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Lennox Park’s fresh and modern upgrade

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Lennox Park’s fresh and modern upgrade

 

The Lennox Park upgrade is now complete, and the park fully reopened following a major overhaul.

The upgraded park includes:

  • New architecturally designed bus stop and toilet amenities.
  • Upgraded electrical and stormwater connections.
  • New boardwalk and seating.
  • New accessible pathways and seating.
  • Improved landscaping and new arbour.

The much-loved shelter shed has undergone significant work to bring it back to its former glory.

“The renovation of the shelter shed was a much bigger task than anticipated due to the age and condition of the structure,” explained Ballina Shire Council Mayor, Sharon Cadwallader.

“However, we were able to significantly improve its functionality, look and feel while retaining its original design in line with Council’s resolution from November 2022.

“The shelter shed renovation ties in with the overall park upgrade and previous stages of the Lennox Village Vision project. Now it is fresh, functional, and ready to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”

The Lennox Head Heritage Committee has designed and procured a plaque that has been installed inside the shelter shed as part of the renovation. The plaque acknowledges the Lennox Head Centenary.

Meanwhile the new amenities block, which has been completely rebuilt from the original structure, will significantly improve accessibility.

“The new amenities include a family change room with shower, bench and baby change table, unisex accessible toilet, and two ambulant toilets.”

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The Lennox Park upgrade is now complete, and the park fully reopened following a major overhaul.

Indigenous language artworks have been installed throughout the park.

“This is a continuation of the original ‘storyline’ concept of the broader Lennox Village Vision,” said Cr Cadwallader.

“The Aboriginal language words are etched into pedestrian footpaths, seating and as a backdrop to the bus shelter area.”

The words are based on the broader Bundjalung language and includes some words specific to the Nyangbal of the Lower Richmond, as such some spelling and pronunciation may vary from the neighbouring language dialects.

The artworks were produced by Ricky Cook, a local Nyangbal Elder and linguist who has been working in education for the past 40 years teaching on Bundjalung Country.

“Language goes with Country; they go hand in hand. Knowing language helps us better understand Country,” said Ricky.

“We are tremendously thankful to Ricky for his amazing work on this project and can’t wait for residents and visitors to explore these new features,” said Cr Cadwallader.

The Lennox Park upgrade was Stage 7 of the Lennox Village Vision project.

The final part of the Lennox Village Vision project will see the Rural Fire Service site on the corner of Park Lane and Mackney Lane converted into new public carparking spaces, once the RFS facility has been moved to its new site off Hutley Drive.

Further information will be provided to businesses and residents closer to the commencement date of these works.

Following the completion of these final works, Ballina Shire Council will host an official opening to celebrate the Lennox Village Vision project.

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Winning streak continues for Lennox Head para surfer Joel Taylor

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Winning streak continues for Lennox Head para surfer Joel Taylor

 

By Sarah Waters

The decision to pick up a surfboard and get back in the ocean again has amounted to four huge accolades in the space of six months for Lennox Head bodyboarder, turned para surfer, Joel Taylor.

Last month, Joel, 43, was awarded Male Para Surfer of the Year at The Australian Surfing Awards held at Bondi Pavilion.

The prestigious awards ceremony, now in its 60th year, honours the country’s top surfers and those who have made a significant contribution to the sport behind the scenes.

Joel described the night as ‘epic’ as he caught up with friends and rubbed shoulders with Australian surfing greats.

“Celebrating our achievements put an exclamation point on a really successful 2023 for me,” he said.

“Receiving the award just topped it off. I was so stoked when my name was read out, I couldn’t wipe the cheesy grin off my face (laughs).

“I only started para surfing 18 months ago… to win the Australian Title, World Title, [Ballina Shire] Citizen of the Year and Para Surfer of the Year all within the last six months still blows my mind.”

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Joel surfed to victory at The 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championships

Joel’s story of triumph in the face of adversity first captured the surfing community’s attention when he won The Australian Para Surfing Title after a 20-year hiatus from the sport.

In his late teens/early twenties he was making a name for himself as the country’s rising star of bodyboarding.

But his promising career was ripped away in the lead up to the 2001 Pipeline Pro bodyboarding competition in Hawaii.

It was the first big swell of the season, and Joel caught the first wave of the set, but there was no water on the reef.

He described being in a barrel when he was hit by a powerful, shock wave, which planted him feet first on the notoriously shallow reef.

At 21 years of age, he was suddenly left with the physical and mental pain of knowing he’d never walk again after he injured his spinal cord in the freak accident.

Although his love for the ocean never disappeared, getting back into it again with a board in hand, seemed like an almost impossible task as he navigated his new reality of being confined to a wheelchair.

Dark years followed, but Joel focused his energy on the sport in a different way and created his own bodyboarding-inspired clothing line.

His now well-known business, Unite Clothing, occupied a large part of his life for two decades.

But, when he became a father, he decided his two young boys, Jay and Sunny, weren’t going to miss out on experiencing the thrill of the ocean.

With the help of his mates, he adapted a surfboard and made his way back into the waves.

Despite, the 20-year gap since he last stepped foot in the ocean, Joel said it was like nothing had changed and he could still use his upper body strength to power through the surf.

