Eleven cool things born right here on the Northern Rivers
FROM vaccination campaigns, to macadamias, and bush communes – the Northern Rivers has given birth to many wonderful things.
Here’s a short list of some of the famous and not-so-famous things that have come from our diverse and beautiful region:
1) Macadamias: The lush subtropical region of the North Coast was the natural birthplace of this nutrient rich delicacy which has since become a globally sought after luxury and a key industry of the region.
2) Lions Clubs in Australia: Lismore was the birthplace of Lions in Australia, when the first club was established in 1967. The 50th anniversary of Lions in Australia will be a big thing in Lismore in 2017.
3) Bush communes: The Nimbin region can lay claim to being a pioneer of the commune style of living following the 1973 Aquarius Festival, with the original multiple occupancy, Tuntable Falls Community, still going strong. It paved the way for others to follow.
4) Flow Hive: A recent invention which has already broken records with its wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, the Flow Hive literally put honey from a beehive ‘on tap’. Invented by father and son Stu and Cedar Anderson now exports its unique product all over the world.
5) CSG Free: The Northern Rivers as a whole, was the first region to declare itself a coal-seam gas free region. The NSW Government followed the initiative by buying out Metgasco.
6) Passiona and Cottee’s: The founder and inventor of the iconic Australian brand Cottee’s was none over than a Lismore area farmer. Spencer Cottee’s first invention was Passiona, which he thought up as a way to use all the excess passionfruits on his farm. It was so popular that in the 1920s he opened a factory in Lismore and was soon producing all manner of cordial flavours. Cottee’s went on to become one of the biggest food brands in Australia.
7) First community-owned energy retailer: Born in Byron Bay, the region’s first community-owned energy retailer Enova promises to transform the local electricity retail market by delivering 100% green energy to the region.
8) Underground sewers in Lismore: Outbreaks of typhoid and bubonic plague motivated Lismore to build one of the country’s first ever underground sewer systems in 1906. Most (Australian) cities didn’t start building such modern feats of engineering until the 1920s.
9) Public immunisation: Lismore City Council led the state with whooping cough immunisations and was the first council in the state to undertake an organised campaign against whooping cough.
10) The Light Horse Brigade: Tabulam on the Clarence River was the birthplace of the legendary Light Horse Brigade. Its original founder, Captain Charles Chauvel, was a Tabulam man, and formed the Upper Clarence Light Horse in 1885. His son Harry Chauvel was there at the beginning and would go on to command the Light Horse Brigade in the Middle East during the First World War as a Brigadier General.
11) Direct action protests: The Terania Creek logging protests in 1979 saw the first ever human blockade on behalf of the environment, and it worked. The Wran government brought an end to logging at Terania Creek and gazetted all rainforests as National Park. The rainforest became the Nightcap National Park in 1983.