Your 2024 Australia Day Award Winners announced

Friday, 26 Jan 2024

Your 2024 Australia Day Award Winners announced

Today our community came together to honour our local heroes, welcome new Aussie citizens, and recognise all that is good about living in our beautiful Ballina Shire.

Ballina Shire Council hosted the official Australia Day ceremony at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The event featured a Welcome to Country from Aunty Julia Paden, captivating performances from the Ballina Players and the Lennox Beach Line Dancers, a heart-warming citizenship ceremony, and the announcement of the highly anticipated Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards.

Forty nominations were recognised across the award categories of Senior Citizen, Young Citizen, Volunteer of the Year, Community Event, Sports, Arts/Cultural and Environmental. Rex and Di Farrell, 2023 Citizens of the Year, passed the baton and announced the 2024 Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Sharon Cadwallader with Master of Ceremonies Sandra Jackson, a well-known and popular announcer on 101.9 Paradise FM, presented the awards.  

Congratulations to the following award winners and nominees:

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Joel Taylor 

Joel Taylor, a Lennox local since birth, has made a profound impact in the world of surfing and beyond. Originally a professional bodyboarder in his teens and twenties, Joel's career took an unexpected turn due to a spinal cord injury at the age of 21. However, his passion for the ocean never waned, leading him to embrace parasurfing after two decades.

Within just 12 months of his return to the water, Joel achieved remarkable success. He secured the Australian Para Surfing Title, earning him a spot in the ISA World Para Surfing Championships. His resilience and determination culminated in him being crowned the 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Champion in the Men’s Prone 1 Division. This achievement is not just a personal victory but an inspiration to many.

Joel's contributions extend beyond his personal achievements. As the founder of Unite Clothing in 2004, he has been actively supporting bodyboarding worldwide. His entrepreneurial spirit shines through this brand, which has thrived for nearly two decades. Joel's commitment to promoting bodyboarding associations fosters a deep love for the ocean within the community.


YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Lucy Trease

As Alstonville High’s 2023 School Captain, Lucy Trease embodies leadership and dedication. 

Alongside her studies, Lucy co-runs a sourdough bakery with her brothers, providing bread to evacuation centres during the 2022 floods.

An active volunteer, Lucy readily volunteers her time to support younger students in debating teams and the Model United Nations Assembly. She has also coached her brother’s soccer team for seven-years and was actively engaged in school sports, particularly swimming. 

Recognised as an NSW Woman of the Year Candidate in 2023, her contributions as a coach, mentor, and leader highlight her remarkable impact on her peers and local community.

The other nominees for the Young Citizen of the Year Award were: Imani Hannaford, Tayla Kennedy

 


SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (JOINT WINNERS)

Dr. Colin MacDonald 

Dr MacDonald’s distinguished medical career, spanning the Royal Australian Navy (1979-1986), general practice in Ballina (2016-2020), and a significant tenure as Visiting Medical Officer at Ballina District Hospital (1986-2016), showcases his steadfast commitment to healthcare. 

As Medical Staff Council Chairman, he championed staff increases and equipment upgrades, enhancing patient care. His work with the Department of Veterans Affairs, providing unwavering support for veterans' welfare.

Beyond healthcare, Dr. MacDonald's extensive community involvement includes Southern Cross School, Ballina RSL Sub-Branch and the Ballina Naval Museum. 

Recognised as a Life Member of the Ballina Seagulls Football Club for his dedicated care to players, his diverse contributions illustrate a deep community spirit. A true advocate for healthcare and community, continuously supporting individuals in adversity.

Yvonne Scarrabellotti 

For over three decades, Yvonne Scarrabellotti has been a driving force in the Northern Rivers community, particularly through her significant involvement in the Ballina and Kyogle Country Women's Association (CWA). 

Her leadership roles, including President and Vice-President, have been instrumental in shaping the CWA's impact in the Northern Rivers and across NSW. In 2023, Yvonne was recognised for her unwavering dedication with a State Vice Presidency and a prestigious Life Membership of CWA.

Yvonne's contributions extend to helping during natural disasters, particularly the 2022 floods. She has been pivotal in directing CWA's efforts to greatly benefit the community, contributing to Ballina SES, Marine Rescue, Mary’s Place, Hot Meal Centre, and initiatives like Education Grants, Riding for the Disabled, Biala, and Human Nature young mental health support.

Yvonne's community involvement is far-reaching and long-term, including work with Ballina Probus, Ballina Innerwheel, Ballina View Club, and St Vincent De Paul in Kyogle.

Yvonne’s legacy in the Northern Rivers is marked by extensive and long-standing community involvement, making her a symbol of dedicated leadership and service.

The other nominees for the Senior Citizen of the Year Award were: Brenda Zakaras, Colin Lee, Dianne Thompson, Dr Meng Yew Yeo, Jeffrey Gibbs, John Gordon, Veda Dorrough, Warwick Manning.


