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March 22, 2023


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Flood-affected still without assistance

Over a year has passed since the devastating February 2022 floods, but many residents of the Northern Rivers have not received the support to retrofit, raise or buyback their homes, as pledged to them by the federal and state governments.

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Harmony Week – Global Beats

On Saturday 25 March 2023, Byron Multicultural will celebrate Harmony Week 2023 with Global Beats Byron Bay – World Music Lantern Parade; a stellar lineup of music, dance and rhythms.

Labor’s Craig Elliot commits to SSF and keeping old Tweed Hospital site open

Talking state significant farmland (SSF) and the Tweed Hospitals Labor’s Craig Elliot has committed to preserving SSF, free parking at the new Tweed Valley Hospital (TVH) and keeping the old Tweed Hospital in public hands. 

Child protection and DCJ workers ‘feeling abandoned’ in Lismore

The failure of the NSW government to support the most vulnerable people in Lismore and the Northern Rivers a year on from the devastating 2022 floods is being called out.

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Green support SSF and free parking at Tweed Valley Hospital

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Election 2023 – Tweed: Geoff Provest

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Relaying thanks

On behalf of the Cancer Council NSW Far North Coast Regional Office I wish to thank everyone that participated and supported Ballina Shire Relay For Life 2011 staged at Kingsford Smith Park.

This year’s Relay For Life was an outstanding success – when over 100 Survivors and Carers led the first lap of honour at 3pm around the oval they became the symbol of hope, courage and determination to all of us who are working in our community to help fight cancer and build stronger cancer-smart communities.

The day’s activities throughout Saturday were enjoyed by 72  teams and 858 participants, many of whom pitched a tent to enjoy the whole relay experience and the entertainment provided by many local musicians.

A fantastic atmosphere of fun and friendship was contributed by everyone involved including a battle of the bands, best decorated baton, Miss Relay … not to mention the walking, talking and making new and old friends around the oval.  This event was a success because the participants made sure they had fun on the day – thank you to each and every one who took such a positive approach to what was on offer.

We at the Cancer Council are honoured to have such a dedicated group of volunteers lead by the Relay chair Kim Vincent. The whole committee worked tirelessly to attend to the detail required at the event but also ensured that the event was a wonderful experience for all in attendance.

The Relay For Life experience is an emotional rollercoaster, from laughter and fun to tears and reflection.  The Candlelight Ceremony of HOPE was beautifully presented and a truly moving experience – as participants lined the track with candles that represent lives both lost and saved.

On behalf of the Cancer Council NSW Far North Coast Regional Office our sincere thanks to our organising committee, the 71 teams, our generous sponsors, those that provided goods and services and to the many, many supporters who helped make this an outstanding event.

If you missed Relay For Life Ballina Shire this year, please make sure you don’t miss the 2012 Ballina Shire Relay For Life.

Sandra Rowan, regional programs coordinator, Cancer Council NSW – Far North Coast

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