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More questions than answers – NSW Flood Inquiry

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More questions than answers – NSW Flood Inquiry

Today the Member for Ballina joined the NSW Premier in Lismore for the announcement of the release of the O’Kane/Fuller Flood inquiry report.

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina said: “Our communities have been waiting for six months for some certainty around what went wrong and what is on offer in terms of land buybacks, land swaps, house raising, flood mitigation, and future adaptation.”

“Unfortunately, the announcement today raised many more questions than answers and for many people what was flagged today brings them no closer to knowing what the future looks like.”

“In terms of government response, the Premier is only accepting 6 of the recommendations by Professor O’Kane and Mick Fuller entirely, saying that more work needs to be done on twenty-two other recommendations. “

“How much longer will people in our communities have to wait for certainty and what is the timeline for delivering flood mitigation works before a possible 3rd La Nina event this summer?” Said Ms Smith

“We welcome that buy backs will be on offer in the Northern Rivers through expressions of interest, but we have no criteria yet or any idea how many homes and how much money is on the table. People who have been waiting patiently for so many months to see whether they can move out of flood prone areas are no closer today to any certainty around their future prospects. This is incredibly disappointing.” Said Ms Smith

” I was pleased to hear Professor Mary O’Kane say that climate change played a role in the extreme weather events, in particular the volume of rain that caused the devastating floods in the Northern Rivers.” Said Ms Smith

” Adaptation measures and changes to the planning laws to stop people building their homes in the future in climate change vulnerable areas are very welcome recommendations in this report.” Said Ms Smith

” I’m disappointed not to hear more from the Premier about the lack of affordable housing in the Northern Rivers and a plan to tackle it, and the lack of mental health services in regions like ours. ” Said Ms Smith

Sue Higginson MP: Greens NSW Spokesperson for Emergency Services said, “The response to the NSW Flood Inquiry by the Government today offers no immediate reassurance to people that are still living the reality of the flood emergency”.

The Report identifies the increasing risk from our rapidly changing climate and recognises that floods will become more frequent and more severe. However, we are not seeing the Government commit to addressing climate mitigation and adaptation as a necessary priority for all communities and developments that are at risk from riverine floods, fires and coastal flooding,”

“The alert issued this week by the Bureau of Meteorology that NSW will likely experience another La Nina this summer is chilling news for communities that are living with the ongoing impacts of the March floods. As a matter of priority we urge the Government to speed up the process of moving people out of harm’s way through land swaps, buy-backs and relocations.

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NORTHERN RIVERS YOUTH ORCHESTRA 2024

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NORTHERN RIVERS YOUTH ORCHESTRA 2024

Calling all young musicians! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra in Lismore this July.

Hosted by the esteemed Northern Rivers Conservatorium, this orchestra brings together talented young musicians from all over the region for a three-day-long intensive program of rehearsals, workshops, and performances. Led by inspiring guest conductors from associated regional conservatoriums, you’ll have the chance to work with some of the best music educators in the country and learn from their wealth of experience. As a member of the NRYO, you’ll be honing your skills, collaborating with other talented musicians, and getting to perform at the Whitebrook Theatre in a public grand finale concert!

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2024

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2024

You’ll also make new friends and be part of a supportive and inspiring community of young musicians who share your passion for music. Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra participants can expect to learn a wide range of music from the high energy to the sublime, sourced from blockbuster movies, iconic bands and famous classical works, featuring many well-known composers both contemporary and historical.

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2024

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2024

‘Speaking as someone who has done it every year since 2012, it is such an incredibly fun, rewarding and motivating experience… alumni from NRYO have gone on to be world-class soloists and ensemble performers,’ says Tilly Jones, local performer/composer and Northern Rivers Conservatorium librarian.
The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra is comprised of full orchestras, concert bands, and string ensembles. The cost for seniors (AMEB 4+) is $190, and for juniors (AMEB 1–3) it is $170. An early bird discount of $20 applies until 3rd June. So why wait? Apply now for the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra and join us for an unforgettable three days of music-making. Learning, and inspiration. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this amazing experience!

