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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Other News

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Liberal Democrats Party candidate Gary Briggs

Gary Biggs lives in the Tweed Shire and owns a small business. He is running as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Everyone reads The Echo

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

NSW councils call for social, affordable housing

With ‘Intergenerational inequality growing dramatically’, the peak body representing NSW councils has issued an open letter to all federal election candidates, calling on them to commit to a four-point housing plan.

‘Unprecedented’ but not unpredicted – we are now suffering from our failure to listen to scientists’ predictions of the impacts of climate change 30...

As Australians head into another election season just as many parts of the east coast are recovering from ‘unprecedented’ flooding since February, and the national psyche is still reeling from the trauma of the ‘unprecedented’ Black Summer bushfires before that, it is critical now more than ever to vote according to your environmental conscience and fear for the future.

Sculpture distilled at Husk

The inaugural outdoor exhibition, Sculpture Distilled, opens this week at Husk Farm Distillery and promises the opportunity to get...
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Be ready for bush fires:
Prepare, Act, Survive

The NSW Rural Fire Service has heaps of information available online at rfs.nsw.gov.au to help you prepare your house and family for the possibility of a bush fire. The service describes the three steps necessary as Prepare, Act, Survive.

Some of the helpful advice found in the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.
Some of the helpful advice found in the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.

To Prepare, RFS offers a Bush Fire Survival Plan [PDF] as one of the best ways to help improve the safety of you and your family before the impact of, or during a bush fire.
Preparation is not just about cleaning up around the house and having a plan. It is also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.

Regardless of your decision to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you still need to prepare your property against the threat of a bush fire.

In order to Act, the RFS says part of knowing what to do is knowing the Bush Fire Danger Ratings, which are usually displayed on signs at the edge of towns. The Fire Danger Ratings should be your first trigger for activating your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

During periods of increased fire danger and when there is a bush fire in your area, it’s important that you stay up to date. Information is available on the RFS info line at 1800 679 737.

To Survive, residents are asked to heed the alert levels Advice, Watch And Act and Emergency Warning. During a fire, you need to follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. That means you should have already decided if you are going to Leave Early or Stay and Defend your home.
According to the RFS, the safest option for you and your family during a bush fire is to leave early.

During a bush fire, it’s important you have ready access to items which may save your life. Find out what you should put in your Emergency Survival Kit. The heat from a bush fire can kill you. That’s why it’s important to wear clothing that will not only protect you from the heat but also from smoke and embers.

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.