Introduction to Alstonville, New South Wales.

Located on the Bruxner Highway about half way between Lismore and Ballina, many visitors to the Northern Rivers region make a day trip to the Alstonville Plateau to take in the stunning views, and to visit popular local attractions like Amaze ‘n’ Place, Summerland House with No Steps and Teven Golf Course.

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Photo: Big Scrub remnant, Booyung Nature Reserve © Big Volcano Tourism

Atop the rich krasnosem soils which previously supported the “Big Scrub”, Alstonville and Wollongbar are communities serving a thriving agricultural industry and workers who commute to Lismore and Ballina.

In addition to the more conventional dairy and beef farming, macadamia orchards abound in the smaller villages, while bananas, peanuts, pawpaws, pineapples and other exotic and subtropical fruits are being successfully grown.

Motor Inns, B&Bs and farmstays are the primary accommodations available on the plateau, and in the smaller settlements like Tintenbar and Teven, which also boasts an excellent golf course.

A variety of day tours, river cruises and activities are available at Ballina.

Read more here: Alstonville, Wollongbar, NSW 2477

Lismore Community Panels kick off again in 2016

Ideas wanted as Community Panels scheduled again for 2016

Lismore City Council is looking for residents with enthusiasm and ideas from Bentley, Blakebrook, Booerie Creek, Bungabbee, Goolmangar, Fernside, Leycester, North Lismore, Rock Valley, Spring Grove and Tuncester.

IMGP0633_NimbinRocks_640 Photo caption: Nimbin Rocks © Big Volcano Tourism

Council has kicked off its Community Panels project again in 2 016 and is looking for people from these communities to help create a Community Plan of improvements and projects for these areas.  Council will then establish a Community Panel of local people to oversee the implementation of the action plan.

The Community Panels project started in 2015, with Council splitting the Local Government Area into seven localities. Four of these localities were visited last year, and Community Plans are now in place.

The final three localities will be visited in 2016 and the first locality is called ‘West’, containing the communities listed above.

Residents are invited to attend one of two upcoming Community Planning Days and bring along ideas for projects that beautify their villages, create a sense of community and belonging, or somehow make the community a better place.

“This is about grassroots involvement,” Council’s Partnering and Community Engagement Officer Lee-Ann Emzin said.

“Council facilitates creation of a Community Plan and establishes a Community Panel, but the inspiration and the follow-through has to come from the community itself. We are there to provide a framework and support people to come together and create positive change in their own communities.”

The Community Planning Days for the ‘West’ locality are as follows:

Planning Day One
Where: Rock Valley Hall
When: Saturday, 13 February
Time: 9.30am for 10am. Finish at 3.30pm.

NOTE:  Day Two location notified updated 8/2/16

Planning Day Two
Where: Goolmangar Hall
When: Saturday, 20 February
Time: 9.30am for 10am. Finish at 3.30pm.

Planning Day Two
Where: Caniaba Hall
When: Saturday, 20 February
Time: 9.30am for 10am. Finish at 3.30pm.

People of all ages and background are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Lee-Ann Emzin on 1300 87 83 87

Terra Sword | Media Coordinator | Lismore City Council
T 02 6625 0529 | M 0437 697 723 | http://www.lismore.nsw.gov.au
Lismore City Council acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we work.

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See also Big Volcano Towns : Lismore