News from around the web June 16 2017

June 16th, 2017 by lou

News from around the web from last week. Remember, if you have a comment to make about any of these stories, please leave us a message below.

Single largest donation for Men’s Shed
AT A recent meeting of Lodge Ballina United the Worshipful Master Allan Ridgewell presented a cheque for $10000 to Graeme Eggins, Co-ordinator of the Ballina Men’s Shed.

Sharing the stories of leaving their homelands
TO COMMEMORATE Refugee Week between June 18 to 24 a gathering at Lennox Head will take place to hear stories by people being held in community, on and offshore detention.

Ballina Jet Boat gets new emergency response vehicle
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch and Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue have received a $30,000 grant for a 4WD rescue vehicle and today Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith presented them with the keys.

Highway koala exclusion fence ‘killing’ wildlife
BAGOTVILLE residents say a new koala exclusion fencing designed to prevent the endangered animal being killed by vehicles has become a death trap for other wildlife.

Ballina Senior Citizens mark 50th birthday
THE Ballina Senior Citizens Club last Sunday celebrated its 50th birthday.

Celebrating Cross Cultural Collaboration @ NRCG

June 16th, 2017 by lou

Wahng Ngullboo | Karridjarrkdurrkmirri | Working Together
Bundjalung Wake Up Time & Kunwinjku Women textile artist collaboration

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina will launch a vibrant cross cultural exhibition in July celebrating a unique collaboration between two groups of remote Indigenous women textile artists.

This vibrant exhibition showcases the artistic and cultural similarities and differences between two distinct language groups of Indigenous women artists, the Bundjalung Wake Up Time Women from Casino and the Kunwinjku women artists from Injalak Arts & Crafts, in Oenpelli, Arhnem Land.

Earlier this year, the two group of women artists participated in a cross cultural exchange, sharing culture, weaving, dying and printing techniques. This exhibition showcases the textiles work of both groups of artists as well as some collaborative pieces created during the project. Stunning hand printed and naturally dyed lengths of silk, linen and cotton will be displayed, alongside intricately woven fibre pieces, created from natural local materials dyed in the respective natural dyes from each region.

Casino Wake Up Time Group will be hosting a weaving workshop in conjunction with the exhibition to showcase traditional and contemporary baskets using age-old techniques and natural materials. Participants will spend the session learning about natural fibres used locally by Bundjalung Women and how to start and finish a small basket or bracelet. To secure a place in this exciting workshop contact the Gallery or visit the ‘What’s On’ section of the website,, to book online. A wonderful workshop not to be missed!

This exhibition will be opened by Peter Wood (Executive Director, Arts Northern Rivers) with opening address by project facilitators Jude White and Kylie Caldwell.

The official launch event is Thursday 29 June from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

The exhibitions open Wednesday 28 June 2017 and continue until Sunday 23 July 2017.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm. For further information contact the Gallery on telephone 02 6681 6167.

July Workshops @ NRCG

June 16th, 2017 by lou

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina will host two exciting workshops in July that celebrate traditional Indigenous artmaking practices.

Art of Language – Painting Workshop | Saturday 8 July 2017 | 10am – 12pm
Local Lismore based artist Michael Philp will take participants on a journey to explore language through painting. Drawing inspiration from personal story, Michael will instruct students in the use of symbols and open space to evoke powerful, emotive responses within the artwork.

Michael Philp is a Minjungbal man. His paintings explore what it is like for younger Aboriginal people today living in a mainstream world. He studied music in Adelaide before moving to Lismore in 1996. Michael is a self-taught artist and finds painting healing.

This workshop costs $20 (includes all materials) and is open to all ages. Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Bundjalung Weaving Workshop, | Saturday 15 July 2017 | 10am – 2pm
Casino Wake Up Time Group will be hosting a weaving workshop in conjunction with their exhibition to showcase traditional and contemporary baskets using age-old techniques and natural materials. Participants will spend the session learning about natural fibres used locally by Bundjalung Women and how to start and finish a small basket or bracelet.

Wake Up Time is renowned for supporting cultural renewal of traditional weaving and their artistic native plant dyeing of silk. In Northern NSW only a handful of weavers continue this practice. The women have transformed their passion for weaving into a gorgeous collection of garments, jewellery, bags and hats. The group have participated in several exhibitions and conduct numerous workshops locally, regionally and nationally.

This workshop costs $145 (includes all materials) for ages 12+. Places are limited and bookings are essential to secure you place.

To secure a place in either of these wonderful workshops contact the Gallery or visit the ‘What’s On’ section of their website, to book online.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm. For further information contact the Gallery on telephone 02 6681 6167.

