26.5 C
Byron Shire
February 24, 2024

Post bushfire funding welcomed

Latest News

Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the...

Other News

Last chance for Julian Assange?

This week the Australian journalist Julian Assange will find out whether he will be extradited from the United Kingdom to the USA, where he faces 175 years in solitary confinement for his role in revealing the truth about war crimes and the inner workings of empire, or conducting 'espionage', as America calls it.

1,000 people attend BJJ tournament

Over 1,000 people flocked to Byron Bay on the weekend to either compete or spectate at one of Australia’s...

Cartoon of the week – 21 February, 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

Friday arvo beers

Stone & Wood’s Byron HQ has a 31-tank brewery, so locals and visitors can have both their Stone &...

Wallum vote

Lyon, Swivel, Pugh and Hunter voted on Thursday to let the bulldozers in and destroy Wallum. The Byron electorate...

Lorikeets on the mend as paralysis season eases

A poorly-understood phenomenon where lorikeets in the region becoming paralysed and unable to fly is thankfully coming to an end for 2024, says WIRES wildlife vet, Dr Tania Bishop.

Bushfires can be devastating and climate change is only increasing the risk of future damage to both communities, landscapes and the impact on wildlife. Funding a range of initiatives the NSW-Australian governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLERF) Stage 2 has announced funding for a number of projects in the Northern Rivers.

‘Many of these diverse projects are ones which I have lobbied for or backed in since the 2019 bushfires had a devastating impact on residents and businesses in Tenterfield Shire, Kyogle, Lismore City and Tweed Shire local government areas,’ said Lismore MP Janelle Saffin.

The $4,500,000 to Kyogle Council for the construction of the Kyogle Health and Wellbeing Hub serves that will serve as a multi-purpose community centre near the Kyogle Memorial Swimming Pool. Importantly it will also function as an emergency evacuation centre in times of natural disasters.

Ms Saffin highlighted the importance of the funding to ‘build resilience in local communities’.

Other Northern Rivers projects that received funding were:

Kyogle:

  • $990,001 to Kyogle Council to improve major open spaces and communities in the fire-affected villages of Woodenbong, Bonalbo and Tabulam, ensuring each community has functional and safe recreational areas, and places of refuge during adverse events.
  • $959,952 to Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Incorporated to manage bush regeneration by local Aboriginal teams on three fire-damaged properties by controlling weeds, replanting native species, installing nest boxes and reinstating fire trails. Project crosses into Tenterfield Shire as well.
  • $1,000,000 to the Great Eastern Rangers to work with its established regional partner networks to support the recovery of bushfire-impacted communities in Kyogle and Tenterfield LGAs, Blue Mountains, South Coast and Far South Coast.

 Lismore City:

  •  $2,546,640 to Lismore City Council to construct Stage 1 of Nimbin’s Rainbow Road Walking Track, supporting community resilience and economic recovery through the delivery of a high-quality tourism product.
  • $660,153 to Lismore City Council to construct a two-kilometre concrete trail from Riverside Park to Albert Park, and redevelop an existing trail through the Rotary Park dry rainforest.
  • $440,000 to ForestWorks’ North East Forestry Innovation Training program to support employment and innovation in the forest and wood products industry in Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Tweed Shire:

  • $999,570 to the University of Wollongong to bring its iAccelerate program to 10 bushfire-affected regions, including four Local Aboriginal Land Council areas, building on the success of the existing Bega Valley Innovation Hub.

Ballina Shire:

  • $670,000 construct a walking trail between Skennars Head and Lennox Head. It will improve existing pathways, construct finger paths and viewing platforms, and add landscaping to minimise erosion.

Byron Shire:

  • $401,500 to construct a wildlife vet accommodation and training centre to provide emergency overnight accommodation for visiting wildlife vets, as well as training and meeting spaces for vets, nurses, volunteers and carers in Ewingsdale.

Tenterfield Shire:

  • $5,746,545 to Tenterfield Shire Council to construct and seal the final 7.6-kilometre section of Mount Lindesay Road (MR622) at two locations – Liston to Tenterfield (5.5km) and Cullendore Road to Legume (2.1km).
  • $960,000 to Tenterfield Shire Council to provide a water source and minor reticulation services for the villages of Drake, Liston, Legume and Torrington.
  • $220,000 to Granite Borders Landcare Committee Incorporated for a Regenerative Agriculture Officer to lead a series of training events and workshops for local farmers and rural businesses.
  • $900,974 for Anglicare’s Road to Recovery Program to engage hard-to-reach communities and provide case management, employment of local recovery workers and community information sessions about post-trauma support.

‘I welcome this funding as something positive that has come out of those dark days but we know that the BLER Fund was heavily over-subscribed so those who missed out will be deflated,’ Ms Saffin said. 

‘The Department of Regional NSW has offered feedback sessions for unsuccessful applicants to identify future funding opportunities, which may include the Australian Government’s upcoming $280-million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program.’


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

NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?