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E-flash 17 May 2013

Biodiversity and Sustainability Advisory Committee

Would you like to contribute to the betterment of our Shire by joining a committee?

Council is currently calling for nominations for four additional community members to the Biodiversity and Sustainability Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the Biodiversity and Sustainability Advisory Committee is to assist Council in the implementation of the Byron Shire Greenhouse Action Strategy and the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.  Committee members are encouraged to identify and report opportunities or concerns regarding Biodiversity and Sustainability issues to Council including, but not limited to, funding opportunities, special events, government policy, practice or guidelines.

Nomination forms and the Constitution of the Committee can be obtained at the Council Administration Centre, Mullumbimby, and are also available on Council’s website

Nominations close:  21 May 2013  Enquiries:  Sharyn French 02 6626 7126

High-speed National Broadband Network fixed wireless for Byron Shire

Community Information Session  - 27 May 2013 - from 3pm to 6pm

NBN Co is providing a Community Information Session on Monday 27 May 2013 at the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, 55 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby. If you would like to find out more about the NBN fixed wireless network in the Byron Shire, please drop in at any time between 3pm and 6pm to see the information display and talk to NBN representatives.

The Byron Shire is soon to receive the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) fixed wireless service

NBN Co is planning to acquire and build up to eight fixed wireless facilities across the Byron Shire to deliver high-speed broadband services to homes and businesses in Billinudgel, Clunes, Eureka, Federal, Hayters Hill, Skinners Shoot, Main Arm, the rural residential surrounds of Mullumbimby and Myocum. Other areas in the Byron Shire will receive either fibre or satellite services depending on where they are located.

The Federal Government has set a target for NBN Co to connect 93 per cent (with a minimum obligation of 90 per cent) of Australian homes and businesses to fibre-to-the-premises technology. To reach all homes and businesses in our vast country, fixed wireless and satellite services will be used for the remaining parts of Australia including certain areas in the Byron Shire. Fixed wireless and satellite services represent a significant improvement to services currently available to many Australians living in rural, regional and remote communities.

Find out more, click here

Old, Gold & GREEN

Come celebrate World Environment day on 8 June at Old, Gold & GREEN. This year Byron Shire Council and Brunswick Valley Landcare are putting on a day of FREE workshops in Banner Park Brunswick Heads in conjunction with the Old & Gold Festival. Meet local experts on biodiversity and sustainability whilst learning all manner of things from food preserving to great native plants for your garden. Bring in your weeds for ID and then watch in amazement as Anaheke Metua shows you how to weave them into useful vessels. Go bird watching with Jan  Olley, make your own green cleaning products with Alison Moffit  or get the goss on keeping chooks with Andrew Carter. Full program available in the Byron Shire Echo (4 June) or below. Contact Kim Graham (Ph: 02 6626 7000) at Byron Shire Council for more information.

North Coast Energy Forum

Register now for the 2013 North Coast Energy Forum. The forum will address how we as a region can “Grow our Own Sustainable Energy System”.  This action orientated event draws together energy industry experts, regional leaders in innovation and government representatives to identify a sustainable way forward for the North Coast. The key note address will be from Chris Dunstan, Research Director in the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS and lead author of the Australian Decentralised Energy Roadmap.

The program will cover a range of energy topics directly relevant to the North Coast. Sessions include:

  • Bio Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Selling power
  • Grid and Distribution
  • Community Generation
  • Networking & Funding Opportunities

This year's North Coast Energy Forum will be held from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday 31 May at the Italo Club in North Lismore. Further information/program and registration are available at