My Community Project 2019 - public vote open 15 July 2019

Have your say on a worthwhile community project to be funded by the State government.

You can vote online at or at your local Service NSW Centre. For more information on how to vote, visit

There are 30 projects in the Ballina electorate and the ones that prove the most popular through the public vote will receive My Community Project funding. Details of these projects are provided below.


Application ID

Sponsor organisation

Project title

Brief description

Amount requested


Main Arm Upper P+ C Association

Sculpture + Bundjalung Language Playground

A sculptural playground that encourages children to engage in Bundjalung language in an integrated play + learning environment.

$    46,000


Ballina Shire Council

Wollongbar District Park Embellishment

Ballina Shire Council owns land in Wollongbar which is to be embellished as a district park.

$  198,000


Zero Emissions Byron Limited

Byron Bay Blue Carbon Initiative

Education & practical solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change & development through planting mangroves & conserving riparian zones, achieving blue carbon sequestration.

$  136,897


Byron Youth Service Inc.,

Teen Mental Health First Aid courses in all schools

Implement evidence based teen Mental Health First Aid program in all schools enrolling adolescents in the Ballina State Government Area

$  116,985


Arts Northern Rivers

Light Up Ballina - Ballina's Festival of The Arts

Placing art in significant places around Ballina, site-specific, Indigenous & non- Indigenous artists conceive visual-art works that connect us to Country.

$  180,000


Ocean Shores Public School

Enhancing Arts, Music and Cultural Participation

Upgrade the Community Hall, creating a bespoke space for arts/music, cultural and environmental programs for our students and local community.

$    83,217


Rous Mill Community and Memorial Hall

Rous Mill & District Memorial Hall Deck

To build a deck at the rear of Rous Mill Hall to provide additional areas for community gathering.

$    70,000


Alstonville Plateau Historical Society

'"Fenced In"

This project restores an extremely long picket fence to the ONLY publicly accessible heritage listed House in Ballina Shire.

$    27,280


Ballina Shire Council

Creative Lifelong Learning Programs at NRCG

1000Words Arts and Literacy and Boldsparks programs promote creative expression and social inclusion through arts and cultural engagement

$    80,200


Byron Shire Council

Byron Bay Japanese Taiko Drum Celebration

Free weekly Taiko drumming classes will bring people together to participate in vibrant cultural activities which celebrate diversity and multiculturalism.

$    64,060


Lismore Symphony Orchestra

Proms by the Beach 2020

A classical music event designed to break down barriers sometimes associated with classical music!

$    20,000


Tintenbar School of Arts Inc.

Tintenbar Hall Community Kitchen

Provide community/food producers access to a commercial kitchen by installing a stair case, verandah and renovation to Hall's lower level.

$    59,700


Northern Rivers Ukulele Orchestra Incorporated

Byron Bay Ukulele Festival

Byron Bay’s inaugural ukulele festival features a host of local and international acts. Held on Saturday 19th September 2020.

$    39,525


Ballina Shire Council

Pop Denison Park Master Plan

Project involves the implementation of the Pop Denison Master Plan which includes embellishments such as playgrounds and pathways.

$  187,000


Riding for the disabled association (NSW)

Don't Fence Me In

Install vital safety fencing to ensure safe access to all riding areas for as many disabled riders as possible.

$    35,074


Lennox Community Gardens Inc.

Raised garden beds for new community garden in Lennox Head

Construction of 30 raised garden beds in the shape of a leaf. To be used for growing of organic produce.

$    26,166


Lennox Head Community Sports and Recreation Club Limited

Improve disability access to our local community club.

Provide disability access to the club premises via automated doors, install shadeways between greens that include disability access from carpark

$    69,465


Rous Mill Recreation Reserve

Tennis Court Restoration

Replace clay surface on one tennis court with a lower maintenance synthetic surface to enable access to this community facility.

