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New home for Martika

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New home for Martika

By Samantha Elley

Martika Dawson-Esler is very excited that soon she will be moving into her new home.

The 3-bedroom house she is moving into is located in Ballina and is a share home being built by specialist disability housing provider, Casa Capace. “My bedroom will be purple,” laughed Martika.

When asked if she would be having lots of family and friends around to visit, she cheekily replied, “Nup!” then giggled when mum Alyson reacted.

“We have been collecting items for her bedroom for when she is ready to move,” Alyson said.

It has been a long two and a half year wait as the project to build the new home started just before Covid.

Now the house is enclosed, and the inside is gyprocked, plastered and ready for painting, with a new floor recently laid.

“We had challenges with Covid and then the floods,” said Casa Capace CEO Michael Fuller.

“We had started with a Queensland builder, the borders closed, and then that company went bust.

“We’ve also been dealing with a tradie shortage.”

Despite all these challenges, the house is taking shape with a number of features specific to the residents like Martika.

“There are no stairs in the house, it has wider doors and hallways,” said Mr Fuller.

“The benchtops will be adjustable, and the house is wired up with assisted technology such as automatic blinds and lights.”

Mr Fuller said there will also be extra structural supports for hoists to be attached to the ceiling for residents who are less mobile.

“We are working with (disability services and support organisation) Northcott to find quality tenants for the homes,” said Mr Fuller.

“It is about creating a home rather than an institution.

“There is also room for a carer when needed.”

Northcott General Manager Alita Carpenter said it was about providing purpose-built homes that were safe and affordable for vulnerable members of the community.

A further one-bedroom home is also being built on the same block.

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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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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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