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Extra urban bin collection services this Christmas

You’ve got enough to think about this Christmas/New Year so make a note that you will not have to worry about getting rid of extra rubbish. 

Byron Shire Council is introducing extra collection services in urban areas for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period to help residents cope with the increase in waste and recyclables that accumulate during the festive season.

20 December 2017
Byron Council to evaluate parking changes in Bruns for 12 months

Byron Shire Council will be evaluating the impact of changes to parking time limits in Brunswick Heads for 12 months from early 2018. 

The changes to time limits are designed to improve the flow of traffic and parking turnover in the town.

19 December 2017
Byron Bay preparing for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve

The focus on New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay will be on good, old-fashioned family fun with people of all ages encouraged to celebrate in Jonson Street on 31 December. 

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the top half of Jonson Street will be closed again and transformed into Soul Street – a pedestrian zone where people will be able to enjoy food and be entertained in a safe, alcohol-free area.

19 December 2017
Open, leafy and vibrant new spaces coming soon to Railway Square

Clever landscape design, seating and lighting, connective pathways and new amenities are coming soon to Byron’s Railway Square following Council’s endorsement of the Railway Square Landscape Concept Plan at the December meeting.

“This is exciting news and means we can get on with a design-led solution for this currently under-utilised space,” Byron Council Mayor Simon Richardson said.

19 December 2017
Council working with sports groups to manage Byron Rec Ground

Byron Shire Council will work with local sporting groups and other traditional users of the Byron Bay Recreation (Rec) Ground to develop a Plan of Management for the land on the fringe of the town centre.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said Councillors and staff had recently met with sporting groups to discuss the future management of the Rec Ground, and it was clear that they wanted sport to be the number one priority.

19 December 2017
Seeking partners to deliver community-centred vision for South Byron STP site

Delivering social and community benefits will be at the top of Council’s agenda in early 2018 when it seeks partnership proposals for the master planning and redevelopment of the former South Byron Sewerage Treatment Plant site in Suffolk Park.

Byron Shire Council Mayor Simon Richardson said Council was piloting a new partnership approach and looking for innovative and visionary thinking from the market.

19 December 2017
17% of properties in Byron Shire advertised for holiday rental

Of the 15,654 dwellings in the Byron Shire 2,655 properties were advertised on holiday platforms such as Airbnb in 2017. 

With the NSW school holidays now underway things are starting to get busy and thousands of people are expected to spend their annual holidays in the Byron Shire.

Byron Shire Council’s Acting General Manager, Mark Arnold, said accommodation was at a premium and many people are renting out their homes for short-term holiday accommodation.

18 December 2017
Council committed to protecting Seven Mile Beach

Byron Shire Council has allocated $20,000 to look at ways to improve parking, traffic and illegal camping at Seven Mile Beach at Broken Head.

At the Council meeting this week Councillors also agreed to implement an action plan that has been developed with local residents, and agencies including NSW Police, Rural Fire Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to address a wide range of issues that are currently threatening the area.

15 December 2017
Work on Byron Bay town bypass to start in 2018

Work on the Byron Bay town bypass is set to start in early 2018. 

Byron Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, said staff will begin working with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) early in the new year to finalise a construction timeline and plan for the relocation of services including water mains and telecommunications.

15 December 2017
New parking time limits for Bangalow

Byron Shire Council will not be implementing pay parking in Bangalow on 1 January 2018.  Instead new parking time limits will be introduced in the Bangalow CBD and monitored for 12 months. 

“Councillors today voted not to implement pay parking in January next year saying they wanted to first see the results of a 12-month trial of the impact of changes to parking time limits,” Acting General Manager, Mark Arnold, said.

14 December 2017