Kyogle Council has joined forces with Tweed and Lismore councils and the Tweed and Border Ranges-Richmond Valley Landcare groups to launch ‘The Northern Rivers is on Feral Deer Alert’ program.
This community awareness campaign aims to prevent feral deer numbers growing out of control in the region, before it’s too late.
The campaign asks the whole Northern Rivers community to stay on Feral Deer Alert, while they are driving, bush walking or managing their property, and to report feral deer sightings.
Tweed Shire Council’s Feral Deer Management Officer, Rachel Hughes, said feral deer were becoming one of Australia’s worst pest animals, with their populations booming in many parts of Australia.
“There are six species of introduced feral deer in Australia, and they are all causing significant and widespread problems,” Ms Hughes said.
“When you first see a deer in the landscape, it can be a novelty at first, but feral deer breed quickly and become very difficult to manage as their populations grow.
“In regions not far from the Northern Rivers, feral deer are causing collisions on roads, reducing the ability of farmers to earn a living and causing native ecosystems to collapse.
“We have an opportunity to prevent this happening in the Northern Rivers, but we need to act now.”
A series of community workshops will be held this month to teach people how to identify and record feral deer and how to control them on their property.
The workshops will be held at:
- Tyalgum Community Hall – Friday 16 July at 9 am
- Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre – Sunday 18 July at 9 am
- The Risk Hall, The Risk – Saturday 24 July – 9 am
- Scarrabelotti Shed, Fernside – Sunday 25 July – 9 am
To register online for a workshop go to Feral Deer Community Workshops on Eventbrite.com.au
“The Northern Rivers is one of the last areas in New South Wales where feral deer populations haven’t become established, but they are starting to be seen more frequently,” Ms Hughes said.
“We’re asking our communities to help us prevent feral deer getting out of control by understanding the impacts of feral deer, learning how to identify feral deer species, and reporting all sightings of feral deer as soon as possible using Feral Scan.”
The Feral Deer Alert campaign has been funded by the Australian Government’s Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought program
The Richmond River estuary and catchment is highly valued by the community and previously supported a productive network of natural ecosystems, rich biodiversity, and a range of human land uses and activities. Over time these interactions have had a negative impact on the health of our creeks, our rivers, and the estuary.
To address the impacts of human land uses and activities on the Richmond River estuary, a 10-year Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Richmond River Estuary (CZMP) was developed in 2012 by Ballina Shire, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and Rous County councils.
Through 12 strategies the goal of the CZMP was to restore and maintain the ecological sustainability of the Richmond River estuary as well as the associated recreational and commercial activities.
In early 2021 a new whole-of-catchment Richmond River Coastal Management Program (CMP) commenced. The aim of this program is to update the CZMP for the Richmond River Estuary in line with new legislation and to establish a whole-of-catchment management approach that will capture all issues and activities in the entire Richmond River catchment. Rous County Council, Ballina Shire Council, Lismore City Council and Richmond Valley Council are partnering with the NSW Government to deliver the CMP. The whole-of-catchment approach means this CMP will also include the participation of Kyogle Council, Byron Shire Council and Clarence Valley Council. The CMP will provide long-term strategy and management actions for the Richmond River.
The Stage 1 Scoping Study (the first of the five-stage approach) is underway and community input is a critical part of this stage.
The Richmond River estuary and catchment is important to many people for many different reasons. The area is also culturally significant as it is the traditional home of the Bundjalung Nation.
There will be a long-term engagement process for the Richmond River Coastal Management Program. If you would like to share your local knowledge, concerns, ideas and photos please visit the Richmond River Coastal Management program webpage hydrosphere.com.au/richmondrivercmp and complete the feedback form.
North East Waste in collaboration with Council and the NSW Government’s Love Food Hate Waste Program, is seeking
expressions of interest from primary schools to join the Love Your Lunch Program in Term 4, 2021.
The program is based at your school for students aged K-6 operates under a NSW Government Covid-19 Safety Plan and any guidelines set by the school.
The Love your Lunch Program tackles the challenges of reducing lunchbox food and packaging waste, healthy eating, reducing school
waste and also food waste reduction amongst families.
