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Byron Shire
May 7, 2021

Community Engagement Officer

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Ballina Shire for the next 4 years: time to have your say

The Ballina Shire Council’s Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2021/22 - 2024/25 will be on exhibition until the 28th of May with provisions for public feedback. 

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Father of Julian Assange to speak on the Northern Rivers this week

Northern Rivers residents can hear Mr Shipton in person at the Courthouse Hotel this Tuesday, May 4, from 7pm as part of the monthly Turning Point Talks.

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

Len Bates, Mullumbimby

Our council has made many attempts with strategies to involve the community in their decision-making process. But when it comes to the bottom line very few people actually get involved and often the same committed ones.

The council relies on advertisements in the local papers, some social media posts and their website to inform the public of opportunities to ‘have their say’.

However, to seriously get the community involved we need a full-time Community Engagement Officer to really drum up the community and encourage and help them to become involved. Many councils have such a person.

A Community Engagement Officer can also assist the community with their communication with councillors and council staff, which can be quite daunting.

At present it is the sole responsibility of each separate council department to engage with the community. But staff members have limited time, and may lack the training or skill needed to get the community involved.

Please, would anyone of the councillors take this idea on board? We really need someone on our side to encourage as many people as possible to effectively become involved – it’s really scary, lonely and really difficult on our side of the fence without any help.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

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Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.