The search is on

Byron Shire Council is searching for new streets to join the Sustainable Streets program.


The Sustainable Street program is a Byron and Tweed Shire Council joint initiative which encourages residents in the same locality to come together and identify practical ways to reduce their environmental footprint.


Byron Shire sustainability officer Graeme Williams said the program offered residents practical ways to restore local biodiversity, improve household water and energy efficiency, as well as organic gardening and ethical shopping workshops.


“Other benefits include the social aspect of getting to know your neighbour, which is often lost in our busy day-to-day lives,” he said.


Byron Shire currently has two streets in Mullumbimby, New City Road and Stuart Street already participating in the program.


Program officer Nina Bishop said feedback from streets currently involved in the program had included real estate agents using the Sustainable Streets program as a positive benefit for house listings.


“It’s also a great program that encourages neighbours to swap produce over the back fence and share knowledge and skills for a cleaner environment,” she said.


The program consists of regular neighbourhood gatherings and sustainability education workshops on topics ranging from local food production and biodiversity to energy efficiency and green cleaning.


A series of informative fact sheets, eco-living challenges and prizes will be available to assist participating residents in their journey towards sustainability.


Applications close on March 1 from www.byron.nsw.gov.au/sustainable-streets.


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