The aim is to provide students with the inspiration and skills needed to make or pack their own lunches, which has been shown through
recent Australian pilot studies to reduce the amount of food left uneaten at school.
For further information about the program, what is involved, and how to lodge an expression of interest, click here.
Australia’s largest food relief organisation, Foodbank, has partnered with Y Waste, the discounted meals app, to develop a whole new way for businesses to make use of their end-of-day surplus food, while also helping to fight hunger in the local community.
Up to 40% of food purchased by restaurants, cafes and other foodservice businesses ends up in the bin. Through the partnership between Y Waste and Foodbank, businesses can now give worth to their waste and provide meals for people who might otherwise go without.
Using the Y Waste app, businesses can easily offer their unsold food to be collected by people in need. Through Foodbank, local charities connect and identify vulnerable people who live in the area and need assistance. They can then log on and find local offers nearby and claim them with dignity just like any takeaway meal.
Ian Price, the founder of Y Waste says has always been great interest from businesses registered with the Y Waste app to be able to donate their surplus food rather than sell it.
“Ninety percent of the food outlets we’ve spoken to want to donate meals in their communities and the indication is that over half of all the meals being offered through Y Waste will end up with people who can’t afford to buy them.”
After a successful trial of the concept, Foodbank and Y Waste are now turning their attention to the Northern Rivers Region as the place to launch the initiative thanks to a project funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.
Collaboration and assistance has also been provided by North East Waste and their seven member Councils, including Kyogle.
Foodbank and Y Waste are now seeking support from local restaurants, cafes and takeaways. The registration process takes only a few minutes, and the app takes care of notifications, receipts and is free to use with no contract or minimum term.
When registered, businesses have the opportunity to save on waste disposal, help the environment and help genuine people facing hardship. More information can be found at the website.
Hydrosphere Consulting has recently started work on the Coastal Management Plan (CMP) Scoping Study for the Richmond River. The CMP will consolidate the previous estuary and coastal management planning for the Richmond River including the certified Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Richmond River Estuary prepared in 2011.
Preparation of the CMP will enable the councils to be eligible for financial assistance from the NSW Government through its Coastal and Estuary Grants Program. The study area for the CMP Scoping Study is defined by the catchment boundary of the Richmond River to the marine extent of the Richmond River and Evans River estuaries but excluding areas that are subject to other coastal management planning documents.
The Richmond River CMP will provide a whole-of-catchment perspective for the coastal management planning process which recognises the influence of the catchment issues and activities on the health of the coastal zone. Rous County Council, Ballina Shire Council, Lismore City Council and Richmond Valley Council are partnering with the NSW Government to deliver the CMP. Due to the whole-of-catchment approach to the project, participating councils also include Kyogle Council, Byron Shire Council and Clarence Valley Council.
The Scoping Study will involve the review of existing information and relevant management plans to identify key issues/threats to the study area and highlight knowledge gaps impacting effective management of issues. The Scoping Study is Stage 1 of a five-part process for the completion of a CMP. These are:
- Stage 1 – Identify the scope of the CMP (Scoping Study)
- Stage 2 – Determine risk, vulnerabilities and opportunities (detailed studies)
- Stage 3 – Identify and evaluate options
- Stage 4 – Prepare, exhibit, finalise, certify and adopt the CMP
- Stage 5 – Implement, monitor, evaluate and report
The Scoping Study is expected to be completed by February 2022, however Stages 2 – 4 may take several years to complete. Implementation of the CMP (Stage 5) will be ongoing.
For further information about the CMP, follow this link to the Richmond River CMP community website.
People who would like to work at the September local government elections can now submit an application through the NSW Electoral Commission ‘expression of interest’ website by following the following link LGE21 expression of interest website
Applicants can work on the day (Saturday, 4 September) in a polling place, or for longer periods in a returning office or in one of the pre-poll voting centres.
Council has extended the closing date for community comment on the draft main street and civic precinct landscaping plan and is now seeking feedback on four different options through an on-line survey.
The draft main street and civic precinct landscaping plan provides a vision for the future revitlisation of the Kyogle town centre that improves road safety, better manages traffic flow, provides more greener spaces and makes existing public spaces more usable.
The starting point for this process was a desire from the community to see investment in the town centre that would support business growth and stimulate community events and activities.
