Ballina 2035 - Ballina Major Regional Centre Strategy

Ballina has been identified as an emerging regional centre through the New South Wales State Government’s Far North Coast Regional Strategy. This acknowledges the fact that Ballina can expect growth and change over the next 20 years.  Change is expected due to factors such as improved transport links to a rapidly growing South East Queensland and to Ballina’s thriving regional airport.

Ballina Shire Council is preparing the Ballina Major Regional Centre Strategy in order to guide this growth in a way that maximises opportunities, whilst at the same time preserving the things about Ballina that are important to the community. The focus for the strategy is the identification of key policy and planning related initiatives that can define and drive Ballina as a regional centre into the future.


Ballina2035 Strategy


Ballina2035 Progress

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OPEN SPACE & HEALTHY LIVING

A1.6
POP DENISON REGIONAL PARK

Timing: 2017 (stage 1)
Budget: $350,000
Provide a major regional park facility at Pop Denison Park, in accordance with the Pop Denison Park Master Plan.


A1.1
CAPTAIN COOK PARK

Timing: 2017 (stage 1)
Budget: $150,000
Provide embellishment of foreshore open space, incorporating improved amenities, landscaping and boating facilities.


A1.4
ANGELS BEACH TO SHARPES BEACH COASTAL RECREATIONAL PATH

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $1.8million
Extend the coastal recreational path in the East Ballina and Skennars Head localities.


A1.5 & C2.5
CULTURAL WAYS INTERPRETIVE SIGNAGE

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $140,000
Provide acknowledgement of Aboriginal cultural heritage through education and information signage on the coastal recreational path in the vicinity of the East Ballina Aboriginal Place.


A2.3
OPEN SPACE DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTIONS PLAN REVIEW

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $35,000
Review open space and community facilities planning and establish a revised framework for contributions towards these facilities by development.


A2.1
MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY USE OF PUBLIC LAND

Timing: 2017
Budget: N/A
Review Council policy and regulatory procedures to ensure that appropriate management arrangements are in place to encourage appropriate community use of public land.


A2.2
FACILITATE POP-UP ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES AT KEY LOCATIONS WITHIN THE OPEN SPACE NETWORK

Timing: 2017
Budget: N/A
Review Council policy and regulatory processes to facilitate appropriate entrepreneurial use of public land in key locations.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

B2.3
ANGELS BEACH DRIVE UPGRADE

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $2.5million
Enhance the function and safety of the local road network.


B2.4
ACCESSIBLE AMENITIES - TAMAR STREET

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $250,000
Provide for enhanced amenities in the Ballina Town Centre, inclusive of accessible areas and components for persons with a disability.


B2.6
TRANSPORT LOGISTICS FACILITIES

Timing: 2016
Budget: n/a
Enable the development of transport logistics infrastructure and facilities to leverage Ballina’s strategic transport advantages (associated with the airport and highways).


B3.1
PLACE ACTIVATION

Timing: 2017
Budget: $20,000
Engage in active place making and CBD activation by facilitating a range of pop-up infrastructure and activities to support the vitality of the CBD.


B1.1
ESTABLISH ONGOING OPEN DIALOGUE WITH BUSINESS TO IMPROVE COUNCIL-BUSINESS RELATIONS

Timing: 2017
Budget: N/A
Maintain ongoing lines of communication between Council and local business through community connect and regular liaison with local chambers of commerce.


B1.2
REDUCE THE REGULATORY IMPACT OF COUNCIL REGULATIONS ON LOCAL BUSINESS

Timing: 2017
Budget: N/A
Community engagement with local businesses to identify measures to reduce the impact of Council’s regulatory activities, as part of the economic development strategy project.


B3.1
STREET FLAT AND BANNER PROJECT

Timing: 2017
Budget: $8,000
Work with an artist and local communities to design and install street banners and flags for the shire’s towns and villages.


