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Exciting New Location for the 2024 Australian Longboard Titles

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Exciting New Location for the 2024 Australian Longboard Titles

 

Major Shakeup to the 2024 Australian Surf Championships

The Australian Longboard Titles will be held as a stand-alone event for the first time, with the Tweed Coast offering a variety of waves suited to the longboarding style of surfing.

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Event Dates: September 12th – 17th, 2024
Location: Tweed Coast, NSW

CASUARINA, NSW (June 21, 2024) – Surfing Australia is thrilled to announce a new location for the 2024 Australian Longboard Titles. This year, for the first time, the longboard divisions of the 2024 Australian Surf Championships will run as a stand-alone event on Bundjalung Country on the Tweed Coast in northern New South Wales.

The event will span six days, from Thursday, September 12, 2024, to Tuesday, September 17, 2024. Potential event locations include Cabarita Beach, Hastings Point, Kingscliff Beach, Fingal Beach, and Duranbah Beach.

This announcement follows Surfing Australia’s decision to host the Australian Shortboard Titles, the Australian Para Surfing Titles, and the Australian Bodyboard Titles in Port Macquarie, NSW (July 31st – August 8th), and the Australian SUP Titles on Phillip Island in Victoria (October 22nd – October 26th).

Surfing Australia Event Director Rohan Fell stated, “We’re looking forward to seeing the longboard divisions of the Australian Surf Championships at a new location that is suited to their style of surfing. The Tweed Coast offers a range of point breaks and back beaches that are not only ideal for longboarding but are also close to the Hyundai Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. This centre offers world-class training facilities, function rooms, accommodation, and support services such as coaching and physio that will be available to athletes during the event window.”

Multiple-Australian Champion Landen Smales (Noosa Heads, QLD), who won his first Australian Logger Title at 12 years old when the Australian Titles were held on the Tweed Coast in 2019, expressed his enthusiasm for the event’s return to the region.

“I’m really looking forward to the Aussie Longboard Titles. It’s great to have the event moving to the Tweed Coast, Bundjalung Country this year. There are so many different breaks to choose from. Last year, I won the Junior and Open Men’s Logger, and I’m keen to compete in the new longboard division with the criteria change this year. The changes suit my surfing, and I’ll be trying to lock in a spot in Team Australia to compete at Worlds later in the year,” Smales said.

Australian Longboard Titles – Divisions:

  • Under 18 Junior Men
  • Under 18 Junior Women
  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Grand Masters Women O40
  • Grand Masters Men O40
  • Kahunas Men O45
  • Grand Kahunas Men O50
  • Women O50
  • Dukes Men O55
  • Grand Dukes O60
  • O60 Women
  • Legends Men O65
  • Grand Legends Men O70
  • O70 Women

For the most up-to-date longboard criteria, please refer to the 2024 Surfing Australia Rule Book.

Schedule:

Opening Ceremony:
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2024

Competition Windows:
Window 1: Friday, September 13, 2024 – Saturday, September 14, 2024
Divisions: Open Men & Women, U18 Junior Men & Women
Presentation: To be held after competition on Saturday, September 14, 2024

Window 2: Saturday, September 14, 2024 – Tuesday, September 17, 2024
Divisions: Over 40 Men & Women, Over 45 Men & Over 50 Men & Women, Over 55 Men, Over 60 Men & Women, Over 65 Men & Over 70 Men & Women
Presentation: To be held after the competition on Tuesday, September 17, 2024

For more information, please visit Australian Surf Championships.

 

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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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