News from around the web 28th April 2017

April 28th, 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.

Five things on Ballina Shire Council’s agenda
PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed a State Government grant of $50,000 towards plans for Ballina’s ocean pool.

Now everyone can easily get on the beach
BALLINA fundraising dynamo Tracey Everingham-Armstrong has made it possible for those with mobility problems to enjoy something as simple as getting onto the beach.

Alstonville remembers sacrifices and service personnel
“ANZAC Day is not for us, it’s those of us who are not here.”

Ballina honours Anzacs at moving dawn service
Ballina Sub Branch Ltd vice president, Darren Murnane is central to the effort coordinating remembrance ceremonies such as the Anzac Day dawn service.

Ballina’s marine rescue tower officially opened today
Page MP Kevin Hogan did the honours of opening the tower, accompanied by NSW Police Minister Troy Grant, Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Ballina mayor David Wright.

Making Safer Roads Skennars Head roundabout construction – road closures

April 28th, 2017 by lou

Skennars Head Road Closures

The next stage of the Skennars Head Road and The Coast Road roundabout works will commence shortly after the Anzac Day holiday period.

To facilitate the final stages of the roundabout construction The Coast Road will be closed to through traffic with detours in place via Skennars Head Road and North Creek Road.

The road closure will be effective from Monday 8 May 2017 and anticipated to be in place (weather permitting) until the end of June.

The alternate routes for traffic heading south along The Coast Road will be:

  • Motorists to use North Creek Road and Skennars Head Road

The alternate routes for traffic heading north along The Coast Road will be:

  • Motorists to use Skennars Head Road and North Creek Road

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

Council thanks motorists for their patience and understanding. These works are necessary to make this arterial road and intersection safer and prevent future fatalities.

Further information on the construction works can be viewed on Council’s website

Towards Zero on Eltham Road

April 28th, 2017 by lou

Eltham Road

During the first week of May 2017, motorists using Eltham Road will be reminded to watch their speed during a week long road safety campaign.

The week is part of the NSW campaign ‘Towards Zero’ which aims to reduce the NSW road toll to zero. The project will involve electronic message boards displaying road safety messages.

Any death or serious injury on our roads is one too many. Between 2013 and 2015 there were 112 crashes in Ballina Shire where speed was a contributing factor. Statistics show that there are more crashes on country roads than on metropolitan roads.
Eltham Road is a local hotspot for speed-related crashes with eight crashes between 2013 and 2015.

“Speeding does not just mean driving above the posted speed limit, it also means driving too fast for the prevailing road and weather conditions and driving too fast around bends,” said Ms Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer, Ballina Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Service.

Ms Carpenter said familiarity was no safety-net for drivers: most crashes involved local drivers. “Speeding causes crashes, so let’s cut the speed and cut the risks”.

Friends of the Library Book Fair

April 28th, 2017 by lou

Friends of Libraries Byron Shire is a not-for-profit group that raises funds to support Byron Shire libraries.

The annual second-hand Book Fair is their major fundraiser and this year will be held on 10-11 June 2017 at Byron Surf Club.

News from Around the Web – 20th April 2017

April 20th, 2017 by lucas

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.

90 local jobs created in new Hwy upgrade contract
90 new jobs will be created by a contract to build supports for 75 bridges along the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Chicks with attitude help make mother’s day
The CWA Ballina branch will be selling delicious baked goods, preserves, bottles treats and handicrafts at their Mothers Day stall on May 5

Post-Debbie work boom, but jobs are going out of town
The Whitsunday region is undergoing a mini jobs boom in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie but there is a struggle to keep jobs local.

Technology keeps eye on sharks
Cr Wright was at Lighthouse Beach when Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone company announced it has a new computer algorithm which has significantly improved the ability for drone operators to spot sharks in the water.

Ballina tourney lands top touch footy reps
Ballina Touch Association is hosting the two-day carnival for the first time with the competition featuring some of the best young players in the state.

Opening of the Ballina Marine Rescue Tower

April 20th, 2017 by lucas

The official opening of the Ballina Marine Rescue Tower will take place on Friday 21 April 2017.

The official opening will be conducted by Kevin Hogan, Federal Member for Page; Troy Grant, NSW Minster for Police; Tamara Smith, State Member for Ballina; and Mayor David Wright, Ballina Shire Council. Several other dignitaries will also be attending.
The ceremony will commence at 10:30am and conclude at around 12:15pm.

The construction of the new $2.3 million tower, the demolition of the old tower and landscape works were completed late last year.
“The new purpose-built headquarters includes a range of new features including new surveillance technology, an internal lift for better access to the observation room and extra communication equipment,” said Chris Allison, Council’s Coordinator Projects and Contracts.

“The dedicated volunteers can now continue their important work watching over the hazardous Richmond River bar and helping keep our local boaters safe,” said Mr Allison.

The new tower has been a collaborative effort from the Federal, State and Local Governments to deliver a state of the art building to improve the safety for commercial and recreational fishing and boost the regional economy.

The funding for the $2.3 million project was a collaborative effort and included the Australian Government ($850,000), NSW State Government ($550,000), Ballina Shire Council ($318,000), Marine Rescue NSW ($415,000) and the Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue ($150,000).

