Help shape the future of arts & culture for Ballina Shire

August 17th, 2017 by lucas

The Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre is seeking community feedback through a survey, to continue the successful implementation of its arts and entertainment program.
In its first twelve months, Park Lane Theatre in Lennox Head has hosted a series of successful events, receiving widespread positive community response. The selection of events and activities has been primarily based on community consultation undertaken a year ago, which gathered information from local residents to guide programmers on what is most desired in terms of local arts and cultural programming.

“It is important that we provide a varied and high-quality program which seeks to meet diverse interests in our community,” said Kate McBride, Ballina Shire Council’s Acting Community Facilities Team Leader.

“We want to build our profile as a premier entertainment venue in the Northern Rivers, but to do this we need to know what interests our community.
“Often people have to travel outside the Ballina Shire to experience quality entertainment, when we may be able to cater for it right here at the Park Lane Theatre in the Lennox Community Centre,” added Ms McBride.

Park Lane Theatre can support live music and theatre performances, corporate functions, film screenings and accommodate up to 480 seated patrons or 200 people cabaret dinner style. The space also features premium audio visual, sound and lighting equipment as well as staging facilities.

“The types of things we want to hear about include musical tastes, hobbies and issues of importance. We also ask for general ideas in narrative form about what the ideal local entertainment programme would look like, so through this survey, we really give people the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way”, Ms McBride said.

“Interested members of the community can assist in creating a preferred entertainment program for the shire by completing the survey at,” concluded Ms McBride.
All information gathered in response to this survey is subject to the provisions of Council’s Privacy Management Plan, details of which may be obtained from Council’s website.

Survey closes: Friday 22 September 2017

Draft Ocean Breeze Reserve Master Plan

August 17th, 2017 by lucas

Council is inviting feedback on the draft Ocean Breeze Reserve Master Plan.

Based on site investigations and community engagement the intention of the master plan is to enable and facilitate the delivery of a preferred future outcome for 1.2 hectare Ocean Breeze Reserve in Lennox Head.

Mr Matthew Wood, Manager Strategic Planning, outlined how the draft master plan sets out three concept options for future use of the reserve, with a varying scale and range of facilities identified as desirable from previous community feedback. “When community members consider the concept options on exhibition, they can mix and match concepts as part of their feedback,” Mr Wood added.
As part of the master plan project, Council is also preparing an amendment to the Plan of Management for Community Land to recognise the master plan under the management plan. Submissions in relation to this amendment are also sought.

The documents can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Lennox Head Library and on Council’s website (search Ocean Breeze),
Feedback can be provided by:

  • Completing the online Ocean Breeze Reserve Master Plan Survey (also on the webpage)
  • Providing a written submission to Ballina Shire Council PO Box 450 Ballina NSW 2478.

September Exhibition

August 17th, 2017 by lucas

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina launches the Seventh Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition and welcomes our community and visitors to join us in the Gallery.
The Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition features new work by members of Ballina Arts and Craft Club Incorporated (BACCI). Dedicated to Grace Cruice, who had the vision of a community gallery for Ballina, the exhibition showcases the diverse talents of the group.

Formed in 1998, BACCI has over seventy members throughout the region who share a passion for creativity expressed through a range of media including, painting, pastel, photography, ceramics, mosaics and more.

BACCI is a charitable organisation which, in 2007, was instrumental in championing the establishment of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina in cooperation with Ballina Shire Council and Arts Northern Rivers.

The exhibition will open Wednesday 23 August 2017 and continue until Sunday 17 September 2017. The official launch event is Thursday 24 August between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

The Coast Road set to reopen

July 14th, 2017 by lucas

The Coast Road is set to reopen to north and south bound traffic from Monday 17 July 2017.

Ballina Shire Council is pleased to announce the final stage of the Skennars Head roundabout construction is almost complete. From Monday 17 July motorist diversions through Skennars Head Road, Headlands Drive and North Creek Road will end.