News from around the web June 8 2017

June 8th, 2017 by lou

News from around the web from last week. Remember, if you have a comment to make about any of these stories, please leave us a message below.

Beloved RFS member was a true hero
FLAGS at the Rural Fire Services flew at half mast yesterday in respect to the passing of beloved member Jenny Hankinson.

Ballina Food and Wine Festival
The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond invites you to join them for their eighth Ballina Food and Wine Food Festival. The festival is a multi-day event that includes three separate events over three days.

AT RISK: Thousands of children fall through cracks
THE Department of Family and Community Services is potentially failing Clarence Valley children, with less than a third of children identified as being at potential risk of harm in Northern NSW receiving face-to-face assessment from a caseworker.

Northern Rivers Animal Services News

June 8th, 2017 by lou

Some of the gorgeous puppies NRAS (Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc.) has coming up for adoption made a very special appearance at the NRAS Shelter earlier in the week.

As part of a “cheque handover” from their wonderful partners at Melanie Stewart Real Estate, NRAS volunteers got to step out into the sunshine and have some serious cuddle time with sisters, Paris & Pepsi.

“We had only taken these two little bubs into care days earlier,” said NRAS President, Jo Parker.  “So, it was great to have the opportunity to show them off to Robyn Hunt from Melanie Stewart Real Estate when she visited to present a sponsorship cheque,” continued Jo.

“The photo shoot was coordinated to commemorate our 1 year partnership anniversary with the Melanie Stewart team so it was fitting that we could show first-hand the animals that their sponsorship dollars are helping us to support.”

Northern Rivers Animal Services has slated its next Adoption Day at Petstock Ballina for Saturday 17 June from 10:00am 1:00pm

 Including Paris & Pepsi there are many gorgeous animals looking for their forever homes including 17 dogs & puppies and 14 cats & kittens who are all vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, de-sexed and microchipped prior to adoption.

All available animals can be viewed, or prospective adoptees can download an Adoption Questionnaire, at: or the friendly team of volunteers can be contacted weekdays between 10:00am & 4:00pm on T:  6681 1860

It will be a busy time as Ballina Shire Council will also be hosting two “Chip n Check” days on Saturday 17th & 24th June at their animal shelter in Piper Drive.  The Council will be offering FREE microchipping between 9:00am & 1:00pm and a $50.00 desexing voucher for the FIRST 100 people.

NRAS Adoption Day

Saturday 17 June  10:00am – 1:00pm at Petstock Ballina, Harvey Norman Centre, Boeing Avenue

People with Disability Take Control

June 8th, 2017 by lou

My Choice Matters

My Choice Matters will empower people living with disability in the Northern Rivers region to get the most out of their lives and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme at a free workshop in Ballina on Tuesday 20 June.

My Choice Matters is an independent organisation working with people with disability to live life their way and get the most out of the changing disability system. The NDIS will completely shift the way disability support is provided across Australia. People will have an opportunity to receive individualised support and funding, which is a significant change from the current system. However in order to take full advantage of the NDIS, people with disability, their family members and carers will need to think in advance and prepare for their planning meetings.

This not only requires new skills and knowledge, but also new thinking and confidence. This is where My Choice Matters comes in. Our goal is to help people learn and practice new ways of doing things and develop and grow skills in three key areas: choice, voice and control – three very important qualities people should have in their own lives.

Our Get More Skills: A Good Life workshop facilitators discuss the NDIS, and how setting goals can help participants make the most of the new system. We provide practical hands-on activities and take home tools. Workshops are free and open to anyone with a disability or who is a family member or carer, and we are able to supply interpreters, personal care and other assistance to make them as accessible as possible.

Facilitator Brandon Bear is excited to be travelling to Ballina to run the workshop. Travelling all around the state he sees first-hand the benefits people are experiencing from being better informed about the NDIS, options and plans, and forming their personal goals.

“We give people the chance to really think about their lives and the things that are important to them as individuals, rather than just what is ‘on offer’. They start considering hopes and dreams that they had put to the side due to a lack of opportunities. People leave the workshops feeling they have a practical starting point and that they know how to move forward towards a good life,” Brandon says.

To register for a workshop visit the events page on our website or call 1800 144 653.

What: Get More Skills: A Good Life workshop

When: Tuesday 20 June, 10.00am – 2.30pm

Where: Ballina RSL, 240 River St, Ballina, NSW 2478

For more information or to organise an interview with a workshop facilitator or guest speaker please contact Communications Officer Angus Hohenboken on 0447313205 or email

Chip N’ Check your pets this month

June 8th, 2017 by lou

chip n check

Losing your furry friend is tough but Ballina Shire Council’s Chip N’ Check initiative will help lost pets get home safe.

