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What's your solution for infrastructure?

More than 50 people attended sessions this week to hear about the upcoming Community Solutions Panel and how community members and organisations could provide a submission to the panellists.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said he was stoked that so many people came and had their say.

16 February 2018
New traffic island on the way for Sunrise Boulevard

Work on a new median traffic island that will increase safety for motorists using the Sunrise Boulevard/Ewingsdale Road roundabout, will get underway on Wednesday (7 February).

2 February 2018
New Community Panel to tackle big questions on infrastructure spending

What infrastructure spending should we prioritise, and how should we fund these priorities if the rates alone are not enough?

This is the question that Byron Council will put to a randomly selected group of 28 people as part of a bold new trust-building project called a Community Solutions Panel.

Byron Shire Council’s Mayor Simon Richardson said recent feedback from work on our Community Strategic Plan showed people had a general lack of trust and faith in the Council and wanted more community-led decision making.

1 February 2018
Get in quick: free training and work experience program for young people

Applications are still open for a new training and work experience program for 17 to 24 year olds – but you need to get in quick.

The new vocational training and work experience program being run by Byron Shire Council in partnership with Byron Community College has extended its deadline for applications until mid-February.

1 February 2018
Council seeking briefing from State Govt on North Byron Parklands DA

Byron Shire Council is inviting NSW Department of Planning staff to brief staff and Councillors about the development application (DA) for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands Cultural Events site for events catering for up to 50,000 patrons.
The DA, which is classed as State Significant Development by the NSW Government, is currently on exhibition for public comment.

25 January 2018
School's back: put children's safety first when parking

Parents dropping off and picking up children at school are reminded to use the designated school parking areas to maximise safety for the entire school community.

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment & Economy, Shannon Burt, said parking officers will be at local schools next term, issuing warnings and fines.

“Staff were at several schools prior to the school holidays improving safety awareness amongst drivers on where they could and couldn’t park during school drop off and pickup times.

25 January 2018
Short closure to Mullumbimby’s Federation Bridge to allow for repairs to flood gauge

Mullumbimby’s Federation Bridge will be closed to traffic for three hours on 14 February so the flood gauge can be repaired.

The flood gauge is important because it gives people a clear indication of the level of flood water and this allows people to make important decisions about the potential impact on their properties or access to their homes.

24 January 2018
Byron Shire Council’s new ‘Road Patrol’ coming to a street near you


Mr Gainger will inspect the new Road Patrol truck at the Byron Shire Council depot in Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, at 1.30pm on Wednesday 24 January 2017.

Byron Shire Council recently introduced a new “Road Patrol Service” to allow for a faster response to fixing potholes and other problems on local roads.

23 January 2018
We’re flush - Byron Council taking water recycling to a new level

Beaches, bush, surfing, music, food, chilling out…Byron Shire is famous for all these things as well as something else…effluent management.

Byron Shire Council goes in 2018 as one of the State’s leaders in effluent management and while it’s not normally something that gets talked about in the Byron Shire, what’s happening is pretty impressive.

22 January 2018
Council investigating odour and water quality in Tallow Creek.

Council staff have taken water samples at different locations in Tallow Creek at Suffolk Park after members of the public reported a bad smell and discoloured water.

Acting Manager, Infrastructure Services, Phil Warner, said Council's Environmental Health Officer inspected a large section of Tallow Creek and has taken water samples that have been sent for testing but at this stage Council believes the odour and water discolouration are a natural event.

19 January 2018
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