Applications for Council’s Community Resilience Grants now open

Community groups, businesses and individuals are invited to apply for funding of up to $10,000 to deliver community led activities and initiatives that build resilience in our communities.

Council’s Community Resilience Grants program is funded through the joint NSW and Australian Government NSW Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF).

The funded projects will address community, economic, asset or environmental resilience and contribute to at least one of the following disaster recovery outcomes:

  1. The needs of vulnerable groups are addressed in disaster recovery
  2. The community is aware of the disaster recovery processes
  3. The community can express its changing disaster recovery needs
  4. Community members are aware of the risks of future disasters
  5. The community has improved capacity and capability to respond to future disasters
  6. Business and not-for-profits have in place adequate mitigation practices for risks and threats
  7. Government, private sector, civil society and organisations are engaged in plans for preparedness and management of the recovery.

Applications close Thursday 14th October 2021. For further information, and to lodge an online application follow this link to Building Community Resilience page on Council’s website.

Fixing Country Bridges Update – NSW Public Works calls for expressions of interest

Thirty-eight of the new bridges to be built in Kyogle local government area under the Fixing Country Bridges Program will be managed by NSW Public Works as design and construct contracts.
NSW Public Works has called for expressions of interest from contractors interested in tendering for these works.

More details about the project and the proposed contracts are available using this link

Covid 19 close contact locations

The following information has been provided by the Northern NSW Local Health District on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Northern NSW, both close contacts of the man in his 50s reported yesterday.

All three cases are currently being cared for at Lismore Base Hospital, and all are in a stable condition.

To date there have been no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents of Northern NSW Local Health District.

Northern NSW Local Health District has now been advised of the following close contact locations in the region:

  • Foodworks, Shop 2/2 Byron St, Bangalow 2479, Monday 2 August 2021, between 09:45 -11:15
  • Woolworths, 106 Jonson St Byron Bay 2481, Wednesday 4 August 2021, 2:30 – 4:00
  • Bangalow Pharmacy, 23 Byron Street Bangalow 2479, Thursday 5 August 2021, 11:00 -11:30
  • Bangalow Pharmacy, 23 Byron Street Bangalow 2479, Friday, 6 August 2021, 11:00 – 11:30
  • Japonaise Kitchen, 2/25-27 Lawson St Byron Bay 2481, Friday, 6 August 2021, 17:00-17:30
  • Harvest Cafe, Village 18, 22 Old Pacific Hwy Newrybar 2479, Saturday 7 August 2021, 09:45 – 10:20

Anyone who attended the above venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result.

NSW Health sends a text message to people who have checked in at close contact venues with further information. We also make a follow-up call to close contacts to discuss the isolation and testing requirements. If you have not received a text message, please call 1800 943 553.
As this situation evolves, these locations may be updated.

Under the current stay at home orders in place until 12.01am Tuesday 17 August, people in the four local government areas of Byron Shire, Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends. These rules apply to anyone who has been in these local government areas on or after Saturday 31 July.

If you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it, and limit physical contact with people you do not live with.

Reasonable excuses to leave home are:

• To obtain food or other goods and services
o in your local government area, within 10km of your home if reasonably practicable
o for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
o for vulnerable people
o only one person per household may leave the home to obtain food or
other goods and services each day (you may take a dependent person
with you if that person cannot be left at home on their own)
• leave home to go to work if
o you cannot reasonably work from home and
o the business is allowed to be open
• leave home for education if it is not possible to do it at home
• exercise and take outdoor recreation in the local government area you live in
or 10km from your home
• go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19
vaccination.
More detailed information about the Stay at Home Orders, including a list of businesses that are closed, is available at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions

Hospital visitor restrictions tightened

Visitor restrictions are being tightened at the health facilities within the four LGAs under stay at home orders: Byron Shire, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Ballina.

Visitors are not permitted at facilities within these LGAs, unless they receive an exemption from the health facility. An example of an exemption would be for compassionate reasons related to a patient receiving end of life care.

Any visitors who receive an exemption will need to comply with the entry and screening requirements, including checking in with QR codes and wearing a mask.

Women accessing birthing services can nominate one support person during her labour, birth and post-delivery.

These changes do not apply to hospitals and health facilities in the LGAs not included in the stay at home order.

For exceptional circumstances we encourage visitors and families to discuss their individual needs with staff. We know these restrictions can be challenging, and we appreciate your understanding during this time.

Don’t delay getting tested
We urge people to come forward for testing at the first sign of any COVID-19 symptoms.

Already in the first 24 hours since this case was identified, we have seen increasing numbers of people presenting to our testing clinics. There are more than 25 testing clinics across Northern NSW, and you do not need a referral to get a test. COVID-19 testing is free.

All the local testing clinics and their opening hours are listed on the NSW government website or, you can also contact your GP.

Council extends public consultation period on proposed changes to LEP

Kyogle Council has extended the public consultation period on proposed changes to the Kyogle Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland announced today (Friday 2 July) that the closing date for people to lodge submissions on the proposed changes had been extended by two weeks to 4pm Friday, 16 July.

Cr Mulholland said the decision to extend the public consultation period was made in response to requests from the community.

“Most Councillors had been contacted by several people who had only just seen the planning proposal to amend the LEP and wanted more time to consider its implications,” she said.

“Council is all about transparency and engagement so in response to these requests, we have extended the time for submissions to be received by a fortnight.

“I would also encourage anyone looking at the proposed changes to consider them in conjunction with Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) so they get the big picture of the direction Council is heading.”

The Planning Proposal to amend the LEP and supporting documentation can be viewed at the On Public Exhibition page – follow this link.

Tip shop to open from 11-17 November to take donations

The Kyogle Tip Shop will be open to accept donations of goods and materials from members of the public from Monday 11 – Sunday 17 November 2019.

The Kyogle Resource Innovation Collective (KRIC) is calling on members of the community to donate any unwanted goods and materials to stock the Tip Shop ahead of its grand opening to the public which is planned for December 2019.

Items which can be donated include:

  • whitegoods and household appliances
  • building, construction and renovating materials
  • tools and gardening equipment
  • toys and sporting equipment
  • home decoration items
  • second-hand furniture
  • car and bike parts and accessories.

The collection coincides with National Recycling Week which aims to promote recycling within the community.

“There is no better way to get involved in National Recycling Week than gathering up all your unwanted items and donating them to the Tip Shop,” Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said.

Donated items will be resold as is, or upcycled to create new goods for sale, with all profits going to support further projects, activities and events aimed at reducing waste, increasing recycling and improving environmental education within the community.

Kyogle Council hopes the community will embrace the spirit of National Recycling Week and come out to support the KRIC as they seek to establish the new look Tip Shop.

However, Council also asks the community to be mindful that the Tip Shop is not an alternative to disposing of items that have reached their end of life.

“Items donated must be in working condition or good order. The KRIC volunteers will refuse to accept any goods and materials that they feel are in an unsaleable, unusable or unsafe condition,”Kyogle Council General Manager Graham Kennett said.

“Any rejected items should be disposed of responsibly through your domestic waste disposal service or by visiting any of Council’s waste facilities.”

Items can be donated to the Tip Shop during the following times:

  • Monday 11 – Thursday 14 November between 9am – 12pm
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November between 9am – 3pm.

The Tip Shop is located next to the Container Deposit Scheme shed at the Kyogle Landfill Facility on Runnymede Road, Kyogle.