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Economic-Environmental Recovery Plan an imperative

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Economic-Environmental Recovery Plan an imperative

By Janelle Saffin MP

State Member for Lismore

EIGHT months on from the catastrophic flood of February 28 2022, I have written to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet to take stock of where the Northern Rivers region, and in particular the Electorate of Lismore that I represent, stands in regard to our flood recovery.

I welcomed the Premier’s joint announcement made with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese last week on an $800-million Resilient Homes Fund package for the Northern Rivers that I strongly advocated for since early days.

I have let the community know that it is a start, not the end, and will take considerable time.

It is importantly the first in New South Wales as we embark on the transformational adaptation that is required to live with wild weather and climate change.

The form to express your interest in the Resilient Homes Fund can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/…/res…/resilient-homes-program…

Now that this package is being put in place, it is imperative that a comprehensive Economic-Environmental Recovery Plan be rolled out for the Northern Rivers.

I am thankful for the range of flood recovery assistance grants that are available to impacted residents and businesses, some of which we have never had like the one for commercial and residential landlords and the Resilient Homes Fund.

An Economic-Environment Recovery Plan needs to be shaped through the lens of what has happened here; that is we were hit by an event that was akin to an inland tsunami, leaving in its wake a humanitarian disaster on a scale not seen since Darwin’s Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

We need economic and environmental plans for all seven local councils and Tenterfield Shire (Lismore Electorate) reviewed with detailed consideration given to transformational adaptation.

In Australia, there has been adaptation but to date it has been incremental which is why an Economic-Environmental Recovery Plan becomes more imperative with our rebuild, and in some instances, our staged retreat, which cannot simply mean abandonment.

The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) is doing some good work in this space. They are building capacity and have a good leader in Chief Executive David Witherdin yet they need to be let off the leash, so to speak.

The advent of the Resilient Homes Fund will facilitate this somewhat.  I say let the NRRC get on with the job it is designed to do rather than needing Ministerial approval before they sneeze.

The NRRC’s Advisory Board needs to be chaired by a local person of standing rather than an Acting Secretary of the Department of Regional NSW, otherwise it is a bureaucratic board, not our board.

The Advisory Board should also be out and about having community conversations.  The NRRC I know does do this too, as they are meeting so many people but they also need space to work.

It’s quite bizarre that none of the Advisory Board’s members permanently resides in Lismore, the epicentre of February’s disaster, or in Murwillumbah, Woodburn, etc., that also got smashed.

I acknowledge that tens of millions have gone towards the rollout of temporary housing or pod villages – also a first for NSW – but it’s a process I described in Parliament as clunky, slow and not done in collaboration with community, and lacking any creativity whatsoever.

I have had representations and conversations with Mayors, Councillors and others who say the pod village idea needs a complete rethink.  It needs to be done in close collaboration with all community leaders, notably Councils.

I know land is problematic but it requires more than here is Crown Land, here is Council land aka sporting fields and that is where the pods go. Also some of the places where people are now housed require better care.

I shall continue to advocate to secure the changes and developments we need.

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Soldiers to March into Lismore: Freedom of Entry Parade

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Soldiers to March into Lismore: Freedom of Entry Parade

 

Soldiers from the esteemed 41st Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, based in Lismore, are set to perform a stirring Freedom of Entry Parade into the heart of the Lismore CBD on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024.

Led by the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Danial Healy, the ceremonial parade will feature up to 200 soldiers from the Northern Rivers region, accompanied by a military marching band. The event will commence at 1:00 pm on Magellan Street, proceeding through the city streets before concluding at Memorial Gardens on Molesworth Street around 2:00 pm.

This symbolic procession will see the soldiers donning their full regalia, showcasing the esteemed traditions of the battalion. Superintendent Scott Tanner, the Richmond PD District commander, and Mayor of Lismore, Councillor Steve Krieg, will formally challenge the soldiers’ right of entry into the city as they halt along the route.

