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									Draft Community Strategic Survey – Community Survey responses and consultation (#1174047)
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Table of Contents

1.    Number of community surveys received ................................................................................. 3
2.    Funding Priority ...........................................................................................................................3
3.    Word Usage ..................................................................................................................................4
4.    Support for Community Outcomes ............................................................................................5
5.    Top five community outcomes supported ................................................................................7
6.    Survey demographics .................................................................................................................8
7.    Survey text..................................................................................................................................12
       7.1       Community Infrastructure ............................................................................................12
       7.2       Environment ..................................................................................................................40
       7.3       Economy ........................................................................................................................58
       7.4       Society and Culture ......................................................................................................76
       7.5       Corporate Management ................................................................................................89
       7.6.      Additional text .............................................................................................................104
8.    Consultation – organisations and groups .............................................................................118
       8.1       Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce – 19 October 2011 ................................118
       8.2       South Golden Beach Progress Association – 25 October 2011 .............................119
       8.3       Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) – 31 October 2011 ......................119
       8.4       Byron Shire Youth Council - 3 November 2011 ........................................................120
       8.5       Byron United – 7 November 2011 ..............................................................................121
       8.6       Brunswick Heads Progress Association – 7 November 2011 .................................122
       8.7       Suffolk Park Progress Association - 8 November 2011...........................................123
9.    Bang the Table - feedback ......................................................................................................125
10. Bang the Table – Quick Poll Result ........................................................................................129
11. Bang the Table – Activity Report ............................................................................................130




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1.       Number of community surveys received
The following charts are a result of the data collation from the draft Community Strategic Plan
community surveys. 1,605 surveys were received.

The following number of open ended responses has been received per theme:

        Community Infrastructure              673
        Environment                           391
        Economy                               359
        Society and Culture                   269
        Corporate Management                  314
        Anything else you would like to add   176

         Total                                 2,182

Following is a breakdown of how the surveys were received and completed by the community:

     Rates notice insert                       1067
     Complete online                           239
     Survey completed at listening posts       299

         Total                                 1,605

2.       Funding Priority




Please note re above chart:

The lower the number, the higher the theme has been prioritised by the community.

The above result reflects that the Byron Shire community places the greatest funding priority on
Community Infrastructure.

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3.     Word Usage
A quick review of the response text indicates the following word usage by respondents:


       Word                   Count

 1.     road/s                   358

 2.     bicycle / bike /         276
        cycle

 3.     tourism / tourists       165

 4.     housing                  156

 5.     infrastructure           147

 6.     developments             120

 7.     maintenance /            119
        maintain

 8.     dog / leash              112

 9.     Traffic                   94

 10.    bypass                    90

 11.    parking / car parks       81

 12.    waste                     80

 13.    markets                   77

 14.    toilets                   64

 15.    potholes                  62

 16.    transport                 59

 17.    drain                     50

 18.    sportsfields /            50
        playgrounds

 19.    plant / trees             41

 20.    economy                   36

 21.    youth                     33

 22.    sewer                     21

 23.    buildings                 19

 24.    recycle                    3



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4.     Support for Community Outcomes
The following five charts reflect the support for the proposed Community Outcomes as
identified within the draft Community Strategic Plan.




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5.     Top five community outcomes supported

                                Top five community outcomes supported
                                         (colour coded by theme)




                     65.7%
                                                 78.6%


                                                                        78.6% Community Infrastructure -
                                                                        Planing for the future

                                                                        77.5% Community Infrastructure -
                                                                        Provision of essential services

            67.4%
                                                                        81% Community Infrastructure -
                                                                        Renew and Maintan existing
                                                         77.5%          infrastructure
                                                                        67.4% Environment - Protect and
                                                                        enchance the natural environment

                                                                        65.7% Economy - A diverse
                             81.0%                                      economic base




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6.     Survey demographics




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   Age comparison:

    Age               Australian Bureau    Community Survey
                      of Statistics –      2011
                      2006 Census

    0-14              19%                  2.1%

    15-29             16%                  4.00%

    30-49             31%                  28.2%

    50-67             22%                  45.6%

    65 and over       12%                  20%




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Australian Bureau of Statistics – 2006 Census

The Shire’s population is distributed across a number of communities and the rural areas. Byron Bay
and Suffolk Park account for about 30% of the population and the northern communities of Ocean
Shores, Brunswick Heads, New Brighton and Golden Beach for a further 26%.


                                          Population Distribution Byron Shire 2006




                                           11%                            20%                       Oceans Shores
                                                                                                    Suffolk Park
                          19%
                                                                                                    Rural
                                                                                                    Bangalow
                                                                                      11%           Brunswick Heads
                              6%                                                                    Byron Bay
                                    6%                                                              Mullumbimby
                                                                   27%




Data based on Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006, ‘Byron (Local Government Area), ‘Community Profile’


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Note: Rural includes: Billinudgel, Booyung, Broken Head, Coorabell, Coopers Shoot, Eureka,
Ewingsdale, Federal, Goonengerry, Main Arm, McLeods Shoot, Middle Pocket, Montecollum,
Mullumbimby Creek, Myocum, Nashua, Possum Creek, Skinners Shoot, Talofa, The Pocket,
Tyagarah, Upper Wilsons Creek, and Wilsons Creek.



Geographical comparison:

        Area                             Australian          Draft CSP -
                                         Bureau of           Community
                                         Statistics – 2006   Survey 2011
                                         Census

        Brunswick Heads                  6%                  4.8%
        Ocean Shores/ South Golden /     20%                 20.1
        New Brighton
        Mullumbimby                      11%                 13.2%
        Bangalow                         6%                  6.2%
        Byron Bay                        19%                 21.4%
        Suffolk Park / Broken Head       11%                 10.8%
        Rural Surrounds                  27%                 18.1%
        Don’t live in the Shire          Not applicable      5.4%




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7.        Survey text


7.1       Community Infrastructure

A number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include infrastructure planning, open
space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and equipment, water and
sewerage services.

     1. Planning for the future (includes pedestrians, traffic, transport, community facilities, water,
        sewerage, stormwater, waste and recycling).

     2. Provision of essential services (such as water and sewerage, waste and recycling, roads and
        drainage).

     3. Renew and maintain existing infrastructure (such as roads and drainage, water and sewerage,
        waste and recycling facilities, parks and open spaces, stormwater, community buildings and
        swimming pools).

     4. Develop new infrastructure.

Community Survey Result




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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

  1.    The bypass for Byron is essential - the events policy is not!
  2.    More cycle paths including Myocum Road Ewingsdale. Extend to highway 60km/h limit in Ewingsdale
        @ Myocum road. Traffic solution for Ewingsdale Road.
  3.    Got enough stuff already to sort.
  4.    Residents of Booyong Road find the road conditions dangerous and resulting damage to vehicles
        unsupportable. Booyong Road requires some vigilance in order to keep on top of the requisite, basic
        standards.
  5.    Develop Byron Town Bypass
  6.    One-way streets in Byron CBD to alleviate traffic congestion - trial would only require signs and road
        islands - e.g. no right turn from Ewingsdale Rd to Jonson Street.
  7.    If you not fixing our roads....please fill up the potholes!!
  8.    Council should decide on a use for the ex Telstra yard in Station Street and if none viable sell this site
        to raise funds for worthwhile use.
  9.    St Helena road needs resurfacing. Often used as an alternative to enter Byron. Heavy traffic and
        storm rain wreck the surface continually. Dangerous!
  10.   Fix up Beach Avenue South Golden Beach absolute disgrace
  11.   Bicycle track improvements. From golf club precinct to beach at Byron.
  12.   Love, care, happiness and open minds.
  13.   Essential for rangers to enforce dog regulations. e.g. police effectively non-dog beaches - roaming
        free in streets around South Golden and New Brighton.
  14.   A BYPASS FOR BYRON BAY. A decent bypass of Byron Bay - from Cemetery Road to sports field
        round about on Ewingsdale Road.
  15.   Please clean up Byron Bay, it is disgusting.
  16.   My biggest desire about living here would be that more trees are planted eg pandanas along beach
        and that Byron has a heated swimming pool. So many people swim its a tragedy the pool closes.
        Surely, we pay so much tax and don’t receive many services.
  17.   Get rid of the night clubs
  18.   Please stop wasting money on surveys like this. You are on the Council to do what is most needed in
        the Shire. You should not be asking us to do your job. Just fix our disgraceful roads with all the
        wasted money.
  19.   Roads/footpaths, water (including stormwater) sewerage and waste are the principal activities of local
        government.
  20.   Sustainable business enterprises. Farmers markets supported. Food production. Essential: water,
        sewerage, waste, recycling, roads, drainage. Renew and maintain. The mandate is as is. An ideal
        scenario we wish it could happen more organically - not have to wait for STATE government to do
        their bit. Surely most local governments aim to do same. But it is a big job. Requires independent
        evaluation of each department's processes/achievements/budget/outcomes/customer surveys.
  21.   This is a silly survey.
  22.   I would like to see the open drains in the lane ways around Mullumbimby (township) cleaned yearly so
        that water can easily disperse.
  23.   Please do not give traffic and roads priority over people, environment and heritage
  24.   Connecting cycleways. Light rail AFA Lennox Head to Brunswick heads and/or frequent scheduled
        bus service during peak house AM until 11pm


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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

  25.   Not enough public toilets in Byron Bay, existing often locked. bypass is essential fix potholes
  26.   it is a lot more relaxed to not have any motors buzzing around all of the time but just have pedestrians
        and cyclists
  27.   some of the most relaxed and pleasant places in the world I have visited have been centered on
        pedestrian and cycle access as opposed to motorised transport. this would transform and improve
        Mullum and the shire magnificently.
  28.   Fix up main street of Billinudgel
  29.   Better roads. more cycle awareness and facilities for cyclists. My suspension went from the number of
        potholes on the roads. More public transport = less pollution and less drunk driving
  30.   Developing ways of building bridges between different community groups
  31.   Mullum needs a roundabout at post office intersection reduce local parking sticker fee! communication
        skills for council staff/some critical thinking and practical common sense and compassion
  32.   Improve public transport/utilise old railway line as a cycleway, tram, footpath between Mullum and
        Byron
  33.   a bicycle connection between Byron and Mullum. State involvement in infrastructure costs for tourists
  34.   cycle track from rural areas and to also enable people to get in and out of Mullum - bike tracks
        everywhere
  35.   No grandiose plans if you have not the money to fix the roads - fix Middle Pocket Road - roads
        primary responsibility!
  36.   bikeways - on the old railway line to Byron - bikeways throughout the shire
  37.   Please fix local roads, develop a bypass of Jonson St roundabout, further develop cycle paths,
        improve local bus service and ensure all drainage is suitable and maintained to mitigate flood
        potential of low-lying homes
  38.   roads/footpaths, water (including stormwater), sewerage and waste are the principal activities of local
        govt
  39.   Repair existing roads or plant trees in the holes at least we'll be able to see them when they are filled
        with water and drive around them
  40.   Council should be spending ratepayers money on services such as roads.
  41.   Essential to renew existing infrastructure in particular roads and traffic (the worst in NSW) except city.
        Provide sewerage for all developments along Left Bank Road and Main Arm
  42.   CBD bypass road from Ewingsdale to Bangalow Rd
  43.   Pedestrian malls and car parking - Byron Bay, Mullum, Bangalow - urgently required
  44.   Traffic in Byron, Bang, Mullum Sewerage in the towns Roads in the whole shire about the worst in the
        state fix the roads Traffic terrible, transport there is none. roads that have not been resealed in the 33
        year we have been up here
  45.   The roads of Ocean Shores are in desperate need of attention
  46.   all very important - and perhaps I take for granted and have less emotional attachment
  47.   I would have like to see Ocean Shores playing fields or a community project on the roundhouse site
        take precedence over other projects eg library. Potholes! road from federal to Mullum over
        Goonengerry!
  48.   Please fix Ocean Shores and Brunswick roads please! potholes everywhere Cheaper rates
  49.   Need more bicycle/pedestrian paths
  50.   Encourage land care groups etc to care for sections of road sides in country areas


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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

  51.   Just ensure that the council has a green bin! for all residences! you talk about biodiversity!
  52.   St Helena Road is now getting much more traffic because of GPS navigation. It is very dangerous. It
        needs to be sealed, with safety roads and speed limits to protect wildlife and road users. This should
        be an urgent priority before these are fatalities
  53.   Get holiday let/backpackers out of the suburb. there are three in our strata
  54.   It appears there is an approach of "patch it up when it breaks" rather than a structured approach to
        infrastructure
  55.   to cope with increasing day visitors more amenities such as showers and toilets need to be provided.
        also parking is a constant problem at beaches
  56.   The questionnaire is too vague to provide adequate response to all questions
  57.   the road into town needs to be two lane
  58.   the potholes need to be fixed more permanently and quickly. the community facilities are run down -
        toilets, gardens. There are very few historical information boards, interpretive info in the area
  59.   Please do something about pedestrian crossing on Bangalow Road near Cooper Street. it is life
        threatening to cross the road
  60.   Retain Bangalow's identity as a village - not a drive through town
  61.   The above will easily attract high 'yes' responses. I would like to see reduced advertising, sensitive
        town planning so townscapes are the beautiful places we would like inhabit - limited kerb and
        guttering, reduce road signage, increase plantings
  62.   Maintain existing infrastructure. this is essential - before new infrastructure is planned
  63.   Providing the above in the most sustainable way while still being realistic about infrastructure goals
  64.   Roads rebuilt in Ocean Shores
  65.   Very glad to see road works happening at River Rd but surely somebody has looked at Beach Rd. I
        must say it is an absolute disgrace and about time it was resealed and not a shovel full here and there
  66.   Very concerned about entry to Byron from Pacific Highway already and with new permission for
        further development on that road we are in for a major problem
  67.   Build a town bypass in Byron Bay
  68.   do everything in Council's power to prevent large scale development like the West Byron state
        significant proposal
  69.   You need to find a solution to the traffic chaos thru town in peak periods
  70.   provision of sporting facilities in SGB. eg skate park near SGB community centre and sports fields at
        Billinudgel repaving roads in SGB Utilisation of 594 funds on roads, drainage and community facilities
  71.   I live off Cooniburra Court, our roads are in a terrible state. There are more potholes than road. I
        wonder about the wisdom at just filling the holes after every rain - wouldn't it be cheaper in the long
        run to rebuild the roads?
  72.   public transport needs to be addressed
  73.   Footpaths, cycle ways and childrens parks
  74.   community transport issues - safe, cheap, more frequent public transport options - is this a council
        service or could it be?
  75.   Traffic alteration on Ewingsdale Rd is very important. understand the complexity of this but we can't
        grow the town (eg West Byron) without improving traffic flow and accessibility
  76.   Lock the toilet blocks at night time. employ someone to be caretaker for toilet blocks in Byron Bay. this
        is what is done in Europe, worth some discussion
  77.   bypass around CBD required for Byron Bay, far too much congestion/pollution etc. Suffolk to Sunrise
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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

        or similar is much needed to divert unnecessary traffic around the CBD.
  78.   Byron bypass to decrease traffic problems
  79.   More funding for rural roads and line marking to ensure drivers stay on their own side of the road
  80.   Maintain roads and back lanes of Mullumbimby
  81.   these questions are too broad
  82.   I now have to sit for hours on a dialysis machine, this would more than entertain me while I'm attached
  83.   to be completely responsible and interactive the community owned and operated system would
        support the whole within the shire/region
  84.   Incentive/motivation for community exercise to mobilise individuals/families/visitors to exercise
  85.   I would like to able to catch a train to university at Griffith Uni, Southport - connect NSW train line to
        Qld (south east) train line and more people will use it!
  86.   Maintaining cultural heritage as part of the planning for the future
  87.   bicycle paths
  88.   overall co-ordinated 'vision' plan for the future so we all know what we are working towards
  89.   road damage is appalling. all major country roads have extensive pothole damage and minor roads
        are forgotten about (eg Parmenters Road Wilsons Creek and The Pocket Road Billinudgel). Bicycle
        lanes please and where's the train?
  90.   please invest in libraries; please institute a park and ride system in Byron; prioritise affordable housing
        and managing unofficial holiday lets
  91.   Stop coal seam gas mining!!
  92.   I can't believe that in a green council (which I helped vote for) we have such a poor recycling system,
        why no green waste? every week i see bins full of green waste in high density living we have no room
  93.   Please concentrate on roads!
  94.   Maintain and improve these facilities for existing homes, schools etc BEFORE building more
  95.   the lack of public toilets is a real issue! also the cleanliness and maintenance is lacking
  96.   Potholes are an ongoing problem there are many roads that need an overhaul in Byron shire
        especially the Coast road to Lennox
  97.   Community gardens for fruit and vegetables
  98.   public filtered drinking water stations eg Mullum Sari
  99.   Please fix the walking/bicycle track that goes from South Golden Beach through New Brighton it is
        now dangerous. I have injured my ankle on it
  100. sportsfields for northern part of shire
  101. Please pave the road into Tyagarah. If it's not council's responsibility, please lobby the dept
       responsible.
  102. Take of what we have first
  103. A youth centre in Mullumbimby - could be in partnership with community gardens
  104. Community gardens in Byron!
  105. raise your ability to borrow $ or raise rates. Implement a tourism bed tax at a low level say $3-
       5/person/night to fund burgeoning needs for our visitors expectations for services
  106. bike paths high priority and bike friendly infrastructure
  107. A new money system, local currency

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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

  108. Trains. all planning needs to encompass best practice and precautionary principals in a way that
       repairs and sustains environment and community
  109. A binding manifest that "fluoride" will never be used in our drinking water!
  110. We need community gardens to combat the future food security issues communities will face
  111. Extension services for the environment (private cardholder conservation support)
  112. develop community transport
  113. Solar power plant/wind farm
  114. We need approval for "affordable housing" in rural 1A areas, not only for rural residential areas! I own
       65acres and can only have one dwelling for permanent housing.
  115. I would like planning designs to be incorporated sustainable features that minimise long term costs,
       use local labour and respect natural plant and animal species
  116. Roads in ocean shores are a disgrace. the mayor is more interested in toilets in Byron Bay for visitors
       than ratepayers
  117. A permanent and proper town bypass is ESSENTIAL. Presumably this will involve a grade separation
       across the rail. I would like to think the railway will reopen one day and connect to an extended
       railway from Brisbane
  118. Under waste management - until such time as the shire gets green waste bins, a kerbside
       mulching/chipping service be introduced. whereby residents could benefit from the mulch for their
       gardens and reduce costs and petrol usage going to the tip or putting waste in regular bins
  119. roads are deplorable! town is dirty and town garden unkempt
  120. Car parking in the shopping streets is terrible
  121. our roads in the shire need much attention due to potholes. Also Ocean Shores, Brunswick is in
       desperate need of a decent sport field
  122. turn the rail line into a cycle way
  123. It would be great to introduce the green bins like they have at Lismore
  124. Put the bypass in from Boarder/Shirley Street to Red Devil Park via rail line - that's a bypass
  125. upgrade, replace if necessary, and create more public toilets in Byron Bay Fix potholes more often on
       roads in and out of Byron Bay and around Bangalow also
  126. top priority repair roads in ocean Shores
  127. new infrastructure suggested would include sporting facilities and drainage in the northern part of the
       shire and BBQ facilities in parks
  128. Please reinstate the local railway service for the Byron shire to commit to fewer traffic congestion
       problems, less accidents, more opportunities for local employment access
  129. With the ongoing state government underfunding of local government, it is important for Council to
       ensure infrastructure is maintained and renewed
  130. Ocean Shores badly needs sports fields, lighting, car parking near beaches and general
       infrastructure. We do not get value for the rates paid.
  131. A live theatre of a decent size (over 500 seats) would be a great addition to Byron Shire culture.
  132. Can the council please address the traffic problem. I've been a ratepayer for 38 years. If I see another
       roundabout installed instead of addressing the big issue, I'll run for mayor and fix it myself
  133. Council's infrastructure for Bangalow is dreadful, especially traffic management, specifically, parking,
       yet development continues. Not good. Bangalow on weekends and holidays is too congested.
  134. Byron Bay has a lack of public toilets (and clean toilets). The WCs near Fishheads are a disgrace.

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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

         The lookout at corner of Pacific Hwy and Coolamon Scenic Drive is also embarrassing infrastructure
  135. the improvement of existing services to our acceptable level is far more important than developing
       new infrastructure. Clean toilets and parks.
  136. Cycling tracks please
  137. Council should attempt to access more financial grants than it does at present
  138. All are important. All should receive attention. Deciding priorities is difficult
  139. maintaining beach carparks and picnic areas maintaining roundabouts
  140. A roundabout at the Park Hotel intersection at Suffolk Park would be nice. Also the power pole at
       Hotel corner blocks view and contributes to accidents.
  141. Beep Beep Beep
  142. Less red tape etc for not-for-profit clubs to work and/or extend
  143. Widen rural roads eg Federal More education of public recycling bins
  144. Policing of parks and streets in Byron. No drinking or sale of drugs in parks. No drunks sitting in
       doorways of shops at night - not a good look for tourists or children!
  145. I have lived at this address for 48 years and very little has been done to improve the safety of the
       roads. There's more than 10 times the traffic and more school buses on the roads since I came to this
       address. it’s only a matter of time before there's a tragedy from lack of road improvement.
  146. re-open a rail transport from Bangalow to Byron Bay to Mullumbimby, Billinudgel. This will help solve
       future traffic problems
  147. A full time mayor would be good instead of the part time one we have now
  148. Keep the low rise local feel to the shire. No more big corporations thanks
  149. More infrastructure and services for youth
  150. Improving drainage Coomburra Cres ocean shores
  151. Restore the health of Brunswick River
  152. Look after our assets - maintenance is important. a basic infrastructure is better than none - forget the
       bells and whistles
  153. The lives of South Golden Beach and New Brighton residents would be considerably enhanced by a
       walkway (boardwalk) along the river to the Ocean Shores shops. That 'killer' hill means that people
       choose cars to get there.
  154. I really think the councils roads dept are inept, any road they fix is buggered again within
       weeks/months and filling potholes is ridiculous when the whole road is one giant pothole eg leftbank
       rd, Mullum
  155. More bike friendly - many more bike paths (small motor bikes too perhaps)
  156. bike ways. More buses that connect better - Mullum/Bruns/OS/SG
       beach/Broken/Suffolk/byron/ewingsdale
  157. Surface maintenance of town streets disabled/wheelchair access ramps to pavement etc Smoothing
       curb edges that are too steep or high for wheeled vehicles eg chairs, prams, goffers etc
  158. Continue free coupon parking for ratepayers
  159. beach rehabilitation - especially a plan for erosion management
  160. First priority should be renewal of damaged roads
  161. Yes, but you never do anything about the Byron roads into town
  162. road maintenance "safety" street cleaning town and surrounds funds available for community centres

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   Community Infrastructure - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   infrastructure planning, open space and recreation, roads, drainage, waste management, plant and
   equipment, water and sewerage services.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.

  163. Develop new infrastructure that is creative, futuristic, unique = sustainable
  164. Maintenance and development of infrastructure needs to focus on protection of the natural
       environment and meeting the needs of the wider community over that of narrow interests
  165. More notice of communication towers being proposed
  166. Bangalow as an inland 'village' really needs its swimming pool complex for the young children and
       families. Please keep funding this important asset.
  167. Some new infrastructure might be necessary like the hospital (not the sportsfields) but the first thing
       that needs to be dealt with since many years now is the traffic on Ewingsdale rd into town. Starting
       new developments without dealing with road/bypass is purely silly
  168. many trucks are using Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay and will continue to for years with development
       ongoing. the road must be built to withstand this heavy traffic.
  169. Even if it means a rate increase - I would prefer an increase in rates rather than an increase in rate
       base via high rise development. If we want our infrastructure commensurate with Gold Coast services
       this point needs to be well marketed
  170. fix the basics: roads, kerbing, footpaths, rubbish outside of roads
  171. We badly need a bypass through/pass the Byron centre
  172. Environmental and sustainable issues must be foremost! We need to plan ahead several generations
       please!
  173. Heated pool for winter lap swimmers (Mullum - outdoor eg Fitzroy in Melb outdoor all year round pool)
  174. Am forever baffled that council has such a cav approach to maintaining existing infrastructure ie roads
       - remember a stitch in nine, saves time - ie look after our roads before they need complete
       reconstruction
  175. fix deplorable roads, kerbing and channelling in South Golden Beach in a priority position
  176. Mosquitoes management
  177. swimming pool for Bangalow
  178. not particularly excited about any of above. Sustainable waste management Photovoltaic’s (solar
       panels) on Brunswick Community Centre
  179. Plant more shade trees in CBD, more sitting places for elderly/mothers/disabled - more water
       fountains, open air gym (like the have at Bondi Beach), walkway through CBD instead of traffic, one
       way shared walking, landscaped with gardens. turn front beach car park near Groyne into park. more
       toilets in town
  180. There has been excessive waste by incompetent planning and management of projects to date and I
       am concerned about your ability to improve going forward especially as existing infrastructure isn't
       being maintained.
  181. Maintain our appalling country roads
  182. Maintain existing infrastructure to a usable standard, not to be side track by self interested groups of
       lobbyists
  183. south golden beach has no infrastructure. people walk on the roads we have no curb and guttering,
       no sports fields for growing community seem to left on the shelf to let Byron have it all
  184. fix drainage problems from broken head rd, south of suffolk pub up to the 80km speed zone.
       roundabout or single lane past Suffolk Hotel to stop constant collision and cars turning left into Clifford
       St from the straight through lane (right) heading to Ballina
  185. Lifting a sewerage moratorium
  186. it would be good to be able to charge illegal holiday lets for the resources used by them


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  187. I wish you would make a bypass a number 1 priority as its just getting worse and worse
  188. the infrastructure hasn't kept pace with the growth of the town being able to negotiate Ewingsdale rd
       (not even just at peak times now!) and get parking in town is a nightmare for residents. We need
       visitors and tourists but should be able to conduct our own work/business/lives within reasonable time
       frames
  189. footpaths - lighting - kerb and guttering - parks - roads all need immediate attention in ocean shores
  190. Byron needs to improve public transport - reopen rail or minimum create a walking/cycling path to
       attract more diverse tourists etc
  191. Existing infrastructure should have top priority
  192. Support tourist information centre Support tourism clean up the shire
  193. footpaths, lighting and condition of roads and kerbs and guttering in Ocean Shores all need immediate
       attention
  194. Get a bypass around Byron town centre in place Establish cycleway on old rail line!
  195. some of the existing town central roads in Byron are a disgrace
  196. A decent town bypass is desperately needed
  197. Constant traffic problems in Byron. Urgent necessity for bypass / edge of town parking
  198. Remove traffic from main street area to prevent ongoing traffic jams at all peak times during the day
  199. Can you put a path with lights from the new library to the oval or from Cowper St bike track through to
       Lawson St and beach
  200. I am concerned re growth and think this should be capped. Wonder if car access to Byron should be
       restricted to locals and others bus in Improve playground facility on Brunswick river (near pub)
  201. Binna Burra Road needs more attention. Recent upgrade was a good start
  202. this is the primary role of council. all other themes should determine what could and should be done
       for better community infrastructure
  203. the sports centre at Ewingsdale is so bland and grey! decorate it! community buildings should be
       celebrated! NOT GREY
  204. Converting the old railroad into a walking/ bike riding park as in New York City Pedestrian zone in
       town
  205. Fix roads, bike paths (more of)
  206. Fix potholes!
  207. Provision of and allowance for low cost housing including development strategies for/with/on
       intentional communities
  208. see attached appendix (5 pages)
  209. Byron should not limit itself to only backpacker revenue and should cater to the markets in tourism -
       anyone with respect for and willingness to enjoy the community. Lack of infrastructure is a huge turn
       off to people used to a minimum standard - footpaths
  210. Need to maintain the existing infrastructure which at this time is in dire need attention ie potholes
  211. Fix what needs fixing and maintaining. less new building in the Byron township, how many shops do
       we need? Byron is losing its heart, if the beach wasn't there its another GC
  212. I live in a rural area where many of the drains under council roads have been blocked for years.
       Localised flooding occurs even with fairly minor "rain events" (40-50mm of rain). Due to the blocked
       drains, water runs along the road and enters my property from which it cannot escape due to blocked
       drains.
  213. Street lights are lacking, especially in back lanes which are now front entrances of many houses
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        Roads are not being mended well - pot holes etc for people to trip over No footpaths - dangerous for
        young families and elderly walking around town ie Ruskin, Kingsley, Carlyle Streets etc
  214. This council should start to concentrate on forward planning for this growing shire especially parking
       and traffic flow in Byron Bay! Byron Bay is a dump caused by poor roads and poor storm water
       drainage! Should council provide these services?
  215. Upgrade Main Street and clean toilets
  216. More free park in Byron Road around the CBD Bring back the train! b/w Byron, Mullum & Billi
  217. Please do something about the traffic on Ewingsdale Road/Shirley St - it can only get worse as time
       goes on and more things like the sports fields begin operation the traffic situation on Thursdays due to
       the markets needs some thought - its not working Signage, warning, fines or whatever needed to get
       cyclists to use the cycle paths. Children do the right thing but about 1/3 of all cyclists (always adults)
       going in and out of Byron on Ewingsdale Road do not sue the cycle path which is right beside them.
       As a driver I find it so dangerous and disconcerting
  218. Road maintenance in particular More toilets
  219. Pedestrian/bicycles tracks and roads
  220. When I moved to Byron Shire 4.5 years ago, it was easy to get into town along Ewingsdale Road -
       now it is so frustrating. Please can we find a solution to the traffic hold-ups?
  221. In the current climate there needs to be a lot more attention paid to the existing infrastructure the
       roads, drainage, lighting of streets before new development occurs
  222. the road into the town from Sunrise where I live - the bottle neck
  223. Byron bypass is essential - council is green, so how can it be environmentally responsible to have
       long traffic queues into town, spewing fumes into the atmosphere
  224. While I realise most councils are struggling financially, Byron has allowed infrastructure to deteriorate,
       less money spent on reports and more on actually providing infrastructure eg roads
  225. Please provide more parking at New Brighton dog beach at present the parking is very poor, for locals
       and visitors person's from other parts of the Shire. Please complete footpath on Rajah Road - down to
       Brunswick Valley way to join footpath over the bridge - talk about half jobs!
  226. Essential to have superior infrastructure to support the community and its reputation as a world
       destination
  227. I own a property in South Golden Beach, rent it out, and pay rates (over the last 30 years), yet I am
       appalled at the state of the roads and the non-existence of curb and guttering and drainage - how long
       do we have to pay comparable rates to others in Byron Shire and put up with inferior access???
  228. More emphasis on community needs rather than tourism
  229. Improvements to all types of infrastructure in our society
  230. Please please PLEASE do not commission further wasteful reports BUT build a proper Byron bypass
       (not mini version). consider one way traffic flows and multistorey parking near railway. Multistorey
       parking near railway line
  231. Very important - four lane road from Ewingsdale to Byron (Byron West development; new sports
       centre; ambulance at Ewingsdale and hospital eventually) See attached map for possible solution to
       Byron traffic problems
  232. Better services for rural people ie our roads are simply terrible, funds simply appear to be used in
       Byron Bay
  233. Coopers Lane has many roads and lanes which need to be given their own names and we need
       house numbers, plus some road maintenance, rubbish removal and possibly even water and power
  234. a fair and equable distribution of services throughout the shire. Byron is a zone not a town. Need for
       green garden waste collection - could be value added as sold after processing as mulch

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  235. Sporting facilities for Ocean Shores would be appreciated for our next generation
  236. If possible, rural areas should have a fair go even though numbers of people are less than residential
       zones eg recycling, roads
  237. Fix the roads, then the drainage, then the parks before spending resources on community projects (ie
       community gardens to satisfy only a small proportion of vocal residents)
  238. footpath network throughout Ocean Shores
  239. But the overarching prime requirement needs to be sustainability (see definition para 3 page 32 of
       draft strategic plan)
  240. Middle Pocket Road is always in need of repair
  241. it is time to employ a caretaker for the public toilets - charge people to use the Byron Bay beach
       facilities. KEEP THEM CLEAN. Health hazards for tourists and locals at the moment. Shame!
  242. Streetscape beautification Signage (info, tourism, directional and educational) Lighting (better and
       safer)
  243. Integrated transport concept inc bicycle ways, reviewing of train services, one-way street in Byron
       CBD and extensive pedestrian lanes
  244. In planning for the future lets not rely on the abundance of electricity and water usage as it is already
       getting too expensive, financially and environmentally.
  245. all of the mentioned outcomes are and always have been council's responsibility - what is the point of
       this one?
  246. Money has to be spent at Ocean Shores on an equitable basis. Ocean Shores contributes 25% of
       rates revenue and is entitle to 25% of provision for infrastructure, roads etc
  247. A bypass from the roundabout at the police station or preferable further north, coming out near
       Mitre10 or further south is essential
  248. We need aged care facilities and more available public transport
  249. of course these are extremely important!
  250. Roads maintenance - Potholes at so many roads. start with the bypass to relieve traffic to Byron (from
       mitre 10 area, Jonson street) add/open train tracks
  251. Proposed housing for homeless Approved government funding for physical activity and healthy eating
       initiatives
  252. Bike paths please. No more roundabouts. Make Bay St 2 way again.
  253. Lots more cycle paths that connect within towns Eg Bangalow - Byron off the main road. Park and
       road facilities.
  254. More solar incentives and sustainable living rebates/services would be great.
  255. Suffolk Park and other rubbish bins need to be divided in recycled, green waste and emptied more
       often.
  256. Extend the facilities at Mullumbimby Pool to include a gym etc
  257. A public transport system is needed badly in the whole of the Byron shire. Even a shuttle bus service
       from Byron to Brunswick to Mullumbimby would be useful on weekend and public holidays
  258. We should plan to improve what we have - not planning for growth for growth's sake
  259. Need sporting facilities in Ocean Shores. There are a lot of young children and older teenagers that
       need sport activities for their growth and maturity and to keep them out of mischief like littering parks,
       vandalising and stealing - letter boxes etc
  260. Infrastructure for teenagers
  261. Recycling for example sort out brown glass, green glass and white glass at street containers as in
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        Europe did 40 years ago!
  262. the creation of an alternative access route from Pacific highway and/or bypass road around town
       centre is essential maintaining harmonious co existence between permanent residents, business and
       tourism
  263. More Markets More community gardens Fewer dogs and cats (for wildlife) no dogs on beach in built
       up areas More native trees (for wildlife) crabbing in North Arm of Brunswick River allowed again
  264. Our roads, in the shire, are horrific and must be a priority to resurface. A bypass to relieve pressure
       on main roundabouts in Byron is overdue!
  265. Would like to see more off road bike tracks lack of maintenance on drains by council, increase effect
       of flooding weeds in park in Brunswick head still not removed. reported to council over 3 years ago
  266. Footpaths along Balemo Drive and Orana Road
  267. Really disappointing to see how few roads are properly maintained or kerbed
  268. Clean pure water
  269. basic council jobs listed above, most important
  270. there seems to be some repetition.
  271. Administration of council requires performance criteria from my perspective through my interface with
       council admin.
  272. New infrastructure and bypass for Byron Bay Main St. we urgently needed 15 years ago.
  273. Upgrade western end of Main Beach car park area. grass walkways. benches (seats) clamp down on
       overnight camping in cars with vans
  274. bring back railway
  275. rather than "patch" poor quality roads it would be a better use of resources to reseal section every few
       years
  276. More attention is needed for long term improvements to the condition of roads in the shire
  277. Pedestrian overpass would ease traffic jams of main roundabout which currently stretch past industrial
       estate. Also a tunnel for cars.
  278. Rather than develop new infrastructure (unless it’s imperative) spend the money maintaining existing
       (ie no new roundabouts where not needed). Public toilets in the shire are often a disgrace (ie toilets at
       Bangalow weir), if I have guests, I always take them somewhere else if they need toilets.
  279. Sports fields in Ocean Shores/New Brighton. What about compulsory bike lanes in all new
       developments and any upgrades, improvements to roads etc Surely these items are already council's
       priorities
  280. 1. the completion of the footpath on Rajah Road would be beneficial 2. a fence around the play parks
       in Brunswick Heads would make them safer (so close to water)
  281. Planning that has teeth! and not be able to be overridden by other levels of government. Planning
       documents that will hold up in court please.
  282. Development of new infrastructure must be sustainable and include proper budget for future
       maintenance. I have concerns re new Byron sportsfields for example: 1. cost of maintenance at
       expense of other things 2. position in Byron when most permanent residents live elsewhere in the
       shire
  283. A proper town bypass is required urgently. Many Byron shire infrastructures require urgent renewal.
       Infrastructures is without capital planning for timely renewal once they have achieved their used by
       date.
  284. It's one thing having a theme, it's another putting it into practice (nothing is spent or done in Ocean
       Shores)

