Keeping it local

THIS year’s Local Government Week will be held from Monday August 3 to 9 with the theme ‘Keeping it Local’ to celebrate the uniqueness of our local area.

Ballina Shire Council mayor, Cr Phillip Silver, said Local Government Week gives council an opportunity to promote awareness of council activities.

A community information session will be held at the recently-opened Ballina Community Services Centre at Treelands Reserve on Bangalow Road.

"At the conclusion of the information session we’ll also be hosting a morning tea, so come and have a chat with myself, my fellow councillors and senior staff,” Cr Silver said.

The community information session will be held on August 4, starting at 10am. Bookings are essential. Phone Tracy Lister on 6686 4444.

Meanwhile, council is calling on the shire’s youngest residents to enter one of the creative activities as part of Local Government Week.

There are three categories aimed at specific age groups, from preschoolers through to Year 12 students.

Preschoolers to Year 2 students can enter a colouring activity. Primary-aged students can design a postcard of their favourite place in the local community. High school students can write a short essay or poem on environmental activities they undertake at a local level to help reduce the impact of climate change.

All entries will be exhibited in the Customer Service Centre and Chambers, with book vouchers awarded in each category.

Entry forms are available from Council’s Customer Centre, libraries or the website www.ballina.nsw.gov.au

Entries close Friday, July 31.

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