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WILLIAMSON CALLS FOR ACTION ON FIRE RECOVERY SUPPORT FOR LOCAL LANDOWNERS

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A Bushfire fire recovery support for local land owners

WILLIAMSON CALLS FOR ACTION ON FIRE RECOVERY SUPPORT FOR LOCAL LANDOWNERS

 

State Member for Clarence, Richie Williamson has written to the NSW Minister for Emergency Services, Jihad Dib, calling on the NSW Government to enact as a matter of urgency natural disaster assistance measures to landholders in the Clarence Valley and Richmond Valley local government areas (LGAs) in light of the impacts of recent bushfires.

Mr Williamson said a natural disaster declaration is an important first step in offering support for local communities under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements which are jointly funded by the NSW Government and Commonwealth Government.

“I am seeking the same level of disaster assistance that was recently extended to Kempsey, Mid-Coast, Port Macquarie, Kyogle and Tenterfield and Inverell local government areas in response to the impacts of bushfires,” Mr Williamson said.

A Bushfire fire recovery support for local land owners

“My electorate has seen a Section 44 fire emergency, along with several other bushfires, the most recent being at Nymboida, with two emergency warnings issued this week resulting in significant firefighting operations to bring it under control to protect property,” Mr Williamson said.

“Earlier this month firefighters spent several days trying to contain a large fire in Evans Head and crews have been called out to contain numerous other fires across parts on my electorate including at Lawrence and Glenreagh.

“The fires have burned many hectares across the Clarence and Richmond valleys with landowners impacted so activating immediate disaster recovery assistance is essential to help those who have been directly affected and are suffering personal hardship.

“I offer my gratitude to all emergency service personnel who are out there fighting fires to protect our local communities.”

 

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Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

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Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

 

Kyogle and Federal are gearing up to enhance support for working families through expanded access to early childhood education and care, thanks to a new $20-million initiative known as the Flexible Initiatives Trial (FIT).

This program aims to tackle the obstacles faced by parents, particularly women, in joining the workforce by empowering early childhood education services to tailor their offerings and hours to suit local community needs.

Among the 16 grant recipients announced in the first round of successful applicants, Kyogle’s Bundgeam Preschool and the Federal Community Children’s Centre in the Byron Shire hinterland stand out as local beneficiaries.

State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, expressed satisfaction with the inclusion of these services, emphasising the dedication of their educators and the positive impact the trial will have on the surrounding communities.

Ms. Saffin also highlighted the broader regional impact, noting that Yamba Early Learning Centre and Clarence Community Preschool in Grafton will also benefit from the program. For instance, the Grafton service will introduce weekend operations, catering to families’ needs beyond the usual weekday schedule.

The family-friendly enhancements offered through the FIT program include extending operating hours, flexible drop-off and pick-up times, options for occasional or ad hoc care, establishment of new family day care services in remote areas, and collaborations between different service types to provide comprehensive care.

This initiative is part of the NSW Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting children and young families, exemplified by the unprecedented $769 million investment to construct 100 new public preschools across the state.

Additionally, $60 million has been allocated to build and upgrade preschools in 50 non-government schools, focusing on areas with the greatest need, along with $17 million for capital works in early childhood services.

Furthermore, the NSW Government is actively bolstering the early childhood workforce through a significant scholarship program, attracting a record number of applicants.

 

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$62.5 million budget all about community – Kyogle

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$62.5 million budget all about community

Community is the cornerstone of Kyogle Council’s draft $62.5 million budget, Mayor Cr Kylie Webster said.

The draft budget was adopted by Council on Monday night for public comment and will be on display until close of business 10 May.

It provides $21 million for regional road projects including $20 million for the upgrade of the Clarence Way, $3.8 million for rural local roads, and $2.4 million for bridges.

“This budget is all about Council sensibly and sustainably providing facilities and services for our community,” Cr Webster said.

“We are undertaking big projects such as the Clarence Way upgrade, but we’ve also committed to spend an extra $100,000 to ensure our villages are kept tidy and are mown regularly.”

Other expenditure identified in the draft budget includes:

  • $1.69 million for urban streets, including footpaths and kerb and guttering
  • $1.99 million for buildings and community facilities, including parks and gardens, pools and cemeteries
  • $608,879 for library services
  • $111,563 in financial assistance to community groups and organisations
  • $149,661 for the Roxy Gallery
  • $75,231 for pre-schools.

Cr Webster called on the community to view the draft budget while it’s on public display and make a submission to Council.

“We want people to have a say and I’m encouraging everyone to make a submission,” Cr Webster said.

Copies of the draft budget will also be available to view at Council’s administration centre at 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle, on Council’s website www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au or at Wadeville store, Woodenbong Post Office, Tabulam Post Office, Cawongla store, Mallanganee Post Office, Old Bonalbo Post Office, Kyogle Library, Wiangaree Post Office, Bonalbo Post Office, and the mobile library.
Submissions close at 4.30pm on 10 May 2024 and can be sent to the Acting General Manager, 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle or to council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au.

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Free workshops for potential Councillors

Kyogle Council will hold two free workshops for people interested in running for council at the 14 September local government elections.
They will be held at Kyogle on Wednesday, 12 June, with one in the morning and one in the evening.
The workshops are aimed at giving potential candidates a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of council.
They will be conducted by a facilitator from Local Government NSW with extensive experience in local government.
The same content will be presented at both workshops.
The morning workshop will run from 10am-1.30pm and the evening workshop from 5-8.30pm. They will be held upstairs in the Roxy Art Gallery at 131 Summerland Way (the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall).

    • The workshops will:

    • Identify the key requirements for becoming a candidate at the NSW local government election on 14 September;
    • Outline the legislated role of a councillor, and how it fits in with other roles and levels of government;
    • Help participants understand the role of an elected member of the governing body;
    • Outline the expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;
    • Look at the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, and how councillors work within it;
    • Identify key elements of council meetings, such as the code of meeting practice, code of conduct and conflict of interest.

If you are interested in attending, just come along to the workshop of your choice on the day. You can also contact Council for more information on 6632 1611.

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