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SKENNARS HEAD INTERSECTION SET FOR UPGRADE

A two lane roundabout will be built at Skenners Head, to replace the existing intersection that joins the Coast Road and Skennars Head Road. Jointly funded by the state government and Ballina Shire Council – the project aims to improve safety and traffic flow. It’s one of several similar upgrades, soon to be carried out at blackspots throughout the Ballina and Byron Shires. (VISION ONLY)

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BIKE PLAN FEEDBACK SOUGHT

A network of bike paths could one day connect towns, transport hubs and shopping centres throughout the Ballina shire. That’s according to Ballina Shire Council’s 10 year draft bike plan, currently on exhibition. The document also details planned safety initiatives and the construction of additional cycle-friendly amenities including bike racks. To have your say, visit council’s website or your local library. (VISION ONLY)

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WRIGHT RE-ELECTED BALLINA MAYOR

Preference counting has confirmed Councillor David Wright will remain Mayor of Ballina. for another term A council stalwart – Wright received over 9,900 votes compared to closest rival Jeff Johnson’s 8,700. Meanwhile, Councillor Isaac Smith looks to be Lismore’s next mayor. Despite counting continuing, Smith’s taken to social media, telling followers ‘The wait is over. We did it!’ Smith’s thought to have edged out conservative rivals Greg Bennett and Neil Marks. (VISION ONLY)

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LISMORE & BALLINA MAYORAL RACES STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Lismore and Ballina’s mayoral races each remain too close to call. Councillors Isaac Smith and David Wright, remain the front the front front runners for the respective local government areas. Both, however, are waiting for preferences to be distributed before claiming victory. Elsewhere, Robert Mustow is Mayor of Richmond Valley, after rival Daniel Simpson formally withdrew last night. Mustow joins Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richrdson, who claimed victory on Saturday night. (VISION ONLY)

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BYRON BEAT GRAFTON, AVENGING ROUND 2 LOSS

One basket was all that separated Lismore and Ballina last night, during round 5 of Far North Coast Basketball’s Sunshine Conference. Elsewhere, 1st placed Byron Bay avenged their round 2 loss to Grafton, defeating the Vikings 81 points to 74. Byron’s sticky man-on-man defense hurt Grafton around the perimeter. Coupled with some powerful rebounding, it cost the vikings possession and points. At the other end, the Beez found the basket from the perimeter, as well as in the paint. Lismore now travel to meet Byron in Round 6. (VISION ONLY)

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PIONEERS PUSH THROUGH TO GRAND FINAL

Wollongbar Alstonville’s advanced to the Far North Coast Rugby grand final with a resounding 51-27 win over Ballina. Trailing 20 points to 19 heading into the break, the Pioneers lifted when it counted. Ben Damen, Matthew Wright and Simon Perkins were among seven players who found their way onto the scoresheet. The side’s incredible second-half performance, however, didn’t come without injuries. “We’ve got a lot of guys that came off today with icepacks on their hammies so, we’re going to have to look after our rehab.” Wollongbar Alstonville now faces an unbeaten and fully-rested Byron Bay outfit in next Saturday’s grand final. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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COMMUNITY GROUPS BENEFIT FROM CLUBGRANTS INITIATIVE

Alstonville Community Preschool and Ballina’s Hope Haven are among 100 community groups to receive a share of almost $400,000. Ballina RSL has donated the funds as part of its ClubGRANTS initiative, which supports local organisations, sporting groups and charities. “They do some great things, we’re happy to be able to support them financially, and it’s about connecting them with each other and recognising what they do as so important for our community.” Over the past ten years, Ballina RSL has given almost $4-million in cash and in-kind donations. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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BALLINA BEAT LENNOX IN FNCRU MINOR SEMI

In Far North Coast Rugby’s minor semi final, Lennox Head couldn’t catch Ballina, despite piling on 19 points in the second half. Leading 13-nil at half-time, the Seahorses doubled their total in the second to finish seven points clear on 26. Harry Bungate and Ryan Boardman each contributed a try to that total – Grant Knight kicked two conversions and four penalty goals. (VISION ONLY)

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