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Winning Teamwork Josh and Paul may be rivals on the rugby field but when it comes to working for Ballina Shire Council they both agree it's a great place to be. Find out why on page 13.


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

engaged leadership Pools Grand Opening Captain Cook Memorial Park Road projects / civil projects Shaws Bay Update Playground Renewal Lennox Head's Coastal Vibe Surfing Lennox Launch Mythbusters – Do you need a kerb number? Market Calendar Rate Rise Confirmed The Retail and Food Service Information Session in Ballina NSW TAFE Excellence Awards Team Ballina takes out 2nd place in State Finals Teamwork is always a winner Give a little...change a lot

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connected community Australia Day Awards Program – what our local heroes have been up to 14 Welcome to our new citizens 15 Community Events – What's on? 16 – 17 Community Spaces – Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre 18 Need a venue? 18 Heads up on helmet safety 19 Cyclist Dismount Zones 19 Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) 19 Arts Connect – Northern Rivers Community Gallery 20 – 21 Ignite Studios – Now open! 22

healthy environment Celebrating World Environment Day 2018 Healthy Waterways – One year on Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum – August 2018 High Tides and Local Flooding Where to get info during...extreme weather conditions Love it or Lose it – Easy ways to help our waterways Improve Winterr Air Quality by Using Your Wood Heater Correctly Backyard Burning Water Talk – Issue 41 Waste Watch – Issue 21

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prosperous economy Economic Development Strategy Discounted energy efficient lighting Ballina Shire Economic Snapshot The latest news from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Ballina Coast and Hinterland Around the Business Chambers Lennox Village Vision

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from the mayor’s desk I cannot believe that half the year has already passed us by. It also means that there is plenty on in the festival and events calendar and I hope that you get to enjoy all the hard work that goes into the preparation by volunteers. The recent `Love Lennox Festival' was a magnificent event with thousands of people enjoying over 90 stalls, along with food tasting, a brilliant dog show and multiple street activities. Thanks go to the businesses who volunteered and organised the day. The upcoming, `Ballina Food and Wine Festival', is a wonderful smorgasbord of fresh local produce and food vendors, supported by entertainment from Australian legend, Diesel. Locals and visitors can also enjoy wine, beer, cider, spirits and food tastings, culinary and cottage industry exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and wine appreciation sessions. This fabulous community event is presented by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond with funds raised going to the Ballina Shire Rural Fire Services. A highlight for the winter period is the `Skullcandy Oz Grom Open 2018' from July 13 to 18. The brilliant festival goes a step further this year introducing a new boys and girls sanctioned Pro Junior. Vision of the event, using drone technology, is broadcast around the world, highlighting the beautiful surrounds of Lennox Head. The event has the members of Le Ba Boardriders and others providing the necessary volunteer support. The above events exist through the efforts of teams of volunteers and Council funds add to improvements in the events each year. During this time of year I also attend many service club changeovers and award presentations. These are wonderful functions and it is amazing that our shire has so many great people willing to give up their time, energy and cash to help others. Congratulations to the Ballina Hospital Auxiliary who continually raise funds for the Ballina Hospital. Their recent craft extravaganza at the Ballina Jockey Club was well stocked with beautiful handicrafts and with fine weather, it was very well attended and should help this financial year's fundraising target of $100,000. Amazing work to everyone involved. I was privileged to be invited to present the 2018 NSW Training Awards (North Coast and Mid North Coast Region). Ballina Shire Council supports this wonderful event as a gold sponsor. There are seven award categories and many thousands of candidates to select the winners from. Congratulations to two Ballina Shire students for winning their category. Riley Wellman – Alstonville Public School and now St John's College Woodlawn, won the 2018 North Coast School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award and Anna McNaught from Alstonville High School won the 2018 North Coast VET In Schools Student of the Year. Both will go to the State Finals. Well done. Finally! Yes, the Ballina and Alstonville Pools will be officially opened on Saturday 28 July 2018. These are two amazing, family friendly venues and with all pools being heated, they will be a great asset to the community for many years to come. See page four for more details. Cr David Wright


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POOLS GRAND OPENING 28 July 2018

Ready, Set, Splash!

On Saturday 28 July, get your swimmers on and get set to dive in to the opening of the Ballina Memorial Pool and the Alstonville Aquatic Centre! The much loved community pools have been closed to undergo major upgrades and refurbishments that include a new heated 25 metre learn to swim pool, and a FINA compliant eight lane 50 metre Olympic sized pool. The pools have state of the art heating pumps powered by the sun, filtration facilities and a stunning new water splash area for the kids. Pack a picnic and use the new BBQ facilities or pick up something from the kiosk. Ballina opening from 9am. Alstonville opening from 11am. Bring your family and join in the fun!

CAPTAIN COOK MEMORIAL PARK Stage one of the upgrade to Captain Cook Memorial Park, located adjacent to the Ballina RSL, has been completed as part of the Captain Cook Memorial Park Masterplan. New paths encourage greater movement from River Street towards the scenic Richmond River. Landscaping and additional seating also make the park more appealing for passive recreation. Finishing touches to the parks, entry from River Street and new lighting will be installed in the coming months.

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

Observation Tower – Sharpes Beach

COMPTON DRIVE/SHAWS BAY Works included car parking, stormwater, access improvements to the foreshore, and the installation of a disabled ramp is underway. More information see page six.

ROSS LANE/BYRON BAY ROAD ROUNDABOUT New roundabout completed and ancillary works to be finalised, including erection of a frog fence to allow safe passage to the culvert for the wallum sedge frog.

RIVER DRIVE, Seg 90 – Road reconstruction. OBSERVATION TOWER - SHARPES BEACH Construction of a new observation tower at Sharpes Beach is complete. Thanks to $39,783 from the NSW Department of Primary Industries through the Observation Towers Funding Program 2016-17, the tower will provide improved facilities, shelter and vision for the lifeguards that patrol Sharpes Beach. The creation of the tower will improve the ability of life guards to monitor and manage the safety of all beach users at this popular location.

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CURRENT PROJECTS HOUGHLAHANS CREEK ROAD, TEVEN Culvert replacement, and flood damage repairs.

RIVER DRIVE Seg 140, EAST WARDELL – Road reconstruction. BYRON BAY ROAD (North of the Ross Lane Roundabout) As part of the Ross Lane $1.9 million Australian Black Spot funding, three kilometres of works will include curve correction, pavement rejuvenation and general safety improvements.

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BALLINA SURF CLUB STORAGE BUILDING Concrete walls are coming up and it is expected that the building will be ready for the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club 2018/2019 summer patrol season.

BALLINA INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE Architects have completed the detailed design, which has been reviewed by Council and comments provided. It is expected that tender drawings and specifications will be completed by the end of June 2018 and tenders called shortly afterwards.

FUTURE PROJECTS (JULY – SEPT 2018) BURNET ST, Seg 80 – Road reconstruction. SIMMONS ST, Seg 20 – Road reconstruction. DUCK CREEK MOUNTAIN – Bike Park Entrance Driveway construction (on behalf of RMS)

For updates on road closures visit myroadinfo.com.au

TAMAR ST, Seg 30 – Road reconstruction. FAWCETT LN, Seg 10 – Road reconstruction.

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Shaws Bay Update Shaws Bay looks better than ever Have you been to Shaws Bay recently? If so, you would have noticed quite a few improvements to the popular and iconic recreation area. The team have been working hard and have completed a range of works along the Western foreshore, including: • New formalised parking • Accessible access ramp • A variety of new seating options • Improved stormwater quality and discharge point • New shower facilities • Improved landscaping and planting of shade trees. Shortly, we will also install new bike racks and two picnic areas with shelters, tables and chairs.

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These works came from a series of actions from the Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan and have created a safer and more accessible area that will be enjoyed by visitors and locals for years to come.

A seating success There has been a lot of interest in the new Shaws Bay seating, which has been designed, built and installed by dedicated council staff. Not only were they designed and custom built in-house, staff also made the bench seats using recycled timber from the old Teven Bridges. Timber from the old Teven Bridges were also used in the construction of the access ramp. These iconic bridges were built in 1909 and are linked to the natural, cultural and historic landscape of the Richmond River district. The big scrub timbers supported these bridge structures for over 100 years and now our community will enjoy them as they take in the beautiful Shaws Bay scenery.

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New playground for Fawcett Park The popular playground on the banks of the Richmond River is currently being upgraded. The new boat themed playground is designed to ignite children’s imaginations. The layout will include swings, seesaw, spinner and basket swing to encourage inclusive play for young children of all abilities. The new playground will also include shade sails to provide sun protection. Fencing will provide a barrier between the play space and adjoining hazards but it will not be gated. The large perimeter fencing will improve passive containment of energetic children while still maintaining an inclusive and socially responsible play space for the whole community. This is in line with the findings of risk assessments carried out for insurance and safety purposes and is considered best practice, even considering the playground’s proximity to the river. Active supervision of children in playgrounds and surrounds is encouraged at all times. The playground will be ready for play in July.

