Connect with us
Byron Bay News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers News
Mt Warning News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers Weekly Advertising
Kyogle News
The Northern Rivers Motoring News
Grafton News and Events copy
The Northern Rivers Funerals
The Northern Rivers WeeklyPuzzles
Byron Bay News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers News
Mt Warning News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers Weekly Advertising
Kyogle News
The Northern Rivers Motoring News
Grafton News and Events copy
The Northern Rivers Funerals
The Northern Rivers WeeklyPuzzles
Puzzles
previous arrow
next arrow

Ballina Shire News

Sparring with a welterweight champion

Published

on

Joely boy Taylor in Maddog Boxing Gym.

Sparring with a welterweight champion

 

By Samantha Elley

The young boxers at Maddog Boxing Gym had an worthwhile visit from Australian Welterweight professional boxing champion, Joely Boy Taylor just recently.

“He is from Melbourne and he came up to stay with us at the Maddog gym,” said Maddog owner, Scott Smith.

“He has defended his title once and has another defence match on March 23 on the Gold Coast.”

JB Taylor in the Maddog Boxing Gym with the team.

JB Taylor in the middle

Meanwhile, Scott said Taylor had driven all the way from Melbourne to help prepare their boys for the Featherweight Title fight on December 2, which one of their cohort, Sunny McLean of Woodburn, will be fighting in.

“(The visit) gave all our fighters the opportunity to step in the ring with a current real champion,” said Scott.

“It’s an honour to have him here.

JB Taylor sparring in the ring at Maddog Boxing Gym.

JB Taylor sparring in the ring

“He trains out of the world famous Shadows Boxing Gym in Eltham, Melbourne and is coached by pro boxing coach, Rick Breese, who is originally from Lennox Head and now owns the gym in Melbourne.”

Scott has been working for Breese and Taylor for eight years and was very pleased that the champion boxer could help him in his own gym.

“He drove for two days then jumped out of his car and straight into sparring everyone at Maddog,” said Scott.

 

For more sports news, click here.

Ballina News

Ballina Shire Council Unveils Draft Housing Strategy for Public Review

Published

on

By

Ballina Shire Council Unveils Draft Housing Strategy for Public Review

Ballina Shire Council Unveils Draft Housing Strategy for Public Review

 

The Ballina Shire Council is pleased to present the Draft Housing Strategy for public review and feedback, aimed at addressing the housing needs within the Ballina Shire over the next two decades. Crafted to anticipate and respond to housing demand, this strategy is a proactive approach to ensuring the availability of suitable housing for residents.

Paula Newman, Council’s Manager Strategic Planning, underscores the significance of this strategy in aligning housing supply with the community’s evolving needs.

“The Draft Ballina Shire Housing Strategy 2024 serves as a blueprint, identifying critical gaps in housing supply and delineating Council’s pivotal role in facilitating and promoting housing options that cater to our diverse populace,” she states.

The strategy delineates 23 actionable items earmarked for implementation over the ensuing 20 years, all aimed at fostering a more inclusive and sustainable housing landscape.

Four overarching principles guide these actions:

  1. Accessibility for Local Workers and Residents: Prioritising housing availability for those who live and work within the community, ensuring equitable access to housing opportunities.
  2. Promotion of Housing Diversity: Advocating for an array of housing sizes and types to accommodate the diverse needs and preferences of residents, fostering inclusivity and choice.
  3. Creation of Walkable Neighbourhoods: Promoting the development of walkable neighbourhoods with proximity to essential amenities such as shops and services, enhancing community connectivity and quality of life.
  4. Enhancement of Housing Resilience: Ensuring new housing developments are resilient to natural disasters and capable of withstanding housing stress, safeguarding the welfare of residents and the integrity of communities.
Ballina Shire Council Unveils Draft Housing Strategy for Public Review

Ballina Shire Council Unveils Draft Housing Strategy for Public Review

Acknowledging the multifaceted nature of the housing system, Ms. Newman underscores the collaborative effort required for meaningful progress. “The housing landscape is intricate, influenced by an interplay of macro-economic policies, technological advancements, and stakeholder dynamics,” she affirms.

“While Council plays a pivotal role, effective resolution necessitates collective action, with landowners, developers, government entities, and community stakeholders each contributing to the solution.”

In the spirit of transparency and community engagement, Council conducted a series of consultation activities, including online surveys and face-to-face workshops, to gather insights and perspectives shaping this Draft Housing Strategy.

The Council invites community members to provide their valuable feedback on the Draft Strategy, underscoring the importance of community participation in shaping the future of housing within the Ballina Shire.

To contribute your insights and ideas, please visit here. Together, let us chart a course towards a more vibrant, inclusive, and resilient housing landscape for all residents of the Ballina Shire.

