Final Balllina count for councillors is in

UPDATE 7am, Friday: FINAL counts for the new Ballina Council have been announced across all wards.

The following results are:

Ward A

Phil Meehan

Stephen McCarthy

Nathan Willis

Ward B

Jeff Johnson

Sharon Cadwallader

Keith Williams

Ward C

Ben Smith

Eoin Johnston

Sharon Parry

UPDATE: 12.15, Thursday: BALLINA Council's re-elected mayor David Wright said the news "still hadn't really hit home".

He was voted back into the top spot with 9922 votes, 1247 ahead of second place mayoral candidate Cr Jeff Johnson.

After three months of hard campaigning, Cr Wright said he celebrated with a little time out before getting back into community functions.

He said there were also plans for a thank you lunch for the people who helped him campaign.

The re-elected mayor said the priority now would be the induction of the five new councillors and hopefully creating a council team that could continue to provide the community with good infrastructure and sound financial footing.

He said the last term of council had been very successful in securing new developments and infrastructure for the shire.

"The last four years have been amazing," he said. "We'll open the marine rescue tower in a month or so, which has been 16 or 17 years in the making for me.

"We also have both swimming pools next year, which are complete rebuilds."

He said other exciting projects in the works included the internal expansion of the Ballina/Byron airport, the new North Creek road to the airport which would release 40 hectares of industrial land which could be used for upmarket industry to keep young professionals in the area and the development of the Martin St marine harbour and boat trawler harbour.

Cr Wright said the mayoral role had become a full-time job that required a lot of time and dedication, which he was happy to provide.

He said he was particularly excited to be mayor again when the new marine rescue tower is opened and operational.

 

Original: BALLINA Shire Council is the fastest growing council on the Northern Rivers.

It was recently identified in the NSW Government's Far North Coast Regional Strategy as a developing major regional centre.

The last term of council has seen progress and development on a lot of big projects including the marine rescue tower, the redevelopment of the Ballina and Alstonville pools, the coastal pathways, and expansion of the airport.

It's also home to the world's largest prawn (made of concrete and fibreglass), was the first place Charles Kingsford Smith's plane, the Southern Cross, flew over in Australia after its epic journey across the Pacific Ocean and is home to one of the famous Las Balsas rafts which were towed into Ballina by fishing trawlers in 1973.

The council first came to be when Ballina municipal and Tintenbar Shire councils amalgamated in 1976.

The footprint covers an area of 485kmsq with a population of more than 41,000.

The economy has come a long way from one that rested largely on cedar and timber to one that is based on building, retail, tourism, hospitality, agriculture and education.

Ballina has been the tradition country of the Bundjalung people for thousands of generations.

The first European settlers to arrive after 1840 relied on the ocean and the river for ships to transport timber and other produce.

From the 1970s and 1980s Ballina's demographic began to change significantly, which was largely from the arrival of a 'sea-change' population.

Ballina was recently identified in the NSW Government's Far North Coast Regional Strategy as a developing major regional centre.

Mayoral candidates

Ben Smith

 

Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Ben Smith
Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Ben Smith

As your C ward councillor for the last eight years, I've overseen our critical infrastructure, chairing the facilities committee and worked hard to make council more efficient through our internal audit committee.

We need a council that listens to the community, not minority groups.

We also need a council that delivers on core infrastructure, council needs to steer clear of fancy ideas and stick to doing the basics that council does best, this is how we keep rates affordable, not by words, but by action.

Lastly, We need to create new economic and job opportunities by developing the land around the Airport.

Keith Williams

 

Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Keith Williams
Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Keith Williams

Councillor Keith Williams is leading the Balance for Ballina team.

Keith is an experienced manager and advocate, trained in economics, but with a passion for community and the outdoors.

His priorities are:

  • Restore the River, dredge the Bar and North Creek, and rebuild the marinas.
  • Address flooding without the excessive fill.
  • More support for our community and sporting organisations.
  • Protect valuable rural land, urban buffers and natural areas.
  • Grow our airport, without privatisation.
  • Ensure our rates are the lowest in the region.

Keith believes it's time for new leadership in Ballina. Leadership that's listening.

Sharon Cadwallader

 

Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Sharon Cadwallader
Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Sharon Cadwallader

We all love the Ballina region and the secret is out.

