TOP TOWN: Alstonville's Esma Johnston, Norma Gray and Dorothy Crawford share memories at Crawford House Museum while George Hobbs shows off his 1954 FJ Holden. INSET: Lois Hennes airs her views about the town.
TOP TOWN: Alstonville's Esma Johnston, Norma Gray and Dorothy Crawford share memories at Crawford House Museum while George Hobbs shows off his 1954 FJ Holden. INSET: Lois Hennes airs her views about the town. Ballina Shire Advocate

Locals asked for input on Alstonville's future

BALLINA Shire Council is calling on Alstonville locals to have their say on the town's future direction.

Council is creating a strategic plan, which will determine how the area grows over the next two decades.

They are asking residents to detail the town's top attributes and bring forward ideas on which areas need improvement.

Raised at Tregeagle and now living at Tuckombil, Lois Hennes will add her suggestions to the mix.

With interests in community involvement, Lois believes Alstonville needs a purpose-built community centre.

"The current facility is more of a sports centre than a community hall," Lois said.

"Certainly we need a facility that is in character with the village - that people can easily access to do more group work together."

Lois conducts fashion project sessions at Crawford House Museum for people with basic sewing skills who might want to re-fashion much-loved clothes or engineer something really special.

"Having worked in the arts industry for most of my life, I now volunteer to curate various exhibitions for the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society at Crawford House Museum," Lois said.

"I also continue my passion as a pattern engineer with an online business. The museum is a great community research facility with many locally researched publications for sale.

"The council purchased the house from the Crawford family. It has a significant collection that I curate alongside local residents' input and artefacts linking the past with the present. The museum has such a lot to offer the community, particularly in the area of family history."

To share views about Alstonville and how it should progress, visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au and follow the link to the Alstonville 2036 project to complete a survey.

A separate strategic plan will be prepared for Wollongbar starting later this year.


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