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Ambassador impressed with Lismore flood recovery

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Ambassador impressed with Lismore flood recovery

By Samantha Elley

Using the stunning views of Southern Cross University’s grounds in Block A as a backdrop, Japan’s new ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Shingo Yamagami, addressed staff and students, both past and present, last week commenting on the friendship between his home country and Australia.

Accompanied by his wife, Mrs Kaoru Yamagami and the Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Kiya Masahiko, Mr Yamagami passed on the condolences of the Japanese people to flood-ridden Lismore.

He spoke of how during the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Australia was quick to send in the RAAF and search and rescue teams.

To reciprocate, Japan supported Australia during Cyclone Debbie and the 2019-2020 bushfires.

“Coming from Japan, which is so susceptible to natural disasters, we are fully aware of the difficulties,” Mr Yamagami said.

“The heart of all the Japanese people is here with Lismore.

“I can see that mates were helping mates.

“Rescues in boats and canoes and caravans given out so people had a place to sleep.

“I am impressed by the pace of recovery.”

Mr Yamagami spoke of mutual respect, economic ties and cultural similarities and differences.

He highlighted the coming 60th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Lismore and Yamato Takada next year.

“Lismore was the first to establish a sister city relationship between Japan and Australia,” Mr Yamagami said.

“It is important to celebrate these milestones.”

The ties are so strong that Yamato Takada also had a float in last weekend’s Lismore Lantern Parade.

Mr Yamagami talked of the importance of having a strong partnership in the Pacific region.

“This is highlighted by one of Australia’s greatest literary works – Neighbours,” he laughed.

“That’s when neighbours become good friends.”

From the gathering of the university community, Mr Yamagami headed over to the university’s Japan-Australia Centre to meet with local mayors Lismore’s Steve Krieg, Ballina’s Sharon Cadwallader, Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan and Bishop of Lismore Greg Homeming.

After musical items by Grace Cockburn and Dylan Curnow, Mr Yamagami was presented with a number of gifts including a book on Father Tony Glynn, founder of the sister city relationship between Lismore and Yamato Takada.

 

Ambassador 1 – Mrs Yamagami and the ambassador Photo: Samantha Elley

Ambassador 2 – Speaking to the university community against a beautiful backdrop

Ambassador 6 – Receiving a gift from the SCU Vice Chancellor Professor Tyron Carlin Photo: Ronny Susanto

 

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering:

Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.

Film workshop with an award-winning writer-director, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are encouraged to book for these free sessions here: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.

Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch grow over the holidays.

Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions.

And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

 

Since its inception in July 2023, Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant initiative has garnered significant interest, with 28 applications received for the construction of new units and dwellings meeting the Affordable Housing criteria. This program, supported by a dedicated fund of $1.2 million, operates on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis, aiming to invigorate the development of affordable housing options within the community.

Under the Housing Grant program, eligible projects can receive $15,000 per new dwelling, spanning across six distinct categories:

  1. Secondary dwellings,
  2. First home buyers undertaking new construction,
  3. Relocation of flood-affected dwellings within Lismore LGA,
  4. Construction of new dwellings within Lismore LGA by recipients of a buyback from the NSW Reconstruction Authority,
  5. Housing built by Community Housing Providers (CHP) or Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHO), and
  6. Multi-dwelling housing projects developed under agreements to be managed by a CHP for affordable rental purposes for a minimum of 15 years.

Eber Butron, Council’s Chief Community Officer, expressed optimism seeing individuals accessing the grants to bolster new housing endeavours. He emphasised the collaborative effort needed from all levels of government to combat the housing crisis, with Council leveraging funds from a Federal Government program earmarked for affordable housing initiatives.

Mr. Butron highlighted Council’s array of initiatives aimed at stimulating affordable and diverse housing options, including discounts and deferrals of developer contributions and a partnership with Landcom to develop over 50 dwellings on Council-owned land. He underscored Council’s commitment outlined in the Affordable and Diverse Housing Strategy adopted in 2023, which delineates actionable steps and collaborations to augment housing stock for underserved target groups.

The Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program funds the Housing Grants, with 80 grants to be disbursed on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis until the allocated funds are fully utilised.

Interested parties can access a Fact Sheet outlining the program’s criteria and application process on Council’s website here.

 

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

 

Lismore City Council is fully engaged in the upcoming 2024 Youth Week, committed to fostering creativity and empowerment among our younger residents through an array of dynamic workshops.

Scheduled from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th, this year’s Youth Week boasts an inspiring lineup of activities tailored for individuals aged 12 to 24. Participants can anticipate a platform for self-expression, skill development, and meaningful connections with like-minded peers who share their passions.

The event offers a diverse range of workshops, each designed to unlock creativity and cultivate empowerment. From delving into the fundamentals of film writing and production to exploring the vibrant realm of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists, there’s something for every young enthusiast. Notable artist Chris Lego will lead a captivating exploration of zines from around the globe, providing a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Mykaela Baillie, Lismore City Council’s Quad Placemaking Officer, emphasized the significance of this initiative in providing a supportive environment for youth to express themselves and contribute to their community. The overarching theme, “Express. Empower. Get loud!”, underscores the importance of celebrating individuality and fostering a sense of unity among young people across NSW.

Since its inception in 1989, Youth Week has evolved into a nationwide celebration, engaging thousands of young Australians annually. It serves as a platform for youth engagement and empowerment, offering opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

The 2024 Youth Week program includes a variety of engaging workshops:

  • Quad Offsite: On Country Forest and Forage
    Location: Namabunda Farm, 112 Whites Avenue, Alstonville
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 10am – 3pm
    Discover the wonders of our local ecosystem as you forage for native foods and fibres and participate in the restoration of Youngman Creek’s Big Scrub rainforest.
  • Collage Club
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
    The Collage Club is an ongoing community engagement and creative recovery program. It is a free, accessible program that enables the community to get together and enjoy the process of making collages in a supportive environment.
  • Quad Offsite: Jarjums on Paper
    Location:
    Amarina Aboriginal Artist Run Initiative, Shop 1/126 Molesworth Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 1pm
    Explore the rich world of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists in a series of drop-in workshops.
  • Screenwriting and Film Workshop
    Location:
    Lismore Library Meeting Room, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 11am
    Dive into the basics of film writing and production, guided by an acclaimed filmmaker and writer.
  • Zine Making Workshop (2-day workshop)
    Location:
    Elevator ARI, 3 Rural Street, Lismore
    Dates: Thursday, 18 April and Saturday, 20 April, 1pm – 5pm
    Create and explore zines from around the globe with artist Chris Lego in this immersive two-day workshop.
  • Acting Workshop with Madeleine West
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Thursday, 18 April, 10am-11am

These workshops encompass a range of creative disciplines, providing participants with valuable skills and experiences. For further information on Lismore Youth Week activities, visit here.

 

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