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Summer 2014

Calling for 2015 Sustainability Seminar Program Items

Has your community group got a great sustainability message to get out there? Each year Byron Shire Council partners with community groups to help them host a topical Sustainability Seminar. The evening seminar can be a film screening, key note address or panel discussion depending on the style of message you are trying to get out.

Council provides support by way of:

  • Free venue hire (Council Chamber Mullumbimby)
  • Free graphic design and some printing of posters and flyers
  • Free advertisement in the newspaper the week prior to the event

To submit an expression of interest to the 2015 Sustainability Seminar program please complete an application form (available here) and email to by January 30 2015.

The DRAFT Byron Shire Low Carbon Strategy Is On Exhibition Now!

The Byron Shire Low Carbon Strategy is currently on public exhibition for community comment. The strategy builds on the Byron Shire Greenhouse Action Strategy to not only set a clear direction for climate mitigation but also outline action for Council to prepare for a fossil fuel constrained future (eg peak oil scenarios). The strategy also outlines the actions completed over the past four years from the previous Greenhouse Action Strategy.

The Low Carbon Strategy is an blend of ideas from the community by Council’s Biodiversity and Sustainability Advisory Committee and Council’s executive management staff to outline actions for Council to take as an organisation to reduce greenhouse gas emission and its dependence on fossil fuels.

If you are interested in making comment on this strategy please click here.

Looking for a new school holiday activity?

Come to “Water Lab Wednesday”

Visit the water science lab and take on several of the water challenges.

Wednesdays January 7, 14 and 21.

Opens 10:00am and closes at 3:00pm, last entry 2:00pm as it takes at least an hour to experience all the fun.

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, 210 Dunoon Rd, Dorroughby. 

  • For children 5 to 14 years of age with a supervising adult.
  • Fun water science investigations for individuals or small groups.
  • The water challenges involve the use of microscopes, water testing equipment, giant board game, small catchment model and a lot of other great gear.
  • No cost - presented by Rous Water and supported by the Department of Education & Communities.
  • Afterwards you could spend time at Rocky Creek Dam for a walk, play or picnic; it’s only 5 minutes drive away.
  • More info on the Water Lab available here.

Fresh Courses at Byron Community College

Byron Community College is offering fresh sustainability courses in the new year.

Permaculture Certificate III - Tuesdays and Wednesdays 24 March to 4 November 2015. Early bird discounts available for enrolments until December 19 2014 (Austudy approved). Enquire now! 

Also on offer are courses in:

  • Wild feast - summer flowers & fruits
  • Establishing & maintaining a vegie garden
  • Seasonal vegetable gardening for the sub-tropics
  • Beekeeping - an introduction
  • Personal sustainability- Taking heart in tough times
  • Bike maintenance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Green cleaning
  • Goat feta, quickie mozzarella, cultured butter
  • Haloumi, ricotta, yoghurt, labna & kefir
  • Sourdough bread & cultured butter
  • Wild fermentation - delicious homemade probiotic foods

Enrolments for above courses from 12 January, online here or ring 02 6684 3374

Also, don’t miss the funded 4 week Permablitz skill set in Horticulture units, for disadvantaged learners who do not have a qualification above Certificate III. Enquiries and enrolments from January 12. Course starting Wednesday 11 February.


Congratulations Mullumbimby Community Gardens!!!!!

Congratulations to Mullumbimby Community Garden for recently being awarded "Community Garden of the Year 2014"!

What a wonderful acknowledgement for all the magnificent gardening and dedication many have given to grow such a vibrant garden. This is a national award by Gardening Australia that was given on the basis of what it gives back to the community. Mullumbimby Community Garden is a place that beams with growth, inspires learning and welcomes all. If you haven't yet had the chance to get to know your award-winning, local community garden, now is definitely the time. Open everyday during daylight hours, located at the southern end of Stuart St, just over the causeway. Pick up a copy of the latest Gardening Australia Magazine to read the full story.

Click here to visit the Mullumbimby Community Garden's website to find out what else is happening at the garden this summer.

Sustainable Leadership Course for Renewable Energy – Huge Success!

An award-winning leadership program focusing on renewable energy has run in the Northern Rivers region for the first time, bringing together 20 bright minds from the local Northern Rivers region.

The Sustainability Leadership Development Program is based on a cutting edge curriculum that includes consideration of Indigenous knowledge and sustainability. Delivered through a combination of face-to-face workshops and an online learning platform, participants have had access to inspirational speakers and mentors, and a network of the best and brightest minds in the local area.

The program is run the by the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, a Sydney-based, not-for-profit organisation with ten years experience empowering leaders in sustainability.

“We are thrilled to be offering this unique course with a focus on renewable energy in the  Northern Rivers,” said Kate Harris, CEO of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL). “It’s an opportunity to build the capacity and networks of a regional area which is already recognised for its dedication to environmental and social sustainability.”

For more information on the Centre for Sustainable Leadership click here.

Speciality Recycling Stations Coming to Byron Shire Early 2015!!

Mobile phones, household batteries and light bulbs

Mobile phones, household batteries and light bulbs are among the most common form of hazardous waste that is ending up in our landfill. The material makeup of these products is highly toxic and needs proper disposal.  If they are not recycled, they have the potential to breakdown and leach toxic chemicals into our environment. 

There is good news though! More than 90% of the components found in all of these items can be recycled!

In early 2015 there will be five recycling stations distributed through the Byron Shire where you will be able to drop off your unwanted mobile phones, batteries and light bulbs for recycling. Inititally these will be located at the Council Office Mullumbimby, Bangalow Summerland Credit Union and the Byron Bay Library with more locations still to be confirmed in the new year. For more information contact Justine Clark - Byron Shire Council's Resource Recover Officer on (02) 6626 7000.

Your traffic woes solved for 7 days! Park and Ride!

Beat the traffic and car parking blues over the Christmas/New Year period.

Byron shire residents can be part of a solution to a well known problem - supporting a fun, easy alternative to getting stuck in a traffic jam.  From 29 December to 4 January, the first stop is the bus stop with Park and Ride!

Don’t sit in the traffic into Byron Bay take a left into the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex on Ewingsdale Road and park all day for only $5 per car. What’s more, the dedicated bus lane into town means you will be flying past waving to the less savvy people sitting in the traffic queue.

The FREE shuttle service will have two bus services each hour and operate between 10am and 8pm and up until 10pm on New Year’s Eve. As a highlight, Park and Ride features the famous Magic Bus. Tim and his crew will ensure that your trip is musical, colourful and just a little bit whacky, in true Byron style.

Help us reduce the car numbers entering Byron Bay this peak summer period.  The more users we get, the more sustainable the Park and Ride program will become – every person (and car) counts.