The Ballina Coast and Hinterland Business Excellence Awards are about to kick off for another year and writing a submission may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.
Please be advised that the Ballina Visitor Information Centre will be closed as a result of a power outage on Tuesday 1 May 2018 due to Essential Energy carrying out upgrade works. The power outage will also impact telephone lines to the Centre.
The Centre will reopen as per normal on Thursday 2 May at 9am.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
The 2018 Ballina Coast & Hinterland Business Excellence Awards Program is about to kick off for another year!
The North Coast has achieved its highest volume of international nights and expenditure on record with 352,700 international visitors up 6.6 per cent on the previous year who stayed 3.9 million nights (+10.7%) in the North Coast and spent $242.3 million (+21.3 per cent).
This May, June and August, the Northern Rivers Region will be positioned as 'the must see destination' for well heeled Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle travellers. We will appeal to the target audience through a dynamic and digitally led campaign, offering unique experiences to help them 'get lost in the moment' during a Northern Rivers Escape!
Ballina Shire Council will recieve $880,000 in federal funding for the constructions of a coastal shared pathway from Skennars Head to Lennox Head.
The Ballina Visitor Information Centre is seeking Expressions of Interest from local producers so that visitors can engage with a Tasting Table in the Centre on weekends and then disperse into the region with an appetite for local food and beverage experiences.
Will your business be open on the public holidays over the festive period? Help our visitors and residents plan for a great festive season on the Ballina Coast & Hinterland this year and fill us (Visitor Centre team members) in on what's happening in your business.
There is always something fun to do during the school holidays throughout the Ballina Coast & Hinterland. Whether it is a day at the beach, visiting the various attractions, venturing into the hinterland or participating in activities there is something for all ages.
Download the SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY SHEET and assist visitors to plan their holiday!
As part of the Northern Rivers Flood Recovery campaign, National Geographic/HotelsCombined worked with Destination NSW to shot video footage for their '4 days away' series which is airing across National Geographic channels via Foxtel in Australia and the National Geographic channel via Sky in New Zealand.
Choice Hotels is hosting the âTravelGrammerâ competition where 20 up-and-coming Instagrammers from the travel/food sector will experience a different location within Australia from Saturday morning 18 November to Sunday afternoon 19 November, where one lucky participant will be staying at Quality Hotel Ballina.
The Regional Flagship Events Program is now open. The program was established to identify and support events in NSW that have the potential to act as 'cornerstone' or Flagship, tourism events for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long-term benefits to their region.
The Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre is seeking community feedback through a survey, to continue the successful implementation of its arts and entertainment program.
The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is launching four exciting new exhibitions on Thursday 27 July and is welcoming the community and visitors to join them in the gallery. We encourage you to inform your visitors about these upcoming exhibitions and support our local gallery and all the artists work on exhibition.
NAIDOC Week celebrations commence this Saturday, 1 July and everyone is invited to attend. NAIDOC is the abbreviation of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The week long celebrations provide an opportunity for all of us to reflect on and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal people.
Online travel planning is one of the fast growing uses of the internet, with a high proportion of consumers booking accommodation and tours online. Consumers now expect to be able to book and pay for travel products instantly, at the click of a mouse.
As part of the ongoing restructure of tourism across regional NSW, Adam Marshall, Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Member for Lismore Thomas George have announced that Lismore will be the location for one of the newly formed Destination Networks driving the visitor economy in regional NSW.
Destination NSW will conduct free webcasts, starting with Events Funding in June and July. These first Events webcasts will discuss how new and emerging regional events can apply for funding through the Regional Flagship Events Program. These live, free webcasts will be presented online by Destination NSW as part of the NSW First program.
Over half a million passengers have flown with airlines into and from the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport in the past 12 months. The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has just released the domestic aviation activity for March 2017.
Ballina Shire Council prepares documents to plan the future direction of our shire and to assist with our service delivery. Community consultation is a key element in preparing these documents. We encourage you to view the documents listed below and provide feedback via the feedback links.
Let your visitors know about the upcoming Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) exhibitions launch event tomorrow evening, Thursday 25 May at 5:30pm.
NRGC presents four exciting new exhibitions welcoming the community and visitors to join them in the Gallery.
Ballina Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from organisations to coordinate a skateboarding event between 1 July and 31 December 2017 and 2018.
Destination NSW has launched the What I Love About Holidays in NSW campaign, a program designed to inspire people to take more holidays in Regional NSW. Destination NSW invite you, as a valued NSW tourism stakeholder to participate in and support the campaign.
Ballina Shire Council has prepared the draft Ballina Marina Master Plan depicting a proposal to transform the West Ballina Trawler Harbour area into a multi-functional marina and public precinct over the next ten to 20 years and is now seeking your feedback.
The Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is the visionary long term document that provides the broader strategic direction for Ballina Shire Council. It outlines key outcomes the council, other agencies and the community will work to achieve over the next ten years.
The NSW Tourism Awards acknowledge and celebrate tourism excellence. This program rewards businesses that demonstrate significant achievement throughout the year. Ballina Visitor Information Centre encourage all Ballina Shire businesses to enter the Tourism Awards, let's officially make the Ballina Coast & Hinterland an award winning destination!
Council has installed a series of interpretive signs that recognise the Aboriginal cultural heritage values along the Ballina coastline. The Aboriginal Cultural Ways project has been a collaboration between Council, Jali LALC and Ballina Shires's Aboriginal community. The project has also been supported by the NSW Office of Environmental and Heritage and the Heritage Council of NSW.
Ballina Shire Council is preparing an economic development strategy to identify ways Council can support and contribute to economic activity in the shire over the next ten years.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has been appointed to the role of NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Assistant Minister for Skills.
The 2017 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards were announced at the official celebrations held in Lennox Head on Thursday 26 January 2017.
Forty-four nominations were received across the categories of Sports, Arts Cultural, Young Citizen, Senior Citizen, Community Event and Local Hero.
Ballina Touch Association have been successful in a bid to host the 2017 Junior Regional NSW Touch Football Titles this coming April.
This event will involve competitors in the U14-U18 age divisions (both girls and boys)
If you are hosting an Australia Day event or school holiday activity then please get in contact with the Ballina Visitor
The Ballina Coast and Hinterland region is known for far more than the ocean and surf. People love coming here for the laid back culture and friendly personalities,