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It’s Ageism Awareness Day

It’s Ageism Awareness Day and the peak body for older Australians, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, say we must all take action to address the scourge of ageism –  stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

Other News

Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Lismore at the HART of helping transport needs

It is challenging enough when you need to get around to medical appointments let alone if you don’t have access to transport. 

Large Myocum proposal raises traffic concerns

A 35ha Myocum residential rezoning/subdivision proposal, located near the McAuleys Lane and Mullum Road intersection, has some neighbours anxious about the potential for traffic accidents, given the precarious intersection and busy road.

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

The soul of football-based sports

'It is around this time of the year I look at myself in the mirror and ask, "what is wrong with me?"' 

Echonetdaily and the Byron Shire Echo will each be sponsoring a meet-the-candidates forum in coming weeks.

The Richmond forum, sponsored by the Byron Shire Echo and the Byron Bay Community Reserve Trust, will be held at the Byron Community Centre, Jonson Street, Byron Bay on Thursday September 5 from 6pm. All the Richmond candidates will be in attendance and the MC will be Echo columnist and Echonetdaily video commentator Mungo MacCallum.

The Page forum, sponsored by Echonetdaily and the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC), will be held at the Lismore Workers Club, Keen Street, Lismore, on Thursday 29 August from 6pm. MC for the event will be NRSDC CEO Tony Davies.

Candidates from both the major parties plus the Greens, Christian Democrats, One Nation and Palmer United parties have confirmed their attendance.

Mr Davies said some key social issues have not yet had a chance to emerge on the political parties’ election platforms and action needed to be taken to ensure people in regional communities have an opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

‘Issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, education, mental and dental health, parenting and Newstart payments and community services need to tackled by whichever party takes control of government after the election,’ he told Echonetdaily.

‘So far, the major political parties have ignored the issue of homelessness in their election promises. We need both parties to recommit to the target of halving homelessness by 2020. A key step towards that is a commitment to another four-year national partnership on homelessness.’

The NRSDC’s recently released draft Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan outlines many of the issues needing to be addressed in order to create a healthy region with employment and educational opportunities in which children and young people, as well as people with disabilities, can reach their fullest potential.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has also outlined its proposals for the first 100 days of new government and many of these proposals reflect social issues affecting our region.

See the Echo’s full election coverage on the page Election 2013


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Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.