with TOBIN SAUNDERS   ACON Northern Rivers

Happy New Year to all our readers, we hope you had a safe, fun and enjoyable time. Tropical Fruits NYE festivities were a fabulous success as was the ACON Northern Rivers health promotion paparazzi stall where people posed in front of an aquatic backdrop or a three-metre high character from the new ACON Know The Risk campaign.

You can see Tropical Fruits NYE images on: www.facebook.com/ACONNorthernRivers. If you are over 18 and would like to check out the Know The Risk site and even have a try at the easy to use risk calculator then go to: www.knowtherisk.org.au.

Local group Lesmore Womyn in conjunction with costal community members, are organising a women’s dance for International Women’s Day 2013 celebrations. Performers, caterers, decorators and coordinators are encouraged to be part of making this event a success. Call Edda at ACON on 6622 1555 for more information.

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy what Lismore has to offer in the way of markets. There are currently three markets in the revitalised City Centre, they include: the Lismore Farmers’ market which takes place in Magellan Street every Thursday from 4.30pm onwards.

The Twilight Market is held on the fourth Saturday evening of every calendar month and features vintage and retro fashion, handcrafted clothing and free entertainment. The Twilight Market is located on the northern side of Magellan St in between Carrington and Molesworth streets.

The Con Artists market; which is held every first Saturday in the month from 11am onwards in the grounds of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Keen Street  in conjunction with the monthly free Cushion Concerts. Each of these markets is viewed as an attraction to help draw people back to the City Centre either after hours or on weekends the core recommendation of the ‘Lismore Alive’ Final Report, which the Lismore City Council Promotion Program is largely based on.

And a reminder that prejudice does not take a holiday over the summer season so keep an eye out, stay safe and look after your mates. For safety tips please contact ACON’s Anti – Violence Project on 9206 2116 or Free Call: 1800 063 060 or visit www.acon.org.au/anti-violence/Keep-Safe/Street-Safety 

INFO: For more about groups, services, organisations or events in the Northern Rivers contact Tobin Saunders at ACON on 6622 1555 or tsaunders@acon.org.au.

Tobin Saunders is Community Health Promotion Officer at ACON Northern Rivers

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