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Photo David Nielsen / The Northern Star
Ballina aerial Photo David Nielsen / The Northern Star David Nielsen

FUTURE: How Ballina will meet population growth

GREATER access to public transport, providing more social housing and boosting employment opportunities across the region are the top priorities for Northern Rivers councils in the future.

From roads, employment to infrastructure, the Ballina Shire Council have identified their key regional priorities for the future.

1. Ensure our road network matches our population growth

Key projects include four laning the northern and southern entrances to Ballina including River Street from Kerr Street to the Teven Interchange and Tamarind Drive to the Cumbalum Interchange. This project also includes the duplication of Canal Bridge and Fishery Creek Bridge. Another major project is the North Creek Road connection from Lennox Head to Ballina including the reinstatement of the North Creek Bridge. This project will provide a direct connection to the Airport and the Southern Cross Industrial Estate for the northern end of the shire along with the adjoining Byron Shire. These projects are in Council's Strategic Roads Plan which is based on traffic modelling for the shire.

 

Work is about to start on the upgrade of River St, Ballina, between Grant St and Moon St.
Work is about to start on the upgrade of River St, Ballina, between Grant St and Moon St.

2. Further enhance the Southern Cross Industrial Estate to provide employment opportunities for all ages

This Estate adjoins the Airport, with 30 to 40 hectares of land available for job creation. Opportunities exist for this precinct to become an innovation centre for the region, especially as it adjoins the Airport.

 

AIRPORT ROAD: Ballina council has received a grant to build a road network to the airport, opening up more industrial land. Pictured is the end of Boeing Ave near the Ballina Homemaker Centre.
AIRPORT ROAD: Ballina council has received a grant to build a road network to the airport, opening up more industrial land. Pictured is the end of Boeing Ave near the Ballina Homemaker Centre. Graham Broadhead

3. Continue investment for infrastructure upgrades to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.

The current terminal upgrade is almost complete, with the next project being to strengthen and widen the runway to cater for new aircraft fleet as well as further expansion of the terminal. The airport provides a significant benefit to the regional economy and continues to be rated among the top ten regional airports in Australia.

 

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport which is presently undergoing a $6.9 million upgrade.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport which is presently undergoing a $6.9 million upgrade. Marc Stapelberg

 

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport which is presently undergoing a $6.9 million upgrade.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport which is presently undergoing a $6.9 million upgrade. Marc Stapelberg

4. Support our waterways

Continue to lobby the NSW Government to develop the Ballina Trawler Harbour and the Martin Street/Regatta Avenue Boat Harbour, along with dredging the Richmond River, to support our river and tourism industries and provide improved recreational opportunities.

 

The Ballina boat harbour
The Ballina boat harbour Conributed

5. CBD town and villages renewal

Council has always held the view that investing in CBD infrastructure has significant benefits for the local economy. We have had a continued program of works to beautify and renew each of the town and village centres across the Ballina Shire over many years. This program will continue into the future, with Lennox Head identified in the next four years.

 

Ballina CBD could be remade in the future.Photo Contributed
Ballina CBD could be remade in the future.Photo Contributed Contributed

6. Continue to provide sporting, recreational and community facilities for our growing population

The Ballina Indoor Sports Centre is nearing completion and council has recently commenced the Skennars Head Sports Fields expansion and the coastal shared pathway. Soon design work will start for the Wollongbar District Park. As population expands, so will the demand for enhanced recreational spaces.

 

TENDER AWARDED: Ballina Shire Council has awarded the tender for construction of the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre. Pictured is an artist's impression of the centre.
TENDER AWARDED: Ballina Shire Council has awarded the tender for construction of the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre. Pictured is an artist's impression of the centre. Contributed

 

Artist's impression of the Ballina indoor sports centre.
Artist's impression of the Ballina indoor sports centre.

 

Artist's impression of the Ballina indoor sports centre.
Artist's impression of the Ballina indoor sports centre.


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