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Cabcharge giving away $50 cab vouchers to help people get to their vaccinations

Cabcharge giving away $50 cab vouchers to help people get to their vaccinations

Cabcharge is giving away 400 $50 travel vouchers until October 30 to help people in NSW get to and from their scheduled COVID19 vaccinations. Anyone can apply for the Cabcharge voucher until October 9 or until vouchers run out.

Go to this link: https://www.cabcharge.com.au/voucher fill in the details and you’ll receive a $50 travel voucher with a link to add it to your smartphone within 24 hours.

Follow this link for further information, T&Cs etc: https://www.cabcharge.com.au/covid19-resources

We’re offering $200,000 in travel vouchers

Lockdown restrictions on states has been challenging for many people, and it’s taken a financial toll on families and workers. That’s why we’re offering $200,000 in travel vouchers until 9 October 2021. Anyone can apply for the voucher to get to their vaccination appointment. If you’re based in NSW and need assistance to get to your appointment, fill in your details here and you’ll receive a $50 travel voucher with a link to add it to your smartphone within 24 hours.

Not just a taxi solution

Cabcharge products also support non-taxi travel initiatives, and can be used for services including 13things – a delivery service run by 13cabs. For those most vulnerable in the community, and areas experiencing higher rates of infection, we integrate with 13things to ensure you can pay for deliveries with your Digital Fastcard or Digital Pass.

Lismore’s first Electronic Vehicle charging station

Lismore’s first Electronic Vehicle charging station

Lismore will soon get its first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in the heart of the CBD.

Lismore City Council recently accepted a tender to design and construct a $600,000 ‘Solar Carpark’ in the Council-owned Clyde Campbell carpark. The infrastructure includes the installation an architectural ‘butterfly-shaped’ awning, clad with photo-voltaic solar panels and covering 40 carparks. It also includes the installation of two EV fast chargers, making them Lismore’s first.

Lismore Mayor Vanessa Ekins said the project will provide much-needed shade for visitors to the CBD, with excess solar energy fed back into the electricity grid.

“The solar shade project at the Clyde Campbell Carpark is a great example of local government showing leadership on climate change issues and working towards becoming a sustainable city that embraces renewable energy,” she said.

“Our community has consistently said they want Council to tackle the impacts of climate change, increase the use of renewable energy and provide more shade throughout the Lismore CBD for locals and visitors. This project delivers on all of that and will also provide an electric car-charging station for Lismore, which is exciting news and I’m sure the first of many to come.”

The solar roof is funded through a $1 million grant provided by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to 52 NSW councils to complete infrastructure and other drought-relief projects.

The sustainable design and shape of the roof is inspired by the native Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. The Birdwing Butterfly vine – the butterfly’s food source – will grow on the shade structure from hanging planter boxes.

The height of the structure means it will not be impacted by flood events.

Lismore City Council has a long history of developing innovative solar projects to reduce emissions and mitigate against climate change.

In 2018, Council and Farming the Sun launched the Lismore Community Solar initiative – the first Council/community owned solar farm in the country including Australia’s largest floating solar farm.

As part of the Lismore Community Solar initiative, Council established two 100kW solar farms – a rooftop solar farm at Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre and a floating solar farm on the overflow ponds at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.

Work on the Solar Carpark is expected to start in late November and be completed early in the new year.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to visit Ballina, Orange and Queanbeyan

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to visit Ballina, Orange and Queanbeyan

NSW Government has established a Regional Housing Taskforce in response to increasing pressures on the supply and affordability of housing in Regional NSW. The taskforce is charged with investigating regional housing issues and wants to hear about the barriers in buying, renting and building a place to live in the regions.

Throughout August 2021 the taskforce is conducting a major listening exercise with a series of face-to-face and virtual roundtable events to hear from councils and representatives from community groups, the housing, not-for-profit and development sectors, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, business groups and members of the public to identify barriers in the planning system to housing supply and affordability.

The face-to-face roundtables will be held in Ballina, Orange and Queanbeyan, covering the north, west and south of the state. At each location three separate roundtable meetings will be held covering the same content to give the best opportunity for people to attend a session. All face-to-face meetings will observe strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Details of virtual sessions will be confirmed upon registration. These virtual roundtables have been grouped to accommodate common interests. Additional events may be scheduled if there is enough interest. Virtual Roundtable 1 For local government and Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Monday 9 August 10am to 12pm
 Virtual Roundtable 2 For community, crisis, disability, and aged care housing providers, Monday 9 August 3pm to 5pm
 Virtual Roundtable 3 For the development and construction Industry, Tuesday 10 August 9.30am to 11.30am
 Virtual Roundtable 4 For the general public and local businesses, Tuesday 10 August 5pm to 7pm.

