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Are You Living in a Heritage Home?

Many people in the shire do not know they may be living in a heritage-listed property. All of Bangalow and Mullumbimby central is a heritage area. In  Mullum, if you live west of the railway line, south or east of the river, or north of Saltwater Creek, your house may have restrictions or even a full conservation order on it.

Bangalow residents are more aware of the town’s heritage listing as most residents are obviously committed to maintaining it’s rustic charm. This is ironic as in the early 70’s, the shire council wanted to eradicate all the overhead verandas throughout the shire as they were dangerous and kept in bad repair. At the time Bangalow was so broke it could not afford to remove them so just refused to do it. That’s the only reason why Bangalow was lucky enough to maintain the charming pioneer style residents and tourists appreciate so much today.

Byron Shire Council is offering a “Free Heritage Advice” session on 18 August. If you have any questions or want to understand more about your property, contact Noreen Scott on 6626 7062 and make an appointment.

Masterplan Progress

Look out for the pop-up chat rooms in Byron, Mullum or Bangalow. Each of these towns are at different stages of a masterplan development and council is giving an overview and asking for community feedback. Please don’t be one of these annoying people who do not participate when community consultation is offered and then have nothing but bile when the proposals are presented.

Farming Out The Farm

The good people at The Farm are currently under pressure. It may be they have been too successful for some neighbours and competing businesses. As you can see from the car park driving by it is almost always full. They wish to enable the restaurant Three Blue Ducks, plus Flowers at The Farm, The Produce Store, Farm Kids and Farm Tours and all the organic food growing to continue to operate as they do currently.

They are asking for people to write to council to support their DA. Address it to Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219, Mullumbimby, NSW 2482 and tell them why you appreciate all the work The Farm is doing. Especially the community and charity work. Or write an email and send it to community at thefarmbyronbay.com.au.

Brunswick Fish Co-op

There is some controversy around with whats going to happen to the Brunswick Fish Co-op. The police has been shut down unexpectedly and staff have been let go. Maybe it could be handled better but this building and business could probably do with a makeover. Many of the old fish co-ops up and down the coast of been reinvented and they often turn out to be excellent establishments - still catering to a mum and dad fish and chip shop, while still providing a full compliment of restaurants and shops. Lets hope they do it well in the end.

Sustainable House Day

Applications are now open for the annual Sustainable House Day Expo. These are very popular events and highlight our local area’s creativity and expertise in sustainable house building and design. This year it will be held in Tweed Heads on September 16. If you want to enter a design or concept you can find the application form google it at sustainablehousedaynr. Or just turn up and see for yourself.

Discussions on Alternative Housing Options

Thursday 10th of August at the Brunswick Picture House there will be a discussion on all of the shire's alternative housing projects. It is being put on by the Green Institute which is a national progressive think tank promoting community cohesion. It is $20 at the door which will include a meat or veto meal, drinks will be available, but bring your own alcohol. Tickets at the door. 

Then on Wednesday 16th of August there will be the second meeting for Social Habitat Housing. This is for the people interested in becoming residents at the proposed Tiny House/Land Lease Community starting in Mullumbimby. It will be at the Mullumbimby RSL 5 - 6.30 PM. For more information on this, go to the website at shh.socialhabitat.com.au. 

Heritage Train to Start

The 2 km train trip from Elements Resort to Byron CBD is progressing and will be up and running by December. The Byron Bay Railroad Company, and Elements of Byron, is owned and operated by coal baron Brian Flannery of White Energy. When the project began it was to be a heritage, two carriage diesel train but has now converted to solar power and is the first solar powered train in the world. There are solar trains in India but they only power the lights and fans.

Mr Flannery is not the only coal baron putting an eco gloss on their activity in the shire. In a valley near Federal, the ex co-owner of Whitehaven Coal (remember the Nathan Tinkler debacle), has been attempting to recreate the big scrub by regenerating over 600 acres of degraded grazing land. 

How They Do It In China

Resident action groups in Byron Shire are often active and successful in protecting the shire from rampant development. They should consider the plight of Chinese homeowners, residents and community groups opposing plans for new works. Lack of democracy in China certainly makes it easier for local government to get things done as this example shows.

