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2023 KTM 890 SMT

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2023 KTM 890 SMT

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The KTM SMT makes a triumphant return, now even better than before. Back in the late 1990s, the supermoto trend gained popularity as motocrossers were transformed into asphalt-attacking machines with 17-inch road wheels and tires. KTM, known for its off-road expertise, joined the fray and created the 990 SMT in 2009, a long-distance supermoto with practicality in mind.

Now, after a decade’s absence, the all-new 2023 KTM 890 SMT emerges, occupying a space between a powerful supermoto and a stripped-back adventure bike. KTM recognises that most adventure bike owners rarely venture far off-road, so they have fitted the 890 SMT with sticky Michelin PowerGP rubber and 17-inch rims for added fun on the tarmac.

2023 KTM 890 SMT Side View

2023 KTM 890 SMT Side View

The bike boasts a blend of road and track-focused ergonomics, along with street-oriented WP Apex suspension, providing sharp and agile handling. It retains the commanding presence of an adventure bike with a comfortable 860mm-high seat suitable for long journeys.

Under the hood, or rather within the frame, beats the second-generation 889cc LC8c parallel-twin engine. KTM chose this engine for its well-balanced midrange torque, making it ideal for a supermoto that seeks excitement beyond the horizon. With 77kW (103hp) at 8000rpm and 100Nm of torque at 6500rpm, the 890 SMT offers thrilling power delivery.

On the road, the SMT feels nimble and agile, especially through sweeping turns. The Michelin PowerGP tires provide excellent feedback and grip, encouraging spirited riding.

For tighter corners, the adjustable WP Apex suspension can be tweaked for optimal performance, transforming the bike into a confident and capable supermoto.

2023 KTM 890 SMT Dash

2023 KTM 890 SMT Dash

The 890 SMT is also well-equipped with various ride modes, cornering traction control, and cornering ABS. The five-inch TFT dash is clear and user-friendly, offering phone connectivity and navigation. An optional Tech pack adds features like the Moto Slip Regulator (MSR), cruise control, up-and-down quick shifter, and a Track pack for those looking to take the bike to the limit.

In essence, KTM has managed to maintain the spirit of the original SMT while incorporating modern technology. The bike is versatile, serving as a comfortable and practical tourer while being a corner-carving animal on demand. Positioned between the 890 Duke R and the 890 Adventure R in terms of pricing, the 890 SMT offers an appealing middle ground for riders seeking a thrilling and adaptable riding experience.

 

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

 

After a closure lasting over four months, Terania Street in Lismore is set to reopen to light vehicles starting from late Friday 21 June, pending favourable weather conditions. This reopening follows the implementation of traffic calming measures aimed at preventing further damage to the rail-over-road bridge caused by oversized vehicles.

  • Traffic Calming Measures:
    • New measures include speed humps, a reduced speed limit of 25 km/h, restricted lane width, traffic islands, and surveillance cameras. These are designed specifically to slow down light vehicles and restrict heavy vehicles (over 4.5 tonnes) from using Terania Street near the rail bridge.
  • Purpose of Measures:
    • The installation aims to prevent future damage to the bridge, which necessitated its closure between Tweed and Peate streets since February 7.
  • Community Impact and Appreciation:
    • Transport for NSW, through Director Region North Anna Zycki, expressed gratitude to residents and businesses for their patience during the closure period. They continue to work towards a permanent solution for the bridge’s sustainability.
  • Heavy Vehicle Detour:
    • Heavy vehicles are advised to use a detour via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road until further notice. Residents needing access to or from Peate Street should detour via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.
  • Heritage Council Approval:
    • Transport for NSW has received approval from the NSW Heritage Council to remove the Terania Street rail-over-road bridge. They are currently addressing the consent conditions and will inform the community about the commencement of this work.
  • Compliance and Safety:
    • New signage, including ‘No right turn’ signs at Peate Street, has been installed to guide vehicles and ensure compliance with the new traffic conditions.

For ongoing updates and details, residents and road users are encouraged to stay informed through Transport for NSW communications channels.

