Ballina Shire Council

Secondary dwellings developer contributions and charges waiver extended – Ballina Shire Council has made changes to extend the contribution and charges waiver policy beyond 31 March 2018. The policy is no longer time limited which means that once an application has been approved the waiver of developer contributions and charges will be applied for the life of the approval. To qualify for the waiving of contributions and charges the total floor area of the secondary dwelling (excluding any area used for car parking) is restricted to a maximum of 60m2. From 1 April 2018 a 100% waiver of developer contributions and charges will be applied to certain attached secondary dwelling developments. The waiver of developer contributions and charges reduces to 50% for detached secondary dwelling developments. Applications lodged prior to 1 April 2018 will be determined in accordance with the existing contribution and charges waiver policy provisions. Further information is available on the Ballina Shire Council website  or by contacting Council’s Development and Environmental Health Group, Ph 6686 1415.

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


Clarence Valley Council

Share your slice of life in the Clarence – Clarence Valley Council are seeking stories of life in the Clarence for the tourism website – Clarence Valley Council’s Destination Officer, Lou Gumb, said she was looking for stories of how people connected with the landscape, culture and people in the region. The stories will be published on the Our Stories section of the website. One story already published followed artist and youth worker Dean Loadsman as he taught preschool children about local Aboriginal culture. Another story spoke of adventures kayaking down the Clarence River. If you have a story to tell about life in the Clarence Valley, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, email the story, about 500 words, to for consideration. Visit to read more of Our Stories.

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


Lismore City Council

Call out for EOI’s as Lismore City Council announces $3.5m for affordable housing – Lismore City Council has called for expressions of interest from housing providers, community organisations and/or private developers for partnerships to deliver $3.5 million worth of affordable and key worker housing in Lismore. The funding is from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program, which provided $5 million to Council in 2016 to achieve more affordable housing options across the city. Council offered 200 grants of $20,000 for residents to purchase and build homes on new land releases, however, less than a quarter of the available fund was used. Strategic Planning Coordinator Paula Newman said Council has now decided to use the remaining funds to enter into one or more partnerships to build affordable housing with community housing providers, private developers or any other organisations or individual with an interest and experience in housing. She said Council was looking for innovative ideas and housing models, from a tiny homes estate to small unit developments that champion best-practice sustainability and renewable energy. Expressions of interest close at 2pm on Thursday 29 March 2018. Interested parties are required to register at Lismore City Council’s eProcurement portal to access relevant documents. Submissions may also be lodged at this site in the electronic tender box. For more information or to discuss a proposal, phone Paula on 1300 87 83 87. If you experience any difficulties with accessing the above website, phone the Tenderlink helpdesk on 1800 233 533.

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


Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council welcomes $594,606 in funding for community projects – Four Council facilities have received a boost thanks to NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. At an announcement at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP unveiled a total of $594,606 in grants which will breathe life into local community projects. The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre & Tweed Regional Museum will receive $198,202 for new toilets, walkway and solar PV.  Knox Park will receive $198,202 for a new amenities block and associated access pathways. The Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre will also receive $198,202, to install rooftop solar.  The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund aims to deliver crucial local infrastructure to improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW.

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Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, announced $594,606 in funding for Murwillumbah today and is pictured with Tweed Regional Gallery patrons Margot and Doug Anthony, Councillors Pryce Allsop and Warren Polglase, Council General Manager Troy Green as well as business, facility and Council representatives. Photo: Tweed Shire Council

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


Byron Shire Council

Community Solution Panels deliberate Byron Shire infrastructure – Byron Shire Council is taking a bold new approach to decisions with the launch of the Community Solutions Panel on 24 and 25 March 2018. “What infrastructure spending should be prioritised and how is it funded if rates alone are not enough?” is the first question being put to the panel, which is made up of 28 randomly selected local residents armed with time, free access to information and a clear authority. The panel operates in a bespoke jury-style process to reach a shared, considered judgement. Further details are provided on the newDemocracy Foundation website at The panel sessions are open to observers and will be held at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018. More information is available 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

Beef Week launches new strategic plan – There are less than 100 days to go until the official opening of the 11-day 2018 NCMC Casino Beef Week Festival. Event organisers held an exclusive launch to celebrate the countdown of the 36th event. The launch was the first opportunity for the community, businesses and media to hear about the direction of the newly developed 2018-2020 festival strategy. The aim of the strategy is to bring people together to connect, learn, taste and celebrate all facets of the Australian beef industry and rural life. This year’s festival will be held from 19 – 29 May 2018. More information about Beef Week is available from the Casino Beef Week website.

Photo: Richmond Valley Council

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


Kyogle Council

Kyogle and Woodenbong reap the benefits of Stronger Country Communities – Projects in Kyogle and Woodenbong will benefit from almost $1 million in funding under round one of the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. The funding was announced last week by Member for Lismore Thomas George. Projects funded include greening Kyogle Main Street ($100,000), Kyogle Aquatic Centre redevelopment ($154,336), Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall revitalisation ($220,000), Kyogle Recreation Reserve improvements ($100,000), Kyogle Amphitheatre stage ($100,000), Kyogle All Active expansion ($100,000) and Woodenbong Recreation Reserve improvements ($100,000). Kyogle Council has been allocated $1.4 million in round two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund. The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of the six funds that make up the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund. It targets smaller-sized projects that have the capacity to make a big difference to the lives of country people.

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