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Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.

Sunday choral celebration to raise funds for new Syrian refugee families

Two Syrian refugee families have been welcomed on the Northern Rivers in recet months as part of a national resettlement pilot program featuring just ten families.

Ballina council staff call for waste reduction project funding

Ballina Shire Council staff have drafted a new policy allowing for the funding of new projects tackling waste reduction in the shire.

Bruem pushes Ballina council to debate 4WDs on beaches again

After two years of four-wheel drive [4WD] access restrictions to South Ballina’s beach, the Ballina Shire Council is to debate a review of the system this Thursday.

Ballina council to sell-off Alstonville land to pay off unprecedented development debt

The Ballina Shire Council voted this week to start selling off parcels of land on the Alstonville Plateau, with staff revealing unprecedented loans for commercial property activities.

State knocks back Ballina council suggestion for development consideration on State Signficant Farmland

The state’s planning authority has reportedly knocked back an initial application for State Significant Farmland in the Ballina Shire to be included on a list of potential development sites.

Rous focus on Alstonville groundwater to boost region’s supply

The Rous County Council has confirmed plans to tap into groundwater on the Alstonville plateau days after Ballina Mayor Sharon Cadwallader confirmed support of a ‘water security’ project there.

Council drops plans for Ballina Croquet Club expansion

The Ballina Shire is still strokes away from doubling its number of croquet courts after councillors voted in support of dropping expansion plans for the Ballina club last week.

Talk of new development on Ballina Shire’s Alstonville plateau as State Significant Farmland threatened

Hopes for new private health service buildings and a new dam on the Alstonville plateau in the Ballina Shire’s hinterland were revealed at the council’s ordinary meeting last week.

State significant farmland added to Ballina list for potential development

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to seek state government permission for state significant farmland near Alstonville to be considered for development.

‘Entry not gentry’: Ballina Croquet Club sparks protest

The stereotypical quiet of croquet was disturbed on the Northern Rivers at the weekend when a small group of protestors against the sport’s takeover of community land gathered on-site.

How to have your say on multi-million-dollar flood mitigation

The long-awaited multi-million dollar CSIRO flood mitigation study on the Northern Rivers has entered its community consultation phase after repeated delays.

NSW government awards instead of funds community-led disaster efforts

The NSW government is yet to announce dedicated public funding for community-led disaster recovery groups on the Northern Rivers but last week officially commended three at parliament house.

Housing pods and a village masterplan for Wardell

The Ballina Shire Council has announced a community survey as part of work on a draft master plan for the flood-damaged Wardell village.

How to weave yarns and community this weekend

Beginner and advanced basket weavers have a chance to develop their skills under master tutelage this weekend in Ballina with thanks to the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Consideration of state significant farmland for SUGA development leaves bitter taste

One of Ballina Shire Council’s independents is continuing to argue against suggested expansions of development between the plateau villages of Alstonville and Wollongbar.

NSW gov’t accused of ‘pork barrelling’ in Ballina electorate

As people on the Northern Rivers last week endured the anxiety of severe storm warnings and pre-dawn emergency alerts, a visit from the state’s emergency services minister was barely announced.

Biodiversity concerns ‘noted’ in favour of new Lennox Head RFS and preschool

Ballina shire councillors voted unanimously at a meeting last week to support a consultancy’s findings regarding suitability of land on Lennox Head for a new RFS station and preschool.

Drop-in info sessions tomorrow re Ballina temporary housing

Anyone with questions about the second state government temporary housing village for flood and landslide survivors in the Ballina Shire can attend a drop-in information session on Wednesday.

Not-so-easy living in Cumbalum: ‘not even a corner store’

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson says Cumbalum residents have been neglected.

Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.

Sunday choral celebration to raise funds for new Syrian refugee families

Two Syrian refugee families have been welcomed on the Northern Rivers in recet months as part of a national resettlement pilot program featuring just ten families.

Ballina council staff call for waste reduction project funding

Ballina Shire Council staff have drafted a new policy allowing for the funding of new projects tackling waste reduction in the shire.

Bruem pushes Ballina council to debate 4WDs on beaches again

After two years of four-wheel drive [4WD] access restrictions to South Ballina’s beach, the Ballina Shire Council is to debate a review of the system this Thursday.

Ballina council to sell-off Alstonville land to pay off unprecedented development debt

The Ballina Shire Council voted this week to start selling off parcels of land on the Alstonville Plateau, with staff revealing unprecedented loans for commercial property activities.

State knocks back Ballina council suggestion for development consideration on State Signficant Farmland

The state’s planning authority has reportedly knocked back an initial application for State Significant Farmland in the Ballina Shire to be included on a list of potential development sites.

Rous focus on Alstonville groundwater to boost region’s supply

The Rous County Council has confirmed plans to tap into groundwater on the Alstonville plateau days after Ballina Mayor Sharon Cadwallader confirmed support of a ‘water security’ project there.

Council drops plans for Ballina Croquet Club expansion

The Ballina Shire is still strokes away from doubling its number of croquet courts after councillors voted in support of dropping expansion plans for the Ballina club last week.

Talk of new development on Ballina Shire’s Alstonville plateau as State Significant Farmland threatened

Hopes for new private health service buildings and a new dam on the Alstonville plateau in the Ballina Shire’s hinterland were revealed at the council’s ordinary meeting last week.

State significant farmland added to Ballina list for potential development

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to seek state government permission for state significant farmland near Alstonville to be considered for development.

‘Entry not gentry’: Ballina Croquet Club sparks protest

The stereotypical quiet of croquet was disturbed on the Northern Rivers at the weekend when a small group of protestors against the sport’s takeover of community land gathered on-site.

How to have your say on multi-million-dollar flood mitigation

The long-awaited multi-million dollar CSIRO flood mitigation study on the Northern Rivers has entered its community consultation phase after repeated delays.

NSW government awards instead of funds community-led disaster efforts

The NSW government is yet to announce dedicated public funding for community-led disaster recovery groups on the Northern Rivers but last week officially commended three at parliament house.

Housing pods and a village masterplan for Wardell

The Ballina Shire Council has announced a community survey as part of work on a draft master plan for the flood-damaged Wardell village.

How to weave yarns and community this weekend

Beginner and advanced basket weavers have a chance to develop their skills under master tutelage this weekend in Ballina with thanks to the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Consideration of state significant farmland for SUGA development leaves bitter taste

One of Ballina Shire Council’s independents is continuing to argue against suggested expansions of development between the plateau villages of Alstonville and Wollongbar.

NSW gov’t accused of ‘pork barrelling’ in Ballina electorate

As people on the Northern Rivers last week endured the anxiety of severe storm warnings and pre-dawn emergency alerts, a visit from the state’s emergency services minister was barely announced.

Biodiversity concerns ‘noted’ in favour of new Lennox Head RFS and preschool

Ballina shire councillors voted unanimously at a meeting last week to support a consultancy’s findings regarding suitability of land on Lennox Head for a new RFS station and preschool.

Drop-in info sessions tomorrow re Ballina temporary housing

Anyone with questions about the second state government temporary housing village for flood and landslide survivors in the Ballina Shire can attend a drop-in information session on Wednesday.

Not-so-easy living in Cumbalum: ‘not even a corner store’

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson says Cumbalum residents have been neglected.
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