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Party kits to celebrate sustainably

Ballina Shire Council and Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries have joined forces to offer reusable kids’ party kits, as part of their ongoing commitment to reduce single use items across the shire.

Deer, pigs, dogs, cats – feral animals causing serious damage

There is a surge in feral animals across NSW and the risk of feral deer becoming established on the North Coast and NSW farmers and local councils are calling for action. 

Byron Writers Festival: How can we farm better?

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will see a number of critical conversations take place around how we can farm better. ‘A key aspect that we need to address in tackling climate change is the approach we take to growing and distributing our food, while caring for land and country,’ said Zoe Pollock, artistic director of Byron Writers Festival.

Beekeepers can get a permit to move hives away from flood water

With so many challenges currently surrounding the bee industry, it comes as a relief to many that NSW Department of Primary Industries will issue a special group permit for beekeepers in flood warning areas to move their hives to higher ground.

A Green New Day – at the Byron Writers Festival

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will bring a fresh focus to the conversation on the environment with a wide range of sessions that will explore the real-world solutions we have available to us to address the climate crisis.

Editorial – It was the best of happy times…

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Sourdough Innovation Hub (SIH) in Mullumbimby and are now inviting new applications from prospective businesses. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Do you have a business or a business idea that you would like to grow or develop? The Sourdough Innovation Hub, located within the Byron Community College complex in Mullumbimby, is now refurbished and ready to help you get your innovative business ideas up and running.

‘We are creating an dynamic business space to support business development and innovation. We are ready to support businesses who are looking to move into their next phase of expansion with a current product or service , this could be expanding to interstate or international distribution,’ said Paul Jameson has been involved in setting up an alternative business innovation hub following NORTECs withdrawal from the site.

They are also keen to hear about new business ideas that people are wanting to develop.

The innovation hub will be providing businesses with a range of possible options from hot-desking to subsidised business space. Businesses can also access a range of other services including mentoring, marketing and legal advice as well as advice on accounting, IT and human resources among others.

‘We are creating a business cluster where there are opportunities for developing businesses to potentially share supply chains, network and collaborate,’ said Paul.

‘The cluster of businesses will create a whole that is greater than its parts.’

They are interested in hearing from businesses that are in a growth phase and have aspects of innovation, sustainability and employment outcomes as part of their strategy.

‘We will be providing mentoring through a structured plan to help them meet their objectives and provide them with a range of tools to help them grow,’ said Stuart Picken, who is co-ordinating the incubator site.

Opportunities for offsite businesses are also available through workshops, business engagement and networking with public events that will focus on business development.

For a confidential discussion about your business idea and how you can be involved in this exciting initiative please contact Stuart on [email protected] or phone 0459 105 230.


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