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Ballina, New South Wales
Ballina is a town and Local Government Area on the North Coast, New South Wales, Australia. Located on the Pacific Highway, Ballina (named after the Irish town of Ballina), was established on the northern shore of the Richmond River near Cape Byron, Australia's most easterly point, in the 1840s. Ballina boasts some of the most beautiful surfing beaches and picturesque headlands on the east coast of Australia.
Ballina has a sister city agreement with its Irish namesake.
The Richmond River and its estuaries abound with marine wildlife and for many years has remained a favorite of fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike.
Ballina Shire encompasses a large area of the North Coast, including the hinterland village of Alstonville and the seaside town of Lennox Head. The population of the Ballina area is estimated at 37,000. At its current rate of growth, Ballina's population is expected to reach 46,000 by 2006 and is fast becoming the growth centre of the region. There are three high schools, four primary schools, a hospital and aged care facilities.
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