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Cleaning schedule for Browns Creek

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Cleaning schedule for Browns Creek

Cleaning schedule for Browns Creek

By Samantha Elley

Some would say it’s a creek worth beautifying and others would simply call it a drain that needs to be covered up and kept clean.
Whichever way it is perceived, Brown’s Creek was under discussion at part two of Lismore City Council’s ordinary meeting last Wednesday.
Councillor Big Rob put forward that Council take no further action on a decision in last October’s meeting to commit to the naturalisation of Browns Creek as Stage 1 of Lismore Park’s redevelopment.

“Council is trying to recover from a very difficult financial position,” Cr Rob commented in the motion.
“Spending considerable ratepayer funds in an area prone to regular flooding is not the best use of resources.”
Early in the discussion Councillor Andrew Gordon proposed an amendment to the motion that a maintenance schedule be established to ensure Brown’s Creek drainage system be thoroughly cleaned of debris on a regular basis.

Cr Vanessa Ekins, by way of explanation spoke against the motion saying the naturalisation of the area should stay a high priority.
“The Lismore Park Project, including the naturalisation of Brown’s Creek, has been in Council’s plans since 2011,” she said.
“And was adopted by Council after considerable consultation with our community. There was a huge amount of enthusiasm for doing something at the park.”

Cr Ekins explained significant expense and ongoing operational expenditure at the time meant it was not worthwhile to pursue.
“However, the Council last October decided progressing with Browns creek naturalisation was worth pursuing,” she said.
“The funds collected specifically for this purpose were to be kept.

“Not doing anything further would be a loss for the community.”

Council confirmed there currently was no regular maintenance schedule for Brown’s Creek, although it is inspected periodically.
The original motion with the amendment to include a maintenance schedule to clean Browns Creek drainage system was passed by Council.

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REGIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ABORIGINAL STAKEHOLDERS

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REGIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ABORIGINAL STAKEHOLDERS

North Coast Local Land Services invites Aboriginal stakeholders to a series of workshops to talk about how we can help you and your community and guide the development of our local Aboriginal Engagement Strategy.

Kira Duroux, Coordinator Aboriginal Programs and Community Engagement, said ‘We’re looking forward to speaking to our Aboriginal stakeholders so we can learn more about the needs and aspirations of the Aboriginal community.”

“This feedback will help us develop our engagement strategy, but it will also help us to find opportunities to partner with Aboriginal Stakeholders to deliver projects across the region”, said Ms Duroux.

Aboriginal community members, Native Title Holders and Claimants, Local Aboriginal land Councils, Aboriginal organisations and services, and relevant agencies supporting Aboriginal stakeholders are all invited to participate.

The dates for the workshops are:

  • Tuesday 5 April 2022 at the Clarence Valley Aboriginal Healing Centre in Grafton
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022 at the Macksville Ex-Services Club in Macksville
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 at the Port Macquarie Golf Club’
  • Monday 16 May 2022 at Summerland Farm in Alstonville (Delayed date due to flood recovery)

Each workshop runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Places are limited due to venue capacity.

Registrations are essential and close COB Monday 28 March 2022.

To register and for more information, please contact Lisa Wellman via email on lisa.wellman@lls.nsw.gov.au or mobile 0427 337 471.

Note: Relevant Covid 19 restrictions may apply subject to required NSW Health and Department Policy. Attendees are required to comply with current COVID-19 protocols and must be fully vaccinated.

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STREETSIDE MEDICS SENDING MEDICAL VAN TO LISMORE CONSULTING SPACE FOR LOCAL GP’S TO SEE PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

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STREETSIDE MEDICS SENDING MEDICAL VAN TO LISMORE
CONSULTING SPACE FOR LOCAL GP’S TO SEE PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Streetside Medics, the mobile medical service founded by 2022 Young Australian of the Year Dr Daniel Nour to provide free health and medical care to the homeless, is delivering one of it’s medical vans to Lismore today, Friday 11 March.

From 10:00am Saturday 12 March, the van will be operational as a temporary hub for local GPs whose facilities have been impacted by the floods to consult with patients in need of care (eg prescription consultation, ongoing health issue consultation, minor injury consultation and more).

Media interviews with Dr Daniel Nour are available at the van in Lismore 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday 12 March.

The van will be located outside The Lismore Clinic, 185 Molesworth St, Lismore.

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GSAC Evacuation Centre to close from today

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GSAC Evacuation Centre to close from today

The Emergency Operational Centre has agreed to consolidate the GSAC Evacuation Centre into the larger Southern Cross University Evacuation Centre from today.

Council set up the GSAC Evacuation Centre as a temporary ‘overflow’ centre for our flood-affected community.

The SCU facility, operated by the NSW Department of Community and Justice, is better resourced than GSAC. It will also give evacuees easier access to the nearby Disaster Recovery Centre at SCU to help in their recovery.

The Food Pantry at GSAC will remain open for the time being.

Council would like to thank the many hundreds of volunteers and those who donated to the GSAC Evacuation Centre. We could not have operated it without your generous support.

GSAC will not be returning to normal operations as it will continued to be used to assist in the recovery of Lismore and our community

We will keep you updated on the role of the facility once it is determined.

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