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2022 Floods

Australian Greens Leader Adam Bandt visits to talk housing and buybacks

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Australian Greens Leader Adam Bandt visits to talk housing and buybacks

 

By Kate Coxwell.

Last Thursday night Adam Bandt addressed the Northern Rivers Times in an exclusive interview, detailing his views on the recent Buyback back-peddling saying “We need an end to the buck passing and the failure to follow through on commitments to buybacks, retrofits and house raising. We have a NSW Labor Government and Federal Labor Government that has just posted a giant surplus, so there can be no excuse for leaving people behind”.

“The Northern Rivers is the centrepoint for the housing crisis in Australia and last time I was here before the election, people were suffering from the aftermath of floods and fires and people were struggling to put an affordable roof over their head, and the situation has only got worse.”

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Adam Bandt addressing the Northern Rivers Times

Adam Bandt addressing the Northern Rivers Times

“The Federal Government needs to take the housing crisis seriously, especially in the Northern Rivers where rents are skyrocketing, people are finding it hard to find a place to rent, people are struggling with increased Mortgage repayments and Labour has no plans for renters and is leaving renters and the Northern Rivers behind”

In response to the social media campaign run by Justine Elliot in recent weeks stating “Greens are voting against Labour to stop more affordable housing”, Adam said “The Greens are pushing Labor to take the housing crisis in the Northern Rivers seriously; at the moment Labors policy is enough to get a headline, but not enough to make a difference.”

At best, the only guarantee that Labor has been prepared to offer is 1200 homes, per state, that will be built after the next election. That works out on average about 20 homes per electorate in NSW.”

“Richmond deserves better in a housing crisis, than maybe 25 homes being built after the federal election, and their plans have no plans for renters, renters who will continue to suffer continued rent increases under Labor’s plan. We are pushing Labor to do better, we have deferred the bill until after October when the Prime Minister and all of the State Premiers will meet at National Cabinet to discuss rents. That is Labor’s opportunity to tackle the rent crisis to make unlimited rent increases illegal.”

“If Labor gets serious about the rent crisis and building more public housing now and not after the election, then their bill can pass.”

“We want to see money spent on social housing now, not after the next election, but now, Labor’s original plan had no new homes being built until after the Federal election, and then on average 25 per electorate is all they were guaranteeing. After Greens put pressure on Labor, we have seen $2 billion start flowing this year, that was never in Labors original plan, so the Greens have got Labor to start spending $2 billion now, which has got to start helping around the country, but a big part of the reason we are in this crisis is that Governments haven’t built enough public, social and affordable housing, we are pushing the Government to build what is needed, including in the Northern Rivers.”

He also said in his address to the crowd attending the Housing For All- Mandy Nolan Campaign event “In Byron there has been a 46% rental price increase in the past 6 years, and there have been similar, big,double-digit increases in other parts of the electorate. [However] Labour and income support hasn’t gone up that much, but people are expected to find money to put a roof over their head and they just can’t do it.”

“That is coming off the back of these climate induced catastrophes that are pushing people to the brink, and the government is not acting. When the Government could be acting, but they are not.”

“Why are we in this situation, in a wealthy country like Australia, where people are struggling to put an affordable roof over their heads, that is just wrong, that is criminal!”

“In a country like ours, where Labour is just boasting about posting a $19 billion dollar surplus last year, and can find $30 billion a year to give politicians and billionaires and the wealthiest in this country a $9000 a year tax cut, if there is $19 Billion for a surplus and there’s $30 billion a year for Labour to give politicians and billionaires a tax cut, then there is enough money in this country to put a roof over everyone’s heads!”

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$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire

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$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire

 

The NSW Government is providing Byron Shire Council $300,000 through the Resilient Lands Program to provide safe, flood resilient land for new housing at the Saddle Road Precinct in Brunswick Heads.

The funding from the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) will allow Council to complete a Structure Plan, Infrastructure Priority Plan, technical studies, and community engagement to investigate suitability for new housing and public infrastructure in the precinct.

Located on the western side of the Pacific Motorway, the site is just five minutes by car to Brunswick Heads and eight to Mullumbimby. It is well above projected flood heights which will provide opportunities for new homes off the flood plain.

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Saddle Road is the third site to be identified under the RA’s Resilient Lands Program (RLP). The site is also the first to be identified outside of the Lismore LGA under the program, and has also been flagged in Byron Shire Council’s Residential Strategy as a key site for future residential development.

It follows the recent announcement of 400 new lots in East Lismore and up to 50 new households in the Mount Pleasant Estate at Goonellabah.

While the final number of homes at Saddle Road will be determined following detailed planning and community engagement, based on site-specifications, it is estimated between 500-800 homes could be delivered.

The RLP is accelerating the delivery of new land and housing options, linking with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP), giving flood impacted homeowners a pathway to move to a safer location.

The RA will work with RHP buyback participants to secure suitable and affordable land and will provide further support to those eligible who wish to relocate their existing homes.

For more information, visit NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“This funding is a win-win for the community and Byron Shire Council.

“Not only will it help to unlock flood-resilient lots for people to build on, it also helps Council and the NSW Government deliver on its promise of more homes for our growing population.

