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Many Lismore Council services return to normal

Many Lismore Council services return to normal

With the lifting of lockdown, Lismore City Council is pleased to announce that many of its services have returned to normal.

“With such short notice, the re-opening of many of our public facilities following the lockdown is great news for our community and will be very welcomed,” Mayor Vanessa Ekins said.

“Since yesterday’s announcement, our staff have been working hard to ensure we could re-open as many facilities as soon as possible while strictly adhering to State Government guidelines to ensure the safety of our community, visitors and staff.

“This means people entering any Council facility must wear a mask, sign in with a QR code and maintain social distancing at all times. To ensure the safety of the community and staff, anyone not adhering to these guidelines will not be permitted to enter Council facilities.”


The Corporate Centre in Goonellabah re-opened to the public today and will operate from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.


The Recycling & Recovery Facility on Wyrallah Road in East Lismore and the Nimbin Transfer Station has now re-opened to the public as of 10am today.

The online booking forms will no longer be required, however, anyone with an existing booking should still attend as planned.

The Bulk Return and Earn Depot located at the Recycling & Recovery Facility will also reopen today and resume normal operating times.

The Revolve Shop will re-open from Friday, 24 September from 9am to 2pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Please note, to attend the facilities you must follow COVID-safety rules.

This means people entering any Council facility must wear a mask, sign in and out with a QR code and maintain social distancing at all times. To ensure the safety of the community and staff, anyone not adhering to these guidelines will not be permitted to enter Council facilities.

We ask the community to be patient upon this facility re-opening as we expect many people dropping off waste and we must ensure social distancing is maintained, that’s one person per 4 square metres indoors and one person per 2 square metres outdoors.


The Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre is now open with operating times from 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7.15am to 4pm on Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays.

However the pool is closed due to maintenance upgrades.

The Switch Fitness also resumed its 24-hour access from today for those with a valid 24/7 access tag.

Group Fitness, Jiu Jitsu and Aqua classes will be capped at 20 people per space.


The popular Lismore Memorial Baths has re-opened for the Summer Season as planned and will operate Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

When daylight savings begins on Sunday, 3 October, the weekend closing times will be extended to 7pm, allowing swimmers to enjoy the warmer weather.


All libraries in the Richmond Tweed network, including Lismore and Goonellabah libraries have now re-opened with normal operating hours. This includes the Mobile Library within the Lismore Local Government Area.


The Gallery is now open and will operate from 10am to 6pm today. It will operate as previously from Wednesday to Sunday between 10am and 4pm, with extended hours on Thursday until 6pm. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.


Council’s Ordinary Monthly Meetings and weekly briefings will once again be open to the public to attend in person.

However, to ensure social distancing we will have an overflow room where members of the public may be asked to sit.

The Monthly Meetings will continue to be broadcast on Council’s Facebook page and website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au


The COVID-Safety Pack Distribution Centre at Council’s Corporate Centre will continue to operate for today only.

In the meantime, please continue to follow all COVID-19 Safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask inside public buildings and maintaining social distancing.

Members sought for the Old Byron Hospital community hub advisory group

Members sought for the Old Byron Hospital community hub advisory group

Byron Bay community members, who want to help shape a new community hub at the Old Byron Hospital site, are encouraged to apply for a position on the advisory group.

Up to eight members are needed for the group to provide advice and community insights into developing a vibrant for-purpose hub, connecting Byron residents to social, wellbeing, arts and culture, and educational services.

The not-for-profit Northern Rivers organisation, Social Futures, has the job of managing the new community facility. For 45 years, Social Futures has been delivering community services in the Northern Rivers, and runs programs in areas of homelessness, housing and employment, youth and family support, mental health and wellbeing, and community inclusivity, including support for people with a disability.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said his organisation’s Byron-based housing and homelessness service met daily with local residents feeling the impacts of the pandemic, job losses and the housing shortage.

“Few community service providers are able to find office space Byron Bay. The social impact hub will bring essential community services right into the heart of town,” he said.

“It will be a dynamic community space with a mix of business, community services, health, the arts and education. It will be a wonderful asset for Byron Bay.”

He said the community advisory group would:

  • look at community needs, service gaps and opportunities, then deliver on a shared community vision for the hub. This includes identifying and recommending tenancy applications best suited to community need
  • make recommendations on site fit out, landscaping and operations requirements
  • provide guidance on how any profits can be distributed back into local community groups and projects.

Mr Davies said the social impact hub would have tiered rent with anchor tenants – larger organisations, like a university – supporting affordable rents for local and smaller groups with any profits invested back into local community projects and groups.

“We want to create a vibrant centre in Byron that connects individuals, community groups, charities and other organisations and we want to do that in partnership with the community – this community advisory group is essential.”

Mr Davies said Social Futures would appoint the advisory members, striving to set up a group that represents the diverse Byron community with an array of knowledge and insights.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people in Byron with a long history of involvement in community organisations, and we also want social impact and business representatives to come forward,” he said.

Advisory group members will meet four times a year for around two hours beginning in November and continuing for up to two years, when the social impact hub will be operational. The positions are voluntary.

For more information about the Expression of Interest process for the advisory committee, visit the Social Futures website https://socialfutures.org.au/service/socialimpacthub/.

To apply for a position, fill in the form online. Senior Manager – Business and Social Strategy at Social Futures, Sam Henderson, is also available to answer questions on  0439 652 638  or email: [email protected] Applications close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021.


What will aged care look like in this new Covid world?

What will aged care look like in this new Covid world?

How will a residential aged care facility respond to a Covid19 outbreak when the majority of staff and residents are vaccinated?

