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Saffin hosts Landcom CEO John Brogden in region

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Landcom CEO John Brogden

Saffin hosts Landcom CEO John Brogden in region

IN A WELCOME development, Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has hosted Landcom CEO John Brogden during a visit to her electorate to explore potential housing projects in high-growth areas of the Northern Rivers region.
Ms Saffin sought to have Landcom take an interest in our region earlier this year and a July visit had to be postponed due to COVID restrictions.
Given the role of Landcom, Ms Saffin’s also recommended to the Chair of the NSW Government’s Regional Housing Taskforce, Mr Garry Fielding that Landcom extend its scope to regional and rural New South Wales.
Ms Saffin said Mr Brogden accepted her invitation to see firsthand the housing affordability crisis being experienced in the region and be briefed on possible solutions.
“While Landcom isn’t a panacea for the housing affordability issues in the area, it’s important to start the discussion now to help address it,” Ms Saffin said.
“I also welcome the involvement of my Parliamentary colleague, State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, because we have been working together, with Tweed Shire Council, on housing supply and affordability.
“This is an opportunity for Tweed Shire, Byron Shire and Lismore City councils to flesh out the detail of discussions they have been having with Landcom, and the start of more conversations between Landcom’s team and stakeholders in our wider region.”
Landcom is the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation, whose mission is to create more affordable and sustainable communities by improving the supply, diversity, and affordability of new housing.
“I was pleased that Mr Fielding, a Newcastle-based independent planning expert, picked up some of my suggestions for reform and that these ideas had remain in his October 2021 Recommendations Report to NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes,” Ms Saffin said.
“So, I’m glad there is a Taskforce recommendation to establish an ongoing program to deliver new and renewed social and affordable rental housing in the regions through partnership between government housing providers such as Land and Housing Corporation and Landcom, local government, and the community housing sector.
“Tomorrow’s roundtable and several site visits in Lismore are the first steps in developing this regional focus, and I’m confident it will lead to positive outcomes in the future.”
Ms Saffin has been at the forefront of the housing supply and affordability discussion, holding two Housing and Homelessness Action Forums, one in 2019 and another in May this year.
Ms Saffin’s Housing Ends Homelessness Report and Advocacy Paper was her response to the NSW Government’s Housing Strategy for NSW Discussion Paper.
She continues to advocate in and outside Parliament for State and Federal governments to take stronger roles in the provision of housing supply and actions regarding housing affordability.

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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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REGIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ABORIGINAL STAKEHOLDERS

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REGIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ABORIGINAL STAKEHOLDERS

North Coast Local Land Services invites Aboriginal stakeholders to a series of workshops to talk about how we can help you and your community and guide the development of our local Aboriginal Engagement Strategy.

Kira Duroux, Coordinator Aboriginal Programs and Community Engagement, said ‘We’re looking forward to speaking to our Aboriginal stakeholders so we can learn more about the needs and aspirations of the Aboriginal community.”

“This feedback will help us develop our engagement strategy, but it will also help us to find opportunities to partner with Aboriginal Stakeholders to deliver projects across the region”, said Ms Duroux.

Aboriginal community members, Native Title Holders and Claimants, Local Aboriginal land Councils, Aboriginal organisations and services, and relevant agencies supporting Aboriginal stakeholders are all invited to participate.

The dates for the workshops are:

  • Tuesday 5 April 2022 at the Clarence Valley Aboriginal Healing Centre in Grafton
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022 at the Macksville Ex-Services Club in Macksville
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 at the Port Macquarie Golf Club’
  • Monday 16 May 2022 at Summerland Farm in Alstonville (Delayed date due to flood recovery)

Each workshop runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Places are limited due to venue capacity.

Registrations are essential and close COB Monday 28 March 2022.

To register and for more information, please contact Lisa Wellman via email on lisa.wellman@lls.nsw.gov.au or mobile 0427 337 471.

Note: Relevant Covid 19 restrictions may apply subject to required NSW Health and Department Policy. Attendees are required to comply with current COVID-19 protocols and must be fully vaccinated.

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STREETSIDE MEDICS SENDING MEDICAL VAN TO LISMORE CONSULTING SPACE FOR LOCAL GP’S TO SEE PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

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STREETSIDE MEDICS SENDING MEDICAL VAN TO LISMORE
CONSULTING SPACE FOR LOCAL GP’S TO SEE PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Streetside Medics, the mobile medical service founded by 2022 Young Australian of the Year Dr Daniel Nour to provide free health and medical care to the homeless, is delivering one of it’s medical vans to Lismore today, Friday 11 March.

From 10:00am Saturday 12 March, the van will be operational as a temporary hub for local GPs whose facilities have been impacted by the floods to consult with patients in need of care (eg prescription consultation, ongoing health issue consultation, minor injury consultation and more).

Media interviews with Dr Daniel Nour are available at the van in Lismore 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday 12 March.

The van will be located outside The Lismore Clinic, 185 Molesworth St, Lismore.

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