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Changes proposed for new Byron Bay bus interchange

Council has been working with the NSW Government on alternative designs for the proposed bus interchange for Byron Bay, with size of the interchange and its need to operate alongside the bypass being discussed at a meeting with the NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey and representatives for the Minister for Transport in Sydney last week. 

20 February 2018
Big surf but no major problems with beach erosion

Byron Council staff are monitoring beaches in the shire and checking for damage from the large surf conditions generated by Tropical Cyclone Geti.

Large and hazardous surf pounded the far north coast last weekend with a maximum wave height of 4.12m peaking at 6pm on Sunday evening (18 February 2018). 

Council’s Coastal and Biodiversity Coordinator, Chloe Dowsett, said despite the large waves Byron Shire beaches fared quite well although there was some erosion at New Brighton.

20 February 2018
What's your solution for infrastructure?

More than 50 people attended sessions this week to hear about the upcoming Community Solutions Panel and how community members and organisations could provide a submission to the panellists.  

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said he was stoked that so many people came and had their say.

16 February 2018
New traffic island on the way for Sunrise Boulevard

Work on a new median traffic island that will increase safety for motorists using the Sunrise Boulevard/Ewingsdale Road roundabout, will get underway on Wednesday (7 February). 

2 February 2018
New Community Panel to tackle big questions on infrastructure spending

What infrastructure spending should we prioritise, and how should we fund these priorities if the rates alone are not enough?

This is the question that Byron Council will put to a randomly selected group of 28 people as part of a bold new trust-building project called a Community Solutions Panel.

Byron Shire Council’s Mayor Simon Richardson said recent feedback from work on our Community Strategic Plan showed people had a general lack of trust and faith in the Council and wanted more community-led decision making.  

1 February 2018
Get in quick: free training and work experience program for young people

Applications are still open for a new training and work experience program for 17 to 24 year olds – but you need to get in quick.

The new vocational training and work experience program being run by Byron Shire Council in partnership with Byron Community College has extended its deadline for applications until mid-February.

1 February 2018
Council seeking briefing from State Govt on North Byron Parklands DA

Byron Shire Council is inviting NSW Department of Planning staff to brief staff and Councillors about the development application (DA) for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands Cultural Events site for events catering for up to 50,000 patrons. 

The DA, which is classed as State Significant Development by the NSW Government, is currently on exhibition for public comment.

25 January 2018
School's back: put children's safety first when parking

Parents dropping off and picking up children at school are reminded to use the designated school parking areas to maximise safety for the entire school community.

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment & Economy, Shannon Burt, said parking officers will be at local schools next term, issuing warnings and fines.

“Staff were at several schools prior to the school holidays improving safety awareness amongst drivers on where they could and couldn’t park during school drop off and pickup times.

25 January 2018
Short closure to Mullumbimby’s Federation Bridge to allow for repairs to flood gauge

Mullumbimby’s Federation Bridge will be closed to traffic for three hours on 14 February so the flood gauge can be repaired.

The flood gauge is important because it gives people a clear indication of the level of flood water and this allows people to make important decisions about the potential impact on their properties or access to their homes.

24 January 2018
Byron Shire Council’s new ‘Road Patrol’ coming to a street near you


Mr Gainger will inspect the new Road Patrol truck at the Byron Shire Council depot in Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, at 1.30pm on Wednesday 24 January 2017.

Byron Shire Council recently introduced a new “Road Patrol Service” to allow for a faster response to fixing potholes and other problems on local roads.

23 January 2018