Ballina Council briefs

Extra units knocked back

Ballina Council has been told by the NSW Housing Minister that an application by the Ramada Hotel developers for an additional five units in the proposed six-storey building has been turned down. The Minister said the number of car parking spaces was inadequate to support the proposal.

The Ramada Hotel already has planning approval for 110 suites, 11 commercial/retail premises and car parking on two levels.

Lake Ainsworth in the spotlight

Ballina Council will decide today (Thursday, February 23) whether to follow up its public consultation program on the Lake Ainsworth Master Plan with a public forum on the lakes future.

The plan has already drawn 94 community submissions raising issues about road access, open space, car parking, lake health, economic impacts, the affect on the caravan park, safety and residential amenity.

Ballinas B Ward Committee has recommended a planning committee meeting open to the public be held to discuss the plan.

Alcohol ban spreads

Alcohol bans in Lennox Head parks and reserves have been so successful that police have recommended Ballina Council ban alcohol in all of its parks and reserves from 10pm to 7am.

Council staff say the ban will have little impact on the general community but means police can act quickly if public drinking problems arise.

Council will vote on the recommendation today.

Give us your garbage

Ballina Councils northern garbage tip is in the process of being closed down, but Council workers discovered they needed more landfill so it could be properly capped over to stop pollution. In order to meet a Department of Environment and Conservation deadline for the tip closure, Ballina invited other councils to the party. Around 26,000 tonnes of waste has been brought in from Lismore, Richmond Valley, Byron and Clarence Valley councils.

It is expected the northern tip area will be capped off by the end of April, and waste will then be tossed into the southern tip extension. The new extension is expected to open in June, with waste likely to be baled and stored during the interim period.

Houghlahans Crk Rd remains closed

Ballinas roads copped around $350,000 worth of damage in the January 19 storm.

While most problem areas have been repaired, the Houghlahans Creek Road culvert, which was entirely washed out, is expected to remain closed for months.

Replacement of the culvert involves meeting DPI requirements for a fish passage, which will add to the cost and complexity of the replacement. Council staff say a small bridge may even be required, rather than a piped culvert. State and commonwealth funding options will be sought.


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