The Byron Shire Access Committee recently held its second meeting after been reformed as an advisory committee to the council. The committee provides advice to the council on pedestrian access and mobility issues, particularly as they relate to community infrastructure and planning applications.
In addition to fellow councillors Woods and Staples, membership is drawn from the community and includes wheeled members, representatives from the local health network, spinal cord injury and disabled surfer groups. Acting on recommendations from the committee, Council has agreed to use PAMP (Pedestrian and Mobility Plan) funding to begin rectifying a number of deficiencies affecting wheeled and other users in Byron Bay. Council will also be progressively completing audits of community infrastructure across the Shire. In the interim, we welcome advice from the community regarding urgent issues. A recent example considered by the committee has resulted in the relocation of poorly placed Telstra infrastructure in the Mullumbimby town centre.
Information about the committee and meeting documents are available at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/committees/access-advisory-committee. Follow the links under the ‘Community’ tab on Council’s website for information on ‘Aged and Disability’ services or contact Karen Ingleman on 6626 7224.
Cr Basil Cameron, Chairperson, Byron Shire Access Advisory Committee