Clarence Valley Council

Ulmarra plans for life after the highway – Planning is underway for the future of Ulmarra once the village is bypassed by the new Pacific Highway – and it’s the residents in the driving seat. More than 50 members of the Ulmarra community attended an action planning workshop on Monday, hosted by Clarence Valley Council, to forge a master plan for the village once the highway moves inland. At the meeting, residents prioritised their ideas into three categories: instant wins, great ideas with barriers, and projects that could maybe happen someday. Instant wins included the proposed upgrade to Bailey Park and concept plans were available at the meeting for feedback. There was also a discussion to form an Ulmarra Progress Association to investigate and drive some of the ideas that had barriers. Councillors Greg Clancy and Andrew Baker, council general manager, Ashley Lindsay, Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, and representatives from RMS also attended the meeting.

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


Lismore City Council

Australia Day consultation seeks the voice of the people of Lismore – As part of National Reconciliation Week activities, Lismore City Council has launched a community consultation on the date of Australia Day. LCC Australia Day consultationThe community consultation is entitled ‘What Does January 26 Mean to You?’ and people are asked to complete a short survey through Council’s community consultation portal ‘Your Say Lismore’. Prior to the launch and in keeping with the Council resolution, members of the Aboriginal community were consulted about what January 26 means to them. Council approached the Lismore City Council Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Aboriginal Interagency, Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Bundjalung Elders Council, and some responses are featured on the portal. Council will send the results of the community consultation to the Prime Minister, local members and relevant federal and state government ministers. The community consultation runs until 15 July 2018. To provide feedback, visit Your Say Lismore at

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


Byron Shire Council

Community input wanted for North Byron floodplain – Byron Shire Council is urging all who live in the northern part of the Byron Shire to complete a survey that will provide important local flood information and the community’s thoughts on various mitigation options. The aim of the Flood Risk Management Study and Plan is to give Council solid information to allow for the development of strategies and options to better manage the risk of floods in the future. The focus will be on the Brunswick River, Marshalls Creek and Simpsons Creek catchments and includes Mullumbimby, Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden Beach. The survey can be found online and closes on 30 June 2018.

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


Richmond Valley Council

Budget includes significant infrastructure expenditure – Richmond Valley Council’s 2018-2019 Budget includes a significant $28,082,592 capital works program, which will see many key projects completed over the next 12 months. Major projects identified for completion include the Casino Drill Hall & Riverside Project, Woodburn Riverside Precinct, NRLX Stage 2 upgrade and almost $3m of road upgrades. The Budget also shows a surplus of $132,000 for next year, and surplus budgets for all four years of the delivery program. The Revised Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2018-2019, including Draft Financial Estimates 2018-2022, as well as the Revenue Policy 2018-2019 is on public exhibition until Tuesday 19 June. submissions from the community can be forwarded to the General Manager, Richmond Valley Council, Locked Bag 10 Casino NSW 2470 or to Copies of the draft documents are available for inspection at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Casino and Evans Head, or can be viewed and downloaded from Richmond Valley Council website.

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


Tweed Shire Council

Koala facility for Pottsville thanks to State funds – Mayor of Tweed, Cr Katie Milne, has welcomed yesterday’s $370,000 commitment from the NSW Government to build a koala holding facility at Pottsville. The holding facility will allow researchers to conduct vaccine trials to tackle the disease chlamydia in koalas. Koala food trees will also be planted to provide the koalas food requirements. The facility will be established on a 100-hectare site in Pottsville dedicated to koala habitat conservation which was purchased by the NSW Government last year. The land adjoins Council’s Koala Beach bushland reserve and the Cudgen Nature Reserve. The facility will be developed and operated by the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, working across borders with the Tweed Shire Council to achieve the best outcomes for the koalas. Yesterday’s announcement is a component of the recently-announced $45 million NSW Koala Strategy, a long-term strategy to support at-risk populations across the State.

Pottsville Koala Sanctuary

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary wildlife keeper Heidi Patrick with the centre of attention, 10-month-old Chardy, Mayor of Tweed, Cr Katie Milne and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital senior veterinarian, Michael Pyne at the Pottsville Sanctury launch at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Tweed Shire Council

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


Kyogle Council

Draft Village Master Plans on public exhibition – Kyogle Council has prepared draft master plans for the villages of Wiangaree, Woodenbong, Old Bonalbo, Bonalbo, Tabulam and Mallanganee. The master plans are intended to guide development of the villages over the next 10-20 years, including the development and improvement of public facilities and infrastructure. The draft master plans have been prepared following consultation with the community of each village. The Kyogle Council invites public submissions on the draft village master plans up to and including Friday 29 June 2018. Plans can be viewed online at and at locations across the LGA.

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


Ballina Shire Council

Surfing Lennox, from then to nowSurfing Lennox, From Then to Now is a 104 page pictorial that captures changes in the once sleepy fishing hamlet of Lennox Head. Images take you from the first lone surfers entering the water, to present day crowds that are attracted to the world renowned surfing destination. For almost a year, with limited funding and resources, the dedicated volunteer Surfing Lennox Crew have applied their best efforts, donating time in a labour-of-love to assist Lennox Head Heritage Committee and Lennox National Surfing Reserve Inc (LNSR) capture and archive many previously unpublished images and recollections of all surfing eras. Donations of photos and stories of surfers, visitors and residents of Lennox Head have been compiled into a professionally produced, locally edited, designed and printed quality book, covering the LNSR, a ‘site of environmental, cultural and historical significance to the Australian surfing culture’ which stretches from the south side of Flat Rock, north to the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Club. Surfing Lennox, From Then to Now was released on 2 June 2018 at the Love Lennox Festival.  Copies are available from Lennox Bookmark, Ballina Street, Lennox Head.

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