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Sustainability E-flash February 2016

COREM film night and fundraiser - this Friday

COREM is screening BLACK HOLE, the first of its series of FUNDRAISING Film nights at the DRILL HALL because of its intimate relationship to its cause....

"Black Hole shows the Maules Creek farming community in NSW being overrun and bludgeoned by Whitehaven Coal, and its political, legal and corporate allies. This shocking documentary culminates in the nation of Australia's indifference to an Aboriginal boy's tears as his heritage is destroyed. The film is a riveting wake-up on the vast and greedy forces overrunning Earth's ability to cope.
Every Australian should see this film, not least Tony Abbott”, Bob Brown 
"This is possibly the best enviro documentary I've ever see...n. It opened at the Environmental Film Festival Australia last night. Absolutely inspiring and essential to see for anyone interested in
protecting this country and the global climate." Eco Shout

6:30pm : Welcome to Country by Jarmbi Githabul
Food + Refreshments
Speaker + MC Mayor Simon Richardson
7:15pm : Live Broadcast with Muz Drechsler from the Leard
Forest Blockade
8pm : Black Hole Movie Screening
$20 / $15 Concession @ THE DOOR

All proceeds going to our CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN to put a PV system for the Drill Hall and kickstart our Revloving Community Energy Fund for a 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY MULLUMBIMBY AREA!


Shout out to Schools - Join the international sustainability WAVE project before 2nd March

The exciting international school project 'WAVE' will be launched in Byron Bay on Wednesday, the 2nd of March. Here in the Byron region we will be one of the first ones to start riding the WAVE which will pass through the whole world after, as the Byron people are known for riding the 'wave' well.

"For the sake of humankind, our planet and future generations, we can show the direction for a new way forward" says Louis Palmer, the founder of the WAVE and 'champion of the Earth 2011' for circumnavigating the globe twice with solar powered electric vehicles. In the Byron region as well, a clean energy vehicle will be driving from school to school on the 2nd of March, collecting cards. Many schools are already participating  (ie Byron High, Southern Cross, Cape Byron Steiner). Students from these schools will have learnt about greenhouse emissions and what they can do in their own life's to lower their impact on climate change. If they want to participate, they choose one commitment they will make to reduce their personal emissions and write this on a postcard. Mayor Simon Richardson will receive all those cards at the end of the school-tour of the clean energy vehicle and he will put them in one big box and send it off to Europe. There cards from all over the world will be transported in a big rally of clean energy vehicles through Europe, stopping at more schools, collecting more cards. These cards will be presented to the United Nations as a powerful message to be remembered, all laid out in the biggest card-mosaic ever which will enter Guinness Book of records. The whole mosaic will be photographed with a drone, and every child will be able to find his/her card amongst hundreds of thousands of others online.

Be part of the WAVE! Join with a school or help out in other ways. Find more information on the website and contact the Byron region coordinator Karin Ochsner on

Let's ride the wave together from Byron Bay all the way to the United Nations.

Join us for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 6 March!

Ever wanted to learn more about our river in Mullumbimby and help look after it in the process?

Byron Shire Council and Brunswick Valley Landcare will be celebrating Clean Up Australia Day with a walk and clean-up along the riverbank in Mullumbimby.

Byron Shire Council’s Resource Recovery Team Leader, Lloyd Isaacson, said Clean Up Australia Day provides a great opportunity to clean up places that are important to the local community.

“The river and surrounding areas are an integral part of our local environment, with Landcare groups and Council staff working hard throughout the year to maintain them,” Mr Isaacson said.

“This is a great opportunity to lend a helping hand to clean it up, and you’ll also see some of the great regeneration work that Brunswick Valley Landcare have been doing,” he said.

Alison Ratcliffe from Brunswick Valley Landcare said the local groups have been working to restore the river bank in Mullumbimby for many years, removing weeds and planting native species.

“Many of the trees are now well established and have signs with their names on them so it’s a great walk to do if you’d like to learn about our local native trees,” Ms Ratcliffe said.

To participate be at the Pool Park, located behind the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool on Jubilee Avenue at 10am on Sunday 6 March and we will finish up at 11:30am in Heritage Park (near the tennis courts).

There will be a well-earned morning tea available for participants on arrival at Heritage Park, but please feel free to bring a lunch along and connect with people in your community.

Don’t forget to wear a long sleeve shirt, enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring a bottle of water; Council will supply gloves and clean up bags for volunteers.

To register as a volunteer for our clean up site visit the Clean Up Australia Day website at

Since the national event started in 1990, Australians have donated more than 28.2 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 302,213 tonnes of rubbish from 151,909 sites across the country.

“It would be great to see lots of local Byron Shire community groups, schools and businesses getting involved in 2016,” Mr Isaacson said.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and about, meet new people and help to clean up our beautiful local environment.”

To find out what other sites are being cleaned up in the Byron Shire visit the Clean Up Australia Day website at 

$60,000 on offer for green projects to activate Byron

Due to an overwhelming response from our local creatives, the Byron Bay town centre placemaking seed funding has seen applications extended until 4pm Monday, 21 March.

Byron Shire Council has $60,000 available.  Applications must be received by 4pm 21 March and the project completed by 30 June 2017.

Council is looking for projects that have the capacity to transform underutilised public places and laneways. Types of activation events might include murals and street art, parklets, eat streets, pop-up shops, edible gardens, mobile art gallery, or creative lighting displays. We are also excited about possible creative ways to provide amenities such as creative bike racks, seats, lighting and bins for example.

More information on the Seed Fund is available at

A project plan must accompany the expression of interest submission and detail consultation/engagement, requirements for licenses, road closures and/or regulatory requirements.



Save the date - Koala Connections Forum

Byron and Tweed Shire Councils are co-hosting a FREE Koala Connections Forum on Friday 6th of May at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

It will be a fun and informative day, celebrating and sharing the lessons learnt from this highly successful and award winning program.

More details to come soon.