State member for Ballina Don Page has backed the Byron Shire Council’s calls for state funding to build a mini-bypass for the town’s congested CBD.
The plan would see an additional rail crossing created, joining Butler Street to Jonson Street at Marvell Street, moving out-of-town traffic away from the main shopping strip.
‘We’ve got to do something in Byron Bay to alleviate the traffic problems, particularly traffic coming in from the north,’ he told local media this morning.
‘The congestion is just horrendous around peak holiday times. It is in fact a local government issue but as state member I’ve taken the initiative to see if we can solve the problem by getting some state money.
Byron Shire Council last week approved the plan, allocating $50,000 to draw plans up for the second rail crossing, which Cr Barham said would ensure the project was ‘shovel ready’ once state money was available.