Traffic control measures along The Coast Road at Skennars Head will be in place while minor works are being finalised, such as landscaping, guard rails and line marking. The speed limit will also be reduced until after the final road lighting is installed. Council anticipates these final works will cause minor delays to motorists.

The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) identified this intersection as a black spot under their ‘safer roads’ initiative and allocated $2 million to the upgrade.

Council thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during this upgrade. These works have been necessary to make this arterial road and intersection safer for all motorists.

August Exhibition Launch Event Thursday 27 July 2017

July 14th, 2017 by lucas

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina launches four exciting new exhibitions in August and welcomes the community and visitors to join us in the Gallery.

Hinterland | Maggie Cross
Hinterland focuses on the varied landscapes of this region. Inspired by the natural landscape, the artist uses charcoal to create dramatic tonal works that embody the energy of the local hinterland. Maggie has a background as a visual arts teacher and workshop facilitator.

Wrack | Diana White
Diana uses simple abstract shapes to project a powerful sense of underlying emotions and landscapes of the mind. Her works are based on the maritime mystery of an ancient shipwreck, a generational love story and an obsession with discovery.

Sticks no Stones | Kerrie Howland, Annie Roberts & Jeff Keyes
An organic installation of artworks inspired by the artists’ time shared at Sportsman Creek conservation area in New South Wales. The atmosphere, moods and visual imagery of this unique riparian sand island inspired the collective creativity for the works included in this exhibition.

Pilgrimage of Expression | Dianne Ingram
Pilgrimage of Expression explores the artist’s personal journey and changing vision, relating to the landscape and the figure, seeing them as independent, intertwined, and accepting of one another.

The exhibitions open Wednesday 26 July 2017 and continue until Sunday 20 August 2017. The official launch event is Thursday 27 July from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.
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 July 14th 2017

July 14th, 2017 by lucas

Here is a little round up of some stories form around the web. Remember, if you have an opinion, get the discussion started in the comments section below.

Ballina to allow dual occupancy on rural land
Ballina councillors have voted to allow secondary, unattached dwellings on rural properties, despite a staff recommendation against it.

Mikey Magic at Oz Grom Open
It was a fairytale finish for Lennox Head surfer Mikey McDonagh when he won the Under-16 boys division at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open.

Police seek same man for approaching two girls
Police are appealing for information after two child approaches on the Northern Rivers. About 10.30am on Tuesday July 11, police have been told a man approached a nine-year-old girl at a festival on Ballina Street, Lennox Head.

Skennars Head development plan slammed
Ballina Shire council have entered the “reasonably early stages of completion” of sifting through about 90 submissions related to a development application to subdivide an old Skennars Head farm.

Ballina Shire Bike Plan crosses the finish line

July 12th, 2017 by lucas

Ballina Shire is on its way to being bicycle friendly!

The Ballina Shire Bike Plan is now complete and puts Ballina Shire Council in gear to improve cycling connections, paths, facilities and safety.

“Ballina Shire is already a top spot to cycle but the implementation of this Bike Plan will help our community be healthier, more active and provide a more liveable neighbourhood,” said Ms Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer, Ballina Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Services.

“This Plan has shown who, where, when and why people are cycling in Ballina Shire. But the Plan is more than maps and paths; it’s also about improving safety and encouraging everyone to get on their bikes more often,” said Ms Carpenter.

The Bike Plan has four main areas of focus:

  • New shared path connections within and between towns in the shire
  • Safety for cyclists
  • Cycling support facilities, such as signs, lighting, and bike parking areas
  • Promotion of cycling in the community.

The Bike Plan will help integrate cycling as an active transport option into the existing transport network. It will also provide a coordinated approach to delivering bicycle infrastructure and education across the shire.

The Plan was developed from a review of existing shared path networks in Alstonville, Ballina Island, East and West Ballina, Cumbalum, Lennox Head, Skennars Head, Wardell, and Wollongbar, and in consultation with the community through cycling events, surveys and meetings.

