' Lunch Ladies blast bad drivers

The Lunch Ladies - sharing their opinions on everything and nothing!

Our dads, brothers, grandfathers, partners, friends at risk

Our dads, brothers, grandfathers, partners and friends are at risk