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Govt washes its hands over NORTEC Lennox CBD feedback wanted Hans Lovejoy
It appears NORTEC’s corporate behaviour will not be held to account by either state or federal government ministers who oversee the funding of employment and training providers in NSW. The federal minister responsible for business-incubator programs has absolved himself from any responsibility regarding the employment service provider’s decision to sell off incubator sites and axe its programs. As previously reported in December last year, employment and training provider NORTEC sold its incubator sites in Goonellabah and Byron Bay and severed leases with several small businesses. A lease for a Mullumbimby incubator site was also terminated, all with six weeks’ notice. Minister for Small and Family Business Craig Laundy replied to concerns raised by Labor MP Justine Elliot in a letter on May 29. Laundy
advised Elliot that the smallbusiness incubator initiative concluded in 2008. He wrote, ‘I understand that the Australian government contributed funds, through the initiative, along with a range of other financial contributors, to the establishment of the abovementioned NORTEC incubator sites. In the case of the Goonellabah site, NORTEC owns the land the incubator was built on, while the local council owns the Mullumbimby incubator site. ‘The Byron Bay incubator was developed by another organisation (which received government funding) and ownership was later transferred to NORTEC. ‘NORTEC currently delivers other government programs. However, the funding to deliver these programs was awarded through separate grant processes and the programs are not related to the incubator funding. ‘The government had no
further involvement with the incubator projects, including the NORTEC sites, after the facilities were constructed and all contractual requirements were met. The operation of the incubator sites, and any subsequent transfer or disposal of the sites, is the responsibility of the site owners…’ A spokesperson for NSW deputy premier John Barilaro’s office confirmed that NORTEC have a contract with the NSW government as a Business Connect adviser. The spokesperson said, ‘Under the NSW government contract with NORTEC, there is no funding provided or requirement for NORTEC to run this Small Business Incubator program. Funding for the business incubator programs is from the federal governments.’ ‘The NSW government contract with NORTEC is to fund small business advisory services (one to one and events) in the New England and northwest and north coast regions.’
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Those with a stake in Lennox Head are encouraged to have their say on how its main street will look in the future. Ballina Council and the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce are running an online survey until June 20 – at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ TNKDW5D – to find out what the community would like as part of an upgraded town centre for Lennox Head. Options of a one- or two-way street system, parking, parks, footpaths, shared pedestrian and car zones and landscaping are all being considered as part of the upgrade.
Upgrade options The Lennox Village Vision (LVV) study area is bounded to the east by the beach foreshore and residences, to the north and south by residential areas and to the west by Williams Reserve. Ballina Council’s sustainability planner Skye McNamara said, ‘Feedback received though this engagement will
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be collated and reported to the elected council in the coming months to assist in decision making around the future scope and costs involved in an upgrade of the Lennox Head
village centre, particularly with respect to future master planning and design works for the public domain.’ For more info visit Council’s website www.bit.ly/2GJ8rcj.
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A local not-for-profit that helps women move from homelessness to independence within the community is looking to expand. SHIFT Project organisers say they are at capacity and are unable to meet the increasing demands from women in need wanting to participate in their program. Over the last three and half years, SHIFT say they have seen more than 30
women graduate from the program and 98 per cent have remained living sustainably within the community, with casual or parttime work. ‘These outcomes, which have seen women successfully transition from homelessness to complete independence from the welfare system, are outstanding.’ Planning is underway to establish an external social enterprise called The SHIFT
Project Hub. ‘Establishing the Hub would allow the expansion of the program and open opportunities for other women in the community, particularly with potential employment pathways. For more info, or to donate, visit www.shiftproject. org.au. Every dollar they raise by 30 June is currently matched dollar for dollar by the Fortitude Foundation.
Man accused of murdering Byron DJ seeks bail release Paul Bibby
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The man accused of murdering Byron DJ Chris Bradley is set to reapply for bail in the state’s highest court. Javen O’Neill, 24, has been in custody since last December when he was charged with murder over Mr Bradley’s death at a party in Byron Bay on Christmas night. Mr O’Neill applied for bail soon after the incident but, after initially being granted conditional release by a Lismore magistrate, he was ordered to remain in custody by a Supreme Court judge. The NSW lawlink court database shows that the 24-year-old will return to the
Supreme Court on June 21 to make another bail application. The Echo understands he has changed solicitors since his last bail application and is now being represented by experienced Sydney-based solicitor John Hajje. Chris Bradley, 28, also known as ‘DJ DAD BOD’ was a well-known member of the local dance party community, making regular appearances on Bay FM. He was also the part-owner of the Byron-based artist management company Atypical Entertainment. Mr O’Neill was arrested at Ballina airport on December 28, 2017 after arriving on a flight from Sydney.
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