“The land is positioned near existing services and an established community and will provide a beautiful, safe place to live for those affected by the nearby flood plain.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said:

“The announcement of this third site under the Resilient Lands Program is the first one outside of Lismore.

“Locals communities and Councils can be assured that the wheels of the RLP are starting to turn right across the Northern Rivers.

“This announcement will be followed by others in our local government areas and will see more land become available, giving people accepting buybacks in the Resilient Homes Program a variety of places to choose from.”

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said:

“We are thrilled to receive this initial funding support which will not only benefit members of our community displaced by the natural disasters in 2022, but also address the housing crisis that has existed since before the floods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of structure planning for this site on The Saddle Road and get the land ready for building flood-resilient houses more quickly which is a huge win.

“The work ahead includes an Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental Sensitivity Assessment, a Structure Plan that includes a vision and concept plan for the site, a Planning Proposal to amend Council’s LEP and an Infrastructure Priority Plan that addresses the infrastructure required to support a new community such as roads, sewer and water.

“As these works are progressed, we look forward to working with our community to achieve the best outcomes.”

 

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Lismore’s Damaged Structures Demolished for New Facilities

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Lismore’s Damaged Structures Demolished for New Facilities

 

In a significant development for Lismore’s recovery, demolition work has started on eight buildings that were critically damaged during the 2022 flood disaster.

This marks a pivotal step in the city’s efforts to rebuild and revitalise affected areas.

Brett Lee, the Council’s program manager, highlighted the necessity of these demolitions for public safety and the future reactivation of the sites. “These buildings have long served the community, but the extensive damage from the February 2022 natural disaster means it’s time to clear the way for new developments,” he stated.

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Demolition activities kicked off last week with the takedown of the old Essential Energy building located at the corner of Ballina Road and Conway Street. The next structures slated for removal include the old Scout Hall on Wilson Street and the Humbley Oval Hockey Club Kiosk.

Plans are also set for the demolition of the toilet block and pumphouse at Lismore Lake, to be replaced by a new modular toilet to serve the lake park patrons.

Furthermore, the weatherboard building at Sam Trimble Oval is due to be replaced with a new facility that includes an accessible toilet with timed locks, a large shade shelter, lockable storage, and utility access. The existing brick amenities block at this location will also undergo upgrades.

At Neilson Park in East Lismore, the canteen or old cricket shed will be razed to make room for a new modular toilet/changeroom. Similarly, the amenities block at Wade Park and McKenzie Park in North Lismore are scheduled for demolition to pave the way for the installation of modern modular toilets.

These developments are part of a broader initiative to not only enhance the infrastructure but also to ensure Lismore’s resilience and readiness for future challenges. The community looks forward to the completion of these projects, which promise improved amenities and a revitalized urban environment.

 

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Jewellery Design Centre Launches “Tell Our Stories” to Celebrate Lismore’s History

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Jewellery Design Centre Launches “Tell Our Stories” to Celebrate Lismore’s History

 

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The Lismore Jewel Centre, a beloved fixture in the community, has reopened its doors in the Starcourt Arcade under a new name: Jewellery Design Centre. To celebrate they are launching a heartwarming initiative to commemorate the history and cherished memories of Lismore and the old store.

“Since reopening, we’ve had so many come and tell us how happy they are we’re back and share their fond memories of the old Jewel Centre” says owners Gary and Mariska Pinkerton.

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“We love it, and so we want to invite more people to share their stories with us!”

The old Lismore Jewel Centre now known as Jewellery Design Centre now launches Launches "Tell Our Stories"

The old Lismore Jewel Centre. It will be missed dearly.

The ‘Tell Our Stories’ campaign invites locals to share their personal stories of connection, community and the special jewellery that has played an important role in their lives.

“The stories have played a special role in our lives too,” says Mariska.

“While we were closed after the flood, we did house calls and had customers come visit us at home which put a whole new light on the jewellery experience. All of a sudden the glitz was gone and our appointments were stripped back to just us and our customers. In this setting people naturally began to share their heart felt experiences with us, and we got to know them in a whole new way.”

It was this experience, they explain, that inspired the new Jewellery Design Centre in Lismore’s Starcourt Arcade.

“It’s smaller and not as ritzy as the old Jewel Centre was,” says Gary of the new store, “But for us it captures that feeling we felt when we would sit around dining tables with our customers.”

Jewellery Design Centre Launches "Tell Our Stories"

Just like home- a picture of the new interior’s cosy setting.

Gary and Mariska are now inviting community members to visit the store and share their own memories and experiences, with the chance to win exciting prizes.

Each person who shares their story online or in-store will be entered into a draw to win a $500 voucher, while those who have a piece repaired, remade, or custom-designed during the campaign period will have the opportunity to win a pair of $1,500 diamond earrings.

“We especially want to hear stories about the rich history of Lismore, memories of the old Jewel Centre or touching moments where jewellery has played a special part in your life.”

“More than the prizes, this is about celebrating the stories of the Northern Rivers and the memories that bind us together,” says Mariska.

Jewellery Design Centre Launches "Tell Our Stories"

Entries are open until May 24. For more information about the “Tell Our Stories” giveaway and how to participate, visit the Jewellery Design Centre in the Starcourt Arcade or follow the QR codes below to their social media channels.

 

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