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Have your say on the Draft North Coast Regional Plan 2041



Have your say on the Draft North Coast Regional Plan 2041

The NSW Government has reviewed and updated the Draft North Coast Regional Plan 2041.

The long-term vision is to build a more resilient region to shield communities against natural disasters, protect its spectacular coastline and natural environment, boost tourism, and safeguard Aboriginal land. It also recognises the need for a steady supply of housing in the places where people need it.

The Department of Planning and Environment is working with The Planning Studio to undertake a range of online community engagement activities during the exhibition period to talk with communities, local groups and organisations across the region. These conversations will inform the finalisation of the regional plan.

Community members are invited to join one of the following online workshops held by DPE and The Planning Studio:

  • Thursday 28 July – 6pm – 7.30pm – Northern Rivers communities workshop (Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas)
  • Thursday 4 August – 6pm – 7.30pm, Mid North Coast communities workshop (Bellingen, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Nambucca and Port Macquarie-Hastings local government areas)
  • Thursday 11 August – 6pm – 7.30pm – All of region communities workshop 

Ballina News

Byron Shire and Northern Rivers Councils working together on new recycling campaign




NSW Northern Rivers Breaking News

Byron Shire and Northern Rivers Councils working together on new
recycling campaign

Byron Shire Council, along with Lismore, Kyogle, Tweed, Ballina, Richmond Valley and
Clarence Valley Councils, and North East Waste, have launched the new community
organics recycling campaign “Let’s Get Our Scrap Together”.

The Let’s Get Our Scrap Together campaign, developed by the NSW Environment
Protection Authority (EPA), aims to reduce the amount of food waste lost to landfill and
ensure every scrap is captured through the green bin system, where it can be turned into
high quality compost.

This campaign aims to build on the recycling efforts of all Northern Rivers residents,
including those in the Byron Shire, who have a kerbside green bin service.
Last year (2021) more than 42,000 tonnes of food and garden waste in the region was put
into green bins.

“The aim of the Let’s Get Our Scrap Together campaign is to do even better with making
sure our food waste stays out of landfill because even though we saved 42,000 tonnes of
material in the Northern Rivers from going into landfill last year, 17,000 tonnes of green and
organic waste was still put in the red bins,” Sarah Child, Council’s Resource Recovery
Education Officer, said.

“We are hoping that a series of multi-media ads over the next several months will remind
people to get their scrap together and reduce food waste to landfill” Ms Child said.
“There will also be presentations at schools and community events.
“When food and garden waste is sent to landfill, it creates methane, a greenhouse gas 20
times more potent than CO2 and the conditions in landfill do not allow food to break down

“Using green bins correctly or composting are simple ways each and every one of us can
contribute towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” she said.

More information on the Let’s Get Our Scrap Together campaign is on the New Waste

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2022 Floods

Severe Weather Conditions in Ballina Shire – Avoid Unnecessary Travel




NSW Northern Rivers Breaking News

Severe Weather Conditions in Ballina Shire – Avoid Unnecessary Travel




The Lennox Head Cultural Centre is open today as an evacuation centre for anyone seeking shelter from the severe weather and flash flooding.


Please only travel to the centre if it is safe to do so. If you are currently safe in your home, it is still the best option to stay where you are and stay off the roads if possible.


For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500.



Residents are strongly urged to avoid travel today.


The Pacific Highway is closed from Wardell to Tintenbar, between Coolgardie Road and Tamarind Drive. This means the Cumbalum Interchange remains closed as well as the Interchange at West Ballina. River Street in West Ballina is also currently closed due to floodwaters.


The Burns Point Ferry remains CLOSED until further notice.


Due to access and safety restrictions Ballina Shire Council staff cannot inspect and signpost all urban roads. As soon as it is safe to do so our crews will complete inspections and Council will post updates to Please be aware of changing conditions in your local area.



Anyone needing to collect sandbags should lodge a request with SES by calling 132 500.



The Recovery Centre at the Ballina Surf Club remains closed today due to the severe weather. The Recovery Centre will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Flood-impacted residents can still access support by calling the Service NSW hotline on 13 77 88.


Minimise water use

If you hear your toilet gurgling, it is expected during the extreme weather we are currently experiencing.

The current high rainfall and tidal impacts are putting extreme pressure on our pump stations and wastewater network.

Council crews are doing all they can to clear the excess backlog but they’re up against it in the current conditions.

To assist us please minimise your water use such as bathing/showering, washing and toilet flushing.

If residents experience problems with sewage entering their home please contact Council on 1300 864 444.


Bin collection

Council’s Resource Recovery Team will be unable to complete collections today, Wednesday 30 March due to flooding.

Missed collections are expected to be rescheduled for Saturday 2 April 2022. Where safe to do so, residents can leave their bins out for recollection.


Missing bins
If you are in need of a bin replacement, please log a request via the Community Portal on or call 1300 864 444 for our team to log your request.


Waste Management Centre Closed

The Waste Management Centre on Southern Cross Drive is closed today due to staff not being able to access the site. It will reopen tomorrow if it is safe to do so.


Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

Commercial flights have been cancelled today and access roads are flooded. Passengers should not to travel to the airport today and should contact their airline directly for flight information.

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Ballina News







Fascinating design of the Kia Sportage GT-Line makes it more than a people mover.


