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It’s Wednesday lunchtime and the tables at the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre are covered in plates of delicious vegetable pot pie. About 80 hungry locals are tucking in, chatting happily as bowls of dessert begin to emerge from the kitchen.
After more than six weeks since flood devastation, the case for category C funding for parts of Byron Shire and Burringbar have now been signed off by the NSW state government.
While the impacts from ex-cyclone Debbie are still fresh in everyones mind Byron Shire Council and Our Earth online are coordinating a public meeting to look at how the flood response was handled and what can be done to handle it more effectively in the future.
A more effective response to the recent flood disaster could have been made for Byron shire, according to officials who met this week.
Over 1300 locals came and raised funds for flood victims in the Shire. The money raised will go to local flood victims via the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre (MNDC) that is connecting the Byron Shire community.
Organisers who provide around 100 healthy, home-cooked meals per week to those in need say they are urgently seeking donations to continue the service.
At least two men have been loitering around the Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre touting a dodgy online course they claim will ‘help people get a qualification and improve their standard of living,’ according to the centre's manager.
Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.