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Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.
Today in 'it's-important-to-be-a-volunteer' news, Jake Whitfield is one of dozens of SES volunteers who were helping local residents during the rain event on the weekend.
Hearing stories about people helping each other during the floods has been nothing if not heartbreaking and heart uplifting, and the lengths that the community went to, to lend a hand will be the legends recounted into the future.
A group of former employees/contractors from local conservation group, Byron Rangers, have approached The Echo saying they are concerned that the organisation is operating unethically by not paying wages or superannuation for its employees.
Our local communities are becoming old hands at responding effectively to natural disasters. This was shown dramatically in the widescale flooding of the Northern Rivers, when small towns, and the city of Lismore, were isolated from any outside help.
Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.
A trial to use recycled crushed glass in concrete as a replacement for sand will be taking place in Lismore at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.