The city of Chongqing, which has a population of 8.2 million, recently installed a two-lane road running across the rooftop of a five-storey, mixed-use building. But if you thought that might be noisy, spare a thought for the residents of another building, which has a light railway running through its 6th-8th floors – pictured here.

 Byron Bay Writers Festival

The BBWF starts is on this weekend and for anyone who has not participated you are missing out. It is the biggest and best literary festival in regional Australia and well worth the time and effort. Get lost in good conversation and interesting discussions. Kids day is on Sunday and they love it. Google the website and get a ticket.

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Hot Property - November

Possum Creek - top end

This property is built on a high spot in magical Possum Creek with great northerly rural views. EOI stands for Expression Of Interest and it is looking for someone to express an interest that starts with a "4" followed by six zeros, at least. Ticks all the boxes for a top end lifestyle - 5 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, studio, orchard, 80 acres, close to town but private. 

 Wategos - top end #2

This three bedroom house with adjoining villa is currently listed in Wategos Beach. It is an established Holiday Let property with an income of $200,000 PA. It was purchased in 2003 by London based surveyor, Charles Lee. He was in Oz following the Rugby World Cup, visited Byron and fell in love - as you do. It is listed by LJ Hooker Byron and looking for offers between $6 - 6.5M.

Lighthouse Road - Top End #3

A Mortgagee in Possession auction coming up on Lighthouse Road will be interesting. This is one of the last of the old houses along Lighthouse Road on the way to Wategos. These properties have perfect north views looking over the Pass and the hinterland. Renovations or rebuilds along this premium strip have been getting over $6M sales. 

Mullumbimby - mid range

My favourite part of Mullumbimby, north of town and south of the river, has had a bit of activity. There have been a few sales but not as surprising as the ones at New City Road which went for well over market expectations. 2 Tyagerah Street, original home on a large block, went for $795,000 at auction the previous weekend. There is another property in this area which has good potential and is listed off-market for offers over $750,000. 

Vacant Land, Wilsons Creek

Hen's teeth are easy at the moment compared to small acreages. This one just listed in Wilson's Creek - 5 acres for $500,000 with creek frontage.

Lismore, Casino, Kyogle

Property valuation firm Herron Todd White (HTW) have placed a firm "buy" notice on these three Northern Rivers  locations. I tend to agree with them. The low purchase price (under $300,000) plus the reasonable rents (at least 5%) make them interesting especially as other, more coastal, markets stay strong.

Alternative Digs

1. Dream Domes

This company in Billinudgel has been making dome dwellings for many years. The Dreamdome is a modular prefabricated building system. They are offering the first 22 people a discount price on the Dreamdome model to get the new product out there and be tested in the market place. 

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2. Glamping 

"Glamping" is all the rage around the world so we have to have it here in groovy Byron. "Glamorous Camping" is soon to pop up at the Byron Holiday Park between Byron and Suffolk this Xmas. Local accomodation provider, Cameron Arnold, already has a history of Glamping at the Falls and Splendour Festivals so this is not such a stretch. The luxury tents will be fully catered with a pop up restaurant and bar from Harvest cafe.

Title Tattle

Sydney property developer and major land owner of the West Byron development site, Terry Agnew, is in the news. His iconic Sydney home in Bellevue Hill is on the market for an expected $70M. "Rona" is a gothic style residence built in 1883 on an acre and a half. The Agnews have completed extensive renovation. Agnew is also the owner of the adjacent property on Ewingsdale Road as his company purchased the old chicken factory off the Ingham family for an estimated $3M. He became the majority owner of the West Byron site after most of the original local owners took their bat and ball and went home after facing too much local resistance. 

The sale of "Rona" will easily surpass in cost another Sydney property with a Byron Bay connection. Altona, previously Sydney's most expensive home in Point Piper, sold for $46M by Wategos beach resident, Deke Miskin. That sale is now in the news again as it was sold by a Chinese born real estate agent. It looks like the agent put the sale in the name of her mother's name to save the mainland Chinese billionaire, Mr Wang, not having to go through the Foreign Investor Revue Board. The mother got the land tax bill and other complications and now everyone involved is in a world of pain. 

