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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

Other News

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.

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

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.

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Be ready for the next storm

A Household Emergency Plan is vital in ensuring you and your family know what to do during and after a severe storm.

Every member of your household should be involved in developing your Home Emergency Plan, discussing things such as how a severe storm could impact on your home, the location of exit points in the house, where to go if you need to evacuate, and how to stay in contact if you’re separated from each other.

Talk to your neighbours about emergency action plans to ensure people get the help they need before, during and after severe storms.

EmergencyKit-shutterstock_62356906An Emergency Kit contains essential items that you and other members of your household may need during and after a severe storm. Your emergency kit should be able to sustain you for at least three days in case essential services have been disrupted or you have been isolated by floodwater.

The following basic items should be included in your Home Emergency Kit: Portable radio (with batteries or wind-up); torch (with batteries or wind-up); first aid kit; sturdy gloves; important documents and cash in waterproof bags; essential medication; and drinking water and non-perishable food for three days.

Keep your kit in a waterproof box and store it in an easy to access location. Check your Home Emergency Kit regularly and re-stock any out-of-date items.

There are also simple things you can do to minimise the impact of storms on your home and surrounding property.

Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. Keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear.

Remove tree branches that are close to your house. Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber. Secure loose items around your property.

Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current. Identify the safest room in which to shelter during a storm.

Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas. Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand.

If you live in a flood-prone area, store poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level. Identify indoor items you’ll need to raise or empty if flood threatens. Relocate power points well above previous flood levels.

Important: do not use portable generators in enclosed spaces. They produce carbon monoxide – a colourless and odourless gas that can cause incapacitation or death.

– Sourced from Queensland SES. Get more advice from http://www.stormwise.com.au.



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.


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