Kyogle Council

Get involved in planning the future of Kyogle Recreation Reserve – A new plan for the management of the Kyogle Recreation Reserve is to be developed by Kyogle Council in partnership with the community. The Kyogle Recreation Reserve is a Crown reserve that accommodates the Kyogle Gardens caravan park, tennis courts, Alcorn Park, the former croquet lawn, band rotunda, cricket fields, Landcare nursery and the riparian corridor of Fawcetts Creek. Council is seeking to collaborate with community groups who have an interest in the reserve as well as the broader community to develop a Plan of Management that ensures the reserve is managed and developed in the best interests of the community. Kyogle Council is receiving submissions from the community until 29 October 2017 and a drop in session will be held from 10am to 12pm at Alcorn Park on Tuesday 24 October. More information is available from the Kyogle Council website.

The old band rotunda which is in need of restoration. Photo: Kyogle Council

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


Clarence Valley Council

New tool to help estimate impact of rate rise – A new tool has been developed to help people estimate the impact of a proposed Clarence Valley Council rate rise on their property. Council is considering applying to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to increase rates above the State Government’s pegged limit. The proposal is to increase rates by 8% each year (inclusive of the rate-pegged limit) for three years from 2018-19, with the cumulative 25.97% increase to be retained permanently in council’s rate base. Clarence Valley Council General Manager, Ashley Lindsay, said the simple tool offered an effective way for people to work out what a proposed Special Rates Variation (SRV) would mean on individual properties. The tool can be accessed online at Submissions on the rate increase proposal can be emailed to or made in writing to Locked Bag 23, Grafton, 2460. Submissions close 4pm, 3 November.

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


Lismore City Council

New artworks commemorate 70 years of Lions in Australia – The Lions Fountain has been officially reopened and a public artwork commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lions in Australia unveiled at Lismore City Hall. The first Lions club in Australia was founded in Lismore by Bill Tresise in 1947, and the fountain was constructed in 1967 to recognise Lismore as the birthplace of Lions Australia. The public artwork that accompanies the restored fountain was made and designed by local artist Scott Harrower, and tells a visual history of Lions through a series of colourful mosaics mounted on concrete pedestals. The Lions fountain was to be demolished last year, sparking an outcry from Lions members and the general public, who wished to see the landmark retained. Lismore City Council worked with Lions to raise the necessary funds to restore the fountain and create a public artwork as a contemporary tribute. Lions will host a District Convention in Lismore from 27-29 October to officially celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Restored Lions Fountain outside City Hall. Photo: Lismore City Council

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


Tweed Shire Council

Open up about parks – Tweed Shire Council is inviting community feedback on the draft of a new policy to manage commercial recreation activities in the Tweed’s public open spaces. The policy comes in response to the increasing number of commercial recreation activities seeking approval to operate on Tweed Shire parks, beaches and other public open space. It seeks to address the conflicting demands that have emerged as a result and meet community expectations about the use of public open space. “While many people participate in these commercial recreation activities, such as boot camps, surf schools, beach equipment hire and commercial markets, others are concerned it can impact on their more traditional uses of these spaces,” Council’s Open Space Officer, Grahame Burton, said. The draft Commercial Recreation Activities on Public Open Space Policy is on exhibition until 23 October 2017. For more information, visit

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


Ballina Shire Council

Recycled Water to drought proof Ballina – After months of minimal rainfall, the launch of Ballina Shire Council’s drought-proof water service is a welcomed gift for Ballina users. From 3 October 2017, over 900 properties within Ferngrove, River Oaks, Ballina Heights housing estates and North Ballina are being turned on to recycled water. 

Recycled water undergoes a rigorous treatment process before being supplied to dual reticulated homes through purple coloured pipes and taps. The eco-friendly water service is ideal for a number of household uses, including irrigating gardens, washing pets, flushing toilets and the cold washing machine tap, but cannot be used for drinking, cooking or bathing.

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


Byron Shire Council

Community members wanted for Ocean Shores Community Centre Management Committee – Byron Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join the Ocean Shores Community Centre Management Committee. Information about the role and to lodge your expression of interest is avialable from the Byron Shire Council website.

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


Richmond Valley Council

Swings and roundabouts – Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis has announced $93,170 in grants for two Richmond Valley projects. One for $48,911 to upgrade the Evans Head Scout Hall Hub, the other $44,259 to install a carousel at Crawford Square. The money comes from the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund, which provides grants of up to $50,000 to councils, not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations to undertake improvements in social housing communities or other areas visited by social housing tenants. The $44,259 will be spent installing an accessible carousel at Crawford Square, including a connecting footpath from the car park and protective rubber soft fall surrounding the equipment. The Evans Head Scout Hall upgrade includes flooring work, decking, disability access and double doors.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has announced funding for accessible playground equipment. Photo: Richmond Valley Council

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