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POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR DARCY

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Darcy McFadden

POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR DARCY

MORE than 1000 outstanding Australians have been listed on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2021, including several Northern Rivers residents.
The late Darcy Mcfadden, formerly of Goonellabah, was recognised for service to the community of Lismore.
Darcy was an amazing man who contributed more than 60 years of voluntary service to his community.
He was with the Lismore Apex Club for 14 years and when he was no longer able to be a part of Apex, he joined the Lismore Lions in 1972 and took on various positions, including president, until 2018 when he ‘retired’ at age 89.
Darcy helped establish the restaurant at House With No Steps at Alstonville, providing work for people with a disability.
He fought to protect the Lions Memorial Fountain outside Lismore City Hall and helped form the Lismore Heights Probus Club.
Darcy and his wife Teresa would act as chaperones for the North Coast Children’s Home, taking kids on trips to the beach and other outings.
Darcy and Teresa were married for 62 years and have four children.
Teresa said Darcy was very highly regarded by his local community and all who knew him.
“He has been involved in service to his community for more than 60 years,” she said.
“His children were members of the Lismore 3rd Group Scouts and he was president of Lismore 3rd Group Scouts.
“Throughout these 60 years he has worked tirelessly for his community, as a volunteer as well as contributing his many skills to organisations and groups whenever requested.
“There are many people who would be able to state that Darcy assisted them to gain employment in the local area, when they were young.”
Darcy was born in Coraki and lived at Woodburn with his nine brothers and sisters.
“Darcy had a genuine love for people and liked nothing more than to have a chat and get to know people,” Teresa said.
“Darcy was a genuine, very modest person with great integrity and the ultimate gentleman.
“He never sought accolades for himself.”
Other than his love for his family and community, Darcy had a passion for photography.
In 1947, at just 16, Darcy obtained a position at The Northern Star newspaper as an apprentice in processing and engraving in the photography department.
When it was necessary for some photography to occur and a shortage of staff, Darcy would be asked to go out and take photos occasionally.
He had a natural talent for photography, and he accepted the position of photographer at the paper when he was 18.
When he first started working, his hours were from 1pm to 10pm as the photographs had to be prepared and developed for the overnight printing.
He would travel all over the Northern Rivers to capture the news, from Ocean Shores to Mclean and west to Bonalbo.
He photographed the queen when she visited Lismore in 1954.
“He was the unofficial photographer for local police for many years,” Teresa said.
Darcy fulfilled the position of unofficial police photographer in the district as there was not a police photographer appointed to this area.
This involved some horrific murders, the Cowper and Clybucca bus crashes, many major fires, floods including the devastating major floods of 1954 and 1974 and car accidents.
A police officer arrived in Lismore to establish a scientific department for the police department, however, there was not the necessary photographic area set up.
Darcy organised for the police department to utilise the photographic department at the newspaper.
At the official opening of the Police Scientific Department, the officiating officer stated that Darcy had proved to him “the need to establish this facility”.
He handed in his resignation from the paper when he was 75. However, the editor requested that he continue to work, so Darcy accepted the position to work on special projects, which he did until her was 79.
Darcy passed away last year.
Other recipients:
Emeritus Professor Baden Offord, from Ocean Shores, is now an officer in the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity.
Scott Monaghan, from Mylneford, is now a Member of the Order for his significant service to indigenous health, and to medical research.
Carol Bonamy, from McLeans Ridges, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community of the Lismore region.
The late Donald Phillip Ellison, formerly of Ballina, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to horticulture.
John Lee, from Bilambil Heights, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to the community through social welfare organisations.
John McCaffrey, from Wollongbar, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to people with disability.
Kim Rhodes, from Tenterfield, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community of Tenterfield.
Dominic Richards, from Cabarita Beach, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to architecture, and to the community.
Chris Hemsworth, from Byron Bay, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his significant service to the performing arts, and to charitable organisations.

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Critical incident investigation underway following crash – Casino

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Critical incident investigation underway following crash – Casino

A critical incident investigation has been declared after a cyclist was struck by a vehicle in the state’s north.

About 9.40pm (Thursday 29 July 2021) officers attached to Richmond Police District were at an address on Churchill Crescent, Casino, for an unrelated matter when they noticed a cyclist riding without a helmet or lights on his bicycle.

