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Ballina Shire News

Teen charged over alleged break and enters – Ballina

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Teen charged over alleged break and enters – Ballina

 

A teenage boy has been charged over his alleged involvement in two break and enters at Ballina yesterday.

About 7am (Tuesday 19 March 2024), police were called to Catherine Crescent, Ballina, following reports two homes had been broken into.

At one of the homes, a set of car keys had allegedly been stolen, while the alleged offender was chased out of the second home empty-handed.

Police from Richmond Police District attended the homes and commenced inquiries into the incident.

A short time later, police stopped and spoke with a boy riding a bicycle nearby.

Police will allege in court that the boy was in possession of the car keys stolen from one of the homes.

The 13-year-old boy was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with two counts of aggravated break and enter with intent, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, larceny, and breach of bail.

He was refused police bail to appear before a children’s court yesterday (Tuesday 19 March 2024), where he was granted strict conditional bail to appear before the same court on Tuesday 23 April 2024.

 

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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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2022 Floods

Two years on Annette has her keepsakes returned

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Two years on Annette has her keepsakes returned

 

By Samantha Elley

Most people who experienced the loss of personal items in the 2022 flood have come to terms with the fact they will never see them again.

Annette Dale of East Wardell was no different.

Her jar of matchbooks that she had been collecting since her twenties was a hobby of hers for forty years.

“My ex-husband and I would travel about to restaurants and nightclubs and I used to collect their matchbooks,” she said.

“I managed to salvage them in the first flood and put them in a shed, but then the second flood actually took my water tank.”

The second flood also took her collection of matchbooks, still in their jar.

“I hadn’t thought about them until half way through last year,” said Annette.

Fast forward to 2024 and Annette’s daughter Katelin was scrolling on her social media when she saw a post where a staff member from the Ramada in Ballina was looking for the owner of a jar of matchbooks.

“Spotted floating along the river during the floods. Ramada staff fished this jar out of the water. We would love to return this item to its owner.”

This was the sign on the jar.

Matchbook Collection.

Matchbook Collection.

“(Katelin) rang me and said ‘Mum, I have something of yours you lost in the floods’,” said Annette.

“I started crying and she filmed me when I got it back.”

That video was posted on the Wardell CORE Community Organised Resilience Effort page and Annette has been overwhelmed with all the positive comments and good wishes.

“To have my glass jar float all the way from East Wardell to the Ramada is amazing,” she said.

Annette said the flood waters didn’t affect Wardell until March 1 and she thought she was safe on a mound.

However, when she woke up that morning she realised she was on an island and needed rescuing.

“I got rescued on a jet ski by two (very handsome) men,” she said.

“It was a terrifying experience, it was a leap of faith and I prayed the whole time.”

For the next six months Annette lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Tuckombil until the house was in a decent state to move back into.

Having her long lost collection of match books back has lifted her spirits no end and she visited the Ramada last Friday to meet the staff who saved her keepsakes.

“I am totally grateful to the Ramada staff,” she said.

 

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The Northern Rivers community will have an opportunity to learn from leading burnout experts across March and April in a series of free workshops presented by Ballina Shire Council.

In the wake of the devastating floods in 2022 and through community consultation, Council has identified an increase in community and volunteer burnout and has developed a series of workshops aimed at burnout prevention and recovery to support the local community.

“Our community is experiencing high levels of ongoing stress and burnout,” said Laura Woolcott, Community Recovery Officer from Ballina Council.

“The floods have added to the workload of the entire community, service providers, organisations, businesses and especially our volunteers. We want to better support people to take care of themselves with tangible strategies as well as wellbeing programs.”

The first free Burnout Prevention and Recovery Essentials Workshops will take place on Wednesday 20 March at 12 noon in the Richmond Room in Ballina with lunch provided.  The second workshop will take place online at 5:30pm on Thursday 4 April, with a possible third workshop on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

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Burnout author and researcher, Sally Clarke with Human Leaders Director, Alexis Zahner who will be delivering the burnout workshops throughout the Northern Rivers and online.

Leading Australian burnout researcher, Sally Clarke is part of the team from Human Leaders who have designed the tailored workshops, and with colleague Alexis Zahner will be delivering them directly to the local community.

“Burnout is rife at the moment, but it’s also very preventable,” Clarke said, “It’s a result of chronic workplace stress — which also impacts carers and volunteers — and has been so normalised in our modern society.”

“And whilst burnout is a result of stress, it directly impacts the individual, so there is a lot we can do to empower people to take care of themselves to prevent burnout or support them to recover from it.”

The burnout workshops will focus primarily on identifying burnout, its symptoms and causes, and offer support to people to put personal strategies in place to protect themselves from burnout.

Supported by the Ballina Council’s Community Recovery team, these events are part of various community wellbeing activities taking place from March to May. All events are open to the entire community to attend. Registration is appreciated.

To register for the burnout workshops or learn more about any of the upcoming community wellbeing activities, visit here.

 

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