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Byron park-and-ride plan

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A bold new plan for a Byron Bay park-and-ride scheme, to operate during school-holiday and long-weekend periods, was put forward by mayor Simon Richardson at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

But the plan is dependent on submitting and winning the Regional Development Australia Fund Round 4.

The submission will include the closure to vehicles of Jonson Street, from Marvell Street to Bay Street (not including the Jonson/Lawson Streets roundabout), for the creation of a pedestrian precinct.

A bus transit lane along Shirley Street is also planned, along with changes to parking time limits, street signage and promotional/marketing development. The Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Centre will be used as a northern parking site and the Red Devil Park or other suitable site would cover the south.

Mayor Richardson said Thursday that Noosa had implemented a successful park-and- ride model. ‘This has been done globally for decades,’ he said.

‘It’s been implemented [in Noosa] since 2009 and looks to be rolled out along the Sunshine Coast.’ The mayoral minute seeks to match funding through income derived from parking/bus fees, a low-interest infrastructure renewal scheme loan, paid parking and footpath dining fees.

Cr Basil Cameron spoke in favour. ‘This was a community-identified priority since 1996… The Byron gateway is the fifth largest in the nation… Here’s our opportunity.’ Cr Cameron added that support of industry should be sought.

A staff report is expected to the next strategic planning committee meeting on November 22.

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  1. what about using the the railway line that runs into Byron Bay put a carpark where the line crosses bayshore drive and run a rail shuttle into town and back.

  2. Why not have a “park and catch the train in to town plan”. Must be the only western country in the world with a traffic jam a mile long and a rusting train line running in parallel to the traffic jam. THis council is not green. There is very little forward thinking in Australia. The politics of it all gets in the way. Its a shame. Imagine if the Germans has this problem. Well they just wouldn’t. Whilst we at bold new plans. Move the markets to the white elephant playing fields and put a paved road on the st helena pass. There u go. Traffic jam solved.

  3. When the Railway ceased operating, I put a plan forward in the echo letters to have a park and ride scheme operating from Belongil to Bangalow. It was never taken up and was never commented on.
    In my opinion it is still the most viable park and ride scheme, as it utilises the existing infrastructure and parking already available at Belongil fields.
    Hope, someone reads this??!!

  4. Byron will be a paradise without cars in the CBD! This is a fantastic initaiative that will benefit both businesses and the community and create opportunities for innovative approaches to how the CBD can evolve. I can’t wait- fingers crossed for the funding!

  5. The next point after bayshore drive would be at Tyagarah, I reckon it would help with getting in and out of the Bluesfestival. If you have been there its a sea of buses trying to get in and out.


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