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BALLINA MP ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FUNDING

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BALLINA MP ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FUNDING

 

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina, today announced $300,000 in funding for a total of 14 projects to be delivered through the Community Building Partnership Program.

Local volunteer groups are the backbone of our community, Ms Smith said. “I am pleased that these groups can improve on their infrastructure and make life a little easier for their volunteers who do so much for our community.”

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Ms Smith said the (Community Building Partnership Program) funds would deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities, including replacement of fencing and building a ramp at the Brunswick Heads branch of the Country Women’s Association, purchasing new equipment for OZfish to improve the health of the Richmond River, a kitchen upgrade for Fripp oval in Ballina, and better facilities for the disability therapy centre at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Community Building Partnership Program.

Community Building Partnership Program projects

“This is exciting news for our community,” Ms Smith said. “This grassroots funding will directly help create a more resilient and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes.

“I congratulate all the organisations that were successful in their applications and look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for people and the environment.”

The Member for Ballina has assisted more than 100 community organisations and delivered more than $3 million in grants through this program since she was first elected in 2015.

 

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Fire Ant Update – Wardell

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Fire Ant Update – Wardell

 

Wardell, NSW – Odour detection dogs from the National Fire Ant Eradication Program identified fire ants yesterday (11 July) in Wardell, south of Ballina, NSW. These foraging ants were detected during routine surveillance activities on the same site where the pest was first discovered in January 2024.

The use of odour detection dogs is a critical part of the program’s strategy to locate and eradicate fire ants. It is not uncommon to find foraging fire ants in areas that are currently receiving eradication treatment. The recently detected ants have been treated using direct nest injection, an effective method to ensure the elimination of these pests.

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The National Fire Ant Eradication Program has promptly notified the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Both entities will collaborate closely to ensure that no fire ants remain in the affected area. Up to 2 km of the surrounding area is currently subject to intensive fire ant eradication activities.

Eradication Process: Eradication involves a multi-stage process utilizing an insect growth regulator. This treatment prevents the queen from producing viable reproductive offspring. The fire ants collect the treatment granules while foraging, distributing the treatment throughout the colony. However, this process takes time to achieve full effect.

Comprehensive Treatment Plan: All properties within the targeted area must undergo multiple rounds of broadscale treatment over a span of two years to ensure complete eradication. This long-term strategy is essential to prevent the re-establishment of the fire ant population and to protect the local ecosystem.

For more detailed information about fire ants, the eradication program, and treatment processes, please visit fireants.org.au.

Contact Information: For any queries or concerns regarding fire ant activities in Wardell or other areas, please reach out to the National Fire Ant Eradication Program through their official website or contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The collaborative efforts between the National Fire Ant Eradication Program and local authorities underscore the commitment to protecting communities and ecosystems from the devastating impact of fire ants. The eradication process, though lengthy, is crucial to ensuring the long-term safety and well-being of the affected areas.

 

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ROTARY SATELLITE CLUB OF BALLINA LIFESTYLE Community Donations 2023/24

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ROTARY SATELLITE CLUB OF BALLINA LIFESTYLE Community Donations 2023/24

 

At its recent Annual Changeover Lunch, the Rotary Satellite Club of Ballina Lifestyle awarded donations to the following local organisations, to assist them with the important work they do in our community:

  • Ballina Public School Reading Project – $1,300
  • “Love Bites” – Domestic Violence prevention – $2,000
  • Mental Health Support Group – $2,000
  • Northern Rivers Suicide Prevention and Awareness Group – $2,000

The Satellite Club’s main fundraising activity is its recycling project, in partnership with Reflections Holiday Parks and the Discovery Holiday Park in Ballina. The project commenced in September 2023, and, to date, the Club has raised over $15,000. The Club has also conducted several Bunning’s sausage sizzles. The Satellite Club is committed to assisting local groups and in 2022-23 also provided donations to the Ballina Marine Rescue Service and the Ballina Seabird and Turtle Rescue Service.

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Representatives from the Mental Health Support Group, the Northern Rivers Suicide Prevention and Awareness Group and Love Bites said they were thrilled to receive a donation which will assist them in delivering their vital services to the community.

The Ballina Public School representative spoke passionately about the importance of reading and said that the donation will be used to purchase decodable reader sets of “Phonics Australia” which the school has found to be engaging and a success at encouraging students’ reading progress.

The Rotary Satellite Club of Ballina Lifestyle consists of a group of People aged from 55 plus, who have fun together and a passion for helping worthy causes in the Ballina community.

 

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Ballina gets ‘beefed’ up with new pie shop in town

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Ballina gets ‘beefed’ up with new pie shop in town

 

By Samantha Elley

If you’ve been wondering about the new store on River Street in Ballina, wonder no further.

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Beefy’s Pies have made their way down from the Sunshine Coast ready to fill the bellies of Northern Rivers locals.

These award winning pies have crossed the border, opening its first NSW store at 166-172 River Street, Ballina.

“We’re excited to receive a warm welcome from the Ballina and Northern Rivers community so far and can’t wait to have everyone in store to taste the Beefy’s difference,” says Jason Lyons, General Manager – Operations at Beefy’s.

“Beefy’s will bring its full range of award-wining pies, sausage rolls, sweets and coffee to the Northern Rivers community, making it a go-to destination for travellers and locals alike.

“Our new Ballina team can’t wait to get to know everyone by name, pie and coffee order. Our opening weekend is the best way to kick this off, but we’ll be teaming up with the local community to support businesses, events and groups in the future with our Pie Drives and fundraising events.”

While the store opened its doors on Friday, 28th June, the official Beefy’s Ballina community launch is Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July with one-weekend only deals and children’s entertainment on offer.

Ballina is Beefy’s 10th store and the first in in New South Wales. It joins locations across South-East Queensland including Gympie, Traveston, Maroochydore, Buderim, Kawana, Aussie World, Glasshouse, Mango Hill and Ningi.

 

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