The village of Billen Cliffs offers a peaceful place to
live. In addition to your own property you share ownership
200+ acres of natural habitat common lands
Abundant regenerating bush and wildlife
Social Space Community Centre & Cafe
(can be hired for private functions through EC, free for
community events/meetings w 7 days notice)
Arts and Crafts Building
(commercial leases available mains power, EC meeting
room and office)
Billen Hall solar project
Backhoe for internal roadwork
4WD fire truck and fire shed
Numerous dams and billabongs
9km of internal roads
The nearest General Stores are at
Cawongla and Wadeville.
Pre-School: Cawongla Playhouse
Larnook 4 km
Barkers Vale 12km
Rainbow Ridge Steiner School 15km
Several High Schools in Lismore
University/ Tertiary: Southern
Cross University, Lismore.
The above educational facilities are served by the buses
that come right to the community bus shelter at the front
Buses and transport
Be aware of bus times when driving in and out. They take
up most of the road and several accidents have happened
on Martin Road.
To Lismore, mornings: High school 7.45am
Primary School: 9.00am
To Nimbin: 8.20am
To Lismore, afternoons: 3.40pm or 4.20pm
Bruce Buses phone 6621 6559 - buses may not
run school holidays.
Car pooling and ride sharing are encouraged.
As well as the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and regular
EC meetings it is possible to hold village or community
meetings. Such meetings are usually informal and
unofficial but serve to allow the community to get
together and discuss issues and maintain communication.
They are a platform for group discussion on community
projects, solutions and improvement.
As village meetings are independent of the EC they can be
called by any resident for any time or place. The social
space is available as a venue at no cost provided at
least 7 days notice of meeting is given on the
blackboards. Writing notice of a meeting on a blackboard
ahead of time will allow more residents to know about the
meeting and have more opportunity to attend.
Billen benefits from the efforts of a number of
enthusiasts who meet weekly to reclaim commons from
lantana and other virulent weeds, plant trees and
generally keep the common property tidy and under control.
The NSW North
Coast Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee publish a Noxious
Weeds Guide and weed identification publications
are distributed by Lismore City Council. Both are useful
in identifying whats what on your block and what to give
Watch the chalkboards for tree plantings and other
Landcare activities you can get involved in...
Rocks and roads
The Rocks Committee is a subcommittee delegated the
responsibility for road maintainence and improvement.
The organisation of roadworks is the responsibility of the
residents of each of six 'hamlet' subdivisions within the
community, funded by the general community revenue.
Limited gravel is available from our own quarry for
Any building and excavation must be approved by the EC.
Steep slopes and land close to watercourses must be
treated with great care.
inform the Billen fire chief and write messages on
blackboards for neighbours prior to any burning off or
campfires, and observe total fire bans.
The threat of bushfire is very real and Billen Cliffs
Village has its own internal fire brigade which is funded
by the community and is a sub-branch of the Larnook Rural
Fire Service brigade.
All Billen fire people are RFS involved and we are well
equipped with a fire shed, hydrants and a Nissan 4WD fire
truck with a 650 litre tank and other fire fighting
There are a number of regularly slashed fire trails around
the Billen. Make sure you have an escape route planned in
event of a bushfire.
Further useful information for protecting your property
from bushfire can be found on the internet at
www.bushfire.nsw.gov.au or phone the RFS Information
Hotline on 1800 654 443.
If you see or have a fire out of control, the
Billen warning system is three
honks on your car horn, sounded repeatedly.
This will draw someones attention if you cannot contact
the fire chief or call 000.
Storms and flood
aware that after extended heavy rains the Martin Road
bridge can flood and become impassable by car.
Culverts near the A&C and Social Space can also
overflow during these very inconvenient weather events.
We've been known to have hail as well...
Make sure you have the SES
number handy by the phone.