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Northern Shire people needed for community guidance group

Live in the north of Byron Shire and have an interest in urban planning?  Then why not put your hand up and be part of a community guidance group for the Byron Shire Residential Strategy.

When completed, the Byron Shire Residential Strategy will enable Council, with help from the community, to communicate where and how the additional 3,750 – 4,500 homes needed for our increasing population by 2036 are to be delivered in our towns and villages.

Community guidance groups are already in place for Bangalow, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby to assist Council with developing and or delivering the respective towns and village masterplans.

Council’s director of sustainable environment and economy, Shannon Burt, said as village master planning has yet to be undertaken for the northern villages of the Shire, there is no structured guidance group to represent this area.

“To help fill this gap, we are creating a representative group for the northern villages of the Shire,” she said.

Council is looking for fifteen to twenty members from the following northern villages: Brunswick Heads, Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach, and New Brighton who have an interest in housing/residential matters.  

It is hoped that this group will remain after the strategy is completed for the purposes of further consultation on other council projects.

Expressions of interest are being sought up until 28 July 2017.  More information can be found at

Council will decide on the group’s representation at their meeting of 24 August 2017.

Initially applicants will need to be available during September to November 2017 to participate in a few  workshops.

Like to know more? Call and chat to Byron Shire Council staff on 6626 7126.

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.