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2023 YAMAHA TRACER 9 GT+

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2023 YAMAHA TRACER 9 GT+

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Yamaha’s popular sports-tourer middleweight, the Tracer 9 GT, has received a significant update for 2023, incorporating a host of new technologies. Launched in 2021 during the pandemic, we were unable to test the initial model, but positive feedback from other riders heightened our expectations for the new 2023 Tracer 9 GT+.

The standout feature is the introduction of the Radar Linked Unified Braking System, a world-first, along with adaptive cruise control, enabled by a prominent radar unit at the front. The bike also boasts a new seven-inch TFT display, slick switchgear, a larger rear disc to accommodate the new braking system, a revamped seat design, and an upgraded quick shifter, all integrated into the 890cc triple engine.

2023 YAMAHA TRACER 9 GT+ on a mountain.

2023 YAMAHA TRACER 9 GT+

Thankfully, Yamaha retained the outstanding 890cc CP3 triple engine, delivering the same 87.5kW (117hp) peak power and 93Nm (at 7000rpm) peak torque as before. The third-generation quick shifter enables seamless downshifting without closing the throttle, enhancing the riding experience.

On the road, the Tracer 9 GT+ excels with its well-balanced power delivery and strong performance. Equipped with semi-active KYB suspension, it handles admirably, providing an exciting ride in Sports mode, despite being a middleweight sports-tourer.

However, the real highlight of the Tracer 9 GT+ is its innovative radar technology, enabling Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the world’s first Radar Linked Unified Braking (RLUB) system. The ACC maintains a selected gap between the bike and other vehicles, adjusting speed accordingly. The RLUB acts as a backup to the lean-sensitive ABS, optimizing braking in emergency situations. The system utilizes various data to calculate the necessary assistance, enhancing safety and reducing fatigue during long journeys.

2023 YAMAHA TRACER 9 GT+ Dash

2023 YAMAHA TRACER 9 GT+ Dash

The level of new technology on the Tracer 9 GT+ is impressive for its class, making it the most advanced Yamaha sports-tourer to date. Alongside ACC and RLUB, the bike features a smart quick shifter, semi-active suspension, a high-luminosity dash with multiple layout options, integrated Garmin Navigation, and full connectivity with a phone through Yamaha’s MyRide app.

While pricing for Australia is yet to be confirmed, the Tracer 9 GT+ is expected to command a premium over the standard GT, which currently starts at $24k. Despite the potential increase in cost, the abundance of technology and advanced features makes it a compelling option for riders seeking convenience and safety.

Yamaha has undoubtedly improved an already excellent bike with the Tracer 9 GT+, offering an array of tech and a well-rounded riding experience. Though its aesthetics may not be the most striking, the bike’s performance, comfort, and safety features make it a top contender for those who value the latest technology in their touring endeavours.

 

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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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