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Social Futures welcomes the first Resilient Lands project but calls for more land and social housing targets

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Social Futures welcomes the first Resilient Lands project but calls for more land and social housing targets

 

Social Futures has welcomed the announcement of the first major Resilient Lands project to be delivered under the $100 million Resilient Lands Program but is keen to see the release of more land (under the program) and social housing targets.

Southern Cross University, Landcom (a state government agency) and the NSW Reconstruction Authority have signed an agreement to deliver more than 400 homes in East Lismore. The land is expected to come onto the market in 2026.

“This is a great first step,” said Social Futures CEO Tony Davies, “but of course we’d like to see the other post-flood land projects developed and delivered as soon as possible.”

The Northern Rivers will mark the second anniversary of unprecedented flooding that badly damaged more than 6,000 homes on February 28.

“Social Futures is also calling on the government to set targets for affordable and social housing on each land project, so that the working people who serve the Northern Rivers – nurses, tradesmen, police officer and teachers – can afford to buy a home in this beautiful region,” Mr Davies said.

“In London, new developments have a requirement for 50%. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rebuild our community and ensure we have the right mix of housing for people on low-incomes, working people and also the tree-changers arriving from cities with more generous budgets.

CEO Tony Davies from Social Futures - Resilient Lands Program

CEO Tony Davies from Social Futures

“In short there needs to be a mix of housing so no one is left out in the cold.”

Mr Davies said the Northern Rivers Resilient Land Strategy, developed last year, cited that some 7800 new dwellings would be needed to accommodate people most impacted by the 2022 floods.

“We’ve long been waiting for this first announcement of land, but we are glad it’s out because the people of the Northern Rivers need certainty,” he said.

“The East Lismore project includes a 20% affordable housing target and land is also set aside for people to relocate homes.

“I would have liked to see a higher target for affordable housing and a definite target for social housing, because this region has about a 30%-plus shortfall in social housing compared to the state average.

“The Northern Rivers needs more housing close to services and public transport, and we need higher density housing.

“We are also hoping the federal Housing Australia Future Fund will finance much needed social and affordable housing for the Northern Rivers. This fund needs to target regional areas in acute housing needs, such as northern New South Wales.”

 

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

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: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

 

Since its inception in July 2023, Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant initiative has garnered significant interest, with 28 applications received for the construction of new units and dwellings meeting the Affordable Housing criteria. This program, supported by a dedicated fund of $1.2 million, operates on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis, aiming to invigorate the development of affordable housing options within the community.

Under the Housing Grant program, eligible projects can receive $15,000 per new dwelling, spanning across six distinct categories:

  1. Secondary dwellings,
  2. First home buyers undertaking new construction,
  3. Relocation of flood-affected dwellings within Lismore LGA,
  4. Construction of new dwellings within Lismore LGA by recipients of a buyback from the NSW Reconstruction Authority,
  5. Housing built by Community Housing Providers (CHP) or Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHO), and
  6. Multi-dwelling housing projects developed under agreements to be managed by a CHP for affordable rental purposes for a minimum of 15 years.

Eber Butron, Council’s Chief Community Officer, expressed optimism seeing individuals accessing the grants to bolster new housing endeavours. He emphasised the collaborative effort needed from all levels of government to combat the housing crisis, with Council leveraging funds from a Federal Government program earmarked for affordable housing initiatives.

Mr. Butron highlighted Council’s array of initiatives aimed at stimulating affordable and diverse housing options, including discounts and deferrals of developer contributions and a partnership with Landcom to develop over 50 dwellings on Council-owned land. He underscored Council’s commitment outlined in the Affordable and Diverse Housing Strategy adopted in 2023, which delineates actionable steps and collaborations to augment housing stock for underserved target groups.

The Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program funds the Housing Grants, with 80 grants to be disbursed on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis until the allocated funds are fully utilised.

Interested parties can access a Fact Sheet outlining the program’s criteria and application process on Council’s website here.

 

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

 

Lismore City Council is fully engaged in the upcoming 2024 Youth Week, committed to fostering creativity and empowerment among our younger residents through an array of dynamic workshops.

Scheduled from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th, this year’s Youth Week boasts an inspiring lineup of activities tailored for individuals aged 12 to 24. Participants can anticipate a platform for self-expression, skill development, and meaningful connections with like-minded peers who share their passions.

The event offers a diverse range of workshops, each designed to unlock creativity and cultivate empowerment. From delving into the fundamentals of film writing and production to exploring the vibrant realm of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists, there’s something for every young enthusiast. Notable artist Chris Lego will lead a captivating exploration of zines from around the globe, providing a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Mykaela Baillie, Lismore City Council’s Quad Placemaking Officer, emphasized the significance of this initiative in providing a supportive environment for youth to express themselves and contribute to their community. The overarching theme, “Express. Empower. Get loud!”, underscores the importance of celebrating individuality and fostering a sense of unity among young people across NSW.

Since its inception in 1989, Youth Week has evolved into a nationwide celebration, engaging thousands of young Australians annually. It serves as a platform for youth engagement and empowerment, offering opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

The 2024 Youth Week program includes a variety of engaging workshops:

  • Quad Offsite: On Country Forest and Forage
    Location: Namabunda Farm, 112 Whites Avenue, Alstonville
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 10am – 3pm
    Discover the wonders of our local ecosystem as you forage for native foods and fibres and participate in the restoration of Youngman Creek’s Big Scrub rainforest.
  • Collage Club
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
    The Collage Club is an ongoing community engagement and creative recovery program. It is a free, accessible program that enables the community to get together and enjoy the process of making collages in a supportive environment.
  • Quad Offsite: Jarjums on Paper
    Location:
    Amarina Aboriginal Artist Run Initiative, Shop 1/126 Molesworth Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 1pm
    Explore the rich world of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists in a series of drop-in workshops.
  • Screenwriting and Film Workshop
    Location:
    Lismore Library Meeting Room, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 11am
    Dive into the basics of film writing and production, guided by an acclaimed filmmaker and writer.
  • Zine Making Workshop (2-day workshop)
    Location:
    Elevator ARI, 3 Rural Street, Lismore
    Dates: Thursday, 18 April and Saturday, 20 April, 1pm – 5pm
    Create and explore zines from around the globe with artist Chris Lego in this immersive two-day workshop.
  • Acting Workshop with Madeleine West
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Thursday, 18 April, 10am-11am

These workshops encompass a range of creative disciplines, providing participants with valuable skills and experiences. For further information on Lismore Youth Week activities, visit here.

 

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