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Rainbow Dragons win bronze x3 at Australian Masters Games Adelaide

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Rainbow Dragons win bronze x3 at Australian Masters Games Adelaide

 

Rainbow Region Dragons Boat Club (Lennox Head & Ballina) recently returned from the Adelaide Masters Games very proud of their three bronze medals and overall results.

Thirty five members attended and competed in 10 categories, with 26 of the members returning with a medal. The Senior A and B Women’s teams were most successful winning a bronze medal each, with the Senior C Opens team missing a bronze by 100th of a second. The third Bronze medal was won by the Rainbows Breast Cancer Survivor team. Each team had three races and the winners were selected on the two best times.

Rainbow Dragons at Australian Masters Games 2023

Rainbow Dragons at Australian Masters Games 2023

To add to the challenge, cold gale force crosswinds dominated the two days of racing and Rainbow Dragon steerers had to draw on all their paddling skills to hold their line from the pontoon starts to the 200m finish.

Lots of the teams that entered were combined crews of the best competitive paddler from three or more clubs – whereas Rainbows entered as a standalone club. This made the results even more remarkable and special for the club. The camaraderie and Rainbow team spirit showed up and took us over the finish line.

 

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July Exhibitions Celebrating community, culture, and the environment.

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July Exhibitions Celebrating community, culture, and the environment

 

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four new exhibitions this July. The 13th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial exhibition by BACCI (Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre) will be on alongside the 2023 SCU Graduate Award and two exhibitions that celebrate and show concerns for our local flora and fauna. Gallery Coordinator, Imbi Davidson, said “This July we are very excited to be presenting exhibitions that showcase our continued relationships between Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Inc. (BACCI), giving emerging and local artists the opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery. The enduring creative call of our local environments will also be highlighted in two exhibitions that serve as a celebration and call to action.”

Scribbly Gums and Landforms | Dianne Ingram Dianne uses mixed media to describe and translate her love of Australian gum trees and bushlands. Often working plein-air and employing her distinctive mark-making techniques to create abstractions of the landscape. Dianne imbues her work with ambiguity and unconventional juxtapositions that invite the viewer to create their own interpretations and experiences of our shared environment.

Brainstorm | Thomas Hannah (2023 SCU Graduate Award) The recipient of the 2023 SCU Graduate Award, Thomas Hannah’s Brainstorm details his time spent within the medical system after a diagnosis of epilepsy. This work explores the physical and mental effects of health issues with poignancy and humour, highlighting shared experiences between the artist and viewers.

Fallen | Jenny Kitchener Working with printmaking, Jenny Kitchener presents a glimpse into what the future may hold for five Northern Rivers endangered or vulnerable animals. The focus is on five threatened local animals, selected from five major animal groups: the koala (marsupial); the jabiru (bird); Stephen’s banded snake (reptile); the green and golden bell frog (amphibian) and the birdwing butterfly (insect).

13th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition | BACCI Presented by the members of the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Inc. (BACCI), this exhibition is a tribute to founding member Grace Cruice, showcasing works created by BACCI members over the past year. BACCI is celebrating 26 years of continued activity and continues to promote a friendly meeting place for artists and craft people from Ballina and surrounding districts.

All NRCG July exhibitions open Wednesday 26 June and continue until Sunday 18 August. The official exhibition launch will be held 5.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 27 June.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 9am until 3pm and weekends from 9.30am until 1.00pm. For further information contact the Gallery on 02 6681 0530 or visit the website.

 

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BALLINA COUNCIL TO ENCOURAGE TINY HOME LIVING

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BALLINA COUNCIL TO ENCOURAGE TINY HOME LIVING

 

Last week Ballina Shire Council adopted its Future Housing Strategy, with a new action (#17) to “encourage tiny homes in appropriate areas”. This action came about due to advocacy from Greens’ Councillors and because of increased interest from the public for more diverse and affordable housing options.

Tiny homes, when located on land other than land in caravan park or camping ground, are considered as “moveable dwellings” under NSW state planning legislation. Other type of moveable dwellings includes tents, caravans, vans and manufactured homes. Tiny homes commonly fall into two categories: Tiny Houses on Wheels (i.e. a custom-made trailer base), or Tiny Homes on Skids (a fixed, relocatable pallet-like structure).

While some exemptions from development approval currently apply to Tiny Homes, they are limited to short-term stays or long-term occupancy by household members of tiny house dwellings connected to the primary residence. Other exemptions apply to seasonal work use and for individuals displaced because of a natural disaster.

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Currently, to live permanently in a Tiny Home in NSW, a person must seek development approval from their local Council, which can be complicated and costly. Several councils are initiating pilot programs that enable people to permanently reside in Tiny Homes on private land without planning approval, subject to certain conditions.

Under its new Housing Strategy, Ballina Council will seek to learn from the outcomes of these pilot programs and review its own planning controls relating to Tiny Homes, with a view to enable permanent living in appropriate circumstances. They will also produce education materials to support those interest in tiny home living to navigate existing planning pathways.

Quotes attributable to Cr Kiri Dicker

“Enabling permanent living in tiny homes was one of the ideas that was discussed at a public seminar on hosted on affordable housing that I organised in Lennox Head in August 2023, so it’s great to see this idea formally adopted into Council’s Housing Strategy.”.

“We can’t afford to wait years for the supply of new housing to eventuate. Making it easier to live in tiny homes in appropriate circumstances is one way we can unlock instant supply of affordable housing for people on low and very low incomes”.

 

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Ballina Wins Silver at NSW Top Tourism Town Awards

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Ballina Wins Silver at NSW Top Tourism Town Awards

 

The Ballina Tourism Team is thrilled to announce that Ballina has been awarded silver at the prestigious NSW Top Tourism Town Awards, hosted by Business NSW and the NSW Tourism Industry Council.

Competing against notable towns such as Newcastle, Kiama, Orange, Shellharbour, Murwillumbah, Ulladulla, Bathurst, and Grafton, Ballina’s achievement was announced at the Local Government NSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

This award showcases Ballina’s vibrant appeal and acknowledges the dedicated efforts of all who contribute to the town’s thriving tourism industry.

Alanah Ward, Team Leader of Visitor Services, shared her enthusiasm, “After an intense competition among nine finalist destinations, which included public voting and the submission of a comprehensive four-day itinerary, editorial article, destination video, and detailed marketing campaign materials, Ballina stood out in the category for towns with a population over 5,000 residents along with Kiama, who took out the gold award.

This award recognises towns across New South Wales that exhibit a strong commitment to tourism and deliver an exceptional visitor experience.”

Mayor Sharon Cadwallader expressed her pride, stating, “Winning the silver award is a remarkable recognition of the dedication and passion our community pours into making the Ballina Coast and Hinterland an engaging and inviting destination. This award is a celebration of our vibrant town and everyone who helps make our visitors’ stays memorable. We are thrilled to have this award and are motivated to keep the momentum going!”

This award highlights the spirit of community and the significant role that tourism plays in supporting local economies. It is a testament to Ballina’s vibrant charm and the collective efforts of all those who contribute to enhancing our visitors’ experiences.

“The Ballina Tourism Team extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted for Ballina as the NSW Top Tourism Town. We urge everyone to visit and explore the wonders of the Ballina Coast and Hinterland,” invited Ms. Ward.

 

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