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  285. traffic congestion major issue
  286. Aren't these all essentials? How can any not be important?
  287. Fix kerb at 79 Rajah Road as your roads manager promised 3 years ago!!
  288. put a roundabout at Suffolk Park Build a multi story car park behind Maddog shop with entrance from
       incoming traffic over old railway fix the pothole roads
  289. improving and more regular maintenance and mowing/tidying of the roadsides and the towns - keep
       them beautiful
  290. Byron bypass
  291. Urgent need for drainage in South golden beach
  292. Fix the roads! fix the traffic! put a gate on the highway
  293. More bikeways is positive and obviously new infrastructure would be good but I feel there needs to be
       major repairs of the Shire's roads first
  294. we should focus on what we already have before we build NEW infrastructure. We NEED to find an
       appropriate solution to the traffic issue - traffic jams coming into Byron from Ewingsdale direction -
       especially with summer coming
  295. Return the train and make a bypass to Byron, we actually avoid getting into Byron just because of
       traffic in Businesses in Byron suffer
  296. Car parking will increasingly become an issue
  297. The repair of potholes around the shire is of a very low standard, barely lasting beyond the next
       downpour of rain. In the short term, a proper fill would seem costly but surely in the longer term, much
       more economical than the current situation.
  298. What's NOT to agree with? These are all almost "Motherhood" statements so become almost
       meaningless. Very disappointing if the whole survey is going to be like this.
  299. Current roads need upgrading urgently. the one major infrastructure which should be tackled is a
       bypass of the Byron Bay CBD
  300. Town bypass
  301. i would have thought these were obvious!
  302. We need people on council with business ideas, to develop a business plan for the shire. Example:
       the old library should be developed into several shop fronts and leased. Income for future.
  303. Planning for and commitment to a full bypass of central Byron Bay is essential
  304. Bypass!
  305. for the health of Byron township the bypass is essential. It has been in discussion for well over a
       decade, the time is act is NOW!
  306. Maintain what you've got before even thinking of building more
  307. Byron needs parking facilities sooo badly (no one would hesitate to pay $10/day instead of leaving
       town due to frustration
  308. Footpaths must be repaired, giant holes and kerbsides etc
  309. Ocean Shores desperately needs footpaths/bike paths. there are many young families and elderly
       people and very few places to have in prams/wheelchairs (eg Balemo Drive)
  310. Future, timely planning is essential. Some councils appear to do it extremely well others appear to
       dither and waste time, energy, resources and money just thinking about it.
  311. Road maintenance planning needs upgrading to ESSENTIAL service
  312. Need to implement bypass or something to help traffic entering Byron from the north. Long delays put
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        off tourists and annoy locals
  313. This survey in my opinion has not had a lot of thought. I don't think roads, waste drainage etc should
       all be lumped together under one solo question. And who is the community that has supposedly
       desired these outcomes?
  314. Some more seats in the CBD please and a couple more around the lake in Baywood Chase - just one
       is not enough
  315. Do something with traffic flow through town. Rail crossing Lawson St through town going south
  316. Public transport standard and regularity of service across shire needs greater council
       attention/support
  317. Not enough room to say what I want. Just wish with all my heart and soul that I had land anywhere
       else but Byron Shire.
  318. Existing infrastructure needs to be maintained
  319. This is a big area and the over generalisation/simplification really does not give any information re the
       planning for the future
  320. Use railway as footpath and cycle path
  321. You should allow individuals, or at least organise communities to use a biolytic toilet system - not
       smelly or difficult to manage as proven over years at Crystal Waters on the Sunshine Coast
  322. It is however no use developing new infrastructure when the existing can't be properly maintained.
       The roads in Byron are in an appalling state!
  323. Better public transport footpaths in Byron Hills and Baywood Chase and decent lighting Bypass from
       industrial estate to Suffolk would alleviate a lot of traffic into town
  324. Our roads are sooo bad - why? Massive holes are left for weeks on end and I'm not just talking about
       minor roads. Our major roads are atrocious!
  325. A bypass for Byron Bay is essential for people who need to get to and from work
  326. ocean shores roundhouse development to go ahead footpaths in ocean shores
  327. Ease traffic congestion by moving Thursday and Sunday markets away from the town centre. A
       bypass for the CBD, to say that only a few are travelling through is nonsense!!!
  328. Bicycle path around the community. footpaths to walk on.
  329. More BBQ facilities and public toilets (low maintenance)
  330. Bike Paths mini-bus service betweens towns until railway re-opens Car-free towns
  331. Proper fixing of our roads. stop the filling of holes in the manner currently used Few weeks later is all
       washed out again!
  332. CBD needs a make-over; some of the buildings are looking very tired!
  333. Important to establish information technologies
  334. Fix the potholes!
  335. the Council has no program to develop and support its cultural heritage and history, it's all about the
       environment all the time. I would like some more trails and interpretive signage (tastefully not - not like
       the anchor at Belongil) but this sort of thing. We have a history which is part of our identity.
  336. All gravel roads in Byron should be sealed. If you haven't lived on a drive/gravel road you wouldn't
       understand the impact this has. Waste - council needs not only waste collection days in town but also
       rural areas eg waste is dumped out the front of showground, pool, Wilsons creek. We all pay rates for
       waste so why not a RURAL council pick up!
  337. Need roundabout at Cooper and Bangalow Rds


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  338. I totally oppose any coal seam gas projects being implemented in the Byron Shire
  339. Build a bypass instead of wasting money on schoolies
  340. Coolamon scenic drive from Mullum to Billigal needs work because of pot holes
  341. Road in Mullumbimbi Street and Fingal St a total disgrace - only maintenance in 50 years has been
       one layer after another layer of bitumen applied - the verges are terrible tourist eye sore
  342. it's a shame the train line was ever closed. can it ever be re-opened?
  343. Limit development, particularly shops and offices in Byron. there are too many already which are
       unsustainable
  344. If riding of bicycles is to be encourage, provision of a separate lane to Suffolk Park would be safer in
       the future build up of traffic from town to industrial estate needs to be dealt with Access of facilities for
       aged community increased
  345. We know funding is not always available but PLEASE can we at least implement some of the low cost
       ideas gathered by Simon Richardson to assist us with traffic management and parking.
  346. decent town bypass needs to be built
  347. roads in Byron are of concern. We have a heavy rain fall and this causes potholes across the shire
       and often these are slow to be repaired
  348. A bypass is urgently needed - not a mini bypass
  349. Traffic management has to be high on the priority list or Byron is going to be more gridlocked than it
       already is
  350. Better public toilets Better bike encouragement in town - create a no car zone!
  351. The Byron bay bypass is well and truly overdue and should be on an urgent list to complete ASAP
  352. Improved street lighting
  353. A long term approach needs to be taken to infrastructure. All decisions need to be taken with a long
       term perspective at the forefront. Decisions based on electoral cycles are counter to the public
       interest. No new infrastructure that cannot be properly maintained.
  354. High on new infrastructure priority list would be qualify, fast, broadband services - would support a
       diverse economy too.
  355. fix the roads etc and stop bowing to the minority and wasting ratepayer’s money in courts.
  356. Appalling the time spent before repair of Lighthouse Road footpath. A real indictment on the Council
       even if there were some legal issues
  357. Fix the Byron bypass problem and maintain properly all other infrastructure (including new library)
       before doing anything else
  358. Very poor road maintenance - supervision needs improvement
  359. Continue to maintain and support Ocean Shores as a growing community with a large population of
       young families and baby boomer residents
  360. maintain and repair Brunswick Heads tennis courts and existing sporting facilities
  361. There is a serious lack of public toilets in the Byron Bay township.
  362. Spend more on the community and less on litigation. Employ reasonable priced contractors to do
       Council jobs.
  363. A serious effort to alleviate traffic congestion - the time for talking about the problem is long past.
  364. Don't waste our money on silly surveys
  365. A conservative, low-debt approach needs to be taken. new development needs to fund the
       infrastructure that's needed to support it. Long term vision and planning essential.
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  366. Pedestrian safety on roads such as Raftons Road with its childcare centre should have a high priority
  367. Please don't try to cover responsibilities of state and federal government levels. handover main roads
       like Bangalow Road to RTA.
  368. Approve of funds being allocated towards a CBD bypass road
  369. Remain spacious and maintain a calm environment
  370. CBD bypass road from Ewingsdale Road to Bangalow Road
  371. Please give a discount to people who pay rates on times, this works well in Hervey Bay
  372. Put the old shower roses back at Clarkes Beach
  373. Create bypass around town centre
  374. From South Golden Beach we'd love stormwater drainage curb and guttering
  375. The roads need significant improvement - arguably the worst roads in Australia - not great for resident
       or a great look in terms of visitors.
  376. Most notable is your shire is the poor state of existing infrastructure. potholes in road surfaces; poor
       maintenance on foreshore recreation facilities
  377. North head Road, New Brighton is in poor repair in bitumen and stormwater drainage. This is the main
       road into the reserve and receives a lot of road traffic. Resurfacing is urgent.
  378. These are basic services that we should expect as ratepayers. the maintenance of roads and parks
       have a lot to be desired at the moment
  379. Is there a plan to include Ocean Shores in future community facilities? because to date the people
       thee are the forgotten ones in the shire. Develop new infrastructure appropriately and fairly to all.
  380. More disabled accessibility. right now it is shocking
  381. Fix the roads
  382. A safe cycle path from Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads would benefit the local community
  383. our public toilets are appalling, outdated, often filthy and are an embarrassment to our visitors
  384. Byron Bay desperately needs a bypass to enable locals to get from one side of town to the other
       without travelling through town centre (bypass needs to be from Woolworths service station to
       Cemetery Rd). Another reason for a bypass is new ambulance station at Ewingsdale/rural fire brigade
       at Suffolk Park - need to bypass town centre Suffolk Park entrance needs major work - not just a right
       hand turning lane heading north. this won't correct the blind spot with south bound traffic.
  385. Make sure our local roads are first class, this will be appreciated by all contributors to the local
       environment
  386. Bypass town centre with diversion road
  387. this is what our rates should be going to first
  388. Infrastructure is lacking in the northern parts of the shire especially New Brighton stormwater and
       drainage, North head Road and Brunswick St and surrounds
  389. No more liquor outlets Trees (small and shady) planted along footpaths and carparks to shade
       pedestrians
  390. could you just get these things done, the shire is a shambles, prioritise. Implement a bypass, fix our
       roads and make improvements.
  391. Create more water storage in dams
  392. Basic maintenance of roads would be nice!
  393. That no development/expansion happens without improved/extra infrastructure. Please consider
       seats/benches and water bubblers in parks
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  394. We simply must have a diversion for traffic coming into Byron. As a business owner, I dread peak
       seasons as I find myself stuck in long queues just trying to go about my business. Enough is enough,
       please, please address this now!
  395. Need community facilities at Ocean Shores - sporting fields, library, footpaths, street lights and
       swimming pool
  396. Maintaining overhead trees causing motor damage
  397. Urgent attention to infrastructure - north of the Brunswick River - drainage South Golden Beach - road
       renovation South Golden Beach. sportsfields
  398. I would like to see less traffic, more pedestrian crossings and proper repairs to roads - Middleton
       Street is a disgrace between Marvell and Carlyle street.
  399. Sustainable infrastructure
  400. Public transport throughout the shire and to railheads etc must be improved and be reliable 24 hours
       a day!
  401. Reduce sewerage rates on units in unit blocks to 2009-2011 levels. This year's rate hike for sewerage
       is unacceptable.
  402. Bikeways - perhaps Bangalow to Byron
  403. Develop a cycle path network. Checkout Cairns shire network. Develop a rail trail cycle/footpath -
       checkout railtrail.com.au for rail trail in Victoria 100kms from Murray to the Mountains
  404. Skate park in Ocean Shores so the young kids are not hitching to Brunswick to skate!
  405. Why was money spent on flood height indicators along Left Bank Rd when we still have to dodge
       potholes (note: there were existing flood markers in place)
  406. Affordable housing - land allocation for medium density projects Public car parking - decentralised
       outside town centre with shuttle bus service Coastal management plan - include public access and
       car parking to beach zones and waste management
  407. develop a bypass better facilities (Showers, Toilets) for beaches Fix the potholes please (on
       Bangalow road)
  408. Byron Bay roads desperately need proper long term repair. The potholes are embarrassing and
       dangerous.
  409. Instigate a more efficient and effective road repair system. The shire's roads are terrible.
  410. Rather than taking on new infrastructure - start maintaining and possibly upgrading existing
       infrastructure with exception of Ocean Shores which Council gives no consideration to with regards to
       sporting fields and facilities.
  411. Roads, Drainage and stormwater given maximum priority.
  412. Most of these results are obvious! hope valuable resources are not being wasted with this survey
  413. Bring back ridings so that equality is re established in distribution of funds
  414. We need to get tourists to Byron out of their cars before they enter town - say at the new sportsfields.
       They could hire council-owned bikes etc or catch a (publican) funded form of public transport that is
       unique to Byron. eg A Mooney Mobile.
  415. completion of road between Clark's and The Pass
  416. Need more footpaths around Ocean Shores
  417. Spending/ etc needs to be balanced with the overall goals -- so that infrastructure is geared towards
       achieving the whole vision, and that other areas are also prioritised and not left out in favour of
       infrastructure.
  418. Wider public transport; more post boxes I would like to see footpaths on all roads, and residents able
       to park on the actual road, rather than the nature strip. I would like wide roads in the town and a
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        bypass. Also a Westfield Shopping Mall
  419. Roads within shire need a lot of work before any new infrastructure is undertaken
  420. Every town across NSW (inc small towns) have their own home grounds for integrated sports - except
       Ocean Shores. NB there are 17 sporting teams here
  421. I think council's core responsibilities are in planning for a sustainable future, community facilities and
       environmental management. Water, sewerage and road could be diverted elsewhere
  422. We need our own sportsgrounds in Ocean Shores
  423. We must not become the "party town" of Australia, by doing so will be a short term economic view
  424. Stop wasting money on law suits to block progress and focus on providing the services listed above ie
       as a ratepayer (who pays tip charges) it is appalling to pay again to use the tip
  425. Waste management extended to nature strips and playing fields in inner Byron. Impact of campervans
       in this area not well serviced where rubbish concerned.
  426. A bypass for Byron Bay is urgently needed
  427. More emphasis on pedestrian and cycles, less assistance to private cars
  428. Council should cease developing new infrastructure (eg sports complex and library) when it cannot
       afford the maintenance of that existing - lives are at risk!
  429. Strongly disagree with the Byron West project. Traffic impact and pressure on Byron Bay.
  430. global warming - sea level rise - impacts on above
  431. Parts of Byron Bay look so neglected, run-down and dirty, the visitor could well mistake certain areas
       for the back streets of Manilla. The maintenance and upkeep of existing infrastructure in Byron is a
       disgrace.
  432. Ensure new infrastructure when present is repaired properly eg roads
  433. A (healthy) environment is part of our infrastructure
  434. Heating Mullum pool all year round use for training athletes, disabled, learn-to-swim. Many people
       travel far and wide for heated pool in winter. New hospital in Mullum
  435. the development and adoption of floodplain management plans for all catchments within the shire to
       allow state government funding for onground works.
  436. It would be a sensible plan to inspect infrastructure to assess what remedial action is required rather
       than just letting it fall apart like the Possum Creek Bridge and many of the timber bridges in the shire
  437. resurfacing of Helen St beach access car park and provision of facilities is much appreciated.
  438. Repairing roads properly would save ALL members of the community money wasted each year on car
       repairs/wheel alignments and new tyre replacements.
  439. Can you please fix Bulgoon Cres
  440. We have had enough planning. It is time to implement before the infrastructure is non-recoverable or
       outrageously expensive
  441. Town bypass!
  442. Bypass and/or traffic flow resolution Footpaths in Suffolk Park - Baywood Chase, Byron hills One
       large, beautiful, thoughtful children’s playground
  443. Road from Billinudgel to the Middle Pocket Road and The Pocket Road need lifting up - the bridges
       and Billinudgel is always under water
  444. Maintenance of roads in the north of the shire is disgraceful.
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  446. I do not agree that Council's role is to provide low cost housing. It is State govts role.
  447. More bike paths!
  448. This area needs more council rangers. I feel a roundabout is needed at the junction of Old pacific
       Highway and Bayside Way
  449. If there isn't something done soon about a footpath along Caniaba Cres Suffolk Park and speed
       bumps (particularly either side of Red Bean close), I fear a child will be seriously injured or killed. this
       needs your immediate attention!
  450. All roads need immediate and ongoing attention
  451. Your survey design would be better if you asked respondents to rank from most important to least
       important within each category
  452. Fix the old roads in the area eg Main Arm road and The Pocket Road
  453. seems obvious we would want to maintain all essential services and infrastructure. But destroying our
       most precious resource - the environment- to keep expanding the population and service? NO
  454. Suggestion for road bypass of Byron CBD. the main slow down is the two pedestrian crossings in
       Jonson St. Why not employ volunteers or retired pensioners on low pay 5 hours a day to control
       pedestrian flow? a win for all.
  455. I would like to see public transport and bike path development included in infrastructure planning - this
       will also address environmental goals
  456. Sort out the traffic in Byron Bay Make use of the old rail line - walking/cycling
  457. Council needs to plan for new infrastructure, renew existing infrastructure and keep doing it.
  458. Kerb and guttering required in older areas of Byron. Council recycling of organic waste would be
       great.
  459. Stop West Byron development until we have proper infrastructure - start with a bypass! not just until
       the rails but through to at least the golf course
  460. fix our roads properly instead of patching - see newly resurfaced Coolamon Scenic Drive - already
       pitted and potholed. Make sure our drains are running properly to prevent flooding from golf course
       and Balemo Drive since road works.
  461. Federal and State govts need to understand that there is an infrastructure funding shortfall. they might
       not see it in Canberra or George St but it is very evident on Binna Burra Road!
  462. I live in Ocean Shores and would very much appreciate if you could spare some money to fix our
       roads which are in so many places in a disgraceful state!!
  463. traffic calming in Ocean Shores 50km/h. Better access to Byron Bay. Maintain roundabouts better -
       have a look at Coffs harbour
  464. Please build new toilet amenities in Byron Bay and refurbish existing ones - they are disgusting.
       Please add street seating in shady areas.
  465. Roads in particular should be prioritised
  466. yes I would like Council to stop wasting money on developments they can't even afford to sustain and
       build a bypass
  467. More post boxes needed. council owes it to the community to develop a cycleway to link towns.
       Cyclists current use the edge of busy roads and motorway - totally dangerous and unacceptable.
  468. Stop further development until traffic problems solved.
  469. our roads are a major and basic necessity given the lack of public transport. More money should be
       put into fixing bad sections of local roads and repairing potholes before they become chasms. All road
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  470. Areas outside the Byron Bay precinct tend to be neglected eg south golden beach
  471. When is the footpath/cycleway on Main arm Road going to be completed to the showground corner?
  472. is it possible to manage the three pedestrian crossings in Jonson St. That alone would reduce town
       grid lock without any further infrastructure financial outlay.
  473. Please pay attention to the upkeep of our children's parks and playgrounds - Suffolk Gaggin Park is in
       a bad state and needs cleaning.
  474. South Golden Beach - please give us drains - even open drains at the sides of the road would help.
       Currently a night's rain leaves roads covered in water - filling the MANY potholes and breeding
       mosquitoes = sickness.
  475. the Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores should NOT be sold for exclusive home sites. We deserve
       some community consideration in to north of the shire - we always draw the short straw
  476. Our public spaces and facilities are dreadful. Public toilets in particular are very very poor
  477. The road into Byron- Ewingsdale Rd needs to be addressed immediately! It is ridiculous ! For the
       local/ permanent residents it is a shambles, but when you introduce the thousands of tourists into
       town each Summer it is beyond a joke to have a 1 lane rd with hundreds of cars funnelled into town!
  478. BIG is not necessarily better in terms of urban/suburban sprawl and size of developments.
  479. Park facilities need to be washed down more regularly. Are they done at all? Main Beach often looks
       dirty.
  480. We need a "slow down children" sign on Azalea St. So many children walking, so many speeding cars
  481. Footpaths and cycle ways please
  482. More resources allocated to road surfacing and repair (eg Palm Ave Mullumbimby = a mess!)
  483. The northern rivers needs more public transport
  484. Planning growth for rich people is against community ideals
  485. Stormwater drainage in Ocean shores
  486. I feel roads are getting worse. Basically the shire is a bit more dirty.
  487. Affordable housing and more affordable housing and subsidised prices to compensate locals who pay
       tourist prices and pay for their holidays.
  488. Council should focus on delivering essential services and not become involved in foreign affairs - the
       Federal constitution states this is a Federal government matter. Stay out of middle east and Central
       Asian and European, American related politics - not a local govt domain.
  489. Upgrade parks and open spaces - our children's playgrounds are shabby and outdated, it would be
       great to see some creative design that reflects our lifestyle and provides a fun, comfortable place to
       hang out for locals and visitors alike (particularly with toddlers and young children). That includes
       shaded seating for parents. It would increase our pride in our shire.
  490. Infrastructure is the most important item Council needs to address
  491. More FLOWERS in town in pots or in ground and well maintained ones to make Byron Bay look a real
       tourism place. Better maintenance of the railway station park in front of the Community Centre and of
       the railway line which is crossed by all the cars entering in town
  492. New Infrastructure - Skate Park & children’s play area next to Clarkes Beach Carpark. More benches
       and tables along Lawson Street park area.
  493. Needs to be more concentrated in the Northern region of the shire.
  494. Focus on getting the basics of local government right and on achieving them efficiently
  495. An increase in population in the Shire will put pressure on services, so planning for new infrastructure
       requirements and maintenance and upgrading of existing infrastructure is an essential role of the

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        council. Transport within the Shire is inadequate. Lobby State & Federal governments for a rail
        service linked to the Gold Coast. Higher density living in the future will also increase the demand for
        community facilities.
  496. Roads in particular but new infrastructure to new developments
  497. Bicycle pathways set a percentage of all road works for bike paths
  498. Heating of Mullumbimby Pool during winter
  499. More community gardens "permission" to grow food on public areas
  500. Dividing line on all corners of Myocum Road
  501. I would like to see a footbridge constructed near the Ocean Shores shopping centre across Marshalls
       Reserve to provide the community with pedestrian access to the beach and stop congestion in the
       area at the strand.
  502. Have more information available about using less water ie putting brick in toilet cistern, saving used
       shower water to flush your toilet and water plants
  503. i would love to see safe and clean public toilets in town and on the beaches
  504. the answer to these four questions is not really debatable. if there was disagreement on these items
       we would not need a council.
  505. develop a Shire-wide Strategic Infrastructure development Plan, in the context of a Shire-wide
       Sustainable Development Plan
  506. We have lived here for 38 years and our roads are atrocious - the potholes damage our vehicles, put
       more maintenance staff on please!
  507. Byron Bay town centre requires upgrading if it wants to attract the tourist demographic that will bring
       tourism income to the town. Upgrading need not be costly. Gardening, trees, public toilet upgrades,
       street art, pedestrian walkway paving would enhance the Byron Bay experience.
  508. Use of renewable building practices ie hemp, solar, water tanks/storage for flushing public toilets etc.
       Eco paints only.
  509. Perhaps NO growth!
  510. No need to develop "West Byron"
  511. Roads and third world drains need urgent attention especially north of shire.
  512. Road maintenance is lacking especially on roads around Mullumbimby. Jarretts Road at Goonengerry
       is in total disrepair.
  513. Much of our infrastructure, especially roads, is used by tourists. For such a small base of rate payers
       this is not affordable. We must find a way for tourism to more fairly contribute.
  514. Development of more cycle friendly rural roads. Lower speed limits for motor vehicles on scenic drives
       to encourage more cycle touring (Coolamon). Rail trails?
  515. Yes, but we don't have to keep growing do we? Can't we stop now?
  516. There are imbalances in providing infrastructure. Please: stop the urban expansion and allow rural
       development; drain our roads properly instead of just patching them; spend more on bicycles.
  517. Existing drainage needs to be maintained including pipes and natural water courses.
  518. No 1 priority should be maintenance of existing infrastructure eg Flowers Rd, Binna Burra - bad
       condition. Very important drain under Friday Hut Road completely blocked for TWO MONTHS after
       being reported.
  519. Increased public transport and pedestrian walkways especially in North Ocean Shores would be much
       appreciated.
  520. Cycle paths a priority please!

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  521. Higher priority needed for road repair.
  522. Upkeep and maintenance of existing infrastructure should come first. All areas of the shire should
       receive maintenance. Council appears to act only for the town of Byron.
  523. Byron bypass now!
  524. Upgrading and maintaining parks especially children's play areas (such as Main Beach Park) and
       improving public amenities such as the toilet facilities and the main bus stop.
  525. Some uneven pavement works needs to be down urgently in Ocean Shores
  526. Cairns in Queensland and Queenstown in New Zealand are prime examples of how Byron Council
       should be managing and developing the town and surrounding areas for residents and visitors. The
       infrastructure and facilities in these towns that are similar in their tourist interests to Byron should be
       studied by Councillors and Council staff to see if there are any lessons that could be learnt here. None
       of these statements mention tourism, without which Byron Shire would struggle.
  527. More attention to roads for rural rate payers
  528. The open drains at the north east end of Massinger St are a third world eyesore. also very dangerous,
       especially at night.
  529. Develop more land for housing by rezoning farm land within 12km of centre of Byron Bay
  530. Ability to walk all the way on safe pathway Suffolk Park to Byron CBD
  531. More bicycle paths. Community transport
  532. Ocean Shores need footpaths!!
  533. I can't see drainage being maintained. Byron St drain (runs alongside street) is a MESS. Some may
       call it a creek but it is a drain and as such helps to drain the town.
  534. Please fix the potholes in the roads, particularly in the old part of town
  535. Buses, let's fix traffic into Byron, long queues, bypass needed. Pave road Johnson St to plaza.
  536. Rafton Road Bangalow to pedestrian underpass has no safe way for children to walk on footpath to
       school. They are forced onto the road to cross a creek. Two children have had accidents on this road
       yet nothing done.
  537. Mullumbimby township needs a better playground with properly shaded equipment (Maybe Woolies
       could be approached to make a substantial donation!)
  538. Be really great if there was an efficient transport system. To support those who don't have a car to be
       able to get around. That is cost effective.
  539. Footpaths for Ocean Shores Sport facility for Ocean Shores
  540. Upgrade local roads to an acceptable current standard at South Golden Beach. Roads are below
       standard but we pay the same rate levy than everywhere else!
  541. Byron bypass
  542. What type of infrastructure?
  543. Medical and hospital facilities are not even named surely this should be a top priority
  544. Fix roads properly - don't just fill with a bit of bitumen
  545. What new infrastructure? need more info hence neutral outlook
  546. We need more bike paths that link Suffolk Park and Ewingsdale to the town. Proper safe paths. Let's
       create a true bike culture for the town as this would reduce vehicle traffic and be environmentally
       friendly. A new image for the town.
  547. A heated swimming pool is desirable
  548. Council should maintain the existing infrastructures that we have by increasing the outdoor staff
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        needed to maintain all the infrastructures ie another tar truck would be handy. Cut out some of the
        office staff.
  549. Wider road edges for cyclists! I commute every day on my bike
  550. Stick to what you are supposed to do - deliver services - roads would be nice
  551. Deal with the traffic
  552. Given cost constraints, involving residents in helping to maintain facilities eg town gardens, main
       street etc will encourage a sense of community "ownership" and help contain costs. A good example
       is Bangalow's "Groundforce" community group.
  553. Compared to neighbouring shires, the road in Byron Shire are in very poor condition. Roads, garbage
       and sewerage should be the priority for any council. Byron Shire is behind on all three.
  554. More essential services such as footpaths, road bumps, clearing Council reserve areas near houses
       in Ocean Shores.
  555. Town bypass is critical!
  556. Footpaths in beachside Suffolk Park Outdoor community gathering areas More obvious no camping,
       no alcohol policy in beach access areas
  557. Why is Ocean Shores the only town in Australia without footpaths, one risks one's life every time one
       goes for a walk because 100km is the normal speed in 50km/h zones
  558. Skate park in town for the children
  559. Town bypass most needed
  560. User pays waste system ie charge per rubbish bin emptied (in lieu of fixed charge system) Refurbish
       showers/toilets at Byron Pool complex Soap on tap in all public toilets in Byron Shire
  561. The Council has ignored development for too long. Traffic flow is an absolute priority.
  562. I support the building of the library at Byron Bay. A new building would be a great asset.
  563. There is no point in adding new infrastructure if we can't afford to properly maintain the existing.
  564. Affordable housing please ... Major Priority
  565. The state of the road in the South Golden Beach and New Brighton area, especially after rain,
       consists of loose gravel and potholes. These are extremely dangerous when cycling and cause
       expensive wear and tear on motor vehicles. A footpath on Orana Road leading up to Rajah Road from
       New Brighton would make pedestrian much easier. Thank you for the South Golden Beach carpark
       and bbq area - it's fantastic!
  566. Would like to see more money spent on improving local rural roads, such as Middle Pocket Road
       which is narrow and full of pot holes.
  567. Do something about the Clifford St intersection with Ballina Road at Suffolk Park BEFORE someone
       is killed
  568. Can we please have a bike locker/ car park facility at Woodford Rd to allow hinterland dwellers the
       opportunity to commute by bike from the highway to Byron Bay?
  569. ensure toilets are clean
  570. Use efficient, economical processes to achieve the above outcomes. Don't keep making the same
       mistakes.
  571. A 'ring' road must become essential before any new housing on Ewingsdale Road occurs. Emergency
       services must be a priority for people in Southern part of Byron Shire.
  572. Potholes, Drunk people in the streets, Bouncers at pubs need to do more meditation.
  573. New development that impacts on infrastructure should clearly contribute significantly to actual costs
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  574. Cycling and footpaths as a priority
  575. The roads in Byron Bay are atrocious and an embarrassment. All roads should have curbing and
       channelling and be pot-hole free. We should also have streetscaping in our roads in town to prevent
       speeding as in residential streets where children are playing cars are zooming around and not
       heeding the limits.
  576. Build Byron CBD bypass, Develop ordinance for residential onsite rainwater capturing
  577. We desperately urgently need bicycle paths in Mullumbimby. With an ever growing population, it is
       currently extremely unsafe for bike riders in this area.
  578. minimise housing growth with new developments
  579. These are core local government functions. Unfortunately BSC, like many councils, have "diversified"
       and spend a great deal of time and ratepayers' money expanding into other areas often to cater to the
       vociferous demands of minority groups. Get back to being local government, use funds judiciously
       and wisely and ignore the peripheral "trendy" areas.
  580. Extension of bike path between Suffolk park and broken head
  581. proactive with local NGOs and businesses supports building of local knowledge of environment and
       human community
  582. The children at Ocean Should be compensated for the theft of their sports ground ( lot 101 Shara
       Boulevard ) that was given to them and then taken away by the Council ! now it seems as though the
       council is going to take our Round house site! come on let's try to be fair
  583. make the shire more pedestrian friendly! remove car traffic from top part of town. better bike paths!
  584. Introduction of a green waste bin in line with the policy of many other councils. This has been shown
       to reduce the overall amount of waste going to landfill.
  585. funding for renewable energy sources
  586. Roads are in a terrible state as are the community facilities such as toilets.
  587. Plan for 20 years hence and prioritise non private car transport (ie bikes, rail, buses etc) ahead of
       cars. Kerb and guttering is a waste of time unless footpaths done too Encourage water tanks and
       composting to reduce council's burden
  588. I would love to see a larger Professional Theatre space (other than the BBCC one) built in Byron Bay
       to allow for more extensive productions/film festivals/musical acts etc., to visit the town.
  589. Council needs to work out a way to raise more money for infrastructure from tourists (other than
       parking fines which leave a bad taste) and those who benefit from tourism. we need to diversify our
       industries - focus on clean, green, sustainable industries. Let's become the leaders in the world in this
       - we certainly have the talent and know how in the population.
  590. We sit in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and yet we don't have bike paths that connect
       our communities, we rely too heavily on private car use, we sometimes spend 45mins getting from
       suffolk park to Ewingsdale, with our cars idling. We need to keep saying no to the homogenization of
       our community and start saying yes to essential development that supports sustainable living, working
       and playing.
  591. Improve road access to Bangalow, Federal and Lismore. Beautify Byron parks and green areas,
       especially the railway station area and tracks. Increase lights at night time for pedestrians and
       cyclists. Create public places for musicians to perform. Offer outdoor entertainment venues such as
       amphitheatres, large or small.
  592. Sorting out a solution to the traffic problems should be a priority, it is long overdue.
  593. with the minimum bureaucracy minimum cost maximum aesthetic
  594. New development infrastructure to be paid in large part by developer wanting to add new communities
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  595. New infrastructure - particularly new cycle paths throughout the shire
  596. Community facilities important. Traffic issues in Byron Bay critical. What about a) Johnson St one way
       circuit to Lawson St; and b) Bypass for through traffic
  597. less emphasis on the tourist and Byron bay township and more emphasis needed on ALL those in the
       shire that pay their rates
  598. Repair Byron Shire tennis courts at Cnr of Tennyson and Carlyle Sts, as these are becoming
       dangerous to play on.
  599. The maintenance of rural roads in our shire must be improved
  600. Road condition (especially on secondary 1 tertiary roads) is often poor after rain. Pot holes continually
       occur (e.g. Midges flat road)
  601. Renew Parks and Open Spaces: Yes please. Brunswick and Mullum playgrounds require more
       equipment, and more imaginative equipment such as many Brisbane or Sunshine Coast playgrounds,
       eg Bulimba and Eumundi. Playgrounds are a perfect place to feature public art made for and with
       local children. Schools are a great place to generate such art, for little or no cost to Council. Many
       playgrounds in Melbourne suburbs feature small scale artworks produced by the local school. Tourists
       and locals love innovative playgrounds. A shady playground for Ocean Shores, and shade trees for
       Bayside playground, Apex Park and all other sun drenched playgrounds. If no shade cloth, please,
       shade trees and soon. Renew Community Buildings - create acceptable public toilets. These are, after
       all, the most communal buildings we share. The Bayside toilet is particularly depressing - would you
       go there? As a tourist rest spot it has great potential, (the roosters, the walking track, the beautiful
       bushy trees, the river). If you replaced the toilet and added a good playground it would be something
       special, instead of something scary. Planning for the future: pedestrians and transport. If we are to
       have public transport, it needs to be frequent and cheap to use. Bike paths - I propose a "join the
       dots" program, to connect the paths we do have so that they are more functional for cyclists and pram
       pushers. Eg Mullum to Bruns (path from railway to Saddle Road) and Ocean Shores to Bruns (path
       down the Azalia hill to the bridge). Pine Ave to the Farmers Market. People want to ride and walk, but
       it helps if there's a consistently smooth path.
  602. WE need a bypass!!!!
  603. In keeping with question below - infrastructure should reflect Byron's natural environment. Don't pave
       over paradise - it's not a kerb and gutter town. Emphasise the natural areas, parks, waste, recycling.
       We have a rare community that wants personal responsibility, don't pour funds into nanny state
       provisions.
  604. I strongly believe the provision of bicycle paths is going to be critical in coming years as petrol prices
       rise exponentially as a result of climate change and peak oil. I came up with a slogan to save water!
       "It's your dam water - how about saving some for a rainless day?" :) Perhaps put the word "Landfill"
       somewhere on new rubbish bins to make people think twice about putting recyclable materials into the
       wrong bin?
  605. The local train and re-routing feeder bus routes must be a top priority as we head into a era of
       resource depletion and rising costs of infrastructure development. Now is the time to put our dollars to
       work for an intelligent regional transportation plan that does not require automobiles.
  606. places for kids to hang out on the weekend
  607. equitable allocation of resources and attention to northern parts of the shire to reflect residential
       population's needs; bikeways from Main Arm into town.
  608. Better public transport
  609. More pedestrian safe zones out the front of Spar etc Suffolk Park
  610. I think the survey questions are flawed because they lump together too varied criteria.
  611. New infrastructure to enhance existing facilities
  612. Planning for the future needs to take into account projected population growth in the shire, risk of
       inundation and storm surge as the climate changes and the ageing population. Council has difficulty
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        meeting current financial demands so needs to also address fundraising/innovation in order to afford
        to even maintain existing infrastructure, let alone renew or develop new infrastructure. Public
        transport, accessibility for those with no car, affordable housing are all major infrastructure needs that
        cost more than we can afford...
  613. Let's maintain what we have. Can the main street of Byron be upgraded? Shop fronts are looking very
       tired - many could do with a repaint.
  614. Building of bike paths and encouraging people to stay out of their cars. Parking bays outside Byron
       Bay and shuttle buses in the busy periods to limit traffic congestion, especially on Ewingsdale Road.
  615. our roads in Byron bay itself (lighthouse lookout, Gordon St, Milton St, Wentworth St) have a look
       around at the dirty streets in the main CBD Fletcher St, marvel St, Shirley St. Its an absolute pigsty all
       the fat rich people getting richer from holiday letting while the town goes to ruin as there is no locals to
       look after this place anymore as they cannot afford to live here.
  616. Put a three storey car park in the existing car park behind the pool with an entrance off Lawson ST
       were it use to be and exit out of bay street- will stop the continual driving around looking for a park by
       everyone!!!! And it should be free.
  617. The development of safe bike paths must continue, and new infrastructure including OS's sportsfield
       & Dog Park at Billinudgel
  618. Storm water drainage - South Golden Beach, North Head Road New Brighton. Drains / pump system
       and flood mitigation - South Golden Beach Ocean Shores. Community amenities - Public toilets,
       BBQ's, picnic tables
  619. solar panel street lights in the streets where there is no light which can be quite dangerous for Cyclists
       and Pedestrians
  620. • Ocean Shores, New Brighton & SGB account for a huge part of the population in the Byron Shire a
       community facility with indoor and open space at the roundhouse site should be a high priority. •
       Drainage & storm water in the New Brighton & South Golden Beach areas needs particular attention. •
       Public Transport should be a priority to link the whole shire, (buses & trains), the services need to be
       well advertised, reasonably priced and user friendly.
  621. inspect rural septic systems with affordable onsite upgrades available to land owners similar systems
       approved by Lismore council Bike link between Mullum and Brunswick Fix pot hole roads (car
       maintenance is costly) Replace flood prone causeways
  622. Sustainable Streets Programme great. I know changes need planning and consultation but I feel
       Council should go harder, despite some opposition
  623. Return of the rail corridor in the whole Murwillumbah - Casino railway line (i.e. Yelgun to Booyong
       section) must be reopened, widen Ewingsdale road to 4 lanes, and turn Byron Bay into a major
       centre, i.e. Coles, Aldi, Best & Less, Club Med in Belongil - will attract tourists, also rebuild a jetty to
       remind of the town's past, night bus services.. Reopen all train stations in Byron Shire - Yelgun,
       Billinudgel, Mullum, Myocum, Tyagarah, Sports Ground, Sunrise, Byron, Byron South (convenient for
       BBHS and St Fins.), St Helena, Talofa, Bangalow, Binna Burra, Nashua, Booyong... - Build a rail line
       along the coast Between Byron Bay and Ballina, - stations at Suffolk, Broken and Lennox.,
  624. Renewable energy for towns need a smart grid and subsidised smart meters with indoor monitoring.
  625. Over many years there has been a vast and varied call for a so called "bypass" into/ through Byron.
       It's very easy to throw a net of conflict anyone can do it. Much harder to find worthy solutions that
       meet high social and sound environmental outcomes. To date there have been no such solutions
       found.
  626. More skate parks to support development and skills of young teens. A lot more trees should be
       planted for shade and cool air.
  627. Maybe one public skate park in Byron Bay that has many trees protecting form sun and heat.
  628. A much larger bus system


