Combat climate change and save dollars

Lismore, Ballina, Richmond Valley and Kyogle councils are giving local residents the opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment and save money at the same time.

The councils recently joined Easy Being Green, a company which is distributing Climate Change Starter Packs free of charge throughout NSW. The packs contain six energy saving light globes and one AAA rated water saving showerhead, which can save residents around $150 off both their annual electricity and water bill. It also saves one tonne of greenhouse gas pollution from entering the earths atmosphere and an average of 21,000 litres of water each year.

For every pack collected Northern Rivers councils and Easy Being Green will donate $2 to a fund created to help local schools become more energy and water efficient.

Locals can collect their Climate Change Starter Packs at Ballina Fair from August 14-20 and at Lismore Shopping Square from August 21-27.

Alternatively, residents can request a Climate Change Starter Pack by calling 1300 789 324 or registering through

While this area rarely experiences major disasters, if one did occur Coraki and Evans Head would both have a shortage of trained people to deal with victims, says the Red Cross.

Right across the region the Red Cross has been training Personal Support Teams so that in the event of a major disaster people are able to care for those affected. Participants will not only gain skills through the free training provided, but will also get a delicious morning tea and lunch for free.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or older and be good listeners, practical, and able to stay calm in emergencies.

The free training is being held in Coraki on Friday, August 18, at the Coraki Bowling Club and in Evans Head on Thursday, August 24, at the Evans Head RSL Club.

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