17.1 C
Byron Shire
August 3, 2021

Rudd joins Tweed campaign

Latest News

Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

Other News

Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

Vehicle access to Unicorn Falls to close

President of the recently formed Byron Hikers Club says a ‘controversy is brewing’ around National Parks’ recently announced plans to close vehicle access to Unicorn Falls, located on South Chowan Road behind Upper Main Arm.

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

Interview with Felix Riebl from the Cat Empire

One of the most danceable outfits in the lineup, The Cat Empire make a welcome return to Bluesfest 2021 with their infectious, genre-embracing anthems and a world-class, awe-inspiring show. Last week Seven caught up with co-founder, band leader and principal songwriter, Felix Riebl, from his lockdown hidey hole in Melbourne.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A vulnerable freedom

To live in a caring community might sometimes come at the cost of small individual liberties – like wearing a mask in the post office for ten minutes while you complete your transaction.

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Kevin Rudd with Richmond MP Justine Elliot and Tweed Labor’s council candidates Michael Armstrong (centre) and Reece Byrnes (front), at St Joseph’s Primary School in Tweed Heads yesterday. Photo Jeff Dawson

Former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd hit the campaign trail in the Tweed yesterday, giving his party’s team, led by Michael Armstrong in this weekend’s Tweed shire election, a timely boost when he joined them yesterday to launch a local school road-safety plan.

Mr Rudd’s parliamentary colleague in Richmond, Justine Elliot, an outspoken supporter of his leadership challenge against prime minister Julia Gillard earlier this year, joined him at St Joseph’s Primary School, Tweed Heads, for the ‘Safer Schools, Safer Kids’ plan.

It was the second formal event he’s campaigned for the Tweed Labor team.

Mr Armstrong said the centrepiece of the plan was for a complete audit of all roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings near local schools.

He said it would highlight where work was needed immediately to improve school safety.

‘Some local families and children are going to and from school using substandard roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings. Locals need safer access to local schools and the first step is to audit existing facilities and then to prioritise their construction, repair, and maintenance.

‘Our children deserve to have the best possible access when they are going to school and it is up to our local council to deliver.’

Mr Armstrong said that if the Tweed Labor team were elected, it would move council to improve safety near schools by: completing a formal audit of the roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings in designated school zones; re-prioritising the repair of substandard roads within designated school zones; and re-ordering maintenance and repair programs for roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings to provide a safer environment for our children and their families.

After the launch, Mr Rudd toured the school to inspect projects built under the Building the Education Revolution policy introduced by the government when he was prime minister, and spoke to students and staff.


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

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Pennings and Adani to continue court battle

The Supreme Court has formalised orders agreed out of court by both Adani and Ben Pennings in relation to a decision handed down on 25 June 2021.

Can you help save 74 million lives?

Killer carbon – a new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at the ‘mortality cost of carbon’.

It’s National Homelessness Week

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events