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Clarence Valley Council

Help name Jacaranda Park’s star attraction – Play equipment for the much-anticipated upgrade of Jacaranda Park should start arriving in Grafton soon, but the Clarence Valley Council wants help from residents to name the star attraction – the galleon play ship.

The galleon is a major focal point for the redevelopment of the park and is 22 metres from end to end, and 8 metres high at its highest point. Clarence Valley Council parks and recreation officer, Gavin Beveridge, said she was under construction in a shipyard and due to make her maiden voyage to the Clarence River in August. “It is only fitting then that our ship is named after a ship that historically plied her trade on the Clarence River,” he said. Council has shortlisted a number of options including Sophia Jane, Phoenix and Clarence. Information about the shortlisted ship names can be found on the Clarence Valley Council website where a poll has opened so the community can decide the most fitting. Voting closes on 11 April 2019.

More information and news from the Clarence Valley region is available through the Clarence Valley Council website.


Kyogle Council

Headspace counselling services now available in Kyogle – Young people from Kyogle and district can now access Headspace counselling services in Kyogle. Headspace Lismore will provide counselling services in Kyogle on Tuesdays for young people aged between 12 and 25 years of age going through a tough time. Services are available for young people who are feeling down or worried about things, being bullied at school, having problems at home, struggling with sexuality or relationships, are seeking help with alcohol or drug use or feel it would be helpful to have someone to talk to. For further information or to arrange a counselling session, contact Headspace Lismore on 6625 0200. Headspace is a non-profit organisation for youth mental health established by the Australian Government and funded by the Department of Health and Ageing under the Youth Mental Health Initiative Program.

More information and news from the Kyogle region is available from the Kyogle Council website.


Lismore City Council

Nimbin rainforest restoration, propagation and frog habitat field day – The next workshop in the Lismore City Council’s Rural Landholders Initiative is all about restoring dry rainforest and koala habitat, addressing gully erosion and improving aquatic habitats.

There will be an optional hands-on plant propagation workshop for those wanting to learn the basic techniques to grow your own local species and save money. The day will include at least two hours of strenuous bushwalking activity in steep and uneven country. A moderate level of fitness is needed to participate. More information about this and other upcoming field days is available from the Lismore City Council website.

More information and news from the Lismore region is available on the Lismore City Council website.


Byron Shire Council

Talking Future Tourism Campaign seeks community input – The Byron Shire Council have been out about in the community to get your views on the future of tourism in the Byron Shire. The campaign kicked off on Friday 8 March 2019 with a ‘kitchen table’ discussion with the community about how tourism should be managed.

The community has been invited to participate by hosting their own kitchen table discussions or completing the online survey. The Byron Shire Council have also hosted further discussions in Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Byron Bay and Bangalow. If you were unable to attend a session there’s still time to have your say with the survey, which is open until 14 April 2019.

More information and news from the Byron region is available through the Byron Shire Council website.


Ballina Shire Council

Lennox Vision One Way Traffic Trial – A trial of one way traffic in Lennox Head commenced from the 11 March 2019. The Ballina Shire Council undertook community engagement about traffic in the village where both two-way and one-way traffic concept designs were included. lennox-one-way-trialIn response to feedback, the council decided to trial the one-way traffic option. Traffic on Ballina Street is now one-way southbound between Byron Street and Park Lane, Park Lane one-way traffic northbound from the southern boundary of Williams Reserve to the T-intersection with Byron Street, and Rayner Lane one-way traffic northbound. The trial will operate for a minimum of three months and will help determine whether this option is suitable for the village. An online community survey will be conducted part way through the trail. More information is available from the Ballina Shire Council website.

More information and news from the Ballina region is available through the Ballina Shire Council website.


Richmond Valley Council

Calling for visitor information centre volunteers – Richmond Valley Council is seeking volunteers from the community who have a passion for the Richmond Valley and Northern Rivers. The newly-built visitor information centres in Casino and Woodburn are needing volunteers to provide assistance to visitors once they open their doors. Volunteering is a great way to share local knowledge, which helps visitors and residents make the most of their time in the region. Volunteers provide assistance with face-to-face customer service, collection and entry of statistics, brochure management, information research and retail sales. Volunteers also participate in future tours of the region, networking with other volunteers and tourism operators – all with further training opportunities. All new volunteers will be formally registered with Richmond Valley Council, complete an induction and be given appropriate training. To register your interest, please visit the Richmond Valley Council website.

More information and news from the Richmond Valley region is available on the Richmond Valley Council website.


Tweed Shire Council

A conversation about private land conservation Do you have native vegetation on your property you would like to conserve?  If so, you may like to attend an information session by the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) at the Autumn Club in Murwillumbah on Wednesday 10 April from 5.30pm to 7pm. The BCT supports and works with private landholders to protect biodiversity in NSW through a number of programs. Tweed Shire Council’s Project Officer – Biodiversity, Michael Corke, said the evening would be of interest to landholders wishing to explore formal conservation options. “The BCT administers two types of private land conservation agreements: Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements and Conservation Agreements,” Mr Corke said. “Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements help landholders permanently protect and manage habitat areas. They enable landholders to generate biodiversity credits which can be sold to the BCT, a developer or other interested parties. This event is being delivered as part of the Filling the Biodiversity Gaps connecting Tweed Coast to Border Ranges Stage 3 project, which has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. Council is also supporting the project. Bookings are essential. Please register at www.trybooking.com/BBFMA or contact Amalia Pahlow at landcarecoordinator@tweedlandcare.org.au or on (02) 6670 2199.

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust supports and works with private landholders to protect biodiversity in NSW through a number of programs. © Ryan Fowler Photography

More information and news from the Tweed region is available on the Tweed Shire Council website.


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