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  629. A better bus service with more buses at more locations.
  630. Lack of sporting facilities still a concern for all sports
  631. I'd like to keep the natural feel - there shouldn't be high rises etc like the gold coast
  632. Don't want to see the shire become over developed and crowded.
  633. Sustainability is something we need to work towards for a better future
  634. We need to think about the use of energy and fossil fuels, perhaps become a self sufficient town.
  635. I would like to see more beautification of Byron Shire - it looks extremely shabby and has lost its
       special appeal and freshness - local artists contributing to sculptures - the entrance to Byron
       enhanced with welcome signs and treescapes - Byron has a unique micro-culture and cultural
       diversity and originality and should exemplify this as a statement.
  636. I would like to see better public toilets in the park. And more street lights - particularly in the north of
       the shire. More bike pathways.
  637. Yes build a skate park at the Ewingsdale sports fields. It will be the most used facility there.
  638. More places for the youth
  639. The town should have more energy, it cannot be spoken about needs to happen.
  640. I think that Byron should stay how it is and not to turn into a city. Not to put sky high buildings and
       keep it a happy community.
  641. More public transport -buses etc
  642. More public transport
  643. Provision of affordable housing and greater provision of services for young people eg a child has to
       wait 2 and a half months for a hearing assessment. Skate park?
  644. Bike paths should be the priority!
  645. Attractive and reliable infrastructure is essential for a successful community future
  646. I would like to see more initiatives in the northern part of the shire: Ocean shores, New-Brighton,
       South Golden Beach. Better roads, more recreation area, community buildings, playgrounds.
  647. 'More' sustainable, longer term, planet saving options need to be revised, community public spaces
       and places need to be assessed, developed and designed to show parts of sustainability wherever
       possible.
  648. The council has wonderful natural amenity in beaches and foreshore. Existing infrastructure such as
       the Byron Pool, toilets and parks in foreshore areas such as Byron and Brunswick Heads and the
       footbridge/bike paths South Golden Beach that complement natural assets should be maintained
       ahead of creating new infrastructure. Mullumbimby Pool is a wonderful example of upgrading valuable
       infrastructure - a priceless asset for our town.
  649. More public transport
  650. I feel that the conservation of existing resources is an important part in planning future developments.
  651. More means of public transport for youth as well as more entertainment to benefit the youth of the
       shire would be muchly appreciated.
  652. Traffic management from the Pacific Highway into town is a major issue affecting every Sunrise
       Beach resident and business in the Arts and Industrial area - not to mention tourists visiting our town.
       Can we think outside the square and take European examples of bicycle rental stations in key areas?
  653. Focus on road congestion driving into Byron Bay
  654. Strengthening what we have here, improving amenity for both locals and visitors is most important to
       me
  655. A halt to allowing dwellings such as the McMansion going up in Dalley St Mullum - out of character
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         with the rest of the town. A limit to growth - already the quiet little town that was Mullum is no more.
  656. Byron is a very un-friendly pedestrian town, I worry about pedestrians crossing at the roundabout
       Green recycling needs to be introduced We all know the roads are shocking & town access is difficult
       in holiday periods
  657. Specifically look forward to more bicycle paths and walking tracks where possible in the Shire.
  658. We are not pleased with the abundance of visible power lines in the Byron Bay area. The Shire is
       "supposed" to be sustainable and eco friendly... which is ironic as Byron Bay has no solar panels,
       wind, eco friendly buildings, nothing. It is not a very appealing town as much as it was at one stage.
       Maybe having resorts would be a good thing....certainly it will look better then it does currently. If
       companies would like to build in Byron Bay they should need to follow STRICT eco design and
       construction principle to ENHANCE the beauty of the area. The nicest building in Bryon in the new
       one constructed off of Johnston street. Exposed electrical is REALLY un appealing and something
       that should be averted in a "green" shire
  659. encourage and support and reward on site disposal = composting toilets, reuse of grey water, use of
       rain water tanks compost and worm farms, wetlands, mulch etc.
  660. Before anything new is considered, plan to maintain the things we already have: i.e. gardens in car
       parks, garden beds everywhere, nothing fancy, just weeded regularly.
  661. perhaps a shortcut so not ALL traffic will HAVE to go trough town. turn the railway (from Sunrise/
       Belongil up to Lillie pilly) into a road if you don't use it or don't want to cut through the wetlands/swamp
  662. Perhaps the focus should be on bringing the existing infrastructure up to best standards before
       committing to developing new infrastructure. Roads, traffic, too high speed limits, stormwater/drainage
       could be a priority considering the increase in population.
  663. Invest in infrastructure that makes it easier for residents to get around the shire without using a car -
       e.g. bike paths, footpaths
  664. Applying practical recycling programs to homes & businesses, on the method of re-use, low impact &
       sustainable
  665. Council should develop incentives for Green initiatives within development
  666. All these goals are obvious, what has been missing has been the cost efficient planning and delivery
       of these things
  667. greater emphasis on bike path interconnectivity ,clear signage to increase safety, consider old railway
       track conversion to create safe ,easy bike track to Mullum and beyond ( would be a huge tourist
       attraction for active visitors as well )
  668. Main street and foreshore beautification
  669. I do not want to see the Shire become over-developed. It's a nice small community and I'd love to see
       it the same in 10-15 years. I don't want the Council to allow construction of high rise buildings.
  670. I like Byron as a quiet small town with not a lot of people. I don't want it to turn into a city.
  671. Promote bicycles
  672. We should also focus on building structures that are more friendly to young children
  673. Just make it a clean town




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7.2    Environment



A number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include strategic land use planning,
town planning, construction certification, coastline management, bush regeneration, natural
environment management, education and sustainability programs.

   1. Protect and enhance the natural environment, including our biodiversity.

   2. Sustainable towns, villages and rural settlements that a) respect our natural environment; b)
      create an inclusive social environment and c) integrate harmoniously with the character of
      local areas.

   3. A low carbon community that integrates a) food security; b) renewable energy; c) climate
      change; d) non-renewable resource constraints, including peak oil and; e) economic and
      social prosperity and resilience.

Community Survey Result




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 natural environment management, education and sustainability programs.
 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   674.   This is national parks job! Not Councils, concentrate on water - sewerage - roads (not bikeways that
          are not used, and gobble up road maintenance budget).
   675.   Engage in Council issues/not Federal Government issues.
   676.   Our area needs subdivision and would benefit the area by smaller acreage usage i.e. smaller areas
          that are tsunami free too.
   677.   Refer to question 1
   678.   Heat pool please
   679.   These are to be based upon Federal/State Government actions - local government should not
          develop isolated approaches. Issue of funding from feds/state! Also if carrying out category 1 role the
          above covered.
   680.   'Harmoniously', 'inclusive', 'character' - rhetoric, broad terms, how are you defining these? Who
          decides?
   681.   Is somebody going to be paid to analyse the results of this survey and pretend they mean
          something?
   682.   allow reasonable ground fuel clearance reserves near/adjoining residences/businesses
   683.   We take our shoes off when we go into peoples homes, is it really so difficult to treat our a) shire and
          b) earth with the same respect
   684.   Doing all above while being people friendly
   685.   electric buses leaving 1/2 hourly intervals free to locals with passes
   686.   Stop using glyphosate! Remove weeds. use steam
   687.   low carbon = more bike tracks please
   688.   No coal seam gas mining Please!
   689.   Provide incentive for sustainable solutions for the home
   690.   No such thing as climate change just mother nature
   691.   council should not be wasting time and money on things they should keep out of
   692.   any reference to "low carbon" is going to be at the expense of other ideals and will do little to relieve
          climate change which is a cyclic phenomena and not controllable
   693.   love the farmers market love the beach/bush regeneration
   694.   too much red tape in all your planning and building requirements. No common sense pricing people
          out of building any more. Would not build here, move interstate.
   695.   this all waffle. What is an inclusive environment. If Nimbin is an example - ok. When council took
          building covenants away - house non-descript were build and the social environment went in tatters
          when dropouts built asbestos so called houses. the town houses were devalued people sold and left
   696.   an why has it taken so long to rebuild the lighthouse road?
   697.   restore recently withdrawn resources for bush regeneration
   698.   We have a big block in Suffolk Park which could be divided and made into a duplex building but
          council laws say it must be 800 - this should be reviewed and reduced
   699.   The natural environment is being stressed by the large numbers of visitors. Where is the information
          in the area about migrating birds, nest, habitats? no interpretive signs
   700.   the first item is critical to maintaining the shire's fundamental appeal - the biodiversity
   701.   Enhance local environment - but use it to attract cost paying tourists eg caravan parks, car parking


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 natural environment management, education and sustainability programs.
 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   702.   you need to provide reasons for these things that people can relate to personally to get them on side
   703.   I am concerned about road spraying continuing when we are making other resources to honor the
          environment
   704.   Prevent West Byron SSP! cycle track from high school to Suffolk Park on one side! especially at
          Byron at Byron
   705.   a critical element overlooked is community/public safety. "Safe" communities needs to be
          acknowledged in the plan. Need a DCP on alcohol management given strong planning control links
          eg concentrations - liquor outlet density (bottle shops, late night trading etc) very strong evidenced
          based links to violence and anti-social behaviour
   706.   Support for property owners in beach erosion areas such as Alcorn St (Suffolk Park) and Belongil
          should be improved. they cannot walk away from their lives and investments for future. If pressed to
          do so, their rates should not be as high as they are!
   707.   fixing the roads, potholes and providing us with footpaths so we don't get hit by cars or bikes on the
          road
   708.   Any new building to have strict sustainable features to avoid unnecessary energy use eg air cons,
          clothes dryers etc
   709.   I'm impressed with the many improvements of South golden Beach, parking BBQs etc and attention
          to deterioration in roads (New Brighton)
   710.   I do not support blinkered 'greening' of Byron at the expense of local business, jobs and tourism
   711.   Not enough information to prove that the reduction of carbon will have a positive effect in comparison
          to natural climatic evolution
   712.   Get rid of the camphors!
   713.   but allow responsible pet owners to exist in such environments. currently dog and cat owners in
          Byron shire are unwelcome in some areas and do not as a result fit in others. Responsible
          environmentally friendly community members should not be disadvantaged in living choices just
          because they have pet companions
   714.   Please limit growth - too great a toll on the environment
   715.   Find or utilise suitable land to expand the green waste (mulching) now at Myocum Tip. Where there
          is enough space to create three or more stages of composting to provide a weed seed free and well
          aged renewable product
   716.   See question 1 comment regarding trains
   717.   Let’s get compost toilets, drinking fountains with filtered rain water and food tree lining the towns
          walking strips... more bicycle lanes and safe... trains... buses... public transport!
   718.   Stop CSG!
   719.   I live in Suffolk Park and we live in constant fear of loosing our dog beach. As a dog lover and
          environment lover, I believe that dogs are a very important part of our community
   720.   don't believe in peak oil
   721.   As a "green council", I would like to see that people who are living "close to nature" given the
          opportunity to do so - not evicted
   722.   Reward localisation discourage globalisation Reward resource conservation, penalise resource
          wastage
   723.   continued opposition to large scale festivals in environmentally sensitive and residential areas Also
          to large scale development eg Bayside - Brunswick Heads
   724.   no plastic bags/no plastic drink bottles/provision of free filtered water that people can fill water bottles
          with promoting/providing reusable water bottles for sale thru shops/council - promote to tourist and
          locals

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 natural environment management, education and sustainability programs.
 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   725.   Recent bicycle paths encourage everyone to reduce their carbon footprint
   726.   sustainability and environmental protection in large part rely on a shift in values and consciousness
          that motivates behaviours supporting future generations - would like to see evidence of council
          demonstrating this as a whole model and leader of our community
   727.   If this is council led, will be very inspiring and empowering for the community. thank you for
          supporting community markets etc and keep your 'sustainability officer' and programs
   728.   No Splendour at Yelgun
   729.   Sustainability, self sufficiency and renew-ability are the three most important things for the planet
          and also our shire
   730.   enhance environment by creating housing hubs that incorporate wildlife corridors parks and gardens
   731.   Promoting chemical free Landcare - could involve Nortec Youth Training Programs
   732.   Very sad about demise of land for wildlife scheme
   733.   We need trains
   734.   more community gardens please
   735.   Information for local landholders re clean energy future, carbon sequestration
   736.   program for person wanting work or volunteer doing noxious weed removal in council-owned lands.
          We landholders remove weeds but see them everywhere (Senna, camphor laurel etc)
   737.   The environment is fundamental to our long term social and physical health and must be a key factor
          in planning and development
   738.   How are you addressing food security? Edible garden beds and fruit they are a good idea but was
          advised by Cr Richardson that this was not planned or considered appropriate
   739.   Ocean Shores has very limited cycleways so people don't need to use cars and roads are
          disgraceful
   740.   find a way to educate the community and hopefully curtail CSG at the local council level
   741.   NSW planning has introduced new planning laws based on 'worst case scenario' climate change
          projections - there is no provision for review in the event that the projections prove to be wrong or
          overstated
   742.   We need to protect our environment within reason so we have it there for future generations
   743.   Expand and support anything for local produce supplies
   744.   too much emphasis is placed on the environment in this shire and not enough emphasis is placed
          upon people, their needs and social and infrastructure matters, and low cost housing availability and
          employment opportunities
   745.   How can I correctly answer a question in 5 parts with one response?
   746.   Develop/maintain relationships with National Parks and community re sustaining waterways and
          bush regeneration. maintain beach scraping New Brighton
   747.   Noise levels from commercial venues eg Byron Golf Club - should ensure residents are not disturbed
          in any way. they should be forced to soundproof any entertainment areas
   748.   No Splendour in the Grass events
   749.   Clean toilets and parks
   750.   the Brunswick River is a huge natural asset. Council should ensure that it is MORE available for
          community use - better launch facilities, landing pontoons, for example. State grants are available
   751.   Reintroduce biodiversity officers/education sustainable food program
   752.   Beautifying town Byron and Ocean Shores. More tree planting

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 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   753.   Measures to reduce erosion on the tallow beach shoreline
   754.   commitment to improve the quality of Brunswick River
   755.   Minimum intervention in "natural" environment
   756.   there should be more burn-offs of fuel/the whole bush (eg around Mullum) will go up if we get dry
          weather. Trees around homes should be allowed to be cut down to reduce fire hazards - the 3m
          rule/trunk to house is ridiculous when you have a tree/s that are 30m high around homes
   757.   Make more access through wetlands, better access to pathways, promote through bio museum,
          science, art museum
   758.   transparency in land use planning and construction certification must be enhanced and maintained
   759.   Some of the above concepts are areas which are not easily definable and tangible. What do you
          actually mean by 'sustainable towns' and 'inclusive social environment'?
   760.   Most diverse shire in NSW should "respect" its biodiversity. human/animal/aboriginality/soil
          management, bio management etc
   761.   the shire is well placed (geographically, population, community values and expertise) to be a leader
          in a) being energy self-sufficient and b) incorporating strong sustainable principles
   762.   Sustainable towns/etc must include reopening the train. a low carbon community can be achieved by
          increasing public transport
   763.   Protection of the natural environment must be the priority over commercial interests. economic
          development should adapt to environmental protection
   764.   Waste management
   765.   Ban on plastic bags - shire wide
   766.   compulsory solar panels on all hotels, shopping centres, supermarkets, alls and any high energy
          consumption place
   767.   an area set aside in Byron Bay for community vegetable gardens and composting. collection of
          compost bins by council. "no plastic drink bottle town". no toxic chemical sprays
   768.   We agree with all the above but the infrastructure catch-up needs priority at this point
   769.   Bike/electric car town service eg Amsterdam rail trail development
   770.   Coastline management very important
   771.   I am concerned about valuable farmland being developed for housing
   772.   Farmers market twice a week, park and ride from Belongil Fields to avoid traffic congestion. More
          shade trees in CBD/everywhere, gardens
   773.   I believe it is the council's responsibility to insist that rural landholders see to the eradication of
          noxious plants (eg lantana, camphor laurels, castor oil plant, mild tobacco etc) growing on their
          property
   774.   these goals could mean anything - not specific enough
   775.   Let the people who have ownership of their land best decide law to use it, and not dictate a political
          view of a minority on us
   776.   Byron council is supposed to be a green council. we have no green waste bins, people are forced to
          put green waste in red bins
   777.   control affordable housing (high density) and have more low density affordable housing
   778.   If there was a bypass to relieve all that pollution and waste of fuel the environment would benefit
          greatly
   779.   Key outcomes should be achieved through "balanced" consideration of both immediate human need
          and environmental concern

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 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   780.   parks and waterways in Ocean shores eg water lily park and lookout need to go back to their natural
          state immediately
   781.   Parks and waterways (ie water-lily park and Ocean Shores lookout) need to brought back natural
          state!
   782.   No mining, oil, gas etc
   783.   Need to blend environment and people needs more. Household pet rules need relaxing in cafe
          areas, markets, beaches - they are an integral part of human development and relationships
   784.   Sustainable future planning is essential
   785.   surely our environment is the primary asset that Byron shire has. It must be protected and enhanced
          to maintain the Byron lifestyle and its diversity.
   786.   Plant trees that can feed birds, bees and bats
   787.   Environmental consideration being privatised in EVERY decision made by council - use of
          precautionary principle where there is doubt
   788.   see attached appendix (5 pages)
   789.   There should be a vision for Byron town landscaping which could easily be supported by volunteers.
          Byron is the community showcase town and it is an embarrassment. We need a town visionary eco-
          landscape plan to work toward. No excuses with money as there would be plenty of local volunteers
          to pitch in planting etc
   790.   need to be realistic however, sometimes ideas may be great but are not practical
   791.   Seek to differentiate each town in Byron - relative to other shires (and to an extent each other), so
          they are developed to an agreed style (level of development, vehicle access, population etc) so their
          form is not dictated simply be economics/money
   792.   The environment is very important to our family. If council could involve our community in real and
          physical ways that would be a great outcome.
   793.   Many local landholders have undertaken significant projects in terms of regeneration and
          maintenance of wildlife areas. Perhaps the council should be more proactive in dealing with the
          "camphor invasion" which has taken over farmland and the iconic slopes of Chincogan (eastern
          slopes especially).
   794.   I would like to see some restoration of old (heritage) graves at the cemetery being restored
   795.   Council should be creating affordable land subdivisions! Byron Bay has outgrown its infrastructure
          when is this council going to catch up and do some real forward planning!
   796.   Action is needed not more reports and studies. biodiversity is being lost because of environment
          weeds and lack of control of them
   797.   Every new house/building should have solar panels or wind generator and rain tanks
   798.   please make Byron Bay GM free. Newcastle is GM free and has been for years. I find that
          embarrassing that they are and Byron Bay is not. it’s obviously not so hard to do. Please protect our
          unique natural environment. Please keep the height restrictions on building in our town. We don't
          want to become another Gold Coast.
   799.   Keep a strong rein on development of land
   800.   Veggie garden and help for sustainable living
   801.   When I first came here in 1995 on a conference I fell in love with the place - land energies, beautiful
          scenery, diverse/interesting people, arriving to live here in 2007, the "character" of Byron was gone -
          big business/"monied class" had moved in and squeezed it out. How can we preserve what's left?
   802.   just keep protecting our precious environment please and not to comprise it for the sake of increased
          tourism


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 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   803.   Reinstate a biodiversity officer
   804.   do not agree with government tax
   805.   Provide more off leash dog walking areas
   806.   More emphasis on protection of agricultural land, less on additional housing
   807.   No coal seam gas pipelines
   808.   If you remove the investment property ownership out of the community - you will have even higher
          unemployment and each of opportunities (for young people in particular). We agree that inclusive
          social environment would be ideal for community spirit but at what cost to economy?
   809.   Very important - local markets selling local food and crafts
   810.   Economic and social prosperity might not necessarily be best served by a low carbon community
   811.   If council wishes to create and perpetuate an inclusive social environment and ingrate harmoniously
          with the character of local areas then they need to listen and respect those in their environments
   812.   Let the state/federal government provide support for low carbon communities
   813.   Everything every aspect of council activity needs to be assessed against the sustainability yardstick
   814.   I would like to see more community gardens developed in more local suburban areas
   815.   focus on the differing social environments - the frail aged needs, young families, not only sport/surf
          tourists
   816.   Bike paths and more pedestrian walkways
   817.   to me, Byron is doing a reasonable job on this front but is attracting far too much of the top end of
          towns and cities and these people do not contribute much.
   818.   We need a more balanced approach. This starts with local government. Currently at BSC ideology
          prevails over all else. We need less greens on BSC.
   819.   No more new subdivisions like in Brunswick at moment or West Byron. Where is the Byron
          roundabout?
   820.   Encourage alternative fuels such as bio-diesel, LPG and other alternatives to petrol, reduce price of
          LPG for cars
   821.   More provision to be environmentally friendly Solar wind, reuse of water, public transport
   822.   'real' affordable housing on a model outside of the "asset for gain" model and is based on the
          concept of long term lease - Not for sale.
   823.   Discourage cars - light rail and bicycles please
   824.   I live here because I like the rural feel and open spaces. I would be very saddened to see Gold
          Coast style development, high rises etc
   825.   definitely no coal seam gas
   826.   Weed controls are out of hand here, specially in prime rainforest areas
   827.   no dogs on beaches in built up area no dogs or cats in Byron shire
   828.   Climates change - is it a reality people will turn away from oil in a bid to reduce carbon emissions? A
          green waste bin is an idea
   829.   Would like to see better maintenance of park rather than the slash and spray approach. We need
          mulching and gardens for town centres
   830.   Coastline management is a critical area
   831.   the council must as a matter of priority organise a bypass road around the town
   832.   all above are useless if coal seam gas companies are allowed and continue their bombardment at

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   833.   Don't spend money on poorly executed "guides' like the sustainable one. Instead plan better on how
          to spend money for long term benefits, better roads mean less crap cars etc etc
   834.   Concentrate on traffic, essential service, tourism planning
   835.   Byron shire could be an example for the rest of Australia, with our capacity for sustainable/local food
          production, potential for more renewable energy (more solar, wind). Defending our natural
          environment and precious rural lands from CSG. Byron is unique and we need to defend
   836.   No high rise No McDonalds etc No hotel/resort companies
   837.   the foreshore areas near both Brunswick Heads caravan parks are used daily by my family. they
          need to be kept public places for everyone's enjoyment
   838.   More effective tree preservation policy
   839.   this priority requires a massive re-think of planning restrictions that prevent affordable housing.
          Focus on public transport.
   840.   council administration, as opposed to the elected body, has demonstrated the antithesis in regard to
          appropriate outcomes in regard to these aims eg recent council admin initiated privatisation of
          community markets
   841.   Replace camphor trees on roadsides, native shade trees. work for the dole schemes etc
   842.   Strongly agree with low carbon community (a), (b), (c) and (e) but not (d). Education and free will is
          the only positive way to produce a reduction in the use of non-renewable resources. People who live
          in an area like Ocean Shores require to travel to use Shire facilities, so therefore their petrol
          consumption is automatically higher. constraints sounds like an excuse to increase garbage fees etc
          and its never taken into consideration how many people/children live in their home
   843.   focus on what already exists and make it sustainable
   844.   More frequent emptying of garbage/waste bins from parks, beachfront etc during peak tourist time -
          refuse on display at times is disgraceful
   845.   1. Investigate and give some answers to what are commonly known as "chemtrails". What is being
          deposited in the skies over our shire? 2. Adopt a more realistic approach to existing septic systems
          upgrades ie cost effective and environmentally safe interim fine for a set period of say 5 years. giving
          the owner adequate time for a full and proper design and installation.
   846.   These are almost "Motherhood" statements. Are you going to manipulate my agreement above by
          obstructing developments and peoples capacity to make a living?
   847.   but we need to be realistic - some of the above are long-term objectives
   848.   Questions of such complexity will always get an ok - the definition of sustainable is usually a hot
          topic alone
   849.   We have one of the 'Green Councils' but we do nothing! We placed new public rubbish bins in Byron
          but no recycling bin. Planting of trees etc around towns, fields, roads leading into town. this would
          help twofold, reduce carbon and improve the look
   850.   outcome 3 is a nice dream but has conflicting aims within
   851.   Council has limited funds. Lets stick with roads, rates and garbage collection
   852.   Look at the illegal dwellings etc including in the rotunda surrounding park
   853.   Look at Germany for solar energy example
   854.   No new roofs above ridgelines when housing construction is planned
   855.   The council is elected to serve the community.
   856.   Again - too general. Big ideas/words but no input as to "how". laws haven't been enforced by council
          (eg dogs on beaches/in areas they are not allowed, wild dogs/cats dumped,

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          noise/alcohol/gangs/groups etc)
   857.   Council needs to protect the environment for residents and workers eg trucks and vans early in the
          morning and overnight, use of rec grounds before 7am, pool motors out of hours and length of use;
          boot camps over-running parks and beaches too early in mornings; tourist planes before 8am on
          weekends; more people are taking dogs onto beaches, dog poo around streets.
   858.   I would like to see council do more in regard to weed management. It is very difficult for land owners
          to maintain their properties weed free when there are weeds on almost all road verges which then
          spread their seeds.
   859.   Stop letting developers cram so many townhouses close together eg by BP in Suffolk - hardly any
          gardens and they look into each others windows hardly in character with the local area - revolting
          concrete blocks!
   860.   All new buildings should have solar. Ban leaf blowers - Clover Moore's don it in Sydney - why not
          have here - ban lawnmowers on Sundays - it’s our day of rest!!
   861.   Fix stair access to Wategos Beach
   862.   it is important to actively pursue use of renewable energy resources when making decisions.
   863.   built (or make sure) homes which add character to the shire; all built to be environmentally sound or
          efficient. make Byron centre more beautiful, flowers, decorate for Christmas, better street lighting.
          empty garbage bins on weekends in public areas.
   864.   Where are our green waste bins?!
   865.   Education programs on what we can do to address climate change
   866.   Please take into account that urban forestry solutions need to be balanced with human needs eg
          planting eucalypts in town may be a good environment policy but their growth habits increase the
          risk of damage and injury.
   867.   that from a council which blocked windmills not that long ago! make it easy and affordable to go wind
          and solar - ride and park! Create outlets for creative people who would like to share with the
          community.
   868.   We are in for a very big change. a low carbon future. Debt should be kept to a minimum. All planning
          should embrace a low-carbon future.
   869.   these are all motherhood - balanced implementaries is everything!
   870.   these objectives should not impede essential infrastructure such as town bypass
   871.   our environment is the main reason for us wanting to live in this region. we all have a responsibility to
          care for it.
   872.   There are probably many people who would volunteer their services in caring for our local parklands
          etc if this was co-ordinated by council.
   873.   In the day of the dinosaur the Thames River in England was frozen, it melted, before people, power,
          fuel and all the other things being blamed for climate change. climate has always and will continue to
          change - don't wast money on something that will always happen
   874.   Let's not get too carried away with the carbon/climate change philosophy
   875.   change is a-coming. Council's role will be challenged. It needs to position itself to conserve funds, to
          be flexible, to keep debt manageable. A low carbon future is upon us.
   876.   Stick to local government responsibilities.
   877.   While these things are desirable perhaps looking after our present environment is also a requirement
          eg mowing of parks and gardens etc. Our town (Bangalow) is a disgrace most of the time.
   878.   Open spaces centrally in towns where cars and other vehicular traffic do not go. Free pushbikes for
          central areas.
   879.   with new land off Ewingsdale road to be developed, to be developed a new hospital and ambulance
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          station all need access to and from Byron Bay. We need a bypass urgently.
   880.   In some places, the roads are worse than many third world countries. Please fix. More street lights
          needed.
   881.   A big buffer of trees so we can't see the new development on the other side of the industrial estate
          when we are driving in and out of Byron (if it should unfortunately be approved)
   882.   Within shire population of only 35,000 is is important that resident non ratepayers and visitors
          contribute towards this relatively expensive future
   883.   Low carbon community? will only achieve a loss in employment and an increase in family living costs
   884.   We agree that planning for the future is very important but not at the expense of allowing what we
          have presently to be cared for.
   885.   Building approvals are over-regulated
   886.   Too much is focused on our environment in Byron Shire which has led to less facilities eg
          sportsfields which we desperately need
   887.   Why isn't council working together with a renewable energy company (such as Beyond Zero
          Emission) to make the Byron Shire a producer of renewable energy to service the Byron community.
          Sure this should be a MAJOR priority.
   888.   A good place to start would be to attend to the overgrown weed infested roundabouts in the shire.
          they are a disgrace and make a mockery of all the above points. clean up the backpacker town
          (Byron Bay). it is tacky, dirty and apart from the beach is unappealing.
   889.   I feel council is so restrictive it will actually kill this town eventually.
   890.   No development for its own sake
   891.   Implementation of third point desirable but please provide many solutions required!
   892.   More shady trees
   893.   don't hide these great things behind extreme green philosophies that are destroying our community
   894.   Carbon emission have not been proven yet - trees need carbon!
   895.   Cleaning up the Brunswick River
   896.   Yes, incentive for solar panels and rainwater tanks
   897.   Maximum speed limits of 80km/h in all shire except on motorways
   898.   Introduce and support dry composting toilets everywhere possible in the shire - mandatory solar
          panels on all new buildings private and commercial.
   899.   Keep the North head Beach open to dogs. Its beautiful to see daily health benefits from walking a
          dog is second to none
   900.   don't be totally opposed to tree removal as long as replanting trees takes place in a more suitable
          location (ie be able to remove large gum trees threatening my home and family)
   901.   Bring back a pedestrian bikeway on the railway line between Mullum/Bangalow/Byron (see models in
          SA and Vic)
   902.   Try to spend more on the basics, roads without potholes eg Ruskin St east end!
   903.   Reduce blot on the landscape. Monster houses that scar the local environment.
   904.   West Byron will put massive strain on drainage (flash flooding) and roads (access into Byron Central
          for Ewingsdale road residents) A huge problem for future town mobility and function.
   905.   Protection of older style homes and buildings to maintain character of the area. Vigilant maintenance
          of building height restrictions.
   906.   Highly important, need to think about the future and plan infrastructure in light of what the needs of

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          community will be in the future in regard to these issues.
   907.   I think too much emphasis is placed on carbon emissions and recycling in a society that is
          reluctant/refuses to give up their cars and wastes electricity and paper and other resources so
          readily.
   908.   Stop spending our meagre dollars on litigation on environmental issues. Negotiate more.
   909.   We must maintain our "low rise" building rules
   910.   these may have importance BUT get the basics right first ie roads/drains/rubbish
   911.   Protection and enhancement of beach access area off main carpark (at Fishheads) to Belongil
          Beach. Pathways eroded and unattractive.
   912.   restriction for cats, increase habitat for wild animals. Get rid of introduced/harmful animals (myna
          birds, cane toads) and vegetation (lantana, creeping weeds etc)
   913.   Yes, it's all very well talking about enhancing the natural environment, so why not make a start with
          beautifying and making efficient use of what we already have? The old golf course for example near
          Belongil Beach is derelict. Why? Is it privately owned? A beautiful, carbon neutral resort could be
          build there, why is it left empty to rot away? Have any of you been to Tyagarah Nature Reserve
          recently? Horrible potholed roads and the so-called "compost" environmentally friendly loos are too
          FILTHY to use, so presumably van-packers and the like use the dunes. Nice. Parking fees of $7.00
          apply. Why? There are no facilities, the loos are disgusting and the whole area appears to have
          been taken over by the pink community. Not exactly family oriented is it?
   914.   all of these issues may be best taken up by existing groups with the blessing of the council - you
          can't do everything. just focus on main issues
   915.   Identify key areas of animal and plant populations and develop appropriate management plans
   916.   Emphasis on local farmland and owners to keep producing a diverse range of food and sold locally
          at farmers markets etc
   917.   green waste bins would be a great idea
   918.   Please don't let McDonalds into Byron
   919.   If it was not for resident efforts to keep Main Beach surrounds clean it would be a garbage tip. I have
          been reporting beach showers not working for 1 yr - they are still not working - action not talk We talk
          a lot and action is missing. the green initiatives as reflected in Council assets is of a substandard eg
          solar heating, solar generation, hybrid vehicles, wind power to name a few. Look at the
          redevelopment of the Mullum Pool - no solar hot water just a recycle of the old hot water system. Yet
          you tell us we are green. We need action!!!
   920.   I believe that within 10 years some of these worthy outcome will not be viable due to our economy
   921.   Byron Bay: the area should embrace future development as a way to improve our economy,
          infrastructure and tourism
   922.   compulsory solar hot water/electricity installed in all new developments as part of DA approval for
          developers. Plus rainwater tanks for washing machines/toilets in all tourist developments.
   923.   Enhance family friendly environments
   924.   Improved roads would lower carbon - less fuel use and tyre damage
   925.   Stop being so anal about dogs in the shire! Be more realistic and inclusive and listen to responsible
          dog owners.
   926.   I'm not happy about giving council a green light to develop "sustainable towns" Etc as it entirely
          depends on their interpretation of "respect our natural environment"
   927.   Encourage local producers and craftsmen at our markets. Protect access to Belongil beach from
          main carpark from further erosion - boardwalk required.
   928.   build a bypass so that we can have social prosperity and resilience

