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4 October 2010

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

NATIONAL ORGANICS WEEK EVENT
8 October 2010

Byron Shire Council's 2010 National Organics Week event 'Soil, Seed, Society' will be held on Friday 8 Oct. from 6 - 8pm in Council Chambers, Mullumbimby.

The event is our annual celebration of local and organic food systems and a great opportunity to share knowledge and raise awareness of the importance of supporting local food from 'soil to society'. The evening will feature the short film 'An Urban Orchard' that documents innovative community food projects around Adelaide, followed by a guest presentation by international local food system expert, Robina McCurdy and an interactive panel session with a range of organic farmers, retailers and local food experts.

For more information, contact Council's Graeme Williams on (02) 6626 7305

Brunswick Valley Community Centre goes Solar!

Byron Shire Council has installed a new 5kW solar PV system at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre located on South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads. Mayor Jan Barham ‘switched on’ the new solar system on 12 September.

The new solar system will generate approximately 7,700 kilowatt hours of clean renewable energy and eliminate 7.25 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually. "This equates to removing 10 cars from the road permanently or planting 430 trees every year,” Mayor Barham said.

The Brunswick Valley Community Centre is the first Council building to go solar and was 'switched on’ as part of Council’s Sustainable House Weekend.


New Home Energy Efficiency Workshops for Residents

November 2010

Discover low-cost tips and practical ways to reduce your power bill and beat soaring energy costs at these new Home Energy Workshops. Byron Shire Council is providing the subsidised workshops to assist renters and home-owners across the Shire in combating climate change and increasing energy prices.

Workshop Dates:

  • OCEAN SHORES: 6pm - 8pm on Tues 16 Nov
  • MULLUMBIMBY: 10am - 12pm on Sat 20 Nov
  • BYRON BAY: 6pm - 8pm on Mon 29 Nov

For bookings, contact Byron Region Community College on 6684 3374. $10 booking fee applies.


$5.4 million funding for community groups to save water and power

Funding is now available under the NSW Climate Change Fund for community and other not-for-profit organisations to undertake simple and low-cost water and energy upgrades in their facilities.

Under Community Savers, up to $40,000 (ex. GST) is available for not-for-profit organisations such as community groups, rural organisations and local clubs to make their facilities more energy and/or water efficient. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to installing rainwater tanks and water efficient fixtures, fitting of energy efficient lighting and solar hot water systems.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 October 2010.

For more information, visit the NSW Climate Change Fund or phone 1300 361 967


Byron Hinterland Seed Savers Event

20 November 2010

The Byron Hinterland Seed Savers group will tour the abundant garden of Mary Hendry at 523 Friday Hut Road, Possum Creek from 2pm on Sat. 20 Nov (next to the causeway where Possum Creek and Friday Hut Road cross).

Bring a cup, a plate for afternoon tea, and any plants, cuttings, seeds, seedlings to share. Gold coin donation. For more info contact: rasa@ravendover.com