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Community Development

Byron Shire Council is commitment to the provision of community services based on a shared vision determined through engagement with the community and which prioritise social sustainability. Council is committed to working in partnership with the community and relevant government departments to initiate and/or facilitate actions to meet local community needs and aspirations. Priority areas have been identified in various social and community planning documents.

Council’s Community Development staff work with the local community, agencies and government departments to respond to community based issues, and support the implementation of targeted projects and programs. Areas of operation include: Library Services, Community Safety, Recreation Planning, Volunteering Facilitation, S355 Committee Coordination, Byron Interagency, Public Art, along with the four priority areas listed below.

Byron Shire Council supports older people and people with a disability as well as their carers. We do this through supporting community development initiatives, engaging with the community, encouraging Council staff to take the interests of older people and people with a disability into account when planning services and developing strategies.

Byron Shire Council is committed to promoting mutual respect and harmony between Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in the Shire. Council employs an Indigenous Projects Officer whose overall responsibility is to promote Indigenous cultural awareness within Byron Shire by assisting with the development of Indigenous services and programs, and by developing closer links between Council and the Indigenous community.

Byron Shire Council supports children and families through the provision of child care including long day care, after school care and vacation care. We also provide links to other services such as child health services, playgroups and parenting support.

Byron Shire Council is committed to ensuring a good range of quality services and facilities for young people. Council employs a part time Youth Activities Coordinator and a part time Youth Activities Officer, supports its own Youth Council, supports workshops and activities and coordinates Youth Week activities. Council also contributes to a wide range of activities for young people throughout the Shire including coordinating annual Youth Week activities. In addition to direct services Council also provides two annual Grant Rounds and funds and/or provides support to local organisations and community groups.