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Summer 2013

2013 Sustainability and Biodiversity Seminar Schedule Now Open

Byron Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from community organisations who would like to participate in the 2013 Sustainability and Biodiversity Seminar Series.

Get your sustainability or biodiversity message out there by running a film screening, forum or key note speaker event. Venue and promotion supplied by Council.

Visit for more information and application form.

Applications close 8 February, 2013.

New TAngler Bins Installed at Brunswick Heads

As a final part of the Brunswick Heads Sustainable Streets Project, residents raised $1000 to install TAngler Bins at the Brunswick Head South wall and the Brunswick Heads boat ramp. The TAngler bins are specifically designed for the disposal of used fishing line and have been installed in two of the most popular fishing spots in Brunswick. The new bins will help to reduce litter in the area as used fishing line can cause havoc for the marine wildlife when not disposed of properly.

Congratulations to the Brunswick Sustainable Streets residents who made this possible and will be monitoring the bins into the future.

Sustainability life passion sees Byron Shire staff member take out the top award

Byron Shire Council’s sustainability officer, Graeme Williams, took out the Individual Sustainability Award at the LGSA Excellence in the Environment Awards late last year.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson congratulated Mr Williams and said the award was well deserved.

“For past five years Graeme has been a driving force building a culture of sustainability within Council and the Byron Shire community.His dedication to the community has seen him take-on a grass roots approach.  Graeme has built on local skills and knowledge to empower local people to change behaviour that has real cost saving and environmental benefits,” Mayor Richardson said.

Sustainability programs implemented have included the Sustainable Street Program, Northern Rivers Carpool, sustainability workshops, energy savings competitions, edible landscaping, newsletters and educational information.

Byron Community College Sustainability Courses - Term 1- 2013

Starting February 2013, Byron Community College will be rolling out its fantastic suite of sustainability courses. Below are just some of the great skills and knowledge to be learnt during Term 1. Be sure to enrol early to ensure your place. 

  • Cert III Permaculture (30868QLD)
  • Permaculture Design Course Skill Set
  • Permaculture Design - Introduction
  • Backyard Chooks
  • Green Cleaning
  • Build a Chook Tractor (NEW)
  • Cooking and Using Perennial Vegetables
  • Greener Genes (NEW)
  • Growing Fruit Trees in Subtropics (new)
  • Beekeeping - An Introduction
  • Love Food, Hate Waste
  • Organic Gardening For Beginners
  • Water for Life
  • Solar Works

Bookings information can be found online  or by calling 02 6684 6469

Can you see yourself playing a role in a sustainable future?

North Coast TAFE is currently offering subsidised places in 22015VIC Diploma of Sustainability at Lismore Campus. Starting February 2013, this qualification will equip you with the skills to support behavioural change and robust sustainable outcomes.  Whether the change you want to see is within the community you live or work in, in a small business, or large organisation, you’ll have the chance to explore the growing movement across Australian society, industry, business and government to improve the sustainability of our everyday practices.

This course will be delivered through a combination of 9 full-day face to face workshops, online web-conferences, self-guided research and work-based projects. Students will need to study approximately 7 hours per week to complete this course. Finishes in November 2013.

Click here for more information or contact Rod Ware p: 02 6581 6235 e:


Movie Under The Plastic Stars - February 16th

Join Positive Change for Marine Life for an evening of local and international music, delicious vegetarian/vegan food, art, film and special presentations as we launch Phase II of our 'Honour the Ocean' marine debris campaign.

Loren, Kyle Leniart and Kit Bray already announced with some very special big acts still come! Stay tuned for further details! Tickets available from 15 January via

Since May 2012, Positive Change for Marine Life have collected over 100,000 pieces of trash from Main and Seven Mile beaches in the Byron Shire. By sorting the trash and collating the results they have found that the majority of litter on Byron Bay main beach is a result of direct dumping and storm water outlets.

This event will unveil plans to make Byron Bay Australia's most 'ocean friendly' tourism town and outline how we can all turn this idea into a reality! It will also be the launching pad for 'Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Free Byron Bay' so come along and find out how you can become a steward for clean water, air and land.

Check out or Positive Change for Marine Life on Facebook for more info.

Living Soil - Living Future Forum: March 2nd

Jerry Coleby Williams from Gardening Australia will be the key note speaker at Mullumbimby Community Garden’s Living Soil - Living Future Forum on Saturday, 2 March.  The forum will include a composting workshop, Jerry Coleby Williams’ presentation “Cornerstone plants of the future” and an interactive “Help! What’s going on in my garden?” question and answer session. The event will be from 2pm to 6pm and there will be pizzas available fresh from the community cob oven for sustenance.

Mullumbimby Community Garden is located at the southern end of Stuart Street, Mullumbimby.

For more information please contact:
Saintinna on 0402 170 846
Or check out
Or email

Byron Hinterland Seed Savers Garden Tour - March 2nd

Byron Hinterland Seed Savers will be holding an event for gardeners and lovers of gardens on Saturday, 2 March from 2pm.

The tour will encompass Rasa Dovers's organic sustainable food Seed Saving Garden which covers over 5 acres of beautiful plants and seed saving in action. After the tour there will be time for tea and a chat, so bring along plate of finger food to share and a cup to use for tea.

The event will also be an opportunity to share/exchange your garden bounty so please bring along any plants, cuttings, tubers, seedlings or seeds that you have a surplus of.  Of course if you are new gardener with nothing to share, you are also most welcome.

The event costs $3 for Local Seed Saving Network annual fees.
Rasa Dovers's organic sustainable food Seed Saving Garden is at 186 Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry.  To go onto our mailing list or request a map please email Rasa.

The Economics of Happiness Conference 2013

Join amazing thinkers, visionaries, and activists from around the world at International Society for Environment and Culture’s upcoming Economics of Happiness Conference 2013.

Through an interactive program of plenary sessions, workshops, and social and creative time, participants will have a rare opportunity to learn from and share with some of the foremost leaders in the worldwide localisation movement. The conference also offers the chance to make new connections, build on current projects and find new inspiration.

15 to 17 of March, 2013
Byron Bay Community Centre
Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Visit for more information and to download a list of presenters.

Beat Your Power Bills Competition -$50 Farmers Market Voucher Winner

Congratulations to Evelyn for winning the Mullumbimby Farmers Market $50 Gift Voucher! Evelyn put her energy savings pack to good use by:

  1. Installing an Eco Button on her computer. Evelyn said “I am already saving power by using it to put my computer to sleep when not in use.”
  2. Installing a window and door weather strip around her front door to keep out the draft. “This is very handy for colder weather as not as much warmth can escape the room which will save on heating costs.”
  3. Installing a foot operated power board in her daughter’s room. “This is saving our house power as our daughter does not tend to keep her lamp light on now as long as it is easier to turn it off.”