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Tweed Council goes online for Australia Day celebrations

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Tweed Council goes online for Australia Day celebrations

In the interests of public health, Tweed Shire Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations next Wednesday 26 January.
Originally planned for an in-person event at the Murwillumbah Auditorium, the event which included both the Tweed Australia Day Awards presentation and the Citizenship Ceremony, will now be held online to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

However, there is a silver lining to the decision, with both the awards presentation and the citizenship ceremony to be livestreamed and able to be enjoyed by family and friends in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

“I know many people have been looking forward to our celebrations on 26 January in Murwillumbah but unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we have to put the community’s health first,” Troy Green, General Manager Tweed Shire Council said.

“This is still a day for all of us to ‘reflect, respect, and celebrate’ in a Covid-safe way and by joining us online, you can participate in acknowledging our outstanding Tweed Australia Day Award recipients and support our newest Australian citizens,” he added.

The online event will commence at 9am with the awards which recognise the outstanding achievement of individuals and groups in our community over the past year.

A highlight will be a video featuring the winning recipient in each of the 6 categories:
· Citizen of the Year
· Community Event of the Year
· Sport Achievement – Individual
· Volunteer Group of the Year
· Volunteer of the Year – Individual
· Young Achiever of the Year

Both the Tweed Australia Day Awards and the Citizenship Ceremony will be livestreamed. Check Council’s website prior to the Australia Day event or its Facebook page for details on the live link.

www.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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Strong interest for NRLX leasing proposal

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RICHMOND Valley Council advises the conclusion of the tender submission period for the leasing of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX).

According to global real estate experts JLL, which is managing the tender process for Council, the leasing proposal garnered widespread attention and interest from industry-leading entities with multiple submissions received.

Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said having JLL manage the tendering was instrumental in ensuring a thorough evaluation of proposals was undertaken to make sure the selected proponent aligned with Council’s objectives for the NRLX and brought value to the whole Richmond Valley community.

“JLL’s team will now carefully review each proposal, assessing them against the tender criteria and provide advice to Council to determine the best proposal for the lease of the facility,” Mr Macdonald said.

“The aim is for Council to make the necessary decisions during December and, subject to a satisfactory proposal being received, authorise the finalisation of the lease for the facility.

“Council shares the community’s desire to have the NRLX back operating, with the intention to have it re-open as soon as possible in 2024.”

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Further charges laid following man’s death – Lismore

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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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