Lieutenant Colonel Healy emphasised the significance of exercising the battalion’s Freedom of Entry, underscoring the close ties between the soldiers and the local community. He highlighted the battalion’s pivotal role in the response to the 2022 floods, reaffirming their commitment to serving the community.

The Freedom of Entry Parade holds historical significance, rooted in military tradition and medieval history. It represents the highest honour bestowed upon the Australian Defence Force by a city, symbolizing the enduring bond between the military and the local community.

The parade not only serves as a ceremonial spectacle but also as an opportunity for the soldiers to deepen their connections with the City of Lismore. As a prelude to the lantern parade, this event promises to be a captivating display of unity and respect, commemorating the rich heritage of the 41st Battalion.

 

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Enter the 2024 Lismore Business Excellence Awards

 

The 2024 Lismore Business Excellence Awards are now open, inviting businesses within the 2480 postcode to showcase their achievements and contributions to the local economy.

Organised by Business Lismore, also known as the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the awards aim to recognise and honour outstanding business achievements. These awards celebrate businesses that have persevered through challenges, embraced opportunities, and contributed to the growth and prosperity of Lismore.

Why Enter?

  • Recognition: Gain acknowledgment for your hard work and achievements.
    Networking: Connect with other business leaders.
    Promotion: Increase your business’s visibility.
    Validation: Validate your strategies and operations.

Categories

There are 23 award categories covering a wide range of industries, ensuring every type of business has the opportunity to be recognised. Categories include:

  • Retail and Personal Services
  • Trade, Construction & Manufacturing
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Health, Care & Wellness Industries
  • Agriculture & Primary Industries
  • Tourism, Recreation and Visitor Experience

Event Details

  • Date: 10 August 2024
  • Location: Lismore Turf Club

How to Enter

To enter, visit the Business Lismore website for application details and submission guidelines.

Final Thoughts

The Lismore Business Excellence Awards offer a platform for businesses to gain the recognition they deserve and contribute to the overall vibrancy and economic health of Lismore. Business Lismore encourages all eligible businesses, regardless of size, to participate and celebrate the collective success of the Lismore business community.

 

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Contractors Prioritise Environmental Protection in Restoration Project

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Contractors Prioritise Environmental Protection in Restoration Project

 

A flood restoration project on Rogerson Road, McKees Hill, took an unexpected turn when workers discovered a small colony of microbats living inside one of the stormwater drainage pipes slated for replacement.

The project, which involved replacing two large steel pipes with reinforced concrete pipes, revealed that at least half a dozen Southern Myotis Macropus, an intriguing bat species known for their fish-catching abilities, had taken refuge in one of the pipes.

Lismore City Council’s staff quickly recognised the need for sensitivity and patience, postponing the project until the two juvenile bats were mature enough to fly and relocate safely. This demonstrated the Council’s commitment to environmental protection and species conservation.

Alan Madden, Roads and Bridges Project Director for Flood Recovery at Lismore City Council, highlighted the importance of prioritising environmental considerations in all flood restoration projects.

“Temporarily halting construction to accommodate the microbats was an easy decision for us. We prioritise doing what’s right and ensuring the well-being of all creatures and the environment impacted by our work,” Madden stated.

The contractors, Rugendyke and Bashforths, showcased exceptional patience and collaboration, ensuring the best environmental outcome. Their adaptability and creativity in handling this unexpected challenge were commendable.

The project team used thermal imaging cameras to monitor the bats, confirming that the juveniles took flight just after sunset one May evening. Following this, the focus shifted to safely capturing and relocating the young bats to a nearby alternative roosting site.

To safeguard the bats, the project contractors sealed the hole in the steel pipe that served as their home and installed a timber bat box as an alternative roost. The bats quickly adapted to their new environment and are thriving.

Upon completion of the culvert work, plans are in place to relocate all bats, along with their bat box, into the newly installed concrete pipes, ensuring their continued safety and well-being.

This project underscores the importance of environmental protection in construction and highlights the efforts of Lismore City Council and its contractors in preserving local wildlife during essential infrastructure projects.

 

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