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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
Council targeting illegal campers in Byron Shire

This Christmas and New Year period was busy for Byron Shire Council’s Enforcement team with 11 staff working early and finishing late to address illegal camping.

“There were no holidays for our Enforcement team in response to ongoing concerns from our community about illegal campers and their behaviour and to let these people know that setting up vans and camping on beaches and in residential streets is not okay any time of the year,” Council’s Director, Sustainable Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt said.

15 January 2018
Council disappointed after attempts to help a small business owner backfire

“Ungrateful and extremely disappointing” is how Byron Shire Council’s General Manager, Ken Gainger, is describing a small business owner who was allowed to set up shop in a prime site in Byron Bay’s CBD for 12 months rent-free.

“The owner of a solar, charged electric bike hire company approached Council in August 2016, asking us, as a show of support for start-up businesses, to allow him to operate from a prominent location in the Byron Bay CBD such as a car park,” Mr Gainger said.

12 January 2018
Steer clear of the dunes this holiday season

With Summer holidays in full swing, Byron Council is asking locals and visitors to take special care of the Shire’s precious coastal dunes by steering clear of them.
“It takes time and a huge community effort to regenerate coastal dunes and so we’re reminding everyone to respect the dune environment while they’re out and about enjoying our beautiful beaches,” Council’s Coastal Biodiversity Coordinator Chloe Dowsett said.

10 January 2018
E zones – what’s the next step?

After spending eight weeks meeting and talking to more than 300 people in the Byron Shire about the new Environmental (E) zone review process, staff are now working through some 600 submissions received from land owners and members of the public.

5 January 2018
Council’s Enforcement team is swapping cars for bikes

As if working in Byron Bay this summer is not good enough, Council’s Enforcement team is now enjoying the best the town has to offer after swapping patrol cars for bicycles.

Members of the team are now getting around the streets on new electric bikes when they are doing camping, parking and littering patrols.

5 January 2018
Former Young Australian of the Year Corey Payne is Byron Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador

Inspirational former Rugby League player and 2013 Young Australian of the Year, Corey Payne, is Byron Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2018.

Corey Payne will be a guest speaker at local Australia Day events which will be held throughout the Byron Shire on 26 January.

3 January 2018
New Year’s Eve was a cracker – thanks to everyone for a great night

The rain held off, the music was superb and the food was amazing as thousands of people gathered in Jonson Street in Byron Bay to send off 2017 and welcome in the New Year.

The crowd, estimated to be more than 10,000 people, had a great time, dancing, singing, and watching the cabaret, circus acts and magicians.

2 January 2018
Community and family the focus for Byron Bay NYE

Families and Byron Shire residents are invited to ‘Soul Street’, a low-key community celebration in Byron Bay this New Year’s Eve.

Byron Shire Council’s General Manager, Ken Gainger, said the night was designed for people of all ages – children, parents and grandparents.

“New Year’s Eve activities in Byron Bay will be held in Jonson Street which will be an alcohol free zone,” Mr Gainger said.

29 December 2017
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