Kia Sportage is almost an ‘oldtimer’ in this day and age, having been around since 1993. It’s undergone quite a few upgrades and changes in almost 30 years on the market.
The fifth generation is built on a new architecture and has fascinating styling. It’s no longer aimed at buyers who simply want to move people, it’s designed to be stylish and even slightly upmarket in people’s minds.

The classic Kia Tiger Nose grille and boomerang-shaped daytime running lamps make a real styling statement. At the rear it has a what you could call a swooping fastback design.
The fifth-generation Sportage has boomerang-shaped LEDs, razor rear lamps and a swooping curved roof that gives it a look that almost leans in the direction of a coupe. The Snow While Pearl on our test car tied in beautifully with the large black sunroof and the black wheels.
The dual aero spoilers, one above the rear window the other below add to the looks sporting looks.
The bold arrow-like shape of the daytime running lights certainly says they are there for more than providing visibility for other road users.




Can’t say the black-on-black interior is to our tastes, but it’s the trendy thing these days so it will help to sell more Sportages.
The latest Sportage has a wheelbase of 2755mm, a length of 4660mm, width of 1865mm and height of 1660mm. There’s 1050mm legroom for second-row passengers and 1000mm headroom. This is noticeably better than the outgoing model. This means someone of my size and build can get comfortable in the rear without having to ask the driver to share space with me.
Three abreast in the rear seat is pretty good in this latest generation if the occupants are of normal width, if one or more are on the tubby side it does get less comfortable. The centre tunnel is low and doesn’t force the person in the centre seat to sit with their feet beside it.


Inside there’s a curved 12.3-inch digital cluster, and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen in the GT-Line we tested. It’s easy to see at a quick glance, thus minimising the time the driver takes their eyes off the road.
The sound system is by harman/kardon and could be easily adjusted to produce the sort of outputs we like.

Power from the Sportage comes from a variety of engines; a 2.0-litre petrol (115kW / 192Nm), 1.6-litre turbo-petrol (132kW / 265Nm) and 2.0-litre diesel (137kW / 416Nm).
The 1.6-litre is exclusively available on the GT-Line and SX+ variants and is paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It sends power to both the front and rear wheels for improved performance and handling, particularly in low grip situations.
Our test car is a Sportage GT-Line with the 1.6-litre petrol and premium paint and has a driveway pricing of $51,990.

Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance System technology helps the Sportage to avoid potential hazards.
The Intelligent Speed Limit Assist system available on the all-new Sportage detects speed signs through the front view camera. Information is then displayed on the instrument cluster.
The optimised speed can then be used to set the Speed Limiter or Smart Cruise Control by confirming the speed limit. Can’t say we are keen on this as drivers know the correct speed for the road conditions, which may be below or above the posted speeds. So, we don’t want our car lagging behind others on the road or charging up behind them.
On motorways this can lead to others coming up behind us having to change lanes, then get back into the correct lane in front of us.




Kia Sportage has been the subject of Kia Australia’s Local Ride and Handling Program, the Sportage is designed to cater to Australian roads and the style of driving Australians prefer.
Kia Australia’s Ride and Handling Engineer, Graeme Gambold, said: “While it’s been a challenge due to Covid complications and taken a little longer than usual, NQ5 is sporty, youthful, fun to drive, yet comfortable and capable of soaking up even the harshest of road conditions”.
It’s no sports machine but comes closer than we anticipated in the way it turns in promptly and is happy to change direction if the road tightens or loosens.
Debuting in the Sportage GT-Line is a 3D surround view monitor which optimises images from four cameras (front, side mirrors and rear) to provide a 360-degree view in various modes. It allows the user to easily zoom and drag the camera view to suit their needs. This is particularly useful when squeezing backwards into a tight spot in a carpark, especially an underground one with poor lighting.

Kia’s latest Sportage is a solid reworking of the models before it and it looks certain to continue the sales successes of its four ancestors.


S 2.0-litre petrol: $34,690 (six-speed manual), $35,690 (six-speed automatic)
S 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $42,690 (eight-speed automatic)
SX 2.0-litre petrol: $37,490 (six-speed manual), $38,490 (six-speed automatic)
SX 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $45,490 (eight-speed automatic)
SX+ 2.0-litre petrol: $44,490 (six-speed automatic)
SX+ 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $49,990 (eight-speed automatic)
SX+ 1.6-litre turbo-petrol: $46,990 (seven-speed DCT automatic)
GT-Line 1.6-litre turbo-petrol: $51,990 (seven-speed DCT automatic)
GT-Line 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $54,990 (eight-speed automatic)
Note: These are driveaway prices and include all government and dealer delivery charges.
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Kia dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Kia Sportage GT-Line 1.6-litre turbo-petrol five-door wagon)

Capacity: 1.598 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 132 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 265 Nm @ 1500 rpm
Fuel Type: Standard unleaded
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 7.2 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 164 g/km

DRIVELINE: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic

Length: 4660 mm
Wheelbase: 2755 mm
Width: 1865 mm
Height: 1680 mm
Turning Circle: 11.4 metres
Kerb Mass: 1643 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 54 litres

Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Solid disc

Seven years / unlimited kilometres

Looks: 9/10
Performance: 6/10
Safety: 7/10
Thirst: 6/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 7/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 7/10

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