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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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Embarking on adventure

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Byron Rebels continue strong run in local rugby union

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Bodies of man, child found in East Lismore home

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Kinship Festival returns Saturday 25 May to Murwillumbah

The Kinship Festival – a free North Coast cultural festival led by First Nations people – will be held in Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Saturday, 25 May.

Welcoming many aspects of Labor’s innovation policy statement, Regional Universities Network (RUN) chair Professor David Battersby singled out some of the policies as being of particular importance to regional Australia.

‘The proposal to establish a Centre for Rural and Regional Futures would offer an opportunity for regional universities to fulfil their full potential in helping to develop regional economies,’ Professor Battersby said.

‘RUN members are among the most responsive universities to local needs, and already embedded in regional communities. This means RUN members are ideally placed to drive advances in the targeted areas of better food production and food security as well as improved agriculture and regional competitiveness.

‘We are already undertaking much of the Australian work done in these areas and welcome the chance to apply our expertise more widely.’

Professor Battersby also welcomed promised funding in the innovation statement that would examine ways to widen access to tertiary education for students from regional, rural and remote areas.

‘Our universities have pioneered a range of extremely successful higher education access schemes that enable low socio-economic status, regional and remote students, first-in-family, mature-aged and Indigenous students to participate and succeed. However, financial as well as educational barriers remain and a range of policy responses are needed to lift participation of regional students in higher education.’


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