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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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Take part in this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count

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Aussie Backyard Bird Count and Lismore City Council

Take part in this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Next week marks the start of the week-long Aussie Backyard Bird Count and Lismore City Council is once again encouraging the community to get involved.

You can take part anywhere – your backyard, local park, botanical gardens, or schoolyard – wherever you might see birds.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Wendy Neilan said the count not only helps identify trends in our bird activity, but it also enables the public to make an important contribution to citizen science from their own home.

“The bird count results in a nationwide snapshot of how birds are tracking with wonderful citizen scientists out there counting birds using the same method at the same time of year, each year, which is creating a picture of our bird communities and whether there are any changes over time,” she said.

“Most importantly it’s about getting out, having fun, and enjoying nature as we are so lucky to live in such a biodiverse part of Australia with so many opportunities to see native birds in their natural habitats, including our own backyards.”

Download the free Aussie Bird Count app, walk outside and look to the sky, the trees, the ground and the water – and start counting.

Just spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space and count the birds you see.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is among Australia’s biggest citizen science projects, and not only will you be helping science, participants also involved report feeling happier, more relaxed, and closer to nature after completing a count.

In addition to being able to count using the app on a smartphone, there is a printable form available at www.aussiebirdcount.org.au.

This annual Birdlife Australia citizen science event runs from 18 October to 24 October.

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Grants available to bring community together on Australia Day

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Council is encouraging community groups to apply for funding if they are planning to host a community event on Australia Day in 2022.
Council is encouraging community groups to apply for funding if they are planning to host a community event on Australia Day in 2022.

Grants available to bring community together on Australia Day

Applications open for Australia Day events

Council is offering financial assistance to community groups to hold small events on Australia Day 2022.

To be eligible for funding, the event must take place on Wednesday 26 January 2022 and be a public event which is accessible to the public.

Any community organisation requesting financial assistance for an event must be Tweed-based and provide an outline of the event.

The organisation must be incorporated and also hold Public Liability Insurance.

Funds are not to be used for a social activity for members of the community organisation exclusively and no financial assistance will be given to privately-owned businesses or companies.

There are 3 levels of funding available:

Category 1 – $300 for up to 149 attendees

Category 2 – $400 from 150 to 249 attendees

Category 3 – $500 for 250-plus attendees

Eligible applications will be assessed by the Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards Selection Panel on Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Successful applicants will be required to place event details on Council’s calendar of events whatsontweed.com.au to ensure the public has information of the event.

The successful applicant must also recognise Council’s support for the event on the day and in all promotional material.

All relevant approvals will need to be applied for and must be in place if the event is to be held on Council-managed land such as a park or beach.

The release of funding is subject to the organisers committing to keep attendees safe by following NSW Public Health Orders at the time.

To apply, please complete the application form on Council’s Australia Day webpage and return your application to Council by Friday 22 October 2021.

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Parking and landscaping coming to Mullumbimby’s Stuart St

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Federal Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payments

Parking and landscaping coming to Mullumbimby’s Stuart St

The next stage of the Green Spine project in Stuart Street Mullumbimby will start on 11 October 2021.

The Green Spine was a key priority identified in the Mullumbimby Masterplan, produced in cooperation with representatives from community groups including the Mullumbimby Residents Association, Mullum Cares and Creative Mullum.

The aim of the project is to formalise parking on the southern section of Stuart Street along with an on-road bike lane in the residential area, as well as landscaping including the planting of what will grow to be an avenue of green, shady, native trees.

Council has advised residents and businesses on Stuart Street that 20 trees, including golden cane palms and invasive African Tulip trees will be removed as part of the work.

Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said Council does not take the removal of trees lightly however many have been privately planted on Council’s road reserve and new landscaping plans will incorporate even more trees that are native and will provide better habitat for wildlife.

“Of course we know the value our community puts on trees and some will say that we should not be removing existing trees to plant more but nine of these are invasive species and toxic to some bees and the majority of the others are not native either.

“We will be building new garden beds and planting 28 trees that are mature nursery stock that have been selected because they are appropriate native species for this area and will grow up to provide shade and habitat for birds and animals,” Mr Holloway said.

The Green Spine project also includes:
Line marking for car parks in the commercial zone
A land-scaped transition zone to reflect the change in speed limit from 50km/hr to 30km/hr
On-road bike lane in the residential area
Footpaths extended on both sides of Stuart Street to Fern Street
Letters have been distributed to businesses and residents in the area and the Mullumbimby Residents Association and the Chamber of Commerce have been notified.

“This project aims to make this part of Mullumbimby a green, shady space that is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers while providing parking for people wanting to shop in the CBD,” Mr Holloway said.

The project will take approximately two months with the aim being to finish in early-mid December.

Information about the Stuart Street Green Spine project and the Mullumbimby Masterplan is available on Council’s website.

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