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LISMORE JAZZ CLUB REOPENING

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LISMORE JAZZ CLUB REOPENING

The Lismore Jazz Club’s popular monthly gigs were just one of many casualties of the COVID shut-downs in the local music scene, and the 2022 floods severely impacted the club’s favourite venue, the Lismore City Bowling and Recreation Club, affectionately known as the City Bowlo.

But now—drum roll—the Lismore Jazz Club monthly gigs are back.

The first gig of the new program is Lismore songstress Laura Nobel, with Greg Lyon (bass), Brendan St Ledger (piano) and Scott Hills (drums), at the City Bowlo on Sunday 9 October from 2 to 5 pm. Brendan is a special guest making his first appearance at the Lismore Jazz Club and travelling down from Brisbane for the gig.

Laura will be launching her new album, A Time for Love, which was recorded live here in the Northern Rivers at Byron Bay and produced by Greg Lyon.

Laura and the quartet say they are thrilled to be performing for the Lismore Jazz Club as it celebrates the re-opening of the City Bowlo.

The Jazz Club has delighted members and friends with its recent announcement that its regular gigs are resuming on 9 October. “Fantastic news. Looking forward to more great music,” was one enthusiastic response.

“It is fabulous to have jazz back on a Sunday arvo at the City Bowlo,” says President Jennifer McLennan. “Our gigs were missed when they were suspended through COVID restrictions, and then the devastating and ongoing flood trauma, so it’s fantastic that we’re able to return to live music again.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Lismore Jazz Club committee members. Their tireless work and enthusiasm for live music and the jazz community will certainly be missed. Thank you.

“We’re keeping our prices at pre-COVID levels for now—we want to keep live music as accessible as we can for people in this region.

“We’re also very grateful for the continued support of the Lismore Bowlo in providing such a great venue for our gigs.

“Our first event is the second Sunday of October—it was a bit hard to compete against the football grand finals and a long weekend—but from then on it will be the first Sunday of each month.

“Just a heads-up that access to the bowling club has changed for the time being. The club car park is closed. Parking is available on Molesworth Street with pedestrian access to the front of the club.”

Entry to the Sunday afternoon gigs is still only $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers, with a yearly membership fee of $20. For people who join the Lismore Jazz Club or renew their membership now, this year’s membership fee will cover them to the end of 2023.

The next Lismore Jazz Club gigs, featuring more great artists from this region and beyond, will be held from 2 to 5 pm on 6 November and 4 December, and then on 5 February next year, so put them in your diary now and come along for an afternoon of great music.

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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

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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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