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IMPROVING ACCESS FOR ALL AT CASINO AND GRAFTON TRAIN STATIONS

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IMPROVING ACCESS FOR ALL AT CASINO AND GRAFTON TRAIN STATIONS

Grafton and Casino train stations will be more accessible for commuters with a $6.3 million upgrade to start this week.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said a contract had been awarded to Van Mal Group to improve accessibility at the two train stations.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is building the infrastructure that matters to make daily life easier for people living in the bush,” Mr Farraway said

“This upgrade will provide better services for public transport customers by delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.

“At each station we are providing more accessible car parking spaces and installing a new accessible kiss and ride zone at the front of the station making it easier for pick up and drop off.”

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the upgrades would include modified waiting rooms and ticket counter, upgraded amenities including ambulant toilets along with improved signage and lighting for customers.

“Living in the bush doesn’t mean we should compromise on the infrastructure that makes our daily lives easier,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“At Grafton we will provide a new accessible ramp between the main entry and the platform, upgrade the main entrance stairs to a pedestrian entry ramp, relocate taxi bays and put in new tactile indicators along the platform.

“At Casino we’ll also upgrade existing paths and ramps around the station precinct, regrade sections of the platform and install new tactile indicators.

“This work will improve the customer experience for all commuters, particularly those with disabilities or limited mobility.”

The $6.3 million budget for upgrading the two stations is funded through the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, which delivers a better experience for public transport customers across NSW by providing accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.

For more information about the Transport Access Program, visit https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-tap

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Clear vision to be one of Australia’s leading sustainable destinations

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Tweed Destination Management Plan (DMP)

Clear vision to be one of Australia’s leading sustainable destinations

 

The Tweed Shire Council, recognising the pivotal role tourism plays in the local economy, has recently undertaken a comprehensive consultation process culminating in the adoption of the Tweed Destination Management Plan (DMP) 2024-2030. This strategic blueprint, developed in collaboration with stakeholders, including the Tweed Tourism Company (TTC), outlines a roadmap to shape the future of tourism in the region.

Mayor Chris Cherry emphasizes the significance of the DMP in steering the Tweed towards becoming a leading sustainable destination in Australia. Highlighting the region’s natural, cultural, and creative assets, the plan aims to capitalise on these strengths while fostering sustainable growth in tourism.

Integral to the implementation of the DMP is the partnership between Tweed Shire Council, TTC, and other local stakeholders. Sally Scott, General Manager of TTC, underscores the collective effort required to realise the vision outlined in the plan, emphasising the importance of community ownership and collaboration.

Tweed Destination Management Plan (DMP)

Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff is a popular drawcard for locals and visitors to the Tweed.

The Tweed DMP is structured around five key goals, including recovering from external impacts, building a sustainable brand aligned with eco-principles, showcasing the region’s unique strengths, investing in signature Tweed events, and facilitating sustainable growth.

Looking ahead, the Council’s strategic agenda includes the development and adoption of a Tweed Events Strategy and associated Events Sponsorship Policy, further aligning with broader regional and state tourism strategies to drive increased visitor spend across the Tweed and the wider North Coast NSW region.

By harnessing the region’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and creative vitality, the Tweed DMP sets a course for sustainable tourism development, ensuring the Tweed remains a compelling destination for both locals and visitors alike.

To view the Tweed Destination Management Plan (DMP), click here.

 

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Discover hidden gems with launch of latest Visitor Guide

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Discover hidden gems with launch of latest Visitor Guide

 

THE latest edition of the Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide, containing information on everything from festivals and events, interesting places to visit, spectacular national parks, reserves, rivers and beaches, exciting adventure activities, to places to stay, eat, shop, is making its way to visitor information centres and tourism-related organisations throughout NSW and South-East Queensland.

The Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide, designed to unlock the treasures of our vibrant community, is produced in full colour in an A5, magazine-style format, with 10,000 copies printed and distributed.

The guide is also available online in an accessible, e-magazine format on the Discover Richmond Valley website.

