19.3 C
Byron Shire
August 17, 2022

Clubs deny dumping wheelchairs

Latest News

NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

Other News

Cabarita DA refused on character grounds

Tweed Shire Councillors refused a DA for a four-storey block of flats at 2-6 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach, despite the staff recommendation of approval.

Mullum locals protest flood-prone pod site

Around 40–50 locals gathered outside the Byron Shire Council chambers this morning to highlight the risks of, and lack of due process around, the selection of the flood accommodation pod site in Mullumbimby.

The CWA turns 100 – There will be scones!

Within 24 hours of its establishment on April 20, 1922, Country Women’s Association (CWA) members began lobbying relevant government ministers for better services for women and children, and that has been their mission ever since.  

Mullum pods

First, Hans Lovejoy’s article ‘emergency wedged’ was educational, factual and provided valuable information to the community. Michele Grant’s letter...

Mirabelle’s game 

A magical quest is taking place in Lismore Quad from August 15–23. Deep underground, right beneath the town (and...

Old man shouts at cloud #3

At a beachside town a couple of years ago I saw a young couple dressed as Goths. Not as cathedrals in that style of architecture, or as members of an axe-wielding Germanic tribe, or as characters in an Emily Bronte novel (though that’s fairly close), but as the black-clothed, black eyelinered Emo youth of the 1980s and ‘90s.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has denied it has a policy of dumping or removing beach wheelchairs for disabled people following the leaking yesterday of a series of emails encouraging them to do so.

Emails apparently sent from a senior consultant with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Pty Ltd (JLT) urged surf lifesaving clubs that ‘to avoid any problems I recommend that the wheelchairs be returned immediately to the organisation that donated/left them at the club or, failing that, have them destroyed or dumped at council waste transfer station’.

The ‘problems’ apparently refer to the insurance risk placed on clubs from the use of the wheelchairs.

JLT describes itself as ‘an international group of insurance brokers, risk consultants and employee benefits specialists and one of the largest companies of its type in the world’.

Disabled Surfers Association of Australia spokesperson Jim Bradley said yesterday that SLSA ‘can insure jetskis, rubber ducks, helicopters, four-wheel-drive vehicles and even dangerous national surf carnivals. It would be laughable to suggest that beach wheelchairs present anywhere near the same level of insurance risk.’

But chief executive of SLSA, Peter George, has told the media that ‘as far as SLSA is aware, no wheelchairs have been destroyed.

‘All beach wheelchairs currently operated by our clubs are covered under SLSA’s insurance.

‘SLSA is now working to ensure national operational procedures are in place for the safe use of beach wheelchairs.’

Disabled wheelchairs at are available Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Ballina but they are not stored at surf life saving clubs.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips. And as far as I...