Media releases - July 2017

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A new rainbow gateway to Byron Bay

There’s a bright new entrance to Byron Bay with the Belongil Creek Bridge repainted in rainbow colours.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the new paint work on the Belongil Bridge was a fantastic statement for the gateway to Byron Bay, a town known for tolerance and acceptance.

The rainbow colours are used around the world as a symbol of pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

“The colours on this bridge show Byron Shire Council’s support for equity and inclusion,” Mayor Richardson said.

31 July 2017
Byron Shire Council responds to unauthorised holiday letting

Byron Shire Council estimates there are more than 1000 dwellings available for short-term holiday rental across tourist and visitor accommodation websites.

Byron Shire Council’s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt, said that while short term rental accommodation is an important part of Byron’s tourism industry, unauthorised holiday letting has a negative impact on many people living in residential areas.

31 July 2017
Council builds new interim access over collapsed causeway

Byron Shire Council staff and contractors have built a temporary gravel access road utilising an existing culvert across the Brunswick River at Durrumbul near Mullumbimby, after a causeway on Durrumbul Road collapsed earlier today.

The causeway near the Durrumbul Public School collapsed when a waste collection truck drove over it around 8.30am this morning.

Council engineers and staff were on-site until late this afternoon building the interim road which is now open to traffic.

31 July 2017
Finally…Byron Shire Council welcomes Commonwealth Disaster Assistance for flood victims

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement offering disaster assistance to residents affected by Ex-Cyclone Debbie.

“The floods caused by Ex-Cyclone Debbie in March had a devastating impact on some sections of the community and we have been lobbying the Federal Government to demonstrate the need for the funding,” Mayor Richardson said.

26 July 2017
Priority road project gets underway at The Terrace at Brunswick Heads

Byron Shire Council has started road works on The Terrace at Brunswick Heads, a project that will improve the street for locals, businesses and visitors.

The work is expected to take four weeks, weather permitting, and local shops and cafes will remain open for business as usual during this time.

The Byron Shire Council’s Manager of Works, Tony Nash, said the $380,000 project was funded via money raised from the special rate variation.

25 July 2017
Bangalow food precinct DA on exhibition again

The development application for the Bangalow food precinct is being re-exhibited.

The applicant, Chase Lismore Road Pty Ltd, is proposing a rural industry Food Precinct for the processing and preparation of food on a 26-hectare property on Lismore Road at Bangalow.

The original development application was placed on exhibition in May last year.

A range of issues were raised in the submissions including flooding, traffic and access to the site from Lismore Road.

20 July 2017
Got any ideas on how to improve walking, cycling and traffic movement in the Byron CBD?

Byron Shire Council staff will be in Byron Bay’s main street this week to talk to people about their ideas for improving walking, cycling and traffic in the Byron Bay town centre.

The feedback from the community and businesses will be used to inform an Access and Movement Study and Strategy that was identified as a priority in the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan.

19 July 2017
Exhibition of Draft Rural Land Use Strategy extended – we want to hear from you

Byron Shire Council has extended the exhibition period for the revised draft Byron Shire Rural Land Use Strategy.  The closing date for submissions is now 24 July 2017.

The revised draft Strategy provides a strategic framework to guide future land zoning, protection and development of rural lands over the next 20 years.

12 July 2017
Mullumbimby pool on track to open on 1 September

Mullumbimby residents should see the water in the Petria Thomas pool starting to clear with work underway to ensure the gates open for the start of the swimming season on 1 September 2017.

The pool complex was inundated with flood water during Ex-Cyclone Debbie and Byron Shire Council has received approval from its insurers to undertake repairs.

It’s estimated the cost of damage caused by the flood was $66,000.

12 July 2017
Report your information to Council in less than 90 seconds with new ‘Report it’ function

Byron Shire Council has unveiled a new service to make it easier and faster for people to get in touch with us about a wide range of issues and topics.

Report it is a new online service where people can easily report a problem, make a request or seek information.

Testing has so far revealed it takes an average of less than 90 seconds for users to generate reports and requests to Council using the new tool.

7 July 2017
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