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February 1, 2023

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$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

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Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

Land values are up

Large parts of the North Coast may have gone under during the 2022 floods, but they appear to have done little to dampen land values for much of the region.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

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Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg says that Council has received $1 million from the Her Way program under the NSW Government’s Safer Cities Program.

Lismore City Council is working with the State Government to improve perception of safety for women, girls and gender diverse people in public spaces in the heart of the CBD.

Cr Krieg said this is great news for the community and in particular female members of the community who do not always feel safe in some of our public spaces. ‘Every person in our community, regardless of gender, has the right to feel safe to walk the streets of our City day or night and this fits into our vision for a safe and friendly nightlife.

Improve safety whether real or perceived

Cr Krieg said that while Council is still working on the details of the project. ‘The aim is to improve the safety whether real or perceived for women, girls and gender diverse people in public spaces through such things as smart technology, gender sensitive lighting, wayfinding and place-based activation in the heart of Lismore.’

Dr. Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Executive Director Cities Revitalisation and Place, Transport for NSW has said the Safer Cities: Her Way program is an incredible opportunity to partner with ten councils across NSW and deliver improvements that address local experiences and needs.

‘We’re excited to be working closely with Lismore City Council to listen to the voices of local women, girls and gender diverse people, and trial initiatives that help them feel they can move freely and comfortably through their local public spaces.’

Mayor Krieg said some of the areas Council is looking at include the Transit Centre, including the Kirklands Riviera Carpark, Carrington and/or Molesworth Street to link with the CBD with City Hall and NORPA, the Harold Fredericks Carpark link to The Quad, and links between Woodlark Street the laneways and Browns Creek Carpark.

‘The final location of the project, and what will be included, will be decided after community consultation early next year. This will include a “Walkshop” where Council staff walk through the CBD at various times of day and night with women to discuss how they feel about their safety in particular areas.

‘This really is a terrific project and I am looking forward to hear from the female members of our community about their thoughts about improving safety in our City.’


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