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LOCAL SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES GIVEN PRIORITY FOR FLOOD CLEAN-UP CONTRACTS

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LOCAL SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES GIVEN PRIORITY FOR FLOOD CLEAN-UP CONTRACTS

The NSW Government will give first preference to local small and medium-sized businesses in flood-affected areas when awarding contracts for the repair, remediation or provision of goods and services for Government-owned sites impacted by flooding.

The direction, issued by Minister for Finance Damien Tudehope, was first issued in response to the February-March flood event and has now been extended to cover the June-July flood event.

“The extension of the direction will go a long way in helping local businesses and communities recover financially,” Mr Tudehope said.

“Whether it’s a local courthouse, school or bridge, there will be many opportunities for small and medium businesses to assist in the repair and rebuilding work at Government-owned sites in their communities.”

“Small businesses make up more than 97.5 per cent of businesses in NSW and the direction is the NSW Government’s way of supporting those local businesses which are the backbone of their community and the NSW economy,” he said.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said there is a significant amount of clean-up and rebuilding work to be done over the coming months.

“By supporting local companies with flood repair and rebuilding contracts, we are in turn keeping local people in local jobs,” Ms Cooke said.

“This emphasises the importance of small and medium-sized businesses to the NSW Government and sets an example for the private sector and insurance companies to consider copying.”

One local business to benefit from this directive is R&C Civil Group which has been contracted for flood recovery work in Conjola and Murramurang National Park. R&C Civil Group had previously completed major bushfire clean-up work in the region.

R&C Civil Group’s Managing Director, Robert Dennis, said mainstream projects provide employment for local Aboriginal people and ensures more of the Government’s investment in local recovery projects stays in the area.

NSW Government agencies are responsible for identifying local small and mediumsized businesses who can do the required work.

Businesses are encouraged to increase their visibility for NSW Government procurement opportunities by registering on the Supplier Hub at www.suppliers.buy.nsw.gov.au.

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Hinterland Village Alstonville

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Hinterland Village Alstonville

Hinterland Village Alstonville emerges as an ambitious proposal poised to enrich the local tourism landscape, offering both short-term and long-term accommodation options. On Monday, April 8th, 2024, a Development Application was formally submitted to the Ballina Shire Council, marking the culmination of nine months of collaborative efforts between the developers and the council.

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In response to community needs and feedback, the envisioned village, initially capable of accommodating 175 homes, has been thoughtfully scaled back to 145 residences. This adjustment allows for the integration of essential communal amenities, including expansive orchards, vibrant community gardens, and a multifunctional community hall. Notably, private consultation rooms will be available within the hall, catering to residents’ healthcare needs and fostering a sense of inclusivity. The design ethos draws inspiration from the idyllic charm of Alstonville, prioritizing natural open spaces and harmonious coexistence with the surrounding environment.

Behind the visionary project stands a developer with a proven track record, boasting extensive experience in constructing and managing over 55 lifestyle villages and accessible housing initiatives. Recognizing the pressing need for accessible long-term accommodation, particularly in a flood-free locale, the developers are optimistic about the potential for a favourable outcome from the council.

With a firm commitment to sustainability, accessibility, and community well-being, Hinterland Village embodies a vision of holistic living that promises to resonate with residents and visitors alike. As the application progresses, the developers eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute positively to the local landscape and enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders involved.

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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. 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

 

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

 

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will return to RAAF Base Williamtown following a short stay at Coffs Harbour Airport whilst undergoing repairs following a diversion.

The aircraft was participating in a Royal Australian Air Force training activity over the ocean off the NSW coast when it diverted to Coffs Harbour airport following an in-flight technical issue.

RAAF technicians have conducted repair works at the airport to ensure the aircraft was serviceable as soon as possible.

Residents are advised that an engine-run will be conducted at 2pm prior to the aircraft’s departure to ensure it is safe to return home to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Elevated noise levels will be associated with the engine-run activity, which is required prior to confirming the aircraft’s readiness for departure.

Strict security protocols are in place to safeguard the F-35A Lightning II aircraft whilst undergoing repairs.

The Royal Australian Air Force would like to thank Coffs Harbour Airport for their hospitality, and the local community for their ongoing support.

 

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