Product Information Sheet

A cosmos multigoal facility is coming to Porter Park, West Ballina

FREEGAME

A cosmos multigoal facility caters for many sports such as basketball, soccer, netball, hockey and whatever else children can dream up.

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Its size means many children can play at once, encouraging social and physical play. The new facility will be ready for action by the end of July (weather permitting).

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These works are delivered under Ballina Shire's Playground Upgrade Plan. To view the plan visit Council's website ballina.nsw.gov.au (search playgrounds).

Product Design and Physical Attributes

To explore playgrounds in Ballina Shire visit ballina. nsw.gov.au (search playgrounds).

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Lennox Head's Coastal Vibe

Surfing Lennox Launch Surfing Lennox – From Then to Now a 104 page pictorial captures changes in the once sleepy fishing hamlet of Lennox Head to present day with the crowds that are attracted to our world renowned surfing destination. The dedicated volunteer Surfing Lennox Crew have donated over 1,500 hours of their time to assist Lennox Head Heritage Committee (LHHC) and Lennox National Surfing Reserve Inc collect, reproduce and share many previously unpublished images and recollections of surfing in and around Lennox over 70 years. They were helped financially by the Royal Australian Historical Society, Ballina Shire Council, Ben Franklin MLC, and generous community members who contributed to to a GoFundMe campaign. Surfing Lennox – From Then to Now can be purchased from Lennox Bookmark, Lennox Head and the Visitor Information Centre, Ballina.

A new public artwork is to be included in the landscaping works for the new Ross Lane Roundabout at Lennox Head as part of Council’s Public Art Program. The 12ft 2 inches Malibu surfboard and leg rope titled “The Rusty Plank” has been forged from cor-ten steel and is the vision of local artists Jim Blower and Potts. Their collaboration encompasses the spectrum of surfing emotions: A heavy metal attitude with a beach boys spirit. “We salute the monumental role that surfing has played in our lives and the enduring friendships forged by this shared passion.” The work was considered especially appropriate for the site based on the historic and contemporary significance of surfing to the seaside township of Lennox Head. The artwork has been complemented with landscaping reflective of the local coastal vegetation to enhance the beach vibe of the work.

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Clockwise from top left: Surfing Lennox Crew; Judy Gibbon surfs Lennox, 1964; Dorothy Thompson and Robyn Hargrave in the Mark Waller painted barrel at Love Lennox; The Point 1973 by Peter Green.

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DO YOU NEED A KERB NUMBER? No. Numbering on the kerb outside your home is not a Council requirement but an optional service. Recently, we have received a lot of enquiries from local residents unsure about the need to have their street number displayed on the kerb outside their home. We want to remind residents that kerb numbering is not a Council requirement.

What is kerb numbering? Kerb numbers are usually painted on the gutter or kerb directly outside your home.

What is the advantage of a kerb number? Having your street number painted on the kerb can make your home easier to find for your family, friends, postal services or emergency services.

Who offers this service? If residents choose to use this optional service they need to use a council-approved contractor. Private contractors, external to Council, who have sought written approval from Council can provide this service. At the moment there are no approved contractors within Ballina Shire. Earlier in 2018, Council had one approved private contractor, but this approval has now been withdrawn. Residents who are approached by a contractor are urged to telephone Ballina Shire Council’s Civil Services Group on 1300 864 444.

There’s a craft market, a carboot market or a farmers market, somewhere in the Northern Rivers, every weekend. 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

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LENNOX HEAD COMMUNITY MARKET (Monthly)

Every second and fifth Sunday of the month 8am – 2pm Williams Reserve Lennox Head

View the Northern Rivers Market Guide at discoverballina.com to see where the markets are this week!

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Rate Rise Confirmed Like many councils across NSW, Ballina Shire Council faces the challenge of how to best maintain services and ageing infrastructure – the cost of which is rising faster than Council’s income. Following the August 2017 Meeting, Council resolved to proceed with community consultation on a special rate variation (SRV) proposal above the rate peg set by the NSW Government. In May 2018, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), approved the rate variation for 2018/19 and 2019/20 as permanent increases. The income from the rate increase will allow Council to renew key infrastructure such as roads, stormwater, playgrounds, and community buildings sooner and to fund the Healthy Waterways program. Council continues to pursue productivity and efficiency improvements with some examples outlined below, contributing to an overall estimated savings in operations of close to $3 million per year.

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EFORMS – WHS COMPETENCY ASSESSMENTS A technology based management tool uses e-forms to conduct the Work Health and Safety competency assessments. The outcomes are automatically recorded in Council’s electronic document management system sending an alert to the relevant staff member when an assessment or document is due for review. This has significantly reduced the administration, paperwork, and reduced Council’s risk exposure.

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MATERIAL REUSE

LED STREET LIGHTING

Council recycles pavement materials from road projects to use on unsealed roads. Based on the last two years we reused approximately 13,000 tonnes of material per year. If this material was to be purchased at the quarry at $19/tonne it would mean an additional expense of $247,000 per annum. It also results in large savings in disposal costs.

Council has entered into an agreement with Essential Energy to replace faulty street light fittings with LED fittings. LED fittings are more energy efficient and have a longer life than existing street lighting. Ballina Shire has 3,155 light fittings and the replacement of these fittings will extend their life to a minimum of 15 to 25 years. Energy reductions also result in a decrease in Council’s electricity charges.

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GPS ON STREET SWEEPER GPS equipment in our street sweeper allows council staff to collect and analyse data to reduce non-sweeping travel time. The roll out of GPS tracking to other plant provides detailed information about the productivity, travel routes and usage patterns. This data will be used to better meet our service standards as well as optimise work routes and reduce travel hours per day.

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RESPONDING TO CUSTOMER REQUEST USING SMART DEVICES Smart devices provide an excellent tool for managing tasks in our Customer Request Management System. This technology has reduced time and resources in printing the customer request and response times have improved by seventy-five per cent. Added benefits include ability to use GPS locations, capture images, access customer details, and provide better service delivery with quicker response rates.


The Retail and Food Service Information Session in Ballina

Is the food you sell safe to eat? Customers expect the food they buy to be safe to eat. With consumers dining out more and new food trends constantly emerging, it’s more important than ever to increase your food handling skills and knowledge. Hosted by the Food Regulation Partnership, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to attend the Retail and Food Service Information Session on Thursday, 26 July in Ballina. Join other local retail food businesses, council environmental health officers and NSW Food Authority representatives to learn how to instil a culture of food safety in your food business to keep food safe and your customers free from foodborne illness. As this free event includes an open discussion forum, you’ll also be able to raise issues, ideas, concerns or challenges with food safety professionals.

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WHEN: Thursday, 26 July 2018 WHERE: Ramada Hotel and Suites, 2 Martin Street, Ballina TIME:

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Doors open from 8:30am with morning tea on arrival. If you would like to be part of the conversation, register your free attendance at foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/frpgroupballina

FURTHER INFORMATION If you have any questions about the Retail and Food Service Information Session, contact the NSW Food Authority on 1300 552 406 or food.contact@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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NSW TAFE EXCELLENCE AWARDS Cementing its reputation as a leader in vocational education and training, TAFE NSW continue to acknowledge the achievements of its students. Ballina Shire Council employees celebrated their successes at the recent NSW TAFE Excellence Awards held in Lismore. Congratulations to the following employees:

NATE HOLLEY-DONOGHOE CERTIFICATE III IN FORMWORK / FALSEWORK Nate was awarded the Formwork/Falsework Award of Excellence

MYLES BURGESS CERTIFICATE III IN ELECTROTECHNOLOGY ELECTRICIAN Myles was awarded the Electrotechnology Stage 2 Award of Excellence

PATRICK WRITER AND IAN JOHNSON COMPLETED STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN PREVOCATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIGITAL LITERACY Pat and Ian were awarded the Local Government Information Technology Outstanding Achievement Award. Nate Holley-Donoghoe

Team Ballina takes out 2nd place in State Finals Residents of Herdinkatz Shire get along like cats and dogs. Remotely located, the small but divided community has never come to terms with Felinesville and Bigadog Councils being forced to amalgamate over a decade ago. Herdinkatz Shire is a mythical community created by the Local Government Professionals NSW for the Rural Management Challenge. Challenge participants take on different fictitious roles to tackle real life scenarios that councils face. This year’s Ballina Shire Council team members (pictured L-R) were Alistair Weallans, Engineer, Adam Wood, Business Analyst, Lindell Parlour, Rates Officer, and Tracy Lister, Coordinator Communications. John Truman, Group Manager Civil Services, provided guidance as the team’s mentor and said that Ballina Shire Council is proud of the team’s performance. “The fast paced challenge really puts participants under pressure by testing and developing their analytical and decision making skills and their ability to work as a team.” The challenge saw 24 teams from across rural and regional NSW compete. The Ballina Shire team took out the Northern Rivers Challenge and set its sights on the state championship, competing against other regional finalists in Sydney – where the team placed second in the state. The three highest scoring teams for the Rural Management Challenge Final were: 1. Goulburn Mulwaree Council 2. Ballina Shire Council 3. Tamworth Regional Council.

