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New Ballina youth festival – Thrillfest – announced for Youth Week

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New Ballina youth festival – Thrillfest – announced for Youth Week

 

A new youth festival, Thrillfest, will be held in Ballina for the first time during Youth Week, featuring a battle-of-the-bands, skateboarding workshops, and football drills – and free buses will ferry young people to the events.

The Ballina Youth Network is organising Thrillfest, and the not-for-profit organisation Social Futures is part of that network. The festival will be held on April 16, from 11am, at Missingham Park, Ballina with the support of Rotary Ballina, Cherry Street Sports Club, Ballina Shire Council, Hartley’s Fruit Shop and Ballina Buslines.

Social Futures Children Youth and Families Manager, Kiara McBeath said the Thrillfest lineup was a testament to the diverse interests and skills of the region’s young people.

“Thrillfest festivities kick off with the Battle of the Bands, where aspiring musicians will hit the stage to compete for amazing prizes,” Ms McBeath said. “Get ready to cheer for your favourites and witness the birth of the next big thing in music.

“You can also grab a board and join a skateboarding workshop run by Truckstop Skate School. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned skater or just starting, the Truckstop experts will guide you through techniques and tricks that’ll have you owning the pavement in no time.

“And for the sports enthusiasts, join in on our lively footy drills – a chance to show off your skills and maybe even learn a few new ones.

“The day is all about celebrating young people and their immense talents – from music to skateboarding to sport. And of course, it’s all about having fun!”

There will also be interactive games, and a free BBQ lunch.

“In an effort to make Thrillfest accessible to every teen in Ballina, there will be free transport on the day,” Ms McBeath said.

“Every bus network in Ballina is supporting this event by offering free transport to Tamar Street all day long for young people,” Ms McBeath said.

“Join us for an unforgettable day of fun, friendship, and fanciful feats. Ballina’s youth are the heartbeat of our community, and Thrillfest is here to celebrate that energy and creativity.”

National Youth Week, April 11-24, is a week-long celebration of the contribution that young people make to Australia. It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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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