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BUNGAWALBYN CREEK FERRY

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BUNGAWALBYN CREEK FERRY

 

By Helen Trustum

Bungawalbyn is situated between Coraki and Woodburn, on Bungawalbyn Creek.

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For many years a small ferry operated at Bungawalbyn and for years the residents campaigned for a new bridge.

A public meeting was held on 5th June 1907 in Purseys Hall (Bora Ridge). It was chaired by Mr L H Robinson and attended by Councillors Pursey and Fisher among others. Councillor Pursey moved the first motion that a bridge be built at Bungawalbyn.

Mr H.A. McCallam was appointed secretary of the movement with H. Williams, J. Olive, Tom Flett, Mr Brown, L. Patch and L.H. Robinson as representatives to meet with Minister Mr Lee.

Extract from Richmond River Express – Casino, Kyogle Advertiser – 16/7/1909, also “Looking Back at Bungy” by Margaret Jennison and Margaret Olivieri.

Bungawalbyn Ferry

Bungawalbyn Ferry

“A tender submitted by Mr W.S.F. Oakes, for a bridge over Bungawalbyn Creek on the Coraki/ Woodburn Road had been accepted by the Public Works Department. The total length of the bridge including approaches, was to be 900 feet (275 meters) with the actual bridge measuring 345 feet (105 meters). The timber truss construction consisted of nine spans being 45 feet long (14 meters) and four spans of 30 feet (9.1 meters). The roadway was 15 feet (4.6 meters) wide with a pedestrian refuge at the fifth pile. The bridge was 27 feet (8.2 meters) above the highwater mark with 35 piles. The piles in the river were 12×12 (3.7m x 3.7 m) and 70 feet (921 meters) long. The decking was constructed of quality hardwood and the approaches fenced with split rail fencing. The contract price was 1,897 pounds and the completion time was approximately six months. The timber was supplied by Mr I. Roslyn of New Italy”.

Opening day of Bungawalbyn Bridge in 1910.

Opening day of Bungawalbyn Bridge in 1910.

The Bungawalbyn Bridge was erected at a cost of 400 pounds. The opening ceremony took place on 28th September 1910. Shortly after 3 o’çlock the crowd assembled in force on the bridge, towards the centre of which the ceremony took place. The Mayor of Coraki, Mr C.J. McRae and also chairman of the committee invited President Campbell of Woodburn Shire, to declare the Bungawalbyn Bridge officially open. Mr W.F. Oakes, contractor for the bridge, who was present by special invitation, said he had to thank his staff for the character of the work they had performed.  Mr Oakes then presented Mrs H.F. Robinson with a pair of beautiful silver scissors bearing the inscription, “Presented to Mrs H.F. Robinson, by W.F. Oakes 28th September 1910 for cutting of the ribbon at the opening of the Bungawalbyn Bridge”.  Mrs Robinson then stepped forward and cut the ribbon and thanked Mr Oakes for his handsome gift. The Shire President then declared the Bungawalbyn Bridge opened for traffic. A wonderful day followed by a picnic and sports day with over 400 in attendance.

Bungawalbyn Bridge

Bungawalbyn Bridge

For many years there were discussions about building a new Bungawalbyn Bridge. Finally in 1967, at a cost of $372,000, a new bridge was built. The bridge was officially opened by the Minister for Local Government, Mr Morton. Among those who attended the opening were Mrs Oakes, widow of the contractor who built the first bridge and her son Mr Percy Oakes. Mrs Oakes was born at Bungawalbyn. The Woodburn CWA hosted a luncheon at Woodburn Memorial Hall to commemorate the opening. A bridge everyone was proud of, one built to last a lifetime.

Ref: Terry Murphy from Bora Ridge, Peggy O’Çonner from Swan Bay, “Looking back at Bungy” by Margaret Jennison and Margaret Olivieri, Noel Thompson from Coraki.

 

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

 

A recently completed mural at the entry to the 150-year-old Harwood Sugar Mill is stopping traffic and creating excitement in the little village with the oldest Australian owned sugar mill.

