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Drought has been one of the biggest issues for Australians this year. With the world becoming hotter and drier every year we are experiencing one of Australia’s the driest years to date.

This is confirmed by the Bureau Of Statistics’ (BOM) most recent drought statement, announcing that this past November has been the driest in Australian history. All over Australia people have been experiencing the lowest rainfall on record for November. 

Due to this and the damaging effects of the recent bushfires, the Ballina Shire Council has decided to enact level 1 water restrictions from Saturday the 7 December. 

This act applies to everyone across the Ballina Shire regardless of where residents receive their water from. From Saturday, the likes of Alstonville, Wardell, Cabbage Tree island, Newrybar, and Marom creek will all need to restrict their water use until further notice.

Water restrictions

These water restrictions will include no watering of established lawns, no water tools, toys and slides, and all hand-held hoses to be fitted with with on/off nozzles. 

Further restrictions are placed outside the hours of 4pm to 9am including watering established gardens, topping up pools, and washing cars. Within these hours it is permitted to water established gardens every second day, wash cars every two days and top up pools. The days that are permitted to wash cars and/or water gardens is determined by the residents house number being odd or even.

The Ballina Shire Council also reminded recycled water users that water restrictions are not compulsory for them, but they are encouraged to comply.  

For further information visit the Ballina Shire Council’s water restrictions information

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  1. At last the council has seen sense and shown empathy for rest of the state of NSW in this extremely difficult time. Well done and I hope that all residents adhere to the level 1 restrictions !!!!!

  2. We haven’t been supplied with recycled water, unlike other areas in Lennox.So we feel it is unfair that they aren’t having to comply. After all we pay our water rates the same as they do.

    • One of the reasons we bought our place was that it had recycled water, and liek any other feature, that was a factor in it s pricing. What will happen if the recycled water is not used for gardens? Under current guidelines, it cannot be used for drinking and washing. So why should we not be able to use a benifit we paid for?


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