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Saffin seeks review of $75,000 Primary Producer Grant guidelines

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Saffin seeks review of $75,000 Primary Producer Grant guidelines

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin is seeking a review of some guidelines which make it harder for Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands farmers to access the $75,000 Primary Producer Grant to help them recover from flood, bushfire or storm events.

Ms Saffin said this was a long-standing bugbear for local primary producers, many of whom had complained to her about having grant applications denied, shutting them out of vital Category D Natural Disaster Assistance.

“I’ve raised two main issues with NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders and Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Murray Watt, who also has responsibility for Emergency Management,” Ms Saffin said.

“The first one is more generous up-front payments of the grant. The Small Business Disaster Recovery Grant at least provides an up-front payment to eligible applicants of $25,000 or 50 per cent of the total $50,000. I was able to lobby to have it increased from zero to $25,000.

“Why not increase the up-front payment for the $75,000 Primary Producer Grant from $15,000 to $37,500 so farmers can get access to the funds they need for urgent clean-up and recovery costs?”

Ms Saffin said she had also put it to the Agriculture Ministers that the eligibility criteria of having to draw at least 50 per cent of gross income from a primary production enterprise is draconian and too high a bar.

“This antiquated off-farm income rule does not recognise the economic reality that it is commonplace for one partner to be working off farm so that they can continue farming,” Ms Saffin said.

“Some relaxation of this criteria to a more reasonable percentage is long overdue so we as a nation and state do not effectively make our agricultural sector a more marginal proposition for people keen to work within it and see it grow.”

Ms Saffin urged peak bodies representing primary producers to keep pressure on both governments to review the guidelines.

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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

 

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

 

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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