Clarence Valley Council

Applications open for community initiatives program – Not for profit organisations or groups/individuals auspiced by an NFP organisation can now apply to Round 1 of the Clarence Valley Council’s community initiatives program. Projects or initiatives must fall between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, and organisations can only apply online via the SmartyGrants link at Interested groups or individuals should read the community initiatives program guidelines and donations policy from the Clarence Valley Council website before applying.  For support or information call Sammy Lovejoy on 6642 0957 or email Applications close 30 April 2019.

Maclean lower Clarence Hospital Auxilary Fashion Parade

Maclean lower Clarence Hospital Auxilary Fashion Parade. Image: Clarence Valley Council

More information and news from the Clarence Valley region is available through the Clarence Valley Council website.


Byron Shire Council

A new chapter for Byron Arts & Industrial Estate – The Byron Arts and Industry (A&I) Estate was developed in the early 1970s and by 1975 there were businesses established and operating in what was then an isolated, industrial area well away from the heart of town. Fast forward 47 years and just like Byron Bay, the A&I Estate has evolved into an eclectic mix of businesses and residential uses which has brought vitality to the area.  However the changes have also created challenges and Byron Shire Council is starting work on designing what the Byron A&I Estate will look like in the future. Byron Shire Council are seeking community input for the development of the Byron Arts and Industrial Estate Precinct Plan. The project was launched on 4 March and an intensive two-day Enquiry by Design workshop involving land/business owners and residents will also be held during April.  Ideas and feedback can also be submitted at or call Rob van Iersel or Isabelle Hawton on 6626 7000

More information and news from the Byron region is available through the Byron Shire Council website.


Richmond Valley Council

Medicinal cannabis facility still in the picture – Richmond Valley Council and Australian-owned SANA Nutraceuticals are working hard to establish a medicinal cannabis facility in the region.  AFF HempTouted as the “largest medical cannabis facility in the southern hemisphere”, at full scale it will have 11 hectares under greenhouse conditions with the capacity to support annual production of more than 100,000 kilograms of high-quality cannabis, which equates to an associated annual revenue generation potential of between $800 million and $1.1 billion. SANA Founder and CEO Michael Horsfall said SANA expected to create at least 300 direct and indirect jobs in the Northern Rivers region from its medicinal cannabis greenhouse project and provide a significant boost to the local economy. Richmond Valley Council General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the Council was excited by the prospect of working with SANA Nutraceuticals to support the development of this important new industry. Mr Macdonald said if approved, the project would be a game changer for the Richmond Valley and the wider Northern Rivers region. Mr Horsfall said the company was currently in the assessment stage for three licenses with the Federal Government’s Office of Drug Control in Canberra.

More information and news from the Richmond Valley region is available on the Richmond Valley Council website.


Tweed Shire Council

Another chance to have your say on Draft Tweed Rural Land Strategy – The Draft Tweed Rural Land Strategy is being re-exhibited for public comment following a number of changes made by Tweed Shire Councillors. Council’s Director Planning and Regulation, Vince Connell, said the aim of the strategy was to paint a picture of what rural land in Tweed Shire may look like in 20 years, how it might develop and how it will be managed to preserve the quality of the rural Tweed lifestyle. The draft Strategy was originally exhibited from 7 November 2017 to 28 February 2018. Following a review of submissions, a draft amended Strategy was presented to Council for adoption in May 2018. However, this was deferred for further consideration by Councillors. Council’s Director Planning and Regulation, Vince Connell said since that time, several Councillors had requested that certain actions listed in the Strategy be either amended or deleted. “These changes have made the document substantially different to the exhibited version and it was resolved in December 2018 to re-exhibit,” Mr Connell said. The Draft Rural Land Strategy can be viewed at and hard copies are available at Uki General Store, Tyalgum Store, Chillingham Village Store, Murwillumbah Civic Centre; Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre and Kingscliff Library. Submissions on the Draft Rural Land Strategy must be made in writing and received by Council no later than close of business on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

More information and news from the Tweed region is available on the Tweed Shire Council website.


Lismore City Council

Students wanted for Japanese cultural exchange – Lismore City Council is calling for applications for the 2019 Sister City Student Exchange Program to Yamato Takada in Japan. Lismore City Council and Yamato Takada have enjoyed a sister city relationship since 1963 – the first sister city relationship ever adopted between Australia and Japan. The annual Sister City Student Exchange Program is an ongoing legacy of the agreement, enabling local high school students to get a taste of Japanese culture, cuisine and history on the annual 10-day exchange. Unlike a tourist holiday, students stay with host families, visit local schools and even meet local dignitaries and the Mayor, giving them a unique insight into life in Yamato Takada. Interested people need to nominate by 29 April 2019. Forms can be found on the Sister City Student Exchange Program page on the Lismore City Council website. For more information, phone Student Exchange Program Coordinator Michella Wade on 1300 87 83 87.

LCC japanese garden

Image courtesy Lismore City Council

More information and news from the Lismore region is available on the Lismore City Council website.


Kyogle Council

Domestic water assistance available for bushfire-affected householders – If your potable water has been used by a fire fighting agency to fight the recent bushfires, you may be eligible to have it replaced. This assistance is for residential properties in rural areas. Disaster Welfare is working with NSW RFS to identify impacted properties. Call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm) for more information. Residents seeking the clean-up and refilling of water systems will need to lodge an application with Public Works Advisory who will be carrying out eligibility assessments. All applications must be lodged by 30 April 2019. Further information on the eligibility criteria and application forms can be obtained by calling the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444, or from the Recovery Assistance Point at Tabulam Community Hall.

More information and news from the Kyogle region is available from the Kyogle Council website.


Ballina Shire Council

News visitors guide will continue to grow tourism in our region – Ballina Shire Council is inviting businesses across the region to be part of a new visitor guide to attract holidaymakers to the Northern Rivers. The new guide aims to attract visitors and deliver social value to businesses and residents. It will showcase the region’s towns and villages and help visitors discover hidden gems, where to shop, eat, drink, stay and play.  The guide will have a strong online presence and be distributed nationally across the visitor centre network, the Ballina Byron Gateway, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle Airports, and through Northern Rivers’ accommodation properties and attractions. To find out more contact the Ballina Tourism Team on 1800 777 666 or email before the end of March 2019.

More information and news from the Ballina region is available through the Ballina Shire Council website.