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD (JOINT WINNERS)

Ivan Leahy

Ivan Leahy, a resident of Ballina Shire since 2000, has been a beacon of humanitarian service and community welfare. His commitment to helping those in need extends across local and international borders, showcasing his global perspective on aid and empathy.
In the local community, Ivan has served as the chair of the Ballina Hope Haven Women’s Refuge, where he provided invaluable support to residents escaping domestic violence. His leadership and guidance over six years as chairperson and ongoing contributions as a committee member have been pivotal in the functioning and success of the refuge.

Ivan's role in community service doesn’t stop there. He has been a dedicated volunteer at the Five Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen and the Ballina ADRA Op Shop. At these establishments, he demonstrates his commitment to providing for those less fortunate, whether it be through serving meals, coordinating volunteers, or ensuring efficient operations.

On an international scale, Ivan is the volunteer operations manager of Kenya Health, a charity that has been providing healthcare in Kenya since 2013. His work in managing the charity, overseeing operations, fundraising, and leading volunteer teams is a testament to his passion for global health and welfare.

Ivan's empathy and dedication are apparent in his response to local victims of flooding and refugees, where he has extended his support and services. His ability to empathise and act in times of need is a true reflection of his character and commitment to humanitarian causes.

Ken Delany

Ken Delany, a dedicated volunteer with Ballina Marine Rescue for over 15 years, has been a pillar of strength and reliability in the Ballina community. His journey in Marine Rescue started as a commitment to serve and protect, and over the years, he has risen through the ranks to hold various critical positions including Assistant Training Officer, Treasurer, Deputy Commander, Acting Commander, and ultimately, Commander.

Ken's expertise is not limited to his leadership roles. He is revered as one of the unit's best trainers, passing on his vast knowledge and experience to new volunteers. His ability to mentor and guide has been instrumental in maintaining high standards of operation and safety within the unit. 

Ken has been a crucial liaison for the unit, maintaining robust connections with the Ballina Shire Council and all emergency services within the Ballina LGA. His communication skills and community relations have been key in fostering cooperation and coordination, especially during emergencies.

A familiar voice on Paradise FM, Ken keeps the community informed every Sunday morning with updates on bar and safety advice, weather reports, and sea condition updates. This service is invaluable to the community, especially to those who navigate the waters.

Ken’s commitment to fundraising and securing grants has been vital in keeping the unit operational. His efforts in organising events like the Ballina Boat Show have been significant in raising funds necessary for the unit's sustenance.

His dedication extends beyond his official roles. Ken is always available and on call, a testament to his devotion to the safety and well-being of the boating community. His enthusiasm and motivated leadership have earned him respect and admiration from his peers, volunteers, and the wider community.
The other nominees for the Volunteer of the Year: Daryl Holmes, David and Robii Harmon, Mark Ross, Nikki Powell, Robyne McGlashan, and Wardell Core.


COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD (JOINT WINNERS)

Purple Friday (Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond and Cherry Street Sports)

'Purple Friday,' a collaborative initiative by Cherry St Sports Club and the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond, focuses on raising awareness about Domestic & Family Violence. 

Participants, including over 85 businesses and organisations, wear purple shirts every Friday, symbolising their stand against Domestic & Family Violence and promoting Respectful Relationships.

This community-wide initiative has quickly gained traction in Ballina Shire and expanded to other regions, effectively conveying a strong message of collaboration against a significant social issue. Originating from the Rotary Club's existing DV campaign, 'Purple Friday' showcases innovation and the power of wearable advocacy.

The campaign's effectiveness is bolstered by the organisational excellence of both Cherry Street Sports Club and the Rotary Club. Their efforts highlight a deep commitment to enhancing community well-being and safety.

DV Walk (Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond) 

The Domestic Violence Walk, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond, unites community members from all walks of life in a stand against Domestic and Family Violence. 

The walk, stretching from the Visitor Information Centre to the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre, culminated with addresses from notable figures and entertainment by Ballina Coast High School students. 

This event engages diverse community groups, raising awareness, challenging stereotypes, and empowering DV survivors. Participants come together as comrades with a common goal to combat DV.

This collaborative effort extends to educational programs in schools, focusing on long-term behavioral change. The event's influence has grown significantly, evolving into a Rotary-led campaign in 16 countries. 

This expansion showcases innovative approaches to addressing this critical social issue; reinforcing the event's importance in fostering community unity and action against Domestic and Family Violence.

The other nominees for Community Event of the Year: A Night of Elegance James Bond - Tracey Everingham Armstrong, Flood Recovery Temporary Housing - Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond, Future Fit our Dementia Community - Dementia Inclusive Ballina Alliance Inc, One Year On - Wardell Core.


SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Lennox Beach Line Dancing

Lennox Beach Line Dancing, which began in 2001 at Lennox Head Public School, has grown to become one of Australia's premier line dance clubs. This dynamic group achieved international recognition by winning several World Titles at the World Dance Masters Championship in 2023.