In the lead up to the 150-year celebrations, artist Nitsua, has created an artwork that reflects the blending of the cane growing and milling activities in the Northern Rivers, that exists thanks to the all-Australian partnership between the grower-owned NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative and family-owned Manildra Group.

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The artwork was commissioned by Sunshine Sugar as part of the preparations to celebrate the significant milestone of 150 years continuous manufacturing operation and Australian ownership – all on the same location on the bank of the mighty Clarence River.

As Sunshine Sugar CEO, Mr Chris Connors commented: “Not too many businesses in Australia can say they have achieved such a significant milestone, which is why we are making the effort to celebrate and promote the resilient industry we have here in NSW.”

Sunshine Sugar and the NSW sugar industry have a line-up of community events and activities happening at Harwood (near Yamba) in August. The celebrations with culminate in a massive outdoor community event to be held at the Harwood Cricket Oval on Sunday 25th August.

Find out more at: 150th Harwood Mill Landing Page – Sunshine Sugar

 

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Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre “Golden Wattle” to Visit Northern Rivers Region

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Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre “Golden Wattle” to Visit Northern Rivers Region

 

Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre, Golden Wattle, is set to visit towns in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, providing easy access to Centrelink, Medicare, National Disability Insurance Scheme, and Department of Veterans’ Affairs services.

Golden Wattle will visit:

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  • Nimbin: Wednesday, 17 July, opposite the neighbourhood centre, Cullen Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Urbenville: Thursday, 18 July, near Captain Cook Park, Urben Street (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Woodenbong: Friday, 19 July, in front of Woodenbong Hall, Unumgar Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Kyogle: Monday, 22 July and Tuesday, 23 July, in the Kyogle visitor centre car park, Summerland Way (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Bonalbo: Wednesday, 24 July, in front of Bonalbo Hall, Koreelah Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Tabulam: Thursday, 25 July, opposite the hotel, Court Street (9:30 am to 3:00 pm)

About Mobile Services Centres: Mobile Services Centres are 20-tonne trucks operated by Services Australia staff, providing regional and rural Australians with friendly, face-to-face service and tailored support. On this trip, staff can assist with:

  • Centrelink claims
  • Medicare registrations
  • Accessing online services

Additionally, information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services will be available.

For more information, visit the Services Australia website.

 

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Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

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Lismore MP Janelle Saffin with North-Tracks Works Chair Patrick Higgins, Secretary/board member Kevin Bell and Mr Bell’s working dog Maezzie. - Youth Crime Prevention

Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

 

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has successfully secured a $30,000 grant for North-Tracks Works, a Lismore-based organisation dedicated to empowering vulnerable young people. This funding will enable the expansion of their life-changing programs to engage more youth in Goonellabah, Coraki, and Casino.

Ms. Saffin expressed her gratitude to NSW Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley for approving the grant following her advocacy on behalf of North-Tracks Works. She praised the organisation, which operates out of a shed in South Lismore, for its impactful work with young people aged 11 to 18, offering one-on-one support, mentoring, and practical learning opportunities.

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“I previously secured a $44,000 Local Small Commitments Allocation grant to help North-Tracks purchase equipment and materials for skill-building,” Ms. Saffin said. “This additional grant will allow North-Tracks to employ youth workers and expand their proven youth program, which is supported by Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner.”

Patrick Higgins, Chair of North-Tracks Works and a local real estate agent, thanked Ms. Saffin for her efforts in securing the additional funding from Minister Catley. “We don’t fit in the box for normal funding. Our approach is about creating a sense of belonging and purpose through our skills program and training working dogs. It’s the work with the dogs that bridges the gap,” Mr. Higgins explained.

“At North-Tracks, we spend 10 percent looking back, 10 percent at where you are now, and 80 percent looking forward. We help them chase their dreams and goals,” he added. “Our team has three basic goals: keep them safe and alive, keep them out of jail, and help them move forward to live a full and productive life.”

This funding is set to sustain and expand North-Tracks Works’ impactful initiatives, providing more opportunities for at-risk youth to gain essential skills and find a sense of purpose and for Youth Crime Prevention.

 

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