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ACE Murwillumbah offers new summer program

ACE Murwillumbah offers new summer program

Summer Leisure workshops have splashed into ACE Murwillumbah. Discover a taste sensation, free your inner creative, learn a new skill or simplly zen out. Let’s cool off and start the year refreshed.



31 January 2023 1 session / $65




10 February 2023 / 6 sessions / $215


17 February 2023 / 1 session / $110



27 February 2023 / 1 session / $75


7 March 2023 / 1 session / $65


7 March 2023 / 3 sessions / $120


14 March 2023 / 1 session / $65


17 March 2023 / 1 session / $110


21 March 2023 / 6 sessions / $175
Reflect, Rebuild Lismore – One year after the natural disaster

Reflect, Rebuild Lismore – One year after the natural disaster

To mark the one-year anniversary of the 28 February natural disaster, Lismore City Council is holding a series of events to allow our community to reflect on the catastrophic flood and to look forward as we rebuild our City.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said Reflect, Rebuild Lismore will give residents the opportunity to once again come together to reflect on the past 12 months, reconnect, heal and hopefully enjoy some entertainment to mark the city’s new beginning as we rebuild.

“While the morning of 28 February dramatically changed our city, it also revealed the best of our nature with stranger coming to the aid of stranger, neighbour helping neighbour and our whole community standing as one,” he said.

“There is no doubt that this has been the toughest year for many of us, which is why on the first anniversary of 28 February it is important to come together as a community and reflect on what happened on that horrible morning and also on how far we have all come since.

“It is also a time to look to our future and our City’s future as we rebuild together.

“Reflect, RebuildLismore is for our community with all events free.”

Reflect, Rebuild Lismore is funded by the NSW Government.

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said these anniversary events are recognition of what happened, what we lost including lives, and also an opportunity to recognise the way we rallied, responded and looked after each other.

“Despite everything I see an optimism in our community, and now is the time to get stuck into reimagining Lismore,” she said.

The first event is a Service of Reflection and Healing for our whole community to come together at Mortimer Oval from 6pm with the service between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Prior to this a private event will be held to recognise members of the Tinny Army who saved countless lives on that fateful morning.

Running from Tuesday, 28 February to Sunday, 19 March, Reflect, Rebuild Lismore also features a Community Concert at the Turf Club on Sunday, 5 March for those in the Lismore LGA, an open CBD Gathering on Saturday, 4 March with CBD businesses, food vendors, local artists, roving entertainers and four live music stages around the block which will be closed to traffic.

Other events include a Wellbeing Hub at the Quad between Tuesday, 28 February and Sunday, 5 March, a welcome party for the Bowilzilla Skate event at Nimbin on Thursday, 2 March and a Flea Circus Skate event at GSAC on Friday, 3 March.

The two final events are a Community Cricket 20/20 with former Australian Test cricketers, led by Adam Gilchrest, playing with local senior and junior cricketers at Oakes Oval on Saturday, 11 March and an Opera in the Gardens at the Lismore Turf Club on Sunday, 19 March with well-known international performers and orchestra.

A free bus shuttle service will be available for some events. Those who need transport to other events can contact Hart Services service on 1300 874 278 which is kindly providing a free pick-up.

Full details can be found on Council’s Visit Lismore website at www.visitlismore.com.au and on Council’s Facebook page.

Australia’s richest 1% gained 10 times more wealth in past decade than the bottom 50%

Australia’s richest 1% gained 10 times more wealth in past decade than the bottom 50%

A new Oxfam report has found that the richest 1% of Australians accumulated 10 times more wealth than the bottom 50% of the population in the past decade, as cost-of-living pressures bite and global inequality spikes.

Published just as political and business leaders gather in the luxury Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Oxfam’s report Survival of the Richest shows how extreme wealth and extreme poverty have increased simultaneously for the first time in 25 years.

You can read the full report HERE.

Call for presentations: 2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum 

Call for presentations: 2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum 

2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum  

Call for presentations and activities  

The Better Chances Forum (BCF) planning group is calling for proposals for presentations, workshops and other activities to include in the 2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum. 

Connect, reflect and share our stories 

This exciting regional forum will be a great opportunity to share, learn and build engagement practice and connection among workers, services and communities supporting children, young people and their families across Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr Country (Northern Rivers).  

Date: 15 March 2023   

Venue: Ballina RSL Club  

Do you have a story to share?  

