REGISTRATIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PANEL HAVE NOW CLOSED.
We will contact randomly selected panellists over coming weeks.
You can still be involved in the Panel by making a submission using the template provided below.
The Byron Shire is well known as a domestic and international tourist destination, with over two million annual visitors. Local residents and tourists alike place significant value on the unique character of the area and its lifestyle.
The conundrum before Council is how to balance protection of that character with demands for more, and higher quality, infrastructure.
With rates recently increased, the next issue to be addressed is this: how should the money generated through the rate increase and earmarked for expenditure on infrastructure be prioritised, and how should those priorities be funded if rates alone are not enough?
Council has a plan to engage with the community thoroughly on this front; to go deeper in talking about how resources should be allocated over coming years, embarking on the hard conversations about priorities, growth, development and service levels. Like many other small, regional councils, they must do this within limited means and find a way to genuinely build a role for residents as a complementary voice and input in making public decisions.