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What’s the agenda of Byron Shire Council for Thursday November 28?

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Councillors and staff will assemble today November 28 to debate and vote on a 712-page agenda. Two highlights are as follows:

Mayor Simon Richardson will seek councillor support for Council to ‘undertake an Investigation Report and Preferred Option Concept Design for a Brunswick Heads to Mullumbimby Cycleway’ at the upcoming meeting on Thursday November 28.

He says in the agenda (available on Council’s website) that, ‘A safe, well maintained and properly designed cycleway that links Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby would be a significant transport route in the Shire’.

With claims that bird breeding has declined substantially in recent years in Byron generally, Cr Cate Coorey has suggested that Council move to ‘urgently enact stricter dog compliance measures in bird breeding and hatching areas around the Tallow and Belongil Estuaries.’

She suggests, ‘committing increased ranger patrols, and enforcing compliance and fines against off-leash breaches.’

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  1. Good move Cate. I hope it is supported. Byron would have to be one of the doggiest places in the state with some of the most arrogant irresponsible owners. No surprise bird breeding is failing.
    National Parks used to enforce dog exclusion from bird nesting areas too – especially at Bruns Reserve where the oystercatchers and beach stone curlews nest near Harrys Hill. I have rarely seen a ranger there for about 2 years now and have observed a corresponding increase in dogs of all sizes and breeds and illegal campers. I hope ringing Council to report them there will be an easier experience than trying to ring national parks to report them.

  2. Agree… also consider including people to that list, with beachfront dunes etc please..
    great big ‘clompers’ whom feel ‘the world is their own personal oyster, with no respect for ground nesting birds. As well as constantly fluxing dunes in recovery. This is necessary all along the local coastal frontage to ensure erosion is minimised, new dune grasses & foliage has opportunity to anchor & habitats are safe from frolickers.. while there are signs, in some places very obvious, others ambiguous at best… people seem to think, they are not part of the collective those signs apply to.. granting themselves ‘exception’ a few jumps off the front of a dune won’t hurt.. They’re only kids.. essentially giving themselves a free pass.. does not apply to them. Over the summer & king tidal waters, these dunes act as the buffer.
    For me, some shade is really great on the beach… we have so much free space to ‘run free’ … to learn to share with nature & leave the habitats & dunes to nature.

    More signage for these areas, rangers & yes fines… Many of us here understand the balance needed, for those who don’t, or are simply unaware, you know it can very often be the case if ‘oh, you know, I haven’t thought of it that way before, thanks for letting me know’..
    Signage & information about habitats in very obvious places creates not only interest in local wildlife & helps to engage both locals & tourists in the great work being done to help preserve these areas.

    Blessings & thanks for the lovely work


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