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James Reyne at Park Lane Theatre

Ballina Marina Master Plan

Love it or Lose it

Local Education Global Change

Australia Day Special Guest: Jessica Watson OAM Join us in celebrating Australia Day and hear from special guest Jessica Watson OAM, the youngest round-the-world solo sailor, who will share her inspiring story at the Lennox Community Centre on 26 January 2018. See page 12 for details.


engaged leadership Have your say on Council issues Ballina Marina Master Plan Staff Profile – Stuart Roach Lake Ainsworth – South Eastern Precinct Project Pools Redevelopment Road and footpath project update

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connected community Australia Day Celebrations – Friday 26 January 2018 Arts Connect – Northern Rivers Community Gallery Community Spaces Bring in the New Year with a Road Safety Resolution

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the ballina shire is safe with a connected community, a healthy environment and a thriving economy.

Around the Business Chambers Positive Local Economic Outlook Draft Ballina Shire Economic Development Strategy Ballina Coast and Hinterland Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Community Events – What's on? Market Calendar

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healthy environment It's time to love it or lose it Healthy Waterways – What have we been up to? Shaws Bay Precinct – Water Quality and Amenity Improvements Keep Food Safe Entertaining and at Christmas Pest Species Profile – Carp Control Waste Watch – Issue 19 Water Talk – Issue 39 Things to consider before purchasing a pet for Christmas Lake Ainsworth Part V Assessment Protecting your public health – Mosquitos Council Services – Christmas and New Year Period 2017/2018

There’s loads of Christmas spirit with the town centres of Alstonville, Ballina Lennox Head and Wardell adorned with decorations, flags and lighting. Ballina Shire Councillors and staff wish our residents and visitors a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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from the mayor’s desk The year has flown by and judging on the last school holidays, the upcoming holiday period will be busy with locals and visitors enjoying our beautiful beaches, plateau rainforests, local farms, river and waterfalls on an ever improving road network. Our beaches, along with Shaws Bay and Lake Ainsworth, are a great attraction and I encourage you all to swim between the flags and listen to the advice of our dedicated lifesavers and lifeguards. These beautiful assets wouldn’t be a safe attraction without their presence. If you are venturing out to sea, please log in with the Marine Rescue Tower whose brilliant and dedicated volunteers provide fantastic assistance with their new equipment. There are condition updates on local community radio, Paradise FM 101.9 at least twice a day. I thank the Department of Primary Industries for their continued support for the welfare of ocean users in our shire. I’m proud of Council’s continued development and improvements to our infrastructure to benefit locals and visitors. Recycled water is now being delivered to parts of Lennox Head, River Oaks, Ferngrove and Ballina Heights. The homes receiving this water will be virtually ‘drought proof’. The road network has been improved with the new roundabout on The Coast Road and is a great safety addition. Much work has been put into resealing and patching local roads and Council is working with Roads and Maritime Services to improve conditions in times of heavy rains on Tamarind Drive. Improvements to Ross Lane have already improved safety. I thank the State and Federal Governments for supporting these projects. Over the break, please take a walk along the award winning Coastal Recreational Path. This path is world class and the Interpretative Signage highlights the history and stories of the local Aboriginal people. This project was a long time coming and I thank all those involved over the years for their contribution. I have been fortunate to visit many incredible groups over the last twelve months and on behalf of the whole community, I thank all these volunteers and organisations for their great work in our community. I hope businesses and families have a great holiday break and remain safe in the water and on the road. See what you can do to make someone’s Christmas and holiday period a little better. Whether it’s a few words of greeting, an offer to help, an inclusion to join in a meal or a small gift – your generosity might be the exact thing they need to help someone experience a time of joy and fellowship. Take care and remember to ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’.

Cr David Wright

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Have your say on Council Issues Council prepares documents to plan for the future direction of our shire and to assist with our service delivery. Community consultation and community input is a key element in preparing these documents. Documents and development documentation currently on exhibition include: • Draft Economic Development Strategy Read page 19 for information. Submissions close: Friday 19 January 2018. • Lake Ainsworth Part V Read page 38 for information. Submissions close: Monday 29 January 2018. When documents are placed on exhibition they can be viewed on our website or in one of the shire libraries. Feedback can be provided online or in writing: Email: council Write: PO Box 450 Ballina NSW 2478

Council enables food entrepreneurs Council has adopted a policy enabling mobile food vending (food trucks, coffee vans and similar mobile food operations) in certain public areas. From February 2018, mobile food vendors will be able to obtain a permit to trade from locations at Sharpes Beach, Pop Denison Park and Missingham Park. A permit system will also operate for mobile food vendors utilising the public road network and car parking areas. Information regarding the types of mobile food vending allowed and requirements for trading can be obtained by reviewing the Mobile Vending on Public Land Policy available on Council’s website. For further enquiries or for details about making an application for a permit and the applicable fees, contact Council’s Strategic and Community Facilities Group on 6686 1284.

Killen Falls Management Plan At the October Council Meeting, Councillors unanimously voted for the adoption of the Killen Falls Management Plan. Killen Falls has become a popular tourist location for Ballina Shire, with a wide range of visitors and locals despite minimal infrastructure and facilities. The safety of the public and protection of the environment has been central in relation to prioritising the delivery of the recommended actions under the Killen Falls Management Plan. Implementation of the plan will begin soon, with the first priorities of the management plan including provision of additional signage and fencing at the site. This is to guide users on the appropriate paths and access areas, to alert the public to potential risks and to clarify parking arrangements at the site. A temporary toilet has been installed for the summer period and the plan provides provision of a permanent toilet facility in future, although this requires further investigation in relation to funding arrangements and design. Track, landscaping, handrails, parking and traffic improvements and rehabilitation of environmentally sensitive areas are also identified for implementation by Council over the next five years.


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WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT KOALAS? Researchers from the University of Queensland, Southern Cross University and the University of NSW are interested in your observations and thoughts on koalas. The researchers are collecting information about where you have seen koalas and your attitudes towards koalas in your area as part of the North Coast Koala Linkage project. Your answers to the research survey will feed into work examining how land can be managed to help koalas living in the region. On completing the survey, you can go into a prize draw for a two day Byron break at The Byron at Byron Resort or a 2017 model 10.5 inch iPad Pro. To complete the survey, visit and make your opinion count.

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Ballina Shire Council adopted the Ballina Marina Master Plan at its September 2017 Ordinary Meeting as a package of information that provides for an overarching but flexible direction for potential redevelopment of the Trawler Harbour site in West Ballina. The community and stakeholder input received over the master planning process between May 2016 and July 2017 has contributed significantly to the plan’s preparation. The master planning identifies mixed use development outcomes as the basis for the redevelopment of the site and ultimately delivery of an enhanced marina and associated marine infrastructure in Ballina. The master plan includes marina, public esplanade and open space, commercial, residential and boating infrastructure elements. The master plan incorporates residential development options with buildings up to 3, 4 and 5 storeys in height. Although the potential for buildings of up to 5 storeys as part of a marina redevelopment is recognised in the master plan package, in adopting the master plan the elected Council expressed a preference that future development on the site should comply with the existing 8.5m building height standard that applies to the land under the Ballina Local Environmental Plan 2012. The package includes two master plan options and considers staging and funding models for redevelopment of the site. The master plan package is also supported by a demand and feasibility study. This finalised package now allows interested parties to consider advancing the next steps in the marina project. A copy of the finalised Ballina Marina Master Plan can be viewed on Council’s website (search Ballina Marina).

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STAFF PROFILE Stuart Roach In this issue we profile Stuart Roach, Ballina Shire Council’s Risk and Work Health and Safety Officer. Stuart is a keen cyclist and just last month conquered the 2017 Tour de Cure, Peter Mac Ride, a 300+ km four-day ride in Tasmania to raise money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, which is a world renowned cancer research and inpatient facility. Where were you born and raised? In Albury NSW (on the NSW/Victorian border) What drew you to Ballina Shire? In 1999 I was transferred to Byron Bay whilst employed in the finance industry. My wife and I liked the area that much that I left my finance job just to stay in the region. We moved to Ballina in 2006.   How long have you been with Ballina Shire Council? About six and a half years What does your role entail? Working with Council staff to assist them in developing safe systems of work, procedures and general risk management processes What motivated you to take on this year’s Tour de Cure Peter Mac Ride in Tasmania? As a young child I watched my mum battle cancer and recall many a trip from Albury to Melbourne’s Peter Mac cancer hospital. In a small way this would be a belated ‘thanks’ to Peter Mac for the care and support they gave to my Mum whilst she underwent treatment, albeit, my mum passed away over 30 years ago. This is why I feel a ‘link’ to both cancer and the Peter Mac cancer centre so it was like the stars lined up and I knew I had to do this ride in the memory of Mum and to support Peter Mac. Although the Peter Mac research centre is based in Melbourne, any research and treatment breakthroughs go on to benefit everyone, in every community in the entire nation and internationally. How much did you raise for cancer research? I set an initial target of $3,000. However I have had so much support from family, friends and work colleagues that I have raised over $6,000. There are 86 riders and over 30 support crew and collectively we have raised in excess of $370,000 which will all go directly to Peter Mac for cancer research programs in 2018.


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Staff Awards Congratulations to Sophia Medina, who was a recent “Apprentice Trainee of the Year in women in non traditional trade” finalist at the Apprenticeship Employment Network's NSW/ACT 2017 Group Training Awards, held in Sydney on Friday 13 October. Sophia, a 2015 local Novaskill Award Winner, also attended this year's 2017 Novaskill Awards in Ballina providing a moving presentation that outlined how much she enjoys working as an apprentice with Ballina Shire Council. Sophia commenced with Council in January 2015. Tanya Saye won this year's Novaskill JobMatch Trainee of the Year Award. Tanya has been with Ballina Shire Council since November 2016 and is a member of the Records and Information Team. Coordinator Records and Information, Janeane Burke, said, "Tanya has been an excellent trainee, and has applied herself very well working as a Records Trainee. She has performed her role to a high standard and shown real interest in her studies and the work Council does. She has become a valued member of the team." Gabrielle Hepworth won the RTO Trainee of the Year Award. Gabrielle is training as an Administration Officer with our Building Services section. She has been with Council since October 2016. Vince Hunt, Manager Building Services, said, "Gabrielle is an asset to the Building Services team and is always smiling, conscientious and hard working. Her willingness to learn and perform at such a high standard will see her develop into a future leader in Local Government."

Ballina Shire Council entered the NSW Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) excellence awards in November, and came away winners! IPWEA is an association that supports the delivery of public works and services with many of its members working for local councils, government agencies and consultants.

Rising Stars Scholarship Ballina Shire Council is a proud supporter of the Southern Cross University (SCU) Rising Stars Scholarship Program. SCU is currently seeking applications for the 2018 scholarships. Applications to the Council scholarship are open to Ballina Shire residents seeking to study a fulltime undergraduate degree at SCU. The scholarship is valued at $5,000 per year for three years. For information contact Southern Cross University: Tel: 1800 005 687 Email: Web: Applications close 20 December 2017.

