Flooding and Safety Issues – Ocean Shores, New Brighton, South Golden Beach, North Ocean Shores, Billinudgel

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Mar 102014

Ocean Shores, New Brighton, South Golden Beach, North Ocean Shores, Billinudgel

As these are all linked re flooding because of the blocked creeks, drains, blocked ocean outlets that then cause these areas to be one massive dam.

  • massive flooding – safety, damage, stress, loss
  • increased home insurance

Insurance issue revealed by The Daily News and a Tweed Shire Councillor in 2013.
This insurance is based on the Tweed/Byron Creek Flood Studies
Byron Shire Council Study; actually for 2050-2100 (Research JS)

What of the present?

Orana Road: Photos showing the council drain with overgrown plants/trees/shrubs on the south side of Orana Road; flows under the road to the clean golf course drain/waterway/lake system.

Waterlilly Park: Photos showing the weed covering the lake still. Council did remove some weed. Weeds from the lake enter the Ocean Shores Golf Course system of lakes via the drain under Orana Road.

Photos taken 17th February 2014, 5.15pm.

Regards, Jillian Spring,

Click photos to enlarge.

Australia Day Address 2014 by Rod Halpin

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Feb 052014

Mayor Simon Richardson, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I would also like to acknowledge the original Custodians of this land.

Thank you to the Council’s Australia Day committee who has given me the opportunity to speak to you today. I have been asked to give a short address about “What Australia Day means to me”. In a word it would be the “Volunteers.

My story begins as a born and bred Byron Shire local. I was born at Bangalow, lived at Myocum & Tyagarah (the site of the Blues Festival was my grandfather’s property where I spent 20 years of my life) and Brunswick Heads. Suffolk Park is now my local community.

… but firstly,

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. It is celebrated annually on the 26 January and marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove. The day has become an annual reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this multi-cultural, tolerant and open society.

It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term “Australia Day” and not until 1994 that the date was marked by an official public holiday. (That’s only 20 years ago). Australia Day is an opportunity to come together, to celebrate what it means to be an Australian.

In present-day Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of Australian of the Year Awards, announcement of the Australia Day Honor’s list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It has become the biggest annual CIVIC event in Australia.

The day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation with community festivals, concerts, citizenship ceremonies and official award presentations.

In 2004 I was honored to be recognized at these Australia Day awards as Byron Shire Citizen of the Year for dedicating 22 voluntary years service to the Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade and Apex.

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate those of you who are about to receive an award today. Congratulations are also extended to our new citizens.

Australia Day would not be what it is today without the thousands and thousands of volunteers who give up their time to help on this day. As a local volunteer, I have spent the past fourteen years with the Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade hosting Australia Day for our community of Suffolk Park.

I believe, it is the volunteers of this nation who have helped shape this day into the great event it has become across the country.

Australia Day means different things to different people. To me it means recognising a community that works together for a common cause – my focus is the community of Suffolk Park.

I am now going to give acknowledgement of how Suffolk Park has grown as a community over the years to a point of now having its own identity. It is also fitting to give praise to its Australia Day celebrations.

The township was named after George Suffolk who dedicated a large parcel of land to the Byron Shire Council for recreational community use in 1922, hence, the name Suffolk Park. A plaque in recognition of George Suffolk has been placed in the grounds of the Suffolk Park Caravan Park. (Actually, I placed the large rock in the park on which this plaque is attached).

The late Mrs Ailsa Gaggin worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Suffolk Park community over many years. She always expressed her wish to see the ‘coming together’ of the community. ‘Gaggin Park’ is named after Ailsa and Ron Gaggin. Ron (also a volunteer) was the 2nd Captain of the Brigade. Our Australia Day celebrations have always been held in Gaggin Park.

On Australia Day in 2001, the Centenary of Federation, Suffolk Park had its very own flag pole erected at the local fire station with a flag raising ceremony by the Byron Bay Scouts and a time capsule similar to the one placed at the Council Chambers at Mullumbimby. A number of photos were taken from various locations on the day, the visitor’s book from the grand opening of the Suffolk Park Hall, memorabilia from the Brigade & local pre-school and some community items were placed into the time capsule. This capsule has been placed in the Brigade station in Alcorn Street and will be opened in 2051.

The Suffolk Park Progress Association that was formed in 1959 has played a major role in the development of the township by representing residents and providing advice to council regarding the needs of the community and its environment.

Maureen Fernandez was a member of the progress association from 1991 to 2003 and was involved in several milestones as a volunteer in the development of Suffolk Park community. She was also the local committee representative for the Council’s Australia Day Project that started Australia Day celebrations in Suffolk Park.