Police requested the man stop; however, he continued riding and collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Churchill Crescent and Hotham Street.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, however, died at the scene. The man is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old Queensland man, was not injured and taken to Casino Hospital for mandatory testing.

The man’s four passengers were uninjured.

The Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) is attending the scene.

A critical incident team from Tweed-Byron Police District will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

No further details are available at this time.

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Two new services providing free confidential support for anxiety, stress and low mood

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Healthy North Coast

Two new services providing free confidential support for anxiety, stress and low mood

HEALTHY North Coast, in partnership with Remedy Healthcare, is pleased to announce a new mental health service for the North Coast.

Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said that access to free support services for people living with mild mental illness on the North Coast was a priority.

“For people needing support with managing stress or worry, it’s so important that we have services available to provide help when and where needed, so that support can be accessed early,” she said.

“After a competitive tender process, Remedy Healthcare has been contracted to deliver two new programs to support people over 16 to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing, especially people experiencing isolation, and those in rural and remote locations.

“The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in mental health concerns across the world. Now, more than ever, we have to encourage ourselves to seek help.”

Remedy Healthcare is launching the MindStepR and Healing Minds telephone and online services. Both are free, easily accessible, and do not require a referral by a GP or healthcare professional. Delivered by trained mental health coaches, the confidential services use evidence-based techniques that improve mental health and wellbeing.

Remedy Healthcare’s Executive General Manager, Mike Hutton Squire, said both services aimed to reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life by helping people self-manage their mental health and wellbeing.

“The free services offer one-on-one assessment, coaching and follow-up sessions. Use of the services is completely confidential and accessible to people living anywhere within the North Coast region in NSW.”

Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the new services would provide much needed and timely support for the people of northern NSW.

“Around one in five people have a mental health concern each year,” Mr Hogan said.

“Over a lifetime, around 50% of people are likely to experience mental health issues.”

This year’s Federal Budget directed $2.3 billion towards improving mental health and suicide prevention in communities across Australia.

MindStepR is an evidence-based, low-intensity, guided self-help service and is designed to run alongside any existing psychological care.

To access MindStepR, call 1800 322 278 or visit www.remedyhealthcare.com.au/mindstep-hnc

Healing Minds is a culturally sensitive adaptation of MindStep specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 16. To access Healing Minds, call 1800 810 255 or visit www.remedyhealthcare.com.au/healing-minds-hnc

If you or someone you care for needs immediate support, please call 000 or:

Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
1800 Respect 1800 737 732
MensLine 1300 789 978
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

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Milestone reached for outgoing Mayor Robert Mustow

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Mayor Robert Mustow
Mayor Robert Mustow

Milestone reached for outgoing mayor

By Tonia Dynan

IN the time Mayor Robert Mustow has been on council, he has been waiting to see development applications for his region hit the 300 mark.

“There’s also been almost 350 applications lodged and that’s the first time that’s been over 300, so these figures they show this confidence in the Richmond Valley and council has encouraged many initiatives to achieve this and has worked with our community to have this outcome,” Richmond Valley Council’s Cr Mustow said.

“It’s not only a council win, but it’s also the community, and developers and people who want to build their first homes and it’s really, really good.

“I’m pleased to say that that has been achieved because to get 300 DAs to me has been a bit of a goal and we’ve always been touching on it, but now we’ve just really jumped over it, and that’s a great. Congratulations to everyone.”

The figures were revealed in a report about the six-monthly customer service feedback survey.

“You’ll see that the total dollar amount of development applications this year is over $65 million, and it’s never been over $50 million before,” Cr Mustow said.

“I think that’s a pretty substantial increase.”

More than 80 per cent of survey respondents said they were very satisfied or satisfied with the customer service received when dealing with Richmond Valley Council.

More than half of the respondents to the survey conducted in June contacted council for assistance with development or planning enquiries and their main area of concern related to the lag time of a follow up response to their initial enquiry.

Council has identified some room for improvement that will be the focus of the customer experience team in the coming months, including working closely with applicants lodging applications via the new e-planning portal, and more training and upskilling of newer, inexperienced staff.

Cr Mustow said customer service was a lot of work, but it was a positive report which was great to hear.

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