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Unveiling the All-New Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide: Your Gateway to Unforgettable Experiences

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Unveiling the All-New Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide: Your Gateway to Unforgettable Experiences

 

The Ballina Tourism Team is excited to introduce the much-anticipated Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide—an expansive A4 publication meticulously crafted to showcase the region’s must-see attractions through captivating visuals, insightful editorials, and essential visitor information.

Serving as the primary marketing publication for the Ballina Tourism Team, the Visitor Guide functions as a gateway to the Ballina Coast and Hinterland, catering to a diverse audience that includes both current explorers of our region and prospective visitors meticulously planning their journeys.

Widely distributed through the extensive Visitor Information Centre Network and strategically placed in key destinations, this guide is thoughtfully designed to inspire and inform.

Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide

Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide

In collaboration with over 45 local businesses, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland Guide beckons visitors to embark on a journey of exploration, highlighting the distinctive experiences that define our destination. With a print run of 50,000 copies, the guide is disseminating across the Northern Rivers region, Southeast Queensland, New South Wales, and select parts of Victoria.

Alanah Ward, Team Leader Visitor Services at Ballina Shire Council, shared her enthusiasm, stating, “The Ballina Coast and Hinterland guide provides us with a unique opportunity to share the wonders of this destination with people across the country. We extend our sincere appreciation to the businesses that have supported this project and shared their compelling stories with us.”

For those eager to obtain a copy of the guide, a visit to the Ballina Visitor Information Centre at 6 River Street, Ballina, is all it takes. Retail, tourism, and accommodation businesses are also encouraged to collect copies to offer their patrons.

The guide is readily accessible online here, providing a virtual gateway for anyone keen to explore the Ballina Coast and Hinterland from the comfort of their screens.

 

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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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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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Teen charged over alleged break and enters – Ballina

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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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