News from around the web – 30.3.17

March 30th, 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.

FIRST IMAGES: South-east Queensland hit by flooding
A SEVERE weather alert for southeast Queensland, with flash flooding and up to 500mm of rain to fall.

Locals flip out at looming snowless Olympic ski jump proposed for pristine Lennox Head’s Lake Ainsworth
The New South Wales Office of Sport has backflipped on the scale of an artist’s impression of a snowless Olympic ski jump proposed for Lennox Head’s Lake Ainsworth.

Govt ‘all talk, no action’ over Ballina fish kills
The opposition yesterday criticised the state government in parliament for failing to take action over the cause of continuing fish kills in the Richmond River catchment over recent years.

Shark removed from rock wall at Ballina
Monday 4.34pm: PETER Coan from East Ballina got more than he bargained for when he took his Canberra visitor Greg Jepson for a tour of the North Wall and Lighthouse Beach.

Lennox Head residents oppose sand mine plan
Residents of Lennox Head and the Ballina Greens are opposing a proposal to create a new 3.2 million tonne sand mine on Newrybar Swamp Road, saying an existing mine in the area is already exceeding its extraction approvals and creating a blight on the coastal landscape.

Deadly Dalwood waterfall up for sale
A BALLINA Shire Council report recommending to sell 2.399 ha of land around Dalwood Falls was supported by councillors at their March 23 meeting.

Community Announcement – Launch Event Date Change

March 30th, 2017 by lou

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), would like to advise tonight’s exhibition launch event has been postponed due to extreme weather conditions in the Northern Rivers.

The April Exhibitions Launch Event will now take place this Saturday 1 April between 2pm and 4pm at the Gallery, 44 Cherry Street Ballina.

The exhibitions open Wednesday 29 March 2017 and continue until Sunday 23 April 2017. The official launch event is Saturday 1 April from 2.00pm – 4.30pm 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.

Blackwater event causing Fishkill

March 28th, 2017 by lucas

A number of concerned residents have contacted Ballina Shire Council reporting dead fish along the Richmond River.

Ballina Shire Council’s Manager Public and Environmental Health, Kerri Watts welcomed the recent rain which has provided relief after a prolonged dry period. However the warm water flooding into the Richmond River is causing what is known as a ‘blackwater’ event.

Blackwater events occur when the oxygen levels in the river are too low for fish to survive resulting in fishkill.

“What we are seeing is similar to what occurred in 2008 and 2013, where water drains from low-lying backswamp areas after the warm water floods have passed. The blackwater forms when water sits on low-lying areas on the floodplain, and as this water warms up, grass and other plants die off, removing oxygen from the water,” explained Ms Watts.

Rous County and Ballina Shire Councils routinely monitor water quality along our rivers and estuaries, and have identified that a blackwater event is currently moving down the Richmond River as backswamp areas drain out.

“Low numbers of dead fish have been reported to Council. It is possible that there will be more, although it is hoped that the long period of rain in the lead up to this blackwater event may have allowed most fish to escape the system.

“Ballina Shire Council is taking steps to manage locations where there is large fishkill. Small numbers of dead fish will be moved out to sea at high tide or will be eaten by wildlife such as birds,” added Ms Watts.

News from around the web – March 24 2017

March 24th, 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.

Marching towards a cure at Ballina’s Relay for Life
MEMBERS of the Ballina ex-service organisations will be on parade at this weekend’s Ballina Shire Relay for Life to show their support for the theme

Local SES training for tsunami readiness
Training Day: The Ballina State Emergency Service unit will hold tsunami information sessions in Ballina prior to a training day on April 8.

Ballina council considers selling Dalwood Falls
Psst. Anyone want to buy a waterfall in Ballina shire?

Alstonville 2037

March 24th, 2017 by lou

With the community’s help, Council is continuing to plan for the future of Alstonville.

Following extensive community consultation in 2016 the Draft Alstonville Planning and Environmental Study and the Draft Alstonville Strategic Plan 2017 – 2037 are now ready for further community feedback.

The draft study and plan are on exhibition for public comment between 5 April 2017 and 12 May 2017. Once adopted, the strategic plan will guide the development of Alstonville over the next 20-years.

There was much to consider when the Alstonville community provided many ideas and comments during the 2016 consultation. Ideas examined included the potential for new housing opportunities close to the village centre, rural hinterland marketing opportunities to assist local job creation, and opportunities for additional footpath and shared path access.

The study outcomes also reinforce retention of the urban break between Alstonville and Wollongbar so that each village maintains a separate character and identity. The study and plan propose to address population growth in Alstonville through infill development, as opposed to expansion of the village footprint.

