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Lismore Lantern Parade

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Lismore Lantern Parade

Story by Lara Leahy

Lismore Lantern Parade is back in the CBD and is bigger than ever! This year’s celebration will include some old favourites, and some new aspects to the festivities, not only for Lismore, but for the surrounding communities with the theme, “Our Healing Hearts”.

Despite this year’s double dose of floods, Lismore lanterns will shine brightly once more on Saturday June 25th. After 2019’s celebration of the 25th silver jubilee event, the parade went “off track” with 2020’s Covid affected, isolated mini parades, and 2021 covid friendly event in the showgrounds. As they had always planned, the organisers are “glad to be back” in the CBD. LightUp Inc was inundated in the floods earlier this year however many fan favourites were saved or salvaged and will shine once more, amongst new creations.

The Market deLight begins at midday in Carrington and Magellan streets. Summerland Credit Union has sponsored KidsFest and provided 500 lanterns for schools and children that are flood affected. They are invited to make a lantern to join the parade.

The Heartbeats Stage will be set up in Carrington Street (outside Dragonfly) where music entertainment will resound. Little Jarjums opens the event with their Acknowledgement of Country, local talent will be playing all day, finishing with the Cuban dance band, Caribe to swing you into dance action at the end of the night.

On the corner of Magellan and Keen St, Commonwealth Bank Australia are hosting Sports in the Heart – a Cricket Clinic. Cricket NSW will be holding “Netting Sessions” to give kids (of all ages), bowling and batting hints until about 4.30pm. With sports fields still recovering, CommBank wanted to “give people an opportunity to play some sport, while picking up some tips.”

As the light starts to fade, pull your hats and cloaks on, and watch out for the Lantern Parade to begin (around 5.30pm). Look out for old favourites and new, including a Brigade of Tinnies – A salute to the volunteer organisations that play so much of a role in keeping the region safe.

Also, watch for the Procession of the North and South where communities from areas surrounding Lismore are embraced after “their journey of survival and loss this year”.

In store for the Fiery Finale year will be the bonfire, heart-warming food, some gentle fireworks (no big boomers or screamers) as well as some special events. A ceremony to “begin to make peace with the river and healing ourselves and the land in which we live”.

The details of which are being held close, but it will include a couple of special messages for the people.

Jyllie Jackson, Lismore Lantern Parade’s coordinator received an Order of Australia medal on Australia day earlier this year. Jyllie sees the award “as symbolic and goes to everyone that has made the lantern festival what it is.” Jyllie has also received a message from the Governor General (who is unable to attend) and will reveal it at this ceremony.

The parade leaves from the Library along Magellan St and turns left into Molesworth St, winds its way down Victoria St to the levee where the Fiery FInale will take place. Maps will be made available on socials and the Lismore Lantern Parade website, closer to the event.
The event will wrap up at about 8.30pm, but local venues are planning to be up and running to host after parties.
Due to the fireworks, pets are asked to be left at home.
The event coordinators request that you consider the Covid risk and wear a mask.

 

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

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: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

 

Since its inception in July 2023, Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant initiative has garnered significant interest, with 28 applications received for the construction of new units and dwellings meeting the Affordable Housing criteria. This program, supported by a dedicated fund of $1.2 million, operates on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis, aiming to invigorate the development of affordable housing options within the community.

Under the Housing Grant program, eligible projects can receive $15,000 per new dwelling, spanning across six distinct categories:

  1. Secondary dwellings,
  2. First home buyers undertaking new construction,
  3. Relocation of flood-affected dwellings within Lismore LGA,
  4. Construction of new dwellings within Lismore LGA by recipients of a buyback from the NSW Reconstruction Authority,
  5. Housing built by Community Housing Providers (CHP) or Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHO), and
  6. Multi-dwelling housing projects developed under agreements to be managed by a CHP for affordable rental purposes for a minimum of 15 years.

Eber Butron, Council’s Chief Community Officer, expressed optimism seeing individuals accessing the grants to bolster new housing endeavours. He emphasised the collaborative effort needed from all levels of government to combat the housing crisis, with Council leveraging funds from a Federal Government program earmarked for affordable housing initiatives.

Mr. Butron highlighted Council’s array of initiatives aimed at stimulating affordable and diverse housing options, including discounts and deferrals of developer contributions and a partnership with Landcom to develop over 50 dwellings on Council-owned land. He underscored Council’s commitment outlined in the Affordable and Diverse Housing Strategy adopted in 2023, which delineates actionable steps and collaborations to augment housing stock for underserved target groups.

The Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program funds the Housing Grants, with 80 grants to be disbursed on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis until the allocated funds are fully utilised.

Interested parties can access a Fact Sheet outlining the program’s criteria and application process on Council’s website here.

 

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

 

Lismore City Council is fully engaged in the upcoming 2024 Youth Week, committed to fostering creativity and empowerment among our younger residents through an array of dynamic workshops.

Scheduled from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th, this year’s Youth Week boasts an inspiring lineup of activities tailored for individuals aged 12 to 24. Participants can anticipate a platform for self-expression, skill development, and meaningful connections with like-minded peers who share their passions.

The event offers a diverse range of workshops, each designed to unlock creativity and cultivate empowerment. From delving into the fundamentals of film writing and production to exploring the vibrant realm of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists, there’s something for every young enthusiast. Notable artist Chris Lego will lead a captivating exploration of zines from around the globe, providing a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Mykaela Baillie, Lismore City Council’s Quad Placemaking Officer, emphasized the significance of this initiative in providing a supportive environment for youth to express themselves and contribute to their community. The overarching theme, “Express. Empower. Get loud!”, underscores the importance of celebrating individuality and fostering a sense of unity among young people across NSW.

Since its inception in 1989, Youth Week has evolved into a nationwide celebration, engaging thousands of young Australians annually. It serves as a platform for youth engagement and empowerment, offering opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

The 2024 Youth Week program includes a variety of engaging workshops:

  • Quad Offsite: On Country Forest and Forage
    Location: Namabunda Farm, 112 Whites Avenue, Alstonville
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 10am – 3pm
    Discover the wonders of our local ecosystem as you forage for native foods and fibres and participate in the restoration of Youngman Creek’s Big Scrub rainforest.
  • Collage Club
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
    The Collage Club is an ongoing community engagement and creative recovery program. It is a free, accessible program that enables the community to get together and enjoy the process of making collages in a supportive environment.
  • Quad Offsite: Jarjums on Paper
    Location:
    Amarina Aboriginal Artist Run Initiative, Shop 1/126 Molesworth Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 1pm
    Explore the rich world of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists in a series of drop-in workshops.
  • Screenwriting and Film Workshop
    Location:
    Lismore Library Meeting Room, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 11am
    Dive into the basics of film writing and production, guided by an acclaimed filmmaker and writer.
  • Zine Making Workshop (2-day workshop)
    Location:
    Elevator ARI, 3 Rural Street, Lismore
    Dates: Thursday, 18 April and Saturday, 20 April, 1pm – 5pm
    Create and explore zines from around the globe with artist Chris Lego in this immersive two-day workshop.
  • Acting Workshop with Madeleine West
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Thursday, 18 April, 10am-11am

These workshops encompass a range of creative disciplines, providing participants with valuable skills and experiences. For further information on Lismore Youth Week activities, visit here.

 

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