An online portal for community groups launched last week.
Called iByron and built for the Community Centre by Community Engine, the website has been developed over the past 18 months, say its creators.
‘IByron will enable people throughout the Byron shire to publicise and communicate their projects and activities,’ said the Community Centre’s Paul Spooner. ‘We’ve never had this before in such a clear and accessible way. It’s bringing community organisations into the 21st century.’
The website will utilise social media and YouTube, providing simple web publishing and planning for groups and individuals who may otherwise be unable to afford or access such tools. As well as being able to search for and communicate with community groups, the site will promote a calendar of events and volunteer registry.
At the launch Community Engine also gave out three oversized cheques as a part of their $100,000 giveaway to northern rivers not-for-profit groups. Rainforest Rescue, the Byron Youth Service and the Byron Community Centre all received their first cheques.
‘We have close to $90,000 left to give,’ said Community Engine’s Dean Power, ‘so we strongly encourage Byron groups to actively participate in this giveaway’.