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Autumn 2012

Brunswick Heads Sustainable Streets Finale and New Film

Brunswick Heads residents celebrated the finale of the Sustainable Streets program on Saturday 24 March. Through the program, residents joined together via monthly workshops to learn about ways to reduce their eco impact, save money and build connections in the neighbourhood.

Collectively, residents reduced their energy consumption by 12%, their water consumption by 41% and their ecological footprint by 15%!

As a group, this equates to savings of $580 on their energy bills and $780 on their water bills!

Congratulations to all involved! Find out more about Council's Sustainable Streets program.

NEW SUSTAINBLE STREETS FILM: Be part of the Sustainable Streets story!
Check out the new Sustainable Streets film on Youtube.

Byron Shire Council - 2011 Sustainability Services Report

Byron Shire is renowned as a hub of grass-roots sustainability and Council strives to work with the community to improve sustainable outcomes.

Council's 2011 Sustainability Services Report showcases our achievements and demonstrates how your environmental levy is reaping significant dividends.

For instance, in 2011, Council’s direct fiscal contribution towards Sustainability Services was $84,000 with a return of over $300,000 through the leveraging of grant funds. 2011 also represented a deepening and expansion of Council’s Sustainability program.

Download our 2011 Sustainability Services Report here.

Transition Forum - Big Solar Campaign Launch

3 April 2012

In 2012, the community group '100% Renewables' will be working to see Australia take advantage of one of our best natural resources - the sun! Local residents have joined the campaign to see the Federal Government's new $10 billion renewable energy fund build big solar power stations across Australia. 

If you support a solar powered future for Australia, come along to this local forum to find out how you can be involved.

WHERE: Byron Shire Council Chambers, Mullimbimby
WHEN: 6.30 - 8.30pm, Tuesday 3 April

Soup and chai provided by Mullum Community Gardens. Gold coin donation to Transition Byron Shire.

For more info, contact Liane on 6680 2905

Calling Business Owners - new Sustainable Business Directory

Do you operate a small business or community enterprise in Byron Shire with a strong focus on sustainability?

Following the sucess of the Byron Shire Sustainable Food Business Directory, Council will be creating a new, general Sustainable Business Directory that lists suppliers, retailers and service providers etc that place sustainability at the centre of their practices!

(Please note: food related businesses are already covered in the Sustainable Food Directory).

Expressions of Interest (EOI) will open soon!
To receive an EOI form, email:

Learn Practical Sustainable Living Soultions with Byron Community College

11 May 2012

Anticipate the Shift” - a one day tour on Friday 11 May is an opportunity to explore an innovative, sustainable small property that is using renewable power, eco building design, water capture, bio char making, abundant food growing and animal systems, while regenerating the surrounding forests.

Come along and be inspired by a wealth of knowledge on low-cost ways to live a high quality, low impact life. Bring a friend for a fascinating day for only $40 concession or $45 full price.

To book, call the College on: 6684 3374.

This is only one of the 15 short sustainability courses and tours offered during April to June through Byron Community College.

These courses are very affordable (from $20) and are subsidised by Byron Shire Council and the Mullumbimby Farmer’s Market. For a full listing of the courses: visit:

Other news......

  • NEW Community Gardens Flyer: Check out Council's new Community Gardens Flyer and get involved with your local Community Garden today!
  • Waste Warriors: The North East Waste Forum is assisting businesses to find alternative solutions for their waste. The Waste Warriors website provides businesses with simple tips, tools and solutions to reduce waste, cut costs and seek opportunities that will make your business stand out! The project is free to businesses located in the Ballina, Byron, Tweed, Clarence and Richmond Valley areas. Visit:
  • Kerbside bulky waste pickup service has been replaced: The new service will commence in July, and enable all Shire households to drop off up to 150kg of permissible unwanted items to the Myocum Landfill once-a-year. The replacement service has been chosen to deliver a cleaner Shire in a more cost-effective way, following a review of the kerbside pickup.