Northern Rivers Echo
The Northern Riversí reputation as 'clean and green' was further enhanced when I announced $2 million for the new Centre for Organics Research, created through a new collaboration between Southern Cross University (SCU) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
SCU has a world-leading reputation in plant genetics and related fields. There is growing global interest and huge potential in all aspects of organics, so this is a big opportunity for our region.
This complements the work under way at the Lismore campus hosting the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot program and the $1 million announced earlier in the year for the innovation hub.
This week Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight, The Hon Duncan Gay MLC, visited Lismore to open the Wilson Street bridge in South Lismore. The new $2.45 million bridge will help to remove traffic congestion in Lismore with additional route for heavy freight vehicles to the South Lismore industrial estate.
The Minister also announced funding to boost pedestrian safety around some local schools, including Lismore South Public, Trinity Catholic College, Kadina High & Dunoon Public.
Last week I was honoured to recognise the contribution by three wonderful women to our local community. Helen Hargreaves and Lenore Eastment received awards from the Premierís Volunteer Recognition Program and Patricia Maclaren-Smith as part of the NSW Hidden Treasures. Helen has been involved with Girl Guides for over 35 years, Lenore is the Volunteer Project Adminstrator for Timebanking with Northern Rivers Gateway and Patricia is a founding member of U3A Northern Rivers.