During the Victorian residential aged care facility (RACF) outbreaks in 2020, the transmission statistics revealed that 13% of cases were residents and 15% were staff. The mortality rate was in the hundreds.

Currently in NSW, there are 48 outbreaks, with 10 in rural areas. Of these outbreaks, 0.5% are residents and 0.4% are staff. Last week, there were 14 deaths; 10 of these were on palliative pathways and 5 were not vaccinated.

The main outbreak management issues in the vaccinated environment include:

• furloughing of staff for the first few weeks, hence the significance of RACFs cohorting staff now to minimise impact and shore up surge workforces

• getting through the first 24 hours. Most RACFs are self-managing the outbreaks after the first 24 hours, with the support of the state-level outbreak management team only

• evidence-based infection prevention and control practices in relation to planning outbreak zones, working in PPE and donning and fit checking of P2 or N95 respirators.

To help come up with answers, resources are available and being developed.

You may want to look at Healthy North Coast’s RACF GP Outbreak Response Framework.

Also an Australian Government fact sheet on continuity of care for GPs is being developed.

Locally, meetings between the RACFs, Healthy North Coast, local health districts and the Public Health Unit (PHU) continue, ensuring preparedness and information sharing from the Ministry of Health, the Australian Government COVID-19 teams and the aged care peak bodies. The group are grateful to the ongoing efforts of the PHU staff who continue to attend despite excessive workloads. Minutes from these meetings are available to interested GPs and practice staff – please contact:

Bron McCrae, Deputy Director Healthy Living and Ageing, Healthy North Coast, [email protected]

The first year of COVID-19 in Australia- the direct and indirect health effects

The first year of COVID-19 in Australia- the direct and indirect health effects

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many uncertainties around how Australia would be affected: how many cases and deaths would occur; how the health system would manage; how society would be disrupted; and whether there would be adverse affects on mental health and society.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the report, ‘The first year of COVID-19 in Australia: direct and indirect health effects’.

The report has information on case numbers, deaths, burden of disease, impact on other diseases such as mental health, and changes in health behaviours. The impact on health services and on social determinants of health is also examined. It draws on data from a range of sources including disease surveillance systems, death registrations, hospitalisations, MBS and PBS, and surveys.

The report covers the first year of the pandemic, to around April/May 2021. Where possible, the most recent data available at the time of writing is included, however due to the timing of different data collections, some data are only available for periods within 2020. It does not include data on the latest wave of cases that began in June 2021. The full report can be found here:


International Day of Older Persons is on October 1

International Day of Older Persons is on October 1

International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1. There is a growing awareness of the importance of staying healthy as we grow older to maintain our independence and quality of life. Explore what is happening in your  local community, papers and online media to promote the achievements of older Australians

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare share statics of older Australians in the report found in the link below.


Heartfelt Hous offer a 10-week Healing Pathways program

Heartfelt Hous offer a 10-week Healing Pathways program

Heartfelt House is a not-for-profit organisation that provides therapeutic group programs for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse with positive outcomes for healing and recovery.

It is running Healing Pathways – a 10 week group program for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Due to COVID restrictions this program will be online, held on ZOOM. Places are still available for the program starting Friday October 8 through to Friday December 10, from 10.30am – 12.30pm

Together we will explore:

  • Making friends with our nervous system
  • Self-compassion and self care
  • Neuroscience – connecting brain and body
  • Trust and boundaries
  • Connections and relationships

Donations of $10 per session is appreciated (to help cover resources for the program)

Registration is essential, please contact us via the following options:

Mobile :  0414 310 188 (call or sms 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri)

Facebook:  Heartfelt House

Email: [email protected]

Positions vacant at the Child and Wellbeing Hub in Grafton

Positions vacant at the Child and Wellbeing Hub in Grafton

The Child and Family Wellbeing Hub is growing! Our Care Coordination program is expanding to deliver support to more children aged up to five years and their families across Gumbaynggir, Bundjalung and Yaegl nations.

We are looking for two extraordinary people to join the fabulous team at the Child and Family Wellbeing Hub in Grafton as Aboriginal health workers. (These roles are identified positions.)

For a chat about the roles, or to request a position description, please contact Leonie Staples on 0417 838355, or [email protected]

You can view the job description here: https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/job/first-2000-days-care-coordinator-aboriginal-health-workers-grafton-temporary-part-time-2-positions-tresillian-271477

Mullum Mooves

Mullum Mooves

MULLUM MOOVES is a weekly activity held at the Mullumbimby Cottage every Wednesday (Covid-permitting) from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and is open to 12-17yo. It is a project that targets young people in the Mullumbimby community who are disadvantaged by lack of transport to be able to socialise and form strong relationships with other young people in an environment that is safe and AOD free. The weekly social activities include: DJ workshops, Cooking classes and Feast Nights and Social Sports Activities. For more information phone 0490 801 418

GSAC pool to close for essential maintenance

GSAC pool to close for essential maintenance

The Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre (GSAC) pool will be closed from Monday, 27 September to undergo essential maintenance works and is expected to re-open on Saturday, 2 October.

Lismore City Council’s Manager of Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy said it is a standard service procedure that occurs during the life of the pool’s filters.

“The maintenance works includes replacing all the filter media to ensure the pool stays clean for longer,” he said.

“The pool filters replacement is commonly undertaken because the filter media degrades over time, reducing the efficiency of the filters.

“Due to the recent lockdowns and border closures, the timeframe for these works had to occur as soon as possible.”

There will be some disruptions to pool activities with the Learn to Swim Holiday Intensives Clinic moved to the Lismore Memorial Baths for the second week of the school holidays.

GSAC staff will update participants of the Aqua and Swimfit schedules during this period. The Switch Fitness Gym will not be affected during this time.