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Byron should go back to the future on bypass

As a resident of Byron Bay for the last 27 years, and a surfer here since 1966 I am deeply concerned at the position Byron Council has taken since been elected last. We seem to have a council that doesn’t consider the local community’s views on anything.

I am part of a small group of residents (Grab The Rail) who are opposed to using Butler street as a proposed bypass, which even the mayor and councillors say will only alleviate 10 to 15 per cent of the traffic issue.

We had a state government that spent over $300,000 on finding the best solution for a bypass in 2001, which I might add should have been completed by 2015. This route was coming into town from the highway, turning right at the Caltex servo, (Kendall Street), left onto the gazetted road called Byron Street, across Butler Street then onto the rail corridor, all the way down to Cemetery Road, with turn offs on the way.

This would also be a great way of getting to the new car park area at the new shopping centre at the Woolies site, (no traffic going through town). So why is this being ignored by our council? this proposal will be cheaper, less impact on the environment, excellent access for emergency services (ambulance, fire trucks, SES, etc) from one side of town to the other.

Do the right thing, councillors, get it right. This is your best opportunity to really improve our traffic and also beautify our town, we can also leave the market right were they are, the corridor can be utilised for a train corridor (for future) bus interchange, lots of off-street parking, rail trail paths, improved pedestrian access, and garden areas – this corridor is wide enough for all this.

With a little bit of imagination we can have a showpiece right in the heart of Byron.

Byron Councillors, you were voted in by the people in our shire, and are paid by the people, shouldn’t you be listening to the people, get it right.

Ray Boots, Byron Bay


2 responses to “Byron should go back to the future on bypass”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    Ray,
    Byron Council is divided into two groups. It gets tiring that people think that Byron Council is one group. When one group within council outvotes the smaller group because a councillor changed sides it does not mean that the decision was made by all councillors as one inclusive group. It means that one group that was once the majority is now the minority although the mayor has a deciding vote on the minority side.
    Stand for council Ray if you want things correct.

  2. Gary Ainsworth says:

    The ‘Grab the Rail’ proposal will never happen, as there is legislation protecting the railway line from such things. I also don’t get it why they want to destroy the thing that could be the solution to their transport woes! Plus Simon Richardson has already said the proposal won’t happen.

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