Residents go ‘green' at street event

BRUNSWICK Heads was abuzz on Saturday with residents sharing their composting tips and recycling advice at the Brunswick Heads Sustainable Streets workshop.

Byron Council’s sustainability officer, Graeme Williams, said he was particularly pleased with the cross-section of age groups and diversity of life-experience represented in the group.

“We had young families, to singles and older couples,” he said. “It was a great mix and fantastic to see people chatting, getting to know each other and sharing information.”

The Sustainable Streets program aims to empower residents with sustainable living tips, while providing the tools for residents to reduce their utility bills and build connections in the neighbourhood.

During the next seven months, the new Brunswick Heads group will meet on the second Saturday of each month in the Uniting Church hall from 10am to noon.

The next meeting is on Saturday, September 10, and will focus on energy-saving skills, with future workshops on organic gardening, backyard biodiversity and green cleaning also in the pipeline.

Under the Sustainable Streets program, residents are able to earn “sustainability stamps” up to the value of $1000 to fund a community project at the end of the formal program.

The first Sustainable Street in the Byron Shire was established in Mullumbimby in 2009 and also has seen groups from Mullum Creek and South Golden Beach actively take part in the program.

For more information or to join the new group, contact Graeme Williams on 66267305 or visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/sustainable-streets-program

RIGHT: Jo Hoy from North East Waste Forum, performer Ellie ‘Ewaste’ and resident Kathryn Terrill at Saturday’s Sustainable Streets workshop in Brunswick Heads.


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