16.4 C
Byron Shire
October 1, 2023

Clubs deny dumping wheelchairs

Latest News

Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

Other News

Cinema: Battle of the sea folk

Yes, it’s school holidays so there are lots of films with ‘G’ in the rating, and Ruby Gillman – Teenage Kraken is definitely on the list. Sometimes the hero you are meant to be lies just beneath the surface.

Former NSW Premier Bob Carr backs end to land clearing in NSW

Recognising the impacts of logging and clearing native forests former NSW Premier Bob Carr has backed ongoing calls to halt land clearing in NSW.

School holidays: farmers’ market fun

It’s an image still with me, the little boy dancing in front of the stage, face split into a smile of pure joy, orange balloon floating from his fingers, his father bopping alongside.

Pearces Creek Bridge to be replaced – road closure

The replacement of Pearces Creek Bridge has led to the temporary closure of Eltham Road, at Pearces Creek Bridge for one month from Monday, 23 October. 

Don ya boxes, it’s a Shand memorial cricket match!

The strange urge to play cricket has a rich history in our local area.

Heat the biggest climate change killer – Tweed Council takes action

Since 1890, heat and heat waves have killed more Australians than bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes, floods, and severe storms combined and Tweed Shire Council are looking at ways to future proof the shire through their DCP.

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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Weed exit and smiley koalas get support

Weed and smiley koalas were on the minds of Tweed Shire Councillors and staff at last week’s council meeting.

Another wallaby death on beach prompts calls on dog owners 

A Byron local says a dead wallaby found on Belongil beach last Saturday had all the hallmarks of a dog attack, and is calling on the public to be more vigilant and for authorities to step up to help protect native wildlife.

A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

How do you rate the media rating system?

Parents are being asked to have a say on whether Australia’s media classification system is effective in informing decisions around age-appropriate films and video games for children.