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Landcare and OzFish Team Up for ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ Event at Fawcett’s Creek

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OzFish fishing day, child holding carp at the Kyogle Carp Out

Landcare and OzFish Team Up for ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ Event at Fawcett’s Creek

 

Kyogle Landcare, in collaboration with OzFish Unlimited, is thrilled to announce the ‘Kyogle Carp Out‘, a community-driven initiative set to take place on Saturday, February 10th. The event aims to eradicate the invasive carp species from Fawcett’s Creek, addressing environmental challenges and restoring the balance of the local ecosystem.

Carp, notorious for threatening native fish populations and compromising water quality, will be the focal point of this collaborative effort. Participants can expect a blend of educational insights and hands-on experience in carp removal, contributing to the restoration of native fish numbers and their habitats in the waterway.

Ryan Lungu, a representative from the Richmond River OzFish chapter, emphasised the significance of the initiative in combating the carp issue in the Richmond River catchment.

OzFish fishing day, child holding carp at the Kyogle Carp Out

OzFish fishing day, child holding carp.

“The Kyogle Carp Out demonstrates the power of collaboration, bringing together OzFish, Landcare, and the community through our Driving Fish Habitat Action project, supported by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts.” said Ryan.

In a sustainable twist, the event will repurpose the removed carp into local compost systems, underscoring a commitment to environmental responsibility.

The day will conclude with a celebration of community efforts, featuring a lunchtime BBQ and the distribution of prizes generously provided by sponsor BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing, to recognise the dedication of all volunteers.

Registration for the ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ event on Saturday 10th of February is essential. Visit here to secure your spot.

This project was made possible by OzFish’s Driving Fish Habitat Action partnership with Landcare NSW, with funding support from NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.

To learn more about similar projects or to get involved and become a member, visit here or contact 1800 431 308.

 

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KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR

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KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR - THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR

 

THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

 After the resounding success of last year’s Italian Song Workshop with the dynamic Edoardo Materassi, the Kyogle Semitones Choir are delighted to announce that he will be returning on February 28 this year.

All singers and choristers and from the region, present or past or just aspiring, are warmly invited to come and join in, to share in his charismatic and inspiring instruction. Participants will take part in the preparation of beautiful Renaissance madrigal, O Primavera by Claudio Monteverdi, which will be available to download on registration, as well as some of his own works.

Eduardo will also work on two charming Italian songs with the Semitones. Registrees are invited to attend the Semitones rehearsal on Wednesday February 28, 2024. February at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am – 1.00pm to familiarise themselves with those.

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR - THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR – THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

There is also a 3 day workshop with Edoardo in Byron Bay, 1–3 March, information at  www.thecreateescape.cobut it is a considerable coup for the Semitones and Director Fiona Kerr to have again tempted the maestro away from the coast out to Kyogle. He must have been impressed with our talent and enthusiasm last year!

The workshop will be held at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am-1pm. Admission, cash only, will be $20.

ITALIAN SONG WORKSHOP WITH EDUARDO MATERASSI
Presented by Kyogle Semitones Community Choir
Wednesday 28 February, 2024, 11am-1 pm
Kyogle Public School Hall, Groom Street near Roseberry Sreet
Participation cash only $40 at door
Prior registration at mdoley@gmail.com

 

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New relaxation and recreation space for aged care residents in Kyogle

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From left, NNSWLHD Board Chair Peter Carter, Tom FitzGerald OAM, MPS Resident Vera Gardner, Kyogle UHA President Margaret Mitchell - New relaxation and recreation space for aged care residents in Kyogle lounge and living area kyogle

New relaxation and recreation space for aged care residents in Kyogle

 

A new lounge and living area is creating a more comfortable and home-like environment for aged care residents at Kyogle Multi-Purpose Service (MPS).

The residents’ lounge was officially opened this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Board Chair Peter Carter, NNSWLHD Chief Executive Tracey Maisey, local MPS supporter Tom FitzGerald OAM, residential aged care residents and community members.

NNSWLHD Board Chair Peter Carter, said the new residents’ lounge will improve the aged care service environment and support activities of daily living.

From left, NNSWLHD Board Chair Peter Carter, Tom FitzGerald OAM, MPS Resident Vera Gardner, Kyogle UHA President Margaret Mitchell - New relaxation and recreation space for aged care residents in Kyogle

From left, NNSWLHD Board Chair Peter Carter, Tom FitzGerald OAM, MPS Resident Vera Gardner, Kyogle UHA President Margaret Mitchell.

“By providing a more home-like environment, the new residents’ lounge will contribute to improved independence, dignity, and choice for residents living at the facility,” Mr Carter said.