As Captain of the Rural Fire Brigade, I was approached by Maureen in the year 2000 to assist the progress association in keeping Australia Day running in Suffolk Park.

Today, this voluntary Brigade still hosts in conjunction with Byron Shire Council our Family Fun Day in Gaggin Park. You are all invited to in join in our 2014 Australia Day celebrations that the whole family can enjoy and the good thing is … it’s free. These celebrations have grown into a major event for Suffolk Park.

This event would not have been possible without donations from our local businesses and some from Byron Bay who support the cause by donating prizes for raffles, sausages and bread for the BBQ and drinks. Their generously is very much appreciated.

Gregg Miller, Captain of the Byron Bay Fire Brigade, has dedicated so much energy and committment to organising the very successful Family Fun Day over the past 4 years, supported by the members of the Brigade. Gregg is also the Suffolk Park representative on the present-day Council Australia Day Committee.

In closing, I again would like to acknowledge the many volunteers, businesses and community minded people who have made these Australia Day celebrations to in what it is today.

I wish you all a happy Australia Day.

Rodney Halpin – Mobile: 0428621189

Australia Day 2014 – Ocean Shores

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Jan 162014




Australia Day



Competitions Start at 4pm



Concert Starts at 6pm


Australia Day Concert

Location: School Hall, Ocean Shores Public School

Program from 6.00pm: Compere/MC ‐ Stan Ceglinski

  • 6.00pm: Welcome to Country
  • 6.15pm: Kim Bannfy – Singer, songwriter, guitar
  • 6.45pm: Ivan Perger – Songwriter, guitar, vocals, solo or duo
  • 7.15pm: Harry Baird – Guitarist, vocals, solo
  • 8.00pm: John Duffy Band
    • John Duffy – guitar, banjo, vocals
    • Donny Mc Cormack ‐ Drums
    • Jerry D’Mungo ‐ lap steel slide guitar
  • 8.30pm: Big Stan & the Music Factory
    • Stan Ceglinski ‐ ukelele, biscuit tin, guitar, slide guitar, vocals
    • Dave Kolb ‐ Blues Harp
    • Gary Thornton ‐ Drums & lagerphone Anando Bharti ‐ Bass
    • Richard Baker ‐ lead & guitar
    • Grant Robertson ‐ Keyboards

Prizes for Audience: Best Dressed, Best Dancing, Having Most Fun!

*Ocean Shores was founded in 1969.
For enquiries please contact the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) at 0431 477 445.

Download PDF Australia Day Ocean Shores Flyer

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Water Lily Park at Ocean Shores

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Nov 182013

How dangerous is this?
A huge environmental disaster is unfolding here at Ocean Shores.

Having successfully spread Salvinia throughout the Ocean Shores Golf course lakes from this public park the Council now appears to have allowed this neglected lake to become infested with Parrot Feather weed which is an even more difficult aquatic weed to control. This weed is now establishing itself in the Ocean Shores Golf Course lakes after the Country Club has undertaken a large biological control of the Salvinia weed with an introduced beetle that destroys Salvinia.

Council adopted a management Plan for Water Lily Park in 2008 and has totally ignored the Plan since its introduction.
The small amount of Salvinia which Council scraped from the Lake surrounds were left in decaying piles around the foreshores of the lake and have also become weed infested with a variety of weeds including Parrot Feather.

Jan Mangleson

OSCA monthly meeting – Oct. 2013

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Oct 212013

Dear OSCA members,

A special welcome to our new members, and an invitation to all to attend our next OSCA General Meeting. General Meetings are held in the evenings of the third Monday of the month.

Meeting agenda to be sent out later this week but includes the weed infestation at Water Lily Park and Ocean Shores Golf Course, and a new nature reserve (see below). Also Roundhouse update and sports-fields.

Minutes of last General Meeting 2013-09-16


The OSCA Executive team, Jan, Jason, Jane.

$2 OSCA membership or gold coin donation.

Jinangong Nature Reserve
Jinangong Nature Reserve

LINK: Jinangong Nature Reserve draft plan of management can be downloaded and Public consultations can be submitted at the Nature Conservation section of the Environment & Heritage website. There are also copies on display at Billinudgel Post and News in Wilfred St, the NPWS Tweed Area Office at 135 Main Street Murwillumbah, and the NPWS Northern Rivers Regional Office at 75 Main Street Alstonville.

OSCA November meeting will be at 7pm on the 18th at the OS Tavern.