Clarence Valley Council

New program to eat into café approval times – A scheme to make it faster and easier to set up a café, restaurant or small bar has been adopted by the Clarence Valley Council. Councillors have voted to sign up to the Easy to do Business (EtdB) program – a joint initiative between Service NSW, the offices of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, NSW Customer Service Commissioner and local government. The initiative aims to reduce the time it takes to set up a café to three months. Under the scheme, someone who wants to set up a café, restaurant or small bar is provided with a single point of contact within Service NSW. That contact person will help them navigate all the required approvals to operate the business; for example registering the business, obtaining an ABN, and required council approvals. Trials for a similar program for the construction and building sector are also being undertaken.

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


Lismore City Council

Free community gathering marks one-year flood anniversary – Lismore City Council is hosting a community gathering – One Year On – at the Lismore Quadrangle on Saturday 7 April to mark one year since the March 2017 flood. The afternoon will give people a chance to share stories and connect with one another while honouring the resilience and strength of the Lismore community. There will be live music, a BBQ, community arts activities and at 6pm a special performance of the Overtopping – a site-specific multisensory theatrical experience based on stories of the 2017 flood and its aftermath. A free courtesy bus will be provided to and from the One Year On community event, and people are encouraged to bring the family and picnic rugs to spend the afternoon relaxing in The Quad. One Year On begins at 2pm on Saturday 7 April in The Quad.

the overtopping

Flood performance The Overtopping, Image Lismore City Council

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


Tweed Shire Council

Land for Wildlife workshop goes with the flow – Effective management of watercourses will be the theme of the next workshop in the Land for Wildlife workshop series.

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Tweed Shire Council Waterways Project Officer Matt Bloor. Image Tweed Shire Council

The Land for Wildlife workshop series – launched in 2016 and funded by a National Parks and Wildlife Foundation grant with support from Tweed Shire Council – helps private landholders manage native habitat on their properties. The next workshop, to be held Saturday 14 April 2018, will examine the dynamics of water flow, the impact of flood events, and river evolution and behaviour. Riparian areas contain some of the most diverse habitat and can be difficult to manage. The workshop will show how landowners are using tree planting, bush regeneration, livestock control and erosion stabilisation works to manage threats. The workshop is open to anyone however places are limited and bookings are essential. Interested persons may register by phoning Council’s Contact Centre on (02) 6670 2400. Details of the venues will be provided on registration. This three-year project is supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

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


Byron Shire Council

Old sewage works site an opportunity for community development – Byron Shire Council have embarked on a six-week Expressions of Interest (EoI) process, seeking partnership proposals from the market for the master planning and redevelopment of 1 Broken Head Road, the former South Byron Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) site, in Suffolk Park. 1 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, is a 7.76 hectare site that operated as the South Byron Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) from 1972 until it was recently decommissioned in 2005.  Prior to this, the site hosted “night cart” operations from 1909. Byron Shire Council aims to retain the site as an asset for the long-term benefit of the Byron Shire community and are seeking a suitable partner to achieve a range of outcomes for the community. The EoI invitation is extended to the private and non-government sectors, including not-for-profits, philanthropists and other groups and consortia. EoI’s close 27 April 2018. More information is available on the Byron Shire Council’s website.

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


Richmond Valley Council

Evans Head development on the move – A $12 million manufactured home estate, combined with new residential developments, proposed caravan park extension, a new HealthOne facility, and the rollout of the NBN clearly indicate the Evans Head local economy is in for a boost.

Evans Head development

Photo from Richmond Valley Council

The home estate on Memorial Airport Drive will include the construction of 199 dwellings, community facilities, roads and associated works. In addition to this 20 new residential lots have been released for development on Currajong Street and an extension of 87 sites plus a community facility for Woodburn-Evans Head Road caravan park. Richmond Valley Council has also submitted a development application to clear its block of land on Tuckeroo Crescent that could be suitable for a development which supports the needs of older people, which many in the community have identified as needed in Evans Head. Richmond Valley Council was also successful in gaining funding under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities program with $101,990 for the fitout of the new Evans Head Tennis Pavilion, which is being re-located to Stan Payne Oval, and $201,926 for outdoor gyms for the Evans Head Riverside and Crawford Square in Casino.

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


Ballina Shire Council

Shaping Arts & Culture in the Ballina community – The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is seeking feedback on the future direction of the NRCG. They are asking the community to complete an online survey to assist the NRCG and Ballina Shire Council to best meet the needs and aspirations of the community in shaping vibrant arts and culture programs, exhibitions, events and cultural infrastructure within the shire. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is available on the Northern Rivers Community Gallery website.

NRGC Survey 2018

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


Kyogle Council

Rally organisers door knock proposed rally routes – Organisers of the Border Ranges Rally, proposed from 13 to 15 July this year, have begun consulting with Kyogle district residents and property owners affected by proposed road closures. Members of the Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club (GCTMC) are doorknocking residents who live along the route of the proposed rally as well as affected side roads. Lack of advance notification was identified by the community as an issue following the 2016 rally. Council resolved after that rally that the GCTMC would have to submit a proposal for any future events to allow for consultation with affected property owners and residents before deciding whether or not to approve it. In line with its push for greater community consultation, Kyogle Council also plans to conduct a mail out to property owners and residents living along the proposed route. The fate of the proposed rally will be decided the following the completion of the community consultation. For further information about the proposed rally, contact Steve Davies of the GCTMC on 0457 328 179.

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Image from Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club

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