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The DA decision for Koalas stands!

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The DA decision for Koalas stands!

Story by Lara Leahy
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There has been public and not so public debate surrounding an ecologically sensitive development proposed in Goonellabah.

Council discussed the latest developments at its ordinary meeting last week – whether to rescind the DA refusal. The strength of debate and popular opinion prevailed and the motion to refuse the DA, held strong.

Cr Gordon started discussion surrounding this issue in the defence position.

He spoke of the obligation of council and stakeholders to speak to the people and give feedback to the developer to provide them a “right of reply”.
“They’ve done that and now we have an obligation to them to discuss that in the forum of council. There are five pages of it, and it is supported, I think, by staff. Even our ecologist has looked at it.”
Cr Ekins requested that the councillors “hold firm” to the decision made on June 14th.
“The ecologist’s report that was just forwarded to me says that even though there are 20 koala trees that are being removed from the original 70, there is no indication in this document that supports the development at all. All they’ve said is that the revised layout presents an improved ecological outcome.”
Cr Ekins points out the road and sewerage infrastructure still positioned in the conservation area. She reminds attendants of the threat to koalas and their responsibility “that developments we approve need to adapt to the environment.” She points out that there is no detailed information on how the proposal will work or how it will impact on the koalas.
Cr Ekins indicates the dangers of “even considering” a DA that nearly doubles the number of houses originally planned and “seriously impacts” on the koala corridor in the environment zone.
“It smacks of greed to me,” and talks of the need for a “much better development that supports the koala population that we all say we value.”
Cr Rob spoke against the rescission.
“Last time I fought hard for the developer,” Cr Rob said.
“But I am a creature of procedure and habit and I like to dot my ‘Is’ and cross my ‘Ts’ and there’s a legal matter. I told council staff before this meeting that I can’t make a decision on this as it is sub judice. It’s because I can’t explain my reasons either way because I need to speak about what is currently before the court.”
Cr Rob went on to explain the legal matter has only risen since the last council meeting. He spoke about the amount of information and paperwork needed to be assessed to make an informed decision and concerns like the retention basin that has no overflow outlet that require attention.
Cr Guise agreed with Cr Ekins and Cr Rob and said it was “an untoward way of doing a complex development application. What we ‘ve had dumped on us at a very late stage are supposed significant modifications to development to satisfy these ecological concerns, yet we don’t have the sufficient time, expertise or ability for us to discuss these in a proper fashion in order for us to make a genuine decision that is equal to the gravity of what it means.”
He spoke of other issues including the half page summation the ecologist provided, a proposed 9 metre high retention wall and “traffic impacts that have not been addressed” and the inherent dangers associated with it.
“It’s not a good way to do council business.”
Cr Cook thanks the four councillors that have brought up valid points in the debate so far.
“I am concerned that the developers answer to our offer to have a chat about clarifying some of the issues, was “See you in court”. They’ve lodged an appeal against the refusal to challenge this council as to whether we will buckle under pressure. From negotiations, to straight to the lawyers. I don’t like that Mr Mayor. I don’t like threats from developers.”

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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

 

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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