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2023 Byron Shire Community Awards

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2023 Byron Shire Community Awards

 

On Tuesday, August 1st, the Council’s inaugural Byron Shire Community Awards took place at the Ocean Shores Country Club, where the remarkable efforts of nine local legends were officially recognized.

The community showed great support by submitting just over 60 nominations across the nine award categories, acknowledging the impactful work of both individuals and local organisations.

Among the honourees was Louise O’Connell, renowned for her tireless and inspiring contributions to the Byron Bay Community Centre and Fletcher Street Cottage. Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, expressed his admiration for Louise, describing her as one of the most talented, hard-working, generous, and selfless individuals he has encountered. Her unwavering dedication to helping people experiencing homelessness in the community set her apart.

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The Mayor emphasised that Louise’s unique quality is not merely working alongside people but empowering them through her resourcefulness and compassion. Her significant contributions made her the deserving recipient of the 2023 Community Member of Byron Shire award.

During Local Government Week, the awards ceremony took place at a new mid-year schedule, deviating from the traditional date of January 25th, before Australia Day. The decision proved to be positive, evident from the large number of nominations received, showcasing the impactful work that truly makes a difference in the Byron Shire community. The Mayor appreciated the opportunity to reflect on the outstanding contributions made by individuals and organisations during this time.

In conclusion, the Byron Shire Community Awards celebrated the exceptional efforts of local heroes, making a significant difference in the lives of others and bringing positive change to the Byron Shire community.

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On Tuesday, August 1st, the Council’s inaugural Byron Shire Community Awards took place at the Ocean Shores Country Club, where the remarkable efforts of nine local legends were officially recognized.

Award winners across all categories included:

  • Creativity Award – Marissa Treichel (The Cassettes) Marisa’s nomination applauded her work as a professional choreographer, dance leader and community creative for 20 years, successfully creating and maintaining the highly successful regional dance business, The Cassettes.

Through lockdowns, floods and fires, Marissa has led dozens of community workshops and has taught dance to over 3000 Byron Shire residents of all ages and abilities, bringing creativity and fun into so many lives!

  • Caring for Country Award – Tiago Neto

Tiago’s nomination acknowledged his work organising events for young people at the YHA Byron Bay including an Aboriginal art event with Munu and Aboriginal cultural awareness with Delta Kay, among others.

In creating awareness about Aboriginal culture, Tiago emphasises the importance of caring for natural resources through explanations from local elders. Tiago is a role model for environmental care for the next generation – he demonstrates how small actions can make a big impact.

  • Access and Inclusion Award – Karen Gross (the Paddock Project)

Karen’s nomination recognised her disability support work both in education and with Social Futures for 17 years. Karen saw an opportunity to utilise the Paddock Project to create meaningful employment opportunities for local people living with disability.

Thanks to Karen’s model the Paddock now employs more than 20 participants who are engaged in work and work preparation programs. Workers are involved in all aspects of the garden including seed sewing and harvesting fresh produce.

  • Contribution to Health and Wellbeing Award – Queer Family

The Queer Family’s nomination was for initiation of the Queer Information and Referral Project and were able to directly reach around 2000 people through social events, workshops, and support.

In a regional area with few mental health professionals specifically trained in lgbtqia+ issues, up skilling local professionals is a significant method of creating a larger support network for the queer community.

  • Giving Back to Byron Shire Award – Sama Balson (Women’s Village Collective)

Sama’s nomination applauded her efforts to find the Women’s Village Collective in 2020 as a grass roots movement which has grown to be a registered charitable organisation making waves in the community.

The Collective aims to prevent women’s homelessness by providing affordable housing solutions, links to services, support referrals, connections, and empowerment for women. Sama has made a positive impact on the lives of women in the community and has been there to lend a hand in times of crisis and uncertainty.

  • Open Award – Aya Harral-Haines (Turtle Rescue Superstar)

Aya’s nomination celebrated the work of this 5-year-old who has successfully raised over $600 in donations through cup cake and garage sales for the Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue Inc.

Her contribution will assist with the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of turtles! Aya’s efforts will hopefully inspire people from all groups to support local organisations who are driving environmental change and education.

  • Community Initiative of Byron Shire – The Repair Café Post-Flood Initiative by the Shedding Community Workshop.

The Repair Café Post-Flood initiative’s nomination acknowledged the volunteer based, trauma-informed and community-focussed response to the 2022 Northern Rivers floods – organised by the Shedding Community Workshop.

The initiative coordinated teams of volunteers to collect, assess, clean, repair, test, donate and deliver flood damaged items to the community, free of charge.

The nomination applauded the huge range of items repaired over six weeks that resulted in over 20 tonnes of waste being rescued from landfill. Shedding Inc and The Repair Café continue to share the unique knowledge and experience they gained during the flood recovery with communities and resilience networks all over NSW.