Council won the environmental enhancement category for the Coastal Pathways project. This project enables the connection between the town centres of Ballina and Lennox Head, and was an important collaboration between Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Aboriginal community and the NSW Office of Environment and the Heritage Council of NSW. For this project the judges were particularly impressed by the balance achieved in providing infrastructure that is very popular and well used, as well as sensitively mitigating environmental impacts and recognising the important cultural heritage of the location. Ballina Shire Council was also granted a special award for the Marine Rescue Tower. In making this award, the judges recognised the functionality of the new tower, the unique design solution that was achieved and the innovation in the refurbishment of the associated public amenities. “I’m delighted that two important projects to the Ballina Shire community have been recognised. These awards are particularly competitive, with 91 nominations received. These awards are a testament to the vision and strategic planning of successive elected Councils and they also recognise the professional skills of the team members that worked on these projects”, said John Truman, Group Manager Civil Services. For more information on the awards, visit

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Lake Ainsworth south eastern precinct project Ballina Shire Council is seeking to improve the Lake Ainsworth’s south eastern precinct for current and future generations. The proposed recreational area upgrade will include additional barbeques, pathways, picnic tables, formalised parking, erosion rehabilitation and landscaping.  Vehicle access to the eastern road will no longer be available, except for emergency vehicles. A pedestrian walking path will be provided through the eastern precinct. Vehicles wanting to access the Sport and Recreation Centre will need to use Camp Drewe Road on the western side of Lake Ainsworth. The upgrade will provide improved access for the disabled persons and mobility impaired. This will be achieved by the construction of pedestrian facilities that meet contemporary disabled standards, and this includes the full length of the path proposed for the eastern side of the lake. Ramps providing access to the water are proposed for both the southern and eastern foreshores. New disabled parking facilities will be provided on the southern road and in the area adjacent to the junction of the eastern path and southern road. The $1.7M investment is set to improve the overall amenity of the south eastern precinct and increase the green space areas available for recreational use. The landscape design improves environmental outcomes by incorporating water sensitive design. Removal of road pavement opens up the area for green space and the restoration of riparian vegetation. By closing the eastern road people using this location will be able to spend time enjoying the Lake and the surrounding amenity without the inconvenience and risk associated with vehicles moving through the precinct.  We know that some of the community is concerned about the loss of carparking in this precinct, that is why we have recently upgraded Ross Street to provide the additional parking. Council has also constructed carparking in Pacific Parade opposite of the Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club. Importantly, the second stage of this project will also provide formalised carparking along the southern road.

Eastern road precinct Timeline: deferred until updated approval is obtained. The road closure of the eastern road precinct will comprise water main relocation followed by path construction and landscaping. The path will be completed in sections to ensure the space is still accessible and usable for pedestrians. The additional amenities will include: • rehabilitation of the Lake Ainsworth eastern road • 3m wide accessible pathway • wheelchair ramp to lake • picnic tables • sandstone block seats amongst some open spaces • increased grassed areas • restoring and revegetating of the eroded foreshore areas. Budget:  $800,000 including roundabout (see below).

Southern road precinct • formalisation of the carpark to create additional parking • restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas • BBQ facilities and picnic areas. Budget:  $900,000

Roundabout construction • roundabout construction adjacent to the Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club • architectural features for road and path surfacing. Budget:  Included with Eastern Road (see above). Further information: or telephone 1300 864 444.

Part V Assessment of Environmental Impact of Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvements Works Council is the determining authority for the Part V application. Council as a regulatory body must have clear separations of powers, and our assessment team objectively work on applications in accordance with legislation. Any interested person can make a submission in relation to any aspect of the proposal. See page 38 of Community Connect for the Part V Public Notice and where to view documentation and how to make a submission.


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Existing public toilet facilities to be retained

Stage 1: eastern road precinct

Existing road pavement to be removed and replaced with grassed open reserve incorporating picnic tables, pathways, relocation shelters and seating facilities


The road closure of the eastern road precinct will comprise water main followed by path construction and landscaping. The path will be completed in sections to ensure the space is still accessible and usable for pedestrians. Other works will include: • closure of the Lake Ainsworth eastern road to vehicles • 3m wide accessible pathway • BBQ facilities and picnic areas • sandstone block seats amongst open spaces • increased grassed areas • improved stormwater quality management systems • restoring and revegetating the eroded foreshore areas. P DR


Timeline: deferred until updated approval is obtained.

New pathway providing access/mobility linkage between new recreational facilities and disabled parking and existing pathway network

Lake access to be upgraded. Wheelchair ramp to lake beach/water



Budget: $800,000 including Stage 3.

Stage 2: southern road precinct

Melaleuca trees to be retained along corridor

Budget: $900,000. Deep parking spaces for launching water craft

Pathway and 6m wide clear corridor to be made available for emergency vehicles

Existing recreational area to include new BBQ facilities catering for access/mobility and linkage to nearby disabled parking

Stage 3: roundabout construction

The third stage will provide better traffic flow. • roundabout construction adjacent to the Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club • architectural features for road and path surfacing.

Existing recreational space and facilities to be retained

Existing road to be removed and grassed to connect existing green spaces

Budget: Included with Stage 1. x3

Vehicle turnaround area



The second stage will introduce additional parking for Lake visitors. • formalisation of the carpark to create additional parking • restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas.

Off road pedestrian linkage between open space areas by low-impact boardwalk



Restricted vehicle access to be maintained at new roundabout

Southern road reconstruction incorporating formalisation of existing roadside parking (75 spaces)

Carpark extension completed 2015 (31 spaces)



Ross Street roadside parking completed 2016 (39 spaces)



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POOLS REDEVELOPMENT Our shire residents and visitors will be aware that the Ballina and Alstonville community swimming pools are currently being completely redeveloped. This significant investment is being made by Council because the former pools, equipment and associated amenities were approaching the end of their useful life. Council is wishing to improve the general amenity of the facilities for users, ensuring compliance with current standards for accessibility, and also to improve the pools’ operational efficiency through the use of modern equipment and solar technology. The pool upgrades reflect Council’s desire to provide our residents and visitors with great recreational opportunities. As we enter the summer swimming season, it is understandable that our residents are eager to know when the new pool facilities will be available for use. We hope that the responses to the following questions will be helpful in clarifying the matters associated with the pools upgrade project.

1. WHEN WILL THE POOLS REOPEN? It is not currently possible to determine the dates upon which the Ballina and Alstonville pools will reopen. As soon as these dates can be ascertained, public announcements will be made. Unfortunately, it has been necessary to extend the initial contract timeline for the construction works to be undertaken.

2. WHAT HAS CAUSED THE DELAY IN THE PROJECT? The most significant impact to the construction timeframe has been caused by wet weather, which is something we are accustomed to on the North Coast of NSW. However, the project has also been delayed for other reasons. The construction contractor was required to appropriately treat and dispose of a much larger volume of asbestos than had been anticipated when removing the old pool infrastructure at both the Ballina and Alstonville sites. Also, the substantially improved new facilities generate a greater demand for power than has previously been available to the two sites. Council staff is working closely with Essential Energy and the construction contractor to ensure the additional power supply can be urgently made available. Despite these unfortunate delays, everyone involved is working hard to enable the community to access and enjoy the new facilities as soon as possible.

3. WHY WERE THE BALLINA AND ALSTONVILLE POOLS CLOSED AND REDEVELOPED AT THE SAME TIME? Options were examined to undertake the pool redevelopments one after the other. However, it was determined that redeveloping both sites at the same time would achieve significant cost savings and efficiencies, bearing in mind that one contractor has been engaged to undertake the work at both sites.

4. ARE WE ABLE TO BOOK OUR SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL FOR EARLY NEXT YEAR? Bookings for swimming carnivals can be made by contacting the respective Ballina and Alstonville Pool management contractors. Ballina Memorial Pool Lee and Vicki Fitzgerald Ph: 0408 480 325 Email:

Alstonville Pool Greg and Kelly Fettell Ph: 02 6628 0826 Email:

Whilst we’d really like to be able to say the pools will be available for the return of the school year, such an assurance cannot be given at this time.


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We do understand that school students do enjoy swimming carnivals, and some rely on progression from the carnivals to higher representative competition. In these circumstances, as a contingency, schools may wish to examine options to use other pool facilities in the region to conduct their carnivals, in the short term.

5. WHEN CAN I BOOK MY CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE POOL/S? Refer to response to question 4. 6. WILL THE BALLINA WATERSLIDE OPEN BEFORE THE BALLINA POOL REOPENS? The waterslide, which is leased independently from the pool, can only operate when the pool is open. Waterslide patrons must have access to the pool’s amenities and changing facilities. Access to the waterslide is also via the pool.

7. WHEN WILL SEASON PASSES TO THE POOLS BE AVAILABLE? HOW MUCH WILL THEY COST? WILL HALFSEASON POOL PASSES BE FURTHER DISCOUNTED? Council will not be offering full-season pool passes this swimming season, because of the reconstruction program. Partial season passes will be offered when reopening dates are confirmed. The cost of these passes is presently unknown, but will be adjusted according to the extent of the remaining pool season.

8. WHAT WILL BE THE COST OF POOL ENTRY FEES? Pool entry fees are in accordance with Council’s adopted fees and charges. This information may be obtained from Council’s website (see 'Fees and Charges').

9. WHEN THE POOLS ARE OPEN, WILL I BE ABLE TO BOOK-IN MY CHILD FOR SWIMMING LESSONS? Everyone is able to reserve an area within the pools to conduct private swimming lessons. This may be done by contacting the respective pool managers (contact details to the left). Alternatively, the pool managers can give you contact details for people who routinely coordinate learnto-swim classes at the respective pools.

10. WILL THE NEW POOLS BE OPEN YEAR ROUND? The Ballina and Alstonville facilities will be heated, with each containing a 50 metre pool and a 25 metre pool. The smaller pool will be roofed

project update RECENTLY COMPLETED GRANT STREET, BALLINA Reconstruction to Grant Street between River and Tamar Streets, which include drainage replacement.

MAROM CREEK ROAD, ROUS MILL (part segment 130) Road Reconstruction. and will be enclosable. Council is yet to determine whether the swimming season for the new facilities should be extended. Whilst there may be a community desire for this, the benefits would need to be balanced against substantially increased management and operational costs.



Works will include car parking, stormwater and access improvements to the foreshore.

Initially, the daily operating hours for both pools will be unchanged. However, if there is strong evidence that the community wishes to see an extension of operating hours and/or an extension of the swimming season at Ballina and/or Alstonville, this can be considered by Council, in consultation with the respective pool contractors. We need to be mindful that any expansion of the pool operating hours may have significant cost implications for the community.

12. WHERE WILL THE MEMORIAL AT THE BALLINA POOL BE RELOCATED TO? Ballina Pool is a dedicated war memorial. In consultation with the Ballina RSL Sub Branch, arrangements are being made to relocate the memorial plaques to a suitable location at the facility.

13. WHAT DISABILITY ACCESS PROVISIONS ARE BEING MADE IN THE NEW POOL COMPLEXES? The new pools in both Ballina and Alstonville are designed to be fully accessible. The new amenities area within the Ballina site will be fully compliant with accessibility standards.

SUNNYBANK DRIVE (segment 20) Road Reconstruction. COMPTON DRIVE/SHAWS BAY

PIMLICO ROAD (segment 40) Road Reconstruction.

FUTURE PROJECTS – December 2017 to March 2018 ROSS LANE AND BYRON BAY ROAD, PROPOSED ROUNDABOUT Development Approval has been received. The project is funded by the Australian Government Black Spot Program with an approximate value of $1.9M over two years. Works to commence in February 2018.

