1. What’s going on at North Byron Beach Resort?
We are working within the 1987 Byron Bay Beach Resort approval over our site, which allows for 193 cabins. On June 12th 2014 the Byron Shire Council unanimously approved the resort central facilities application, which includes the construction of a conference centre, restaurant, day spa, resort lobby and reception. These facilities were opened to the public as Elements of Byron resort, along with 94 Stage 1 cabins, on 1st February 2016.
We have commenced construction of the remaining 99 cabins, being Stage 2 of Elements of Byron. Stage 2, along with the Eco Education Centre, is due for completion October 2017.
2. How do I have a say?
It is very important to us that you are not only informed but that you provide input.
We invite you to contact us on email@example.com or 02 6685 6561 to ask any questions or just have a chat.
We will also inform you via updates to this website and through mail outs to our database (please email us to sign up).
3. Why did you use the 1987 approval instead of the more recent Becton approval?
The 1987 Byron Beach Resort approval reflected our vision for small cabins dotted throughout the landscape and is more representative of our design approach for the site. The cabins sit lightly on the land, are low scale and in keeping with the ethos we are striving toward in contrast to the more modern and larger housing Becton proposed.
There is also a complete road network and other services already constructed under this consent, which we continue to use.
4. What are you doing for the koalas?
Koalas forage on koala food trees which occur at the site. The food trees have all been retained. A number of studies have been undertaken to determine how important the site is to koalas. It has been established that koala activity is low and they are considered to transit the site rather than live here. They are encouraged to use the property as a corridor through the resort design. This integrates the resort with koala food trees and provides a link to the Tyagarah Nature Reserve to the north.
5. What kinds of events are planned?
We have an approval to hold a small number of cultural events on the site. Any events would need to work in harmony with the resort, which is the primary land use. The largest event proposed, including car parking and camping, would use up to 9.8 hectares, which is 11% of the 89 hectare site. For more information please see the “Events” tab on this website.
6. What about jobs for locals?
There is an emphasis on providing jobs for locals both during construction and through the ongoing operation of the resort, as well as the Sun Bistro and Byron Bay Railroad Company. Where feasible services and materials are procured locally. There is an emphasis on stimulating and supporting local industries and providing quality local jobs across a broad range of disciplines. During the 18 month construction of Stage 1 approximately 350 full time equivalent jobs were created which were primarily taken by local residents. 140 full time equivalent positions have been created with the resort’s operation and these have primarily been taken by local residents. The construction of Stage 2 has created 120 full time jobs as is generating phenomenal business for many local suppliers. Once Stage 2 is completed there will be a considerable number of new positions at the expanded Elements of Byron resort. For information about positions available at Elements of Byron please visit www.elementsofbyron.com.au/careers
7. What is being done about the endangered Pied Oyster Catchers in the Belongil?
Our maintenance team has been working with WetlandCare Australia and Marine Parks Authority on a number of management initiatives. Together we have located active fox dens at the site and with the help of the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA) were able to undertake control activities, which had an immediate impact. In addition we assist authorities with management of dogs in this area and provide informative signage on our land where the public access the beach. We continue to engage with the Byron Bird Buddies regarding the protection of this nesting area.
8. How are you protecting the sensitive ecology?
Of the 50 acres being developed as Elements of Byron, the total building footprint is 10%. This development area is some of the least ecologically sensitive land within the site. It contained roads, dilapidated buildings, landscaped gardens with mature trees and palms and man-made water bodies from previous tourist resort development.
We continue to maintain and improve habitats. Some of our ongoing works include:
• Co-ordinated fox control activities with National Parks and Wildlife Service and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities with positive signs of reduced numbers.
• Assisting Byron Bird Buddies, Marine Parks Authority and Council Rangers with the management of dogs at the Belongil Estuary.
• Continuing to fund and work in partnership with WetlandCare Australia in the rehabilitation of the littoral rainforest.
• Ongoing vegetation management and fauna monitoring.
Some of the key ecological principles include:
• Confining development to the less sensitive areas of the site where development has previously existed.
• Landscape rehabilitation between the cabins to increase the quality and quantity of fauna habitat. This strategy means the whole development area acts as a corridor and an extension of the existing core habitat areas.
• Keeping all existing trees and working the cabins around these.
• Using only endemic and locally sourced plants and removing all non-native plants.
Landscape selections emphasise species found in littoral rainforest, coastal heathland and frontal dunes.
9. Do the general public have access to resort facilities?
Yes. The public are encouraged to use the day spa, restaurant and bar. The public may also book to use the conference and event facilities.
Facilities open only to guests of the resort only are the pool, gym and Beach Club.