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Toward a sustainable future for the Gleniffer Reserves

Toward a sustainable future for the Gleniffer Reserves

Community consultation as the first step toward the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan has begun. Input from the Bellingen Shire community is being gathered until December 19.

The development of the Master Plan will commence in early 2015 and will investigate more sustainable levels of visitation, the natural environment, visitor behavior, impacts on local residents, facilities and infrastructure. Local firm Fisher Design + Architecture is leading the consultant team, who are working with Bellingen Shire Council and a Gleniffer Working Group.

Sixteen year old Mia Rann has lived her life in the Promised Land near the Reserves. “Watching it deteriorate is really sad” she said. “One of the things about Bellingen it has always been such an accepting place, but now a lot of the people who come out here and use the river they don’t know how to treat it properly. It’s killing it. It would be really sad to see it become just another river spot because it is so much more than that to locals. You need to conserve places like this. By the end of it the resource is going to be completely dried up if we don’t take care of it”.

The local community is encouraged to fill out the Gleniffer Reserves feedback form, which can be found on the Council website at www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au or in hard copy at Council’s front desk. Further information can be obtained by emailing glenifferreserves@outlook.com or calling Council’s Economic & Business Development Manager Michael Grieve on 6655 7300

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Byron at Byron New Years’ Eve Party with Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul

Byron at Byron New Years’ Eve Party with Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul

Dubbed as “The Party”, the New Years’ Eve event at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is set to dazzle, with songstress Lisa Hunt and her Forever Soul show performing under the stars.

“I am very excited to be playing at The Byron at Byron this New Years Eve” said the glorious Ms Hunt. “It’s been more than a decade since I’ve done a hometown New Years’ gig. We’ve always been snapped up by the high rollers on the Gold Coast very early in the year. The setting is like a dream; under the stars, lush greenery, top notch cuisine. Oh yeah it’s going to be a fun but classy affair”.

As well as touring her Forever Soul show at popular venues, Lisa and her band have performed this show at private parties for the likes of Robert Oatley, Marcus Blackmore, Steve Pelligrino and Solomon Lew.

“We have Soul, Motown, Funk and Disco to dance in the New Year” said Lisa Hunt. “Aretha, Stevie, 4 tops, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, all your favourite timeless classics. I can hardly wait”.

From 7:00pm Wednesday December 31. Dress to impress.

The night of decadence offers two dining options. Tickets $175 including Buffet dinner or $240 including Degustation dinner. Price includes complimentary drink upon arrival, dinner and Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul show. A Blanches Bus service is operating during the evening, dropping off and picking up outside The Byron at Byron Resort.

For bookings and enquiries 6639 2105 or reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

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Mid week getaway at Byron at Byron

Mid week getaway at Byron at Byron

See what all the fuss is about at Australia’s favourite hideaway, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

Until December 14, for only $395 per night for two people enjoy

–       Overnight accommodation with a complimentary upgrade to a Superior Suite
–        Full buffet breakfast for two
–       2 x $20 spa vouchers
–       Bottle of wine when dining in The Restaurant

Valid Sunday to and including Thursday nights.

02 6639 2105 or reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

Every suite at The Byron at Byron boasts a separate bedroom with a large living room, galley kitchen with dining setting for four, luxurious bathroom with separate deep bath and shower and two enclosed balconies.

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Bellingen Shire Community Urged to Comment on Gleniffer Reserves

Bellingen Shire Community Urged to Comment on Gleniffer Reserves

The Bellingen Shire community is encouraged to contribute to the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan. Feedback is being sought via a feedback form which can be collected from Council’s Administrative Centre or downloaded on our website at www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au. Community feedback is sought until Friday 19 December 2014.

The four Gleniffer Reserves are adjacent to private properties and next to the World Heritage Area of Dorrigo National Park and Tuckers Nob State Forests. They have been enjoyed by our community for generations. In recent years however, promotion of the Reserves by tourism organisations and local word of mouth has resulted in the area becoming increasingly popular. Gleniffer residents have reported a large increase in visitation levels to a point where it is impacting on the natural environment and local amenity.

Local residents have been caring for the Reserves for many years by maintaining the amenities and restoring the environment. Now however, the level of visitor use of the Reserves exceeds the local’s capacity to care for them.

In March Bellingen Shire Council endorsed the Community Facilities and Open Space Infrastructure Section 94 Developer Contribution Plan 2014, which included funding to establish a Master Plan for the Gleniffer Reserves. A consultant team led by local firm Fisher Design + Architecture has now been engaged by Council to facilitate community consultation and develop the Master Plan.

“I urge residents to consider how we as a community can manage the Gleniffer Reserves sustainably so that your children and their children’s children may enjoy them in generations to come” said Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Mark Troy.

“Your input should be provided via the Gleniffer Reserves feedback form, which is available from Council’s Administrative Centre or downloaded from www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au. We welcome all comments from the Gleniffer and Bellingen Shire communities, who have until December 19th to have their say”, added the Mayor.

Further information can be obtained by emailing glenifferreserves@outlook.com or calling Council’s Economic & Business Development Manager, Michael Grieve on 6655 7300.