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Winter 2012

Well Winter is here and many people are thinking about ways to stay warm and save power at the same time.

To celebrate the launch of Council's new 'Beat Your Power Bills' Competition (see story below), we're interested to find out the most effective or innovative way you've saved power around the home?

Send us a photo showing how you save power around the home to win a $50 voucher to spend at Mullumbimby or New Brighton Farmers Markets.

Send photos with a caption to:
Entries due:
23 July 2012

New Beat Your Power Bills Competition

Want to save money on your power bills and win $500 at the same time?

Byron Shire Council is launching the ‘Beat Your Power Bills’ competition to support local residents save money by reducing their energy consumption.

The competition is open to both homeowners and renters who will benefit from:

  • Free energy saving kits worth $40,
  • Monthly newsletters full of tips and advice,
  • Power saver workshops, and
  • Monthly prize draws, including energy saving lights and farmers market vouchers.

The two households that reduce their energy consumption the most will win $500!

ENTER NOW: Click HERE to download the Entry Form

To find out more about the competition, visit the Beat Your Power Bills homepage.

The ‘Bust Your Power Bills’ competition is jointly sponsored by two local renewable power companies Nickel Energy and Juno Energy.

Sustainable Business Directory - Apply Now!

Council is inviting local businesses and community enterprises that integrate sustainability into everyday business practice to apply for free listing in the Byron Shire Sustainable Business Directory.

The new Directory will follow on the success of the previous Byron Shire Sustainable Food Business Directory that was published in 2011.

Click here to lodge an Expressions of Interest application

Sustainable business practices may include:

  • Making goods from Recycled or Biodegradable materials,
  • Stocking Fair Trade, Organic, Second-Hand or Locally-made products,
  • Offering Renewable Energy or Water or Waste Efficiency products or services,
  • Providing Eco-Tourism, Environmental Education or Land Restoration services, or
  • Miminising the eco-footprint of your business in other ways.

The Directory will be published as a pocket-size guide and will be available on Council's website.

(Please note: food related businesses are already covered in the Sustainable Food Directory and therefore not eligible for inclusion in this Directory).

Submissions must be lodged by 4pm, 30 August 2012.

Please note: lodging an EOI does not guarantee listing.

Transition Film Night

7 August 2012

Transition Byron Shire will be showing the latest 'Transtion Towns' film from 6.30pm - 8.30pm on Tuesday 7 August in Byron Council Chambers, Mullumbimby.

'Transition 2.0' is an inspirational gathering of stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things!

You'll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. In a world of increasing uncertainty, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.

See the trailer here.

Also hear from Transition Byron Shire Coordinator Liane, who recently travelled to the UK and took part in a weekend with other Transition leaders in the birthplace of the movement Totnes.

Delicious supper provided by Mullum Community Gardens - thank you!
Gold coin donation will purchase Transition resources.

Food Security Workshop at Starseed Gardens

31 September - 2 August 2012

Where does your food come from? If the transport system failed tomorrow, how much of the food you eat now would you be able to access? Find out the Food Security Workshop at Starseed Gardens on from 21 Sept. to 2 August.

This workshop is geared toward people with land or access to it, who wish to take responsibility for their own food supply and become more self sufficient and resilient in a increasingly uncertain world. The workshop will explore food forest gardening and strategies for rural food security, including community collaboration and the development of a food forest network across the Shire.

Join Suveran for this workshop and hear his unique perspective, gleaned from planting and living in food forests over 20 years.

Click here to download the Workshop Flyer.

Council's new Sustainable Sanitary products

Council is making some changes to improve the sustainability of sanitary items used throughout the organisation. The changes include: 

  • Toilet rolls that are 100% recycled and unbleached.
  • Paper towels that are 100% recycled and unbleached.
  • Bathroom disinfectant that is an organic product and 100% bio-degradable.
  • Hand cleaner that is tea tree based and a natural germicide.
  • Bin liners that are 100% degradable and will breakdown in land fill in a fraction of the time a normal garbage bag takes.

Study Permaculture with Byron Community College

Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Permaculture provides trade equivalent skills training in applying permaculture principles, preparing you to operate in a skilled and independent manner developing and operating permaculture systems.

20 weeks; Wed &Thu, Fri 18th July to 30th November, Mullumbimby

Call: 6684 3374

Scholarship places available - conditions apply.

Check out Byron College's term 3 sustainability workshops.





Council recognised Nationally for sustainability commitment

It's not often that we blow our own trumpet, but recently the Federal Government commended Byron Shire Council for it's ‘Sustainability Services Program' through the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.

The National Awards for Local Government recognise the innovative ways in which councils approach issues facing local government.

The commendation is recognition of the many community members that have helped shape Council's Sustainability Services Program whether through Community Gardens, Swap Markets or the Sustainable Streets initiative!