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April Column for Janelle Saffin MP

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April Column for Janelle Saffin MP

April Column for Janelle Saffin MP

 

By Janelle Saffin

Landmark environmental reforms pass NSW Parliament

I have a lot of environmental news to share with you this month, as there have been some significant developments.

Ban on offshore mining

The Minns Government’s has moved to protect our beaches and coastal environment by banning seabed petroleum and mineral mining and exploration off the NSW coast.

The Government secured support from across the NSW Parliament for the ban, making NSW the first state in Australia to prohibit offshore exploration and mining.

Offshore mining activities can have a devastating effect on our marine wildlife by releasing toxins, destroying habitat and creating harmful sediment levels.

I am pleased to be part of a government that is prepared to lead the way on protecting our marine life and coastal environment. No other state or territory has acted so comprehensively to prevent the environmental impact that can result from offshore mining.

Giving the EPA some teeth

The Minns Government has brought in the biggest changes to environment protection rules since the Environment Protection Authority ( EPA) was established in 1991.

The Parliament has passed legislation giving the EPA stronger powers to deter environmental crimes and respond faster to pollution incidents, giving us the strongest environmental regulations of any state or territory in Australia.

This fulfils Labor’s election commitment to provide the EPA with teeth.

The Environment Protection Legislation Amendment (Stronger Regulation and Penalties) Bill 2024 includes:

  • Doubling maximum penalties – the most serious offences will carry penalties of $10 million for companies and $2 million for individuals.
  • Raising on-the-spot-fines – Fines for common environmental offences will more that double to $30,000 for companies and $15,000 for individuals for a first offence, going up to $45,000 and $22,500 respectively for a second offence.
  • Councils will have authority to issue illegal dumping fines of $5000 to companies and $1000 to individuals, with higher penalties for dumping in sensitive places like a school, hospital, or national park
  • Public Transparency – a ‘name and shame’ process will issue warnings about poor environmental performers and substandard practices.

Penalties for serious environmental offences had not been raised since 2005 when Labor was last in government.

Have your say on Koalas.

You are invited to have your say on the best ways to help our endangered koalas.

The Government’s Reviewing the NSW Koala Strategy discussion paper is online until 26 April for people to give feedback on habitat protection and ways to improve the safety and health of koalas.

Visit here.

Grants to reduce food waste and feed those in need

Two new grant programs have been announced to help reduce the tonnes of food that go to waste every year in NSW.

An estimated 70 per cent of food wasted in NSW is still edible, and meanwhile more than 30 percent of the state’s households are experiencing some level of food insecurity.

Through the new Business Food Waste Partnership Grants, businesses, peak industry bodies and councils can apply for grants of up to $200,00 to reduce food waste and boost recycling.

And food relief organisations can apply for funding of up to $500,000 to better manage increasing amounts of rescued food and delivery to those in need.

Visit here.

Vehicle emissions ratings

The Government has launched a new Vehicle Emissions Star Rating website to help drivers consider sustainability when buying their next new or used vehicle.

The Vehicle Emissions Star Rating website also has information on electric vehicles, the location of charging stations, battery recycling and the differences between electric, hybrid and internal combustion engine vehicles.

Visit here.

 

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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.

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.

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.

 

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Wage Peace Not War

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Wage Peace Not War

 

Northern Rivers Peace group, Remembering and Healing invites all community members to a peace gathering on the eve of ANZAC Day – 24th of April from 5.30pm at the Red Dove Centre, 80 Keen Street, Lismore (accessible venue).

Remembering and Healing (also known as RaH) meet annually at this time to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence both locally and globally. In something new, this year we invite people from all nations, cultures and faiths to bring bread or something you serve with bread from your culture to share together in the traditional sign of hospitality, cooperation and connection.

RaH has partnered with local Sandra Handley who will be launching Peace in our Lifetime, a global peace campaign that aims to use the collective power of imagery and its ability to unite people and cultures by blanketing the world with peace signs.  So along with music by local, Mish Songsmith, poem by Vincent Stead, peace speakers, lighting candles for peace and sharing food and conversations, attendees will have the opportunity to decorate peace signs that will be placed publicly around Lismore.

“World peace seems impossible but if we start in our own hearts, homes and communities, it can spread.” Said Jenny Dowell, RaH’s Patron and MC for the evening.

“We must give peace a chance and when we stop and really listen to each other across cultures, religions, generations or whatever divide that we might imagine, peace can grow.”

 

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

Albert Park Baseball Grounds

Keen Street Lismore
8am Sunday 19th May 2024

Join a fun community activity to fundraise and raise dementia awareness. Last year, more than 10,000 people walked, jogged and ran in cities and towns across Australia for people impacted by dementia. Dementia awareness

Lismore events include a 10km run, a 5km jog/walk or a 1km walk so that the day is inclusive of all levels of physical ability.

There will be information stalls providing details of supports, local resources and services to help those impacted by dementia, as well as food and drinks.

Form a team from your workplace, local club, friends or family (dress up to make it fun!) and enter the 1km walk, 5km jog/walk or a 10km run. Get lots of sponsors!

To register a team or take part as an individual go to:
www.memorywalk.com.au/event/lismore-myway

Dementia awareness

Dementia awareness

Currently, dementia is the leading cause of death in women and overall, it is the second leading cause of death for all Australians. In 2024, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million people in Australia are involved in the care of someone living with dementia.

Dr Jones says ‘The ageing population in the Northern Rivers is growing at an exponential rate. Our region is one of the highest ageing communities in NSW and this comes with increasing rates of those impacted by dementia in our community. I’m quite keen to see that we adopt more preventable approaches against dementia in our region’. Dementia awareness

Dr Jones says ‘There are many things we can do to prevent dementia or delay your risk of developing dementia. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, in particular regular exercise can make a significant difference’.

“We encourage the whole community to come together, not only to raise money for
Dementia Australia, but also to exercise together and to fight this disease” says Dr Jones.

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