The Ballina Shire Council Bike Plan includes a prioritised and costed works program for all identified actions, along with potential funding partners and streams to deliver the projects. This will enable Council to maximise funding opportunities and target investment.

Existing network commitments, including the Coastal Recreational Path and Shared Path, the NSW Coastline Cycleway, and other shared path projects will complement Bike Plan projects to form part of a well-planned bicycle network.

Birds in flight over Ballina Town Centre

July 6th, 2017 by lucas

New public art sculptures created by local artist, Leith Walton are being installed this week on two roundabouts in Ballina town centre.

The artworks on the Tamar/Cherry Streets and Moon/Fawcett Streets roundabouts depict iconic local seabirds and are held aloft by reclaimed timber posts from the old Teven Bridges.

“These attractive new artworks are a fantastic representation of our local environment and have been inspired by the beauty of our local bird life, waterways and coastline,” said Mr Matthew Wood, Manager Strategic Planning.

“The design was also a collaboration between Leith Walton who worked with local students from Empire Vale School to design the sea life motifs adorned on the sculptures’ timber posts,” explained Mr Wood.

The sculptures of an osprey and a sea eagle that sit atop the timber posts are made from stainless steel and corten, a weathering steel material. The birds’ wings have intricate detail on the metal wings inspired by our local waterways and coastline.

Council commissioned the artworks for the roundabouts instead of traditional landscaping works.

The installation of the sculptures is expected to be completed by Friday 14 July 2017.

Surveillance camera training to tackle illegal dumping

July 6th, 2017 by lucas

Council rangers in the Ballina Shire are now better equipped to tackle illegal dumping and increase prosecution rates of offenders.

Under a grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded by the waste levy, Council’s officers attended a training session on the use of surveillance cameras to combat illegal dumping.

The course was run by Mr Barry Ryan – Co-ordinator of the Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad; who has close to 20 years’ experience in illegal dumping prevention and the use of surveillance cameras as a tool to aid this.

Ballina Shire Council Ranger Team Leader, Mr Joe Sabine said they were taken through the legal requirements for the use of covert surveillance cameras and techniques for the set up and use of cameras in the field.

“The rangers will now be implementing these skills at known illegal dumping hotspots in the Ballina Shire,” Mr Sabine said.

“Illegal dumping is a major ongoing problem for Council with over 300 incidents each year that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up and prosecute offenders.

“North Creek Road is a dumping hotspot, but in an effort to prevent dumping we’ve undertaken works to prevent access to the isolated end of the track. This site may also be placed under covert surveillance in the future,” said Mr Sabine.

Residents can help council tackle illegal dumping by reporting incidents online at RIDonline – or phone Ballina Shire Council on 02 6686 4444.

Smart phone course for seniors

July 6th, 2017 by lucas

Ballina Shire Council’s program Broadband for Seniors is launching a new course this month to help our local seniors discover the magic of smart phones.
“The Smart Phone Course for Seniors is a two-hour course delivered by knowledgeable local volunteers to help seniors learn more about their smart phone,” said Team Leader Community Facilities, Ms Sara Hayes.

“The free course will cover the fundamentals of operating a smart phone, including using the internet, sending text messages and emails, using apps and more,” said Ms Hayes.
The program will roll out from 24 to 31 July 2017 at Council’s Kentwell Community Centre at 20 Bangalow Road, Ballina.

While the course is free, places are limited and bookings are essential.


9.00am to 11.00am, Monday 24 July
11.00am to 1.00pm, Monday 24 July
9.00am to 11.00am, Monday 31 July
11.00am to 1.00pm, Monday 31 July

Where: Kentwell Community Centre at 20 Bangalow Road, Ballina.

Bookings: To book call Ballina Shire Council Community Spaces on 6687 6291 or email

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