The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra will be held 9–11 July, 2024.
ENROL HERE: https://enrol.nrcac.edu.au/enrol-workshops/
ENQUIRIES: nryo@nrcac.edu.au
SUBSCRIBE: subscribe.nrcac.edu.au

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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

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The St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back in a BIG way, announcing a stellar line-up featuring some big names.

Leading the charge is British rap maestro, Stormzy, marking his grand return to the Australian stage after a seven-year hiatus. Known for his magnetic stage presence, this Laneway exclusive offers fans a golden chance to witness his live prowess. Alongside him, Steve Lacy, a sensation who rose to stardom with hits like ‘Bad Habit’, is set to grace the festival stages in various cities, promising performances that resonate with both energy and passion.

Adding depth to the line-up is RAYE, bringing her poignant narratives to the Laneway stages, and the ever-enchanting Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ready to mesmerise audiences with their latest album, “V”. For those seeking a vibrant dance experience, Nia Archives stands as a must-see, blending diverse musical genres into a futuristic soundscape.

The festival also welcomes first-timers like the soulful Faye Webster and the dynamic duo DOMi & JD Beck, alongside other promising artists ready to leave their mark on the Australian music scene. From the gritty rhymes of AJ Tracey to the melodious tunes of Angie McMahon, the festival promises a rich musical journey.

So, mark your calendars and gear up for a musical fiesta that promises unforgettable moments and ground-breaking performances.

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BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE

 

Get ready to be swept away by the rhythm of rebellion and the melody of hope with the upcoming biopic, Bob Marley: One Love.

This highly anticipated film, hitting theatres on February 14, 2024, promises to be more than just a chronicle of the legendary reggae musician’s life. It’s a journey into the heart of a man who used his music to fight for unity, love, and social justice.

The film takes us back to Marley’s early days in the rural Jamaican village of Nine Mile, where his musical roots were planted. We witness his rise to stardom as the frontman of the Wailers, their struggles against poverty and discrimination, and their eventual transformation into the iconic band known as Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Kingsley Ben-Adir takes on the monumental task of portraying Marley, capturing not only his musical genius but also his charisma, unwavering spirit, and unwavering commitment to his message.

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BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE

Marley’s music wasn’t just entertainment; it was a weapon. His lyrics, infused with Rastafarian beliefs and Pan-Africanism, spoke of liberation, love, and the fight against oppression. Songs like “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Redemption Song,” and of course, the title track, “One Love,” became anthems for the disenfranchised around the world.

The film promises to immerse us in the electrifying atmosphere of Marley’s live performances, showcasing the infectious energy of his music and its power to unite people across cultures and backgrounds.

Bob Marley: One Love is not just a musical biopic; it’s a story of resilience, faith, and the enduring power of love. We see Marley’s struggles with illness, his unwavering commitment to his family, and his tireless efforts to promote peace and unity, culminating in the historic “One Love Peace Concert” in Jamaica.

The film delves into the complex political landscape of Jamaica in the 1970s, where Marley’s message of unity often clashed with the entrenched political establishment. It’s a story that remains relevant today, reminding us of the power of music to inspire change and the importance of fighting for what we believe in.

Bob Marley’s legacy extends far beyond his music. He remains a symbol of hope and resistance, a reminder that even the smallest voice can make a difference. Bob Marley: One Love is a testament to his enduring impact, a film that will leave you dancing to the rhythm of his music and yearning for a world united by love.

So, mark your calendars for February 14th and get ready to experience the magic of Bob Marley: One Love. Let the music wash over you, feel the spirit of rebellion ignite within you, and remember the power of one love to conquer all.

With its stellar cast, powerful soundtrack, and timely message, Bob Marley: One Love is a film that promises to be a cinematic and emotional experience. It’s a must-see for music lovers, history buffs, and anyone who believes in the power of music to change the world.

 

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