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Spring 2012

New Sustainable Industry Business Directory launched

Byron Shire Council has created a new Sustainable Industry Business Directory featuring over 80 local businesses. Inside you'll find fashion designers, eco-tourism operators, trades people and artists and many more local businesses with a sustainability edge.

"Byron Shire has long been home to many innovative small businesses - whether selling hand-made, organic products or offering energy efficiency, eco-tourism or land restoration services. These local businesses are part of the new 'green economy' and we're pleased to showcase them in this Directory'' said Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson.

Next time you need to buy that special gift, call a tradie or take visiting friends on day trip, check out the businesses listed in this Directory.

Download a copy of the Sustainable Industry Business Directory here:

Mullum Local Food and Soil Festival

27 October 2012

The Mullum Local Food and Living Soil Festival is back again from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 27 October. The event will be a celebration of local food with a range of engaging workshops, forums, free jumping castle and market stalls + plus Dirt Girl giveaways and prizes.

Enjoy music from Murray Kyle and food growing abundantly everywhere.

For more info, call: 0402 170 846

Photo from the 2011 Mullum Local Food Festival


Beat Your Power Bills - $500 Winner Announced

Congratulations to Rasa Dover for being the top Winter Power Saver under Council's 'Beat Your Bills Competition'! Rasa saved a whopping 44% on her winter power bills through smart measures like:

  • Installing an undercover clothes line to reduce dryer usage,
  • Using a power board to eliminate appliances in 'stand-by' mode,
  • Choosing solar hot water heating over electric hot water heating,
  • Efficient oven use by cooking lots on one day,
  • Reducing water use and associated pumping,
  • Becoming aware of switching everything off, including lights, jugs, kettles, lamps etc.

There will be another $500 up for grabs for our top Spring Power Saver.

Join Council's Beat Your Power Bills Competition

Council's Beat Your Power Bills competition offers a chance for residents to save money on their power bills and win $500. To sign up, download an Entry Form here.

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Transition Forum - Sustainable Transport

6 November 2012

Come along and hear from local sustainable transport advocates as they speak about the low carbon imperative to power transport with renewable energy.

Karin Kolbe will speak about Rail in the Northern Rivers. She is the president of Trains on our Tracks (TOOT!) which is lobbying to get a commuter rail service running on the existing, but currently unused rail line from Casino to Murwillumbah. 

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby engineer/inventor will present on various electric vehicles, from a bike to a converted electric car, and a solar vehicle prototype design that he hopes to manufacture and sell next year.

WHEN:   Tuesday 6 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm
WHERE: Presbyterian Church Hall, Mullumbimby

For more info, visit:

Intro to Natural Bee Keeping Workshop

18 November 2012

Intro to Natural Bee Keeping Workshop:
Want to find out more about keeping bees naturally? Join the new 'Mullumbimbees Natural Bee Keepers Group' for an 'Intro to Natural Bee Keeping Workshop' on Sunday 18th November. Learn how to get started in bee keeping, including safety aspects, pests and diseases and building frames etc.

WHERE: Mullumbimby Community Gardens
WHEN: 10am - 4:30pm, Sunday 18 November
COST:  $50

The 'Mullumbimbees Natural Bee Keepers' is a new group of locals passionate about amateur bee keeping. Join us to find out more about bee keeping and share resources. The group can be found on facebook.

New Food Co-op Getting Ready to Open

Eco Kulcha Food Co-op is a new whole-foods cooperative getting ready to open its doors in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate. Interested members will be able to buy whole-foods in a cooperative setting.

Currently they are looking for additional volunteer management committee members including a Secretary and Treasurer. The Co-op will be run by volunteers so is also on the look-out for people who can volunteer when the doors are open each Thursday.

If you can volunteer 2 hours a month or 2 hours a week, contact Techa at the Food Co-op now on: 0409 318 406 or

Bhutan comes to Mullumbimby

Byron Shire Council's Sustainability Officer enjoyed hosting a group of Bhutanese civil servants and academics at Council Chambers in mid October.

The group were interested in Australian sustainability activities at the local government and community level. While sustainability needs and initiatives in Bhutan and Australia are undoubtedly different, Council's Sustainability Officer discussed a range of Council's sustainability initiatives and lessons learnt in shaping long-term outcomes. The group were also fascinated to visit the Mullumbimby Community Garden and Byron Community College sustainable campus.

The group were funded under an AusAID program in partnership with Griffith University.

Draft LEP out on public exhibition

Byron Shire Council’s draft Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 is out on public exhibition until 23 November.

Mayor Simon Richardson said the draft LEP 2012 sets out what can and can’t be done on a property.

“It sets out such things as building heights, minimum lot size, floor space ratio, dual occupancy, multiple occupancy, and environmental zones to name a few.

“Effectively a Local Environmental Plan determines how we want our Shire to look and evolve over the coming years. This includes clearly identifying land areas that allow for medium and low density buildings, industrial, commercial and agricultural uses. It’s one of the most important planning documents that a Council can have and it’s vital we hear from the community about any concerns or support for the draft plan."

He said Council has a dedicated web platform that contains the draft LEP, proposed mapping, fact sheets, key supportive Council documents, consultation times and online submission form.