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20 March 2009

Welcome to our first Sustainability E-Newsletter!

It's a new year and we have created a new look to the sustainability@byron e-newsletter! This edition may inspire you to find your "green thumb" and get involved in some great local initiatives. So as always, I hope this email finds you well and living the sustainable life!

sustainability@byron is a local network linking people with sustainability events and activities across Byron Shire.

Food Production on Public Land

Saturday 4 April 2009 9:30am

The Byron Shire Food Production on Public Land Project represents an innovative trial growing edible species in urban public open space areas as one means to re-localise food production.

The site to experience the 'edible make-over' is the land around Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby. A community planting will be held at 9:30, followed by a presentation by Jerry Coleby-Williams from ABC's Gardening Australia at 11. Jerry will be discussing his family's experiences during WWII when backyards and vacant lots were 'commandeered' to reduce the pressure on public food supplies brought on by the war effort. Afternoon activities include a seed exchange facilitated by Byron Hinterland Seed Savers and Q&A session with local garden guru Diane Hart. Local food will be available with all proceeds going to the Mullumbimby Community Garden.

Bring along a hat, garden gloves and any seeds to join in this botanical delight! For more information call 6626 7305 or visit

Mullumbimby Tree Planting

Sunday 22 March 2009 9:30am

Mullumbimby annual tree planting will be taking place on Sunday March 22 with the planting of 1500 rainforest trees. This event is part of a reconciliation project with the Madhima Gulgan Community Association and other local Aboriginal artists who will give demonstrations of singing, dancing and bush foods. The event is from 9.30 am - 2.30 pm, at the creek end of Whian Street, Mullumbimby.

For more information, contact Dave Rawlins from Brunswick Valley Landcare at