B4.3
MAINTAIN PRESSURE ON NBN CO AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR DELIVERY OF HIGH SPEED BROADBAND TO BALLINA

Timing: 2017
Budget: N/A
NBN Co. has commenced preliminary stage project delivery of high speed broadband to Ballina and other urban localities in Ballina Shire.

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CHARACTER, CULTURE AND AMENITY

C1.2
EVENTS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

Timing: completed 
Budget: n/a
Streamline and improve Council assessment and approval processes to encourage participation in local community festivals and events.


C1.7
KOALA MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Timing: completed
Budget: $80,000
Establish a framework for managing the local koala population in the shire, part of which is considered to be of national significance.


C2.1
ROUNDABOUT PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS

Timing: 2017
Budget: $30,000
Work with an artist to design, fabricate and install public art scupltures on two CBD roundabouts.


C3.4
INTERPRETATION OF THE MV FLORRIE

Timing: 2017
Budget: $10,000 (+ volunteer work)
Recognise and promote maritime heritage values.


C4.3
E ZONE REVIEW

Timing: 2019
Budget: $60,000

Identify and apply suitable zoning to land to recognise and manage environmental features in the shire.

Preparation of a Disability Inclusion Action Plan to assess and improve the accessibility of public buildings and infrastructuresion Action Plan to assess and improve the accessibility of public buildings and infrastructure.

 


C1.4
DISABILITY INCLUSION ACTION PLAN

Timing: 2017
Budget: N/A

Preparation of a Disability Inclusion Action Plan to assess and improve the accessibility of public buildings and infrastructure.

 


C1.4
CHANGING PLACES FACILITY

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $220,000

Construction of an accessible public toilet which includes two ambulant toilets, one accessible toilet and one fully compliant ‘changing place’ which is an adult sized change table and hoist to meet the needs of people with severe and profound disabilities.

 


C3.1
PIXEL THE PAST HERITAGE PROJECT

Timing: 2017
Budget: $30,000

Coordinate the creation of digital stories by students and members of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society that reflect local heritage.

 

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COMMUNITY FACILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE

D1.2
INDOOR SPORTING FACILITY

Timing: 2019
Budget: $8-$9million
Provide for an indoor sporting facility to cater for a variety of sports in Ballina, possibly through a joint venture with the Department of education on the Ballina High School site.


D1.6
BALLINA POOL REDEVELOPMENT

Timing: 2017
Budget: $4-6million

Upgrade the Ballina Pool to provide an improved aquatic facility.


D2.8
AIRPORT TERMINAL EXPANSION

Timing: 2017
Budget: $5.5million
Upgrade the departure lounge and other infrastructure to cater to the growing demand for air transport in and out of Ballina.


D3.1 
HARBOUR MASTER PLANS

Timing: 2017
Budget: $130,000
Prepare master plans for the Martin Street and West Ballina Trawler Harbour sites to encourage investment in enhanced marine infrastructure.


D3.3 & C1.1
MARINE RESCUE TOWER

Timing: COMPLETE
Budget: $2.3million
Provide a new marine rescue facility along the northern breakwall in Ballina to support maritime activity and emergency management.

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ENVIRONMENT

E2.1
TREATMENT PLANT UPGRADES and RECYCLED WATER

Timing: 2016
Budget: $85million incl associated sewer system upgrades

Upgrade the sewer network to cater for future growth and enable the supply of recycled water to residents, business and industry and community infrastructure.  

E2.2
SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATIONS

Timing: ongoing
Budget: $1.5million

Install solar panels in association with Council assets to increase production of renewable energy and reduce energy costs.

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HOUSING

F1.5
HOUSING RESILIENCE INVESTIGATIONS

Timing: ongoing
Budget: $25,000

Explore options for housing types and building methods that may provide for enhanced resilience in relation to flooding and predicted sea level rise impacts.

