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May 14, 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

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‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the...

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend
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Be ready for bush fires:

Prepare, Act, Survive

The NSW Rural Fire Service has heaps of information available online at rfs.nsw.gov.au to help you prepare your house and family for the possibility of a bush fire. The service describes the three steps necessary as Prepare, Act, Survive.

Some of the helpful advice found in the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.
Some of the helpful advice found in the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.

To Prepare, RFS offers a Bush Fire Survival Plan [PDF] as one of the best ways to help improve the safety of you and your family before the impact of, or during a bush fire.
Preparation is not just about cleaning up around the house and having a plan. It is also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.

Regardless of your decision to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you still need to prepare your property against the threat of a bush fire.

In order to Act, the RFS says part of knowing what to do is knowing the Bush Fire Danger Ratings, which are usually displayed on signs at the edge of towns. The Fire Danger Ratings should be your first trigger for activating your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

During periods of increased fire danger and when there is a bush fire in your area, it’s important that you stay up to date. Information is available on the RFS info line at 1800 679 737.

To Survive, residents are asked to heed the alert levels Advice, Watch And Act and Emergency Warning. During a fire, you need to follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. That means you should have already decided if you are going to Leave Early or Stay and Defend your home.
According to the RFS, the safest option for you and your family during a bush fire is to leave early.

During a bush fire, it’s important you have ready access to items which may save your life. Find out what you should put in your Emergency Survival Kit. The heat from a bush fire can kill you. That’s why it’s important to wear clothing that will not only protect you from the heat but also from smoke and embers.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Trainspotters

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...