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3 June 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the Byron Shire Sustainability E-Newsletter and to our new subscribers!

On the 17 June 2010, Byron Shire will be hosting the premier sustainability event of the year in Mullumbimby! Join internationally-renowned permaculture co-founder and transition town inspirer David Holmgren as he outlines how our society can creatively respond to the twin threats of climate change and peak oil.

The 'Future Scenarios' presentation will be held on Thursday 17 June in Mullum Civic Hall in Dalley Street from 5:45 - 8:00pm. Cost is $10 payable at the door. Local food and drinks will be joyfully catered by Mullum Community Garden and the Transition Byron Shire team!

For more information, call Council's Sustainability Officer Graeme Williams on 6626 7305

New Sustainable Streets Launched in Byron Shire!

Two new streets in Byron Shire joined the Byron-Tweed Sustainable Streets Program in May! Robin Street in South Golden Beach and Tristran Parade in Mullum Creek have joined Mullumbimby on the Sustainable Streets journey!

The new Streets expressed a passion to grow organic food in co-operative ways and to protect local wildlife by restoring local bushland. Under the Program, the new Streets will earn 'Sustainability Stamps' that count towards a community goal up to the value of $1,000!

For more information contact Project Coordinator, Nina Bishop on 6684 1263 or email: ninabishop7@dodo.com.au OR visit the 'Northern Rivers Sustainable Streets' page on facebook.


Renters Guide to Sustainable Living!

Renters often feel disempowered when it comes to making changes that improve comfort levels and reduce the eco-impact of their home. However, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) have produced this straight-forward guide that outlines simple and inexpensive things renters can do to make a difference.

The Renters Guide to Sustainable Living, along with other handy sustainable living fact sheets can be downloaded from the Byron Shire Council website.

*Competition*: Tell us your favourite, renter-friendly tips for sustainable living and go into the draw to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Todae online eco store! Email entries to: sustainability@byron.nsw.gov.au with 'renters' in the heading before 30 June, 2010 to go in the draw!


Northern Rivers Carpool Scheme

Have you visited the Northern River's new carpooling website?

Northern Rivers E-Carpool aims to create a network of commuters from Tweed to Clarence to share their travel time, while reducing petrol and travelling costs. NR Carpool is a FREE and easy web-based service that matches travel details of commuters travelling similiar routes.

The website is located at: www.nrcarpool.org


Freecycle Byron Bay

The Freecycle Network is an online, grassroots and non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Membership is free, and everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages.

To view the items being given away or sought in your neighbourhood, you must be a member of a local group. To join the 'Byron Bay Freecycle' group, visit: http://groups.freecycle.org/byron_bay_freecycle/description