Stronger Country Communities - round 2

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Do you have a project you'd like to get off the ground to help improve the quality of life of people living in Byron Shire?

The Stronger Country Communities Fund, Round 2 is now open, and we're after your help for our submission.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund aims to invest in infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work.

Funding is provided to local projects such as parks, community halls, playgrounds and amenity blocks.

There is $200 million available for applications to support local infrastructure projects that will improve amenity and help sustain the social bonds at the heart of strong regional communities.

Applicants: Please add your project to the ideas forum (once only) and encourage your community to like and vote for it.

**Please make sure you have formally registered your project, along with supporting documents by emailing jodi.frawley@byron.nsw.gov.au by midday April 30 2018.

Ideas we have received so far that meet the criteria include:

Broken Head Road Cycleway: Safer movement for pedestrians/cycles from Suffolk to Byron

Recreational Bike Circuit, Cavanbah Centre: Complete circuit construction for learn to ride, tri-club and community users

Ocean Shores Country Club Facilities Upgrade: Upgrade swimming pool, lawn bowls & amenities facilities

Bangalow Bowls Club Children's Playground: Construct a safe & secure shaded children's playground for families

Suffolk Park Sporting & Exercise facilities: Construct a BMX track, Erect shade over skate park and install fitness equipment in park for seniors

Byron Community Centre Theatre: Amenities redesign, disabled stage access ramp for performers

Eureka Hall Upgrade: Upgrade amenities & kitchen facilities

Mullumbimby Golf Club Facilities Upgrade: Upgrade of catering and outdoor undercover facilities

Mullumbimby Cycleway: Development of 5km cycleway Tuckeroo Ave to Shearwater School

Brunswick Valley Historical Society Upgrade: Facilities external repaint, internal temperature control and lighting

Vote for your favourite or suggest a new project by taking our survey below....


Do you have a project you'd like to get off the ground to help improve the quality of life of people living in Byron Shire?

The Stronger Country Communities Fund, Round 2 is now open, and we're after your help for our submission.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund aims to invest in infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work.

Funding is provided to local projects such as parks, community halls, playgrounds and amenity blocks.

There is $200 million available for applications to support local infrastructure projects that will improve amenity and help sustain the social bonds at the heart of strong regional communities.

Applicants: Please add your project to the ideas forum (once only) and encourage your community to like and vote for it.

**Please make sure you have formally registered your project, along with supporting documents by emailing jodi.frawley@byron.nsw.gov.au by midday April 30 2018.

Ideas we have received so far that meet the criteria include:

Broken Head Road Cycleway: Safer movement for pedestrians/cycles from Suffolk to Byron

Recreational Bike Circuit, Cavanbah Centre: Complete circuit construction for learn to ride, tri-club and community users

Ocean Shores Country Club Facilities Upgrade: Upgrade swimming pool, lawn bowls & amenities facilities

Bangalow Bowls Club Children's Playground: Construct a safe & secure shaded children's playground for families

Suffolk Park Sporting & Exercise facilities: Construct a BMX track, Erect shade over skate park and install fitness equipment in park for seniors

Byron Community Centre Theatre: Amenities redesign, disabled stage access ramp for performers

Eureka Hall Upgrade: Upgrade amenities & kitchen facilities

Mullumbimby Golf Club Facilities Upgrade: Upgrade of catering and outdoor undercover facilities

Mullumbimby Cycleway: Development of 5km cycleway Tuckeroo Ave to Shearwater School

Brunswick Valley Historical Society Upgrade: Facilities external repaint, internal temperature control and lighting

Vote for your favourite or suggest a new project by taking our survey below....


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  • New timber playground for Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club.

    about 2 years ago
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    The Bangalow Bowling & Sports Club is aiming to enhance the facility with the addition of an activity timber playground.

    We have a second bowling green that is fenced (called the ‘cage’ by locals) with one entry/exit that provides a safe environment for children to play while at the close eye of parental supervision and is loved by all kids and parents locally and visiting. On any given dinner night there can be more than 50 kids playing in the ‘cage’.

    The wish is to build play equipment that is constructed from solid timbers with a...

    The Bangalow Bowling & Sports Club is aiming to enhance the facility with the addition of an activity timber playground.

    We have a second bowling green that is fenced (called the ‘cage’ by locals) with one entry/exit that provides a safe environment for children to play while at the close eye of parental supervision and is loved by all kids and parents locally and visiting. On any given dinner night there can be more than 50 kids playing in the ‘cage’.

    The wish is to build play equipment that is constructed from solid timbers with a shade structure and soft fall area that has a low fence surrounding it within this space.

    With the popularity of the Bowlo we have seen an ever-increasing demand and request to build a play area rather than just have a green space to run around in. The ‘cage’ is floodlit for evening playtime and would also have CCTV installed to ensure further safety plus offer an extra level of security.

    The Club do not have the funds to be able to undertake a project of this financial size and look to have this funded.

