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Sustainability E-flash May 2016

Wash Against Waste - Renew Fest June 18

Byron Shire Council, in partnership with COREM, Santos Organics, Mullum Seed, Brunswick Valley Landcare and Enova Energy, are looking to make our inaugural Renew Fest - a wash against waste event.

Along with an inspiring and informative gaggle of speakers, panels and musical performers we are so EXCITED to be able to say that there will be no disposable plastic or food containers served at the event. 

People can either bring their own plate, cup and cutlery or hire one at the event. There is always an enormous amount of waste at Festivals and Renew Fest is keen to show that it can be done differently.

We are also stoked to be launching at the ZERO EMISSIONS BYRON - Baseline Report. This gives a snapshot of the Byron Shire greenhouse gas emissions to date and will greatly assist the project in designing a 10 Year Action Plan to try and reach 100% Zero Emissions in the next 10 years.

If you or your organisation is interesting in having a stall or running a workshop then please get in touch with us through the website.

We are also looking for volunteers so if you are wanting to help out please get in touch via the website -

To get in touch via Facebook -

Twitter @renewfestbyron

Presencing in Nature Workshop - Sunday 29 May

You are warmly invited to join us for a ‘Presencing in Nature’ workshop that Sandi Middleton from Byron Shire Council is pleased to be hosting on Sunday, 29 May.

We have so many dedicated leaders in our community tirelessly working towards a more sustainable future. Council is offering this workshop as a way to support all these projects in more meaningful way 

The aim is to provide a space and time for you to just be. To stop, listen and reflect on where you are at the moment. This could be in relation to your work, as a leader or even more broadly in life.

The day will involve spending some quiet time alone in nature, and a gentle easing in and out of that time (i.e. letting go/letting come) through dialogue.

No pre-requisites, no experience at all required - just a willingness to ease into deep relaxation and presence, through nature.

The day will run from 10am to 4pm at Brunswick Heads. The workshop is FREE courtesy of Council with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. All you need to bring is some warm clothes and your goodselves.

There are limited places and it is first in best dressed so please RSVP to by COB Tuesday, 24 May and include any dietary requirements you may have. 

COREM Byron to Brunswick Heads beach walk for climate action -Sat 28th May

Join like minded people to reflect on the climate issue as we walk past areas being impacted by climate change right now.

The day is also about uniting together to celebrate and share the creative solutions that we can pursue to reduce the impacts climate change will have on biodiversity, landscapes and society. Be involved to be part of the solution and share your experience with family and friends for sponsorship.

These funds will build local community owned solar projects.  Full details are at and if you are unable to participate in the walk you can support this initiative by contributing to and spreading the message that we need to take action today. 

Swap your food - Federal Exchange Sat 28th May

The Federal Exchange is a community produce swap, held on the last Saturday of every season. People gather at 10am to place their excess produce on the center tables and at 10:30am the exchange takes place.  People choose from what there is on offer, taking in mind what they feel is a fair swap.

The aim and inspirations of the Federal Exchange are to:

  • firstly share excess home produce which would otherwise get wasted 
  • improve local food resilience
  • reduce reliance on money to survive 
  • support sustainable living 
  • strengthen community connection
  • support and inspire gardening 
  • and encourage new varieties of produce

Items may include fruit, vegetables, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, herbs and worm wee.

For more information contact Join the Facebook group: The Federal Exchange.

Byron Shire’s Plastic Free July launching June 8

Byron Shire’s Plastic Free July initiative led by Santos Organics in collaboration with a host of community organisations including Byron Shire Council kicks off, June 1!

You are invited to take the challenge to minimise plastic packaging for the month of July and join in the various beach clean ups, street clean ups, film nights, discussions, school projects, yoga classes and more happening around the shire. Join this exciting collective for the first event on Wednesday June 8 at Byron Community Centre for an Australian exclusive film screening of ‘Beijing Besieged by Waste’ followed by a panel discussion.

Look out for the ‘Byron Love Arch’ roaming farmers’ markets and hot-spot locations in June and share your tip or idea to reduce plastic in the shire – we want to get 1001 images to spread across the world, showcasing the Byron Shire as a leading sustainable and connected community!

Sign up at and receive great discounts on bulk food throughout July. Check out the program and  together lets be part of creating new habits on the way we view, use, value and accumulate plastic in our society.