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Tenterfield Shire Council has opened bookings for Shire residents and landowners to meet Councillors and senior staff to discuss the proposed rates rises for 2023-24 and 2024-25.

Mayor Cr Bronwyn Petrie said Council was giving all ratepayers every opportunity to understand fully why Council needed to increase rates, including face-to-face meetings running from Monday, August 15 to Friday, September 30.

Appointments for 15-minutes can be booked for 1 -2 persons and 30-minutes for 3-4 persons, additional time can be negotiated.

Cr Petrie said if a progress association or other group wished to have a Council representative attend its next meeting, this could also be arranged, with the proviso questions be provided at least two days prior to the meeting to allow for any detailed information needed to respond.

Appointments can be made by contacting Ms Elizabeth Melling, Executive Assistant by email e.melling@tenterfield.nsw.gov.au or by phoning Council 02 6736 6000.

Details regarding additional public information sessions are yet to be confirmed and will be communicated shortly.

“Council is determined to answer all reasonable and genuine questions as we continue the process of making an application to the State Government’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal,” Cr Petrie said.

Residents are encouraged to visit Council’s website for general information on the proposed rates rises:

Go to: https://www.tenterfield.nsw.gov.au/tenterfield-shire-council-proposed-rate-rise-information

And to use the Rates Calculator to accurately calculate the proposed rates rises for 2023-24 and 2024-25.

Go to: Rates Calculator | Tenterfield Shire Council (nsw.gov.au)

Key in the rating category and land value from your latest rates notice to compare your current rates with the increases for the proposed rises.

Council will be consulting with the Shire community during August and September on the proposed rates rises and will make a decision later this year on an application to IPART, the State Government’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Any rates rise will be subject to approval by IPART.

 

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Further charges laid following man’s death – Lismore

Detectives have laid an additional charge of murder following the death of man after an alleged assault in Lismore.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District were called to a home on Keen Street, Girrards Hill, about 12.45pm on Saturday 30 September 2023, and found the homeowner suffering critical head injuries.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment of multiple fractures.

Detectives commenced an investigation under Strike Force Nemesia and a 46-year-old man was charged. He remains before the courts.

On Saturday 7 October 2023, investigators were notified the man had subsequently died in hospital.

An additional charge of murder will be laid at Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 29 November 2023).

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City landmark falls to start $29.5 mil project

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City landmark falls to start $29.5 mil project

 

By Tim Howard

A Grafton landmark has disappeared in the past week, but it’s proof that a much awaited facility is on target for a December 2024 opening.

The Grafton Memorial Pool waterslide which dominated the landscaping of the pool grounds for decades has come down and heavy machinery has begun tearing up the pool structures and surrounding ground to begin stage one of the $29.5 million project

The head contractor, Bathurst firm Hines Constructions Pty Ltd, has promised Clarence Valley Council it will complete stage 1 of the project, known as the Regional Aquatic Centre, by December 2024.

The first stage will include the indoor facility, which includes two 25 metre pools.

The 50m outdoor pool will be part of Stage 2 of the project

The start of construction will rule out any use of the Grafton Pool site over the summer.

Heavy machiney at work beginning to demolish the pools as part of stage 1 of the Regional Aquatic Project.

Heavy machiney at work beginning to demolish the pools as part of stage 1 of the Regional Aquatic Project.

In 2022-23, despite the closure of the pool, the water slide was opened at selected times.

The pool has a close connection to the Grafton community

It’s origins go back to December 11, 1943, when 13 Cub Scouts drowned in the Clarence River returning from a picnic on Susan Island.

Findings from the tragedy revealed most of the boys had not learned to swim and the community resolved to raise funds to build a pool so children could learn to swim at an early age.

The name Grafton Memorial Pool was a reference to the boys that died on that day almost 80 years ago.

After fundraising, construction of the pool began in 1954 and it opened in 1956, the year of the Melbourne Olympics.

In the pool’s first year of operation it was visited by a touring squad of Olympic swimmers which included Sport Australia Hall of Famer, Jon Henricks.

During the visit Henricks competed in the 50m freestyle at a club event which he won in 25.60 seconds before going on to Melbourne to become Australia’s first ever Olympic 100m freestyle champion and set a new world record.

Bathurst builder Hines Constructions won the contract for the $29.5 million build of the Regional Aquatic Facility.

Bathurst builder Hines Constructions won the contract for the $29.5 million build of the Regional Aquatic Facility.

Henricks’ record, which stood for 60 years as the fastest 50m in the Grafton Olympic Pool, was beaten in 2016 by local swimmer Charlie Steele in a time of 25.11 seconds.

Over the years the addition of the waterslide and diving pool turned the facility into a regional attraction which brought visitors to the city.

But the past decade revealed issues at the pool, which included a massive water leak.

It is believed the water escaping from the pool into the ground around it has created a sinkhole responsible for the structural instability which forced the council to close the pool ahead of the 2022-23 swimming season.

The council had developed a shovel-ready plan for the Regional Aquatic Centre, which has been used for the current project.

Future stages will include the 50m outdoor pool and two waterslide.

 

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Water sprays onto what's left of the Clarence Valley Imaging building in River St, Maclean, which a destroyed by fire on Thursday.
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Fire fighters save neighbouring buildings

 

By Tim Howard

Fire fighters attending a fire which gutted a medical imaging clinic in Maclean were able to stop the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings.

About 8am last Thursday a fire broke out at the premises of Clarence Valley Imaging in River St, Maclean.

The building, between the Maclean Ambulance Station and Clarence Valley Council building was alight by the time fire fighters began to arrive.

Firefighters battle a blaze which gutted the Clarence Valley Imaging building in River St, Maclean, on Thursday morning.

Firefighters battle a blaze which gutted the Clarence Valley Imaging building in River St, Maclean, on Thursday morning.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the Clarence Valley Imaging building which was totally destroyed.

Fire and Rescue Maclean were the first crew on the scene, along with NSW Ambulance, located next door.

Maclean SES took on traffic control and crews from Fire and Rescue Yamba, Grafton and South Grafton plus Rural Fire Service crews and Yamba SES were called in to  assist.

River St between Taloumbi St and Wharf St was closed while crews worked on the blaze.

Neighbouring businesses and houses were evacuated as a precaution, but crews were able to contain the blaze to the medical imaging building.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigators will comb the fire site for clues to the source of the blaze.

Water sprays onto what's left of the Clarence Valley Imaging building in River St, Maclean, which a destroyed by fire on Thursday.

Water sprays onto what’s left of the Clarence Valley Imaging building in River St, which a destroyed by fire on Thursday.

Emergency service crews in attendance were:

  • NSW RFS – Gulmarrad Brigade
  • NSW RFS – Clarence Valley District
  • Ashby Rural Fire Service
  • NSW RFS – Wooloweyah
  • brooms head RFS
  • Fire and Rescue NSW Station 372 Maclean
  • Fire and Rescue NSW Station 510 Yamba
  • Fire and Rescue NSW Station 306 Grafton
  • Fire and Rescue NSW South Grafton 307
  • NSW SES Maclean Unit
  • NSW SES Yamba Unit

 

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