Joel Taylor

Lennox Head local Joel Taylor has rounded off his incredible comeback to surfing after being announced the Male Para Surfer of the Year at The Australian Surfing Awards in Bondi last month.

His unfulfilled talent and competitive side still lingered.

Joel decided to see what he was still capable of and entered the Australian Para Surfing Titles in 2023.

After only 12 months of training, he won.

The win granted him entry into The ISA World Para Surfing Championships team.

An unwavering determination to be a world champion led him to victory on the world stage.

After five days of intense competition, he was crowned The 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Champion in the Men’s Prone 1 Division.

“With the full support of my family, I put everything I had into achieving my goal of winning the world championship last year -a dream I’d had since I was 13 years old,” he said.

Joel’s remarkable comeback to the sport was recognised locally on January 26, this year, when he was named Ballina Shire’s Citizen of the Year.

A month later, his achievements culminated when he was named Male Para Surfer of the Year at the Australian Surfing Awards on February 28.

 

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Byron Markets Announces Licence for Lennox Community Market Will Not Be Renewed

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Byron Markets Announces Licence for Lennox Community Market Will Not Be Renewed

 

Byron Markets regrets to announce that it will not be renewing the licence of the Lennox Community Market, with its final event scheduled for Sunday 31st March.

After two years of operation, following dedicated efforts and support from stallholders and community members, financial constraints have necessitate this unfortunate decision. Despite exploring various strategies, including fee adjustments and outreach initiatives, maintaining ongoing operations has proven unsustainable.

The Lennox Community Market served not only as a marketplace but also as a central hub for the community, fostering small businesses, engaging tourists, entertaining musicians and nurturing relationships.

“We extend our sincere appreciation to all stallholders, community members and partners whose commitment enriched the Lennox Community Market, infusing it with vibrancy and vitality,” says Graham Double, Markets Manager. “Their dedication has been fundamental to the market, and we are deeply grateful for their contributions.”

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Byron Markets regrets to announce that it will not be renewing the licence of the Lennox Community Market, with its final event scheduled for Sunday 31st March. Photo from Visit NSW

This period of Lennox Community Market marks a transition, while other market experiences in our community, including the Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market, will continue to thrive as symbols of our local culture and commerce.

Byron Markets thanks all who contributed to the Lennox Community Market and look forward to seeing the spirit of community flourish in other market settings.

Statement from Byron Markets

“Byron Markets regrets to announce that we’ve made the difficult decision not to renew the licence for the Lennox Community Market, effective after its final market on Easter Sunday, March 31st 2024. We have faced significant challenges for over two years to make this market a success and unfortunately finances have not been sufficient to sustain the market. We extend our gratitude to all who contributed, especially our valued stallholders, and look forward to community spirit thriving at our Byron markets: Community, Beachside and Twilight.” – Graham Double, Markets Manager, Byron Markets

 

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A creative response to shortfalls in the health system

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A creative response to shortfalls in the health system

 

By Sarah Waters

Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer experienced a lot of ‘challenging moments’ while working as an emergency nurse in the Northern Rivers during covid and the 2022 floods.

She and many other frontline health care workers were left at the coalface as they juggled an influx of patients amidst limited medical resources, staff and communication.

To illustrate the shortcomings in the health system during that time – and process a lot of the strain she witnessed behind the scenes – Ms Schirmer turned to art.

Her latest exhibition titled First Aid is currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

It features a series of poignant art pieces, made from a variety of mediums, including ceramic sculptures, painting and assemblage, to give a clever insight into life as a frontline health worker.

One of the art pieces was made with found objects and shows a spanner placed behind metal bars.

Ms Schirmer said it highlighted the limited access to medical resources during the covid pandemic – and then the floods.

Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition on at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery until March 3

Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition on at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery until March 3

It wasn’t necessarily because the resources weren’t there but accessing them became the hard part.

Different authorities decided what the regional emergency and health services were supplied with.

Frontline health care staff also became in short supply with many being forced to isolate after they caught covid or were a close contact.

It was then up to their colleagues to carry the additional workload.

“We were all watching the impact covid had around the world,” Ms Schirmer said.

“The increase of cases was expected, and we were prepared for it.

“But it was really hard to access what we needed.

“We somehow managed to provide the level of care we would usually give, but that’s because staff were working long hours,” she said.

As healthcare workers pushed through covid, the 2022 floods came and put further strain on a system already at the brink.

Many health care workers were affected by the floods but chose to continue to work.

Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition

One of the art pieces created by Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer, which is part of her exhibition First Aid, currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Ms Schirmer’s favourite art piece in the exhibition is titled ‘Veneer.’

She sculptured 30 porcelain faces, positioned on different angles, which are seen through a wooden frame.

“It represents the different faces of a health care worker,” she said.

“The faces are made of porcelain, which looks really fragile, but it’s actually really strong.

“We all go to work and put on our brave face, but what people don’t realise is there’s often a lot going on behind that.

“The staff were becoming really burnt out and a lot of them had to work double shifts.”

The story of the indomitable spirit of Northern Rivers health care workers continues in the First Aid exhibition.

It will be on display at Northern Rivers Community Gallery until March 3.

More of Ms Schirmer’s artwork is available to view here.

 

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