Ballina ratepayers face an almost 17 per cent increase of their rates over the next three years, most of it to fund road maintenance, as well as improving the shire’s degraded waterways.
A planned new observation tower at Ballina's Sharpes Beach to improve shark detection and beachgoer safety has been given a state government grant of almost $44,000.
Ballina Shire Cr Keith Williams is calling for restoration works on the Richmond River to be the top priority for the council's next budget – and he’s asking for a rate rise to help fund it.
Supporters of an ocean pool at Ballina have been encouraged to apply for NSW Crown Lands grants to bring their dream to reality.
Ballina Shire councillor Sharon Cadwallader wants shark nets installed 'as a matter of urgency' with a program of by-catch release.
Permanent firefighters for Ballina and more police resources for Alstonville and Wardell are among motions to be considered by Ballina Shire Council tomorrow.
Shark nets could be installed along north coast beaches as early as Christmas, but not before local communities have had the opportunity to have their say on the proposal.
Drones flying over Ballina shire beaches could be the main tool to guard against shark encounters this Summer following the failure of shark barriers at Lighthouse Beach, and now Lennox Head.
Outgoing Ballina mayor David Wright says that even though the numbers look to be going his way, he’s not going to claim victory until the announcement by the NSW Electoral Commission, expected later today.
Keith Willliams, Ballina councillor and mayoral candidate Ballina’s mayor for the last four years, David Wright, has a secret agenda to privatise the Ballina-Byron Airport if re-elected. I am receiving a lot of feedback on voters’ concerns about the possible sale... Read More →
Seven people have put up their hands to be the next mayor of Ballina, including incumbent David Wright. Whoever wins will have to face the ongoing issue of how to deal with shark attacks at the shire’s beaches, which has drawn strong reactions from residents.
Cr Jeff Johnson, Ballina shire councillor. Ballina Shire Council plans to approve the expansion of activities at Boral's Bitumen Batching Plant which is in close proximity to the residential area of Alstonville. I object to this expansion to protect local residents from increasing noise pollution and toxic fumes.
Ballina Shire Council has no plans to sell its fast-growing airport despite concerns that it may be privatised, according to mayor David Wright.
The Ballina Shire Council has begun delivering recycled water to 160 new houses around Lennox Head and is hoping to increase that number to 7200 homes across the Ballina Shire. The council will hold an open day at the Lennox Head Wastewater Plant on Saturday.
A long-sought bike track for six-to-12-year-olds in the booming Lennox Head area is closer to reality with a concept plan drawn up by Ballina Shire Council.
Cr Jeff Johnson, Lennox Head. At Ballina Shire Council’s June meeting, my motion calling on council to amend its LEP (local environmental plan) to prevent the construction of three-storey McMansions in our residential areas was not supported.
Byron and Ballina shire councils are set to tell the federal and state governments they’ve had enough of the vile slogans spray-painted on Wicked Campers.
Three Ballina Shire councillors have launched last-ditch bid to prevent the removal of the eastern road at Lake Ainsworth but fellow councillors argue the project is essential to the health of the lake.
Ballina Cr Jeff Johnson. In response to the recent article critical of my support for a children's bike track at Ocean Breeze Reserve I’d like to make the following comments…
Only a handful of beaches in Ballina and Byron shires were deemed suitable for a ‘shark spotters’ program by visiting South African experts. But a majority of Ballina Shire councillors recently voted to not even receive a report from the experts, who toured the region visiting beaches.