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Ballina council supporting community and businesses

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Yesterday’s Ballina Shire Council meeting saw three councillors attending via video conference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three Councillors linked in via video and there were five in the chamber and it worked well,’ said Councillor Keith Williams.

‘It was the most somber and respectful meeting I can remember.’

Councillor Jef Johnson said that he ‘chose to “attend” the meeting from home as I sit next to two Councillors that would be at greater risk so it was appropriate to not attend just to be on the safe side. 

‘Video conferencing was set up for the first time [due to the COVID-19] so that the Council Chamber could comply with prescribed social distancing measures.’

Financial support package

Ballina Shire Council has put together a financial support package to support local businesses and the community.

Councillor Williams spoke in strong support of the package that contains a range of fee waiver, rent relief and 0 per cent interest on overdue charges highlighting that as a restaurant owner the impact of COVID-19 will severely impact on their ability to trade and pay bills.

Uncertainty about the future just adds to the stress. I am thankful to the GM and staff for putting this package together so quickly and providing reassurance to our community that Council has their back,’ said Councillor Williams.

Improvements tp Ross Lane put forward by Councillor Johnson were supported. Photo supplied.

Increase in grants from government

Along with other local councils Ballina Shire council was informed that additional grants were likely and projects that were shovel ready would be given priority.

Two motions in relation to improvements to the Cumbalum Interchange and the flooding of Ross Lane put forward by Councillor Johnson are supported.

‘It was confirmed at the meeting that the Ross Lane floodway works could happen quickly if funding was provided,’ said Councillor Johnson.

This is obviously a key road funding initiative for the Lennox community and will only grow in importance as our population increases. The rezoning of land at the top of Ross Lane is also a consideration and the Ross Lane floodway really should be fixed up before we see any significant development up there.’

This position was also supported by Councillor Williams who said ‘State funding of “screwdriver” ready projects is vital to help restart our economy. Council has many projects ready to go. I’m hopeful substantial State funding will enable the many projects just waiting for funding to proceed.

This is the most extraordinary challenge to government I have seen in my lifetime. We must support each other to protect the vulnerable, to stop the spread of the virus and limit the damage caused to our community.

‘Council has a key role to play now and when we emerge from isolation.’


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1 COMMENT

  1. Your greed exceeds any reason . The over development of the shire is an eyesore. You are destroying our natural environment with concrete and urbanisation. Our beautiful farms decimated and instead of growing crops like we use to it’s all about realestate more greed more consumption Moore money right! How sad you dont get this place or what you are doing at all. It’s only about the short term gain. Who cares if it all goes to hell what was something so precious and beautiful that needed nothing at all.

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