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Summer 2013 - December

Sustainability Services Report 2013

Ever wondered what Council is up to in the world of sustainability? Look no further! We have recently completed a summary of all the amazing projects completed over the past two years as part of Council’s Sustainability Program. We wanted to showcase the incredible partnerships, volunteerism and commitment the Byron Shire has to improving its sustainability both at home, in business and with in the Council. We have had a pleasure delivering these services with the community and look forward to another great year ahead. Click here to read more

FOGO is coming in 2014!!

Look out its coming! Byron Shire Council are planning to introduce a three bin collection service to urban single dwellings within the Byron Shire. A new green bin for Food Organics and Garden Organics  (FOGO) will be available towards the middle of 2014.

The new three bin service will:

  • Reduce waste we send to landfill
  • Improve our soils and support local growers
  • Improve recycling
  • Use our organics as a resource
  • Help our environment

Tell us what you think of the proposed new system! What you think matters to us and we are keen to make the Byron Shire organics collection the best it can be. Join our on-line forum today to send in your ideas. Click here to find out more and have your say.

Join the North Coast Energy Forum

Subject to popular demand the North Coast Energy Forum has established an online network linking participants of the Forum between annual events. This new correspondence will deliver region specific updates on the renewable energy projects currently underway and ideas being developed for our area. If you are interested in renewable energy and would like to stay connected with others working to improve the sustainability of the Northern Rivers energy system then click here to sign up today.

Mullumbimby Agricultural Show

Amongst the bustling of Hereford bulls, dressage horses, sulky races, show roosters and award winning scones, Byron Shire Council set up camp at the recent Mullumbimby Show. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had delivering information to visitors and residents on biodiversity, weed management, tourism and sustainability. Congratulations to the Show Society for organising such a great event.

Community owned renewable energy

Byron Shire Council is currently investigating the potential for community owned renewable energy projects in the Byron Shire. If you run or are involved with an organisation which is interested in progressing community owned renewable energy projects in the Byron Shire, please contact Council’s Sustainability Officer Kim Mallee at

Byron Shire’s draft LEP 2013 has left the building

Byron Shire's Draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 has been sent to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure for their endorsement and subsequent gazettal. It is the key planning document that applies to most of the land within the shire and will regulate land use and development through zoning and development controls. The draft LEP was placed on public exhibition between September and December 2012 and a number of changes have been made in response to submissions and Council decisions. For more detailed information on the draft Byron LEP 2013 please click here , or contact Council's Strategic Planning Section on 02 6626 7126.