19.3 C
Byron Shire
August 18, 2022

End of an era for Ballina market stall

Latest News

Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

Other News

Chinny Charge returns for Sept 

After an uphill battle against COVID the Chinny Charge is going to run again on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm. 

Bundjalung Nghari – contemporary Bundjalung stories 

Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise features Rhoda Roberts AO and words by Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Ella Noah Bancroft, Daniel...

Good start to season for Byron Beez basketballers

Byron Bay basketballers have started the season strongly with the women picking up a win, and a narrow loss,...

Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

A voice for koalas: Vale Olivia Newton-John

The Rainforest Information Centre has expressed its deep condolences to the family and close friends of Olivia Newton-John who was literally the voice of the koala.

Concerns mount for Epiq Superlot 5

Submissions have closed on the controversial change of development plan for the large block at the corner of Snapper and Montwood Drive in Lennox Head, with Ballina Shire Council, Ballina MP Tamara Smith and local councillor Kiri Dicker all opposed.

Ian Rinkin, Ballina.  

Saturday May 26 was the Final Market Day here in Ballina for the weekly Missingham Park farmers’ fruit and vegetable market stall that was operated up until now by Arthur and Joanne Smith of nearby Brooklet, in Ballina Shire.

They have been successfully operating a weekly market stall on that particular site ‘near the Bridge’ for over 28 years pretty much hail, rain or shine and provided a great variety of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables – at a reasonable price too – for the Ballina community who were happy being able to buy local produce, grown here in the shire.

The changed situation has come about as a result of the Ballina Shire Council having finally decided at the April council meeting not to renew the Smiths’ fruit and vegetable  market stall licence for a further 12 months at that site.

This recent poor decision by our council staff and councillors follows on from the initial February council meeting earlier this year when a petition with over 200 signatures from the Smiths’ many loyal customers who have been purchasing produce from them for years, was presented in support of a further licence renewal being approved by Council in due course.

However, as things have panned out, that was not to be the case.

Surely this ongoing market stall licence issue, can’t be too difficult a task for the Shire’s 10 Councillors including the Mayor, to have put on the agenda – as an item for review at the next Council Meeting later this month on 21/6/18


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

Storylines – The Voice of the voiceless

My grandfather would often tell me a story. A story about a community. This community was self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determining of their own lives.

Draft COMP caps Public Access at Lismore Council

A Draft Code of Meeting Practice (COMP) and Briefing Policy prepared by the Governance & Customer Service Manager was the subject of discussion at Lismore Council this week.

Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.