Face-to-Face Roundtables
Details of face-to-face sessions will be confirmed upon registration. These in-person roundtables are open to all stakeholders, but places will be limited due to venue capacity especially with regard COVID restrictions, and allocated on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Additional events may be scheduled if there is enough interest.

Northern NSW
 Northern Roundtable 1, Ballina, Tuesday 17 August 2pm to 3pm
 Northern Roundtable 2, Ballina, Tuesday 17 August 4pm to 5pm
 Northern Roundtable 3, Ballina, Wednesday 18 August 9am to 10am
Western NSW
 Central West Roundtable 1, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 9am to 10am
 Central West Roundtable 2, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 11am to 12pm
 Central West Roundtable 3, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 2pm to 3pm
Southern NSW
 Southern Roundtable 1, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 9am to 10am
 Southern Roundtable 2, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 11.30am to 12.30pm
 Southern Roundtable 3, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/regional-housing

The taskforce will use the evidence and insights to make recommendations to the Government on ways to address barriers to the delivery of regional housing.

The taskforce is led by Newcastle-based independent planning expert Garry Fielding as Chair. Mr Fielding is a qualified town planner with more than 40 years’ experience in State and local government and the private sector. He has worked at senior executive levels with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and also as head planner with Newcastle, Woollahra and Maitland Councils. The taskforce also comprises senior experts from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Department of Regional NSW.

For enquiries to the Regional Housing taskforce email [email protected]

Yaxi Youth transport

Yaxi Youth transport

YAXI provides transport to our local young people, aged between 12 and 25 that are currently living in the Ballina Shire. Yaxi hopes to foster inclusion and access, connecting young people with social and recreation opportunities.

YAXI provides affordable and safe transport, We are a non-for profit organisation and are fortunate to be able to offer subsidised costs as we are provided yearly funding from Transport NSW

YAXI is a prebooked bus service, once a booking is completed online, Yaxi can take youth and thier friends to the beach, the movies, a theme park or an event as far as the Gold Coast or Brisbane as well as local trips around the Ballina Shire.

PRICES: Min 8. people RETURN;

Ballina Town: $5

Around Ballina Shire: $8

Ballina – Lismore /Byron Bay: $10

Ballina – Tweed / Casino / Evans: $15

Ballina – Gold Coast / Yamba: $20

Ballina – Brisbane / Coffs Harbour: $25

Follow us on Facebook; Yaxi Transport Ballina Shire

Follow us on Instagram; @yaxiyouthtransport

or just go directly to the website and book a trip!

www.yaxi.com.au

YAXI Youth Transport Ballina Shire YAXI is a safe and affordable transport option for young people within the Ballina Shire aged between 12 and 25 years. www.yaxi.com.au
School buses are a transport option for everyone

School buses are a transport option for everyone

As school goes back this term, did you know that anyone can use a school bus so long as there are spare seats? 

School buses in the Northern Rivers carry public passengers if there are seats available. Contact your local bus operator or local school for further information about how to catch school buses. 

Our ‘going places’ website has information on all the public, private and community transport options available in the Northern Rivers to help you get where you are going without your own vehicle. Click on the link to find your local bus provider information and download your local transport guide. 

Have your say on rural and regional buses

Have your say on rural and regional buses

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has released a Draft Report proposing the reduction of bus fares in rural and regional NSW for five years from January 2021. 

We want to hear from people in regional communities about your experience of the local bus service and whether you agree with our proposals.

You can make a written submission here by 30 October or complete a short survey.

Supporting regional transport solutions

Supporting regional transport solutions

Did you know there are lots of people working hard to improve transport options for our communities?

Social Futures convene transport working groups throughout the Northern Rivers as part of our Transport Development Project.

The groups bring together public, private and community transport providers, local government, members of parliament and health and social services to identify local issues and work towards reducing transport disadvantage and improve access to affordable transport options for Northern Rivers residents.

