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What do our open spaces need to support healthy and active communities?

Love your sport, being active in our communities or even going for a walk or reading a book in  a park? Then Byron Shire Council needs your input.

Council is developing a Byron Shire Recreation Needs Assessment to guide Council’s planning for present and future needs on active and passive recreation.

The assessment includes open spaces and recreation features such as parks and playgrounds, sporting fields and courts, bushland and natural areas, and beach/water access.

Open Space and Resource Recovery Manger, Michael Matthews, encouraged residents to have their say so a robust picture can be developed of what we need to support an active and healthy community in future years.

The assessment is being developed in conjunction with consultants ROSS Planning. 

When finalised, the assessment will help set Council priorities in providing better facilities, budget allocations and support grant funding applications.

“As a community document, your input is important in creating an accurate snapshot of the community’s needs and as a basis for developing recommendations for the future.

“We want to capture the needs of towns and villages so we can get the mix right and find out what facilities and places we want to grow and those that we need to change,” Mr Matthews said.

Residents are invited to attend drop-in sessions to discuss recreation and sporting opportunities for their local area.

  • 9 May - New Brighton Farmers Markets, 8am-11am
  • 11 May - Byron Farmers Markets, 8am-11am
  • 12 May - Mullum Farmers Markets, 7am-11am
  • 13 May - Bangalow Farmers Market, 8am-11am
  • 18 May - Ocean Shores Shopping Village, 4pm – 7pm

In addition to the drop-in sessions, an online survey is available for residents to provide input. The survey can be found on Council’s website and is available until Friday 2 June 2017.

Paper copies of the survey are available at Council’s customer service centre (Station Street Mullumbimby), Council libraries (Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby) or can be posted out by phoning Council on 6626 7000 or email

Ross Planning is also meeting with local sporting groups, schools, seniors groups and disability agencies.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
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.