Since releasing the draft, it’s become clear that there is a level of concern about the impact of any redevelopment on parking in the central business district.
Council has now developed four options for the revitalisation of the town centre to gauge the community’s appetite for a safer, more inviting CBD and civic precinct with slightly fewer parking spaces on The Summerland Way.
The four options now being considered are:
- Option 1 – Draft plans on public display – 40kph zone through town centre, replace centre parking between Stratheden Street and Kyogle Road with angle parking and reversing lane, retain town clock in current location, maximise green space, final design would see reduction in car parking of around 75 spaces or a 27% reduction
- Option 2 – Draft plans with town clock relocated – 40kph zone through town centre, replace centre parking between Stratheden Street and Kyogle Road with angle parking and reversing lane, town clock moved to Stratheden Street plaza area, final design would see reduction in car parking of around 42 spaces (15% reduction)
- Option 3 – retain centre parking and improve landscaping – 40kph zone through town centre, retain current parking arrangements, retain town clock in current location, maximise green space, final design would see a reduction in car parking of around 36 spaces (13% reduction)
- Option 4 – no changes other than 40kph zone – 40kph zone through town centre, retain current parking arrangements, retain town clock in current location, no additional landscaping or seating or gardens, no loss of parking spaces on Summerland Way
For further information about the overriding draft plan, please go to the On Public Exhibition page on Council’s website at www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au.
To complete the survey, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LB5BKY7
Meanwhile, written submission on the draft plan will now be accepted up until 4pm on Friday, 18 June and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW, 2474.
- Comprehensive landscaping proposals for the town centre, including works to create a new civic ‘plaza’ focused on Stratheden Street.
- Revised parking, access and traffic management arrangements – including the introduction of a 40kph zone throughout the town centre.
- Opportunities for new landscaped outdoor dining/rest spaces, street furniture and other features.
- Proposals to introduce new lighting and public art into the town centre – including a ‘Laneway Strategy’ to better activate Roxy Lane and Crockford Lane.
To view the plans/report please, follow this link.
In addition to the wider precinct concept plan, there are more detailed drawings that provide an overview of the proposed street layout, revised parking, access and traffic management arrangements including the introduction of a 40kph zone throughout the town centre and 45 degree nose-in parking with sufficient space to reverse out without impeding traffic flow (not like in Casino).
To view the more detailed drawings, follow this link.
Submissions will close on Friday 11 June at 4pm. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW, 2474.
Free workshops for people interested in running for council at the September local government elections will be held at Kyogle in June.
The workshops will be conducted by a facilitator from Local Government NSW and are aimed at giving potential candidates a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of council.
The same content will be presented at both workshops, with one scheduled to be held from 5-8pm on Tuesday 22 June and the other from 9am-noon on Wednesday 23 June at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the key requirements for becoming a candidate at the NSW local government election on 4 September;
- Understand the role of a councillor, and how it fits in with other roles and levels of government;
- Understand the role as an elected member of the governing body;
- Understand the expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;
- Understand the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, and how councillors work within this;
- Identify key elements of council meetings, including code of meeting practice, code of conduct and conflict of interest.
If you are interested in attending, just come along to the workshop of your choice on the day.
This page has been established to provide the Kyogle Council community with relevant information about the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic as it becomes available and to update residents and ratepayers on Council’s services.
The safety of our communities and employees is Kyogle Council’s number one priority and to that end we are taking advice from the NSW and Federal Governments in relation to Covid-19.
Council aims to maintain service levels to our communities, however that may change at short notice.
Council’s administration centre remains open, however social distancing guidelines apply (see below) and customers are asked to use the hand sanitizer, which is available at the front counter, on arrival.
Community members are reminded that most business with Council can now be conducted on-line or over the phone (6632 1611).
- You can pay your rates, water rates and debtor accounts as well as lodge a customer request on line.
- You can download all of Council’s forms and applications, including development applications, lodge them by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and pay any associated fees over the phone with a credit card (please note an 0.6 per cent surcharge applies to credit cards).
- Report a lost animal, lodge a submission, and provide feedback on line.
- All of the documents that Council places on public exhibition are available to view on Council’s website.
