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Deadline Looms for Native Forest Petition

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Deadline Looms for Native Forest Petition

The future of native forest logging hangs in the balance with an important petition to the NSW parliament fast approaching its August deadline. The North East Forest Alliance has added its voice to environmental leaders from around Australia calling for NSW citizens to sign up and share this vital opportunity to force our government to act on our community’s calls to protect our forests and the koalas and other endangered species who live in them.
“Native forest logging is a sepia toned anachronism. We can no longer afford to support the tiny sectional interests who profit from logging our water catchments, carbon sinks, wildlife’s homes and tourism magnets. Now is the time to act to make our representatives listen to reason and end native forest logging for good.” said North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Sean O’Shannessy.

“NSW people overwhelmingly support protecting our koalas and other endangered critters. This week we have a precious opportunity to force the parliament to debate this vital issue. We must act now or the August deadline will slip past us and our irreplaceable forests will be one step closer to extinction. Please sign and share this petition today. Together we can make NSW a safe place for our forest dependent koalas and their friends” Mr O’Shannessy said

The Parliamentary e-Petition is online at
https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/Pages/epetition-details.aspx?q=quge-8rdRlyn4PTcuMj_PA

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Fee Reimbursements and Waivers for Students in 2022 and 2023

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Fee Reimbursements and Waivers for Students in 2022 and 2023

If you studied a full qualification under Smart and Skilled with Byron Community College in 2022, or are thinking of enrolling next year, they’ve got some very exciting news to share.

The NSW North Coast Education Flood Recovery Support Package reveals that new levels of financial support are available, amounting to thousands of dollars in fee relief for students. The aim is to alleviate financial pressures on students and their families coping with flood recovery in the region, while also supporting access to and the completion of training.

Providing student support in the adult education sector has always been paramount given the range of challenges that can already exist, including emotional and social pathways to reengage with learning. The 2022 floods brought devastation that created immense upheaval in obtaining life’s basic needs for food and shelter. The natural effect was that all else receded, sending growth, learning and expansion into the background for a time.

The good news is, this has been recognised. As part of the Support Package, Training Services NSW is rolling out the following initiatives:

  1. Fee reimbursements for students enrolled or in training during the flood period – eligible students should have received an email about this.

 

  1. Fee waivers for new students – all fees for 2023 Smart and Skilled eligible students will be $0 when enrolling next year.

Jack Bennie (pictured) has been studying the AHC30716 – Certificate III in Horticulture at Byron Community College throughout 2022 and will be receiving a full reimbursement of the fees he has paid for this nationally recognised qualification.

For 2022 and 2023 students across the region, this package will amount to thousands of dollars in fee relief. So, if you’re excited by the opportunity of new horizons, get in touch with Byron Community College today to find out more and check your eligibility – www.byroncollege.org.au or call 02 6684 3374.

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Luke Banitsiotis claims his third REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year title

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Luke Banitsiotis claims his third REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year title

Luke Banitsiotis claims his third REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year title

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) is pleased to congratulate Luke Banitsiotis as the winner of the Senior Auctioneer of the Year 2022. It extends further congratulations to Andy Reid, the Senior Runner-Up.

Luke Banitsiotis of Woodards Blackburn claimed his third win after previously being crowned Real Estate Institute of Victoria Senior Auctioneer of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

The Senior Auctioneering Competition presents the opportunity for the very best Victorian auctioneering talent to showcase their skills in a competitive and supportive environment.

The cohort of expert auctioneers were battling it out for the chance to represent Victoria at the annual Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships.

Luke was excited at the opportunity to come back and compete at the REIV Headquarters in Camberwell alongside his peers.

“The REIV Senior Auctioneer competition has helped me develop my auctioneering style, ultimately benefitting the vendors who choose to work with me. Each time I enter, I always walk away a better auctioneer,” said Luke.

“The competition is always fierce each year! As a past winner, I always feel a little bit of extra pressure, which helps me focus and perform at my absolute best. My peers motivate me and I love to watch them improve each year also, they push me to keep training and evolving.”

REIV President Richard Simpson said the competition brings together the best in the business and is big feat for those who participate and make it to the finals.

“Being able to witness these agents, who are the top of their game, kick into action and really showcase their abilities is a great experience,” said Mr Simpson.

“It makes me proud to be in real estate, seeing how much passion these agents have for their profession, how hard they work for their clients, and how much respect they have for each other.

“We look forward to seeing Luke and Andy compete in the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships and showcase the talent we house within our REIV community”.

By claiming the esteemed title of Senior Auctioneer of the Year, Luke also has the privilege of calling the annual Good Friday Appeal Charity House Auction in 2023.

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Casino VRA Open Day

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Casino VRA Open Day

Story by Lara Leahy
Image by Lara Leahy

The VRA are an integral part of the safety and security when it comes to rescue on our roads, at places of work and in our homes. They have had a solid presence in Casino since September 1980 which has been largely supported by local donations and people. Their professional approach and the tasks they accomplish for the community is a testimony to the Integrity and dedication of its members. Casino VRA are opening its doors this month, so you can get a glimpse inside the organisation.

The VRA are involved in various roles in the community. In rescue operations they attend road crashes, animal rescues, industrial and domestic entrapments – whether it’s a ring stuck on a finger or machinery, swift water rescue and USAR or Urban Search and Rescue. But they also attend community events in supportive roles.

The Open Day on Sunday July 24th is so the community can learn first-hand about who they are, what they do and how they do it.

Melanie Brenton is an active General Land Rescue operator which means she is accredited to attend road accidents. She has been involved for eight years. Mel’s initial motivation was to meet people and become more involved in the community, but she has benefitted so much more from the experience, “I feel very proud of the people, our capability and resources in the team. We function as a smooth unit which is important. We trust each other and there is a great sense of professionalism and contribution.”

“At the open day there will be an opportunity to see how one of the rescue vehicles is set up for operations. We will do a live demonstration of a rescue from a car, and you can speak to the members and learn more about how to get involved,” Paul Cowles, the Deputy Region Coordinator, says “It’s a great way of giving back to the community in a different way.” There will also be a sausage sizzle.

Women and men over 18 are invited to become involved. Paul confirms, “For those that are interested, the training is free and accredited nationwide.” Melanie says.
“There are many options and paths you can take. The training and mentoring are constant. I feel like I have been nurtured for my whole eight-year journey. The experience of those supporting you is important – some are founding members. Next, I’d like to train in flood rescue, which is a personal interest for me.

“Working with other services is part of the role – firies, SES, ambulance and the police,” Mel says.
“When you rescue anything, even a cat and the tears of a family turn to smiles, it is such a good feeling. We are a small team, but we have a mighty impact!”

The open day is on Sunday July 24th at the VRA headquarters on Graham place in Casino. It starts at 11am and goes until 2pm. All are welcome.

 

Read the full story in The Northern Rivers Times – Download here

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