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Ballina Shire has hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help make our community a great place to live and visit! A morning tea was held to acknowledge Council's amazing volunteers and to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Our volunteers make a tremendous contribution to Ballina Shire through their involvement in Council's volunteering programs such as:

Teamwork is always the winner There might not be an " I " in team but there's definitely a footy. Ballina Shire Council staff members, Paul Crozier and Josh Pauling both know the value of teamwork on the field and in the workplace. Each season, Paul (a Lennox Head Trojan) and Josh (a Ballina Seahorse) go head-to-head on the field for the coveted local rugby union premiership. But come Monday they swap their opposing jerseys for a Council uniform and use their teamwork skills to score tries to improve our community and tackle electrical and construction projects. As Council's Coordinator of Construction and Trojan's fullback, Paul is no stranger to working with and managing a team to deliver large projects like the Skennars Head Road and Ross Lane roundabout.

• Access Reference Group • Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Ambassadors • Landcare and Coastcare • Broadband for Seniors Tutoring • Community Participation Program (Garden Restoration) • Northern Rivers Community Gallery • Ward Committees (A, B + C). To find out more about these groups and to get involved, visit our website ballina.nsw.gov.au (search volunteer)

“The best part of my job is definitely our crew of guys. We use our strengths to work as a team and get the job done, which is similar to a footy team on the field,” says Paul. Seahorse second rower and local boy, Josh, joined Council's team of electricians ten years ago. He was in Council's very first cohort of school-based apprentices and worked one day a week with Council electricians during grade 11 and 12.

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“Not long after my electrical apprenticeship finished I was lucky enough to get a permanent job with Council. Over the last ten years I've enjoyed the safe and supportive work environment they provide - plus the rostered days off aren't bad,” says Josh. But just like on the footy field, working at Council has its challenges. “As an electrician, we often receive call outs which can be any time of the day or night. We have to act fast and work as a team to fix the issue efficiently to avoid impacts to the community,” explains Josh. For Paul, who manages multiple projects simultaneously, the challenge is to deliver improved infrastructure, such as new carparks and roundabouts, efficiently while balancing community expectations. “Generally, I oversee three large projects at once and my job is to make sure it's done safely, within budget and with as little impact to the community as possible,” says Paul. “I am happy to say, most of the time we get this balance right and it's always rewarding to finish a project like the Ross Lane roundabout and know you've helped make our community safer,” adds Paul. Footy team alliances aside, Josh and Paul definitely agree on one thing; Ballina Shire Council is a great place to live and work. Both agree it's the unique and laid back lifestyle our shire offers that makes this one of the best places to be on the east coast. The local rugby union season for 2018 is well underway and the Ballina Seahorses and Lennox Head Trojans are neck and neck! We wish both Paul and Josh all the best with the rugby union premiership this September. To find out about current job opportunities at Ballina Shire Council, visit ballina.nsw.gov.au

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Australia Day Awards Program

What our local heroes have been up to… In this and the next issue of Community Connect we profile our Citizen's of the Year from 2011 to 2018. These community-minded Ballina Shire residents epitomise what it means to be named Citizen of the Year. They continue to make a significant contribution through their involvement with various community groups, organisations and events. Read what they have been up to, and get behind their great initiatives and events.

Col Lee, 2012

What community involvement have you continued since receiving your Award?

What it means to receive the Citizen of the Year Award?

I've been fundraising for over 20 years and have contributed over $350,000 to community groups. Since my Award the fundraising has contributed $17,890 towards the Club Lennox reopening, $26,000 towards a new Transitional Room at Biala Support Services, over $4,000 from My High Tea Events to a Guide Dog for Biala Support, a $19,600 Mobility Mat gifted to Northcott Disability Services which is housed at the Ballina Surf Club, and $12,000 shared among Heartfelt House, Molly Apeal and Northcott Disability Services.

I am extremely proud to be recognised as Ballina Citizen of the Year for 2012. As a local born and bred in Ballina Shire it is a very significant achievement for someone with an extremely humble upbringing on a sugar cane farm. This Award inspired me in remaining active and setting an example to others in community involvement. What community involvement have you continued since receiving your Award? I am an active member of the Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond and have been Chairman of the Ballina Food and Wine Festival Committee for the past five years. I still am recognised as the Ballina spokesperson for Our House Accommodation facility in Lismore and am regularly called upon to speak to numerous charitable organisations wanting to make donations to this worthy organisation and the people it cares for. How can the community support your fundraising efforts? Attend our Ballina Food and Wine Festival where we give financial support to worthy local charities and organisations in our shire. See page 6 for details on the Ballina Food and Wine Festival or visit ballinafoodandwine.com.au

Tracey Everingham Armstrong, 2014

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How can the community support your fundraising efforts? I’m hosting my 19th Annual Charity Melbourne Cup Day at the Beef and Beach in Lennox Head. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 3 July and normally sell out by the end of July. Tickets are available from Lechelle Fashion Boutique, Lennox Head, or to book a table guests can contact me on 0401 070 602. You can also find me on Facebook. I want to extend a huge thank you to our wonderful giving community who year after year support my fundraising events. Together we do this!

Dawn Sword, 2016 What it means to receive the Citizen of the Year Award? I am very aware of all the selfless Ballina Shire citizens who give tirelessly of their time and talents to help those less fortunate than themselves and  to be chosen from among these makes me feel very humble but extremely proud of the tremendous honour that the award brings.

What it means to receive the Citizen of the Year Award?

What community involvement have you continued since receiving your Award?

It was a huge honour and surprise. I love my role as a function and fundraising coordinator for people with disabilities and a community in need. It’s fulfilling and humbling and after 19-years I'm as enthusiastic as ever.

I have continued with my work with all of the clubs and groups I have had the pleasure to work with being, East Ballina Lions, VIEW Club, The Hot Meal Centre, Meals on Wheels and the Leo Club.

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How can the community support your fundraising efforts? East Ballina Lions manage the Ballina Community Market on the third Sunday of the month. Funds raised at this event are donated back to the community by the Lions. Community support is essential for the


success of the markets and I urge the community to support the markets as an event on the Ballina calendar which will then help the Lions help the less fortunate in our community. See page 9 for market details.

Doug Stinson, 2017 What it means to receive the Citizen of the Year Award? I was particularly grateful and honoured to receive the Award as I am well aware of the number of outstanding citizens who contribute so much to our local community and, in many cases, go unnoticed. In gaining the Award I believe it gave me greater opportunities to encourage local people to become involved in volunteering and reap the many rewards of their contributions. What community involvement have you continued since receiving your Award?

You've read about what some of our previous Citizens of the Year have been up to, now it is time to nominate your local hero. Each year Ballina Shire Council recognises the accomplishments, generosity and contributions of our local heroes through the Australia Day Awards Program.

Categories for nomination include: Local Hero Sportsperson Young Citizen

Senior Citizen Community Event Arts/Cultural Award.

The Citizen of the Year Award is selected by the Australia Day Committee from all of the nominees across the six categories. It's easy to nominate online at ballina.nsw.gov. au (search Australia Day). Nominations close Monday 3 December 2018.

Welcome to our new citizens

Seven new citizens from England, Scotland and Thailand were welcomed as new Australian Citizens at a special ceremony in the Council Chambers in mid June. We hope our new residents find Ballina Shire an ideal place to make their home.

If anything my community involvement has increased in the last two years since the Award presentation. In my role as a Cancer Council supporter I have been involved with the development of the Home Visit Support Service for cancer patients and the planned Cancer Council Patient Transport Service. Around twenty volunteers have been trained to visit cancer patients and their carers in their homes and provide friendship and lend a caring ear to their worries and concerns.

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How can the community support your fundraising efforts? To date I have recruited twelve volunteer drivers to be trained in readiness to take on the role of transporting Ballina cancer patients to treatment in Lismore. A vehicle is soon to be purchased by the Cancer Council and the aim is to transfer patients unable to afford the cost of Community Transport and who have no other means of getting to treatment. I would be grateful for more volunteers for this service. The Ballina Relay for Life is a wonderful event organised entirely by a volunteer committee of dedicated locals. In recent years it has been difficult to recruit new members to this committee and I would be very grateful for further volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for these two programs, or would like to receive assistance from the Home Visit Support Service contact Doug 0412 663 872 or doug.shplan@gmail.com

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What’s on? COMMUNITY EVENTS BALLINA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 29 JUNE – 1 JULY 2018 Ballina Jockey Club and Ballina RSL Club ballinafoodandwine.com.au The festival kicks off on Friday night 29 June at the Ballina RSL Club with the Asahi - After Dark Gala Dinner, featuring superb food, teamed with De Bortoli wines and Asahi Premium beer. Live entertainment by Elizabeth Lord and Leigh James. Ray and Chrissy from Swing On In will be performing a few dance moves on the night. Sunday 1 July is the main Festival Day, held at the Ballina Jockey Club, featuring exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations and quality entertainment. Australian Rock Royalty – Diesel will be performing along with Jed Zarb and Blake Tailor. There will be a top line up of chefs in the cooking marquee including Sean Connolly, host of SBS television series - My Family Feast. Entry to the festival is for 18 years and over only. This festival is run by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond.