- Read Council’s meeting agendas and minutes on Council’s website and listen to the podcast of Council meetings
People who do not have access to a computer, can always phone Council (6632 1611) and talk to our customer service staff about what they can do to help you.
Council services are operating as normal. However, this may change at short notice and there have been some disruptions to a number of non-essential services.
What’s operating and what’s not
- Kyogle library, including the mobile library, is open and operating in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions.
- Kyogle Visitor Information Centre is open and operating in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions.
- Kyogle Museum is open and operating in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions.
- Roxy Gallery is open and operating in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions.
- The Kyogle Memorial Institute (KMI) Hall is available for bookings.
- Council’s three public swimming pools are open but will close on 19 April 2021 for the off-season.
- Kyogle Community Centre (formerly known as the Kyogle Seniors Centre) is available for bookings.
- Kyogle Youth Centre also known as the Laneway Community Space is open and operating in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions.
- Return and earn collection point at the Kyogle landfill is open.
- All Council caravan parks and camping grounds are open.
- Kyogle Tip Shop will is open and operating in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions.
- All Council playgrounds, including the Kyogle skatepark, are open.
- All waste facilities are open.
- Construction and maintenance crews are on the job.
All public toilets are open.
What you need to know about Covid-19
NSW Health says the best way to protect yourself and your family is the same as you would against any respiratory infection. Practice good hygiene by:
- making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
- cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
- avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
You should also make sure you stay home if you are sick and practice social distancing.
Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another.
While practising social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare – social distancing includes:
- avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
- avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
- attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible, for example when they are out and about in public place.
- avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people.
- avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.
For more information about social distancing, refer to NSW Government – Social distancing
For the most up-to-date information on Covid-19 click on the following links:
Kyogle Council’s $209.7 million four-year draft budget is a once in a lifetime investment in the future, Kyogle Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said.
The record budget, which Council adopted on Monday night (12 April 2021) for public consultation, includes a $50.8 million project to replace 84 aging timber bridges.
“Kyogle has set a new benchmark for renewing essential infrastructure,” Cr Mulholland said.
“No other Council in the State will undertake a bridge replacement program of this size.
“The replacement of 84 bridges ensures vital infrastructure for the next 100 years and beyond. With this investment we secure the future for generations to come.
“But it’s not all about bridges, this budget provides further investment in our villages, roads, preschools, parks, gardens, pools, library services and community.
“I’m happy to announce that 2021/22 budget allocation of $62.7 million includes;
- $3.7 million for urban streets, including footpaths and kerb and guttering
- $3.5 million for buildings and community facilities, including parks and gardens, pools and cemeteries
- $3.4 million for rural local roads
- $530,000 for library services
- $100,000 in financial assistance to groups including,
- three Australia Day Committees,
- learn to swim/life education,
- three Show Societies and
- Reconciliation Day and NAIDOC week.
- $119,000 for the Roxy Gallery
- $69,500 for pre-schools.
Cr Mulholland thanked the State and Federal governments for the record grant funding provided, but vowed to continue lobbying for further funding so Council could deliver beyond expectations.
To view the draft budget follow this link. Hard copies are also available to view at Council’s administration centre, Wadeville store, Woodenbong Post Office, Tabulam Post Office, Cawongla store, Mallanganee Post Office, Old Bonalbo Post Office, Kyogle Library, Wiangaree Post Office, Bonalbo Post Office, and the mobile library.
Submissions on teh draft budget and fees and charges should be made in writing by 4pm on 12 May 2021 to the General Manager, 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle or to email@example.com.
Commencing Monday, 12 April 2021, Council will be carrying out replacement of six culverts as part of a $2.75 million upgrade to Afterlee Road under the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program and due to difficult terrain around the sites, it will be necessary to close the road periodically while the works are undertaken.
The culverts are located along a 1.5km section of Afterlee Road, west of the Slaters Road intersection. In order to minimise inconvenience to motorists, Council will carry out the work on a rolling program, replacing the culverts one at a time with the road closed for three working days each week.
Works have been brought forward to take advantage of one week of school holidays to minimise disruption to school bus services.
The attached calendar (link here) shows the days on which Afterlee Road will be closed. These dates were chosen to provide a variety of week days to allow as many options as possible for delivery of services to residents and property owners.
