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Brian’s kite surf odyssey gets Guinness listed

Ocean Shores resident, Brian Kiss von Soly, has just been formally recognised by Guinness World Records for completing the longest solo kite surf journey by a male.

Independent review of Splendour sought

Byron Council is calling on the NSW Planning Minister to initiate an independent review of the Splendour in the Grass festival, following the serious issues that occurred at this year’s event.

Rural housing rules eased

Those living on rural Community Title properties will be able to use their land for secondary dwellings and dual occupancies, after Byron Council amended the planning rules at its last meeting.

Another affordable housing site proposed in Byron?

Could an area of land opposite Habitat in Byron Bay become the site of the next Council-owned affordable housing development in Byron Bay?

Lilac house saga revisited  – Mullum

The $3,000 fine imposed on a Mullumbimby homeowner for giving her home a purple paint job could be revoked and the colour rules applying to heritage houses reviewed, under a motion being considered by Byron Council.

Southern Cross University’s workplace culture slammed by new survey

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has released survey results which it says highlight high levels of 'workplace stress and dysfunction' at Southern Cross University.

Mullumbimby Ex Services Club back in the black and ready to expand

Two years ago, the Mullumbimby Ex Services club was facing closure after a decade of financial decline.

Art bursts into being in Lismore

Local art is set to flourish in Lismore this month, with the opening of Lismore Art Club's Annual Exhibition.

Splendour GM defends washed out event

The serious traffic safety issues at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival were not a result of increased patron numbers, but a confluence of unforeseen circumstances, festival organisers say.

Council housing project moves forward, despite consultation concerns

Plans to build around 30 affordable housing units above a car park in central Mullumbimby have taken another step forward with councillors voting to put the project to tender for a community housing provider to help run the project.

Rail trail option to be explored for disused railway 

Byron Council will investigate building a bike and pedestrian path beside the rail line between Mullumbimby and Wooyung, in a bid to make use of the currently unused track.

Computer giveaway for flood-affected Lismore businesses

Lismore City Council has more than 70 free refurbished laptops, tablets and desktop computers to give away to flood-affected local businesses.

Comment: Back when we didn’t waste or poison  

Our economy is now based on wasting as much as possible, as quickly as possible. No wonder the planet is in such a parlous state. It’s ingrained in people that it’s okay to buy plastic-wrapped food, contaminated with hormone disrupters and pesticide residues. We’re led to believe this is normal and acceptable. It absolutely is not.

Byron Community Centre is now hiring!

If you're interested in a new job engaging directly with the beating heart of Byron Bay, this could be your lucky day.

Calls for Splendour investigation 

Splendour in the Grass should be the subject of an independent inquiry covering the ecological, safety and social impacts of the troubled festival, a Byron Councillor says.

Comment: Splen-odour safety plan revealed

David Heilpern's satirical take on the Splendour in the Grass "Safety Plan".

New festival to sow seeds for the future

The Byron Shire is set to host a bush regeneration festival featuring local musicians, workshops, and a large community tree-planting after organisers secured a $75,000 State Government grant.

Large Bruns DA ushered through

Brunswick Heads will get its first underground car park, after an attempt to overturn the approval of a mixed-use development in the town was voted down by a majority of Byron councillors.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

A chance for young poets to shine

Youth poets across the region are being invited to take part in the John West Youth Poetry Cup in Byron Bay on August 27.

Brian’s kite surf odyssey gets Guinness listed

Ocean Shores resident, Brian Kiss von Soly, has just been formally recognised by Guinness World Records for completing the longest solo kite surf journey by a male.

Independent review of Splendour sought

Byron Council is calling on the NSW Planning Minister to initiate an independent review of the Splendour in the Grass festival, following the serious issues that occurred at this year’s event.

Rural housing rules eased

Those living on rural Community Title properties will be able to use their land for secondary dwellings and dual occupancies, after Byron Council amended the planning rules at its last meeting.

Another affordable housing site proposed in Byron?

Could an area of land opposite Habitat in Byron Bay become the site of the next Council-owned affordable housing development in Byron Bay?

Lilac house saga revisited  – Mullum

The $3,000 fine imposed on a Mullumbimby homeowner for giving her home a purple paint job could be revoked and the colour rules applying to heritage houses reviewed, under a motion being considered by Byron Council.

Southern Cross University’s workplace culture slammed by new survey

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has released survey results which it says highlight high levels of 'workplace stress and dysfunction' at Southern Cross University.

Mullumbimby Ex Services Club back in the black and ready to expand

Two years ago, the Mullumbimby Ex Services club was facing closure after a decade of financial decline.

Art bursts into being in Lismore

Local art is set to flourish in Lismore this month, with the opening of Lismore Art Club's Annual Exhibition.

Splendour GM defends washed out event

The serious traffic safety issues at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival were not a result of increased patron numbers, but a confluence of unforeseen circumstances, festival organisers say.

Council housing project moves forward, despite consultation concerns

Plans to build around 30 affordable housing units above a car park in central Mullumbimby have taken another step forward with councillors voting to put the project to tender for a community housing provider to help run the project.

Rail trail option to be explored for disused railway 

Byron Council will investigate building a bike and pedestrian path beside the rail line between Mullumbimby and Wooyung, in a bid to make use of the currently unused track.

Computer giveaway for flood-affected Lismore businesses

Lismore City Council has more than 70 free refurbished laptops, tablets and desktop computers to give away to flood-affected local businesses.

Comment: Back when we didn’t waste or poison  

Our economy is now based on wasting as much as possible, as quickly as possible. No wonder the planet is in such a parlous state. It’s ingrained in people that it’s okay to buy plastic-wrapped food, contaminated with hormone disrupters and pesticide residues. We’re led to believe this is normal and acceptable. It absolutely is not.

Byron Community Centre is now hiring!

If you're interested in a new job engaging directly with the beating heart of Byron Bay, this could be your lucky day.

Calls for Splendour investigation 

Splendour in the Grass should be the subject of an independent inquiry covering the ecological, safety and social impacts of the troubled festival, a Byron Councillor says.

Comment: Splen-odour safety plan revealed

David Heilpern's satirical take on the Splendour in the Grass "Safety Plan".

New festival to sow seeds for the future

The Byron Shire is set to host a bush regeneration festival featuring local musicians, workshops, and a large community tree-planting after organisers secured a $75,000 State Government grant.

Large Bruns DA ushered through

Brunswick Heads will get its first underground car park, after an attempt to overturn the approval of a mixed-use development in the town was voted down by a majority of Byron councillors.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.

Byron’s Fletcher St welcomes new members

Fletcher Street Cottage has welcomed the arrival of three new community support workers to help the growing number of locals facing the challenges of homelessness.

A chance for young poets to shine

Youth poets across the region are being invited to take part in the John West Youth Poetry Cup in Byron Bay on August 27.
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