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Tackling affordable housing in the Byron Shire

The lack of affordable housing in the Byron Shire has prompted Byron Shire Council to look at ways it can address the problem.

Council is seeking information from people about new projects and different approaches to the issue and is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for affordable housing on land in the Byron Shire.

The EOI is targeting proposals for small, medium and large-scale project ideas in villages and towns in the Byron Shire.

21 August 2017
A fresh, new look for The Terrace at Brunswick Heads

Shops are busy and traffic is flowing on The Terrace at Brunswick Heads after major roadworks finished this week.

Click here to watch the project time lapse

Byron Shire Council’s Director, Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, said The Terrace, between Mullumbimbi Street and Fingal Street has been completely rebuilt and a new road surface laid. 

18 August 2017
Put a bib on your cat and save wildlife

Cats aren’t generally dressed up to go outside but Byron Shire Council is encouraging cat owners to put a new bib on their moggies as part of a trial project to save wildlife. 

The cat bibs, which are made of wetsuit material, attach to a collar and hang over the cat’s chest, acting as a barrier and interfering with the timing and coordination needed to hunt.

18 August 2017
North Byron Shire Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan now underway

The announcement of $130,000 in NSW Government funding for the North Byron Shire Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan is welcome news said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson.

“This plan will allow Byron Council to essentially look at the flood risk in the northern part of the shire and determine how we manage and prepare for future floods.” Mayor Richardson said.

17 August 2017
Have your say on Byron Shire Council’s Draft Management Plan for flying foxes

Byron Shire Council is inviting feedback from the local community on a draft plan to manage flying fox camps in the Byron Shire.

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainability and Environment, Shannon Burt,  said the draft Byron Shire Flying Fox Camp Management Plan outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and the measures Council will take to reduce impacts on residents living or working in close proximity to specific camps.

11 August 2017
Focus on Recycle and Reuse in the Byron Shire

Resource Recovery programs and education campaigns by the Byron Shire Council have seen more than 9,000 tonnes of organic waste in the last two years being diverted from land fill and turned into compost.

Lloyd Isaacson, Byron Shire Council's Team Leader Resource and Recovery, said the introduction of a kerbside organics collection and a focus on recycling has drastically reduced the amount of rubbish being collected.

“The organic material is sent to Lismore where it is processed into a valuable compost resource,” Mr Isaacson said.

8 August 2017
Byron Bay's Railway Park to be transformed

Byron Shire Council has been awarded $260,000 from the NSW Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastucture Fund for the start of the revitalisation of the Railway Square precinct in Byron Bay.

The Railway Square precinct includes Railway Park, the Visitor Information Centre and the nearby carpark.

It is one of 12 town centre projects identified in the Byron Bay Town Masterplan which was completed last year.

7 August 2017
Byron Shire Council looking at innovative ways to deliver community outcomes

Byron Shire Council is looking at ways to deliver services and projects for residents sooner.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said delivering better services and outcomes for the community was a key priority of the Council.

“Issues such as affordable housing, sustainable economic growth and job creation are difficult for Council to solve alone,” Mayor Richardson said.

“We need to be open to partnerships and opportunities to deliver great project outcomes for our community,” he said.

4 August 2017
Byron Shire Council welcomes $2.6million in Federal funding for roundabout

News that the Federal Government will fund a new roundabout at the Ewingsdale Road/Bayshore Drive intersection at Byron Bay has been applauded by the Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson.

 “This is great news for the whole community and it will be a huge relief for all those making the trip along Ewingsdale Road, to and from the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Precinct to work every day,” Mayor Richardson said. 

2 August 2017
Community members wanted for new Mullumbimby Hospital Project Group

Would you like to contribute to the future use of the Mullumbimby Hospital Site?

Council has resolved to establish the Mullumbimby Hospital Site Project Reference Group, which will include a maximum of 18 members, comprised of: 

2 August 2017