Economic Development Liaison
Businesses seeking information regarding business opportunities in Ballina Shire, looking for support or clarification regarding Council policy and processes, and/or wanting to provide Council with feedback on businesses related matters are invited to contact Simon Scott, Strategic and Community Facilities Group, ph 6686 1284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballina Shire Economic Development Strategy - Opportunity - Innovation - Activation
- Council has prepared a draft Economic Opportunity, Innovation and Activation Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to:
- Identify the key drivers and opportunities for economic development in Ballina Shire and the Far North Coast region;
- Consider national and international economic contexts driving economic change in the region;
- Set out Council’s vision and role in economic development; and
- Identify actions that Council will pursue to support opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation over the next 10 years.
The development of the strategy was based on consultation with local businesses and key industry groups initially through a series of workshops and an online survey, following the release of a discussion paper.
Draft Economic Development StrategyThe draft Strategy is on public exhibition from Wednesday 8 November 2017 until Friday 19 January 2018. Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager, PO Box 450, BALLINA NSW 2478.
The paper can be downloaded here:
Council has prepared a discussion paper to provide information relevant to the development of the strategy and to encourage discussion to support the project.
The paper can be downloaded here:
To access a broad range of economic data relating to Ballina Shire and the Northern Rivers region, check out our Ballina Shire Economic Profile:
Future Growth and Development
Council undertakes strategic planning to guide the future development of Ballina Shire. Key strategies include:
- Ballina Major Regional Centre Strategy
- Ballina Shire Growth Management Strategy and a range of
- other shire-wide plans and strategies and
- local strategies and master plans.
For information regarding planned infrastructure projects, please refer to the works schedules contained in Council’s Developer Contributions Plans.
Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport
The Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport, owned by Ballina Shire Council, is the fastest growing regional airport in NSW and one of the fastest growing in Australia. Please refer to the airport website for more information regarding operations and growth plans:
Council Commercial Land Development
Ballina Council Commercial Services Section undertakes commercial property development, including the development of residential and industrial land and the management of commercial rental properties. For further information regarding these commercial activities:
- contact Council’s Commercial Services Section, Ph 1300 864 444.
Ballina Shire’s visitor information service provides a range of services to visitors and local tourist operators:
- discoverballina.com.au - information for visitors
- information for tourist operators
- Destination Management Plan for Ballina Coast and Hinterland 2014-2020
- Ballina Tourism Statistics
COMMERCIAL USE OF PRIVATE LAND
Commercial activities on private land (and buildings) may require a Council approval. Typically, commercial activities require a Development Approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. For information regarding the approval requirements that apply to your land and proposal, please arrange to talk with:
- Council’s Duty Planner, Ph 1300 864 444.
The payment of development contributions is often required when new businesses are approved. These contributions are imposed to assist the Council to deliver infrastructure, the need for which arises from new development, such as roads, car parking, water and sewerage, open spaces and community facilities. These plans also identify key items of public infrastructure that Council has committed to delivering, to advance economic opportunities in the Shire:
Businesses that involve food handling are subject to NSW Health regulations and regular food premises inspections undertaken by Council:
Many businesses have the potential to generate ‘trade waste’, liquid waste that has the potential to adversely impact on public health and/or the environment. Council has a role in insuring such waste is appropriately managed, in accordance with State Government requirements:
Hairdressers are subject to particular public health requirements:
Skin Penetration Industries
Particular public health requirements apply to activities that involve the penetration of skin, including: acupuncture, beauty treatments, body, nose and ear piercing, cosmetic enhancements, colonic lavage, tattooing and blood cholesterol and glucose measurement:
COMMERCIAL USE OF PUBLIC LAND AND FACILITIES
Commercial Use of Community Facilities
Council has a number of community facilities which can be hired for commercial purposes. For further information on the hiring of community facilities please see:
Commercial Use of Public Land
Events on Public Land
Footpath Dining and Street Vending
Sandwich Boards and A-Frame Signs
STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Australia Federal Government Support
The Australian Federal Government provides assistance to business including advisory services, grants and other assistance:
NSW Government Support
The NSW Government provides some assistance and support to business through the NSW Department of Industry:
NSW Small Business Commissioner
The NSW Small Business Commissioner provides support to businesses operating in New South Wales, including advice and mediation services:
page updated January 2018