FAWCETT LANE, BALLINA (segment 10) Road reconstruction.

ELLIS Road (RMS Road Safety initiative) BOAT RAMPS AND PONTOONS Preparations are underway to install new boat ramps and pontoons in various locations in Ballina Shire. Pontoons: Captain Cook Park, Faulks Reserve, Fishery Creek and Wardell. Pontoon and Boat Ramp: Keith Hall.

The work undertaken by Council’s Access Committee to review and critique the pool redevelopment plans has been appreciated.

BYRON BAY ROAD (North of the proposed Ross Lane Roundabout)


Works to include curve correction, pavement rejuvenation and general safety improvements.The project is funded by the Australian Government Black Spot Program with an approximate value of $1.9M. Works to commence in April/May 2018.

The proposed new kiosk within the Ballina Pool and the existing kiosk within the Alstonville Pool are operated by the respective pool managers as a convenience to pool patrons. The current arrangements will continue; that is, non-swimming patrons who enter the facilities are required to pay a spectator entry fee.

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Further information contact Strategic and Community Facilities, phone 1300 864 444 or visit (search ‘pool redevelopment’)

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ballina shire australia day ceremony The official Australia Day ceremony will commence at 10am inside the Lennox Community Centre and everyone is invited to attend. The ceremony includes a Special Guest Address by Jessica Watson OAM, youngest round-the-world solo sailor, the Ballina Shire Citizenship Ceremony, and the highly anticipated 2018 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards Announcement.

Jessica Watson, OAM youngest round-the-world solo sailor

More information telephone 1300 864 444 or visit

Jessica Watson, OAM will be our guest speaker at the official Ballina Shire Australia Day ceremony on 26 January 2018.


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Leave the car at home and catch the bus to the Australia Day ceremony at the Lennox Community Centre. The FREE wheelchair accessible bus will pick-up from the following locations: 8.30am Main Street bus stop, Alstonville 8.45am West Tower Shopping Centre, Kalinga Street, West Ballina 9.00am Ballina Visitor Information Centre, 6 River Street, Ballina 9.05am Angels Beach Drive bus stop (opp Flat Rock Road) 9.15am Arrive at the Lennox Community Centre Seats are limited. Call the Ballina Visitor Information Centre on free call 1800 777 666 to book your seat.

Jessica was just 16 when she sailed into Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, having achieved her dream of sailing around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted. Now she is also a best-selling author, documentary maker, the subject of a feature film and an inspiring and in-demand speaker with an incredible story to share. After six-months at sea Jessica docked at the Sydney Opera House. She walked up the pink welcome carpet, met the Prime Minister on stage and then delivered a simple but inspirational speech where she replied to the Prime Minister’s summary of her as our newest Australian hero with: ‘I would like to disagree with our Prime Minister. I do not consider myself a hero. I am just an ordinary person, who had a dream and worked hard at it. By sailing solo, non stop and unassisted around the world, I have proved that anything really is possible.’ In her early 20s Jessica co-founded a start-up company and became a Youth Ambassador for The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). She undertook an MBA and commenced writing her second book, a novel for young adults. Additionally, the producers of Oscar-nominated movie Lion commenced working on a film adaption of Jessica’s story. Jessica Watson is a truly unique and inspiring young woman and a skilled and natural speaker. She is proof that we all have the power to live our dreams – no matter how small or big they are, or no matter what obstacles life may throw in our way. The event will start at 10am at the Lennox Community Centre with a full program including Welcome to Country, a special address by Jessica Watson, a music performance by Katie Rutledge, Citizenship Ceremony and the much anticipated Australia Day Awards. Ballina Shire Council will also provide a free return bus, picking up from Alstonville, West Ballina, Ballina Island and East Ballina. Bookings are essential by contacting the Ballina Visitor Information Centre on free call 1800 777 666. Arrangements are made through Celebrity Speakers


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Protect your property from fire… Essential fire safety measures are any fire safety actions that are contained in a fire safety schedule for a building. This schedule is important for protecting building occupants in the event of fire or other emergency. Fire safety measures include: • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems • Automatic fire suppression systems • Emergency lighting • Exit signs • Fire doors • Fire hose reel systems • Fire hydrant systems • Portable fire extinguishers • Smoke Alarms • Smoke and heat vents • Solid core doors • Wall-wetting sprinkler and drencher systems.

WHICH BUILDINGS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE FIRE SAFETY MEASURES INSTALLED? In the majority of cases the installation of essential services is required by building regulations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EPAA), which the Council enforce. Generally, all buildings other than private single dwellings (Class 1a) and sheds and garages (Class 10a) are required to have some fire safety measures installed. Some common fire safety measures are included in commercial, industrial, multi-unit residential and public buildings.

HOW OFTEN DO FIRE SAFETY MEASURES NEED TO BE TESTED? Annually. An annual fire safety statement is a statement issued by, or on behalf of, the building owner to show that each fire safety measure (specified in the statement) has been assessed by a qualified technician and is performing to the same standard to when the systems were installed. For further information, please contact Council's Compliance Section on 1300 864 444.

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extreme weather conditions ROAD CLOSURES for Ballina Shire rural road info for highway and major arterial road info

RADIO STATIONS • Paradise FM 101.9 • ABC North Coast 94.5 • 2LM 104.3 • ZZZ FM 100.9

FIELD CLOSURES 24-hour hotline 02 6686 1499 (recorded messages from individual sporting clubs).

WEATHER CONDITIONS Bureau of Meteorology

BALLINA BYRON GATEWAY AIRPORT Your local airline for flights to and from Ballina: Rex Airlines 13 17 13 Jetstar Airways 13 15 38 Virgin Australia 13 67 89

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What are essential fire safety measures?

ACTIONS TO TAKE • Alerts are issued via Council’s website and via your local radio station. • Delay any unnecessary travel until conditions have cleared. • Look out for your neighbours • If water is overflowing street stormwater drains, refrain from using internal water eg: washing machines, dishwashers, baths, showers and flushing of toilets until the water has cleared. • Watch for Council, SES and other State Government agency updates.

KEY CONTACT NUMBERS • SES 132 500 • Ballina Shire Council 1300 864 444 or emergency after hours 02 6626 6954 • Emergency Services Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade 000

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current exhibitions Exhibition Dates: 15 November – 17 December 2017

Image: Kate Dambach, The Presence of Absence

Homage to home: contemporary landscapes from our backyard | Sharon Mcllwain Created in response to familiar places and spaces, Sharon McIlwain’s paintings are an intuitive exploration which reflect her deep respect and admiration for the local surroundings. Her landscapes are worked from photography, plein air paintings, drawings and collective memories. Image: Sharon McIlwain, View from Martins Lane

Winds of Change | David Robson With a specialty in watercolour, David's style has been compared to the classic Ukiyo-e period of Japanese woodcut prints. His theme is ‘flight’ and the changes represented by flying machines that first appeared in the skies over Imperial Japan at the turn of the twentieth century. Image: David Robson, My Frail Craft

Seven Years in Solitude | Anna Nordstrom The artist uses discarded domestic building material in the form of historical linoleum and pressed metal exploring the notion of ‘homecoming’ – referring to our emotional and spiritual home as well as our place in the landscape. A deeply personal body of work culminating in seven years of the artist re-discovering self alone in her studio. Images: Anna Nordstrom, Storm Receeding


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Kate creates moments with paint to express an in-between, utilising saturated colour, glazing layers and subtle shifts to create an emotive experience through paint. The works are a meditation on the pause at the end of the breath. Drawing inspiration from the vast wilderness that takes your breath away.


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Exhibition Dates: 10 January – 4 February 2018 | Launch Event: 11 January 2018

Dreaming | Group Exhibition JA N UA RY 2018

Local artists, Katie Alleva, Julia Curtis, Jasmine Phillips, Jill Runciman and Rebecca Tapscott explore ways in which the subconscious manifests itself through dreams. This multi-disciplinary exhibition delves into the depths of the dreaming mind and how our thoughts, desires, memories and fears juxtapose against the world of physical reality. Image: Julia Curtis, Sleep Mask

Things I saw today | Practicing Artists Network (PAN) Utilising a broad range of materials and media, individual artists from the PAN collective present their artistic response to the immediate environment, at a contemporary moment in time. PAN is a locally based artist network committed to supporting the visual arts in the Northern Rivers. Image: Rick Molloy, And out of the window

Dans le jardin | Wanda Hitch & Lorraine Spring Wanda and Lorraine view life like a garden of delights. These expressive artworks capture the variances of colour and form of flowers which can be translated to a particular type of personality. Image: Lorraine Spring, Demure

NRCG is currently inviting applications for the ‘Artist Studio’ program at ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’. Located in the heart of the Ballina CBD, adjacent to the NRCG and housed in the historic former Ballina Fire Station, ‘Ignite Studios’ provides a dynamic shared access space supporting the development and participation of artistic pursuits. The ‘Artist Studio’ spaces are available for a twelve month subsidised lease to creative practitioners from all disciplines, including but not limited to, design, craft, painting, digital media, photography, filmmaking, performance, sculpture and writing.

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Midnight 20 December 2017 Visit the Gallery website for applications or further information Be sure to sign-up to our E-News or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be kept in the loop! cnr cherry & crane sts ballina | p 6681 6167

44 cherry street, ballina nsw 2478 | ph 02 6681 6167 open wed – fri 10am – 4pm | weekends 9.30am – 2.30pm (closed public holidays)

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Information and discounts for seniors

Work is continuing on the new Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP). A Draft PAMP was on public exhibition from 24 October to 24 November this year. The Draft contained 86 pedestrian capital works projects, including new footpaths, footpath connections, path and kerb upgrades, and pedestrian refuges for over the next 10 years. Comments and submissions on the Draft are currently being reviewed.

NSW Seniors Card has issued its annual Discount Directory for 2018.

For more information contact Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer Civil Services, on 1300 864 444.

New Seniors Card Directory 2018 The Directory provides information, discounts and special offers from thousands of participating businesses across NSW. The NSW Seniors Card is one of the most commonly used services for NSW residents over the age of 60. Because of this, the NSW Government has committed additional funds to increase the number of businesses offering discounts, providing even greater value to NSW Seniors Card members. If you are a Seniors Card holder collect your discount directory from Council’s Customer Service Centre, shire libraries, Australia Post outlets and MP offices.

BreastScreen NSW mobile unit returns to Ballina The BreastScreen NSW North Coast mobile unit has returned to Ballina. BreastScreen NSW North Coast is encouraging women aged between 50-74 years living in Ballina and the surrounding region to make an appointment for a free two-yearly screening mammogram. A GP referral is not necessary, appointments take only 20 minutes. It's important. It's free. It could save your life. Ring 13 20 50 for an appointment now!


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HOLIDAY PARKING The Christmas holidays are looming and that means parking is in great demand in our town centres. To ensure people have access to parking, restrictions are in place in these areas. Please check timed parking restrictions to avoid receiving a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN). Council Rangers and Parking Officers conduct regular patrols in these areas, including weekends. Fines of $110 will be issued for overstaying the sign posted time limit and there is a $549 penalty plus 1 demerit point for parking in a disabled parking space without a current permit displayed.

