More species threatened

The number of threatened species in the Byron Shire has increased from 74 in 2001 to 90 in 2004 according to the latest statistics and facts about the state of the shire's environment.

Byron Shire Council general manager Pam Westing said the Byron State of the Environment (SOE) Report 2004 prepared over the past six months detailed human impacts on the environment and provided a summary of the environmental attributes of the area.

The report identifies general pressures on environmental themes such as biodiversity, cultural heritage, human settlement, inland and coastal waters, land and the atmosphere.

It also looks at the current condition of these environmental themes and identifies the responses that council and the community are doing, or need to do, to better manage the environment.

Some of the findings include the average household consumes 211,000 litres of wa- ter per year (this is below the state average of 240,000 litres per year); recycling has doubled at the Myocum landfill during the past three years and the Byron community contributes to approximately 258,560 equivalent C02 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere annually.

The SOE report is available on council's website and at community access points.

The report or CD is also available from council's administration building at Mullumbimby for $22.

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