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The West Byron estate is a must for Byron Bay’s future as it has stagnated for too many years in the housing sector. The prices for land or houses are forcing our young local families to buy in mainly Ballina or Lennox Head and drive to work in Byron Bay.

Byron Council and the do-gooders may think that this is okay but council has to override these groups and think of the town’s future and the future of our young people.

The bypass seems to be the stumbling block for all issues in Byron Bay and someone said that it has been discussed for 20 years, but in fact it was discussed close to 40 years ago. A Mr Fletcher suggested a bypass down Melaleuca Drive through some swamp with a small bridge round the base of the hills on the south side and out over Bartons railway crossing and onto Bangalow Road, therefore leaving Shirley Street, Jonson Street and Bangalow Road free of through traffic, but with the NSW minister for the north coast and now resident of Byron Bay living in the area a bypass that way won’t happen. In fact Don Page has put this idea into the ‘too hard basket’.

The Byron Bay residents want some action, not long-term talks, and for council to get on with the job and work on the West Byron development now.

Keith Anderson, Byron Bay

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  1. I can’t understand the logic when someone says a bypass will fix Byron’s traffic gridlock. Only a very small percentage of traffic coming in from the highway are heading south of town. Byron Bay is the destination. With an extra 2500 people in West Byron heading into the beach and shops, how will a “bypass” fix anything. West Byron is nothing but sorrow for Byron…. jobs for Qld builders, more residents competing for the meagre job opportunities that leave us with nearly 50% more unemployment than the national average. Schools already experiencing overcrowding, sewerage capacity allocated well into the future… (thinking of a granny flat/ second dwelling?…. you’ll be told sorry, West Byron got all the residual sewer capacity). And it’s mostly acid sulphate soils, so that big drain is going to be an industrial scale acid pollution source dumping into the Belongil.
    Utter madness.

  2. Yes this is all utter madness. The blinkered unmindful instant gratification development that has been the story of Byron Bay’s ‘progress’ over the past 40 years can only end in future chaos and degradation.

    All hands on deck, we are sailing onto the rocks!

    Without intelligent forward planning there should be no further ‘development’ at all. We need ‘big and generous wholistic thinkers’ not ‘what will it mean for me’ thinkers and planners. Without that kind of careful appraisal and thinking outside each persons own back-yard, Byron Bay is doomsville.

  3. When you drive up to Brisbane along the highway you will notice the jam packed suburbs that have slowly evolved over the last 20 years into a sea of roofs,bitumen and concrete.West Byron will be an extension of this type of living.And don’t think that it will bring affordable housing,this is just a dream .
    If this gets approved with 1100 housing blocks then our comfortable and friendly town will be just another “back of Gold Coast” suburb .


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