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NAIDOC WEEK 8 – 15 JULY 2018 NAIDOC Week is a special time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and society. This year’s theme celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. Under the theme – Because of her, we can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art. For more information and a copy of the program for all activities planned for NAIDOC Week in Ballina Shire visit Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov.au or discoverballina.com.au

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SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN 13 – 18 JULY 2018 Lennox Head skullcandyozgromopen.com.au The Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla returns to Lennox Head for its seventh year on the junior calendar. The competition is renowned for the strongest line up across the age groups of 12s to Pro Junior Age. A full international field is again expected as the event has attracted surfers from ten different countries in previous years. The event is broadcast live around the world and this year drone cameras will add to the spectacular action. It is rated as the best Junior Competition in the world. All event divisions will be broadcast live on the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open website. Other activities running during the event include the Vissla Shapers Bay – come and watch some of the best shapers at work; interacting with the audience as they shape a board. On Sunday night of the event – budding surfing film makers will showcase their edits on the big screen at the competition site; featuring competitors in the event.

BALLINA LIONS CLUB 13TH ANNUAL FUN RUN WALK 15 JULY 2018 Missingham Park Amphitheatre ballinalions.com The Annual Fun Run Walk includes 5km and 10km men and women, 5km for under 12s and 17s girls and boys, 5km for over 50 men and women, 5km walk for individuals and families. Entry forms are available from Athletes Foot Ballina Central and the Ballina Lions website. Proceeds will be donated to Heartfelt House, Biala School and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. The event commences 9am with registrations from 8am.


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RICHMOND CHRISTIAN COLLEGE 25TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 10 AUGUST 2018 4PM – 8.30PM Richmond Christian College – 7 Gallans Road, Ballina richmond.nsw.edu.au Richmond Christian College invite the community to join them in celebrating their 25th birthday with an evening of family fun. There will be rides including a giant inflatable commando course, giant slide, bungee tramps and mini jeeps as well as games, stalls and food with a fireworks finale! Unlimited ride tickets are available for purchase from the school office prior to the event.

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18 – 19 AUGUST 2018 Shaws Bay, East Ballina

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This great family event is a wheelchair friendly inclusive for all the community. Starting at Missingham Amphitheatre, the 4km walk will continue along the North Wall and return to Missingham Park where you can enjoy some fun activities.

Dragon boat crews from far and wide will converge on Ballina for the sixth Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club Regatta.

The benefits sports tourism contributes to the local economy are significant, and Ballina Shire is set to welcome triathletes for a two-day multi-fun weekend .

Registration opens at 7.30am, with a warm-up provided by Laughter Worx and Zumba. The walk commences at 9am. After the walk enjoy the East Ballina Lions BBQ and tombola stall, and an all ages all abilities obstacle course. Entry is $10 per person or $20 per family (limited to 5 members). Sponsorship cards are available from the Biala Office or email school@biala.org.au. A prize will be awarded to the highest fundraiser. Assist Biala Support Service with their support for children, adults and families with disabilities in the Northern Rivers.

Crews will compete in a 1km Chase Race, 100m Splash 'n' Dash Round Robin and the hotly contested State of Origin on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday there will be a full day of 200m sprint racing involving clubs from NSW and interstate as well as community teams drawn from the local area. This is an officially sanctioned Dragon Boats NSW Regatta, sponsored by the Shaws Bay Hotel. Spectators are very welcome to come along and experience the excitement at this family friendly, fully catered, alcohol and dog free event. If you would like to enter a community team contact Karen on 0413 429 913.

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Organisers NXsports are looking forward to introducing a 2-day program that focuses on family participation. The Ballina Triathlon has also been selected as the opening event for the North Coast Triathlon New South Wales Interclub Regional Series. The new program opens Saturday 25 August with various activities for kids and families in Pop Denison Park, followed by the Sprint Distance Triathlon for ages 13 and up on Sunday 26 August. The Ballina Triathlon is an ideal warm up to the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast in September. Many athletes are looking forward to stretching their legs after winter and the snappy circuit that NXsports has created in Ballina is the perfect precursor for worlds.

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Events liste correct at time d are of publication. Visit discover ballina.com or telephone 18 00 777 666 for event deta ils.

Entries for the event are now open, visit ballinatri.com.au to register!

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Need a venue?

Ballina Shire Council’s Community Facilities have a venue to suit all your room hire needs.

Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre In April this year Ballina Shire Council’s Community Facilities Team took over the management of the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre (ALEC). For anyone who has not been to ALEC before, we have a sports hall, complete with a full size basketball court; a large multi-function hall that is ideal for theatre, exercise classes and functions; a meeting room and a commercial kitchen that are all available for hire. We are interested in hearing from local community groups, sporting groups, businesses and individuals who are looking for the ideal location to hold their events. The Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre is at 42-46 Commercial Road, Alstonville (adjacent to Alstonville Library).  For enquiries contact the Community Spaces Team on 02 6687 6291 or communityspaces@ballina.nsw.gov.au.

PARK LANE THEATRE A hire venue of choice for live performances, theatre, bands and large scale community events.

NORTH LAKES HALL A great venue for private parties, community group meetings and social club functions.

BALLINA SURF CLUB The perfect wedding venue, with views over Lighthouse Beach. Great conference venue, private parties or celebrations.

ALSTONVILLE LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE Everything including a sporting venue for gymnastics, indoor soccer, trade shows or community functions.

RICHMOND ROOM This venue lends itself to everything from dance classes to community group meetings, funerals, wakes and private parties. Meet Dean and Abbey, who can help you with your enquiries to hire the ALEC.

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A great venue for business meetings, community groups and workshops.

LENNOX COMMUNITY CENTRE Ideal venue for dance, yoga and zumba classes, sporting activities, playgroups and health clinics.

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For all enquiries please contact: Council’s Community Spaces Team, Phone: 02 6687 6291 Email: communityspaces@ballina.nsw.gov.au Web: communityspaces.com.au


Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP)

Bicycle riders are required by law to wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened. In NSW there are no exemptions from wearing an approved bicycle helmet. Research shows that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 74 per cent in crashes with motor vehicles. A bicycle helmet that is not correctly fitted and fastened does not provide enough protection in a crash. Approved bicycle helmets have stickers or labels certifying that they meet the Australian and New Zealand standard (AS/NZS 2063) and have passed stringent safety tests. Replace your helmet if: • It’s been dropped onto a hard surface or involved in a crash or severe fall • You see any cracks in the foam • The straps look worn or frayed

The PAMP was recently reviewed to include an additional seven projects.

…and cycling helmets are not the same as skateboard helmets Bike helmets are made to protect your head if you are in one big crash – like getting hit by a car.

The PAMP now includes 96 pedestrian capital works projects, including new footpaths, footpath connections, path and kerb upgrades and pedestrian refuges for over the next 10 years.

Skateboard helmets are made to protect your head (especially the back of your head) from lots of small bumps and falls – like falling backwards off your skateboard at low speed at skate parks and in driveways.

The updated PAMP will be considered by the elected Council shortly.

ALLOW TWO FINGERS BETWEEN YOUR EYEBROWS AND YOUR HELMET.

ENSURE THE STRAPS JOIN IN A ‘V’ JUST BELOW YOUR EARS.

For further information telephone Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer, 1300 864 444.

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Cyclist Dismount Zones When you see these signs….dismount and walk your bike. Grab a Bike M from ap Inform the Visitor ation C Cnr Riv entre, Balsas er St and La s Plaza, B Ph: 18 00 777 allina. 666.

You will see these signs in a few locations around the Ballina Shire, however one particular path that is often ignored by cyclists is the riverfront walk from the Ballina RSL Club to the Ramada Hotel in Martin Street. Cyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles: • Where there is an end shared path sign or road marking • Where there is a no bicycles sign or a no bicycles road marking

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current exhibitions Exhibition Dates: 4 – 29 July 2018 | Sunday Gathering Launch Event: Sunday 8 July 2018

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This vibrant exhibition coincides with NAIDOC Week celebrations featuring a diverse selection of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living and working in the Northern Rivers region. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme 'Because of her, we can', is an opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make, to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

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2018 Annual NAIDOC Week | Group Exhibition

Image: Annual NAIDOC Week Exhibition July 2017 Nancy Walke Language Installation

Exhibition Dates: 4 – 29 July 2018 | Launch Event: Thursday 5 July 2018

Re-connection | Fredrick Alexander Wales Re-connection is the artist’s first solo show outside of the UK and explores his connection to Ballina and Byron Shire through painting familiar scenes and aspects of surf culture. Each work captures the energy of the location with texture and unique black and white compositions: often creating a graphic style touching on expressionism. Image: Fredrick Alexander Wales Sharpes at Dawn Waiting 2018

Exhibition Dates: 4 – 29 July 2018 | Launch Event: Thursday 5 July 2018

WATER-FALLS | Lismore TAFE Group Exhibition Following the 2017 Northern Rivers floods, a group of Lismore TAFE artists have created works sharing their personal experiences of devastation and recovery. All artists were studying or teaching at Lismore TAFE when the flood inundated the town; completely closing the campus for more than a term. The studios are again buzzing with artists. ‘Water-Falls’ is a show of works-on-paper. Image: Carmen Goodwin Transformation 2017

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Exhibition Dates: 1 - 26 August 2018 | Launch Event: Thursday 2 August 2018

After School Art Classes | Term 3

A Thread of Birds | Janet Mackay AU G U S T 2018

A Thread of Birds presents a collection of fleeting moments within the bird world. Janet explores the use of thread and fabric to create images which honour her observations of these wonderful creatures. Image: Janet Mackay Singing 2018

What would I do without you? | Ryan + Wright Two contemporary fine artists share their divergent art practices. Melissa Wright exhibits her sculptural artworks referencing ancient/contemporary mythologies, and Lesley Ryan presents her mixed media works, of watercolour paintings and unique drawings on clay. Image: Lesley Ryan The Colourist 2018

No Boundaries | Belinda Sochacki No Boundaries encompasses a collection of works taken from our unique locality with emphasis on Sochacki’s addiction to detail through the manipulation of the humble Biro.

