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Land owner fined $15,000 for cutting down trees at Main Arm

A local land owner has been issued penalty notices (on-the-spot fines) totalling $15,000 for illegally removing trees from a property at Main Arm near Mullumbimby.

The five mature Tallowood trees were koala feed trees.

Shannon Burt, Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, said Council received a number of complaints about the removal of trees at the property at Main Arm.

9 October 2017
Load limit lifted on Durrumbul causeway

The five-tonne load limit on a causeway at Durrumbul near Mullumbimby has been lifted after steel plates were today placed over the damaged sections to reinforce it.

The causeway is one of three in the area that had load limit restrictions in place because of Council concerns about the structural integrity of the culverts and the potential threat to public safety.

6 October 2017
There’s no free camping in the Byron Shire – pay or don’t stay

Byron Shire Council continues to grapple with the complex issue of illegal camping.

Each night it is estimated there are approximately 120 – 160 campervans in car parks around the Shire, particularly near the beach, as well as in residential streets 

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt, said illegal camping is an issue all-year round but it gets worse during the school holidays and summer months.

4 October 2017
Byron Council to reinforce two Main Arm causeways

Byron Shire Council has received a detailed report from specialist engineers about structural solutions for two causeways on Main Arm Road and work is underway to source the equipment for repairs that will improve access for local residents.

Tony Nash, Byron Shire Council’s Manager Works, said the report from the engineers was received on the 29 September, detailing several options which all involve the installation of extra reinforcing and concrete.

29 September 2017
Band’s success forces Byron Council to rethink the street sign for Parkway Drive

It’s not often Byron Shire Council is forced to come up with a solution to counteract the success of a hardcore band but after 12 years of replacing the Parkway Drive sign at Ewingsdale, staff think they have finally had a win. 

Parkway Drive is one of the most successful hardcore bands in the world, a long way from its humble beginnings in 2003, practising in the soundproof garage at drummer Ben Gordon’s parents’ house on Parkway Drive.

29 September 2017
Court conviction is a warning to dog owners

A man from Federal near Mullumbimby has been convicted of being in charge of a menacing dog which attacked another dog and ordered to pay Byron Shire Council's legal costs and a fine and compensation totalling $1500.

The attack happened near the Federal Hall just before 8:30am on the 15 August 2017 when the dog, an American Staffordshire terrier which was unrestrained attacked another dog, a Spoodle, being walked on a leash.

27 September 2017
Council wants your opinion on pay parking in Brunswick Heads

The draft Brunswick Heads Town Centre Parking Strategy is on exhibition for public comment and Byron Council is keen to hear what people think about the introduction of revised parking durations  and pay parking in the town centre.

The Council commissioned consultants to conduct a parking study for the Brunswick Heads Town Centre in 2016 and they presented a draft Parking Management Strategy to inform the future management of parking and traffic in the beachside town.

24 September 2017
$254,000 to protect koalas in the Byron Shire

Protection of koalas and improving their habitat will be a primary focus of Byron Shire Council over the next three years thanks to $140,000 in grants from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust and the Saving our Species program.

Clare Manning, Byron Shire’s Biodiversity Officer, said the grants will be supported with a $114,000 contribution from Council and will fund the Byron Habitats Corridors project. 

22 September 2017
Beach scraping to improve New Brighton sand dunes

Byron Shire Council will be undertaking another beach scraping program at New Brighton beach between October and December this year to help protect the dune system against short to medium-term erosion and inundation.

A combination of bull dozers and excavators will be brought in to do the work along approximately 1.3km of beach north and south of Strand Avenue.

21 September 2017
5-tonne load limit remains in place on two Main Arm causeways

Specialist engineers are doing tests on two causeways on Main Arm Road after five-tonne load limits were imposed recently because of concerns about the structural integrity of the culverts. 

“We understand that the causeways are a vital link for many residents and restoring heavy vehicle access as soon as we can is a priority, as is the safety of the community,” Mr Nash, Byron Shire Council’s Manager Works, said.

The causeways are near the Kohinur Hall and signs are in place to warn drivers of the load limits.

20 September 2017