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Embrace Naturality in Your Green Bin – New Guidelines for Byron Shire Residents

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Embrace Naturality in Your Green Bin – New Guidelines for Byron Shire Residents

 

As of January 25, 2024, Byron Shire residents are urged to be mindful of the contents they dispose of in their green wheelie bins due to recent changes in NSW waste management regulations. The focus is on adopting a “nude and natural” approach, emphasising the exclusion of certain items from the green bin.

Sarah Child, a member of the Council’s Resource Recovery team, highlighted the importance of adhering to the updated guidelines. The key principle is to refrain from including packaging, paper, teabags, or various products like coffee cups, wooden cutlery, or bamboo containers in the green bin.

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Residents seeking more information on the modified green bin regulations can visit the “Changes to What Goes in Your Green Bin” section on the Council’s website.

Ms. Child clarified that aside from Australian Certified compostable caddy liners and sheets of newspaper used for lining food scraps bins, no synthetic materials should be disposed of in the green bin. The NSW Environment Protection Authority has instigated these changes to address the prevalence of disposable items claiming compostability but containing potentially harmful chemicals.

“The green bins are designed to convert waste into natural compost,” Ms. Child emphasised. Therefore, only food and garden waste should be deposited in the green bins. The call to “go nude and natural” is not just an environmental consideration but aligns with health concerns associated with harmful substances.

Residents seeking more information on the modified green bin Byron Shire regulations can visit the “Changes to What Goes in Your Green Bin” section on the Council’s website.

 

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Busy 12 months for Council’s Enforcement team

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Byron Shire Council’s Enforcement team has had busy year.

Busy 12 months for Council’s Enforcement team

 

Byron Shire Council’s Enforcement team has had busy year.

In 2023 the Enforcement team received 4,378 notifications on a wide range of matters including parking, animals, camping, public health and illegal work.

From January to December 2023, there were 13,591 infringement notices issued, with a value of $2,672,889.

“The majority of notifications and complaints related to parking, dogs and animals and camping,” Sarah Nagel, Manager Public and Environmental Services, said.

“With an injection of $250,000 in our budget last year we were able to expand our patrols and the success of this is evident,” Ms Nagel said.

“Our officers have extended their patrol areas to target unauthorised camping and parking and people not walking their dogs on leads, or walking them in restricted areas,” Ms Nagel said.

Byron Shire Council’s Enforcement team has had busy year.

Byron Shire Council’s Enforcement team.

“We issued ten times the number of animal-related fines in January this year compared to last year and we will continue to penalise people who aren’t doing the right thing.

“We also issued 75% more camping-related infringements than the previous period,” she said.

There was a large increase in the number of parking-related infringement notices in 2023, with 13,076 issued compared to 10,869 in 2022.

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, congratulated the Enforcement team on its work, saying the $250,000 increase in the team’s budget was a good investment.

“There’s no doubt that the staff in our Enforcement team have a tough job trying to keep our Shire safe for everyone,” Mayor Lyon said.

“No one wants to receive a fine and my message to them is that they won’t get fined if they respect the rules so please don’t blame our staff who are just doing their job,” he said.

 

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Bangalow Sports Fields Lighting Upgrade Set to Commence

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Bangalow Sports Fields Lighting Upgrade Set to Commence

 

Exciting developments are on the horizon for the Bangalow sports fields as the long-awaited upgrade of lighting is scheduled to kick off next week.

With a budget of $795,000, generously funded by the NSW Government’s Essential Community Sports Assets program, this project marks a significant step forward in enhancing the facilities for the local community.

Malcolm Robertson, Manager of Open Spaces and Facilities, emphasised the necessity of this upgrade as the existing lights on timber poles have reached the end of their operational lifespan. “While these lights have dutifully served the community, the advent of much improved technology calls for a necessary upgrade,” Robertson stated.

Bangalow Sports Fields

Bangalow Sports Fields

The new lighting system will feature energy-efficient LEDs, offering not only superior illumination but also substantial cost savings. “With an estimated annual electricity cost reduction of around $35,000, the transition to LED lights aligns with our commitment to sustainability,” Robertson added.

Furthermore, the new poles, standing approximately five to seven meters taller, will boast a sleek design aimed at minimising light spillage, thereby mitigating any impact on neighbouring properties and wildlife habitats.

During the duration of the project, access to the car park at the bottom of the playing fields, adjacent to Jeff Schneider Oval, will be restricted. Additionally, limited access to the path and certain playing fields may be imposed. The project is anticipated to conclude by mid to late March, subject to weather conditions.

Importantly, this lighting upgrade addresses a key priority identified in the feedback received on the Bangalow Sports Fields Masterplan, highlighting the community’s active involvement in shaping the future of recreational facilities.

 

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Byron Writers Festival announces new Artistic Director and return to Bangalow Showground in August 2024

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Byron Writers Festival announces new Artistic Director and return to Bangalow Showground in August 2024

 

Byron Writers Festival is pleased to announce a new Artistic Director, Jessica Alice, will join the organisation in February and that the festival will return to Bangalow Showground 9-11 August, 2024.

“We are delighted to welcome Jessica Alice to the position of Artistic Director and look forward to her curation of the 2024 Byron Writers Festival and leadership of the organisation in collaboration with Executive Director, Shien Chee,” said Byron Writers Festival Chair, Adam van Kempen.

“Jessica’s appointment follows the departure of Zoe Pollock, who resigned in September 2023 to focus on her family. The Board acknowledges the very significant contribution Zoe Pollock made to Byron Writers Festival in her tenure as Artistic Director and CEO over the last two years, including successfully returning the festival to the stage after the pandemic and transitioning to a new site in Bangalow.”

Jessica Alice is a writer and arts leader who comes to Byron Writers Festival from her position as CEO of Writers SA, the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia, Chair of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia and Chair of the National Young Writers Festival.

Jessica Alice

Byron Writers Festival welcomes new Artistic Director Jessica Alice.

Jessica brings extensive experience with her having worked across literature, festivals, media, theatre and visual arts. She was formerly Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival, Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in New South Wales, and a member of the executive leadership team at Regional Arts Victoria. Jessica will commence her position as Artistic Director of Byron Writers Festival in February 2024.

“I am thrilled to join Byron Writers Festival as Artistic Director,” said Jessica. “Festivals are vital sites of civic discourse and democratic participation that place writers at the heart of public life –– and Byron Writers Festival has long established itself as a leader in the sharing of storytelling and ideas.”

“I’m honoured to build on the tremendous legacy of the festival to present this joyous celebration of books and literary culture in the Northern Rivers.”

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Byron Writers Festival will return to Bangalow Showground 9 -11 August, 2024.

Byron Writers Festival returns to Bangalow Showground

“We had fantastic feedback about the festival site this year, held for the first time in the beautiful Bangalow Showground, so we are very happy to announce we will be returning in August 2024 to gather under the shade of those majestic gum trees. We deeply thank the community of Bangalow for making the festival feel so at home,” said Byron Writers Festival Chair, Adam van Kempen.

“We will continue our strong engagement with the Byron Bay community, hosting festival events in Byron during the festival week and throughout the year.”

The annual Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. The festival is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and for delivering a diverse program of stimulating and entertaining conversations that celebrate storytelling in all its forms. The 2024 Byron Writers Festival will take place from 9-11 August at Bangalow Showground.

Keep up to date with Byron Writers Festival announcements and ticket releases via their e-newsletter or follow them on social media @byronwritersfestival. www.byronwritersfestival.com

 

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