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Tuesday, 16 October

00:10

North Coast Voices Update North Coast Voices


Due to illness North Coast Voices will not be posting this week.

Hoping to be back by 22 October 2018.

Apologies to our regular readers.

Monday, 15 October

14:35

Murwillumbahs house for the homeless reopens Local News Echonetdaily

Murwillumbah Community Centre volunteers (from left) Gary Setchell, Judith Lindsay, Rodney Morrin, Fiona Mengersen and Mervyn Newell help out at the refreshment table at the official re-opening of Nullum House on Wednesday, October 11.

It has taken more than a year but Nullum House in Knox Park has finally reopened after being severely damaged in the 2017 flood.

Murwillumbahs Nullum House operates as a Social Inclusion Centre, providing a range of services to the homeless, lonely and struggling members of the community.

It floods even in small events and one of the options was to demolish the building and relocate the services.

But Tweed Shire Council with the backing of its tenant the not-for-profit Murwillumbah Community Centre Inc decided to gut and refurbish the building at a cost of $100,000 to make it more flood resilient and vandal resilient.

The new fitout will allow it to be hosed out and back in operation quickly after any future inundation.

The external blockwalls have been waterproofed to about one metre above ground level; steel security screens have been fitted and the eaves have been lined with Colorbond.

On the inside, a more open-plan has been adopted with fewer internal walls, tiles have replaced linoleum and a stainless steel kitchen and benches have replaced the previous timber cabinets.

Electrical circuits have been lifted above likely inundation levels.

Over the past 12 years, the services from Nullum House have grown and 24 staff and volunteers now provide lunch twice a week, shower and laundry facilities, counselling, art and music therapy, as well as connections to other support services.

Three evenings a week the Combined Churches run a soup kitchen at Nullum House.

For more information about Nullum House and the services provided there, dr...

14:09

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12:06

Work set to start on Ballina Mens Shed Local News Echonetdaily

Ballina Community Mens Shed Team Leader Graham Eggins and Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin with members of the Ballina Community Mens Shed.

Construction will begin shortly of a new, purpose-built Mens Shed at Ballina after the NSW government announced today it would put $150,000 in funding towards the facility.

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said Mens Sheds were becoming a vital part of the community, which creates valuable opportunities for so many men in the region.

Although a Mens Shed already exists in Ballina, Mr Franklin said the new facility will mean members will have a bigger and safer space to carry out more activities.

When constructed the new facility will include a more flexible workshop, assembly spaces, storage and specialised woodwork and metalwork tools, Mr Franklin said.

But most importantly, the new facility will include a better kitchen space. We know that the conversations had over a tea or coffee are the most valuable part of the Mens Shed community.

Team Leader for the Ballina Community Mens Shed Graham Eggins said We are extremely grateful for this funding grant announced today and for Ben Franklins incredible ongoing support for the Shed.

It has been the turning point in the long and winding road towards securing the facility the community so desperately needs. Construction of a fully operative stage one can now commence, Mr Eggins said.

The projects completed by the Mens Shed are extraordinary, Mr Franklin said.

But it is the social aspect the mateship and comradery which makes this Mens Shed so special. It is a space where men can go and not have to worry about issues they are facing in their daily lives.

Mens Sheds like the one in Ballina are one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to be productive and valued members of our community, he said.

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11:26

Hospital site opponents get chance to meet minister Local News Echonetdaily

Proposed site of new Tweed Hospital opposite Kingscliff Tafe on Cudgen Road. Photo Google Maps

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) says Health Minister Brad Hazzard is prepared to meet with opponents of the site the government has selected for the new $534 million Tweed Hospital.

Despite previously saying the time for talk was over, Mr Hazard will meet with the Relocate group if a suitable time can be arranged in the next two weeks, while parliament is still sitting, Mr Provest told Echonetdaily.

He said he believed it was important for the group to be able to meet with the minister in order to fully understand the governments position on the new hospital site.

Misleading statements

I know there are a number of people unhappy with the chosen site, especially with the amount of misleading statements that have been put out in relation to it, which is why I think it is important for a representative from the group to meet with the minister, Mr Provest said.

We need to get on with the job of building this life saving hospital, which is why it is important to move forward as a community so that we can celebrate the new facility together.

Mr Provest said the offer was particularly aimed at the Relocate group who were in Sydney meeting with the opposition last week.

Although theres probably been well over 18 months of continuous consultation, including a community reference group, if they would like to put forward their thoughts if they feel strongly about it  I will try arrange it.

Tweed option too expensive

He said the offer did not extend to Tweed Mayor Katie Milne (Greens), who has advocated redeveloping the hospital at the existing site in Tweed Heads.

That would cost about 40 per cent more. You would have to reclaim about 50 homes plus the bowls club.

We need a site that can grow over the next 50 years, not one that his going to be constrained.

The redevelopment of the Lismore Base Hospital on the existing site has been a nightmare, he said.

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09:25

Gale force winds expected as wet weather continues Local News Echonetdaily

Forecasters are warning that NSW will experience hazardous surf and high winds today. Photo Bennett/WSL

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts heavy surf and continued wet weather as a deepening coastal trough extending from south-east Queensland over the North Coast combines with a strong high pressure system over the Tasman Sea.

These systems are bringing strong to gale force winds to the Northern Rivers.

Very heavy surf, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is possible along the far north coast on Monday (October 15).

Conditions are expected to ease late Monday/early Tuesday as the trough moves slowly eastwards.

Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina and Brunswick Heads.

Wet weather is expected to continue around the region, with rain falling in diminishing amounts over coming days.

Byron Bay is predicted to receive 20-40mm of rain today and a further 10-20mm tomorrow, Lismore and Ballina are expected to get 10-20mm today and 5-10mm tomorrow, while Tweed Heads can expect 20-40mm with 1-5mm tomorrow.

* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. 

 

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07:21

Two Tweed police assaulted in three days Local News Echonetdaily

Tweed police report that two members of their force have been assaulted in a three-day period since Thursday last week (October 11).

A man arrested on Saturday at Tweed Heads allegedly broke a police officers nose. In a separate incident on Thursday, a man threatened Tweed Hospital emergency staff and patients with a skateboard before kicking his arresting officer.

False name

At about 12.20pm on Saturday (October 13), police had cause to question a 25-year-old male from Bilambil they spotted sitting in a parked car in Church Lane, Murwillumbah, who provided a false name.

Further inquiries indicated the male had an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police removed him from the vehicle and as they were about to handcuff him he attempted to run.

When police grabbed hold of him, they say he resisted and wrestled with them violently before being eventually subdued and handcuffed.

During the incident the male hit a Senior Constable to the face causing a suspect broken nose.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where a search revealed a NSW drivers licence that did not belong to him.

He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police, resist police and goods in custody suspected of being stolen or unlawfully obtained.

He was refused bail to appear at the Tweed Heads Local Court on Sunday, October 14.

Aggressive man in Tweed ED

On Thursday (October) 11 a 43-year-old male from Bondi Beach entered the emergency department of the Tweed Heads Hospital around 3.40am demanding medical attention.

He allegedly became extremely aggressive towards staff, using offensive language in the presence of staff and other patients in the waiting area and demanding to be supplied with drugs.

He was carrying a skateboard and was pointing it towards hospital security and members of the public.

Police attended allegedly remained extremely aggressive and continued to use offensive language while being placed under arrest

At Tweed Heads Police Station the male allegedly kicked a Senior Constable to the leg.

He was charged with offensive conduct and assault police.

He has been refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on December 3.

 

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