  • Young Community Member of Byron Shire – Zali Spinner (Main Arm flood response)

Zali’s nomination recognised her efforts to coordinate deliveries of food, water and medication to people living in isolated areas during the 2022 floods.

Zali is recognised as a devoted and committed member of the Main Arm community and a respected voice for young people. Her optimism, passion and can-do attitude continues to inspire others.

  • Community Member of Byron Shire – Louise O’Connell

Louise’s nomination recognised the remarkable work involved in running the Fletcher Street Cottage service which offers ongoing support for people experiencing homelessness in the Byron Shire. Louise works endlessly to arrange doctors, social workers, food, showers, and hairdressers for those in need.

Louise’s work has been described as empowering, resourceful, compassionate and nothing short of remarkable. She has volunteered countless hours to help those who need it most and is committed to creating a safe and welcoming place at Fletcher Street Cottage in Byron Bay.

The 2023 Byron Shire Community Awards were judged by an evaluation panel.

Panellists who identified close relationships to nominees, or had made a nomination, abstained from voting in that category.

 

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Potential $1 Trillion Cost to Taxpayers from Superannuation Withdrawal for Home Deposits

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Potential $1 Trillion Cost to Taxpayers from Superannuation Withdrawal for Home Deposits

 

Newly released modelling commissioned by the Super Members Council reveals significant long-term fiscal implications for Australian taxpayers stemming from proposals allowing young Australians to utilise their superannuation to fund house deposits. According to the analysis, unrestricted access to superannuation funds for this purpose could saddle taxpayers with costs amounting to a staggering $1 trillion over time.

Key Findings of the Report

  • Financial Impact: The proposal to allow a capped withdrawal of $50,000 from superannuation accounts for home deposits could result in a $300 billion drain on federal resources across future decades. In contrast, an uncapped withdrawal policy could inflate this cost to approximately $1 trillion by century’s end.
  • Increased Pension Dependency: The report underscores a critical concern that enabling first-time homebuyers to dip into their superannuation will lead to significantly reduced balances upon retirement. This reduction is expected to increase reliance on taxpayer-funded age pensions, thereby escalating government expenditures considerably.
  • Economic Consequences: At its peak, the capped withdrawal policy could impose an additional annual cost of $8 billion on taxpayers, with the uncapped option potentially reaching an annual cost of $25 billion.

Impact on Housing Market and Home Ownership

The modelling also highlights adverse effects on the housing market, predicting an increase in capital city house prices by an average of $75,000, which could further exacerbate the housing affordability crisis. This inflationary effect contradicts the policy’s intention to enhance home ownership rates, instead potentially delaying entry into the housing market for future generations.

Expert Opinions and Recommendations

Misha Schubert, CEO of the Super Members Council, criticised the policy proposals as economically imprudent. Schubert emphasised that such policies not only fail to address home ownership rates but also worsen housing affordability and erode retirement savings, leaving a hefty tax burden for all Australians.

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“Economic evidence consistently shows that breaking open super for house deposits will not resolve the housing crisis but will rather inflate property prices and amplify pension costs,” said Schubert.

Call for Policy Rethink

The Super Members Council is advocating for a reconsideration of any policy that might weaken the integrity and success of the superannuation system, which has been pivotal in ensuring a secure retirement for millions of Australians. The Council warns against the long-term economic pitfalls of such policies, suggesting they would undermine the foundational goals of the superannuation system.

Analytical Backdrop

The findings are based on comprehensive microsimulation models developed by Deloitte, accounting for demographic shifts, superannuation contributions and balances, and projected tax and pension expenditures. This robust analytical approach reinforces the credibility of the projected fiscal and market impacts.

In conclusion, the Super Members Council urges policymakers to preserve the superannuation system’s strength, cautioning against decisions that could compromise both individual financial security and broader economic stability.

 

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Australia Tax Season: ATO Highlights Key Areas of Concern to Avoid Costly Mistakes

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Australia Tax Season: ATO Highlights Key Areas of Concern to Avoid Costly Mistakes

 

As the Australian tax season approaches, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is tightening scrutiny on common areas where taxpayers often make costly errors.

The ATO’s focus is on incorrect claims for work-related expenses, exaggerated deductions on rental properties, and the omission of income sources in tax filings. Here’s a detailed look at each area and guidance on how to navigate them.

Work-Related Expenses:

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In response to changing work environments, the ATO has adjusted the methods for claiming working-from-home deductions. Effective from July 1, 2022, the simplified $0.80 per hour rate was replaced with a $0.67 per hour rate, alongside stricter record-keeping requirements. Last year, millions claimed work-related deductions, with a significant portion related to home office expenses. Taxpayers are reminded to maintain detailed records, like spreadsheets or calendars, to log hours worked from home and retain bills to substantiate additional incurred costs.