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   929.   Not as important for Council as infrastructure
   930.   fund a rollout of solar panels shire-wide
   931.   Yes we do need to protect the natural beauty, but not at the expense of a proper working functioning
          infrastructure. Let's do both!
   932.   All the above are admirable but having good roads to access all the above should be the No 1
          priority.
   933.   Of course we residents of the shire want and need a strong financial and cohesive council however
          with increasing takeover methods imposed from Macquarie Street it leaves us slightly nervous.
   934.   I think Council does a great job of this already
   935.   Please look after our natural world - it'd be so good if you didn't spray chemicals. No big festivals -
          especially in the wildlife corridor.
   936.   I am deeply concerned by Council's festival plans and violently opposed to development of the
          Yelgun site for regular festivals.
   937.   No coal gas
   938.   Encourage community gardens, indigenous food gardens, provide free rainwater Regen work in
          swamp areas
   939.   Love the annual Council collection service
   940.   The state opposes sustainability.
   941.   Food security, renewable energy, climate change, peak-oil and economic and social prosperity and
          resilience are federal and state policy. Council should focus on its areas of expertise and enable the
          sale of local produce through farmers markets and local monthly markets.
   942.   The points above are spot on and so important. We should be leading the country in these areas as
          we have always been focused on conservation and the natural environment in this region. We also
          need to maintain the character of our towns and villages and the rural landscapes surrounding them
          as that is vital to our values and integrity both as a place to live and a holiday destination.
   943.   Look to replicate a workable social dynamic that works. Villages of around 500 people, about the
          size of Federal work. Don't make suburbs, make a collection of villages, even on the edges of larger
          towns. Revisit the Rural Residential strategy and make new villages or expand existing hamlets up
          off the flood plain in places Goonengerry, Eureka, Myocum and Saddle Road.
   944.   a better respect of the laws regarding residential areas for example in Baywood Chase no
          construction of shanties in gardens, no chicken, no non declared "car repairs" in front of houses, no
          noisy motorbikes specially at night, benches around the lake (there is only one actually) and at bus
          stops, more letter boxes for outgoing mail.
   945.   Stick to the basics - restoration of native vegetation areas that council is currently responsible for.
   946.   Stop spending and wasting resources and concentrate on providing some good, low cost housing for
          this diverse community, including economical diversity.
   947.   Put people (local people, i.e. your ratepayers) first in the mix of environmental, social and economic
          "progress" in Byron Shire
   948.   Need to balance competing land uses, so economic development is not discouraged within the
          Shire. Focus on areas of environmental significance for preservation activities and ensure the beach
          environment is maintained and not degraded as this is what attracts people to the area.
   949.   Support for community gardens
   950.   Continuous education on food security
   951.   Chemical free regen coast to hinterland
   952.   the people in Mullumbimby should be encouraged to use bicycles more; the unused railway track

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          from Mullumbimby to Byron should be converted to a cycle track.
   953.   council action would have zero input on climate change
   954.   Develop a comprehensive, defendable, Shire-wide Sustainable Development Plan that permanently
          protects environmental assets, and balances community aspirations with ongoing economic and
          demographic pressures
   955.   Keep as much open space in the middle of Mullumbimby as possible eg the land on the east side of
          the railway could be turned into open park, trees, bike tracks and footpaths and children's
          playground. this creates social environment.
   956.   Ban plastic bags Plant tropical fruit trees/bush tucker in all parks and verges - more community
          gardens Identify and share common ground see www.somersetcommunityfood.org.uk - food mapper
          idea! Promote reverse garbage via workshops
   957.   All sounds good. However, I think that will require each of us to consume less, share more, limit
          population growth and work towards true sustainability.
   958.   By bodies other than Council ie National Parks, Landcare
   959.   Encouragement via rebates etc for householders to install rain water tanks and solar power
          (including wind where possible).
   960.   I would like Council to address the issue of holiday letting in residential areas. A licence/council
          approval should be required to holiday let, just like any other business needs council approval.
   961.   Affordable accommodation and environmental repair initiatives can be linked with creative thinking
          around land use in our rural areas.
   962.   Environment, ecology, preservation of the other special no 1 priority! too many people.
   963.   What happened to the ratio of porous to hard surfaces on urban blocks? Why are new buildings in
          Byron all roof and concrete?
   964.   Start new villages - don't expand existing ones as it will kill sustainability ie Binna Burra, Federal etc
   965.   Strong on low carbon community but very cautious about over investing in renewable energy until
          the technologies are more mature.
   966.   Having recently driven past a new development on Broken Head Rd that looks like a detention
          centre, it's clear Council needs to learn what is meant by "harmonious integration" and "enhanced
          natural environment"
   967.   Not sure what a lot of the points in a low carbon community means
   968.   These statements are nebulous unless a proactive management plan is developed to identify sites
          where appropriate and encourage commercial opportunities to make these things happen. Similarly,
          to prioritise actions and seek funding and sites where Council should take the lead. Community
          initiatives can be pump primed by council helping groups with communication, administration, sites,
          funds and legal advice. For example, renewable energy and sustainable transport and food security
          are all areas where residents of Byron are well ahead of the pack. With Council help and guidance
          community initiatives could develop these areas. Similarly, like the Sports Center, we should identify
          more facilities that would benefit locals and visitors year round to secure the towns future and
          encourage investors by having sites and outline plans ready.
   969.   The visual environment of building styles, please no more grey! more plantings
   970.   Plan for future changes in climate and also increased population
   971.   More available play areas for dogs. Longer beach access if supervised by owners. Play areas in
          parks.
   972.   I think the planned new suburb of West Byron (Ewingsdale Rd) is a disgraceful idea. City-based
          jurisdictional govts should have NO say in local issues such as this.
   973.   So why are we still building houses in rural areas eg Main Arm


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   974.   Fix roads and footpaths Clean Mullumbimby. It will never win Tidy Town again (it's disgusting)
   975.   Get dogs off Suffolk beaches - stop dogs pooing and chasing bird life. Put signs up and police
          people taking dogs into Arakwal National Park
   976.   Stop using poisons
   977.   The new development at Main Arm village defies everything in question 2, no infrastructure, no
          anything, even the majority don't want it.
   978.   I don't believe climate change (which is always happening) is driven by human carbon emissions
   979.   A visit from Council's environmental officers occasionally to local primary schools might help children
          to understand how they can contribute to our environment. It's a low cost initiative with good
          prospects.
   980.   For a "green" council Byron Shire is not so green compared to many others. Why is there no solar
          power on new infrastructure eg renovated Civic Theatre or Petra Thomas Pool? Where are the street
          recycling bins? go to Lismore to see how a truly green council operates.
   981.   Reducing or removing use of dangerous chemicals in weed control of dunal areas
   982.   More recycling bins for public use Bike paths - need bike paths in Mullumbimby eg from town to
          Steiner School
   983.   Introduce a DA system to approve the plating of trees which grow to more than 3 metres by
          residents in suburban areas.
   984.   Create forums to encourage development based on other documented successful models
   985.   80km speed limits on rural roads Re-open Lismore/Byron/Murwillumbah rail link Increase dog licence
          fees
   986.   Affordable housing is necessary as well as retirement villages and aged care facilities are crucial in
          the north of the shire.
   987.   Better public transport, parking outside Byron Bay with shuttle buses... perhaps the new playing field
          at Ewingsdale at peak times of week and year ie market days and Christmas/New Year
   988.   Please do whatever You can to stop the CSG Fracking.
   989.   No Coal seam gas mining please. A municipal biochar facility, creating green electricity & increasing
          the biodiversity of our soils.
   990.   Large music events of international stature; bring Splendour back into Byron
   991.   hard for local government to achieve
   992.   Environment - In urban area also needs attention and important
   993.   Improved public transport
   994.   Use common sense to assist the community. Do not over regulate! There is room for difference.
   995.   There should be more local incentives for local food and fibre growing on all the arable land that is
          regularly mowed.
   996.   I think it is important to enhance & protect our environment, but I also think that reasonable
          development is also very important. I think Byron Shire in the past has been a bit too anti-
          development
   997.   It is important that Council recognise the need for consolidation in urban areas to achieve a low
          carbon community and sustainable towns and not refuse applications that are consistent with this
          and planning controls on the basis of resident objection alone.
   998.   Very few of these issues listed appear to be the responsibility of local government. Perhaps there
          should be a focus on local responsibilities.
   999.   Public transport that does not rely solely on non-renewable resources should be high on the list as
          this is an area of shortfall over the past many years and one that will present even higher importance
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          in view of coming limitations in terms of non-renewable resources and especially peak-oil.
   1000. minimise housing growth with new developments
   1001. It's all a matter of how BSC goes about achieving these things. I'm not sure what "integrate
         harmoniously with the character of local areas really means" as the character of local areas is a
         somewhat dynamic concept and I believe that the loud minorities who appear to have the ears of our
         elected representatives are trying to define and set the character and there is certainly not a shire-
         wide approach being taken. The concept of a low carbon community and response to climate
         change is not just council's responsibility it is everyones. Council should set an example but not be
         taking total responsibility.
   1002. establish or improve and maintain native plants as street vegetation. require all development to plant
         and maintain only local native plants
   1003. Is it true that due to one complaint the Myocom is no longer producing mulch? Makes a mockery of
         re-cycling
   1004. Introduction of a green waste bin in line with the policy of many other councils. This has been shown
         to reduce the overall amount of waste going to landfill.
   1005. Rankin drive parks in Bangalow adjacent to the railway line are maintained by mowing only. This
         allows weeds to proliferate and the seeds are contaminating gardens in surrounding properties. The
         areas need to be sprayed (with a broad leaf herbicide such as "Associate", not round up, which only
         encourages weed growth). In particular a block of council land opposite Hanlon court is only slashed
         once a year and has become a haven for snakes. As these parks are frequented by children more
         effort needs to be made.
   1006. One day these things will not be up for discussion - they will be a given. I hope it's in my son's
         lifetime.
   1007. 1. Maintain low key development 2. No high rise 3. Do not turn the shire into a slum with relatively
         high intensity relatively low cost housing such as is planned for West Byron and is currently
         happening in Suffolk Park near the service station.
   1008. Affordable housing, Making it easier to rezone for new multiple occupancies
   1009. More community gardens, development with green areas as a necessity in any DA submission.
         Better management of land use in "rural" areas where houses are split up into 2/3 dwellings and
         caravans or buses converted into homes, cabins onto the property including in "suburbia" adds
         pressure on the natural environment, on noise level, on sewage capacity.
   1010. A low carbon community does nothing for climate change, and will further impact on the local
         economy
   1011. see above
   1012. commitment and action towards a complete alternative/solar energy generated community.
   1013. We need to ensure environmental protection and not just think about development and tourism.
         People come to Byron Shire to enjoy the natural environment; we do not want to be another Gold
         Coast
   1014. I think this aspect is more influenced by state and national policy settings.
   1015. More shade trees throughout high density areas, ie Byron, Mullum and Ocean Shores. Brisbane City
         Centre has huge trees even in a concrete jungle - we can do it. We live in a hot sunny climate, we
         have a Green Council. Let's get more shade trees happening, especially alongside sidewalks,
         playgrounds and skate parks. Many playgrounds and toilets around Toowoomba and Albury as well
         as the Sunshine Coast have landscaped gardens. Landscaped gardens, perhaps featuring edible
         foods and fruit trees, shows "respect of our natural environment". Protect and enhance the natural
         environment - significant nature strips benefit local humans and animals, as well as tourists. The
         beautiful nature strip between Bayside and the sports field is a hidden gem. The lovely tree lined
         bike track between the Bowling Club and Bruns is another beautiful spot, as is the bush track near
         Heritage Park. These paths that connect A to B are great, because they allow people to enjoy nature
         in the normal course of their day. Wherever you see bare lawn which Council have to mow
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 natural environment management, education and sustainability programs.
 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          frequently, consider creating another significant nature strip. These are the real gems of our Shire.
          Feature art works and local stories within these tracks and you've got a remarkable tourist attraction.
          Run competitions with the prize being "your art get included on the track with natural publicity" -
          costs council next to nothing, creates beauty, integrates the character of local areas.
   1016. Byron Bay is a huge asset to the region attracting the major source of economic impact via tourist
         and yet the town is scruffy. This should be the jewel of NSW!!
   1017. What excellent community outcomes! Can't improve on those I don't think....
   1018. Supporting local initiatives, easing restrictions on environmentally friendly technologies and a vision
         of being a model community in the world should be guiding our development policies.
   1019. Not much cars driving around
   1020. This all sounds like rhetoric. The proof will be in the delivery and implementation.
   1021. Good luck
   1022. Great work in this area - markets community gardens
   1023. Byron has the essential ingredient for a successful Transition Town: a willing, committed community
         who strongly identify with the low carbon economy of the future. Let's become a role model for other
         coastal towns. Stop bickering about the Belongil: It was called longshore drift when I was at school in
         the 60s and I recommend everyone with threatened houses move to the NE corners of Stradbroke or
         Fraser Islands because that's where their gardens are heading! Make land available for low income
         earners to build cheap houses on. Our steel shed is well insulated, catches the breezes in summer
         and sun in winter hence costs little to run and all for under $40,000 - even someone on the dole
         could afford to pay off a mortgage of that amount. Land release for a community housing project has
         been done in Victoria - low income earners helped each other build an entire street with bridging
         finance and trades help from the council, then once the houses were built they were able to
         mortgage them with major lenders and are now secure in their own homes.
   1024. We need to get the lifestyle changers - new arrivals - to realise how important it is to manage small
         farm lifestyle blocks. Way too many in the rural hills are covered in weeds.
   1025. Development of large, new (unsustainable) housing areas and tourist accommodation forces
         environmental, social and infrastructure pressure onto an area where many people are seeking food
         security, responsible/renewable energy (and building construction) and local economic resilience.
         Affordable housing in suitable locations, and the ability to have multiple occupation of urban/rural
         property would surely strengthen the existing community in a sustainable way (and diversify the
         community)?
   1026. Protect arable land by limiting rural residential developments.
   1027. clean up the place have a bit of respect for the town and not the tourist or your wallet just be a
         council that cares.
   1028. again fix the parking problem and road congestion and will have a huge impact on the pollution -low
         carbon!!!!!!!, climate change, etc!!!!
   1029. Address affordable housing issue in new developments and "unauthorised" holiday lets, also
         registration of "unauthorised" dwellings for permanent rental with recognised affordable housing
         group. Non-resident landowners are not taking responsibility for the problems they are creating.
   1030. The precautionary principle must be a key consideration in all development.
   1031. Beach protection viz. beach scraping at New Brighton, support for local dune care and land care
         groups. Work with National Parks and Marine Parks to ensure healthy estuary system esp. erosion
         at Marshalls Creek and silting up of waterways - consider dredging/ sand pumping at New Brighton.
   1032. Leave this to the Feds
   1033. Please clone Mullumbimby and replace Byron Bay! Only joking, but the inclusive nature of Mullum is
         wonderful. I don't begrudge a dollar spent on Mullum, but cringe when I see expensive resources
         used up by tourists.

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 natural environment management, education and sustainability programs.
 Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1034. Utilise the wind energy at Byron which is a great source of alternative energy
   1035. The increase in franchised retail stores and restaurants in Byron Bay and surrounding towns is
         having major negative impact on local small business and in turn negative impact on the
         environmental points listed above. Big business is not good for the environment or sense of
         community.
   1036. solar incentives for owners of rental properties private landowners camphor laurel removal and
         replace with native project/incentive
   1037. I really don't think that most of this is council's core business. Roads, waste management, sewerage
         and traffic management........and dare I say it why can't we lead Australia and have less signs.
   1038. Development and settlement provision for clustered affordable co-housing & car sharing
   1039. Extermination of all pest such as Indian Mynas
   1040. Byron Shire is pretty beautiful, there's not a lot that needs to be done environmentally wise.
   1041. More focus on renewable resources.
   1042. We should have more parks
   1043. Do not use trees for anything.
   1044. I believe to enhance the natural environment also means allowing a innovative building theme that is
         unique to Byron’s culture be developed long term. It means also enhancing the main streets with
         trees and plantings along the middle of Jonson Street be increased.
   1045. More education on recycling and composting. An additional bin for composting like Lismore.
   1046. I believe that we should keep our National parks and environment clean and protect our native
         animals.
   1047. Greater attention to litter in our towns and on our beaches.
   1048. The KEY to all of the above and economic sustainability is connecting to great public transport ie
         reconnect and improve old train system and integrate with SE Qld transport strategy such as their
         future light railway
   1049. The region would prosper from becoming one of the first completely integrated sustainable
         supportive environments in as many ways possible. Creating a complete corso in the main St of
         Mullumbimby, blocking off traffic in main street, filtering via side streets, encouraging less traffic,
         pollution and an amazing community spirit environment,
   1050. I think that the priority should be on limiting, and also ensuring a very positive contribution from new
         developments. Rather than spending a lot of money on retrofitting the existing environment. The
         worst thing to do would be to follow the Tweed example and allow giant developments that are not
         super-green. I also do not believe in increasing housing density in areas like New City Rd
         Mullumbimby where there is a harmonious local character created by single story standalone
         dwellings.
   1051. More focus on energy efficiency of Council's assets
   1052. 1.When Community Title was first established it was envisioned as an affordable alternative for
         homeowners. This is very obviously not the case now. What happened? 2.While I support
         sustainability, grassroots ideas can often be swamped by professional / bureaucratic over reaction
         resulting in an inflated cost of living. Byron has already become too yuppified.
   1053. A community garden in every town of our shire, with a program that actively encourages participation
         across the social divides.
   1054. These initiatives integrated could help replace our party town image
   1055. An ongoing focus on our biodiversity remains key, including ongoing study, habitat preservation and
         protection of our native fauna and flora.
   1056. Exposed Electrical in Byron Bay...no

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   1057. we need affordable housing with enough space to have a food garden and to be able to recycle on
         property. I would like to see more small villages /hamlets connected with public transport and bicycle
         ways and the good agricultural land in between this small villages used for growing food. we also
         need for larger properties to be able to accommodate more people =affordable housing and help and
         income for farms.
   1058. Tighter control of tree removal, and developments that adversely impact on the community
   1059. The Land needs to be protected from mining companies at all costs, you can not eat gas, coal or
         gold!
   1060. Again the goals are hardly controversial, what has been missing is the timely and cost effective
         delivery of the basic services that facilitate these things - our towns and civic infrastructure look tired
         and dirty; the open spaces and gardens receive minimal attention; the recycling systems are at best
         hard to find, and many think nonexistent; the inclusive social environment could be confused for
         "homeless heaven"; the harmony that is sought is often so frustrated by the delays and seemingly
         illogical decision making that residents and new comers alike feel the need to simply ignore due
         process and proceed without Council - and "just take the risk" because of the wide spread loss of
         confidence in Councils ability to achieve meaningful outcomes within a reasonable timeframe - and
         that is on the basics, if Council then want to move into the areas suggested in the 3rd point, then
         only those with rampant optimism could think that they are within this Councils reach in the
         foreseeable future, simply because Council has yet to get the basics right, let alone an ambitious
         social agenda. Please focus on the basics first, and then when you achieve clean streets, parks and
         community facilities then let's contemplate a wider agenda.
   1061. rural settlements have shown to be working best if built in cluster formation. Lots of local larger land
         parcels would benefit from zoning options that would allow for the establishment of such clusters
         incl. the provision of low cost housing.
   1062. I want Byron to be as beautiful as possible.
   1063. Getting young people involved in sustainable practices
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7.3    Economy

A number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include business and industry
development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation, investment and
diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.

   1. A diverse economic base and support for local business (including local food production,
      community markets, employment and education).

   2. A sustainable tourism industry that respects and promotes our natural environment and
      community values.

   3. Develop and support a diverse range of arts and creative industries



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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1065. Support events and festivals that bring tourists to Byron including Splendour.
   1066. the economy is not councils job! Its the Feds! And business etc. Don't base your lot on tourists! You'll
         take a dive.
   1067. The town depends on tourism - develop strategies to enhance tourism and increase development
         and implementation of local businesses across the broad spectrum of business.
   1068. No fast food outlets e.g. Hungry Jacks, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried etc
   1069. Refer to question 1
   1070. Heated pool pretty please
   1071. You've hit the nail on the head with "advice on funding/grant opportunities". Apart from
         legislated/regulation role of local government, we are an Australian economy. Lobby/LGA action to
         get "modification" if felt required.
   1072. Sustainable tourism industry - my dream Support the zillion arts and creative industries we have
         already first. Go to high schools. Teach them young how important is their contribution - we may
         have fewer suicides.
   1073. It's tragic that resources (our rates) are being squandered on this meaningless questionnaire.
   1074. Eliminate all parking meters. Embrace tourism - Byron needs it
   1075. life is about passion, living is about expression, doing is about recognition
   1076. More council support for locals fix roads and pavements - big holes in pavements in Mullum - an
         elderly lady fell flat on her face
   1077. More sustainable, local organic and whole food and services - available locally
   1078. Stop putting small business licenses out to tender (eg surf schools, kayaks etc) Collaborate with
         Ballina Airport (and other shire councils) to promote tourism and the region, together
   1079. "trashpacker" tourism is evident every day I walk the beach and Byron central. come see for
         yourselves cans, bottles, coffee cups etc and vomit also
   1080. Agree with proposal (1) but the proliferation of markets is at the expense of local businesses
   1081. Reduce spending on legal and compliance
   1082. Local people local jobs. Not north based people and tradespeople
   1083. sell the roundhouse site at ocean shores to accompany that establishes aged care centres or over
         55's village. Ocean Shores has none of these and people who need care have to leave the district
   1084. you should not be making irrational decisions which cause ratepayers to pay for expensive legal fees
         viz not allowing landholders at Belongil to protect their properties on their own land
   1085. the shire needs real businesses which provide permanent jobs that offer the security of annual leave,
         sick leave and long service leave
   1086. dual occupancy. big blocks should be able to be made into duplex - providing more residential
         housing plus an income by either renting or selling off
   1087. there seems little balance between the community aims and the large numbers of young people
         drinking, fighting on the streets. How about the businesses that make the most out of this kind of
         tourism putting back to council to pay for extra clean up, extra community youth support services
   1088. fix up your rotten roads
   1089. community markets must pay a genuine fee to trade - sites must rent at a realistic price no give
         aways
   1090. also develop as much as possible local industries that can compete with imported goods
   1091. Low/no interest loans for small business with mentoring support would be very helpful

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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1092. Attract industry that has high value adding, job creation etc
   1093. maintain community involvement in planning eg market management
   1094. tourism is the lifeblood of the Byron shire. Respect for visitors is crucial (eg services) which in turn
         demands they respect our region
   1095. couldn't the parking fine money be used to fix the footpath surfaces so people don't fall over on them
   1096. the main bus station and adjacent toilet block are an embarrassment for me and many locals. Build a
         new tourist information area with public toilets (pay to use) and embellish the cultural diversity in its
         design. Employ/volunteers to manage the centre like a business, an opportunity waiting.
   1097. We need to stop the slide into a hippy commune build jobs and a future for our locals in Byron
   1098. Support local businesses!
   1099. Exercise the collective wealth. To establish our own shire/region of unity in healthy economy.
   1100. Stop promoting Byron to tourists - all Australians know it is here anyway! Avoid homogenisation of
         culture ie don't want to be the same as all other towns with the same franchises etc
   1101. incentivise local businesses to grow from within the community
   1102. focus on other industries other than retail/tourism ie arts, health
   1103. Ensure holiday letting is regulated ie license all holiday lettings
   1104. Byron town no longer supports the arts and creative adventures due to high rents in the top end of
         town. it all seems to be multinationals that occupy most of the shops. Over the years i have seen
         great changes and it no longer supports locals
   1105. Stop CSG!
   1106. Why are there so many chain stores in town it has killed the lovely feeling Byron used to have. There
         needs to be some kind of support for small businesses
   1107. local business and markets yes yes yes!!! Less of the corporate chain stores thank you
   1108. Support local craft markets but not at the expense of other small markets eg 3rd Sunday at Byron
         impacts on Uki, Nimbin and Pottsville markets
   1109. Local art gallery Agricultural/rural community providing affordable housing/cross generational
         employment
   1110. Would like to see evidence of initiatives bridging the currently unsustainable economic models
         towards new more community-empowering models such as the Bendigo Community Bank model
   1111. cut the 'red tape' eg artisan's markets etc. this will keep creative people here
   1112. Basic services should come ahead of supporting the arts
   1113. Support the writers centre and the writers festival and BayFM!
   1114. Can the visitors clean up more!
   1115. Byron has an identity we need to maintain
   1116. Promote eco-tourism and care for environment by tourists by why promote tourism? Support and
         education about localisation very important. Bed tax for tourists
   1117. many young people get ripped off by unscrupulous employers - we need either more policing or
         someone they can go to, report the under or non-payment of wages and who can enforce the proper
         handling of employees, full-time, part-time or casual
   1118. Developing and supporting ways of keeping money in the area is essential. Jobs for our kids
   1119. Preserving the individual distinct character of Byron is the key issue to its success - once it looks and
         operates like other coastal resorts people won't come. Nurturing that particular style will determine
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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1120. Lets go back to being a family town
   1121. Byron shire needs to let in more big business to create more employment opportunities. Supporting
         the locals is good as long as it does not squash employment opportunities to the wider community as
         well
   1122. Ensure community markets provide an outlet for local producers. Reduce focus on backpackers at
         Byron. Support Bruns Simple Pleasure - it works
   1123. Byron Bay residents should be "exempt" from the planned paid parking scheme. We should not be
         penalised by all the tourist traffic. its a price tourist only should pay to off-set their traffic impact.
   1124. council litigation needs to stop as huge amounts of rate payer money is being wasted.
   1125. Find an alternative source of economy so we do not rely on tourism. chamber of Commerce needs to
         change its focus.
   1126. I would like to see a greater emphasis on the cleaning and maintenance of urban assets to enhance
         the aesthetics of our town to support our tourism industry
   1127. Promote investment and development of housing and support
   1128. I would like to see markets to be away from town. should be out of town. it gets too crowded and too
         much traffic into town
   1129. Again, the boating community, both local AND tourists should be encouraged to participate in shire
         infrastructure which at present is pathetic in this area
   1130. Focus on Byron Bay, other places have good community programs eg Brunswick Heads, good
         community at Federal
   1131. Consider the use of council land near river estuary (Brunswick Heads) for lease to educational body
         for marine research
   1132. Continue to allow a few festivals per year; give local business (and bands) preference in reaping
         some of the benefits!
   1133. Tourism is essential to our economic growth. Rather than stating tourism with clauses with need to
         promote all tourism avenues
   1134. Aboriginal cultural centre - employment opportunities
   1135. council try and stay out of court and spending all ratepayers money fighting court battles, start
         spending our money on the communities roads, parks, garbage collection, infrastructure,
         maintenance = that lasts!
   1136. Promote art at new library food and art on the streets, music, installations, festivals promote local
         business and schools
   1137. Environment will live without tourists. tourists won't visit without natural environment so protect and
         enjoy. Shops are ad-ons to care for visitors as well as locals. Ensure locals have guaranteed all year
         work ie not put out of work by overseas itinerants
   1138. community markets are general economic businesses run for profit arts and creative industries
         should be subject to proper business plans and subject to market forces
   1139. all round biodiversity
   1140. tourism is a double-edge sword - the impact of tourism is on community cohesion. this is evident in
         Byron Bay where the 'party culture' has some negative effects. also tourist don't give back or care
         about the local environment
   1141. A strong sustainable economy is achievable only when the natural environmental future is respected
   1142. Continue to support local artisans to make a living from at community markets
   1143. Development of sustainable employment initiatives (recycling plant; alternative technologies) to
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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1144. Promote sustainable, environmentally friendly business
   1145. these are important issues but we believe they are best addressed as partnerships with relevant
         groups
   1146. Support for more exhibition spaces to facilitate artists showing work - art gallery. return of Artscape
         Sculpture by the sea
   1147. Local businesses, local production BSC market policy must prioritise locally produced goods
   1148. More arts, craft festivals, give more support to businesses that are sustainable. Don't allow Dan
         Murphys, enough drunks/aggression in Byron already
   1149. Council: accept that you are temporary custodians of this area the Area: It has a unique beauty that
         is to be shared globally families, tourist etc: encourage tourism, support holiday letting and better
         pedestrian and traffic flow
   1150. I refer to the older residential area of Byron Bay. Please reduce the minimum sub-dividable lot size
         to 500m2. this will increase Council income, make effective use of existing infrastructure and
         optimise land use.
   1151. Not councils role to develop art and creative industries
   1152. A council does not need to involve itself with art and creative industries, these are developed by
         individuals who can receive grants from state and federal bureaucracies
   1153. Try to use community based local business in the tourist trade
   1154. controlling tourist accommodation
   1155. there should be a way to harness the profits made by illegal holiday letting
   1156. If there was a bypass tourism would improve greatly. The tourists could have more time to look
         around and be in a happier frame of mind due to not waiting in a traffic line in hot sun
   1157. Enough of these already especially in Byron Bay
   1158. Enough of these already, we don't need anymore
   1159. Support the farmers market - essential
   1160. Businesses should be kept small and local. Chain store application restricted
   1161. Rigorous cost/benefit analysis should support all economic decisions, bearing in mind that council's
         only reason for existence is to deliver tangible and intangible benefit to the community.
   1162. Charging locals parking permit is a bad joke, it was installed to have visitors pay for parking not
         ratepayers. Again locals pay!
   1163. growth of eco-tourism. what a wasted opportunity currently! consult on this by outlying locals
   1164. see attached appendix (5 pages)
   1165. I know an artist Australian Hollywood family man from interstate who told me he was not impressed
         with Byron on his first visit
   1166. Whilst tourism is great and good for the economy the focus on tourism should not be at the detriment
         of the community - they should be the priority
   1167. Everywhere I have travelled you pay a tiny bed tax, why not Byron? people will still come. we need
         money to maintain our area but not all the rate payers
   1168. Think locally and deal locally is great for our community and makes great sense.
   1169. A major local issue is the lack of affordable housing. The move to allow "granny flats" and
         "secondary dwellings" on urban allotments is a move in the right direction. However, why is it
         virtually impossible to have a secondary dwelling (or rural workers cottage) on rural acreage
         especially as farmers average age is high and rising?
   1170. too much money being spent of roundabouts What does "completed flood damage restoration from

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   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          May 2009 - $294,000" mean?
   1171. tourism is the role of the business community. unless this council is prepared to run and fund tourist
         information centres then it should stick to providing services, maintenance, infrastructure etc Let the
         community run the markets!
   1172. Annual Art Exhibitions etc ie the one that was Main Beach should have an easier method of tender.
         these were free for the public, good for locals and tourists alike
   1173. Community Cultural Centre in Oceans Shores for the shire - regional gallery
   1174. I would like to see huge conglomerate businesses be discouraged or refused entry eg Woolies in
         Mullum (there is one in Byron Bay and that's enough); also Brunswick Heads needs to be cared for
         and supported as it's one of the few "untouched by big business" places left for ordinary people to
         have holidays, not just the wealthy.
   1175. Everything in balance and moderation. we can't have everything full bore!
   1176. the over reliance on the tourism industry in Byron Shire has not been positive for our community =
         low paid, casual jobs = our children have to go away to have any sort of life. The shops in Byron are
         all tourist crap, meaning we have to travel to Ballina to buy many essentials
   1177. Byron council seems to discourage private businesses, including tourism
   1178. Support community markets including farmers markets - with management remaining with
         community groups
   1179. More emphasis on "local", less on attracting/providing for tourists. More voice to community, less to
         businesses
   1180. Council support most definitely but it is NOT council's role to "develop" creative industries
   1181. An art gallery in the shire would be very good
   1182. there are more pressing needs for council than arts and creative industries
   1183. I believe in a user pays approach. Investigation of ways to users can contribute directly to council
         usable funds is needed to sustain infrastructure to support, maintain and upgrade resources and
         infrastructure degraded by the users.
   1184. Need to have a healthy economy for the 'whole' to survive
   1185. Provide for roads, rates and rubbish first
   1186. Again all must be sustainable in line with the definition included in the plan - not just "sustainable
         employment creation", "sustainable tourism" etc
   1187. Prioritise local community needs ahead of tourist attractions. Award contracts to local businesses
         ahead of city based eg this survey
   1188. Council embrace tourism as our largest and most important industry
   1189. To me, supporting local business, food growing and value adding ourselves make a lot more sense
         then relying on tourism in the long term
   1190. Is tourism our number one industry, if so it should be promoted a lot better and to greater degree.
         has the council appointed a tourism manager, if so what have they done this year?
   1191. I would like to see less support for black economy ie markets. BSC ignores business operators (retail
         and commercial) who pay business rates.
   1192. Markets are great but do need to be limited. The more markets held, the less interesting and unique
         they become. The more chain stores in Byron, the less interesting it is for most tourists (sportsgirl,
         witchery, just jeans) but I don't know how you stop this?
   1193. Locals can't afford to live here because of TOO MANY TOURISTS - its our town - don't encourage
         tourists any more
   1194. the town of Byron Bay needs a museum, the town has so much history, it should be shared with

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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          visitors and new people who live here!
   1195. keep the local markets away from the privateers
   1196. Keep the monthly markets run by the community centre NOT private enterprises.
   1197. Diversity of economics is needed as well as tourism.
   1198. Create grants for projects that satisfy 3 keys areas "sustainability, tourism and Environment
         awareness" plus employment
   1199. Many free health/fitness/wellness classes/workshops
   1200. If we must have growth - make it sustainable
   1201. more markets
   1202. Byron bay must be a liveable community for locals as well as tourists. There doesn't have to be a
         festival/event in Byron Bay every second weekend to be creative.
   1203. BSC should allow holiday rentals throughout the shire. It should cease this ill conceived plan to
         restrict holiday rentals to Byron and Brunswick heads
   1204. Would like to see more contract workers used rather than council staff
   1205. While arts diversity is important, responding to landholders concerns regarding "splendour" is an
         extremely important consideration
   1206. forget the arty stuff, return Byron to a so called normal town re: tourism in general, a move away
         from the backpacker thing
   1207. town traffic bypass essential to achieve above
   1208. Manage resources better - less dodgy investments and more spent on infrastructure to last - less
         bandaids - more solutions
   1209. In addition to the arts - creative program I would like to see encouragement of spiritual (non
         religious) activities, practices and therapies
   1210. council should concentrate on key areas as does not seem to be coping with the basics.
   1211. Again, here are outcomes that would demonstrate how Byron Shire is unique to all other coastal
         towns. I think its imperative to help figure a way to keep commercial leases affordable to help keep
         unique, locally owned shops in CBDs. No more Supre or other chains, keep Byron unique.
   1212. I believe the council made the right fiscal choice in not supporting the roundhouse at Ocean Shores
         for the proposed community business project - too risky.
   1213. Council administration, as opposed to the elected body, is responsible for unnecessary constrain to
         the local economy.
   1214. But don't let the businesses takeover! I vote for the councillors, not the business owners
   1215. Local takeaway business to pay for extra garbage collection and extra bins/glass bottles return and
         no plastic bags
   1216. Create employment for tertiary qualified academics who desire to return to their homeland - Byron
         Shire after completed university studies
   1217. yes! BUT again... we NEED to focus on what we already have. Make our community economically
         viable for all existing businesses and community
   1218. I would like to see Council adopt greater use and presentation of local indigenous art and artists
   1219. Council should be more supportive of tourism, we all depend on Tourism - Trade people, shops,
         service providers. Council should support tourism and fund the tourism information centre (as is
         done in the rest of Australia with almost no exceptions)
   1220. Reduce the number of backpackers and nightclubs in Byron Bay township. Encourage more visitors
         and holiday makers in 30+ age group. I am sick of having young drunk people walking around our

