Resilient Byron

Jen TurnerImpact, News

Resilient Byron

Resilient Byron is on a mission to build a resilience and regeneration movement in the Byron Shire and beyond. Made up of local residents and thought leaders in environmental science, community empowerment, food security, ethical entrepreneurship and wellbeing, the Resilient Byron team aim to support and nurture our region to be regenerative for people and the natural environment, and resilient to crises and disasters.

More than half of the free Resilient Communities workshops have been delivered so far. Designed by the Bellingen-based NGO OzGreen, these workshops involve a process of deep listening and strategic questioning. Trained facilitators provide a short presentation, facilitate discussion on participants’ concerns, provide a short presentation on the latest science surrounding each issue, and then move on to a process of visioning, brainstorming for change and planning for action. Bronwyn Morris, Byron Hinterland (Federal) facilitator says, ‘I really value the energy of our group and the great ideas that people have – it inspires me into action!’

And Possum Creek facilitator, Ruth Winton-Brown, reflects on the workshops to date saying, “I really value being a Resilient Communities Facilitator, and especially love the monthly presentation we share with our group, its clarity and the amount of research that has gone into it’.

So far, groups in Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Suffolk Park, Federal, Main Arm, Uki, Possum Creek and Lismore have tackled the issues of climate change and fire & water resilience. Workshops on both water and food resilience are taking place this month, with energy and infrastructure, economy and health resilience workshops scheduled over the coming months.


Main Arm: Sun 17 Oct (Energy Resilience), Sun 21 Nov (Economy and Infrastructure Resilience) and Sun 12 Dec (Health Resilience), 3-5pm. Zoom or in-person TBA.

Uki: Date and location TBA (Water Resilience), Anglican Church.

Mullumbimby: Sat 6 Nov (Food Resilience), Uniting Church Hall, 2-4.30pm. Zoom or in-person TBA.

Byron Hinterland: Sat 13 Nov (Energy Resilience), Sat 11 Dec (Economy and Infrastructure Resilience), Sat 8 Jan (Health Resilience), Jasper Corner Church Hall, 1-4pm.
Resilient Byron Sun 17 Oct (Energy Resilience), Sun 14 Nov (Economy and Infrastructure Resilience), Sun 12 Dec (Health Resilience) and Sun 16 Jan (Food Resilience). Suffolk Park Community Hall, 160/162 Alcorn St, Suffolk Park, 12.30-3.30pm.

Lismore: Sat 23 Oct (Water Resilience), Sat 20 Nov (Food Resilience), Sat 29 Jan (Energy Resilience), Sat 26 Feb (Economy and Infrastructure Resilience), Sat 26 Mar (Health Resilience), 10am-1pm. Zoom or in-person TBA.

Register for the workshops HERE

Find out more about Resilient Byron and access some great resources to help support your community HERE

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