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Sustainable and Renewable Materials are in Vogue: Sparking A-List Attention and Fuelling Real Estate Sales

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Sustainable and Renewable Materials are in Vogue: Sparking AList Attention and Fuelling Real Estate Sales

The Byron hinterland real estate industry is experiencing a surge in sustainable and renewable building materials that are ecofriendly and uniquely stylish. These materials have become a vogue choice, attracting Alist designers, influencers and homeowners, and fuelling sales in the luxury real estate market. Off The Rails (OTR), a local business in Byron Bay, is leading the way in sustainable materials by exclusively supplying reclaimed and recycled timber. Their sustainable materials have become increasingly popular among the largest and wealthiest properties in the region.

OTR has provided sustainable materials to several prestigious properties in the region, including Spell & The Gypsy, Haveli of Byron Bay, The Atlantic Byron Bay, Riverhawk Ranch, Possum Creek’s Longwood Property, and most notably, The Range Estates, which broke the North Coast house price record at $37 million. For The Range Estates, OTR supplied over 1250 highquality reclaimed railway sleepers that were used for the entrance, deck, and pathways surrounding the estate. OTR’s commitment to sustainability and quality recently earned them a spot as a finalist for the Northern Rivers Business in Excellence award for sustainability.

Tom and Emma Lane, the owners of The Range Estates, had a strong focus on sustainability during the development of the luxurious farmhouse. Their aim was to create a unique blend of Australian farmhouse with Spanish Finca influences. The property includes a macadamia grove, swimming pool, fire pit, and separate luxury accommodation options. The Estate was designed and built using adaptive reuse principles, with a heavy emphasis on natural and recycled materials. The Lane family sourced materials from various businesses, including OTR. The property’s sale surpassed the previous luxury hinterland market record by 42%, which was set just six months prior at $26 million, and attracted interest from three potential buyers, ultimately selling to an undisclosed purchaser.

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OTR ensures that all materials are 100% recycled and reused, and nothing goes to landfill. The company’s use of reclaimed railway materials has become synonymous with luxury and prestige in the region’s real estate market. “We have reached our target of reducing 2,400 tonnes of landfill, securing 31,500 railway sleepers which is equivalent to 100 semitrailer loads,” he says. The company’s railway sleepers are in high demand as they can last a lifetime, and their reclaimed status makes them a sustainably sound choice. As the preferred material supplier for many luxury homeowners, prestige builders, landscapers, and architects in the region, OTR is sure to continue making waves in the industry.

OTR’s commitment to sustainability and quality has helped reduce waste and carbon footprint, while also adding a touch of uniqueness to some of the most significant real estate deals in the area. The company’s sustainable practices and use of reclaimed railway materials have proven that luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand. To learn more about OTR or to discuss business with them, visit their website www.offtherailsbyronbay.com.au or call 0427 904 876.

For photo and interview opportunities with OTR, please contact Lauren Dein at Always Keen Productions at lauren.dein@alwayskeen.com.au or call 0431 592 687.

ABOUT OFF THE RAILS
Founded by Julian Simpson, the current Managing Director, Off The Rails (OTR) is the largest retailer and supplier of reclaimed railway sleepers on the East Coast and is proudly based in Byron Bay. With a passion for sustainability, the business repurposes timber and works with likeminded creative people, including artisans, architects, prestige builders and landscapers. The business
is based on salvaging and sourcing reclaimed and recycled materials, including railway sleepers, reclaimed bridge timbers, turnout timbers, transoms, and other railwayassociated products from all ove
r Australia.

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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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