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          neighbourhood late and early in morning
   1221. Every grant on funding should focus on: will it provide jobs? can the shire complete, develop with the
         amount given without using shire's own money, what little there is
   1222. council should not take responsibility for these services
   1223. Bring back festivals!
   1224. In terms of arts and creative industries, festivals are essential for our vitality, cohesiveness and
         economic future - we need council to shift it's attitude and SUPPORT, encourage and facilitate
         smooth efficient planning approvals for festivals large and small. it is an absolute travesty that our
         festivals are dying or leaving the shire!!
   1225. Bring back festivals. Splendour into the community town on new site!
   1226. Get back to basics again
   1227. Bring Splendour back to Byron shire
   1228. Amalgamate Byron township with the arts and industrial somehow especially now that so much
         money has been spent on the sports complex out there
   1229. i was very disappointed that the Ocean Shores roundhouse project didn't go ahead. this is a real
         shame for the community and makes me feel disillusioned with the Byron council.
   1230. Spent ratepayers money on making approaches to Byron Bay and Mullumbimby at the very least be
         neat and tidy instead of the reed infested roads we now have
   1231. We should showcase our arts and creative industries which are truly emerging in this area
   1232. this town needs tourism to survive. Almost every dollar into town is tourism. it creates employment
         for locals
   1233. Byron Shire council is staffed with fallible human beings, as the shire is. The ego of humans is
         enormous in some, overpowering, in others happy and helpful in their lives and/positions. War is
         ugly, harmony is peaceful
   1234. these are very vague (general) guidelines. Tourism is already out of control yet $$$ are spent on
         advertising for more tourism (big events) instead of looking out for local (small) communities/people.
   1235. Council should not be a major player in supporting arts etc. Let the people do it
   1236. constant clash between residents and tourists - tourists and tourist operators have no/little regard for
         residents 1. campervans should be out of town precinct; not camping and all-hours partying in
         streets 2. holiday letting is a residents constant nightmare 3. outdoor entertainment should be
         tolerated until 10pm at the latest
   1237. Encourage new 'non tourism' enterprises. tourism alone will not support the community going
         forward. Rate adjustments for small business!
   1238. We have a huge amount of tourists. I don't think we can accommodate further growth in Byron
   1239. Why is nothing done about illegal van camping around the shire - they use our water, beaches, loos
         etc. Fine them or police it - they cost us a packet - if they can afford to travel in a van, they can afford
         to contribute!
   1240. Holiday letting is an issue when tourists disturb residents trying to sleep
   1241. Get the message through to the "vanpackers" that our residential streets aren’t their camping
         grounds and toilets.
   1242. We live in one of Australia's best food growing areas. It's time to set aside land for farming, rather
         than allocating viable land to greedy developers.
   1243. Stop the multi-nationals taking over the shire.
   1244. we need a focus on industry - education partnerships to support local youth employment
   1245. Integrate cultural heritage into your view of arts and creative industries. Many councils have heritage
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          teams, and/or a heritage office to promote, educate, celebrate our history, heritage and our build
          environment (heritage aspects). We have active history groups that could use more support.
   1246. bring back the wards
   1247. Please never, never, never allow McDonald's or other fast food restaurants into the shire
   1248. Enforcement of Council's "no holiday letting in residential areas" is very desirable, especially holiday
         letting to large groups who create noise and mayhem which is contrary to community values
   1249. force compliance on illegal holiday dwelling.
   1250. having a centrelink and four job search companies in Brunswick heads does not create jobs, it just
         makes the place a welfare town
   1251. A balance to ensure the town isn't driven entirely by tourism. it fuels the economy but affects
         community cohesion
   1252. Better communal facilities, like toilets and showers! A No Car Zone along Bay Street at least - if not a
         section of Lawson Street. allow and encourage performance back onto streets
   1253. Cross discipline collaborations are important. We need new technology and science to address our
         emerging problems. this needs a creative input.
   1254. Diversification as expressed above does not seem to include any high-tech. tourism is a low paying,
         low skilled base level activity as is food markets. Let's also identify and develop/encourage high-skill,
         high-paying economic activity. Creative industries can be high-paying but that's touch to achieve -
         combine creative with high tech!
   1255. Appalling that the sculpture exhibition along Lawson St has been allowed to go elsewhere. How is
         this consistent with point (3)
   1256. These aspects need to be done with local business as a partnership, not be done for them by council
   1257. Agree with proposal (1) but the proliferation of markets is at the expense of local businesses
   1258. Without tourism Byron would have NO work for locals, restaurants and shops would close - we need
         to support tourism and events which boost tourism.
   1259. Council needs to keep an eye on its core business. it can provide support - but much of this is
         beyond Council's reach. Sound management of Council's core responsibilities is essential.
   1260. State and federal governments are responsible for this.
   1261. Byron Shire is too boastful and hysterical. Help become attractive to calm, inquiring, more respectful
         newcomers.
   1262. Please no more fast food chains allowed and no traffic lights.
   1263. Extremely important to keep rents low so retail outlets do not fail during harder economic times -
         support diverse retail shops less big chain stores
   1264. Income from tourism is key for the shire's prosperity
   1265. Should you action in discouraging development continue, then it is only a matter of time before all
         employment opportunities are lost. the resultant retirees will be in direct conflict with those lifestylers
         which seek solace in an alternative bushcraft living on welfare.
   1266. Encourage locals to use local
   1267. I believe in growth and employment - a balance between business growth and environmental issues.
         I shop in Ballina because Byron Bay doesn't cater for balanced community needs.
   1268. if someone or group wish to put on an event - markets/theatre/women's days/new years eve etc -
         they should raise the money themselves - that's not what I pay rates for
   1269. Community markets - especially local farmers markets are a huge asset to the community. It would
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   1270. This all sounds great but don't hide behind green political agendas
   1271. manage the council funding wisely - keep budget in surplus and build a 10% backup fund
   1272. the markets keep their character of locally made and produced products.
   1273. Keep the markets LOCAL
   1274. Up the sewerage rates on hotels, motels and tourist lodges, backpacker accommodation - not
         private residences!
   1275. We live in a rural community. Agriculture needs greater emphasis. We have more industry in the
         shire than just arts/creative.
   1276. Keep festivals (all kinds) in the district. Promote and do more of them. Skate comps at the Brunswick
         Skate Park
   1277. Sustainable tourism, not relying on backpackers
   1278. I feel we have enough (or too many) art/creative industries already. How about some real tradeskill
         positions for our children and the future.
   1279. Legislate controls re illegal holiday letting in residential zones. Demand licensing for tourism
         accommodation in approved areas only. Use fees for roads, footpaths, toilet amenities, signage etc
   1280. Bed-tax on visitors/tourists or some other way of making them contribute. where's our art gallery?
   1281. I'm not a supporter of all these local markets. There are too many. They can operate much cheaper
         than business/shop owners/renters and thereby take business from these people. I don't think a lot
         of community market stalls actually sell local produce.
   1282. For unique qualities to remain and be productive - We need to sort out roads and flood plain
         management.
   1283. Restrict large events that impact adversely on community lifestyles.
   1284. Ensure farmers' markets are the domain of local producers only It would be nice to pinch Southern
         Cross Uni from Lismore - it should be here. The English language schools do a roaring trade here
         which is good for the local economy. SAE is also a major contributor. Byron should be steered more
         towards education and less towards tourism. What about a TAFE College here?
   1285. Promote tourism to a higher/upper end market so we don't have so many tourists all the time...
   1286. All important -- localisation of economy needs Council support
   1287. Encourage business, govt agencies to foster a wider range of employment opportunities which are
         not linked to tourist industry - more diverse and higher paid employment available
   1288. Council could have a greater influence on affordable housing
   1289. When on a budget you cover the basics first - then if you have extra you treat yourself. Not treat
         yourself and neglect the basics.
   1290. I feel the local farmers markets need to be nurtured and I think that you will need to make sure
         whoever is managing these markets makes it reasonable to growers to continue with this great
         community weekly event
   1291. tourism has great impact on environment, especially as camping in streets and rubbish management
         is poorly serviced.
   1292. Let market forces rule, do not assist, do the basics better
   1293. Prioritise what's affordable
   1294. Excuse me? Sustainable tourism industry that respects and promotes our natural environment and
         community values? What values would these be? More booze shops, more night clubs, more
         cheapo shops, more emphasis on catering to back-packers rather than domestic family tourism and
         trying to attract overseas tourists. As for supporting local businesses, why should I bother when they
         are 50% more expensive than anywhere else in Australia? The prices in Byron Bay are a total RIP-

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          OFF and the food culture in the supermarkets is more like the UK in the 1950s. Byron needs to move
          on and lift its game. Many of the restaurants are extremely good, but the supermarkets are a disaster
          and need a damn good Germanic clean, they’re dirty. Many of the lavatories in this town leave a lot
          to be desired - they frequently have NO SOAP which one does not expect in a developed country.
          Filthy loos are inexcusable and it is up to the health inspectors to ensure they are hygienic and
          business that run dirty loos should be fined..
   1295. Economy will flourish when bypass is build and properly constructed
   1296. Creative industries? many groups perform these tasks
   1297. Aged care for older residents - an area to investigate and support - a vital service and employment
         opportunity
   1298. two concerns: (1) that our community markets may become less local (2) that festivals the size of
         Splendour do not respect our environment and community values
   1299. Farmers market should remain local! and locally grown!
   1300. I believe in a roads and drains first council
   1301. Improve roads and business will be easier
   1302. Revision of events policy. Support for youth, cultural, arts and music events
   1303. Tourism not well managed and impact on local residents and environment very detrimental
   1304. build a bypass so that people can get in and out of Byron to employment, education and community
         markets
   1305. Develop a tourism levy as top priority. 1.7m visitors vs 15,000 rate payers is an unequal playing field.
         Levy tourism businesses at $2.50 per head if council cannot levy tourists directly. Remove obstacles
         to festivals taking place in Byron Shire. recognise Byron as a 'festival' region (art, music, food etc)
   1306. it's not just about the tourists, even though their money sustains the town somewhat. we need a bed-
         tax so the tourist dollar enhances the facilities. who pays?
   1307. I feel large scale musical events like Splendour and Bluesfest are too huge for the environment and
         community impacts. It was better at Tyagarah - but to put it in Yelgun with numerous events is a no
         no - for the residents and the environment! I did not move here 20 years ago to have that level of
         noise and inconvenience as a constant factor in my life.
   1308. Byron Shire will need to find more industry (than just tourism) to sustain itself if it wishes to maintain
         economic viability. There's no point investing in new infrastructure and housing projects if there's
         nothing to visit Byron for except for a holiday. Byron dies over winter - in order to keep a viable
         community in work over the colder months - what can be done to ensure the town is still busy on the
         tourism off-season? If tourism dollars dry up - what will happen to Byron?
   1309. We love the markets and feel Council does a great job of supporting local growers, business etc. No
         more additional resources need to go into this.
   1310. As a market stall holder I am extremely concerned at Councils current proposals regarding the
         tender of the community markets. By disregarding the "Byron shire resident " preferencing for stall
         holders, you will be violating the very essence of "COMMUNITY". As only 1 of hundreds of people
         and families who rely on the markets to make their income, and create such a fantastic market of
         talent that draws so many people into Byron on those weekends, it is an outrageous development.
         This type of decision will greatly impact the financial security of my family , and therefore flow on to
         affect my children's schools and how much we are able to financially contribute, our community
         shops etc etc. The entire community will be worse off for this development !!!
   1311. Need to support new businesses in setting up for the community for support
   1312. Would like to see council encourage music events as it has in the past.
   1313. Creative spaces need to be increased eg outdoor galleries. Markets regulated to support local food
         production and other local creative industries.


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   1314. Farmers first, agents last
   1315. make the tourists pay more
   1316. Reserve large/considerable areas as wildlife reserves to preserve endangered species. Encourage
         the growth and marketing of organic produce.
   1317. Economic devt not Council's job except to provide consistent services and planning frameworks to
         support community economic endeavours.
   1318. Management of tourism and a clear tourism management plan are so important as that will guide
         future decisions and help to develop a sustainable tourism industry that incorporates our diverse
         range of local industries and creates much better opportunities for careers not just jobs.
   1319. Artisans and enterprise grow from very small beginnings, they need cheap places to live and work
         where there is a cluster of other cheap places to live and work. The cheap places don't necessarily
         remain cheap but that is when new places can be fostered..
   1320. We do not need any more markets.
   1321. Tourism is destroying Byron Bay. Day trippers should be charged for parking. Every Friday the
         hordes descend en masse, trash the Bay for two days, and drive home on Sunday night. Only a few
         businesses prosper, local amenity is ruined. Money from tourism isn't the be all and end all. The
         majority of Australian tourists will never respect our environment and community.
   1322. Build on the community strengths and ideology, obviously there is a larger than normal "socially,
         community minded" people in this community. This alone attracts tourists, lets stay away from the
         "party town" label that causes so many obvious social problems and stick to the "young, progressive
         and open minded thinking tourists" that would contribute and assimilate also with the majority of the
         community members?
   1323. Need to broaden the economic base of the Shire by encouraging new industries (knowledge based
         industries, high value add manufacturing). Try to attract more educational facilities to the Shire with
         the aim of becoming a centre of excellence eg green economy and environmental sustainability.
         Develop museums, galleries, places of heritage interest for increased tourism and job opportunities
         (eg surfing museum, sustainable technologies museum. Consider more 'niche' events eg sculpture
         by the sea, cycle tour - the rainbow region tour etc
   1324. Stop so much development
   1325. Alternative power technology is the future - get onboard
   1326. Reduce dependence on tourism and increase our independence through agriculture
   1327. Do things to encourage locals to shop locally; this will support local businesses and the local
         community so that tourism is just an added bonus to the local economy - not a necessity.
   1328. I'm not interested in catering to tourists - less tourists would be better
   1329. Arts and creative industries are, by the nature of their markets, trans-national in scope. Local
         government cannot contribute meaningfully to this sector, and should not divert resources to its
         development.
   1330. I feel the markets should be run by the community and not the council
   1331. Business - when any developer wishes to cut up land for housing at least 10% to be allowed as a
         park - playground and trees etc for the residents and visitors to enjoy.
   1332. Re-instate artisans market at Bayside Licences for artists to set up small stands like
         buskers/musicians
   1333. Partly fund Tourist Information Centre
   1334. Local contractors to be employed for building projects eg library, sports fields, swimming pools,
         council chambers.
   1335. As an artist it would be great to get more support!
   1336. Do not fund tourism through my rates please! Do not spend my rates on endeavours that the
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          business community begs for!
   1337. Our music industry needs to be further encouraged.
   1338. This must be on a manageable scale. The desire to make a huge profit should not be the benchmark
         for decision marking on developments in this small community. Money for absentee landlords should
         be the Council's lowest priority.
   1339. Bring Splendour home!
   1340. The secret of making tourism more beneficial to locals and successful for operators is not to increase
         the numbers in the summer but to increase the numbers for the rest of the year. This can be done by
         marketing, good transport links and encouraging events and festivals and providing facilities so that
         there is something to do year round whatever the weather. Another way to encourage the economy
         is to cut the red tape. While a certain amount of rules and regulation is of course necessary, too
         much makes it daunting for entrepreneurs to start things. A Red Tape Task Force should be set up
         to question every bit of legislation and restriction to see if it is really necessary. In recent years, the
         town has lost music festivals and the arts / sculpture one. The Council should have someone to help
         people with good ideas to take them forward to make sure they happen.
   1341. Keep the Bangalow Farmers Market at Bangalow Hotel
   1342. Why am I paying rates and locals parking? wasn't parking charges to recoup from visitors?
   1343. Decreased reliance on tourism, develop more local industry
   1344. Encourage local apprenticeships
   1345. My family and I have been travelling here for 30 years. It's a brilliant place, full of extraordinary
         people. If the traffic issue can be fixed soon (Ewingsdale Rd) and a light rail commenced, tourism will
         again flourish. These are the two biggest issues (and please don't allow the new suburb of West
         Byron!!). It will always be God's own country... be great if everyone treated it that way.
   1346. Support for tourism industry needs emphasis - more cooperation and help because tourism brings
         people and $$. Does have negatives but they seem to get more importance than positives - the
         positive can and should out way negatives if Council chooses.
   1347. The markets have been going well for a number of years. Why is it that council needs to change the
         rules!
   1348. Tourists can't get into Byron - car jams
   1349. No more back packers - try to stay of family less of a party town
   1350. Preserve agricultural land
   1351. Strategy for kind of tourist we want to visit. No just 'party town' for young people.
   1352. local hotels/motels should be forced to have eco-friendly devices
   1353. Council should work entirely on behalf of the ratepayers. We have a business which serves all of
         Australia and overseas but we have not and never will ask the ratepayers of the shire to help us.
   1354. where is the support for sustainable tourism? why doesn't the Council act on illegal holiday lettings?
         why can't Council manage the traffic problems in Byron Bay?
   1355. Assistance for elderly - nothing available to my knowledge in Ocean Shores
   1356. The town has become far too backpacker orientated. Proper policing of illegal camping (clearway
         zones, wheel clamping and tow away areas)
   1357. Seek federal heritage funding to use existing Byron Steam Loco as operating vintage transport in
         same vain as Darhjeeling Steam Locomotive.
   1358. An arts centre in the Shire
   1359. With so many artist in our area there is a huge lack of public art.
   1360. Bring back arts scape, its was brilliant a really great initiative for Byron

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   1361. Local business also needs to support the community - Not use the town without returning and
         building up the community. Rental properties in local streets needs a firm policy. The landlords need
         to care for these properties outside on street level.
   1362. You are elected to serve the community- Not to constrain. Support and educate -don't punish
   1363. How can you ask tourists to visit when they have to queue in traffic for ever just to reach town. It's no
         wonder that Byron's tourism is affected. Why should people visit here and have to suffer this -
         especially in summer? The traffic issues the town is facing should be made priority no. 1. The
         solution should be a major bypass and a mini bypass - essentially any number of initiatives that free
         up congestion and gridlock. It will also be a major benefit to the Industrial Estate businesses which
         must suffer from the traffic issues as well. The Artscape last year was a huge success and it was
         deeply disappointing that there wasn't the support or funds available to have it happen again this
         year, or indeed every year. It brought a lot of tourists to town and was popular with young and old -
         exactly the kind of thing which should be an annual event.
   1364. Sporting facilities should also be high on the list of council services
   1365. The support for and initiation of innovative training, employment and (community) enterprise
         opportunities ought to be considered as a high priority as does the effective management/promotion
         and targeting of the area in terms of tourism/visitation. On this note, I am happy to express interest in
         regards to the new tourism strategy that has been much talked about recently... and offer my
         expertise and contribution in this area.
   1366. minimise tourism - Byron suffocating
   1367. Council could do a lot more in terms of supporting business development in the Shire. The economic
         base is very small and tourism dependent. There seem to be no vision for attracting any other sort of
         industry into the area. The relationship between business chambers and council is a total
         disappointment.
   1368. The mantra of local business, community markets and food production smacks of an isolationist
         policy, we are part of a state, a nation and a planet. Again the agenda of a minority who seek to gain
         financial advantage is being given greater weight than it deserves at the expense of the majority of
         ratepayers. Similarly with the arts and creative industries lobbies. These areas are not truly the remit
         of local government, stick with the primary functions of local government and leave the sideshows
         alone.
   1369. The sciences and ICT are also essential to develop and support, should integrate with local
         monitoring
   1370. Arts and Crafts such as the round house Ocean Shores
   1371. Introduction of a green waste bin in line with the policy of many other councils. This has been shown
         to reduce the overall amount of waste going to landfill.
   1372. Byron central at night has significantly degraded of the past few years and is now predominantly
         populated by drunken 18-25 year olds. There is no longer any venue for 25+ locals to safely attend
         without being threatened by violence. Solution - close pubs at 12pm and send the party back to the
         gold coast. Encourage a venue for passive locals who enjoy dance music and few drinks where they
         can do so safely.
   1373. Diversification is essential - we are far too reliant tourism. I support a less intrusive tourism industry.
         Some current operators will have to shutdown.
   1374. I think the focus should go away from relying on the Tourist industry and towards job creation
         schemes for the youth and unemployed in this region, which is statistically far higher than almost any
         other regional area in Australia.
   1375. I would like to see our economy diversify from its strong reliance on tourism and the number of
         visitors it brings to the area. I would like to see arts, cultural, education and IT industries developed.
   1376. Diversification is the key to our long-term, sustainable and creative survival. It will also keep our
         young people in the bay.
   1377. More opportunities for youth to get a tertiary level education and work opportunities. Develop an
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          action plan to attract clean industries into the area to support the community's development.
   1378. see above - tourism should fund tourism - provide a focal point to change state legislation to allow a
         tax on beds.
   1379. Support the community markets in every way you can. The more frequent, the more colour, the more
         music (not loud music, but music), the better. The markets are worth capitalising, they are one of the
         few things that actually reflect the famous ideals of the shire. The tourists I speak to are often
         disappointed by the lack of colour, culture and calm in our area, things they've travelled across the
         world to enjoy. Similarly, make life easy for buskers in Byron and throughout the Shire. They don't
         earn much but they give tourists the burst of life they're looking for. Homegrown colour, music and
         nature coming out the walls and floors of public areas - tourists and local enjoy such vibrancy. I
         dislike loud music, and am not a proponent of that! Creative industries: The Northern Rivers needs a
         regional dance company, in the spirit of Tasdance. NORPA have no dance plan, focusing more on
         theatre, and generally bring outside theatre to the Northern Rivers. Encourage NORPA or the BCC
         to establish a dance company to create work for and about the local shire. Could the Council create
         one or two paid positions? You get art by paying for it, to at least get it going. I currently work with
         NORPA as a dancer and paid work is very thin on the ground. It's not sustainable, which is why high
         level dancers almost universally move to a more culturally happening place after a year or so in the
         Shire. I think a company could work really well in Byron. The "Hall Gigs" are another great example
         of happy, healthy community arts events that work for tourists and locals, young and old. Eg the "Glo
         Dance" events. Why are there so few of these? Durrumbul, Coorabell and Ewingsdale Halls are
         lovely venues, they always sell out, no one drinks alcohol and everyone has a good old fashioned
         fun time dancing until midnight when the music finishes. Can you help make this recipe for harmless
         fun more frequent, and easier for the hall owners in any way?
   1380. Technology is a low impact, high paying industry - why aren't we trying to establish a technology
         park and bring those jobs to Byron. Most technology companies can operate from anywhere!!
   1381. Byron Shire art gallery long overdue.
   1382. Yes, our tourism industry isn't going anywhere.... it just needs to be managed sustainably.
   1383. Self-reliance for individuals should be the goal in developing the creative industries. Creating local
         markets, and building the Byron brand internationally are key elements of this
   1384. more family friendly accommodation
   1385. Some of these things should be the preserve of local businesses, rather than council (such as
         tourism), but council could make land available with cheap rates, and should definitely continue to
         foster the farmer's and community markets.
   1386. I don't know if this is possible, but with regards to a diverse, local business plan, maybe keeping the
         rents for the shops in Byron Shire affordable for local business people and artisans, rather than large
         national/international chains. Also a promotion of businesses directly in town that provide an
         alternative activity to drinking and eating kebabs.
   1387. I grew up in Mullumbimby in the 80s, and have worked in hospitality/tourism in Mullum/Byron/Bruns
         (and upper-end establishments all over Australia). I know the shire is becoming more reliant on the
         tourism dollar, but greedy landlords and wanting more, more, more tourists in town is killing our
         uniqueness. Sustainable tourism = niche marketing. Getting more appropriate tourist visitation would
         be better than just encouraging more people here. Smarter tourism, not more tourists, PLEASE! The
         Golden Egg has already been well and truly stomped on. Brunswick can hopefully hold off the
         inappropriate development and loss of character.
   1388. Council should stop putting hurdles and obstacles in the way of the development of well-run arts and
         creative events.
   1389. Encouragement for low impact high technology industries. Build model residential or business
         structures based on green principles and use these as education hubs.
   1390. to many food places in Byron we have the tourism here already we don’t have to push for more
         tourism but if we focus on cleaning the town of the scum and other tardiness we will without knowing
         build up the Byron culture again without trying look at cleaning the place up....!!!!!

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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1391. We need any industry backing and encouraging jobs in this shire!!!
   1392. Council's Tourism Committee should not become a marketing body for Byron businesses, but try to
         balance the competing interests of residents/business - and primarily work to protect residents
         interests and the natural environment from over exploitation.
   1393. I don't think the priority has to be "arts and creative industries". I'd like to see the shire attract a much
         broader range of business and industry so that life here is not skewed so heavily to tourism and
         offers richer opportunities for employment. For example: research and development centres for
         business and industry, innovative IT companies, and low-impact manufacturing. Instead of focusing
         so heavily on attracting tourists and tourist-related businesses, I'd like to see Council focus on
         attracting a broader range of businesses and industries.
   1394. I would like to see a border approach across more industries!
   1395. A rethink of promotion is required. Do we really want to have bus load after bus load of back packers
         who only spend money at hotel and Woolworths coming to Byron.
   1396. If we support the development of arts and creative industries as well as our natural environment, the
         tourists will come who appreciate these aspects of Byron Shire, so the tourism will look after itself, if
         we look after each other and the environment. More focus on theatre, including street theatre and
         music, makes Byron unique.
   1397. I think that a diverse range of creative industries can come from sustainable tourism.
   1398. The increase in franchised retail stores and restaurants in Byron Bay and surrounding towns is
         having major negative impact on local small business. Big business is not good for the environment
         or sense of community. • Support & focus of public music/art exhibitions and foods festivals will
         support local industry and attract a diverse tourist demographic.
   1399. Employment is difficult to find in this area and self employment is a good option however to promote
         this avenue of employment, cheaper advertising is needed for small businesses to succeed. Byron
         chamber of commerce 'locals discount' campaign during off peak tourist season. Encourage private
         businesses not franchises or multi national corps
   1400. I really don't think The Arts are council business. This place is rich with artists who survive despite
         governments rather than because of them.
   1401. Remove short term holiday letting from the long term residential housing areas. Promote rural eco
         tourism as an educational introduction to sustainability lifestyle.
   1402. We should support the local organic food producers more than we are now.
   1403. I think Byron should be kept as tourist free as possible because locals respect the community but
         tourists basically trash the place. About 70% of rubbish in the beach is from tourists.
   1404. I would like to see more things for tourists to do as they are our main economy, plus more
         sustainable activities.
   1405. Development of alternative energy, rejection of bottle water, car pool instituted.
   1406. Markets should remain a COMMUNITY ASSET and not be privatised. Privatisation will destroy the
         local markets.
   1407. Byron should be Australia's opportunity to showcase a successful sustainable community that
         manages the local and international tourist seamlessly - for this we need federal support. Byron is in
         the top 7 places international tourists want to see but is sorely lacking in it's provision
   1408. There is such an opportunity here to truly support and develop local economy and industry,
         supporting not only the community but the planet in a huge. Developing local industry such as hemp,
         bamboo, goats, organic farms, wheat, etc will help to dramatically reduce the insane import / export
         figures of many products having the same percentages of importing and exporting ????? something
         I cannot comprehend ! The region, if clever enough, passionate enough, supportive of one another
         and respecting enough of the same values of sustainability (completely) not just partially, could
         become one of the first models in the world ! 100% supporting 100% local business, eg- not
         materials purchased overseas and then product made in Australia ! These truly local businesses

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   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          should be rewarded highly by council and community, encouraging more growth and generating a
          local economy within the infrastructure of the region.
   1409. The unique character of our Shire is under threat from imported homogeneity, in our markets, in our
         media. Our tourism industry needs to remember not just our 'natural' character, but also our diversity
         and what makes us 'different' from the rest of Australia - being 'natural' is not enough to sustain our
         tourist appeal; arts and creative industries and pioneer people (even ragged hippy dwellers of the
         country) need to be celebrated as pioneers.
   1410. I think here should be more markets like for food, clothing, Jewellery etc. Cause they are so much
         fun and you get a big diversity
   1411. The community markets are a great success in Byron Bay. It brings the community together.
   1412. Need a large arts event in Shire.
   1413. Feels our local tourism promotion has been neglected.
   1414. Agree Strongly
   1415. Look at ways of getting a contribution to Byron Shire from people who holiday let their homes, (run a
         business in residential areas and don't pay and extra rates etc) - - then live and spend their money
         out of Byron Shire
   1416. We need to start to lead the way in sustainable high end tourism and move away from depending
         primarily on the back packer market.
   1417. Encourage diversity to reduce reliance on tourism. Tourism has a stranglehold on community debate
         because of the economic argument. But tourism provides limited benefit for permanent residents and
         is overwhelming the integrity of our communities.
   1418. Lets make sure our Community Markets are not taken over by commercial interests....
   1419. Again these goals are hardly surprising. But if Council does not foster the expansion of the local
         economy by enabling serious job creating projects that will enable and support a more stable local
         economy, then we are doomed to the boom bust cycle of short term tourism and other unstable
         employers. You need a focus on creating stable employment in light industry, building,
         manufacturing - all the things that all the other LGA's have learned. The focus needs to shift away
         from the "cake & champagne" attitude that is personified by the "market" culture for subsistence
         reselling; and actually look at what areas of local/regional food production could be fostered and
         promoted to create serious good stable jobs - eg the coffee industry/ the gourmet food products
         industry/ the food processing industry. For example at the cafeteria at Parliament House they use
         and sell local coffee, and promote cookies and health food bars from local manufacturers featuring
         the Byron brand prominently - that might lead people to think that we had a vibrant food
         manufacturing industry - but alas.... The tourism industry has suffered from the Councils failure to
         promote and provide clean attractive civic facilities, clean and modern toilets, adequate car parking,
         well presented beaches and hinterland destinations- these are iconic places that both locals and
         visitors alike should be impressed by and have pride in, yet they are tired, degraded, unkempt and
         embarrassing - which in turn leads to people abusing them, littering, graffiti, despoiling the very
         things that made this area famous... The arts and creative industries are very important, and are a
         magnet to many who come here; yet it is hard to see what facilities that Council have created or
         fostered to promote them - many small operators are clustered around the industrial estate in Byron
         in either illegal or unapproved venues seeking to eek out a subsistence operation for want of a
         suitable venue to properly showcase the talents that do exist. The community centres vary in their
         effectiveness, but are largely driven by volunteers because there is insufficient focus on making
         them financially viable thru a coordinated Council driven program. The creation of a world quality
         outdoor venue seemed a great step forward, but only to be followed by the loss of Splendour, and a
         policy paralysis on events that has yet again cemented Byron's reputation as a "talkfest" capital, that
         can not produce "the goods" when it really comes down to it. We give a great deal of lip service to
         listening to these laudable objectives of local, community, sustainable, respect, natural, values,
         diverse, creative - but we have yet to demonstrate in any meaningful way our ability to achieve any
         of these things in a serious effective way that attracts the recognition internally and externally that we
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   industry development, tourism management and support, sustainable employment creation,
   investment and diversification advocacy, and advice on funding/grant opportunities.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1420. While I am generally supportive of the arts, I don't believe this is an area in which Council has any
         responsibility, except in its regulatory role in relation to use of public spaces.
   1421. the arts and craft industries would strongly benefit from the Cultural centre envisaged on the
         Roundhouse Site in Ocean Shores. Council would be well advised to back the current proposal and
         work with RAG to make this community driven project a success.
   1422. We could also improve our creative arts more into the towns style
   1423. Incubator for artistic development and exhibition spaces would assist




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7.4    Society and Culture


A number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include community arts and cultural
development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care, Aboriginal and Indigenous
programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access, libraries, local museums and
heritage.

   1. Support communities to achieve equitable access to an appropriate range and level of whole
      of life services such as health care, education and housing.

   2. Achieve participation in local and regional community life eg community volunteering.

   3. Respect, integration and understanding of Aboriginal heritage and cultural diversity.


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   Society and Culture - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1424. All of the above are not a local Councils brief! State Governments!
   1425. Not role of Council
   1426. Refer to question 1
   1427. Heated pool pretty please
   1428. Again federal/state role!! Grants/funding arises again so to lobbying/LGA action to "modify". Local
         government operative framework and resource acquisition not of scale or growth nature to be truly
         effective in this area. Leave Mickey Mouse alone!
   1429. Re-create the whole paradigm of whole of life services such as health care, education and housing.
         Community volunteering - an army already keep the wheels well oiled. Respect, integration and
         understanding of Aboriginal heritage and cultural diversity - we have it in spades. All schools are
         strong on it. Deal with Aboriginal homelessness. Support the local Byron bus stop railway park
         issues.
   1430. Its insulting that our Council thinks we're stupid enough to think this means anything.
   1431. youth programs - skills training
   1432. We are not here for long, let's leave the place better than we found it
   1433. Get rid of 755 of the camphor laurels in the shire they are a noxious weed
   1434. Building bridges between different and competing interest community groups
   1435. utilise older people's time to assist providing child minding centres at minimum cost to parents
   1436. holiday letting - very unfair for locals, unsupportive on our own community
   1437. Introduce healthy eating plus drug and sex education, early in schooling
   1438. Wouldn't our federal member Justine Elliott be good for a handout wherever she is??
   1439. Byron shire would be a lot better off if we stopped carrying on about some of these issues
   1440. With item (3) we are pushing a 'flat tyre'. there is no way the bottom of the tyre will ever get their
         support without removing the prejudice that exists or removing the bureaucratic finance skim off
   1441. we should have more medium density housing, that way we don't encroach onto the vacant land and
         infrastructure services more people
   1442. this all comes a bad second to the youth culture, loud music, schoolies, nightclubs etc
   1443. promote most easterly point more clean water no high rise - no traffic lights
   1444. also respect etc of other cultural groups. Would like to see aboriginal space in public places eg
         schools, libraries, council buildings, neighbourhood centre etc where local language, maps, elders,
         history, flags could be displayed so people become familiar with their local aboriginal heritage and
         present cultural status
   1445. I am not at all clear what council does or is proposing in this category
   1446. Our schools are stretched to the max. Prevent West Byron SSP. Build a new school and a real
         bypass instead
   1447. Not keen on the hospital moving out toward the highway. We need public health services in town
   1448. Collaboration between council and local artists should be encouraged to produce public art
         installations to showcase the diverse natural talent we have in Byron shire
   1449. council shouldn't fall into state government "cost shifting" trap. A lot of this stuff is primary
         responsibility of federal and state govts. stick to LGA priorities
   1450. As an ageing population, improved access to services appropriate to the needs is, critical. We don't
         want to live in Ballina!

