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Media releases - November 2017

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Bangalow pay parking permits to be offered to residents in Newrybar, Brooklet, Clunes

Residents in villages close to Bangalow will be offered the opportunity to buy an E permit when pay parking is introduced on 1 January 2018.

People living in Clunes, Newrybar, Rosebank, Nashua, Brooklet, Booyong and Repentance Creek will be able to apply for an E permit because many people use Bangalow as their primary place to do business.

Phil Holloway, Byron Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, said, the introduction of pay parking will improve the turnover of parking spaces which is good for local business.

28 November 2017
Byron Shire Council to host national Tourism Advocacy Alliance

Byron Shire Council’s often lone voice to State and Federal Governments for a better outcome from tourism will now be joined with a strong chorus of more than 40 councils from around Australia as part of the new National Tourism Advocacy Alliance.

The National Tourism Advocacy Alliance, which has attracted some of the biggest tourism destinations in the country, will meet for the first time in Sydney next week.

28 November 2017
Byron GM calls time on a 50 year career

Byron Council General Manager, Ken Gainger, has announced his retirement after serving councils in NSW and Victoria for more than 50 years.

He has spent the past 25 years as a council CEO and General Manager serving as Byron Council GM for the past five years.

28 November 2017
Plug in and POWER UP – launch of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Strategy

Going on holidays is supposed be relaxing but for people who drive electric cars it is sometimes a problem. 

They often suffer from ‘range anxiety’.  It’s not a medical condition but one that is brought on by not knowing if they will run out of battery charge. 

The Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Strategy called Power Up is designed to make range anxiety a thing of the past by providing more fast charge points around the region.

27 November 2017
Byron Bay Rec Ground guaranteed to be retained for local sport

The number one priority for the future management of the Byron Bay Recreation Ground (Rec Ground) is for the area to continue to be used by sports clubs and the community for a wide range of sports including football, cricket, tennis and rugby union. 

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said suggestions that sporting clubs would be forced off the fields is simply untrue.

27 November 2017
Council to implement changes to parking time limits in Brunswick Heads

The time limits for parking in Brunswick Heads will change in early 2018 to try to improve the flow of traffic and parking turnover in the town as part of the Brunswick Heads Parking Management Strategy. 

“Councillors at the November Ordinary meeting resolved to implement the changes to parking time limits, and monitor the impact these changes have on parking turnover and the level of infringements,” Acting General Manager, Mark Arnold said.

24 November 2017
Byron Shire Council investigating Tallow Creek fish kill

Byron Shire Council is investigating a fish kill at Tallow Creek which has resulted in the death of hundreds of fish including flathead, whiting and stingrays.

James Flockton, Byron Shire Council’s Flood and Drainage Engineer, said that not only are there large numbers of dead fish, but the sight of many fish close to the surface of the water trying to breath has been reported.

24 November 2017
Got an opinion on E zones? We’re taking submissions until 8 December and want to talk to you

In the last four weeks Byron Shire Council staff have spoken to more than 250 people about the new Environmental (E) zone review process that is currently underway. 

Shannon Burt, Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy said at least 100 residents have had face-to-face meetings with staff.

21 November 2017
Future of Mullumbimby Hospital site is in good hands

The excitement about the potential for the Mullumbimby Hospital site was hard to contain when the Mullumbimby Hospital Site Project Reference Group (MHSPRG) held its first meeting on the 14 November 2017. 

Twenty-one community groups or individuals make up the group and there is enormous optimism about the future use of the site for the community, Chair of the MHSPRG Councillor Jeanette Martin said.

20 November 2017
Byron Council and Byron Community College team up to deliver new training and work experience program for young people

Young people from 17 to 24 years of age are invited to join a new vocational training and work experience program being run by Byron Shire Council in partnership with Byron Community College – but you need to apply before 8 December.

17 November 2017
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