Stay safe this long weekend

Stay safe this long weekend

Double demerits will be in force over the June long weekend for seatbelt and speeding offences, and as always drivers are being urged to slow down with the increased traffic on the roads.

Lismore Councils road safety officer, Wendy Johnson, said a recent police operation targeting speeding had raised real concerns about people speeding in school zones, particularly in Goolmangar, Goonellabah and Bexhill.

Last Monday, 124 drivers were caught speeding in the morning and afternoon school zone times.

Surely drivers can slow down when driving past a school; to speed is to put our childrens lives at risk, said Wendy. Most of these drivers are local, they know the local area. They may even have children at the same schools they are speeding past.

Last weeks operation is the first of numerous operations being conducted by police to crackdown on speeding and seatbelt offences.

New group tackles homophobic violence

A working group to tackle issues of homophobic violence is being set up in the Northern Rivers, following a meeting called by ACOn Northern Rivers and Tropical Fruits to discuss recent cases of harrassment.

Organisers say gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have the same rights to safety in public spaces as everyone else, and they believe homophobic violence is something that needs to be looked at by Lismore City Council, police and community leaders.

The group plans to meet regularly. Anyone whod like to raise an issue or have some input should call 6622 6440.

150 years of public works on show

A travelling photographic exhibition celebrating 150 years of public works in NSW will go on show from next Thursday, June 15, at the Lismore Library.

Department of Commerce regional manager, Forster Rayward, said the exhibition features projects from around NSW, ranging from colonial days to the present.

Over the past century and a half, there have been thousands of major projects built around the state by the Department of Public Works and its successors, he said. They range from post offices to courthouses, police stations to gaols, schools, hospitals, bridges, water supply schemes, to mention just a few. Early public works in the region included the wharves on the Richmond River and the training walls at Ballina.

There is also a competition for primary and secondary students running in conjunction with the exhibition, with students asked to submit an illustrated report, drawing or painting on a public works project in NSW.

For details on how to enter the competition phone 6626 5621.

The exhibition will on display from June 15 to 29 on the ground floor of Lismore Library.

Suicide prevention workshop

A free suicide prevention workshop is being presented by LifeForce in Lismore on Thursday, June 22.

LifeForce workshops equip community members with the skills to identify and approach people at risk of suicide and refer them to sources of appropriate, qualified help. Participants are given strategies on how to intervene when someone they know is contemplating suicide.

The LifeForce workshop will be held at Invercauld House in Goonellabah from 8.45am-4pm.

Numbers are limited. To register phone 1800 100 024.


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