Ballina2035 Community Engagement

This strategy is founded on comprehensive community engagement involving the following:

Futures Forum
Council held an evening discussion forum at the commencement of the project, involving 47 randomly selected members of the Ballina community. The forum sought to establish community views in response to the following: What does Ballina becoming a major regional centre mean for our community? What are the opportunities it could create? What are the challenges which need to be considered?
 
Civic Panel
The Civic Panel, comprising 14 community members from the Futures Forum participants, has met at key stages during the project to provide feedback and act as a community “sounding board” to the project’s progress.
 
Staff Forum
18 Council staff members representing all groups within Council were invited to a discussion forum where the same questions from the Futures Forum were considered.
 
Interagency
Government Forum
Council held a Forum for representatives of Government agencies to meet and discuss views of various agencies within the context of a strategic plan for the future of Ballina.
 
Presentations to
Community Groups
Council invited 24 community groups to engage with members of the project team via various means. Eleven of these groups have participated in the project. Project team members gave presentations and invited open discussion and mapping of concerns, experiences and aspirations to directly feed into the project.
 
Presentations to Schools
To gain youth input in to the project, local schools were invited to receive a brief presentation from the project team to facilitate student input in terms of their experiences and thoughts for the future of Ballina. Three schools participated, with students from years six and ten engaged in an interactive workshop. A series of maps were made using the sMap social mapping tool through this process. Council’s Youth Council was also consulted and has had input in to the project.
 
Newspaper Articles
Articles (six in total) which gave the community background to the project’s progress and invited thought on key issues were written and published over a six week period in the Ballina Advocate. The process instigated letters and emails to Council, and stimulated the use of the sMap and Instagram tools.
 
Creative Workshops
There were four workshops of 2.5 hours each held, targeted at grandparents and grandchildren or older residents and their younger friends or relatives, which were designed to bring generations together to share experiences of the Ballina community and what participants like about living in Ballina, through paver-based art. Following the workshops, the pavers were fired and have been incorporated into the Wigmore Arcade redevelopment, providing a durable record of what is important about our community to different generations. Approximately 60 people were involved in these workshops.
 
sMap
Ballina Shire Council was the first organisation in Australia to use sMap, which is an interactive online mapping tool with which community members are able to map points of interest and post comments and suggestions for Ballina’s future. A total of 62 maps were produced with over 500 points of interest plotted using sMap.
 
Instagram
Council set up Instagram hashtag - #ballinafuture and asked that people tag photos they have of what they like, or dislike about Ballina, or tag photos of what they would like to see in Ballina in the future.
 
Facebook
 Council utilised the social media platform Facebook to notify and engage with our community. The ‘Ballina2035’ Facebook page received over 750 page ‘likes’ and 92 ‘comments’, with over 11,000 people ‘reached’ through the platform.
 
Stage 1 Public Exhibition
Council exhibited reporting and information based on the community engagement undertaken to seek further feedback prior to preparing this strategy document. The exhibition information included: Context Information; Strategic Question Sheets; Background Report; and Technical/Specialist Studies. Industry Peer Review Panel – In association with the finalisation of the draft strategy, Council established an Industry Peer Review Panel to review the proposed strategy approach and actions, with a view to providing critical feedback and additional ideas on the delivery of the strategy objectives from an industry perspective. The purpose of the panel was to provide an industry based testing point for approaches and ideas to support practical and innovative preparation and implementation of Ballina 2035.
 
Stage 2 Public Exhibition
Council publicly exhibited a fi nal draft strategy, inviting further community feedback, between December 2015 and February 2016.
 
Traditional Media
Additional to the above, conventional advertising (through local media), media releases and Council’s own community publication (“Community Connect”) have been utilised to raise community awareness of the project.

Ballina2035 Project Publications


Further Information

 

Contact Council's Strategic and Community Facilities Group, Ph 6686 1284.

  visit the strategy facebook page facebook.com/Ballina2035

  #ballinafuture

 

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