During the exhibition period Council is encouraging Alstonville residents to review the proposed ideas and actions, and nominate additional ideas for Council to consider. Feedback may be provided via the online survey on Council’s website, by letter or email.

Council will also be hosting an exhibition launch and information session at 6.30pm 3 April 2017 at the Alstonville Plateau Bowls and Sports Club, 10-14 Deegan Drive. Come along and discuss your ideas with Council representatives.

The draft strategic planning documents can be viewed on council’s website (search Alstonville 2037), Council’s Customer Service Centre at 40 Cherry Street, Ballina and the shire libraries.

To provide feedback:
write to Alstonville 2037, Ballina Shire Council, PO Box 450, Ballina NSW 2478
phone Strategic and Community Facilities Group, 6686 1284
Submissions close 12 May 2017.

Bargains galore at Ballina Junktion’s first birthday

March 24th, 2017 by lou

What: 1st Birthday Celebration – Ballina Junktion Reclaim & Salvage
Where: Next to Ballina Shire Council’s Waste Management Facility, 167 Southern Cross Drive, Ballina.
When: Sat 25 March 2017, 9.30am-1.30pm – Mayor David Wright speaking at 10.30am

A giant birthday cake is about the only thing you won’t normally see at the Ballina Junktion shop adjacent to Ballina Shire Council’s Waste Management Facility.

This will change on Saturday 25 March when a celebratory cake is wheeled out to mark the first birthday of the Reclaim & Salvage shed that proves one person’s trash can be another’s treasure – and at a bargain price.

As well as a wide range of items on sale there will be kids’ crafts and family fun activities, a birthday sausage sizzle, and a welcome speech from Ballina’s Mayor Cr David Wright at 10.30am.

“Ballina Junktion is a community win-win on every level,” said the shop’s manager, Nick Martin.

“We work with Council to identify usable items that can be recovered before they are trashed. This significantly reduces landfill and enables local people to buy perfectly serviceable items at remarkably low prices.

“The range includes furniture and furnishings, household items, clothing, books, videos, building materials, sporting goods, garden items, and much more,” he added.

Just as importantly, Nick Martin said, “The facility helps clients of On Track Community Programs (OTCP) to engage in skills development and gain valuable workplace experience.

“We employ nine people with the support of Australian Disability Enterprises. They work in the shed, help identify usable stock from items brought to the waste facility’s sorting area, and engage in restorations.”

Ballina Junktion is also encouraging people who have re-birthed items to bring before and after photos for display in the centre.

“It’s amazing what people are able to do,” Nick Martin said.

“Whether it’s beautifully restoring furniture, utilising building materials, or creating quirky artworks, it shows how new life can be breathed into so many of the items our society chooses to throw away.”

What’s going down your drain?

March 24th, 2017 by lou

On Wednesday 22 March 2017 the United Nation’s World Water Day will pull the plug on wastewater.

Each year, the average Australian produces 44,000 litres of wastewater or ‘used’ water that goes into our sewer systems.

This World Water Day, Ballina Shire Council is asking residents to think twice about their wastewater and the materials they are pouring down their drain.

Foreign items such as ‘flushable’ wipes have been a major problem for the Shire’s pipes, but this year Council is honing in on another culprit clogging our sewers – fat.

The number of blocked sewers due to fat build up within our pipes and pump stations is on the rise.

“People flushing foreign matter down the toilet isn’t the only problem, what gets put down drains and sinks also block our sewers,” said Water and Wastewater Manager, Ms Bridget Walker.

“Cooking oils and fats solidify on the walls of the pipelines and over time cause constrictions, which results in blockages. This becomes expensive to repair and clean,” said Ms Walker.

These unnecessary maintenance costs also impact on funding for essential infrastructure upgrades and ultimately costs the rate payer.

To keep Ballina Shire’s pipes clear and working correctly, we all need to be aware of what products can and cannot go down our drains and toilets.

These items should not be flushed or poured down the drain:

  • cooking oils and fats
  • sanitary items
  • paint and chemicals
  • wet wipes
  • nappies
  • plastic objects
  • colostomy bags

To dispose of your cooking oils and fats for free, pop them in sealed or leak-proof container and dispose of them at Council’s Community Recycling Centre, 167 Southern Cross Drive, Ballina.

For more information visit Council’s water website


March 24th, 2017 by lou

Carnivale 2016

Buongiorno e benvenuto a tutti ! Hello and welcome everyone!