The Richmond Tweed Regional Library has officially entered into its first Deed of Agreement in almost half a century.

Did you catch the “Amazing! Hilarious!” Sprung!! performance of “SHARE HOUSE” and its support acts at Tintenbar Hall for Don’t DIS My Ability Day 3 December 2017? Sprung!! is a Northern Rivers based non-profit community organisation providing dance and theatre workshops for persons with a disability, with a focus on opportunities for dance and physical theatre training, collaborative and disability-led process, and developing dance theatre works that inspire mainstream audiences and promote a more inclusive society. In 2017 the senior ensemble was a finalist in the Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Community Dance for its work, Encounters, which has also been selected for performance at the World Dance Alliance next June. The Open Doors program, with clowning and dance workshops on the first weekend of the month except school holidays, attracts persons with and without a disability from Newcastle to Sunshine Coast, with its ethos of gentle, supported inclusion and fun physical enquiry. A DeafInclusive Dance workshop with contemporary dancer (deaf) Anna Seymour is planned for April. Sprung!! since 2014 has been led by Artistic Director Michael Hennessy, who danced for Sydney Dance Company for 9 years under Graeme Murphy before establishing "the past Dance" program at the Lismore Conservatorium. For more information visit or facebook//sprungdance, or phone Michael on 0403 869 126.

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More than 70 staff and representatives from the four constituent councils – Tweed, Lismore, Byron and Ballina – gathered at Tweed Heads Library to sign the Deed of Agreement and celebrate with library staff. The Richmond Tweed Regional Library first came into existence in 1971, but there has never been a formal agreement between all four councils. “No stone has been left unturned in this process – it has been exhaustive, and we have ensured through many workshops and meetings that we have an agreement which allows all councils to move forward with stability and confidence in the management of the library,” Cr Sharon Cadwallader said. “This is so important at a time when the library environment is changing so rapidly, and our services are becoming less about books and more about being social spaces where people interact and learn with one another and with technology,” she added. “This is a very exciting time to have this agreement in place. We can now focus our collective energy on keeping pace with this changing environment, and look forward to a long and rewarding future for Richmond Tweed Regional Library patrons and staff.” The Richmond Tweed Regional Library has more than 100,000 members and the biggest population served by a regional library service in NSW. It is visited by more than one million people each year and also has the highest circulation rates in the state with 1.8 million items borrowed in 2015/16.

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RTRL signs first Deed of Agreement in almost 50 years

LIKE US Currently, there are 1.86 billion people around the world using Facebook to connect with friends, family, businesses and community groups. Among them are 16 million active Australian users, which is a whopping 65% of our population. Ballina Shire Council launched its Facebook site this year to tap into the popular and valuable communication channel to promote our services, projects and inform our community. Keep up to date on Council news and like us on Facebook at facebook. com/ballinashirecouncil

Image: Celebrating the signing of the RTRL Deed of Agreement are (front l-r) Tweed Councillor Chris Cherry, Ballina Mayor David Wright, Byron Deputy Mayor Basil Cameron, Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith and RTRL Committee Chair Sharon Cadwallader with library staff and Council representatives.

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For Bike Week 2017 (16 to 24 September), Ballina Shire Council (supported by Transport for NSW) held pop-up information stands along sections of Ballina’s shared paths. Over 45 cyclists and pedestrians attended the information stands during the event week. Many pedestrians and cyclists expressed shared values, love and enjoyment of the shared paths.

park lane theatre The 2018 season kicks off with two live music shows, bringing household names to Lennox Head this March. Tickets can be purchased at the Lennox Community Centre, by telephoning 02 6687 6291 or visiting

“Love the western path going from Angels to Boulders.”

“We ride along it a lot – a lovely path to ride and walk.” (CYCLIST)


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“Nice connection – it gets people out and seeing this part of Ballina.” (PEDESTRIAN)

“A great relaxing ride and beautiful scenery.” (CYCLIST)

“It’s the most beautiful path in the world – we use it every day”. (CYCLIST)

“A wonderful amenity. I really appreciate it being here. I ride it all the time and take my grandkids”. (CYCLIST)

“Connections are great – lovely and relaxing.” (PEDESTRIAN)



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Live Tribute Show 50th anniversary of Live at Folsom Prison Doors: 7.00pm // Show: 8.00pm $65 adult // $60 concession

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“A lovely path and surrounds.” (PEDESTRIAN)

Do you have trouble picking and sticking to New Year’s Resolutions? Why not pick a road safety resolution that you can put into practice each day whether you’re driving, riding, cycling or walking. It will make you safer, and will keep our community safer too! Make the resolutions stick by starting small and talking about it with family and friends.



Everyone travels in different speed zones in their daily travels. You might go from a 40km/h school zone, 50km/h neighbourhood zone, through to 80km/h rural roads and 110km/h on the highway – all on your way from home to work or school pick-up. Adjust your speed for the zone and traffic. Change your daily schedule so you don’t feel you have to rush. Remember that most crashes involve locals on local roads, and slight increases in speed will increase your chance of a crash.

Ride to Live: get the right protective gear, and test your hazard perception skills at ridetolive.nsw. Don’t forget to scan, set up for braking and maintain buffer distances.

2. DRINKING. Start with a Plan B for you next party or outing. If hosting a party, talk to friends and family about their Plan Bs. Visit mentalhealth/Factsheets/Pages/alcohol to find out about standard drinks.

3. MOBILES. Promise not to use your mobile phone while driving, make your car phone-free, or find a designated phone-holder. Only use your phone if it is in a cradle fixed to the vehicle (and doesn’t obscure your view of the road), or if it can be operated without touching any part of the phone (such as via Bluetooth or voice activation). Being distracted increases your chance of a crash.

6. BRUSH UP ON YOUR ROAD RULES. Pick a road rule that you are uncertain about and upskill. Watch the animations for roundabouts, merging, u-turns and safe following distances on (search Road Rules Awareness). If still uncertain, book a driving lesson and do a refresher.

5. SCHOOL ZONES. Make a point to use the safety door (kerb side) and stick to speed limits on the way to and from school pick-up. Remember that school zones help protect children.

7. CYCLING. Always wear a helmet. Use your bell. Slow down and give way to pedestrians on shared paths.

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Bring in the New Year with a Road Safety Resolution!

8. PEDESTRIANS. When on foot, use provided crossings and refuges. Remember to give way to vehicles at roundabouts. On shared paths keep left and share the track, move off the path when stopped, supervise and watch out for children, and keep dogs on short leads.

9. MOBILITY SCOOTERS. Remember that you are a pedestrian and only ride at walking speed of 2 to 3 km/h in busy areas. Use a flag to make sure you are visible to vehicles.

10. BE A MODEL. Remember that children learn from adults, and always model good driving, riding, cycling and pedestrian behaviour.

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around the business chambers alstonville wollongbar chamber of commerce New Years on the plateau! A great time to head to the plateau with lots going on. SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER 2017 It’s on again – the biggest family friendly New Year's event in the shire! Sponsored by the Ballina Shire Council, lots of kids rides, even for the teens, lots of food and drink, pantomimes and a live band to dance the night away! Fireworks will go off at 9pm. Alstonville Showground – see you there!

New name, same friendly faces… Terry White ChemMart Alstonville Locally owned and operated since 2008, Terry White Chemists Alstonville has just completed its rebranding under the new Terry White ChemMart banner as part of the Brands national roll-out. It sees the culmination of two industry-leading chains moving forward united under one banner to provide access to optimum health care and pharmacy services at competitive pricing with continued great customer service. With the shop front changing from blue to green, the store is currently celebrating these changes with different “going green” activities in store daily. From green hair accessories and new uniforms, to customer lucky door prizes, mini makeovers and free health screening service, November certainly does seem to be a busy month in Alstonville! Behind the scenes there is also a lot happening, with the introduction of a new dispensing robot to improve efficiency and allow more time for the Pharmacists to interact with customers rather than being caught in the dispensary. The robot, already affectionately known as ‘Colin’ will make his grand entrance mid-November in time for the Christmas rush. He will make a welcome addition to the existing team of girls in store – especially as he cleans himself and does all the heavy lifting! As Owner and Pharmacist Natalie Oaten explains “it is exciting to embrace the change, and this “going green” celebration gives us a chance to give something back to our customers and say thank you for supporting us through this process. Feedback so far has been really positive, and the staff are keen to sink their teeth into all the new services we can offer. Introduction of the new robotic technology will allow us all more time to get out from behind the counters and provide even better service and advice”.


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ballina chamber of commerce The fifth Ballina Chamber of Commerce’s Prawn Festival was a wonderful day to celebrate our Ballina prawns, fine food and music even with the weather being what it was. Whilst the crowds were down, those that did attend had a prawntastic time especially with the awesome music from local Lennox boys the Wharves and our headline act Busby Marou who recently supported Elton John. The food vendors again out did themselves, producing delicious plates and also wowing us with a signature prawn dish each. Unfortunately, the inclement weather did hinder some participation in a few events, however, that was beyond anyone’s control. We are now excitingly planning our next Ballina Prawn Festival. A huge thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and everyone who helped make our Ballina Prawn Festival what it was, including Ballina Shire Council. A special mention must go to the Ballina Fisherman’s Co-op for their support and amazing local prawns, and the Macadamia Castle who supported the breathtaking fireworks display. Our first Chamber Business After Hours for 2018 will be on Tuesday 13 February and Curves Ballina will be our host. The following Business After Hours will be Tuesday 13 March and ANZ Ballina will host this one. Breakfast Before Business will be at Ballina RSL on Wednesday 21 February and will be a huge motivation tool for hitting the ground running for 2018. Our wonderful International Women’s Day Luncheon will be held on Friday 9 March at Ballina and will again be an inspiring and uplifting event for all women in the Northern Rivers who attend. There will be incredible opportunities for local businesses to come on board as sponsors and benefit from massive exposure to a captivated audience of close to three hundred local women, not to mention and comprehensive marketing campaign. If you would like more information regarding this opportunity please telephone 6681 5049 or email The Ballina Chamber Board would like to wish all members, family and friends of the Chamber a very Merry Christmas, enjoy the holiday season and please stay safe.

On Tuesday 24 October the Annual General Meeting was held at Club Lennox. During this meeting the new Executive Committee was elected for 2018. Unfortunately, we have seen the departure of the president Debbie Smith who has been instrumental in the growth and success of the chamber over the last few years and she will be sadly missed. She still assures us she will be there to help if ever needed but needs to focus on some other things for a while. On behalf of the chamber and the community we would like to sincerely thank you for all the effort you have put in to the role and the community as a whole. It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the new team. President: Zain Peart – ZEP Finance Vice President: Jason Shrieves – Boat Channel Boardracks Secretary: Angela Proudman – Lois Buckett Real Estate Treasurer: Sue Brennan – Lines End Pty Ltd Committee Members: Aga Deblaise – The Media Cauldron Jason Dwyer – Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Rosie Kaplan – Mastermind Craig McFadden – Savvy HR This new and stellar line up of local volunteers are looking forward to kicking off 2018 with renewed enthusiasm, abundance of energy and bright ideas. The Executive Committee can’t wait to reach out to our local businesses with relevant information, events and membership benefits. The Chamber would like to take this opportunity to call on the current members to re-join in 2018. A special invitation is extended to local businesses that may have not had the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a membership, so make 2018 a year of firsts! Connect with your fellow business community members in building up our great region for our businesses, residents and visitors. See you in 2018.

