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A Lismore person with gender dysphoria, who was overpaid more than $41,000 by Centrelink after failing to declare the income, has been ordered to do 80 hours community service and repay the money.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot has stood by claims that up to 200 jobs could be lost at Centrelink’s South Tweed Heads call centre, despite the federal government trying to hose down fears of any job losses under an outsourcing plan.
The Centrelink and Medicare services in Lismore have moved into the same building, providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for government services. And that move was officially recognised today with a cake cutting and a visit from Federal human services minister, senator Marise Payne, and Page MP Kevin Hogan.
The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.
Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street.