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Summer 2011

Competition: What's Your Favourite Food Plant?

Tell us what your favourite food plant is, and why, to enter the draw to win a Summer Gardening Prize Pack!

Perhaps you have a favourite edible delight growing in your garden, or have discovered an unusual species that thrives in our local climate?

Share it with us to win!

Send entries to: by 30 Dec 2011

2011 Sustainability Snapshot Released

Byron Shire Council has released the 2011 Sustainability Snapshot that monitors the whole Shire's progress against a range of sustainability indicators.

To view a copy of the 'Sustainability Snapshot' or the complete 2011 Byron Shire State of Environment Report, visit:

Community Orchard planted at South Golden Beach

In September, South Golden Beach Community Association, South Golden Beach Sustainable Streets group and Council came together to plant a Community Orchard on the eastern side of Helen Street foot bridge.

The new Community Orchard contains a mix of fruit trees, including orange, lemon, dwarf avocado, grumichama, jaboticaba, lemon-myrtle and native midgen berry.

Community Orchards encourage people to build new relationships with their place, with local foods and their neighbours. All involved look forward to sharing the first harvest!

Youth Permaculture Challenge

This November, the Mullumbimby Community Garden launched the Youth Permaculture Challenge (YPC); a program designed to inspire and empower a new generation of young people with a shared vision of our sustainable future.

The YPC program involved wilderness immersion, hands on permaculture training and the transformation of two community sites in a Permablitz aimed at utilising the teams’ newly learned skills.

The Permaculture Challenge participants’ Graduation Celebration starts at 6.30pm at the Civic Hall, Mullumbimby on Thursday 15 December

The team members would like to invite our community along to celebrate their amazing achievements and their vision for a sustainable future!

For more information, visit and look out for future projects from Mullumbimby Community Gardens focussed on our sustainable community.

Say NO to Plastic Bags in Byron Shire

A group of local women have set up a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags and other plastic waste in Byron Bay.

The idea is that each business makes a pledge to help all shoppers in Byron Bay SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS in January 2012. You can download the pledge here: Business Pledge

For more info, email: or call 0427 169 098.
One of the campaign organisers, Dee Tipping said, "plastic bags are responsible for the death of countless marine animals through ingestion. As January is peak tourist time in Byron Bay, we want to set an example and raise the issue of plastic waste amongst locals and visitors alike."

Byron Shire Council has joined the campaign.

Shara Community Gardens Annual Fundraiser

16 December

The Shara Community Gardens annual fundraiser is on again on Friday 16 December at the Ocean Shores Community Centre. This years event will feature a Choir Concert with the hilarious Men Wot Sing from Tweed topping the bill.

Contact David on 6680 4728 if you can assist with catering on the night.

Shara Gardens Update:
Things are starting to bloom at the Shara Gardens site. The next few months will be busy with lots of activities going on. Below is a rough schedule:

1. Water connection and Earthworks (late Nov.)
2. Permaculture Challenge Permablitz (Dec 6)
3. Rotunda Construction (Dec)
4. Official Opening Celebration (Jan)

To get involved or make suggestions, contact: or call 0448 748 960.

Indian Mynas Wanted!

Indian Mynas are aggressive birds that compete with native wildlife for food and habitat. These birds are recent invaders to Byron Shire and their populations are growing rapidly.

During the breeding season, they take over nesting hollows from native birds such as Rosellas and Kookaburras and evict small mammals like Sugar Gliders.

What you can do:

  • Become a Myna Trapper – traps are free to borrow from Byron Shire Council. Contact Wendy on 6626 7028
  • Don’t leave pet or stock food out.
  • Cover compost and rubbish.
  • Clear food away from outdoor eating areas.
  • Grow your lawn longer – a short lawn makes it easy for mynas to catch insects.
  • Block nesting access under eaves and in roof cavities.
  • Plant local native plants.
  • Report sightings to Council.

More info at:

Carpool to your next event!

Northern Rivers Carpool is a free online service that links commuters with the same travel pattern so they can share the benefits of carpooling.

Now with over 850 members, NR Carpool has launched a new EVENTS feature which makes it simple to carpool to conferences, regional meetings or even your favourite festival!

To find out more about event carpooling or to join the commuter revolution visit:
Registering an event on NR Carpool only takes a few minutes, and the site even provides advice on how to promote the travel option to attendees.