Win for AirBNB

Short term holiday letting in NSW got a boost recently. The Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning spent 18 months looking into the industry. The report just released said that the industry is "operating successfully" and "with the right amount of legislation and compliance regime, can be operated in residential areas". Byron Shire at least us well advanced on this issue with what is hopefully a successfully negotiated compromise between residents and HLO (Holiday Let Organisation).

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Hot Property - November

Possum Creek - top end

This property is built on a high spot in magical Possum Creek with great northerly rural views. EOI stands for Expression Of Interest and it is looking for someone to express an interest that starts with a "4" followed by six zeros, at least. Ticks all the boxes for a top end lifestyle - 5 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, studio, orchard, 80 acres, close to town but private. 

 Wategos - top end #2

This three bedroom house with adjoining villa is currently listed in Wategos Beach. It is an established Holiday Let property with an income of $200,000 PA. It was purchased in 2003 by London based surveyor, Charles Lee. He was in Oz following the Rugby World Cup, visited Byron and fell in love - as you do. It is listed by LJ Hooker Byron and looking for offers between $6 - 6.5M.

Lighthouse Road - Top End #3

A Mortgagee in Possession auction coming up on Lighthouse Road will be interesting. This is one of the last of the old houses along Lighthouse Road on the way to Wategos. These properties have perfect north views looking over the Pass and the hinterland. Renovations or rebuilds along this premium strip have been getting over $6M sales. 

Mullumbimby - mid range

My favourite part of Mullumbimby, north of town and south of the river, has had a bit of activity. There have been a few sales but not as surprising as the ones at New City Road which went for well over market expectations. 2 Tyagerah Street, original home on a large block, went for $795,000 at auction the previous weekend. There is another property in this area which has good potential and is listed off-market for offers over $750,000. 

Vacant Land, Wilsons Creek

Hen's teeth are easy at the moment compared to small acreages. This one just listed in Wilson's Creek - 5 acres for $500,000 with creek frontage.

Lismore, Casino, Kyogle

Property valuation firm Herron Todd White (HTW) have placed a firm "buy" notice on these three Northern Rivers  locations. I tend to agree with them. The low purchase price (under $300,000) plus the reasonable rents (at least 5%) make them interesting especially as other, more coastal, markets stay strong.

Alternative Digs

1. Dream Domes

This company in Billinudgel has been making dome dwellings for many years. The Dreamdome is a modular prefabricated building system. They are offering the first 22 people a discount price on the Dreamdome model to get the new product out there and be tested in the market place. 

RENDER DOME 5M DESERT 963x475 1

 

2. Glamping 

"Glamping" is all the rage around the world so we have to have it here in groovy Byron. "Glamorous Camping" is soon to pop up at the Byron Holiday Park between Byron and Suffolk this Xmas. Local accomodation provider, Cameron Arnold, already has a history of Glamping at the Falls and Splendour Festivals so this is not such a stretch. The luxury tents will be fully catered with a pop up restaurant and bar from Harvest cafe.

Title Tattle

Sydney property developer and major land owner of the West Byron development site, Terry Agnew, is in the news. His iconic Sydney home in Bellevue Hill is on the market for an expected $70M. "Rona" is a gothic style residence built in 1883 on an acre and a half. The Agnews have completed extensive renovation. Agnew is also the owner of the adjacent property on Ewingsdale Road as his company purchased the old chicken factory off the Ingham family for an estimated $3M. He became the majority owner of the West Byron site after most of the original local owners took their bat and ball and went home after facing too much local resistance. 

The sale of "Rona" will easily surpass in cost another Sydney property with a Byron Bay connection. Altona, previously Sydney's most expensive home in Point Piper, sold for $46M by Wategos beach resident, Deke Miskin. That sale is now in the news again as it was sold by a Chinese born real estate agent. It looks like the agent put the sale in the name of her mother's name to save the mainland Chinese billionaire, Mr Wang, not having to go through the Foreign Investor Revue Board. The mother got the land tax bill and other complications and now everyone involved is in a world of pain. 

Win for AirBNB

Short term holiday letting in NSW got a boost recently. The Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning spent 18 months looking into the industry. The report just released said that the industry is "operating successfully" and "with the right amount of legislation and compliance regime, can be operated in residential areas". Byron Shire at least us well advanced on this issue with what is hopefully a successfully negotiated compromise between residents and HLO (Holiday Let Organisation).

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