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Byron Council and Byron Community College team up to deliver new training and work experience program for young people

Young people from 17 to 24 years of age are invited to join a new vocational training and work experience program being run by Byron Shire Council in partnership with Byron Community College – but you need to apply before 8 December .

17 November 2017
Byron Community Markets to go to beachfront for 12 months from May 2018

The iconic Byron Community Market will be temporarily relocated to the beachfront from May 2018 to allow for the development of the new Byron Bay bus interchange in the Butler Street Reserve and the construction of the Byron Bay bypass.

The Byron Community Market is one of the most popular monthly markets in the Northern Rivers and the Byron Shire Council and the Byron Community Centre (BCC) are confident that the temporary relocation to the beachfront will be well received by the community.

17 November 2017
Refugees welcome in Byron Shire

With the future of refugees on Manus Island still uncertain Byron Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the Byron Shire was proud to be a Refugee Welcome Zone.

“Council became a Refugee Welcome Zone in February 2015, and has been honouring that declaration ever since,” Mayor Richardson said.

“Becoming a Refugee Welcome Zone was a way we could publicly state our intent and open our arms to some of the world’s most needy people,” Byron Shire Council Mayor, Simon Richardson, said.

16 November 2017
Byron preparing for Schoolies 2017

Approximately 10,000 teenagers are expected to arrive in Byron Bay from the 17 November – 4 December to celebrate Schoolies 2017.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said he hoped the school leavers enjoyed relaxing on the beach with friends and celebrating the end of their high school education.

“I still remember how I felt when I finished high school and most people will agree that it was a fantastic feeling and a very memorable time,” he said.

16 November 2017
Tree pruning and planting at Tyagarah for a safer airstrip

Vegetation work to be undertaken at Tyagarah airstrip in late November will see more than 500 trees planted near the airfield and 72 trees and shrubs pruned as part of routine maintenance works to make sure the aerodrome is safe for the people who use it.

The works will be done in accordance with an approved Review of Environmental Factors with input from an independent ecologist.

14 November 2017
No place for Instant Hotels in Byron Shire

Byron Shire Council strongly condemns the television program Instant Hotel which features a property in the Byron Shire.

“I am concerned to see a property on Red Gate Road at South Golden Beach promoted as an ‘instant hotel’ particularly because there has been a history of non-compliance with respect to the use of the property,” Mayor Richardson said.

10 November 2017
Changed hours to allow for improvements to Mullumbimby Library

New technology being installed at the Mullumbimby Library on the 13 November will make it easier and faster to borrow books.

The library will be closed until 1pm on the 13 November so a new loan station and security gates can be installed.

Jo Carmody, Regional Library Manager, said the installation of the new loan station will allow staff to process five books at a time.

9 November 2017
What's your vision for the Byron Shire?

Sharing selfies, big ideas and stories will drive a think tank on the future of Byron Shire as Council kicks off its engagement around ‘OUR BYRON, OUR FUTURE’ – a ten year aspirational plan.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said residents, businesses and visitors needed to be front and centre in guiding the discussion about what the future should hold.

“We want to know what you value most and what the long-term direction for our community should be,” Mayor Richardson said.

8 November 2017
Road reconstruction at Hayters Hill

Recent wet weather has not stopped the roadworks on Bangalow Road at Hayters Hill where Byron Shire Council crews are rebuilding a 300m section of road.

The work is being carried out on the section of road bordering the Hayters Hill Nature Reserve, a small but important piece of rainforest remnant typical of the Big Scrub which once covered much of the Northern Rivers.

3 November 2017
Byron Council’s Donna Tucker takes out National Team Leader of the Year Award

Friendly, helpful and passionate about delivering excellence in customer service, Byron Shire Council’s Donna Tucker has won the National Team Leader of the Year award at the 2017 National Local Government Customer Service Awards.

“This is a huge accolade for Donna – she is an incredible leader and her enthusiasm for customer service is infectious,” Byron Shire Council’s Acting General Manager, Mark Arnold said.

2 November 2017
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