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WOMEN FOR ELECTION CALLS ON WOMEN OF LISMORE TO ‘CALCULATE YOUR CALIBRE’ AHEAD OF NSW LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

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WOMEN FOR ELECTION CALLS ON WOMEN OF LISMORE TO ‘CALCULATE YOUR CALIBRE’ AHEAD OF NSW LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Lismore, New South Wales. As Australia struggles to reach gender equality in
politics, and two billion people around the world head to the polls for the biggest global election
year in history, Women for Election is calling on women to “Calculate Your CALIBRE” and recognise
their potential as future political candidates.

The CALIBRE model, designed by the not-for-profit organisation, provides practical support for
women seeking to enter politics, and asks women to assess their Community Aligned Leadership in
Brave Representation of Everyone.

WFE LismoreLicia Heath, CEO of Women for Election said: “Across Australia, women demonstrate CALIBRE every
day in their communities. Whether they are managing the local sporting team, chairing the regional
business chamber, or are presidents of the school P&C, every day they make a difference. We know
from our program that this difference can be even bigger, as the highly transferrable skills that come
with each role make these women incredible candidates for local, state, or federal government.”
“Research consistently shows that diverse groups of people lead to better, more inclusive policy
outcomes. With so many state and territory elections, including the New South Wales local
government election coming up in September 2024.”

To support the women interested in running, Women for Election is running a series of training
workshops across New South Wales, aimed at providing women with the vital skills they need to run
for office. Sessions will focus on providing a highly practical and non-partisan workshop that speaks
to how women can run at all levels of Government. The next sessions are set to take place in
Lismore, with a dedicated workshop for First Nations women on 13 June, followed by the EQUIP
Workshop, which is open to all women, on 14 June.

Supported by funding from the NSW Government’s Office of Local Government and Women NSW –
and delivered in partnership with Women for Election’s First Nations training partner, The Turnstone
Collective – the training will teach attendees about how to be the best candidate they can be, and
acquire the tools and techniques required to run for office.

Ms Heath said: “Our training is focused on helping build potential candidates’ existing skills, whilst
also giving women the tools they need to run for election and succeed.”

“Women represent more than half of our population and bring a different lived experience to
problem-solving and decision-making. Their experience is essential to strong policymaking, building
thriving communities, and improving political culture and we’re thrilled to bring our training to the
women of the NSW North Coast. We’re looking forward to seeing more women on the ballot paper
in the NSW local government election this September.”

All attendees will also gain access to an Australian-first digital product for ongoing support,
Campaign in Your Pocket.

Further details on how to register for events can be found at: https://wfe.org.au/events/

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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

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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

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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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