Positive Local Economic Outlook The latest unemployment figures for regional areas has the unemployment rate for Ballina Shire in the June quarter of 2017 at 3.9%. This compared favourably to regional NSW (5.4%) and our immediate neighbours (Byron 5.4%), Lismore (6.5%) and Richmond Valley (7.8%). The largest industries of employment for Ballina Shire’s population are Construction (13% of FTE workers), Health Care and Social Assistance (12.5% of FTE workers) and Retail Trade (12.1% of FTE workers). The industry with the strongest growth in the number of persons employed between 2010-11 and 2015-16 was the Accommodation and Food Services Sector which had an additional 173 persons employed during the period. Ballina Shire’s Growth Regional Product (GRP), which is the equivalent of GDP at the local level, as of June 2016, was $1,895 million which was 2.2% higher than the previous year.

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DRAFT BALLINA SHIRE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY A draft economic development strategy for Ballina Shire is now on exhibition for public comment. The draft strategy sets out Council’s vision for economic development in the shire. The draft strategy also identifies actions that Council may pursue to support opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation over the next 10 years. The draft strategy explores global, regional and local drivers of economic development and explores a number of potential strategies to support innovation and economic opportunities in the shire. Actions being considered include investigating the feasibility of a food hub, facilitating the establishment of co-working spaces, reviewing developer contribution for local business, the preparation of a Ballina Shire Prospectus for business and investment attraction and the preparation of a creative industries strategy. A copy of the draft strategy can be viewed at the shire libraries and Council’s website under ‘Documents on Exhibition’.  Submissions close: Friday 19 January 2018.

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coast & hinterland CHRISTMAS HAMPERS

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The Ballina Visitor Information Centre has a great range of local produce to make your special someone their very own Christmas Hamper. Choose from indulgent local giftware, handmade craft ware and scrumptious gourmet produce including Ballina Honey, Duck Creek or Summerland House Farm Macadamia Nuts, Hightrees Estate Coffee, Koala Tea, Brookfarm Museli, Wallaby Bites, or Rainforest Foods conserves plus much more.  Gift hampers can be made to order to the value of your choice starting from $25 per hamper.  We have Christmas all wrapped up so you can relax and spend time with those who matter most. Come in to the Ballina Visitor Information Centre at 6 River Street or telephone 1800 777 666 and discover for yourself the magic of giving this season.

Looking for something to do with the kids or grandkids over the school holidays? There’s something to please all interests including educational, sporting, family fun and creative activities to keep the kids, and you, entertained. Visit the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, 6 River Street, for your copy of the School Holiday Program or download a copy from If you’re hosting an activity in the Ballina Shire contact the Visitor Information Centre on 1800 777 666 or email your details to


Tourism boosts the local economy Tourism Research Australia has released the latest Local Government Area (LGA) Visitor Profile reports for all LGAs in Australia, including the Ballina Local Government Area Tourism Profile. The data within the profile is aggregated over a four year period (2013-2016) to give an annual average. Ballina is on track towards reaching the goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure, with a visitor economy valued at $240 million per annum. This is an 8.3 percent growth on the previous annual value.  Snapshot facts include: • Visitors stayed a total of 1,245,000 nights in the Ballina Shire • Ballina received 318,000 domestic overnight visitors; 14,000 international visitors; and 309,000 domestic day trip visitors each year • The average spend per night was $169 • There are 550 local visitor economy operators, that contribute to the local economy • United Kingdom residents are the largest international visitor source market for the Ballina LGA.


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Will your business be open on the public holidays over the festive period? Help our visitors and residents plan for a great festive season on the Ballina Coast & Hinterland this year and fill us (Visitor Centre team members) in on what's happening in your business.  Are you serving a special Christmas day lunch or evening meal? Or what about hosting a New Year's Eve party? The Ballina Visitor Information Centre wants to know all about it; and we are already getting enquiries. Please also let us know if your trading hours will be changing over the Christmas/New Year week so staff and Ambassadors can keep everyone informed. Visitors love it when our destination partners work together and share info! Email us at or telephone 1800 777 666.

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Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal Precinct Expansion Project - Update Council recently appointed Richard Mason from RMCP Pty Ltd to project manage the expansion and upgrade of the airport terminal. Richard is looking forward to bringing this project to fruition in association with Council. Tenders for the construction of the project will be issued within the near future. This project is being funded by NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Program ($4.5 million) and $2.4 million in loan funding from Ballina Shire Council.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport regularly promote a variety of the latest sale fares from their airline partners. Locals can jump online and take advantage of the great flight specials available on a regular basis to Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle – perfect for getting friends and family up for a visit!

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Join our facebook page facebook. com/BallinaByronGatewayAirport or Instagram @ballinabyrongatewayairport for all the latest flight specials, promotions, what’s on and general airport information.

Appointment of Chief Operating Officer Congratulations to Kylie Hardy who has been appointed to Chief Operating Officer at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. Kylie is no stranger to the Airport and its operations, as she has been working there for over 13-years in various roles, including her recent role as the Airport Security Supervisor. As an experienced Airport industry member, Kylie has a great long-term vision for the regional airport, which continues to reach new heights and break passenger records. Kylie is looking forward to the challenges her new role will bring including the proposed Terminal Expansion Project, a $6.9 million project set to kick off next year.

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What’s on? COMMUNITY EVENTS Events listed are correct at time of publication. Visit or telephone 1800 777 666 for event details.


BOXING DAY RACES TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER Ballina Jockey Club Family fun racing is what the Boxing Day Races have come to be known for. The Ballina Jockey Club has a history dating over 110 years and has been an important part of the Ballina community. The Boxing Day Races are a great local annual tradition that brings many former residents back together to celebrate and it’s also a chance for visitors to enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere. Early Bird Tickets $10 adults, Tickets at Gate $15 – kids under 18 FREE. Great entertainment for the kids including jumping castle & face painting. Free bus transfers to and from the racecourse. Please drink and gamble responsibly.


SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER 5PM – 10PM Alstonville Showground

SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2018 Ballina Rugby League Football Grounds, Bentinck Street

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The popular Alstonville New Year's Eve event is back on again this year.

There will be street machines, vintage and veteran cars, hot rods and special interest vehicles, trade displays, full catering, tappet cover racing, a wheel changing competition and plenty to keep everyone occupied.

The Family Festival is being organised by the local Alstonville Agricultural Society with past festivals attracting up to 5000 people. The event starts at 5pm and is a perfect celebration for the whole family with fun activities including great rides, kids character shows, food and drink stalls and live music and entertainment. It is an alcohol-free event and there is plenty of parking (entry is only $2 per person). Don't miss the fantastic fireworks display, which is scheduled to start at 9pm.

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Australian Street Machine Federation members will be judging the top 10 vehicles, with many other trophies up for grabs. It truly is a show not to miss! Cars setup from 7am, with gates opening to the public from 9am. North Coast Street Machines is a local not for profit car club based in Alstonville.


Take the stress out of last minute Christmas shopping and do it locally… One of the best presents you can give your community is to do your shopping in our local shops. Ballina Shire has a great range of stores and speciality shops offering loads of gift ideas, quirky treats and personalised customer service. Retailers in the Ballina Town Centre will be holding a Christmas Sale on Thursday 21 December from 5pm to 8pm. The night will include great retail offers, street buskers and a sausage sizzle. Make sure you venture further than River Street and take a look at what’s on offer in the side streets of Cherry, Martin and Moon Streets.

Buy Local and invest in the place we call home… If you miss the Christmas Sale in River Street, make another date with family and friends and spend some quality time dining out and shopping by exploring the many offerings throughout the Ballina Shire. Start with breakfast in Alstonville, lunch in Ballina and a glass of wine in Lennox in the afternoon. Fill the rest of the day browsing all of the shops in each town. Venture further afield and explore our hidden gems in Newrybar, Eltham, Wollongbar and Wardell. Each purchase you make helps keep someone employed and is an investment in the place we are lucky enough to call home.


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Surf lifesavers are trained volunteers who patrol our beaches on weekends and public holidays during the summer season. In Ballina Shire volunteer lifesavers are members of the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club or the Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Lifesaving Club. In comparison, professional lifeguards are employed by NSW Australian Lifeguard Service and provide beach safety services to Ballina Shire Council.

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market calendar Discover original artworks, handicrafts, fashion, jewellery, secondhand goods, as well as fresh local produce…or just sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of your local market.

BALLINA FARMERS MARKET (Weekly) Every Sunday morning 7am – 11am Commemoration Park Bentinck Street Ballina EAST BALLINA LIONS CLUB COMMUNITY MARKET (Monthly) Every third Sunday of the month 7am – 1pm Canal Road (between Saunders Oval and Ballina RSL Bowling Club) Ballina LENNOX HEAD COMMUNITY MARKET (Monthly) Every second and fifth Sunday of the month 8am – 2pm Williams Reserve Lennox Head

Play Equipment update Playgrounds are great places for kids to play outdoors. In Ballina Shire there are over 45 playgrounds that Council maintains. Ballina recognises the importance of outdoor recreation in the development of healthy and happy children. The Ballina Council Playground Upgrade Plan has been developed to ensure ongoing improvement of our playground facilities to provide a wide variety of better, safer and more imaginative playgrounds. We are very excited to announce that planning for the upgrade of the Fawcett Park playground is currently underway. Community consultation will be carried out for the proposed playground design during December 2017. Keep a look out for details of the playground design and how to provide feedback. Signage and information regarding the design for the playground will be provided at Fawcett Park and on Council's website at Council manages its playgrounds in accordance with relevant Australian Standards for the benefit of the community. Our objective is to ensure parks are both great community spaces and comply with the relevant safety standards. If you identify an issue with one of our playgrounds please phone council on 1300 864 444.

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ALSTONVILLE MONTHLY MARKET (Monthly) Every third Sunday of the month 8am – 2pm Alstonville Showgrounds Alstonville

There’s a craft market, a car-boot market or a farmers market, somewhere in the Northern Rivers, every weekend. View the Northern Rivers Market Guide at to see where the markets are this week!

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IT’S TIME TO... Council is committed to helping keep our waterways clean. We do our best to ensure stormwater is properly treated and regulate pollution sources. We also work proactively by doing things like replanting riverbank vegetation and partner with other organisations on river health projects. But this is a big job and the issues are complex. To improve the health of our local waterways we must collaborate and work with the community and other government agencies. When it comes to the health of our waterways there is no single reason that causes poor outcomes; everyone across the community has some impact on the health of the river. To tackle these tricky issues, Ballina Shire Council staff has joined forces with other local councils and North Coast Local Land Services to develop three educational animations. The animation series aims to help all of us better understand the complicated nature of water quality in our waterways. These animations look at three streams (pardon the pun) of issues impacting our waterways - urban stormwater, rural runoff and recycled water. SO, WHY THESE THREE AREAS?

