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More land released to support Northern Rivers’ recovery

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Janelle Saffin MP and Cr Steve Krieg, RLP at Mount Pleasant Estate, Goonellabah - land released

More land released to support Northern Rivers’ recovery

 

A development at Mount Pleasant Estate, delivering up to 50 dwellings in Goonellabah, is the next stage of the $100 million Resilient Lands Program (RLP) to bring on new flood-resilient land in the Northern Rivers.

Construction and enabling works for land sites will commence by mid-2024. The Mount Pleasant Estate site will demonstrate the best use of mixed-housing types designed to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood and natural features.

Mount Pleasant Estate is the second site to be identified under the RLP and follows the February 9 announcement of more than 400 new homes proposed at East Lismore, thanks to a partnership between the Reconstruction Authority (RA), Southern Cross University and Landcom.

The $100 million RLP aims to accelerate the delivery of new land and housing options, linking with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP) to give flood impacted homeowners a pathway to move off the floodplain and out of harm’s way.

It comes off the back of a community-focused reset of recovery efforts which is being informed by feedback from the Northern Rivers Community Leaders Forum as well as an extensive campaign door-knocking thousands of homes, carried out by the Reconstruction Authority.

This feedback has helped the RA to develop a more people-friendly, place-based approach to determine eligibility under the RHP, supporting our most vulnerable homeowners.

It will also achieve better outcomes – reducing the fragmented nature of buybacks in some locations, where single homes may be left in some streetscapes.

Recommendations from the Peer Review of the Resilient Homes Program’s flood mapping and methodology also influenced these enhanced eligibility requirements. The review was completed by a panel of experts.

The original methodology for the Resilient Homes Program prioritised home buybacks for homes at the greatest risk under most future flood scenarios.

While the independent review was generally supportive of the prioritisation approach used for the Resilient Homes Program, it made 25 recommendations relating to eligibility, prioritisation, and the implementation of the program.

The NSW Reconstruction Authority has accepted all the peer review recommendations, and they will also be used for continuous improvement of risk assessment methods used by the NSW Government. The full report detailing their findings can be found here. To prepare for future disasters the NSW Government has developed Australia’s first State Disaster Mitigation Plan (SDMP) to help mitigate natural hazards such as floods, bush fires, storms, cyclones and coastal inundation.

This work will also help inform a Disaster Adaption Plan for the Northern Rivers which is currently under development.

Janelle Saffin MP and Cr Steve Krieg, RLP at Mount Pleasant Estate, Goonellabah - land released

Janelle Saffin MP and Cr Steve Krieg, RLP at Mount Pleasant Estate, Goonellabah

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“Together, the Resilient Lands Program (RLP) and Resilient Homes Program (RHP) form the largest assisted relocation program in Australia to date.

“The RLP aims to accelerate the delivery of new land and housing to provide participants of the RHP with more options.

“At Mount Pleasant, purchasing dozens of adjacent lots in an existing development allows the Reconstruction Authority to purpose plan and build the community. The land is ready to go.”

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib said:

“These important initiatives will help reduce the impacts of future flooding and build further resilience in the community. The announcement of a second land release site shows our ongoing commitment to the region and we will continue to help the Northern Rivers rebuild.

“The Reconstruction Authority will now reach out to Resilient Homes Program participants who have received a buyback offer to confirm their interest in purchasing land and housing made available under the Resilient Lands Program.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery, Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin said:

“It is great to see more land from the Resilient Lands Program come to Goonellabah.

“More land means more homes that are needed to support the community’s recovery.

“I look forward to more projects being announced in our neighbouring local government areas.”

Lismore Mayor Cr Steve Krieg said:

“This is a great announcement and another important step in the right direction for the recovery of our community.

“The partnership between the NSW Government and Lismore City Council continues to be strengthened, providing more housing and more security for our region.”

 

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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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