$    57,236


Friends of the Circus Inc

Roving Mini Circus/Flying Trapeze Rig for Community Kinship

Construct portable mini Circus/Trapeze Rig (Petite Rig), engaging children/adults of all skills and abilities to participate in circus skill development.

$    55,000


Northern New South Wales Local Health District

Ballina Coffin Club

Empowering the community to plan their own end of life experience - in the unique way of building their own coffin.

$    60,493


Suffolk park progress association

Suffolk Park Pump Track

Building an asphalt pump track in a vacant block adjacent to the existing skate park in Suffolk Park.

$  156,300


Byron Shire Council

Better acoustics for Mullumbimby Hall

Purchase of acoustic curtains to hang in the Mullumbimby Concert Hall to provide improved acoustics and sound insulation for concerts.

$    28,481


Alstonville Public School

I Saw the Sign!

This project involves the purchase and installation of a changeable, multifunctional LED electronic signage system for Alstonville Public School.

$    25,760


Empire Vale Public School

Empire Vale Unveiled

We will work alongside three internationally renowned artists developing art workshops to create artistic murals reflecting Culture - Environment and Community.

$    52,000


Mullumbimby Showground Land Manager (MSLM)

Bring the Camp draft back to Mullumbimby

It's been over 20 years since 'The Biggest Little Town in Australia' hosted Camp drafting events. Bring these exciting spectacles back.

$    80,070


St Vincent de Paul Society - Lismore Central Council

Home is where the ART is - Vinnies Homeless Service Ballina

Decorate fencing and walls of homeless day service in Ballina with Aboriginal mural and art by local artists and community.

$    25,000


Byron Bay Community Association

Women Matter Too

Supporting vulnerable and homeless women in Byron Bay by providing access to essential amenities and services for health and well-being.

$    33,530


Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Barefoot Law Community Legal Services

Practical legal advice at tradie’s rates to support people in making good decisions, delivered in the heart of the community

$    50,000


One Vision Productions Pty Ltd

Change the Track

We will better the Byron community through an alternative education institution to get youth off the streets and into work.

$  136,128


Ballina Shire Council

Installation of LED Sports field Lighting at Hutley Drive

Provision of new LED lighting on recently constructed sports fields to improve community usage

$  200,000


The Ballina Shire Council Community Donations Program is now open for the 2019/2020 fiscal year

Ballina Shire Council provides donations each year to local community groups. The programs are:

  • Community Donations - Financial Assistance
  • Capital Works Assistance for Sporting Groups

For policy guidelines and application forms see below:

Enquiries: Jay Ellis, Administration Officer, Ph: 1300 864 444.

Application forms for the 2018/19 funding are available on Council's website (search 'council forms')  or click on the links above.

These forms must be completed in order to be eligible for consideration.

  • Applications close: Friday 7 June 2019


  • The ClubGRANTS scheme is funded by gaming machine revenue from NSW clubs. This website provides information on the scheme and guidelines for applications. Projects are supported and decided upon by local committees.
  • The Department of Education and Training community grants programs include funding for groups involved in promoting community languages, education, Aboriginal community projects and programs assisting disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities.
  • The Multicultural NSW Grants Program provides funding for projects and activities that promote community engagement, build community harmony and social cohesion, and celebrate cultural diversity.
  • The NSW Environmental Trust offers grants for projects that involve rehabilitating or regenerating the environment, or promoting environmental education and sustainability.


Arts - Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants (‘Quicks’) offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.

Read more:

Local Sport Grant Program

Opens approximately June each year - dates change from year to year.

Send us an email if you would like to be notified when the grant opens.

Grass roots sports clubs are invited to apply for funding from the Office of Sport to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation.

The maximum amounts available are:

  • Sport Development - $2,000
  • Community Sport Events - $5,000
  • Sport Access - $5,000
  • Facility Development - $20,000.

The minimum amount available is $250 for all project types with the exception being for facility development which has a minimum request of $1,000.

Click here for more information and application guidelines





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