Another culprit is poorly managed floodplain drainage which can cause significant ‘point source’ issues or localised ‘blackwater events’. Finally, recycled water, which is supplied to over 1000 properties in Ballina Shire is key to improving the health of waterways. This drought-free water source can be used for flushing toilets, irrigation and washing clothes, cars, bikes and cars. This innovative water service is available thanks to Ballina Shire’s state of the art recycled wastewater treatment plants. Recycled water is key to meeting future water demands and is also charged to users at a lower rate than drinking water. Recycled water is crystal clear, safe to use and its use means more water remains in our water supply dams during times of drought. As recycled water usage increases the need to discharge treated wastewater to the environment decreases – another plus for our local waterways.


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Urban stormwater is the runoff from urban areas where we live and work where common pollution issues are easily identified. These issues occur when litter, grass clippings or other organic matter enters gutters and stormwater drains. Poor erosion and sediment control on building sites also has the potential to pollute our local waterways. Rural runoff comes from the rural areas of our catchment, from the most upstream locations to the floodplain farming lands. Issues that can cause poor water quality include allowing stock to have direct access to creeks and rivers, removing riverbank vegetation, and replacing wetland vegetation with non-native species which directly contribute to ‘blackwater events’.

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Watch the Love it or Lose it animation series online at au. You can also win a monthly double movie pass by completing the short online survey. This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust and is part of Council's Healthy Waterways Program.

Ballina’s coastline is significant to the shire and promotes cultural, economic, environmental and recreational activities. Every summer Council undertakes its Beachwatch Program to monitor the quality of recreational waters and to provide regular information to the public so they can make informed choices about where and when to swim.

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Healthy Waterways – what have we been up to? You might remember that Council allocated money to the Healthy Waterways program this year. Its objective is to improve the health of our local waterways by implementing a range of programs across our local creeks and rivers. Here’s a quick update on work right now: LAKE AINSWORTH We’ve engaged an experienced local consultant to start looking at the health of the lake in detail. This work will help us understand why the lake experiences repeated algal blooms, and how we can manage it for better water quality in future. SHAWS BAY You have probably noticed that work has begun at Shaws Bay. This is implementing the Coastal Zone Management Plan for Shaws Bay, and providing a more stable western shoreline for recreational swimmers (more details on page 28 and 29). CHICKIBA CREEK Bush regeneration work is due to start very soon along the length of Chickiba Creek, restoring saltmarsh and, melaleuca wetland and littoral rainforest. Additionally Stage 2 of planned work will commence to restore the hydrology of the creek and increase fish habitat. NORTH CREEK Council is waiting for grant approval from the Office of Environment and Heritage to begin work on the Coastal Management Program process. This will look at North Creek in detail to identify where the problem areas lie and what we can potentially do about them. The first stage, the scoping study, will take about six months to complete. WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG? Sometimes it can seem like Council takes a very long time to complete a process. There are many different approvals that we require, a lot of reporting that funding bodies like us to complete to make sure we are using their funds responsibly, and we need to timetable this work around many competing tasks. But we are committed to achieving these outcomes, even when they take a long time. You will see changes over time as these projects build on each other to make an important difference in our waterways.

Weekly star rating for the following swimming sites are available on our website • Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head • Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head • Shelly Beach, Ballina • Lighthouse Beach, Ballina • Shaws Bay, Ballina • The Serpentine, Ballina The program is supported and audited by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

On-site sewage management A key objective of Ballina Shire Council’s On-Site Sewage Management (OSSM) Strategy is to provide an education program to assist homeowners maintain their OSSM system in a satisfactory condition.

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As a result an education booklet has been prepared and provides information for existing and future OSSM owners on how to choose an OSSM system, how it works and how to maintain the system. Additional OSSM educational information is also provided on Council's website. The education booklet is one of several educational initiatives planned for the OSSM program to be rolled out in the next 12-months. Download the OSSM Owner Education Booklet from Council’s website (search ‘ossm’) or telephone John Bruce, Environmental Officer On-site Sewage, on 1300 864 444 to have a copy mailed to you. Figure 1: Cross-section of septic tank Access Lids

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Shaws Bay Precinct water quality and amenity improvements Ballina Shire Council is about to embark on a series of actions from the Coastal Zone Management Plan to improve the Shaws Bay precinct for the health of the ecosystem and our community.

Background Shaws Bay is the body of water that was formed when the northern training wall of the Richmond River was constructed near the river entrance at Ballina. The bay comprises part of the former river course and exchanges water with the main river every day. It is a popular spot for leisure activities such as picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, canoeing and walking. The area is very scenic and the landform varies from gently sloping beaches to a steep sandy escarpment which retains littoral rainforest species. The seagrasses in the bay are regarded as some of the best in northern NSW and provide a wonderful environment for safe snorkelling.

Protecting the health of the bay and providing community access A Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has been developed to establish management objectives, address management issues and identify community desires for future management of Shaws Bay. The CZMP was certified by the NSW Minister for Planning and was Gazetted on 24 June 2016 and includes a series of actions that will assist to achieve the plan’s objectives. Ballina Shire Council will progressively work through these actions, and has identified the following works to progress in 2017 and 2018 (illustrated overpage).

Action 1: Control bank erosion and siltation into the bay Objective: Improve the water quality of the bay and the recreational amenity of the reserve. Improve access from the reserves to the bay. The existing rock will be removed, banks stabilised and access to the bay improved. Sandy beaches will be created and access to other areas will be closed to allow for revegetation. Much of this work will carried out at low tide. Budget: $480,000 Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Industry - Lands.

Action 2: Dredging Objective: Reduce infilling and improve water circulation. This stage of the CZMP is of great importance for the health of the bay. Council is discussing proposals with Department of Primary Industries Fisheries and Office of Environment and Heritage. Council has received grant funding from the OEH to advance the investigation, studies, approvals and licences required to progress the dredging works. Timeline to commence: Investigation already underway with the seagrass mapping completed and sediment core samples obtained. Budget: estimated to be up to $500,000 Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council, Office of Environment and Heritage.

Action 3: Improve Compton Drive Foreshore Objective: Enhance safety and recreational amenity of the foreshore and improve stormwater systems and treatments. Carparking on the foreshore will be formalised as well as safer shared path access through the foreshore. Realignment of stormwater and improved treatment. The entry point to the bay will be improved with the installation of a boardwalk style ramp. Picnic recreational areas will be added, along with additional shower facilities. Timeline to commence: commenced Budget: $360,000 Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council.

Action 4: Expand Pop Denison Park Objective: Enhance ecological value, foreshore access and recreational amenity of the Park. These works improve access to the eastern foreshore. The shared path will also continue through this precinct with additional carparking. Timeline to commence: early 2018. Budget: $350,000 Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council.


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Update: November 2017

Other actions completed or underway Mangrove removal will once again occur prior to Christmas along the training wall and on the western foreshore adjacent to Compton Drive (juvenile mangroves and as per licence from Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries).Water testing and monitoring for recreational swimming quality under the Beachwatch Program commenced in November and occurs weekly. New toilet facilities at Pop Denison Park (completed).

If you have any questions please contact: Ballina Shire Council, Development and Environmental Health Group 1300 864 444. View the Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) on Council’s website (search Shaws Bay) see over Potential future footpath expansion



Dredging of Shaws Bay Mangrove Walk Boardwalk (future planned works)

turf and shade trees Western Foreshore Carpark formalised and access to bay improved

Pop Denison Park Precinct Path to connect to the existing Shared Path (future planned works)

1 Shaws Bay Eastern Arm Stabilisation Works rock walls and bank replenishment

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Reclaimed beach with dredging

clear under-storey vegetation to improve public access


Pop Denison Park Precinct Expand Carpark New toilet facilities Approximate location of future playground

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Keep Food Safe Entertaining and at Christmas The warmer months are a great time of year for entertaining friends and family and of course celebrating Christmas and holidays. Preparing food for a crowd can carry a higher risk of foodborne illness because household kitchens are not designed for large quantities of food. Temperature abuse is the biggest factor contributing to foodborne illness at parties and events. Temperature abuse occurs when high risk foods (e.g. meat, cooked rice, poultry, egg dishes) remain in the ’temperature danger zone’ (between 5°C and 60°C) for a long period of time, allowing bacteria to multiply to unsafe levels that can then cause illness. Leave the party with only happy memories by planning ahead and following some simple steps: 1. Plan ahead by talking with your guests about who will prepare and what food. High risk foods like meat and poultry can be cooked onsite. Use a meat thermometer to check that the insides have been cooked to 75°C. 2. Cooked foods can go into refrigeration or freezer to cool once the steam stops rising.

3. Guests who are travelling some distance could bring the lower risk foods like cakes, biscuits and puddings. Guests who live close by could bring cooked foods in an insulated bag and the foods reheated prior to serving.

12. Containers and plates holding raw meat may be contaminated with the raw meat juices so do not re-use them unless they have first been thoroughly washed and sanitised. 13. Do not leave meats and salads out on the table for too long. Cover them and put them back into the refrigerator when the meal is finished.

4. Other foods like salads and desserts can be packed with ice or ice bricks in an esky. 5. Make sure those helping to prepare food wash their hands thoroughly before they begin.

Do you have a thermometer at home? Do you know where you can buy one?

6. Raw meats should be packed in a leak proof container and be separated from the salads and cooked foods.

A thermometer is by far the best way to make sure that food has been cooked thoroughly and that your refrigerator is operating at under 5°C.

7. Frozen foods should be thawed in the refrigerator or in the microwave.

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A thermometer can be purchased from about $20 at kitchen and homewares stores, temperature range between hardware stores and hospitalityThe suppliers. The 5°C and 60°C is known as Temperature Danger Zone. Keep hot foods hot be cleaned thermometer probe should and is because in this zone food andbetween cold foods cold This poisoning bacteria can grow to sanitised uses.

8. Use a meat thermometer to check that meats have cooked to a core temperature of 75°C.

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9. Do not over-fill your refrigerator, as the cold air cannot circulate around the food and the temperature may rise too much. Consider having extra refrigeration available and check the temperature of the refrigerator to make sure it is operating at under 5°C.

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Feeding birds can make them sick and become a nuisance for you and your neighbours. Instead of eating a wide range of natural foods they can depend on processed seeds, feeds and other foods that are not part of their natural diet. Most people feed birds out of a misguided desire to care for them. Once the birds you are feeding know there is a reliable source of food they may converge on your home causing issues such as mess and noise for you and your neighbours. Young birds may lose their ability to forage for natural foods, and when not fed may starve. Hand-fed birds are susceptible to illnesses that can be transferred to other birds. Hand feeding can also affect bird breeding cycles. 

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The good news is there are other ways of attracting birds to your backyard without harming the birds or causing a nuisance to your neighbours. Plant locally native trees that provide natural foods such as Banksias, Bottlebrushes, Grevilleas and Eucalypts or provide a nest box. If you are having trouble with your neighbour feeding birds, talk to your neighbour about your concerns and the risks associated with feeding birds. Further information: National Parks and Wildlife Service Office Ph 131 555 Visit: Council's Public and Environmental Health Section 1300 864 444.

Carp Control – is it possible?

Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program Ballina consultancy, Hydrosphere Consulting, has been engaged to prepare the Coastal Management Program for Lake Ainsworth. Hydrosphere Consulting has considerable experience preparing similar management plans, including the Coastal Zone Management Plan for Shaws Bay. The first stage of the project includes the scoping which involves undertaking a literature review, identification of information gaps and developing a stakeholder engagement strategy. Given the community interest in this project, regular updates will be provided during the project. The formal stakeholder and community consultation will occur once the initial scoping works are developed and will most likely commence in April 2018. These consultations will be widely promoted to ensure all interested parties have the opportunity to participate.