During closures, detours can be made via;
- Brown Knob Road – Cob O Corn Road (20t load limit) – Ettrick Road
- Eden Creek Road -Wyndham Road (7t load limit) – Applegum Road – Wiangaree Back Road
- Dam Access Road – Brays Road – Ghinni Ghi Road – Ironpot Creek Road – Ettrick Road
Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these road works and thanks motorists for their patience.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Council on 02 6632 0221 or 02 6632 1611.
- installation of new drainage culverts;
- road widening;
- improvements to the road alignment;
- pavement rehabilitation and stabilisation; and
- the extension of the existing guard rail system.
A free dinner and show featuring multi-award-winning comedian, actor, screenwriter and storyteller Damian Callinan will be held at Bonalbo and Mallanganee in April as part of the Drought Recovery Outreach Program.
The Bonalbo Community Hall will host the What A Relief dinner and show on Wednesday 14 April before it moves on to the Mallangangee Memorial Hall on Thursday 15 April.
People from both districts are invited to come along and enjoy dinner and experience Damian’s unique form of stand-up comedy.
Damian is best known to television and film audiences for his roles on Skithouse, Before the Game and Backyard Ashes. He has made regular appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Project and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.
It’s his love for working in rural Australia and his unique ability to capture the eccentricities of individual communities, that brings Damian on this Comic Relief Drought Tour.
For catering purposes, those wanting to attend are asked to RSVP:
- Bonalbo dinner and show – Karen Webb on 0448 321 550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mallanganee dinner and show – Judithe Lovick-Andrews on 0408 643 737 or email email@example.com
Join North East Waste and Kyogle Council for a fun-filled morning as part of International Compost Awareness Week.
Learn how to make your own compost at home at this special event to be held on Monday 3 May at Kyogle Community Garden (at Kyogle Family Support Services INC) starting at 10m.
Participants will learn composting basics as well as how to make their own compost container. The North East Waste team will also run a mini DIY beeswax wrapper demo – perfect to ensure everyone’s home-grown veggies can stay fresher for longer!
To register for this event, follow this link to the Eventbrite website.
With COVID-19 restrictions easing, the mobile blood bank is coming back to Kyogle.
It will operate from the Kyogle Public School Hall (192 – 196 Summerland Way) from 10am-2pm on Tuesday 27 April.
If you would like to make a genuine difference in your community, register for an appointment at Kyogle by clicking here or ring 13 14 95.
Every donation helps to save lives.
Council’s $7.8 million project to seal the finial 14.8km gravel section of the Clarence Way was officially opened today (Thursday 11 March).
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin, and NSW Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin joined Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland in opening the newly sealed road.
The project, which took 18 months to complete, received $4.16 million in funding through the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program and $3.55 million from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grant program.
As well as sealing the final gravel section of the Clarence Way south of the Bruxner Highway, the project also involved:
- Road widening and improvements to road alignment
- Upgrades to junctions of all intersecting roads along the route – Bruxner Highway, Captains Road, Old Lawrence Road, Colbrans Road, Pagans Flat Road, Wallaby Road
- Drainage improvements including installation of 3km of rock-lined drains
- Installation of reflective guideposts, road regulatory signage, and advisory signage
The Clarence Way is an important transport route for local agricultural industries and the upgrade is expected to boost economic growth and business diversification as well as provide for increased tourism, and community and employment connectivity.
The delayed NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, 4 September 2021.
The elections were originally to be held last year, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voting in local government elections are compulsory.
A new four-wheel drive tractor and mulcher were delivered to Woodenbong on Thursday (27 August) much to the delight of the community volunteers who maintain the town’s showground, common area and public spaces.
Funded under the Federal and State Government’s Bushfire Grants Kyogle Council received after last year’s horrific bushfires, the tractor replaces an old ride-on mower which was previously used to keep Woodenbong looking spic and span.
Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland described the new tractor as a blessing for the Woodenbong community.
“I am delighted that the Woodenbong community got this tractor,” she said.
“It is well deserved and a smart decision by Council to support local community organisations who do so much for their community.
“The tractor will make life much easier for the volunteers who will be able to finish jobs in half the time.
