With this year once again dominated by the impacts of COVID-19, it's a refreshing change of pace to look ahead to what will hopefully be a brighter year in 2022.
Applications are now open for Ballina Shire Council's Festival and Event Sponsorship Program for the 2022/2023 financial year.
This program is in its 11th year and has been a huge success for community festivals and events.
It offers event organisers the opportunity to apply for sponsorship from a pool of approximately $100,000 in funding.
Over the years this program has sponsored events such as the Love Lennox Festival, Alstonville New Year's Eve Family Festival, and the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open.
Applications for this round close on Friday 4 December 2021. To find out more visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/FestivalEvents.
We're also gearing up for another very special Australia Day. Nominations are now open for the 2022 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards.
There are seven award categories including Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Sports Achievement Award, and Environmental Award.
If you know someone who makes a significant contribution to our community please get your nomination in by Monday 15 November 2021.
For more details visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDay.
The much anticipated Lennox Head village central renewal is now underway.
Stage 1 of the Lennox Village Vision project began in September with early works consisting of cultural heritage investigations, undergrounding of power and stormwater services.
I will be excited to see this project take shape and hope our community enjoys the new amenities that it will bring, including an upgraded playground in Ross Park.
Until next time, stay safe and enjoy this beautiful part of the world we call home.
David Wright, Ballina Shire mayor