18.5 C
Byron Shire
January 23, 2022

Please be nice to Council Rangers

Latest News

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The...

Other News

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

Astrological gravitas

The Mullum Aeronautics and Space Administration (MASA) will soon launch the Spiders Webb telescope, which will break through to...

Renew Fest hosts May vigil for grief

Renew Fest will host a weekend-long Vigil For Grief in May 2022, and will return with the festival itself in 2023.

No supply shortage at Byron Farmers Market!

While supermarket shelves around the country are running bare, there’s no shortage of fresh produce at our local farmers’...

SES issues Minor Flood warning for Lismore

Moderate rainfall across the Wilsons River catchment since Wednesday has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and its tributaries, which has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore late Friday morning.

1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

Like everyone else, Council Rangers are just trying to do their job. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council wants us to be particularly nice to their Rangers after recent reports of abuse.

Council says that Rangers perform a variety of important duties from keeping our streets safe and accessible, to rehoming lost dogs and removing abandoned vehicles – Lismore City Council’s Rangers do so much to look after our community.

Council’s Manager of Built Environment Chris Watts says one of their jobs is conducting City Safe Patrols in the CBD three days a week to ensure signs on the footpaths are not trip hazards for the visually impaired, that delivery bays can be used when needed by our local businesses and generally looking of the amenity of visitors and workers in the city centre.

Physically intimidated and verbally abused

‘Unfortunately, our Rangers have recently been physically intimidated and verbally abused for simply doing their job. No worker deserves such unacceptable behaviour.’

Mr Watts said Rangers do a lot for our community and should be treated with respect and allowed to complete their work without intimidation and harassment. ‘It’s been a challenging year for our entire community dealing with restrictions and lockdowns so it’s understandable that there is a level of frustration and agitation, but please do not direct this at our Rangers who are simply trying to make our CBD a safe and pleasant environment for all visitors and workers.

‘Our Rangers conduct around 900 investigations every year, everything from dog attacks, abandoned vehicles, parking complaints and other illegal activities. The contribution our Rangers make to the amenity of our community cannot be underestimated and it’s a pity that abuse has been directed towards them.

Extend the hand of human kindness

‘As we head into the Festive Season, please remember to extend the hand of human kindness and respect to our Rangers and to each other.’

Mr Watts said apart from the challenges of the CBD patrol, the Rangers have been hard at work all year helping lost animals to be reunited with their owners. ‘Throughout the year Rangers have collected 126 animals and found their original owners,’ he said.

‘Amazingly, our Rangers have also been able to rehome many lost animals and work with our fantastic local rescue groups to find the right new forever home for them.’


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

Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.