2018 Australia Day Award Nominations

April 20th, 2017 by lucas

The Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards program brings the community together each and every year to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of community minded individuals and groups in our shire. The program is now open and we need your help!
Ballina Shire Council is seeking your assistance to nominate people and groups for a Ballina Shire Australia Day Award. There are six categories for recognition:

  • Young Citizen of the Year (30 years or under)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (60 years or over)
  • Local Hero Award (volunteer)
  • Sports Award (individual or team)
  • Arts/Cultural Award
  • Community Event of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year award will be selected by the Australia Day Committee from all of the nominees across the six categories. Council is seeking nominations in each category. All individual nominees must be Australian citizens and reside in the Ballina Shire local government area.

“The annual Australia Day Awards program is a wonderful avenue for community members and groups to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Ballina Shire community,” said Council’s Coordinator Corporate Communications and Media, Caroline Klose.

The Award winners will be announced at the official Australia Day ceremony to be held on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Lennox Community Centre. Further information about the ceremony and other associated activities will be publicised closer to the date.
Award Nomination Forms can be obtained online from Council’s website or from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street Ballina. Nominations close on Friday 1 December 2017.

To find out more about the Awards Program please contact Council on telephone 6686 4444.

Angling for interest with Marina Master Plan

April 20th, 2017 by lucas

The Ballina community has for many years expressed an interest in a greater range of marine infrastructure in Ballina.
With Mayor David Wright revealing that Ballina Shire Council has been developing a Ballina Marina Master Plan to encourage and guide redevelopment of the area commonly known as the Trawler Harbour site in West Ballina

“Since early last year, we have been investigating the establishment of a marina and potential land uses such as, residential redevelopment, a public esplanade, dry storage for boats, commercial areas and open recreational spaces,” said Cr Wright.

“The aim of this project is to encourage Government and private interest to consider the site for investment and redevelopment.”

“The current project plans have drawn on previous plans, detailed site assessments and feedback from the community and stakeholders.

We have now published a draft master plan that outlines a proposed approach to land redevelopment and an associated economic feasibility assessment, and now we want to hear from the public.”

“All residents in the Ballina Shire would be interested in this project, but we are particularly interested to hear from West Ballina residents, who would have received a postcard in their letterbox encouraging them to view the draft master plan on our website and provide feedback, concluded Cr Wright.

The Master Plan and supporting material can be viewed on council’s website (search Ballina Marina Master Plan), Council’s Customer Service Centre at 40 Cherry Street, Ballina and the shire libraries.

To provide feedback:
write to Ballina Marina Master Plan, Ballina Shire Council, PO Box 450, Ballina NSW 2478
phone Strategic and Community Facilities Group, 6686 1284.
Submissions close 28 April 2017

May Exhibitions at Northern Rivers Community Gallery

April 20th, 2017 by lucas

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

Repetition and Milk and Honey | Red Inc.

Repetition and Milk and Honey is a group exhibition by the artists of RED Inc featuring Jennifer Lowrey, John Rose, Willie Mutton and Leanne Rose. The artists use repetition, explore colour and play with ideas of pattern; unlocking a land of milk and honey where anything is possible and where shared techniques reveal strong individual styles and artistic outcomes.

Secret Female Signatures | Georgie Maddox

Georgie Maddox is a local Northern NSW artist, who was a finalist last year in the prestigious Mosman Art Prize, as well as the Brisbane Art Prize and Gosford Regional Overflow exhibition. Georgie has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Georgie’s latest solo exhibition Secret Female Signatures has been designed to give women a voice through the powerful medium of visual art.

Coming Home | Corrina McLaughlin

Coming Home is a rediscovery of self through returning home after a long absence. The artist explores a personal connection to place, and the bond with ‘home’ is explored.

Falling into Place | Tanja Taljaard

Falling Into Place is about the power our senses have to instantly transport us to another place, or stir a vague memory of something known. The introspective figures in this exhibition embody movement through time and space, as they sit and quietly contemplate the past and present.

Tanja is in her 3rd year at the Byron School of Art.

The exhibitions open Wednesday 26 April 2017 and continue until Sunday 21 May 2017. The official launch event is Thursday 27 April 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 – 13.4.17

April 13th, 2017 by lou

Some of the local stories from around the web. Remember, if you have anything you think our readers might find interesting, please send it in.

The Bluesfest stars Byron, Lismore and Ballina love the most
SPOTIFY has revealed that American folk rock band The Lumineers leads the pack nationwide as the most streamed Bluesfest artist, followed by Atlanta-based country music group, Zac Brown Band, and hip hop icon, Nas, from the artists in the line up for Bluesfest 2017.

Ballina Ocean Pool to get $50,000 for studies
The state government is expected to announce later today that it will stump up $50,000 to fund engineering and design reports for a proposed ocean pool at Ballina.

14-storey Lennox ski jump a blight
Touting ‘economic benefits’ as the justification for a 14-storey-high ski jump on the dunes at Lennox Head is nonsensical and offensive. Spend $10m on a small handful of elite athletes in an obscure sport who might occasionally buy food and accommodation for a few months of the year.

Yellow lines on highway upgrade a NSW first
A FRESH coat of paint has been applied to road markings on the Pacific Hwy upgrade at Harwood in a state-wide first trial to improve road safety.

BAD TIMING: More shark threat as helicopter surveys canned
MURKY waters washing out of the flood-devastated Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads townships has made it impossible for crucial shark surveillance to continue along the NSW North Coast.

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