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Media releases - December 2017

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Parking changes aimed at protecting Seven Mile Beach

Changes to parking at Seven Mile Beach at Broken Head are aimed at stopping illegal camping and protecting the sensitive environment at Seven Mile Beach and suggestions this has been done to improve the amenity of local residents are baseless. 

Seven Mile Beach, in the Broken Head Nature Reserve, is regarded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service as the being the third richest place in Australia for biodiversity.

11 December 2017
Time to renew or buy your E-Permit

With pay parking in Bangalow set to commence on 1 January 2018, Council is reminding all Byron Shire residents to take advantage of the $55 E-Permit available to them.

“Our records show that 58 per cent of Bangalow residents already have an E-Permit but if you need to renew or buy a new one, now is a good time, before the holiday rush.

11 December 2017
‘Culturally inappropriate’ meeting in Mullumbimby not supported by Byron Council, Arakwal Corporation and Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council

Byron Shire Council has joined the Arakwal Corporation and the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council (LAC) to ask for a meeting planned at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Tuesday, 12 December 2017, to be cancelled.

Councillor Sarah Ndiaye, Chair of the Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Committee, said the gathering, which is promoted as an event to save an apparent men’s initiation site referred to as the ‘Standing Stones’, is culturally inappropriate and insensitive.

8 December 2017
Saving our marine animals – Smoke Free Byron Beaches

If you’ve been to Byron Bay’s Main Beach lately you may have seen one of our big, new signs which are part of the Smoke Free Byron Beaches campaign designed to reduce litter, particularly cigarette butts, on the beach.

Leading the Smoke Free Byron Beaches project is Kate Akkerman, Waste Education and Compliance Officer, who comes to Byron Shire Council from the Positive Change for Marine Life group.

8 December 2017
How much do you love Byron’s Halls?

Did you know that the old Bangalow A&I Hall is regarded by many in the music business as acoustically superb but it also served as a hospital during the 1919 flu epidemic? 

And then there’s the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall which was built in the 1950s by local men and commemorates those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. 

Or what about the Mullumbimby Civic Hall which was built in 1929 and has watched the community celebrate and share for almost 90 years?

8 December 2017
Mullum Public wins Waste Wise Schools Challenge

Mullumbimby Public School is the winner of Byron Shire Council’s 2017 Waste Wise Schools Challenge, recognising excellence in waste avoidance and recycling.

The school received a $1000 prize from Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, at a celebration event at the Council Chambers.

“Congratulations to Mullumbimby Public and the other five local schools who took part in the Waste Wise School’s Challenge this year.

7 December 2017
Council’s support for bike hire business paves the way for other ‘start ups’

Byron Shire Council’s General Manager, Ken Gainger, said he was disappointed that its efforts to help a ‘start-up’ solar-charged, electric bike hire company have been misconstrued. 

At its meeting on the 23 November Council agreed to terminate the lease of the business which was operating from a relocatable ‘pod’ at the First Sun Caravan Park at Byron Bay.

6 December 2017
Road reconstruction, recycling, rural land use – it’s all in the 2016/17 Annual Report

Road reconstruction, recycling, flood recovery and roundabouts were significant projects delivered in the last financial year by Byron Shire Council. 

Byron Shire Council’s General Manager, Ken Gainger, said the 2016/17 Annual Report highlighted the operations of Council which go well beyond the traditional areas of rates, roads and rubbish.

5 December 2017
Visitors, parties, presents…extra bin collection services this Christmas

There’s no need to worry about what to do with the boxes, wrapping, bottles and general waste this Christmas/New Year holiday period. 

Byron Shire Council will provide extra (urban domestic) bin collections this year to help households cope with the waste and recyclables that accumulate during the festive season.

For two weeks from Monday 25 December to Sunday 7 January, residents can place all three bins on the kerbside for weekly collection.

1 December 2017
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