2016

Policy platform for Ballina Shire ( this platform will be updated weekly as from 31st July 2016)

 

community economy environment

 

 



 



POLICY 1

Improve community facilities and roads

GOALS

Increase amenities available for residents

ACTIONS

  • More funding for road repairs to reduce future costs of resurfacing
  • Plan and construct a commuter cycleway to Lennox Head
  • Replace the SLSC building at Lennox Head and improve funding and communication assets.
  • improve disability access throughout Ballina Shire

POLICY 2

Review Council's organisational structure and expenditure

GOALS

Improve resource allocation within Council

Progressively free up funds for infrastructure

Rate containment

ACTIONS

  • Independent review of BSC organisational structure
  • Let the private sector develop commercial and industrial property

POLICY 3

Improve footpaths, playgrounds, and green spaces

GOALS

Increase the use of public places and parks by residents and visitors

Retain and manage natural bushland areas

ACTIONS

  • More funding for footpaths, care for the safety of old people and children
  • Replace old facilities, especially playgrounds
  • Provide new playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQs and facilities
  • Regenerate native scrub remnants, wetlands and foreshores
  • Retain large fig trees in Ballina CBD
  • Develop a Street Tree planting policy

POLICY 4

Support Local Business

GOALS

Retain existing small businesses

Increase the number of local small businesses

Build local economies to make local communities economically sustainable

Support job security and  growth by encouraging new business to come to area and assist where possible for businesses to remain sustainable.

ACTIONS

  • Enhance retail precincts with cultural and artistic initiatives
  • Promote local economic development
  • Engage local businesses in developing strategies to revitalise our CBDs
  • Simplify compliance

POLICY 5

Promote and encourage sustainable agribusiness

GOALS

Nurture agricultural land

Encourage greater food production and value-adding

ACTIONS

  • Develop Sustainable Agriculture Policies
  • Develop a regional Bio-Char facility

POLICY 6

Work for a healthy Richmond River

GOALS

Improve ecological health

Procatively support Richmond River Action Group (Tamara Smith Campaign) and Shark watch.

Enhance recreational and tourism opportunities

ACTIONS

  • One management authority
  • Encourage riparian re-vegetation

POLICY 7

Coal Seam gas exploration and extraction

GOALS

No CSG mining or associated infrastructure in the Ballina Shire

Protection of the land, the water, and our rural communities

A renewable energy future and the protection of farmland

Promote 100% renewable target for Ballina Shire by 2030

ACTIONS

  • Support a moratorium on all CSG activities until it has been proved that it is not detrimental to our environment, our water supply, our farmland or local aquifers.
  • Refuse access to Council owned or controlled land to CSG companies
  • Not approve any activities associated with CSG
  • Support the community with policies that support a renewable energy future

POLICY 8

Indigenous inclusion, consultation and heritage

GOALS

Recognise, include and consult Ballina's indigenous population wherever possible in all functions and at all levels of Local Government

Extend and strengthen Council's current methods of indigenous consultation and reform these where necessary

Recognise, value and protect Bundjalung Heritage throughout the Shire

ACTIONS

  • Implement all protocols recommended by the Department of Local Government for recognition of indigenous interests and concerns
  • Establish comprehensive avenues for consultation with Ballina's indigenous population including a fully representative consultative committee to advise Council on all matters affecting their community and their land, including the selection of an Indigenous Liaison Officer
  • Set up an autonomous Indigenous Heritage Unit to be staffed by Bundjalung personnel in order to manage the conservation of indigenous heritage shire-wide
  • Support local participation annually in all nationally recognised days of indigenous recognition and celebration

POLICY 9

Local Government

GOAL

The retention, defence and strengthening of local government; we consider it to be a vital institution essential for grassroots democracy, enabling every community to have a direct say in the processes of government that directly affect their lives.

 

 ACTIONS

  • Strongly support the move for Australian Constitutional recognition of Local Government
  • Oppose all attempts by State Government to remove planning powers from Local Councils
  • Oppose any attempts by State Government to impose amalgamations on shires, and reject any proposal for amalgamating Ballina with neighbouring shires