Click here to view our 2023 Call for Presentations and Activities Information Sheet

Click here for our BCF Forum – Presentation Application Form

You can complete your application via an online form https://forms.office.com/r/2fVUuvHDdT or by completing and emailing the Application Form to [email protected] 

Your proposal needs to be received by Wednesday 1 February 2023.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposal prior to submitting please contact Ian O’Reilly on 0438 005 798 or email [email protected]      



Strengthening Days for First Nations early childhood and family support workers 

Strengthening Days for First Nations early childhood and family support workers 

Better Chances Forum (BCF) Strengthening Days are a healing and connection space for First Nations workers. We offer a culturally led space where workers who support children and families in the Northern Rivers of NSW can connect and ‘work together to present our united voice about what we need as Aboriginal workers to support our jarjums and families.’  

Strengthening Days have been held regularly in the Northern Rivers since 2019.  

This is a Better Chances Forum (BCF) project, supported by the Northern Rivers Community Healing Hub, Social Futures, YWCA and NSW Department of Communities and Justice.  

Feedback from Strengthening Days about ‘how we can work better together across cultures’ is shared with BCF members.  

We encourage organisations to support First Nations staff to participate in this development opportunity.  

For more information and to hear about upcoming events contact Social Futures on phone 0429 377 761 or email [email protected]  

Aboriginal artwork

Artwork provided by Graham Toomey, Aboriginal artist of the Wiradjuri and WongaibonNations 

$3.9 million Lismore Urban Sports Precinct

$3.9 million Lismore Urban Sports Precinct

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

National 2023 Volunteering Conference in February

National 2023 Volunteering Conference in February

The 2023 National Volunteering Conference will be held on Ngunnawal Country, Canberra at the Australian National University from 13-14 February 2023.

Join us as we come together to launch Australia’s first National Strategy for Volunteering in ten years. Early bird registration until 16/12/22 here: https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/2023-national-volunteering-conference/register-now/

Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

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
  • Thursday
    9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday
    9am – 1pm
  • Sunday
    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.
Walking Tall program for Women needs mentors

Walking Tall program for Women needs mentors

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]

Celebrity author launching new book in Lismore and hosting free financial counselling event to assist with flood recovery

Celebrity author launching new book in Lismore and hosting free financial counselling event to assist with flood recovery.

See the attachment for more details.

Prepare for the future at Resilient Communities workshops

Prepare for the future at Resilient Communities workshops

OzGREEN’s ‘Resilient Communities’ is an empowering program bringing communities together to take action, develop disaster preparedness and create more sustainable and resilient homes and lifestyles.

As part of the program, OzGREEN will host two community landscape preparedness days – at Kyogle from 9:30am – 4:00pm on Saturday, 12 November and at Evans Head on Sunday, 13 November from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

OzGREEN’s Resilient Communities coordinator, Bruce Naylor, said each day would feature a free community lunch provided by the Twisted Tucker team.

The full-day workshops, which are funded by Healthy North Coast through the North Coast PHN program, include:

  • visioning and planning for what’s ahead, and how communities can act to be prepared
  • tours of nearby properties or information sessions from key speakers.

Bundjalung Elders Uncle Andrew Johnson and Aunty Kali Brooks will hold a cultural burn workshop at Kyogle, talking about the meaning of Country, along with cool burning techniques and practises.

There will be a ‘walk and talk’ section on culture and Country on the Evans Headland with Bandjalang Elder Simone Barker.

River health specialist Sue Lennox will explore the Evans River, paddling downstream through the Bundjalung National Park. Participants can explore and observe the ecology of the river, talk about river health and take water samples in a citizen health project to measure water quality.

At Kyogle, Gardening experts Elissa McAuliffe and Tony Brown of Brownie’s Biodynamics will explain how to create a garden bed with whatever you have at hand.

At Evans Head, you’ll learn how to make weed teas that literally turn noxious weeds into pure gold – bio-inoculants to enrich your soil.

Visit thewebsite for more information about the workshops, or register here.

Murwillumbah’s Dilly Bag weaving program

Murwillumbah’s Dilly Bag weaving program

Murwillumbah Community Centre’s Weaving Connections Through Generations yarning on Tuesday was great.

Some new community members joined the yarn, contributed  ideas and voiced their views around the proposed Community Wellbeing Day in the Park next year. There will be another yarn later in November.

There is also a Dilly Bag weaving program (five sessions) starting at the centre on Thursday, November 3.

Anyone can call  or text the number on the flyer to register their interest. All of  activities are free of charge.