Ignite Studios @NRCG is pleased to announce a new BrightSparks after school art program. This exciting new art program aims to develop budding artists’ creative skills and nourish young imaginations by exploring different themes, art materials and techniques. Time:

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Where: Ignite Studios @ NRCG 60 Crane Street, Ballina. Cost: $220 per term (includes all materials) Bookings essential Book online @ nrcgballina.com.au or call the Gallery 02 6681 6167 Prepayment essential to secure a place. Bright Sparks workshop in the Gallery. Photo courtesy of Ben Wyeth.

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Image: Belinda Sochacki Bush Stone Curlew Q1 2018

thanks to our sponsors In Full Flight | Jennifer Long An exhibition of mixed media work that explores different ‘flight’ paths and evokes thoughts about the journeys we take in life. Inspired by stories of war and families fleeing persecution, images of bird and cage, boat and water, tower and tunnel hint at freedom and its loss.

The Ballina Shire Council and Northern Rivers Community Gallery gratefully acknowledge our exhibition sponsors Stone and Wood Brewing Co. and Allegiance Wines. Allegiance Wines proudly sponsor the Gallery exhibition events - A Northern Rivers local producer sourcing, blending and creating premium parcels of wines from around Australia & New Zealand.

Image: Jennifer Long Red Rock 2016

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ignite STUDIOS | @ Now Open! Ballina Shire Council and Northern Rivers Community Gallery opened the big red doors of Ballina’s newest art space, Ignite Studios @ NRCG on Saturday 5 May and everyone was invited to the launch party! The former Ballina Fire Station came alive with a range of performances, creative activities and workshops for the whole family to enjoy! The launch event was just a taster of the types of arts activities that will take place in the new revitalised creative space. The day kicked-off with a visit from our local Firies (former residents of the building) in a big shiny red fire engine, followed by a beautiful dance performance by the Bundjalung Saltwater Women. Bundjalung Elder, Aunty Carol Roberts and Bunjum Aboriginal Corporation representative Tania Marlowe delivered a Welcome to Country jointly in English and Bundjalung language. Mayor David Wright officially launched the space cutting the ribbon and welcomed everyone through the shiny red doors. There were special performances by ‘Monkey Monkey Shake Shake’ in the morning and Max McAuley from Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre performed a moving solo work in the afternoon. Throughout the day there was a number of free drop in workshops facilitated by resident Ignite Studio artists Lesley Ryan, Melissa Wright and Janet Vandenberg. The back garden was transformed into a mini art village with a range of ‘art stations’ offering drop-in creative fun for all ages including a weaving circle with Bundjalung Saltwater Women, badge making, card making, face painting, lino printing and a “tote and T” custom heat transfer art print station by local designer Anthony from ‘Ballifornia Designs’! The Ignite Studios workshop spaces are now available for bookings. Keep an eye out on our website and be sure to sign-up to our E-News or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be kept in the loop! For more Information visit www.nrcgballina.com.au

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The Ballina Shire community celebrated World Environment Day on Friday 8 June by planting trees on the Lennox Headland. Since 2003, GeoLINK and Ballina Shire Council have hosted the annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day to coincide with World Environment Day – the biggest globally celebrated day for positive environmental action.

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Celebrating World Environment Day 2018

This popular community event continues its goal of reinstating the Lennox Headland back to the way it was in the 1860s and, through the planting of littoral rainforest species, creating a lasting natural legacy for generations to come. 2018 marked the 16th Annual Lennox Headland Community Tree Planting Day. We had 157 people join us to plant 1000 trees. This was a fantastic outcome and we could not have done it without all our volunteers and school groups. Thank you to all our volunteers who took part in the celebratory planting day. A special thanks to Rainforest rescue, Jali ALC, Lennox Head Lions Club and GEOLINK. Well done Ballina Shire! To see how the project has progressed over the past 15 years visit Council's website ballina.nsw.gov.au (search World Environment).

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Healthy Waterways Program...One Year on Council’s Healthy Waterways ratepayer levy has been in place for one year, and has received approval to continue into the future. In this edition of Community Connect we are looking at our progress in the first year of the program to help improve our waterways.

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Our team has been busy preparing and planning a range of frameworks and initiatives for this important environmental program.

On Ground Works Bush regeneration - Council has partnered with North Coast Local Land Services and is supporting ground works on Maguires Creek. Funds were provided for professional bush regenerators and plantings throughout a number of locations along Maguires Creek in Alstonville.  This support is in addition to the normal support Council provides to Landcare Groups. This work could not be completed without our shire's dedicated Landcare groups. Replanting native vegetation – Council has applied for a Part V Determination to remove large non-native camphor trees in Bulwinkel Park so they can be replaced with native vegetation.  Removing the large camphor trees will allow the creek to provide a native habitat for freshwater fish and platypus. Weed removal – Works are also planned for Teven Road and Alstonville Road reserves adjacent to Houghlahans Creek and Maguires Creek.  Currently, these areas are congested with weeds however large vast scale weeding, replanting of native plants and a progressing weeding project will guarantee the new plantings have an opportunity to develop.

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Pictured L-R: Bob Smith (Alstonville High School Landcare Group), Rhonda Thompson (Bushland Restoration Services), Jai Sleeman (North Coast Local Land Services) and James Brideson (Ballina Shire Council).


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Community education and engagement The Healthy Waterways program hosted two community information evenings throughout the year. The first community event looked in detail at the Ecohealth Report which was a comprehensive assessment of the Richmond River as a whole and its health. The second information evening highlighted a new publication, The Landholders Guide to Looking After Waterways in the Richmond River Catchment, which considers the important role of riparian vegetation in freshwater locations of the Richmond River. This was presented by Anthony Acret, Natural Resources Management Planning Coordinator, from Rous County Council. We also heard from Dr Norm Duke, an expert in mangroves who has worked all over the world, who explained the important role of mangroves for maintaining river health. Healthy Waterways also supported the ongoing promotion of the ‘Love it or Lose it’ animation series (which was developed under an Environmental Trust Grant). These three stories highlight how bad habits are doing more damage than we realise. By making positive changes in your backyard, business or on the land will ensure future generations can continue to enjoy clean drinking water, healthy fish and beautiful waterways. These animations are available for anyone to use as an educational resource from the ‘Love it or Lose it’ website loveitorloseit.com.au or see page 28 for more information. 

Specialised training Council conducted free erosion and sediment control training to educate local builders, landscapers, contractors and Council staff about their responsibility to keep the soil on site. Development is great for the local economy but unfortunately it can negatively impact local waterways. Issues can occur when construction sites do not manage soil and erosion correctly causing soil and other materials to flow into rivers, lakes or the ocean. This training looked at both large sites and smaller housesized lots and talked about:

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Planning for the Future To support effective future works, detailed management studies for Lake Ainsworth and North Creek have been initiated. These take the form of a Coastal Management Program which is a prescribed planning and study process under the Coastal Management Act 2016.

North Creek is in the Scoping Study stage Council has contracted Alluvium Consulting to undertake the Scoping Study. They have commenced consultation with local stakeholders regarding longstanding issues. Look out for Council staff at the local markets in July, where you can provide extra feedback or visit Council's website to complete the online survey ballina.nsw.gov.au (search North Creek).

Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program Update Stage 1 of the Coastal Management Program was completed on 31 May 2018 with the scoping study being submitted to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The scoping study involved collating existing information, undertaking a preliminary risk assessment, implementing a community communication portal, developing the community and stakeholder consultation strategy and identifying technical studies required to fill key information gaps. Stage 2 of the project has now commenced and will involve community and stakeholder engagement, confirmation of key issues and concerns and completion of technical studies. This is due for completion in early to mid-2019. The community is encouraged to visit the dedicated project webpage to provide input and monitor the progress of the project hydrosphere.com.au/lakeainsworth

Tuckean Catchment Hydrological Study Council has also financially supported a hydrological study into the Tuckean catchment with a plan to consider options for improving water quality discharged from this location. Ozfish Unlimited is running this study and is currently collecting data and information which will be reported back to the community and funding partners when available. For further information: Cassie Price 0402 408 791 or John Larsson 0418 66 1467.

Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum – August 2018 The Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum is on again this August, back where it all began in Ballina! Make sure you keep Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August free to hear presentations on all things fish habitat, local projects, how to get funding and what you can do to get involved. We will also be heading out into the field to see fish habitat first hand, and visit some rehabilitation sites. When: Friday 24 - Saturday 25 August 2018 Where: Ballina Beach Resort, Cnr Compton Dr and Cedar Cres, East Ballina Register: Contact Scott Nichols from Fisheries NSW - NSW Department of Primary Industries on 02 6626 1396.

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High tides are a natural phenomenon that affects low-lying coastal towns.

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The upcoming high tides generally occur at night. Where possible, motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists should avoid affected roads as salt water may affect maintenance of vehicles and bodywork.

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Roads likely to be affected by king tides and saltwater flooding include:

ROAD CLOSURES

When high tides reach 1.8 metres minor flooding can occur on our local roads.

• Tamar Street, Ballina • Riverside Drive, West Ballina • River Street, West Ballina • Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina • North Creek Road, North Ballina • Southern Cross Drive, North Ballina • Uralba Road, Uralba • Old Bangalow Road, Tintenbar • Tamarind Dr, Cumbalum

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

FIELD CLOSURES

Upcoming high-tides of over 1.8 metres will occur on 9 July, 10 August and 7 September 2018. These dates are indicative and the high-tide may be for a duration of a week.

Contact your sporting club.

For road information visit myroadinfo.com.au or telephone Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.

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WEATHER CONDITIONS BALLINA BYRON GATEWAY AIRPORT Your local airline for flights to and from Ballina: Rex Airlines 13 17 13 rex.com.au Jetstar 13 15 38 jetstar.com Virgin Australia 13 67 89 virginaustralia.com.au FlyPelican 02 4965 0111 flypelican.com.au

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ACTIONS TO TAKE • Alerts are issued via Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov.au and your local radio station. • Delay any unnecessary travel until conditions have cleared. • Look out for your neighbours

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• If water is overflowing in street stormwater drains, stop 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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Easy ways to help our waterways The Richmond River catchment is home to beautiful beaches and scenic rivers but sadly everyday behaviours negatively affect the waterways we love. Councils within the Richmond River catchment joined forces six months ago to produce an animation series, titled "Love it or Lose it", to highlight some of these issues and offer solutions.

good land management practices on rural land is one way to help keep our waterways clean for future generations.

These stories highlighted making positive changes in your backyard, business or on the land will ensure future generations can continue to enjoy clean drinking water, healthy fish and beautiful waterways.

On the land remember to: • Plant and protect riverbank vegetation • Remove non-native weeds or vegetation • Fence off stock from riverbanks • Use best practice when using pesticides and fertilisers • Manage floodplain drains • Correctly manage on-site sewage management systems (septic tanks).

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Help save water

Our gutters and drains are all part of a large stormwater system. When it rains, stormwater runoff from around our streets and homes can wash dirt, litter, pollutants and other nasty things into our waterways where plants, fish, frogs and other precious aquatic animals live. With your help, we can keep our precious waterways clean and healthy by stopping pollution entering our gutters and drains in the first place. At home and work remember to: • Use a clipping catcher and put all garden waste in your organics bin • Wash your car on the grass • Pick up dog poo • Store chemicals (oils, paints, fuels, cleaning agents) safely • Put your litter in the bin • Manage construction sites carefully by using correct erosion and sediment control.

Watering the garden, taking a shower and getting a glass of water are all daily activities that are easy to take for granted. But water is precious and we all have a responsibility to help conserve and protect it. With just a few simple changes, like installing a rainwater tank or using recycled water, you can help our local Richmond River catchment conserve precious drinking water. Remember to: • Use the half-flush on your toilet • Buy and use efficient appliances • Fix leaky taps and toilets quickly • Monitor your water meter for potential leaks • Mulch your garden to minimise watering • Cover pools and spas to decrease evaporation • Water your garden in the morning and afternoon.

LOVE IT OR LOSE IT What you can do on the land There’s nothing a farmer likes more than a good rain shower but in our climate we sometimes get more than a shower! This generates runoff. Rural runoff is stormwater that moves across our landscape through fields and natural areas after it rains. Poor land management allows weed seeds, soil, litter, nutrients and other pollutants to be washed into our waterways. This can have severe effects downstream but using

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There’s something about a cosy wood fire on a cold night isn’t there? Unfortunately backyard burning or the incorrect use of internal wood fires can generate excessive smoke which can have a negative impact on our air quality.

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Council’s Backyard Burning Policy aims to prevent air pollution and eliminate smoke and odour from inefficient backyard burning. Restrictions apply to backyard burning in urban and closely settled areas such as Alstonville, Ballina, Cumbalum, Lennox Head, Wardell and Wollongbar, however some exceptions do apply. Maps showing restricted areas can be downloaded from Council’s website.

Even with an exemption, obligations to prevent or minimise pollution and take into account the potential impacts on any person do apply. Breaches may lead to a penalty infringement notice of up to $1,000.

During the bush fire danger period a fire permit may be required for fires lit in the open. There are other general requirements at other times of the year. Further information: Ballina Shire Council 1300 864 444, ballina.nsw.gov.au (search backyard burning) Bush Fire Information Line - Rural Fire Service: 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737) rfs.nsw.gov.au

Improve Winter Air Quality by Using Your Wood Heater Correctly Here we look at some of the ways you can reduce smoke from your wood fire. • Always burn small logs of aged, dry hardwood. Unseasoned wood has more moisture which makes a heater smoke. • Store wood under cover in a dry, ventilated area. • Use plenty of dry kindling to establish a good fire quickly. • Never burn rubbish, treated or painted wood as this can pollute the air and can be poisonous. • Keep the flame lively and bright. Your fire should only smoke for a few minutes when you first light it and when you add extra fuel. • Don’t let your wood heater smoulder overnight. Keep enough air in the fire to maintain a flame. • Check your chimney or flue regularly. If there is smoke coming from the chimney increase the air supply to your fire. Check your heater complies with Australian Standard 4013:1999.

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SAVE WATER AND PAY LESS Brook’s chooks and vegie patch are blooming thanks to the fresh rain water from his new water tank. As our drier months begin the Alstonville resident is pleased to know his delicious snap peas and fresh bok choy will continue to happily grow soaking up his tank water. Brook uses his water tank to water his garden, clean his car and for his chooks. Brook saved $1,000 using Rous County Council’s (our bulk water supplier) water tank rebate and was only out of pocket $425 for the cost of his 10,000-litre tank. He is also now saving on his quarterly water bill which has dropped to just $30. But Brook says although the savings and rebate are a good incentive it wasn’t the main reason he installed the water tank. “I am a big believer in water conservation because water is life. I also enjoy knowing I am decreasing my environmental foot print." “The rebate process was very easy and I've been suggesting my friends and family also take advantage of Rous’ generous rebate,” Brook added. By installing a water tank your family could save 50,000 litres a year plus hundreds of dollars off your water bill. To take advantage of Rous County Council’s water tank rebate program telephone 02 6623 3800 or visit rous.nsw.gov.au

Lennox water a winner Since 2016, residents in Lennox Head have been enjoying crystal clear recycled water which was the first of its kind in regional NSW. This innovative water project was a long time coming and involved a range of Council staff who worked proactively to offer the sustainable water service to our community. Last month this program, and Council’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineer Thomas Lees, was recognised by the Water Industry Operators Association at their annual industry conference in Tamworth. Thomas won best overall paper for his summary of Lennox Head's recycled water service. Congratulations to Thomas and our Water and Wastewater Team for their winning effort! To find out more about recycled water in our shire visit ballinawater.com.au

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Is your water meter in hiding?

BALLINA'S MOST

If you can’t find your property’s water meter chances are we can’t either. Each quarter, water meter readers visit properties across the shire to record water usage for your quarterly bill. But sometimes water meters can get lost amongst dirt, landscaping or overgrown grass. This makes it next to impossible for Council contractors to locate and read a property’s water usage. When a water meter can’t be located Council staff will contact the resident and then return to the property to try again. Unfortunately, this impacts on Council resources and inevitably costs the ratepayer.

earbuds

WET WIPES / NAPPY WIPES

NAPPIES

SANITARY ITEMS

FATS / OILS

UNDERWEAR

It's easy to show us your meter! Simply, clear away grass or any other obstructions from around your meter. Another idea is to clearly mark your water meter’s location with a stake and red ribbon. Water meters are generally read in mid March, June, September and December. So next quarter, remember to find your meter and clear away any obstructions. For more information, call Council on 1300 864 444.

