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Yellow vests blazed the streets of Byron Bay

See more pics on the day on YouTube

Byron Bay town centre was awash with high viz yellow vests on the weekend with Byron Shire Council's first Beautify Byron Day.

Fifty eight volunteers enthusiastically showed up and hit Lawson, Fletcher and Jonson Streets planting over 700 plants and removing graffiti.

Mayor Simon Richardson was thrilled with the community response.

“The Byron Bay community spirit was once again inspiring.  We asked for help to get on top of our street plantings in Spring and the community leapt forward with support,” he said.

“It was a great day. The weather was perfect and the volunteer crews worked tirelessly from 8am until midday refreshing garden beds, removing countless stickers, oiling bins, picking up rubbish and getting rid of graffiti tags.

“On behalf of Council, a big thank you to everyone who participated. It was a proud day to be part of the ground swell.

“We had ‘older’ folks and ‘younger’ folks. Long time locals and newly arrived locals. The business community and Council.  It was a morning of working side by side with the goal of beautifying Byron.

“And to end the day, Fishheads Byron Bay fed everyone with a sensational BBQ in true Byron style of generosity and support.”

Beautify Byron Day was a first for Byron Shire Council.  It has been a goal of Mayor Simon Richardson for a couple of years.

“The timing was perfect for a quick spruce up as we head into our busy visitor months. The plants are in before the hot weather hits and will be fully established for the summer.

“The site of yellow vests dotted through the streets was very rewarding and I was constantly asked at the end of the morning … when’s the next one?

“We have plenty of sites and locations to work on.  Sign up to our e-news to find out about the next one at,” Mayor Richardson urged.

Special thanks and appreciation in support of the day go to Byron United Chamber of Commerce for helping harness volunteer recruitment and Fishheads Byron Bay for refueling the volunteers with a BBQ lunch.

Council crews will continue to water and mulch the revamped garden beds over the week and will also be top dressing the beachfront.

Thanks Beautify Byron volunteers – you did an amazing job. See more on the day on YouTube

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Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.