Their team, comprising 16 dancers aged 8 to 31, has shown remarkable talent and dedication, challenging traditional perceptions of line dancing. In May 2022, they were honoured as “Club of the Year” at the prestigious Australian Line Dance Championships. This success led to their representation of Team Australia at the World Dance Masters in Blackpool, England.

Nominated for this category last year as well, Lennox Beach Line Dancers' rise from a small school club to international acclaim showcases their journey of growth, passion, and community connection.

The other nominees for the Sporting Achievement Award were: John Hair, Ray Chapman, Rondah Stevenson, Scott Jenkins, Bailey Wilson, David Scott, Joel Taylor, and Naomi Doncaster. 


ARTS/CULTURAL AWARD

Ballina Players

For nearly seven decades, Ballina Players has been a vital part of Ballina shire's arts and culture scene. As a community-owned theatre, it thrives on the passion and dedication of its volunteers, many of whom have gone on to achieve greater accomplishments in the arts.

Each year, Ballina Players attracts around 6,000 attendees, involving 150 cast members and 140 crew members. Ballina Players donates four performances from each production to local community groups for fundraising, showcasing their commitment to the community.

Their extensive training covers acting, singing, costume design, stage management, audio, lighting, and set construction. Notably, their 2023 productions, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia, Avenue Q," and Beautiful, quickly sold out, earning widespread acclaim as regional theatre at its best.

Ballina Players not only nurtures artistic talent but also significantly contributes to the cultural richness of the Ballina Shire.

The other nominees for the Arts/Cultural Award were: Ballina Contemporary Art Market and Ballina Shire Concert Band.


ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

The Wildlife Twins – Bridget and Sophie Thompson

Bridget and Sophie Thompson, affectionately known as The Wildlife Twins, are fervently committed to wildlife conservation in the Northern Rivers region.

Renowned for their wit and engaging presence, Bridget and Sophie Thompson captivate audiences at the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, community events, and schools. They skillfully emphasize the importance of native fauna and boost wildlife awareness.

With Bridget's expertise in snake-catching and Sophie's proficiency in dog training, they offer a comprehensive approach to animal education.  The Twins also work to dispel myths and fears about reptiles and snakes, educating the community about the value of all creatures, whether great, small, or slithery.

Their efforts underscore the message that every species is worth protecting.

The other nominees for the Environmental Award were: Wardell Core and Annual Lennox Community Tree Planting Day.


As part of the ceremony we welcomed 17 new Australian Citizens from USA, Bolivia, UK, Italy, Thailand, Denmark, Brazil, Philippines, and Vietnam.

Award winner bios and photos from the event can be viewed on Ballina Shire Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDay

May 2024
Fire Ant eradication treatment rolls out in Wardell

Fire Ant eradication treatment rolls out in Wardell

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Drop in and chat to the fire ant eradication team to find out how you can play an active role in our fight against fire ants on Thursday 23 May and Friday 24 May 2024 at the Wardell & District War Memorial Hall

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina emergency roadworks

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina emergency roadworks

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Temporary Closure of Ballina War Memorial Swimming Pool

Temporary Closure of Ballina War Memorial Swimming Pool

Monday, 20 May 2024

The Ballina War Memorial Pool will be closed for the month of June and the Alstonville Aquatic Centre for the month of July for essential annual maintenance.

Federal Budget - What does it mean for Ballina Shire

Federal Budget - What does it mean for Ballina Shire

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Ballina Shire Council's Mayor Sharon Cadwallader shared her reflections on the Federal Budget 2024/25, highlighting the implications for Ballina Shire. The commitment of $27.7 billion is a significant allocation towards various projects aimed at improving the quality of life for Australians, Mayor Cadwallader acknowledges the budget's emphasis on cost-of-living relief, education, and healthcare as crucial pillars for community well-being.

Temporary Lane Closure - Night work at Canal Bridge, Ballina

Temporary Lane Closure - Night work at Canal Bridge, Ballina

Thursday, 09 May 2024

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that one lane of Tamarind Drive (across Canal Bridge) will be temporarily closed overnight on Friday 10 May and Saturday 11 May 2024.

Your voice matters - Help us shape our community's future!

Your voice matters - Help us shape our community's future!

Monday, 06 May 2024

Ballina Shire Council is seeking the community’s feedback on our draft plans for the years ahead. The Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2024 - 2028 is now on exhibition until Wednesday 5 June 2024.

Salt water over roads - King tides from Tuesday 7 May

Salt water over roads - King tides from Tuesday 7 May

Monday, 06 May 2024

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

Lennox Headland Community Tree Planting Day

Lennox Headland Community Tree Planting Day

Friday, 03 May 2024

The annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day is occurring again Friday 10 May 2024.

