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SAFFIN WELCOMES FOCUS ON REGIONAL BUS TRANSPORT

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Janelle Saffin MP and chair of the Bus Taskforce public forums, Claire O’Neill MP Regional Bus Transport

SAFFIN WELCOMES FOCUS ON REGIONAL BUS TRANSPORT

 

MEMBER for Lismore Janelle Saffin has welcomed the Government’s Bus Industry Taskforce to the Northern Rivers this week to hear from locals about what we want in our bus services.

“I’m delighted that the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Marjorie O’Neill MP has been here to chair the forums in Murwillumbah and Lismore and heard about our local bus issues first hand.

“The Minns Labor Government established the Bus Taskforce in May last year to come up with plans to deliver better, reliable bus services and improve equity across the state.

“Bus services carry 40 per cent of all public transport passengers but receive only 2 percent of capital expenditure in transport.

Janelle Saffin MP and chair of the Bus Taskforce public forums, Claire O’Neill MP Regional Bus Transport

Janelle Saffin MP and chair of the Bus Taskforce public forums, Claire O’Neill MP

“The Taskforce today released its second report outlining plans to fix the deterioration of bus services including:

  • addressing more than a decade of neglect of investment in school and local bus services
  • a plan for the rollout of zero emission buses
  • modern, fit for purpose bus contracts in the regions.

“The report recognises that bus services in rural and regional areas have not been given the same degree of attention as services in Sydney.

The full report is available here.

“This week’s public forums in the Northern Rivers have provided valuable information and insights into our transport needs. This will inform the Taskforce’s final report which is due to be presented to the Government in May.

Anyone who missed the forums can also email the taskforce directly with their input here.

 

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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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