 

For more local Ballina news, click here.

Continue Reading

Ballina News

Changing up Australia Day

Published

on

By

A girl with an Australian Flag for tweed's Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Changing up Australia Day

 

By Sarah Waters

Tweed Shire Council bucked tradition and held their 2024 Tweed’s Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday, January 25, last week – the day before Australia Day.

Council decided to change the date last year, after Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Giles announced an update to the Australian citizenship ceremonies code.

Councils are now allowed to host ceremonies on any of the three days before or after January 26.

Mayor Chris Cherry said hosting Tweed’s Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony a day before the public holiday allowed invited guests to attend last Thursday’s event and then spend Australia Day with their family and friends.

It also saved council with costs by not having to pay staff overtime for working on a public holiday.

Tweed Councillor Nola Firth said that it was a win, win situation to have the awards and citizenship ceremony on a different day.

“While I personally believe Australia Day should be on another day than the one where Captain Arthur Phillip arrived and took possession of what was in fact Indigenous land, the timing of the citizenship ceremony, of which there are many during the year, was not intended to create controversy,” Ms Firth said.

Ms Firth said community members could still celebrate Australia Day as they wished on January 26, but it also allowed the award ceremonies to be held on a day which wasn’t so contentious to some people.

A girl with an Australian Flag for tweed's Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Councils now have more control over what they do for Australia Day

Meanwhile, Byron Shire Council, did not host any Australia Day celebrations or ceremonies this year.

Mayor Michael Lyon said council held the opinion quite broadly that there should be a different day to celebrate Australians, which is more inclusive.

“I think the way things are going, more generally in Australia, is to move away from having January 26 as Australia Day and certainly in this Shire we’ve felt that way for a long time,” Mr Lyon said.

Last year, Byron Shire Council held a citizenship ceremony on Australia day, but this year it was moved to January 29.

The Byron Shire also did not hold an Australia Day awards ceremony to celebrate its community members.

In 2022, it decided to celebrate its citizens or community members at a completely different time of the year, which now typically coincides with Local Government Week in August.

Survival Day was instead held again at Byron Bay last Friday, January 26, which celebrated the survival of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.

Arakwal Bundjalung people of Byron, the Sisters of Reconciliation and the Cavanbah Reconciliation Group invited community members to the 20th annual Cavanbah (Byron Bay) Survival Day event at Main Beach, Byron Bay.

Thousands attended the event, which included Bundjalung and Djugun musicians and speakers who discussed the history of the British Invasion and colonisation of Bundjalung people.

Ballina Shire Council had no changes to its annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony with both celebrations held last Friday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

The shire’s ceremony started with a Welcome to Country by Bundjalung elder Aunty Julia Paden, followed by a special citizenship ceremony and the much-anticipated Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards.

 

For more Tweed Shire news, click here.

Continue Reading

Ballina Shire News

“Spare no expense”: Tamara Smith MP calls for further action to stamp out fire ants

Published

on

By

Fire Ants in Wardell

“Spare no expense”: Tamara Smith MP calls for further action to stamp out fire ants

 

Tamara Smith MP, Greens Member for Ballina, is calling on the Minister for Agriculture Tara Moriarty to take further action to eradicate red-imported fire ants in the Northern Rivers Region.

Fire ants were recently discovered by a local farmer in Wardell, just months after they were sighed in Murwillumbah further north.

Ms Smith is particularly concerned that construction materials, imported at increasing rates following the 2022 floods, have enabled more ways for fire ants to be quickly transported across long distances.

Residents who suspect they have seen fire-ants should call the Department of Primary Industries on 1800 680 244 or go to the DPI website for more information.

Fire Ants in Wardell

Tamara Smith MP is calling on Tara Moriarty to take further action to eradicate fire ants found in Wardell.

Tamara Smith MP, Greens Member for Ballina, said:

We must take urgent action to stamp out fire-ants and prevent a potential environmental catastrophe.

Since the floods, we’ve been transporting construction materials at record rates. That’s created a number of opportunities to spread fire ants across the region. It’s important that the NSW government inspects every post-flood inspection site to make sure fire ants have not spread further.

I’ve written to the Minister for Agriculture to express my concerns, and I will continue to raise this issue in Macquarie Street.

These ants can kill wildlife, kill pets, and devastate our local agriculture industry. We should spare no expense in stamping these ants out, or else we’re looking at much more expensive implications for the community down the road.

I’m confident Minister Moriarty will treat this issue with the urgency it deserves, and I look forward to working with the government on this issue.

 

For more local Ballina news, click here.

Continue Reading

Latest News

error: Alert: Content is protected !!
Verified by MonsterInsights