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Winter 2013

Koala Connections Information Night - Tuesday 4 June 6pm

Learn more about our treasured national icon and how the $3.5 million Koala Connections program can assist improving koala habitat on your property. Jo Green from Byron Shire Council will guide you through the tastes of our furry friends and remember to bring your questions along and find out what you can do to improve their habitat throughout the shire. For more information contact Jo Green on (02) 6626 7000.

Old, Gold & GREEN Workshops - Saturday 8 June Brunswick Heads

This year’s world environment day extravaganza at the Brunswick Heads Old and Gold Festival!

Courtesy of Byron Shire Council and Brunswick Valley Landcare you can come and enjoy fantastic FREE workshops on biodiversity and sustainability the old fashioned way on 8 June in Banner Park, Brunswick Heads.  Download program here.

Golden Bird Buddies Walk 8:30-9:30am

Meet up with Jan Olley at the Brunswick Heads Fish Co-op for an early morning bird watching walk. Jan Olley from Byron Bird Buddies will take you on a walking tour of Brunswick Heads and delight you with her exceptional enthusiasm and knowledge of local birds.


Weed Waste for Weaving 9:00-9:45am

Caring for our region’s biodiversity through weed management creates a waste resource that can be utilised and up-cycled. Bring in your weeds for identification and then watch as Anaheke Matua transforms typical weed waste in to beautiful and practical woven vessels.

Composting Workshop -9:45-10:30am 

Join North East Waste for all the hot tips on making gold medal compost for your garden. Find out about balancing nitrogen and carbon in your compost as well as all the benefits of keeping organic from entering landfill.


Dyeing with Native Plants 9:45-10:30am

Dyeing of cloth was done originally with plant and mineral materials available from our surrounding environment. Come and learn how to dye naturally with native Australian plants. Be sure to arrive early as places in this workshop are limited. 

Green Cleaning 10:30-11:15am

Join Alice Moffit in making your own green cleaning products for around the home. Participants will be able to make and take home samples of some simple, non-toxic and positively brilliant cleaning products. Be sure to arrive early as places in this workshop are limited.


Walk to Dunecare Site 10:30-11:15am

Meet one of Byron Shire Council’s bush regeneration team at the Old, Gold and GREEN tent in Banner Park to be taken on a walking tour of the fantastic dune rehabilitation work at Brunswick Heads. Be inspired by the work that  Brunswick Heads Dunecare and Council's bush regeneration team has completed  to successfully restore our beautiful coastal landscape.


Old and Gold Gardens 11:15-12:00pm

Ever wondered what sort of native plants would be good for your backyard? Jo Green from Byron Shire Council and Wendy Gibney from Brunswick Valley Landcare will help you answer that question with a range of fantastic native plants suitable for Byron Shire back yards. All participants receive a free copy of the  “My Local Native Garden” book produced by Brunswick Valley Landcare.


Food Preserving 12:00-12:45pm

Come along and learn ways to preserve your surplus of fresh foods from bumper crops. Kim Graham from Byron Shire Council will show you simple ways to preserve food the way our grandparents used to. From bottling tomatoes and mangoes, to dehydrating bananas and earth storage of root vegetables there are many ways to keep foods long after the season has finished.


Urban Chicken Keeping 12:45-1:30pm

Keeping chickens isn’t just for the large landowners. Join Andrew Carter “The Garden Teacher” and some well travelled chooks to hear about the basics of keeping chickens in an urban setting.


Program also available in the Byron Shire Echo or here or contact Kim Graham at Byron Shire Council (02) 6626 7305 for more information

Farming the Earth & Sky - Sunday 9 June 10am-4pm

In its "Living Soil" series, the Mullumbimby Community Garden is next hosting a Quantum Agriculture workshop. Key note speaker, Hugh Lovel is a multi disciplinary scientist, author and farmer. He will show how Quantum Agriculture can bring living, self regenerative humic soils into balance with the atmosphere using biodynamic preparations and patterns.

Sunday 9th June, 2013 10am-4pm at the Mullumbimby Community Garden, Southern end of Stuart Street, Mullumbimby NSW. Cost is $40 with concession available on request.

Lunch and refreshments are included (with Vegan and Gluten Free options). For more information: Bookings can be made by emailing or calling Jeannette on 0412322255

Capture the spirit of Byron Shire and win $1,000

We’re spoilt living in Byron Shire.  The amazing landscape, the laid back lifestyle and diverse range of people.

Byron Shire Council is looking for images that showcase the spirit of the Shire in its newly launched photographic competition

If you live in Byron Shire and have a passion for capturing the very best of what the region features, here’s your chance to win $1,000 in cash or other sensational prizes.

Mayor Simon Richardson said, “we’re a vibrant, opinionated, beautiful, but never dull community and Council is looking for photographers to capture why you love living here.

“The winning photos will be used to show the world who we truly are and feature in promotional and education campaigns,” he said.

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