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One of the many issues facing the Richmond River and Wilsons River is the presence of carp which can completely dominate the rivers’ ecosystem. They are very effective breeders. They nibble away at the bed and banks creating cloudy conditions in the water blocking sunlight for aquatic plants. They eat the food of our native fish. At a national level, carp are in plague proportions representing up to 80% of the biomass in some river systems. The annual Carp Muster in Casino and Lismore is a fun way help to remove some of the carp from our river, but there is more to be done. The Federal Government has launched the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), which is exploring the potential use of a carp-specific virus to reduce numbers of this aquatic pest. Research and community consultation designed to provide a thorough understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with virus release are underway. Central to this research is the development of logisticallyfeasible approaches to cleaning up the large numbers of dead carp that could result from virus release. Watch this space – we will bring you updates as we have them or visit Consultation/Community-forums

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Are you waste ready for the silly season? The Christmas and New Year period is our Waste Team's busiest time of the year. Our garbage trucks collect almost double the usual amount of recyclables during this period. In order to spread a little Christmas good cheer and to allow us to continue our great waste collection service please remember to: • not overfill your bin. Bins heavier than 60kg may not be collected. • place your bins at the kerb one metre apart • take care not to place your bin by any cars, trees or objects that will prevent the truck being able to reach the bin • please don’t park your car in front of a garbage bin after it has been presented at the kerb for collection.

Tips for getting through the Christmas week….. Your waste collection service for Christmas week, starting 25 December, is the recycling and organics bins. This is great timing for all that extra food, wrapping paper and present packaging that can be recycled. USE THE LIGHT GREEN LIDDED ORGANICS BIN FOR: • All food scraps including meat, seafood, bones, dairy, bread, rice, pasta and of course vegie scraps. Wrap it up in newspaper for ease of handling and to minimise odour. • All cardboard food packaging such as paper plates, cardboard burger boxes and pizza boxes. • Recycling your live Christmas tree (cut it up first so it fits in the bin). USE THE YELLOW LIDDED RECYCLING BIN FOR: • Paper wrapping, cards and cardboard boxes. • All hard plastics from packaging to broken toys and even pot plants. • All glass including bottles, jars, drinking glasses, crockery and ovenproof glass. • All aluminium foil, whether clean or dirty.

Public bins Our shire welcomes lots of visitors and locals enjoying our parks and beaches over the Christmas holidays. Remember that it is illegal to use our public place bins for your household waste – fines can apply.


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DON’T FORGET YOUR RESOURCE RECOVERY SATCHEL (pick one up from Council or your local library) for all those batteries, old phones and accessories, even wine corks. Place this satchel in your recycling (yellow lid) bin.

Waste Management Centre open 8am-4pm 7 days a week southern cross drive ballina ph 02 6686 1287 SEE BELOW FOR CHRISTMAS TRADING...

We’ve got a gun... an

asbestos detector gun that is! We are the first council in the region to have purchased a hand held asbestos detector gun (with the assistance of EPA grant funding). This gun is a useful tool to assist in the identification of asbestos. IS IT ASBESTOS? The Ballina Waste Management Centre offers a free laboratory asbestos testing kit for residential properties within the shire. The kit includes laboratory testing of up to two samples and courier costs. Positive results are provided within five days of submission. This enables residents to accurately identify asbestos before undertaking a renovation.

New screening procedures at the Ballina Waste Management Centre All material brought to the Ballina Waste Management Centre is screened for the presence of asbestos containing material. If necessary, high risk loads such as building and demolition material will be inspected in a secondary screening area prior to acceptance at the landfill. We’ve modified our screening process at the landfill to help us identify asbestos containing material. It only takes a small piece of asbestos to contaminate an entire concrete stockpile. Once contaminated, the whole stockpile would need to be landfilled under specific conditions.

WHERE CAN I DISPOSE OF ASBESTOS WASTE? Ballina Waste Management Centre does not accept asbestos containing material. Penalties of up to $7,500 apply for disposal of soil or waste containing asbestos. The Lismore City Council Wyrallah Road Landfill Facility is the closest waste facility that accepts asbestos waste (enquire first 1300 878 387). Important: Asbestos waste must not be transported and deposited on any private or public land (for example, as fill material). It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins or to recycle, reuse, bury or illegally dump asbestos waste. To assist residents remove <10 m² of asbestos, Council offer a household asbestos disposal kit at the Waste Management Centre for $30. The kit provides information, personal protective equipment (PPE) for the removal and bagging of this material and includes the landfill disposal fee for up to 100 kg of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) at the Wyrallah Road Landfill Facility in Lismore.

No advertising material stickers Council resolved in a recent Council meeting to purchase and make available 500 “No Advertising Material” stickers as part of our efforts to minimise waste generation. Stickers are free of charge at the Council Customer Service Centre, Council Libraries and Waste Management Centre. This offer is available to Ballina Shire residents with a limit of one per household.

christmas waste services FAQs WHAT HAPPENS IF MY GARBAGE COLLECTION DAY IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY? All kerbside waste collection services remain unchanged over the holiday period. WILL THE LANDFILL CLOSE OVER CHRISTMAS? The Ballina Waste Management Centre will be closed on the following public holidays: • Monday 25 December, • Tuesday 26 December, • Monday 1 January 2018 It will be open from 8am to 4pm all other days.

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RECYCLED WATER A GROW... Nothing beats friendship with a side of fresh produce, just ask Ballina’s Community Gardens members. For the last six years Ballina Community Gardens (BCG), a not for profit organisation, has been creating an attractive garden where locals meet to grow fruit and vegetables in a healthy and environmentally friendly setting. Over time, and with a lot of hard work, the group has managed to extend the garden's activities to include more than just produce. The garden now includes a worm farm, compost, chooks, seed raising shadehouse and native and European honey bees. Fundraising has enabled the construction of a toilet, a most welcome addition! They also continue to involve other groups from around the community. Ballina Community Gardens currently has around 65 members with a variety of ages and backgrounds. The garden group has an open door and warmly welcomes any community members who want to participate.

Their philosophy is that gardening is just the platform for getting a variety of people together in a friendly atmosphere. To do this, the group has regular morning teas and working bees, which are an important part of what they do. From there, the garden’s fresh produce is shared as an exchange for helping out. This October the garden was connected to Ballina Shire Council’s upgraded recycled water after years of using potable water. This is a welcomed upgrade for the group who have found the water quality to be first class. As a not for profit organisation the significant reduction in cost is also another big plus for recycled water. The committee and members of BCG would like to thank Ballina Shire Council for their assistance in the change-over. To find out more about BCG membership, drop in to either of their Tuesday or Sunday morning working bees and speak to one of their friendly team members or visit

LOCAL EDUCATION GLOBAL CHANGE Local High School students are using their knowledge to help East African communities who need access to clean water. Last term, grade seven Ballina Coast High School students were doused with a dose of water knowledge thanks to a special visit from Crystal the water drop and Treatment Plant Process Engineer, Thomas Lees. The Ballina Shire Council Team dropped in to explain and demonstrate to the students how drinking water and recycled water is treated before it comes out of their taps at home. The presentation helped top off the students’ science topic for the term, which focused on water and wastewater treatment. “We don’t just teach the kids how water is treated and supplied in our local backyard, we also look at developing countries around the world,” said Ballina Coast High School’s Science Teacher, Nicholas Mercer. To help communities in need the students collaborated with Collins Hume Accounting to raise money through B1G1. The students participated in a Ride-A-Thon and Walk-A-Thon along our beautiful coastline to raise over $600. This money will be put to good use to help provide Malawi people with access to clean drinking water in East Africa. Congratulations Ballina Coast High School for this fantastic water initiative!


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Smarter not harder – that's our Water and Wastewater Team's mantra. As our beautiful region continues to attract more people to our patch of paradise Council must continually improve and adapt our water treatment processes. And our Water and Wastewater Team has done just that.



Recently, our team reviewed the way our water treatment system manages air flow and the results have significantly cut electricity costs. Before being discharged into our waterways, wastewater (water from your sinks, showers, toilets etc) must go through a range of treatment processes. One important step is aeration, which involves intermittently pumping air into the wastewater to remove excess nutrients. From here, sludge settles on the bottom and is pumped out to eventually become biosolids for agriculture. The wastewater then continues its treatment journey before its release. By creating more accurate air flow measurements and reconfiguring the pipework that delivers the air into the treatment process Council's Wastewater Team was able to optimise this demand and the results have been outstanding. In fact, this improvement is set to save over $240,000 a year in electricity costs at Ballina's Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant alone. This enhancement is just the start. There's a lot more in the pipeline for our Water and Wastewater Team – watch this space!


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Smart changes saves thousands

Recycled water is now flowing to parts of Ballina. On 20 October Mayor David Wright, Manager Water and Wastewater Bridget Walker and, of course, Crystal the water drop launched Ballina’s turn on of recycled water. In October the switch was flicked to start supplying properties with dual reticulation in Ferngrove, River Oaks and Ballina Heights. New users, community garden members, councillors and staff all attended the launch at Ballina Heights Soccer Club to celebrate this next phase in our shire’s recycled water journey. Recycled water was initially launched in 2016 to Lennox Head households and was the first service of its kind in regional NSW. Since then its use has saved hundreds of mega litres of precious drinking water. Our shire now has over 1,000 recycled water users and will ultimately supply some 7,200 homes in the future. Thank you to all the staff involved and the Alstonville Lions Club for their delicious sausage sizzle. To find out about more about recycled water and its uses visit

New recycled water users can collect their free user packs from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street, Ballina.

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Pooches in public places to be on a lead

Off–leash dog exercise areas Bicentennial Gardens (Northern area of the reserve), Ballina

Dogs in public places must be on a lead that is controlled and held by a competent person over 16 years of age. Dogs are not allowed in areas termed 'prohibited' such as playgrounds, The Serpentine, Shelley Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Flatrock Platform and the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head. Dogs are allowed on Angels Beach, Sharpes Beach and Flat Rock Beach but they must be on a lead. It’s a good idea to check the signs in public places to see if dogs are allowed in that location.

Compton Drive, East Ballina Gap Road, Alstonville Seven Mile Beach, North of Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head (old 4WD access) Ballina Heights Estate, Eastern Reserve Area, Ballina Heights Headlands Drive Drainage Reserve, Skennars Head The Spit, Ballina conditions of use 1. Your dog must always be under effective control. ‘Effective control’ means your dog responds to your command and remains close to you. 2. If your dog is not sufficiently trained to be under your effective control and shows signs of anti-social behaviour and aggression you must remove the dog immediately from the area.

Pippa Dog Poo Fairy Pippa has been seeing some bad behaviour lately with dog owners not picking up after their dogs. This is particularly unpleasant for other users of our public areas. Be proud of our public areas and make sure you pick it up. We want to present a nice clean area for locals and visitors alike.

3. Pick up your dog poo and dispose in a waste bin. 4. Be considerate of all other users of the area. It is not for the exclusive use of dogs and their owners. 5. Your dog must be accompanied at all times by an adult or person over 16 years. Warning: Dogs not being managed responsibly in these areas will be seized by Council Rangers. Thank you for your co-operation.

