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Welcome to Your Say Byron Shire - our central digital engagement platform.

Byron Shire Council is fortunate to serve a community that is interested in Council’s activities and keen to be involved in our decision-making processes. We value this passion and Council is committed to working with residents to make better decisions.

Time and again Byron Shire residents have demonstrated their passion, enthusiasm and ability to come up with imaginative and innovative ideas and solutions to a wide range of issues. We acknowledge the value of this community knowledge and that people in our Shire want community-led governance and to be involved in decision-making.

We're committed to this relationship with the community and intend to continue to partner with groups and individuals on a wide range of projects and issues and realise community led-governance and decisions that reflect the desires of residents.

We want to continue:

Deepening our understanding of communities, listening to all and engaging with in new and different ways that reflect community diversity
 Empowering citizens through participatory and deliberative democracy

Welcome to Your Say Byron Shire - our central digital engagement platform.

Byron Shire Council is fortunate to serve a community that is interested in Council’s activities and keen to be involved in our decision-making processes. We value this passion and Council is committed to working with residents to make better decisions.

Time and again Byron Shire residents have demonstrated their passion, enthusiasm and ability to come up with imaginative and innovative ideas and solutions to a wide range of issues. We acknowledge the value of this community knowledge and that people in our Shire want community-led governance and to be involved in decision-making.

We're committed to this relationship with the community and intend to continue to partner with groups and individuals on a wide range of projects and issues and realise community led-governance and decisions that reflect the desires of residents.

We want to continue:

Deepening our understanding of communities, listening to all and engaging with in new and different ways that reflect community diversity
 Empowering citizens through participatory and deliberative democracy

Get in touch with us for information on council projects, issues and more.

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    When is the new nature park in Baywood Chase commencing? (Question via Byron Bay Community Board - Lucas Buttery)

    over 1 year ago

    Hi Lucas,

    I assume you are referring to the plans for the recently acquired Suffolk Park sports field area? 

    The Plan of Management for the Suffolk Park Sports fields park is in progress and likely to be finalised within the next six months. 

    The draft concept does include a nature play area, however the plans are yet to be finalised and there have been no specific budget allocations put forward at this stage. Development may be dependant on Council winning external grant funding to assist.

    The draft POM will go on public exhibition when completed so you'll have plenty of opportunity to have your say then. Stay tuned.

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    How much is BSC in debt? (Question via Byron Bay Community Board - Dave Buku.)

    over 1 year ago

    At 30 June 2018, Byron Shire Council had outstanding loans to banks amounting to $59.239million.  Council is expecting to repay $2.750million in 2018/2019. 

    Council subject to confirmation at the 28 February 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting will borrow $7.669million in 2018/2019, leaving total loans outstanding at 30 June 2019 at approx. $64.158million. 

    A significant portion of debt was borrowed to fund capital works in the Sewerage Fund.


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    I’m a regular user of the Brunswick Heads boat ramp and was quite excited last year when I saw Simon Richardson and Ben Frankland announce the up grade to local boat ramp has a date been made for the commence of these works

    wilcock.jonathan@gmail.com Asked over 1 year ago

    The works are scheduled to commence in the second half of this year (July/August).

    It is exciting! 

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    When will BSC's Compliance Dept finally remove all of the A Frame Advertising Signs that litter our CBD's streets? It happened once before - about 10 years ago from memory. Since then they have bred! Try walking down Jonson Street in a straight line... Now imagine tackling it with a Disability? (Question via Byron Bay Community Board - Rowena Rowena.)

    over 1 year ago

    Hi Rowena,

    Council is about to release details of a new strategy to deal with A Frames. More details will be on our website soon.

    Thanks,

    Amy

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    Will the Council consider removing the christmas tree in the middle of the round about or is it there to stay? (Question via Byron Bay Community Board Benita Martin.)

    over 1 year ago

    Hi Benita Martin - Council will be discussing this issue at their first Ordinary Meeting - Feb 28. Stay tuned.

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    What stage is the 'sculpture' at the round about? Is it finished? Is it to stay? Or are there plans to remove it?

    ByronBayHoney Asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Benita Martin - Council will be discussing this issue at their first Ordinary Meeting - Feb 28. Stay tuned.

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    Would love to see the toilet facilities upgraded in Brunswick heads, is there any plans for that this year. Safety and security risk. (Question via Byron Bay Community - Tammy Taylor)

    over 1 year ago

    There are three Crown owned public toilets in Brunswick Heads.

    -  Torakina Park

    -  Banner Park

    The Terrace Park

    NSW Crown Holiday Parks (Reflections Holiday Parks) are responsible for the capital management of these parks.

    Council provides a cleaning service for all three toilets, as part of a long standing agreement with Crown Holiday parks.

    To enquire about improvements to these three toilets, visit the link below:

    https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/about-us/board/


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    Why do Council staff not reply to correspondence? Is there a policy with a time frame that all correspondence must be replied to within a certain amount of time. (via Byron Bay Community Board - Leah Ross)

    over 1 year ago


    In accordance with our current customer service charter, staff will provide full and final responses to general correspondence (letters and emails) within 10 days.

    Where that is not possible due to the need to obtain information from external parties, staff will provide an initial acknowledgement letter within 5 days, setting out the contact details for the officer who will respond and providing an estimated timeframe for the detailed response.

    For other types of written communications such as submission, applications, expressions of interest or tenders etc, full and final responses will be provided in accordance with the particular project timelines.

    Emails will be acknowledged immediately, with initial advice including advising of officer and time frames in less than 7 days. 

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    When will the cycle path be continued in SGB? along Beach Ave, to take our children safely from end of Rangel rd to Redgate rd. There’s the shop and skate park and playground along this stretch.. but no safe cycle/walking path access. . Thanks 🙏🏻 (Question via Byron Bay Community Board - Marnie Devi Hudson)

    over 1 year ago

    This issue has been identified in the Byron Shire Council PAMP and Bike Plan, however it is not currently funded.  Once the PAMP and Bike Plan are complete and endorsed by Council (around August), we will be able to apply for grant funding.

    However, there are other projects in South Golden Beachthat are of higher priority at this stage which include connecting Redgate Rd to Kolora Way. We'll continue to investigate funding opportunities to enable us to complete more of these projects.

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    Why does the entire council not have even one non beach dog off leash area? Most Councils have at least one - some days I don’t want to do the hose and sand and towel battle after every walk (Question via Byron Bay Community Board - Molly Davidson.)

    over 1 year ago

    Council is currently preparing a Dogs in Public Spaces strategy. There will be more information coming out on this soon. We will be reviewing our current off-leash exercise areas and consulting with the community on this too. 

    For more information til then- check out the campaign we launched last year:

    https://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Projects-and-initiatives/Dog-friendly-Byron-Shire