End violence against women - Sunday 5 May 2024

End violence against women - Sunday 5 May 2024

Thursday, 02 May 2024

Ballina Shire Council issues an urgent call to our community members and leaders to take a stand against domestic violence. 4pm Sunday 5 May 2024 at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (63 Cherry Street, Ballina)

Vote for Ballina in the NSW Top Tourism Awards

Vote for Ballina in the NSW Top Tourism Awards

Wednesday, 01 May 2024

The Ballina Tourism team is thrilled to announce that Ballina has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious NSW Top Tourism Town Awards, which is hosted by Business NSW and the NSW Tourism Industry Council. This notable nomination places Ballina among the top nine contenders in the category for towns with a population over 5,000 residents.

Allens Parade Roundabout Construction Lennox Head

Allens Parade Roundabout Construction Lennox Head

Wednesday, 01 May 2024

Ballina Shire Council is preparing to construct a new permanent roundabout at the intersection of Ballina Street and Allens Parade, Lennox Head, from Monday 13 May 2024.

Apr 2024
Plans underway to duplicate Ballina bridges

Plans underway to duplicate Ballina bridges

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2024

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges. The project also involves raising portions of the roadway on sections of River Street and Tamarind Drive.

NRCG May 2024 Exhibitions

NRCG May 2024 Exhibitions

Friday, 12 Apr 2024

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four new exhibitions this May that showcase explorations of place and identity in a variety of forms

Together Arts and Community Wellbeing Event takes over the Northern Rivers Community Gallery this May

Together Arts and Community Wellbeing Event takes over the Northern Rivers Community Gallery this May

Friday, 12 Apr 2024

On Saturday 11 May the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is teaming up with artist and educator Claudie Frock and the Ballina Shire Council Community Recovery Team to deliver TOGETHER Arts and Community Wellbeing Day - a free, fun-filled arts and cultural event in the heart of Ballina

Flooded Roads Update - 9 April 2024 @ 4.30pm

Flooded Roads Update - 9 April 2024 @ 4.30pm

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2024

Road status information during wet weather conditions.

Flooded Roads Update - 8 April 2024 @ 6am

Flooded Roads Update - 8 April 2024 @ 6am

Monday, 08 Apr 2024

Road status information during wet weather conditions.

Flooded Roads Update - 7 April 2024 @ 11.30am

Flooded Roads Update - 7 April 2024 @ 11.30am

Sunday, 07 Apr 2024

Road status information during wet weather conditions.

Wet weather information - 5 April 2024 @ 9.45am

Wet weather information - 5 April 2024 @ 9.45am

Friday, 05 Apr 2024

Road status information during wet weather conditions.

Take off for Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Bluesfest Byron Bay

Take off for Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Bluesfest Byron Bay

Thursday, 04 Apr 2024

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has continued its longstanding commitment to Byron Bay Bluesfest after expanding its partnership with its highly innovative VIP Lounge concept at the 2024 festival.

Mar 2024
Lennox Park's fresh and modern upgrade

Lennox Park's fresh and modern upgrade

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2024

The Lennox Park upgrade is now complete, and the park fully reopened following a major overhaul.

New bridge can take the weight

New bridge can take the weight

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2024

Ballina Shire Council and Lismore City Council have officially opened the new Pearces Creek Bridge. The aging wooden bridge has been replaced with a two-lane, concrete structure that meets the needs of today's road users.

Beach Safety Program ready for community use

Beach Safety Program ready for community use

Thursday, 21 Mar 2024

Ballina Shire Council has rolled out a new Beach Safety Program to improve the safety and first aid infrastructure available along the shire's beaches

Planned water outage for Alstonville

Planned water outage for Alstonville

Monday, 18 Mar 2024

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that essential water main works will be carried out in a section of Alstonville overnight on Thursday 21 March 2024.

Burnout workshops to support local community

Burnout workshops to support local community

Friday, 15 Mar 2024

The Northern Rivers community will have an opportunity to learn from leading burnout experts across March and April in a series of free workshops presented by Ballina Shire Council

Salt water over roads - King tides from 9 March

Salt water over roads - King tides from 9 March

Thursday, 07 Mar 2024

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Stronger Than Ever

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Stronger Than Ever

Thursday, 07 Mar 2024

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport's runway has been upgraded to meet future aviation demands

Ross Lane Safety Upgrades starting in March

Ross Lane Safety Upgrades starting in March

Friday, 01 Mar 2024

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that the next stage of safety upgrades to Ross Lane will commence from Monday 11 March 2024 and continue until the end of June 2024, weather and site conditions permitting.

Ballina's bus interchange set for an upgrade

Ballina's bus interchange set for an upgrade

Friday, 01 Mar 2024

Ballina Shire Council will be upgrading the Tamar Street Bus Interchange in Ballina's CBD from Monday 11 March 2024.

Feb 2024
Yabby Trap Roundup at Ballina Shire Council

Yabby Trap Roundup at Ballina Shire Council

Tuesday, 27 Feb 2024

The Yabby Trap Roundup is collecting all old, illegal and unwanted Opera House style yabby traps to protect the future of fishing and the health of our waterways.

NRCG March Exhibitions

NRCG March Exhibitions

Tuesday, 27 Feb 2024

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four new exhibitions this March that showcase explorations of place and identity in a variety of forms

Green Bins go back to basics for better compost

Green Bins go back to basics for better compost

Monday, 26 Feb 2024

New green bin rules mean it's easier than ever for Northern Rivers residents to sort out their waste.

Wardell Wharf repairs set to start

Wardell Wharf repairs set to start

Wednesday, 07 Feb 2024

Repairs to the flood-damaged Wardell Wharf will commence Thursday 15 February 2024. Council has engaged contractor, Hunter Wharf and Barge, to carry out the remediation works, which will include: Repairs to the damaged wharf and boardwalk piles and Installation of armouring along the riverbank near Wardell Wharf.

Draft Housing Strategy on public exhibition

Draft Housing Strategy on public exhibition

Tuesday, 06 Feb 2024

Ballina Shire Council has prepared a Draft Housing Strategy to help meet housing demand over the next 20 years in Ballina Shire.

Temporary Closure of Coastal Shared Path near Lennox Headland

Temporary Closure of Coastal Shared Path near Lennox Headland

Thursday, 01 Feb 2024

Council will be carrying out essential maintenance and repairs to sections of the Coastal Shared Path and Coastal Recreational Walk from Monday 5 February.

Jan 2024
Your 2024 Australia Day Award Winners announced

Your 2024 Australia Day Award Winners announced

Friday, 26 Jan 2024

Ballina Shire Council hosted the official ceremony at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre, which featured a Welcome to Country, citizenship ceremony and the announcement of the highly anticipated Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards.

Help Council plan for Hampton Park Reserve

Help Council plan for Hampton Park Reserve

Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024

Ballina Shire Council is preparing a Draft Master Plan for part of Hampton Park Reserve and is seeking the community's insights.

Discover the Ballina Coast and Hinterland with the new Visitor Guide

Discover the Ballina Coast and Hinterland with the new Visitor Guide

Thursday, 18 Jan 2024

The Ballina Tourism Team is thrilled to unveil the new Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide, a comprehensive A4 publication showcasing the region's unmissable experiences through captivating imagery, insightful editorials, and essential visitor information.

Recognising achievements and welcoming diversity this Australia Day

Recognising achievements and welcoming diversity this Australia Day

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2024

Whether you're a long-time local, new to the shire, or visiting our patch of paradise, everyone is welcome to join us for this year's Ballina Shire Australia Day Ceremony at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Friday 26 January 2024, from 9am.

Salt water over roads - King tides from 11 January

Salt water over roads - King tides from 11 January

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2024

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

January Exhibitions - Showcasing the art of our region and beyond

January Exhibitions - Showcasing the art of our region and beyond

Tuesday, 02 Jan 2024

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) launches its 2024 annual exhibition program, presenting four exhibitions this January.

Dec 2023
Waste services over Christmas and New Year

Waste services over Christmas and New Year

Tuesday, 19 Dec 2023

There are no changes to bin collection days over the Christmas period, even if bin collection falls on a public holiday.

Local schools lead the way in waste wise initiatives

Local schools lead the way in waste wise initiatives

Wednesday, 13 Dec 2023

This year, Ballina Shire Council supported participating schools to wage their own 'war on waste' through the Let's Get It Sorted School Challenge.

Have your say on Sharpes Beach carpark upgrade

Have your say on Sharpes Beach carpark upgrade

Monday, 11 Dec 2023

Ballina Shire Council is asking the community to provide feedback on plans to upgrade Sharpes Beach Carpark.

Temporary Closure - Fawcett Street and Fawcett Park - Thursday 7 December

Temporary Closure - Fawcett Street and Fawcett Park - Thursday 7 December

Tuesday, 05 Dec 2023

Ballina Shire Council will temporarily close sections of Fawcett Street and Fawcett Park on Thursday 7 December 2023, to reinstall steel sculptures within the park.

New playground opens at Pop Denison Park

New playground opens at Pop Denison Park

Tuesday, 05 Dec 2023

Stage two of the Pop Denison Park playground is now complete, and the playground is open just in time for Christmas!

Nov 2023
Temporary road closure - Airport Boulevard

Temporary road closure - Airport Boulevard

Thursday, 30 Nov 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that a section of Airport Boulevard will be temporarily closed on Monday 4 December and Tuesday 5 December 2023.

Ballina Shire Council Services Christmas and New Year Closures 2023/24

Ballina Shire Council Services Christmas and New Year Closures 2023/24

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023

A number of Council facilities and services will change over the Christmas period.

Pontoon replacement in Ballina

Pontoon replacement in Ballina

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023

A flood-damaged pontoon at Lance Ferris Wharf in Fawcett Park, Ballina is being replaced.

River Street and Cherry Street, Ballina - Temporary Road Closures

River Street and Cherry Street, Ballina - Temporary Road Closures

Monday, 27 Nov 2023

Ballina Shire Council advises the Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond is holding a community awareness walk against Domestic and Family Violence on Friday 1 December 2023.