It’s almost time for Carnevale Italiano – the full day  of celebration at New Italy  to commemorate the successful settlement of a group of tough Italian refugee survivors in the Northern Rivers 136 years ago . The story of New Italy, originally named La Cea Venezia, is a tale of triumph over adversity, a journey from despair to hope. To honour the efforts, sacrifices and achievements of the New Italy pioneers a celebration day has been held  since the 1880’s.

Carnevale has become an annual event at New Italy ,which salutes the strong cultural heritage of the Northern Rivers community. Funds raised support infrastructure changes and maintenance to the site. Through passionate volunteers, sponsors and Carnevale Italiano patrons, the complex enjoys steady growth.
John Barnes, President of  New Italy Management Inc, and a descendant of the Spinaze family, said today, “Let me offer a warm welcome to all members of our community to come and enjoy all things Italian on the day, which  has something for everyone – including music, three first class singers, dancing, BBQ,  bocce, locally made salami and of course pasta & vino! This year we also have a history hunt for children , together with mask making. The bocce court will be available – so please  bring your bocce balls for a friendly game.”
“One of the most popular features of the day is the salami wheel – yes that’s right, you can win one of the highly sought after locally made salamis with a lucky ticket on the wheel. Other prizes on the day include $2000 worth of overseas travel, a Scala Italian leather  handbag and gift vouchers.”
A much loved local accordion player, Val Wills, who first appeared at the New Italy Museum Complex alongside Harry Venn in the early 1990’s. Val will be playing in the Museum, the Pavilion and throughout the Food Court.
Popular  singers, Tony Pantano, Fortunato Isgro and singing star soprano Simone Nicole will also perform this year. Additionally the Casa Vecchia  gift shop  with its beautiful Italian jewellery will be open all day  and patrons will also be able to view the extensively revamped museum  and cafe building.

DETAILS: Carnevale Italiano will be held on Sunday April 9th beginning  with Mass at 10.00 am.
Parking available from 9.00 am.
Entry $10 per person, children free of charge
At New Italy Museum, 10 minutes south of Woodburn on the Pacific Hwy


Ballina Marina – A Future Not Too Distant?

March 20th, 2017 by lucas

A thriving mix of boats, recreation, business and residents in Ballina is envisaged by the Ballina Marina Master Plan.

Ballina Shire Council has prepared the draft Ballina Marina Master Plan depicting a proposal to transform the West Ballina Trawler Harbour area into a multi-functional marina and public precinct over the next ten to 20 years.

The draft master plan envisages a marine precinct comprised of a greater number and variety of boat berths, an enhanced public domain including a marina esplanade, opportunities for commercial enterprise and new residential living opportunities. The plan foresees a vibrant mix of boats, boating services, restaurants, open space and most importantly people.

“The Ballina community has long had a keen interest in enhanced marine infrastructure in Ballina. This project represents a significant opportunity to lay a foundation for more wonderful infrastructure that complements our beautiful river and lifestyle” Mayor David Wright said.

“The opportunities that can be realised for the Ballina Shire and Northern Rivers community from an enhanced and expanded multi-faceted marina, coupled with Ballina’s emergence as a regional centre, are endless” Mayor Wright went on to say.

The master plan includes provision for 110 boat berths, waterfront public open space, a mixture of 2-3 and 4-5 storey residential buildings, shops and upgraded road access and car parking. The plan also retains the existing Fishery Creek boat ramp area as a key boat ramp in Ballina.

The project is supported by funding from Ballina Shire Council and Transport for NSW through the NSW Boating Now Program. Various State Government agencies have also provided assistance and feedback throughout the project via an agency working group.

Plans, project information and background are available on Council’s website (search Ballina Marina Master Plan).

Council is seeking feedback on the draft master plan and invites submissions until 28 April 2017.

Write to: Ballina Marina Master Plan Ballina Shire Council PO Box 450 Ballina NSW 2478
Phone: Council’s Strategic and Community Facilities Group, ph 6686 1284

News from around the web – March 17 2017

March 17th, 2017 by lucas

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

Media outlets banned from anti-vax advocate’s appearance
SOME media outlets have been banned from accessing the Byron Shire event by controversial American anti-vaccination and ‘superfoods’ advocate David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe.

Two day hearing for shark deterrent inquiry
A two day hearing in the Senate inquiry into shark attack deterrent measures has started in Sydney with representatives from Surf Life Saving NSW addressing Senate committee members.

Drivers rescued in Lismore after driving through floodwaters
Three people had to be rescued by State Emergency Service crews overnight after attempting to drive through floodwaters

Ballina could soon have its own ‘multi-day festival’
ORGANISERS of a signature Ballina festival are a step closer to realising their dream of creating a nationally recognised, flagship festival on the coast.

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