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  • Broken Head Rd Cycleway

    about 2 years ago
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    The project includes:

    • shared zones for pedestrians and cyclists
    • connectivity between Suffolk Park and Byron Bay
    • all abilities access including mobile scooters
    • creation of safer movement and access (for example widening)

    This funding pitch has been endorsed by Council, and will be for the construction of Stage 1, 2 and 5 of the shared pathway. (See map below)




    The project includes:

    • shared zones for pedestrians and cyclists
    • connectivity between Suffolk Park and Byron Bay
    • all abilities access including mobile scooters
    • creation of safer movement and access (for example widening)

    This funding pitch has been endorsed by Council, and will be for the construction of Stage 1, 2 and 5 of the shared pathway. (See map below)




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  • Bangalow Community Children’s Centre

    about 2 years ago
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    Bangalow’s much loved Community Children’s Centre needs a hug. 

    We are modifying and repairing our 36 year old building and outdoor environments to increase capacity for the large number of families with young children anxiously waiting for Early Childhood Education.  These new families are important in keeping our community alive and improving it’s wellbeing.

    This project will enhance our inspiriting, inclusive learning environment; disability access and services; and address supervision and safety issues.

    The much needed repairs will support future sustainability, minimising ongoing maintenance and assist in the prevention of further flooding challenges.

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    Bangalow’s much loved Community Children’s Centre needs a hug. 

    We are modifying and repairing our 36 year old building and outdoor environments to increase capacity for the large number of families with young children anxiously waiting for Early Childhood Education.  These new families are important in keeping our community alive and improving it’s wellbeing.

    This project will enhance our inspiriting, inclusive learning environment; disability access and services; and address supervision and safety issues.

    The much needed repairs will support future sustainability, minimising ongoing maintenance and assist in the prevention of further flooding challenges.

    EMBRACE US!!!!


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  • Upgrade to the War Widows Cottage for Byron Youth Service

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    Byron Youth Service would like to apply for funds to refurbish the BYS Mullumbimby Cottage, 34 Gordon St, Mullumbimby.

    It’s a very old building and at least 40 young people a week are using one, very old toilet and degenerating concrete troughs.

    So we would like to get new toilets and wash up area, which would be much more hygienic and if we get two, no queues of

    young people waiting.

    We would also like to extend out the back and add a big activity room with tables and storage cupboards. At the...

    Byron Youth Service would like to apply for funds to refurbish the BYS Mullumbimby Cottage, 34 Gordon St, Mullumbimby.

    It’s a very old building and at least 40 young people a week are using one, very old toilet and degenerating concrete troughs.

    So we would like to get new toilets and wash up area, which would be much more hygienic and if we get two, no queues of

    young people waiting.

    We would also like to extend out the back and add a big activity room with tables and storage cupboards. At the moment groups

    of up to 12 young people have to sit on an old carpet, in a very cramped space to do arts and crafts projects and have a meal.


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  • Renovation of Coorabell Hall, Coorabell

    about 2 years ago
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    We are applying to council to try to win approval for funding for a new all weather deck for the hall.  We need as much support as possible for our project to be successful.  It would be wonderful if you could spare a few moments of your time to vote in favour of this project on the link above.


    We are applying to council to try to win approval for funding for a new all weather deck for the hall.  We need as much support as possible for our project to be successful.  It would be wonderful if you could spare a few moments of your time to vote in favour of this project on the link above.


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  • Upgrade of the Drill Hall Mullumbimby to improve general amenities, access, sound and lighting.

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    An undercover box office,a storage shed. solar powered outdoor lighting, and landscaping will improve access to the Drill Hall.  Refurbishment of the kitchen,shower and internal storage will improve amenity for users of the hall. Investment in new lighting, acoustics and the installation of an induction loop will bring the entertainment facilities up to date and provide great experiences for both performers and audiences.


    An undercover box office,a storage shed. solar powered outdoor lighting, and landscaping will improve access to the Drill Hall.  Refurbishment of the kitchen,shower and internal storage will improve amenity for users of the hall. Investment in new lighting, acoustics and the installation of an induction loop will bring the entertainment facilities up to date and provide great experiences for both performers and audiences.


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  • Refurbishment of the Lone Goat Community Gallery, Byron Bay

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    The Lone Goat Gallery is located in re-purposed meeting rooms in the Byron Bay Library. We are Byron Shire’s only community gallery. Since opening in 2013 the gallery has been exponentially successful in supporting the local arts community and has become a much loved and valued community asset. We need to refurbish our premises to reflect the professional ambitions of our local artists and increase the functionality of the gallery with “fit for purpose” fittings, fixtures, wayfinding and tourismsignage and operational equipment. These much-needed upgrades will improve our capabilities for artists and enhance the visitor experience for our many local...

