BALLINA Shire Council are prepared for any influx of retirees heading to the beautiful Northern Rivers.
BALLINA Shire Council are prepared for any influx of retirees heading to the beautiful Northern Rivers. David Nielsen

Ballina prepared for influx of retirees

HAVE you thought of retiring to Ballina?

Because the beachside holiday town located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and renowned as the home of The Big Prawn is preparing for you.

Local council believes that an increasing number of older Australians will choose the area as their retirement home and they want to be ready for receiving.

"Ballina Shire, like much of Australia has experienced growth in the number of older residents," Ballina Shire Council Social Planning Coordinator Roberto Kenk told Seniors News. "(And) it is likely that Ballina Shire will continue to be an attractive location for older people to call home.

"There is an expectation that there will be increase in demand for services and infrastructure that meet the needs of older residents," he said.

But the Shire Council is ahead of the game and has already implemented processes that seek to ensure that new infrastructure will "meet the needs of our less mobile and older residents."

In fact, this beautiful small town already features an extensive network of shared pathways perfect for your mobility aids and scooter.

The region's capacity to deal with any influx of older Australians will be discussed at the Northern NSW Aged Care Sector Development Forum at the Ballina Surf Club next Monday.

FACTS

  • The official population of Ballina Shire as of June 30, 2016, is 42, 556.  (Source: profile.id.com.au/ballina/population-estimate)
  • Projections to the year 2036 show that Ballina Shire's population is expected to increase by an average of 1.1% per annum, to a level of approximately 56,200 persons.
  • Ballina Shire is approximately 770km north of Sydney and 210 km south of Brisbane.
  • The shire covers a total area of 480 square kilometres and boasts 32km of white sandy beaches and prominent headlands.
  • Major towns and villages include Ballina, Alstonville, Wollongbar, Wardell and Lennox Head. (Source: ballina.nsw.gov.au)

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