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Tuesday, 17 July

12:47

Work commences on Ballina Airport expansion Local News Echonetdaily

L to R: Ballina mayor David Wright and Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin launching the start of construction at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal on Tuesday (July 17). Photo supplied

Ballina mayor David Wright and North Coast Nationals MP Ben Franklin were at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this morning to kick off new works that will extend the departure area, with a new caf, bar and retail outlet as well as energy efficient design features.

The project, announced in last months state budget as part of the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, is expected to cost around $6 million.

The NSW Government will spend $4.5 million while the council is putting up a co-contribution of $1.5 million

Size will triple

In 12 months it will be fantastic, Cr Wright told Echonetdaily.

Were tripling size of departure lounge extending out the front moving the undercover drop-off area and, in a separate project that council will fund, looking at covered car parking with solar panels.

Every year were spending a combination of federal, state and council money on what is now the third biggest airport in the state, he said.

Cr Wright added the upgrades were possible because major airlines are committed to being part of it for the long term.

Half a million passengers

Mr Franklin said the airport currently caters for up to 520,000 passengers each year, and this number is continuing to grow.

The airport is the key arrival and departure point for many tourists to our area, as well as an important air travel access point for our community.

We want to ensure passengers can pass through this airport with easy and comfort and can have a memorable start and end to their holiday.

These extra facilities are going to make our airport even better, and I look forward to contraction being complete in 2019, Mr Franklin said.

$6 million fed project

The terminal enhancements will complement the $6 million Airport Boulevard project, which attracted $3 million in federal funding last...

12:26

FSG collapse leaves disabled clients without carers Local News Echonetdaily

The collapse of the disability service provider FSG has led to clients being left without carers over the weekend and Monday. While the administrators, FTI Consulting, and CPL have been working out how to transition both staff and clients to CPL, frontline staff have been left confused about whether to show up for shifts and if they were going to be paid.

According to one staff member, who didnt want to be named, staff received a text on Thursday morning that informed them that if they werent going to accept the offer from CPL they shouldnt turn up to any future rostered shifts. In some cases this meant that staff had less than 48 hours to accept an employment offer.

A CPL spokesperson stated, Our understanding is that some staff did not show up but that didnt mean they were left without care.

Echonetdaily understands that there were clients left without care and in some instances staff who were not accepting CPLs offer nonetheless showed up, even thought they didnt know if they were going to be paid, to ensure clients werent left without care.

CPL and the administrators FTI Consulting have now confirmed with Echonetdaily that FSG will continue to pay staff until midnight on Tuesday 17 July with CPL taking over the payroll on Wednesday July18.

They have until midnight tonight (Tuesday July 17) to progress their employment with CPL, said a CPL spokesperson.

There has been quite a high number of people who have taken up employment with us. There will be further correspondence around pay and how they get paid.

Payments

A spokesperson for the administrators told Echonetdaily, Staff who have not had or have declined the offer from CPL will be paid out what they are owed in relation to wages.

However, all other entitlements such as long-service leave (that can also be claimed by casual employees) needs to be lodged with the administrators.

Outstanding entitlements will be paid in due course, continued the spokesperson for the administrators.

Staff will be required to lodge a claim. If the company (FSG) goes into liquidation then staff will be paid via the federal governments Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

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11:33

Local councils escape fast-track townhouse code for now Local News Echonetdaily

Medium-density housing developments on the North Coast, such as this one, will be fast tracked in 20 days once a new code comes into effect. Image NSW Dept of Planning & Environment

Three North Coast shires have avoided being required to implement a new state-based housing code that would require them to fast-track two-storey apartment and townhouse proposals in urban residential areas within 20 days.

Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires have been given a 12-month period of grace until July 1 next year.

For all other local government areas, including Lismore, the Low Rise Medium Density Housing (MDH) Code commenced on July 6 this year.

Under the new code, low rise medium density housing becomes a complying development where if it is already permitted under a councils local environmental plan (LEP).

The delay in implementation will give councils time to re-examine their LEPs and make changes if necessary.

For example, dual occupancy, manor house and multi-dwelling developments are currently permissible in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone in the Tweed Shire.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said this would have been a significant departure from the current levels of consultation and assessment for these more intense developments.

No chance for comment

I think anyone would be shocked to find a multi-dwelling apartment going up next to them without having a chance to comment or raise concerns about impacts on their amenity, Cr Milne said.

The deferral provides councils with 12 months to consider the application of the code in their residential areas and, if necessary, to pursue amendments to their LEPs to regulate or prohibit medium density housing in locations where they do not want to the Code to operate, she added.

