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$750,000 ‘laundered’ for social enterprise business

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$750,000 ‘laundered’ for social enterprise business

 

By Samantha Elley

“We are loving each other back to life.”

These were the words of Mel Sass, an employee of Beacon Laundry, which officially opened last week when visited by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

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Mel is one of 75 employees whose life had taken a turn for the worst due to declining mental health and a drug and alcohol addiction.

“In 48 hours I lost my job, my wife and I drove 3,000km to the Northern Rivers and a recovery program,” she said.

“I had only $50 in my pocket when I heard about Beacon Laundry.

“I used my last $50 to put petrol in the car and threw my hat in the ring (for a job) to find the process was so simple.

“The team here met me where I was at and I am now six months and 25 days sober.”

PM Albanese with Richmond MP Justine Elliott meet staff from Beacon Laundry

PM Albanese with Richmond MP Justine Elliott meet staff from Beacon Laundry

Beacon Laundry in Bangalow is an operational, commercial scale social enterprise laundry providing job and development opportunities (including transition to mainstream employment) for disadvantaged people within the community.

Thanks to a $750,000 injection by the Federal Government, the project was an election commitment by the Labor party.

“We know that social enterprises do amazing work in creating and providing meaningful opportunities for more disadvantaged Australians to access the workforce,” said PM Albanese.

“It is a privilege to be invited to visit and officially open the Bangalow Social Enterprise Laundry on the North Coast.”

Mel Sass tells her story at Beacon Laundry

Mel Sass tells her story

Father and daughter team, Steve and Shanti Torrens, had lost everything in the 2022 floods when their homes on Cabbage Tree Island were inundated.

“We are still living in emergency accommodation,” said Shanti.

Since joining Beacon Laundry, Steve has been doing the truck driving while Shanti does laundry processing.

“The people here are great,” said Steve. “They give everybody a go.”

Beacon Laundry CEO, Luke Terry said the purpose behind the business was to create jobs for people who want to get back to work, but for various reasons, whether homelessness, addiction or mental health, are finding it difficult to be employed in the mainstream.

Steve and Shanti Torrens, father and daughter and employees of Beacon Laundry

Steve and Shanti Torrens, father and daughter and employees of Beacon Laundry

“There is also a need at the moment for laundry services in the local area,” he said.

“Businesses are sending their laundry to Coffs Harbour or the Tweed.”

Now, according to Mr Terry, some of the major hotels in the area are using Beacon Laundry and keeping jobs local.

“We have Elements of Byron Bay, Byron Bay holiday hire and Sunseeker using our services and they get a top quality product,” he said.

“We are currently doing 30 tonnes a week but are planning for two to three times more than that.”

 

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

 

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable musical adventure as the Andy Golledge Band embarks on their ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour 2024. Slated for release on April 19, 2024, the album captures the essence of life’s transitions, celebrating the beauty of ageing, the excitement of new love, and the thrill of exploring new environments.

The title track, ‘Young, Dumb & Wild,’ stands out as a powerful anthem that transcends superficial notions of youth to delve into the core of creative freedom. This single follows the earlier release of ‘Country Band’ in late 2023, a lively road trip anthem that celebrates the many forms of love in various relationships. Together, the tracks weave a seamless narrative, encapsulating the highs and lows of life’s twists and turns.

Andy Golledge, a prominent figure in the Australian alt-country scene, aims to deliver a mature and cohesive experience with this album, showcasing his unique ‘Alt-Country-esque Dad Rock’ style. Following the success of his debut album, ‘Strength of a Queen,’ which won ‘Best Independent Country Album/EP’ at the AIR Awards 2023, Andy Golledge continues to make waves in the music scene. His debut album charted impressively on ARIA’s Top Vinyl Albums and Australian Country Albums, earning nominations at the ARIA Awards 2022 and CMAA Golden Guitar Awards 2023.

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An Andy Golledge show promises to be both exhilarating and unpredictable. The band features some of the most respected musicians in the Australian alt-country/Americana scene, including Leroy Lee (guitar/vocals), Caitlin Harnett (banjo/vocals), Nick Ryan (bass), and Josh Piltz (drums). Their performances range from tender moments that bring tears to rollicking numbers that make you dance wildly.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the spectacle of the ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour. Grab your tickets now and pre-order the album, available with exclusive merch bundles you won’t want to miss!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – Friday 24th of May at 6:30pm
  • Where – Bangalow Bowlo
  • Price – from $33.40
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade

 

Commencing this Monday, May 20th, the eagerly awaited Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade in Bangalow will kick off, following a brief delay last month attributed to unforeseen approvals needed from Transport for NSW, now successfully resolved.

Expressing gratitude for the community’s understanding during the setback, Phil Holloway, Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, underscored the significance of this project for Bangalow. The upgrade encompasses various enhancements such as the widening of Lismore Road, drainage improvements, establishment of new bus bays and shelters on both Lismore Road and Rifle Range Road, and the creation of picturesque, shared paths connecting the bus bays to Tristania Street.

Beginning Monday, construction crews will mobilize on-site to commence the works, necessitating traffic diversion to Raftons Road via Keith Street or Leslie Street.

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Mr. Holloway outlined the works program, indicating that certain periods will entail road closures at the Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road intersection, with detours in place. Advanced notice will be provided through information boards, yet all users of Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road should anticipate delays and alternate routes.

Here’s what you need to know about the works program:

  • Intersection Closure: The intersection of Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road in Bangalow will be inaccessible to all traffic, barring emergency services. This closure facilitates:
    • Elevation of the road.
    • Reconstruction of the intersection.
    • Installation of culverts under Lismore Road.

This substantial undertaking is made possible through funding contributions from the NSW Government, Australian Government, and Byron Shire Council.

For regular updates on the project’s progress, interested parties are encouraged to visit the dedicated ‘Rifle Range Road upgrade‘ page on Council’s website.

 

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Have Your Say on Byron Shire’s New Active Transport Plan

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Have Your Say on Byron Shire’s New Active Transport Plan

 

Byron Shire Council is inviting feedback from all residents who walk, roll, and ride within the community. The council has undertaken a significant review of its existing Bike Plan and Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan, both of which were initially developed in 2018 after extensive community input. Six years on, it’s time to evaluate the plans’ effectiveness, set new priorities, and celebrate the achievements thus far.

Shelley Currie, the Council’s Road Safety Officer, highlighted a major update in the review process: the merging of the two previous plans into a singular, comprehensive document dubbed the Active Transport Plan. “The goals, objectives, and outcomes of the previous plans closely align, so consolidating them into one unified plan is a strategic move to streamline our efforts and resources,” explained Ms. Currie.

Objectives of the Active Transport Plan include:

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  • Enhancing opportunities for active travel.
  • Boosting the connectivity of paths and cycleways throughout the Shire.
  • Designing and implementing high-quality infrastructure to ensure maximum safety and accessibility.
  • Providing amenities that enhance the attractiveness of walking, rolling, and riding.
  • Encouraging the use of bicycles for shorter trips.

A draft of the Active Transport Plan is currently on public exhibition, and Byron Shire Council is seeking input from the community to refine and enhance the proposal. Residents are encouraged to review the draft plan and contribute their perspectives and suggestions.

Details for Public Feedback:

  • Read the Draft: The draft Active Transport Plan is available for public viewing.
  • Provide Feedback: Residents can submit their comments and suggestions to help shape the final plan.
  • Deadline for Submissions: Feedback must be submitted by 31 May 2024.

For more information and detailed instructions on how to make a submission, please visit Byron Shire Council’s official website at Have your say on our Active Transport Plan – Byron Shire Council.

 

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