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