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February 9, 2023

Emergency Response Beacon for Lennox Head in 2023

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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Back by popular demand is the Moontide Ensemble in their farewell show before heading overseas. The Moontide Ensemble returns to the Brunswick Picture House to perform their highly regarded audiovisual show. 

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Choose your own (piano) adventure

The audience ‘chooses its own musical adventure’ determining the playlist from a selection of works by composers ranging from J. S. Bach, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy to George Gershwin, Bill Evans – and more. A list of musical choices will be made available on the day, and audience members can submit their choices via their phone.

A tribute for Richard Moloney

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Flow Music presents: Byron Bay

The theatre will be transformed into a festival wonderland, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm, including body and face painting by donation, incredible dancers from Epic Creations, lighting by Tone from Crystal Grid and decor by Bare Foot Beat. 

A member of the public grabbed the angel ring floatation device attached to the beacon, and raced into the water to help rescue the swimmers. Photo SLS NSW.

The importance of Emergency Response Beacons (ERB) to reduce the risk of drownings has been highlighted by a number of drownings since the beginning of 2023.

In early November 2022 two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a woman activated the Emergency Response Beacon (ERB), alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) State Operations Centre that the men were drowning.

Lennox Head. Photo David Lowe.

Lennox Head is currently waiting for an ERB to be installed as are sites at Brunswick Heads breakwall, Belongil Beach, and Tallows Beach with the ERBs having been available since mid-2022.

Cheyne Willebrands, Ballina Shire Council’s Manager Open Spaces told The Echo that, ‘Ballina Shire Council is working with NSW Surf Life Saving to install a new Emergency Response Beacon (ERB) at Lennox Head beach. This work is expected to be completed as part of the Lennox Village Vision upgrade works at Lennox Park.’

Ballina Council said that they are expecting to complete the works, including the installation of the ERB in early 2023. 

There are no other ERBs currently planned for Ballina Shire, however, a spokesperson for the BSC said that, ‘Council would be open to working with Surf Life Saving NSW to install more ERBs in the future’.

The are currently 20 ERBs positioned at blackspots around the state, the initiative is managed by Surf Life Saving NSW and funded through the NSW government. There is also another ERB at North Kingscliff.

For more information on ERBs see Surf Lifesaving NSW.


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