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Introducing the new Byron Shire Council

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Michael Lyon-Byron Mayor

Introducing the new Byron Shire Council

The wait is over. All the votes have been counted, preferences distributed and the new Byron Shire Council has been declared.
The Council is:

  • Michael Lyon (Mayor)
  • Sama Balson
  • Mark Swivel
  • Cate Coorey
  • Asron Pugh
  • Duncan Dey
  • Sarah Ndiaye
  • Alan Hunter

Mayor Michael Lyon today welcomed a mix of new and returning councillors who will guide the Shire for the next two and a half years.
Councillors Ndiaye, Coorey and Hunter successfully recontested their positions and Councillors Dey and Westheimer have served previous terms on Council.
This will be the first term for Councillors Balson, Swivel and Pugh.
“Congratulations to all the new Councillors on their success in the Local Government election,” Mayor Lyon said.
“Putting yourself forward for election is never easy and with this election delayed because of COVID-19 it has been a long run to the finish line,” he said.
“Welcome to Sama, Mark and Asren and welcome back Peter, Cate, Duncan, Sarah and Alan.
“I know we all have the best interests of the Byron Shire at heart and with our mix of backgrounds and interests I am excited about what each of us will bring to the table for our community,” Mayor Lyon said.
The first Council meeting will be held on 20 January 2021.

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2022 Floods

Byron Shire Flood Update – 1:00pm Wednesday 30 March 

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Byron Shire Flood Update – 1:00pm Wednesday 30 March 

 

Residents and businesses in many parts of the Byron Shire, especially Byron Bay and Suffolk Park, have been affected by flooding with heavy rainfall across the region overnight.  

Rainfall figures released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) show Coopers Shoot recorded 319mm of rain to 9am this morning (30 March 2022) with 282mm at Byron Bay. 

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms remains in place. 

Moderate flooding is also possible along the Brunswick River at Mullumbimby and along the Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel early this afternoon.  

All available Council staff are at work, although many have also been impacted by the rain and flooding.   

For links to all the latest information from the SES, BoM and Council go to our Emergency Dashboard. 

Our Facebook page has loads of information as well. 

Roads 

 

At 11:30 am, we have 37 reported road closures and a significant number of flood cautions issued across our network in Byron Shire. 

The M1 is closed southbound at Tyagarah. 

Significant flash flooding has been experienced in the Byron town centre and industrial estate. 

The flash flooding experienced in Lawson, Jonson Street and surrounds has been unprecedented. Traffic controls have been in place since early this morning.  

Shirley Street is closed at Kendall Street and Ewingsdale Road is closed near Belongil Bridge at Sunrise Boulevard, police are on the scene. 

We also have a landslip reported at Broken Head Road near the Coast Road and emergency services have been on site this morning. There is another landslip reported at Bangalow Road that remains inaccessible to emergency services. 

Suffolk Park experienced significant flash flooding overnight, a number of roads remain cut off here. 

New Brighton Road is closed near the intersection of Redgate Road. 

The majority of our major hinterland roads remain cut off and inaccessible, with crews unable to further inspect the damage in these areas. We have been advised by locals a new landslip has occurred at Wilsons Creek Road. We will provide updates on this when they come to hand. 

We’ve received reports of a number of trees down, blocking roads across our network, many in areas we are still unable to access. 

Evacuation Centres

 

The Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay was opened as an Evacuation Centre this morning by the lead agencies (Department of Communities and Justice and Northern Rivers NSW SES). 
 
We are aware getting to the Cav is a challenge at the moment because of road closures. Check MyRoadInfo to see what roads are open and closed.  

Water and Sewer

 

All available staff are working on the water and sewer network across the Shire. 

Any urgent problems with water, sewer and drainage should be reported to our Depot staff on 02 6685 9300. 

Non-urgent problems can be reported via Report It on our website. 

Drinking water and water for household use 

There is currently no problem with water supply in the Byron Shire and the water is safe to drink and for household use.  

Our water treatment plant at Mullumbimby is still off-line but we have enough water reserved and we have also turned on the emergency connection to the Rous County Council water supply. 

There are no water restrictions but we do ask that people use water sparingly until the flood water recedes and operations return to normal. 