    The Lone Goat Gallery is located in re-purposed meeting rooms in the Byron Bay Library. We are Byron Shire’s only community gallery. Since opening in 2013 the gallery has been exponentially successful in supporting the local arts community and has become a much loved and valued community asset. We need to refurbish our premises to reflect the professional ambitions of our local artists and increase the functionality of the gallery with “fit for purpose” fittings, fixtures, wayfinding and tourismsignage and operational equipment. These much-needed upgrades will improve our capabilities for artists and enhance the visitor experience for our many local community, interstate and international visitors alike.


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  • Mullumbimby High School Bus Interchange Shelters

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    The main bus interchange for students attending primary and high schools in and around Mullumbimby is located at Mullumbimby High School. The twice-daily logistics involve six schools, three bus services, sixteen bus routes and upwards of 200 students. Currently there are no shelters at the site in the vicinity of the bus stops to provide protection from sun or rain. Shelters would increase the safety and amenity for school students, provide shade and protection for pedestrians, and allow the school to better serve the broader community with shelter for events on site such as festivals.


    The main bus interchange for students attending primary and high schools in and around Mullumbimby is located at Mullumbimby High School. The twice-daily logistics involve six schools, three bus services, sixteen bus routes and upwards of 200 students. Currently there are no shelters at the site in the vicinity of the bus stops to provide protection from sun or rain. Shelters would increase the safety and amenity for school students, provide shade and protection for pedestrians, and allow the school to better serve the broader community with shelter for events on site such as festivals.


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  • Refurbish and Upgrade the Ocean Shores Country Club Swimming Pool and Lawn Bowls precincts.

    about 2 years ago
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    The Ocean Shores Country Club strongly promotes its facilities for use by the local community and visitors.

    The Pool and Bowls precincts now require major works to sustain their viability and usability. The proposed upgrades include:

    ·  Construction of amenities block over existing toilet facility with disability access

    ·  Installation of disability hoist

    ·  Installation of approved sun safe shades around pool area

    ·  Upgrade of Filtration system

    ·  Resurfacing of pool interior

    ·  Resurfacing of Pool surrounds with synthetic surface 

    ·  Replacement of...

    The Ocean Shores Country Club strongly promotes its facilities for use by the local community and visitors.

    The Pool and Bowls precincts now require major works to sustain their viability and usability. The proposed upgrades include:

    ·  Construction of amenities block over existing toilet facility with disability access

    ·  Installation of disability hoist

    ·  Installation of approved sun safe shades around pool area

    ·  Upgrade of Filtration system

    ·  Resurfacing of pool interior

    ·  Resurfacing of Pool surrounds with synthetic surface 

    ·  Replacement of existing fencing to Pool and Lawn Bowl areas

    ·  Installation of LED lighting to bowling rinks  

    ·  Replacement of sun shades to bowling rinks


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  • Pedestrian bridge - Riverside Drive to Burringbar St Mullumbimby

    about 2 years ago
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    A pedestrian and bike path and bridge was included in the Byron Shire Council Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) back in around 2008 (approx - no longer available on your website). The path and bridge was proposed to run along Riverside Drive, have a pedestrian bridge constructed over the river joining to Heritag

    e Park walking track at the end of Burringbar Street. The construction of such a path and bridge would have the following benefits to the community:


    1. Take cars off the road, Mullumbimby is drowning in cars!
    2. Provide a safe walking and...

    A pedestrian and bike path and bridge was included in the Byron Shire Council Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) back in around 2008 (approx - no longer available on your website). The path and bridge was proposed to run along Riverside Drive, have a pedestrian bridge constructed over the river joining to Heritag

    e Park walking track at the end of Burringbar Street. The construction of such a path and bridge would have the following benefits to the community:


    1. Take cars off the road, Mullumbimby is drowning in cars!
    2. Provide a safe walking and cycling track between the western side of Mullumbimby and the town centre. 
    3. Assist in traffic management in the central business area of Mullumbimby, giving approx 1/3 residents of Mullumbimby who live on this side of the river quick safe access by walking as opposed to driving to town. Currently a 20-30 minute walk in the hot sun in the middle of summer would be 5-10 minutes depending on where you live.
    4. Provide school children living this side of the river a safer route to school. Would not have to navigate across busy and at times dangerous Tincogan street walking track when walking to high school.
    5. Provide a access to the Farmers Market on a Friday at the showground.
    6. Assist in traffic management at the Pine Avenue soccer fields where parking is limited, which during soccer season is extremely dangerous. It's impossible to walk or ride safely down Pine avenue on a Saturday morning
    7. Would assist with traffic management at the high school. Parents would not need to drop off and pick up kids, therefore assisting with the overcrowded and dangerous traffic situation at the school. While kids from this side of the river can and do walk or ride to school. During the hot summer months the existing route does not provide any coverage from the hot sun nor the rain. Kids living this side of the river are unable to get subsidised bus tickets due to their proximity to the school and a walk takes approx 30 minutes. Therefore driving is the only option.
    8. Finish the missing link that provides a full walking track around Mullumbimby

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