The deferral of the MDH Code and the resulting effect that all medium density development in Tweed, Ballina and Byron shires still requires development consent from Council until such time as the MDH Code becomes operational in those local government areas.

For further information go to https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Housing/Medium-Density-Housing

 

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10:38

Have you seen Patricia? Local News Echonetdaily

Patricia Jung, missing from Fernleigh since Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo supplied

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman reported missing from Fernleigh, near Newrybar since Monday (July 16).

Patricia Jung, 65, was reported missing after she was last seen getting out of a car on Fernleigh Road, near Troughtons Lane, at about 11am.

Despite a search of the area, she has not been located.

Mrs Jung has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of a slim build, with blonde/grey hair tied in a ponytail, and with blue-green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved bright red shirt, track pants, zip-up short boots, and a green shoulder-length bag.

Anyone who sees Mrs Jung or has any information on her whereabouts are urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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10:29

Arts student helps to highlight science festival Local News Echonetdaily

Charly Crossing, winner of the 2018 Arts Vs Science Festival poster design competition. Photo supplied

Out of eighty colourful posters created by Southern Cross University design students, one eye-catching design has been chosen as the official poster for Augusts upcoming Arts Vs Science Festival.

The festival brings together artists and scientists, and everyone in between, from some of the Northern Rivers leading education, research and action institutions for Lismores big National Science Week event in August.

Winning entrant Charly Crossing, who is in her first year of digital media and communications at Southern Cross, responded to the news enthusiastically.

Now I have had my poster chosen I will definitely have to attend the festival! Charly quipped.

Southern Cross University visual communication lecturer Dr Louise Kolff said students responded in so many different ways, producing wonderful posters for the Festival, while learning a lot about design principles along the way.

Three exhibitions across Lismore will feature these posters leading up to the Arts Vs Science Festivalon Saturday August 18 at The Quad.

Posters will be exhibited at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus Library from August 20, and in the Lismore Regional Library from July 30. Then shortlisted posters will be featured in an exhibition on the day of the Festival in the Lismore Regional Gallerys event space.

Cultivating the collaborations that form the core of The Quad and the Northern Rivers Science Hub, the...

09:59

Why were highway subcontractors left without pay for almost a year? Local News Echonetdaily

Some subcontractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade have remained unpaid for almost a year following the collapse of contractor Oswald Bros. Photo RMS website

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, has welcomed reports that Pacific Highway subcontractors affected by the collapse Oswald Bros last year would finally be getting financial assistance from the NSW Government for work they did on the upgrade.

But he has lashed out at the amount of time it has taken the government to organise the payout.

These 23 local subcontractors were left over $7.2 million dollars out of pocket when Oswald Bros collapsed into administration. Some have already lost their homes, jobs and businesses, Mr Pugh said.

They were left unprotected after the NSW Government and the Nationals failed to fully implement the recommendations of the Collins inquiry.

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier, John Barrilaro, met with the group yesterday, promising financial assistance.

Mr Barrilaro admitted to local media there had been delays but blamed them on legal complexitites.

The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency, chaired by Bruce Collins QC, was released in January 2013.

But Mr Pugh says the government has yet to commit to fully implementing recommendations that would have protected small businesses.

This announcement has been a long time coming and it should never have come to this. I am glad that these small businesses will be getting some financial assistance and I will be following up to make sure they are happy with the outcome. Mr Pugh said.

This stuff up by the Government has already cost many of these businesses too much, with some forced to sell machinery on the cheap, some forced to sell their homes and others put under extreme financial hardship. It has now cost the NSW taxpayer too.

Labor has stood by these subbies until they got paid, taking their plight up in the media, running a community petition and meeting with them in parliament. This is what effective oppositions do, they stand up for those that are dealing with an uncaring and incompetent government.

It is now time for the Nationals to make sure this never happens again. It is time to change the law to protect subbies like these, Mr Pugh said.

Speaking on ABC radio...

09:06

Make the switch and ditch the plastic Local News Echonetdaily

Are you ready to become a Plastic Free Champion?

It is time to Make the Switch. Byron Shire his leading the charge and is encouraging businesses to become plastic free with Plastic Free Byron leading the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the Shire.

Currently, Plastic Free Byron are working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream, said campaign co-ordinator Coral Latella.

Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags are all being targeted for removal.

All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, our job is to work with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them.

In collaboration with Plastic Free Byrons 31 Actions in 31 Days initiative for Plastic Free July, Make the Switch encourages individuals and businesses within the Byron community to take action against single use plastics and sign up to the program today.

