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.