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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, 17 Apr 2020
Almost a year ago demographer Bernard Salt encouraged the communities of the Northern Rivers to pursue a big and outrageously ambitious agenda for the future of our region.
A collaborative partnership of regional businesses, industry bodies and government representatives took up the challenge and this week the Northern Rivers NSW Brand has been unveiled at the Ballina BP Travel Centre, arguably a gateway to the region.
“We all know that the Northern Rivers is a region gifted with beautiful, world-renowned natural assets, an amazing climate, delicious fresh produce, entrepreneurial and creative flair and a history of strong community connectivity. Now its time to share our secret with the world,” said Tim Williamson, Director Regional Development Australia-Northern Rivers.
“The sense of place begins 20,000 years ago with the Bundjalung people’s stories. For more than a century the coastal hamlets, small villages and historical river towns of the Northern Rivers have blazed their own trails. But as the regional population clicks over 250,000 it has reached a critical mass that demands a singular voice,” said Southern Cross University’s Dean Gould. “Now, more than ever, we need to move forward together.”
The new Northern Rivers NSW Brand reflects the connected unified identity of our communities, and provides a basis for our shared vision to foster sustainable and innovative economic growth. It is the symbol of a new economic and cultural era for one of New South Wales’ oldest, most diverse and alluring regions.
“The Northern Rivers NSW Brand is an invitation to the world – to visit, to invest, to share. It brings together seven local councils, offering scale they could only dream of standing alone. A demonstration of collaboration between Industry and Government, the Brand represents the 12th largest region by population in Australia. The new Northern Rivers NSW Brand means things can really happen – limited only by our imagination,” said Simon Stahl, CEO of the Northern Cooperative Meat Company (NCMC).
"The Northern Rivers is home to an extensive network of entrepreneurs, creative artisans and innovative business start-ups. This new Northern Rivers NSW Brand will help us collectively drive jobs growth while building on the strong foundations underpinning our health, construction, professional, agriculture, technical and education sectors,” said Councillor Danielle Mulholland, Chair of the Northern Rivers Joint Organisation.
“The new Northern Rivers NSW Brand will enhance our collective capacity to compete with larger regions. The collaboration driving the Brand will boost our ability to be more strategic and competitive, helping to drive investment and grant ready opportunities from the Federal and State Governments,” said Jane Laverty, Regional Manager of Business NSW, Northern Rivers.
“The Northern Rivers NSW Brand will add regional strength to local operators and create opportunities for local businesses to talk to existing markets in a new way, while also opening up access to new markets”, said Michel Thurston, General Manager of Destination North Coast.
Underpinning the new Northern Rivers NSW Brand is a strategy based on four key pillars: Visitation, Provenance, Liveability and Investment.
The ‘Northern Rivers Together’ Steering Committee includes representatives from:
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.