Keep your pooch safe this festive season This time of year brings local celebrations which may include fireworks. If your pet is fearful of fireworks please note that Council has approved the following event: Alstonville New Years Eve 31 December fireworks at 9.00pm For tips on caring for your pet during fireworks visit


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For many Australians a pet is an important part of the family. While owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, it is important to remember pet ownership is also a huge responsibility. As a pet owner you will be committed to providing all the requirements of your pet – food, exercise, housing, grooming and veterinary care. It is absolutely essential to thoroughly research the basics of pet care before acquiring any new pet to ensure you have the capacity to meet the physiological, behavioural and social needs of the animal. RSPCA Australia recommends you take the time to research the species or breed/crossbreed you are purchasing well before bringing them home, so you are positive your choice of pet will be appropriate for your lifestyle and you are well prepared for their arrival. Purchasing a pet should never be an impulsive decision. Shelters receive thousands of unwanted and abandoned animals each year and these are often the result of an ill-considered decision. Before you make the decision to become a pet owner ask yourself the following questions:

Am I prepared to care for a pet for its whole life?

Do I have time to care for a pet?

The average lifespan of dogs and cats is around 12 years, with some dogs and cats living until 15 or even 20 years of age it's a long-term commitment. While puppies and kittens are irresistibly adorable, you will need to be prepared to provide for an adult animal too. In the case of some dogs, larger breeds will have considerable exercise requirements and a sizeable appetite.

Caring for a pet takes a considerable amount of time each and every day. Exercise, socialisation, grooming, feeding, reward-based training, play time and providing company and attention are all critical aspects of pet ownership. Some pets will require more of your time than others but each pet will require daily care so you need to be sure you have time available each day. Puppies and kittens are a particularly large time investment.

Can I afford a pet?

Do I live in suitable accommodation with adequate space for a pet?

There are many costs involved with pet ownership. Up front costs for cats and dogs include vaccination, microchipping and desexing. However, you will need to be prepared to pay for ongoing costs associated with food, worming, annual health checks, vet bills, training, boarding, toys and bedding for the life of the animal. If an emergency or accident occurs, you will also need to ensure you can pay for any emergency veterinary treatment required. The costs of pet ownership will vary depending on the type of animal you choose. Remember that pets are an expensive addition to the family.

Do I understand how to care for a pet? It is your responsibility, as a pet owner, to thoroughly research the basic requirements of your chosen pet. You should do this before considering purchasing your pet and prior to bringing your pet home. You could look for a comprehensive book about your chosen species and other information about your chosen breed/crossbreed. If you are considering adoption, talk to the relevant adoption organisation and ask for information or if you are purchasing from a breeder, ask the breeder for more information such as how much space and exercise it requires. See the online interactive RSPCA Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer's Guide and RSPCA Smart Kitten and Cat Buyer's guide.

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Things to consider before purchasing a pet for Christmas

First carefully consider if you can provide suitable accommodation for your pet both now and well into the future. Are you allowed to keep pets at your current residence? Your home size and/or garden size are factors in determining your suitability as a pet owner for certain types of animals. If you're thinking about getting a dog - do you have a yard? Is it secure? If you don't have a yard, where will your dog be housed when you're not at home? If it is inside, where will the dog go to the toilet? If you rent your property has your landlord given you written permission to have a dog or other pet? What will happen if you have to move?

Will a pet fit into my lifestyle and priorities? Working hours, a busy social life and taking regular trips away are all factors that need to be carefully considered before purchasing a pet. Companion animals thrive on human company and will always depend on you. You must be sure that your lifestyle will accommodate them. Before you purchase a pet consider their specific requirements. Are you prepared to walk your dog everyday? Are you home often enough to keep your cat or dog company and give them attention? Do you have time to give your puppy or kitten the basic reward-based training it needs? Who will care for your pet when you are away from home? Source:

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Ballina Shire Council - Assessment of the Environmental Impact of the Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvement Works Council Project File Reference: Part V 22.2017/12 Notice is hereby given that Ballina Shire Council, as the determining authority, is in receipt of an activity requiring environmental assessment under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. submissions close: 4.30pm (AEDT) Monday 29 January 2018. Details are as follows: proponent


Ballina Shire Council

Lot 7002 DP 1052251, Lot 3 DP 1115145, Lot 2 DP 1115145, Lot 1 DP 1115145, Lot 7016 DP 1113629, PLT 62 DP 755725 and Lot 62 DP 755725, Ross Street, Pacific Parade, 77 Pacific Parade and 6 Ross Street, Lennox Head

description of proposed activity: Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvement Works Including: · Rehabilitating the Eastern Road by Profiling the Existing Pavement and Constructing a Footpath; · Reconstruction of the Existing Intersection between Pacific Parade, The Eastern Road and the Southern Road Adjacent to the Lennox Head/Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club building with a New Two-Way Intersection Incorporating the Termination Point of the Eastern Road (open to emergency and maintenance vehicles only); · Reconstruction and Minor Realignment of the Southern Road and Formalising the Adjoining Car Parking Between Pacific Parade and Camp Drew Road; and · Environmental Management Works, Bank Stabilisation, Landscaping and Open Space and Passive Recreation Embellishments. A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has been prepared by DAC Planning Pty Ltd presenting the investigations undertaken into the environmental impacts of the proposed Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvement. The REF dated November 2017 and associated documents may be inspected at Council’s Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street, Ballina, between 8.15am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), at the Lennox Head library or on Council’s website by clicking on the Notice Board (under Quick Links) then the Documents on Exhibition link on the front page at Any interested person may make a submission to Council in relation to any aspect of the proposal. Such submissions should be received by Council no later than 4.30pm Monday 29 January 2018. If the submission is an objection to the proposal, the grounds for objection must be clearly stated. For further information on written representations refer to Council’s website and follow the link: Your Council/Access to Information/Your Privacy. This activity proposal will be reported to Council for determination at one of its Council Meetings. Notification of proposals to be reported to Council can be accessed on our website ballina.nsw. (search ‘your privacy’).

onlineservices is here Use Ballina Shire Council’s new online services to check your current rates and charges balance and make credit card payments online. *credit card payments will incur a surcharge of approximately 0.5%


community connect the magazine of ballina shire council

buying a 4WD permit

to access Seven Mile Beach An automated kiosk is situated opposite the Surf Club approaching Camp Drewe Road. 1 day permit 30 day permit 6 month permit Annual permit

$12.00 $36.00 $54.00 $90.00

Payment by Card Only.

For more information visit or telephone 1300 864 444

South Ballina Beach – Dangerous Driving Council has received reports of dangerous driving on South Ballina Beach. South Ballina Beach is not under the care and control of Council, so if you do see dangerous or illegal driving behaviour please report it to the Ballina Police on 02 6681 8699.

protecting your public health Avoid peak mosquito biting times In NSW most mosquitoes become active at dawn and dusk, so it’s important to take extra care during these times by avoiding the outdoors, wearing appropriate clothing or applying repellent.

Be careful when travelling

Wear appropriate clothing

Stay and sleep in screened or airconditioned rooms. Use a bed net if exposed to the outdoors. Avoid known areas of high mosquito-borne disease transmission or outbreaks.

Minimising the amount of exposed skin reduces the risk of mosquito bites. Wear loose, light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and pants.

Protect you and your family from

MOSQUITOES Prepare your home Some mosquitoes only need very small amounts of water to breed. Remove all water containers from your yard, keep drains and gutters clear and secure screen doors, windows, and openings of rainwater tanks.

Apply mosquito repellent Use a mosquito repellent on all exposed skin areas. Avoid putting repellent near the eyes and mouth, or over open wounds, broken skin or abrasions. Always follow the product label instructions. Reapply the repellent according to instructions or when you notice mosquitoes biting.

Ballina Shire Council is actively involved in mosquito monitoring during the warmer months and data is given to NSW Health to help manage mosquito-borne risk. Council is also working with developers to ensure new residential areas are designed to minimise exposure to mosquitoes. For further information contact Council’s Public and Environmental Health Section Telephone 1300 864 444 or visit or

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Cr Phillip Meehan phone 0408 349 833

Cr Stephen McCarthy phone 0435 759 987 stephen.mccarthy@ballina.nsw.

Council services – Christmas and New Year period 2017/2018 LOCATION



Customer Service Centre

3pm Friday 22 December 2017

8.15am Tuesday 2 January 2018

Libraries Alstonville, Ballina and Lennox Head


your councillors

phone 0415 965 403


Cr David Wright

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Cr Nathan Willis phone 0434 154 782

Cr Sharon Cadwallader phone 0413 091 440 sharon.cadwallader@ballina.


phone 0418 504 644


Cr Keith Williams

Waste Management Centre

12noon Saturday 23 December 2017

Gallery Shop 4pm Friday 22 December 2017

9am Tuesday 2 January 2018 for Ballina and Lennox Head 9.30am Tuesday 2 January 2018 for Alstonville 10am Wednesday 10 January 2018

Exhibition Spaces Exhibition finishes 2.30pm Sunday 17 December 2017

10am Wednesday 10 January 2018

4pm Sunday 24 December 2017

8am Wednesday 27 December 2017

4pm Sunday 31 December 2017

8am Tuesday 2 January 2018 8am - 4pm 7 days a week except public holidays

Bins will be collected as usual on public holidays. Please have bins kerbside by 5am on your normal collection day, as start times and the order of collection may vary. Alstonville Swimming Pool

Closed for redevelopment

Cr Jeff Johnson

Ballina Pool and Waterslide

Closed for redevelopment

phone 0407 651 948

Burns Point Ferry

12 noon Monday 25 December 2017

5.30am Tuesday 26 December 2017

Administration office closes 3pm Friday 22 December 2017

8.30am Tuesday 2 January 2018

Community Spaces Alstonville Leisure & Entertainment Centre

Cr Sharon Parry phone 0408 683 052

phone 0415 482 412

Cr Eoin Johnston phone 0407 416 149


Cr Benjamin Smith

Ballina Surf Club Jingi Wahla rooms Kentwell Community Centre Lennox Community Centre

Community Spaces may be hired during the closure period by prior arrangement with Council staff.

Richmond Room Visitor Information Centre After hours emergency number 6626 6954

2pm Sunday 24 December 2017

9am Wednesday 27 December 2017

2pm Sunday 31 December 2017

9am Tuesday 2 January 2018

Emergency calls concerning water, sewerage, roads, stormwater and health matters.

council contact information Ph: 1300 864 444 | Email: | Web: Street Address: 40 Cherry Street, Ballina | Postal Address: PO Box 450, Ballina 2478 Office Hours: 8.15am to 4.30pm Mon-Fri (excluding public holidays) | After hours contact: 02 6626 6954 Council’s Community Access Points: Meeting agendas and documents on exhibition can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centre; Alstonville, Ballina and Lennox Head Libraries and Council’s website Photo contributors: Ben Wyeth, Tony Partridge, Maria Butler, Peta Lyn Dali, Kane Hibberd (image of James Reyne), Ishka Folkwell (image of Sprung).

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Community Connect | Ballina Shire Council | Issue 29 | December 2017  

Ballina Shire Council's quarterly magazine.

Community Connect | Ballina Shire Council | Issue 29 | December 2017  

Ballina Shire Council's quarterly magazine.