“This facility provides an extremely important service to our local community, and it’s so exciting to see these improvements benefit our aged care residents.

“I want to thank, and recognise the contributions of, the Kyogle community who supported the project.”

The building works were jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Aged Care and NSW Health.

The local community supported the refurbishment program through donations and other forms of support, including from Kyogle MPS United Hospitals Auxiliary, Kyogle Tidy Towns, Kyogle Amateur Theatrical Society and several private donors.

 

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Council delivers on community recovery challenge

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Kyogle floods, 2022 as council delivers on community recovery challange.

Council delivers on community recovery challenge

 

Kyogle Council

Kyogle Council has emerged from the most challenging period ever faced by the organisation and its people having completed more than $88 million in flood damage and capital works in a 12-month period, Mayor Cr Kylie Webster (Thomas) said at the release of Council’s Annual Report.

Following the catastrophic 2022 floods, Council was faced with a massive flood repair program and a worrying shortage of resources to undertake the rebuild and recovery.

“That meant Council had to be innovative in the way it worked and prepared to adapt quickly to the changing circumstances,” Cr Webster said.

“The success of this strategy can be seen in the record-breaking amount of work we’ve been able to complete in the 12 months to July 2023.”

The $88 million work program completed is $61 million more than the previous record of $27 million set in 2021/2022.

Cr Webster said Council’s financial position remained strong despite the challenges generated by the floods.

“We are in a good position going forward, with money in the bank and grants coming in at a higher than expected rate,” she said.

“It’s been an extremely challenging time for everyone, and on behalf of the Councillors, I want to thank our valuable staff. Even during the flood restoration works program, Council staff exceeded expectations and continue to deliver a high level of service to the various communities in our shire.

“The Council would also like to acknowledge the community for their support and understanding during this challenging period and thank the many people who have taken the time to contact and thank staff for their efforts.”

“As challenging as last financial year was, Council has once again proved it’s ability to punch well above its weight.”

Cr Webster also thanked her fellow Councillors for their support and acknowledged the important role they played in setting the strategic priorities and providing the resources needed to overcome the challenges of the past 18 months.

The annual report, which is available on Council’s website, provides details of Council’s operations over the 2022-2023 financial year including a summary of achievements.

Kyogle floods, 2022 as council delivers on community recovery challange.

Kyogle floods, 2022.

Achievements include:

  • A total of 32 timber bridges replaced with concrete or steel structures – 29 bridges replaced under the Fixing Country Bridges Program, two bridges jointly funded by Fixing Country Bridges and the Bridge Renewal Program and one bridge completed under the Kyogle Page Bridge Package;
  • 15.3km of sealed roads rehabilitated;
  • 409.4km of roads re-sheeted/graded, which includes the emergency works associated with the February 2022 floods and natural disaster;
  • More than 59,000 potholes patched;
  • Initial sealing of 1km section of Dyraaba Road completed under the Fixing Local Roads Program;
  • Collins Creek Road initial seal to Tims Lane completed using a combination of flood damage and Council co-contributions to build back better;
  • 1,185.04 tonnes of material recycled
  • 33,568 visits to Kyogle library
  • Continued support of the Kyogle Writers Festival, Pumpkin Festival and a series of other events across the LGA;
  • Bonalbo Caravan Park refurbishment completed;
  • 42,620 pool attendances;
  • Purchasing of land at Tabulam for future water and sewerage treatment plants;
  • Implemented a new three-bin waste collection service for general waste, recyclables and food and organics waste including community education campaign;
  • Adopted the Flying-fox Camp Management Plan and developed protocols for managing extreme weather incidents and works near the flying-fox camp;
  • Successful in securing $200,000 grant from the Environmental Trust and LGNSW to create 4.7 hectares of flying-fox habitat north of the Kyogle Recreation Reserve;
  • Installed three separate displays in Kyogle to showcase the Sinclair Collection – a substantial collection of minerals, crystals and fossils gifted to Council by the family of the late Lloyd and Glenys Sinclair;
  • Continuing marketing of the ‘Kyogle Up for It’ campaign to promote tourism and visitors to the Kyogle LGA;
  • Eleven exhibitions held in the Roxy Gallery showcasing local artists and ten exhibitions in the ‘Steppin’ Up Gallery’ to support young, emerging artists and artists living with a disability;
  • KMI Hall Supper Room improvements completed;
  • Secured betterment funding for Grieves Crossing and the Clarence Way to allow for building back better post flooding natural disaster;
  • Mobile phone blackspot mapping completed across the LGA.
  • 91 development applications approved with a total value of $15.64 million

 

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