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Byron Shire Council published a note.
Byron Shire Council

2 days ago

Tallow Creek - community updateCouncil staff in consultation with NSW Government agencies including NPWS, NSW DPI Fisheries and the Marine Park Authority are continuing to investigate the recent fish kill at Tallow Creek to improve entrance opening protocols to try to minimise the chances of it happening again.

Tallow Creek is one of 70 estuaries in NSW that are known as Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons or ICOLLs.

Tallow Creek at Suffolk Park is a complex system because there are a number of private properties, businesses and public areas that back onto the creek which flood when the sand builds up and closes the system to the ocean for periods of time.

Chloe Dowsett, Council’s Coastal Biodiversity Coordinator, said no one wants to see a repeat of the fish kill that happened in June, and while Council and agencies improve protocols relating to the future opening of Tallow Creek, the community should be aware that the mouth of the creek has closed.

“This means that water levels behind the sandbank at the creek mouth are starting to rise, and are currently sitting at 2 metres,” Ms Dowsett said.

“At the meeting on 27 June 2019 Council resolved that its preference is that no further openings of the Tallow Creek ICOLL be undertaken unless there is agreement of Arakwal Corporation, NPWS, and Cape Byron Marine Park, and that there is a low probability of a fish kill at the proposed opening time.

“This means that as the water rises some properties will be affected by flooding and the public walkway to the beach will not be accessible,” Ms Dowsett said.

“Naturally this has an impact on people’s ability to enjoy their yards, but there are also environmental considerations that need to be taken into account, with the avoidance of a fish kill being the primary consideration,” she said.

“This issue is very complicated with sections of the community having very different ideas about what should and shouldn’t be done with respect to the management of the Tallow Creek ICOLL.

“Council and NSW Government agencies are now exploring strategies to improve the future management of the creek and whilst this is happening we are asking for people’s patience and understanding because the ultimate aim is trying to avoid fish kills whilst balancing the expectations and needs of the community,” Ms Dowsett said.

Facts about Tallow Creek

Tallow Creek is one of 70 Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons ICOLLs in NSW.

Tallow Creek, and other ICOLLs in NSW are complex coastal systems.

Since 2005 Council has been forced to perform a mechanical opening of the mouth of Tallow Creek only once, in June 2019. All other times in the last 14 years the creek opened to the ocean naturally or from scraping the sand bank (beach berm) to a level just above the water line.

For detailed information about ICOLLs go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/habitat/aquatic-habitats/wetland/coastal-wetlands/management-of-coasta...
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It is not that complicated...if you live by a body of water that is your choice. You take the good with the bad or move elsewhere. Ratepayers should not be paying for others nor killing the creek so the wealthy entitled continue enjoying their privilege.

Fact: there was a tender or inspection of sale at Byron @ Byron during the time the creek was opened. It was announced that it has sold a few months after this has happened. Coincidence? Were mosquitos or flooding a deterrent in the sale of the resort? Most definitely. Are both less likely now that the creek has been decimated? You betcha

2 days ago

Anyone interested in purchasing birds from the decommissioned lighthouse sculpture is encouraged to contact council@byron.nsw.gov.au

Once decommissioned, the birds will be available for purchase for $20 each at the Resource Recovery Tip Shop.
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This is our chance to be apart of the greatest controversy of all time! 🤣

Yes Kurt Brady I will have to get us one each. How sad that a small picky section of the community can be so judgemental and heartless. After all, art is objective and the whole shire will never agree , no matter what goes there. Usually the blow ins that squark the loudest. Vale pretty shiny birds 🐦

To save you hassle, why don’t you ask the community to use a specific Subject header?

They should be given back to the Artist. Selling them at the tip is insulting and is a new low in this debacle.

When will it be decommissioned? Is there a waiting list?

Sam Langford

Richardson's folly

Will they be signed by the GM or Mayor ?

Mark Smith

Isaac Dutton

Sabastian Fardell get one before you move bro

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Byron Shire Council published a note.
Byron Shire Council

2 days ago

Lighthouse sculpture to be decommissionedByron Shire Council has resolved to decommission the controversial sculpture, The Lighthouse, on the roundabout at the intersection of Bayshore Drive and Ewingsdale Road.

It came after a staff report on the next steps for the sculpture which recommended decommissioning the artwork.

The report detailed several recent incidents where people have been climbing the sculpture and hanging banners and stuffed toys from it. People have also been having their photos taken on the busy roundabout, and as well using it to protest about local issues.

Councillor Sarah Ndiaye, and Chair of the Public Art Panel, said the sculpture was not designed to be climbed and, because of the height and location of the artwork, there were concerns about the potential for serious personal injury as well as the risk of compromising the structural integrity of the installation.

“There are no signs that people will stop climbing, or hanging things off The Lighthouse sculpture, no matter how many times we ask them not to, and this is a primary reason for Councillors deciding to decommission the piece,” Cr Ndiaye said.

“I am acutely aware some people will be very happy about this decision.

“Many disliked it strongly but some were growing accustomed and more accepting of it and others liked it and will be sad to see it go,” Cr Ndiaye said.

It’s estimated the cost to decommission the structure is between $11,000-$13,000.

The sculpture will be taken down as soon as possible and any undamaged birds will be sold for $20 each from Council’s Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum.

The money raised from the sale of the birds will go towards the cost of the decommissioning. Any remaining funds will be used to develop a Byron Shire Cultural Policy as well as projects to reduce homelessness in the Byron Shire.

