Ballina Council briefs

Rate rise gets the nod

Local Government Minister Kerry Hickey has approved Ballina Shire Councils application for a 7.92 per cent rate rise, which will come into effect on July 1.

Council asked for the increase to improve services and infrastructure. It will generate $396,000 per annum, which will most likely go towards surf life-saving, roads, rewriting the local environment plan, economic development and building surveyors.

General manager John Christopherson said he was pleased Councils application for the extra rate rise had been accepted.

Its all going to good projects that have the support of the community, he said. These are clearly identifiable jobs that would have been hard to finance from any other source.

Ferry charges fixed

Ballina councillors have dropped a planned fare hike designed to stem losses incurred by the Burns Point Ferry. They may have been influenced by a spirited public address at last weeks meeting by frequent ferry user Tony Ellis, who said higher charges would be devastating for South Ballina residents who use the ferry regularly. Councillors voted to leave base fares as they are and only impose a minor CPI increase.

Parking charges for airport

A pay and display parking system will be introduced at the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport but local residents will be able to get a sticker exempting them from the two-hour charge.

Charges will be $2 for two hours, $4 for a day and $8 for 24 hours.

The proposal will be put on public display for 28 days before being implemented.

Pay rise for councillors

Ballina councillors have awarded themselves the maximum annual salary increase, taking the average councillor wage to $13,980. The maximum mayoral wage of $30,520 was also adopted, with an allowance of $3000 set aside for the deputy mayor.


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