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Clarence Valley Council

My Clarence Valley finalist in destination marketing – Promoting the Clarence Valley as a world-class destination has earned My Clarence Valley tourism State recognition.

CVC destination awards finalists

Photo Clarence Valley Council

My Clarence Valley tourism has been announced as a finalist in the ‘Destination Marketing’ category at this year’s NSW Tourism Awards. Clarence Valley Council general manager, Ashley Lindsay, said it was an exciting achievement for the Clarence Valley, especially to have been selected in the Destination Marketing category against some well known tourism destinations like Coffs Coast, Shoalhaven and Mudgee. Economic development coordinator, Elizabeth Fairweather said what had really made a difference in My Clarence Valley’s overall destination marketing success was working with the Clarence Valley tourism and hospitality cluster, and implementing industry development workshops. The 2018 NSW Tourism Awards will be held on 22 November 2018.

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


Kyogle Council

Seeking EOI’s for Internal Audit Committee – Kyogle Council is looking to add additional members to its Internal Audit Committee. The committee’s role is to provide independent oversight and monitoring of Kyogle Council’s internal controls, external audit, risk management and compliance. It meets quarterly and members should have a working knowledge of local government; strong communication skills; high levels of personal integrity and ethics; sufficient time available to devote to their responsibilities as a committee member; and high levels of financial literacy and, if possible, accounting, financial, legal compliance and/or risk management experience or qualifications. If you would like to join the committee, send an expression of interest outlining your skills, qualifications, and experience to the General Manager, Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle, 2474 or email council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au by 4pm Friday, 26 October, 2018.

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


Ballina Shire Council

How do you use Lake Ainsworth? Community Survey – Ballina Shire Council has launched a community survey seeking public feedback on the uses and the management of the health of Lake Ainsworth. The survey, being conducted by Hydrosphere Consulting for Ballina Shire Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage, is part of the community engagement to develop the Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program. The consultation seeks to find out how people use Lake Ainsworth and its surrounds and what they value most about the lake. The Coastal Management Plan aims to develop a long-term strategy for the management of this much-loved water body. There will be a Community Information Session on Tuesday 20 November at the Lennox Head Surf Club where members of the community can drop in and share their knowledge and ideas with the project team. To complete the survey visit hydrosphere.com.au/lakeainsworth. Printed copies of the survey are also available at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Lennox Community Centre and Ballina Library. The survey closes Friday 18 January 2019.

Lake Ainsworth aerial view

Aerial view of Lake Ainsworth. Photo Ballina Shire Council

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


Richmond Valley Council

Amphitheatre to attract locals and tourists alike – Work has commenced on a new $1m amphitheatre in Casino, adjacent to the historic Casino Drill Hall. The new facility will provide a great public space for both locals and tourist, hosting events like the annual Carols by Candlelight. The location, reaching down to the river at the entrance to the regional centre, is expected to encourage tourists to stop an spend time in Casino. The Richmond Valley Council were able to realise the Drill Hall and amphitheatre projects with support from the Australian Government. The aphitheatre is expected to be completed in mid 2019.

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


Lismore City Council

New sorting facility saves 10,000 tonnes from landfill – A new commercial waste sorting facility at Lismore Recycling & Recovery will help divert up to 10,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and create around 10 full-time jobs. The facility uses both mechanical and manual sorting techniques to separate incoming construction and demolition waste and commercial and industrial waste, much of which has traditionally been sent to landfill. Council can now better sort materials such as concrete and steel and divert these from landfill. The facility will create between eight and 11 jobs including positions for workers from the House With No Steps, a supported employment provider based in Alstonville. Employees from the organisation have been sorting recyclables in the adjacent Materials Recovery Facility since it opened in 2014 and the new facility will allow Council to expand this social enterprise. This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environmental Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

LCC new sorting facility

Lismore City Council Mayor Isaac Smith and local Member Thomas George at the new facility launch. Photo Lismore City Council

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


Byron Shire Council

Have your say on future Mullumbimby housing proposal – Byron Shire Council is proposing to rezone and reclassify part of Lot 22 Stuart Street Mullumbimby for future housing. The proposal includes changes that reclassify 22ha of the 29ha block from “community” to “operational” (meaning the land could in future be used for housing). Council is also seeking to introduce a new zone (R1 – General Residential) focussed on housing diversity, to the site. The introduction of the R1 zone to the Shire aims to facilitate an ongoing commitment to providing diverse and accessible housing to the community across key sites that may be suitable for housing diversity.  A number of community drop in sessions will be held at the Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby from 27 to 29 November 2018.  For more information and to make a submission visit the Byron Shire Council website.

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


Tweed Shire Council

Cultivating knowledge to build better soils – Tweed Shire Council and Tweed Landcare Inc. are collaborating with Green Cauldron Farm at Pumpenbil to offer a free soils field day for local farmers and anyone interested in managing this fragile resource.

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The soil workshop will cover solutions such as dung beetles which improve soil structure and pasture productivity while significantly reducing nutrient and soil runoff into waterways

The field day is part of the Sustainable Agriculture workshop series and will be held at Green Cauldron Farm on Tuesday 27 November from 10am to 2pm. Program Leader – Sustainable Agriculture Eli Szandala said participants would be given the tools to better understand their soils and provide practical ways to improve soil health. The field day will be facilitated by Dr David Morand – Office of Environment and Heritage, Graham Lancaster – Environmental Analysis Laboratory and Dave Forrest of Forrest Organics. Places are limited and registration is essential by calling the Program Leader – Sustainable Agriculture on (02) 6670 2400 or email eszandala@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

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

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