Key features of the Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide include:

  • Curated experiences: Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an outdoor enthusiast, or an art aficionado, the guide offers tailored itineraries to suit every taste and interest.
  • Hidden gems: Venture off the beaten path and discover the lesser-known gems which make the Richmond Valley truly unique. From charming local cafes to secluded hiking trails, there’s always something new to explore.
  • Insider recommendations: Benefit from insider recommendations from locals who know the ins and outs of the Valley’s best-kept secrets.
Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide

Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide

In line with other North Coast local government areas, the Richmond Valley visitor economy has been growing incrementally over the past five years. Tourism is estimated to contribute $78 million direct visitor expenditure to the Richmond Valley visitor economy per year. Domestic daytrips account for 59 percent of visitors to the region and domestic overnight visitors account for 40 percent of visitors.

Increasing direct visitor expenditure and overnight visitation is, therefore, important to growing the area’s visitor economy.

Richmond Valley Council’s Director Community Service Delivery Angela Jones said the visitor guide was a “must have” for visitors.

“Our goal with the new Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide is to provide visitors with an authentic experience which goes beyond the traditional tourist trail,” Ms Jones said.

“We want visitors to feel like locals, uncovering the hidden gems and secret spots which make our beautiful Valley so special.”

For copies of the Discover Richmond Valley Visitor Guide, contact the Casino, Evans Head and Woodburn visitor information centres at tourism@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

 

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Detector Dog Ghost finding meat on an international student at Adelaide airport.

International student is Ghosted following meaty detection at AdelaideAirport

 

An international student faced a significant setback upon arrival at Adelaide Airport this week, as their visa was abruptly cancelled, and they were slapped with a hefty infringement notice of $3,756. Their offense? Attempting to sneak in more than 2kg of cooked meat, eggs, and frangipani flowers into Australia.

The student’s illicit cargo was swiftly detected by the sharp senses of Ghost, a diligent biosecurity detector dog, who expertly sniffed out the prohibited items at the airport’s baggage claim area.

Working alongside his handler, Rebecca, Ghost’s keen nose led to the discovery of 2.7kg of cooked meat, suspected to be pork, along with 301g of cooked egg, and 6 fresh frangipani flowers. None of these items had been declared by the traveller on their Incoming Passenger Card.

Detector Dog Ghost finds on an international student at Adelaide Airport.

Detector Dog Ghost finds

The severity of the situation escalated when the passenger was referred to the Australian Border Force, which upheld the recommendation of biosecurity officers to cancel the student’s visa.

Deputy Secretary of Biosecurity and Compliance, Tina Hutchison, emphasised the importance of travellers adhering to biosecurity regulations by declaring all food, animals, plants, and seeds on their Incoming Passenger Card. Hutchison reiterated that transparency is key, urging travellers to truthfully declare all items to biosecurity officers upon arrival.

Hutchison reassured travellers that honesty during declaration would not result in penalties under the Biosecurity Act 2015, highlighting the vital role of frontline biosecurity officers and detector dog teams in safeguarding Australia’s agricultural industries, food supply chain, environment, and way of life.

Detector Dog Ghost finding meat on an international student at Adelaide airport.

Detector Dog Ghost

Ghost, a 2.5-year-old male Labrador, is a testament to the success of Australia’s detector dog program, having stopped nearly 400 biosecurity risk items from entering the country in his first year alone. Funded through an $11.7 million investment, Ghost is one of 11 detector dogs currently in operation, with plans for 20 additional dogs to be deployed by the end of 2024.

In 2023, biosecurity officers across Australia’s international airports intercepted nearly 400,000 biosecurity risk items, including over 19,000 at Adelaide Airport alone. Ghost’s exemplary performance underscores the invaluable contribution of detector dogs in preserving Australia’s biosecurity.

Ghost’s remarkable achievements include intercepting various prohibited items such as sausages, guava, and pork floss, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to his duty and the critical role he plays in safeguarding Australia’s borders.

 

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