Phone1300 864 444
The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478
40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478
8:15am - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday
Friday, 26 Jun 2020
As the global situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, Ballina Shire Council is taking all necessary precautions to keep the community and our staff safe.
Although Ballina Shire Council is not the authority on public health matters, we urge our community to stay up to date and follow accurate public health information to contain this virus:
Even if you have only mild symptoms, get tested
If you have a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or unexplained fever you should be tested. People without symptoms don’t need to be tested. Symptom list and Clinic Finder nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics
There may be some changes to the way we currently operate, but we are still here for you:
The following community facilities are open from 1 July 2020.
Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC)
Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre (ALEC)
Kentwell Community Centre
Ballina Surf Club Function Rooms
Ph: 1300 864 444 | E: email@example.com | W: communityspaces.com.au
Duty planning officers are available to provide general advice face-to-face
20-minute counter appointments must be booked 24 hours in advance by telephoning Council on 1300 864 444. Appointments are available between 8.30am – 11.30am on Wednesday and Fridays, and 1pm – 4pm on Tuesday and Thursdays.
All other Ballina Shire Council services remain unchanged. Updates will be provided if and when there are changes to our operations.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. Similarly, COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water and conventional water treatment methods used by the Council, such as disinfection and filtration inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
For more information about COVID-19 and how it relates to drinking water, recreational water and wastewater visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website cdc.gov/coronavirus
The NSW State Government has made changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy to allow supermarkets to receive deliveries 24 hours a day to restock their shelves. These new rules apply immediately and will be kept in place until the crisis is over.
To promote social distancing for our residents and support Ballina Shire businesses, Council is coordinating Ballina Business Connect. This service will enable residents to obtain staple household items from local businesses without leave home.
Ballina Council has announced a relief package to help support local businesses and jobs during the COVID-19 crisis. The estimated $800,000 package includes waiving some fees, commercial rent relief, facility refunds and reducing the overdue rates and charges interest rate to 0% for 15 months.
Australian Taxation Office
For information on how businesses and individuals can access available support including the JobKeeper Payment visit ato.gov.au/coronavirus
Business resources for your staff and customers
If you are a local business there are some helpful resources, such as posters and information/educational material, to inform your customers and staff:
NSW Government Small Business Support Fund
Small businesses can apply for grants up to $10,000 under the NSW Government's $750 million Small Business Support Fund. The application process has been made easier to provide businesses with some cash-flow as soon as possible.
Eligible businesses will need to:
Applications for a small business grant of up to $10,000 will be available through Service NSW within a fortnight and remain open until 1 June 2020.
Small Businesses Assistance
Australian Government Business Hotline provides support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian Government Economic Response to Coronavirus
The Australian Government's support for affected workers, businesses and the broader community.
NBN Co Australia Relief Package
To help internet providers to support customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, NBN is establishing a $150 million financial relief and assistance fund.
The Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is regularly receiving updates from NSW Health, the CEO of the North Coast Area Health Service, the Police, and Community Health sector. The Member for Ballina is also working with the Council to assist in ensuring this information and its impacts on our communities are provided as soon as it is available.
If residents are concerned, need access to information or require assistance they can contact The Member for Ballina's Office, who are here to help.
Contact the Member for Ballina via:
Thursday, 02 Jul 2020
Join master weavers Tania Marlowe and Deb Cole from Jugan Dandii for a weekend weaving circle in a relaxing group atmosphere at Ignite Studios.
Friday, 26 Jun 2020
Details on Council's operations and services, plus business and resident support available and links to the relevant authorities. Stay up to date with current information from the Australian and NSW Governments.
Thursday, 25 Jun 2020
From Monday 6 July 2020, Ballina Shire Council and Lismore City Council will introduce a reduced load limit for Pearces Creek Bridge on Eltham Road, Pearces Creek.
Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020
After a three-month hiatus between delivering programs and switching to online learning, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is happy to announce the recommencement of the Bright Sparks Creative Kids Art programs at Ignite Studios.
Friday, 19 Jun 2020
Ballina Shire Council is pleased to be reopening many of its community spaces from Monday 22 June, following the easing of NSW State Government COVID-19 restrictions.
Friday, 19 Jun 2020
In a welcome boost to the regional economy, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has announced the commencement of direct flights between Australia's capital, Canberra, and Northern Rivers NSW via renowned regional airline FlyPelican.
Wednesday, 17 Jun 2020
Rock fishers are now required by law to wear a life jacket when fishing in the Ballina Shire. Anyone not wearing a certified lifejacket at high risk locations will receive an on the spot fine of $100 from 1 July 2020.
Friday, 12 Jun 2020
Council has endorsed the exhibition of a draft concept plan for the Lennox Head village centre renewal. View the draft concept plan and provide feedback by Friday 10 July 2020.
Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is currently inviting exhibition applications across all art forms from artists, artist groups and curators for the 2021 exhibition program as well as limited spaces for in this years' program, 2020.
Friday, 05 Jun 2020
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is ranked nationally in the top 10 regional airports. The runway needs a major upgrade to ensure larger aircraft can land. Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan announced $10 million to widen and strengthen the existing runway.
Thursday, 04 Jun 2020
Ballina Shire Council would like to remind local residents that kerbside numbering outside their home is not a Council requirement, nor is it a service that Council provides.
Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020
Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Regional libraries are offering additional services to help the community access materials and resources while we wait for their doors to start opening to the public from 1 July 2020.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Council will temporarily close a section of Marom Creek Road at Rous Mill from 1 June 2020 due to the reconstruction of a land slip site located near 'Devil's Elbow'.
Monday, 25 May 2020
Ballina Shire Council is excited to start works to upgrade the 3-kilometre section of the Coastal Recreational Walk from Sharpes Beach to Pat Morton.
Friday, 22 May 2020
Following consultation with senior officers of the local NSW Police, Ballina Shire Council will progressively reopen 4WD beach access from 9am Friday 22 May 2020.
Monday, 18 May 2020
Council will reopen the Pat Morton (Lennox Point) and Lighthouse lookout carparks from 10am Tuesday 19 May, following the easing of NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions.
Friday, 15 May 2020
Ballina Shire Council will reopen its playgrounds, skate parks and picnic areas progressively from today, following the easing of NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions.
Thursday, 14 May 2020
The Ballina War Memorial Pool and Alstonville Aquatic Centre will reopen Monday 18 May 2020, following the easing of NSW State Government COVID-19 restrictions. As some restrictions remain in place the interim operating arrangements
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Ballina Shire Council's Delivery Program and Operational Plan are now on public exhibition and they want your feedback. Watch the Live-Stream of our General Manager presenting the Council's plans and budget for the next 12-months.
Thursday, 07 May 2020
To improve traffic flow and meet future demands on the local road network, Council is planning improvement works surrounding the Bangalow Road/Angels Beach Drive roundabout.
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Northern Rivers Community Gallery is offering young people the opportunity to explore abstract photography, photographic self-portraits and light photography. The free, four-week online program will be facilitated by award-winning local photographer Natalie Grono, as part of National Youth Week.
Friday, 01 May 2020
The current COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we interact with businesses, and technology is playing a big role in this. Ballina Shire Council is encouraging local residents and businesses to take advantage of their Community Portal, which offers a way to interact with Council online from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Thursday, 30 Apr 2020
Council is pleased to see so many people out and about staying active and using our shire's paths. But the local Council is asking for the community's help to keep local pathways and people safe.
Thursday, 30 Apr 2020
Northern Rivers Community Gallery is sharing free, online creative programs to encourage the whole community to get creative while at home.
Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020
The Ballina Business Connect Program has received fantastic support and now features almost 70 businesses delivering services and goods to your doors.
Monday, 20 Apr 2020
Jetstar and FlyPelican have announced new flights return from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport to Newcastle and Sydney following assistance from the Federal Government.
Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020
Temporary detour in place from 14 April to 15 April 2020 at Byron Bay Road and the North Creek roundabout.
Friday, 20 Mar 2020
Jetstar has temporarily removed their Melbourne service and reduced their Sydney service to seven flights per week. The new Qantaslink service has also been postponed until further notice. Council has not received any changes to the Virgin Australia schedule. Passengers should check with their airline regarding flight updates and rescheduling.
Monday, 16 Mar 2020
The network of Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries will close for two weeks from Tuesday 17 March as a measure to reduce the potential spread of Coronavirus to vulnerable community members.
Monday, 16 Mar 2020
Shopping local is not just about buying products and gifts unique to your area, it also results in investment in the local economy by keeping money in the community you love.
Friday, 13 Mar 2020
The return of the Burns Point Ferry to service after annual maintenance is delayed. Also upcoming weather forecasts and predicted river heights will delay the towing of the ferry from the slip in Swan Bay back to Ballina.
Friday, 06 Mar 2020
Council is seeking community feedback to help determine the type and style of fitness equipment to be installed at Commemoration Park, Ballina.
Friday, 06 Mar 2020
Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads in the coming days.
Tuesday, 03 Mar 2020
Attend a presentation by Steven Burgess of Complete Streets as part of the Lennox Village Vision on Friday 13 March at the Lennox Community Centre.
Friday, 31 Jan 2020
The Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC) and Ballina and Alstonville Swimming Pools will be havens of activity during Seniors Week 17 to 21 February 2020. NSW Seniors Week is about looking after for our senior citizens, getting out of the house, getting active and enjoying our time. Playing sport and joining fitness groups are not just limited to young people or elite athletes.
Friday, 31 Jan 2020
The Get Active Expo & Registration Day is back for 2020 in the new Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC)! This FREE community event gives sporting clubs the chance to connect with local families and help kids find out what sports are on offer in Ballina Shire - all in one place.
Thursday, 30 Jan 2020
Make 2020 the year you unleash your artistic self with likeminded creatives! Commencing in February Ignite Studios in Ballina is offering a new adult evening art course, Introduction to Abstraction, with local artist Imbi Davidson.
Sunday, 26 Jan 2020
Australia Day 2020 Award Winners rewards community service at a local level and is administered through a nomination program, which is assessed by a local selection committee and/or Councillors, and Awards in the form or certificates and prizes are awarded at official Australia Day functions.
Thursday, 09 Jan 2020
Ballina Shire Council is excited to announce our 2020 Australia Day Ambassador, Netball champion and Ballina local, Liz Ellis.