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T biode he label g rada a cun ning d ble, is jus t is us an d doe guise to fo o s l should not m ean be toilet ( put down it eg we t t wipe he s)

Council's Water and Wastewater Team are asking our community to identify sewer offenders that are flushed down toilets and clog the system. Poo, pee and paper are the good guys and are more than welcome to be flushed. But fats, wet wipes, earbuds, nappies, false teeth, plastic objects, sanitary items, colostomy bags and even underwear must be stopped, caught and convicted (or placed in the bin) before they enter your toilet. The blockages caused by this most-wanted list can lead to serious environmental pollution, backing up of sewers into homes and health risks to our community. Fixing these blockages can also cause expensive operational costs, which costs the ratepayer.

To find out what not to flush visit ballinawater.com.au

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keep calm keep recycling Our New Waste Education Officer Samala Heart will be supporting our community to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle our waste items as best we can. “It’s an exciting time in the waste industry,” says Samala. “Following China’s National Sword Policy, the country’s recycling efforts are being looked at with fresh eyes." "Our approach is ‘we’re all in this together’. This includes residents supporting the local recycling industry by doing their bit and clubs, schools and community groups involving themselves in initiatives like Boomerang Bags and Return and Earn programs." "The current nationwide focus on improving onshore processing of recyclable materials will be better for the environment and provide more jobs here. We’re lucky to be part of an innovative region who work together to create positive change, so it’s important to make sure that we’re only placing items that can be recycled in the yellow-lidded recycling bin. This supports our recycling efforts and assists the sorting staff at Lismore’s Recycling Facility to excel at their jobs.”

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Ballina Shire residents are being asked to make some simple changes to their recycling habits as the effects of China’s National Sword Policy are felt across the country. The National Sword policy is the Chinese Government’s mechanism to limit contamination rates of recycled products to less than 0.5%. Up until last year, the majority of the first world’s recycling was sent to China for remanufacture, however most Australian Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) simply cannot comply with the 0.5% threshold. This applies to plastics, paper and cardboard products, which make up the majority of what goes into our kerbside recycling bins. We are lucky to be able to send our kerbside recycling to the state of the art MRF at Lismore, but this policy shift has placed pressure on recycling industries across Australia. In order to maximise what can be recycled, and to keep the processing costs down, Ballina Shire Council is asking residents to make some small adjustments to household recycling habits to help cope with the change. • Keep your recycling as clean as possible. • Do not put anything into your recycling bin that cannot be recycled. Keep it simple: aluminium, steel, glass, hard plastic, bagged up soft plastic, paper and cardboard. • Do not put anything smaller than a business card size into your recycling bin, that includes loose lids. • Keep items like hoses, pipes and anything that has many different types of materials in it (e.g. a plastic toy with bits of steel) out of your recycling bin. • Keep contamination out. The main offenders are: dirty nappies, clothing, shoes and anything that can get tangled up such as rope, hose and fairy lights. Council will continue to keep you updated with tips and reminders. Feel free to contact Council staff on 1300 864 444 if you would like further information.

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Top Three Recycling Tips

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Keep it clean.

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Leftover food and garden organics is the biggest challenge in our recycling bins. Place all food scraps in your compost bin or green-lidded organics bin and keep items as clean as possible; a quick rinse in old dishwater is usually enough.

collection of garden/organics (food scraps, garden & lawn clippings)

JULY 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

OCTOBER 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

JANUARY 2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

APRIL 2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Keep it loose. Don't use a bin liner for your in home recycling bin. Make sure the recyclables are placed in the yellow lidded recycle bin loose. Tied up recyclable containers contaminate quality loads.

For more information visit ballina.nsw.gov.au

fortnightly collection of recyclables (cardboard, paper, glass, cans & recyclable plastics)

AUGUST 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

NOVEMB ER 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

FEBRUAR Y 2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

MAY 2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

fortnightly collection of mixed residual waste (non-recyclable) Dark green or red lid bin

Waste Calendars

SEPTEMB ER 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

DECEMB ER 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

MARCH 2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

JUNE 2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

See inside this edition of Community Connect for your Waste Calendar for 2018/2019. If it is missing you can collect your copy from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street, Ballina or telephone 1300 864 444 and we will mail one to you.

Good news for our residents visiting the Waste Management Centre

Keep recycling. We’re proud of our region’s efforts and lucky to be part of an active sustainability focused community.

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Waste Management Centre Open 8am-4pm 7 days a week Southern Cross Drive, Ballina ph 02 6686 1287

Our fees and charges have been streamlined in favour of residents and will come into effect in the 2018/2019 financial year. Our transfer station is also set for an upgrade. In the coming months, the site will be getting a makeover so that it’s more user-friendly.

There are two reverse vending machines in Ballina Shire: 1. Big W - Ballina Central Carpark, Kerr Street, Ballina 2. Woolworths Ballina Fair Carpark, Cnr Fox and Kerr Streets, Ballina

We’d love some feedback on your transfer station experience. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve please complete a short survey card available from the landfill weighbridge or online at ballina. nsw.gov.au or scan here.

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Plastic Bag Ban in Supermarkets: With major supermarkets set to ban plastic bags at their registers, it’s time to start thinking about a sustainable game plan. Remembering to bring reusable bags to the supermarket can sometimes be challenging. We recently ventured out to our local supermarkets to chat with community champions already shopping with reusable bags. What’s their secret?

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YOU READY ?

“I put them back in the car as soon as I’ve used them, but the trick is remembering to get them out. It’s just about breaking the habit and then it’s easy.” WENDY AND SEAN, EVANS HEAD.

Take our Quiz Check your recycling know-how!

1. Can scrap metal be placed in my recycling bin? 2. Do tissues go in the Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin? 3. Is a plastic lid too small to put in the recycling bin? 4. Are single use compostable or biodegradable nappies okay in the Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin?

“I put them on the passenger seat of the car so I don’t forget.”

How did you go? Check your answers below.

ANNE, BALLINA

4) No. regardless of their marketing, all single use nappies must go in the red-lidded waste bin. Certain nappy brands were trialled at Lismore’s composting facility but were deemed unacceptable for recycling. 3) Yes. The rule of thumb is anything smaller than a business card is too small for the recycling bin as it can jam the equipment at the recycling facility. 2) Yes. Tissues and other soiled paper products such as napkins and pizza boxes go in the green lidded FOGO bin. Only clean paper items go in the yellow lidded recycling bin. 1) No. Only metal packaging such as cans can be placed in your recycling bin as it’s processed differently to thicker and stronger scrap metal. Scrap metal can be taken to the Waste Transfer Station and disposed of at nominal expense for household quantities.

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“My bags live on a hook at the front door so they remind me on my way out.” JANE, MEERSCHAUM VALE.


OPPORTUNITY – INNOVATION – ACTIVATION The new Economic Development Strategy for Ballina Shire has been adopted by Council. The strategy identifies key drivers and opportunities for economic development in Ballina Shire and the Far North Coast. The strategy looks at opportunities and entrepreneurship and innovation that Council and stakeholders can pursue over the next ten years. The development of the strategy was based on consultation with local businesses and key industry groups.

Ballina Shire Economic Snapshot

To view the strategy visit Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov.au (search Economic)

employment 3.25%

Discounted energy efficient lighting Households and small businesses can now access a discounted lighting upgrade offer, with the NSW Government subsidising new lighting systems installations and bulb costs, through approved suppliers. Families will be able to slash their power bills by more than $200 a year under a NSW Government initiative. Small businesses will also save up to $2,300 a year, under the scheme, which enables people to swap old light bulbs for discounted energy efficient ones.

3.25% DECEMBER 2017

net worth $1.9b

OF LOCAL ECONOMY 2017 $1.9 BILLION

property value $134m

To find an approved supplier in our area, head to the Power to Save website today. powertosave.nsw.gov.au

$134 MILLION IN 2016/17 FINANCIAL YEAR

airport passengers 500,000

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

500,000+ BALLINA BYRON GATEWAY AIRPORT PASSENGERS IN 2016/17.

population

43,000

43,000 POPULATION IN 2017 51,300 POPULATION EXPECTED BY 2036

tourism visitors 615,000

2016/17 – 615,000 OVERNIGHT VISITORS

*These statistics are sourced from demographic and economic data publically available at economy.id.com.au/ballina

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LATEST NEWS FROM

ballina byron gateway airport Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal Expansion Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BBGA) caters for up to 520,000 passengers annually and continues to grow at 6% per year. Ballina Shire Council is about to expand and upgrade the BBGA terminal and carpark to cater for our growing passenger numbers and provide a better passenger experience. This project is funded by NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Program ($4.5 million) and $2.4 million in loan funding from Ballina Shire Council. TERMINAL EXPANSION AND CAR PARK UPGRADE The works will include: • Increasing the size of the departures lounge including additional seating capacity • New toilet facilities, upgraded disabled toilets and parents room • A new cafe, bar and additional retail outlet • Sustainable and energy efficient design features. Woollam Constructions has been selected as the building contractor. Construction works are expected to commence in late June 2018.

