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SANDY CREEK FERRY

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Sandy Creek Ferry at the Junction of Sandy Creek and Bungawalbyn Creek

SANDY CREEK FERRY

 

By Helen Trustum

Water hyacinth was a menace on the Richmond River including Sandy Creek. The first appearance of water hyacinth in Sandy Creek was in 1911. Nothing was done and before they knew it both Sandy Creek and Bungawalbyn were covered. A water hyacinth eradication board was formed, coordinated by Richmond River County Council.

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Sandy Creek Ferry at the Junction of Sandy Creek and Bungawalbyn Creek

Sandy Creek Ferry at the Junction of Sandy Creek and Bungawalbyn Creek

Sandy Creek emerges about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of the village of Busbys Flat. The creek flows generally east, crossing the Summerland Way at Coombell, then flows down through Yorklea, Tatham, Bora Ridge into Bungawalbyn Creek, before reaching the Richmond River at Bungawalbyn, south of Coraki.

In 1889 Messrs. McLean and Nicol explored the coal seams at Moonembar. A tunnel was opened at Moonembar, when the Richmond Hill Coal Mining Company was formed in 1891. A ferry was operating over Sandy Creek in 1889.

Sandy Creek Bridge at Tatham

Sandy Creek Bridge at Tatham

Reported in the Richmond River Herald 9/9/1889 it mentions the splendid crop of maize grown by Mr Thomas Birmingham on what was formerly swamp ground but due to draining, the ground was much easier to cultivate and would withstand much more wet weather than the riverbank. Special notice was brought to the attention on the flat close to Sandy Creek punt where there was always knee deep water there for months. These great results all were attributed to the drains sunk by Mr Yabsley.

In the Richmond River Herald 7/6/1907 some discussion was held regarding the location of the Sandy Creek Bridge and the state of the roads leading to it as well as the continued use of Sandy Creek Ferry.

Sandy Creek Bridge across Sandy Creek on the Summerland Way at Coombell

Sandy Creek Bridge across Sandy Creek on the Summerland Way at Coombell

A wooden bridge was built over Sandy Creek.  It was there as reported in the Government Gazette 8/5/1907. Due to the flood in 1931 the earth embankment in connection with Sandy Creek flood gate, was washed away in the February flood. Mr Murray Yabsley and Mr Arthur Pursey gave their services free to renew the embankment. When finished it held back over eleven feet of water in time of a big flood. A new floodgate was built.

There are two main Sandy Creek crossings, one there at the junction of Bungawalbyn Creek and the other 16km up at Coombell. Both Sandy Creek bridges were built by Kennedy Brothers from Lismore. The bridge close to Bungawalbyn was built in 1960 closely followed by the other one.

Sandy Creek Bridge on Bora Ridge Road

Sandy Creek Bridge on Bora Ridge Road

Not a lot is known of the Sandy Creek Ferry, but we do know it existed back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Ref: Terry Murphy from Bora Ridge, Mervyn Parrish and Headly Ellis from West Coraki, Ray Pignat from Coraki, Noel Thompson from Coraki, Richmond River Herald.

 

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

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Harwood Sugar Mill Mural

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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