Temporary traffic change for Ross Lane, Lennox Head

Temporary traffic change for Ross Lane, Lennox Head

Friday, 24 Nov 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that Ross Lane in Lennox Head will be reduced to one lane from Monday 27 November for approximately two weeks.

Pearces Creek Bridge reopened to traffic

Pearces Creek Bridge reopened to traffic

Thursday, 23 Nov 2023

Eltham Road has reopened to traffic following a month-long closure for the Pearces Creek Bridge replacement project.

Last call for Nominations - 2024 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards

Last call for Nominations - 2024 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023

Don't miss the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes in our community. Nominations for the 2024 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards will close Monday 27 November 2023.

Federal Review Deprives Ballina Shire of Vital Bruxner Highway Upgrade

Federal Review Deprives Ballina Shire of Vital Bruxner Highway Upgrade

Friday, 17 Nov 2023

The recent release of the federal government's infrastructure spending review brings with it a disheartening revelation for the Ballina Shire and the Northern Rivers region. In particular, the significant funding loss for the crucial Bruxner Highway - Wollongbar to Goonellabah project, which initially held a federal commitment of $6.8 million.

Unplanned water outage Lennox Head - 16 November 2023

Unplanned water outage Lennox Head - 16 November 2023

Thursday, 16 Nov 2023

Water supply is temporarily unavailable to some properties in Lennox Head village due to a water main break that occurred this afternoon.

Oct 2023
Lennox rolls out the red carpet for Dis-Co Ball

Lennox rolls out the red carpet for Dis-Co Ball

Tuesday, 24 Oct 2023

Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre's new annual disability community ball, Dis-Co Ball, will light up the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Sunday 12 November 2023.

Steve Banks and The Sidemen coming to Lennox

Steve Banks and The Sidemen coming to Lennox

Wednesday, 18 Oct 2023

Mark Friday 10 November 2023 in your diary as that's when Steve Banks and The Sidemen are coming together for one night only at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

Pontoon replacements in Ballina and Keith Hall

Pontoon replacements in Ballina and Keith Hall

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2023

Flood-damaged pontoons at Lance Ferris Wharf in Fawcett Park, Ballina and at Keith Hall are being replaced.

Camp Drewe Road, Lennox Head - Temporary Closure

Camp Drewe Road, Lennox Head - Temporary Closure

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that vehicle access to Camp Drewe Road in Lennox Head will be temporarily closed for The Ox Charity Fundraiser 24 hour running event.

Draft Master Plan for Wardell Village Centre on public exhibition

Draft Master Plan for Wardell Village Centre on public exhibition

Monday, 09 Oct 2023

Following extensive community consultation, Ballina Shire Council has developed a Draft Master Plan to help revitalise Wardell village centre.

Ballina Contemporary Art Market on next week (Saturday 14 October)

Ballina Contemporary Art Market on next week (Saturday 14 October)

Friday, 06 Oct 2023

The inaugural Ballina Contemporary Art Market (BCAM) is a free, one-day, fun-filled arts and cultural event taking place on Saturday 14 October from 10am-7pm at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) & Ignite Studios creative precinct in Ballina, showcasing the creative talent of the region.

North Wall Path closure for maintenance

North Wall Path closure for maintenance

Thursday, 05 Oct 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise the community of two temporary closures of the North Wall shared path in East Ballina.

Sep 2023
Lennox Park upgrade starting Monday 9 October

Lennox Park upgrade starting Monday 9 October

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that Stage 7 of the Lennox Village Vision project, the Lennox Park Upgrade, will commence on Monday 9 October 2023.

Temporary closure of Eltham Road, Pearces Creek

Temporary closure of Eltham Road, Pearces Creek

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise residents and motorists that Eltham Road, at Pearces Creek Bridge, will be temporarily closed for one month from Monday 23 October 2023.

NRCG November Exhibitions

NRCG November Exhibitions

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023

NSW Budget 2023-24 Highlights for Ballina Shire and our region

NSW Budget 2023-24 Highlights for Ballina Shire and our region

Friday, 22 Sep 2023

The NSW Budget 2023-24, released on Tuesday 19 September, has outlined several key projects and funding for Ballina Shire and the Northern Rivers region.

Water restored - Skennars Head

Water restored - Skennars Head

Friday, 22 Sep 2023

Ballina Shire Council's water team will be carrying out repairs to a water main in Skennars Head on Friday 22 September 2023, from 9.30am to 3pm.

Lennox Head Golden Ticket - Shop to Win!

Lennox Head Golden Ticket - Shop to Win!

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2023

Prepare to embark on a shopping adventure with the much-anticipated 'Lennox Head Golden Ticket: Shop to Win Campaign!'

Fundraising and Community Engagement Opportunity

Fundraising and Community Engagement Opportunity

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2023

Festival and Event Funding Now Open for 2024/25

Festival and Event Funding Now Open for 2024/25

Monday, 18 Sep 2023

Ballina Shire Council is pleased to announce the Festival and Event Sponsorship Program is now open.

