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What's your vision for the Byron Shire?

Sharing selfies, big ideas and stories will drive a think tank on the future of Byron Shire as Council kicks off its engagement around ‘OUR BYRON, OUR FUTURE’ – a ten year aspirational plan.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said residents, businesses and visitors needed to be front and centre in guiding the discussion about what the future should hold.

“We want to know what you value most and what the long-term direction for our community should be,” Mayor Richardson said.

“We will be ‘popping-up’ everywhere in the coming weeks to hear people’s big ideas for our future and we look forward to seeing you at workshops, talking with you at our pop-up stalls and hearing from you online at yoursaybyronshire.com.au/ourbyron.

“Your feedback will be used to develop our long-term promise to the community – Council's new Community Strategic Plan. 

“The plan lays the foundation for our future vision, directs our future aspirations and supports the operational goals of Council.

“Our teams will work across a variety of diverse and in-depth consultation activities to hear from you and really encourage you to have your say.

"We really value your participation – we want to ensure we make the best decisions for our future.

“That's why we're excited to hear about your future aspirations and really keen to listen,” Mayor Richardson said.

A key aim of this process is to seek feedback from multiple stakeholder groups across Byron Shire and to tap into those sections of the community who are not usually part of engagement processes.

"You've told us that you feel positive about the natural environment, and hold a deep sense of commitment to your community – we want to honour and build on that feedback in the development of our new Community Strategic Plan,” Mayor Richardson said. 

"Council is committed to seeking a high level of engagement across a variety of perspectives,” he said.

You can be involved and share your thoughts by:

  • Completing our quick survey at yoursaybyronshire.com.au/ourbyron
  • Sharing your ‘Big idea’
  • Entering the ‘Stories of Byron Shire’ competition
  • Entering our photography competition - upload a photo or selfie of your favourite place in Byron Shire using #ourbyron on Instagram or Twitter
  • Chatting to us at one of our pop-up stalls at Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, New Brighton, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Federal, Main Arm, Byron Bay, Bangalow and Suffolk Park.
  • Attending a community workshop on:
    • 16 November, 10am-1pm, The Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
    • 16 November, 5-8pm, Council Chambers, 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby
    • 17 November, 10am-1pm, Ocean Shores Community Centre, 55 Rajah Road, Ocean Shores

Council will also undertake targeted engagement activities for key community groups, produce a community film and work with the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre to hear a broad range of views.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Have your say here: yoursaybyronshire.com.au.  For more information call Mila Jones on 6626 7000.

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.