Ballina is growing, people love our lifestyle and are moving here in droves.

But where are the jobs that need to come with that, that give our children a future?

Where are the projects that build the social infrastructure that families need?

They are tied up in the red tape of council bureaucracy and group politics that values power more than people.

At this election vote for a better Ballina Shire, vote for a future for our families and to kick-start the projects that we all need.

Ray Karam

 

Ray Karam is running as an independent for the seat of Richmond.
Ray Karam is running as an independent for the seat of Richmond.

I am running for mayor and councillor because the Ballina community is asking for change.

We are in an era of great opportunity in the Ballina Shire and we need to encourage this growth balanced with care and consideration to how it can benefit the whole community and our beautiful environment.

Listening to people directly is the first step to achieving united community outcomes.

As a Ballina-based businessman and owner of Nourish I talk to dozens of people each day about their experiences and what they would like to see change.

As a father of five I understand the needs of parents and their concerns.

Jeff Johnson

 

Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Jeff Johnson
Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Jeff Johnson

It's time for new leadership and a generational change for council.

My focus will always be on initiatives that enhance our lifestyle and protect the environment. Some of the initiatives that I have championed on council:

  • Greater funding for footpaths and cycleways
  • Ocean Pool for Shelly Beach
  • Restricting three-storey McMansion development
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Shade sails for children's playgrounds
  • Community gardens
  • Street tree plantings
  • Indoor Sports Centre (four court joint venture)
  • No more rate rises I will not support another four years of rate increases as proposed by council staff.

Phil Meehan

 

Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Phil Meehan
Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate Phil Meehan

I recognise that council money = your money.

As your councillor I will lead actions on:

  • Council clean-ups reinstated; including a form of kerb-side pickup, free tip access and special provision for seniors.
  • Safer pedestrian crossing at West Ballina; looking after seniors, children and families before an accident occurs.
  • Full highway interchange at Cumbalum; motorists must be able to exit highway northwards and enter southwards.
  • 'Ballina' highway signage; significant, modern and attractive for both residents and visitors.
  • A children's bicycle and scooter track at Missingham Park.

David Wright

Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate David Wright
Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate David Wright

I am David Wright, the current mayor of Ballina Shire Council.

I am seeking continued support in the September Ballina Shire Council elections as mayor.

As mayor I have regularly attended over 50 local functions and meetings per month to recognise and consult with our community.

I will work with new and returned Ccouncillors to ensure Ballina Shire Council is 'Fit for the Future'.

I support planned upgrades to the Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport, opening of more industrial land, promoting tourism, business and a positive future for our youth.

Where people can vote:

What Ward locality do I live in?

A Ward includes Ballina Island, West Ballina, Ballina Heights and parts of East Ballina.

B Ward includes parts of East Ballina, Lennox Head, Skennars Head and surrounds

C Ward includes Alstonville, Wollongbar, Wardell and surrounds.

 

A WARD

  • Ballina High School, Swift St, Ballina
  • Ballina Hospital, Cherry St, Ballina
  • Emmanuel Anglican College, 62 Horizon Dr, Ballina
  • Empire Vale Public School, River Dr, Empire Vale
  • Southern Cross School, 2-40 Chickiba Dr, East Ballina
  • The Kentwell Community Centre, 20 Bangalow Rd, Ballina

 

B WARD

  • Ballina High School
  • Lennox Head Public School, Mackney Lane, Lennox Head
  • Newrybar Public School, 10 Broken Head Rd, Newrybar
  • Southern Cross School
  • Teven-Tintenbar Public School, 28 Fredericks Lane, Tintenbar
  • The Kentwell Community Centre

 

C WARD

  • Alstonville High School, 19 Cawley Cl, Alstonville
  • Ballina High School
  • Fernleigh Public School, 451 Fernleigh Rd, Fernleigh
  • Meerschaum Vale Hall Reserve Trust, Marom Creek Rd, Meerschaum Vale
  • Rous Public School, Rous Rd, Alstonville
  • Teven-Tintenbar Public School
  • Wardell Memorial Hall, Richmond St, Wardell
  • Wollongbar Public School, Simpson Ave, Wollongbar

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