Ballina Contemporary Art Market

Ballina Contemporary Art Market

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023

Arts, crafts, creatures and a laneway party!

Emergency exercise at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

Emergency exercise at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

Monday, 11 Sep 2023

An emergency exercise will be held at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport on Wednesday 13 September 2023 from 8.30am to 12noon.

Traffic lights switched on as Ballina intersection upgrades complete

Traffic lights switched on as Ballina intersection upgrades complete

Monday, 11 Sep 2023

Two new sets of traffic lights have been switched on, marking the completion of two major intersection upgrades.

Burns Point Ferry Return to Service - Saturday 9 September

Burns Point Ferry Return to Service - Saturday 9 September

Thursday, 07 Sep 2023

Burns Point Ferry will recommence services from 5.30am Saturday 9 September 2023. The ferry has been in a dry dock slipyard for its annual major maintenance works program.

The Lennox Head Golden Ticket Competition is Coming Soon!

The Lennox Head Golden Ticket Competition is Coming Soon!

Thursday, 07 Sep 2023

Get ready for an extraordinary shopping experience as Lennox Head village prepares to launch the much-awaited 'Lennox Head Golden Ticket: Shop to Win Campaign.'

Free Motorcycle Safety Workshops in Alstonville

Free Motorcycle Safety Workshops in Alstonville

Tuesday, 05 Sep 2023

Ballina Shire Council will be hosting two free safety workshops on Saturday 7 October 2023 for motorcycle riders.

Footpath upgrade and temporary traffic changes for Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville

Footpath upgrade and temporary traffic changes for Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville

Tuesday, 05 Sep 2023

Ballina Shire Council's crews will be upgrading a section of footpath along Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville, with work expected to commence from Monday 11 September 2023.

Ballina Salvage Shed's Recycled Art Competition open for entries!

Ballina Salvage Shed's Recycled Art Competition open for entries!

Tuesday, 05 Sep 2023

The Salvage Shed is hosting a Recycled Art Competition, offering a fun and inclusive way for community members to redesign and repurpose materials that may otherwise be sent to landfill or left hidden in a shed.

Aug 2023
Pontoon replacements in West Ballina and Wardell

Pontoon replacements in West Ballina and Wardell

Thursday, 31 Aug 2023

Flood-damaged pontoons at Fishery Creek, West Ballina and in Wardell will be replaced next week.

Lennox Head entry reopens following intersection upgrade

Lennox Head entry reopens following intersection upgrade

Thursday, 31 Aug 2023

The Ballina Street and Park Lane intersection upgrade in Lennox Head is nearing completion and Ballina Street has reopened to traffic in both directions.

Temporary traffic changes for Main Street, Alstonville

Temporary traffic changes for Main Street, Alstonville

Tuesday, 29 Aug 2023

Ballina Shire Council's crews will be conducting tree replacement planting on Main Street, Alstonville from 7am -10am on Thursday 31 August 2023.

New load limit for Pearces Creek Bridge from Monday 28 August

New load limit for Pearces Creek Bridge from Monday 28 August

Friday, 25 Aug 2023

From Monday 28 August 2023, Ballina Shire Council and Lismore City Council will introduce a reduced load limit for Pearces Creek Bridge on Eltham Road, Pearces Creek. The new load limit will be 4.5 tonnes

Spotlight on Bike Safety

Spotlight on Bike Safety

Thursday, 17 Aug 2023

From 21 to 23 August 2023 Ballina Shire Council will be spotlighting safety on bikes.

Nominations Now Open for the 2024 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards

Nominations Now Open for the 2024 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023

Ballina Shire Council is on a mission to dive deep into our community and celebrate both individuals and groups who quietly make an extraordinary impact on our shire. Nominations are invited for those outstanding community members who may otherwise go unnoticed, individuals and groups who dedicate themselves to community-based activities, sports, the environment, or the arts.

Secrets of the Professionals - Watercolour Painting Workshop

Secrets of the Professionals - Watercolour Painting Workshop

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023

Learn professional secrets of watercolour painting in a one-day immersive workshop with local artist Karena Wynn-Moylan on Saturday 26 August from 10am-4pm.

Burns Point Ferry annual maintenance from Friday 18 August

Burns Point Ferry annual maintenance from Friday 18 August

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2023

The Burns Point Ferry will be taken to a dry dock slip yard for maintenance works from Friday 18 August to Saturday 9 September 2023.

Draft Lennox Head Strategic Plan on public exhibition

Draft Lennox Head Strategic Plan on public exhibition

Monday, 14 Aug 2023

Following extensive community consultation, Ballina Shire Council has developed the Draft Lennox Head Strategic Plan 2023-2043.

Water Restored - Fig Tree Hill Drive, Lennox Head

Water Restored - Fig Tree Hill Drive, Lennox Head

Friday, 11 Aug 2023

Ballina Shire Council's crews are attending to a water main break that has occurred at Fig Tree Hill Drive in Lennox Head this morning.

