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Federal Budget 2024/25: Implications for Ballina Shire

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Federal Budget 2024/25: Implications for Ballina Shire

 

Mayor Sharon Cadwallader of Ballina Shire Council offered insights into the Federal Budget 2024/25 and its potential impact on the local community.

Acknowledging the significant commitment of $27.7 billion towards various national projects, Mayor Cadwallader underscored the importance of initiatives targeting cost-of-living relief, education, and healthcare for community well-being. However, she expressed a desire for increased infrastructure spending specifically directed to regional areas.

“We appreciate measures aimed at supporting low and middle-income Australians, but Ballina Shire Council advocates for more infrastructure investment in regional Australia,” Mayor Cadwallader emphasised.

Key highlights from the Federal Budget 2024/25 that are anticipated to benefit Ballina Shire and the Northern Rivers region include:

  1. Infrastructure Investment: Allocation of $40 million for regional airports and community Wi-Fi initiatives.
  2. Roads to Recovery Program: Progressive increase to $1 billion per year, along with additional funding for the Black Spot Program.
  3. Cost-of-Living Relief Measures: Including energy rebates, tax cuts, and debt relief for tertiary students.
  4. Support for Small Businesses: Funding totalling $290 million, with extensions to the instant asset write-off scheme and support for small business owners’ well-being.
  5. Healthcare Investment: $227 million for Medicare Urgent Care Clinics and regional healthcare support.
  6. Housing Initiatives: Allocation of $6.2 billion to housing programs, aiming to address housing challenges and support new home construction and renters.

“While these allocations present opportunities for our region’s development, we await further details on funding distribution to Ballina Shire,” Mayor Cadwallader noted. “With our population growing, it’s crucial that infrastructure keeps pace to support evolving community needs.”

“We hope for infrastructure investment directed towards Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, crucial for our local economy, given its significant passenger traffic and anticipated growth,” Mayor Cadwallader added.

She also highlighted the importance of addressing housing challenges amidst ongoing pressures faced by the construction industry and home builders.

For more information on the Federal Budget 2024/25, visit here

 

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Ballina Shire Council to speed up flood-resilient housing plans with new funding

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Ballina Shire Council to speed up flood-resilient housing plans with new funding

 

By Sarah Waters

Ballina Shire Council has been allocated $210,000 from the NSW Government’s $100 million Resilient Lands Program (RLP) to help bolster housing options in the Shire.

Last Friday, Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith and Acting CEO of the NSW Reconstruction Authority Mal Lanyon made the announcement.

The funding will be used to help Ballina Shire Council fast-track the planning and design of housing on council-owned land at Hutley Drive, Lennox Head.

It will also be used to ‘unlock housing capacity’ in the Ballina CBD, including using shop tops as housing.

Ballina Mayor Sharon Cadwallader said the boost would help council address some of the housing needs that have existed in Ballina prior to the floods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of planning for this site on Hutley Drive in Lennox Head and explore options in the CBD for medium-density housing,” Ms Cadwallader said.

The Ballina Shire Housing Strategy prioritises providing residences for local workers within the community.

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith said she hoped that any council land that comes under the Resilient Lands Program has a significant portion dedicated to either social or affordable housing.

“We need genuine affordable housing for residents in our community, not expensive housing stock that is of more interest to property investors,” Ms Smith said.

The announcement marked the fifth round of funding under the Resilient Lands Program, which is fully financed by the NSW Government.

Ballina is the fourth flood-impacted council to be assisted with funding under the program.

Previous allocations have supported housing projects in East Lismore, Mount Pleasant Estate in Goonellabah, Saddle Road in Brunswick Heads and Summerland Estate in Casino.

The Resilient Lands Program was established to unlock land and provide safer places for people to live across the Northern Rivers following the 2022 floods.

The program includes a variety of new home and land options and provide pathways for flood-impacted homeowners to relocate to safer areas.

The Resilient Lands Program links in with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP).

Participants of the RHP, who have accepted a buyback offer from the government, are typically given the first opportunity to purchase new land and homes before they’re offered to the open market.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised the program’s role in advancing the development of flood-resilient housing solutions, particularly in flood-prone areas like Ballina.

“This will really accelerate the delivery of flood-resilient land and housing options for people to move off the flood plain.

“In Ballina it will help deliver a greater range of higher density housing options in the CBD and at Lennox Head and potentially add to the social housing stock as well.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said flood-affected communities across the Northern Rivers region had been waiting for safer land and housing options to be identified.

“I’m pleased to see another LGA added to the councils receiving support under the Resilient Lands Program.

“The Community Leaders Forum (seven mayors and six state and federal MPs) early on adopted the principle of equity in recovery for the entire region affected by the 2022 floods.”

Acting CEO of the Reconstruction Authority Mal Lanyon said the RLP would offer families affordable housing options while assisting councils in infrastructure planning for major housing developments.

 

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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.”

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.

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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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July Exhibitions Celebrating community, culture, and the environment.

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July Exhibitions Celebrating community, culture, and the environment

 

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four new exhibitions this July. The 13th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial exhibition by BACCI (Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre) will be on alongside the 2023 SCU Graduate Award and two exhibitions that celebrate and show concerns for our local flora and fauna. Gallery Coordinator, Imbi Davidson, said “This July we are very excited to be presenting exhibitions that showcase our continued relationships between Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Inc. (BACCI), giving emerging and local artists the opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery. The enduring creative call of our local environments will also be highlighted in two exhibitions that serve as a celebration and call to action.”

Scribbly Gums and Landforms | Dianne Ingram Dianne uses mixed media to describe and translate her love of Australian gum trees and bushlands. Often working plein-air and employing her distinctive mark-making techniques to create abstractions of the landscape. Dianne imbues her work with ambiguity and unconventional juxtapositions that invite the viewer to create their own interpretations and experiences of our shared environment.

Brainstorm | Thomas Hannah (2023 SCU Graduate Award) The recipient of the 2023 SCU Graduate Award, Thomas Hannah’s Brainstorm details his time spent within the medical system after a diagnosis of epilepsy. This work explores the physical and mental effects of health issues with poignancy and humour, highlighting shared experiences between the artist and viewers.

Fallen | Jenny Kitchener Working with printmaking, Jenny Kitchener presents a glimpse into what the future may hold for five Northern Rivers endangered or vulnerable animals. The focus is on five threatened local animals, selected from five major animal groups: the koala (marsupial); the jabiru (bird); Stephen’s banded snake (reptile); the green and golden bell frog (amphibian) and the birdwing butterfly (insect).

13th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition | BACCI Presented by the members of the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Inc. (BACCI), this exhibition is a tribute to founding member Grace Cruice, showcasing works created by BACCI members over the past year. BACCI is celebrating 26 years of continued activity and continues to promote a friendly meeting place for artists and craft people from Ballina and surrounding districts.

All NRCG July exhibitions open Wednesday 26 June and continue until Sunday 18 August. The official exhibition launch will be held 5.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 27 June.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 9am until 3pm and weekends from 9.30am until 1.00pm. For further information contact the Gallery on 02 6681 0530 or visit the website.

 

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