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April 15, 2021

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SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

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Man charged with assault after death at Coffs Harbour

A man will face court today charged with assault as inquiries continue into the death of a man at Coffs Harbour after an altercation on Saturday.

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Council’s Draft Complaint Handling Policy is on exhibition! It’s a document that, if drafted carefully, could provide the public with confidence that Council take complaints seriously and accountability will apply when a complaint is found to be true.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

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Meg Pickup, Ballina The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) draft rule change will result in solar households and businesses being...

SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

The government has been handing out grants to the local community to support volunteers in the myriad and essential of roles they play throughout the region. The Richmond electorate netted $145,517 through the Volunteer Grants Program that saw 39 local groups receive financial assistance for the work they do.

‘These grants will support and encourage volunteer organisations across our local community,’ said local MP Labor Justine Elliot.

‘Volunteers play a critical role in building stronger and more resilient communities.’

Grants were receive by the Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels, Tweed Palliative Care, several school parent and citizen committees as well as the Riding for the Disabled Association (NSW) Ballina and District Branch as well as the Tweed Little Athletics and Bangalow RSL sub-branch.

‘The grants are designed to make volunteering easier, safer and more enjoyable and to support, encourage and increase participation in volunteering,’ said Justine.

‘We need our volunteers – to support, to connect and to make a difference.’


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