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Media releases - August 2017

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Byron Council to form national Tourism Alliance

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, will write to all councils in Australia inviting them to be members of a Tourism Councils Advocacy Alliance aimed at helping local governments around the country develop and promote ideas on how to manage the impact of tourism.

Byron Shire hosted more than two million visitors last year, and this number is expected to grow.

“These visitor numbers are huge – which is not a surprise given the natural beauty of this part of the world,” Mayor Richardson said.

29 August 2017
Opening of Mullumbimby pool delayed to 18 September

The enormous job of cleaning up the Mullumbimby pool complex after Ex Cyclone Debbie is taking longer than anticipated with the pool now expected to open for the swimming season on the 18 September.

Byron Shire Council’s Open Space Facilities Coordinator, Pattie Ruck, said the final stage of filtering the water has been time consuming.

“We were hoping to open on the 1 September but to ensure the quality of the water meets the NSW Government’s Health Standards we have pushed the date back to the 18 September,” Mrs Ruck said.

28 August 2017
Celebrating our youth – $2500 grants available for projects in Byron Shire

Byron Shire Council is proud of the creativity and passion of its young people and is pleased to be offering two grants of $2500 for youth-related projects.

Rochelle Barclay, Community Project Officer at Byron Shire Council, said the Small Change grants are aimed at supporting projects by young people for young people.

28 August 2017
Proposed name for North Ocean Shores sports field – Bob Bellear Sports Field

Byron Shire Council is proposing the North Ocean Shores sports field be named the Bob Bellear Sports Field in honour of Australia’s first indigenous judge, Robert (Bob) William Bellear who was raised in Billinudgel.

After considering 17 suggestions put forward by the community the Byron Shire Council has selected Bob Bellear as its preference.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson said Bob Bellear was truly an outstanding individual and his contribution to the nation, let alone our local area, is worthy of recognition and remembrance.

21 August 2017
Tackling affordable housing in the Byron Shire

The lack of affordable housing in the Byron Shire has prompted Byron Shire Council to look at ways it can address the problem.

Council is seeking information from people about new projects and different approaches to the issue and is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for affordable housing on land in the Byron Shire.

The EOI is targeting proposals for small, medium and large-scale project ideas in villages and towns in the Byron Shire.

21 August 2017
A fresh, new look for The Terrace at Brunswick Heads

Shops are busy and traffic is flowing on The Terrace at Brunswick Heads after major roadworks finished this week.

Click here to watch the project time lapse

Byron Shire Council’s Director, Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, said The Terrace, between Mullumbimbi Street and Fingal Street has been completely rebuilt and a new road surface laid. 

18 August 2017
Put a bib on your cat and save wildlife

Cats aren’t generally dressed up to go outside but Byron Shire Council is encouraging cat owners to put a new bib on their moggies as part of a trial project to save wildlife. 

The cat bibs, which are made of wetsuit material, attach to a collar and hang over the cat’s chest, acting as a barrier and interfering with the timing and coordination needed to hunt.

18 August 2017
North Byron Shire Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan now underway

The announcement of $130,000 in NSW Government funding for the North Byron Shire Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan is welcome news said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.

“This plan will allow Byron Council to essentially look at the flood risk in the northern part of the shire and determine how we manage and prepare for future floods.” Mayor Richardson said.

17 August 2017
Have your say on Byron Shire Council’s Draft Management Plan for flying foxes

Byron Shire Council is inviting feedback from the local community on a draft plan to manage flying fox camps in the Byron Shire.

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainability and Environment, Shannon Burt,  said the draft Byron Shire Flying Fox Camp Management Plan outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and the measures Council will take to reduce impacts on residents living or working in close proximity to specific camps.

11 August 2017
Focus on Recycle and Reuse in the Byron Shire

Resource Recovery programs and education campaigns by the Byron Shire Council have seen more than 9,000 tonnes of organic waste in the last two years being diverted from land fill and turned into compost.

Lloyd Isaacson, Byron Shire Council's Team Leader Resource and Recovery, said the introduction of a kerbside organics collection and a focus on recycling has drastically reduced the amount of rubbish being collected.

“The organic material is sent to Lismore where it is processed into a valuable compost resource,” Mr Isaacson said.

8 August 2017
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