Surfing is a central part of Byron Bay’s identity and this year’s surf films are certain to bring the whole community together in a celebration of athleticism, wild seas and sheer joy in our exquisite environment.
In the War on Trauma we care for hurt people. We understand the importance of safety, of nutrition, of connection to community, of addressing loneliness, of the power of being in nature.
Being locked in jail for drug-related offences doesn’t change the underlying reasons for why someone has addiction issues. It just amplifies the trauma. And amplified trauma leads to drug harm.
It truly is like stepping into another world as you enter The Famous Spiegeltent which is here for the National Circus Festival that is taking place this weekend in Mullumbimby before it once again heads off around the world.
The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.
NSW Police were at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan, after reports a motorcycle had been stolen. As they arrived two males fled the scene, one on a motorcycle and the other in an Isuzu utility. The utility failed to stop for police and a pursuit was initiated.
It is a collaborative journey that has brought together a range of groups to support the pilot project to give ‘Tweed Indigenous Youth a pathway to create their own story’. The pilot project brought ten young people from the age of 16 together to provide practical pathways into the maritime industry.
Tweed Escapes along with Tribal Warrior, Banaam, Whose Your Mob and Altum Training-launched the ‘Giving Youth a Story’ project for at risk Indigenous youth on country.
‘These were youth who are excluded from mainstream education for a range of reasons,’ said Michael Simmons from Tweed Escapes who were instrumental in making the pilot project happen.
‘Their [the students] engagement really changed over the course of the 12 weeks of the program. You could just see at the beginning that the youth had come in and saw this as just another thing to satisfy a set of requirements. But then you could see how that changed and they began to believe “we can do this”. You could see them picking up on the opportunities.’
The pilot project was developed in consultation with the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council and Tweed Aboriginal Coop and students were given the opportunity to work in the maritime industry and participate in cultural training workshops and mentor programs. It was funded through The Primary Health Network and the Family Centre and included the opportunity to attain a General Purpose Hand ticket to work on commercial vessels. New Horizons and Southern Cross Distance Education provided the students, teachers and facilitators. Local operator Tweed Escapes supplied the vessels, trainers and equipment for this unique pilot program that engages Indigenous Youth.
‘Working with local Indigenous youth to on a Certificate 1 as a General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) on commercial vessels-provides pathways to employment, increased wellbeing and connections to their community and culture,’ said Mr Simmons.
Program Founder Russell Logan from Whose Your Mob said ‘Knowing who your mob is builds a solid platform to face life’s challenges, connecting people to their place. The program has had a 100 per cent retention rate.’
‘There was a lot of cultural mentoring and cultural yarning,’ said Mr Simmons.
‘The project gives youth a pathway into the marine industry. That’s not just throwing ropes it could be hospitality, eco-tours etc, we’re able to introduce them to a number of opportunities within the industry.’
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Acid sulfate soil (ASS)-related runoff from floodplain drains is affecting water quality and the health of fish in the Tweed River and Tweed Shire Council (TSC) are seeking to assist landholders with improving water quality projects.
Four local MPs will tour the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s Brisbane headquarters tomorrow on a fact finding mission that will hopefully assist the flood recovery process in the Northern Rivers.
Kingscliff property developer Gales Holgins is seeking to increase truck movements by bringing in fill from the M1 road works rather than using fill from the development site. But Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association say that the impact on residents and business is too high a cost to pay.