17.6 C
Byron Shire
October 8, 2022

Ballina dredging approval could prove difficult

Latest News

It’s Ageism Awareness Day

It’s Ageism Awareness Day and the peak body for older Australians, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, say we must all take action to address the scourge of ageism –  stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

Other News

Alstonville takes out top tier of the Oceania Cup

The Oceania Cup delivered exciting and close football for the 19 teams that competed across last weekend at the...

It’s Ageism Awareness Day

It’s Ageism Awareness Day and the peak body for older Australians, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, say we must all take action to address the scourge of ageism –  stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

The soul of football-based sports

'It is around this time of the year I look at myself in the mirror and ask, "what is wrong with me?"' 

Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Future flooding fears

While we wait for the next flooding event – which easily could be worse than our previous ones –...

Darren Coyne

An application to dredge sand from North Creek at Ballina to help with the expansion of the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport is likely to be approved by the Crown Lands department, but is by no means guaranteed.

Ballina’s general manager Paul Hickey yesterday told councilors that he had spoken with a ‘guy’ at Crown Lands last week who said it looked like the application to dredge would be approved.

But Mr Hickey said he was also told that other departments, such as environment and planning, would have to be convinced of the merits of the project.

The council wants to dredge North Creek, which has become heavily silted in recent years, and use the sand for sale and to build up industrial land for its airport expansion plans.

The council also believes dredging would help improve the health of the river, however angling groups have already expressed concern in the past that the environmental impacts would be too great.

The council’s wish to dredge is part of a broader plan to expand aero services into land it owns near the airport.

The council is in the process of trying to lease the highly profitable airport to help fund up to $50 million in improvements.

Those improvements include a $7million terminal expansion, $5 million for a new road, $15 million for a bridge across North Creek, a sports centre worth up to $15 million and $10 million to fund ramps to access developments at Cumbulum.

General manager Paul Hickey told councilors yesterday that the council had received about 30 expressions of interest from companies that could help guide the council through the leasing process for the airport

Mayor David Wright later told Echonetdaily that the airport was a $50 to $60 million asset so the council wanted to ensure it proceeded with the best expert advice.


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

Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.