Help Council pick the right path for Lennox Head

Help Council pick the right path for Lennox Head

Tuesday, 08 Aug 2023

Ballina Shire Council is inviting residents to have their say on the preferred route for a new Shared Path between Park Lane and Cooper Close, Lennox Head.

August Exhibitions - The nature of resilience and relationships on exhibition

August Exhibitions - The nature of resilience and relationships on exhibition

Tuesday, 08 Aug 2023

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four exhibitions this August drawing on themes of beauty and resilience found in our environment and communities as well as our personal relationships with our place in the world.

New community grant to fund resource recovery initiatives in Ballina Shire

New community grant to fund resource recovery initiatives in Ballina Shire

Monday, 07 Aug 2023

Individuals, community groups and organisations are invited to apply for a new community grant that will support resource recovery initiatives within Ballina Shire.

Ballina Contemporary Art Market - Calling all artists, makers, and designers!

Ballina Contemporary Art Market - Calling all artists, makers, and designers!

Thursday, 03 Aug 2023

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) & Ignite Studios is delivering a one-day contemporary art market in the heart of Ballina on Saturday 14 October 2023.

Artists invited to activate Ballina CBD with street art

Artists invited to activate Ballina CBD with street art

Tuesday, 01 Aug 2023

Ballina Shire Council and the Northern Rivers Community Gallery want to hear from artists who would like to participate in a public street art project.

Jul 2023
Salt water over roads - King Tides from Monday 31 July

Salt water over roads - King Tides from Monday 31 July

Friday, 28 Jul 2023

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

Temporary roundabout to assist traffic flow during next stage of Lennox Village upgrade

Temporary roundabout to assist traffic flow during next stage of Lennox Village upgrade

Thursday, 13 Jul 2023

With the Byron Street/Ballina Street intersection now complete and fully reopened, Ballina Shire Council's crews will focus on Stage 5 of the Lennox Village Vision project at the Ballina Street and Park Lane intersection from Monday 17 July 2023.

Temporary traffic changes for Angels Beach Drive

Temporary traffic changes for Angels Beach Drive

Friday, 07 Jul 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that our Water team will be renewing the recycled water main along Angels Beach Drive, Ballina from Tuesday 11 July 2023.

Introduction to Printmaking Workshop at Ignite Studios this July with Christine Porter

Introduction to Printmaking Workshop at Ignite Studios this July with Christine Porter

Wednesday, 05 Jul 2023

Lismore-based printmaker, artist, and educator Christine Porter will run a two-day immersive drypoint etching workshop at Ignite Studios in Ballina.

Pacific Parade, Lennox Head - Temporary Closure

Pacific Parade, Lennox Head - Temporary Closure

Monday, 03 Jul 2023

Ballina Shire Council wishes to advise that vehicle access to part of Pacific Parade in Lennox Head will be closed for the annual Skullcandy Oz Grom Open surfing competition.

Jun 2023
Salt water over roads - King tides from 2 July 2023

Salt water over roads - King tides from 2 July 2023

Friday, 30 Jun 2023

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Ballina Shire 2-9 July 2023

NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Ballina Shire 2-9 July 2023

Friday, 30 Jun 2023

NAIDOC Week is a special time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

Temporary road closure for next stage of Lennox Village Vision

Temporary road closure for next stage of Lennox Village Vision

Tuesday, 27 Jun 2023

As part of the Lennox Village Vision project, Ballina Shire Council is continuing rejuvenation works in surrounding areas of the Lennox Head town centre.

Temporary Closure of Alstonville Aquatic Centre

Temporary Closure of Alstonville Aquatic Centre

Tuesday, 27 Jun 2023

July Exhibitions - Diverse arts and culture on exhibition

July Exhibitions - Diverse arts and culture on exhibition

Monday, 26 Jun 2023

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four diverse exhibitions this July from local and interstate artists. The exhibitions include a photographic journey through Afghanistan, explorations upon the essence of landscape, traditional textile art and cultural practices of Iran and a collection of artworks celebrating the 12th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition.

Temporary closure of Moon Street, Ballina

Temporary closure of Moon Street, Ballina

Friday, 23 Jun 2023

Ballina Shire Council's crews will be reconstructing a section of Moon Street in Ballina, between Bangalow Road and Fox Street, from Monday 26 June 2023.

New Deed of Agreement Adopted for the Richmond Tweed Regional Library

New Deed of Agreement Adopted for the Richmond Tweed Regional Library

Wednesday, 21 Jun 2023

The member councils of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library service have recently established a new Deed of Agreement to uphold the provision of public library services throughout the Lismore, Tweed, Ballina, and Byron local government areas by leveraging a regional library model.

Feb 2023
Let's Get it Sorted Schools Challenge

Let's Get it Sorted Schools Challenge

Wednesday, 01 Feb 2023

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