Ballina Shire Council

Because of her, we can! NAIDOC Week in Ballina – This years NAIDOC theme  ‘Because of her, we can!’ celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make, to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. This year’s activities in Ballina start on Sunday 8 July with the launch of the Because of her, we can! 2018 Annual NAIDOC Week Exhibition from 11am at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery and the Yardabalair (to sing) music event from 10am to 3:30pm at Missingham Park Ampitheatre. The Annual Celebration Walk on Monday starts at the Ballina RSL from 10:30am, with a free Family Cultural Day event on Cabbage Tree Island from 10:30am on Tuesday. The Jargum NAIDOC Sports Day is from 10:30am to 2pm Wednesday at Saunders Oval and Deadly Jargum Disco Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Masonic Hall. The week is capped with a NAIDOC Dinner Dance at the Cherry Street bowlo on Friday night from 5pm. The full program is available from the Ballina Shire Council website.

Image from ‘Because of her we can’ 2018 NAIDOC Week Exhibition

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


Lismore City Council

Apply now for the Lismore Business Panel – Lismore City Council is seeking nominations from suitably qualified persons for three positions on the Lismore Business Panel (LBP), which oversees and advises on the activities of the Special Business Rate Variation Levy (SBRVL) Lismore Promotion Program, including the City Centre Management Program. The special business rate for the Lismore Promotion Program is levied annually on all business properties (i.e. retail, professional services, commercial, or industrial) in the Lismore Urban Area and fund contributors are businesses located in shopping centres as well as industrial estates. To be eligible, nominees must be property owners and/or the owners or managers of registered businesses in the Lismore Urban Area, directly or indirectly contributing to the special business rate for the Lismore Promotion Program. To apply fill out a nomination form available on Lismore City Council’s website (go to the blue Business & Industry tab on the homepage and click on Lismore Business Panel).

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


Byron Shire Council

New outdoor fitness equipment for South Golden Beach – If you take any notice of the internet, kids have been playing on monkey bars for at least 80 years and that looks set to continue at South Golden Beach with the opening of new outdoor fitness equipment this Sunday 8 July 2018. The South Golden Beach Community Association is hoping people of all ages will test the new equipment which sits alongside a children’s playground, the skate park and the community hall. The opening of the fitness equipment will be held from 10:30am-12:30pm with the official opening at 10:30am. After that the Kengaru Calisthenics team will not only put on a demonstration but will show the community how to use the equipment.

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


Tweed Shire Council

Don’t lose sight of the costly wet wipe – Tweed Shire Council is appealing to residents to take note that wet wipes cannot be flushed as they block the Tweed sewer system.

Tweed worker demonstrates wipes

Tweed Shire Council Customer Service Officer shows wet wipes not broken down after 11 months

Flushing wet wipes may be convenient, but it creates a costly burden on the sewerage system. The cost of removing a wet wipes blockage to the gravity sewer main starts at $400 and can go into the thousands very quickly as more staff and equipment are needed to clear the blockage or equipment is damaged. The same happens if it’s a blockage at a sewer pump station – the cost starts at $200 but rises quickly as the task gets more complex. Tweed Shire Council service centres have been running a hands on experiment demonstrating that wet wipes do not break down. Every single wet wipe – regardless of whether it is labelled flushable, non-flushable or biodegradable – is still intact after 11 months in the water while the toilet paper has turned to mush.

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


Clarence Valley Council

Supporting sport and recreation in the valley – Clarence Valley Council supports two Sports Committees in the Clarence Valley. The Clarence and Lower Clarence Sports Committee’s make recommendations to the Council for the annual allocation of funds (currently $35,000 each – applications open in February each year) for worthy sports projects of a capital nature. The Sports Committees also provide a structure for supporting the activities of sport and recreation organisations. The 2018-19 Sports Committee Funding is now open for applications. Applicant information is available from the Clarence Valley Council website. Applications close Friday 4 August 2018.

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


Richmond Valley Council

Showground site could become major drawcard – Richmond Valley Council is seeking community input on the best way the Casino Showground and Racecourse site could be redeveloped. A draft plan of upgrades for the site is now on public display following Council’s decision to endorse the draft master plan at its June meeting. Richmond Valley Council has been working with regular users for the past 12 months, and the draft master plan is based on information gathered in workshops and consultation with key stakeholders. Richmond Valley Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the need for the master plan stemmed from the acknowledgement that while the existing Casino Showground and Racecourse site met the basic needs of many of its users, the potential existed to greatly enhance the facilities for the future. It is also proposed Richmond Valley Council, the Casino Race Club and Racing NSW will work towards an agreement to support the training industry in this region, and provide employment opportunities into the future within the industry. Richmond Valley Council is inviting public comment on the draft master plan, which can be viewed at Richmond Valley Council’s offices in Casino and Evans Head, or downloaded from Richmond Valley Council’s website.

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


Kyogle Council

Calling for EOI’s for Internal Audit Committee – Kyogle Council is seeking expressions of interest to join its Internal Audit Committee. The Internal Audit Committee’s role is to provide an independent oversight and monitoring of Council’s internal controls, external audit, risk management and compliance. The committee meets quarterly and the current membership model consists of one Councillor and two independent members, at least one of whom has financial expertise. People interested in joining the committee can send an expression of interest outlining their skills, appropriate qualifications, and experience to the General Manager, Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle, 2474 or email by 4pm Friday, 27 July 2018. More information is available from the Kyogle Council website.

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