Australia Day Awards

It’s time to nominate your favourite local heroes for this year’s Australia Day Awards. Check your council website for information about nominations.


Clarence Valley Council

New website to feature Clarence Valley tourism businesses – A new Clarence Valley Tourism website is about to be launched and local businesses have an opportunity to feature on the site. The tourism dollar reaches across a wide variety of businesses, from hospitality and accommodation through to local retail stores. To be included on the website businesses will need to become a member of My Clarence Valley Business (MCVB). The website will be promoted throughout the suite of marketing arms of MCVB to attract thousands of hits. There is a range of membership levels at prices for every business budget and special rates for tourism friends, not-for-profit and registered charities. Information is available through the MCVB website.

My Clarence Valley Business

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


Tweed Shire Council

Fox trapping in bushland aids threatened fauna – Fox trapping will be undertaken in priority bushland areas in the Tweed Shire this week to assist the breeding of threatened local fauna. Soft-jaw trapping will be undertaken from 6 November to 11 November at three sites: Bogangar, Pottsville and the Fingal Peninsula. The trapping is timed to reduce fox numbers, particularly during breeding periods for a number of endangered species including Bush Stone-curlews and Beach Stone-curlews and approaching the nesting season for Green and Loggerhead Turtles. Public access to all three trapping sites is prohibited between 6 November and 11 November and all tracks leading into the trapping areas will be clearly signposted. The project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust and Public Reserves Management Fund Programs. For further information on the fox trapping program, contact Council’s Program Leader – Pest Management, Pam Gray, on (02) 6670 2400.

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


Byron Shire Council

Have your say on Our Byron Our Future – The Byron Shire Council would love to hear about your vision for the future of Byron Shire. our byron our futureAs Byron Shire Council plans for the next 10 years, they are seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders to help them develop their new Community Strategic Plan. This feedback will help shape a community vision and determine the priorities for the future. They would love to hear from as many people as possible, and there are lots of ways to participate and have your say. You can get involved in person at a community workshop or by visiting one of the ‘pop-ups’ being held across the Shire during November. For more details visit Your Say Byron Shire. You can also get involved online through the website by sharing your big ideas or your favourite story or memory of Byron Shire, or by completing a quick survey.

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


Kyogle Council

Assistance needed to spread rust fungus – Rust fungus is a biological agent which targets crofton weed. Upper Clarence Combined Landcare (UCCL) has partnered with Woodenbong Central School in a project to spread rust fungus. First released by the CSIRO in 2014, rust fungus has been successful in reducing height and vigour of affected plants, and reduced flowering and seed set. However, the rate of spread of rust fungus has varied and UCCL hopes its new self-funded project will ensure it spreads to landholdings across the Upper Clarence, particularly to properties adjacent to State Forests and National Parks where the crofton weed is well established. Woodenbong Central School agriculture students will be involved in propagating potted crofton weed plants to be infected with rust fungus. These will then be located in healthy crofton weed populations. Landholders interested in participating in the project can contact Tanya Jobling, the Local Landcare Coordinator for the Upper Clarence on 6634 6165 or or Terry Moody at the UCCL office on 6665 3133. The initiative will commence in 2018.

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


Richmond Valley Council

RVC’s Event Support Scheme now open – Applications for Richmond Valley Council’s Event Support Scheme are now open. The scheme offers funding for eligible organisations to help showcase local festivals and events held between July 1 2018 and June 30 2019, which have the ability or potential to attract visitors to the region, achieve media attention and involve and inspire the local community. Both cash and in-kind support is available. An in-kind contribution may, for example, include the provision of rubbish bins at an event, or traffic management support, or marketing opportunities. Richmond Valley Council has a rich history of supporting arts, cultural, community, sporting and special interest events. Some of the previous recipients of this funding have been the Casino Truck Show, Evans Head Great Eastern Fly-In, Woodburn Riverside Festival, Quota Arts & Craft Fair and Northern Rivers Auto Spectacular. It is recommended that applicants contact the Council’s Events Officer on 6660 0300 or email  to discuss their application prior to submission.  Applications are open until 5pm Monday 29 January. For more information and to apply, visit the Event Support Scheme page on our website.

RVC Event Support scheme

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


Ballina Shire Council

Have your say on Draft Pedestrian Plan – Pedestrian networks and infrastructure are important as they facilitate access, safety and recreation for a wide range of pedestrians, and the proposed projects in the Ballina Shire Council’s draft Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) reflects these different needs. Ballina Shire Council’s first PAMP was adopted in 2004. In 2010 a new PAMP was developed and, in 2013, the Plan was reviewed and a revised priority delivery program produced. The draft 2017 PAMP takes into account existing planned works and new community submissions, and allows for potential changes in priorities. The draft PAMP can be viewed at Alstonville, Ballina and Lennox Head libraries, Ballina Council’s Customer Service Centre in Cherry St Ballina or online at

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


Lismore City Council

Applications open for Rural Landholder Initiative EOI’s – Expressions of Interest for the Lismore City Council Rural Landholder Initiative are open until 25 January 2018.

The Rural Landholder Initiative EOI is a partnership designed to help enhance biodiversity and/or koala habitat on rural properties across the Lismore Local Government Area. Assistance of up to $5000 is available for primary works and initial maintenance in the first year, with complex restoration projects eligible for second year funds of up to $2,500. Sites along floodplain riverbanks can apply for up to $10,000 if works include fencing and off stream watering. Restoration works addressing flood damage to creeks and riverbanks, hillslopes and bushland that address long term biodiversity are also eligible for funding. Information about the application process is available from the Lismore City Council website.

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