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Two free annual waste drop-offs now available for residents

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Two free annual waste drop-offs now available for residents

Byron Shire residents are now eligible for two free waste drop-offs at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre every year.

This means people can take up to 150kg of general waste or up to 500kg of garden waste to the facility per drop off. Payment will be needed for waste over the allocated weight limit.

“We are very excited to offer this additional service to our residents so they can dispose of their waste correctly when they are moving or doing a clean-up around the house,” Zoe White, Council’s Waste and Education Compliance Officer, said.

“In the past we have only offered one free drop-off a year and we’re hoping that this extra service will reduce the amount of waste people are leaving on footpaths or dumping in the bush or on the side of the road,” she said.

“Our message to everyone is that sending waste to landfill should be the last option.

“Items in good condition can be dropped at the secondhand shop at the BRRC or failing that we are encouraging people to find another home, repair or repurpose items where possible,”
Ms White said.

In addition to the extra drop-off service, we also have a free courtesy trailer available to people to make it easier and cheaper for people to bring it to the BBRC.

The trailer can also be used to transport purchases from the Second Hand Shop, or mulch.

“These initiatives have been brought in to make it easier for people to dispose of unwanted items with the end result being we have less rubbish on the streets and more items recycled
and reused,” Ms White said.

“There are also a wide range of items that can be disposed of for free at the BBRC including electronic waste, and problem items such as gas bottles, paint and oil,” she said.

People wanting to take advantage of the free waste drop-offs should bring a copy of their rates notices to the BBRC or tenants can fill out a Bulk Waste Disposal Tenant form on Council’s website.

More information including how to make a trailer booking is on Council’s website or people can call the Resource Recovery Hotline on 1300 652 625.

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

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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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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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