Trains & Transport Forum

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Sep 232015

Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) is holding a Trains and Transport Forum on the subject of Public Transport in North Byron Shire as part of our consultation with the local community for the Ocean Shores Neighbourhood Plan.

September 26, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ocean Shores Community Centre, Rajah Rd

Start 11am

Byron Bay Rail Company Geoff Clark
Public Transport Margaret Kelly
Northern Rivers Railway Action Group Beth Shelley
Former Railway Engineer Neale Battersby
Trains On Our Tracks (Toot)
Rail Trail Geoff Meers
Report From Byron Bay Visitors Centre Transport Survey

Forum And Discussion

This forum is held 160 years, to the day, since the railways began in NSW in 1855 as the
New South Wales Government Railways. Billinudgel Station was Opened in 1895.

We are inviting all organisations who have a role or who are aspiring to provide public transport in our Ocean Shores/Billinudgel/Wooyung/Yelgun//Brunswick Heads/Mullumbimby areas. This forms a population cohort of more than half the Byron Shire. The lack of public transport in this area is appalling.

The venue is the Ocean Shores Community Centre Rajah Road, on Saturday 26th September from 11am to 1pm. We envisage a program with a 15 minute talk by each presenter plus a half hour film on the history of rail in the Northern Rivers. At the end of the presentations there will be a forum of the speakers with a Q&A format. We will have lunch available.

They will be very welcome to have a table with printed material, giving an opportunity to speak with the public.

We recognise public transport is an issue for the whole of the Northern Rivers and are hopeful that any solutions to our local problems can be applied elsewhere.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Jillian Spring

Chair OSCA Public Transport Sub Committee


Train & Transport Forum 26th Sept POSTER

Forum Program

Ocean Shores declared gas field free

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Jun 132013
Ocean Shores Gas Field Free

After some heated questioning Council voted on June 13, to agree that all areas surveyed can put up a permanent sign (of generic template) at the entrance/s to their towns/villages stating the percentage who voted to keep the area Gasfield Free. Yay!

Ocean Shores Sth, New Brighton, South Golden Beach & Ocean Shores Nth.
held a Gas Field Free declaration day celebration
from 2-7pm, 8th June, 2013,
at Ocean Shores public school.

Mayor Simon Richardson with the scrolls declaring Ocean Shores CSG free. Photo Jeff Dawson

Mayor Simon Richardson with the scrolls declaring Ocean Shores CSG free. Photo Jeff Dawson

Source: The Byron Shire Echo reported on Page 2, June 11, 2013.

Despite the inclement weather about 150 residents of Ocean Shores and surrounds participated in the CSG declaration ceremony at the Ocean Shores Public School, declaring the area gasfield free.

Setting the mood for the event were Methane Mike and two local community choirs: The Peace Choir and The Raise The Roof Choir, who sung CSG free songs.

After passing the scrolled declaration for each of the villages of Ocean Shores, New Brighton, North Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach from back to front, members of three generations of each area presented their scroll to mayor Simon Richardson.

95.2 per cent CSG free

‘2620 houses in 147 streets were surveyed by 125 volunteers,’ said co-ordinator Shelley Breda. ‘It was a mammoth task’. Another co-ordinator, Vivien Royston, told The Echo, ‘To the question, “Do you want your street to remain gasfield free, a resounding 95.2 per cent replied “Yes”’.

‘This is the largest residential area in the Byron Shire to be surveyed to date,’ she added.

Mayor Richardson congratulated the volunteers, noting that they have ‘enjoyed getting to know and engage with your neighbours.’

‘It’s important to look positively too, at what we want to be… we should be an area and a nation which is filled with alternate energy, not dinosaur energy.’ He also said that it was important to stay connected and vigilant as this is just the beginning. The Aboriginal Land Council and Dart Energy both hold licences over the northern rivers region. Dart Energy has suspended their operations but has not withdrawn their licence. Despite the tight economic situation, local businesses and practitioners donated raffle prizes worth over $1500.

Advance Australia Fair

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Dec 242011
Advance Australia Fair” is the official national anthem of Australia.
Verse 1
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Verse 2
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.