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Media releases - October 2017

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Community Roundtable postponed to 22 November

The Community Roundtable to be held tomorrow, 1 November 2017, has been postponed to the 22 November.

I apologise for this but problems with the website over several weeks delayed the alert for the meeting and some people missed it.  

The new date for the Community Roundtable is the 22 November 2017.  It will be held in the Conference Room at the Council offices and starts at 5:00pm.

On the bright side - this gives you extra time to get your agenda items in.  Please email agenda items to annie.lewis@byron.nsw.gov.au by the 15 November.

31 October 2017
Railway Park Update - GM apology

Council staff recently removed two trees and a Bangalow Palm from Railway Park in Byron Bay in preparation for imminent Park redevelopment works, a Byron Bay Town Centre Master Plan project funded under a State Government grant and pay parking revenue.

In removing these trees without adequate consultation or communication we have underestimated the level of community concern at such action and for this I sincerely apologise. I also apologise to our Councillors for any embarrassment that the tree removal may have caused.

27 October 2017
Railway Park garden and turf works update

Byron Shire Council’s Open Spaces Team will finish scheduled gardening and turfing works and remove the safety fencing in Railway Park by close of business Friday, weather permitting - returning full access of the park to the community.

The preparatory works involve the removal of the concrete-edged garden beds and two trees to open up pedestrian access to the park from Jonson Street, as part of the Railway Park upgrade. 

26 October 2017
NSW Govt to build new Byron Bay bus interchange

The NSW Government has announced it will build a new bus interchange at Byron Bay in 2018.

The bus interchange, which was a promise made by the Nationals prior to the last State election, will be built on the reserve in Butler Street, opposite the railway line, and will have direct access to the Byron town bypass.

26 October 2017
Update on Byron Shire Council website outages

Web hosting issues on the Byron Shire Council website are currently causing turbulent service and outages.

In the interim, Council would like to advise the community that priority documents including tomorrow’s Council Meeting Agenda and Attachments have been made available via a databox link:

http://databox-apps.opaas.net.au/shares/folder/e52600a81bc4dd/

25 October 2017
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
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