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From left, Russell Green (Newy Store), Tirza Abb (ThinkBlink Design) designer of the maps; and Murray Drechsler (Deputy Captain Billinudgel RFS). Photo Jeff ‘Perpetual Panic’ Dawson

The South Golden Beach-New Brighton-Ocean Shores Community Resilience Team (SGBNBOS CRT) have recently designed and installed maps in each of the village areas as part of their ‘Creating a prepared and resilient community program’.

Co-leader and secretary, Bron Elliott, told The Echo the maps are designed to better connect community, visitors and emergency services, and highlight the local landscape, water catchments, fire trails, local streets, as well as other facilities such as cafes, shops, post offices, off-leash dog areas, public toilets, churches and barbecues. 

Emergency services information

Bron says, ‘A major aspect is the inclusion of emergency services information, with key phone numbers and QR codes to help people connect during times of need’.

‘The maps are located in South Golden Beach (on the side of the toilet block at SGB Hall); New Brighton (at Newy Store, beside the defibrillator); and in Ocean Shores (on the brick wall between the Sunday Sustainable Bakery and the butcher).

Community-led org

‘SGBNBOS CRT is a community-led not-for-profit organisation who are building a local street network to help the three villages be better connected and prepared at all times, including disaster.

‘Set up during the 2022 floods, they ran the flood hub at SGB Hall, and are active members of the Byron Community Resilience Network (CRN), Byron Community Resilience Hubs (CHUBS) and other key preparedness and disaster ready networks’.

For more information www.facebook.com/groups/431100262102216/ (Community Resilience Hub for SGB/NB/OS) or email [email protected].

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