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Tallowood releases creek frontage land

Tallowood releases creek frontage land

Byron Shire’s community with heart, Tallowood Ridge in Mullumbimby, has just released Stage 3B of the immensely popular neighbourhood and two lots have sold in the first week.

“Of course we have been thrilled with the response to Tallowood Ridge” said John Bennett, one of the collective of owners.  “Pushing forward the release of Stage 3B to meet demand has been a great thing to be able to do. It’s quite remarkable to watch this community unfolding, what continually blows us away is the ownership and commitment of the residents to Tallowood.

“They have been instrumental in setting up community gardens, working with Council and each other. One family built a fabulous treehouse in one of the reserve areas. It’s used by lots of different families and is always a hub of activity”.

There are now 11 home sites available, priced from $224,000 for a near level 450sqm site on a quiet street facing north, to $298,000 for a 560sqm site in a premium position with frontage to both creek and nature reserve. The back yards of the new home sites in Stage 3B face the morning sun and this is the very first opportunity to buy creek frontage within Tallowood Ridge. Twenty metres on either side of the creek is being rehabilitated into nature reserve.

Only 42% of the 145 acre site will be developed for housing. The majority of the site, 84 acres, is being set aside in perpetuity for environmental protection, parks and recreation areas.

Tallowood Ridge is working closely with Wetland Care, who provide restoration, rehabilitation and monitoring services for the community. Work undertaken this year includes planting five thousand native species, erosion and weed control. Tallowood Ridge has been divided into ten management zones set aside for environmental restoration and rehabilitation, which are linked to particular stages of the development.

Granny flats and pets are both welcome at Tallowood Ridge, which offers full NBN coverage to all home sites.

“The houses being built reflect a very high standard” said John Bennett. “We are very pleased to be getting feedback that the quality of housing has improved considerably”.

Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby. www.tallowoodridge.com

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Juzzie Smith does Fathers’ Day at Byron at Byron

Juzzie Smith does Fathers’ Day at Byron at Byron

One of the Byron Shire’s most celebrated fathers will play for the annual Fathers’ Day lunch celebration at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

“Being a father is what made me become a playful musician” said Juzzie Smith, “and that’s when I became well known. People connected with that playfulness. Being a dad brings an amazing simplicity and joy in life”.

Juzzie’s unique music embraces elements of the blues, country, groove and roots as he masterfully combines guitar, harmonica and percussion. He plays up to five instruments at once and recently added juggling shaker balls that you have to see to believe.

He took up the harmonica at thirteen and by 23 he had won the coveted Golden Harmonica at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Byron Blues Blowout twice. Tired of late nights gigging, he quit his band, bought an old bus, packed up his family and took off on a busking tour of Australia. The rest is history.

Guests can dine from the normal a la carte menu or enjoy the special Fire Pit Fathers’ Day lunch – local meats and fish cooked over hickory on the resort’s open charcoal grill.

“Fathers’ Day at the Byron at Byron should be real fun because the whole family can kick back and enjoy the show” said Juzzie. “Come along and take some time out for yourself as above all this music soothes the soul and makes the heart sing”.

Fathers’ Day Lunch at The Byron at Byron Sunday 1st September, midday.

Please contact 02 66392105 or reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

Bookings are essential.

For further information including interviews and images please contact Caroline Desmond 

02 66875674  0415 499429  caroline@carolinedesmond.com.au


Mayor Simon Richardson thanks community engine

Dean Power with Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson

Just under $20,000 has been raised for Byron Shire not-for-profit groups since June through social commerce platform Community Engine.

“This is a remarkable achievement and on behalf of Council I would like to sincerely thank Community Engine for their visionary and grass roots approach to doing business in the Byron shire” said Mayor Simon Richardson. “Community Engine allows local businesses to support, refer and recommend each other. It keeps online spending local, which is something we must focus on in this shire. Australians spend $16 billion annually on online sales. With so many online businesses in the Byron shire we need to ensure that we are getting the lions’ share of this expenditure”.

According to Community Engine’s Dean Power there is still around $73,000 to give through the Community Engine giveaway.

Every time a person clicks to “follow” a group on Community Engine, that group gets $1. If they are a business they donate it and if they are a not-for-profit group they keep it. All you have to do is sign up to the giveaway and you can raise up to $5,000 for each group.

“There is now no excuse to be offline” outlined Power, a Bangalow based father of four who headed up Community Engine’s pilot program held earlier this year. “We are about providing easy presence on the internet in a way that supports local communities”.

Community Engine offers a web presence, email, social media and networking at no cost for both individuals and groups. For those wishing to utilise the world class e-commerce facility, a fee of between 2.85% and 6.5% is charged. Two of the most popular functions are the database and membership management facilities.

Byron shire groups active on Community Engine include VIA Byron, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, the Byron Community Centre, the Byron Beach Café, WIRES Northern Rivers, Byron Youth Service, Tallowood Ridge Estate and the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

“We encourage anybody who hasn’t checked out the platform to come on board and have a play” said Dean Power.

For more information go to www.communityengine.com.au call 1300 266 686 or email hello@communityengine.com

Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Dean Power with Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson (photo by Carly Brown)
Photo 2 – Community Engine’s Dean Power (photo by Carly Brown)


Tallowood Ridge residents celebrate

The first get together was held recently for Tallowood Ridge residents, with current and future residents gathering in the community park to celebrate Christmas and welcome in the new year.

“The party was great” said Mark Evans, who has purchased lot 2 in Tallowood Ridge with his partner. “We are not living on site yet so it was great to meet the neighbours. We are just looking forward to living in a community where we can build something together. It’s really exciting for us to finally move somewhere where we can actually feel part of the community”.

Close to 40 people attended the gathering, enjoying a barbecue put on by owners of the community.

“This is the start of real community caring and sharing” said Chair of the owner’s team Christopher Dean. “At the heart of any community is a regular meeting between the residents sharing their successes, airing concerns and bringing energy to community needs. It is hoped that this will be the first of many regular sessions that will help bond the community into a real heart centred place for all residents. It was perfect to start this on the day our new play park was opened”.

Tallowood Ridge has experienced unprecedented interest over the past few months, with eight sales taking place since October. All these buyers except one were from the Byron shire, with three lots going to investors and the remaining four being purchased by locals intending to move into Tallowood Ridge.

A family from Perth attracted to Tallowood’s NBN coverage have purchased within the community and have enrolled their children into Mullumbimby’s Shearwater Steiner School.

Land at Tallowood Ridge is priced from $233,000 for an elevated lot with breezes and killer views.


Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Mark Evans has purchased at Tallowood Ridge
Photo 2 – Tallowood Ridge Christmas party
Photo 3 – Comedian, writer and publicist Mandy Nolan at her Tallowood Ridge home
Photo 4 – Producer and marketing consultant Roe Ritchie at her Tallowood Ridge home
Photo 5 – Tallowood Ridge play park