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Jens Krause, Byron Bay

How about a Byron Bay car use reduction initiative/plan as part of a comprehensive community benefit plan?

Having less traffic in and through town will have numerous benefits, including for businesses: regaining a sense of place, attracting the right people, family friendliness, a tourist attraction in itself, to name a few.

Locals can be encouraged to reduce trips to only necessary ones, providing better bike-ride experiences to travel from/to Suffolk Park and Sunrise Beach. Down the line, there could be light rail for commuting between neighbouring towns.

Tourists need to pay for parking, with generous concessions for locals and tourists with proper addresses (sticker systems via booking sites?). Also cheap or free park-and-ride strategies for day-trippers.

For New Years Eve, streets need to be blocked again as happened in the past, again with generous concessions for locals and tourists with a proper address. The last thing drunks want is to walk.

Cost can’t be an issue, as the cost of doing nothing is astronomical, not purely in dollar terms. The community needs to chip in, as does the tourist industry and the different levels of government. The beneficiaries of doing nothing are only a few with mostly vested interests.

These ideas need to formulated into a short-, medium- and long-term strategy.

 


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  1. Nah ! Sorry Jens no money in that proposal. Try running those ideas past the Byron Liquor Accord , after all , don`t they run the town ?

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