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20 August 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the Byron Shire Sustainability E-Newsletter!

Council has undertaken a Renewable Energy Resource Study of Byron Shire that identifies and provides a preliminary economic assessment of local renewable energy resources, including detailed wind mapping of the Shire. The Study provided valuable information about the viability of local wind and solar resources that may facilitate investment in renewable energy across the Shire. The Study identified solar power as having a strong financial basis and an obvious choice for deployment due to it's widespread and evenly distributed nature. For more information about the Study, visit

The Byron Shire Sustainability E-Newsletter connects local people with sustainability news and events in and around Byron Shire.

Council's new Ethical Catering Policy

Byron Shire Council has developed a new Ethical Catering Policy that outlines Council's food ethics and catering expectations. The new Policy is focussed on improving the sustainability of Council’s internal practices by reducing the food miles and the socio-environmental impacts associated with Council’s catering choices.

The Ethical Catering Policy gives preference to local, seasonally-available, certified organic, cruelty-free and fair trade produce and also aims to promote sustainable agriculture by supporting local farmers across Byron Shire.

Click here to view a copy of Byron Shire's Ethical Catering Policy.

Sustainable House Weekend!

11 -12 September, 2010

Mullum Sustainable Streets: Come along to the finale of the Mullum Sustainable Streets program to celebrate with the participating households and get a free tour of one Mullum's most sustainable homes!

WHEN: 10 - 11:30am, Sat 11 Sept
WHERE: 22 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby


Sustainable House Forum: Transition Byron Shire will be hosting a Sustainable House Forum to showcase local eco-innovations and how you can make your home more sustainable! For more info, visit:  Council will also be unveiling new solar panels on the Brunswick Valley Community Centre so come along to celebrate.

WHEN: 2 - 4:30pm, Sun 12 Sept
WHERE: Brunswick Valley Community Centre

Mullum Community Garden Receives $50,000 and Launches New Courses

Mullumbimby Community Garden has received a $50,000 grant under the Northern Rivers Food Links project to help enhance the long-term food security of our region. The grant, titled Connecting Food with People will allow the for the construction of composting toilets, roadworks, interpretative signage, an annual Harvest Festival and local planting guide.

Mullumbimby Community Garden and ACE Byron Community College have also launched a series of new sustainability workshops that aim to share skills and inspire. New courses include, Cert. III in Permaculture, No Dig Gardening, Seed Saving and much more.

Download the course brochure here: MCG Spring Course Calender

Download the entire Byron College Sustainable Living brochure here: Byron College Sustainability Courses

Sustainable Moves at Local Primary Schools

Many schools around Byron Shire are going to great lengths to embrace sustainability, with school gardens, farmers market programs and innovative recycling initiatives taking hold.

Ocean Shores Public School has been nominated at one of the top 20 sustainable schools in NSW. One of the major projects currently underway is the rehabilitation of ecologically significant wetlands and a nature trail.

Bangalow Public School has initiated an ongoing energy audit and litter-free lunches under their School Environment Management Plan (SEMP).

Laurel Cohn (Ocean Shores Public School P&C) and Simon Winfield (Bangalow Public School P&C) have begun a group to network and share ideas with other school representatives keen to advance sustainability in their schools. If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact: or

Round Up of Other Local Eco Events

  • Soil Biodiversity Workshop with Bruns. Valley Landcare, Aug 28,
    An interactive workshop. Soil samples will be investigated under the microscope to identify soil fauna.
    Contact Jacqui on 0435 750 311 or visit: