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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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New witnesses in long-running kambo inquest

Proceedings reopened in Byron Bay Courthouse yesterday in what is expected to be the final stage of the long-running coronial inquest into the death of Jarrad Antonovich.

NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career

Trying to find something you might be interested in doing is always a challenge and local Casino barber Michael Day has come on board to help Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Final kambo witnesses called, inquest yet to hear from Lore Solaris and Cameron Kite

The Jarrad Antonovich inquest ground inexorably towards its conclusion yesterday, with more evidence from witnesses showing the tragedy could possibly have been avoided, and certainly the ongoing damage lessened, if everyone involved had taken responsibility earlier.

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina temporarily closed today

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina has been temporarily closed due to a broken water main just north of Prospect Bridge.

Five hours spent at last Thursday’s Byron Council

If you need a fix of local government decision-making, you could dip into the odd five-hour online recording of what occurred at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Last weekend five patrol captains from the far north coast travelled to Sydney for the weekend to participate in the Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaver Exchange program. Simon Wallace, Nicholas Patton, Stuart Wright, Phillip Kelly and Kyle Beattie (not pictured, from Cabarita Beach) were among 12 patrol captains who participated in the program.

For most the experience was a huge eye opener; on the day the group patrolled Bondi there were more than 20,000 people on the beach – a busy day on the beach at home for some of the visiting lifesavers is 200.

‘The Lifesaver Exchange Program was a really great experience. Coming from a regional area it was great to see how the bigger patrols operate and it helped me to better understand the role of surf life saving in the community,’ said Ballina SLSC participant Stuart Wright.

The Lifesaver Exchange Program provides an ‘urban’ patrolling experience to young patrol captains from regional branches by rostering them on busy Sydney city patrols such as Bondi, Coogee and Maroubra over a long weekend.

The program benefits the regional lifesavers by helping them to learn strategies and receive practical experience on how to manage high-intensity patrolling situations that they may not traditionally be exposed to on their own beaches. In exchange, city patrol captains also get an opportunity to visit a country club for a weekend and mentor lifesavers and assist with implementation of new strategies and ideas.

While the main aims of the program are to broaden the lifesaving experience of participants, promote the development of lifesaving skills and increase lifesaving standards across NSW, this program also acts as a fantastic way to reward young lifesavers who tirelessly volunteer many hours each season to keep the NSW public safe.


Image: Nick Patton, Stuart Wright (both from Ballina), Simon Wallace (from Evans Head) and Phillip Kelly (from Yamba) hit Bondi Beach to test their skills.


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