Lismore City Council has received $3.9 million in State Government funding to create a new sports precinct, including a 2300sqm skate park, in the Lismore CBD, Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg announced today.
“This is great news for our community and will create a family friendly and safe place where young people can gather to skate and ride,” he said.
The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure.
Mayor Krieg said the creation of a regional skatepark in the youth precinct within Lismore Park near the corner of Uralba and Dawson streets will be able to host major skate and BMX events, adding to Lismore’s reputation as the regional sporting capital of NSW.
“Lismore already has some wonderful sporting facilities that attracts various competitions from around the state and the country,” he said.
“This continues to benefit our local businesses and jobs as those playing or coming to watch these sporting events spend money in our city, whether it’s at our motels, restaurants, clothing stores or other retailers.
“With skating now an Olympic event, and many world-class skaters coming from our region, a new skate park will be another string in our bow and attract even more visitors.”
The project is being funded by the State Government’s Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.
State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin welcomed the NSW Government’s investment in Lismore’s Urban Sports Precinct under the Multisport Community Facility Fund.
“A new regional skate park is much needed and a project which I have strongly supported and advocated for,” Ms Saffin said.
“The skate park certainly will be well utilised by our skateboarders, with whom I have been in contact, and local families.
“I am also excited that a bike track and climbing equipment are included in this project, all elements of which are ‘building back better’ to be flood resistant.”
The Urban Sports Precinct will replace Lismore’s old skate park near the river which reach the end of its life and is no longer safe.
This Precinct will embrace new technologies through smart infrastructure, wi-fi and sports lighting, to ensure users and spectators can access the precinct both day and night, in a safe environment.
The community can give feedback on the current concept designs at www.yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au
Clarence Youth has a school holiday program for every week of January.
Activities for the first week of January are at
Go to their Facebook page for all January activities.
Homelessness NSW are preparing a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Please review the attached recommendations and advise if there are any major changes or additions to be included.
You can provide your feedback to Hamish McIvor, Senior Policy Officer at [email protected] on or before December 12.
These recommendations will be accompanied by an evidence-based submission informed by;
- Desktop research and literature review
- Findings from a series of consultation through Community of Practice for Specialist Homelessness Services on working to engage people experiencing homelessness with the NDIS and challenges for people with disability in the homelessness system (2019-2021)
- A workshop on access to NDIS for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people experiencing homelessness (2022)
- Witness statements from CEO Homelessness NSW and Shane Jakupec, Neami National and Nada Nasser Mission Australia who were summonsed to provide evidence to Hearing 26: Homelessness, including experience in boarding houses, hostels and other arrangements.
Health RESET is an innovative program for young people, aimed at increasing their overall health and wellbeing.
The Health RESET program is a 3-day course that gives high school aged NDIS participants the opportunity to understand their physical and mental health. It focuses on a holistic approach to improve education about health within school and daily life. Each group session will be a fun and educational mix of physical and mental health learning, with the goal of improving resilience and flexibility when at school and within the community.
Held at The BUSY Schools, Coolangatta:
5 Scott Street, Coolangatta Qld 4225
9th-11th January 2023 | 9.00am to 3.00pm
16th-19th January 2023 | 9.00am to 3.00pm
For more information download our information brochure
The NSW Advocate for Children and Young has released the People The Voices of LGBTQIA+ Young People in NSW 2022 Report.
You can read it HERE.
The Advocate has a responsibility to consult with children and young people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, as well as to ensure that the voices of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people are heard.
During the ongoing consultations and polling with children and young people, it became clear that LGBTQIA+ young people experience particular vulnerabilities and poorer outcomes across a variety of measures.
As a result, ACYP conducted face to face and online consultations with 233 LGBTQIA+ identifying young people over a six month period. This report shares their experiences on what is and is not working well for them and what changes they would like to see to make their lives better.
There are confronting findings in this report. On a daily basis LGBTQIA+ young people encounter a lack of acceptance, bullying, homophobia and in some cases violence. Despite this, they are great sources of support to one another and seek out opportunities to celebrate their identity. They are resilient and hopeful.
All young people have a right to feel safe and should be encouraged to be themselves – always. Whilst young people were optimistic that progress has been made towards realising their rights, there is still a lot to achieve.
