Here is a great article in the Byron News…  

Realities of rural life covered in new book

April 10, 2008

Lyneve Morgan from Gail Fuller Real Estate (left) and Wilsons Creek farmer, Sue Riley, with Cr Barham at last Thursdays bookle

Believe it or not, some newcomers to rural areas of the Byron Shire get a surprise when they hear a cow mooing, or other animals making noises and some complain about it to Byron Council.

"They ask what the council can do about the noises," said mayor Cr Jan Barham.

"Council very politely explains that these are very natural realities about living in the country.

"People come from cities having this idealistic view about living in the country.

"It's not as silent as they expect."

To help people planning to move to a rural area understand what they can expect, the council, in conjunction with local farmers and real estate agents, has produced a helpful booklet called 'Farmers Farm . . . And Cows Do Moo'.

And appropriately, it was launched at last Thursday's Byron Bay Farmers Market by Cr Barham.

Issues covered include realistic expectations, responsibilities of rural property owners, weed and pest control and the value of rural industries.

It urges anyone looking at buying property in the hinterland to become familiar with the area they are interested in and the likely impacts of any surrounding activities.

Real estate agents will have the booklet available in their offices.

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