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Get involved in the platy-project for some platypus spotting this September

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Get involved in the platy-project for some platypus spotting this September

 

This September everyone is invited to help one of Australia’s most iconic species, the platypus, by participating in the platy-project.

The platy-project is an annual event hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) that brings together people from across Australia, to help count and monitor the platypus population in our waterways. Data collected from the project is used to better understand the platypus population and make informed decisions about their protection.

“Last year over 1,000 people across Australia participated in the platy-project, with several people spotting the mammal in the Byron Shire, including at the Bangalow Weir Parklands,” Council’s Biodiversity Team Leader, Liz Caddick said.

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“The exciting thing is that Byron Shire residents may have a platypus living closer to them than they think. They are known to live in urban rivers, suburban creeks, and farm dams and we have plenty of those all around us and potentially many more platypus to spot,” she said.

To help kick-off the project this year, Vision Walks Eco Tours are partnering with Council to run a briefing event on Tuesday 29 August from 4pm until 5.30pm at the Bangalow RSL Hall. More information about the platy-project event is on Council’s website.

“I urge everyone to get involved in this special project to help this unique species. The briefing event is a great opportunity for everyone to bring their friends, neighbours, and kids to learn more about the species and how you can get involved in this years’ platypus watch,” Ms Caddick said.

“September is the best time of year to spot a platypus, but if you see one at another time, you can still jump on the ACF website and record your sighting on the platy-project map,” she said.

The Platy-project map.

The Platy-project map.

As part of Council’s Dogs in Public Spaces Strategy (strategy) the location of the dog exercise area was amended at the Bangalow Weir Parklands to help protect local platypus. New signage is also being installed by Council to remind dog owners to keep their dogs on lead and out of the water.

“Platypus can be easily disturbed by dogs running in the water. They may stop them coming out and feeding, which is critical to their survival, especially in spring when they have babies (known as puggles) to look after,” Ms Caddick said.

“The signs encourage owners to keep their dogs out of the water and on-leash at all times. They can still be off-leash in the designated areas,” she said.

To see a map that shows the places you can exercise your dog off-leash in Byron Shire, please visit Council’s website.

 

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Byron Bay RDE – Regional Disability and Seniors Expo 2024: Call for Exhibitors

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Byron Bay RDE – Regional Disability and Seniors Expo 2024: Call for Exhibitors

 

In regional New South Wales, individuals with disabilities and seniors, along with their caregivers, often encounter difficulties in accessing the essential resources and support that are more readily available in larger urban centres. This disparity is frequently due to a lack of awareness about the local services and support systems, compelling many to undertake unnecessary travel to metropolitan areas or, worse, to forego critical assistance altogether.

Sharon Fulwood, an event manager, and parent to two children with disabilities, understands these challenges from personal experience, particularly in navigating the complexities of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) within her community. To bridge this gap, Sharon is spearheading the inaugural Byron Bay Regional Disability Expo (RDE), which will also feature a Seniors Expo, providing a much-needed platform for accessing a plethora of services locally.

Set for July 5, 2024, at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay, the expo aims to empower, educate, and connect individuals with disabilities, seniors, and caregivers with the latest resources, technologies, and services available to them. This event promises to be a pivotal resource, eliminating the need for long-distance travel by consolidating a wide range of services under one roof.

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Exhibitor Invitation: To ensure the success of this vital initiative, Sharon invites providers of products and services related to developmental delays, health conditions, congenital disabilities, aging, and more to participate in this enriching expo. Exhibiting at the Byron Bay RDE offers a unique opportunity to network with other organisations, collaborate on solutions, and engage directly with end-users—thereby playing an active role in enhancing the lives of the local disability and senior communities.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, 5 July 2024
  • Venue: Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

Exhibitors at the Byron Bay RDE will gain invaluable exposure and direct feedback from the community, enhancing their ability to serve and support. This event is not just an expo but a community effort to bring local and regional resources to the forefront, ensuring that those who need them most are well-informed and supported.

For more information on how to participate or register as an exhibitor, please visit the official Byron Bay RDE website or contact the event management team directly. Join us in making a significant impact in the Byron Bay community—your expertise and services can make a real difference.

 

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$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire

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$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire

 

The NSW Government is providing Byron Shire Council $300,000 through the Resilient Lands Program to provide safe, flood resilient land for new housing at the Saddle Road Precinct in Brunswick Heads.

