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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
Thursday, 13 Feb 2020
After a night of heavy rainfall in the Rocky Creek Dam catchment, the dam level is at full supply with more than 300mm flowing over the spillway on Thursday morning. This means water restrictions have been lifted across Ballina Shire.
This is a welcome sight after a prolonged period of unseasonal dry conditions with the dam last spilling in October 2018. Rainfall readings for Rocky Creek Dam show that in the first 6 weeks of 2020, we have had the same amount of rainfall recorded in 2019.
“Although there has been a considerable amount of rainfall over the region in the last few weeks, not all of it has fallen over the Rocky Creek Dam catchment,” said Andrew Logan, Planning Manager at Rous County Council. “However, with the overnight heavy rain, the dam has now reached capacity and the decision has been made to lift all water restrictions.”
This applies to the council areas of Ballina, Byron (excluding Mullumbimby), Lismore (excluding Nimbin), and Richmond Valley (excluding Casino). Lismore City, Byron Shire and Richmond Valley Councils will continue to manage water restrictions for Nimbin, Mullumbimby and Casino independently.
“We had a good response from the community during the water restrictions period,” said Rous County Council General Manager, Phillip Rudd.
“It’s been a tough few months going from an intense dry period to widespread rainfall, with water restrictions still needing to be kept in place. Generally, people have understood our role to ensure that we aren’t reacting too quickly to remove restrictions until we had that certainty of supply.”
“Now that the Rocky Creek Dam level is more than 100%, it certainly takes the pressure off.”
Regardless of water restrictions being lifted, Rous County Council will continue to keep the community’s focus on reducing water consumption in our homes and gardens, so that in the event of another extended dry spell, we can be in a better position..
For dam levels or more information visit rous.nsw.gov.au
Friday, 14 Feb 2020
Due to recent rainfall and expected Wilsons River flood levels, the annual maintenance of the Burns Point Ferry has been postponed. Maintenance dates to be advised.
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.