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Lismore Secures Historic Funding Agreement for $860 Million Roads and Bridges Rebuild

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Lismore Secures Historic Funding Agreement for $860 Million Roads and Bridges Rebuild

 

Following tireless negotiations and persistent lobbying by Lismore City Council, a historic agreement to fund the rebuild of around one hundred of Lismore’s roads and bridges, devastated by the 2022 natural disaster, was finalised last week with the NSW Government.

The agreement not only signifies the governments confidence in the future of the city but also aims to streamline critical funding for transport infrastructure in the aftermath of natural disasters.

The record investment of $860 million provides certainty for the city and the community that the many projects, previously stuck in a holding pattern, can now progress to full investigation and design.

Brendan Logan, Council’s Chief Operating Officer, emphasised the magnitude of Council’s work in securing this agreement as well as its implications for the city’s rebuild efforts.

“This is one of the largest asset restoration funding agreements in Australia’s history, and we are grateful it is now in place for our Roads and Bridges component of the Flood Restoration Portfolio,” he said.

“While initial costings for many projects have been determined, further assessment is necessary to understand the full scope of works.

“This funding means Council can now progress with this investigation and the design phase with certainty and at a steady pace.

“All going well, some of our most damaged sites, like Blue Knob Road, and Stoney Chute Road, are moving much closer to real restorative work commencing,” said Logan.

The tripartite agreement, involving Transport for NSW, the NSW Reconstruction Authority and Lismore City Council, establishes a new, expedited funding pathway for reconstruction efforts.

Previously, Council operated under a reimbursement model, completing work with its own funds and awaiting reimbursement from the government.

This new agreement ensures upfront funding availability, removing risks and barriers for Council.

“What executing this agreement does is lock in a cost estimate, which then provides working capital, which allows us to plan with confidence,” Logan said.

“We can lock in designs and start serious program development, and then begin the process of informing the community, our Council, and the market of what we will be delivering and when.”

The NSW State government has previously expressed its dedication to assisting flood-affected communities throughout the Northern Rivers region. This agreement solidifies and furthers that commitment. It is a significant leap forward for Lismore, inspiring renewed confidence in the city with solid government backing.

Not only does this historic agreement benefit Lismore’s rebuild but also sets a precedent for disaster response funding for all NSW Councils in the future.

 

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

 

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities.

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.

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.

 

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Wage Peace Not War

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Wage Peace Not War

 

Northern Rivers Peace group, Remembering and Healing invites all community members to a peace gathering on the eve of ANZAC Day – 24th of April from 5.30pm at the Red Dove Centre, 80 Keen Street, Lismore (accessible venue).

Remembering and Healing (also known as RaH) meet annually at this time to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence both locally and globally. In something new, this year we invite people from all nations, cultures and faiths to bring bread or something you serve with bread from your culture to share together in the traditional sign of hospitality, cooperation and connection.

RaH has partnered with local Sandra Handley who will be launching Peace in our Lifetime, a global peace campaign that aims to use the collective power of imagery and its ability to unite people and cultures by blanketing the world with peace signs.  So along with music by local, Mish Songsmith, poem by Vincent Stead, peace speakers, lighting candles for peace and sharing food and conversations, attendees will have the opportunity to decorate peace signs that will be placed publicly around Lismore.

“World peace seems impossible but if we start in our own hearts, homes and communities, it can spread.” Said Jenny Dowell, RaH’s Patron and MC for the evening.

“We must give peace a chance and when we stop and really listen to each other across cultures, religions, generations or whatever divide that we might imagine, peace can grow.”

 

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

Albert Park Baseball Grounds

Keen Street Lismore
8am Sunday 19th May 2024

Join a fun community activity to fundraise and raise dementia awareness. Last year, more than 10,000 people walked, jogged and ran in cities and towns across Australia for people impacted by dementia. Dementia awareness

Lismore events include a 10km run, a 5km jog/walk or a 1km walk so that the day is inclusive of all levels of physical ability.

There will be information stalls providing details of supports, local resources and services to help those impacted by dementia, as well as food and drinks.

Form a team from your workplace, local club, friends or family (dress up to make it fun!) and enter the 1km walk, 5km jog/walk or a 10km run. Get lots of sponsors!

To register a team or take part as an individual go to:
www.memorywalk.com.au/event/lismore-myway

Dementia awareness

Dementia awareness

Currently, dementia is the leading cause of death in women and overall, it is the second leading cause of death for all Australians. In 2024, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million people in Australia are involved in the care of someone living with dementia.

Dr Jones says ‘The ageing population in the Northern Rivers is growing at an exponential rate. Our region is one of the highest ageing communities in NSW and this comes with increasing rates of those impacted by dementia in our community. I’m quite keen to see that we adopt more preventable approaches against dementia in our region’. Dementia awareness

Dr Jones says ‘There are many things we can do to prevent dementia or delay your risk of developing dementia. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, in particular regular exercise can make a significant difference’.

“We encourage the whole community to come together, not only to raise money for
Dementia Australia, but also to exercise together and to fight this disease” says Dr Jones.

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