NEVER have the words come out so easily as they did at the launch of our news lifestyle magazine The Northern Rivers Review at Raes in Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago.
Why? Because I was delivering a positive story in time when hope is what we all need.
The silver lining of this pandemic is that regional Australia is thriving. Here on the Northern Rivers, we're taking this phenomenon to the next level.
I could not think of a better story to reflect what's happening up here than that of the trio who have taken ownership of The Eltham Hotel. Anyone who has sat in the beer garden at the 118-year-old drinking hole, since they took over in January, can't help but be swept up by their vision for a much needed social hub.
The Northern Rivers region is fertile. You only have to walk through the country at the base of Mt Warning to experience our red basalt soil. We can grow anything up here. And that goes for ideas and happenings too.
- See the photos from the launch event. Click here.
Those of you considered "locals", and those who've come recently, know life in this green belt is about being "real". And in a time of crisis, "real" feels good.
No wonder Ballina airport has become the busiest in the country. From Brunswick to Casino and Evans, our topography offers a natural lifestyle where the food is fresh, the restaurants are world class and the climate evokes a sense of wellbeing.
This week we focus on the brewers and distillers in the region. Crafted beer and spirits have translated passion into success and speak to this moment when innovation drives our markets.
The same can be said for our high profile wellness and design columnists, Jody Scott and Louella Boitel Gill. Six time Archibald finalist, Angus McDonald, offers commentary on the potential for a new political consciousness. Jay Morgan shows the quality of our fishing and our local leaders keep us up-to-date on their electorates.
The biggest thank you, however, goes to Antony Catalano. His commercial nous, having bought Australian Community Media from Nine, as well as his acumen for all things real estate, means community print media remains alive. Realestateview.com is your print and online added extra, and further tells the story of why we love where we live.