Merv Pepper of Myocum chatting about rural land use.
Merv Pepper of Myocum chatting about rural land use.

Strategy aims to protect the future of Byron’s hinterland

A RURAL land use strategy is being developed to capture a vision for the Byron Shire and provide planning direction for rural lands.

Mayor Simon Richardson said the strategy had been developed over the past year, and took a "holistic look at the connection between the environment and how it is inhabited".

"Our rural hinterland is rich in biodiversity, agriculture and eclectic villages. It's a special place to live, work and explore," he said.

"The draft contains a strategic framework to guide future land zoning, protection and development of our rural land through a practical set of actions to be delivered over the next 20 years.

Interspersed with interviews from rural residents, Byron Shire Council is seeking feedback on the draft strategy until May 20.

"The draft Byron Shire draft Rural Land Use Strategy aims to build upon the strength of existing communities and ensure a balance between the rural environment, economy, living arrangements and infrastructure services," Cr Richardson said.

"It is vital that you provide your input to help create the most innovative, impressive and well balanced rural land use strategy, possible."

A community forum will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall.

Review the strategy at the council's website: www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/draft-byron-rural-land-use-strategy, or phone 6626 7126, or email council@byron.nsw.gov.au.



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