Byron Bay rallies to help flood and fire victims

Byron Bay is rallying to help victims of the tragic Victorian bushfires and the North Queensland floods.

Set up under the banner, 'Byron to the Bush', group members include Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham, Beach Hotel manager Elke van Haandel, Margaret Robertson of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation, Byron United president Ed Ahern, Greens MLC Ian Cohen and Bluesfest director Peter Noble.

The fundraising team has undertaken to oversee the distribution of funds and donations after its various fundraisers.

The major event will be held at the Beach Hotel on Sunday March 8 from 2pm to 6pm with pub-goers on the day encouraged to donate a minimum of $10 on the door as an entry fee to start the fundraising. The day will feature special guest performances, raffles and an auction.

Long-time Byron Bay resident Grant Hilton will be doorknocking the businesses of Byron Bay and Byron Arts and Industry Estate asking for donations of goods and services to be auctioned or raffled on the day. He can be contacted at or on mobile 0415 591 521.

Byron United will also be appealing to members to donate. Contact Diana Liptrot at or phone on 6680 8853.

You can also contact the Beach Hotel to donate on the following email

'Byron to the Bush' is also organising a fundraising dinner at the Pacific Dining Room on Friday, March 6.

There will be another fundraiser at The Great Northern Hotel at a date to be announced.

For those who are willing to make contributions for the raffles and auctions, they can advise of their support to either, or to

Cr Barham said that once again the generosity of the local community was coming to the fore.

“As our hearts go out to the communities that have been affected by the disasters, we know that we can unite as a community and offer them the financial support to start rebuilding their lives,” she said.

“The group is encouraging other organisations and venues to participate on the day with events in all our communities, large or small, with proceeds included as one Byron Shire donation.

“Byron Shire Council last week voted to donate $5000 to each of the States and will receive a report on further potential for support”.

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