ATO Assistant Commissioner Rob Thomson emphasised the importance of accurate record-keeping, stating, “Keeping good records enables you to choose the most beneficial deduction method for your circumstances and ensures you’re rightfully claiming what you’re entitled to.”

Rental Property Deductions:

Thomson also pointed out that a high proportion of rental property owners mistakenly file their tax returns, particularly in distinguishing between immediate write-offs for repairs and capital works deductions, which must be depreciated over time. He advised landlords to pay close attention to maintenance claims and be wary of inflating expenses to counterbalance rental income increases for greater tax benefits.

Inclusion of All Income Sources:

Another significant issue is the premature lodging of tax returns, which leads to omitted income sources such as bank interest, dividends, and other government payments that might not yet be pre-filled by the ATO. Thomson recommends waiting until all information is available by the end of July to ensure accuracy and completeness of the tax return.

The ATO strongly discourages rushing the submission of tax returns right at the start of the fiscal year on July 1st. Early filers significantly increase their risk of errors, leading to potential audits and corrections by the tax office. Instead, taxpayers are advised to wait a few weeks until their income details have been pre-filled automatically, ensuring a smoother and more accurate process.

For those uncertain about their deductions or how to properly file their returns, consulting with a registered tax agent is recommended this Australian Tax Season. This approach not only provides peace of mind but also ensures compliance with tax laws and maximises legitimate tax benefits.

 

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The Institute of Applied Technology – Construction (IATC) has announced three new microskills to its suite of courses as well as fee-free training places for women.

The Institute is a partnership between TAFE NSW, leading construction company CPB Contractors, and Western Sydney University.

Co-designed with industry experts, microskills are online, bite-sized, self-directed courses. These three new microskills focus on topics critical for building capability in the construction sector now and into the future and include: Introduction to Women in Construction, Introduction to Sustainability in Construction, and The Role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Construction.

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The IATC is also furthering its commitment to encourage more women to kickstart a career in construction or upskill in their current role with the availability of 60 fee-free training places in its microcredential courses. The scholarships come at a time when the construction industry in Australia is facing a shortage of over 100,000 workers.

Applications are now open for the Women in Construction Scholarships, delivered by the Institute of Applied Technology Construction.

CPB Contractors General Manager Infrastructure NSW and ACT, Rob Monaci said, “As the pipeline of infrastructure continues to grow, particularly with the focus on housing and new energy, the need for more skilled workers is an industry-wide issue. We need to be doing more to attract people at all stages of their careers to transition into fulfilling careers in construction, particularly women.”

The microcredentials take eight weeks to complete and provide industry-specific skills recognised as evidence of competence. The microcredentials can be completed online or face-to-face.

Women in Construction Scholarship courses are aimed at high-growth areas and include:

  • Project Management Foundations in Construction
  • Introduction to Project Scope Management in Construction
  • Project Risk Management in Construction
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Management in Construction
  • Quality Management in Construction
  • 2D CAD Drawings and 3D Models in Construction
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Construction
  • Microsoft Office Foundations in Construction; and
  • Power BI Fundamentals in Construction

Director Operations Institutes of Applied Technology Helen Fremlin encouraged women interested in a career in construction to take advantage of the free microcredentials and said they promote a practical learning journey.

“Whether you choose online or face-to-face, these microcredentials include regular educator-led sessions. These draw on industry specific examples, tasks, and case studies to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills directly with the support of educators.

“Part of the eligibility process requires women to complete two microskill courses. Microskills are free, two-hour, self-directed sessions, a great way to help get you started.”

CPB Contractors’ Rob Monaci added, “The introduction of these three new Microskills focused on women, sustainability and BIM are really exciting as not only are they critical to the future of our industry, but they are also compelling in attracting new entrants to the workforce who are passionate about the role diversity, sustainability and digital technology plays in building the game changing infrastructure projects set to roll out across our cities and regions,” said Mr Monaci.

Western Sydney University Interim Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Clare Pollock, said the suite of microskills and microcredential courses and scholarships will empower women in construction and will help to meet Australia’s workforce needs.

“The University has a proud history of opening up educational opportunities for students including talented women in our region. These innovative microskills and microcredentials will help students upskill and take advantage of skilled job opportunities in the fast-growing construction sector,” said Professor Pollock.

“Western Sydney University is pleased to partner with TAFE NSW and CPB Contractors to co-develop and co-deliver courses that integrate research-led learning with advanced technical and industry-based skills while boosting diversity in the sector.”

Successful applicants will be offered a pre-class connection session to meet other women and visit a construction site in Sydney.

TAFE NSW and Training Services NSW are also inviting young women in schools and parents across the state to register for a Girls in Trades virtual event on the 22nd of May. Participants will learn about different careers and study pathways for young women to consider in construction and non-traditional trades.



 

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