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:

Spend consciously

We all know the effects of plastic on the environment, but did you know that purchasing from mass production methods can also create large amounts of waste and pollution throughout the supply chain, and these products often have very short life spans.

The key message here is - buy less, buy local. Check out your local markets or the Byron Arts and Industrial Precinct.

Monthly Arts, Crafts and Food Markets

Location Date
Brunswick Heads      
1st Saturday of the Month 
Byron Bay 1st Sunday of the Month 
Byron Flea Market 2nd Saturday of the Month 
Mullumbimby 3rd Saturday of the Month
Bangalow 4th Sunday of the Month 


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 Council's Event Guide(PDF, 6MB)