Clarence Valley Council

New My Clarence Valley visitor site is now live – The modern new My Clarence Valley site – – soft launched earlier this month and is already getting plenty of positive feedback. The site includes visitor, relocation and corporate information about the Clarence Valley as a destination. It’s designed to be mobile-first friendly, an important factor for future Google capability, and has an interactive map on the “Information” and “Inspiration” sides of the site for ease of access. The new website also consists of many great new features, such as “Stories” with regular articles about things to do in the Clarence Valley, “Galleries” page with directional information to the locations of the images, “Get Social” social media feeds highlighting the region’s official hashtag #myclarencevalley and “Itineraries” helping visitors to explore the entire region outside of the holiday hotspots along the coast. For My Clarence Valley Business members, the new website offers many opportunities for bookings and advertising to a wide targeted audience with all email inquiries linked directly to the businesses themselves. To find out more about the Clarence Valley and to book your next holiday escape, visit

myclarencevalley website

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


Lismore City Council

Future flood modelling gets underway with NSW Government support – Rous County Council has received an $80,000 NSW Government grant to undertake modelling to investigate flood mitigation options in Lismore. The Office of Environment and Heritage grant will be used to review what actions could reduce the duration or severity of flooding for properties within the South Lismore and CBD levee areas without adversely impacting other areas such as North Lismore. This will include modelling CBD levee raising options, enhancement of the South Lismore flood levee and excavation to allow the diversion of floodwater away from houses and businesses. Rous County Council, Lismore City Council and the Lismore Floodplain Management Committee will work together on the project. The Lismore Floodplain Management Committee will begin the modelling process immediately and hopes to have data for review within six months.

Guy Bezrouchko from Rous County Council, Paula Newman from Lismore City Council and Lismore MP Thomas George. Photo Lismore City Council

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


Tweed Shire Council

Council seeks funds to protect weir as high tides on way – Tweed Shire Council has applied for funding to begin investigating what it can do to protect Bray Park Weir pool from being contaminated with salt water due to overtopping as it gears up for another run of high tides from Sunday onwards. Funds have been applied for under the NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program to develop the scope of the proposed Bray Park Weir Tidal Protection Project. The council is also calling for nominations from the community to join a Project Reference Group to help identify and assess what options are available to protect the weir pool. The final membership of the Project Reference Group will be decided by Tweed Shire Council next year. To nominate for the Project Reference Group, register online at

workers on standby to sandbag

Council workers on standby to sandbag the weir wall if necessary. Photo Tweed Shire Council

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


Byron Shire Council

Byron Bay Rec Ground to be recategorized, but sport still priority – Byron Shire Council is proposing a change in the category for the Byron Bay Recreation (Rec) Ground to ‘community use’, but says sport will remain a priority use. The proposed category change aims to allow broader use of the facilities, while maintaining sport as the primary use. “Council is proposing that ‘user’ agreements be signed with all sporting clubs and this will mean that any extra activity on the Rec Ground will only be allowed if they are complimentary to the needs of the clubs and users,” said Byron Shire Mayor Cr Simon Richardson. “There are also no plans to move the monthly market to the Rec Ground or any other regular market for that matter,” he said. “This Draft Plan of Management for the Byron Recreation Ground is about being able to use that community land, when there is no sport being played, for some other occasional uses.” The Draft Plan of Management is currently on exhibition and open for submissions until Thursday 21 December 2017. For more information contact Mayor Simon Richardson on 0427 076 834 or Michael Matthews, Manager Open Spaces and Resource Recovery on 6626 7156.

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


Richmond Valley Council

State-of-the-art health facility to provide integrated health services for Evans Head – Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has announced a $6.3 million state-of-the-art HealthOne medical facility for Evans Head. The Evans Head HealthOne will focus on providing integrated primary and community health services, particularly focused on patients with chronic and complex conditions. Medical services will include Integrated care through general practice and community health services, multi-disciplinary team care, a spectrum of care from prevention to continuing care and client and community involvement. Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the new facility would provide better links between community, allied health services and existing general practitioner coverage in Evans Head.

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


Ballina Shire Council

Lennox Head village prepares for centenary – In 2022, the village of Lennox Head turns 100. The first formal acknowledgement of the upcoming Centenary will be unveiling of heritage signage in Ross Park, Lennox Head, commemorating the evolution of Lennox Head village. Ballina Shire Council Mayor, Councillor David Wright will officiate at the ceremony at 10.00am on Saturday 9 December 2017. Villagers and visitors are invited to attend. On that day in 1922, the village was named Lennox Head for the Lennox Head Estate Auction when 95 of 185 lots fetched between £15 and £68 15s. Robyn Hargrave, Convenor, Lennox Head Heritage Committee explained, “Until advertised for auction, the name ‘Lennox Head’ was applied only to the Headland with the general beach area known as ‘Seven Mile Beach’ and the ‘big Lagoon’ used to describe Lake Ainsworth”. Members of the Heritage Committee will be available for those who wish to learn the price of lots in 1922.

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


Kyogle Council

Back Creek Road bridge opens two months ahead of schedule – Back Creek Road residents have received a much needed early Christmas present from Kyogle Council — the new Back Creek Road Bridge has been opened to traffic two months ahead of schedule. The old timber bridge was closed to all traffic in May 2016 after a catastrophic failure meant it was unsafe to use. The closure meant residents, including school students, had to detour around the bridge, in some cases adding about 15km to their trip. Council originally had planned to start work on the new two-lane modular steel bridge at the beginning of November, however a combination of factors allowed it to bring the start date forward. The new 8m x 30m long two-lane steel truss Back Creek Road Bridge, replaces a single lane 4m x 27m timber bridge. It cost $640,000 to build and was jointly funded by Kyogle Council and the Federal Government as part of a $2 million funding commitment made by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Darren Chester before the last federal election after representations by Mayor Danielle Mulholland through Member for Page Kevin Hogan MP.

Back Creek Road Bridge is open to traffic

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland opens the way for traffic on the Back Creek Road Bridge

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