News and Updates

The company behind two of the country’s most well-known music festivals – Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Music and Arts Festival – is applying for an extension to planning approvals to be able to continue its gigs at the North Byron Parklands site.

A proposal to extend the trial period for the cultural events site at North Byron Parklands is on public exhibition today and the community is encouraged to give feedback.


The Commonwealth Government is seeking comment from ship operators, shipping companies, and other relevant stakeholders on proposed changes to ensure coastal shipping plays an increasing role in Australia's freight transport network.

Only 15 per cent of Australia's domestic freight is moved by ship. Coastal shipping has the potential to take long distance cargo off highways and railway lines to ease future freight demands on the national transport network.

The Commonwealth has identified a range of administrative issues in the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012, which place unnecessary burdens on shipping companies and the Australian businesses that rely on coastal shipping. The discussion paper aims to seek views on modifying the Act. 

Written submissions to the discussion paper can be sent to by Friday, 28 April 2017.

To download copies of the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper go


The National Native Title Tribunal is marking the 25th Anniversary of the Recognition of Native Title.

As part of the anniversary the Tribunal has set up a website at: which provides stories, images and videos discussing native title over the last 25 years and the benefits it has supported.

The public is invited to make contributions to the website, which will be added to over the course of 2017.



Cape Byron Master Plan

21 March 2017

Consultation on the Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan closes next Monday 27 March.

Give your feedback on how visitors will experience the Cape Byron area - from nearby beaches to walking and jogging tracks, to parking and getting up to the lighthouse. 

A solar powered electric shuttle bus and improved Cape Byron walking tracks are among the proposals.

Also being considered:  the completion of the Wategos Beach footpath, extension of the walking track beyond the boardwalk on Lighthouse Road and the Tallow Ridge walking track link to Tallow Beach Road to remove conflicts between walkers and cars, and provide a unique and memorable walk. More than 2800 people walk to the Lighthouse daily and the safety of visitors is paramount. Improved walking tracks and lookouts at Little Wategos and the Most Easterly Point of Mainland Australia are important to protect the endangered ecological grassland communities and to provide for the popular joggers and people enjoying the views and wildlife.

Consultation closes on the 27th of March 

Click for more information and to make a submission.


16 March 2017

NSW Greens have expressed outrage at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s suggestion on ABC News 24 yesterday that we have gas crisis which “has been created by policies of state governments that have locked up gas resources over the years despite many warnings” and have called on him to explain why he wants the NSW Government to reopen the Northern Rivers to fracking.

“Malcolm Turnbull and the National Party are actively pushing for more coal seam gas development in NSW and clearly that means they want to see fracking return to the Northern Rivers,” Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith said.


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