Tourism Campaign compels visitors to escape to the Northern Rivers A major tourism campaign is underway targeting couples in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle to escape to the Northern Rivers and fly into the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. The Tourism team at Ballina Shire Council is behind the dynamic, online digital campaign to attract more visitors in the low season. The Get Lost in The Moment marketing campaign targets couples who are actively connected to the internet, are on social media and are highly influenced by digital mediums. A digital campaign is a cost effective way to connect with these consumers with 80 per cent of them using the internet to select travel and accommodation. To increase visitation to the Northern Rivers we’ve worked with interested local businesses to create exciting new experiences that locals can also enjoy. The choices range from private dining experiences and chefs dinners, scenic flights to private picnic locations, coffee and gin tours, cooking and art workshops, ninja warrior training through to indulgence, image and photography packages. The campaign will appear across premium video channels, online TV, social media and The Urban List – the leading ‘goto’ guide for anything worth tasting, trying and booking! Go On…Get Lost In The Moment! Pick up a copy of ‘Experience the Unique’ from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre and enjoy some of the exciting new things on offer. Phone 1800 777 666 or visit discoverballina.com for further details and bookings.

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coast & hinterland

Exclus i Offersve

Amazing Art

Silk Painting is just one of the amazing art experiences on offer thanks to renowned local artist Kim Toft. Operating from her Ballina studio in the Ramada Complex, Kim runs small group classes in the skillful and colourful world of silk painting. “You don’t have to be a good drawer or have any previous art experience,” explains Kim. “It really is an opportunity to step into a new world of self-discovery, removing the pressure of day-to-day life and get totally absorbed in the moment. I can’t explain the pleasure people feel from seeing what they are capable of, it is so rewarding to be able to share my passion with others,” said Kim. A four hour workshop complete with a 30cm x 40cm silk painting is $130 per person.

Health and Wellbeing

Blushed and Beautiful is the brainchild of local award winning business women Melissa Edwards. Melissa wanted to create more than a hair and beauty salon, she had a vision of creating a lifestyle experience too. A place where customers can reinvent themselves, learn new skills, get advice on styling, or experience a professional photoshoot – all in a beautiful French style lounge complete with food and beverage menu! “My biggest passion in life, and in my business, is helping woman to see their worth, and that they deserve to be pampered and nourished. Not just for special occasions, but for every day," said Melissa. Blushed and Beautiful has designed three experiences for the Get Lost in The Moment marketing campaign, which are also available to locals. A pamper photography package that includes professional hair and makeup, and a portrait photography session. A private makeup and hairstyling consultation, and the ultimate pamper package from head to toe including brunch and champagne. Packages start at $139 per person.

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Food

To showcase some of our best local seafood, Danny’s Bonefish Bar and Grill has packaged up a signature seafood platter with wine, but this is no ordinary seafood platter! Sit back, relax and enjoy a three-course seafood feast overlooking the Richmond River. Start with fresh local prawns and oysters, followed by melt in your mouth bugs, squid and scallops. To finish enjoy grilled fish of the day along with sides of chips and salad. This offer is available seven days a week for lunch and dinner for $98 for two people. To enquire or book any of these experiences call the Ballina Visitor Information Centre 1800 777 666 or visit discoverballina.com. Gift vouchers are also available.

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around the business chambers alstonville wollongbar chamber of commerce

AWCC Business & Community Awards Saturday 11 August – Alstonville Sports Club This year’s Awards is shaping up to be the best yet. With live music from Luke Vasella the evening promises to be a great night out for members and guests of the business community. To book your tickets telephone Alstonville Plateau Sports Club on 02 6628 0497.

Chamber meetings Our Business Breakfast meetings continue to be popular with members and guests, our church groups have been very generous by providing a free breakfast to all those who attend. Our Business After Hours evenings are held at various local businesses and are also well attended and a great way to network and hear all about the host business. All businesses are welcome to send a representative from their business to these events.

Tosha Falls for Tourism The Tosha Falls Management Plan adopted by Council in January this year provides access to one of our shire's iconic waterfalls. Public infrastructure is currently underprovided and the plan discusses access options including a walking track from Lumley Park. At this stage no funding has been allocated to implement the plan. If you are interested in getting involved and making further representations to Council contact the AWCC via email info@alstonvillewollongbar.com.au or telephone Richard Lutze on 02 6628 5048.

Upcoming events:

No Town Festival this year!

7 August (7.30am) - Free Breakfast Meeting + AGM Venue: Alstonville Uniting Church, 14 Bugden Ave, Alstonville Guest Speakers: Emily Kate presentation of the AWCC Website Brian Maher presentation of the AWCC Plateau Tourism Guide

The Town Festival over the last few years has been a huge success for the community, local cafes and retailers thanks to the expert organization by the Alstonville Lions Club, AWCC and the WAR Rugby Club.

4 September (5.30pm) - Evening Networking Meeting Venue: The Plaza, Alstonville Host: Avid Insurance Brokers – Dave Katschke

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Unfortunately this year we didn’t attract an event organiser. The AWCC would love to hear from anyone who is keen to get next year’s festival up and running, bigger and better.


Welcome to our new and existing board members. We wish them a successful year, and thank them for generously volunteering their time to champion Ballina businesses. President – Glenn Costello (DAISI) Co-Vice Presidents – Amanda Edmonds (Edmonds Conveyancing) and Deb Grant (The Professionals Real Estate) Treasurer – Mark Turner (Revolution Advisors) Secretary/Public Officer – Michael Young (McCartney Young Lawyers) Board Members – Jennifer Littler (Hertz) and Irene Tory (Copy That at Profsec).

2018 Ballina Coast and Hinterland Business Excellence Awards Saturday 11 August 2018 – Ballina RSL The Ballina Coast and Hinterland Awards program recognises and rewards excellence in local business, innovation, sustainability, corporate citizenship and safe work practices. It is a night when the business community comes together to celebrate their achievements and toast their successes. Winning a local business award is a valuable way to boost staff morale and pride in your business, take advantage of free marketing, benchmark against other businesses in your industry and attract new clients or business alliances. The awards also provide an annual opportunity for you to review systems and undertake operational improvements. Take this opportunity to promote your strengths, nominate before Friday 20 July 2018.

Upcoming Events Tuesday 10 July Business After Hours hosted by ZZZ FM Wednesday 18 July Breakfast Before Business: Graham Annesley, CEO of the Gold Coast Titans, Saturday 11 August Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner & Dance Thursday 30 August Breakfast Before Business: Craig James, Economist with the CBA Tuesday 11 September Business After Hours hosted by Summerland Credit Union If you would like to find out more about Chamber activities, events and sponsorship opportunities email events@ballinachamber.com. au or call us on 6681 5049.

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VILLAGE vision

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ballina chamber of commerce

Ballina Shire Council recently sought community input into the future of the Lennox Head Village Centre. Traffic counters were installed in and around the village to collect information on vehicle movements and numbers over holiday and non-holiday periods. This data is currently being analysed. A community survey to assist in determining community priorities for the village centre closed on 20 June. Over 500 surveys were completed and the results are currently being collated and reviewed. Information from the traffic counts and community survey will inform further reporting to Council in the coming months. For project updates visit Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov. au (search LVV)

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what ward are you in?

Cr Phillip Meehan phone 0408 349 833 phil.meehan@ballina.nsw. gov.au

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

WARD A

your councillors

phone 0415 965 403 david.wright@ballina.nsw. gov.au

MAYOR

Cr David Wright

WARD B

Cr Nathan Willis

LENNOX HEAD

phone 0434 154 782 nathan.willis@ballina.nsw. gov.au

WOLLONGBAR

CUMBALUM SKENNARS HEAD

Cr Sharon Cadwallader

ALSTONVILLE

phone 0413 091 440 sharon.cadwallader@ ballina.nsw.gov.au

DEPUTY MAYOR

phone 0418 504 644 keith.williams@ballina.nsw. gov.au

WARD C WARD B

Cr Keith Williams

BALLINA

WARD A

Cr Jeff Johnson phone 0407 651 948 jeff.johnson@ballina.nsw. gov.au WARDELL

Cr Sharon Parry

Visit ballina.nsw.gov.au and follow the links to subscribe or call 1300 864 444 for further information.

phone 0408 683 052 sharon.parry@ballina.nsw. gov.au

phone 0415 482 412 ben.smith@ballina.nsw. gov.au

Cr Eoin Johnston phone 0407 416 149 eoin.johnston@ballina.nsw. gov.au

WARD C

Cr Benjamin Smith

(c) NSW Spatial Services 2018. This map is illustrative and not to scale.

Councillors are here to represent your views. Councillors are elected in Wards, however each Councillor represents the entire community and can be contacted on any matter. You can contact Councillors in person, by phone or email.

council contact information Ph: 1300 864 444 | Email: council@ballina.nsw.gov.au | Web: ballina.nsw.gov.au 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 ballina.nsw.gov.au Photo contributors: Christian Photiou, Stephen Pope, Vic Leto, Judy Gibbon, Tony Partridge, Maria Butler, Paul Tuthill Photograph, Cassie Price (OzFish), Water Industry Operators Association, Shannon Mackie of Mack Media , Ben Wyeth, Marc Stapleberg News Corp.

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