14.6 C
Byron Shire
April 16, 2021

Ballina Council losing tenants

Latest News

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Other News

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Local start-up brings you breakfast in bed

Breakfast is now a whole lot more luxurious with the recent launch of Le Petit Brekkie in the Byron Shire. Changing how we enjoy breakfast, Emma and Kevin, the team behind the business, curate fresh, locally sourced breakfast boxes to be delivered directly to their clients’ doors. With the tagline ‘breakfast in bed, delivered’, Le Petit Brekkie hopes to make the indulgence of a lazy lie-in even more tempting.

Poetic plea from Gaza

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre – Byron Bay This heart cry from Gaza, written by Gazan poet and...

Man charged with assault after death at Coffs Harbour

A man will face court today charged with assault as inquiries continue into the death of a man at Coffs Harbour after an altercation on Saturday.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Margaret Howes, Empire Vale

Watch out, River Street! It could be about to happen!

Acting on a tip-off given to me in the pub that the Wigmore Arcade shop-owners were closing their businesses and Ballina Council was losing a lot of tenants, I took a walk around town and asked a few questions. After all, as you and I own the Council, they are our tenants too.

My walk produced some very interesting research. Yes, I can confirm that a lot of Council tenants have decided to give their landlord the hooray.

All the leases in the Wigmore precinct expire on December 31 and thereafter tenants are on a month-to-month basis. The tenants still staying put in hope that Ballina Council will renew their leases for a longer term are the ones with massive removal costs of around $100,000 each. The tenants that Council has already lost have either shut down completely, or are in the process of it, or have negotiated three-year leases at half-price rent with other landlords. All told me they were grateful to escape their unfeeling, uncompassionate, unbending Council landlord that treats them so shabbily. After all, no business has a value unless it has a secure place to operate.

The land that Ballina’s early mayor, William Wigmore, bequeathed to Council stretches from 135 to 155 River Street through Wigmore Arcade and includes Tamar Street carpark.

The Council has its Commercial Services Department with a wages bill of around half a million dollars per annum. This department has to be kept busy, and busy it will be at your expense and mine once the redevelopment starts. I fully expect my rates will increase yet again.

Now let’s visualise the great hole in the ground if/when the demolition gets underway. The Wigmore Arcade walkway, which connects River Street to the carpark, will become a construction site and will have to be closed. There will be noise and dust everywhere and nowhere to park a car during the redevelopment stage for at least 18 months.

Meanwhile with Ballina being on a floodplain with low-lying land and a high water-table, we can expect the pile-drivers to arrive with their thumping and banging to create foundations for the new development. This can be guaranteed to produce cracks in neighbouring buildings and massive compensation claims.

You don’t have to be Einstein to see that the redevelopment of the Wigmore site would cost at least $6 million to $8 million. If existing tenants have secured new leases elsewhere for cheaper rents, they are unlikely to return. The Council is pricing itself out as the landlord.

If sea level is predicted to rise 900mm by the end of the century, what will happen to Ballina Island and William Wigmore’s generous bequest? Isn’t it time we ratepayers took a stand, as there’s nothing wrong with the existing development that’s earning us over half a million dollars a year.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.