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$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
New bridges in the Byron Shire to receive $3.15 million in funding

Byron Shire Council is celebrating after receiving $3.15 million for six new bridges as part of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Mayor Simon Richardson said the bridges are all in rural parts of the Shire and this is fantastic news for the communities that use them every day.

“Five of the bridges are in the Bangalow area and four are made of timber and they have been deteriorating over the course of time,” Mayor Richardson said.

20 September 2017
Sustainability E-news flash


Sustainable House Day 2017

The free Byron Bus has been cancelled

The free Byron Shire bus to Sustainable House Day has been cancelled because of a lack of numbers.  

We're hoping that lots of people from the Byron Shire will be attending this year's Sustainable House Day at the Living for the Future Home Expo at Tweed Heads tomorrow.

15 September 2017
Clear the clutter & sign up for Second Hand Saturday – the garage sale day of the year

Byron Shire residents are known as keen garage sale enthusiasts and here is your chance to take part in the north coast’s biggest garage sale event of the year.

The 23 September is otherwise known as Second Hand Saturday – and this year organisers, North East Waste, are expecting more than 1000 garage sales will be held across the region.

11 September 2017
Looking for creative, sustainable house designs – no experience necessary

Entries for the 2017 Sustainable House Design competition have been extended and Byron Shire Council is challenging all residents to get creative and try their hand at designing a home that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The annual design competition is a part of the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Expo and Awards Showcase which will be held on the 16 September 2017 at Tweed Heads.

7 September 2017
New 5-tonne load limit on two Main Arm causeways

Residents of Main Arm Road are advised that there is a new five tonne load limit on two causeways near the Kohinur Hall at Main Arm.

“The safety of the community is our primary concern and the new load limits are necessary,” said Tony Nash, Byron Shire Council’s Managers Works.

The five-tonne limits apply to the second causeway east of the Kohinur Hall and the first causeway west of the Kohinur Hall.

6 September 2017
Parking in Brunswick Head and Mullumbimby – looking at ways of improving traffic flow

Byron Shire Council is looking at ways to improve the turnover and efficiency of parking spaces in Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Online surveys are OPEN - Click below for more details. 

Have your say - Brunswick Heads

1 September 2017
Byron Council to form national Tourism Alliance

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, will write to all councils in Australia inviting them to be members of a Tourism Councils Advocacy Alliance aimed at helping local governments around the country develop and promote ideas on how to manage the impact of tourism.

Byron Shire hosted more than two million visitors last year, and this number is expected to grow.

“These visitor numbers are huge – which is not a surprise given the natural beauty of this part of the world,” Mayor Richardson said.

29 August 2017