The funding from the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) will allow Council to complete a Structure Plan, Infrastructure Priority Plan, technical studies, and community engagement to investigate suitability for new housing and public infrastructure in the precinct.

Located on the western side of the Pacific Motorway, the site is just five minutes by car to Brunswick Heads and eight to Mullumbimby. It is well above projected flood heights which will provide opportunities for new homes off the flood plain.

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Saddle Road is the third site to be identified under the RA’s Resilient Lands Program (RLP). The site is also the first to be identified outside of the Lismore LGA under the program, and has also been flagged in Byron Shire Council’s Residential Strategy as a key site for future residential development.

It follows the recent announcement of 400 new lots in East Lismore and up to 50 new households in the Mount Pleasant Estate at Goonellabah.

While the final number of homes at Saddle Road will be determined following detailed planning and community engagement, based on site-specifications, it is estimated between 500-800 homes could be delivered.

The RLP is accelerating the delivery of new land and housing options, linking with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP), giving flood impacted homeowners a pathway to move to a safer location.

The RA will work with RHP buyback participants to secure suitable and affordable land and will provide further support to those eligible who wish to relocate their existing homes.

For more information, visit NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“This funding is a win-win for the community and Byron Shire Council.

“Not only will it help to unlock flood-resilient lots for people to build on, it also helps Council and the NSW Government deliver on its promise of more homes for our growing population.

“The land is positioned near existing services and an established community and will provide a beautiful, safe place to live for those affected by the nearby flood plain.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said:

“The announcement of this third site under the Resilient Lands Program is the first one outside of Lismore.

“Locals communities and Councils can be assured that the wheels of the RLP are starting to turn right across the Northern Rivers.

“This announcement will be followed by others in our local government areas and will see more land become available, giving people accepting buybacks in the Resilient Homes Program a variety of places to choose from.”

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said:

“We are thrilled to receive this initial funding support which will not only benefit members of our community displaced by the natural disasters in 2022, but also address the housing crisis that has existed since before the floods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of structure planning for this site on The Saddle Road and get the land ready for building flood-resilient houses more quickly which is a huge win.

“The work ahead includes an Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental Sensitivity Assessment, a Structure Plan that includes a vision and concept plan for the site, a Planning Proposal to amend Council’s LEP and an Infrastructure Priority Plan that addresses the infrastructure required to support a new community such as roads, sewer and water.

“As these works are progressed, we look forward to working with our community to achieve the best outcomes.”

 

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Have Your Say on Byron Shire’s New Active Transport Plan

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Have Your Say on Byron Shire’s New Active Transport Plan

 

Byron Shire Council is inviting feedback from all residents who walk, roll, and ride within the community. The council has undertaken a significant review of its existing Bike Plan and Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan, both of which were initially developed in 2018 after extensive community input. Six years on, it’s time to evaluate the plans’ effectiveness, set new priorities, and celebrate the achievements thus far.

Shelley Currie, the Council’s Road Safety Officer, highlighted a major update in the review process: the merging of the two previous plans into a singular, comprehensive document dubbed the Active Transport Plan. “The goals, objectives, and outcomes of the previous plans closely align, so consolidating them into one unified plan is a strategic move to streamline our efforts and resources,” explained Ms. Currie.

Objectives of the Active Transport Plan include:

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  • Enhancing opportunities for active travel.
  • Boosting the connectivity of paths and cycleways throughout the Shire.
  • Designing and implementing high-quality infrastructure to ensure maximum safety and accessibility.
  • Providing amenities that enhance the attractiveness of walking, rolling, and riding.
  • Encouraging the use of bicycles for shorter trips.

A draft of the Active Transport Plan is currently on public exhibition, and Byron Shire Council is seeking input from the community to refine and enhance the proposal. Residents are encouraged to review the draft plan and contribute their perspectives and suggestions.

Details for Public Feedback:

  • Read the Draft: The draft Active Transport Plan is available for public viewing.
  • Provide Feedback: Residents can submit their comments and suggestions to help shape the final plan.
  • Deadline for Submissions: Feedback must be submitted by 31 May 2024.

For more information and detailed instructions on how to make a submission, please visit Byron Shire Council’s official website at Have your say on our Active Transport Plan – Byron Shire Council.

 

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