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Autumn 2013

Bikes and Kites a Flying Success!

Bikes and Kites Festival 2013 brought the town alive last Sunday March 24. The much loved event was full of colour, kites, bikes, entertainment and community group participation. Council staff spent the day answering questions at the Council tent on all things sustainable, environmental and active transport related. Many people were able to pick up the new public transport, cycling and walking map which was hot off the press from Council and available for the first time at the Bikes and Kites Festival. Congratulations to the organising committee for a fantastic day!


Birds and Backyards Seminar with Jan Olley from Byron Bird Buddies – April 9

Ever wondered which bird belonged to that beautiful song you heard this morning in your back yard? Or, ever wanted to find out ways to encourage more birds into your backyard? Come along to a captivating night with Jan Olley where you will be able to see and even hear the chorus of birds that may frequent your backyard. Jan will take you on a visual tour of our feathered friends and answer questions about the types of birds that are attracted to your backyard.

Tuesday 9 April from 6pm at the Council Chambers, Station Street Mullumbimby. Supper provided by donation.

For more information please contact Angus Underwood on 02 6626 7000

Skill Up in Autumn – Byron Community College

Now the heat is going, why not get ready to grow some good food over Autumn? Autumn and Winter can be the best season for gardening in the Byron Shire. Want to find out more?

New Sustainable Living courses coming up at Byron Community College soon to include; Backyard Chooks, Organic Gardening for Beginners, Growing Fruit Trees in the Subtropics, Build a Chook Tractor, An Introduction to Permaculture Design, Introduction to Biochar, Green Cleaning, Wild Feast and more.

Go to or see more info by clicking here. Remember there is a 25% discount on the course when you enrol two people at the same time.

Think Global, Eat Local – A Month Long, Region Wide, Food Revolution

It is 30 days, 27 partners, 24 events, 1 HUGE competition and a month of ‘May’hem!

 Think Global, Eat Local is a region-wide campaign to increase the number of people eating locally produced food in the Northern Rivers. Held during May, you can be involved by:

  • Attending workshops in healthy cooking, growing your own food, permaculture, corporate farming and more
  • Attending on-farm Sustainable Agriculture field days
  • Participating in “Eat Local” competition through the MyFood Northern Rivers phone app and
  • Attending a ‘farmers breakfast’ event
  • Buying from your local farmers, shopping at farmers markets, buying local produce in the supermarket, or planting your own kitchen garden.

For further information, please contact Claire McGarry – Development Manager for Sustain Northern Rivers on 02 6622 4011 or

Food Co-op Call Out

‘The Kulcha Jam Food Cooperative will provide a wide range of bulk whole foods to the local community. Currently, the Co-op has a foundational Committee, however requires another few roles to be filled before we can open our doors. Have you always thought it would be fantastic to be part of a Food Co-op? Do you love the chance to work with your fellow community to build a venture that will support food access and build new community connections? Then the Co-op needs you.

The Food Co-op is looking for people to share the following roles: Volunteer Coordinator, Secretary, Co-op Day Manager & Stock Coordinators. They are also seeking donations of funds to support launching this community initiative along with donations of food-grade containers and large size storage bins suitable for a Cooperative to use. If you would like more information or wish to offer a contribution, please phone Alice on 0431 649 091’.

The North Coast Energy Forum is Back!

A grassroots initiative founded in 2010 to help the North Coast to "grow its own" sustainable energy system is back. The North Coast Energy Forum will be holding a day-long forum in Lismore in May this year.

A range of energy industry experts, regional leaders and local innovators has already committed to taking part in the forum, which will be bigger than previous years. As usual, there will also be lots of opportunities during the day for participants to engage in the debate.

The North Coast Energy Forum will be held from 9-5 on Friday, 31 May at the Italo Club Burrows Lane  Lismore. Go to  for more details, and to register. Earlybird prices to 30 April only. For forum enquiries please call Robyn on 0413 698 104.

Sustainability and Environmental Funding Watch

The NSW government has recently opened the 2013 round on Environmental Trust Grants. Funding is available under the following programs:

  • Environmental Education $5,000- $100,000
  • Eco Schools - $2,500
  • Food Gardens in Schools - $3,500
  • Protecting Our Places (Aboriginal Heritage) - $2,000-$35,000

Go to for application guidelines and forms or contact the trust on (02) 8837 6093 or