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Lismore and District Embroiderers 2022 Exhibition

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Lismore and District Embroiderers 2022 Exhibition

The exhibition in the beautiful setting of Crawford House, Alstonville, will present all new embroidery/textile art works which have been created since our last highly successful exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery in 2018.

Each work is a response to the main theme ‘Our Natural World’ or is the result of one or more of many workshops, challenges and competitions. The range of items encompasses a wide variety of techniques from our members and while some are experienced embroidery artists, many are relatively new to this beautiful form of creative expression.

Our works will demonstrate the resilience of the members of our group after their recovery from the devastating floods earlier this year and so we look forward to sharing our love of stitching with as many people as possible.

Theme: The Natural World – celebrating the natural environment around us.

Venue: Crawford House Museum, 10 Wardell Road, Alstonville.

Date and times: 4th-27th November, Fridays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

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Lismore City Council Approves Historic $301 Million Budget

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Lismore City Council Approves Historic $301 Million Budget

In a landmark decision, Lismore City Council has passed an unprecedented $301 million budget, focusing on operational efficiency, liveability, and prudent investment to service the community while promoting sustainability and growth.

Commitment to Sustainable Growth and Operational Efficiency

Mayor Steve Krieg emphasized that the budget, part of the council’s long-term financial plan, is designed to foster economic and social responsibility, ensuring Lismore’s prosperity. “This budget represents our plan for continuing to deliver on the sustainable rebuild of Lismore. It sets a strong plan to ensure we take strides toward growing as a prosperous, connected, and thriving regional hub of the Northern Rivers,” he stated.

Focus on Essential Services and Community Needs

A significant portion of the budget, $209.9 million, is allocated to essential services including water, waste, sewer, roads, and bridges. Mayor Krieg highlighted the community’s mandate for financially sustainable operations with responsible use of ratepayer funds. “A majority of our budget is invested in the essential services our community cares about the most,” he said.

The budget also includes a $18 million investment in city asset maintenance, featuring a 30.7% increase in drain and stormwater management. Additionally, the council is investing in a vast road network, extensive sewer and water pipes, and maintaining numerous parks and open spaces.

Investing in Liveability and Community Services

Beyond essential services, the council is investing $19.8 million into facilities and services that enhance Lismore’s liveability. This includes pools, libraries, parks, sporting clubs, walking trails, galleries, dog parks, and community events. Nearly $7 million is earmarked for community services and assets that support a safer city, with $2.5 million allocated to affordable housing initiatives.

Support for Vulnerable Residents and Community Projects

The budget also provides $1.43 million in discounts and concessions to ease financial burdens for those in need. Councillors approved additional funds for various community projects, including $25,000 for sharps disposal bins, $20,000 in cash and $20,000 in-kind support for the Lismore Lantern Parade, $1,100 for Magpie Centre administration, and $30,000 for the Eltham Public School safety project. They also amended the Delivery Program to seek funding for a footpath/cycleway between Dunoon and Modanville.

Budget Highlights:

Total Budget: $301 million – Backing Lismore

  • Capital Investment: $134.5 million – Building Lismore
  • Increase in Drain and Stormwater Investment: 30.7% – Investing in what matters
  • Borrowings: $0 – Limiting burden on ratepayers
  • Roads and Bridges Investment: $74.2 million – Repairing and reconstructing our transport network
  • Sewer Charges: $0 increase
  • Rate Increase: 4.7% – Maintaining rate peg set by the State Government
  • Affordable Housing: $2.5 million investment
  • Natural Disaster Restoration Works: $107.3 million total investment
  • Lismore Urban Sports Precinct: $1.3 million to complete
  • Basic Services Investment: $209.9 million – Water, waste, sewer, roads, bridges (including funded capital works)
  • Liveability Investment: $19.81 million – Sports facilities, galleries, libraries, events, pools, dog parks, community assets, playgrounds
  • Community Support: $4.8 million direct investment – Concessions, free events, affordable housing, waiver of leasing fees, free grounds maintenance for community sporting clubs

The 2024-2025 budget underscores Lismore City Council’s commitment to balancing essential services with the amenities that make Lismore a vibrant and sustainable community.

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Richmond Hill Rd upgrade reflects commitment to safety

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Richmond Hill Rd upgrade reflects commitment to safety

 

Lismore City Council’s road crews are currently engaged in the reconstruction of a 560-metre segment of road between Roy Place and Laihaina Crescent. This project is part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the safety and quality of Lismore’s local road network.

