Ballina Shire Council

“Love it or Lose it” for healthy Richmond River catchment – A new video campaign and community survey has been created to raise awareness and improve the health of the Richmond River catchment. “The Richmond River catchment is home to beautiful waterways and beaches, but sadly everyday behaviours can negatively affect their health. With the support of grant funding from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust, Ballina Shire Council produce three stories that explain complex environmental issues in a fun and entertaining way,” said Ms Kristy Bell, Ballina Shire Council’s Environmental Health Officer. The project has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together Ballina Shire Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council, Rous County Council and North Coast Local Land Services. The campaign has also been assisted by NSW Government’s Environmental Trust funding. You can watch the animation series and complete the short survey to go in the draw to win a double movie pass at The video’s were created by Foto Media.

Ballina Love it or Lose it

Image: Love it or Lose it website

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


Clarence Valley Council

One step closer to PCYC in the Clarence – A major milestone in the Clarence Valley’s bid to establish a Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) has been reached with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Clarence Valley Council and the PCYC organisation. Clarence Valley Mayor, Jim Simmons, said council had been working with the PCYC over a number of years to find ways to bring the organisation and the benefits it brings to the Clarence. The proposed indoor sports centre will be in Powell Street, Grafton.  Preliminary discussions have gained support from the Grafton Basketball Association and the Grafton Junior Rugby League Football Club. Mayor Simmons said the Council was “very pleased with the support we have received from PCYC and look forward to continuing to work with them to develop the fantastic services they offer to the Clarence.”

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


Lismore City Council

Vote for Lismore’s signature tree – Lismore City Council are calling on residents to vote for a signature tree for Lismore. The concept of a signature tree for the city was originally proposed by the ABC’s Gardening Guru Phil Dudman and was adopted by Council in February 2017. A signature street tree is designed to beautify the city and be a tourist attraction, much like Grafton’s jacaranda, as well as align with Lismore’s name, which comes from the Gaelic Lios Mor, meaning ‘great garden’. A series of suitable species have been chosen from Council’s Street Tree Masterplan, and Lismore residents are now being asked to vote on their preferred tree. You can view the options and have your say on the Lismore City Council website.

Lismore signature tree

Photo: Lismore City Council

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


Tweed Shire Council

Mayor’s 2017 Christmas/New Year Appeal now open – Christmas and the festive season are a difficult time for many in the Tweed and the annual Mayoral Christmas Appeal is a way the community can assist those in need – including injured wildlife. Tweed Shire Mayor, Councillor Katie Milne has chosen three charities to support this year – Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers and homeless support groups You Have a Friend and Fred’s Place. Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers are seeking donations of towels (old or new), pillow cases, hot water bottles, old beanies and puppy training pads and food items for the animals. Fred’s Place, a St Vincent de Paul Society facility, and You Have a Friend are seeking non-perishable foods, toiletries, coffee/tea, sugar, long-life milk, cordial, ring pull cans, instant noodle cups and simple first aid products. Items can be dropped off to Council offices in Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah or Brett Street, Tweed Heads. Donations will be accepted until the end of January 2018. Contact information for the agencies is available from the Tweed Shire Council website.

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


Kyogle Council

Community input sought on new bridge names – Kyogle Council is looking to formally name 10 new bridges that have been recently completed, nearing completion or contracted for replacement. The proposed names will be advertised and Council is asking the community for input so it can formally name each of the new bridges in line with Geographic Names Board guidelines. To have your say with respect to the naming of the bridges, you can write to Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW 2474 or email All submissions must be lodged 4pm Monday, 29 January 2017. The proposed names can be viewed on the Kyogle Council website.

Herds Bridge Kyogle

Photo: Heards Bridge, Gradys Creek Road – Kyogle Council

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


Richmond Valley Council

NRLX upgrade project achieves key milestone – The long-awaited Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) project at Casino has taken a critical step forward with the handing over of phase one. The opening of phase one will see users gaining access to features such as two semi-automatic drafts, eight new drafting pens, 12 multi-purpose pens, 50 new selling pens, soft floor throughout, full rail and gate replacement, new roof structure, walkways, storm water management, and electrical upgrades. The handover allows the contractors to move into the next phase, which involves completion of the impressive new roof. Not only is the new roof big enough to cover the pitch at Suncorp Stadium, it also allows rain water harvesting and storage for use in the truck wash, pen hose down area, and public amenities. This will greatly reduce the NRLX’s reliance on town water supply. The capture of rain water will also mean a reduced volume of contaminated run-off to be processed onsite, providing significantly greater environmental outcomes. The upgrade also provides industry benchmarks for work health and safety, and animal welfare benefits. The $14 million project is fully funded thanks to a $7 million investment from the NSW Government, with the Federal Government and Richmond Valley Council committing $3.5 million each.

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


Byron Shire Council

Mayor launches new Byron region food handbook – Byron Shire Council Mayor, Simon Richardson, launched a new Byron Region Food handbook, celebrating the work of 114 agricultural producers and food manufacturers from the seven Northern Rivers Shires including Byron, Ballina, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Tweed, and Richmond regions. The free handbook was compiled by Byron Shire Council on behalf of the participating Northern Rivers councils, thanks to a ‘Byron Food Advantage’ grant from the NSW Department of Industry. Electronic copies of the book are available from the Byron Shire Council website. The Byron Food Advantage grant also assisted with the production of seven videos from local food and beverage producers including Stone and Wood; Salumi; Pocket Herbs; Mt Warning Water; Byron Bay Cookies; Brookfarm; and JJ’s Seafood Ballina. These are all available on the Byron Shire Council Youtube site.

Byron Region Food

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