Last weekend I had the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the new mountain bike trail at Captain Rous Park in Goonellabah.
Congratulations to the Richmond Rivers Riders, who in conjunction with Lismore City Council, have worked hard to get this up and running. I have no doubt it will be a huge attraction for mountain bike enthusiasts and locals.
The Growing Local Economies Fund will use an innovative new funding model to target $500 million in investments in business-boosting infrastructure across regional NSW.
The investment, which is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund announced in the 2017-18 NSW Budget, will ensure regional NSW has the infrastructure it needs to allow local businesses to grow and thrive.
Local governments, businesses, industry and community groups and non-government organisations are encouraged to apply.
For more information on how to apply, visit www.nsw.gov.au/growinglocaleconomies.
Communities across the state are being reminded to remain vigilant and follow expert advice in order to keep NSW free from White Spot.
White Spot is highly contagious for crustaceans, primarily prawns but it can also affect crabs, lobsters, marine worms and freshwater crayfish – it does not affect people and NSW seafood remains safe to eat.
So far there has been no evidence of White Spot in NSW and we are doing everything we can to keep it that way, but we need the community’s help.
It’s crucial that people fishing, crabbing or trapping yabbies in any of our waterways, do not use prawns intended for human consumption as bait, as this could spread White Spot to NSW.
As part of the new NSW Biosecurity Act all members of the community have a general biosecurity duty to consider how actions could have a negative impact on another person, business, animal or the environment.