16.1 C
Byron Shire
October 6, 2022

Blues on the road as festival winds up

Latest News

Floodplain developments major concern for Kingscliff, Tumbulgum and Chinderah communities

Concerned community representatives for Kingscliff, Tumbulgum and Chinderah communities met with Member for Tweed Geoff Provest last Friday to discuss the risks of approved but yet to built developments on flood prone land.

Other News

Great waves on offer for the Evans Head Malibu Classic

The 30th annual Evans Head Malibu Classic was run last weekend with clean one metre-plus waves on offer right...

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Police pursuit after ute and motorbike stolen

NSW Police were at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan, after reports a motorcycle had been stolen. As they arrived two males fled the scene, one on a motorcycle and the other in an Isuzu utility. The utility failed to stop for police and a pursuit was initiated.

What a weekend! National Circus Fest success at Mullum

It was a big weekend of acrobatic feats at the National Circus Fest, held at the Mullum Showgrounds.

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Byron Shire floodplain risks to be highlighted to NSW premier

Byron Shire Council have recognised 1,454 flood-affected homes in Byron Shire that could benefit from the government’s much touted assistance via its Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation.

Traffic this year had no problem leaving the Bluesfest site. The problems began when they hit the road. Photo Darcy Garlick-Kelly
Traffic this year had no problem leaving the Bluesfest site. The problems began when they hit the road. Photo Darcy Garlick-Kelly

Darcy Garlick-Kelly

Another Easter over, and another Bluesfest has come and gone.

Festival-goers again faced significant queues getting off the Pacific Highway and into the Bluesfest site this year.

But the worst of the traffic trouble was, and continues to be, on the Pacific Highway, where two lanes have been reduced to one coming down St Helena and at the Ewingsdale on-ramp.

According to the Traffic Management Centre, the Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway experienced regular bottlenecks over the Easter long weekend, with queues up to 11km reported on Thursday and Friday.

ABC Local Radio reported queues backed up 23km from Ewingsdale on Easter Monday, with a combination of Easter traffic, holiday traffic and festival patrons bringing drivers to a standstill.

The Live Traffic NSW website earlier today indicated 3km southbound queues with heavy traffic in Ewingsdale, and warned drivers to expect significant delays.

The ongoing Pacific Highway upgrade of St Helena Hill continues to be a major contributing factor, slowing traffic in both directions. With its expected completion in early 2015, perhaps the 26th Bluesfest will be a smoother affair for festival-goers and holiday-makers alike.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. PUT TRAINS ON THE RAILS!!! this will ease the traffic and let locals move around the area when the traffic is this bad on the pacific hwy. most of the traffic on the highway is going north and south between brisbane and sydney, and then there Is the congestion in byron bay. Byron Bay desperately needs a traffic congestion solution, with many locals waiting on a CBD Bypass, such as the proposed bypass from butler st the browning st. this will take a small amount of traffic, but rail services would be much more efficient and cheaper to build. the Butler st to Browning st bypass proposal is about 1km for $9 million. The North Byron Beach Resort has a proposal for 3km of rail track for only $1 million. for the cost of a bypass we could have a rail shuttle from Mullum to Byron!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

How to weave yarns and community this weekend

Beginner and advanced basket weavers have a chance to develop their skills under master tutelage this weekend in Ballina with thanks to the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Celebration as Farrelly House reopens in Lismore

On Tuesday to the relief and joy of dozens of Lismore folk, Farrelly House, the home of Red Inc. and the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), reopened on Magallan Street.

A journey of a step or two

Apart from organic shiraz, my latest investment in health is this mini-stepper, or ‘massage stepper’ as they call it in the country of origin.

Tweed Council leads the way for responsible dog ownership

The reality is that if you let your dog off-leash in areas where there is native wildlife from birds to wallabies they will disturb nesting sites and potentially attack, maim and kill wildlife, regardless of how much you love them.