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Sustainability e-Flash May 2015

World Environment Day 2015 Celebrations - Shire wide student photography project

To celebrate World Environment Day in 2015, Byron Shire Council and Brunswick Valley Landcare are running an environmentally focused photographic project with Brunswick Heads Primary School.

The shire wide project will involve students learning about the local environment as part of the science curriculum. Students will then be taken on a tour of the Suffolk Park Dunecare and Saltwater Creek Landcare sites by Landcare volunteers. During the tour children will be guided to photograph the regeneration work and the local environment.  

Each student will then have one image displayed as part of a walking photography exhibition around Brunswick Heads leading up to and including World Environment Day on Friday 5 June 2015 and the Old and Gold Festival on Saturday 6 June 2015.

The theme of the photography exhibition will be ‘Our Environment is Golden’.

A limited edition book of the project will be created, including photographs by and of the students, and Brunswick Valley Landcare will distribute further information and resources from a stall during the Old and Gold Festival.

Further information about the project can be obtained from Melody Valentine, Secretary of Brunswick Valley Landcare at

Byron Shire Zero Net Emissions Community Forum - 21 June 2015

Byron Shire Council, in partnership with Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), has set a visionary goal to become Australia's first Zero Emissions community. Byron Shire Council and BZE will be hosting a Community Forum on Sunday 21 June at the Cavanbah Sports Centre in Byron Bay from 9.30am-12.30pm. This free forum is an open invitation to all interested community members to come and help co-create a Byron specific strategy and plan.

If you would like to RSVP to attend, or if your community group would like to have an information stall at the forum, please send us an email

Want to become a sustainability leader?

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) is excited to be offering its renowned Fellowship Program for the first time ever in Queensland and is looking for candidates Australia wide. If you are a passionate, emerging leader for sustainability, looking to develop your capacity to create environmental and social change then we would love to meet you. The program runs from Sunday 2nd August to Saturday 24th November.   Applications close 5pm on Sunday 28th June.

This personal and professional leadership development program brings together a diverse range of smart, passionate and committed people like you, and through a unique, experiential learning-process, combining face-to-face and collaborative online engagement, coaching, mentoring and real-world project incubation, helps you to change yourself, in order to change others and so change the world.

If that is not enough, the two, six-day residential retreats will be held in the beautiful stillness of the World Heritage Listed Paluma Rainforest and include activities at the Great Barrier Reef. Give yourself time out from your busy world to grow, learn and develop among a community of like-minded people, all wanting to make positive change for the future.


Information Sessions


  • Wednesday 3rd June, 6pm-7pm at The Heartspace, 51-53 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby,  NSW.
  • Thursday 18th June, 6pm- 7pm, Maida Lilley Community Centre, Level 1, 5 Green Square Close, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld

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  • Tuesday 2nd June, 7pm -8pm 

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Apply for the Fellowship Program now: Applications close on Sunday 28th June.

Wanted: ethical caterers!

In June 2010, Byron Shire Council resolved to adopt an Ethical Catering Policy to recognise the importance of ethically and sustainably produced foods to the nutritional health and general wellbeing of our community, the local economy and the wider environment. 

Council is now updating its register of Ethical Caterers and is inviting suitably qualified individuals/organisations to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Ethical Catering.

The creation of the Ethical Catering register is to support the Ethical Catering policy which gives preference to local, seasonally-available, certified organic, cruelty-free and fair trade produce and also aims to promote sustainable agriculture by supporting local farmers across Byron Shire.

Submissions close at 4pm Thursday 4 June 2015.

For more information, please contact Sandi Middleton at Byron Shire Council on 02 6626 7305 or visit Council’s website.

Sustainable Living courses - Byron Community College

The following courses are coming up at Byron Community College. For more bookings or more information visit or phone 02 66843374

BACKYARD CHOOKS with Sharon Gibson

Keeping chickens in the backyard is fun and easy. They eat our kitchen scraps, will happily scratch up every weed, seed and grub as well as give us eggs and manure for our gardens. This workshop will cover every-day care, feeding, popular breeds, problem solving and housing. Keeping even a few chooks has many benefits for living a more sustainable lifestyle. 


Want to diversify your garden and experiment with unusual plants suited to the subtropics? Sharon has cooked using perennials from aibika to yams for years, gleaning recipes from around the world, and creating her own
delicious dishes.  Learn to grow then prepare a delicious meal from the perennial garden. Additional materials $10.


Learn the basics of bush regeneration to understand natural processes, weed ecology and how to use strategic inputs of labour. By gaining practical knowledge, skills and inspiration you can reverse the decline of our biodiversity by becoming a custodian to manage land and improve the ecology for our flora and fauna.


Learn to make fresh cheese with Debra Allard, a local Cheesemaker with 8 years’ experience. In this class you learn 2 very special cheeses that can easily be made at home. The 30 minute mozzarella is a real show stopper. Once you have made this in class and practised at home a few times you will never buy mozzarella again. The feta will be made out of local goat's milk when possible and you will be amazed how easy it is to make. Additional materials $50, includes morning tea, lunch and all the cheeses you make.

RAW PLEASURES with Alessandra Alfredo NEW

Raw pleasures is designed by Alessandra Alfredo to initiate you on a healthy journey through easy to make and absolutely delicious raw recipes. You will learn diverse methods to use vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts creating an array of snacks, mains and desserts. Morning tea, lunch and leftovers to take home included.  Additional materials $50.


Learn age-old preserving techniques as together we will capture cultures and make some delicious ferments. Naturally fermented foods are nutrient-enhanced and maintain healthy bacteria in the gut – essential for your digestion and overall vitality! Recipes for vegetable and dairy ferments including sauerkraut, cultured cream and butter, lacto-fermented tomato sauce, sparkling fruit drinks and kefir. Materials fee $45 includes morning tea, light lunch & fermented foods.

Free Energy Efficiency Workshops

Are you a community service or adult learning group who would like some in- house energy efficiency or energy literacy training? Might you like to help your clients with saving energy or understanding their bills? This project is supported by Byron Shire Council   Please contact Katrina Shields at Byron College.

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