For more information contact Cr Sarah Ndiaye on 0432 389 353 or Annie Lewis, Media and Communications Coordinator, on 6626 7320.
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Wonderful best news

Me and some mates made this little video about the sculpture a while ago for a school project - only memories now! youtu.be/sw-u39fxTZE

Heard the wonderful news this morning good riddance!

Sell it to us up here on the Gold Coast, we love glitz up here, may even make a profit...

I have seen the engineering design carried out to meet the requisite statutes. The balance of responsibility rests with council.

Put it on gumtree. There is bound to be someone from far,far away who would love to have such an installation in their collection. ( removal the responsibility of the purchaser).

I feel for the Artis whos work and reputation became the victim, a silly direction to point the blame... How about we try this for an idea? A large plinth, where the community's favourite sculpture from Byron or Brunswick's annual sculpture walk is placed on display for the year. Only structurally sufficient pieces for the roundabout would be in the running for placement. Thoughts?

Great news!!

Great,

Awesome news 👏🏽

Great!!!!

Thank you! - where can I buy my bird?

How was the risk and potential hazard of people climbing it not identified at submission. It's basic risk assessment and commonsense.

Great news. Should never have been put up in the first place.

Bout bloody time 🤦‍♀️😖💩💩💩💩 ive been blinded by flashes of reflected light off it numerous times whilst driving .... it completely lacked any meaning and its execution was horrible... trite and tragic ... When can we enter our ideas for something appropriate, meaningful, relevant and beautiful ...

Razor Wire Tower to go, now let's create a work of art locally that we can all be proud of!! 👍

What a massive monument to Council’s ineptitude. To me this sculpture visually references everything Byron Bay is not - razorwire, industrialisation and man made monstrosity. Therein it is most certainly art..

omy GoodNess what a cop out .Light house Struk.ture. on No one knew it was the lighthouse/ why OH WRY waste more money on clay lets see . I just loved the Koala hangen about Byron We still have a little Class i deAMD 2 KEEP OUR almost FAMOUS mistake a chance.... en FIX oir fuken Roads

Between $11K & $13K to decommission.... say it quickly & it is pssshhhh ! BTW how much did the sculpture cost Council (or I should say Ratepayers) including installation costs ?

What a further waste of money :/ Seriously, why weren't palm trees planted? That would've been much nicer!

What a dreadful waste of time & money!

"Cultural Policy"for the homeless? I will give you mine here for FREE: I know FEW oldtime locals in Byron - that raised families here, worked fulltime here, and now - mainly due to the BnB taken over all the houses and leaving only overpriced accommodations left, are reduced to live inside their cars just so they can stay close to their friends and families and the place they grown to love - Byron Shire. How about STOPPING to treat them as ''illegal campers when they did nothing wrong? Just slept in their OWN car, parked in a legal spot, without any littering or without anything outside of their car? Simply Slept in the ONLY SHELTER they still own? In NSW is actually LEGAL to sleep in your car! So how come the council rangers fine such people with over $200 a fine - which leads them than to loose their licence as naturally they cannot afford paying 200 for every-night as a council-made punishment for being homeless?!?! Ït doesnt take a rocket-scientist to see the difference between a vanpacker and a local having hardtimes sleeping in their car (just look at their paperwork - easy for them to show they are actually locals in many ways - bank account, driving licence etc). Just LEAVE THEM ALONE! You are intimidating, harassing, and ruing the lives of Good Local People. Australia of the 'fair-go'land is truly gone here. Byron Bay became Byron Pay. And the homeless that arae sleeping in their cars are living in nightly fear of the council harassment. Shame. Shame. Shame.

good, since my rate money paid for it, you'd better send me a bird.

How about just pulling the dam thing down with a truck instead of it “costing” so much .. then use the money to Buy LAND FOR WILDLIFE!! We don’t need more “Human” ugly things we need more Nature. By the way.. stop destroying nature please!! We are losing our wildlife and not even showing the tourists local wildlife hot spots.

Two words: indigenous art.

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2 days ago

Congratulations to all the winners of Rous County Council's 160L Challenge!

A special congratulations to the winners from Byron Shire:

Children’s winner: Kate Giddy, Byron Bay
Community highly commended: Shara Community Gardens, Ocean Shores

Just because the challenge is over - doesn't mean you have to drop your commitment! Find out more about how to reduce your water use at the link below...
rous.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-MHV-33-17-88
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Congratulations to all the winners of Rous County Councils 160L Challenge! A special congratulations to the winners from Byron Shire: Children’s winner: Kate Giddy, Byron Bay Community highly commended: Shara Community Gardens, Ocean Shores Just because the challenge is over - doesnt mean you have to drop your commitment! Find out more about how to reduce your water use at the link below... https://rous.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-MHV-33-17-88

3 days ago

Do you care for someone with dementia?

Free information session for carers.

Join Social Futures in Mullumbimby

on Thursday 19 September 2019
9 am -1pm
Mullumbimby Ex- Services Club, Dalley St, Mullumbimby

Lunch provided
For information and to register call or text Linda on 0406 409747 or email linda.wirf@socialfutures.org.au
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Do you care for someone with dementia? Free information session for carers. Join Social Futures in Mullumbimby on Thursday 19 September 2019 9 am -1pm Mullumbimby Ex- Services Club, Dalley St, Mullumbimby Lunch provided For information and to register call or text Linda on 0406 409747 or email linda.wirf@socialfutures.org.au
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