Celebrating and Promoting our Heritage Values

Council promotes the value of heritage in the shire through a number of activities. These include:

Annual Heritage Festival – Initiated by the National Trust, Heritage Festival is held nation-wide in April. Council, in partnership with community heritage groups, co-ordinates and promotes an annual programme of events throughout the shire.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery – Council supports the promotion of local heritage and culture through exhibitions by shire and regional artists held at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, in Cherry Street Ballina. This includes the annual NAIDOC Art Exhibition in July and various other exhibitions, where individual artists choose to interpret local heritage and history themes. Special Heritage Festival exhibitions are also developed by Council staff and exhibited in April.

Interpretive signage – Council promotes the shire’s cultural and environmental heritage through various forms of signage.

Working with owners of the shire’s heritage items and places to conserve heritage – To assist owners of heritage listed and other historic buildings in the shire, Council offers free heritage advisory services regarding technical advice on conservation options. To access this service telephone Council’s Strategic and Community Services Group on 6686 1284.

Heritage conservation and promotion grants – Local Heritage Fund – Council's Local Heritage Fund (LHF) provides financial support to owners or custodians of items and places in the shire that are subject to local heritage listing in Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) heritage schedule. While it is recognised that this schedule does not list all items and places that demonstrate heritage significance located throughout the shire, these items and places may be eligible for LHF funding. Should funding be granted to non-listed items/places, its acceptance would subject these items to local heritage listing as the LHF fund seeks to support the long term conservation of items/places of heritage value.

The Local Heritage Fund can also contribute toward heritage support projects which promote the heritage values and/or stories of heritage items.

The Local Heritage Fund operates on a $1 (Council) for $2 (the applicant) basis. Grants of up to $2000 are available. In some instances however larger grants may be given.

Heritage groups and museums in the Ballina Shire - Council works with a number of the shire’s heritage groups and museums to preserve and promote the shire’s heritage and history. Members of the public can contact these groups and/or access their collections/exhibits.

  • Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum

Regatta Avenue, Ballina (located behind the Ballina Visitor Information Centre).

Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm.

Admission by donation.

  • Crawford House

10 Wardell Road, Alstonville

Friday 10am- 4pm & Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Other days by appointment.

  • Ballina RSL Club Sub Branch Combined Services Museum

Ballina RSL Club Ltd., River Street, Ballina.

The museum is located on the ground floor of the RSL Club.

Open 7 days.

Guided tours of the museum can be arranged by phoning 02 6686 2544.

  • Blackwall Historical Society Inc  (For Wardell and districts) telephone Pat Carney on 0408 834 362.
  • Lennox Head Heritage Committee on telephone 02 6687 6412.
  • Richmond Tweed Family History Society Inc  at the Maritime Museum building, Regatta Avenue, Ballina.

Monday - 10am to 4pm

Tuesday - 10am to 1pm

Wednesday - 1pm to 4pm

First Saturday - 10am to 1pm

Other Saturday -10am to 4pm

Closed Public Holidays

  • Richmond Tweed Regional Library – Local History Room  on telephone 6686 1277.
  • The Richmond River Historical Society, located at 165 Molesworth Street Lismore, also holds files on the Ballina Shire local government area. For further information about the Society go to http://www.richhistory.org.au/index.htm
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