“I’d also like to thank Kevin Hogan, our Federal MP, who made representations to have Kyogle Council included in the Bushfire Recovery Program which enabled us to fund projects like this one.”
Cr Lindsay Passfield said the new tractor would strengthen Woodenbong’s already robust volunteer base and enhance efficiency.
Christine Reid, of the Woodenbong Showground Trust, said the tractor would be put to good use.
“The Woodenbong common and the showgrounds have never looked so good and we’re prepared and ready to get going on all of our events as soon as the Covid restrictions are eased,” she said.
Lynne Parker, who is also a member of the Showground Trust, was over the moon that after years of chasing funding for a tractor, it had finally become a reality.
“We’re ecstatic that we got this tractor which will be a big asset to the community and the various local organisations,” she said.
“The time it takes to prepare the grounds for events will be more than halved.”
The tractor was delivered by tractor dealer and fifth generation Woodenbong local Trent Martin.
Mr Martin said the tractor was the heaviest, and biggest engine capacity in its class on the market.
“I think it will perform beyond expectations,” he said.
The mulcher originally ordered with the tractor was nixed because the delivery time was far too long with Covid restrictions in place. Mr Martin replaced that mulcher with a higher quality mulcher at no extra cost.
Kevin Hogan thanked Kyogle Council for the community consultation they have done in allocating the bushfire grant money.
Council has officially named four new bridges that until now were only know by anecdotal names.
Council decided at its August meeting to name:
- The bridge on Peacock Creek Road over Gorge Creek (16.5km from Clarence Way), Gray Bridge;
- The bridge on Old Dyraaba Road, 11.9km from Sextonville Road, Magil Bridge (Bundjualung for Easter Water Dragon);
- The bridge on Walters Road, 593m from Green Pigeon Road, Matthews Bridge
- The bridge on Hootons Road, over the Clarence River (15km from the Clarence Way), Binging Bridge (Bundjalung for River Turtle).
Council received 25 submissions from the public on the proposed names, with the bridge on Hootons Road over the Clarence River attracting the most submissions.
Two of the submissions wanted the bridge to be named either MacLean Bridge or MacLean crossing in reference to the historical river crossing being known as MacLean’s and seven supported the name Binging to acknowledge the area’s traditional owners.
Nine submissions wanted the bridge named after the Hooton family.
In deciding to go with Binging Bridge, Council noted that the Hooton family already had been recognised in the naming of the road and that only one other bridge in the local government area carried a Bundjalung name.
Two benches at the front of the Kyogle hospital have been painted bright red as a stark reminder that domestic violence dwells in our community.
The red benches also serve as a beacon of hope to domestic violence victims that help is available.
Council painted the benches red at the request of the Kyogle Family and Domestic Violence Working Group which has joined a campaign to have 100 red benches installed across Australia.
The campaign is being driven by the not-for-profit Red Rose Foundation which is working to end domestic violence in Australia.
Kyogle Council Mayor and patron of the Kyogle Family and Domestic Violence Working Group Cr Danielle Mulholland said the red benches movement first came to light during the 16 days of activism last December.
“The CWA organised the 16 days of activism in Kyogle and that included a play on domestic violence and a short presentation on the red benches movement,” Cr Mulholland said.
“The whole thing grew from there, with the idea being that the red benches will get people talking about domestic violence.
“And having them at the front of the hospital reminds people that victims of domestic violence often end up at the hospital, or worse, the morgue.”
Cr Mulholland said raising community awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence and that help is available was crucial in reducing the harm it causes.
“As Mayor, I feel it’s important that the victims of domestic violence, women and men, know that Council cares and that help and support is available.”
Cr Mulholland stressed that domestic violence was not limited to physical violence.
“It can be emotional, psychological, financial and even spiritual abuse whereby a person is prevented from pursuing their own spiritual beliefs because of a family member,” she said.
“If we put a spotlight on domestic violence, then perhaps the victims and perpetrators will get the help they need.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available:
- Kyogle Family Support Service phone 6632 1044
- Help to stay safe or leave phone 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
- The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service phone 1300 720 606 or 6621 1044
- The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre – Family Law and Domestic Violence legal advice phone 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889
- Call out family and domestic violence in the community phone 000 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000