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A new plan for housing in the Byron Shire on its way in 2024

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Byron Shire Residential Strategy

A new plan for housing in the Byron Shire on its way in 2024

 

For six weeks the most popular page on Byron Shire Council’s website was the Housing Options Paper, with almost 2,000 views and 286 submissions presented to staff for review.

The development and exhibition of the Housing Options Paper was the first step in the process to refreshing the Byron Shire Residential Strategy, a document that provides a vision and framework for how Council intends to provide future housing over the next 20 years.

“The NSW Government has set Council a target to deliver 4,522 homes for 8,590 people by 2041 and the Residential Strategy will provide the planning framework to allow this to happen,” Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, said.

At the December Council meeting, Councillors endorsed the recommendations developed from the Housing Options Paper which identified four ways for housing supply to be delivered:

  • Infill
  • Vacant land
  • New release
  • Living differently

Byron Shire Residential Strategy

Following the consultation period staff have included several new sites for inclusion in the Residential Strategy, as well as land identified in the NSW Government’s Resilient Lands Strategy.

“Housing is top of the agenda for all levels of government in Australia and it is the number one issue for our community,” Mayor Lyon said.

“There are no quick fixes to this problem, but the Residential Strategy will provide the framework to allow for development to happen in a way that is appropriate for our community, incorporating our values, taking into account the environment and the character of our villages and towns,” he said.

“For our strategy to work it is essential that all new developments that involve a rezoning provide a contribution of land for genuine affordable housing.

“We are committed to the delivery of homes at the right end of the market, including build-to-rents, so we can alleviate, and then solve, this housing crisis,” Mayor Lyon said.

Information about the changes to the Housing Options Paper and the Residential Strategy is on Council’s website. The Residential Strategy will be presented to the Council for endorsement in early 2024, prior to be submitted to the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment.

 

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Know of a community project that needs a funding boost this year?

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Community Initiatives Program

Know of a community project that needs a funding boost this year?

 

Applications are set to open for two streams of Council grants on offer for 2024-2025 community projects and creative activation of public space.

The two grant streams are:

  • Community Initiatives Program – grants of up to $5,000 per organisation on offer (with a total pool of $57,500) for investment into inspiring community projects.
  • Creative Public Spaces Small Grants – seed funding of up to $5000 (with a total pool of $15,000) for new temporary or permanent art works in public spaces in the Byron Shire.

Applications for these programs open on Monday 8 April and close on 30 June 2024. Further information, eligibility details and the application forms are available from Council’s website.

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon said the purpose of Council’s investment in the funding programs was to deliver small grants that could make a big difference to community groups and creatives and help them to generate amazing outcomes.

“Last year Council supported a Japanese language play group, environmental initiatives through Mullum Seed, creative youth projects and lighting up the Love sign in Mullumbimby. Council’s grass roots funding programs have been running successfully for many years now and have been proven to help make outstanding projects happen in our community,” Mayor Lyon said.

“It’s one small way we can help to enrich community life and build connections to one another,” he said.

“Our grant application processes have improved over recent years – there is no longer a need for matching contributions from applicants and the assessment criteria have been simplified.”

“We encourage applications for any event or project that supports the environment, the creative life of the community or that improves access and inclusion and opens up ways for more people to participate,” the Mayor said.

To find out more about the Community Initiatives Program and the Creative Public Spaces Small Grants program, go to Council’s website. Eligibility criteria vary for each grant program so please read the terms set out on Council’s website.

 

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Byron Comedy Fest 2024 Laughs at The Hotel Great Northern

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Bev Killick Byron Comedy Fest 2024

Byron Comedy Fest 2024 Laughs at The Hotel Great Northern

 

The legendary Hotel Great Northern’s Backroom opens its doors to laughter when it welcomes The Byron Comedy Fest with 8 big headline shows.

With audiences packing out shows every year, Festival Directors Mel Coppin and Zara Noruzi have decided a new venue with increased capacity was in order. It also means the festival is an all weather event!

Expect all your favourites!

With perennial sell out favourites Best Of British headed up by UK comic Dan Willis. Willis welcomes his favourite Brit funny people, this year’s crop include Bob Franklin, Matt O’Neill and Gillian Cordiner.

Sri Lankan born Comedy super star Dilruk Jayasinah left the world of finance as a sit down accountant and started working as a stand up comic. While his parents may have been a little dismayed at first, Dilruk has become an award winning face of Australian TV. He’s guested on Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention?, Would I Lie To You, and Hughesy We Have a Problem, ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Question Everything, and showed off his mercurial acting abilities on Channel Ten’s How to Stay Married and ABC’s Utopia. Dilruk has also appeared as a contestant on renowned reality shows including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity MasterChef and the Amazon Prime comedy game show Last One Laughing hosted by Rebel Wilson.

Bringing bites of the Bold and the beautiful is Bev Killick. A non-stop joke fired power plant of comedy gold. Newly Australian insights come from Venezuelan born comic Ivan Aristagueita – performing comedy in a second language more expertly than most would do in their first.

With his critically acclaimed show ‘Weed C#nt’  full of drug references and suitably strong coarse language, John Cruckshank is funny in a way that is raw and sometimes brutal.

Byron Comedy Festival is also featuring two of Melbourne Comedy Festival’s finest, Lewis Garnham and Scout Boxall. Unique, insightful, and pushing into the zeitgeist of the younger gen.

And for those who prefer not to choose, there’s the Comedy Showcase, Gump’s Big Box of Comedy Chocolates.

With shows able to be bought as single tickets, or one day or 3 day passes.

Don’t miss a relentless weekend of laughs with Byron Comedy Fest.

30, 31 May and 1 June. Byroncomedyfest.com.

 

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade Commences: $4.1m Project Set to Enhance Safety and Connectivity

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade Commences: $4.1m Project Set to Enhance Safety and Connectivity

 

The highly anticipated upgrade of the Rifle Range Road intersection in Bangalow is set to commence on Monday, April 8th, marking the beginning of a three-month project, weather permitting.

During the upgrade, traffic will be redirected to Raftons Road via Keith Street or Leslie Street, with comprehensive traffic management and signage in place throughout the duration of the project.

Cameron Clark, Acting Director of Infrastructure Services at Byron Shire Council, emphasised the significance of the upgrade for Bangalow. He highlighted key features of the project, including the widening of Lismore Road, drainage enhancements, the installation of new bus bays and shelters, and the creation of shared paths connecting bus bays to Tristania Street.

“This project represents a significant enhancement for Bangalow, promising improved safety for motorists and pedestrians alike,” stated Mr. Clark. “It will serve as a lasting asset for the community, addressing crucial infrastructure needs for years to come.”

Acknowledging the inevitable inconvenience caused by road closures and detours, Mr. Clark expressed gratitude to the community for their patience and understanding during the construction period.

The works program will involve the closure of the Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road intersection to all traffic except buses and emergency services. This temporary closure will facilitate road elevation, intersection reconstruction, and the installation of culverts under Lismore Road.

Funded by contributions from the NSW Government, Australian Government, and Byron Shire Council, this major project underscores a commitment to enhancing local infrastructure and connectivity.

For updates and further information regarding the project, residents are encouraged to visit the Rifle Range Road upgrade page on the Council’s website.

 

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