The Council program is offering free cat and dog microchipping at the Ballina Animal Shelter on Saturday 17 June and Saturday 24 June 2017, along with $50 desexing vouchers that can be redeemed at participating veterinaries.

“We are offering these incentives to promote responsible pet ownership within our community and help reunite lost pets with their families,” said Ms Kerri Watts, Manager, Public and Environmental Health.

“Within NSW, companion animals are required to be microchipped and then registered through the NSW Pet Registry, but quite often this second step gets missed.

“Many people unfortunately do not do their research when purchasing a new pet and are unaware of their responsibilities. But registering your pet is much cheaper than receiving a fine for non-registration,” Ms Watts explains.

Once your cat or dog is microchipped they must be registered online through NSW’s Pet Registry at This is a once off lifetime registration, and desexed pets are also eligible for a discount.
To take advantage of Council’s Chip N’ Check program, book your pet’s microchip appointment by calling Council on 6686 1210 (bookings are essential).

The first 100 people who come along to the Chip N’ Check days will receive a $50 desexing voucher.

When: 9:00am – 1:00pm, Saturday 17 June and Saturday 24 June
Where: Ballina Animal Shelter, 59 Piper Drive, North Ballina
Bookings: Spaces are limited and bookings are essential (one pet per household).

Participating veterinaries include:

  • VetLove – Ballina
  • Alstonville Veterinary Hospital
  • Ballina Veterinary Hospital
  • Lennox Head Veterinary Clinic
  • Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital

For more information call Council on 6686 1210 or visit (search Chip N’ Check).

News from around the web June 2 2017

June 2nd, 2017 by lou

News from around the web from last week. Remember, if you have a comment to make about any of these stories, please leave us a message below.

Jealous brothers plot against Joseph
JOSEPH and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber operatic musical in rehearsal at Ballina Players, tells the Biblical story of Jacob (Rod Ramsay) and his sons.

Festival offers community a celebration
LENNOX Head has faced some hot issues over the past 12 months, which have all drawn crowds of protest.

Skatepark location decided for Ballina shire
BALLINA Shire Council has decided to build the controversial Wollongbar skatepark at the new sports fields rather than in a residential area on Plateau Dr.

Shark nets pulled from north coast beaches over concerns about migrating whales
SHARK nets off five north coast NSW beaches — where surfers have been attacked in a string of incidents — are being hauled in early because the state government is worried about migrating whales being caught in them.

Chance to clean up for dragons
THE Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond is offering a chance to really clean up and help local dragon boat racers get to an international competition.

Ballina council rejects ski-jump proposal
The Ballina Shire Council has unanimously rejected a 38-metre ski-jump proposal as community members prepare to gather on Saturday to protest the proposal.


Business Bus is visiting Alstonville

June 2nd, 2017 by lou

Business ConnectThe new Business Connect program was launched on 1 January 2017. Business Connect aims to support small businesses to startup, create jobs through growth, help established small to medium enterprises become sustainable and increase business confidence across NSW.

As part of the program the Business Bus (formerly known as the Small Biz Bus) delivers highly subsidised face-to-face business advice to regional areas across NSW.

Our experienced Business Connect advisors are able to provide personalised support on how to start, grow or innovate businesses on board the Business Bus.

We are pleased to announce that the Business Bus will soon be visiting the below areas.

Day Date: Wednesday June 7th
Location: 77 Main St, Alstonville
Time: 9am – 3pm

The first two hours of one-to-one business advice is free.
To book a session with a trusted advisor, businesses can call 1300 134 359 or visit for more information.

Alstonville – BCB Poster


Research Project – Attracting and Retaining Rural Workers Survey

June 2nd, 2017 by lou

ACCELL, the Australian Collaboratory for Career Employability and Learning for Living, at the University of Southern Queensland is running a research project on “decent work.” The study came about because Universities in Australia and Internationally realised that they were requiring much more information about the working life of the large majority of workers who are involved in work that is vital to the community. The research team is dedicated to finding out about the working lives of those who, for e.g. keep water flowing in our pipes, work on our farms, fix our electricity, those collect our garbage. Those who perform work that is most vital for our communities to function and flourish.

Our team thanks you for partnering with us and sending us important information about your working life. The data you provide will support your employers, communities and government with key information about how to provide work that is meaningful, satisfying, socially supportive and promotes  wellbeing.

Follow the link below to access the survey. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes and your consent is required on the introduction page, prior to accessing the survey.

Survey link:

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