Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Transfer Mooted

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Transfer Mooted

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Byline: REBECCA LOLLBACK rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au

THE debate whether Evans Head should become part of the Ballina Shire could be re-ignited as part of the current local government review.

In the past, some residents of Evans Head have asked Ballina council to write to the Minister for Local Government requesting that the town be taken out of the Richmond Valley local government area and brought into the Ballina Shire.

It was not supported by the council at that time.

But now Richmond Valley has been slated for amalgamation with Kyogle, in a report from the Independent Local Government Review Panel.

Ballina Shire Council staff, in a report to councillors this week, said the recommendation to amalgamate those two councils again raised athe issue of Evans Head / Woodburn and the nexus with Ballina Shirea.

aFrom a location and access perspective, it would appear to make more sense to have the coastal areas of Richmond Valley consolidated with Ballina Shire, as Ballina is already dealing with issues such as beach management, surf lifesaving, etc that would be similar in both locations,a the report states. …

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