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Get your garage sale organised for Second Hand Saturday on 19 and 26 November

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Get your garage sale organised for Second Hand Saturday on 19 and 26 November

The North Coast’s biggest day of garage sales – Second Hand Saturday – is bigger and better than ever this year with not one, but two main event dates on Saturday 19 November or Saturday 26
November (or both!) But you need to register your garage sale by Friday 11 November.

“We’re calling on the whole Byron Shire community to get behind this awesome opportunity to reduce and reuse, make some cash and show the rest of the North Coast what we’re made of,” Council’s Resource Recovery Strategy and Engagement Officer, Sarah Child said.

“Byron Shire is known for its pop-up second hand sales, so let’s all get out in force for one or both days to show the north coast we’re the recycling and garage sale boss!” Ms Child said.

All you have to do is register your garage sale online at www.secondhandsaturday.com.au and your free online advertising and promotion will be taken care of.

“It’s like Old & Gold and other all town garage sales our Shire’s famous for that are held during the year – but Second Hand Saturday is held across the whole of the North coast for residents of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley Council areas.

“It’s a great opportunity to get more people to your garage sale and the perfect time before Christmas to sell your pre-loved items for some much needed cash or find the perfect gift!”

“In addition to hosting your own garage sale, it’s an opportunity for a joint garage sale in your street, with your local school, preschool, community organisation or church and you can make an event of it.

“We need to move away from a throw away culture and actually look around to see what we have close by – and this is such a great opportunity to do that,” Ms Child said.

“Buying second hand, reusing and repairing is a great way to reduce waste going to landfill and to also reduce the amount of new waste we create,” she said.

All registered garage sale listings will appear on the Second Hand Saturday website and the free Second Hand Saturday App, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Once again, residents can register their own home garage sale, or coordinate a joint garage sale in their street, with their local school, preschool, community organisation or church.

For more information visit the Second Hand Saturday website www.secondhandsaturday.com.au, follow the @mysecondhandsaturday Facebook page or contact your local council. Registrations close on Friday 11 November.

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Electronic Flood Warning Signs and Cameras Installed in Byron Shire

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Electronic Flood Warning Signs and Cameras Installed in Byron Shire

 

Three sets of automated flood warning signs and cameras have been installed on Main Arm Road, Left Bank Road, and Myocum Road in Byron Shire. These signs, equipped with solar-powered flashing lights, activate when water levels reach a trigger point, providing a crucial warning to drivers about dangerous road conditions.

Katie Hughes, Acting Infrastructure Planning Coordinator, emphasised the importance of these new installations, funded by a $300,000 grant from the NSW Government and the Commonwealth’s Disaster Risk Reduction Fund. “Main Arm Road, Left Bank Road, and Myocum Road are busy rural roads, and during significant wet weather events, drivers are regularly caught out by attempting to drive through flood water in these areas,” Ms. Hughes said.

“The SES has responded to countless calls to help drivers whose vehicles are stuck in the water, and sadly, some lives have been lost over the years,” she added. “The new lights will automatically come on when water reaches a certain level, indicating the road is closed and the situation is dangerous.”

In addition to the warning lights, cameras have been installed that update images every 15 minutes. These images feed through to the Council’s Emergency Dashboard, allowing people to assess road conditions before traveling.

“People can see the images from the cameras now by visiting the Byron Shire Emergency Dashboard website,” Ms. Hughes said.

This initiative aims to enhance driver safety and reduce the risk of flood-related incidents on these busy rural roads.

 

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Eating, sharing knowledge and ideas…Farmers’ Feast a great success

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Eating, sharing knowledge and ideas…Farmers’ Feast a great success

 

Byron Shire Council’s Farmers’ Feast, held in collaboration with the Tweed Richmond Organic Producers Organisation in early July was a coming together of taste buds and ideas.

The event was designed to showcase the best of the region’s produce while bringing together organic and regenerative farmers and land managers to share information, stories, and conversation.

Andrew Cameron, Council’s Agricultural Extension Officer, said that because of the nature of their jobs, farmers don’t often get the opportunity to sit down and talk with other producers.

“Farming can be very hard and isolating, this was the perfect chance to get off farm to connect, share and learn with fellow like-minded farmers whilst feasting on the delicious food grown in our region” Mr Cameron said.

“Importantly it was also the chance for them to talk, get ideas, share information and hear and see what others are doing.

“Our climate and land in this region are so incredible and this coupled with the desire for producers to meet climate change, environmental and food security issues head on, was the foundation for conversations about looking after the land and feeding the community.

“We heard from a diverse range of speakers, from those who paved the way in the early years, to those flying the flag successfully today.

“It was great to hear farmers sharing their stories and learnings but most importantly hearing about their passion, commitment and purpose.

“Many thanks to everyone who took part in the event,” Mr Cameron said.

People in interested in regenerative agriculture and other events like the Farmers Feast can sign up to the Byron Farmers Network via Council’s website.

 

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Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek both open

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Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek both open

 

Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek are both open and flowing into the ocean.

With last week’s wet weather Tallow Creek opened naturally while Council mechanically opened the mouth of Belongil Creek.

Council, in accordance with approvals from the NSW Marine Parks Authority and Crown Lands, used an excavator to dig a channel through the sandbar at the mouth of Belongil Creek to release water levels in the catchment due to low level inundation experienced on the floodplain and around the town centre.

Belongil Creek and Tallow Creek are naturally occurring intermittently closed and open lakes and lagoons (ICOLL) which open and closes to the ocean.

ICOLLS are regarded as highly sensitive marine environments and there are strict protocols and rules in place relating to any attempt to artificially open the creeks because of the high risk of fish kills.

Chloe Dowsett, Coastal and Biodiversity Coordinator, said that due to the low-lying and flood prone nature of Byron Bay, when water levels in Belongil Creek (and Tallow Creek) build up and wet weather is forecast the sand at the creek mouth sometimes must be shifted manually,” Ms Dowsett said.

“The sudden rush of creek water to the ocean can rapidly deplete oxygen levels and cause fish kills and we have detailed plans and processes in place to reduce the chances of this happening.

“I am pleased to report that there have been no signs of fish kills which is great news,” Ms Dowsett said.

 

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