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While many people think that the Byron Shire is overrun with festivals Richmond Valley Council is encouraging and supporting festivals and events in their area with funding support.
Evans Head, Woodburn, Swan Bay, New Italy and Iluka residents are on Watch and Monitor conditions.
Australias first refugees formed a successful settlement just south of Woodburn in Northern NSW now known as Little Italy.
The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.
Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.