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Byron Shire Council’s Steam Team reducing chemical use in the community

Byron Shire Council’s Steam Team is putting the heat on Council’s commitment to eliminating the use of herbicides on all high use public lands with the purchase of a new steam weeder. 

The machine, supplied by Australian company Weedtechnics, is regarded as one of the best and most efficient on the market, and is being used to kill weeds in public areas in the Byron Shire.

18 October 2017
Get ready for a smooth drive on Broken Head Road

It’s long overdue but finally work to rebuild a badly damaged section of Broken Head Road will start next week.

The work will be done on 500m of road to the north and 40m south of the Midgen Flat Road intersection.

A 40m section of Midgen Flat Road leading into the intersection with Broken Head Road will also be rebuilt.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the $1.2 million project was not only great news for people who drive on the road every day, but for nearby residents.

13 October 2017
Kick-start your career here – jobs for HSC and Uni students who want to make a difference

The 2017 Academic year is almost over and Byron Shire Council wants to kick start the careers of some of our brightest young people with a traineeship or full-time job in Local Government.

In fact, Byron Shire Council currently has its largest number of trainee positions available, with an unprecedented six new positions up for grabs for school leavers, University students and graduates in areas including Engineering, Building Surveying, Administration, Records Management, Community Enforcement and Environmental Health.

13 October 2017
International Day of Rural Women – Byron Shire Council thanks you

This Sunday, 15 October is the International Day of Rural Women and it’s the perfect time for the Byron Shire Council to acknowledge the contribution women make to our community.

Gil Lomath moved to a dairy farm at Ewingsdale when she was six months old and 73 years later she lives at Mullumbimby.

“I met my husband here, got married here, raised my family here and I have no intention of leaving,” Gil said.

13 October 2017
Last chance to vote on community projects for funding

Residents of the Byron Shire have a last chance to vote for one of four projects they would like to see funded by the NSW Government through its new $100 million Stronger Country Communities program. 

The Stronger Country Communities Fund, which was announced this year, is open to all Councils in regional NSW with the specific aim of investing in projects that will improve the lives of residents and enhance the areas as vibrant places to live and work.

12 October 2017
Queensland couple fined after woman attacked on New Brighton Beach

The victim of a dog attack at New Brighton Beach on the 29 September 2017 has contacted the Byron Shire Council to say she is extremely happy a couple from Queensland has been fined over the incident. 

The 29-year-old woman was running along the beach when she was attacked by a German Shepherd said Byron Shire Council’s Legal Services Coordinator, Ralph James.

11 October 2017
Land owner fined $15,000 for cutting down trees at Main Arm

A local land owner has been issued penalty notices (on-the-spot fines) totalling $15,000 for illegally removing trees from a property at Main Arm near Mullumbimby.

The five mature Tallowood trees were koala feed trees.

Shannon Burt, Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, said Council received a number of complaints about the removal of trees at the property at Main Arm.

9 October 2017
Load limit lifted on Durrumbul causeway

The five-tonne load limit on a causeway at Durrumbul near Mullumbimby has been lifted after steel plates were today placed over the damaged sections to reinforce it.

The causeway is one of three in the area that had load limit restrictions in place because of Council concerns about the structural integrity of the culverts and the potential threat to public safety.

6 October 2017
There’s no free camping in the Byron Shire – pay or don’t stay

Byron Shire Council continues to grapple with the complex issue of illegal camping.

Each night it is estimated there are approximately 120 – 160 campervans in car parks around the Shire, particularly near the beach, as well as in residential streets 

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt, said illegal camping is an issue all-year round but it gets worse during the school holidays and summer months.

4 October 2017
Byron Council to reinforce two Main Arm causeways

Byron Shire Council has received a detailed report from specialist engineers about structural solutions for two causeways on Main Arm Road and work is underway to source the equipment for repairs that will improve access for local residents.

Tony Nash, Byron Shire Council’s Manager Works, said the report from the engineers was received on the 29 September, detailing several options which all involve the installation of extra reinforcing and concrete.

29 September 2017