A Sustainable Shire

Images of three participants in the Take 3 for the sea waste campaign.

Part of the Byron Shire charm lies within its passionate community members, ranging from creatives and local makers to farmers and tree changers.

This unique mix of individuals has helped to develop a vast hub of local businesses and organisation’s, many of which are passionate about sustainability and the environment.

A key component of being sustainable is considering where and how things are made and supporting small, local enterprises.

Read on for more information on how you can do so within the Byron Shire.

Support sustainable community groups

Have you thought about joining a local community group? There are plenty throughout the Byron Shire that are leading the way in tackling environmental issues and promoting sustainability. You can find out more below:

Community emissions

Are you interested in the community greenhouse gas emissions footprint of Byron Shire?  Ironbark Sustainability and Beyond Zero Emissions have created a community climate tool to provide emission profiles at the municipal level.

The Snapshot tool provides statistics across six key emissions sectors –

  1. Electricity
  2. Gas
  3. Transport
  4. Waste
  5. Agriculture
  6. Land Use

To view the Byron municipality head to the Snapshot website.


Sustainable events

Thinking about hosting an event? The Byron Shire is home to a wide range of events and festivals. Council recognises the importance of working with event organisers for positive economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes.

Council’s key aims for events in Byron Shire are: 

  • To improve efficiencies in regulatory and compliance processes related to event production, making them easier to navigate, as well as maximising Council staff time and input into best practice event management.
  • To promote the value of events to the overall ‘fabric of community’ and garner support and acceptance for best practice events in the Shire.
  • To attract and support events that strengthen the Byron Shire identity and economy with a low impact on the local environment and community.
  • To support and enable event organisers to embed best practice models into their events (eg waste and environmental management, community consultation, site infrastructure, corporate social responsibility), moving towards zero net emissions and zero waste to landfill for all events.

View the Byron Shire Event Guide 2020