News

Melanie is our guest

SPECIAL GUEST: Olympic gold medallist Melanie Schlanger will be the special guest at the Ballina Shire Australia Day celebrations to be held in Alstonville on January 26.
SPECIAL GUEST: Olympic gold medallist Melanie Schlanger will be the special guest at the Ballina Shire Australia Day celebrations to be held in Alstonville on January 26.

LONDON Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Melanie Schlanger will be the special guest at Ballina Shire's Australia Day ceremony in Alstonville on January 26 next year.

Melanie was part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team which won Australia's first gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Melanie then went on to win two silver medals in the 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay, as well as placing fourth in the individual 100m freestyle.

Melanie will make a public address as part of the official welcoming on Australia Day.

The swimmer had to overcome plenty of hardships in the lead-up to the Games.

In 2009, she developed a glandular fever-like illness, which forced her out of the Australian trials and, eventually, out of the pool entirely.

Melanie was forced to announce her early retirement - a huge disappointment for her.

After a stint of social swimming Melanie soon realised she still held a flame for the sport.

Ten months into her retirement, with her health regained, Melanie made the decision to return to the pool.

Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright said Melanie was "a remarkable young athlete who has achieved extraordinary results at the 2012 London Olympic Games".

"She was very humble in her triumphs and is a stand out athlete on the Australian swimming Olympic team.

"Melanie, like most athletes, has had an interesting path on her journey to success and we look forward to hearing her story as part of the official address on Australia Day."

The official Australia Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 26, at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park, Wardell Rd, Alstonville, (next to Crawford House) from 9am-11am, followed by a free pool party at the Alstonville pool from 11am-6pm.



Five great things about Splendour

Festival goers sporting various fashions enjoyed themselves at Splendour in the Grass.

Five Splendour in the Grass highlights.

RACQ says good riddance to Wicked rubbish

TOO MUCH: A Wicked Van spotted in Byron Main Beach car park.

RACQ welcome State Government action on offensive Wicked Campers

Widow pleads to stop male suicides

CARING MUM: Nicole Astill and her gorgeous newborn son Henry.

Nicole learnt of her partner's suicide only hours after giving birth

Latest deals and offers

The best and worst bits of Splendour from our experts

The Amphitheatre received Flume with open arms and danced to his music on Sunday night.

The good, the bad and the plain weird

Splendour in the Grass’ inspiration and heart

Szymon Borzestowski’s album Tigersapp was honoured at Splendour in the Grass

Splendour's emotional tribute.

Five great things about Splendour

Festival goers sporting various fashions enjoyed themselves at Splendour in the Grass.

Five Splendour in the Grass highlights.

Elise's emotional exit from MasterChef quarter finals

MasterChef Australia Top 4 contestant Elise Franciskovic.

CAIRNS cook struggles after receiving letter from fiance.

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

Amberly Nelson, from Melbourne, posts for a photo with friends at Splendour in the Grass.

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at festival this weekend.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started