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Firefighters extinguish exploding semi-trailer | Pimlico

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Firefighters extinguish exploding semi-trailer | Pimlico

Fire crews have extinguished a semi-trailer that exploded in flames overnight, blocking the Pacific Highway on the state’s far north coast.

The B-double caught fire in the south-bound lanes of the highway outside Pimlico, south of Ballina, just before 11.30pm.

The truck and trailer were carrying six tonnes of aerosol spray cans, which ignited, causing large explosions at the scene.

The truck driver and another motorist made it to safety as the fire took hold.

The semi also contained bags of gravel and cane mulch.

Three Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) trucks from Ballina and a Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) appliance from Goonellabah were joined by four Rural Fire Service tankers, NSW Police and NSW Ambulance at the scene.

The firefighters extinguished the truck fire and numerous spot fires caused by the exploding cans.

They also deployed an absorbent barrier to protect the environment from liquid run-off and decanted 400 litres of diesel fuel from the burning rig, which was destroyed in the fire.

Traffic flow was limited to one lane north-bound during the three-and-a-half hour operation.

The cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

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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.

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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NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Ballina Shire

 

NAIDOC Week is a significant time to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, and achievements, providing an opportunity to recognize the vital contributions Indigenous Australians make to our nation and society.

This year’s theme, “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud,” celebrates the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture. Fire symbolizes a connection to Country, to one another, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This theme invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected. Through collective efforts, we can forge a future where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the oldest living culture in the world.

Activities Planned for Ballina Shire:

Annual Celebration Walk

  • Date: Monday, 8 July
  • Time: Meeting from 10:00 AM
  • Details: The whole community is invited to join the annual Celebration Walk starting from the Ballina RSL Club, proceeding along River Street and Cherry Street to the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC) for the official flag-raising ceremony. Refreshments, BBQ, displays, and games will be held at the BISC and in the closed-off area of the car park, with morning tea provided for community Elders.

Bunjum Sports & Stalls Day

  • Date: Tuesday, 9 July
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Saunders Oval Ballina (BISC as the wet weather option)
  • Details: Jarjums sports and stalls day featuring skills and drills, a touch football round for 4 to 18-year-olds. There will be food, activities, sports, and performances.

Bullinah Basketball 3 x 3

  • Date: Wednesday, 10 July
  • Time: From 12:15 PM
  • Location: Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC)
  • Details: 3 x 3 basketball competition, skills and drills followed by an All-Stars basketball game.

Bundjalung Goori Cultural Celebration

  • Date: Thursday, 11 July
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Missingham Park Amphitheatre
  • Details: Cultural activities including weaving, dancing, jewellery making, cultural art, cultural tours, didgeridoo playing, bush tucker tastings, and live music.

Art Exhibition

  • Date: Thursday, 11 July
  • Time: From 5:00 PM
  • Location: Richmond Room
  • Details: Goori celebration of the Arts exhibition.

Bunjum Elders Lunch

  • Date: Friday, 12 July
  • Time: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cherry Street Sports Club
  • Details: Lunch for the Elders with entertainment and games.

For more information on these and other activities planned for NAIDOC Week in Ballina Shire, visit the Council’s website at ballina.nsw.gov.au or discoverballina.com.au.

 

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Wonderful Wardell: A Day to Connect, Play, and Get Creative

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Wonderful Wardell: A Day to Connect, Play, and Get Creative

 

Join the community for a fun-filled day at Wonderful Wardell, an event designed to spark creativity, enjoy music, and spend quality time with family and friends. On Sunday, June 30, 2024, from 10 AM to 3 PM, the western end of Richmond Street in Wardell will come alive with free, engaging activities for all ages, featuring some of the region’s most imaginative artists, facilitators, musicians, and performers.

Event Highlights

  • Pop-Up Play Space by internationally recognized Roundabout Theatre, based in Northern Rivers.
  • Live Music by Wardell’s own Serendipiti, Bella Frankie, Andrea Soler, and the Evans River High Band.

Creative Workshops for All Ages and Abilities

  • Natural Fibre Weaving with Aunty Tania Marlowe and Deb Cole from Jugan Dandii.
  • Creative Design Workshop with Kate Stroud, contributing to a mural for Wardell.
  • Artwork Workshops with Jeremy Austin to design pavement tiles for the future Wardell Village Centre Revitalisation project.
  • Collaborative Chalk Mosaic activities with The Chalkies.
  • Collage Workshop with Claudie Frock in “Let’s Stick Together.”
  • Music Workshop with Andrea Soler.

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
  • Location: Richmond Street, Wardell (western end)
  • Cost: Free
  • Audience: All ages and community members welcome; family-friendly event
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible; a sensory-friendly quiet space will be available.

If you require an Auslan interpreter, please notify us two weeks in advance. For access queries, contact Claudie Frock at frockonya@yahoo.com.au or call/text 0432 400 753.

The Wonderful Wardell event is organised by Ballina Shire Council and supported by the NSW Government. For more information, visit here.

 

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