The Richmond Hill Road upgrade, which began in September 2023, has already seen the successful reconstruction of a 1.8km section, significantly improving both safety and the longevity of the roadway.

Mayor Steve Krieg announced that the final phase of the Richmond Hill Road reconstruction will extend from the current endpoint to approximately 300 metres beyond the Laihaina Crescent intersection.

“This phase is in its final planning stages and is expected to employ the same methodologies and treatments as previous stages. Upon completion, the total length of reconstructed road will reach 2.7km,” Mayor Krieg stated.

In early June, work commenced on removing the old road surface over the 560-metre stretch. This was followed by in-situ stabilisation of the lower sub-base pavement layer, which involves incorporating a binder to enhance the performance characteristics of the sub-base, allowing for the reuse of existing materials in the new pavement design.

The stabilisation process uses a large reclaimer machine to mix the existing pavement material with the binder to the required depth. This mixture is then compacted and shaped to achieve the necessary geometry. A new base layer is subsequently laid and compacted to the finished surface height.

Additionally, the project includes adjustments to adjoining driveways, which may involve replacing pipe crossings and installing grates or concrete dish drains for improved stormwater management.

Mayor Krieg emphasised that the Richmond Hill Road reconstruction aims to enhance the road’s structural integrity, geometry, stormwater infrastructure, and overall ride quality. He acknowledged the challenges faced by regional councils in maintaining local road networks.

“Lismore City Council is responsible for 1215km of sealed and unsealed roads within our LGA. The extensive investment needed for such reconstructions and repairs would be unattainable without the continued funding support from our State and Federal partners,” he said.

The Richmond Hill Road project is jointly funded by the State Government’s Regional and Local Roads Repair Program and Fixing Local Roads Program, along with Lismore City Council.

For updates on the Richmond Hill Road upgrade, visit Council’s Your Say page at Lismore Your Say.

 

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Koala Funding Insufficient to Protect Species, Says Conservation Group

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Koala Funding Insufficient to Protect Species, Says Conservation Group

 

By Rob Heyward

The leading koala conservation and rehabilitation organisation in the Northern Rivers region has expressed concern that the NSW State Budget does not provide adequate funding to protect the iconic koala species from extinction, despite the allocation for the Koala Strategy.

Friends of the Koala had requested an annual investment of $500,000 for its Northern Rivers Koala Hospital. This funding was intended to cover equipment costs, veterinary staff, and the implementation of critical Chlamydia vaccination projects. Additionally, they sought $200,000 to support the operation of their koala rescue and rehabilitation teams, including enhancing their capacity to respond during natural disasters.

The organisation also asked for a $750,000 capital investment to upgrade and extend its hospital and rehabilitation facilities. Friends of the Koala treats and rehabilitates more than 350 koalas annually, with the number of koalas entering care increasing by 20% in the past financial year.

General Manager Silva Everaers highlighted the urgent need for funds: “Research continues to show that koala populations in the Northern Rivers are of state significance. We are deeply concerned that delays in funding will jeopardise our ability to continue our vital work effectively.”

Everaers noted that while the Environment Minister acknowledged the need to review the NSW Koala Strategy and appreciated their participation in the NSW Koala Summit and the Koala Strategy Discussion Paper, the Budget fails to provide the necessary funding to implement these commitments.

“The necessity to fund the vital work done by koala hospitals and rehabilitates cannot wait. The survival of our organisation, and koalas, depends on it. We need the resources to continue saving koalas every single day – and we need them now,” Everaers emphasised.

Friends of the Koala is supported by 300 volunteers contributing approximately 75,500 hours of unpaid work annually, representing over $3.5 million saved on service costs. This allows the organisation to allocate all revenue towards the support, care, and conservation of koalas.

President Allison Kelly highlighted the organisations long history of conservation efforts: “For almost four decades, we have worked to conserve koala habitat and protect koalas, rescuing over 6,000 koalas and releasing more than 2,000 back into the wild.”

Kelly also mentioned their collaboration within the Northern Rivers Koala Network and the formation of the NSW Koala Hospital Alliance with Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Koala Conservation Australia Ltd to support each other’s work and advocate for change across the sector.

“We are frustrated that our efforts and those of the whole sector are not acknowledged in this budget. The wildlife sector across the state provides the government and the people of NSW with an army of passionate individuals working to save and protect our wildlife for future generations. It’s time this is recognized, applauded, and funded properly,” Kelly said.

 

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