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Clarence Valley Council

New beginnings for community donations – Community groups have been given an extra month to consider an application for funding from the Clarence Valley Council’s popular community initiatives program. Community projects officer, Sammy Lovejoy, said the opening date for applications had been pushed back from February 1 to March, to allow for community groups to meet and plan their year. Ms Lovejoy said groups interested in applying for support should read the community initiatives program guidelines and donations policy at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/smartygrants to confirm eligibility before they applied. Not-for-profit organisations and groups/individuals auspiced by an NFP organisation with projects from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 can apply online via the SmartyGrants link at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/smartygrants once the round is open. For inquiries about the SmartyGrants program or to be added to the grants email list, call Ms Lovejoy on 6642 0957 or email sammy.lovejoy@clarence.nsw.gov.au.

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


Lismore City Council

Stop dumping on local charities – Lismore City Council is appealing to the community to stop dumping unwanted items outside charity shops. Environmental Compliance Officer Stuart Thomson said the problem was so bad at one CBD location over the Christmas break that motorists could not drive along Eggins Lane as it was blocked by items left at the rear of the Salvation Army building.

Eggins Lane dumped items behind Salvation Army Store

Dumped items behind the Salvation Army Store in Eggins Lane

Local business owners were unable to access the lane for deliveries and four truckloads of waste were removed. Stuart warned that leaving items outside op shops or charities when the organisation is closed may constitute an offence in relation to the unlawful disposal of waste, which carries penalties from $2000. Stuart said the most baffling thing was that residents and businesses are entitled to dispose of waste for free via Lismore City Council’s electronic waste voucher system. Residents are entitled to three free visits and businesses two visits a year with vouchers available online or through the phone.

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


Byron Shire Council

Over $27,000 in grants to benefit the community – Seven community organisations in the Byron Shire will share $27,000 to support a wide range of cultural, environmental, sporting and social projects in 2018/19. The funding, which comes from Byron Shire Council’s Community Initiatives Program, is for projects that aim to improve the well-being and quality of life for Byron Shire residents. The successful applicants are: Australian Indonesian Arts Alliance ($5,000); Bangalow Koalas ($4,520); Byron Bay Community Association ($5,000); COREM ($5,000); Mullum SEED Inc ($4,940); Eureka Football Club ($2,001.37); and Mullum to Bruns Paddle ($1,000).

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


Richmond Valley Council

Funding boost for Woodburn and Coraki sports – Richmond Valley Council has welcomed $745,543 in funding from the NSW Government which will go towards the enhancement of sporting facilities at Woodburn’s recreation oval and further upgrades to the popular riverside precinct as well as the revitalisation of Windsor Park at Coraki.

Woodburn Oval funding announcement

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow and General Manager Vaughan MacDonald were joined by footy locals at the funding announcement at Woodburn Oval

Woodburn Recreational Oval, the home ground of Woodburn Wolves Soccer Club, will receive $98,714 for a number of improvements including a canteen upgrade, refurbishment of outdated amenities, improved lighting to its fields and shade cloth over the adjacent playground, which will modernise the facilities, reduce graffiti, and foster community pride. Woodburn’s riverside precinct will see further improvements with $551,776 for Stage 2 developments including an adventure playground as well as covered park furniture and landscaping of the central hub area, helping entice visitors to the town after the completion of the Pacific Highway bypass in 2020. Coraki’s Windsor Park will receive $95,053 for a much needed facelift to its hockey/football field and clubrooms which have been unused for almost ten years leaving them prone to vandalism and anti-social behaviour. It will bring facilities up to standard for Coraki’s 1300 residents to use for sports and recreation.

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


Kyogle Council

$4.2 million in State Government funds for Clarence Way upgrade – The State Government is providing $4.2 million to Kyogle Council to seal the final 15km gravel section of the Clarence Way. The sealing of the Clarence Way is part of Kyogle Council’s Tabulam Agriculture Precinct. This project aims to upgrade roads, bridges, water and sewerage at Tabulam, allowing for an increase in agri-business activity and population into the future. Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland described the $4.2 million funding injection as a “fantastic outcome for the community” after years of planning. Work on the road upgrade will start later this year.

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


Tweed Shire Council

Understanding the cultural heritage plan – An information session to increase understanding and awareness of the Tweed Shire Council’s recently adopted Cultural Heritage Management Plan 2018 will be held at Banora Point on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Learn more about Aboriginal Culture coverAfter six months of successful implementation of the plan, Tweed Shire Council is providing interested residents and landowners an opportunity to find out how the plan works and what it may mean for them when carrying out development. The Plan aims to encourage understanding of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, build strong relationships with Aboriginal communities and provide an effective policy framework. Staff of both the Tweed Shire Council and the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council will be at the information session to talk about the plan and answer any questions or concerns those attending may have. More information available on the Tweed Shire Council website.

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


Ballina Shire Council

Mosquito expert buzzed into Ballina – Medical Entomologist Dr Cameron Webb recently visited the Ballina Shire to collaborate with Council’s Public and Environmental Health Team. Dr Webb’s visit will assist in the review and update of the mosquito management provisions in Chapter 2 of the Ballina Shire Development Control Plan. Information gathered by Dr Webb about local mosquitoes and their habits will assist the Council’s current mosquito management options for new urban developments. This review will ensure Council’s mosquito management program is informed by best practice and leading science to minimise pest and public health risks associated with mosquitoes. Importantly, the review will provide guidance for Council Officers, planning consultants, entomologists and landscape architects on how the requirements can be met to achieve the best outcomes for our community. For information on Ballina Shire Council’s mosquito monitoring program visit ballina.nsw.gov.au

Cameron Webb Mosquitos

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


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