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May 13, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

Mark Byrne, convener North Coast Energy Forum

The biggest group of energy experts ever assembled on the northern rivers, for the North Coast Energy Forum to be held in Lismore next Friday, 31 May, should help to jump-start the move to a sustainable energy system for the region.

We are thrilled to have 90 delegates confirmed already, including 28 speakers. These are experts in their fields, community leaders and passionate community members who will help us to work on ‘growing our own’ energy system.

This year’s forum builds on successful events in Bellingen in 2010 and Mullumbimby in 2011.

This year, in order to pack it all in, we are running some concurrent sessions. But these will report back to a plenary session, and we’ll present the outcomes to a panel of politicians late in the day. So it’s a very interactive event.

To name just a few of the things we haven’t focused on before, we’re including bioenergy, the built environment, energy efficiency, and funding opportunities. So this is not just a grab-bag of goodies for renewable energy tech-heads.

We are focused on a holistic approach to the regional energy system. This means looking at where our energy comes from, how it is consumed, and the best ways to reduce our dependence on ‘imported’ fossil-fuelled energy while growing the regional economy.

One of the forum’s partner groups, Farming the Sun, will be launching its north coast project the evening before the forum at the same venue. This is a good example of the community-scale initiatives that are needed to bridge the gap between individual and government actions to address climate change.

The North Coast Energy Forum is a community-driven, not-for-profit event that is being supported by sponsorship from Juno Energy, Lismore City Council, Total Environment Centre, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Nickel Energy, AusIndustry and SAE Group. Partner organisations include Sustain Northern Rivers and Starfish Enterprises.

The forum will be held from 9am till 5pm on Friday, 31 May. Go to www.facebook.com/northcoastenergyforum or www.ncef.net.au for more details, and www.trybooking.com/CPXS or http://ncef.eventbrite.com.au to register.


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