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   Society and Culture - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1451. fixing up the new roundabout at sports oval its a joke and trimming back the plants so we can see
         the cars coming around the other one in the Bay
   1452. Early closing of clubs, no more alcohol outlets. A certain percentage of new housing must be
         affordable housing
   1453. Aboriginal heritage is not evident as I drive into town, the various roundabouts have minimal display
         of sea icons but no overt aboriginal symbols of culture and language. Byron Lighthouse footpaths
         are an open canvas for aboriginal art and artefacts, no flags to showcase the aboriginal footprints in
         that location.
   1454. Promote local culture ie art/drama
   1455. volunteer hours for pensioners and newstart/unemployed etc. far too much attention is paid to
         aboriginal Australians and far too much taxpayers money. more focus on health education, literacy
         and disease prevention needed. Drug/alcohol abuse far too high, risky lifestyles of some age
         groups. More parenting groups and education needed and disable support. More walk ways, bike
         tracks and community recreation areas needed
   1456. We are not held back by our past. We move in the present.
   1457. Unity is the key - exercise strategies that link up the common goals
   1458. Get better youth policies and event policies
   1459. Affordable housing is most important to me as it is almost impossible for me to find somewhere I can
         afford to live in the Byron Shire
   1460. cultural heritage (from farming/industry/aboriginal/alterative counter culture) should be protected.
         this maintains tourism and local environmental standards. a town is about more than its building
         heritage!
   1461. Nothing against volunteering but tricky if it is needed cause the government is pulling back from its
         responsibility to funding
   1462. Housing - affordable? aboriginal heritage?
   1463. Stop CSG!
   1464. Why did I have to go to Tweed to have my baby, Byron hospital should have been where he was
         born
   1465. I have never seen a forum for explaining aboriginal heritage and would love to see something like
         this happening in the shire
   1466. Please look at recommendation of David Kanaley in 2000 re communities
   1467. funding for library is specifically important to promote shared usage of resources, and to address
         access and equity issues, across the community
   1468. i found a brilliant set of resources online yesterday you may wish to visit of www.agorathinktank.org -
         brilliant material on local development, asset building, equity and more... community engagement
         and partnering strategies for cross-sector solutions to complex problems
   1469. Please address affordable housing issues. Please continue to provide community services eg early
         childhood services
   1470. Community housing with sustainable ethics
   1471. our government has no respect for aboriginal heritage, our council must
   1472. Libraries are vital to support communities
   1473. more collaboration with local training organisations eg TAFE in community based initiatives eg
         community gardens
   1474. Nursing homes and aged care is a priority for our future as population is ageing. New nurses need

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          training
   1475. too much land and focus has been placed on the aboriginal heritage issues and in the process
         funds, land and interests have been diverted from the wider community.
   1476. We need more affordable housing
   1477. Council cannot afford to provide social services - they can support through DAs and by-laws
   1478. council should lobby state and federal govt to seriously address the poor employment prospects in
         Byron shire. Also a 2am close for licenced venues
   1479. I would like to see money spent more for communities to do more themselves rather than just hand
         outs, I feel it would be better appreciated for all
   1480. We need exercise equipment in our parks and playgrounds, sports fields etc
   1481. Clean toilets and parks
   1482. Stop pursuing amendments to the LEP to enshrine things like the events policy. This is a waste of
         my rates
   1483. Where, in this shire, can a wheelchair bound person do recreational fishing in safety and comfort?
   1484. include traditional language on signage
   1485. Participation not just in volunteering but being able to make decisions collaboratively, deliberatively
         with council
   1486. Education for adults/TAFE/uni jobs for young local adults Attract big offices and institutions that are
         sustainable and provide jobs
   1487. Affordable housing for long-term locals Work ratio of locals to backpackers passing through so that
         residents are not put out of work by tourists
   1488. So give the aged, youth and low income citizens trains to get there
   1489. all members of a community need to have equal access to resources required for their wellbeing
         and to the community decision-making processes
   1490. Mental health and well being, a "higher" priority when choosing what services to support or develop.
   1491. Again would see councils role as a supporting one in partnership with interest groups
   1492. More affordable housing for people on low incomes! Aldi will be helpful - more affordable groceries
   1493. love more of aboriginal heritage - how can the community get involved? story telling sessions by
         elders?
   1494. Aboriginal Cultural Centre in middle of town to educate the general public
   1495. Affordable housing/accommodation needs to be championed by lifting restrictions on rental of
         studios/2nd dwellings on properties. These restrictions are hurting the community more than helping
         it
   1496. these are not local govt roles!
   1497. keep building, trades etc in the shire.
   1498. More programs for our youth and aboriginal component of our community eg employment, training
         programs
   1499. Byron Bay should have its own community garden. it brings community together and is good for
         many benefits.
   1500. Agree important but already in place in most instances
   1501. this is state govt job - council is at the very end of the delivery process
   1502. Support the things owned by the community eg Feros care, Byron aged care
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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1503. Most of these are already in place
   1504. Push to get new Byron-Mullum hospital up and running
   1505. Look at backyard cabin development: a deal with builder/architect/kit home for enviro/north coast
         approved buildings
   1506. rapid expansion and change can destroy society and culture before we are aware of it
   1507. less regulation and more resources! what happened to sculpture walk?
   1508. Affordable housing for all!
   1509. see attached appendix (5 pages)
   1510. Aboriginal community education centre in Byron bay - to educate Australians and international
         tourists etc - unique selling point to area and viable tourist edge
   1511. "equitable access" as a resident of the north of the shire I feel that equality does not exist. Byron Bay
         has the lion's share of resources and facilities
   1512. the tourists will keep coming, yes they spend in shops etc, what about the ratepayers, I pay the
         same as my son in the inner city
   1513. the council promotion campaigns often stress the beauty of the rural areas of the shire. Much of this
         land is maintained and improved by residents on larger land holdings. Council support (and
         acknowledgement) of this vital role would be appreciated.
   1514. We had a great library in Byron years ago, this silly council sold it! and moved it to a shoe box!
         where is our cultural and community arts centre??? Let the aboriginals create and run their own
         aboriginal and indigenous centres and programs. this is not the role of council.
   1515. We need encourage street art including music, murals and community cultural and artistic events.
         Please be a generous and sensible council instead of petty and bureaucratic.
   1516. I think this is already happening - I love it here for many reasons and that's one
   1517. Finding meaningful and sustainable ways to care for ourselves and each other is strongly related to
         environmental concerns
   1518. good to see regional sports centre being finalised and commencement of new Byron Library (at
         last!)
   1519. Community gardens, council to increase and respect awareness of community issues
   1520. It is concerning that you include local museums, heritage, arts and cultural development as
         important yet the Ocean Shores Roundhouse cultural, arts, museum etc proposal was treated as
         unimportant due to financial issues of council. council needs to respect communities and honour its
         own strategic plan
   1521. Leave healthcare and education to state/federal governments
   1522. Add - continuing activity to educate and enthuse council staff and all levels of the community with
         the defined sustainability ethos
   1523. Where community volunteers have achieved some measure of success council support of rangers is
         needed eg dune care. Sometimes this is out of 'normal' hours. Change hours
   1524. volunteering is up to the individual
   1525. A lot more to do
   1526. keep the birthing centre at Mullum hospital
   1527. Support and funding for the homeless and address the need for affordable housing in the shire
   1528. It is essential that affordable housing a major priority. The cultural essence of Byron is being lost as
         most of the population cannot afford to live close to Byron, let alone in it.

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1529. We should encourage industries which can increase employment rather then help individuals
   1530. More markets More access to aboriginal culture of the area
   1531. emphasis on the arts in the shire would be great
   1532. community does a good job of this without council. Concentrate on traffic and infrastructure
         minimising tourist impact
   1533. its great to see the fruition of the new library beginning to take hold. a long awaited resource, much
         needed for this community. Byron shire is so community minded, perhaps there could be community
         volunteer fairs where folks can learn about all the opportunities to get involved in areas that they are
         interested in ie wires, Ferros, schools etc
   1534. Mullumbimby Community Gardens are a wonderful example of well placed council support
   1535. Need more childhood amenities
   1536. Mayor Jan Barham should hold only one office - not two!
   1537. Love the Byron library and cultural building -- all encompassing
   1538. I agree with support of Aboriginal heritage totally BUT we also need to recognise our diverse
         population and their needs in a balance way without being one sided
   1539. Once again these are motherhood type statements. I disagree with multi-cultureless. The aboriginals
         here are not noticeably benefiting. I would like a policy in council of cosmopolitan with
         acknowledgement and respect for our first Australians but not encouraging their non-integration.
   1540. The visionary design and building of several retirement villages for the baby boomers - aged now
         between 65-75. Affordable and in consultation with this age group
   1541. People on long-term employment benefit should be encouraged to undertake skilled training and
         help in youth services and activities. Too many dole bludgers in Byron shire!
   1542. Most of these programs require volunteering. That is how the shire can help. We don't have the
         money to invest in programs.
   1543. These are not council responsibilities. Please stop trying to do everything
   1544. Let's face it there will never be affordable housing! nice dream.
   1545. State government responsibility. Get back to basics.
   1546. BSC must show greater commitment for the aged in the shire. The shire is not just for young people
         anymore.
   1547. Once the sports centre is finished, why don't they have the markets there every second month,
         especially during the rainy season
   1548. Again, very disappointed that the Ocean Shores roundhouse project didn't go ahead
   1549. Need to address safety issues - people need to feel safe yet Ocean Shores (greater) has no police
         station or presence - not does Brunswick/Mullum have permanent stations. All resources again at
         Byron so local kids are terrorizing areas and people do feel/are threatened by groups
   1550. to increase volunteer numbers after a discount on rates if people volunteer for 10 hours or more
   1551. House those people who camp/live in the Rotunda in the old council chambers - such an eyesore -
         not their faulty I'm sure - being in that situation - what about the empty Telstra building? - get funding
         and put them in there. Supervise no drugs and alcohol - getting very tired of being kept awake at
         night by their abusive, loud behaviour
   1552. Bring back seascape
   1553. reinvigorate community partnerships by leading action to establish interagency bodies such as
         WEBY. A vibrant community is critical for our future.
   1554. Aboriginal heritage as part of our cultural heritage. White fellas also have heritage which seems to
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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          be little understood with this council. I would like council to develop a heritage committee to forward
          heritage ideas which would culturally influence our urban fabric and urban design.
   1555. I don't think any one "heritage or cultural diversity" should be singled out. We are all to be respected
         and integrated.
   1556. The respect has to go both ways. I grew up in Byron Bay, went to school and learnt to swim in
         Tallow Creek back in 1940-50s.
   1557. I hope Byron does not lose it's uniqueness - emphasis should be placed on keeping Byron special,
         even with all the tourists
   1558. A strong commitment to develop affordable housing
   1559. Health services are at state level issue, so is housing. council needs to focus on infrastructure let
         state provide healthcare and housing
   1560. With an ageing population more support is going to be needed to the community groups who do a
         marvellous job with little funding to keep people in their own homes. Also funding for our youth
         centre to help young people reach their potential.
   1561. Please give more support to libraries
   1562. Early intervention is key - early childhood services are critical. Baby boomers like us don't need this
         support - the very young do.
   1563. Effective parenting seems to be the basis of forming a civil society. Support for parenting skills
         development for everyone - maybe through programs such as "positive parenting program" out of
         Uni of Qld - or similar.
   1564. With item (3) we are pushing a 'flat tyre'. there no the bottom of the tyre will ever get the support
         without removing the prejudice that exists or removing the bureaucratic financial skim off.
   1565. state government
   1566. I'm not aware of flourishing aboriginal communities here; not do I observe and experience a
         connectedness with and to, the general - often elitist - population
   1567. Very poor wheelchair access into stores - access equity issues.
   1568. healthcare - maintain Byron and Mullum hospitals. Look at specialising eg Mullum birthing unit,
         Byron something else with Tweed (John Flynn) being the regional centre
   1569. What is most noticeable in the shire is a subculture of people living in anything habitable and
         contributing very little towards a healthy community
   1570. less of a council responsibility
   1571. I feel everybody should volunteer. Council money needs to be spent on facilities not policy and
         plans.
   1572. community volunteering is an individual choice - we volunteers would like to see more people giving
         their time to assist others but we can't enforce. Attend to essential services, council, this isn't one of
         them in the overall scheme of things. It is individual responsibility.
   1573. Arts community is left to flounder own its own, very ad-hoc. disabled don't seem to exist, very little
         assistance and accessibility.
   1574. how are the disabled going to get to the new hospital when built?
   1575. I strongly disagree with community volunteering to maintain gardens. This is council's responsibility.
   1576. These issues are state level issues or are up to the individual, stick to mainstream council priorities
   1577. Start a scholarship and/or apprenticeship scheme for aboriginal students who show leadership!
   1578. Strive towards an equal opportunity for everyone - have the extreme groups at each end of the scale
         move towards the middle

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1579. Set aside land for new affordable public housing (medium density)
   1580. Where's our art gallery
   1581. I feel healthcare, education and housing are a state or federal issue and shouldn't come under the
         limited resources of council.
   1582. Strong need for affordable housing. Allow people to live in present housing even if there are
         compliance issues
   1583. as comments in all the above
   1584. I think free health care (inc dentistry) should be available to everyone
   1585. prioritise what's affordable
   1586. These three points all sound very Green Indeed and somewhere right of La La Land. Theoretically,
         the premises are excellent, but the cold hearted reality is, that some people in this shire are
         extremely wealthy and own most of the land and the businesses, whilst others are struggling. So
         what's new? Sounds like anywhere else in the world to me. Sure, we can devote hours to weeping
         and wailing about the inequality of life, but while we're doing that why not fix the potholes in the
         roads and in doing so maybe save a few young motor cyclists lives?
   1587. I agree we need to respect Aboriginal heritage but the overall percentage of their culture in our
         community must also be recognised. Let's not overcompensate.
   1588. Information access often overlooked particularly in relation to people with hearing impairment and/or
         poor literacy
   1589. health and educational services must be a priority. Families of children with health issues are
         leaving the shire as access is so limited and travel so expensive.
   1590. We need more employment in the area we should be able to subdivide our farm if we need to. We
         need flood free both Pocket Road and Billinudgel
   1591. The area (Byron Bay) is lacking in disability access to beach and swimming pool areas. there is no
         disabled toilets at The Pass. Byron Bay is also lacking a hydro pool which is necessary for
         rehabilitation and aged care services.
   1592. roads need work
   1593. Get a better hospital that can treat children as Mullum is useless
   1594. Minority groups should not have majority of effort wasted on them
   1595. community priority over business
   1596. Build a bypass so we can have access to hospital, healthcare and education
   1597. Not really Council's ambit
   1598. Respect the diversity of community living in Byron shire - this includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and
         transgendered people. It is not just a shire full of families. GLBT travel here too.
   1599. If equality is to exist harmoniously then indigenous and white population should have equal
         opportunity. We all have needs.
   1600. We look forward to the library opening! We would love for the pool to be solar heated so we can use
         it year round and so is usable by young children.
   1601. Ocean Shores needs more for the young people - youth activities such as Byron already has and
         sportsfields.
   1602. Youth centre in Mullumbimby
   1603. Support and need for affordable housing
   1604. More safe play areas including skate parks and toddler parks

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1605. Healthcare, education are shared between federal and state govts. They are already over-
         administered. We don't need another level of government involved. Housing is a similar scenario.
         Focus on processing new house construction applications more quickly would help with cheaper
         housing. Time is money.
   1606. Support and promote affordable housing, both urban and rural. Community services for kids, youth,
         indigenous etc. Start with stable affordable housing!
   1607. Council is involved in too many fringe issues. It should be more focussed on its core task of
         providing infrastructure and monitoring food and health standards.
   1608. Unfortunately the current global politics influences the amount of time available and public education
         to promote and pursue these.
   1609. The Shire needs improved aged care services and youth services. Also services dealing with drug
         and alcohol issues and mental health.
   1610. Smoke free courtesy chairs in shire
   1611. Ensure Ocean Shores/New Brighton/South Golden Beach remains a dog friendly area. Sufficient off-
         leash beach areas for dogs with environment and conservation issues taken into account.
   1612. Include older people in community and prevent isolation by "adopting a grandparent".
   1613. I'm worried that Byron shire is only for rich people - to maintain diversity we need affordable housing.
   1614. Most of this is covered by the state govt
   1615. Whole of life services and cultural diversity are the responsibility of state agencies. Local
         government is not the provider of services to these sectors, and should not divert resources to their
         delivery
   1616. Disability and aged - as well as affordable housing - I would like to see Council accept govt money
         for affordable housing and create housing on the two Council owned land in Station St,
         Mullumbimby.
   1617. More inclusion of mixed groups - more acceptance and compassion ie grow community awareness,
         pride and helping one another
   1618. Reward, support training and recognition for volunteers to encourage more of it.
   1619. Historical museum showcasing all of Byron Shire's history
   1620. Unable to volunteer due to high cost of living in this region ie rates, fuel, electricity etc
   1621. Community gardens - support/space?
   1622. Hospital with radiation available
   1623. Communities have access to point 1 now and we support them as needed
   1624. All the above noble aims are, in Byron Bay at lease, subverted by the town culture of ALCOHOL
         ABUSE. It wrecks everything. We need to do all we can to change that culture. Individual residents,
         council, police - together we can change this.
   1625. Does sound a bit like motherhood. Ok for Council to "support" these services but not over-invest in
         them directly.
   1626. A genuine core for the needs of existing communities should have precedence over the desire to
         bring in more and more day-trippers for the purpose of a handful of people making a killing without
         working for it.
   1627. Of course most people will agree with most of the statements here. What is now needed is a
         prioritised plan of action.
   1628. More affordable accommodation now!
   1629. Value local producers and alternate markets

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1630. health care, education etc - is this a local govt responsibility? plenty of other govts involved
   1631. Please shorten drinking hours. The world survived quite well (better!) when pubs shut at 10pm. Let's
         therefore try for midnight!
   1632. How about disability access? pavements, crossings awful for disabled
   1633. Do more for aged care
   1634. You can lead a horse to water BUT you can't make them drink
   1635. You are a local council, provide services which we need. Don't waste our money.
   1636. Byron Council should concentrate on getting basics like roads, traffic, rubbish removal right, then
         resources can be diverted to the areas shown above. I want my rates to be carefully applied to core
         council responsibilities.
   1637. All signage to incorporate indigenous nomenclature. Where possible recording/archiving local
         language sources in collaboration with SCU and National Parks & Wildlife
   1638. Education and health are not local government responsibilities
   1639. more support for the north of the shire is needed, especially for families and young people
   1640. Make more multi culti; bring in Iraqi afghan Sri Lankan refugees. More public housing ESP
         development at garage at Suffolk park
   1641. hard for local government to achieve
   1642. For volunteers there are no multipurpose facility in which to conduct fundraising (eg Kitchen
         facilities) Senior citizens centre, community centre, reserved for "those groups". Outside volunteers
         mainly only have access to uniting/Presbyterian churches who allow outside groups.
   1643. Diversity and difference must be accommodated if we are to develop as a community.
   1644. Again these do not appear to be the responsibility of local government
   1645. All aspects of community life are in need and will more so in the coming years. And, due to the low
         populations numbers, but with a high ration of need for support and services for different stage of life
         groups, this especially makes an important aspect in terms of council planning, community
         involvement and big-picture planning.
   1646. Council has an opportunity to provide leadership on the issues that affect our community,
         particularly in bringing groups together to work on issues affecting sectors of the population. This is
         not currently happening. The community service section is grossly under funded and this translates
         into a LACK of support for community groups operating in Byron Shire and providing 95% of social
         services. Developing effective partnerships with community service organisations should be a key
         priority for council. Encouraging volunteering is important but not a key role for council.
   1647. Again I would comment that my understanding is that health care, education and housing are not
         local government functions and while council may be involved is assisting and facilitating some
         things in these areas BSC should leave it to state and federal government and get on with the core
         functions relating to community infrastructure outlined in *1.
   1648. Also maintain commitment to artistic talent, attracting local and international artists
   1649. Again the Round House site!!!!!!!!!
   1650. Council cant possibly be responsible for everything.
   1651. Byron Shire Art gallery would be great, More emphasis on employment through arts and cultural
         development.
   1652. You have not defined what 'equitable access to an appropriate range..." means. It is therefore not
         possible to give a meaningful answer to that question. If you mean making relatively high density
         relatively low cost housing available then no, I don't agree that this should be a priority.
   1653. Opportunities to have an arm of the Conservatorium of Music of Lismore in the bay area. Have
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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          TAFE and develop Southern Cross University presence in the Byron Shire.
   1654. YAC support. Less alcohol focused events, more events at Red Devil, small cultural ones.
   1655. More influenced by state and national policy. Core business is effective local services.
   1656. Legalise the bazillions of rented caravans and sheds and cabins in the area. The locals will do it
         anyway in order to afford their mortgage repayments, people will rent them in order to afford rent in
         this area. They aren't going away, and actually are quite reflective of a nice part of our culture here.
         There are more important things to worry about, like affordable housing. Oh wait, this is an
         affordable housing solution...If homeowners need not worry about fines, we'd see more of these
         cabins on suburban blocks. I don't have a problem with that, it creates more communal, affordable
         living.
   1657. I'm starting to feel honoured to be a part of this (future) community. If all of these outcomes can be
         met to at least some degree, we will all be living in the best Shire on the planet! (Maybe we are
         already?)
   1658. Maintain existing child and family services; direct resources equitably to northern end of shire.
   1659. After school care? where? before school? schools (so public) start at 9:15
   1660. Accessibility includes provision of public transport which runs to a useful timetable to assist people
         to get to work/study/play.
   1661. Believe that many of the social services are the responsibility of state and federal governments.
   1662. I believe too much emphasis is being put on Aboriginal demands. Surely we are all Australian first,
         whether or not we are Aboriginal does not come into the basis of what we need as a society. It is
         one for all and all for one. This is where too much money gets fielded into a culture that is Australian
         and no separation should be allowed. I am not being racial when I say this.
   1663. Plan for an ageing community. Help young people to find ongoing work and appropriate training so
         they can acquire meaningful ongoing work.
   1664. Services provided must be free/affordable - few community groups can afford commercial rental
         costs for community buildings, or use of public land.
   1665. Local councils should not be in the business of Human Service provision - this is State Govt
         responsibility.
   1666. We are homeschoolers and would love to have a space we could share weekly (with other
         homeschoolers) that was amenable to us - like a learning space at Mullum library or council - to
         build a co-op for volunteers and mentors in the community to teach/help young kids. A bit like ACE
         for kids.
   1667. The first point needs to apply to all members of our community from all demographics. (Support
         communities to achieve equitable access to an appropriate range and level of whole of life services
         such as health care, education and housing.)
   1668. More long day care child care centres needed. Support continuation of Byron Ballina family day
         care. Offer scholarships for undergraduates at southern cross university Public high school for
         Brunswick or ocean shores Approve subdivision of 100ac rural properties into 4 lots Overnight
         homeless shelter in Mullumbimby
   1669. If the council can encourage people to endorse it they will be way better off. The trouble is many
         people in the shire have the opinion that council is the enemy rather than their friend. They are not
         all malcontents, but ordinary people who have seen the hard hand of council and do not like it.
   1670. It is also important that Council provides a link to Shire based groups such as in Community
         Services and business, as a facilitator. This will ensure that there is some governance applied to
         these sectors and strategy and leadership.
   1671. Northern Byron Shire requires a centre & programs for the arts, cultural & heritage.
   1672. More aboriginal indigenous culture education.

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
   1673. Youth issues and youth event please
   1674. Social role of council is critical in Byron Shire
   1675. Again Byron is quite unique as a Coastal tourist destination with a viable indigenous heritage - an
         opportunity to integrate and educate Australians and others
   1676. Aboriginal culture and their true values are exactly where we need to be heading as a planet ! To
         integrate their wisdoms, sustainability methods ad create programs in areas that are truly 'off grid'
         will be the best way to gain a deeper respect for and a more thorough understanding of better ways
         to bridge both worlds with the same vision of saving the planet, reducing consumerism and
         educating the children on how they need to live in the future, which is currently NOT ENOUGH of
         what we are teaching in our education systems ! If we continue on the same path, with the same
         ignorance of what consumerism, the economy, importing and exporting is doing to our planet, what
         GM foods, preservatives and processed foods are doing to our genetic coding and health, then we
         are without a doubt on a fast track program towards human extinction.
   1677. Arts and Community development is vitally important to make us 'different', but efforts should be
         directed at developing a self-sustaining economic base in the Arts and Creative industries. The 3
         points listed above are way too general, they could be any bland area of Australia - they do not
         seem to be at all connected to the conclusion below about 'resilient, creative and active communities
         with a strong sense of local identity and place' - now that's vitally important.
   1678. Respect, integration and understanding of all cultures and religions, not just aboriginal
   1679. The second point is unclear so I cannot comment.
   1680. We need a regularly updated publication that lists volunteer opportunities, and particularly now that
         the baby boomers are poised to retire.
   1681. We have a serious issue with our youth in this area. We need to start creating space for the youth
         and junior youth to be able to express themselves through service and in the arena of giving. This
         way they learn more about themselves and can channel their energies in a way that feeds
         community life. I have been working with an international program called the "Junior Youth Spiritual
         Empowerment Program." This program is designed for the ages between 12-15 and a 15+ normally
         facilitates the group. They focus their discussion on provided quotes such as "Let you're heart burn
         with loving kindness for all who may cross your path." I would be happy to provide more information
         to the council to see if it is something that could be used in our shire.
   1682. An integration of different communities and individuals throughout the Byron Shire, enabling all
         members to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of their shared and differing cultural
         backgrounds, beliefs and aspirations.
   1683. Begin a process of moving away from the drug culture that the shire has a reputation for. Campaign
         towards healthy, drug free (including dope), sustainable lifestyle.
   1684. Extremely important for social & cultural respect of all peoples
   1685. What services is it that Council can claim it has been directly responsible for fostering, encouraging,
         assisting, supporting or providing? Most services that exist do so largely despite Council. Few health
         care, school, aged care or housing projects would see any success that they have achieved
         attributaqble in any positive way to Council. Most complain about Council's failure to properly deal
         with any applications that they do make, see the time taken to address their requests as lengthy, the
         information gathering or support from Council as inadequate, and the deliberation and outcome a
         further frustration rather than a community support. Housing has been a classical demonstration of
         the interminable lip service to the concepts - yet not a single meaningful project has yet been
         achieved in a practical or timely way. The consultation has been exhaustive to the point of tedium,
         and still not a positive result - other than the possible development of multiple occupancies into
         community titles; and then after such delays, and at after such costs that most of the owners have
         built illegal dwellings simply because they could not wait any longer... Volunteering is almost
         universally driven by the respective organizations - and few would credit Council with any
         constructive role in either fostering or facilitating volunteerism. Understanding of aboriginal culture is
         very important to any society - but our local outcome of an ILUA the terms of which have never been

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   community arts and cultural development, early childhood services, after school and vacation care,
   Aboriginal and Indigenous programs, youth services and activities, aged, disability and access,
   libraries, local museums and heritage.
   Is there anything else you would like to share? Please list.
          disclosed to the whole community speaks volumes for the Council's approach. It beggars belief that
          such an important outcome could not and has never been disclosed to the whole community.
          instead of creating integration, respect and understanding, it fostered mistrust, questionable
          process, lack of transparency and secret outcomes - all of which divide the community not unite it.
          Many rate payers would dearly love to see the Council as a beacon of these goals and a key force
          in facilitating such things - but even where communities actually raise the vast majority of the
          requisite funds to achieve such facilities - still they are frustrated by Councils inaction (eg Bangalow
          Swimming Pool/ playing fields for virtually any major centre in the shire/ community health services/
          community education facilities. Council has failed to develop and grow the range of supportive
          options and programs that could have enabled it to be a key player for its community - instead it is
          relegated to reactive problem solving after the event - often too little too late; instead of being a
          strong co coordinating force to identify facilitate and lead in such areas. The principles and concepts
          are laudable - but the delivery of outcomes and the measurement of the success of its role in
          leading in these important areas is missing apart from the dialogue
   1686. efforts in all these areas will be most fruitful and productive if all stakeholders involved have ways of
         participation and input.
   1687. I think Byron should be as social and cultural as possible
   1688. Not really pretty happy




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7.5    Corporate Management


A number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include financial management and
governance, human resources, legal services, animal registration and education, dogs on and off
leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food safety inspections,
parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer service.

   1. Effective governance, business, project and financial management.


   2. Informed and engaged community.


   3. Effective partnerships with all levels of government.


   4. Community compliance with statutory requirements.



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Corporate Management - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
financial management and governance, human resources, legal services, animal registration and
education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1689. Off leash areas and beaches preserved.
   1690. Depends. Good rules, bad rules. Legal services abused! Overused! etc etc
   1691. Act in accordance with community needs including small business, aged persons, investors and
         tourists.
   1692. should of already been doing this.
   1693. Love. Be happy.
   1694. Refer to question 1
   1695. Heated pool pretty pretty pretty please.
   1696. Isn't the first expected and indeed required?! Should not "community" be informed/engaged at all
         levels of Government in a democracy?! Isn’t the third self answering in an "effective governance etc"
         section. The fourth is surely a feature of all civil societies! If statutory requirements are seen as
         "wrong" act politically!
   1697. Go into high schools and educate the young adults about a lot of these things so they feel part of the
         whole.
   1698. Even the grammar is wrong - i.e. "agree" or "disagree" with what? No argument has been put. Let's
         hope this silliness represents the lowest level of intellect ever displayed by our Council.
   1699. Option D - depends on the fairness and utility of the requirements
   1700. All honest community minded council would be great
   1701. Statutory requirement should respect and comply with diverse communities
   1702. Reassessment of statutory requirements to ensure community friendly
   1703. Share more information about potential flooding in Mullum and surrounding areas
   1704. Fix the roads
   1705. BS needs better financial planning and management - no$$, no roads and no development and no
         tourism = even less $$
   1706. to raise finance, sell all caravan parks belonging to council as camper vans of trashpackers are not
         using them. Beach and back streets should be policed by our rangers
   1707. It is impossible to segregate ranking of some corporate management as many of these are
         outcomes of minor community complaint and compliance/disagree with while too many are forced on
         us by council or state or federal govts
   1708. When people get ripped off by management, people will rip off management. Fees and charges
         have got to a point by all forms of government that all cannot be paid
   1709. I would like to see the annual council projected budget published each financial year setting out their
         projected expenditure in the shire
   1710. speedy and rational decision making needed. the council has a reputation for delay and
         procrastination and negative decisions when a compromise would be better for the shire
   1711. At times the governance of compliance overshadows the intent of the compliance. The intent needs
         to be more clear, governance may not then be so autocratic
   1712. I don't think the council works very well with community groups. When community groups have
         asked for help or have offered to do something for the community, the council has fobbed them off,
         sent it to a sub committee that never met, or just said no
   1713. expert financial advice community panel of proven exceptional business people (no would-bees)
         must show proof of experience and success

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Corporate Management - a number of key Council services occur under this theme. They include
financial management and governance, human resources, legal services, animal registration and
education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1714. Make Brunswick heads beach longer for dogs off leash
   1715. when this is sensible and understandable. some flexibility and ability to deal with those who have
         differences which are valid would be a good way to keep community engaged
   1716. I think there is a lot of power/power abuse potential in how we enforce statutory requirements. I think
         it is very important that the right kind of people are in these kinds of jobs.
   1717. No West Byron
   1718. I believe the current council management structure has some significant issues dating back many
         years. I believe these issues need to be addressed for council to be seen as progressive, forward
         thinking and viable for the future
   1719. get serious about enforcing compliance in the north of the shire instead of the Byron centre
         approach which focuses on issues in Byron Bay Rangers spend an inordinate amount of time
         issuing parking fines BB whilst dogs run rampant in SGB and NB
   1720. consultation must be genuine - not tick the box, transparency is essential - ratepayers need to
         TRUST council. Enforce alcohol free zones and patron numbers, fire regulation
   1721. Please allow us responsible dog owners to have off leash area's protected. All irresponsible owners
         should not ruin it for the majority who do the right thing
   1722. How about doing something about the people riding around the Byron shire without helmets and
         skateboards all over the roads. these are the things I am most concerned about
   1723. Important to keep caravans parks available for public use and not as expensive "holiday cabins"
   1724. More sheltered seating at Mullumbimby Pool and shading for the pool (health initiative) and
         promotion
   1725. enhanced relationships and development of/with local business
   1726. Less legal action that wastes $ more open honest communication and decision making!
   1727. Where in any of the above do dog on and off leash areas fall?
   1728. there is no point engaging the community. it seems we elected the elected to make decisions for us.
         why do we have to treat them with mistrust. let the elected govern. if we don't like their decisions,
         don't vote for them again
   1729. Community compliance must be congruous with council efficiency (and intelligence!)
   1730. More rangers to police non compliant dog owners
   1731. parking in Byron for locals should be provided with coupons allocated per week. Dogs and wildlife is
         a serious issue (rare birds and loose dogs)
   1732. Keep our water table clean by opposing CSG mining
   1733. Stop CSG!
   1734. Have mentioned previously about off leash area
   1735. it depends on what the statutory requirements are
   1736. Statutory requirements need to change to encourage truly sustainable/affordable agricultural rural
         communities
   1737. currently part of a group investigate feasibility for a Bendigo Community Bank branch in Byron shire -
         this model splits profits 50/50 with the community who then have financial resources to feedback into
         community projects - would like to see council matching $ earned
   1738. less middle management levels - more 'grass roots' workers less policing eg rural landholders
         providing affordable housing Please cut the 'red tape' - a lot of community frustration with council -
         long and complicated and expensive processes eg DA approvals

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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1739. Increased control due to globalisation and big business is not what we need in the shire, it destroys
         community
   1740. Please lobby state government to reinstate rail lines and passenger transport to Gold Coast and to
         Sydney
   1741. Better communication with compliance issues
   1742. If council could be as efficient with money as community non-profit organisations are, it would free
         up a lot of money for other things. staff contracts should be subject to adequate performance
   1743. We need a creative, open minded analysis and assessment of whether existing statutory
         requirements serve or hinder all these priorities - many do not serve us eg affordable
         housing/community, transport (hitching is illegal!), restrictive food standards etc
   1744. I feel that too much money is lost in planning and administration when other services are needy.
         greater controls and audits on bureaucratic services are needed
   1745. If Byron shire would stop fighting development and wasting our money on court cases, we would be
         better off
   1746. Customer service in this area is very very poor. there needs to be more effective control of people
         not complying with council rules eg dogs off leads, young teenagers riding unregistered motor bikes
         on roads in built up areas etc etc etc
   1747. We are pleased to see off-leash area has been extended north. This not only a social best beneficial
         exercise for both dog and owner and also helps the nature reserve
   1748. residents should be limited to one dog per property. Noise laws should be more strictly enforced
   1749. I’d like to see more money spent in all towns in the area not just Byron Bay, apart from a small
         section of Rajah Rd resealed, nothing has been done in OS since it was built
   1750. Accountability of all levels of staff to the ratepayers
   1751. transparency
   1752. is the council capable of efficient and competent governance - no. this council is out of touch with the
         community and has lost sight of the principals of local council governance in supporting community
         aims
   1753. There should be more parking areas. I don't mean in CBD - say the west side of town and Butler
         Street reserve. And more public transport. Not just Byron Bay. All Byron Shire area
   1754. Effective partnerships - this is a very pressing need. Council must attract more financial investment
         by state and federal governments
   1755. Allow local govt to define the decisions that affect the local community especially where
         development is concerned
   1756. Don't lose any more funds on the stock market. Invest this money into community projects. less time
         in court, less reports on reports on studies on studies...
   1757. Recognition that dogs and other companion animals enhance quality of life. Stop reducing exercise
         areas!
   1758. Be pro business - accommodate for tourism, welcome our guests
   1759. consistency, application to enact actions to be done eg councillors directions complied with quickly
   1760. what a joke
   1761. Decisions are most ethical and effective when made by those directly involved in the outcomes.
         Statutory regulations must be subservient to common and natural law; people have an obligation not
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financial management and governance, human resources, legal services, animal registration and
education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1762. Better financial management
   1763. Waste management, put the dog police at the tip and fine people who don't cover their load, they
         make more mess than dogs. Also instead of curb side pick up have two weeks of open tip and save
         money collecting.
   1764. I noticed that every single time money is spent to "improve" carparks instead we loose carparks and
         have to pay on top of that. changing the direction of the parking in Byron was the most stupid move
         Council did last year. We lost so many car park spaces, when instead we constantly need more
   1765. Greater legal/regulatory acceptance of compost toileting and grey water usage - standards that are
         acceptable - council compliance yet council should be promoting
   1766. Development on a ruling of cats being restricted/restrained - not wandering and killing wildlife
   1767. Professional progressive and purposeful management of council with accountability may benefit the
         shire outside of Byron bay
   1768. Stop harassing people in so called illegal "dwellings" which are fulfilling a basic need of human right
         for shelter yet turn blind eye to the proliferation of beer baron liquor dispensing outlets in Byron
   1769. a government returning a greater share of the GST to local tourist communities for local council to
         maintain and develop facilities eg Woolworths the business and most profitable should see 5% of
         their GST contribution stay in the shire
   1770. I doubt current council's ability to deliver these
   1771. More involvement with community members in local legislating
   1772. these requirements should include the problem of illegal holiday lettings
   1773. Local government financial management and accountability, including transparency cannot be over
         emphasised. Waste in the current economic climate is unacceptable
   1774. Compliance - sometimes the rules need to be changed
   1775. Encourage councillors to understand governance!
   1776. Evaluate what stat requirements are important and evaluate cost of measuring/enforcing re value to
         community = $ value, social value
   1777. corporate management should not, within reason, inhibit basic human rights to food and affordable
         shelter
   1778. Council's staff happiness will flow down to all who have to 'deal' with council
   1779. There needs to be some relaxation on owner building regulations for outlying area dwellers.
         Integrate environmental planning practices into compliance requirements
   1780. see attached appendix (5 pages)
   1781. "statutory requirements" need to be realistic and flexible. there is a big brother attitude at council
   1782. the restrictions to dog owners is unreasonable considering the damage 4wds do to the beaches
         including destruction of habitat, all 4wds should be banned plus trail bikes in the bush areas
   1783. Community compliance seems to be lacking in the shire. More follow up on seemingly illegal
         practices eg tourist premises would be good
   1784. I would like to see the council issue a set of accounts which can be understood by the average
         ratepayer and resident. The 2010/11 accounts are "clouded" by substantial asset revaluations. the
         average ratepayer/resident would not understand this without an accounting degree.
   1785. Inspections of non DA and DA approved developments carried out by council inspectors - with
         greater diligence and openness. neighbours shouldn't have to suffer hidden bad release of storm
         water and run-off onto their properties!

