Wollongbar residents can now provide Ballina Council with feedback on their ideas for the future of their town and surrounding area. Ballina Shire Council has developed the draft Wollongbar Planning and Environmental Study and the draft Wollongbar Strategic Plan 2018 – 2038 and both will go on public exhibition between 22 August and 2 November 2018.
Ballina Shire Council consulted with Wollongbar residents in 2017 about the future of the local community and these two documents provide a framework to put those ideas, as interpreted by staff, into action.
‘It was great to see the Wollongbar community engage with the process during last year’s consultation period. They provided a number of ideas and comments that have helped inform the draft strategy for the future of Wollongbar until 2038,’ said Ballina Shire Council’s acting manager strategic planning, Mr Klaus Kerzinger.
The study outcomes reinforce the retention of the rural separation between Wollongbar and Alstonville, particularly along Lismore Road, so that each township maintains a separate character and identity.
Also discussed are options related to maintaining a supply of conventional lots for home building, and an expansion of the Russellton Industrial Estate to help create local jobs.
Council is particularly interested in hearing from Wollongbar residents during the exhibition period. The community is encouraged to review the ideas and actions proposed and nominate additional ideas for Council to consider. Feedback can be provided through the online survey available on Council’s website, or by letter and email.
The draft strategic planning documents can be viewed on Council’s website at (search Wollongbar 2038), Council’s Customer Service Centre or shire libraries.