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Spring 2013

Living Earth Festival and street parade

In the spirit of the historical Chincogan Fiesta, the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce invites you to come and cheer on our "Living Community Street Parade" on Sunday September 1st at 10am.

This colourful collection of floats, fire trucks, bands, circus performers and marching community organisations will travel from the Council Chambers carpark, along Burringar Street, then south down Stuart Street to finish at the Living Earth Festival being held at the Mullumbimby Community Garden.

All aspects of sustainability will be explored at the festival with speakers such as Costa Georgiardis and Jerry Coleby-Williams from the ABC, permaculture workshops, biodynamic demonstrations, arts and culture workshops and  Biochar talks. Cooking demonstrations with local chefs with ingredients from the community garden, a kid’s village with workshops, performances and hands on fun for the kiddies. Rukkus skate competition will be held along with fruit tree planting, DJ’s and an outdoor cinema (with popcorn!), a healing center, sustainable innovations, sacred ceremonies, loads of live music and performances from belly dancing to circus acts, artisan and food markets and that’s just to mention a snippet of it all. Come celebrate the first day of spring and Father's Day with this vibrant free festival at the Mullumbimby Community Garden, Stuart Street from 10am -10pm.

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Imagine a renewably powered town

Byron Shire Council’s Mayor Simon Richardson and Sustainability Officer Kim Graham will be show casing how a German village created a 321% renewable energy surplus, at the Living Earth Festival this Sunday, 1 September at 1:45pm on the Santos Stage. See first hand how a community partnered with Council to develop wind, solar and bio energy solution for their town and then join in the discussion to share your ideas on how this might be achieved in the Byron Shire.

For more information contact Kim Graham at Byron Shire Council on 02 6626 7305

Beyond Zero Emissions Buildings Plan launched!

Ever wondered how can Australia have zero carbon emission buildings? Zero Carbon Australia have been working hard to answer this question and presented their new “Buildings Plan” at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex on 6 August.

On the back of their acclaimed Stationary Energy Plan which outlined a technically feasible way for Australia to transition to 100% renewable energy, the Buildings Plan demonstrates that there are no technical barriers to zero emission buildings in Australia. This event was the fifth event in the 2013 Byron Shire Council Sustainability Seminar Series and was kindly brought to you by Transition Byron Shire. Visit the Beyond Zero Emissions website for more information and free link to download the Buildings Plan

Queen of the Sun film screening

Byron Shire Council and Mullumbimby Community Garden brings you the film screening of “Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" as the sixth installment to the 2013 Sustainability seminar series, on Tuesday evening 10 September.

This film offers a profound and alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt, on Farmer John. Taking you on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. The film will be screened in the newly renovated Council Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby from 6pm with a delicious supper available provided by Mullumbimby Community Garden.

Contact Kim Graham at Byron Shire Council for more information 02 66267 305 or visit  for more information on the film.

Keeping our region pristine

Tell us what you think and you could win a compost bin or worm farm! It’s your last chance to participate in the North East Waste online survey about illegal dumping.  Over the past 9 months Northern Rivers Councils with North East Waste have run TV, radio and newspaper advertisements, aimed to raise awareness and increase reporting of illegal dumping. We want to hear from you whether these ads reached you. 

Simply fill in the quick survey by visiting and click on the ‘feedback’ tab on the right of the screen.  The prizes will be drawn on Friday 30 August – for more information contact Tash Morton on (02) 6684 5571 or

Beautify Byron Day - volunteers wanted

Can you spare a couple of hours and help out with the inaugural Beautify Byron Day on Sunday 22 September?  It’s a great way to connect with the Shire’s urban landscape and volunteering is one of the most sustainable ways we can maintain and support civic pride. On from 8am until 12 midday, we need help with garden planting, graffiti removal or small repairs in the town centre.

The Council initiated day is looking for help from community minded green thumbs, elbow grease and those handy on the tools.  Staff will prepare the work areas, organise the plants and mulch etc … all we need is the Byron Shire community spirit.  And remember, many hands make light work … and it’s also a great way to make new friends. Register your support today.