The Role of Council Rangers
When out and about Council Rangers are quite often the face of the Ballina Shire Council. They are often approached and asked for information by members of the community and visitors regarding Councils activities and general local information.
The Ranger team works a rotating roster with a mixture of hours from early mornings to late evenings including public holidays.
The Rangers are also on call to ensure the Shire is served by its Rangers 24 hours a day. The Rangers are on call after hours for emergency matters only. These include public safety issues such as stock on public roads and serious dog attacks.
For after hours calls please contact Council's After Hours Monitoring Service on 6626 6954.
The Rangers have a broad range of duties to conduct on behalf of Council and include such things as parking patrol, animal control, illegal waste dumping, general environmental protection and public safety and order, including the movement of stock from public roads and road reserves.
Much of the work done by rangers results from requests from members of the community and often involves an investigation. In attempting to find solutions, our rangers attempt to help the community as a whole.
The Rangers ensure that a balance is provided to enable consistency in law enforcement to keep people safe as well as maintain the enjoyment of the local area and lifestyle for people within the community.
Duties Carried Out by the Ranger Team
- Lifetime registration of companion animals (dogs and cats)
- Collection and impounding of roaming/straying dogs
- Barking dog management
- Missing and found animal register and management
- Dangerous dog and restricted breed dog management
- Dog Attack investigation
- Management of animal shelter, 61 Piper Drive, Ballina
- Notices and Orders issued in accordance with Companion Animals Act 1998 and Companion Animals Regulation 2008
Routine patrols of public land and facilities to monitor and regulate:
- Illegal camping
- Beach Patrols including 4WD permit checks
- Littering and illegal waste dumping
- Public signage enforcement
- Movement of people from prohibited areas
- Conduct on-street parking enforcement of time restricted areas in the CBD's of Ballina, Lennox and Alstonville
- Conduct general parking enforcement such as no stopping, no parking, bus zones throughout the Shire
- Conduct school zone parking program and enforcement of all school zones within the Shire
- Management of straying stock on public land and impounding of stock if required
- Abandoned vehicle inspections and impounding if required
- Management of overgrown allotments in unhealthy and unsafe condition (likely to be harbourage for vermin) in urban residential areas
- Provide education and information to the community on a range of Council matters
- Prosecutions, evidence and preparing briefs for Court
- Provide talks to school groups and community organizations on ranger activities, in particular good dog management
- Investigate general complaints to council from the community
- As Authorised Officers of Council, issue penalty infringement notices (on-the-spot fines), or issue formal warnings for non-compliance of matters or issue formal warnings
- Member of the Regional Companion Animals Committee
- Liaise with the Livestock, Heath & Pest Authority on wild dog issues in the Shire
- Liaise with the NSW Police on matters such as abandoned vehicles, illegal parking, stock management and dog attacks as required