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financial management and governance, human resources, legal services, animal registration and
education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1786. Parking fines are big business for this council but it should be collecting its own fines - not using a
         Sydney based infringement bureau, thus loosing a major percentage of those fines!
   1787. I think the residents car parking stickers should go back to being free. This is our home town - yes,
         we want tourism, tourists are welcome but don't make it difficult for rate payers and residents to park
         in their own town.
   1788. More parking and toilets
   1789. Community compliance - if a requirement is out-dated or not fully serving its purpose, council must
         be willing to revisit this and make necessary changes/updates if it can
   1790. Accountability and transparency
   1791. If the council needs to raise more revenue, how about the rangers fining all the tourists sleeping free
         in their vans - a fortune awaits a 6am visit by a ranger to all the Tallows Beach car parks
   1792. Council wastes money on reports and council works. More services could be contracted out,
         particularly road construction and maintenance
   1793. Council to spend a little less time day dreaming, a little more actually doing what is already on the
         books, including council resolutions
   1794. paid parking will not help tourism in Byron Bay. Maybe in parking areas indicated on attached map
         with locals paying $25 annually for a parking sticker
   1795. A council understanding of animals, particularly dogs as an important part played in the cultural and
         social support for the young and old people
   1796. If public toilets/showers etc come under this management then I would like to see amenities
         maintained and cleaned in accordance with reasonable health standards. This includes adequate
         lighting/natural light, perhaps solar assisted.
   1797. council needs to be consistent in regard to compliance (ie ensure council enforces compliance at
         community gardens)
   1798. add "sustainable" to the heading and all management actions and measurements - ie "sustainable
         corporate management"
   1799. Basic health and safety issues for locals have regular progress reports published eg public toilets at
         Suffolk Park brought up to standard, health requirements Access alternative to beachside Suffolk
   1800. There is a huge improvement needed in this area
   1801. We have been let down badly, when local issues are decided on at a state or federal level and big
         business and money seem to talk. Not too many wins for us locals
   1802. not enough info on community compliance
   1803. Sustainability of present council is key issue, should we amalgamate?
   1804. Try to avoid so many court costs/payouts - choose your battles wisely
   1805. forget the parking fines - just get rid of tourists and there will be plenty of parking for us who live
         here, whose home it is
   1806. All of these outcomes should be followed already!!
   1807. A long term vision and provide community facilities as well as making it attractive to visitors
   1808. Housing.
   1809. Regulations should be a guide - each situation is different and there should be room for negotiation
   1810. More effective police visibility
   1811. Faster action by council No dogs on beach in built up areas (faeces and rushing at children)

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financial management and governance, human resources, legal services, animal registration and
education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1812. efficient management of finances/resources is the top priority - our rates are expensive and we want
         the money used wisely please
   1813. Certain outdated statutory requirements need identifying and either updated or abolished.
         Community input would help identify appropriate areas.
   1814. Council should do whatever possible to help keep the caravan parks accessible to locals and
         families no just for people with money ie Brunswick heads. It is an Aussie past time to be able to
         take a family holiday by the sea, let's keep it this way the shire.
   1815. Not sure what the last point means
   1816. Limit the access dogs have to public areas including parks, beaches and coffee shops. There is little
         compliance to this and other statutory requirements.
   1817. if caravan parks in Brunswick Heads are having issues with their own security, maybe they need to
         fence their property instead of claiming the foreshores
   1818. Don't agree with parking tickets to residents
   1819. Many statutory requirements need creative review to make sure they support rather than obstruct
         today's priorities. Those that do not should not be enforced.
   1820. do not understand why you don't have a law requiring domestic animals to be kept indoors
         overnight. Even if it can't be policed, it raises awareness.
   1821. I don't like the idea of paying for my parking sticker
   1822. don't get residents near Myocum Tip off-side. Keep them informed. Bring back mulching of green
         waste during working hours only not Sundays
   1823. That decisions are made more smartly, less costly to the community, so that all can move forward to
         focus and follow plans implemented - in other words a more cohesive and strong leadership qualities
         to continue to gain the confidence within leadership in community
   1824. Object strongly to any reduction of dog walking areas. Humans and their dogs (it is a healthy human
         who owns a dog for mental and physical stimulation) need exercise areas!
   1825. I agree with all of the above BUT we, the community, NEED to be well informed and part of the
         decision making process
   1826. Oh Dear - What’s not to agree with? These statements are so motherhood they become
         meaningless. I'd like more dog-friendly areas, more "off leash" areas; a "bike helmet optional" policy
         ; more action to stop illegal/informal camping in bush and streets.
   1827. The last point need clarification!
   1828. This is the most important subject. I have seen very little vision or management from council.
         Queenstown NZ has tourist, but also a clean beautiful town well managed.
   1829. mutual respect and effective collaboration between council, council management and the council
         workforces
   1830. Don't have much understanding in these areas
   1831. Stick to roads, gutters, garbage, water and sewerage. Shift homeless from park to old Telstra depot
         site.
   1832. Can't believe you wasted money sending this form out when its what you are paid to do
   1833. yes! sometimes things are over governed or ruled. people must have some responsibility for their
         own safety and actions, we are too cocooned.
   1834. Legal actions are costly, time consuming as often only benefit the legal teams. Mediation more
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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1835. Spend more time and money on real issues instead of listening to the non ratepayers of the area
   1836. Animal education to newcomers re ticks and not leaving dogs (or other animals locked in cars!).
         Fines for owners allowing their dogs to wander and heavy fines for dogs left in cars! Ban smoking on
         beaches!
   1837. More power to stop CSG companies poisoning and destroying the natural world in Byron shire. I am
         currently applying for a DA and it seems a waste of time and unfair to me that I have to do all this
         paperwork and the CSG companies underwrite their own rules and they don't play the same game I
         have to play
   1838. Waste of paper. Nothing has changed in 26 years. You all have it too good. Corporate management
         should be more accountable.
   1839. Council must also enforce laws - roads, holiday lettings, noise levels, dog issues - nothing will
         improve if continual law breaking occurs - as it does
   1840. work with Lands Dept to move out campers in "Sandhill Estate Provide parking coupons for
         residents
   1841. sort out camping on Belongil Beach in the summer always tents there and never seem to get moved
         on
   1842. Do not try and change our community markets - we do not want Parklea markets in Byron Bay
   1843. Crackdown on illegal multiple occupancies, holiday lets and make owners receiving monies from all
         properties log a ABN with council. Also accountability for noisy occupants.
   1844. perhaps council could be a little more flexible with homeowners who want only to improve/upgrade
         their own home
   1845. There should be less restrictions on the availability of unused rural lands. there is no need for
         sewerage systems or electricity or water connections.
   1846. Think local parking stickers should be free for local residents/ratepayers
   1847. use roundhouse area for old aged home - none in this area
   1848. a priority to get of holiday letting in residential areas
   1849. sorry I do not know enough about corporate management to comment. however communicating with
         council appears very litigious
   1850. by heating the swimming pool at Byron you would encourage all year round use - a wonderful form
         of exercise
   1851. Need to balance governance/regulation wide need to innovate and personal responsibility. We
         should not attempt to protect people from all risks. We need to support responsible risk-taking.
   1852. Tourist compliance!!
   1853. Keeping parts of Byron free of paid parking would benefit all businesses
   1854. Less bureaucracy please, less signs/penalties. Why is my street littered with signs eg alcohol free
         zone - I don't even drink!
   1855. Council is too much under the influence of remote State government edicts. Where is good,
         affordable housing - too many people in sheds, too many landlords not paying tax
   1856. cheap parking for campervans 24hrs and toilet facilities so they do not clog beach parking
   1857. council should use whatever compliance authority within their means to curb those unapproved
         activities as reported in recent local press reports.
   1858. No holiday letting in non-approved areas
   1859. Too much red tape - affordable housing means utilising land for all types of housing as long as its

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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
           environmentally friendly
   1860. The council is broke and effective financial management should be a priority
   1861. these are mainstream council responsibilities
   1862. Make sure that budgets are made for public viewing
   1863. I feel that we are completely over governed and between council, state and federal governing we
         have lost our rights on so many levels. Please try and keep it simple and not engage in knee jerk
         reactions but look at the big picture for our communities and children's future.
   1864. Get dogs off the beaches altogether! Address the danger problem of women with babies/toddlers
         riding bicycles without helmets!
   1865. Reduce the council waste of money such as fighting every matter in the Land & Environment Court.
         No one wins.
   1866. Get rid of illegal holiday letting. priority is re-establishing the community, a sense of place, pride in
         the area
   1867. Better beach facilities
   1868. Stop wasting our rates on no win court cases. How many millions?
   1869. Far too much red tape and compliance paperwork to get anything done around here and possibly
         everywhere. Far too many small groups who have nothing else to do with their time agitate for their
         own special interests while the silent working majority just get on with living which becomes very
         difficult with all these compliance issues.
   1870. as all above
   1871. Dogs were on a non-dog beach today. dog owners irresponsible in cleaning up after dogs. Dogs
         barking whilst owners out of property
   1872. We need better communication between management and the community, and far more
         consultation with locals
   1873. Community compliance with statutory requirements means council needs to enforce its own rules,
         especially where holiday letting in residential areas concerned.
   1874. Too many don't follow the rules. Zero tolerance. Get rid of inappropriate regulations. The same rules
         to all councils in Australia.
   1875. Better management and allocation of funds
   1876. Oh what lovely dreams are these four desired community outcomes! Sadly, it just ain't going to
         happen is it? Community compliance with statutory requirements? People do what they like in Byron,
         van packers park where they like, there are two permanently in the Mitre 10 car park at present. No
         one respects the rate-payers in this town, no-one listens to us, of course we would be a more
         engaged community if we thought it would do any good, but what's the point?. Does anyone in
         council know what's going on with the new sports centre adjacent to the Arts and Industries Estate?
         How about two tenders submitted for the concrete foundation work? I'll gladly look into it for you if
         you like and fle a report.
   1877. I think the problem with the employees as BSC is they do not understand that they are public
         servants and their sole purpose is to serve the ratepayers of Byron shire.
   1878. Prevention of vandalism requires more vigilance eg destruction of newly-planted fruit trees near
         Helen St bridge
   1879. there is poor management execution and defence to blame someone else. We need effective
         leadership to preserve this wonderful place.
   1880. More accountability of councillors and council staff

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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
   1881. Dogs should not be allowed out of their homes without a leash. I find, dogs without someone
         controlling them are running loose outside council hours.
   1882. I would like to be able to build and rent any number of buildings
   1883. do something about the homeless in Mullumbimby in the park. It looks terrible - help them find
         somewhere to live.
   1884. A soft approach to supporting compliance for rural based - secondary and multiple housing.
   1885. Ensure that decisions made by local council can not be overridden by state gov.
   1886. Dismayed by drunken people continuously occupying the main bus stop in Jonson St. Smoking and
         drinking on Council own land - illegal? A bad sight for visitors - I'm ashamed it's allowed.
   1887. Council should start by enforcing holiday letting prohibition in residential zones
   1888. Build a bypass which engages the desires of the community and stop holiday rentals within
         residential areas
   1889. Satisfactory outcome at New Brighton dog walking beach
   1890. Council should not be gambling valuable funds on speculative investments such as the stock market
   1891. ensure that 'loopholes' to non-compliance are recognised and eliminated.
   1892. yes let's audit the whole Byron Council process, as they keep saying "we're broke". While this most
         stunning area continues to crumble in decay.
   1893. Change is overdue. consider tenure/terms. Also it is greed to charge locals for parking.
   1894. I think the dog area on Brunswick Heads Beach is too small and I don't even have a dog!
   1895. Council's financial and economic decisions don't always appear to be in the community's best
         interests. I believe it's important to look after the people that pay for council to exist (ratepayers) -
         and focus less on the developers and the travellers.
   1896. With such a diverse community it must be sometimes difficult to maintain neutrality. Added to this
         with such a small rate base the Council is burdened with added financial pressure so well done
         under difficult circumstances.
   1897. There needs to be more policing of dogs off leads. there are dangerous breeds off leads in Suffolk
         park and children playing - not a good mix!
   1898. it'd be good to have more consultation with all the communities of the Shire BEFORE any decisions
         are made by Council
   1899. A mayor who is concerned for a future as a Shire.
   1900. Street dogs remain a problem or I should say the owners of street dogs are a unthinking lot. their
         dogs roam wherever they like fowling lawns etc. Not nice when mowing! More education of owners,
         not the dogs, and policing could be implemented.
   1901. Transparency is key
   1902. the importance of keeping animal owners accountable
   1903. Previous contention with the State has to be increased for growth of free will, work and creativity -
         our abilities.
   1904. complete transparency by council please
   1905. Engage the services of an independent financial advisor eg separate from Council staff and the
         financial institution doing the lending/investing activities for Council so that BSC does not end up
         with set of circumstances where it invested in risky debt vehicles.
   1906. Compliance must be absolute, not selective eg holiday lets. Some statutory requirements are absurd

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safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
           and do NOT meet community needs (eg rural housing)
   1907. Need for a light hand that doesn't create perverse outcomes. An example is compliance measures
         related to current non approved rural residential is pushing young, poor and less able people out of
         area. It also often applies narrow regulations rather then performance tests.
   1908. Time much of councils resources are wasted on over engagement with the community. Just fix the
         potholes!
   1909. As less political discussion as possible but more efficient concrete local actions
   1910. Rangers are doing a fantastic job. Compliance should be a high priority, especially parking and
         illegal camping. Also a good way to raise revenue through issue of infringement notices.
   1911. Obviously there is a perceived? gap between the "Shire management and staff" and the "elected
         councillors" ideologies and work ethics that needs attention to resolve.
   1912. The effective management and operational activities of the council (not the politicians) is critical
   1913. Better enforcement of council by-laws can pay for itself and is a good source of revenue. It can also
         create jobs. Resources will continue to be scarce, so effective project management is essential to
         ensure that council funds are spent effectively and value for money is obtained. Consider sharing of
         resources with adjoining councils to save costs
   1914. A move to sovereign and local governance please!
   1915. In regard to animal services - dog owners responsibility to pick up their dog shit should be more
         enforced.
   1916. Excessive involvement in these items can impact negatively and could lead to a nanny state
         situation or a George Orwell 1984 outcome.
   1917. A query. Why are these included in a community attitude survey? Effective governance and fiscal
         management and compliance with statutory requirements are required by statute, and, since a range
         of State and federally-funded services are delivered into the Shire, effective partnerships should be
         expected business tools.
   1918. Well run, Council-managed caravan parks for affordable housing in Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores
         areas - could be based on American Trailer Parks
   1919. Ethical business decisions that are for long term gain of land and people
   1920. Communication in "plain English" a pre-requisite
   1921. Roads - access out of Suffolk Park - one road only (Clifford St) at present Another entry road into
         Byron Bay or park & bus/walk
   1922. I'm only ticking these because I feel I have to!
   1923. How could I not agree - you have not asked the crucial questions: what are my choices (me being
         the collective ratepayers)?
   1924. Allow more freedom on rural land - stop harassing people etc
   1925. Why get the community off-site by charging locals for parking instead of tourists? There's a general
         feeling in the community that Council doesn't listen to community feedback but just goes ahead and
         does what Council wants. The Council needs to respond to community and not simply look for easy
         dollars.
   1926. Emphasis on "doing" rather than "policing"
   1927. I would like to walk my dog from Sunrise where I live into town along the beach. I am happy to have
         her on a lead in certain areas to protect wildlife, but we are not allowed to. Occasionally, I like to fish
         off the beach, and have a cold beer at the same time. I am able to enjoy a beer without becoming
         antisocial but I am not allowed to because Alcohol Exclusion Areas have been developed to ban
         both the sensible who do not need controlling, and the Ne'er do wells who ignore the rules and the
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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
           Police seem to ignore them when they are antisocial anyway. This is Political Correctness gone
           mad. As mentioned above, get a task force to monitor all this petty legislation.
   1928. State blanding policies unfortunately override local identity - how can Council compete with state
         planning?
   1929. Enforcing compliance with ridiculous statutory requirements is a waste of resources
   1930. The size of the shire is too small. The Council should merge with Lismore and Ballina to provide an
         economic unit such as happened in Victoria and Queensland
   1931. However I do feel as Australians we a far too over regulated
   1932. Dog friendly areas need to be encourage and people not doing the right thing with their dogs
         punished.
   1933. financial management - new approach into Byron Housing new in suburbs More food farms
   1934. Dog friendly areas to be promoted as many travel with family pets
   1935. This never occurs in practice its usually tokenism
   1936. Merging Byron Council will free up dollars to help this defunct area start to function
   1937. Not achieved by this council!!
   1938. What a joke! Check out the Lismore and Ballina tips to see how infrastructure is managed in a way
         that actually generates revenue for council.
   1939. Increase dog licence fees, similar in nature to China's one child policy Increased metered parking in
         the CBD
   1940. Please ensure that we do not lose anymore of our dog exercise areas. We are responsible dog
         owners and obey all rules. Since we first moved here in 1998 these areas have become less and
         less.
   1941. Return of free parking stickers for locals
   1942. Provide sufficient supervision of dog areas as dogs are currently off leash beyond the existing zones
         and venturing into the dunes in Fern Beach/South Golden Beach/New Brighton areas
   1943. Night time meets so employed can be councillors; develop 'wikicouncil' and publish all docs; change
         back to ward Council electorates. Still directly elect mayor.
   1944. Council should never be involved in business. Council should exist only to serve the ratepayers
   1945. take more action on illegal buildings and residences
   1946. hard for local government to achieve
   1947. dog on-leash areas are far too restrictive for law abiding ratepayers, verging on persecution.
         beachside overnight camping is still an issue at Wategos Beach. Parking regulation decisions in
         town have caused great pressure on Wategos beach use for local people. People are avoiding paid
         parking areas and instead going straight to Wategos "for the day". Zealous parking policing is
         needed there and also some change to the time allowances at least to 4 hours.
   1948. Set the parameters and constraints then let people get on with it. Avoid the urge to interfere or
         micromanage
   1949. Litigation is not the way to build community- educate. The dog issue is an example - provide dog
         areas but monitor and inform wrongdoers of Eco and social damage.
   1950. Effective partnerships must also be developed with community organisations too, not just other
         levels of government
   1951. All areas where BSC has demonstrably failed in recent years. There is a tendency for the council to
         be "Byroncentric" and as a result to ignore large sections of the community. The recent fiasco of

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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
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           raiding for compliance in one area while totally ignoring similar breaches in other areas highlights the
           current blinkered approach.
   1952. Restrict short holiday rental in the residential areas of Byron Bay. It has killed the sense of
         community and resulted in noise, frustration and destruction of local amenities. People on holiday
         are not compatible with people going to work etc and absent landlord are not caring for or
         participating in community.
   1953. Council should place greater emphasis upon ensuring noise pollution regulations are enforced,
         especially in suburban areas (e.g. the late night music from the Byron Bay Golf Club) to create a
         happy and quiet environment for everyone.
   1954. There is too much emphasis on rules and regulations, compliance and paper work. The Council
         bureaucracy needs to be more agile, able to adapt to change, with a customer service focus.
   1955. Enough politicking and rhetoric. Can we please have engagement, transparency and a real
         commitment to outcomes that benefit all segments of our community.
   1956. Develop a road system which decongests the centre of Byron. Provide "park and ride" options.
         Develop a green cheap mini-bus route network in the shire which picks up people at various
         locations and functions better then those empty large buses every 2 hours! Develop old train tracks
         into bike tracks.
   1957. see above
   1958. We need a well-run Council to ensure services are delivered effectively. This is a significant role of
         any local government.
   1959. Make life easier for those who are not making much money but providing services to the community.
         Sports clubs such as soccer clubs. Community gardens. Markets. Artists. Pay more for actual art
         and less for arts admin. Community compliance with statutory requirements - if you are going to
         have signs saying its illegal to have dogs off leads in town, or not collecting poo in town, or
         especially loose in wildlife areas, you need to actually fine people, not give warnings when you see
         them not complying. Speeding fines work because people don't like being fined. Warnings send a
         message that council are not serious about the issue, and its also just inefficient use of your
         precious and limited time.
   1960. This shire appears to be becoming anti-animal owners rights and freedoms in walking (unleashed)
         options, in my opinion as a pet owner.
   1961. Too many levels of government. Take a straw poll to find out who even knows the DLG exists...
   1962. I congratulate you on your recent brave move to protect fresh air within the confines of outdoor
         eating areas. Thank you! Given that we locals must share our carparks & roads with a large number
         of tourists, I think it only fair that the free residents parking sticker be reinstated.
   1963. Public-private partnerships that create jobs, build wealth and develop community - vital!
   1964. Some discretion using common sense would be a good start.
   1965. Transport, more surveys
   1966. Effective governance is supposed to be a given! It's what councils are there for...
   1967. Community with statutory requirements - often common sense is overlooked because of some
         compliance. Please leave room for forward thinking individuals with useful ideas that may not
         comply.
   1968. I am gob-smacked at how developers are able to over-rule noisy community and local council
         objections in so many instances. What happened to the democratic voice????
   1969. what is wrong with walking a dog on any beach before the people moved here from Melbourne we
         used to be able to walk our horses from the pass to Brunswick heads and back this was only the
         90's now people who have never grown up with animals cant understand the loyalty of a pet besides

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education, dogs on and off leash areas, community donations, environmental health services and food
safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
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           a goldfish.
   1970. have a policy that when voting for local council that the vote only goes to that person - no pref. voting
         of any sort!!!
   1971. Provided staff actually work for the community and are not bullied or coerced or offered inducements
         to undermine community aspirations as happened with the proposed Land Swap in Bruns Heads.
         Maximising the profits appears to be all of govt policy regardless of the impacts on local communities
         so competition policy needs to be urgently reviewed.
   1972. The best thing Council could do to improve its management would be to be more responsive to
         community concerns. Too many people are brushed aside by Council staff when they raise concerns
         about issues that strongly affect their daily lives, from drainage problems and road repair to
         misbehaving dogs and other forms of anti-social behaviour. If Council were to be more responsive to
         the community and actually address issues and solve problems, the community would be much
         more supportive of Council and would have a greatly enhanced sense of community in the shire. It's
         true that resources are often stretched thin, but there also appears to be a good bit of apathy in
         place. Currently, in the face of a problem to be solved, avoiding action seems to be preferred to
         taking action. At the same time, I'm sure there are many people who work for the Council who would
         like to have a more rewarding sense of contributing to a vibrant community in the daily work they do.
         I'd like to see management within Council improved not just for the community but so that Council
         staff achieve a better sense of actually serving a community.
   1973. This is not happening now and every indication is that it will not change in the future unless real
         resources (a large increase in staffing numbers through a larger budgetary expenditure) are
         allocated!
   1974. Consider yearly dog registration fees.
   1975. That depends on the requirements, and whether they seem fair and reasonable.
   1976. Doing a great job here.
   1977. Council desperately needs to show a human face to the community. I know this survey is an attempt
         to do that but the continual bad press and lousy treatment of visitors and residents alike continues.
         There is a perception that the compliance dept in particular is incredibly trivial in its policing. People
         hate this. There is also the perception that council staff are completely unanswerable to the
         community.
   1978. Council engagement with the community has a long way to go. I don't feel consulted (generally) and
         would prefer more survey's like this more often.
   1979. Increase & enhance caravan & mobile home facilities as affordable housing & tourism options.
         Remove parking from town centres - facilitate day pass in town shuttle service.
   1980. We should definitely concentrate on making restrictions on cats being legal to own in areas with
         flourishing native wild life.
   1981. Think we should have a government who tells us what's really going on.
   1982. There is much opportunity here to fully support local concepts, creativity, less mainstream models,
         more greener models, reassessing of compliances, truly uncovering how sustainably supportive and
         functioning an entire region be ? Can we operate as an entire eco village, working towards 'off grid'
         possibilities for businesses and homes within the shire, more solar, far, far less fuel, putting train
         system back in to dramatically reduce carbon and fuel use etc !
   1983. The compliance staff highlighted in a recent article in the Echo who used their initiative to keep track
         of a declared 'dangerous dog' should be congratulated. Our natural fauna and people need to be
         protected - and dog owners cannot be trusted to respect the rest of the community and nature.
         Council should support the NPWS efforts to protect our drawcard natural environment wherever
         possible.
   1984. People need space to exercise their dogs off leash, and this is denied the residents of Mullumbimby

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safety inspections, parking and compliance, caravan parks, public swimming pools and customer
service.
Is there anything you would like to share? Please list.
          - current off leash area is miniscule, a token gesture that is an affront.
   1985. As long as they can be EFFECTIVE.
   1986. i do not support any more red tape i would also like to see ALL council investments to be ethical
   1987. There is a drift towards a more cold-hearted approach to regulatory requirements that is inflexible
         and takes no account of diverse human needs
   1988. With local commonsense approach
   1989. Until we get back to doing the BASICS well, it is pointless to set aspirations or higher goals that are
         simply unachievable on a resource base that was always inadequate, and even more so when you
         add layers of complexity and no financial support. We would like to see a return to the simplistic but
         effective service delivery of Councils core responsibilities; proper planning and community facility
         provision, proper maintenance of those facilities, and provision of key services to promote civic pride
         in our area; proper environmental priorities on projects that are well planned, properly funded and
         well delivered; planning and support for effective and economically sustainable growth of jobs,
         enterprises and projects that will deliver a broad social dividend to the whole community and the
         many tourists who want to share the unique environment we live in; a properly planned and
         resourced social and community sector where there are a broad range of effective and useful
         services catering to the needs of the broader community - not just the sectional interests of the
         pressure groups with specific agendas; strong effective governance from well informed and
         community minded councillors with a willingness to serve the whole community, who lead by positive
         example, show good judgement, act promptly and wisely, who encourage effective management at
         an operational level to ensure good outcomes for the whole community, and who encourage foster
         and support due process, quick consideration and approval of projects so that there is widespread
         confidence in the system and its enforcement.
   1990. effective use of interactive and social media. Council may need dedicated staff to develop internet
         based discourse to promote greater community engagement. Professional consultations to get this
         right would be a good investment.
   1991. Not sure, don’t have job
   1992. I would love a nice town




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   1993. Get your act together Council! I am a RATE PAYER. I am an EMPLOYER. I am a TAX PAYER. But
         it seems this is irrelevant. don’t worry too much about a 4 year plan - get on with a 1 year plan!
   1994. thank you for all that you have done in north of shire.
   1995. Bypass for Byron Bay
   1996. Heated pool
   1997. The Community want basics attended to, maintenance on roads, public places, parks etc. Money
         wasted on surveys of this nature serve no useful purpose, only irritates people.
   1998. What the residents want is: 1. 1st class maintenance of our existing assets. e.g. roads, parks, toilets
         etc 2. Provision of low cost housing 3. Uniform policy on building regulations and a common sense
         application to residents requests and problems. 4. Council infrastructure to be provided prior to
         requirements not after. 5. Encourage negotiation and conciliation of problems not legal decisions. 6.
         Give elected Councillors more say on Council's management.
   1999. What a total waste of Council time this is!
   2000. Equal in weighting. Act through the LGA and advise 'community' if felt necessary to get its political
         action too. To effect fed/state on remainder.
   2001. This is like the Gallup Poll. Leading questions that of course I will say 'strongly agree' who wouldn't
         agree to the general broad brush stroke aims/goals.
   2002. Get your priorities right. The roads are a disgrace, the access to Byron Bay is a disgrace. This
         Council is too small.. Too much of the budget is spent on drafts of drafts, legal battles. Nothing gets
         done about the most basic problems!
   2003. Which is your most important organ: Brain, Heart, Liver, Lung or Skin?
   2004. This questionnaire is obviously for idiots - an insult to one's intelligence. I am finding this
         questionnaire quite ridiculous as if no one is acknowledging that all these things are related, all are
         equally important. e.g. How can you have a successful Arts Industry if there are no tourists to sell to
         or people employed in the kinds of areas who can afford to buy the art works etc etc etc.
   2005. all five themes are interlinked and interdependent.
   2006. less green less black
   2007. I understand why this question is framed in this way, however, I think it more important to ask the
         leaders of these valuable services "how can my service help the other four services"
   2008. youth services that are free of charge, social and sporting
   2009. promote a culture of organic food security. stop CSG, keep lobbying
   2010. Thanks for the opportunity!
   2011. Repair potholes
   2012. Granny flats for all rural zonings not just for urban zonings
   2013. Wow - made me realise what a big job you do. all very important and hard to prioritise
   2014. if corporate management ensures that the whole of the shire receives attention - the others will fall
         into place
   2015. all equally important
   2016. all of these are motherhood statements and all are as important as the next
   2017. corporate committees, not in-house staff
   2018. these are all important, ranking them is pointless. At different times different ones need priority
   2019. No West Byron. Bypass please


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   2020. I consider all these themes equally important - priority could be allocated on per-project level within
         each of these themes
   2021. Its not all about money! key matters such as openness, honesty, integrity, transparency can't attach
         a $$ value
   2022. I would like Byron shire to be kept clean eg footpaths etc and the potholes on the road fixed before
         anything else. get back to the basic things
   2023. Overall I congratulate council on doing a great job in difficult times!
   2024. I'm impressed with the progressive changes in the shire, walkways, sportsfields and an empathetic
         sense to the needs of most locals. thanks.
   2025. You should have 'public transport' in this section
   2026. Stop CSG!
   2027. Where is the public transport for our youth and elderly?
   2028. community engagement cross-sector for sustainable solutions check out www.agorathinktank.org
   2029. When you hire new staff (especially managers) please educate them re the unique culture of Byron
         shire
   2030. Roads need fixing
   2031. Infrastructure is of uttermost importance around Byron shire
   2032. No paid parking for residents in Byron
   2033. Clean toilets and parks
   2034. provide a larger envelope for return of survey paper
   2035. council financial health and liquidity
   2036. We need a strategic plan to improve Brunswick River
   2037. We need more action and less talk and paperwork
   2038. less reports and studies advised - implementation NOW
   2039. accountable, transparent decisions
   2040. Environment and society and culture are important to me, but not part of a council's core business
   2041. preservation of the local unique world class environment is the drawcard for all visitors and loved by
         locals
   2042. Drop your salaries and stop bleeding us dry
   2043. I am very pleased to live in this shire and grateful for all the work BSC does - with the exception of
         the person who is always smoking out the front of chambers - cough, cough. otherwise, great work
         team! thanks heaps!!
   2044. Fix the roads, they are dangerous and can lead to accidents and lawsuits in serious injury
   2045. Byron Council seems to spend all rate money on Byron Bay only
   2046. bypass for Byron traffic
   2047. stop wasting time and $ on motherhood planning that is obsolete by the time it's published yet again
   2048. Development rules are too strict and there is nitpicking from staff
   2049. Effective ongoing maintenance
   2050. clean up Byron!
   2051. all of these help each other ie if roads are crap and we ruin community and environment then the
         tourists don't come which harms our economy - all are important
   2052. I love this place - took me 11 years to get here. I don't like the "politicising" and dishonesty I've
         witnessed - very disillusioning

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   2053. safety at all costs
   2054. Add sustainable to all five themes
   2055. the above question is a waste of time, I think all who have read this survey would agree that all are
         extremely important. In fact i feel this survey is quite confusing as all the topics that are mentioned
         should be known to our council and councillors of their relevant and extreme importance!!! Why the
         survey??
   2056. Development of roundhouse Ocean Shores to be a benefit to all members of Byron shire
   2057. Affordable housing
   2058. Environment is equal first but unless corporate management is effective, the environment will suffer
   2059. hope this includes roads!
   2060. A rather strange survey. What kind of results will it bring about? What use is it? needed to be
         perhaps to rank certain issues in order of importance.
   2061. No $ no services
   2062. Corporate management shouldn't require funding to be ethical and accountable, effective leaders,
         they should already own these qualities
   2063. I am AGAINST heritage precincts
   2064. I consider this survey to be an absolute waste of time - without specifics this means nothing!
   2065. The whole survey is vague - too encompassing. I’d like to see concrete proposals eg roadwork
   2066. Concentrate on poor roads, poor storm water drainage, fix solar lighting, tidy up the place
   2067. Bring splendour back to Byron shire
   2068. Fix what we have now!!! before starting to day dream!!
   2069. If management is high quality all else falls into place
   2070. Need more police in Mullum - why have a police station, it's never manned! town is a 'hoon's'
         paradise by night!!
   2071. Nowhere does adequate housing get mentioned
   2072. Stop wasting ratepayers money fighting developers court cases
   2073. This council is too focused on environment at expense of broader community needs
   2074. Although I put corporate management last in my own priorities it is obviously of vital important if the
         rest is to be achieved.
   2075. Change management especially in the area of alternate fuels
   2076. Councillors should make honest, effective decisions in the financial interest of the shire.
   2077. Support for pre-school age children tops
   2078. better, closer hospital soon!
   2079. Economy first as finance is required for all other items
   2080. More money needs to be spent on roads etc. We have had a holiday at Caloundra recently and their
         parks/boardwalks/litter were maintained to the highest level
   2081. thank you for the opportunity to comment. Council has the right ideas but poor implementation skills,
         Byron Shire could be tops.
   2082. Survey would have been more useful with some specific solutions
   2083. Keep a constructive approach to the budget. do not run deficit budgets. Pay down any debt building
         a surplus bank account
   2084. Byron bypass - urgent!
   2085. fix the roads before creating cycle tracks.