Sewer 

Heavy rain yesterday and overnight is continuing to have an impact on our sewer system and our network is under pressure from the large amount of water flowing into pump stations around the Shire. 

Staff are doing all they can but they can’t get to some sites because of flooding.  Once the rain stops and water subsides we will get to all the affected areas. 

Stormwater 

Everyone should stay out of stormwater.  This is the water in the streets and coming up through the drains. 

Stormwater is dirty and often contaminated with sewer run-off and other substances that are harmful to our health.  

For more information about the danger of stormwater go to the NSW Health website. 

Waste 

Due to the severe weather and issues with access, Byron Resource Recovery Centre, the tip, is closed today. 

Kerbside bins will be collected on your normal bin collection day. There may be some delay to collections if access has been limited due to road closure and flooding. 

Flooding through Byron township has resulted in multiple vehicles getting inundated and large quantities of floating rubbish. This area will be a primary focus for our crews clean-up once water levels drop.

  

Areas that we have not been able to collect are: 

·        Byron Industrial Estate 

·        Skinners Shoot Road  

·        Shirley Lane   

 

Flood recovery clean-up is on hold. 

 

Visit Flood clean up and waste for more information. 

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2022 Floods

Flood relief support

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The-Salvation-Army-Woolworths-Group’s-long-standing-natural-disaster-relief-partner.

Flood relief support

100% of the profits on products sold from our friends and suppliers in the Northern Rivers will be donated to The Salvation Army to support flood relief efforts.

When times get tough, Aussies come together.

Healthy Life is running this initiative

 

Flood relief support

When times get tough, Aussies come together

With the recent flooding having a devastating impact along the eastern seaboard, we’re lending a hand by donating 100% of the profits on products sold from our friends and suppliers who call the Northern Rivers region home.
The money raised will go towards The Salvation Army – our long-standing natural disaster relief partner at Woolworths Group – in its efforts to support those evacuated from their homes through meals at evacuation centres, as well as grants and support for the recovery and rebuilding to come.
Shop products by Bare Blends, Byron Bay Bronze, Byron Bay Chilli, Canabella, Coconut Bowls, Eco Minerals, Eye of Horus, Simply Clean, The Monday Food Co and We* the Many and help support those in need.

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Innovating for a greener future

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Innovating for a greener future

Matthew Bell

The Green Innovation Awards are synonymous with school-aged children presenting incredible ideas for a greener future and now the not-for-profit organisation wants to see it part of the everyday classroom.
The Green Innovation Awards is now in its fifth year which continues to see hundreds of primary school and high school students involved.
Each year, students are asked to invent, develop and present ideas for greener living across categories of water management, waste management, building and packaging materials, biofuels and renewable energy, and technology.
This year, with the support of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation, the Green Innovation Awards have been able to create curriculum-aligned teaching resources to make it easier for teachers to introduce the program into the classroom.

Founder and local chiropractor Dr Bridie Cullinane said the resources are available to both primary and high school students with a focus on trying to get more high schools involved.

The resources have been put together in partnership with the Department of Education and other department programs which will provide greater access to mentors for students.

“They’ll have access to academic mentors from Southern Cross University as well as industry mentors which we’ve found in the past is amazing for schools because the mentors can come into the classroom,” she said.

Dr Cullinane also highlighted that it helps the teachers get the message across.

She said, “It gives the teachers the chance to have the message brought in by someone externally and I think it is really engaging for the students and maybe gives them some lightbulb moments of a career path.”

The resources have been considered for a ready-to-go approach with lesson plans set out for teachers and student worksheets already drafted.

Bridie emphasised that this program allows students who may not be the best at science or STEM subjects in the classroom to flourish in an environment that they may be passionate about.

The Green Innovation Awards is not just for top performing students. Some of our favourite previous finalist and winning entries have come from students who having typically performed well in science and other STEM subjects. The Green Innovation Awards provides all students with an opportunity to show their strengths and hopefully ignite a passion for learning,” she said.

Schools that are interested in piloting the resources can contact the Green Innovation Awards at info@greeninnovationawards.com.au

For more information teachers and schools can visit the online website at greeninnovationawards.com.au

Picture supplied by Green Innovation Awards

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