There is a Fairtrade Christmas market on in Bangalow this Saturday.
If you are looking for ethical Christmas gifts, this is the place to buy them!
It’s at the Bangalow Uniting Church.
After the popular Lismore Library was destroyed by the February natural disaster, a new temporary Pop-Up Library will open its Molesworth Street doors on Thursday.
Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said Council was determined to open a new temporary library while the permanent one in Magellan Street is rebuilt to bring a sense of normality for library users and community.
“We decided to open a temporary library because this service is very popular with our community,” he said.
“I would like to thank the Library staff who have worked extremely hard to make this possible, and especially the many volunteers who have helped to fill the shelves with more than 20,000 donated books.”
The Pop-Up Library at 146 Molesworth Street will provide access to the brand-new community donated collections, computers, printing, and a space to connect, discover and escape.
Lismore Area Librarian Michael Lewis said it was wonderful to have the library back in the CBD.
“This move, with the support of the Lismore City Council and General Manager John Walker strives to support the revitalisation of the Lismore CBD,” he said.
“The Lismore Library has over 20,000 items ready for the reopening. These donations and community support shows the meaning libraries have in their communities and will support the positive recovery for our library and our community.
“The library is a safe space for many, and by opening in the CBD, it will provide accessible services, collections, and programs for all in our community.
The Lismore Pop-Up Library is located at 146 Molesworth Street and is near parking, public facilities and local eateries and shops.
The library will be open 7 days a week at the following times:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9.30am – 5pm
9.30am – 7pm
9am – 1pm
1pm – 4pm
With the opening of the new CBD library, Goonellabah Library will have a change of opening hours. From December 1, the Goonellabah Library will be open:
- Monday – Friday: 9.30am–5pm, closed from 12.30pm to 1.30pm daily.
- Saturday and Sunday will remain open for the next two weekends. Last day will be Sunday, December 11.
Did you experience sexual abuse as child? Are you wanting to move towards healing and recovery? You do not need to do this alone.
Healing and Recovery for Survivors is a medium to long term counselling program provided by specialist trauma counsellors from Full Stop Australia.
Counselling is free and available at Lismore Womens Health Centre, No referral necessary.
For more info and to see whether this program is right for you:
Call Full Stop Australia on: 02 8585 0363 / Email: [email protected]
FOR 24/7 COUNSELLING SUPPORT 1800 FULL STOP (1800 385 578
The Tweed Family Centre is supporting more than 200 vulnerable children, young people and their families leading up the Christmas this year. Many of them are struggling to make ends meet. Adopting a family can make a real difference to their Christmas.
For more information call 07 5524 8711 • Email: [email protected]
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Walking Tall Program is a women’s mentoring program with individual and group components. The purpose is aimed at increasing self-confidence, interests, knowledge, and strengths in life and increasing opportunities of employment. Mentors and mentees will be involved in workshops, promoting positive self-worth and growth. This six-month program endeavours to empower women.
Mature mentors will be specifically chosen and paired with mentees between the ages of 16 to 24 years old. Types of personalities, culture, and personal interests will be considered to ensure a perfect match is created and positive connections are made.
Monthly reviews of goals will occur to allow for focus and continued reflection on how needs are being met and what changes need to happen to ensure the end goal is achieved.
- Commit to meeting three times per month on a Friday participating in workshops and gatherings.
- Be between the ages of 16-24 years of age
- Be committed to the program and have a willingness to learn
- Have an honest approach to what goals you want to achieve in the program.
- Have a positive attitude and learn whilst having fun.
- Build meaningful relationships with mentors.
Walking TALL Mentee Criteria
- Female aged 16 – 24 Years. (some wriggle room)
- Be connected to the Kyogle LGA.
- Be respectful.
- Wanting support in career pathway steps.
- Ready to make change, ready to work towards greater success.
- Open to working with volunteer mentors and work collaboratively with each other and the facilitator.
- Student, Unemployed, Employed, Part time, Full time, Stay at home mum. ALL WELCOME as long as you can
- Guardian permission if under 18 yrs. of age
Please contact Jade for any questions on 0498008513/66321044 or email [email protected]