Our ‘going places’ website has information on all the public, private and community transport options available in the Northern Rivers to help you get where you are going without your own vehicle. Visit goingplaces.org.au to plan your journey or download your local transport guide.

Biketober business challenge

Biketober business challenge

During the Covid-19 lockdown, when exercise was one of the few reasons you were allowed out, people around the world suddenly discovered walking, running and cycling.

Well, here’s a way to keep up those new fitness habits. Register for the Biketober Business Challenge, a Get Healthy at Work initiative. If you sign up for this free workplace challenge in October you can boost your fitness, do some team building with your workmates, and be in the draw for great prizes. The aim of Biketober is to get more people on bikes to spread the joy and benefits of cycling. Not only is cycling a cheap way of getting from A to B, it can also help:

  • Prevent the decline in your immune system
  • Boost your mental health
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

We could all use these benefits this year!

Biketober is simple and easy. You don’t have to ride to work or ride your bike every day. All you have to do is ride a bike for at least ten minutes during October, and you’ll be in the running for great prizes including bicycles and restaurant vouchers. Of course, the more cycling you do, the greater the health benefits.

If you already ride a bike, here’s your chance to help your workmates discover how easy and enjoyable it can be. You and your colleagues can compete against other workplace teams to see who can get the most staff to try cycling during October.

Details here:  https://www.lovetoride.net/nsw

Happy Biketober!

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Transport is a major challenge for regional areas. However, transport is different things to different people.

We’d like your feedback with our short survey (below), which will help us identify the barriers people experience when accessing all kinds of transport across the Clarence Valley. It will potentially help us prioritise areas of concern.

This survey is the first one of its kind in the Clarence Valley. We are asking locals to tell us in their own words what the barriers are. Please help us make it a success, complete the survey and share widely to your networks.

Please click https://www.clarenceconversations.com.au/transport-in-the-clarence-valley and complete our short survey via the link at the bottom.

Tackling transport disadvantage

Tackling transport disadvantage

Spring has sprung! It’s a great time to get out and about (while obeying physical distancing rules of course). But if you don’t have a car it can be easy to feel stuck when you live in a regional area.

Our ‘going places’ website has information on public, private and community transport options available in the Northern Rivers to help you get where you are going without your own vehicle. Visit goingplaces.org.au to plan your journey or download your local transport guide.

It is part of our Transport Development Project focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers.  We work with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regional solutions.

Health and medical tranport options

Health and medical tranport options

Did you know that community transport services can help eligible people get to important medical and health related appointments if you need assistance?

There are also Aboriginal transport options which can help with medical appointments.

Note that there may be temporary changes to the availability or conditions of the services due to COVID-19.

Contact your local community transport providers for details. Visit www.goingplaces.org.au and select the transport guide for your region.

Social Futures’ ‘going places’ website provides information on community transport as well as all the public and private transport options in the Northern Rivers to help you get where you need to go even if you don’t have access to a car.

It is part of our Transport Development Project focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers. 

We work with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regionally appropriate solutions.

Community Road Safety Grants program is now open

Community Road Safety Grants program is now open

The NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program is now open with applications to close on Monday, 31 August 2020.

It provides funding to NSW community-based groups to undertake projects to address specific road issues in the local community. Two categories of grants are available:

·        Smaller projects, with up to $5,000 available for each idea, and

·         More substantial projects, worth up to $30,000.

Please note that there are strict eligibility criteria, so community groups should read the Grants guidelines before starting any application. In particular, you must be a community-based organisation in NSW to apply, and your project must have a clear road safety outcome.

Please go to the community grants page for further information.

 

 

Group transport discounts for not-for-profits

Group transport discounts for not-for-profits

We know that finding affordable transport can often be difficult for not-for-profit groups. Social Futures have put together a list of organisations in the Northern Rivers with spare bus capacity who are able to rent their vehicles to not-for-profit organisations at cost or near cost price.

View the spare bus capacity register on our ‘going places’ website for all the details. 

Note that there may be temporary changes to the availability or conditions of the services due to COVID-19. Please contact the transport provider to find out.

If you have a vehicle you would like to make available to other not-for-profit organisations just fill in the bus spare capacity form and we will add your details to the list. 

Social Futures Transport Development Project is a regional initiative focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers.  We work with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regionally appropriate solutions. If you need information on getting around the Northern Rivers without a car visit www.goingplaces.org.au