News

Ballina mayor wants to raise bar

BALLINA mayor Phillip Silver will today call for a taskforce to be set up to deal with issues preventing the dredging of the Richmond River bar, North Creek and the trawler harbour.

Cr Silver said the "environmental and funding issues" needed to be solved, and quickly.

At today's council meeting, he will put forward a mayoral minute recommending council approve the formation of a taskforce, of one or two representatives from the Ballina Fishermen's Cooperative, the Ballina Chamber of Commerce and the mayor or alternate.

There is a "pressing need" for dredging, Cr Silver says.

He also said the silting up of the bar, trawler harbour and North Creek was an "immediate problem".

Cr Silver said environmental issues needed to be resolved in order to satisfy legislation, and that funding was also a problem.

He said neither issue should be underestimated.

"The issues of the current situation are well known: lack of access and danger of Ballina bar; fishing and pleasure boats have difficulty crossing.

"It is not uncommon for Tweed and Clarence fishermen to be fishing off Ballina whilst the Ballina fleet cannot get to sea."

Cr Silver said a "small group of key parties" should pursue the issue of dredging the bar, North Creek and the trawler harbour with relevant government agencies and ministers.

Topics:  dredging, north creek, phillip silver, richmond river bar




Speedy Service Centre replaces Ballina RTA

Artist's impression of a new Service Centre NSW

Well, you can't fault those wait times.

Jenny's last public function as mayor: stand up comedy

Jenny Dowell will be performing stand up comedy as her last public function in Lismore's top job.

Mayor: You have to be able to laugh at yourself

Forget fast food and pub grub - try Casino's new restaurant

Brian Conderan is opening a new restaurant at the Oxford Hotel in Casino called Top Deck.

"This town has never done this kind of menu before."

Latest deals and offers

New music: The legacy of the thunder

Artwork for Celtic Thunder Legacy Volume 2.

Anticipated follow-up album to the chart-topping Legacy, Volume One

Deborah Conway: A String of Pearls, after 25 years

PARTNERS IN MUSIC: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are releasing their latest album, Everybody is Begging (2016).

Deborah Conway celebrates 25th anniversary of release

GANGgajang brings new and old hits

STREETWISE: The band at the opening of GANGgajang Way in Bundaberg, Queensland, last year.

Iconic Aussie band returns to Lismore

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m