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Media releases - April 2017

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Council survey to support claim for disaster funding

Byron Shire Council needs help collecting data from flood affected residents.

Feedback provided will help to build support to lobby the Australian Government for disaster relief funding for flood affected residents.

7 April 2017
Flood waters – the smell, mould, septics and water

As the flood waters recede and Byron Shire starts to dry out, we can expect our low lying areas to smell.

Byron Shire Council’s environmental health officer, Michael Bingham, said while the breaking down of organic matter and mud does smell, residents should contact Council if they are concerned or suspect another source of the odour e.g. sewage, pollution.

6 April 2017
Kerbside pickup to continue next week

Byron Shire Council is continuing with its kerbside clean-up next week to allow additional time for residents affected by the floods.

In the first three days, Council has collected over 200 tonnes of waste.

The work crews will return next week for bulky items in the flood affected areas of Billinudgel, New Brighton, South Golden Beach, Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores.

6 April 2017
Mayor calls for Commonwealth funding for residents

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has urged the Commonwealth Government to declare Byron Shire a natural disaster area alongside other Northern Rivers shires. And to declare that residents within Byron Shire are eligible for  individual disaster relief funding if required.

5 April 2017
Recharging Byron’s creative heart beat

A bold new project – Pop UP Play Spaces (POPS) - is bringing free, all-ages ‘play’ events to public spaces in Byron during the April school holidays.

5 April 2017
Byron flood affected residents forgotten in Commonwealth funding announcements

Byron flood affected residents forgotten in Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Program funding announcements.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold said that he was advised yesterday that a decision on the Commonwealth disaster funding for the flood affected areas in Byron Shire was being considered. 

"Unfortunately we were not included in today's funding announcement.

5 April 2017
Council services - flood update 4 April


Kerbside pick up has continued today in Billinudgel and will return on Wednesday, 5 April.

Crews commenced yesterday in Billinudgel and this week will work their way through to flood affected areas of New Brighton, South Golden Beach, low lying areas of Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby.

4 April 2017
Council services following the flooding - 3 April


Byron Shire Council has commenced kerbside pickup of green waste,  damaged hard bulky items (eg furniture, carpet, electrical goods) in the areas affected by floodwaters.

3 April 2017
Support for farming community - flood

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is offering emergency support for those in our farming community affected by the flood.

3 April 2017