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Other considerations

Timing – the Byron Shire is fortunate to have a rich cultural fabric and this is expressed through many celebrations and events. There are some events, and peak tourist times, which attract more than double the residential population of Byron Bay and Council considers filming at these times of the year to be undesirable.

Acknowledging local Aboriginal culture – Byron Shire Council works closely with the local Aboriginal people from the Bundjalung Nation, and particularly the local Arakwal people. Council asks filmmakers to respect and acknowledge the local Aboriginal heritage, traditions and special places by consulting with the appropriate people where relevant. Council can facilitate contact with the local Aboriginal community.

Byron Shire Council desires the following acknowledgment to be made where any launch or speech in relation to filming in the Shire are made:

With respect I honour the traditional Bundjalung owners of the land where I am speaking today, their elders and their children, and I thank them for allowing me to be here”.

The policy “Filming on Council Owned and Controlled Land” outlines other considerations which need to occur:

  • Water and Waste
  • Security
  • Dangerous Materials
  • Night filming
  • Construction
  • Public liability and insurance
  • Risk Management