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   2086. Make decisions quickly
   2087. Discuss and compromise more with owners/developers and stop wasting precious funds on legal
         wrangling - especially when you have little hope of winning
   2088. Impossible to rank the above as all are interrelated. Need to think of them as a whole system
   2089. Yes, I'm an expatriate Australian and I've lived and worked all over the world in countries as diverse
         as France, UK, Middle East, Cyprus and Hong Kong, but never on all my travels have I witnessed
         such a lack of civic pride in any community as I have here in Byron Bay which looks like a tired old
         drunk with its graffiti, potholed roads, sleazy nightclubs, run-down shopping centres and badly
         behaved backpackers who contribute nothing to the town. Give the place a coat of paint - preferably
         in Mediterranean pastel colours - make it more family friendly. Try to give Byron a touch of elegance
         and romance, just CLEAN the place up, it's DIRTY. Listen to the community and listen more closely
         to expats who have lived outside Australia for many years. I spend half the year in France, in a
         coastal place with a Lighthouse, surf shops, beautiful places to visit and I suggested to Byron
         Council that we could look at a Twin Town situation so prevalent in Europe. My reply was: "Sorry,
         we don’t have the budget." A twin towning with a lovely French place would bring untold benefits to
         Byron - it's just going downhill and will eventually take it's place as the Booze and Party Capital of
         Oz. And here's another thing for you to completely disregard. Beach resorts, environmentally
         beautiful places throughout Europe charge a TOURIST TAX. Byron, reportedly has over a million
         visitors a year, so why not levy tourist taxes? Three bucks a night per person should do it, paid into
         a specially administered bank account used solely for the beautification of the town. In our town in
         France we also have COMMUNITY HELPERS - these are youngsters in there 20s who wear nice
         uniforms and who help out at rock concerts, village festivals, pageants etc. They also issue parking
         fines - and the van-packers would soon get the message if they were issued with legally enforceable
         parking tickets of $100 a night. Community Helpers are paid for their contribution they are not
         volunteers. For my part, I spend quite a bit of time picking up litter which I abhor, community helpers
         could issue on the spot fines to scumbags who are spotted dropping litter. There are dozens of
         innovative ways of raising money but I guess folk and council in these parts are just apathetic and
         don't give a damn.
   2090. Love the start on library, sports fields and ambulance station. Lighthouse Road - infrastructure will
         bring secure population and business
   2091. please do not take away the early childhood services - they are so vital to our community and if they
         disappeared we would be forced to pay into the pockets of private businesses to look after our
         children. these private businesses are no doubt, not local!
   2092. the disconnect between this document and the size of the envelope provided for it is an eloquent
         testimony to Council's competence.
   2093. too much money spent on surveys and assessments and nothing ever happens - what a waste.
   2094. The above are all intertwined. I suggest you look after your ratepayers and your local community
         members before wasting too much money on big business short-term enterprises and legal
         headaches.
   2095. More attention needs to be paid to our youth and their facilities and activities available
   2096. Drains please!
   2097. the survey does not fit easily into the prepaid envelope
   2098. Accommodation for the homeless would be one area of housing that council could consider.
   2099. The last question number 6 is stupid question and only a siloed stratified mind would create it. These
         are integral to each other.
   2100. Too much of council's resources are wasted on fringe issues beyond their responsibility. Council
         should get back to its core business of roads, water, sewer, building and health standards. And for
         God's sake - build a bypass that exits near Mitre 10.
   2101. Concentrate on fundamental council issues in an efficient, open and transparent manner.
   2102. Repeat: focus on the basics required by our local council and do it efficiently and effectively, Thank
         you
   2103. A safe crossing on Bangalow Road

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   2104. We need more footpaths!
   2105. you should be asking me about how the funding gets spent. Some of Council's current priorities are
         shockingly wrong.
   2106. Council needs to focus on providing infrastructure and facilitating industry to create jobs. It should
         not waste our financial resources trying to set social and environmental agendas. This is the
         responsibility of other levels of government. Nor should individual members of council use their
         positions as platforms to advance their personal political careers and agendas.
   2107. None of it works if the Council doesn't manage itself properly and remember it serves Byron, doesn't
         own Byron.
   2108. Q.6, these cannot be ranked in order, and all need to be developed at the same time. It is not as if
         we only have one member of council staff and these things have only just occurred to anyone, they
         should have been in action all along. Get it all happening at once.
   2109. Without good staff who work well together all else is pointless
   2110. No coal seam gas mining in the 21st Century Develop alternative sources of power & lead Australia
   2111. A big thanks to those Crs who are doing their best to look out for our environment!
   2112. these are all interrelated so all equally important
   2113. Hard to rank - they're all important. Tourism is our life blood; pride in Byron Shire is paramount. Re-
         open the train line, fix the traffic and prevent the sprawl.
   2114. Look after the environment and the rest will follow
   2115. medical and hospital
   2116. Council is an abject failure in corporate management
   2117. I don't consider we get value for money for our rates.
   2118. more support for the north of the shire is needed, especially for families and young people protecting
         the shire from globalisation and homogenisation so we maintain our unique character rather than
         look like Penrith-on-sea with chain stores everywhere is vital. alcohol use also needs to be
         addressed.
   2119. Question 6 - it is very hard to prioritise as they are all extremely import and interrelate
   2120. provide more housing
   2121. Equal importance
   2122. I cannot understand why the peak traffic problems in access to Byron have not been solved. Traffic
         jams into this town are becoming the "Icon" of Byron Bay. Funding - User pays revenue from the
         tourism/day visitors needs to be accessed to invest in infrastructure rather than taking the easy route
         and charging ratepayers. Ratepayers carry a disproportionate load of this cost.
   2123. Please reflect on your collective impact on a well intentioned community. Don't let politics and power
         destroy common sense solutions
   2124. While everyone has heard of Byron Bay, those that visit here are often less than impressed by the
         town - not it's undeniable natural beauty but it's poor infrastructure and services, especially roads
         and lack of Council-maintained tree-lined streets and scaping etc. There is always rubbish in the
         streets and the overall impression of the town is dirty. It's not an image that any town should be
         fostering. The Council should be spending our hard-earned rates on these kinds of improvements
         which are visible to us all. There should be no more money wasted on lawyers fees and legal battles
         over DAs. Our town has suffered enough due to this already and those that live here have had to
         pay for it twice - both in terms of the rates we pay and the fact that our town amenity is so lacking.
   2125. The ranking of the five themes at question 6 is not considered appropriate. In order to achieve the
         'community vision' a balance of all these factors is required. For example, while 'Corporate
         Management' may rank low in people's view you can't achieve the other objectives without effective
         leadership and accountable decision making. To then allocate funding on the basis that 80% of
         people identify the environment as the most important is inappropriate. The questions in the survey
         overall are very vague and I would assume that most people responding to the survey strongly

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          agree with most of the statements.
   2126. Having been a resident of the Byron Shire for the past 18 years, I have seen a few councillors and
         mayors come and go, seen many major changes in our towns and villages and the community as a
         whole... I trust that with the evolution that the shire and its people have gone through, that the
         advancement right across the board will reflect in the planning outcomes of the BSC Community
         Strategic Plan 2022, which undoubtedly will have to address community health, sustainability (both
         environmentally & financially for the whole shire/community) as well as planning/development and
         essential services as priorities.
   2127. Next time you go to the expense of mailing out a survey could you make the envelope and the
         survey form more compatible.
   2128. I think all of the above are interdependent and equally important
   2129. Introduction of a green waste bin in line with the policy of many other councils. This has been shown
         to reduce the overall amount of waste going to landfill.
   2130. Sadly, Byron council is generally difficult to deal with and extremely slow in all areas. When
         compared to services provided by other local councils, it is inferior in every way.
   2131. I suggest that council decisions should be councillor driven (based on feedback from residents)
         rather than council staff driven.
   2132. I would rank them equally if I could, as none of these themes are mutually exclusive. We need a
         holistic approach to governance that considers the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of
         our community.
   2133. I would like to see a greater investment in cycle lanes and tracks and a campaign to get people out
         of their cars for short journeys round the corner to the shops! Why do so many of our cycle lanes
         just stop or switch roads in dangerous places? More cycle parking racks also required. I would also
         like to see more money spent on fixing pot holes permanently rather than just temporary fixes. There
         needs to be a tourist tax to help pay for infrastructure, roads etc., bed tax, business tax I don't
         know...........
   2134. Great to get input from the community, but this looks a bit like a support mechanism for decisions
         already made - ie; so it can be said 97% of people strongly agreed with...... The questions put
         forward are all things the community is going to strongly agree with, so the whole exercise looks a
         bit farcical. Open ended questions would have been good - eg what is important to you and why?
   2135. as above
   2136. reveal names of complaint generators. encourage dialogue between neighbours before council is
         asked to take action.
   2137. These are all important, buy perhaps of greatest importance is that all these areas work coherently
         together to provide for desired outcomes.
   2138. Playgrounds. Toilets. Bike paths. Trees. Dance. Public art from schools. More of these please.
         Speed up Council processes. Reward and punishment systems are used by both the UN and
         parents around the world to get good behaviour - could Council use this system to get things moving
         more quickly?
   2139. Then there is a strong and vibrant economy much of what you are trying to achieve follows.
   2140. I would like to see the Byron Shire Council forced to run with more efficiency, perhaps with penalties
         given for inefficient behaviour in terms of everyday needs of rate payers ie. for delays/inefficiency
         with the everyday business of approvals etc. I would like to see fairness given for all part of the
         Byron Shire, from South @ Byron to North @ Ocean Shores. We do feel very left out of the Councils
         care at the North end given that our sporting fields were overlooked compared to a large
         development @ Byron Bay.
   2141. Keep up the good work!
   2142. Please act on this plan, don’t just trot out another survey /consultation process in 5 years time! This
         is a unique and diverse region of Australia and we should be proud of it and foster our identity :-)
   2143. Council has a hard job - very easy for the community to complain. We need to accept that if we want
         to keep our area small then we can not expect to get everything we want. Don't think Don P will be

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          arriving with any money - the state is broke. More energy focusing on keeping what we have.
   2144. My overwhelming feeling about the area I grew up in (and am now raising my children in) is that a
         few people (developers, promoters, corporations, state bodies) are tearing the bag out of our natural
         environment and forcing the citizens of the Byron Shire to accept environmentally and socially
         inappropriate tourism, business and housing development, festivals and infrastructure stress in
         order that they can make a buck. Thank you.
   2145. we should get rid of all the council and restructure and get people in who know what the difference is
         between Locals and "LOCALS" who can no longer afford to live in a place they were born in and
         have lived all their life but cannot afford somewhere as these rich hang on to all the land they can so
         they can get a better dollar what a joke.
   2146. Providing basic essential services and caring for irreplaceable assets, including high conservation
         lands over the long term are my personal priorities for Council.
   2147. There seems to have been an increase in negative feelings lately between the community and
         council as is evident in local papers - hard to ignore. I think that if the relationship between the
         council and community continues to erode, Byron will lose the essence of what makes it so unique
         and attractive.
   2148. Well good luck. I can't see how council can overcome the huge public relations problem it has.
         Simple PR doesn't work anymore because in NSW at least have had a couple of decades of this
         nonsense. Must say my encounters with rangers have been good. Perhaps the management should
         go out on the road and actually deal with real people more. It would give them great experience and
         might bring about a more human approach.
   2149. Settlement planning could focus on promoting social cohesion & environmental sustainability by
         planning for community & garden centred eco-villages with outer ring parking as a model for the
         area, as we develop new housing areas. Learning from the likes of the Gold coast, we would do well
         to avoid adding over sized antisocial - anti-environmental bitumen networked two car garage
         housing estates, which would SPOIL and squash the Byron Shire nature loving community, our
         values & precious identity.
   2150. bit awkward ranking question six ...obviously some aspects of each are vitally important.
   2151. Markets need to be local.
   2152. Again skate park.
   2153. Byron needs the community and state and federal government on board with an amazing vision to
         represent Australia in sustainability
   2154. we need to think outside of the box, become less mainstream and dependent on the old systems
         that are failing in a HUGE way and truly listen to the community and how we can truly create a better
         place for our kids working towards the most harmonious environment with ME - Mother Earth !
   2155. Compliance that results in shutting the beachfront arts display, or allows damaging large-scale bland
         'compliant' development whilst cracking down on minor building infringements has the wrong
         emphasis. I appreciate compliance is about having uniform rules, but where compliance resources
         are limited they should be directed to encouraging unique, innovative, 'different' results. Also, there
         are plenty of bland boring towns like Hervey Bay with great infrastructure and wonderful footpaths -
         don't want to end up like that.
   2156. I gave corporate management a 5 only because I am doubtful of its effectiveness in the current
         climate
   2157. Thus far, the Byron Shire Council Community Strategic Plan 2022 appears to contain an
         impressively positive and comprehensive blueprint for the development, sustainability and
         maintenance of our Shire over the next decade/s.
   2158. We have said it all.... should stop getting the community involved in tedious decision making like
         Woolworths...which should have been MORE green then it is...regardless.... Focus on Byron Bay
         and ENHANCING it's beauty instead of taking away from it by wasting time getting peoples opinions.
   2159. community infrastructure needs to include and enhance any and all sorts of public transport,
         bikeways walkways and make some streets CAR FREE we need more living streets
   2160. better public transport, especially in Ocean Shores.

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   2161. It is difficult to balance all these important areas.
   2162. Please place a greater emphasis on the wellbeing of the community. At the moment, the business
         lobby (and its tourism focus) is drowning out the voices of those who wish to live in the shire and
         preserve its diversity, integrity and long-term wellbeing
   2163. Our shire is one of the last around that seems to demonstrate the willingness to engage in issues
         that other councils don't, like conservation of the environment. The most single threat to our
         community is from mining. The NSW Government have just completed an Aerial Survey of the
         Northern Rivers for the sole purpose to determine where the 'minerals & petroleum' are under the
         surface of our rich food growing land....once identified the information is given / sold to Mining
         companies to exploit. If we don't care for the land and the nature that depend on it, all the corporate
         management & economies are totally irrelevant...If its poison beyond belief we have nothing...no
         need for schools, no need for housing...its the most important facture that will effect not just our
         community but the world. Lets Byron Shire lead forward in reducing this industry and move towards
         using renewable energies, it can be done.
   2164. The questions in this survey are all 'motherhood' positions that everyone will agree with. Can't see
         how the results of this survey could be any use to the council
   2165. Without effective transparent governance all the other objectives start to struggle. There has to be a
         sound financial, planning and enforcement base to all strategic decision making for the provision of
         all the basic local government responsibilities supported by proper resource allocation and delivery.
         There has to be respect for shared goals that reflect the reasonable aspirations of the whole
         community to participate in, and have an interest in the decisions effecting their environment and
         needs for basic services. Only after the basic services are well delivered in a cost effective way can
         the Council seriously start to seek to engage in the broader more wide ranging social agenda (
         which unfortunately become the focus at the expense of the core). Refocus on the original purpose
         of local government, rather than seek to promote the periphery. We have SO MUCH that needs
         fixing in just the core areas of responsibility, that to even contemplate forming a more broad ranging
         social policy agenda is setting an impossible and unachievable goal.
   2166. thanks for the opportunity to comment.
   2167. I've got two bananas if someone wants the second one.
   2168. Focus on economy




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8.       Consultation – organisations and groups

Please note, that at the time of the consultation, Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce was not active and
Bangalow Chamber of Commerce consultation was not undertaken due to lack of members at the scheduled
meeting.


8.1      Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce – 19 October 2011

(Attendees – 10)

Specific issues with the CSP include:

     Council needs to consider the Brunswick Heads Community Economic Transition Plan 2011-2016
      in the CSP
     Throughout the CSP, change the word ‘tourist’ to ‘visitor’.
     There is too small and allocation of funds to Economic Development.
     Council needs Economic Development resources.
     There needs to be more coordination between the Planning Department and Economic
      Development people at Council.
     BHCoC strongly supports the Tourism Destination NSW Goal.
     Page 30, point 10 “business giving back” – use language that is more unifying.
     Remove point (c) page 17 – rating.
     Community comments throughout the document are inflammatory.
     Add buy local on page 25.
     Tweed Street project – the community and Council working together on a staged upgrade
      progressively resourced from Council.


Major priorities for Council:

      1. More of a focus (support and resources) on Economic Development.
      2. Project delivery in partnership with the community and local business.


Views of attendees who needed to leave the session early:

The lack of public transport as it affects NORTEC Employment and Training’s clients. Particularly for
early school leavers, the absence of a co-ordinated public transport system in the Shire not only
affects direct employment opportunities but also inhibits their prospects through the obstacles placed
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8.2      South Golden Beach Progress Association – 25 October 2011

Attendees - 4

Major priorities for Council:

      1. Link future growth with future planning:
           - Environment         - need to protect
           - Climate change – need to plan to adapt
           - Public transport – need higher frequency of buses and a greater cross-over of bus
               territories
           - Plan for ageing population – infrastructure and social needs such as support for in-home
               care and appropriate housing and IT infrastructure
           - Plan for better infrastructure in the outskirts of towns e.g. Byron Bay Hospital at
               Ewingsdale: increase access for whole of Shire. Mover key services out of Byron Bay
               (e.g. hospitals, police, fire, major sports fields and group them together).

      2. Visitors to pay more to assist with provision of infrastructure – e.g. via financial assistance of
         bed tax and parking fees and land tax returned to Council. What is the “carrying capacity” of
         the Shire? i.e. visitors and community (long term) support.

      3. Greater economic diversification away from tourism.
          - push harder for national broadband network sooner rather than later
          - what research will identify and encourage new business?



8.3      Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) – 31 October 2011

Attendees – 18

Major priorities for Council:

      1. Fair equity of allocation of resources based on number of rate payers that contribute revenue.
         E.g. if Ocean shores = 25% of rate income 25% of funds should be spent on Ocean Shores
         including the provision of sporting facilities and the dedication of the Roundhouse site for
         public use as a cultural and arts precinct.

      2. Financial sustainability of Council.

NB: Stage 3 of Ocean Shores never occurred – would have delivered sports fields and art gallery etc.
The Roundhouse is considered part compensation for losing Stage 3. According to OSCA survey
97% of respondents supported dedication of Roundhouse for an arts and cultural centre. The Ocean
Shores and District community is not asking Council to pay for the Roundhouse development. This
will save Council the $1.3 million borrowings needed to subdivide.

Additional community issues identified:

      1. Provision of better transport services.
      2. Need for access to beach and river.
      3. Re-zoning of land behind shopping centre and Marshalls Creek to allow foreshore
         access/passive recreation.
      4. Renewable energy and efficiency:
      5. Subsidised usage metres (permanently fixed to house).
      6. Consideration of ward (riding) system to provide better electoral equity.
      7. Community group-buy of solar power.
      8. Encouragement of aged care facility including independent living.
      9. Additional street lighting.

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      10. Additional footpaths (also needs monitoring of tree planting on road reserves – can inhibit
          people walking on the grass/road reserves).
      11. Playgrounds – all areas.
      12. Increased youth activities for Ocean Shores in existing community facilities.
      13. Support for proposed Community Health Centre provided by the state Department of Health.
      14. Bush fire protection – especially adjacent to primary school (needs an Asset Protection Zone).
      15. Affordable housing – working in partnership with business/developers and relax some
          planning conditions.
      16. Higher priority on development of Economy - will lead to increased employment – better
          housing - especially support for business sector and tourism (in partnership).
      17. Greater consideration/consultation for existing and new businesses when allowing additional
          markets to occur.
      18. Council to advocate for State legislation change to allow for 120sqm secondary dwelling on
          rural properties.
      19. Better accounting of money spent per town and area.
      20. Council to listen to the Ocean Shores and district community.


8.4      Byron Shire Youth Council - 3 November 2011

Attendees - 6


Major priorities for Council:

      1. Improved transport (inc train returning). More frequent buses and less expensive.

      2. Greater employment of local young people.


Additional issues:

      1. Need for sustainable tourism and end of negative tourism.
      2. Increased activities for youth of Shire – especially in the north.
      3. Improved youth facilities in the north of the Shire (Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Ocean
         Shores, Billinudgel).
      4. Improved education opportunities – need for a TAFE facility in the Shire.
      5. Heating of Mullumbimby pool including additional hot showers.
      6. Need for the community to engage and support young people.




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8.5      Byron United – 7 November 2011

Attendees – 18

Top priorities

      1. Better equity allocation of funds raised; to be returned to the area in which they where
         collected.
              Parking fines – fair percentage of fines from areas, in which it is raised, to be returned
                 back to the area to support infrastructure (e.g. toilets, bus stops etc).
              Footpath dining fees to be returned/spent on the area in which it was collected. E.g.
                 high pressure cleaning of streets.
              Greater proportion of GST to be returned to where it is collected.
              Tourism revenues (fees and/or levy) to be returned to the area in which it was
                 collected.
      2. Public toilets and gardens – improved facilities and higher frequency of maintenance to
         foster/encourage better establishment. Look at National Parks as an example for toilets.
      3. Greater consultation between Council and business – to brainstorm actions and concerns –
         feedback to Council. One representative per business organisation to be on a Council liaison
         group e.g. Business Brains Trust.


Additional priorities

      1. Roads – potholes – ask other Councils what they do to maintain. Longer term maintenance
          plan required to fix, not patch.
      2. Consider voluntary contribution to roads by residents affected.
      3. Charge for tourists e.g. bed tax
      4. Greater funding support from state and federal to fund/support tourism infrastructure.
      5. Vision for Byron Shire to live up to local and visitor expectations.
      6. Focus on core business (essential services) - roads and rubbish.
      7. Bangalow Road to be reconstructed.
      8. Roads and sewerage to be managed by state government – possibly overseen by NOROC.
      9. Council to become pro-business.
      10. Need for Byron bypass or distribution road.
      11. Look at roundabout on Lawson Street – appearance – being regularly damaged.
      12. Greater sharing of resources between Councils.
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8.6      Brunswick Heads Progress Association – 7 November 2011

Attendees – 12

Top three priorities

      1. Footpaths
          Increased provision of footpaths – especially outside the CWA building.
          Connect the Shire
          Improve ramps for mobility (PAMP)

      2. Maintenance
          Focus more on “proper” maintenance of roads including road verges and shoulders to
            allow for cycling.

      3. Street Lighting
          Increased provision – especially the southern end of town and near Bowling Club
             (Bayside).


Additional priorities:

      1. Better monitoring of suitable trees / shrubs for planting nearby footpaths. Include an
          education program to encourage the correct planting of shrubs etc.
      2. Street scaping to include appropriate tree planting.
      3. Increased removal / deterrence of tagging (vandalism).
      4. Ramp for bus access on Tweed Street – to aid mobility for aged / disability and mothers with
          prams to access bus transport.
      5. Improved cycleways – Uncle Toms to the cutting – needed for safety.
      6. Improved bus Transport – especially for youth to and form youth services/ activities.
      7. Advocate for Countrylink to pick up on route.
      8. Expansion of sports fields at Stan Thomson (with decommissioning of sewerage treatment
          plant)
      9. Affordable Housing – increase in medium density (no boarding houses).
      10. No parking meters for Brunswick Heads. Allocate an area for long term parking. Expand
          timed parking zones.
      11. Increased parking spaces near Surf Club.
      12. Advocate / plan for dredging of the Brunswick River – safety issue.
      13. Advocate of net across Torakina Bay.
      14. Upgrade foreshore walkways.
      15. Bring back tennis courts at Stan Thomson.
      16. Better maintenance of open spaces and parks include BBQs and public toilets.
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8.7        Suffolk Park Progress Association - 8 November 2011

Attendees – 38

Top two priorities:

      1. Community Infrastructure
          Traffic – additional access road for Suffolk Park – requires a study to determine what is
           required for the population. Consider an emergency road.
          Clifford and Broken Head T-junction – can a roundabout be built? Safety issue – very
           dangerous (especially right hand turn to Byron).
          Pedestrian crossing required to link west to east.
          Byron bypass – link Suffolk Park to Industrial Estate– ease traffic for the residents of the
           Shire. Examine other transport options too.
          Brunswick Heads to Byron Bay cycleway. Better connectivity between cycleways and
           pedestrians pathways.
          Priority facilities for families – refer list from Suffolk Park Progress Association.

      2. Maintenance
          Toilets – increase maintenance/cleaning.
          Upgrade of park/recreation areas – including increased maintenance. Including car parks
            along Dunecare areas.


Additional priorities:

      1.  Heritage Study – resource the study seriously.
      2.  Consider residents first versus the visitors.
      3.  Greater support for local tenders versus outside companies.
      4.  Education and compliance program for the beach areas (deter vandalism, drinking, fires etc) –
          increased Ranger numbers.
      5. Rangers to work 8 hours        6am to 10am. 4pm to 8pm.
      6. Support Community Garden in Suffolk Park.
      7. Green waste collection to be introduced.
      8. Plan for food security and energy security.
      9. Reconstitute the Quarry committee.
      10. Roads – require to be fixed not patched – especially beachside


Extract from Suffolk Park Progress Association meeting 16 August 2011

Likes
 Escape the madness of Byron Bay, especially in summer
 Lifestyle

Projects (Naming, signage and respecting whole area)
 Rename Suffolk Park to incorporate the Indigenous heritage
 Don’t rename Suffolk Park - respect the heritage of the Suffolk family
 Mapping of environmental areas and waterways Tallow Creek
 Gather, acknowledge and record significant Aboriginal historical sites
 Rename SP Progress Association. To S.P. Community Association
 Need to have S.P. seen as a total site
 Remove signs that name different areas within Suffolk Park (e.g. Baywood Chase)
 Better signage showing boundaries (gateway)
 Identify all community owned land with signs e.g. Caravan Park, water tower
 Public Art
 Have competition for signage
 Photographic competition
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Projects (To develop Community)
 Community effort to clean up roundabouts along Broken Head Road
 Improve the area around the BP roundabout and small lake
 Community gardens (listing on web site) 8 to 10 people for core group to start/ function
 Improve access to beach for elderly (solid rails, firm level footing)
 Locate seats/ benches in strategic locations
 Community work shed (bonding/support/repair community property)
 Exercise circuit around lake and Gaggin Park (“adult playgrounds”) make park more user friendly
 Call a friend when help is needed support
 Welcome to new residents/ giveaways
 Mentoring list to help those in need
 Participate in Council’s Sustainable Streets program

Projects (Environmental)
 Remove Umbrella Trees (and other weeds) from S.P. - encourage residents to get rid of them
 Keep Dune Care active and strong
 The wetlands should be community owned and managed
 Web Site and /or Newsletter
 Facebook site for people to register interest in projects e.g. Community Garden
 Service Directory for S.P. e.g. plumbers, architects etc
 S.P. site offering skills available
 Finance of site development by advertising from local businesses.
 Community newsletter (Web site and/or hard copy)
 Service Directory for S.P.

OH&S Issues to Community
 Second emergency exit from beachside Suffolk Park
 Pedestrian crossing across from B.P
 Dip site needs better signage and proper fencing to protect children
 Sewage leaks into ponds and creeks




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9.     Bang the Table - feedback

Question:      Does the draft Community Strategic Plan capture your aspirations and ideas for
               Byron Shire?

lecoin Comment 1 19 Oct 2011, 11:20 PM
There is no mention of improving the quality of image of Byron Bay except for those who come to get
drunk though being a volunteer at the lighthouse, I hear more and more complains and
disappointment observations. If people stop passing by the town a lot of things will not be worth
spending for and nothing will improve in any field.

Hancock Comment 2 24 Oct 2011, 6:27 PM
To put it simply I would say no. Why? Because it all reads like spin to me. When I read sub-headings
like "Effective leadership and ethical and accountable decision making" it sounds good but is at total
odds with my experience in dealing with council. Particularly staff and management. Council needs to
learn how to "care" for people in the same way we care for each other and all the beautiful visitors we
have here. Most come from far more stressful environments than we live in and our job, particularly
those of us involved in Tourism need to understand that. Council needs to back that up but I don't
believe they are up to the job.

Karmakaos Comment 3 9 Nov 2011, 9:44 AM
Yes and no. I understand what a strategic Plan means... most people do not.... you must put things
from council in a more people friendly way when advertising and talking to people. Only then will you
get more people coming on board.
Also we must engage with our youth more have event s every second week end where all ages are
engaged and then there will not be the serious amount of vandalism, fights etc that goes on.

molly Comment 4 9 Nov 2011, 12:24 PM
I was glad to read in early Nov 2011 that Tourism Research Australia shows 87% of visitors were
satisfied with their time in Byron Shire. That result is very high and as the Echo points out, is due to
“Mother Nature”. I’d like to use this happy moment to point out a glaring oversight in our Byron Shire
and Northern Rivers discussions. This absence is across tourism, sustainability and transition town,
food strategies or council plans. There is no discussion or planning to attract develop or enhance
enterprises based on science, including nature science.

We need science workers to safeguard the “capital value” of our environment and the biological
aspects of our society. By “science” I include laboratories and study centres of any kind, but
especially related to medicine, materials and important aspects of local ecology: marine, coastal
forests, urban and farming areas. By ‘nature science” I include the theoretical and applied study of
vital processes of nature. These are known to everyone by the living representatives such as wildlife
and plants in the sea, on land and associated with freshwater in the area.

By “science workers” I mean paid professionally trained women and men of an industry sector which
is presently ignored in our region. Graduates and specialists in social and natural sciences are often
interested in taking up local roles but do not find local employment. They are lost to the region as they
shift or even work in other jobs altogether, which is a waste of human resource. By “biological
aspects” I include human health and our environmental needs: water, air, soil, etc.
In interests of local development, genuine jobs, sustainability and beyond,

I would like to see Northern Rivers needs and interests met by long term innovations such as the
following
1.    medical labs for testing and research in the Industrial Estate and similar locations as well as
      diagnostic stations using ICT links with specialists around the world so residents can consult “at
      a distance”.
2.    “pollinators park” at a site like the Island Quarry, where bees, butterflies and moths together with
      associated shrubs, trees and seeds are both a regional resource “bank” and a tourist attraction.
3.    Marine and freshwater research station and/or satellites in Byron Bay, Brunswick, Ocean
      Shores and Golden Beach.
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4.   Designated “homebases’ (at least an office) for community based monitoring and outreach
     program based on every reserve and park and encompassing adjacent housing and farming
     developments. This would bring ongoing attention to the changing needs of wildlife and
     vegetation, which are an important much loved part of our society. Flora and fauna are not
     considered until a crisis occurs. This type of management is exhausting for the community and
     often debilitating for the wildlife and vegetation.
5.   A Science Shop for Northern Rivers, where the community can bring their social and
     environmental questions and research needs. These can be acted upon by staff which can also
     include specialists and students drawn from around the country or the world.
6.   Information centre(s) or hub(s) for local knowledge and its development. These can be part of
     libraries, or stand alone enterprises.

There are many models concerning the planning and finance of these and other related innovations.
The hybrid commercial and non profit enterprise is very successful here and overseas. Canada and
the EU are leaders in promoting a community base for science and nature studies. By including long
term plans and support for these practical useful projects, Byron Shire can be a progressive hub and
an incubator for science in the region.

I would also suggest that Byron Shire amend the criteria for residents of affordable housing plans to
include science workers as eligible “essential staff”.

If these innovations seem “far out”, look at the history of public education and medical services. Our
society supports local teachers, doctors and nurses with buildings, salaries and programs which are
available to all citizens from infancy to old age. We CAN create a way to support scientists, biologists
and environmental scientists in our local community. Frankly, we can’t afford not to include this vital
element of our society in our shire and region.


Question       Which of the community strategies in the draft Plan do you most want to see
               achieved?

Mila Comment 1 17 Oct 2011, 3:02 PM
Community Infrastructure - cycleways (to be built AND maintained eg swept regularly), improved road
infrastructure and improved streetscapes, more public transport.

lecoin Comment 2 19 Oct 2011, 11:23 PM
more bus transports and more often so people will leave their cars at the entrance of the towns
Karmakaos Comment 3 9 Nov 2011, 9:40 AM
Community Infrastructure: In my area a good drainage plan finished, an emergency coastal exit
strategy that does not mean sacrificial or save
Reserves to stay reserves and not have massive developments around them putting them under
pressure we have enough of that with CSG.
Pathways keep clean and clear of roots etc in country areas

Question       Community Infrastructure Theme
               You told us the renewal and maintenance of existing infrastructure,
               and planning for new infrastructure, were important. What do you believe
               should be the top two infrastructure priorities in Byron Shire? Your top two
               projects could include:
                   the renewal of a community infrastructure asset (eg road, building,
                      drainage, STP, sporting field, park, town landscaping, waste
                      management, water and sewerage)
                   a new community infrastructure asset
                   increased maintenance of a community infrastructure asset

lecoin Comment 1 19 Oct 2011, 11:27 PM
A new road to allow people in Suffolk Park to escape and firemen to work in case of fire which would
not be the case actually. Increase maintenance in order to have a clean environment and roads.

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Adam Comment 2 20 Oct 2011, 2:36 PM
Given that Byron now has several major developments/proposals in progress such as the 100
hectare West Byron Development, the eco-village including both residential and commercial buildings
within sunrise, the sunrise bistro/pub, the Ewingsdale hospital site, the numerous other smaller
developments going in and around the industrial estate and within the town its self, all combined with
the prospect that in the future we will see development of the old club-med site and not to forget the
new sporting grounds... one would then assume the biggest issue that will impact our beautiful town
in the future is the increase traffic flow coming in and out.
If we are to seriously forward think and plan for the future, a bypass or solution to the ever occurring
traffic problem should be looked at now rather than after these projects are completed.

Karmakaos Comment 3 9 Nov 2011, 9:35 AM
1.   The renewal of road, building, etc what you said above. In the north of the shire our roads are
     pot holes joined together, we have the chance to have a sporting area in the north for all, in
     the one place and most things have been addressed so that would be great. Grants could
     complete the rest and flooding could be alleviated with culverts and fill movement. Car park in
     flood area.

       More of a fare share of money that has gone into an area over many years not this new way
       of saying well how much more can this area inject with section 94 funds and on a scale etc.
       The peoples of such areas deserve the same as the money making areas.

2.     The above as it needs so much money spent on it, as it has been let go and is now in great
       need of cash flow

Question       Society and Culture Theme

What support do Byron Shire communities need to achieve equitable access to an appropriate
range and level of whole of life services such as health care, education and housing?

lecoin Comment 1 19 Oct 2011, 11:57 PM
Improve access of town for elders and allow them to park their cars long enough to spend their time
in clinic not interrupting to change their car park if they had to wait longer because the doctor had an
emergency

Make many exhibitions of different subjects which would attract all the ages and make Byron shire a
place worth coming to see and stay

Encourage artists to exhibit and sale in a clean place not like the one near the Railway station in
Byron Bay

Have a fixed exhibition in a Lighthouse cottage regarding the local aboriginal culture which could be a
reference for those who are interested

Adam Comment 2 20 Oct 2011, 2:48 PM
Affordable housing is desperately needed. The ever increasing housing prices and rent for both the
residential and commercial sectors is slowly killing off the true local community that makes Byron
Bay. This needs to be addressed if Byron Bay is to sustain a local community who truly gives it its
identity.

Byron as a brand has shifted its orientation from that of a place of alternative lifestyle, and wholesome
community with a family culture, to that of a playground to indulge carefree for both the rich and the
young.

Karmakaos Comment 3 9 Nov 2011, 9:00 AM
There are many in this category that need to be looked into buses that can cross over into each ones
territory so that our children can get to Tafes e.g. Kingscliff on time , that the elderly can use to get to
Tweed heads, etc at the moment this is none existent. Plus bus fares around this area are far too
high for users so no-one uses buses, get government assistance to help with this and then the buses
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will be utilized a lot more. At the moment if a person has to hitch to either their job or school or Tafe
etc they are not covered by any insurance an neither is the employer it is a dangerous situation and
with The Dept. of Social Security saying our youth have to have work leaves the kids in a very unsafe
place. Small buses early in morning and late in afternoon to help workers, school kids with jobs, Tafe
students get home.

Make a hub in Byron or Mullumbimby where all the services are all together Fire Brigade, Police,
SES. Etc which will bring in work.

Affordable housing is in great need each new big Development should supply 5 houses that are for a
medium sized family to rent out at a far price.
Take the emphasis of tourism and bring into the shire more IT work which people country can do with
out having to move we need to diversify.

Question       Environment Theme

               You told us you wanted to protect and enhance the natural environment. How
               can we achieve this?

lecoin Comment 1 19 Oct 2011, 11:46 PM
Not allowing constructions like rabbit cages next to each others destroying the trees and plants while
it is not far from the sea border as it is the case in Suffolk Park.
Adding flowers in towns to beautify it and maintain them.
Encouraging houses maintenance and beautification and not allowing the front of them to look like
public parking while the owners use their garage for non declared business.
Not allowing to build shanties in corrugated iron in their garden and have chicken in residential areas.

graymac Comment 2 3 Nov 2011, 4:22 PM
Why do we not have a waste management system which includes a GREEN BIN? The Ballina model
shows what can be done. Most councils seem to be adopting this model which stops vegetable
matter ending up in landfill and, indeed reduces overall landfill requirements.

Karmakaos Comment 3 9 Nov 2011, 9:21 AM
Our roundabouts are far to busy, and cost a lot in maintenance why not have a couple of stand out
Natives with different colored grave around them which could be laid in a pattern, cost effective look
stunning if you want picture just look at Port Macquarie. Again speaking to the Communitys to get
ideas for gardens around and then getting volunteers to do works. Including the community groups
will get your work done quickly again use local trades as they have the plants etc that are exclusive
for this area. More bubblers around the towns and take bottled water out of the shire no more land fill
needed for that and no pollution. Green waste bins for everyone, taken to tip turned into mulch sold
back to community another source of revenue. Sets In the towns so that people can rest a while
instead of hogging up street space and it will also make the elderly be inclusive in the area and they
have some brilliant ideas for the Environment. Move all the signs to the Parks and reserves most are
now covered up by over grown foliage. Along the sea wall have a day where people can come and
paint on a rock, makes it more enjoyable to walk along and also safer for fishermen at night I could go
on an on.

Question       Corporate Management Theme
               Who do you believe are Council's partners in achieving the outcomes in the
               Community Strategic Plan?

lecoin Comment 1 19 Oct 2011, 11:33 PM
1.   Priority to civil education to children, youth and inhabitants through crash courses in different
     places, days and hours to make people conscious of their environment and how they can keep
     it.
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Karmakaos Comment 2 9 Nov 2011, 8:38 AM
Working with the hard volunteers that are community based eg community associations, etc. and
maybe employing someone from each area to help liaise with all like someone from the north, Cut the
west in 1/2, and Byron etc.

Question       Economy Theme

You told us you want to achieve a diverse economic base and support for local business. How
can we do this?

Karmakaos Comment 1 9 Nov 2011, 8:40 AM
By getting tenders for works done by council from locals, also listening to the community groups
again as they have lists of local people that help with repairs and other things all the time USE OUR
OWN LOCAL COMPANIES



10.    Bang the Table – Quick Poll Result


Question:       Which is the highest priority area for Council to spend its community
                infrastructure maintenance budget on?


                              Bang the Table - Quick Poll Result


                            3% 3%                                        Roads

                   17%                                                   Footpaths and Shared
                                                                         Paths
                                                                         Drainage

                 6%                                                      Parks and Open Spaces
                                                 57%
                                                                         Buildings
                  14%
                                                                         Recreation and Sporting
                                                                         Fields




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