This reopening marks a significant step in restoring normal traffic flow while safeguarding the historic bridge structure from further damage caused by inappropriate vehicle use.

 

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

 

Analysis by the Community Housing Industry Association NSW (CHIA NSW) has revealed a significant increase in the number of people seeking priority social housing in the Northern NSW region. The priority housing list is designated for those at imminent risk of homelessness, highlighting the severity of the housing crisis.

Priority Housing Increase by Region:

  • Ballina: 190%
  • Casino: 165%
  • Tweed Heads: 142%
  • Grafton: 132%
  • Byron Bay: 129%
  • Mullumbimby: 118%
  • Lower Clarence: 108%
  • Lismore: 107%

CHIA NSW CEO, Mark Degotardi, emphasized the dire shortage of available homes in the Northern NSW region. “Many people are languishing for more than a decade in some suburbs and regions. Over 58,000 families and individuals are waiting for housing across NSW. This is why we need significant funding in the upcoming State Budget to start addressing the housing crisis,” Mr. Degotardi stated.

Mr. Degotardi underscored the readiness of the not-for-profit community housing industry to collaborate with all levels of government to deliver housing solutions for vulnerable people. “Community housing providers have projects that are ready to roll but need the funding to get them started,” he said.

The upcoming state budget on June 18 is crucial for the Minns Government to demonstrate its commitment to resolving the housing crisis. “A housing crisis needs a crisis response. The time for incremental reform and small budget allocations is over,” Mr. Degotardi asserted.

The escalating need for priority social housing across Northern NSW underscores the urgent requirement for substantial government intervention and funding to provide immediate and effective housing solutions.

 

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

 

Glen Innes Severn Council celebrated a remarkable evening at the New South Wales Local Government Awards in Sydney on Friday, June 7, securing multiple accolades in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the local government sector.

Rural Management Challenge Triumph

The Council’s Rural Management Challenge (RMC) team, known as the ‘Highlanders,’ emerged as state winners, triumphing over 24 other councils. The team, comprised of Rhonda Bombell (Coordinator of Economic Development and Tourism), David Hunt (Manager of Assets), Shageer Mohammed (Chief Financial Officer), and Anthony Kamphorst (Manager of Infrastructure Delivery), initially won the regional heat in Bellingen in November 2023, advancing to the state final in Sydney in February 2024.

The RMC final challenged the Highlanders with complex scenarios that simulated real-world situations, testing their strategic thinking, decision-making skills, and knowledge of rural management practices. Their exceptional performance demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities, securing their victory as state champions.

Asset and Infrastructure Award

Adding to the evening’s success, Glen Innes Severn Council received the Asset and Infrastructure Award for the construction of the Yarrow Creek Bridge on Mount Mitchell Road. This award highlighted the Council’s innovative approach to upskilling staff, enabling them to complete intricate projects internally and reduce dependency on external contractors. Glen Innes Severn was among eight councils nominated for this prestigious award.

Leadership and Community Impact

Mayor Rob Banham expressed immense pride in the Council’s achievements, stating, “Council’s success at the LG Awards night is a clear indication of the hard work within Glen Innes Severn Council. Winning two prestigious awards motivates us to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of our operations.”

General Manager Bernard Smith, who attended the LG Awards night, also lauded the Council’s accomplishments: “We are incredibly proud of our staff’s achievements. The Rural Management Challenge award highlights the Highlanders’ strategic thinking and leadership capabilities, while the Award for Asset and Infrastructure reflects our Infrastructure Delivery Team’s ongoing efforts to enhance and maintain our community’s essential services.”

Celebrating Collective Achievements

The Glen Innes Severn Council extends its congratulations to all winners and nominees, celebrating the collective achievements that strengthen the vitality of local government in NSW. This recognition underscores the Council’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to improving the community through innovative practices and effective leadership.

By securing these awards, Glen Innes Severn Council not only showcases its capabilities but also sets a benchmark for other councils in New South Wales, inspiring continued growth and development within the local government sector.

 

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