Bayleaf caf in Byron has already become a Plastic Free Champion. Photo supplied.

Plastic Free Champion

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08:53

Miracle: dog saves joey instead of attacking it Local News Echonetdaily

Atlas (right) with Isla, in the care of WIRES after being found in his dead mothers pouch by a dog. Photo Tricia Griffin

WIRES all too frequently receives calls about wallabies that have been attacked by dogs. Sadly, the outcome is almost always tragic. So in March this year when the WIRES Hotline was phoned about a joey that had been brought in by a dog, WIRES expected the worst.

Dubbed Atlas after the dog that found him, the little swamp wallaby was delivered by the caller to a Byron Bay vet, who called WIRES. He was flat and non-responsive, and neither the vet nor the WIRES carer expected Atlas to last the night.

But this little joey was a fighter and, after a week of intensive care, he started to turn the corner.

Once he was on the way to good health, his WIRES carer contacted the member of the public whose dog had brought the joey in to update them on progress and to find out what really happened. Only then did the miracle of the story become clear.

As it transpired, a dead wallaby had been seen some four or five days beforehand on the periphery of the callers property. Their dog, a Belgian Shepherd named Atlas, had been seen sniffing at the body days before, but it was assumed the wallaby was long dead and no one went to check.

Far from attacking the joey, Atlas the dog was curious about the small joey that was no doubt struggling and calling inside its mums pouch. In a remarkable show of compassion, Atlas finally took the joey out of his dead mothers pouch and carried it to his humans, laying him at their feet. In fact, Atlas the dog saved this little joeys life, as without him the joey would perished unfound in the pouch.

Atlas the joey is going from strength to strength and in a couple of months will be released back into the wild. He is pictured here (on the right) with Isla (on the left) who came into care about the same time.

Please always check the pouch of any dead wallaby or kangaroo you see on the side of the road, even if you are unsure if it has been dead for a while. You might just be saving a little life. Once you have checked the pouch, drag the body away out of sight so others dont need to re-check.

Of course, not all dogs are as wildlife friendly as Atlas. Please always keep dogs contained and never let them chase wi...

03:41

Time for a new US Air Force One North Coast Voices



Air Force One is a fleet of at least two highly customised Boeing 747-200 commercial jets which the US Air Force is currently replacing with 747-8s.


One of the websites illustrators lent a hand with visualizing a more American look.



These new aircraft are actually undelivered planes ordered by bankrupt Rusian airline, Transaero.

00:16

Liberals continue to behave badly - Part Four North Coast Voices


A Liberal local government councillor and a Berejiklian Government Liberal MP discovered conducting what appears to be some decidedly unparliamentary business by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption during Operation Dasha.

ABC News, 13 July 2018:

New South Wales Government MP Daryl Maguire has resigned from his role as a parliamentary secretary and will now sit on the crossbench after admitting before a corruption inquiry that he sought payment over a property deal.

Mr Maguire stepped aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party after the revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The corruption watchdog is investigating claims of improper conduct by former Canterbury City councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi and today heard a tapped phone call between Mr Hawatt and Mr Maguire.
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Monday, 16 July

12:23

Plastic-free July sees clean-up of Byron beaches Local News Echonetdaily

Local volunteers helped clean 15 litres of plastic rubbish from Apex Park on July 9. Photo supplied

The month is barely half-way done and already there have been two major clean-ups of plastic residue on Byrons beaches.

The first event on July 9, hosted by North East Waste and local community group Positive Change for Marine Life featured a Pick it up and Bin it clean-up in busy Apex Park.

In less than an hour the volunteers collected around 15 litres of mostly small plastic based items including more than 160 cigarette butts!

People often dont realise cigarette butts are made of plastic.

North East Waste litter project coordinator Karen Rudkin said it was a very busy time at the popular foreshore park and the clean-up really gave maximum exposure to the litter issue. We engaged locals and visitors alike in taking responsibility for litter, whether their own or littered by others, to help reduce the negative impact it has on our precious coastal environment.

Its Plastic Free July so the perfect time to make the switch from those single use plastic items and help put a stop to the damage that land based litter is causing to our ocean both here at home and across the world Karen said.

On Saturday (July 14) Positive Change for Marine turned their attention to Torakina Park Brunswick Heads.

They were joined by local group Mullum Cares, who are running their own Plastic Free July campaign Bunting Love to encourage paper and fabric buntings as an alternative to balloons.

 

 

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