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Sustainability E-News Flash July 2014

The cold weather of late has done nothing to slow the raft of sustainability initiatives popping up in the Byron Shire.

With so much happening we just had to let you know about it and couldn't have possibly waited till Spring! We hope you enjoy this additional Sustainability E-news Flash.

Sustainable House Day

One great initiative, two great opportunities!

Do you have a sustainable house in the Byron Shire? Sustainable House Day is on the 14th of September and this year Byron Shire Council is assisting residents who would like to participate in this great national event. All around Australia sustainable homes will be open to the public to visit and learn about sustainability success in action. If you are interested in opening your house or volunteering to learn more about sustainable building please email

Leading up to Sustainability House Day the design a Small House Competition is in full swing and there is still time to get your entry in. The competition has thousdans of dollars of prizes available just for Lismore and Byron Shire residents and is open to young people, the community and professionals. Entries close 15 August so get your pencils out and start sketching the dream granny flat (aka small secondary dwelling).

Click here for more information on the local Sustainable House Day Events or to enter the Small House Design Competition.    

Suffolk Park Community Orchard Planted

For the 2014 World Environment Day Byron Shire Council honoured leaders in the community for their contribution to the environment and sustainability locally. There were ten winners across five categories including, Green Business, Education and Training, Sustainable Food, Conservation and Land Management and GreenBuilding.

Each winner was dedicated with a fruit tree which was planted in a community managed orchard in Suffolk Park near the skate park. The Suffolk Park Progress Association are the proud new owners of their community orchid and will be watering, pruning and caring for the trees so that everyone can enjoy the fruit.



Free Business Waste Audits for the Byron Shire

Through the NSW EPA “Bin Trim” program two local waste assessment providers have been granted funds to complete business waste audits for FREE in the Byron Shire. A waste audit will help your business find innovative waste solutions that can:

  1. Reduce your waste disposal costs
  2. Increase the efficiency of your business
  3. Help you access further grants
  4. Reduce your impact on the environment

Contact either or both of the two independent waste assessment providers below to find out what they can provide for your business and to book your free business waste audit today.

North East Waste – Kim Potter 0406 996 988

Cool Planet – Daniel Harper 1300 687 888

Northern Rivers Transport Guide Out Now!

This fantastic new transport guide will help you choose more active or sustainable modes of transport in your day-to-day life – leading to a happier, healthier, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The guide includes Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Clarence Valley & Richmond Valley.

The overall guide tells you about the trains, buses, coaches, taxis, hire cars and air transport that you can use to travel in the Northern Rivers Region. It also includes some advice on walking and cycling and the benefits of using public transport.

Click here to download the report or pop in to the Council administration office, Station Street Mullumbimby to pick one up.

Last week for comment on the Byron Bay Parking Review

It’s the last week to have your say on the Byron Bay Parking Review

Finding a car park in Byron Bay can be frustrating and current parking demand means that parking spaces in Byron Bay town centre are at, or near, capacity every day.

So what steps can Council take to help reduce this pressure and improve the look of Byron Bay at the same time?

The recent Byron Bay Traffic Management Review identified two key areas to help address parking and traffic problems in the town centre. The two changes now being proposed involve increasing the number of short term (1-2 hours) time limited parking and an extension of the paid parking areas in the town centres.

It’s really important that Council hears from as broad a range of people who use the Byron Bay town centre as possible. We really want to make sure business, residents, workers and visitors alike share their input.

The issue of paid parking can’t be looked at in isolation. We need to find ways to support and maintain the central Byron Bay area and this is a way that will allow visitors to help contribute to the up keep of the local infrastructure they are using.

Revenue raised could provide better amenities like toilets, seating, pathways, road maintenance and general beautification. At this stage the proposed amount is $2 an hour for both on and off street locations between 9am and 6pm every day, and we are to hear community feedback.

Take our Parking Survey or make a comment on our interactive map – you can tag a street or location you visit, work or play. Council staff are also out at Farmers Markets until next Friday 25 July - drop by and pick up a survey form or have a chat.

While the proposal includes retaining the current Resident Parking Coupon System in Council’s car parks located south and north of Lawson Street, at Main Beach and Clarkes Beach the current proposal would not exempt residents from needing to contribute to metered parking in other areas; this means that residents and visitors would need to pay for parking on the streets of Byron Bay town centre.

Plus having the same hourly paid parking rate for on and off street car parking and retaining the Resident Coupon Parking System, could ease parking pressure and leave the premium on-street parking for everyone to shop, visit the beach and do business. As part of the consultation, Council is also very keen to hear 'where' all day parking would suit workers and what types of needs they have such as better lighting and connecting footpaths.

The parking review is a great time to provide feedback on the existing car parking - how it’s used and valued - plus help Council consider the best way to integrate it into any other scheme that may eventuate.

Still have some questions, there’s more information on Council's webFeedback closes on Friday 25 July 2014.

Sustainability Networking Breakfast

The Green Building Centre’s next Sustainability Networking breakfast is on Wednesday 30 July.

This is an opportunity to network with people involved in sustainability both businesses and individuals. Hear about sustainability initiatives that are happening in the Byron region and make connections with people and businesses you may be interested in collaborating with. 

7:15am for 7:30am start - Breakfast Buffet, organic & local foods eggs, bacon, toast & accompaniments, muesli, yoghurt and fruits. Organic teas & coffee.  

7:30am - 8:15am Welcome & Introductions, hosted by Alice from Green Building Centre, inviting each person to speak about themselves and their business, project or event for 2 mins. 

8:15am - Guest speaker giving a 10 min presentation on a business waste-reduction program. 

Limited to 30 people.  Cost $22/person

RSVP now to reserve a place or 0427 701 653