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Byron Shire
August 15, 2022

Ballina LGA

The Ballina Shire Local Government Area (LGA) has a popularly elected Mayor and is split into three wards A, B and C. Each council ward elects three council representatives from each ward that with the Mayor makes ten elected representatives.

The Ballina Shire was formed on 1 January, 1977 with the amalgamation of the Municipality of Ballina and Tintenbar Shire.

The population was 44,208 people in 2020 and like other areas of the Northern Rivers is seeing a significant increase in development and cost of housing.

A big issue for the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley Shires is water security with the debate raging over the Dunoon Dam project which also draws in issues of viable population density, environmental stability and Indigenous heritage.

Ballina Council Mayoral candidates

Keith Williams, Labor
Jeff Johnson, Independent
Steve McCarthy, Independent
Eoin Johnston, Independent
Sharon Cadwallader, Independent
Ward A
Ward B
Ward C

So you want to be a councillor/politician?

This document was written without fear or favour, by The Echo editor Hans Lovejoy for the politically curious who are considering a tilt at public life, or those who are interested in the inner workings of local politics. My intention is to hopefully inform and engage aspiring political...

State of the count in Ballina

Ballina local government area residents won't know the exact makeup of their new council until next week, when preferences are distributed, but the general shape is looking clearer.

Ballina’s lead mayoral candidate determined to ‘keep politics out of the council’ despite past links to The Nationals

The lead candidate for Ballina Mayor has objected to suggestions she could be influenced by party politics.

True non-partisan leadership of Ballina Shire Council over

A reign of non-partisan leadership in the Ballina Shire may well be over, with conservative independent Sharon Cadwallader leading the mayoral vote tally by lunchtime Tuesday.

Did you try to vote with iVote in the LGA elections?

The NSW Electoral Commission says they are aware that some iVote users were unable to gain access to the system to vote on Saturday.

Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Outgoing Ballina independent speaks out against Dunoon Dam campaign

Outgoing independent Cr Sharon Parry has seldom contacted The Echo during her time on the council but says she felt honour bound this week.

Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

Water security needed and that means we need to think beyond the traditional dam

As two professional engineers, each with over 40 years of experience in the water industry, we support Rous County Council’s decision to start tapping into underground water resources to meet the growing water supply needs of our region.

Ballina council votes for waterfront affordable and social housing

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to ask for state government commitment on waterfront affordable and social housing as part of a marina upgrade.

From ‘struggle street’ to Ballina’s only woman running for mayor: Cr Cadwallader’s Echo Q&A

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Cadwallader is the only woman in the shire running for mayor and arguably one of the most competitive candidates.

Ballina mayoral candidate calls for tighter holiday letting rules

Byron’s status as the only shire exempt from NSW holiday letting regulations could be under threat as a declared housing crisis on the Northern Rivers continues.

Why we should vote with preferences in council elections

Preference can make a difference when we vote in the upcoming Council elections on Saturday December 4th.

Former Nationals member echoes calls for Dunoon Dam in Ballina mayoral campaign

Support for the idea of new dam in Byron’s hinterland has again emerged as part of a Ballina mayoral campaign.

Ballina election candidates

The list of Ballina Council candidates should give you a good laugh. I mean, how many National Party backed candidates can hide behind the...

Labor mayoral candidates say email scam a ‘smear’ attempt

Labor Ballina Shire Mayoral candidate Keith Williams says a scam email using his name and sent to a party colleague was probably a smear attempt.

Who might get the ‘donkey vote’ for Ballina Council elections?

It has been a morning of delays as candidates for local council elections have been waiting across the state for the draw to determine their position on the ballot paper. Balllina Shire Council running order is now in.

Cr Johnston echoes calls for Dunoon Dam option in new mayoral campaign

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Eoin Johnston says he’s long had a secret desire to become ‘some sort of a politician’ and the position of mayor is next on his agenda.

Ben Smith leaving Ballina Council

The unique contributions of current Deputy Mayor Ben Smith to Ballina Shire Council are coming to an end, as he's decided to hang up his councillor hat after thirteen years, and not contest the December election.

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Fuel stolen from farmer

The cost of fuel continues to be a major consideration in the budget, particularly in country areas where distances travelled are inevitably further for your average daily needs like accessing shops, schools and other activities.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.